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MAYWEATHER SAYS PACQUIAO IS “AN AMAZING FIGHTER” BEFORE TAKING ANOTHER SHOT AT HIM


Earlier today, the press tour for the May 5th clash between Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto made it’s second stop in New York City, and for the second time in two days, Mayweather took another opportunity to take a shot at 8-division world champion Manny Pacquiao. Yesterday, Mayweather informed the fans in Puerto Rico that he was “not a cheater like Antonio Margarito and Manny Pacquiao,” suggesting that Cotto’s only two losses came at the hands of two men who he suspects have been cheating at some point during their career. Today, he would echo that sentiment about Pacquiao, once again suggesting that his previous unwillingness to take random blood testing might be a sign that he had something to hide.

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ARREOLA’S TRAINER EXPLAINS COMMENTS ABOUT DON KING BEING RACIST



On Saturday night, shortly after his devastating 1st round KO of Eric Molina, heavyweight contender Chris Arreola took to the microphone and began a rant about promoter Don King, calling him a racist before commentator Jim Gray abruptly cut the interview short. What many fans didn’t realize is that Arreola was responding to a derogatory term that King used to describe Mexicans during the lead up to the fight. In a recent interview, Arreola’s trainer, Henry Ramirez, clarified his fighters feelings going into the fight and why he made the statement immediately after it was over.

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ASHLEY THEOPHANE: “I WILL NOT BE SHOCKED IF BRADLEY BEATS PACQUIAO”


“I will not be shocked if Bradley beats Pacquiao,” stated jr. welterweight contender Ashley Theophane, who shared his thoughts on the June 9th showdown between WBO jr. welterweight champion Timothy Bradley and WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao. As far as Theophane is concerned, for the first time in a long time, Pacquiao will face an opponent who presents a legitimate challenge.

“Pacquiao has not fought a young, hungry, and determined fighter in years,” Theophane explained in a recent FightHype interview. “He has been fed a diet of weight-drained and past their best fighters. I believe it is not mission impossible for Bradley.”

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KENNEDY MCKINNEY: “FLOYD IS TOO PICKY…THE ONLY FIGHT HE WON’T DO IS PACQUIAO”



“Floyd is too picky and he wants all the money. He won’t split the purse 50/50. Floyd wants 60/40 or 70/30. I mean, damn, give the people what they want! There is enough money for both of you guys to share it 50/50,” stated former super bantamweight champion Kennedy McKinney, who shares the opinion of many that Floyd Mayweather is now to blame in the latest round of botched talks for a mega-fight with Pacquiao. According to McKinney, although Mayweather is undefeated, he can’t give him credit as a great fighter if he doesn’t fight the best out there.

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MAYWEATHER CONCERNED THAT BRADLEY COULD MAKE PACQUIAO LOOK BAD AND KILL LUSTER OF MEGA-FIGHT


In a recent interview, trainer Jeff Mayweather expressed concern about the possibility of Manny Pacquiao facing off against Timothy Bradley in his next bout. Although ultimately he thinks Pacquiao would win the fight, he thinks Bradley could make him look bad in the process, which in turn might affect the desire of fans to watch a showdown between Pacquiao and his nephew, Floyd Mayweather. It’s a fact that even Pacquiao’s adviser, Michael Koncz, has mentioned, noting that he expects Manny to suffer a cut at some point due to Bradley’s tendency to lead with his head.

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JEFF MAYWEATHER IMPRESSED WITH DONAIRE; PICKS HIM TO STOP VAZQUEZ


In a recent interview, trainer Jeff Mayweather shared his thoughts on this weekend’s “Welcome to the Future” doubleheader card, featuring Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Marco Antonio Rubio and Nonito Donaire vs. Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. Extremely knowledgeable when it comes to the Sweet Science, Mayweather is impressed with the technical skills of Nonito Donaire; so much so that he doesn’t think Vazquez Jr. has any chance at all to pull off an upset victory. In fact, he fully expects both of the favorites to come out victorious.

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BRANDON RIOS: “I COULD GIVE MANNY PACQUIAO A RUN FOR HIS MONEY…HE WON’T KNOCK ME OUT”


“I see a fight between me and Pacquiao happening sooner than everybody thinks. I think it will be a good fight. I think I could give Manny Pacquiao a run for his money. I know he won’t knock me out,” stated former lightweight champion Brandon Rios, who is confident that he’s ready to step into the ring with 8-division world champion Manny Pacquiao. Never one to back down from a toe-to-toe, all-action brawl, Rios thinks a fight with Pacquiao would provide the type of fireworks that fans long to see. “I guarantee he won’t knock me out. It’ll be a good fight. It’d be a helluva fight because Manny likes to go to war and I love to go to war.”

Although he has yet to test the waters at a higher weight, Rios believes he has the physical attributes to make the fight extremely competitve, and his opinion, it’s a fight that can be made sooner rather than later. “I think, right now, I have the hardest chin in boxing that nobody can stand. I think their hands get tired hitting my chin. I just smile at ‘em and laugh at ‘em,” he explained. “I think it’ll be a good fight between me and Manny. You know, you never know. It could happen sooner than everybody thinks, but that’s if I keep winning and if Manny wants to do it.”

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NEW YEAR BRINGS A NEW MANNY; PACQUIAO PROMISES TO TURN OVER A NEW LEAF


“If I had died last year or in the last two years, I am sure I would’ve gone straight to hell,” remarked 8-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, who promised his wife, Jinkee, a “new Manny” as her gift on her 33rd birthday last week. It’s an honest and revealing statement from the devout Catholic, who in the past has been the subject of infidelity rumors. In fact, on the eve of his fight with Juan Manuel Marquez, Pacquiao and Jinkee reportedly had an argument that many believe may have impacted his performance.

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MAYWEATHER AND HIS FATHER PATCH UP RELATIONSHIP; HAVE RECENT CONVERSATION ABOUT “STUFF”


“My son talked to me,” stated world-class trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. during a recent interview with FightHype, revealing that both he and his son, undefeated pound-for-pound champion Floyd Mayweather, have set aside their differences and amended their strained relationship. “Yeah, Lil Floyd called me. We didn’t talk about the incident, but he did call and we talked about stuff,” he explained. The “incident” that he’s referrring to, of course, is the heated argument that took place between himself and his son following a training session at the Mayweather Boxing Club.

While preparing for his last fight, Floyd Mayweather berated his father during the confrontation that was captured by the HBO 24/7 flim crew, calling him a “faggot” and “bum ass trainer”. At one point, it appeared as though the two nearly came to blows before Floyd kicked him out of the gym. Neither one had spoken to each other since that day. Nearly 5 months have gone by and a lot has changed however. Floyd was sentenced to a 90-day jail sentence, postponed until June 1, after pleading guilty in his domestic violence case. Furthermore, he appears to be making a strong push to face Manny Pacquiao on his already scheduled May 5 ring return. Evidently, those two factors have prompted Jr. to reach out to Sr. in an effort to put their problems in the past.

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ANDRE WARD LOOKS TO MANNY PACQUIAO AS AN EXAMPLE FOR PPV STARDOM


“I like to use Pacquiao and Floyd as an example. Those guys took time,” remarked undefeated super middleweight champion Andre Ward when asked if he felt his victory in the finals of the Super Six tournament would be the catalyst to turn him into a pay-per-view star. In a recent interview with FightHype.com, Ward explained that although he looks at both Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather as an example of what it is to be a crossover pay-per-view attraction, he’s fully aware that it take time to reach that level. “Even Pacquiao. Pacquiao fought on many undercards. And even Floyd,” Ward continued. “It takes time. You can be a great champion, you know, you can make a good living, you can sell out arenas, but it just takes time.”

Although a lot of up-and-coming prospects are on the fast-track to attain the heights of a Manny Pacquiao or a Floyd Mayweather, Ward, who’s only 24 fights into his professional career and already holds the WBA and the WBC super middleweight titles, is in no rush to make that leap. “You know, a lot of people say ‘a star’. I don’t even know what that definition is. I don’t know what that looks like. I mean, obviously, again, Pacquiao and Floyd, I keep bringing them up because they’re basically the two biggest money generators right now. I guess you can call those guys stars, but when do you cross over? When do you cross that mark? That’s not really for me to say,” he commented, acknowledging that it’s not everyone can reach those heights, no matter how much success they have in the sport.

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