Entering Saturday night’s fight with Jorge Arce, Nonito Donaire said his Filipino fans are “in pain,” many imploring him to “Do it for Manny,” and “Lift our country back up again” in the wake of Manny Pacquiao’s sixth-round knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez.
Strength and conditioning guru Angel Hernandez claims that trainer Freddie Roach has accused Juan Manuel Marquez of having used performance enhancing drugs out of fear that his fighter will defeat Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night.
Rapper 50 Cent was granted a promoter’s license by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, although Floyd Mayweather Jr. is apparently no longer considered a partner in the company.
The Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez IV undercard could feature undefeated featherweight Yuriorkis Gamboa. An IBF lightweight title bout between beltholder Miguel Vazquez and Mercito Gesta is reportedly “done” for the PPV show.
Junior welterweight Mercito Gesta, of the Philippines, will put his unbeaten record on the line against American prospect Ty Barnett on Aug. 3.
Juan Manuel Marquez could defend his WBO interim junior welterweight belt opposite Mike Alvarado, Mercito Gesta or Brandon Rios at Dallas Cowboys Stadium on July 14, according to Top Rank CEO Bob Arum.
Brandon Rios failed to make the 135-pound limit for Saturday night’s clash with Richard Abril, the second straight fight he has done so.
Richard Abril believes that he will end the winning streak of Brandon Rios and hand the hard-punching former titleholder his first loss on Saturday night. “I am more Mexican than Rios,” he said.