Pacquiao vs Bradley: Is Manny really quitting? His fans don’t want to believe it

Pacquiao vs Bradley: Tim Bradley of the USA (R) and Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines pose with Boxing promoter Bob Arum during a press conference at the David Copperfield Theater in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, April 6, 2016. Pacquiao and Bradley will face off in their bout on April 9 at the MGM Grand Arena in the Welterweight Championship.

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Manny Pacquiao indicates his fight Saturday night with Tim Bradley will be his last hurrah. There are 65,000 Filipinos or Filipino-Americans living and working here in America’s Gomorrah in the Desert. It was obvious from the foot-stomping, roaring, chanting reception he received in the lobby of the MGM Grand when he arrived here this week, they are in no hurry to see him go.

He has been a fighter for 22 years. He has been fighting here for most of the last 15. For many of them, Pacquiao is an iconic social bridge between cultures. He is their letter from home, their reminder of Sundays flavored with lechón (whole roasted pig), and longganisa (Philippine sausage) and family dinners back home.

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They were elated by each of the eight titles he won in different weight classes —something nobody before him and probably nobody this side of the distant future will duplicate. They were crushed by his desultory performance against Floyd Mayweather. No Filipino fighter since the late Flash Elorde ever formed such a bond with them.

And on Tuesday, as they rocked the hotel lobby with chants of ”Manny! Manny! Manny!” it was as though those cheers were saying, ”Say it ain’t so, Manny.”

This week, he came perilously close to saying just that.

It started with a disclaimer:

“My family has wanted me to quit since before the Marquez fight. Mostly, it’s been my mother. I want to spend more time with them. I have the race for the Filipino Senate and I want to do even more for my people.”

So you are saying, then, that this is it … that you won’t miss it.

“Well, how can I know that? I mean, I was away for a year because of my shoulder operation, but I don’t know exactly what it will be like to quit for good. You know, I have been in this thing a long time. Boxing is my passion.
“It (retirement) hasn’t happened yet so I can’t answer that. I don’t know.”

And then he laughed and added, ”I have no idea how it will feel.”

He was out on the streets of General San City in the Philippines when he was 12. He baked donuts and sold them. He scuffled for money, and when he was 16 he told his mother he was going up to Manila, which, compared to General San, was a whole other world. He was going there to be a fighter and to help is family survive.

In Manila, he found a gym in which to train, and even there he scuffled. He taught himself to sew and he made a few bucks repairing the worn bathrobes of fighters who had stayed too long at the fair.

“They made a fight for me in a place called Sabalyan,” he recalled. “It is an island in the south. I had to go by boat for three hours and paid my own way. I won a four round decision. They paid me $30 dollars after expenses, I had $20 left to give my mother.”

The opponent was named Edmund Enting Ignacio. Several Filipino writers who cover Pacquiao say they have not covered a fight in Mindoro but they do not believe there is an arena there. They think the fight must have been outdoors.

When he first came to Vegas, I was intrigued by the immediate hold he had on Filipino emotions here. Just before he fought Miguel Cotto, I tried to find out why they felt so strongly about him.

A bank executive named Maria Altarmirino told me that ”when Manny fights, an entire country on the other side of the world goes to church and prays for him. I am not a fan of boxing. I am a fan of Manny Pacquiao.

“We have a civil war down south, but when Manny fights,” Nonito Donaire, another fighter from his hometown, told me, ”nobody picks up a gun. Instead, they find a way to watch the fight on television.”
Winchell Campos, who back then was writing Pacquiao’s biography, resides in both California and the Philippines He told me:

“I have noticed a strange and positive thing and it comes from Manny. Filipinos, say third and fourth generations of them, never made much of their background. I can tell you that as his impact on them, Filipino-American student groups at USC and UCLA doubled in membership They all know the story of Manny and the horrendous mudslide in a nearby village in Baggio after a typhon. They know that Manny was training nearby and, according to Freddie Roach, the whole camp worked in the rescue effort. They also know Manny bought the wood that made the coffins for those who didn’t get out.” for Pacquiao vs Bradley

So if he does quit, it won’t be a divorce for the Filipinos of the Vegas Valley. Think of it more as their farewell to a warrior who has earned their respect and his retirement. That’s if he quits after this one.

And that still remains a very large ”if.”


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Watch live: Weigh-In, Pacquiao vs Bradley, Friday 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT

Pacquiao vs Bradley: The long hours in the gym are behind them. Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley Jr. have one remaining public event before step into the ring for the third fight in their trilogy at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Saturday. Pacquiao and Bradley will step on the scales in front of a packed house of fans today at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT. Communities Digital News will stream live video here.

Watch the weigh-in live here:

Unlike the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight, fans do not have to purchase tickets for the weigh in. But make no mistake, they will pay by getting in line hours in advance to have the chance to see their favorite fighters for just a few minutes on stage. To them it’s worth the experience.

Until the early 1980s, boxers would weigh-in early on the same day of the fight. But on the rare occasions a boxer doesn’t make the weight limit, the fight is at risk of being called off. In 1982, Eddie Mustapha Muhammed came in overweight for his light heavyweight bout against Michael Spinks. Spinks refused to go through with the fight, which was his right, and it was scrapped. With just hours to go before the fight was scheduled later that evening, the entire event was cancelled. HBO, the promoters and the boxing commission vowed weigh-ins would start taking place the day before so this didn’t happen again.

Now, fighters are given a few hours to make weight if they are anywhere close. If they cannot, the fighter who made weight can decide if he wants to continue, and the man who couldn’t make weight usually has to give up some of his purse to his opponent, which can really sting.

The networks and promoters also began to realize that weigh-ins on the day prior could be turned into staged public events of their own. Fans are invited to come watch in a public venue for free to cheer on their champion, which gets them invested in the contest.

Don’t expect any drama. Pacquiao and Bradley generally make weight with ease. They are seasoned professionals and making weight is part of the job. The fighters know each other and they are cordial. Their trainers don’t have a warm and fuzzy relationship, but Freddie Roach and Teddy Atlas have apparently decided to give each other a wide berth this week.
You will also get to see the undercard fighters weigh in, so take advantage of getting to know these athletes a little better and watch them sizing each other up as you size them up yourself before Fight Night.
ount on Communities Digital News for full Fight Week coverage including reports from ringside in Las Vegas Saturday. Bookmark this column and return to see live streams of preview programs along with our insights on the main event and undercard fights. Following the weigh in, listen to the HBO Boxing Podcast: Live from Radio Row; Day 2/Weigh-In Chat

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.

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Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley Predictions: Experts, Boxers Make Their Picks

When Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley step into the ring across from one another on Saturday in Las Vegas for the third time, there are plenty of storylines to be covered.

Is Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 knockouts), at the age of 37, too far past his prime to outlast Bradley? Can the 32-year-old Bradley (33-3-1, 13 KOs) finally defeat Pacquiao definitively (he’s split his first two matches against Pacquiao, but most observers believe Bradley was easily beaten in both fights)? Can trainer Teddy Atlas lead Bradley, in just their second fight working together, to the most-satisfying victory of his career? Is this really the final fight of Pacquiao’s career, and can he go out on top after losing so badly to Floyd Mayweather last year?

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We’ll know for sure when the two battle at the MGM Grand and on the HBO pay-per-view telecast. But before then, plenty of prognosticators have made their predictions. These are the people who should have solid educated guesses, and these are the people who know the two fighters’ tendencies better than most anybody else. Here are their thoughts. Pacquiao vs Bradley Live Steve Cunningham: A two-time cruiserweight world titlist who will look to win another cruiserweight belt next week when he fights Krzysztof Glowacki, Cunningham thinks Atlas might be the difference for Bradley. But he also cites Bradley’s intelligence. “Bradley is smart,” Cunningham told Forbes recently. “You don’t want to fight guys like Bradley three or four times. Pacquiao is still a beast. But he knows what he did wrong in that second fight [where Pacquiao got the wide unanimous decision victory]. I think we’ll see a more effective Bradley.”

Juan Manuel Marquez: He knows both fighters well, having fought Pacquiao four times for an 1-2-1 record (with a spectacular knockout win in their final matchup in 2012) and having lost to Bradley by split decision in 2013. Instead of making a prediction, he offered advice. “Bradley has to move in the ring, stay in the comfort zone and in the combat zone, use side-to-side movement, and not allow Pacquiao to use speed against him,” Marquez told ESPN Deportes, via Boxing Scene. “… I think [Pacquiao] is still in a good moment as a boxer. After that knockout in 2012, he managed to regain his position, and that is something that a lot of fighters — after a knockout of this nature — were not able to do.”Nacho Beristain: Marquez’s long-time trainer also has more knowledge of Pacquiao and Bradley than most. “… I don’t think Bradley will have a greater opportunity [to win], because Bradley is the same [fighter] – with that stinking, fast and difficult style,” Beristain told ESPN Deportes, via Fight Saga. “… He [Pacquiao] is not going to walk away [from boxing] with a loss, so he chose Bradley. And Bradley is a good fighter but we all know who will win unless Bradley becomes a different fighter than what he has shown throughout his career.”

Errol Spence: One of the most-hyped prospects in boxing, the 19-0 (16 KO) boxer — who’s fighting the toughest opponent of his career, Chris Algieri, next week — is leaning toward the fresher fighter. “It depends on which Manny Pacquiao comes in the ring and fights,” Spence told Forbes. “Timothy Bradley, it just seems like he survives. He’s been training hard and is ready. And I wonder if Manny Pacquiao is going through distractions [with his recent heavily-controversial anti-gay comments]. If I had a choice, I’d pick Timothy Bradley.”


Brand new’ Pacquiao coming out vs Bradley

Boxers Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, left, poses with Timothy Bradley, Wednesday, April 6, 2016, in Las Vegas. The two are scheduled to fight in a welterweight title fight Saturday in Las Vegas.LAS VEGAS – As time winds down to precious few for one of the greatest boxing careers of contemporary times, the very thought of retirement and being on the threshold of another calling seem to fire up Manny Pacquiao one last time.

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At 37 and ready to call it quits, the eight-division champion who knew he had done it all wanted to go out in a blaze of glory by going all out after the man who dealt him one of his few losses and this serves as impetus for the Filipino fighter to reach peak form and on top of his game.

Pacquiao will fight Timothy Bradley for the third time this Saturday (Sunday in Manila) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and he admitted feeling like a brand new fighter.

“I feel fresh and new and hungry,” he said.

Coming out of a long 11-month layoff since the richest showdown in boxing history against Floyd Mayweather Jr. and having the luxury of time to work himself back into competitive form following a minor shoulder surgery, Pacquiao is ready to come out like the old warrior as he climbs the ring for one last time before leaving it all behind to serve the people as budding politician back home.

With his shoulder 100 percent repaired, Pacquiao seems ready to relive his glory days when he was younger and stronger and his trainer Freddie Roach said the man was even better and stronger than before.

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“It was good for me that I had the long layoff. Now, I feel like when I was starting to fight in America,” he said.

Losing three of his last six fights, there were some fears that the Filipino champ was way past his prime and missing the killer’s instinct that had made him the icon of this brutal sport.

But Pacquiao said he still had it all and vowed to dish it all out come Saturday.

“Yes, I still have the killer instinct and I felt that when I started training for this fight. It’s really a good thing that I rested almost one year,” he said.

“I’m so excited for Saturday,” Pacquiao said.

Roach agreed with Pacquiao although he said it doesn’t mean that they try to chop Bradley’s head off and score their first knockout since 2009.

Going for a knockout, he said, could again be one costly mistake.

“We’re not gonna make that mistake. We never look for a knockout because if you do it’s not going to happen,” said the 55-year-old trainer.

“We never go out there looking for a knockout. Never,” he said.

Bradley said the other day he sees himself winning by decision but, like Pacquiao, will keep on trying to land the big one and cut the long night short.

“I’m going to win – 12 round decision,” he said.


Pacquiao vs Bradley fight video: The fighting history of Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley

Pacquiao vs Bradley Fight: Saturday night marks the first big boxing PPV fight of 2016 as Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley face off for the third time. Since this is a trilogy fight, the two men have an interesting history with each other – a history that means more is on the line here than just a win or a loss. Here, revisit that history with this video compiling the fights you need to see to understand the full story behind Saturday’s big fight. The full video of Pacquiao vs Bradley  compilation is below – here’s the playlist:

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Timothy Bradley vs. Joel Casamayor, 11/12/11
This was Bradley’s audition for a Pacquiao fight, and obviously it’s an audition he passed with flying colors. Bradley was an impressive 27-0 heading in to this fight, and had recent wins over Lamont Peterson and Devon Alexander. Casamayor was winding down his career – this would be his last fight. The two met on the undercard of Pacquiao vs. Marquez III, and when Bradley stopped him in the 8th, his ticket to Pac was punched.

Timothy Bradley vs. Manny Pacquiao I, 6/9/12
Mountains have been written on this fight and its controversial ending already, including my recent scoring analysis. The short version is that Bradley came in written off as just another Pacquiao victim, he gave it a game fight but lost by all accounts, won the fight on the judges’ scorecards in what is widely considered one of the biggest robberies of the modern era, and both men’s careers were forever changed.

Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez IV, 12/8/12
For his follow-up to the Bradley fight, Pacquiao took on his rival Juan Manuel Marquez for the 4th time. All three of their prior fights had ended in judging controversy – this one ended with Pacquiao face down unconscious. It was a brutal knockout, and combined with the “loss” to Bradley put the once unbeatable Pacquiao on a two fight losing streak – the first (and to date only) of his career. He took a year off from the sport after this, and there were plenty of questions asked as to what his boxing future would hold.

Timothy Bradley vs. Ruslan Provodnikov, 3/16/13
The aftermath of the first Pacquiao fight was not kind to Timothy Bradley. Accusations of fight fixing and incompetent judging sent Bradley into a deep depression. This was his first time in the ring after that fight, and he came in with something to prove – to show critics that he was for real, at all costs. As Bradley said, he was willing to die in there that night. The result is one of the best fights I have ever seen, as both men came with every ounce of their being, going to war in an all time great fight – one that is tinged by the knowledge of just why Bradley was so willing to fight that war.

Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios, 11/24/13
This is Pacquiao’s return to the ring after the Marquez loss. It’s an effective, solid performance against a seriously overmatched opponent, but it’s not full of fireworks or the kind of level we got from Pacquiao against the like of Hatton, Cotto, and so many others. Pacquiao holds a similar win over Chris Algieri – both are pretty typical of the current Pacquiao.

Timothy Bradley vs. Manny Pacquiao II, 4/12/14
The rematch that officially evened the series. Since the first fight, Bradley was 2-0 with huge wins over Provodnikov and Marquez. Pacquiao was 1-1 with the Marquez and Rios fights. Bradley fought this one like it was the Provodnikov fight, getting reckless and overly aggressive right from the start, and allowing the calmer Pacquiao to take control and work him over. The first fight was controversial, this one was not.

Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather, 5/2/15
Boxing’s fight of the century, but you’ll be excused if you decide to skip it. What was such a massively hyped fight turned out to be a bit of a dud, with Pacquiao looking like Just Another Mayweather Opponent – not significantly better than Robert Guerrero, Canelo Alvarez, or many before (and certainly not as good as Marcos Maidana). Is it that Floyd is just that good, or that Manny is faded? Hard to say for sure, but perhaps we’ll get some clarity on that question this weekend.

Timothy Bradley vs. Brandon Rios, 11/7/15
Aside from the first two fights in the trilogy, this is probably the most important fight for this weekend. This is Bradley’s first fight with his new trainer Teddy Atlas. Much has been made of that pairing, and for good reason – the two men seem to click perfectly, with the best Bradley we’ve seen maybe ever emerging in the Rios fight. Atlas has talked about how hard they worked to tighten up Bradley’s game and get him to no longer be taking shots in his fights – you see that evidence against Rios, and the corner is hoping you see it again against Pacquiao.

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Finally, HBO’s always excellent preview of the fight, looking at both this history, and what you can expect in the ring for the rubber match.

Watch the full playlist below, and join us here at Bloody Elbow Saturday night for live fight night coverage of Pacquiao vs. Bradley III.


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Pacquiao vs Bradley: Manny not sounding firm on retirement

Pacquiao vs Bradley: Manny Pacquiao is supposedly retiring after Saturday’s fight with Timothy Bradley, the third meeting between the two welterweight veterans, but there remains the feeling that maybe, just maybe, this won’t truly be it. Despite Pacquiao, 37, saying he’s focused on his run for Senate in the Philippines and a post-boxing life that includes more time with his family, he doesn’t sound truly committed to the retirement, which is something of a minor shift in tone.

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“It’s hard to say right now, because I’m not there yet,” he said. “I don’t know what my feeling will be when I’m there. I don’t know yet what my feeling will be when I get there.” Pacquiao vs Bradley

Freddie Roach is clearly still hopeful that Pacquiao will fight on, even if only a few more times. “He’s fought long enough, but I think he hasn’t slowed down at all. His work ethic is still really great. I think he still has a couple fights left in him.

“We do have an agreement, I told him once I see signs of him being — not shot, but just not the same fighter anymore, I’ll tell him and he’ll retire. But I don’t see that yet. We’ve had a great training camp for this fight, and he’s in as great as shape as I’ve seen him.”

Roach is willing to discuss possible future opponents, even if Pacquiao is staying entirely focused on the task at hand against Bradley. Floyd Mayweather, of course, is the fight that Roach wants the most, but there are other options, including Terence Crawford, who was passed over as an opponent for the April 9 date. Pacquiao vs Bradley

“Bob offered me that fight, we said yes,” Roach replied at a media Q&A on Tuesday, when asked about not fighting Crawford. “I don’t think it was us that didn’t make that fight happen.”

Promoter Bob Arum took the blame, as it were, for Pacquiao-Crawford not happening.

“I’ve told everybody the same frickin’ thing over and over again,” he said, taking over the conversation. “Crawford is an excellent, excellent fighter. A future star for Top Rank and for boxing. But Crawford wasn’t known to the people. He had been in a couple of fights on HBO, and we were afraid to put him as a major opponent on a Manny Pacquiao card.”

Arum worked in a smiling plug for the card at the same time, adding, “That was before I decided to come up with the idea of the ‘No Trump’ card, because with the ‘No Trump’ undercard, Manny could’ve fought anybody, and we’d still do a million homes.”

Crawford, who is scheduled to return on July 23 in Los Angeles, came up again later, when they were asked about possible future opponents. Pacquiao stayed quiet, but Roach was happy to field the question.

“Crawford’s one we’ve talked about. I have no problem with Manny fighting Crawford if he decides to go on, I think it’s a great fight for the world and I think the best should fight the best, and they’re two of the best out there at this point,” he said. “I would like to see him fight Crawford, but again, after the fight Manny will have a better idea of what he wants to do, for sure.”

As for the biggest money fight out there that doesn’t involve Floyd Mayweather, Roach says he and Pacquiao have also discussed Canelo Alvarez.

“We’ve talked about it,” he said. “I know he’s big. Manny’s always done well with big guys. I think Manny can outbox Canelo. It’s a difficult fight, I know. But I think when we get a look at Amir Khan and how that goes, we’ll have a better idea. Because Amir is like Manny, he’s a good athlete, very athletic and very fast.”


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MANNY PACQUIAO VS TIMOTHY BRADLEY III: It’s Pacquiao-Bradley fight week and the closer we get to the April 9 date, the more it appears as though this is a doomed promotion. The genius behind the Bob Arum PPV business model, however, pretty much guarantees that anything other than a full scale disaster will at least make some money for his Top Rank Promotions.


Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley will also walk away with a huge chunk of change, even if there’s a deal built into the contracts that allows Arum to downsize fighter paychecks for a poor sales performance.

Competitively, though, neither fighter stands to gain much from emerging victorious.

A Pacquiao win establishes the fact that he can beat someone he legitimately beat twice already. This is not exactly the glorious triumph the Filipino icon deserves for what is being billed as his farewell fight. Actually, anything short of a thrilling and destructive knockout win will be a total let down.

Bradley, should he beat Pacquiao, will get minimal credit for the achievement. Pacquiao will be labeled as past his prime, coming off a year layoff and an injury after an embarrassing loss to arch-rival Floyd Mayweather. He’s also 3-3 in his last six fights coming into this coming Saturday’s contest. The former two-division champ from Palm Springs is well aware of this likely lose-lose situation for him, but is working hard to paint the scenario as positively as possible. Pacquiao Bradley

“If I beat Manny Pacquiao I already know what is going to be said — ‘Oh, he was old,’ ” Bradley recently told reporters. “But I know Pacquiao is still great, and he still can fight. I’m not depending on Manny Pacquiao to be weak. I think he is going to be stronger than ever. He’s going to be motivated, and he’s going to be looking to take my head off.”

Win or lose, neither fighter will likely be affected by the PPV contest. Pacquiao will move on to retirement if he chooses to do so or he can pick any number of PPV B-side opponents should he decide to keep fighting. Bradley, after the Pacquiao fight, will focus on recapturing a welterweight world title to replace the one he was stripped of when he signed to face Pacquiao rather than his mandatory opponent.

At the end of the day, you have to ask yourself why a fight is being made if it really has almost zero significance for either fighter’s career. The answer to that question is that Pacquiao-Bradley III is all about making a quick score and walking away with as much money as possible. It’s about the cynical piecing together of two marketable fighters for no other reason than it may generate some extra buys on name recognition, alone. Both Pacquiao and Bradley deserve better.


Pacquiao vs Bradley III: Tim Bradley on what will be different the third time

Pacquiao vs Bradley IIITimothy Bradley discusses his preparation for Manny Pacquiao, what’s different in camp, and what will be different in the third fight.
On what will be different this time

“The training camp was different, I know that. Should be a different outcome, if I follow the game plan, if I do exactly what I trained to do. Kinda like the Rios fight, I listen to Teddy, I do exactly as we trained to do, I shouldn’t have no problem beating Manny Pacquiao.”

On the buzz around this fight

“It’s the same atmosphere. The people come out and support. The people here in the Coachella Valley, they’re always supportive of me. I just try to give a positive outlook for the kids. They always come out and support. My people here, they love me in the Valley. I try to be a positive role model for the kids, the best parent I can possibly be, the best husband I can be, just do the right thing all the time. I wanna show the fans here, I wanna show all the people in the Coachella Valley and around the world, that someone with a positive outlook on life can make it and be something. I don’t have to change, I don’t have to be something that I’m not. I can be who I am and still be comfortable and walk around and be happy with myself and my accomplishments and what I’ve done in the sport of boxing and what I’ve done in the community.” Pacquiao vs Bradley Live

On preparation for a fight

“It’s up there if they told you you’ve got 30 days to live. How would you feel? It’d be on your mind all day, every day. Every minute. You can’t have fun, you can’t enjoy life, you can’t enjoy it until that day comes. You do everything you possibly can. You train, you sacrifice and all that, but until the day happens, it’s pain. It’s pain. I’m serious, man. It’s agony. It’s pain, it’s painful, working out and training. It’s not fun. This is not fun. Training is not fun. The fight night is fun. If you get the outcome you’ve been training to do, that’s when it’s fun, that’s when it means something. But you’ve have to go through this. All of this, man. You gotta go through the storm. All of this, all the media. Yourself, you gotta go through the mental preparation to get ready for the battle. Let me tell you, man, time — time. That’s the difference between being able to handle being a champion or just being a regular fighter. Or even being the best in the sport. Most people can’t deal with the time and waiting for that time and that date. April 9th. Preparing yourself. Most people can’t deal with that. The week of the fight, most people can’t deal with sitting in that hotel room and getting asked all these questions constantly. It’s a hard thing to deal with. The pressure’s on, the heat is on, the lights are bright. A lot of people can’t deal with that, man. That’s why you don’t see gyms filled with a bunch of world champions. You don’t see that.”

On how he’s dealing with the pressure right now

“It’s just experience. This time is a lot easier than the first time, I can tell you that much. … The second time I was dealing with demons still from the first match. I was something that I wasn’t. I felt that I was trying to get a knockout. You can’t go in the ring looking for a knockout, it just has to happen. I was out of my game, I was out of my element mentally. This time around, I’m calm now. I’m composed. I’ve got a different team, Teddy Atlas, a different guy. We talk every single day. He’s guided me through this. He tells me, ‘Use your experience, use your knowledge, use what you’ve had to be a five-time world champion.’ He’s just always telling me, ‘Be a professional.’ Being a professional doesn’t always mean being the hardest worker, or running until you fall, or sparring until you can’t spar anymore. It’s all about being smart, about doing the proper work, eating right, being the best professional you can possibly be. Even when you’re in the ring training and sparring, doing exactly what you’re supposed to be doing. Even if you’re not having a good day that day, you have to always do what is according to plan, what we have written down on what our plan and goal is for today.”

On his prediction

“Every fighter predicts they’re gonna win the fight. Every fighter does. At the top level of boxing, I can tell you this: I gotta be smarter than Manny Pacquiao that night. That’s how I can get the victory. If I’m smarter than Manny Pacquiao that night. I’m not talking about strength, I’m not talking about punching power or none of that, because that can all be eluded with boxing skills and ability and knowing what’s coming before it comes. I just have to be smarter than him that. Absolutely smarter that night, and limit my mistakes. I can’t make mistakes against this guy. I’ll be successful if I can do that.”

On giving up his belt and the importance of a third Pacquiao

“I gave up my title for this bout because obviously, it’s more lucrative than if I was to fight a mandatory fight, for one thing. Two, getting this fight for a third time is everything for my career right now. Getting a win over a great legend, an icon in Manny Pacquiao, a fighter that’s been reigning for over a decade now, eight division world champion. You can be remembered forever for beating a fighter like that. I wanna be remembered. I don’t wanna do this just to be another champion. No, I wanna be remembered, I wanna be talked about. Whenever they bring up Manny Pacquiao in the future, guess what? I wanna be mentioned. ‘Timothy Bradley beat Manny Pacquiao.’ So that my name will always be relevant in the sport. That’s what this fight is for for me, for years after I die out, when I’m done boxing, my kids will be talking about it, their kids will be talking about. As boxing continues on and goes on strong, I wanna be mentioned. Just like Bob Arum’s gonna be mentioned for life, I wanna be mentioned for life.”

On Freddie Roach

“I don’t care about Freddie Roach and what he’s saying.”

On being another fighter in a trilogy with Pacquiao

“All those guys are great fighters, man. (Erik) Morales, (Juan Manuel) Marquez, those guys are great, great fighters. I don’t know, I don’t really think about trilogies or being better than them. I just need to do what I need to do and follow directions under the supervision of my trainer and my team, and do exactly what I did in training and apply it in the fight. Be smarter than Manny Pacquiao that night, be quicker than Manny Pacquiao that night, be stronger, just beat him. No particular way. Knockout, whatever. I just want a victory. I just want a win. I just want a solid, decisive win where the fans and everybody in boxing say, ‘You know what, I’m gonna give Bradley this one, he won this fight. He’s a great fighter and he beat Manny Pacquiao.'”

On this being Pacquiao’s last fight

“It’s all up to him. I mean, I’m on a fight to fight basis, too. You could say that about me, too. I’m fight to fight. I don’t know if I’m gonna continue after this. I don’t know. Right now I’m fighting this fight, it’s the only fight I’m thinking about. After that, then I’ll see what’s at stake and see if I’m sticking around or not. I don’t know. It just depends on the outcome, how I look. I’ll assess my performance and say you know what, I need to hang ’em up, or I’ve still got it, I’ve still got some time in this business.”

On preparing for a Pacquiao who is pushing himself hard

“A lot of people look for weakness in people to make them stronger, I don’t look for weakness in anybody. When I fight, I prepare for the best Manny Pacquiao, I prepare for the best Rios, whatever, how they come, that’s how they come. I prepare for the best. It’s all about the studying, great preparation, good diet, good sleep. All these things, great rest in between. I train five days a week. I don’t train six days a week. I used to train six days a week. I only train five days a week. Wednesdays are my light day. But I feel I’m in tip-top shape.”

On training with Teddy Atlas

“It’s very different. Everything is different. Everybody else spars Monday-Wednesday-Friday, we spar Monday-Tuesday-Thursday. That’s how we spar, and we videotape my sparring. It works for me. I love Teddy. He’s a great guy, I love his training techniques. He’s here not to tear me down, he’s here to preserve me and make me better. I’ve become a better fighter, I’ve become a better man being around Teddy. He’s preserving me, man, seriously. He’s not running me into the ground. Honestly, dude, the most miles I’ve run in this camp — three and a half. That’s the highest — I’ve never run four miles. Three and a half miles. That’s it. I haven’t run any more than that.”

On his fight with Marquez helping him against Pacquiao

“We got a terminology called Marquez that we use. I know what it is. Teddy knows what it is. He just says, ‘Be Marquez!’ And then that’s what I do, and it works. Mayweather’s a different animal. Mayweather does a lot of things right, he does a lot of things wrong. His reflexes, his fast-twitch muscles, his ability, his eyes, his sight, man — the way he calculates everything mentally is unreal. He does a lot of things wrong, he leans back. But he gets away with it. He’s so fast, with quick, cat-like reflexes. He’s different — I can’t go in there and fight like Mayweather, I mean, come on. … Marquez is a solid fighter. He’s a legend in the sport. I’m my own identity. I am who I am. There’s little things you can take from other fighters who have beaten Manny Pacquiao, but I am who I am. We have a game plan that we feel will work, and we’re definitely gonna use that.”


Pacquiao vs Bradley: Bob Arum owes his 50 years in boxing to these fight fans

Pacquiao vs Bradley: NEW YORK — If it weren’t for Boom Boom Mancini’s bad shoulder, Frank Sinatra’s feeling for Italian-American boxers, a posh casino in Bophuthatswana, Africa, and Nelson Mandela’s vision, who is to say whether promoter Bob Arum would be celebrating 50 years in boxing this week with the promotion of the fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley?

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Promoter Bob Arum, celebrating 50 years in the business, announces the upcoming world welterweight championship bout between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley during a news conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel on January 19, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. The fight will take place at the MGM Grand casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on April 9. (Kevork Djansezian | Getty Images)

The bout has been billed, more or less, as Pacquiao‘s last hurrah.

Well, truth is, indeed, stranger than fiction, and the truth is you couldn’t make this stuff up if you tried. This is an incredible story even for boxing.

In the early 1980s, Arum told me he was through with promoting heavyweight fights, where everyone always presumed the money was. His reasoning was that heavyweight cost too much for care and maintenance, they fought too little — and most of the time, they were fighting for Don King. Pacquiao vs Bradley,For decades, it had become axiomatic in the boxing business that whoever controlled the heavyweight title controlled the whole damned business.

And that had been true from the days when a ticket-scalper-turned-promoter named Mike Jacobs had heavyweight champ Joe Louis.

In the 1980s, King controlled the heavyweights. Arum had fallen from boxing grace financially and artistically. Ray Arcel, the great trainer of fighters, used to say that ”tough times make monkeys eat red peppers.” In the wake of King’s monopoly on the heavyweights, it appeared that red peppers were in danger of becoming a staple Arum’s diet.

Which brings us to Sinatra.

In 1983, a man named Sol Kerzner from South Africa approached Arum. He wanted to match middleweight champion Davey Moore with Roberto Duran, who was under contract to Arum. Kerzner wanted to hold the fight in Sun City Casino, which Kerzner owned in Bophuthatswana.

Since Boom Boom Mancini would be on the undercard, Arum had an even better idea. He called Sinatra, a boxing fan who was intrigued by Boom Boom’s style and his ethnicity. Arum suggested he give a concert as part of the weekend program.

Sinatra agreed and Arum called Kerzner back, and for the last time wondered aloud how a racially integrated gambling casino in Bophuthatswana could escape any negative influence from apartheid South Africa, which had created the country simply as a place to ”dump blacks” who could no longer work in the South African cities.

According to Arum, Kerzner, who knew Nelson Mandela, had received word from Mandela in his Robben Island prison that the future president thought the fight would be beneficial economically for blacks working there. Mandela, himself, had been an amateur boxer before his incarceration. This possibility that, indeed, there was such a message gets legitimate support from the fact that after his release and after he served as president of South Africa, Mandela said:

”Sol Kerzner is one of the greatest entrepreneurs in South African history.”

So the plan was set in motion. The event would be called The Chairman and the Champions to include the concert and the two title fights.

And then everything came crashing down.

Mancini tore a shoulder. As soon as Sinatra heard there would be no Mancini, he told Arum there would be no Sinatra. As soon as Kerzner learned there would be no Sinatra he told Arum, ”We can’t do it here. Now it’s your baby. Good luck.”

The fight was rescheduled for Madison Square Garden, and New York City’s reaction registered the highest number possible on the yawn decibel schedule.

”I was placing ads in the New York City papers, Arum said. ”We couldn’t sell a ticket. I was drowning in a sea of red ink.”

But a funny thing happened to Arum on his was to terminal despondency. The solution to all his problems fell into his lap. Plainly put:

”Habla Espanol?”

That afternoon, Arum met with Carlos Barba, a Cuban exile, who ran a Spanish language television station in New Jersey for Jerry Perenchio, the Hollywood oriented promoter of the first Ali-Frazier fight. The station would eventually morph into Univision. They met for drinks in the Friar’s Club. Barba listened patiently while Arum unloaded the weight of the world that was sitting in his shoulders.

“For a smart guy, you ain’t all that smart,” Barba said. “Forget the fact that the bloom seems to be off Duran, who is on a comeback. You have him. The way to use that is to put every advertising dollar you have into Spanish language media. You can do that for a tiny fraction of what it would cost in the local Anglo radio and press. You can saturate this city and reach every Latino.

“Just watch. The Spanish media will deliver you a sellout.

It seemed like an ordinary fight night until hours before the bell rang. The walkup sale was an incredible 6,000 tickets. By fight time, people were still trying to get in, but only $100 tickets remained.

”Mark ’em down to the cheapest price, so that we can put them all in,” Arum told the guy in the box office.

The night had turned into a Latino fiesta. Davey Moore was a New Yorker but the only Davey Moore fans in the joint were his relatives. Arum is convinced that the passion of that predominantly Latino crowd drove Duran to a knockout victory. It also turned red ink into black.

Arum never forgot it.

”But I was an East Coast guy back then, and when I thought of Latinos, I thought only of Puerto Ricans and the rest of the Caribbean,” he said. “It was soon after that we moved our home and our office to Las Vegas. It was there that I made the discovery that totally turned my business around.”

Arum looked around and saw Mexicans and more Mexicans and Mexican-Americans. He didn’t need to be told twice. He went off to the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona determined to sign Oscar De La Hoya of East Los Angeles, the son of two Mexican immigrants, who would become the first American superstar boxer in a long time.

It was the most significant signing of a professional athlete since the Dodgers sent scouts all over Mexico and one of them brought home a pitcher named Fernando Valenzuela, who significantly changed the ethnic makeup of the crowd at Dodger Stadium whenever he pitched.

”I had my wakeup call,” Arum said. ”I didn’t need another.”

Arum added: “After the Duran-Moore fight, I made Duran and [Marvin] Hagler. When I had trouble with the cable companies over money I said the hell with them. I go back to closed circuit. For De La Hoya and [Julio Caesar] Chavez, I sold out every building in the West. I put it in the Rose Bowl and the Coliseum. The Mexicans had not yet been coming into the Eastern cities back then, so the Garden was only half full. But I learned what boxing fans these people are.”

Between the Puerto Ricans and the Mexicans, Arum has developed a mint green army and it keeps on coming. This Saturday night, his undercard is all Mexican.

Or as Arum has learned to say with a slight residual hint of Brooklyn in his Spanish accent: “Viva Los Latinos.”


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Pacquiao vs Bradley III, Martin vs Joshua, more: Boxing fight times and TV schedule for April 8-9

Pacquiao vs Bradley III: BoxNation (UK), Noon EDT, Eduard Troyanovsky vs Cesar Cuenca. There’s plenty more on this show from Moscow, but the main event rematch between Troyanovsky and Cuenca for the IBF 140-pound belt is the focus for us, the rest is just showcase matchups with a few prospects in action. Troyanovsky beat Cuenca in November by stoppage, the first loss of Cuenca’s career, to win the belt. Cuenca is looking for revenge, but it’s a tough ask. He’s been stopped once by this guy, he’s on the road, and he can’t punch at all. BLH will have live coverage of the main event.

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Saturday, April 9

SHO / Sky Box Office (UK), 1:00 pm EDT, Charles Martin vs Anthony Joshua, Lee Selby vs Eric Hunter, George Groves vs David Brophy, Matthew Macklin vs Brian Rose. The SHO broadcast starts at 5:00 pm EDT, with just the Martin-Joshua fight and highlights of Selby-Hunter. We’ll have coverage of the entire card, though, so join us at 1 EDT. BLH will have live coverage.

SAT.1 (DEU), 5:05 pm EDT, Jack Culcay vs Jean Carlos Prada, Enrico Koelling vs Oleksandr Cherviak, Tyron Zeuge vs Ruben Eduardo Acosta.
HBO PPV, 9:00 pm EDT, Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley, Arthur Abraham vs Gilberto Ramirez, Oscar Valdez vs Evgeny Gradovich, Jose Ramirez vs Manuel Perez. The third Pacquiao-Bradley fight is also supposedly the final fight in the career of Manny Pacquiao, who is continuing to say that he will retire to go into a serious career in politics in the Philippines, and spend more time with his family. Whether or not that’s really the case won’t be known for a while, but this is a fight between two top welterweights, and the undercard is solid, with Abraham-Ramirez for a 168-pound belt and top prospects Valdez and Ramirez in action. BLH will have live coverage.

TyC Sports (ARG), 10:00 pm EDT, Cristian Nestor Romero vs Adrian Luciano Veron.

Televisa (MEX), 11:00 pm EDT, Tomas Rojas vs Prosper Ankah, Eduardo Hernandez vs Devis Perez.