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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2016 4:35 pm 
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As Pacquiao showdown looms, Crawford focused on upcoming fight

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By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated December 6, 2016


MANILA, Philippines – WBC and WBO super lightweight champion Terence Crawford said he is not pressured to look good against John Molina this Saturday (Sunday in Manila).

Even if it means getting a shot at Manny Pacquiao.

“No, critics will be there – win, lose or draw. I have zero pressure from the press. Everyone keeps saying I need this or that to get Pacquiao,” Crawford told Bill Green in fightnews.com article.

“No, I need to be me. That is what got me here,” he added.

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Indeed, an impressive win by the undefeated Crawford over Molina can put him on a collision course with his stablemate Pacquiao, who is running out of worthy opponents in Top Rank Inc.’s roster.

Pacquiao has just defeated Jessie Vargas to regain the WBO welterweight championship, but said he is willing to take on all comers.

Many boxing fans would prefer the Filipino icon to next face Crawford (29-0, with 20 KOs), considered as one of boxing’s biggest rising stars.

But for Crawford to stay in the hunt for a megabuck showdown with Pacquiao, he has to take care of Molina this week at the CenturyLink Center in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.

Crawford said he isn’t even thinking about Pacquiao, and that his focus is on defeating Molina – impressively or not.

 “What’s important is winning, providing opportunities for my city and to put food on the table for my family. Knockouts come from being focused, capitalizing on your opponent’s mistakes, not by being careless and pleasing others,” he continued.

Crawford is one of two potential young Top Rank stars being groomed to fight Pacquiao soon, the other being WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko.

The Ukrainian star already boosted his case when he walloped Nicholas Walters in a one-sided bout late last month, forcing his opponent to quit on his stool.

He afterwards said that taking on Pacquiao is something he would be proud of.

This weekend, it is Crawford’s turn to make a strong statement.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2016 9:13 am 
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December 6, 2016 BN Staff

Who should Manny Pacquiao fight next?

We asked our panel who Manny Pacquiao should fight next

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Danny Garcia. I really would like to see the Terence Crawford fight but I don’t see it happening. A fight with Garcia would be exciting, plus he’s a big name and has a world title.

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I’d like to see him fight Kell Brook. I think Kell would get back to 147lbs for a fight that big, it’s another British fighter in a massive fight and it’d be a unification as well.

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Certainly not Floyd Mayweather! I would say either Amir Khan or Kell Brook, it would be great to see a British fighter on that level of the sport, plus they’d both be great fights.

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Terence Crawford, but I don’t think it’ll happen next. I expect they’ll get Pacquiao a soft defence and then maybe look to get the Mayweather rematch.

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Aussie boxer Jeff Horn on verge of ‘dream’ fight with legendary welterweight star Manny Pacquiao

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December 6, 2016 2:39pm

THE world’s leading boxing promoter says Brisbane’s Jeff Horn is just two fights away from a multimillion-dollar clash with his star welterweight Manny Pacquiao, one of the greatest boxers of all time.

Las Vegas-based Bob Arum, who turns 85 this week, rose to the top of the world’s great sports entrepreneurs by first backing Muhammad Ali in 1965 and then such fighters as Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran.

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He will be ringside on Saturday night when world No. 2 Horn faces South Africa’s world No. 8 Ali Funeka in Auckland and says he can see Horn facing Pacquiao by the end of 2017.

At a press conference in Auckland on Tuesday Arum said: “Manny has told me that he wants two fights next year and we are looking at Jeff for the second bout. If Jeff can win well on Saturday night I would then like him to face one of my former world champs, either Timothy Bradley or Jessie Vargas to build up the bout.


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Crawford camp tells Pacquiao: Be man enough

By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated December 9, 2016 - 11:51am

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MANILA, Philippines – The camp of undefeated WBC and WBO super lightweight champion Terence Crawford called out Manny Pacquiao to step up and accept their challenge.

As Crawford heads to his fight with John Molina Jr. this weekend, his trainer Brian McIntyre kept talking about a bigger showdown with Manny Pacquiao, whose ditching of Crawford in favor of Timothy Bradley and Jessie Vargas is still fresh the cornerman's mind.

“We keep hearing about a future fight with Manny Pacquiao but there doesn’t seem to be much interest from his team, especially since Freddie Roach got a good look at Terence from [Viktor] Postol’s corner,” said McIntyre.

The cornerman was referring to Crawford’s dominant win over Viktor Postol – whom Roach trains and who also served as a sparring partner for Pacquiao – early this year.

But Pacquiao instead ended up taking on Jessie Vargas for the WBO welterweight championship in November.

There has since been clamor for a clash between Pacquiao and Crawford, one of Top Rank’s rising stars. Roach, however, isn’t keen on the fight.

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“What they need to do – [Pacquiao’s adviser Michael] Koncz, Roach and Manny – is to hold hands and pray and ask for divine intervention directing them to a fight with Terence,” McIntyre added.

The trainer said Pacquiao should give the young Crawford the same chance that Oscar Dela Hoya gave the Filipino icon in 2008.

“Oscar was man enough to accept Manny’s challenge. It’s part of the cycle of life in boxing. Handing off the torch to the successor.  Manny should be man enough to do the same thing,” McIntyre argued.

He’s also aware that weight is not an issue for Pacquiao, thus making a fight with Crawford very possible.

“There is no excuse. Manny and Freddie say Manny walks around at 140 [pounds].  Both are world champions. Both are Top-10 pound for pound fighters. It’s a natural. But it takes two to make a fight,” said McIntyre. 

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Pacquiao vs. Márquez II

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Pacquiao with his trainer Freddie Roach at Pacquiao's Christmas and birthday bash in Los Angeles

On March 15, 2008, in a rematch against Juan Manuel Márquez, called "Unfinished Business," Pacquiao won via split decision. The fight was held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. With the victory, Pacquiao won the WBC, The Ring andlineal super featherweight titles, making him the first Filipino and Asian to become afour-division world champion, a fighter who won world titles in four different weight divisions. The fight was a close, hard fought battle, during which both fighters received cuts. Throughout the fight, Márquez landed the most punches at a higher percentage; however, the decisive factor proved to be a third-round knockdown, wherein Márquez was floored by a Pacquiao left hook. At the end of the fight, the judges' scores were 115–112 for Pacquiao, 115–112 for Márquez and 114–113 for Pacquiao.

In the post-fight news conference, Márquez's camp called for an immediate rematch. In addition, Richard Schaefer, Golden Boy Promotions CEO, offered a $6 million guarantee to Pacquiao for a rematch. However, Pacquiao ruled out a third clash with Márquez, saying, "I don't think so. This business is over."  The reason that Pacquiao did not want a rematch was because he intended to move up to thelightweight division to challenge David Díaz, the reigning WBC Lightweight title holder at that time.  Díaz won a majority decision over Ramón Montano that night as an undercard of the "Unfinished Business" fight.

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Pacquiao vs. Díaz

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On June 28, 2008, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Pacquiao defeated David Díaz in lightweight division via ninth-round knockout and won the WBC Lightweight title. With the victory, Pacquiao became the first and only Filipino and Asian to become a five-division world champion, a fighter who won world titles in five different weight divisions, and also became the first Filipino fighter to ever win a world title at lightweight.  During the fight, which Pacquiao dominated, Díaz was cut badly on his right eye in the fourth round.  After the bout, Díaz acknowledged Pacquiao's superior hand speed, stating "It was his speed. It was all his speed. I could see the punches perfectly, but he was just too fast."

Bob Arum reported that the fight had made 12.5 million dollars, earning Díaz his best payday of 850,000 dollars, whilst Pacquiao earned at least 3 million dollars. Official records revealed an attendance of 8,362 (out of a maximum capacity of 12,000).

Holding both the WBC Super Featherweight and Lightweight titles following the win, Pacquiao decided to vacate his super featherweight title in July 2008.

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Roach: Pacquiao-Crawford Possible, I like Pacquiao-Canelo Better

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Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach is sizing up the potential 2017 opponents for WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38KOs). Last month Pacquiao returned from a short-lived retirement and defeated Jessie Vargas for the WBO belt.

One of those potential options, WBC/WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford (29-0, 20KOs), returns on Saturday night in Omaha in a defense of his belts against John Molina. One fighter that it won't be is WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko - who Roach believes is backing away from the fight. Their mutual promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, would like to match them at a reasonable catch-weight. -

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Roach says Lomachenko is requesting at least one-year to prepare for a Pacquiao fight, which is being planned for next April or May. “Crawford has the better chance [over Lomachenko to get the fight].

Lomachenko said that he wants to fight at 130 and wants one year to get ready for the fight. I said 'you want a whole year to get ready for the fight?' I think that’s a very nice way of saying you don’t want the fight. That's impossible," Roach told a group of reporters.

"We may end up with that fight [against Crawford]. It's a very, very difficult fight. Crawford is a very good fighter. He can move. He’s a good boxer. He’s maybe like a young Mayweather I feel -  but he’s a little better puncher than Mayweather. He’s a dangerous guy. That could be our next fight. If we don’t get a rematch with Mayweather and so forth, then that’s a fight we may need to take because we still want to be on top of the game. We can’t just fight stiffs. We have to fight the best guys out there."

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Roach admits that he'd still prefer WBO junior middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (48-1-1, 34KOs) - as long as there is a rehydration clause that controls Canelo's weight on the morning of the fight. He's confident Pacquiao cane outbox and beat Canelo.

"I like Alvarez a little bit better [for Pacquiao], but the thing is can I put a cap on how much he gains after the weigh-in? That’s the key. The IBF rule [regarding their fight day rehydratdion clause], 10 pounds, something like that [is needed for the fight]. I’m really not worried about what he weighs going into the weigh-in. I’m worried about how much he puts on, how much bigger he is with Manny. By fight time, this guy is a light heavyweight for Christ's sake."

"I’d rather have the fight at 147 of course, but we’d have to do a catch-weight. I think that’s the issue that’s keeping that fight from not happening right away. I’m sure that Golden Boy and Top Rank would both love to have that fight, because I think it’s a very competitive fight."

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WBO welterweight world champion Manny Pacquiao said Tuesday he felt like a young man in his twenties and would relish another crack at Floyd Mayweather. 

The Filipino icon, 37, made a winning comeback from his brief retirement earlier this month and said he was in great shape to try to avenge his defeat to Mayweather last year in the richest fight in boxing history. 

“I feel young. I feel like I’m just 25, or that I’m just 28 years old,”
Pacquiao told ABS-CBN television. 

Asked if he wanted to fight Mayweather again, Pacquiao said: “Of course, if he wants to come back (to) boxing”. 

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Terence Crawford trainer: ‘Manny Pacquiao is limited’

Crawford’s trainer says there is ‘no excuse’ for Manny Pacquiao to not fight his man

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BRIAN McINTYRE, trainer of two-weight world champion Terence Crawford, has thrown down the gauntlet to Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao.

However, McIntyre feels Pacquiao and his team are doing their best to avoid a fight with unbeaten Crawford, who is quickly becoming one of the best boxers around today.

“We keep hearing about a future fight with Manny Pacquiao but there doesn’t seem to be much interest from his team, especially since Freddie Roach got a good look at Terence from [Viktor] Postol’s corner,” he said of Crawford’s dominant win over Postol earlier in the year.


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Jeff Horn's Coach Confident: We Can Beat Pacquiao, I Know How!

Jeff Horn's trainer says he already has the blueprint to beat Manny Pacquiao should a blockbuster fight with the Filipino legend eventuate next year.

Rising Australian welterweight Horn scored the biggest and most significant win of his burgeoning career on Saturday night, stopping South African veteran Ali Funeka by technical knockout in the sixth round of their clash at Auckland's Vector Arena.

With Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum watching from ringside and millions around the world watching on TV, it was a victory that will open lucrative doors for Horn.

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The Dream Match

Pacquiao vs. De La Hoya



On December 6, 2008, Pacquiao moved up to the welterweight division in order to face thesix-division world champion Oscar De La Hoya at the MGM Grand, in a fight called "The Dream Match". Presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank, the bout was scheduled as a twelve-round, non-title fight contested at the 147-pound welterweight limit. Although Pacquiao went into the fight widely recognized as the leading pound-for-pound boxer in the world, some boxing pundits had speculated that 147 pounds could be too far above his natural weight against the larger De La Hoya.  However, due to rehydration after the weigh in, De La Hoya came into the fight actually weighing less than Pacquiao and close to 20 pounds under his usual fighting weight. Pacquiao dominated the fight and, after eight rounds, De La Hoya's corner was forced to throw in the towel, awarding Pacquiao the win viatechnical knockout.

Pacquiao was ahead on all three judges' scorecards before the stoppage, with two judges scoring the fight at 80–71 and one scoring it at 79–72. Moreover, Pacquiao landed 224 out of 585 punches, whilst De La Hoya landed only 83 out of 402 punches. After the bout, trainer Freddie Roach stated, "We knew we had him after the first round. He had no legs, he was hesitant and he was shot." The fight would be De La Hoya's last, as he announced his retirement from boxing shortly after.

Pacquiao received 15 to 30 million dollars (share of the pay-per-view), plus a guaranteed amount.  Tickets reportedly sold out just hours after they went on sale. Moreover, the total gate revenue for the fight was said to be nearly 17 million dollars, making it the second largest gate revenue in boxing history.

On December 22, 2008, Pacquiao has been decorated with the Philippine Legion of Honorwith the rank of "Officer" (Pinuno) in a ceremony marking the 73rd founding anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. As an army reservist, he was given recognition for bringing pride and honor to the country through his remarkable achievements in the ring.

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