CNN will again broadcast HBO’s “24/7” series, this time in four parts starting on Oct. 22, chronicling the upcoming third bout between eight-division beltwinner Manny Pacquiao and WBO/WBA lightweight titleholder Juan Manuel Marquez on Nov. 12.
The 32-year-old Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) has a 14-bout winning streak heading into his clash with the 38-year-old Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs), whom he has battled through a draw and a split-decision in May of 2004 and March of 2008, respectively, when they competed first for Marquez’s WBA and IBF featherweight titles and then his WBC junior lightweight belt.
“I think that Marquez is still good. It’s going to depend on how he prepares for this fight. I know that for this fight, that he will train hard. I think that he will do everything that he can do for this fight,” Pacquiao told RingTV.com during an exclusive interview recently.
“Marquez will give everything that he can for this fight. This is a different fight for him. This is the most important fight in his boxing career, so that’s why I’m expecting him to be 100 percent at his best on that night.”
Episode one of “24/7” will air on CNN at midnight Eastern Time and Pacific Time, following the HBO-televised premiere at 10 p.m. on both coasts.
Episode two will air on CNN on Saturday, October 29 at midnight, episode three will air on November 5 at midnight, and episode four, on November 11 at midnight, less than 24 hours before the fight.
KID CHOCOLATE’S LOOKING SWEET
At the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Calif., under the watchful eyes of five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach, Quillin (25-0, 19 KOs) has been working alongside former WBC featherweight and WBA junior lightweight beltholder Jorge Linares, WBA and IBF junior welterweight beltholder Amir Khan and eight-division titleholder Manny Pacquiao, with WBC middleweight titleholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. also expected to be around.
A talented former Cuban amateur who goes by the nickname, “Kid Chocolate,” Quillin fought his way out of Grand Rapids hoping to get an opportunity to shine in the ring.
“This is my first time fighting on HBO. I fought on an HBO card, but my fight was only on the international feed,”
“I’m so motivated to fight November 5th on HBO that I’m putting in extra rounds in the gym to be fully ready.”
A bi-coastal boxer who lives in New York City and Los Angeles, Quillin has won four in a row — all by knockout — since signing with Golden Boy, including a third-round stoppage of former title contender Jesse Brinkley.
“I’m looking to go some rounds. I’ve only fought five and a half rounds in the last year and a half, including one against a world title challenger Brinkley. I understand an impressive win will propel me closer to a world title fight and my dream of becoming world champion,” said Quillin.
“I’m a fighter who is always training. I’m never overweight and never overlook an opponent. I can’t do that if I want to become world champion. I have everything that fight fans want to see — athleticism, charisma and an exciting style. I’m ready to take the boxing world by storm.”
McEwan was once trained by Roach at Wild Card Gym.
“We had some workout sessions together. He wasn’t as friendly as some of the other fighters there, but I understood because we’re both in the same division. I had just started training in the gym, and he seemed uncomfortable sparring with me,” said Quillin.
“McEwan is a nice family man, but he’s going around saying he’s going to knock me out. He must be out of his mind. That stuff is uncalled for. Where did he get that from? He’s only knocked out 10 guys. It’s definitely going to be a good fight with both guys trying to make their mark and putting everything on the line.”
Roach will not be in Quillin’s corner against McEwan.
“I’m going to be a force to be reckoned with on November 5. Eric Brown is right there in the gym with me and Freddie and he’s worked my corner before. Freddie will make the game plan. I’m a fighter who takes this job very seriously,” said Quillin.
“I have a good promoter, manager and trainer, but I’m the one doing the fighting. I understand this business and I’m working hard to make a good living so I can be well off when I retire. This is what I love to do, and that’s to box. My day is coming.”
Lem Satterfield can be reached at email@example.com