September fight for Pacquiao


Manny Pacquiao. Photo AP

Manny Pacquiao won’t be fighting in April after all, but remains hopeful of waging his next battle in September on home soil.

“What I’m trying to do is arrange the fight here in the Philippines so that our countrymen need not fly abroad to watch it,” Pacquiao told ABS-CBN’s Anne Santos recently.

While his fifth fight against Juan Manuel Marquez looms large in September, the probability of the event—or any other Pacquiao fight happening in the country—is deemed remote.

It is conceded the time difference between the Philippines and the United States will make it an unattractive pay-per-view event.

Second, the huge logistical expenses the fight would entail would make ticket prices prohibitive.

The last time Pacquiao fought at home was in 2006, when he beat Mexican Oscar Larios by unanimous decision. And it did not fare well at the tills.

Despite the stiff 39-percent tax to be imposed for his next fight in the US, Pacquiao still stands to bank more than what he could earn in a fight to be staged here.

A more attractive scenario, as envisioned by promoter Bob Arum, is Pacquiao-Marquez 5 either in Macau or Mexico. Experts say the fight could fell through if Marquez makes unreasonable demands, however.

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    Donaire on championships, fatherhood, and PEDs

    Friday, 15 February 2013 21:07 | Joseph Pimentel | AJPRESS

    □ Performance enhancing drugs

    One of the reasons why so many mainstream publications listed Donaire as its top boxer in 2012 was not only for defeating four former champions last year, but also because of the Filipino fighter’s stance on performance enhancing drugs.

    Donaire is the only fighter in the world who subjects himself to 24/7 voluntary random Olympic-style drug testing.

    He said there is so many PEDs going on right now that he’s decided to make it a point to require his opponent agree to random drug testing as well.

    “I’m not an activist but I do want to make it mandatory in all my fights,” he said. “I support clean

    Donaire said it was hard not to be suspicious of Juan Manuel Marquez, after he defeated Pacquiao last December.

    In that fight, the 39-year-old Marquez showed a cut physique and power he never displayed in
    his previous fights against Pacquiao.

    “Just look at the situation differently,” he said. “You can achieve his body by training and hard work but let me put it this way, I’m 30 and I can barely put a muscle on and I work hard. There is a suspicion, but I’m not accusing anyone of anything.”
    Marquez did not test positive for any PEDs after the fight.

    TO READ MORE, go to Asian Journal website or asianjournal(dot)com/
    (LA Weekend February 16-19, 2013 Sec. A pg.18)

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    Marquez singing new tune, ducking Pacquiao

    By Manila Standard Today | Posted on Feb. 05, 2013 at 12:03am
    Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs) is ducking a fifth fight with Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38KOs), claiming he doesn’t see any reason for another showdown with the Filipino ring icon.

    “I think for me, there is no point [in a fifth fight]. We already achieved the desired result. Then why do it?” Boxing Scene website  quoted the four-division champion.

    Marquez added: “I asked several people, several friends that I have around me and they told me
    not to do it, that there is no point in a  fifth fight. I said before the fourth fight that no matter how this fight ends, there cannot be a fifth.”

    In their first fight, Marquez was dropped three times in the opening round, but salvaged a draw due to a scoring error by judge Burt Clements, who admitted he scored the first round 10-7, for Pacquiao instead of 10-6, as the two other judges did, costing the Filipino what might have been a decision.

    The rematch, which Pacquiao won, was very close and Marquez who claimed he was robbed by the judges, chased the Pacman to Manila begging him to give him a third fight, which he did. The third one was won by Pacquiao again.
    The Mexican then continued to complain that he won the third fight and asked for a fourth bout,
    which Pacquiao granted.

    Pacquiao had broken Marquez’s nose and had his face bloodied and was leading on the scorecards of all three judges when he was caught by the Mexican with crushing right hand in the last second of Round 6 to win by a knockout.

    Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, some weeks after the fourth fight, said Pacquiao wanted one last
    fight and Marquez had agreed.

    However, Boxing Scene website reported that last week, Marquez’s promoter Fernando Beltran of Zanfer Promotions, said Pacquiao was not necessarily the next opponent for Marquez.

    They plan to review all of the offers out there and analyze all of the possible options.

    Marquez apparently took the cue from Beltran and doesn’t want a fifth fight after questions were
    also raised about the Mexican’s muscular physique and new-found power since he had failed to drop Pacquiao even once in their three previous bouts, while he himself was sent to the canvas four times.
    When the issue of possible use of performance-enhancing drugs came up, Arum himself said that as promoter, he would insist that both Pacquiao and Marquez undergo random drugs tests before the fight.
    Boxing man and manager of former world champions Luisito Espinosa and Morris East, broadcast-journalist Hermie Rivera,  expressed suspicion that Marquez, who had Angel Heredia, a known supplier of PEDs as strength and conditioning coach, was juiced up for the Pacquiao fight.

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