Manny Pacquiao will put his WBO welterweight title on the line Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, against Timothy Bradley.
LAS VEGAS -- Let's talk about Tim Bradley's head. You know, that mass of flesh and bone that sits atop his neck and has become the most talked about advantage Bradley has against Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night.
HOLLYWOOD -- I came to ask a different kind of question, because virtually every other one about Manny Pacquiao has been answered.
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Over four decades as a promoter, Bob Arum has worked with some confident fighters. He has promoted Muhammad Ali and Marvin Hagler, Tommy Hearns and Oscar De La Hoya. So when Arum says he is surprised by Timothy Bradley's confidence leading up to his WBO welterweight title fight against Manny Pacquiao next Saturday night, it carries some weight.
Bob Arum and Freddie Roach on Manny Pacquiao's goal to be president of Philipines.
World boxing champion Manny Pacquiao says he intends to fight criminal charges that he failed to submit the proper tax documents for his earnings from boxing matches and his many commercial endorsements.
Like St. Augustine's prayer "God make me chaste - but not yet," Filipino fighter Manny Pacquiao's personal conversation with God may not lead to his retirement anytime soon.
An eagerly-anticipated clash between two of the greatest boxers of the modern era looks likely to happen this year if the two camps can compromise on a date.
Piers Morgan doesn't just interview boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, he also gets in the ring with him.
The fight boxing fans have long been clamoring for has moved a step closer, with undefeated Floyd Mayweather challenging Manny Pacquiao to a showdown on May 5 -- but will it happen?
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum will travel to the Philippines next week, where he will present pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao with a list of four possible opponents for him to choose from for his next fight: Juan Manuel Marquez, Timothy Bradley, Miguel Cotto and Lamont Peterson. Whomever Pacquiao chooses, the fight will probably generate 1 million pay per view buys and north of $50 million in revenue. But who should[ital] it be? Let's break down the pros and cons of the candidates:
Floyd Mayweather has hinted that his long-awaited showdown with Manny Pacquiao could take place in May next year.
Manny Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach has admitted Juan Manuel Marquez deserves a fourth fight against the Filipino after the pair's latest bout ended in another disputed points decision.
Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez meet for a third time in a fight that was won by majority decision.
Manny Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach talks about how much Pacquiao means to him and how big of a celebrity he's become
Manny Pacquiao defended his WBO welterweight title at the sold-out MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas, defeating Juan Manuel Marquez by majority decision.
LAS VEGAS -- A couple things we need to clear up before Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez step into the ring for the third time on Saturday night:
When one of his sparring partners said he was getting married, Manny Pacquiao helped the newlyweds buy a house.
Manny Pacquiao has vowed to end the controversy over his previous two bouts with Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez as the pair prepare for their third showdown on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Take a look inside the life of Manny Pacquiao. 24/7 Pacquiao/Marquez finale premieres Nov., 11 at 8:30pm ET/PT on HBO.
LAS VEGAS -- Juan Manuel Marquez walked briskly down an empty hallway in the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the swishing sound of his mesh pants echoing against the walls. It was quiet today. On Saturday, when more than 16,000 fans are expected to file into the building for his WBO welterweight fight with Manny Pacquiao (HBO PPV, 9 p.m.), it won't be.
Quiet weekend in boxing but a lot of questions coming out of last weekend's superfight. Let's get to them.
LAS VEGAS -- Someday, maybe before the end of this decade, Floyd Mayweather will make the cross-country trip to Canastota, N.Y. and be inducted into the boxing Hall of Fame. Leonard Ellerbe will be there. So will Al Haymon, Richard Schaefer and 50 other people with vague connections to the longtime champ. There will be a palpable buzz to Mayweather's arrival, for one of two reasons:
NEW YORK -- The Paper Champion made his way toward the stage, arms raised, a toothy smile creasing his face. These are the moments Floyd Mayweather lives for and craves, those meticulously planned, carefully choreographed entrances where all eyes lock on him. They feed his ego and reassure the most insecure star in sports that, indeed, he is still No. 1.
In a springtime of pro basketball and hockey playoffs, of NASCAR and, heaven help us, mixed martial arts, it may be hard for anybody the sunny side of the baby boom to appreciate that what took place Saturday would have been, not so long ago, about the biggest sports day of the year. Yessir, both, the Kentucky Derby, the fabled Run for the Roses, and the greatest boxer on the planet, the legendary Pac-Man, defending his title. Same day. Whatta twin bill.
LAS VEGAS -- Minutes after Manny Pacquiao's lopsided decision win over Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand Garden on Saturday -- a thoroughly uninspired performance that had little to do with Pacquiao and everything to do with a faded Mosley -- Top Rank promoter Bob Arum walked over to press row and offered another piece of discomforting news:
LAS VEGAS -- Manny Pacquiao put on yet another clinic, but an unaccommodating dance partner kept boxing's pound-for-pound kingpin from a more satisfying showcase of his brilliance.
LAS VEGAS -- It's fight night here at a sold-out MGM Grand arena, where the buzz for Manny Pacquiao's WBO welterweight title defense against Shane Mosley has picked up considerably since earlier in the week. Pacquiao closed as a 9:1 favorite and has a very strong (and vocal) Filipino presence.
LAS VEGAS -- WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao was involved in a minor car accident when a security vehicle bumped into his vehicle at an intersection Saturday morning, a source told SI.com. Pacquiao was returning to the MGM Grand arena from a Las Vegas area church.
LAS VEGAS -- Manny Pacquiao is known for his shy smile and boyish charm, a sharp -- but believable -- contrast to the raw fire and fury with which he fights in the ring. But as Pacquiao wrapped up his remarks at Wednesday's final news conference promoting his welterweight title fight against Shane Mosley, the toothy grin vanished and the world's top fighter suddenly turned somber.
LAS VEGAS -- Over the next few days you will hear a lot of good things about Shane Mosley.
Great athletes need challenges. And in 1996, Roy Jones felt he was running out of them. So that June, the then-No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world decided to create one. On the afternoon of his super middleweight title fight against Eric Lucas, Jones suited up for the USBL's Jacksonville Barracudas. He played 14 minutes that day. Seven hours later, he made Lucas quit in 33.
The questions are the same, the phrasing and the people asking are the only things that vary.
LOS ANGELES -- Manny Pacquiao won't be here for at least another two hours, but there are already two dozen fans on the sun-splashed asphalt outside Hollywood's Wild Card Boxing Club trying desperately to look like they're not loitering.
1. The year of Pacquiao. Already boxing's most exciting fighter, Manny Pacquiao became a global phenomeon in 2010, penetrating the American sporting mainstream like no Asian-born athlete in history. He's won major sanctioning-body titles in eight different weight classes, nearly half of the sport's 17 divisions. He was the subject of a 60 Minutes profile in November, less than 12 months after being named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people. He was elected to Congress in the Philippines in May and named Fighter of the Decade by the Boxing Writers Association of America in June. He won as many fights at Cowboys Stadium (two) as the full-time tenants won football games during the whole 2010 season. He sings, he acts. He fights Shane Mosley on May 7.
The auditions are over, the field is set. Over the past two weeks, fighters have been submitting their metaphorical resumes to Top Rank promoter Bob Arum with performances in the ring (Sergio Martinez, Juan Manuel Marquez, Andre Berto) and out (Shane Mosley).
ARLINGTON, Texas -- It's official: 120-108, 118-110, 119-109. It's a blowout win for Manny Pacquiao. Well deserved. Tough fight, too. Antonio Margarito would have beaten a lot of guys with his effort, but Pacquiao is simply an indomitable force.
Eight world titles in eight different weight classes.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The venue, the crowd, the atmosphere, all of it met -- and in some cases, exceeded -- expectations. Boxing should absolutely return to Texas, where the third-largest crowd in U.S. boxing history (50,994) packed Cowboys Stadium to see Manny Pacquiao successfully defend his WBO welterweight title against Joshua Clottey on Saturday. Only next time, it should come with a better fight.
Five things we learned from Manny Pacquiao's unanimous decision over Joshua Clottey Saturday night at Cowboys Stadium:
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Greetings, Boxing Blog fans. The Blog is here at the awe-inspiring Cowboys Stadium, where Manny Pacquiao is trying to defend his WBO welterweight title against former 147-pound champion Joshua Clottey. If you can't buy the fight on Pay Per View, don't worry: The Blog will fill you in on everything that's happening here in Texas.
GRAPEVINE, Texas -- From the day he collected his first boxing paycheck, Manny Pacquiao has been surrounded by yes men. Dozens of would-be handlers, many with nebulous jobs and no real responsibilities to speak of, have surrounded Pacquiao. And for the last five years, as Pacquiao has risen to the top of the sport, they have been well-paid to live a life of leisure.
NEW YORK -- When the March megafight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. came apart at the seams earlier this month, it made losers of just about everybody: the fighters, the promoters and, most of all, the fans.
Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao is still eyeing a big-money fight with American Floyd Mayweather this summer.
The many supporters of Floyd Mayweather Jr. choose to see one of boxing's all-time great small men and the most dominant pound-for-pound fighter in a generation, a fistic surgeon who's never been in trouble in his career, much less been defeated in 40 paying fights.
As far as I know, the technology of the flux capacitor is still embedded in the fictional mind of Dr. Emmett Brown. Which is too bad, really: because so many of us desperately want to put it in the hands of Manny Pacquiao.
Sports Illustrated will announce its choice for Sportsman of the Year on Nov. 30. Here's one of the nominations for that honor by an SI writer.
1. Manny Pacquiao cemented his legacy as one of history's greatest fighters.
Manny Pacquaio talks to CNN's Mark McKay about the biggest fight of his career. His next one. Against Miguel Cotto.
LAS VEGAS -- Features in Sports Illustrated. Front page stories in the New York Times. The build up for Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto's welterweight showdown at the MGM Grand has been likened to a mini-Super Bowl and is as big a boxing promotion as any since Floyd Mayweather Jr. fought Oscar De La Hoya.
As strategists go, they don't get much better than Freddie Roach. The mastermind behind 24 world champions, Roach devises winning game plans the way Adrian Peterson scores touchdowns or Ray Allen buries jump shots. And no one has benefited more from Roach's skills than Manny Pacquiao. In just the past two years, Pacquiao has defeated a skilled counterpuncher (Juan Manuel Marquez), knocked off a physically superior hook artist (Oscar De La Hoya) and routed a bulldogging slugger (Ricky Hatton). Each victory propelled Pacquiao to a new level. Each came under Roach's watchful eye.
This article appears in the November 16, 2009 issue of Sports Illustrated.
CNN's Andrew Stevens talks with boxer Manny Pacquiao about his future political, boxing and entertainment plans.
The mythical mantle of pound-for-pound champion is the most prestigious title in the fight game, perhaps because no sanctioning body can confer, revoke or validate it. There's a purity of essence to it. Only by winning the hearts and minds of the people can a contender be regarded as the greatest in the sport regardless of weight.
CNN's Kristie Lu Stout speaks with Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao about his sixth world title.
Ricky Hatton never saw it coming.
Manny Pacquiao has established himself as one of the most exciting fighters in the sport of boxing today.
The left jab of Oscar De La Hoya was widely expected to be the difference-maker in his welterweight showdown with Manny Pacquiao, the lightweight champion making his first fight above the 135-pound limit.
NEW YORK -- There was a moment Wednesday afternoon, when Manny Pacquiao and Oscar De La Hoya stepped off the boat that carried the two fighters to Liberty Island, when you couldn't figure out which man was supposed to be the physically superior fighter. Sure, De La Hoya has a height advantage (the Golden Boy is listed at 5-foot-10½ while Pacquiao's 5-foot-6½ ). But as the two men walked side by side down the pier toward a throng of fans who had gathered to greet them, it was difficult to determine which fighter had the size advantage.
You are Juan Manuel Marquez. You just turned in arguably the finest performance of your professional career when you systematically destroyed lightweight champion Joel Casamayor last Saturday night. You have catapulted yourself to the top of every pound-for-pound rankings and have the boxing world buzzing about a potential third fight with your nemesis, Manny Pacquiao, once Pacquiao finishes his business with Oscar De La Hoya.
If Manny Pacquiao had a fan club, Juan Manuel Márquez would probably be its president -- as long as Pacquiao promised to show up for the club's meetings. With his trainer. And an official from the WBC.
BURBANK, Calif. -- Intent on making his last fight a "worldwide event," Oscar De La Hoya said that negotiations for a possible megafight with Manny Pacquiao, the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, are not dead and that he is hopeful to make an official announcement on his final opponent either by the end of the week or early next week.
The highly anticipated rematch between Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao was supposed to answer one very specific question: who is the most dominant featherweight in boxing?