June 9, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS - Three times in a 30-minute sit-down with reporters Wednesday, Manny Pacquiao assured the media he is not underestimating Timothy Bradley before their welterweight world-title fight Saturday night. "I know what Timothy is feeling now, how he's trained hard, thinking this is his big break," Pacquiao said. The unsettling fact for the 33-year-old Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 knockouts), as he finalizes preparations for his 60th pro fight, is that the underdog spirit he relates to in Bradley is what helped push the champ to breakthrough victories years ago over Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, and Oscar De La Hoya.
December 9, 2011 |
ROCK ALLEN WAS apologizing for a situation not of his making and one that for the foreseeable future he is powerless to change. "I hate for you to see me like this," the former Olympic boxer told an acquaintance of long standing who was seeing him for the first time since the horrific automobile accident the evening of June 7 that left him on the verge of death. By "this," Allen meant the wheelchair in which he remains confined as he rehabs from a lengthy list of injuries that quite likely would have killed someone who had not been in such superb physical condition.
December 5, 2011 |
NEW YORK - There are two primary ways an athlete can cheat. He can artificially enhance his body with steroids or human growth hormone, or he can tamper with his equipment to gain a competitive edge. Both methods can be tremendously successful, if the transgressor finds a way to get away with the illegal maneuvers. It is becoming increasingly apparent that the awesome punching power for which Antonio Margarito once was known received a considerable boost from the boxing equivalent of a corked bat. Since he was caught with doctored hand wraps before his matchup with Shane Mosley on Jan. 24, 2009 - a fight he would go on to lose by unanimous decision once the suspect wraps were replaced with those that met all legal specifications, "The Tijiuana Tornado" has been downgraded to a mild breeze.
September 16, 2011 |
LAS VEGAS - His family disputes make interesting reality television. His legal issues could land him in jail. Worse yet for Floyd Mayweather Jr. is that he's getting older by the fight and Manny Pacquiao keeps stealing his spotlight. One place he doesn't expect to have any problems, however, is in the ring tomorrow night against Victor Ortiz. "I believe in my skills. I believe in my talent," Mayweather said. "This fight will not go the distance. " Mayweather returns to the ring for the first time in 16 months in an intriguing matchup against a young slugger who vows to give him his first loss.
May 8, 2011 |
LAS VEGAS - Manny Pacquiao continued to show he is the best fighter in the world with a unanimous, 12-round decision over Shane Mosley in their welterweight bout Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Pacquiao improved to 53-3-2 and made a minimum of $20 million for the fight. He won by 120-108 on one scorecard, 120-107 on a second, and 119-108 on the third. "It wasn't my best performance," Pacquiao, 32, said. "I did my best. I did not expect this result. " Mosley, who fell to 46-7-1, was guaranteed $5 million.
May 7, 2011
Manny Pacquiao has been installed as a 6-1 favorite in Saturday night's match against Shane Mosley at Las Vegas' MGM Grand hotel. The odds are very much against the 39-year-old Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs), who is trying to to bounce back from a bad loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. against a fighter who has been beating up everyone put in front of him. The 32-year-old Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs) has won 13 straight fights, and is so confident of his chances that he has scheduled a postfight concert on the Las Vegas Strip for all his loyal followers.
May 6, 2011
As boxing debates go, you could do worse than trying to determine which is the more remarkable feat: 46-year-old Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins trying to become the oldest holder of a widely recognized world championship, which could happen when the seemingly ageless North Philadelphian bids to dethrone WBC light-heavyweight titlist Jean Pascal on May 21 in Montreal, or Manny Pacquiao, 32, winning belts in eight weight divisions, and seemingly...
May 5, 2011 |
LAS VEGAS - Shane Mosley knew what was coming the minute he signed to fight Manny Pacquiao. He's been in enough big fights to understand his role in this one. What Mosley believes boxing fans don't understand is he's got a real shot to pull off an upset over the best boxer in the world. "It's going to get very interesting, very quick," Mosley said. Oddsmakers in this gambling town don't agree, making Pacquiao a 6-1 favorite to beat Mosley when they meet in a welterweight title bout Saturday night at the MGM Grand Hotel.
May 4, 2011
MANNY PACQUIAO is the most important figure in boxing, so it can be argued that any bout in which he is involved is a big deal. It therefore doesn't seem much of a stretch when the television ads for Pacquiao's pay-per-view bout with Shane Mosley hype the Saturday matchup of future Hall of Famers as the "biggest fight of the year. " It may turn out to be just that. But even as Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs) prepares to defend his WBO welterweight title against Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs)
April 26, 2011
ONE OF THE THINGS that binds us to sports is our fascination with the statistics they generate. Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak. Cal Ripken Jr.'s 2,632 consecutive games played. Wilt Chamberlain's monster 100-point and 55-rebound games. Jerry Rice's 197 touchdown receptions. Archie Moore's 131 knockout victories. Those numbers are as familiar to fans as the dates of loved ones' birthdays. But just as incredible, sometimes, are the stats compiled by those who merely observe.