As fans we know sports are unpredictable, yet we spend countless hours defending, discussing, and arguing our points about how we believe the future will go. On Saturday night all the hours of “Manny will score the knockout” and “Chris Algieri couldn’t punch his way out of a wet paper bag” and “Manny Pacquiao is not Ruslan Provodnikov” will be put to rest. Chris Algieri will get his chance to live out a real life Rocky tale, while Manny Pacquiao will look to add another young and prime feather to his collection. On Sunday, things that seem impossible today could be glaringly obvious. We’ve seen it happen before with both fighters. For Algieri, it was the time he walked out of a lion’s den. For Pacquiao, it was defeating giants. Saturday is that impossible opportunity for Algieri. For Pacquiao, it’s another fight.
Algieri entered his fight against Ruslan Provodnikov as a sacrificial lamb. It wasn’t that Algieri had done anything special to earn his shot against the WBO junior welterweight champion, instead it was that he was the only guy who’d been up for the challenge. Provodnikov had just beaten Mike Alvarado to a pulp and few wanted to take the risk that Provodnikov posed. Except Algieri. When Alfieri’s credentials were read, many scoffed. Algieri stood as the underdog whose face was prettier than his boxing record. Surely this former kick boxer who’d never fought outside of his native New York was in way over his head… but he did have an undefeated record and could move some tickets in the area. As the fight approached the criticism of Algieri’s selection as Provodnikov’s next meal died down. Fans accepted Algieri once statements were made by other junior welterweights. The general sentiment seemed to be that Algieri was the best we were going to get before we started bringing Mexican legends out of retirement. Anyone who looked closely into this Algieri would have seen the writing on the wall. Algieri was exactly the kind of fighter that you’d choose to beat Provodnikov. A guy that would never resort to fighting Provodnikov’s fire with fire of his own. Rather, Algieri was a disciplined tactician that would punish Provodnikov each time he made a mistake. On the night of the fight, Algieri did exactly what was projected. He beat Ruslan Provodnikov and with the shrinking pool of Top Rank opponents he was selected as Manny Pacquiao’s November opponent.
Part of the official fight details includes a 144 lb. catchweight. Pacquiao is no stranger to catchweights. He last fought at a catchweight in 2011. It was also for 144 lbs. against archenemy Juan Manuel Marquez. Other catchweight opponents for the Filipino star include his encounters with Antonio Margarito and Miguel Cotto. All signs indicate that Pacquiao has had no trouble dropping down to the contracted weight. Algieri will be coming up from 140, though he’s officially weighed as high as 143 1/2 pounds as recently as July of 2013.
The Tale of the Tape
LAST 5 AVG WEIGHT
General Santos City, Philippines
# OF TITLE FIGHTS
RECORD IN TITLE FIGHTS
Born and raised in Huntington, New York, Chris Algieri is 30 years old. If you’ve seen the 24/7 episode, you likely know that Algieri lives in his parents basement. Algieri began his professional combat career as a kickboxer. He amassed a 20-0 record that included a couple of world titles before moving onto boxing. Algieri also has a Bachelors and Masters degree to add to his accolades, which also include wrestling and martial arts.
Chris Algieri isn’t the only one who can multi-task. Manny Pacquiao is the 35-year-old boxepolitician/basketball head coach/point guard/snooker expert/fatheweight loss motivator and family man who remains one of the premier fighters in all of boxing. His story is now legend. He began as a minimumweight who kept rocks in his pocket to make weight and now sits atop the boxing world as one of the biggest stars in the sport.
The Interesting Bits
Algieri held titles at 147 and 154 pounds as a kick boxer. Can you guess which other former world champion held a kickboxing title before becoming a professional prizefighter?
This will be the 19th pay-per-view that Manny Pacquiao has headlined.
Despite being 30 years old, Algieri isn’t a fighter with a lot of miles on him. He didn’t turn pro until he was 24 years old.
After losing to Floyd Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya was tasked with choosing his next opponent for a mega fight. His first choice was Ricky Hatton. Hatton was offered the fight and rejected because he would not have enough time to get in shape for the fight. The other two options were Miguel Cotto (if he got past Antonio Margarito) and Manny Pacquiao. De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao was signed with an undercard that featured Juan Manuel Lopez, Victor Ortiz, Danny Jacobs, Danny Garcia, and the can man himself Adrien Broner.
Prior to Algieri facing Ruslan Provodnikov, Robert Garcia had picked Chris Algieri to pull off the upset. While some laughed at the pick, Garcia had seen Algieri live and in person when Algieri spent a couple of weeks in two separate camps training with Garcia. Algieri was able to spar both Brandon Rios and Marcos Maidana during his time there giving Garcia a good sense for how he would do against Provodnikov.
When Pacquiao moved up to super featherweight to face Mexican legend Erik Morales we first learned of Manny’s love of his Cleto Reyes gloves. In this fight Manny’s then promoter negotiated quickly with Morales’ camp in order to secure the fight (and payday.) In the negotiation, he accepted whatever gloves Morales wanted. Morales’ preference was Winning Gloves. Winning Gloves are sometimes nicknamed as pillows because of the extra protection they offer to fighters with less durable hands. That would be the last time Pacquiao would taste defeat for a long time. Morales would consistently beat the one-dimensional Pacquiao to the punch, while taking everything the southpaw could throw at him. Pacquiao was very upset. He claimed he didn’t want to use the Winning gloves and if he fought Morales again with his gloves, he’d surely knock him out. Morales, perhaps laughing, said okay let’s do it again. We’ll use your type of gloves and I’ll beat you again. Morales would regret that. In the 2nd round of their 2nd fight, Pacquiao sent Morales flying across the ring with only the ropes keeping him from landing in the 3rd row. Again, in the 6th the referee would hold him up from being knocked down officially. The end would come in the 10th when the fight was stopped. Pacquiao was right. The rubber match would ultimately be a bring-your-own-gloves match with Pacquiao in his beloved Reyes’ and Morales in his pillows. Pacquiao would put him away much quicker in the finale.
Algieri got his start as a boxer due to the lack of quality kickboxing sparring partners. Most guys he found to spar with were boxers. As Algieri held his own against them, trainers began to compliment Algieri on his skill. As he improved as a boxer it became a logical step for him to transition from kickboxing to boxing.
It's unlikely that Algieri is looking past Manny Pacquiao, but he once stated that his dream fight would be Amir Khan.
Algieri’s ultimate goal is two-fold. One is to win a world title—which he’s accomplished—and the other is to become a doctor. Should Algieri beat Pacquiao, it might be time to consider giving him a doctorate in boxing.
Algieri’s preferred emphasis when he becomes a doctor is cardiology. He’s said he’d like to be a ringside physician in the future. It’s one way to get easy access to all the best fights.
Algieri, being 50% Argentine, is fluent in Spanish. (The other 50% is Italian.)
Manny Pacquiao - Freddie Roach
The tale of Manny Pacquiao and Freddie Roach’s legendary collaboration is as much a story of fate as any great love story. Pacquiao was a twice beaten, wild, and a gifted offensive fighter without any defense to show for it when his manager brought him to America. He brought Pacquiao specifically to the Wild Card Boxing Club in West Hollywood, California on a mission to find Pacquiao a proper trainer. Freddie Roach agreed to work out Pacquiao and after 1 round of mitt work, Roach said, “this kid can fight.” That’s where it all began. They officially began in the ring as a late fill in against IBF super featherweight Lehlo Ledwaba. Pacquiao, unknown to the American public, would devastate Ledwaba. Ledwaba would taste the canvas, suffer a broken nose, and ultimately finish the fight on his back. Roach is 54 and a former prizefighter himself. He was an all-action, blood and guts featherweight who became known for his ability to absorb punishment. Roach trained under Eddie Futch, a legend in his own regard, and cites Futch as the source of much of his own success as a trainer. As a trainer, Roach has amassed one of the deepest talent pools in all of boxing. He currently trains WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, lineal and WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto, former WBO junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov, Zou Shiming, Antonio DeMarco, Lucian Bute, Ik Yang, rising prospect Frankie Gomez as well as a slew of other young fighters. If you follow the NBA, the best comparison for a Roach fighter would be the 2007 Phoenix Suns. Roach, like Mike D’Antoni, is an offensive mastermind. His fighters are often dazzling and destructive in the ring. To cover up defensive flaws, Roach creates more offense and attacking to hide his fighter’s flaws. Most notably you can see this with Amir Khan. Until Khan faced Danny Garcia, Khan looked unstoppable and like the defensive lapses that led to his first knockout loss were erased. Post-Roach, Khan looks vulnerable and always on the verge of something terrible happening if he isn’t allowed to smother his opponent.
Chris Algieri - Tim Lane & Keith Trimble
Algieri’s association with Tim Lane began 13 years ago. Algieri started as a sparring partner for Lane, who fought his way off the streets and into a more stable life. Keith Trimble was Lane’s trainer who began working with Algieri in his final fights as a professional kick boxer. Trimble and Lane are the two-headed monster behind Algieri, but because Algieri is still relatively unknown, they're a monster we still haven't seen in full light. Saturday the lights will go on and we’ll see if they are a terrifying duo of martial arts wisdom and discipline or a monster with a visible zipper. What do know from watching Algieri in the ring is that they have an intelligent fighter who uses his natural advantages to be successful. Algieri still has flaws, like his tendency to square up and fight when he should box behind his jab, but thus far the duo have guided Algieri to success. Saturday should reveal a lot about them. If they were an NBA coach, we’d compare them to Steve Kerr. Kerr is off to a hot start with his first gig as a coach. He’s got his team playing tremendous defense with a very potent brand of offense, but it’s still far too early to tell just how good of a coach he is.
Official purses have yet to be released, though Bob Arum has stated that Manny Pacquiao is earning a minimum of $20 million dollars for Saturday’s fight. For Algieri, the rumored amount is $1.5 million with upside for pay-per-view. In the same interview that Arum stated that Pacquiao would be earning $20 million, he stated that Algieri’s camp in general would earn $2.75 million.
The 474 total landed punches by Manny Pacquiao on Antonio Margarito ranks 11th as the most punches landed all-time in a fight tracked by Compubox.
Pacquiao lands 34% of his total punches. His opponents land 25%. Landing one in four punches may seem like a lot, but it’s good enough to be rated the 11th most elusive fighter in all of boxing.
Pacquiao ranks 4th as the most accurate power puncher in the sport.
Sorry for the lack of Compubox info, but they've put up a paywall for their stats.
For a comparison of where Algieri ranks amongst previous opponents, here are Pacquiao's last 4 opponents:
Marquez III +500
Marquez IV +225
Bradley II +182
If you're unfamiliar with a Vegas money line, what this means is that if you were betting $100, you'd win the amount above. So if you bet Marquez to win outright in their fourth encounter, Vegas would have paid you $225. On the reverse, if you are betting a favorite, or if you were betting on Pacquiao beating Algieri outright, you'd have to bet 700 dollars on Bovada to win 100 dollars. Another note is that Algieri was anywhere from +375 to +575 heading into his match with Ruslan Provodnikov. Your Best Bet There’s very little value in any bet other than Algieri by decision. Its unlikely Algieri can stop Manny Pacquiao, let alone score some miraculous one-punch knockout. It's a safe bet and should yield a solid payout for very little risk. More in the comments.
Hello and welcome!!! You've found yourself at the /boxing Official Controversy Clear-Up thread. What will this thread provide /boxing users you might ask? Well, we're going to take a second look at some controversial fights of the past; provide some historical perspective and then give them a thorough round-by-round examination. This is also a place for opposite opinions to be expressed in detail. If you believe fighter X won, not fighter Y after reading the breakdown, please feel free to give an explanation. It's my hope this thread will provide a place for dialogue within the community about some of history’s most controversial fights. With that said, we all know there about the upcoming PPV fight between Manny "Pac Man" Pacquiao and Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios this weekend. I felt it would only be prudent to take a look back at the welterweight showdown between the 2 in this edition of Controversy Clear-Up.
Timothy Bradley was not the marquee name you'd usually see as the "B" side of a Pacquiao fight, but quietly Bradley managed to beat some of the best names in his division. Prior to the fight with Pacquiao, Bradley spent the majority of his career at junior welterweight where he beat names like Kendal Holt, Lamont Peterson, Devon Alexander, & Miguel Vazquez. He also beat Luis Carlos Abregu & Joel Casamayor at the welterweight limit. Bradley was known for finding a way to win, even when he was in against talented opposition. He entered the fight with an extremely impressive record of 28-0-0. Manny Pacquiao, what more needs to be said? He's the biggest ambassador to the sport there is. He's provided so many casual sports fans round the world a reason to want to watch boxing. He remains the first and only eight division world champion, a national Filipino icon and an active congressman. He began his fighting career long ago at flyweight and slowly moved up the divisions eventually getting as high as jr middleweight. Manny is more famously known for trilogies with Erik Morales and Juan Manuel Marquez (now a quadrilogy). Leading up to this fight, Manny had recently beat Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, Shane Mosley and Juan Manuel Marquez. Manny entered the fight with an equally impressive record of 54-3-2.
Bradley was not the only name on the table for Pacquiao's return to the ring. A fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez was tossed around, and Lamont Peterson was also in the running. Ultimately Bradley got the nod. His record going into the Pacquiao fight was enough to have him on many people's P4P list but he was overwhelmingly considered the underdog.. Bradley showed up to the pre-fight press conference with an oversized ticket for "Bradley-Pacquiao II" because he was so confident he'd win and there would be a rematch! The betting odds remained clearly in Pacquiao's favor, with Bradley a 7-2 underdog. The fight was broadcast live as an HBO PPV which had approximately 900K buys.
Tale of the Tape
General Santos City, Philippines
Palm Springs CA, USA
5' 6 1/2''
Round 1: Bradley began the action popping the jab in 2’s and 3’s and effectively maintains distance. Bradley lands a right hand behind a tripled up jab roughly 45 seconds into the fight, which is the first clean punch landed by either fighter. Manny starts letting his left hand go halfway through the round, but Bradley seems to be just out of reach. With a minute left Bradley throws a three punch combo, all of which are blocked.or avoided by Manny. Roughly 30 seconds left, Manny lands a left on the chin of Bradley, but it doesn't have a ton of power behind it. Bradley immediately answers back with a combo of his own, which Manny ducking, pivoting, and ducking under two more punches. With 15 seconds left Manny grazes Bradley with a left-right combo to which the crowd goes wild. Then Manny lands a solid straight left again to the chin of Bradley. This is a hard round to score; both fighters had their good and bad points. Bradley was effective at keeping Manny at bay by doubling and tripling his jab while Manny eventually towards the end of the round had some success with the straight left. Manny was lunging with a lot of his shots and just missing. Bradley wins this round because he landed the cleaner more telling blows and managed to keep Manny at bay with his jab. Manny spent the majority of the round lunging in while Bradley was just out of reach.
Bradley 10 - 9
Round 2: A slow first 30 seconds before Manny lands a jab to the midsection of Bradley. I believe the punch was cleanly landed because of the way Bradley reacts, he tries to come right back at Manny throwing a wide left hook. Manny's able to get off first though with a tight left hook of his own which lands perfectly on Bradley chin completely nullifying the return fire (sometimes the best defense is a good offense and this exchange proves it). This was the best punch landed for Manny so far and put him up in the round. Manny then throws a one-two, Bradley gets underneath and both shots miss. They clinch in the middle of the ring, While Manny holds Bradley’s left hand during the clinch, Bradley throws 17 shots with his free right hand, Manny just covers up. Bradley’s blows get around Manny's elbow, landing on the body while the shots he throws to the head are all blocked by Manny's glove. Manny was waiting for the referee to break them apart it seemed, Bradley wasn't waiting for anything and went to work. I'd say the round is currently tied with just over 2 minutes to go. Halfway through neither man is dominate. Bradley keeps moving back to create space, and it pays off when Manny leans too far in and he's able to split Manny's guard with a right hand that lands and moves Manny to the ropes. Manny's not hurt, but the punch clearly had an effect. With his back against the ropes, Manny throws a looping left while pivoting out 180 degrees around Bradley, bringing the fight back to the center. They spend the final minute slipping each other’s punches. About half way through, Manny throws a big left hand which Bradley clearly catches in his glove but the crowd goes wild. This round again goes to Bradley, he landed cleaner power punches throughout the round and the controlled the distance and made Manny miss often.
Bradley 10 - 9
Round 3: Bradley initially comes out aggressive, shoots out a double jab then lands a straight right behind it. After that first exchange the pace of this round slows drastically for the next full minute. With 1:42 seconds left Manny lands a solid jab, but Bradley manages to duck under the incoming left hand. With 35 seconds left the crowd is going wild for Manny, as he pressures Bradley from the middle of the ring to the ropes with jabs and left hands. One left hand lands for Manny while Bradley is maneuvering himself backwards. He meets the ropes and immediately clinches. With 15 seconds left, both fighters are trying to leave their mark in an otherwise relatively uneventful round. Manny lands a good right hand, but misses with the left as Bradley ducks under it. Bradley lands a right to the shoulder and a solid left to the body. This round goes to Manny who landed more, harder punches.
Round 4: In the first 20 seconds Bradley lands some good body shots, and the fight turns from an outside fight to an inside fight. Bradley is landing more punches, but Manny is landing the harder punches. 45 seconds into the round, while pressed against each other Bradley reaches around and throws a left hook which lands on Manny's shoulder. Manny reacts with lightening reflexes by coming up and over with a stinging right hook directly to the chin of Bradley. In the next notable exchange there is a little more distance between the fighters, Bradley throws a right hand over a ducking Manny who then capitalizes on the fact that both of Bradley's hands are down by landing a clean right hook to Bradley’s chin. Over the next 40 seconds both fighters exchange body shots, Manny seems unwilling to exchange in clinches while Bradley fires away. With 1:12 seconds left, Bradley throws a 5 punch combination, all to the head with roughly 3 landing clearly. Manny's starting to find the distance with his jab and then as both fighters find themselves close together Manny lands a left hook to the chin of Bradley, dazing him. Manny follows up with a flurry of punches 95% of which Bradley steers clear of. Bradley, dazed and confused from the onslaught, moves backwards out of range. With 38 seconds left in the round, you can see Bradley take a step back and apparently roll his ankle and almost fall. Manny pounces, finding a dazed and injured Bradley hard to hit. Manny's loading up on his shots, which is giving Bradley extra time to manipulate his upper body to stay safe. Bradley clinches with 25 seconds left and doesn't want to let go! With the referees help Manny manages to wretch himself free and action resumes. Manny lands another vicious left to the chin of Bradley and then completely avoids all the return fire. As the bell is ringing Bradley gets in one big overhand right, that doesn't phase Manny. This was the first round which was easy to judge, Manny was clearly the aggressor landing the bigger, more powerful shots. He had Bradley dazed towards the end of the round as well.
Round 5: A slow 1st minute. Neither fighter is putting on any discernible. Both fighters flash jabs at each other, but they are either blocked, parried or slipped. 55 seconds into the round Manny lands a blazing fast right-left combo to Bradley's head. Bradley ducks down and maneuvers himself back to the center of the ring where Manny lands a lunging right hand. Bradley is having limited success so far in this round, he's landed only a handful of jabs and a few straight right hands that seemed to have little to no impact on Manny. Following the narrative of this fight, the last minute of the round heats up. Bradley gets in a nice overhand right, which elicited a barrage of counter attacks from Manny, most miss or go over Bradley's head as he's ducking and moving backwards. After that exchange both fighters find themselves in the center of the ring again and the most notable exchange of this round happens. With 36 seconds left Manny rocks Bradley with a tight, perfectly timed hybrid left hook/uppercut as Bradley was leaning in. Manny immediately tried to follow up, but Bradley manages to get himself out of harm’s way and tie up. After the break, Manny gets in another nice right hook. The last 15 seconds of this round are intense, with both men squaring up and swinging for the fences. Both men land hooks on each other, but Bradley is the one moving backwards from the power. Manny wins this round, by clearly landing harder cleaner punches and staggering Bradley backwards one time.
Round 6: Bradley opens the round by landing 2 jabs in the first 30 seconds. Manny seems to be taking it slow, not really throwing too much, but utilizing lateral movement. A little over a minute into the round Bradley catches Manny on the way in with a right hand, it’s a solid punch but doesn't detour Manny. Halfway through the round, Bradley continuing to move backwards and doubling the jab as a tactic to keep Manny at a safe distance. Manny, bobbing and feinting, waiting for his opening. A little over midway through the round both men land good fight hands, at this point the round's still completely up in the air for anyone. With 1:01 left, Bradley lands a right hook off the ropes on Manny's exposed chin. Manny answers back with 2 clean body shots, before Bradley ducks, pivots and moves back to the center of the ring. The leather is flying now, both combatants making their presence known. Bradley with another right hook, this time to the top of Manny's head. Manny answers back with a beautifully placed straight right hand to the sternum. Manny gets Bradley stuck in the corner, but fails to land any meaningful shots. Then the infighting begins again, but this time Manny's the aggressor landing a couple uppercuts and a left hand. Manny takes this round, although the fighting didn't really start until halfway through the round, once it began Manny took control. Manny kept finding ways to close the gap and land solid power punches, Bradley was surprisingly inactive during this round.
Manny 10 - 9
Round 7: Considering the previous rounds of this fight, the first minute of the 7th round could be considered action packed. Both fighters are trading multiple shots, neither having consistence success. Bradley will land a shot or too, then Manny gets out of the way then Manny would land a shot or two before Bradley would find his way to safety. 45 seconds into the round the fighters square up with each other and begin to exchange. Bradley is comes in, lands shots, and attempts to back out but isn’t quick enough. Manny catches him with a hard right hand to the body. Bradley take a couple steps back. This is truly an action packed round, but Bradley has the edge so far. He’s standing right in the pocket and making Manny miss shots left and right. With 42 seconds left Bradley lands one of his best punches of the fight, a right uppercut that slips under the guard of Manny. Manny takes it well and comes back landing a looping left hook. Not much happens in the last 30 seconds of the round; both men are beginning to show signs of fatigue. This is the definition of a swing round and it really depends on what you favor as a judge. I have to give it to Bradley because he landed significantly more punches then Manny and his defense was tight.
Bradley 10 - 9
Round 8: The 8th starts with Bradley jabbing to create distance, and Manny content following him around for the first 50 seconds. Then a minor exchange happens where Bradley manages to find a home for a left and a right hook. With a 1:40 left Bradley initiates an exchange; to which Manny lands a thumping right hand on Bradley’s guard. While ducking backwards, Manny lands a perfectly placed and timed left hand to the chin of an incoming Bradley. The punch seemed to stop Bradley from moving forward for the next couple seconds. Manny pounces with a lunging right hand on Bradley's chin. Manny is really dominant over the first half of this round. A little later on Bradley finds himself directly in front of Manny, whose back is against the ropes. Bradley starts firing off body shots, but only lands one. The majority of the action in this round took place during the middle, in which Manny dominated. The remainder of the round is fought at a relatively slow pace with Manny landing the only significant punches.
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Watch here via TopRank.TV or ESPN3 Starts at 1:00 PM pacific This is the final press conference and final time Bradley and Pacquiao will see each other before the weigh-in. This will be the last time to talk about hungerness, agreesiveness, and killer instinct. 1:05 we start. Arum talks about how promoters talk about competitive matches all the time and most of the time they're lying. The only way to know if a fight is competitive is to go out to the sports book and look at the betting. He says the line is under 2 to 1 with Manny being the favorite. It's a competitive match, as is the Martinez-Cotto fight in June. The odds on that one are also 2 to 1. He says Alvarado and Marquez is around 2 to 1. (lol, that's bullshit) He says don't listen to the promoters, look at the sportsbook if you want to see which fights are competitive. He clowns Richard Stern about hanging the wrong posters for the fights. (Referencing the Mayweather-Maidana signs and billboards everywhere at MGM) Richard Stern is reading some pre-made up speech. Manny in the corner of the screen looks fucking bored, maybe he's focusing on understanding what this guy is saying. Maybe he's eager to go play a 2 on 2 hoops game. Him and buboy vs Pacman and Shane Mosley's monkey. Richard Stern has a terrific head of hair. That shit is dense. It looks like a faded Brillo pad. Arum puts on some spiffy glasses thanking Tecate and mentions a mail-in rebate. Buy a pack of tecate and get 25 bucks off the fight. Also thanks Smart Communications of the Philippines. And lastly, thanks Playstation and ps4. Arum joking about playstation, saying he had no clue what it was but they taught him how to play and that it was actually kind of fun. Introducing the new chairman of the Nevada State Athletic, a long name. The last two were Francisco Aguilar. He says after 3 weeks of basketball, it's time to get ready for a real sport. lol. He kept it short and disappeared. Arum's build up for him was longer than his speech. Arum talking about HBO now. Says it's by far and wide the leading, premium network in the US if not the world. It's 5 times the size of any other premium network from the standpoint of reach and from the standpoint of revenue. It's revenue last year was close to $2 billion dollars (or Manny's tax debt), no other premium network earned as much as $500 million dollars. Not only is it the most successful, but it brings the public the greatest in entertainment. We all know the sopranos and sex in the city, game of thrones, true detective (great show), silicon valley, veep, on an on. The best is on HBO... Every single star in boxing was made on HBO. He goes down the list, Leonard, Hagler, Foreman, Tyson, Cotto, Martinez, Pacquiao, Mayweather, Marquez, Bradley, Golovkin, and Kovalev. And don't forget, on May 31st in Macau (which is vying to become the new big center in boxing) there will be an incredible program of 3 featherweight championship fights including Donaire and Simpawe (which will be on HBO in the afternoon on delay) along with Groves and Froch. (NOT BAD!) HBO, whatever you chirpers are talking about, there is no question HBO stands for quality at the highest level, in particular the PPV department. Mark something takes the mic from HBO. "Thank you Bob, i'll see you all Saturday night." He tries to walk off. Comes back. He says Bob covered everything. He talks about the next 8 weeks of fights. He says Pacquiao-Bradley is the best fight of the first half of the year (can't argue with that.) This guy is just reading from a paper, I got no time for that. I like when dudes shoot straight. After this fight, Manny will be one of only 2 to generate over $700 million in pay-per-view revenue. He reminds us about 24/7 Thursday night. Friday from 6-9 on HBO, there's a program block for the weigh-in, the face off, all 3 episodes of 24/7 and a replay of the weigh-in. Then there's a replay again at midnight on espn2, and during the day on Saturday. Then on 7-830 on HBO latino will air the untelevised undercard before the main card begins on PPV. Arum welcomes the president of the WBO. Francisco Paco Valcarso (Arum struggled with his name, lol) This guy has no speech written. He shakes Manny's hand. He talks about the first fight and finally the rematch. He's thanking people. He assures everyone they will watch the fight of the year. Arum acknowledges the presence of Zou Shiming in the audience, the pride of China, 2 time gold medalist. He says the TV ratings for his fights dwarf anything he's seen. Around $40 million watching. He says Shimings wife is voicing a weekly 2 hour program in China about boxing. Sounds really cool, I wish we could get that here. It sounds like it's gonna be half archive/history and half backstory of fights. Arum introduces the Pacquiao camp. He calls to the microphone govern Chave Sing Sun??? Arum tells him you're a governer you gotta speak. This guy doesn't know why he's at the microphone, he actually said that. He's wearing the Bret Hart sunglasses. He leaves the mic. Now it's Freddie Roach's turn. Roach says Cotto helped, they worked as a team together. Manny is in great shape and 100% ready. Arum back to the podium, puts the specs on and introduces team Bradley. He welcomes to the microphone 'Fasha', a rapper who made a song for Bradley. Arum jokes that this is the new Top Rank and they're now in the rap business. LOL, Arum fucked his name up. His name is Fashawn and he in turn fucked Arum's name up calling him Ay-rum. Fashawn hopes people likes the record and hopes it matches the intensity of Bradley. He says everyone should get it, turns to Manny and says you too many, you should get it. He now introduces Bradley's trainer, Joel Diaz. Diaz makes some noise about recruiting, says they're ready and will see everyone Saturday. Arum thanking Bill Clinton for his kind words on the Jimmy Kimmel show and says maybe Manny will endorse Manny. Manny comes to the mic and says this is boxing and no politics. He thanks everyone he's supposed to thank. He says everything is all set, both camps are almost finished with training and are ready for Saturday. I think on Saturday it's gonna be a good fight, you never know, only god knows what's it gonna be. But both fighters are doing our best to do our job in the ring to make you guys happy and give a good fight. This fight is very important to me and my boxing career. Of course, my opponent also is very important. It's going to be a very very good fight on Saturday, don't miss it. All the fans who can't come to watch it live, just buy pay-per-view. He thanks all the fans and Filipino people. Arum back to the mic. The champeen, Tim Bradley has come a long way since he faced Manny Pacquiao, Arum says. Bradley to the stage in sunglasses. Bradley starts by thanking God. Then his team and his wife. He thanks everyone he's supposed to as well. He talks about his room and the fact that it has stairs, which he's never experienced before in a hotel room. He thanks Pacquiao and his team for giving him another shot and chance to prove to everyone that he's the true champion and a true fighter. He says he's excited for the challenge and for the opportunity. Bradley steps back and asks Arum if he said all the right things. Arum says why would you ask me that. Arum jokes to Bradley about saying why isn't the guy who's picture is all over the building is going going to fight someone real. Bradley laughs and said I'm not gonna say that, you can say that. Arum going in on MGM about their advertising of fight with 12 to 1 odds. He takes a shot at Showtime well that's why one company makes a billion dollars and the other hustles to pay their debts. He also says nobody on the undercard had to pay to get themselves on the card, unlike some other networks and companies. He says it's an old tactic but doesn't go with HBO and Top Rank. Arum says if anything he said offended, he's an old guy and he apologizes. Time for the face-off. They're moving the podium out of the way. Well, trying. Having some trouble moving it. Manny is helping them. What the hell is this shit. The tecate and Top Rank girls pose together in the center. oh boy, these tecate girls, with the exception of 1 look like 4 random girls they got off the street. Bradley and Pacquiao take center stage. They pose with their trainers. Pictures are being snapped away.
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