The Neutral Corner
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Both Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley have things to prove.
For Pacquiao, he wants to show the world Bradley got the benefit of bad judging in their first matchup. For Bradley, who scored a controversial split decision win over Pacquiao, it is about respect.
Beating Pacquiao a second time would prove the first fight was not a fluke and that Bradley is among the best in the world.
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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),...Read more »
When negotiations for a megafight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao began in late 2009, the initial roadblock was drug testing.
Mayweather, in addition to the standard urine tests fighters are required to take, wanted Olympic-style blood testing. Pacquiao balked at the demand and the fight didn’t take place.
The second time around, it was about the money. Mayweather wanted...Read more »
1. Floyd Mayweather Jr., welterweight (45-0): Is there really any reason to even explain why Mayweather is No. 1 in the world? After taking apart the sport’s top young fighter in Canelo Alvarez, Mayweather, 36, proved he still has it. His next bout is scheduled for May. Amir Khan is rumored to be the opponent.
2. Andre Ward, super middleweight (27-0): Ward returned to the ring in November...Read more »
So the WBC went ahead and rated Manny Pacquiao its No. 1 welterweight, with the hope that division champion Floyd Mayweather will eventually break down and fight him.
Is it wishful thinking?
It was wishful thinking until reports surfaced that Pacquiao (55-5-2) is in major financial trouble with U.S. and Filipino tax officials.
Pacquiao has yet to speak publicly about his money...Read more »
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....Read more »
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...Read more »
Will U.S. boxing fans ever see Manny Pacquiao fight on their soil again?
From the way Top Rank boss Bob Arum sounded on a recent conference call, the States may not be graced by Pacquiao’s presence anytime soon.
Pacquiao’s last 14 bouts have been in the United States, most of them in Las Vegas. He fought Joshua Clottey and Antonio Margarito at Cowboy Stadium and Jorge Solis at the Alamodome...Read more »
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...Read more »
Floyd Mayweather said he’s going to fight again in May and September, as part of his six-fight deal with SHOWTIME. The question is who is left?
Everyone wants to fight Mayweather. In addition to wanting to become part of history by fighting the word’s finest boxer, it’s an easy way to get rich. These days, anyone who fights Mayweather is pretty much guaranteed to earn the biggest pay check...Read more »