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Perfect-form Pacquiao a must »

Manny Pacquiao did not have to be told that he can’t afford to be less than 100 percent for his projected fight against hard-punching Lucas Matthysse of Argentina. The fight for the WBA version of the world welterweight championship is expected to be staged in Kuala Lumpur on June 24. Team Pacquiao, after an announcement of the place and date of the championship, said the fighting Filipino senator was busy tying loose…

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PH boxing team could try new tack »

  A dismayed head of the national amateur boxing team to the last Olympic Games swore and called out the name of Manny Pacquiao in desperation close to the end of the last Olympic Games. Ricky Vargas, now also president of the Philippine Olympic Committee, felt terribly disappointed after their best, hardest efforts proved futile during the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympiad. Give this to Manny Pacquiao, Vargas was supposed to have cried.…

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Are we close to a Pacquiao vs Matthysse clash? »

For the first time, Manny Pacquiao has admitted there’s nothing final regarding his announced world title fight against WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse of Argentina. This was reported by veteran sportswriter Nick Giongco, who wrote “Pacquiao said the Kuala Lumpur fight is not yet sealed, signed and delivered.” Just the same, Giongco said Pacquiao has announced that the championship fight launch will now be held in Manila, not Kuala Lumpur, on April…

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Pacquiao starts training for Matthysse »

Aware of the tough fight that lies ahead, Manny Pacquiao started whipping his body into shape Monday morning. The eight-division world champion, who’s gunning for Argentine Lucas Matthysse’s World Boxing Association welterweight title on June 24 in Kuala Lumpur, jogged for two rounds around the 2.6-kilometer Cambridge Circle near his Forbes Park home before doing abdominal exercises. “I started early because my last fight was in July last year,” Pacquiao said. “My…

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Will Arum, Roach be out for good? »

Golden Boy, not Top Rank, will be helping promote Manny Paquiao’s next fight in Kuala Lumpur. The announcement was brief, firm, definite: “MP Promotions of Sen. Manny Pacquiao and Golden Boy Promotions of boxing legend Oscar de la Hoya will stage the Pacquiao-Matthysse WBA welterweight championship fight in Kuala Lumpur on June 24,” said Pacquiao press relations officer Aquiles Zonio. A man most stunned was veteran promoter Bob Arum, who has been…

2 weeks ago / Read More »

Doubts emerge as Pacquiao announces Matthysse fight »

Manny Pacquiao announced a world title fight against Argentina's Lucas Matthysse in Malaysia, but doubts quickly emerged over the self-promoted bout on Friday. Pacquiao, 39, called himself the "underdog" for the June 24 fight against Matthysse, the World Boxing Association welterweight champion from Argentina. "This is going to be a tough fight. Matthysse is also a knockout artist. But I'm excited to fight and be a world champion again," Pacquiao said in…

2 weeks ago / Read More »

Is Pacquiao into promoting himself nowadays? »


SACRAMENTO—His ego bruised, Manny Pacquiao recently rejected a fight with former titleholder Mike Alvarado on the undercard of Jeff Horn vs Terence Crawford at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas April 14. After losing his WBO welterweight belt to Horn last July, the eight-division world champion eagerly wants to fight in a main event again. But when Bob Arum took away his headliner status by pitting him with Alvarado, a damaged…

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