Manny Pacquiao, Bill Clinton to appear April 2 on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

By Lem Satterfield

Manny Pacquiao will make the eighth appearance of his career on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on April 2, doing so along with former President Bill Clinton, according to a release.

A congressional representative of the Sarangani province in his native Philippines, Pacquiao’s annual berth on the show will come in advance of his April 12 rematch with Tim Bradley, who dethroned Pacquiao as WBO beltholder by split decision in June 2012.

The 35-year-old Pacquiao’s last time on Jimmy Kimmel was in late November 2012, just prior to his sixth-round stoppage loss to Juan Manuel Marquez mere weeks later.

Among the most humorous moments from that appearance was when Kimmel surmised why Pacquiao lost to Bradley.

Prior to facing Bradley, Pacquiao announced on the Kimmel show that he had not only dropped the gambling and womanizing behaviors (which had served as a distraction before his majority decision victory over Juan Manuel Marquez in November of last year) but instead adopted a faith-based lifestyle.

“The last time that you were here, you announced that you had quit drinking and quit gambling and that you had quit cock fighting, and then, for the first time in seven years, you did not win,” said Kimmel.

“You lost the fight. I don’t think you lost the fight but technically, they said you lost the fight. Will you go back to drinking, gambling and cock fighting?”

Later on the show, there were cameos by Marquez, Top Rank Promotions CEO Bob Arum, trainer Freddie Roach, ESPN’s Bernardo Osuna and even Pacquiao’s advisor, Michael Koncz, during a parody of HBO’s 24/7 series, which had Pacquiao being avoided for fights three times by Kimmel’s overweight sidekick, Guillermo Rodriguez.

Pacquiao had also shared the stage with Kimmel 16 days before facing Bradley this, after having been on the show for the fifth time, nine days before his third fight with Marquez.

Pacquiao debuted on the program three days after Halloween in November 2009 prior to dethroning Miguel Cotto as WBO beltholder by 12th-round stoppage later that month.

Pacquiao was also on the show before his unanimous decision win over welterweight Joshua Clottey in March 2010, as well as before earning the WBC’s then-vacant junior middleweight belt with a unanimous decision over Antonio Margarito in November 2010.

Pacquiao was on Kimmel’s show for the fourth time prior to the unanimous decision defense of his crown in May 2011 over Shane Mosley.

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Pacquiao to make 8th appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! next Wednesday

By Togorashi Manny Pacquiao will be a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! next Wednesday, April 2, on ABC, beginning at 11:35 P.M. ET / 10:35 P.M. CT. This will mark the eighth time Pacquiao has appeared on Kimmel’s popular late-night talk show …

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Stevenson training for knockout

By Togorashi By Dave Spencer Adonis Stevenson held court in Montreal Thursday as the light-heavyweight champion and promoter Yvon Michel tried to hold off a barrage of questioning concerning , new advisor Al Haymon, HBO having the rug pulled out from under …

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Early Results from Germany

By Togorashi Super middleweight Vincent Feigenbutz (11-1, 10 KOs) dropped Misa Nikolic (18-27-2, 8 KOs) four times in round one before the bout was waved off. Time was 2:00. Jr middleweight Mathias Zemski (12-1, 3 KOs) scored a third round TKO over …

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Tim Bradley: The ‘punisher’ Manny Pacquiao is no more

By Lem Satterfield

Tim Bradley recalled Manny Pacquiao as “one of the more vicious punchers in the game” and “a punisher” entering their initial clash in June 2012.

Pacquiao rode a 15-bout winning streak that included eight knockouts into their fight, a run encompassed of winning three title belts over as many different weight divisions. It also included two knockouts of Erik Morales, as well as stoppage wins over Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton and David Diaz.

There were also a pair of decision victories over Juan Manuel Marquez, and decisions over Shane Mosley, Antonio Margarito, Marco Antonio Barrera and Joshua Clottey.

“Manny used to be like a storm, man, Manny Pacquiao was a punisher,” said Bradley, who is 30. “He used to be blazing. He used to just knock guys out. He didn’t mess around.”

But Bradley said that he has noticed a decline as of late in Pacquiao, whom he dethroned as WBO 147-pound beltholder by split-decision. After facing Bradley, Pacquiao was knocked out in the sixth round — the third stoppage loss of Pacquiao’s career — in December 2012 by Juan Manuel Marquez, against whom Pacquiao is 2-1-1.

Although Pacquiao rebounded from the two losses with November’s unanimous decision over rising 140-pounder, Brandon Rios, Bradley believes that the eight-division titlewinner looked tentative in doing so.

“He had a guy that was sitting in front of him, and a guy that is a tough guy. Brandon Rios, I have a lot of respect for him. He’s a very tough guy and a good fighter. But Mannny had him right there in front of him and he couldn’t get rid of him when he’s supposed to be one of the more vicious punchers in the game,” said Bradley.

“I’ve never seen Manny Pacquiao take a step back before when he’s supposed to engage, but I think that is what I saw in the last round of the Rios fight, when Rios was trapped in a corner. You saw Manny Pacquiao step off of the gas pedal. That was unbelievable to me.”

Bradley (31-0, 12 knockouts) apparently doesn’t expect to see much more out of Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) in their HBO Pay Per View-televised rematch on April 12 at the MGM Grand, site of their first bout.

Bradley attended the post-fight news conference in a wheelchair following his victory over Pacquiao, claiming to have pulled the ligaments in his left foot and strained ligaments in his right in the second and fourth rounds, respectively.

“In my fight, I was wounded. I had two bad feet and he couldn’t take me out. So, I mean, what makes you think that he’s going to take me out with two good feet? I had two wounded feet. That’s when I started noticing it, man. He has the ability to fight,” said Bradley.

“Don’t get it twisted when I say that he doesn’t have the fire or the passion. I say that because I don’t see that anymore. He used to be like a storm, man. Manny Pacquiao was a punisher. He used to be blazing. He used to just knock guys out. He didn’t mess around. Now, he’s more compassionate toward his opponents, and that’s not good for a boxer, man.”

Bradley was awarded the decision over Pacquiao by scores of 115-113 on the cards of official judges C.J. Ross and Duane Ford, Jerry Roth had the same score for Pacquiao and an informal poll of 51 writers favored Pacquiao over Bradley, 48-3.

This time, however, trainer Joel Diaz said Bradley will be more dominant.

“I’m telling the world right now,” said Diaz. “Tim Bradley’s going to come to the ring on April 12, and he’s going to ruin a lot of people’s parties by beating Manny Pacquiao again.”

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Stevenson vs Fonfara: Tickets on sale March 29, undercard to feature David Lemieux, Eleider Alvarez, and more

By Scott Christ

Tickets for the May 24 fight between Adonis Stevenson and Andrzej Fonfara at Montreal’s Bell Center go on sale tomorrow, and the undercard is coming together, as well.

Adonis “Superman” Stevenson will make his Showtime debut on May 24 from the Bell Centre in Montreal, facing WBC mandatory challenger Andrzej Fonfara in a bout that could set up a fight against the winner of the April 17 fight between Bernard Hopkins and Beibut Shumenov, holders of the IBF and WBA titles, respectively.

WBC and Ring Magazine champion Stevenson (23-1, 20 KO) has become a big star in his adopted home in the province of Quebec, and will be a hot ticket even considering Fonfara (25-2, 15 KO) is a big underdog. Tickets are on sale tomorrow, and here’s the info from the promoter:

Tickets go on sale this Saturday morning (Mar. 29) at 10:00 a.m. ET, at Bell Centre, online at www.evenko.ca, calling GYM at (514) 383-0666, or Boxing Club Champion (514) 376-0980 Ticket prices range from $50.00 up to $350.00 reserved on the floor.

The undercard is also shaping up:

Other fights on the “COLLISION” card will be announced in the coming days but GYM is committed to presenting another memorable event. GYM does confirm that the IBF No. 10, WBO No. 11 and WBC No. 16 middleweight David Lemieux (31-2-0, 29 KOs) will be in the co-feature for the most important fight of his career. WBO No. 2, WBA No. 3 and WBC No. 10 world light heavyweight contender Eleider Alvarez (14-0-0, 8 KOs) will be in action May 24, along with rising light heavyweight star Artur Beterbiev (4-0-0, 4 KOs), IBF No. 7 middleweight Kevin Bizier (24-1-0, 14 KOs), heavyweight prospect Oscar Rivas (13-0-0, 8 KOs ), super middleweight Sébastien Bouchard (8-0-0, 2 KOs), and young welterweight Yves Ulysse Jr. (1-0-0, 1 KOs).

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