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“Golovkin will hurt Manny” - former GGG trainer Abel Sanchez weighs in potential Pacquiao bout

As talks of a potential Manny Pacquiao-Gennady Golovkin mega-bout continue to pick up steam, people have weighed in on the matter including the likes of long-time Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach and former long-time Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank Boxing.  Both Roach and Arum have been less than keen, so to speak on the possible bout that would require the Filipino eight-division boxing champion to go up to a weight class that he’s never been to before.  Pacquiao, the reigning WBA (Super) Welterweight World Champion, went up to as high as junior middleweight back in 2010 but even then, was significantly smaller than his opponent Antonio Margarito.  Golovkin, the reigning IBF and IBO Middleweight World Champion, has been a middleweight all his career, and was at one point held four middleweight world titles at once. The Kazakh’s only loss came to Canelo Alvarez.  Now, even GGG’s former long-time trainer Abel Sanchez has shared his two cents on the rumoured superfight.  In an exclusive interview with Phil Jay of World Boxing News, Sanchez, who parted ways with Golovkin back in early-2019 after nine years of working together, said that the size difference would be significant.  “Manny Pacquiao is a small fighter. I believe he started as a flyweight, so the size difference would make a difference,” said Sanchez.  Sanchez also referenced the bout with Margarito, but added that GGG is on a different level.  “I see Manny having his moments early in the fight, but Gennadiy Golovkin is no Margarito.”  “Golovkin will hurt Manny,” Sanchez stated.  Sanchez did give Pacquiao his props, saying that even at 41, the Pinoy boxing icon remains as a serious force in the welterweight division.  “Manny, even at his advanced age, is still a very good fighter. His hand speed and experience will be a problem for most welterweights in the world," he said. .....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJun 22nd, 2020

Mikey Garcia still wants Manny Pacquiao fight, says Pac-Crawford would be big

As eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao’s boxing career presumably nears its twilight, each fight that the Filipino boxing legend has becomes more and more special. After the 41-year old’s impressive performances against Adrien Broner and Keith Thurman in 2019, many believe that Pacquiao - while no longer in his prime - can still very much hang with the best of them inside the ring.  As such, a who’s who of boxing stars have been discussed as potential future Pacquiao opponents, from the likes of welterweight champions Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford, even much bigger guys like middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.  Among those names, while arguably not as high-profile, is that of Mikey Garcia.  Garcia has an impressive 40-1 professional record with 30 wins coming by knockout. In that 41-fight stretch, he’s managed to capture world titles in the featherweight, junior lightweight, lightweight, and welterweight divisions. He has also beaten former Pacquiao opponents in Broner and Jessie Vargas. His lone loss was against reigning IBF Welterweight World Champion Spence.  Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s long-time trainer, has said that he likes the idea of a Pacquiao-Garcia matchup. Garcia, for his part, says that Pacquiao indeed remains his top target once he can return to the ring.  “We haven’t discussed any names, everything got put on hold,” Garcia said in an interview with FightHype.com. “That would be my number one name, the target I would go after, but we have no clue.” Garcia admits that he has no idea as to how things might play out in the future, but maintains that he still does want a fight with “Pacman.”  “Originally, we talked about it, his team was excited for it, now, being that all this happened, who knows? He might want to take something else. He might want to fight someone else. He might just decide to retire, I don’t know, I have no control over what he decides to do. But if he’s still available by the time boxing resumes, then I will definitely be excited for a fight with him.”  While Garcia has long been linked to Pacquiao, a name that’s getting a lot of traction now is fellow welterweight Crawford, the reigning WBO Welterweight World Champion and one of the best pound for pound today.  Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s former long-time promoter and CEO of Top Rank Boxing has spoken about the possibility of a Pacquiao-Crawford clash, and Crawford himself also has the Pinoy boxing icon in his sights.  While it certainly might not do him any favors, Garcia knows just how massive a Pacquiao-Crawford bout will be.  “Him and Crawford, I saw the Instagram posts, Twitter and stuff. I think that would be a big fight for both, meaning that Pacquiao - at his age - he already proved to everybody just by beating [Keith] Thurman, so people are still kind of like ‘Wow!’, surprised that that that happened the way it did.” “I think Crawford has all the skills and talent to make it an awkward, difficult fight for Pacquiao based on height and reach and his IQ, so I think it would be a great fight for both. Can Pacquiao do it one more time? After beating Thurman, can he do it again? Back-to-back against Crawford? Or is he now finally too old to do it? That’s the question,” Garcia added.  The 32-year old California-native even went on to say that after the Thurman bout, he believes Pacquiao can be the one to end Crawford’s undefeated streak.  “I would probably still side with Manny. A little while ago, I think Crawford would have won, but after seeing [versus Thurman], I’m kind of leaning towards Manny, and only because of what I’ve seen with Thurman. Prior to that, I would have said Crawford.”  As for challenging fighters in heavier weight divisions, Garcia believes that Pacquiao has what it takes to play with the big boys, so to speak.  “He’s already fought up to 154, I think two fights at 154 or right under 154, so if he wants to fight some of the bigger guys, or make them come down to 156, 154, he might be able to pull it off,” he stated.  Even a crazy superfight at middleweight? Like one against GGG?  “He’s done it all, so I wouldn’t be surprised. F*ck it, do it! Go for it. He’s already a legend as it is, and he’ll only be greater if he accomplishes something like that. That feat would be f*ckin’ undeniable, one of the greatest achievements in boxing,” Garcia concluded......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 11th, 2020

Freddie Roach advises against Manny Pacquiao going up to 160-pounds for Golovkin bout

At 41 years of age, eight-division boxing world champion and reigning WBA (Super) Welterweight World Champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao has shown that he can still hang with the best in the world.  Pacquiao is coming off a masterful victory over Adrien Broner and then handed the erstwhile-undefeated Keith Thurman his first career loss to capture the WBA’s primary welterweight crown.  Now, the Filipino boxing legend continues to draw attention from potential opponents.  Former long-time Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank Boxing has spoken about the possibility of a massive welterweight unification bout between Pacquiao and reigning WBO Welterweight World Champion Terence “Bud” Crawford, while WBC Welterweight World Champion Errol Spence Jr. has also been touted as a possible opponent.  (READ ALSO: Manny Pacquiao has been on Terence Crawford’s radar since 2015) Long-time Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach has also weighed in on some potential future Pacquiao opponents.  Speaking to Chris Mannix on his DAZN podcast, Roach mentioned the likes of Mikey Garcia and Robert Garcia as fights he likes for “Pacman”.  "Mikey Garcia has called him out a couple of times, I think that’s a good fight for him, of course,” Roach said. "Robert called him out on one of your shows, that made me smile because I like that fight for Manny, I think it’s a great fight.”  The biggest name - literally and figuratively -being thrown around as a possible Pacquiao opponent is that of reigning IBF and IBO Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.  "The thing is Manny maybe might want to go a little higher and fight GGG or one of those guys who is supposed to be one of the best in the world today,” Roach shared.  The hard-hitting Golovkin (40-1-1, 35 KO) has ruled the 160-pound division since capturing the WBA (Regular) Middleweight Championship in 2010. Golovkin went on to rack up 17 more wins and capture the WBO, WBC, and IBF titles to become, at one point, the undisputed middleweight champion of the world.  Golovkin suffered his lone loss against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in 2018. Since then, ‘GGG’ had reclaimed the IBF crown and captured the IBO crown.  "There are always good fights out there. The one thing about Manny is he doesn’t want to beat anybody, he wants to beat the best out there. He wants to fight the top guys," Roach said.  "Pacquiao still desires to be the best there is,” Roach added.  A match-up with Golovkin would require Pacquiao to jump up to at over at least 154-pounds. The heaviest that Pacquiao has gone in his career is 144.6-pounds when he defeated Antonio Margarito for the WBC Super Welterweight World Championship back in 2010. Pacquiao has since remained at welterweight for the remainder of his career.  "I would not advise him to go 160-pounds, that would be a little crazy. But putting him at 147 lbs was a risk at one time," Roach stated.  A dream match against the much bigger Golovkin could bring Pacquiao his unparalleled ninth world title in as many weight divisions, but it’s not without its risks. Watch the full interview with roach HERE. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 9th, 2020

Mark Magsayo vs. Jose Haro set for September 23rd in Los Angeles

Undefeated Filipino featherweight Mark "Magnifico" Magsayo's return to the ring this year has been confirmed.  The 25-year old will be making his first walk out to the ring as a member of Manny Pacquiao's MP Promotions stable on Wednesday, September 23rd in Los Angeles, California when he faces American Jose "Pepito" Haro in a ten-round contest.  Both MP Promotions and Magsayo himself posted the bout announcement on their respective social media pages.  Magsayo (20-0, 14 KO), one of the country's most promising prospects, will be looking to gain momentum once again after competing just two times in the last two years or so. Formerly an up-and-coming project of the recently-folded ALA Promotions, Magsayo made a name for himself an an exciting knockout artist with world championship potential.  Following a split with ALA Promotions in 2017, Magsayo was inactive for all of 2018, before returning to the ring twice in 2019.  Earlier this year, the Tagbilaran-native announced his signing with MP Promotions. In July, Magsayo flew to the US to begin training camp.  Facing Magsayo is 33-year old Haro, who owns a 15-1-1 pro record with 8 wins via KO. The Washington native is currently riding a seven-fight winning streak. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 20th, 2020

Dana White doesn’t care about potential Pacquiao-McGregor fight

MANILA, Philippines—UFC President Dana White couldn’t care less if Conor McGregor goes on a cross-sport spectacle again. Rumors have been circulating of a potential bout against boxing legend Manny Pacquiao with McGregor fanning the flames when he posted “I accept” on Twitter and followed it up with “tinatanggap ko” a day after his initial tweet. […] The post Dana White doesn’t care about potential Pacquiao-McGregor fight appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 5th, 2020

Pinoy boxing stars John Riel Casimero, Mark Magsayo link up in the US

A pair of rising Pinoy boxing stars in WBO Bantamweight World Champion John Riel "Quadro Alas" Casimero and undefeated prospect Mark "Magnifico" Magsayo got to link up and spend some time together in the United States over the weekend.  Casimero and Magsayo, both members of Manny Pacquiao's MP Promotions stable, spent their rest day fishing, as shared by Magsayo on his Instagram account.        View this post on Instagram                   Went fishing with my bro WBO Champ Quadro Alas @johnrielreponte last night for our weekend rest. @mannypacquiao @knuckleheadsean #fishingtime #resttime #MPpromotions #viva #MMM #teamSeva A post shared by Magnifico (@markmagnificomagsayo) on Jul 26, 2020 at 7:14pm PDT  The 30-year old Casimero has been in the United States since March and was scheduled to face undefeated Japanese boxing star Naoya Inoue, the reigning WBA and IBF Bantamweight king in a unification bout back in April, until the COVID-19 pandemic nixed those plans.  Magsayo, who inked his deal with MP Promotions earlier this year, flew to the US at the start of July to work and train with the likes of long-time Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach and Pacquiao strengh and conditioning coach Justin Fortune. Magsayo's trip to the US was also initially supposed to happen at an earlier date, but the pandemic also prevented that from pushing through.  Both Casimero and Magsayo are hoping to return to the ring later this year. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 27th, 2020

Mikey Garcia confident he can give Manny Pacquiao problems inside the ring

Four-division world champion Mikey Garcia is confident that he can give Filipino boxing star and eight-division world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao problems inside the ring, if they do get matched up.  Garcia has long been a name linked to Pacquiao as a possible opponent, and while the American top contender understands the magnitude of a possible Pacquiao versus Terence Crawford bout, he still would like to have the opportunity to share the ring with Pinoy boxing icon.  Garcia is coming off a decision win over former world champion Jessie Vargas, bouncing back from his first and only career loss to IBF Welterweight World Champion Errol Spence Jr. back in March of 2019.  The 32-year old sees a potential Pacquiao bout as a better matchup for him, given physical differences compared to Spence.  "He doesn’t have the height and reach advantage like Errol, so I think that makes it a better fight for me,” Garcia told Fox Sports (via BoxingScene.com). “I know he’s going to engage and I know he’s going to fight hard. He’s a great fighter. He's a living legend, and I would love to add that to my resume.” Much like most fighters today, Garcia sees facing the legendary Pacquiao as a way to boost their legacy, apart from the challenge of course.  “Fighting the great Manny Pacquiao would be tremendous for my legacy," said Garcia.  At 41 years old, it’s hard to claim that Pacquiao is still in his peak, but what he did prove was that he was still one of the best in the world, as evidenced by his performances against Adrien Broner and Keith Thurman in 2019.  Those two wins, especially the one against Thurman, has made Pacquiao a coveted bout for the welterweight division’s best.  Garcia, who’s undoubtedly one of the division’s top contenders, believes that he can defeat Pacquiao, who’s the reigning WBA (Super) Welterweight World Champion.  "If I'm capable of securing a victory over him and that definitely adds to what I want to accomplish with my legacy and those big triumphs. I’m excited if we can get that fight, that would be the best fight,” Garcia stated.  “I know there are other opportunities for him, there's other options that you mentioned like Keith Thurman, maybe Errol Spence or Danny Garcia. I'm sure all of these are big fights for Manny, but I would love the opportunity as well. It's a great fight, the fanbase would love that. I have a lot of fans and he’s obviously the biggest draw,” Garcia added.  While Pacquiao is among those seriously being discussed for Crawford’s return later this year, a bout against Garcia still isn’t out of the realm of possibility, and Garcia says that if he does get the fight, he won’t squander the opportunity to do something big.  "So I think it would be a great fight. If I get that, I’m definitely taking care of business and I'm not gonna let this pass me by. I hope we secure that and look forward to it,” Garcia said, even comparing himself to a former Pacquiao rival in Juan Manuel Marquez. “I can fight really well. I feel that my boxing style can complicate things a lot for him similar to the way Marquez complicated things for Manny in all those fights." .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 1st, 2020

Manny Pacquiao among possible opponents for Terence Crawford s return to action later this year

Could Manny Pacquiao versus Terence Crawford happen later this year?  It’s a possible scenario, according to Top Rank Boxing head honcho Bob Arum.  The former long-time Pacquiao promoter says he expects Crawford, the reigning WBO Welterweight World Champion to return to action by late-2020 and the Filipino eight-division champion is on the top of the list of possible opponents.  "We're going to have Terence fight in September, or October, period," Arum said in an interview with ESPN’s Steve Kim.  Apart from Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KO) however, Arum says other options include the likes of Kell Brook, Yordenis Ugas, or Shawn Porter.  "We're looking to either match him with Pacquiao, Kell Brook, Ugas or Porter." Arum has been discussing the Pacquiao-Crawford matchup a lot as of late, even bringing up the possibility of the fight taking place in the Middle East.  The problem now however, is that the current COVID-19 pandemic has made it hard for venues to commit to major sporting events.  "We're hamstrung because none of these [venues] want to commit to a fight this year because of the coronavirus,” said Arum.  England’s Brook, (39-2, 27 KO) also poses an intriguing matchup for Crawford. The 34-year old is a former IBF Welterweight World Champion. Brook’s only losses have been at the hands of current IBF Welterweight king Errol Spence Jr. and against middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.  The only problem with Brook, Arum says, is being able to fly the Englishman to the US. "And Kell Brook, if we made [that fight], we couldn't get him here." Porter (30-3-1, 17 KO) is a two-time welterweight world champion, having held the IBF and the WBC titles in his career. Porter’s only losses have come against Spence Jr., Brook, and Keith Thurman.  Ugas (25-4, 12 KO) has won ten of his last eleven bouts, with the only loss coming against Porter in a WBC world title bout. He’s coming off back-to-back wins against Omar Figueroa Jr. and Mike Dallas Jr. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 17th, 2020

‘It’s a stupid fight’ - Bob Arum says GGG fight could be dangerous for Manny Pacquiao

Add Top Rank Boxing boss Bob Arum to the list of people who aren’t too keen on seeing Manny Pacquiao go up to 160-pounds.  The former long-time Pacquiao promoter shared his thoughts on the rumours of the Filipino eight-division boxing world champion wanting to possibly rule over a ninth weight class and challenge reigning IBF and IBO Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.  “It’s a stupid fight,” Arum told Daily Mail UK's sports arm Sportsmail. 'I know Golovkin appears to be over the hill, but it’s a fight that could be very dangerous for Pacquiao.” At 38-years of age, Kazakhstan’s Golovkin (40-1-1, 35 KO) isn’t much younger than the 41-year old Pacquiao, but what makes ‘GGG’ a very dangerous matchup for the smaller Pinoy is his size and his power.  While Pacquiao may possess a speed advantage, Golovkin has a tremendous chin and his knockout power is likely unlike anything that Pacquiao has seen in his career.  Arum adds that even at welterweight, Pacquiao is already on the smaller side.  “He isn't even a welterweight really let alone a middleweight. His best fighting weight is 140, at 147 I think he’s pretty much outsized by all the good welterweights,” said Arum.  Pacquiao’s long-time coach and trainer Freddie Roach also expressed his concerns about the Filipino boxing icon going up to 160-pounds.  Pacquiao has once again become a popular dream-fight target following his 2019 performances, especially against the erstwhile-undefeated Keith Thurman.  Pacquiao, who was older than Thurman by a full decade during their July encounter, showed that he could still compete with the division’s best as he outboxed and outpointed the American for 12 rounds to capture the WBA (Super) Welterweight Championship.  Arum believes however, that the Thurman win can’t be considered a barometer for Pacquiao’s performance.  “I know he fought Keith Thurman, who had lost his desire to fight and had been out so long, but he would have a real test against Terence Crawford or Errol Spence, guys like that,” Arum stated.  “Maybe he could beat them, I don’t know. He thinks he can, but to go up any higher would be silly,” he added.  Arum previously discussed a possible welterweight superfight between Pacquiao and Crawford and hopes to be able to bring that to the Middle East......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 15th, 2020

Give us a break

A lawmaker from Cagayan de Oro has called for a temporary halt to political attacks against Senator Manny Pacquiao, saying the pugilist-turned-politician needs to focus on his upcoming bout against the American who is the unified welterweight world champion......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2021

Pacquiao amazes Roach in Day 1 of training for Spence fight

By CARLO ANOLIN Manny Pacquiao showed no signs of jetlag when he arrived at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles, California on Tuesday (July 6) Pacquiao’s training in the Philippines paid off well as the eight-division world boxing champion kicked off Day 1 of his training camp ahead of his mega-bout against […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJul 7th, 2021

Spence’s best can’t beat Manny’s best

Los Angeles-based Australian strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune is convinced that WBC/IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence has no chance to beat super WBA ruler Sen. Manny Pacquiao when they battle in a scheduled 12-round triple unification bout at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Aug. 21......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 30th, 2021

Pacquiao’s former foes pick Spence to win mega-bout

By CARLO ANOLINFormer opponents of Manny Pacquiao have added their voice to the boxing icon’s mega-bout against unified WBC and IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. on August 21.Both Jessie Vargas and Timothy Bradley Jr. believe that while it is a good fight to watch, Spence would gain the upper hand over the eight-division world […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsMay 28th, 2021

Pacquiao heavy underdog vs Spence – Chavit Singson

By Jeremiah Sevilla Long-time boxing patron Chavit Singson is convinced that Senator Manny Pacquiao is heavy underdog against Errol Spence Jr. in their blockbuster bout on August 21 in Las Vegas, but knows well that his close friend will go all-out inside the ring.  “Dehado talaga siya sa laban na ito pero alam naman natin si […].....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 25th, 2021

Ramon Ang: No endorsement of potential Pacquiao presidential run

"I was told that some people believe that I am endorsing Manny Pacquiao's candidacy. That is certainly not the case," Ang said......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 18th, 2021

Pacquiao to fight Mikey Garcia?

All indications point to Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao heading back the ring to face former world champion Mikey Garcia for a non-title welterweight bout tentatively set in May in Dubai......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 7th, 2021

Roach misses working with Pacquiao

One could tell Freddie Roach is longing to see Manny Pacquiao show up at the doorstep of the Wild Card Boxing Club one day for the start of another training camp. In an Instagram post on Saturday, it was clear the Hall of Fame trainer misses working with the Filipino eight-division champion. “A few camps […] The post Roach misses working with Pacquiao appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2021

Manny Pacquiao& rsquo;s next big bout

At 42, Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao, or simply Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao to his legion of followers, has yet to announce his retirement. His last fight was with Keith Thurman, Jr. in 2019. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 31st, 2021

US lightweight Garcia wants Pacquiao ‘with records on the line’

Up and coming US lightweight Ryan Garcia said on Instagram Saturday that he wants to get in the ring with Philippine icon Manny Pacquiao in an official bout. With Yahoo among the outlets reporting such a fight is in the works, Garcia said he wanted to make it absolutely clear that it wouldn’t be an […] The post US lightweight Garcia wants Pacquiao ‘with records on the line’ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 31st, 2021

Pacquiao keeping a keen eye on McGregor s UFC bout

Boxing icon Manny Pacquiao will be glued to the television this Sunday when UFC superstar Conor McGregor steps back into the octagon against Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 257 at the Fight Island in Abu Dhabi......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 20th, 2021

Ryan Garcia wants a shot at Pacquiao in 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Ryan Garcia has yet to crack the upper echelon of his generation but he’s already looking at the top dog of the previous one. In an interview with DAZN heading to his fight against Luke Campbell, Garcia said he’d like to fight Manny Pacquiao in 2021 in a bout that he said would be […] The post Ryan Garcia wants a shot at Pacquiao in 2021 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 4th, 2021