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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Golovkin knocks out Wade in two rounds

After knocking Dominic Wade out, Gennady Golovkin wants his belt, and he doesn't care who wins between Canelo Alvarez and Amir Khan.

Golovkin made a successful defense of his middleweight titles by demolishing undefeated challenger Wade in two rounds of their title fight at the Forum in Inglewood, California.

Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) scored knockdown in Round 1 with a left uppercut followed by a right hook to the shoulder that pushed down Wade to the canvas.

Wade (18-1, 12 KOs) was able to get up and convinced referee Jack Reiss to continue. It was just also in time that the bell sounded to end the round, and he was save by the bell.

In the second round, Golovkin sensing that Wade had very limited to offer in terms of power, steps up a little bit more of his offense. He's picking his punches and head hunting Wade with power shots.

Wade down again from another Golovkin shot, which he was able to get up. Reiss repeatedly ask question if he wanted to continue and he did continue. A huge left hook from Golovkin landed to the head of Wade. Boom! Down Wade went again!

Wade obviously hurt and the look of his face says it all. He's done. Reiss finished the count of ten and Wade still not on his feet.

The official time of the stoppage 2:37 in Round 2.

The knockout streak continued tonight, with Golovkin winning inside the distance for 22 consecutive, 17 consecutive stoppages in title defenses.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Nonito Donaire drops and stops Zsolt Bedak

I really don't like the breakdance! It was a waste of energy... thinking it was Nonito Donaire. But oh boy! That was not him! Just to make it clear. It was not Donaire!


Nonito Donaire stops Hungarian challenger Zsolt Bedak in the third round. In the first round, both fighters were too cautious coming in as both have powerful left hooks. But it was a cleat round to score for Donaire as he landed clean body shots.

In the second round, the action pickup was a little intense as both fighters were trying to land powerful shots. Early in this round, Donaire caught Bedak with his signature left hook that stunned the challenger. Donaire followed up and landed a solid uppercut that sends Bedak down. The referee took a count and Bedak got on his feet. Obviously, hurt but with steady legs.

Donaire looking to finish the fight but was able to control his eagerness to get a knockout victory, and not to commit mistakes as Bedak is equally powerful too.

"Bedak is also powerful, he got me on the chin with an overhand punch and I saw stars", says Donaire in Tagalog.

In the third, Donaire again landed powerful hooks that stunned Bedak and send him backpedaling. Donaire rushed in to finish the fight and Bedak down again on somewhat a push from Nonito, but it was clear that a punch landed prior to that. The referee took a count and Bedak was on his feet. But the referee was not convinced Bedak can continue and he waived the fight off.

The official time is 2:44 round 3. Donaire by TKO.

Donaire mentioned Carl Frampton and Guillermo Rigondeux as potential next opponents when he was asked by Dyan Castillejo who he wants to fight next.

Mark Magsayo stops Chris Avalos

As expected, it looks like this fight will gonna take the spotlight out of the main event.

Mark "Magnifico" Magsayo gave out a magnificent performance tonight, stopping American Chris Avalos in the 6th Round of their featherweight title fight at the full-packed Cebu City Sports Center, in Cebu City at the undercard of Nonito Donaire vs Zsolt Bedak title fight.

In the first round, it was already an action-packed fight. Both men got no feel-it round as they unleashed vicious punches. But it was Magsayo who got the better of it as his looping overhand right find its home on Avalos' head.

In the second round, Magsayo came out like a blazing bull with both nostrils smoking as he peppered Avalos with power shots upstairs. A big right-hand wobbles Avalos and Magsayo were all over to finished Avalos' up, but the more experienced American managed to hold on and survive the Magsayo onslaught.

In the third, it was obvious that Magsayo really burned out as he slowed down his offense. Avalos on the other hand recovered his footing and was in the offensive mode. Big left and right tagged Magsayo, which sent him flat on his ass. Magsayo was on unsteady legs this time, but he managed to hold on. In the final seconds, Magsayo took a knee and was ruled a slip by the referee as Avalos looking for the kill.

In the fourth, Avalos came out blazing with the momentum shift on his side. But the sound defense of Magsayo was able to fend off those power shots coming from the Californian opponent.

In the fifth, Magsayo again stunned Avalos by walloping their right hand. Magsayo was all over Avalos to finish him. But the experience of Avalos really took over. He tried to hold on and regain his footing. But this time it was obvious that the power shots landed has taken a toll on him.

In the sixth, all-out aggression of Magsayo was unleashed. Winging left and right hooks tagged Avalos at will upstairs as Avalos' hands dropped as he was stunned by the power shots from Magsayo. An unanswered left and right from Magsayo that tagged Avalos while on the ropes opted the corner to throw in the towel of surrender, and referee Tapdasan immediately stopped the fight.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Donaire vs Bedak Live Blog

TBD will be live blogging the Nonito vs Zsolt Bedak junior featherweight title fight starting 6PM (Manila Time).

Nonito Donaire (36-3, 23 KOs) will defend his 122-pound title for the first time against Hungarian challenger Zsolt Bedak (25-1, 8 KOs) in front of his home crowd at the Cebu City Sports Center.

Stay tuned as we will bring you round-by-round action.

Donaire vs Bedak weights: Donaire, 121.3/4 Bedak 121.1/2 pounds

Junior featherweight titlist Nonito Donaire and title challenger Zsolt Bedak came in under the 122-pound limit. Both men looked fit, ripped, and ready to go during the weigh-in, Friday, ahead of their 12-round title fight, at the Cebu City Sports Center on Saturday night (Manila).

The "Filipino Flash" came in at 121.3/4 pounds while his Hungarian opponent checked in at 121.5 pounds. This will be Donaire's (36-3, 23 KOs) first title defense of the title he got from his previous fight in Puerto Rico. Donaire, 33, won a decision over Cesar Juarez in an action-packed fight last December.

Although unheralded in the pro ranks, Bedak (25-1, 8 KOs) was a former Olympian and member of the Hungarian Olympic team in the 2004 Athens Olympics. Bedak notable win in the Olympics includes former 122-pound titlist Abner Mares. Bedak, 32, also held regional titles as a pro in the 118 and 122-pound divisions.

Under-card weigh-in results

  • Mark Magsayo 125 lbs. vs. Chris Avalos 125 lbs. featherweights

  • Jason Pagara 143 lbs. vs Miguel Zamudio 143 lbs. junior welterweights

  • Paul Fleming 129 lbs. vs Angel Gonzalez 130 lbs. super featherweights

Monday, April 18, 2016

Watch: Canelo-Khan 'Face Off' with Max Kellerman

Saul Canelo Alvarez and Amir Khan came face to face with respective trainers during the HBO program 'Face Off' with Max Kellerman ahead of their Cinco de Mayo showdown.

Here's some interesting lines from Amir Khan's trainer Virgil Hunter:

"If you're a pure counter-puncher, it indicates to me that you have great timing, and timing can beat speed."

"He's [Amir] gonna adjust his speed., but I'm not in agreement with his speed. I'm more in tone with his quickness as oppose to speed."

"Speed in the body; quickness in the mind. So I'm more interested on his process and ability to perform quickly, as oppose to fast. So, that's our goal in the fight."

Video: HBOBoxing

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Watch: Gennady Golovkin greatest hits

Video credit HBO Boxing

Undefeated middleweight titlist Gennady Golovkin (34-0, 31 KO's) will be defending his titles against undefeated prospect Dominic Wade on Saturday 23rd April 2016 at the Forum, Inglewood, California.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Watch: Mikey Garcia talks about being free to fight again

In the above video, courtesy of Elie Sechback, Mikey Garcia confirmed that he's indeed free to fight again after being released by Top Rank.

"Now that we are completely free, I'm just very very happy. I was great to know that I did everything to prove my point. You know I fought legally what I truly believed. You know, if there's something wrong, we gonna correct it. We gonna make it right," says Garcia.

Garcia went on Twitter Wednesday hinting about coming back and being free to fight again.

He posted on Twitter a picture of unlocked handcuff captioned with the following hashtags #free, #theythrewinthetowel, #takeover, #imcomingback,

Nike's Jordan Brand signs boxer Gennady Golovkin

 Earlier Nike dropped Manny Pacquiao, now they picked up middleweight titlist Gennady Golovkin. Jordan Brand signs Golovkin and added him to the family of more than 50 athletes from a variety of sports.

Golovkin went on Twitter and posted a picture of him pointing the jump man icon of Jordan Brand with a caption "In case you missed it, I signed with this guy yesterday."

Golovkin joined the "Jordan Brand behind top world pound for pound undefeated champion Andre Ward and former World Champion Roy Jones Jr."

Below is the full statement from

"Over the last 30 years, the Jordan Brand has become synonymous with greatness. What started with Michael continues today with the brand's diverse roster, which includes 50+ athletes from a variety of sports, all dedicated to pursuing greatness. Further evolving that legacy, today Jordan Brand announced that it has added yet another champion to the family: Gennady Golovkin, the Unified WBA, IBF, IBO and WBC Middleweight Champion of the World. "We are excited to add Gennady to the Jordan Brand family," affirms Larry Miller, Jordan Brand President. “Gennady’s work ethic, dedication to his craft and style make him a perfect fit.”

The Kazakhstani boxer officially announced his association with the brand from his training camp in Big Bear, California, where he is preparing to face Dominic Wade on Saturday, April 23, in Inglewood, California for his 17th consecutive defense of his World Middleweight Championship. Golovkin is 34-0 with 31 knockouts and a current streak of 21 consecutive knockouts. Currently training in Jordan Training product, Golovkin will work closely with the brand to continue the development of the category. The five-foot, 10-inch middleweight slugger becomes the third boxer to join the Jordan Brand behind top world pound for pound undefeated champion Andre Ward and former World Champion Roy Jones Jr."

Mikey Garcia gets release from Top Rank?

Mikey Garcia could be back in the ring anytime soon. It seemed the undefeated super featherweight titlist managed to end up promotional conflict with Bob Arum's Top Rank Promotions.

Garcia posted on Twitter on Wednesday with a hashtag #free #theythrewinthetowel #imcomingback with a photograph of an unlocked handcuff.

Garcia has been on the sideline after winning and defending his super featherweight title against Juan Carlos Burgos on 25th January 2014. But the following May, Garcia filed a lawsuit against Top Rank and wanted to get out of their promotional agreement.

The problem started when Garcia was scheduled to fight Yuriorkis Gamboa but reportedly demand 'astronomical numbers' that nobody is willing to pay according to Arum.

"I just don't know what they are up to. It's stupid the whole thing. I mean, here he wants to come back and he wants to fight and as far as I've heard he's asking for astronomical numbers that nobody is willing to pay," said Arum.

Duran vs Chavez Sr. exhibition planned for Crawford card

Top Rank boss Bob Arum is planning to put boxing greats Roberto Duran and Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. in an exhibition match for the 23 July Crawford card.

Arum told Dan Rafael of that "wants to have a little fun with the show" although a unification bout between Terence Crawford and Viktor Postol is already "a serious, top-level fight".

Of course, this could be really fun to watch as these two fighters really captured the boxing fans' hearts during their era. It is also good for fans who weren't able to watch these two boxing greats fight live when they were once active combatants of the sport.

Action-wise, of course, could be absent but you could possibly see and feel the characters of these men inside the ring that once put boxing at a level you could imagine.

However, the primary concern is their safety. Duran is 64 years old while Chavez Sr. is 53.

"I don't want anyone to get hurt," Arum said. "It's fun, which is what it's supposed to be. We'll have a good card and this will be an added bonus and we'll have fun. We'll pay tribute to the two greatest Hispanic fighters."

They will wear headgear and 16-ounce gloves, Arum said.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Pacquiao drops Bradley twice, wins unanimous decision

Manny Pacquiao is the new welterweight king, dropping Timothy Bradley twice to win with dominating performance despite an 11-month layoff and shoulder surgery at age 37. Pacquiao is just exceptional!

With the spectacular performance over Tim Bradley, many were skeptics about Pacquiao's talk of retirement. Pacquiao is still very impressive in dominating the number 2 rank fighter at welterweight without any problems at the MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Saturday night.

Pacquiao dropped Bradley in the seventh in what looks like a slip looking at it from a better camera angle.

But in Round 9, Pacquiao caught Bradley with a hard left uppercut that sent Bradley to his ass on the floor. The crowd gets wild!

More detailed report on this fight soon.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Watch: Anthony Joshua vs Charles Martin full fight video

Anthony Joshua just needed two rounds in dismantling American heavyweight titlist Charles Martin at the O2 Arena in the UK.

After watching full and action-packed under-cards infested with knockout performances, finally the main event. But it just took two rounds for Joshua to finish the job. Most fans not being able to finish half of their popcorn.

In the opening bell, Joshua caught Martin with a big right hand and the same big punch dropped and stopped Martin in round 2.

Anthony Joshua stops Charles Martin in two rounds

Anthony Joshua dropped and stopped the American titlist Charles Martin in round two of their heavyweight match at the O2 Arena in the UK

It takes just two rounds for Joshua to dethrone the visiting American heavyweight titlist Martin. A big right from Joshua started and ended the fight.

It was a cautious round for both fighters. In the late moments, Joshua (16-0, 16 KO) landed a right hand that basically stunned Martin.

In the second round again, Joshua clipped Martin a big right that sent Martin down. Martin (23-1-1, 21 KO) was able to beat the count and continued. Yet again, another big right hand caught Martin. The American went down hard this time but was able to stand up before the count of ten. But the referee waved it off as Martin looked like he was not in the position to continue.

With the win, Joshua continued his unblemished career, 16 wins, 16 by way of knockouts. There's a possibility of an all-British showdown down the line. Heavyweight king Tyson Fury and Joshua were not getting nasty on Twitter recently. Undefeated Fury is penciled to face former heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko in a rubber match.

Will to win: Pacquiao vs Bradley III preview and prediction

Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao faces Timothy Bradley Jr. for the third time. This is for the welterweight championship of the world, Saturday night. This could be the 8-division champ's last fight.

  • Date: April 9, 2016 (April 10, Manila)

  • Venue: MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Division: Welterweight

  • 12 Rounds

  • At stake: The Welterweight Championship of the world.

The fighters

Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs), a former world champion in eight weight divisions. He holds victories over boxing greats Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton and Marco Antonio Barrera (twice).

He had also epic battles with Juan Manuel Marquez (one draw, two wins and one loss). Thrice with Erik Morales (one loss and two wins).

After 21-year as a pro boxer, this could be Pacquiao's swan song. Pacquaio's career started in 1995 with 65 total fights around his waist.

The incumbent congressman is seeking a higher post in Philippine politics. He runs for a senatorial seat for the May 2016 national elections. If Pacquiao wins, (most likely as he's in the magic 12 on most surveys) he would probably hang his gloves for good to focus his job as senator.

"Sa lahat ng mga Pilipino nanawagan po sa ako sa inyong lahat na magkaisa po tayong lahat para sa karangalan ng ating bansa. Baka ito na po ang huling laban ko na masasaksihan ng boung sambayanang Pilipino," Pacquiao said in Tagalog. (I call on to all the Filipinos to unite for the glory of our country. Maybe this will be my last fight for the Filipino people to see.)

Timothy Bradley Jr. (33-1-1, 13 KOs) won the first Pacquiao fight in one of the most controversial decisions in the history of boxing. On paper, Bradley won, but many believed Pacquiao won convincingly. In 2014, a rematch was set to prove each fighter's case in the first fight. Bradley lost to a decision. He's been 2 wins, 0 losses, 1 draw since then.

In a third fight with the Filipino star, Bradley is very motivated. This could be his last chance of beating Pacquiao.

"This is about legacy for me. I'm getting a third crack at it. I'm ready, and if I'm gonna win this fight is now... is now", said Bradley during the Final press conference Thursday. I'm ready for everything! More than any other fighter that I've ever been in... is now! If I'm gonna beat Manny Pacquiao is now. This is my only opportunity... this is my last opportunity."

The stage

Following Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s retirement, and the inactivity of Juan Manuel Marquez, Pacquiao now sits at the number one spot. While Timothy Bradley is at the number two spot on most welterweight rankings.

The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board had Pacquiao and Bradley at number one and two respectively.  The board's championship policy, wherein a fight between number 1 and number 2 warrants a championship. Hence, the vacant welterweight throne will be filled on April 9, not unless we have a draw or no contest.
Fight Prediction Pacquiao vs Bradley Jr III preview and prediction

"One thing I can be sure though is, we've prepared Manny as he wished he would, to win .... and win with a bang. Over the last week, I finally am happy with what he's doing. The last two days of sparring was really good", said Freddie Roach, Pacquiao's long-time trainer.

Although Pacquiao lost the most important fight in his career against Floyd Mayweather Jr, it doesn't mean that he's a totally diminished fighter. However, the performance of his right arm remains to be seen after the subsequent surgery 11 months ago. Pacquiao lost a clear-cut decision against Floyd in a mind-blowing revenue in May 2015.

“I think Manny still has it. I mean, who hasn’t lost to Mayweather? If you’ve fought him, you’ve lost to him. Mayweather is a great, intelligent fighter. Just by losing to him, that doesn’t mean Pacquiao’s done” said Rios, a common denominator between the two top welterweights, in an article written by Eric Raskin on Inside HBO Boxing.

Bradley stopped Rios in his last outing, having new trainer Teddy Atlas on his corner. Many believed that Atlas played a big factor in Bradley as a fighter. Atlas, a respected trainer and a disciple of Cus D'Amato "is a mental strategist whose philosophies seemed like adaptations from Sun Tzu's diary", if you let me borrow those quoted words from Rappler's sports editor Ryan Songalia.

However, I think, at this point in Bradley's career, may not be able to change drastically his tendencies as a fighter into a fighting style that would guide him to victory. But Atlas' motivation would definitely push Bradley to its maximum limit. Atlas has a unique way of ensuring his instructions or motivations are retained in the brain and stimulate a call to action on his fighter. He used to hold his fighter's face to look at him in the eyes while he gives instructions. This is crucial in a close fight.

I think this fight is gonna be close. A 50-50 fight. The fighter who pushes to the limit, the fighter whose willing to do everything inside the ring, this Saturday night would get the decision. And to me that's Pacquiao.

Pacquiao by decision.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Canelo vs Khan live on big screen, Cinco de Mayo weekend

DENVER - April 7, 2016 - On Cinco De Mayo weekend, Golden Boy Promotions, Fathom Events and O'Reilly Auto Parts will present a match-up between two of boxing's biggest stars with Canelo Alvarez vs. Amir Khan, broadcast live from Las Vegas' new T-Mobile Arena to select movie theaters across the U.S. This mega-fight promises high-intensity action between two of boxing's most powerful athletes competing in the prime of their careers; WBC, Ring Magazine and Lineal Middleweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez makes his first title defense of 2016 against former two-time world champion and resurgent contender Amir "King" Khan. The event will be presented live on Saturday, May 7 at 9:00 p.m. ET / 8:00 p.m. CT / 7:00 p.m. MT / 6:00 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m. AK / 3:00 p.m. HI.

Additionally, three exciting fights have been confirmed leading up to the Canelo vs. Khan mega-fight. In the co-main event of the evening, Canada's biggest boxing star and former IBF Middleweight World Champion David Lemieux (34-3, 31 KOs) will be looking to make an impression and use his power against the swift contender from Passaic, New Jersey, Glen "Jersey Boy" Tapia (23-2, 15 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round middleweight fight. Top rated contender and former WBA Interim Super Lightweight World Champion Mauricio "El Maestro" Herrera (22-5) will move up to welterweight to square off against East L.A.'s undefeated Frankie "Pitbull" Gomez (20-0, 13 KOs) in a ten-round welterweight fight. Opening up the televised undercard, Patrick Teixeira (26-0, 22 KOs) will face Curtis Stevens (27-5, 20 KOs) in a ten-round career-defining middleweight bout.

Tickets for Canelo Alvarez vs. Amir Khan can be purchased online by visiting or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in nearly 200 movie theaters through Fathom's Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

At the age of 25, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico's Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs), the current WBC, Ring Magazine and Lineal Middleweight World Champion, has conquered the boxing world, captivating fans both at home and around the globe with his action-packed fighting style, charisma and willingness to take on the toughest challenges. The 2015 Fighter of the Year candidate's road to stardom began in 2011 with a win over Matthew "Magic" Hatton for the vacant WBC Super Welterweight World title. On November 21, 2015, Canelo defeated future Hall-of-Famer Miguel Cotto for the WBC, RING Magazine and Lineal Middleweight Championship in front of a packed arena at the Mandalay Events Center in Las Vegas and more than 900,000 homes across the country. The unanimous decision victory cemented Canelo's status as boxing's biggest draw and among the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.

"This fight, against Amir Khan on May 7, is one of the biggest fights of my career, and I am glad that all my loyal fans will have the opportunity to support me not only at the new T-Mobile in Las Vegas, but also in theaters across the country. That makes me even more motivated to defeat Amir Khan and offer fans a fight full of high intensity," said Canelo Alvarez

Bolton, Lancashire, England native, Amir "King" Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) catapulted into the media spotlight after winning the silver medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Khan turned professional on July 16, 2005 with a first round technical knockout victory over Phil Edwards. Since then, Khan's highlights include giving Carlos Molina his first professional loss in December 2012 and defeating former IBF Lightweight World Champion Julio "The Kidd" Diaz in April 2013, securing the WBC Silver Welterweight title. In May 2014 Khan secured the WBA International Welterweight title against Luis Collazo, and went on to defend his titles in spectacular fashion against former three-time world champion Devon "The Great" Alexander in December 2014 and former WBO Super Lightweight World Champion Chris Algieri in May 2015. Now, "King" Khan will be looking to become a world champion again when he faces Canelo.

"Saturday May 7 is going to witness a special moment in my career," said Amir Khan. "I'm facing a great champion in Canelo Alvarez and know I will need to be at my very best. I'm ready to give everything to win this fight and I'm delighted that boxing fans will be able to watch this fantastic event live on the big screen."

Fathom Events Vice President of Programming Kymberli Frueh said, "This event is set to be a 'must-see' fight. Boxing fans nationwide will enjoy thrilling views of this classic speed vs. power bout, up on the big screen and bigger-than-life."

Pacquiao and Bradley make weight, HBO card all set

Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley both weighing below the welterweight limit and are ready to go ahead of their Saturday clash.

Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley stepped on the scales Friday night and both were below the welterweight limit ahead of their Saturday night fight. The two welterweights both looked ripped and ready to rumble as they hit the scale with Pacquiao weighing in at 145½, and Bradley at 146½.

  • Arthur Abraham (44-4, 29 KO) 168 pounds vs Gilberto Ramirez (33-0, 24 KO) 168 pounds super middleweight

  • Oscar Valdez (18-0, 16 KO) 125½ pounds vs EvgenyGradovich (21-1-1, 9 KO) 126 pounds featherweights

  • Jose Ramirez (16-0, 12 KO) 138 pounds vs Manny Perez (25-11-1, 6 KO) 137½ pounds junior welterweights

Watch: Pacquiao vs Bradley III weigh-in video

Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley stepped on the scales Friday evening at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pacquiao vs. Bradley happens Sat., April 9 live on pay-per-view beginning at 9pm ET/6pm PT.


Weights, Joshua 244 lbs, Martin 245 lbs

American Charles Martin is one pound heavier than his challenger Anthony Joshua.

Heavyweight titlist Charles Martin (23-0-1, 21 KO's) and title challenger Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15 KO's) tipped the scales, Friday ahead of their heavyweight clash at the OS Arena on Saturday night.

Martin weighed in at 245 pounds, while Joshua tipped the scales at 244 pounds. The weigh-in went on smoothly as there was no pushing or shoving whatsoever. It seems the fighter wanted to save the animosity for Saturday.

Both fighters looked in tip-top shape and were ready to get it on.

A comprehensive preview and prediction from one of the fast-rising online publications in the UK, Boxing News and Views is coming up. Predictions are coming from few boxing personalities along with contributing writers of BoxingNAV.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Bradley endorses political bid during final press-con

Timothy Bradley endorsed Manny Pacquiao's senatorial bid during a friendly final press conference.

Although Bradley wrongly mentioned the position Pacquiao is running to when he said 'governor'. But Bradley believed that Pacquiao is "truly the only one that gonna do right for the Filipino people". Pacquiao is running for senator in his native Philippines. The national elections will be on 9th May, one month after the scheduled championship bout between the two top welterweights this Saturday night 9th April.

"Sooner or later he'll become the governor of the Philippines. He had shown everybody what he is made of, what he has done in the Philippines and to the Filipino people. He is truly, truly, to me, the only one out there that's gonna do right for the Filipino people", Bradley said.

Bradley also reiterated that the fight has nothing to do with and should not be a factor for the incumbent congressman to win his bid for a higher position in his country.

"He (Pacquiao) rightfully deserves to win," said Bradley.

Pacquiao deserves to win on May 9 to Bradley.  But of course for Bradley not on April 9.

"This is about legacy for me. I get a third crack at it. I'm ready. And if I gonna win this fight, is now... is now!", said Bradley.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley Jr. III live blog

TBD will be live blogging the welterweight championship match between Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley.

Multi-division champion Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) and American top welter Timothy Bradley Jr. (33-1-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night, 9th April 2016 (Sunday morning, 10th April 2016).

Pacquiao and Bradley will face for the third time. Bradley won a disputed 12-round decision over Pacquiao in their first encounter in 2012.

Instead of gaining recognition for his victory, Bradley told that he received 'death threats' because of the controversial decision that he has nothing to do but the judges.

The incumbent congressman, who seeks a seat at the senate of his native Philippines, is planning to hang his gloves for good for a cause greater than boxing. The Pacman is looking to get out of the sport with a spectacular and explosive performance.

Tune in to our live blog if you're not able to watch the fight live, as we will provide you round by round action of the fight.

Note: There's no need to refresh the page. Updates will load automatically!

Watch: Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley Jr. final press conference

Lone eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) and American boxer Tim Bradley Jr. (33-1-1, 13 KOs) will have the final press conference today 6th April 2016 at 2:00 PM ET/11:00 PT following their welterweight championship match Saturday night (Sunday morning Manila) 9th April 2016 at the MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao, is coming off from a 12-round decision loss to now retired Floyd Mayweather Jr. He's also coming off from an 11-month off following a right shoulder injury and subsequent surgery after the Mayweather fight.

The final conference will not just give boxing fans the opportunity to hear the fighters talk about their training and preparations but also the expected banter between Freddie Roach, the long time Pacquiao trainer and Teddy Atlas, Bradley's new trainer.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Today's greatest news: Blackwell out of coma, talking to family

The news that the boxing circle has been waiting for finally came out.

Thanks, it was indeed good news for everybody. Nick Blackwell woke from an induced coma on Saturday 2nd April. Blackwell was in an induced coma after Chris Eubank Jr. stopped in Round 10 with the advice of a ringside physician. Here's the official statement from Blackwell's promoter Hennessy Sports that said:

“On Saturday Nick woke from an induced coma. Twenty-four hours later, on Sunday, he was talking to family and close friends at his bedside.

“He was in an induced coma for almost seven days and given the very best possible treatment by the incredible team at St. Mary’s.

“The sedatives used were gradually reduced over this period of time and finally, at the weekend, Nick woke from this induced coma.

“He acknowledged the voices of loved ones and, by Sunday, was starting to talk. It was the outcome everyone had been hoping and praying for; Nick had won his toughest fight yet.

“On behalf of Nick, his family, and very close friends, we'd like to thank everyone for their continued support and well-wishes. It has been overwhelming at times and has certainly not gone unnoticed.

“Nick won the hearts of over three million (television) viewers with an astonishing display of all-action bravery and determination. In the past week, however, he has humbled millions more. He's a fighter. He's a warrior. He's a true champion and gentleman.”

Manny Pacquiao attacked at a restaurant parking lot

Manny Pacquiao's controversial same-sex marriage comment still got its negative effect.

Pacquiao, who is going to face American Timothy Bradley anew in a rematch, according to a report was attacked by a man at Kabuki Restaurant in Hollywood. The attacker referenced the comment Pacquiao made in a TV interview earlier.

According to the report, "all of a sudden, a tall, decently dressed man around 35 to 40 years old lunged at the boxer and tried to throw a punch" but Edward Lura, Pacquiao’s friend was able to fend off the attacker.

Pacquiao is in Los Angeles training for his showdown with Tim Bradley in Las Vegas this coming weekend.

Friday, April 1, 2016

PBConSpike result: Easter Jr. stops Mendez in Round 5

In the second fight of the night, Robert Easter Jr. (17-0, 14 KOs) delivered his promise to knockout Algenis Mendez (23-4-1, 12 KOs) on thier matchup on PBConSpike Friday night.

Both fighter started slow in round 5. The fight picked-up pace in rounds 2 and 3, where Easter's long reach took advantage. Easter was able to tag Mendez with good uppercuts. But round 3 was a clear round for Mendez as he connected several clean shots to the head and body of Easter Jr.

But in round 4, the fight became head to head, with Easter Jr. landed more frequently with overhand right and uppercut. He tagged Mendez with a hard right, and Mendez looked hurt going back to his corner.

In round 5, Easter Jr. landed a cracking right hand while Mendez's back was against the ropes. Mendez went down. The referee waive the fight off. Official time of the stoppage 2:43 in round 5.

John Riel Casimero to face Amnat Ruenroeng in a rematch

John Riel Casimero (21-3, 13 KO) will have his chance at the flyweight title when he faces Amnat Ruenroeng (17-0, 5 KO) of Thailand in a rematch on May 5, in China.

Casimero hasn't fought since his unanimous but close decision loss in a foul-marred match against Ruenroeng.

Ruenroeng was branded, especially by the Philippine boxing media, as the dirtiest fighter for excessive clinching and over a dozen throwdowns. The scores were 116-110, 115-110, and 113-112, which were close enough to warrant a rematch.

Ruenroeng won a unanimous decision since then when he defended his title against Myung Ho Lee.