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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2005 1:18 am 
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Finkel: Manny to train 6-8 weeks for Morales...


By Joaquin Henson
The Philippine Star 09/15/2005



Manny Pacquiao must be in the best shape of his life to beat Erik Morales in their Las Vegas grudge rematch on Jan. 21.

That’s the word from Pacquiao’s manager Shelly Finkel who told The STAR yesterday "Morales will be up for the rematch to prove he is still great" and the Filipino slugger will need six to eight weeks of training to prepare for what could be the biggest fight in his career.

Finkel declined to divulge how much Pacquiao is earning for his next fight but when asked to comment on reports that the purse package will include a guaranteed sum and a share of the pay-per-view buys and site fee, he said, "you have the basics of his deal correct."

As a matter of principle, Finkel never discloses to media how much of a purse he is able to negotiate for any of his fighters.

A source said Pacquiao will receive a guaranteed paycheck of at least $1.75 million plus 40 percent of the pay-per-view net receipts and 40 percent of the site fee for the rematch. Assuming 350,000 pay-per-view buys at $50 a shot and expenses amounting to 70 percent of the gross, Pacquiao will take in $2.1 million as his share of the cable subscriptions. The first Pacquiao-Morales fight generated about 350,000 hook-ups last March. And if hotel owner Steve Wynn makes good on his rumored offer of $5 million for the site rights, it will mean an extra $2 million for Pacquiao. In all, he could pocket close to $6 million for the rematch.

Finkel predicted Pacquiao will beat Morales when they square off again.

"I believe Manny with his focus and training regimen will be victorious," said Finkel who signed a two-year contract to manage Pacquiao last February.

In a previous interview, Finkel noted that Pacquiao lost only by two points to Morales in the judges’ scorecards despite pre-fight distractions. "He was also fighting adversity with a cut that was bothering him from the early rounds," added Finkel, referring to the wound that was opened by an accidental headbutt.

Morales was ahead in the scorecards by a single point entering the 10th round so the outcome was settled down the stretch. It was that close.

As for Pacquiao’s sixth round disposal of Hector Velazquez in Los Angeles last Saturday, Finkel admitted, "I was a little nervous in the first two rounds but then I saw Manny taking charge."

Pacquiao’s unusually slow start fueled momentum for Velazquez to take the early initiative.

"He started a little slower than I would have liked," said Finkel.

After referee Lou Moret signaled the end of the fight at the end of the sixth round, Finkel joined in the celebration inside the ring.

"The first thing I told Manny was how happy for him I was," said Finkel. "He trained hard for this fight. His mind has been clear and it should even be better for Morales."

Finkel said the Filipino nation’s overwhelming support is a big boost for Pacquiao.

"I think that the support from his fans at home gives him extra strength in the ring," said Finkel.

Finkel, 61, was once described by KO Magazine as "one of the premier managers of the game" and by writer Don Majeski as "boxing’s last great manager, perhaps the only manager around today."

Since his first involvement in boxing in 1977, Finkel has managed the careers of a slew of champions like Pernell Whitaker, Meldrick Taylor, Evander Holyfield, Mark Breland, Vinnie Pazienza, Mike McCallum, Michael Moorer, Fernando Vargas, Vivian Harris, Jeff Lacy and Mike Tyson.

A Shodan karate black belter, Finkel was raised in the tough Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, New York. He used to promote rock concerts and in 1973, made history by drawing over 600,000 fans to witness a show featuring the Allman Brothers, The Band and Grateful Dead in a speedway on a farm at Watkins Glen, New York. Finkel once managed the hard rock band Vanilla Fudge and took one of the group’s albums to the top of the charts, selling over a million copies.

Finkel said he considers Pacquiao and his wife Jinkee part of his family. "In that relationship, I try to look over him and her and guide them in the way that I think would be best for their life now and in the future," continued Finkel who has been married to his wife Beth for 29 years with three children.

Finkel said he plans to visit the Philippines after Thanksgiving, which falls in late November.

"I hope to get the chance to visit the Philippines to tell Manny’s fans he’s in good hands," said Finkel in an earlier interview. "I regard Manny as a national treasure of the Philippines and I’ll do everything to make him bigger in his country and all over the world."

Pacquiao fondly calls Finkel "The Brain" as the head of his management team that also includes lawyers Keith Davidson and Nick Khan.



http://www.philstar.com/philstar/NEWS200509151604.htm

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2005 2:08 pm 
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I hope he trains 6 weeks only. Not 8 weeks.
If he does train 8 weeks, I hope the first two are just light training.


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Manny should atleast train 7weeks


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2005 2:38 pm 
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thats what i was thinking, the first two weeks will be light workout, and the next 6 weeks would be the real training... freddie knows whats he's doing, he's gonna take care of manny


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yeah, i think they're gonna recreate his training regimen that they used for the MAB fight. that produced the best results.


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Whatever!
just allow him to always play billiard and sabong!
damn!
ok, lets pray.


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i think its abt gettin the right amount of training in - not too much not too little. hopefully freddie will replicate what manny did for the barrera fight and manny will keep himself in shape as well.


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FOR ME......I WILL WISH HIM THE VERY BEST. I HOPE THAT HE REALLY

TRAINS WITHIN HIS HEART, FULL OF VENGANCE AGAINT EM. CHRISTMAS

HERE IN L.A. IS NOT THE SAME AS IN THE PHIL. HE'S HERE BUT MENTALLY

NOT. WHILE EM...IS IN THE MOUNTAINS OF MEXICO. HIS HOMELAND.

23 YEARS NA AKO DITO SA MERIKA BUT I NEVER FELT THE SPIRIT OF

CHRISTMAS UNLIKE WHEN I WAS THERE. SANA HE HAS THAT REAL

BURNING DESIRE FULL BLAST...TO AVENGE HIS DEFEAT TO EM.


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six weeks is short while 8 is just enough but also important is his lifestyle while not in hard training. he should do his light training for at least three times a week for maintenance. this will keep him fit and sharp.


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Pac-Man needs to train 7-8 weeks so that he can achieve that perfect killing body to annihilate Erik Morales once and for all!!!He needs to train very hard to make sure he will have his revenge next year.Because we all know that EM will be preparing for this fight also, he wants to bounce back with that humiliating loss from Raheem. 8) Pac-Man should be ready. :wink:
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He should start training now if he wants to perfect his right hook or other new style/tricks.

It's good that he will no longer drink alcohol. He will be more focused in chasing women. joke, joke, joke

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the trainer would know better how many weeks and how much intensity Manny will train..so have faith guys..our hero is in good hands.


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They better train right...Manny that is...because if he trains really long and he trains for the wrong thing you know...like what happened in the first fight...Manny trained lots of upper cuts and trained for brawling or something...I don't know but Manny needs to train hard and train the right stuff for Erik...so Manny should train hittting more to the body or something.


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And no more movies for manny until he finished what he should be doing!!...kick EM ***!!!!..you get wat im saying negahhh!!! :x


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