Manny Pacquiao arrived at LAX airport on Saturday to continue training for his April 12 rematch with Tim Bradley, and trainer Freddie Roach expressed supreme confidence, saying “Manny means business this time.”
The Boxing Writers Assoc. of America voted Floyd Mayweather Jr. as the Fighter of the Year for 2013. The organization also honored Tim Bradley and Ruslan Provodnikov (Fight of the Year), Freddie Roach (Trainer of The Year), and Al Haymon (Manager of the Year).
Unbeaten junior featherweight prospect Genesis Servania will face his most accomplished opponent yet when he faces former two-time WBA junior bantamweight titleholder Alexander Munoz on March 1 at Solaire Resort in Pasay City, Philippines.
Manny Pacquiao is familiar with the top two candidates to be his next opponent, having lost by split-decision to Tim Bradley in 2012 and having sparred many rounds with Ruslan Provodnikov.
Trainer Virgil Hunter believes Amir Khan “can shock the world” and defeat Floyd Mayweather Jr. if his fighter gets a shot at the reigning welterweight and junior middleweight champ on May 3.
Unbeaten junior lightweight contender Will Tomlinson on his five-bout deal with Golden Boy Promotions: “I came here to test myself and see how good I really am.”
Robert Garcia edged out rival Freddie Roach in RingTV.com’s year-end award fan poll for Trainer of the Year. [Editor’s note: this is not THE RING magazine’s official choice for Trainer of the Year. The magazine’s official year-end awards for 2013 will be announced in the March edition.]
Freddie Roach, who trains both Manny Pacquiao and Ruslan Provodnikov, is not keen on his top two boxers fighting in the near future. Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter, recently stated that Pacquiao could face Provodnikov if he beats Brandon Rios on Saturday.
The third episode of HBO’s 24/7: Pacquiao-Rios culminated with Wednesday’s controversial, obscenity-laced altercation between the trainers Freddie Roach and Robert Garcia as well as strength and conditioning guru Alex Ariza.
Freddie Roach tells the boxing media that he’s not impressed with Brandon Rios, who he says lacks defense and was lucky to win a lightweight title. Rios faces Roach’s star fighter, Manny Pacquiao, on Saturday in Macau.
Strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza spoke with RingTV’s Ryan Songalia about the kicking incident that transpired Wednesday afternoon between himself and Freddie Roach at a public workout in Macau. Ariza, who previously worked with Roach as Manny Pacquiao’s strength coach, also discussed his work with Brandon Rios.
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum talks to RingTV.com about the kicking incident between Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach and Brandon Rios’ conditioning coach Alex Ariza, plus the possibility of Pacquiao facing Ruslan Provodnikov and more.