Flashback to 2012, Manny Pacquiao along with Floyd Mayweather, was standing atop boxing’s landscape as the best fighter in sport.
Leading into the year, he had come of a victory over faded future Hall of Famer Shane Mosley and he scored majority decision over long-time arch rival Juan Manuel Marquez. Pacquiao was heading into the year potentially seeking an elusive fight with Floyd Mayweather, all while running for office in his native Philippines.
But things did not go as planned. Although Pacquiao did attain success in regards to his political aspirations, he did come across some speed bumps in his professional boxing career. Suffering an upset, split-decision defeat to Tim Bradley, followed by a devastating knock out defeat by his arch-rival Juan Manuel Marquez, left the eight division champ in disarray and put him on the shelf for most of 2013.
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There will be no easy sparring for eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao as he prepares for his April 12 rematch with WBO welterweight titleholder Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas, Nev.
Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 knockouts) will be employing the services of former IBF junior lightweight champion Steve Forbes and former WBO junior welterweight champion Kendall Holt as sparring partners this training camp, Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach tells Rappler.
Roach, who is in Macau preparing flyweight prospect Zou Shiming of Guizhou, China for his fight with Thailand’s Yokthong Kokietgym on Saturday night at the Venetian Resort, says he will head to Manila to meet with Pacquiao on Sunday, before starting on Monday together.
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2013 may not have played out the way Brandon Rios expected, but the former lightweight titlist is still relatively upbeat as the New Year pushes forward.
Catching up with Rios inside of the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, Calif. on Wednesday afternoon before his training session with assistant Donald Leary, Rios tool a moment to reflect back to his last ring appearance, a unanimous decision loss to Manny Pacquiao this past November in Macau, China.
"I lost to one of the greats," Rios explains of his effort against the eight-division champion. "I wish I would have won but it was a great experience for myself. I've been in with one of the best of the world. I'm not too down about that."
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Former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (31-2-1, 23 KO’s) says that his promoters at Top Rank will be bringing hm back in the ring next May against a still to be determined opponent. Rios, 27, wants the opponent to be WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KO’s). However, it’s doubtful that the World Boxing Organization would sanction a title fight between Provodnikov and Rios given that Rios has lost his last two fights and he’s not ranked in the top 15 by any of the sanctioning bodies at 140.
“They said [I'll be fighting in] May,” Rios told esnewsreporting. “Ruslan Provodnikov, it would be one hell of a fight. Me and him going at it toe-to-toe; whoever gets dropped wins.” The fans are excited also for the Mayweather vs Khan upcoming fight.
Provodnikov has been talking about wanting a fight with Juan Manuel Marquez, but it doesn’t look like he’s going to get that fight because Marquez only wants Tim Bradley. Provodnikov will likely settle for a Rios bout if that’s all Top Rank can offer him for his next fight. But if the WBO says no to Rios as his opponent then Provodnikov will likely have to fight Mike Alvarado in a rematch. It’s going to be likely a Top Rank fighter that Provodnikov fights in his next bout, and that means either Alvarado or Rios.
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Boxing promoter Bob Arum said everything has been fixed from Manny Pacquiao's side as far as the terms and condition of the Timothy Bradley rematch are concerned. The Pacquiao-Mayweather is possible after Mayweather vs Khan fight.
The Top Rank Inc. CEO, who has been finishing the final details of the match, said they are going to make a formal announcement as soon as Bradley signs the fight contract.
Arum also hinted that Bradley, the WBO welterweight champion, is at the verge of accepting his side of the agreement.
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