Pacquiao inks 2-year extension with Top Rank

By Dan Rafael Superstar Manny Pacquiao, whose contract with promoter Top Rank was due to expire at the end of the year, signed a contract extension with the company Tuesday, perhaps killing any hopes of a showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr. during the term of the deal.

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Stevenson-Fonfara Quick Quotes

By Togorashi WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson and Andrzej Fonfara participated on a media conference call to discuss their world title fight on Saturday from Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Adonis Stevenson: I’m here to win and win by knockout. …




“I know a lot about him. I know he ain’t ready for this competition. It’s a different level…we’re fighting for the eliminator. Also, we’re fighting for the IBF ranked #2 spot, and also the WBC ranked #3 spot, so I got a lot on my …… continue reading




Bob Arum, CEO of Top Rank, is pleased to announce that Top Rank has signed an agreement with Manny Pacquiao and MP Promotions extending their promotional agreement through December 31, 2016. “We are pleased that together with our partners at HBO we …… continue reading



Sergio Martinez says he’s in ‘constant pain’ due to long hours training

By Scott Christ

Sergio Martinez discusses fighting with injuries and the status of his career at the moment as he prepares for Miguel Cotto on June 7.

Fighting with injuries (knee, elbow, wrist), how hard is it to prepare when your body hurts for any fight?

“It is not easy to prepare for a fight when you have some of the ailments that I have when preparing for a World Championship fight. I struggle with joint pains, knee pain, and shoulder pain. Without my physical therapist, Dr. Raquel Bordons, I would not be able to train today, and probably would’ve had to retire due to my injuries.

“Because I train 6 days a week for an average of 8 hours a day, I am always in constant pain. There are some days when I am so sore that I cannot even walk but I push myself because I know that I have to push myself to be the best fighter in the world. I know that I have to put in more hours than your average fighter because I didn’t grow up a boxer. I started very late in this sport, so that is why I have to train so many hours and put in a lot of work in order to perform at the level that is expected of me and for me to come out victorious.”

“2 Days: Sergio Martinez” premieres Saturday, May 24 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

HBO’s Emmy-Award-winning series “24/7 Cotto/Martinez” premieres Saturday, May 31 at 11:15 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

Cotto vs. Martinez happens Saturday, June 7 live on pay-per-view beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Source: Bad Left Hook


Arroyo-Saludar IBF eliminator June 19

By Togorashi A twelve round IBF flyweight title eliminator between McWilliams Arroyo (14-1, 12 KOs) and unbeaten Filipino Froilan “The Sniper” Saludar (19-0-1, 12 KOs) has been announced for June 19 at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Former world …



Pacquiao extends Top Rank contract through December 2016

By Lem Satterfield

Manny Pacquiao and his company, MP Promotions, have announced the signing of an extention to the fighter’s promotional contract with Top Rank Promotions through December 2016, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum announced on Tuesday.

“We are pleased that together with our partners at HBO, we will continue presenting to the public fights of the great Manny Pacquiao through the end of 2016,” said Arum. “The partnership among Manny, Top Rank, MP Promotions and HBO has been a wonderful one for all parties and for the public and it’s great that it will continue for the years to come.”

Although no specific details were provided in Tuesday’s release, late last month, Arum and Pacquiao announced their mutual negotiations for a contract that would entail five fights through 2016. Pacquiao’s current contract extends through the end of 2014.

Pacquiao is coming off a unanimous decision over Tim Bradley on April 12 and regained the WBO welterweight title belt he lost by disputed decision in June of 2012. Prior to Bradley, Pacquiao lost by sixth-round stoppage to Juan Manuel Marquez, against whom he is 2-1-1 but rebounded with November’s unanimous decision over Brandon Rios.

The WBO had mandated that Pacquiao fight the winner of the May 17 welterweight bout between Marquez and Mike Alvarado. Marquez won by unanimous decision in a fight during which he dropped Alvarado in the eighth and was floored himself in the ninth.

Although Arum could not be reached for an immediate comment regarding the announcement, he mentioned several potential opponents for Pacquiao last month, including WBO 140-pound titleholder and former sparring partner Ruslan Provodnikov.

“The fact is that there are plenty of future guys for Manny to fight…he can fight Ruslan Provodnikov,” said Arum. “There are a lot guys that are out there because there are guys developing all the time who are serious, serious competitors including hopefully and obviously Floyd Mayweather. Manny has many, many possible opponents.”

In addition to Mayweather, who has said he will not fight Pacquiao if he remains aligned with Arum, the 82-year-old promoter even raised the notion of a rematch with three-division titlist Miguel Cotto, whom Pacquiao dethroned as WBO 147-pound titleholder in November 2009. Cotto is rising to face RING and WBC 160-pound champion Sergio Martinez on June 7 on HBO Pay-Per-View at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Cotto is now trained by Pacquiao’s longtime cornerman, Freddie Roach.

“Indeed, who wouldn’t want to see Pacquiao against Martinez?” asked Arum, last month. “If Martinez is successful and can come down in weight a little bit, Pacquiao might even decide to fight Martinez or even [Saul] ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.”

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