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December 12, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Fans of Manny Pacquiao have been searching for explanations since he was knocked out in the sixth round of his fight against Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday. Is he slowing down? Not the fighter he used to be? Got caught by a lucky punch? Well, Pacquiao's mother, Dionisia, has an explanation. "That's what he gets for changing his religion," she told Yahoo Sports Philippines . "Since the Protestant pastors came into his life, he has not focused on his boxing. Manny Pacquiao, who was previously Catholic, used to carry a rosary when entering the ring before becoming a Protestant in January.
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March 19, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
On a hot Wednesday afternoon in a strip mall near a busy Los Angeles street corner, a congressman was beating up an elderly and defenseless man. It was almost as one-sided as the Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley fight that two judges on duty that night failed to see. No police were summoned. No 911 calls made. This was sanctioned assault, also known know as boxing training camp. You knew immediately where you were, from the " pop, pop, pop" of boxing gloves colliding in the ring, and from the moisture forming under your arms.
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November 23, 2013 | By John Cherwa
Manny Pacquiao put himself back in the big-time boxing picture with a strong decision over opponent Brandon Rios. The judges were unanimous in the dominance Pacquiao showed, although in disagreement by a small amount. One judge had him pitching a shutout, 120-108, while the other judges had it 119-109 and 118-1110. There is little question that Pacquiao is ready for more big-time fights, although one against Floyd Mayweather Jr. remains a longshot. Here is a round-by-round look at the bout: The judges are Michael Pernick (Florida)
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March 14, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Manny Pacquiao's workouts have brought in some heavyweights of life. MGM billionaire Kirk Kerkorian, Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, a slew of major Hollywood actors, famed singers and others have stopped by gritty Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood to watch the famed Filipino boxer train. Thursday, Pacquiao's publicist said “the most extraordinary thing I've ever seen with Pacquiao” happened when legendary musician Bob Dylan came by. Dylan, a boxing fan who co-wrote the 1975 song “Hurricane,” protesting the imprisonment on a murder case of boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, and formerly worked out with former boxer Bruce Strauss and at the new Wild Card gym in Santa Monica, watched Pacquiao's entire workout, which included eight rounds of sparring.
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March 3, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Juan Manuel Marquez's promoter in Mexico said Monday that the fighter was pleased with terms for a May 17 fight against Mike Alvarado at the Forum, and has had a change of heart and is open to a fifth fight against Manny Pacquiao. Marquez (55-7-1, 40 knockouts) told promoter Fernando Beltran he wants to share the Alvarado offer with his wife, and trainer “Nacho” Beristain, to get their input, then will meet again with Beltran on Thursday in Mexico City. The 40-year-old Marquez, who last fought and lost a split decision to Timothy Bradley in October in Las Vegas, previously said he wasn't interested in a fifth fight against Pacquiao, who fights for Bradley's World Boxing Organization welterweight belt April 12 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
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September 13, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
LAS VEGAS -- Timothy Bradley has never lost in a professional boxing ring, and he took his Wednesday defeat outside the ring like a man. Three months after Bradley beat Manny Pacquiao by a controversial decision, the Filipino superstar passed over Bradley and selected Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez for his next opponent Dec. 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.   “I'm straight, I'm good, I'm not tripping,” Bradley told The Times on Thursday morning by telephone while driving around the Coachella Valley.
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December 14, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
After Juan Manuel Marquez delivered the punch that sent Manny Pacquiao to the canvas head first on Saturday, Pacquiao's wife, Jinkee, frantically tried to climb into the ring. "It's the first time I've seen him like that, lying on the canvas, and I was scared," Jinkee told USA Today. That incident apparently has shaken her up so much that she wants her husband stop fighting. "I know he is still [capable] of fighting, but for me there is nothing to prove," Jinkee told the newspaper.
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December 10, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
People are still talking today about the stunning knockout of Manny Pacquiao at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday. Times columnist Bill Dwyre and boxing writer Lance Pugmire will discuss Pacquiao's future today in a live Google+ Hangout at 10 a.m. Is there a fifth Pacquiao-Marquez fight in the future? As Lance Pugmire wrote over the weekend , "Marquez, at 39, might never have an opportunity to walk away from fighting on such a high after his dramatic moment of vindication that followed three bitter decisions against Pacquiao: two losses and a draw.
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November 19, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
In the buildup to his fight with Brandon Rios in Macao on Saturday, Manny Pacquiao has been blogging his thoughts about the fight each week. A portion of his fourth and final blog post appears below, courtesy of HBO. In it, Pacquiao discusses his relationship with trainer Freddie Roach. "Freddie Roach has meant everything to my professional boxing career and to me personally. I cannot overstate my feelings for him. "We bonded the first time we ever worked together and that was at [Hollywood's]
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December 21, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
Justin Bieber has made it clear that he's a Floyd Mayweather fan, but when he Instagrammed two Photoshopped images poking fun at Manny Pacquiao, some of his followers thought he went too far. Bieber posted an image of Pacquiao lying face down on the canvas -- after Juan Manuel Marquez knocked him out earlier this month -- with an image of Simba from "The Lion King" reaching for him. Bieber captioned the photo "Dad wake up," referencing the...
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March 8, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
LAS VEGAS - Floyd Mayweather Jr. came to sell his May 3 welterweight title fight at MGM Grand on Saturday, hyping the idea his opponent, Marcos Maidana, has a chance to stain Mayweather's spotless 45-0 record. “You can't take any fighter for granted, anything can happen,” Mayweather said. “… This guy is tailor-made to make a war.” If that's not enough reason to know his confidence is brimming despite Maidana's impressive 2013 knockouts of Josesito Lopez and Adrien Broner, checking in with Mayweather's close friend and assistant trainer Nate Jones seals the deal about the fast-moving defensive wizard.
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March 3, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Juan Manuel Marquez's promoter in Mexico said Monday that the fighter was pleased with terms for a May 17 fight against Mike Alvarado at the Forum, and has had a change of heart and is open to a fifth fight against Manny Pacquiao. Marquez (55-7-1, 40 knockouts) told promoter Fernando Beltran he wants to share the Alvarado offer with his wife, and trainer “Nacho” Beristain, to get their input, then will meet again with Beltran on Thursday in Mexico City. The 40-year-old Marquez, who last fought and lost a split decision to Timothy Bradley in October in Las Vegas, previously said he wasn't interested in a fifth fight against Pacquiao, who fights for Bradley's World Boxing Organization welterweight belt April 12 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
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February 4, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Timothy Bradley laid out some valid points about why he believes his April 12 rematch against Manny Pacquiao will be even more impressive than their June 2012 fight that Bradley won by a controversial split decision. "He can still punch like hell, but I feel the killer instinct is gone," Bradley said Tuesday in Beverly Hills, where he and Pacquiao launched the promotion of their HBO pay-per-view bout at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The 35-year-old Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs), with more than triple the number of Bradley's knockouts, was asked about that zinger.
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February 4, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Timothy Bradley won his first fight against Manny Pacquiao according to two judges, the fighter himself and a few close friends. Now that he has a rematch scheduled April 12 at MGM Grand, he's counting on a return to full physical health and the confidence generated by two 2013 victories to win definitively. “I've been ridiculed, disrespected, demonized,” Bradley said Tuesday, as he and Pacquiao took part in a news conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Tickets, scaled from $150 to $1,000, go on sale Wednesday.
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January 28, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Floyd Mayweather Jr., who opened a lucrative Showtime pay-per-view deal with two fights in 2013, was announced Tuesday as the Boxing Writers' Assn. of America fighter of the year. Mayweather (45-0) dominated both of his bouts, first picking apart Robert Guerrero by unanimous decision in May before out-working the younger, more inexperienced Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in September. "I have dedicated my whole career to being the best and because of that I have been on top for 17 years," Mayweather said in a statement.
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January 24, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Oxnard's world super-featherweight champion, Mikey Garcia, has the immediate task of fighting Tijuana's Juan Carlos Burgos on Saturday night on HBO in New York. The 26-year-old's challenge is maintaining focus on that task as blinding opportunities are laid before the 33-0 fighter. Four fights this year, moves up in weight, Manny Pacquiao. All of this chatter is now attached to Garcia, the kid brother of distinguished Oxnard trainer Robert Garcia. Especially the Pacquiao talk, which has been mentioned in nearly every recent story about the rising pound-for-pound member with 28 knockouts.
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June 12, 2012
Writers from around the Tribune Co.will discuss Timothy Bradley's controversial split decision victory over Manny Pacquiao in the WBO welterweight title fight Saturday night. Check back throughout the day for their responses and join the conversation by voting in the poll and leaving a comment of your own. POLL: Should there be an investigation of the Manny Pacquiao fight? Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times The best case that promoter Bob Arum makes in seeking answers regarding the judging of Duane Ford and C.J. Ross is that the same type of officiating accountability exists in major sports.
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December 24, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Floyd Mayweather Jr. stopped short of giving sports fans his Christmas present to the world, but he did deliver some comic relief in producing a Twitter post photo montage he described as his “Christmas card to the world.” Four photos show Mayweather holding up a wad of cash, telling Manny Pacquiao, “I'll pay you $40 million to fight,” followed by Pacquiao replying, “No way. You're crazy. 50/50 or nothing,” with another photo showing the Filipino star flattened face first on the canvas after his December 2012 loss to Juan Manuel Marquez.
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November 26, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Manny Pacquiao's bank accounts in the Philippines have been frozen, stopping him from fulfilling his promise to help typhoon victims in his homeland, according to his promoter. Pacquiao was locked in training camp more than 400 miles away from the typhoon's deadly devastation when it struck, killing more than 5,200, and he vowed after beating Brandon Rios by unanimous decision in Macao, China, on Saturday night Pacific time that he would roll up his sleeves and help with his country's recovery.
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