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Manny Pacquiao continues lucky 'Jimmy Kimmel' tradition

Manny Pacquiao made his fifth pre-fight visit to "Jimmy Kimmel Live," spurring Kimmel to declare himself part of the Pacquiao team: "Each time you've been here, you've won the fight," he says.

On Nov. 12, Pacquiao takes on Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez.  As The Times' Lance Pugmire reported in May when the contract was signed:

Marquez and Pacquiao fought to a 2004 draw, then battled to a split-decision won by Pacquiao in 2008. Part three of the trilogy appears destined for MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, with Pacquiao's World Boxing Organization welterweight belt on the line.

Kimmel and Pacquiao even performed a duet -- back to back (perhaps to avoid eye contact?) of  "How Deep Is Your Love" with a good deal of falsetto.

Pacquiao may be exercising his vocal cords with Kimmel, but he's also been seriously exercising his fists in preparation for the bout.  At his Hollywood gym, he has taken on pro boxers, who are offered $1,000 if they can knock him down.  So far, no one has done it.

As for any superfight between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.?  Pacquiao says he's indifferent: "I don't need him in my boxing career. I'm already satisfied with what I've achieved in boxing. I think I accomplished all of my dreams."


Pacquiao dares fighters to knock him down

Mayweather versus Pacquiao: Who would win?

Timothy Bradley's in the fold, what about Pacquiao-Mayweather?

-- Amy Hubbard

Manny Pacquiao prepares for his next fight [video]

Two professional boxers anxiously waited their turn to spar against Manny Pacquiao last week at Wild Card Boxing Club. More than just pride was at stake.

If they could knock him down, they would win $1,000.

It's an offer that Pacquiao's camp has made to every fighter who has entered the ring against him at his gym in Hollywood. So far, no one has won the prize.

After fighting a few rounds with Pacquiao, Ray Beltran (25-5, 17 knockouts) left the ring drenched in sweat.

"He's really, really hard," Beltran said.

When asked what are Pacquiao's strengths, Beltran replied, "Everything."

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Timothy Bradley in fold, but what about Pacquiao-Mayweather?

Timothy Bradley said he signed with his new promoter Top Rank to increase his name recognition, but there's a great hazard in that plan should he instead be just the latest replacement foe of Manny Pacquiao who further delays a Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. megafight.

The unbeaten Bradley will fight veteran Joel Casamayor on Nov. 12 in Las Vegas in the main feature under that night's Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez III main event.

By signing with Top Rank, Bradley admitted Wednesday at the Beverly Hills Hotel he left more than a $1.4-million offer to fight Amir Khan in July on the table. Why do such a thing unless you strongly believe a super-fight against Pacquiao is in your immediate future?

While Bradley said he was not promised or guaranteed any such deal, Top Rank Chairman Bob Arum said should Pacquiao beat Marquez and a bout against Mayweather remain unavailable, "It's an open book. If the stars are aligned, that's the fight [with Bradley], we'd be inclined to make."

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao: Who would win? [Poll]

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao

Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao: It's the fight everybody wants, but who knows if the planets will ever align just right and we will actually get to see it?

If the main event to end all main events ever happens, who would win, Pacquiao or Mayweather?

Writers from around Tribune Co. will discuss the topic. Check back throughout the day for their opinions.

And we want your opinion too -- weigh in by voting in the poll and leaving a comment.

[Updated at 9:57 a.m.:

Shawn Courchesne, Hartford Courant

There’s a reason Floyd Mayweather Jr. won’t budge in his desire to attach unusual blood testing requirements for performance-enhancing drugs to a fight vs. Manny Pacquiao.

Mayweather knows this is the fight everyone wants. But Mayweather also knows this is the fight that could tarnish his legacy. So he demands unusual restrictions in testing, uncommon across the board in boxing, to make sure he has a built-in excuse for why the fight everybody wants won’t happen.

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Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather and more

It would easily be considered the fight of the decade.

In one corner, Manny Pacquiao, widely considered by boxing websites to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

In the other corner, Floyd Mayweather Jr., who is undefeated in his 15-year career.

"If that fight happens, I will fight like there's no tomorrow," Pacquiao said, while at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Wednesday to promote his Nov. 12 bout against Juan Manuel Marquez.

When reporters asked him if he thinks Mayweather is ducking the fight, Pacquiao said, "I don't have an idea why the fight has not happened, but we will pray."

Yes, we will.

While surrounded by scores of reporters shouting "Manny" as soon as he finished a sentence, Pacquiao alluded to his desire to retire soon. That means the window for a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight could be slowly narrowing.

"I'm starting thinking to quitting, getting away from boxing," he said. "The problem is, who else can be Manny Pacquiao."

When Oscar De La Hoya retired, Pacquiao became the main man in the boxing scene. When asked who would replace him, Pacquiao mentioned Victor Ortiz.

"He have a big potential," Pacquiao said. "He strong enough and he have a style of boxing. What he needs is focus on speed, develop his speed."

On the other hand, when asked about Brandon Rios, Pacquiao said, "Who's that?"


Pacquiao has become much more than a world-class boxer in recent years.

He released a hit single "Sometimes When We Touch," which has hundreds of thousands views on YouTube, and he is a congressman in the Philippines.

Yet Pacquiao didn't hesitate when he was asked what is his ultimate passion.

"Boxing," he said.

--Melissa Rohlin

Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez, round three

 Even though Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez have fought twice before, their score remains unsettled.

The fighters' 2004 featherweight title bout resulted in a draw. When they met again in 2008, Pacquiao won a super-featherweight title by split decision, thanks to judge Tom Miller's 114-113 score in favor of Pacquiao.

Marquez thinks he was robbed.

The fighters and their posses gathered at the Beverly Hills Hotel  on Wednesday to promote their third fight which will be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on November 12.

"This is the answer of all the doubts of the past two fights with Marquez," Pacquiao said.

That is perhaps the one thing the fighters agree upon.

"I don't like the decision for the last two fights," Marquez said. "The Mexican people around the world tell me, 'You won the fight.'"

Marquez said his speed and strength have improved and he feels confident he will win.

 Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach weighed in on the debate.

"Manny is a completely different fighter, a more complete fighter than he was back then," Roach said.

Roach said Pacquiao's strategy will be to avoid Marquez's counter-punches by not being overly aggressive.

"This fight is a little more personal because Marquez did come to the Philippines in a press tour with T-shirts that said, 'We got robbed.'

"It was a slap in the face to Manny and he will get payback for that," Roach said.

 Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum called Marquez the "greatest counter-puncher that I've seen."

"It probably is the one thing in boxing that takes the most skill," Arum said.  "You have to allow your opponent to throw a punch at you and hit him in such a way and at such an angle with the counter that it reaches the opponent before his punch reaches you. That is hard and it takes nerves of steel."

On the other hand, Arum that Pacquiao is "all aggression."

"He's a fighter that takes his fight to the opponent," he said. "He is the antithesis of a defensive fighter."

 -- Melissa Rohlin

Philippines thrilled by Pacquiao-Marquez promotion

An American boxing promoter and a fighter from Mexico walked off a plane in Manila on Thursday and were greeted by hundreds of people and a dozen television cameras.

And so began the international tour to tout the third fight between the Mexican boxer, Juan Manuel Marquez, and his Filipino rival, Manny Pacquiao, Nov. 12 in Las Vegas.

"It's bedlam here," said Fred Sternburg, a Pacquiao publicist assisting veteran promoter Bob Arum on the tour that will begin with a Saturday news conference expected to draw 100,000 to Manila's Quirino Grandstand.

The tour will move on to New York on Tuesday, where Pacquiao will perform his remake of Dan Hill's 1970s hit, "Sometimes When We Touch," with Hill. (The Pacquiao version climbed as high as No. 7 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart and now is No. 8.)

A press-only visit to the Beverly Hills Hotel will come Wednesday, and then 50,000 more fans are expected for a Thursday stop in Mexico City.

Pacquiao, widely considered boxing's top pound-for-pound fighter, fought Marquez to a draw in 2004, then edged him by split decision in 2008.

Pacquiao proceeded to claim an eighth weight-class world title at 154 pounds, while Marquez won the 135-pound (lightweight) belt. Pacquiao-Marquez III will be fought at welterweight (147 pounds), where Marquez was dismantled by Floyd Mayweather Jr. in his only bout at that weight.

Still, Marquez insists he best knows how to test Pacquiao, and the Filipino audience has shown the proper respect.

Sternburg said a 100-piece band met Marquez in Manila, playing a national song entitled, "The People," and also Herb Albert's "Tijuana Taxi." Marquez was greeted by Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim and given a key to the city.

He has further endeared himself by conducting interviews in English.

"The city loves the way he fights, and they know how close these first two fights were," Sternburg said.

Marquez will visit Mexico's embassy in the Philippines on Friday and attend a dinner with Pacquiao, who has completed four days of training.

Sunday, the pair will take Communion together at Manila Cathedral.


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--Lance Pugmire

Photo: Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez, center left, is escorted by Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, center right, as he arrives in Manila. Marquez is in the country to promote his fight against Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on Nov. 12. Credit: Aaron Favila / Associated Press

Floyd Mayweather Jr. avoiding deposition in Manny Pacquiao case

They may not be heading to a boxing ring together, but the legal fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. intensified Thursday.

An attorney for Mayweather informed Pacquiao's attorney that Mayweather does not plan to show up as requested for a deposition at a Las Vegas law office.

Pacquiao is suing Mayweather and his father for defamation over defamatory statements claiming that the Filipino star has used performance-enhancing drugs to become the world's top pound-for-pound fighter.

"We're anxious to get to trial and, as a result of this, we'll be seeking a default judgment to win the case by default in the upcoming weeks," Pacquiao attorney Daniel Petrocelli said. "This is just ducking a deposition."

Attempts to reach Mayweather and his attorneys Thursday were unsuccessful.

Petrocelli said a Nevada judge denied Mayweather's emergency appeal to avoid the deposition, in which Petrocelli will have the chance to ask Mayweather to explain what the attorney said has been "a steady stream of false and defamatory statements" alluding to Pacquiao as a user of performance-enhancing drugs.

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Promoter: Pacquiao fight was boxer's largest pay-per-view yet


Manny Pacquiao's lopsided unanimous decision triumph over Shane Mosley last month has been projected to net at least 1.3 million pay-per-view buys, Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum said Monday, making the bout the Filipino star's best-selling bout yet.

"It'll be something over 1.3 [million], as high as 1.4," Arum said. "Based on what we have and certain projections, we know it's over 1.3 million."

Pacquiao's previous best was his December 2008 victory over Oscar De La Hoya, which generated more than 1.25 million buys.

The victory over Mosley was televised by Showtime, which declined to comment on Arum's announcement.

Arum pulled Pacquiao off HBO for the bout, expressing confidence the added publicity given by CBS' airing of two of the four Showtime "Fight Camp 360" prefight reality episodes would make it Pacquiao's biggest draw.

"I'm delighted with the numbers, very pleased with how everyone did their jobs," Arum said.

Showtime's success will make for an interesting television battle for Pacquiao's next fight, Nov. 13 versus Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez. The pair previously fought to a 2004 draw and 2008 split-decision won by Pacquiao.


Photos: Pacquiao vs. Mosley

Voting is unanimous for Paqcuiao's defeat of Mosley

Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez are close to a deal

--Lance Pugmire

Photo: Shane Mosley and Manny Pacquiao trade blows in the center of the ring during the sixth round of their WBO welterweight title fight on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press

Pacquiao settles defamation case against De La Hoya

Mannypac Manny Pacquiao said Tuesday that he has settled his lawsuit with boxing promoters Richard Schaefer and Oscar De La Hoya, two of the four individuals he alleged defamed him.

Pacquiao filed a suit in December, 2009 in federal court in Las Vegas alleging that boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his father defamed him with their comments saying the Filipino star has used performance-enhancing drugs, including steroids. Pacquiao also named the Mayweathers and his promoters De La Hoya and Schaefer as defendants.

Conditions of Tuesday's settlement were not released. Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum said that Pacquiao's defamation case continues against the Mayweathers.

But the settlement could restore relations between Arum's Top Rank and De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions, who haven't made a major fight together since May 2009.

"I hope we can work together again and put great fights together," Schaefer said in a telephone interview. Schaefer and De La Hoya made a joint statement released by Top Rank:

“Richard Schaefer and Oscar De La Hoya, on behalf of themselves and Golden Boy Promotions, wish to make it crystal clear that we never intended to claim that Manny Pacquiao has used or is using any performance enhancing drugs, and further state that we do not have any evidence whatsoever of such use.

"Manny Pacquiao is one of the greatest fighters of all time, and we apologize if anyone construed our prior remarks as in any way claiming or even suggesting that Manny uses or has used performance enhancing drugs.”

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Marquez signs deal to fight Pacquiao Nov. 12

Getprev Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez Wednesday officially signed a contract to fight Manny Pacquiao for a third time Nov. 12, most likely in Las Vegas, said Todd duBoef, the president of Pacquiao's promotional company, Top Rank.

Marquez and Pacquiao fought to a 2004 draw, then battled to a split-decision won by Pacquiao in 2008. Part three of the trilogy appears destined for MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, with Pacquiao's World Boxing Organization welterweight belt on the line.

Pacquiao, considered the world's top pound-for-pound boxer, has proceeded to dominate the likes of Ricky Hatton, Oscar De La Hoya and Miguel Cotto since edging Marquez. His three consecutive unanimous decisions over Joshua Clottey, Antonio Margarito and Shane Mosley have been landslides.

Meanwhile, Marquez has lost only to the far bigger and unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. since his narrow Pacquiao loss, ascending to become world lightweight champion and insisting his style will give Pacquiao fits.

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