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Manny Pacquiao looks for redemption vs. Tim Bradley

Manny Pacquiao, left of the Philippines, and Tim

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A veteran fighter like Manny Pacquiao should know better. So should his trainer Freddie Roach.

Never let a match go to the scorecards if you can help it.

In the first Pacquiao-Tim Bradley fight, Bradley prevailed in what was considered by most boxing fans and media members a controversial decision (115-113, 115-113, 113-115).

Throughout the sport’s history there has been controversial...

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Chris Algieri: Who's next?

Chris Algieri of Huntington, left, fights Mike Arnaoutis

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Could we see Chris Algieri squaring off against WBO junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov on HBO in May?

It’s something Star Boxing promotions boss Joe DeGuardia told Newsday’s Bobby Cassidy last week is a possibility.

Algieri (19-0) expanded his national profile after scoring a unanimous-decision win (97-93, 97-93, 98-92) over highly regarded prospect Emanuel Taylor in last...

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Teddy Atlas: Patrick Day has time to grow

Freeport's Patrick Day gets ready by shadow boxing

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Freeport junior middleweight Patrick Day figures to have a lot of eyes on him Friday when he takes on Guillermo Ibarra (11-4, 7 KOs) on the ESPN Friday Night Fights card at Richard J. Codey Arena in West Orange, NJ.

One set of eyes will belong to veteran trainer and ESPN boxing analyst Teddy Atlas, who will work the televised portion of the card.

Atlas, whose list of fighters includes...

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Why Pacquiao-Bradley II makes sense

FILE - In this June 9, 2012, file

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So why does Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley for a second time make sense?

The first meeting between the two ended in controversy as Bradley was awarded a split-decision victory many believed he didn’t deserve.

The two will hook up again on April 12 at the MGM Grand on HBO PPV.  

So why a second meeting?

Bradley (31-0) has done a lot since his win over Pacquiao (55-5),...

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Mikey Garcia vs. Juan Carlos Burgos for WBO title

Mikey Garcia and Juan Carlos Burgos pose during


Mikey Garcia is looking to become a superstar. It could happen if he can defend his WBO Jr. lightweight title against Juan Carlos Burgos on Saturday night at MSG on HBO's Boxing After Dark.

It was a year ago at MSG when Garcia (33-0) won his first world title, the WBO featherweight championship after scoring an eighth-round stoppage of Orlando Salido.

Burgos (30-1-2), fresh off two straight...

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Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios predictions

In this Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 photo released

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We're just one day away from Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios showdown from Macau, China, which will be broadcast live on HBO PPV, beginning at 9 p.m.

Here are some expert opinions.

Holt McCallany, actor: Brandon Rios is a tough fighter with good power and a great young trainer in Robert Garcia, but it won't be enough in Macau this Saturday against former pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao....

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Andre Ward set for Saturday return on HBO

Andre Ward poses on Friday, January 4, the

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Of all the fights that have happened the last couple of months and those that will occur over before 2014 begins, the Andre Ward-Edwin Rodriguez bout might just be the most overlooked.

Ward, prior to a shoulder injury that has kept him out action for 14 months, was arguably, pound-for-pound, the best in the world. But as is usually the case in boxing, a long layoff can lead to a demotion in...

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Recap: HBO's '24/7: Pacquiao vs. Rios' episode 1

Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines kneels in his

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Episode 1 of HBO's "24/7: Pacquiao vs. Rios" didn't contain any fireworks, but it certainly had its share of moments.

Much of the start of this episode was spent going over Manny Pacquiao's crushing knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez and introducing the audience to Brandon Rios. It proved a little slow for those who know the storylines, but it was certainly worthwhile getting to...

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Mike Alvarado looks to defend home turf

WBO Junior welterweight champ Mike Alvarado speaks at

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It’s been a fall full of great boxing, with several more great matchups to come over the next couple of months. One fight that may be the most overlooked of the bunch is the Mike Alvarado-Ruslan Provodnikov bout set for Saturday night on HBO's World Championship Boxing.


Alvarado (34-1, 23 KOs), who scored a tremendous victory over Brandon Rios in March, has emerged as one of the...

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HBO's Gatti-Ward docu is a must-see

Arturo Gatti throws a right to Micky Ward

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An argument can be made that the essence of boxing has always been summed up in three words: Gatti vs. Ward.

The Arturo “Thunder” Gatti and “Irish” Micky Ward trilogy, perhaps the most entertaining, if not greatest saga in boxing history, was captured in a very insightful way by HBO in its documentary “Legendary Nights: The Tale of Gatti-Ward."

The Gatti-Ward trilogy, fought in...

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