Brandon Rios says of his showdown with Manny Pacquiao: “We both like to fight. We both hardly back down. We both throw a lot of punches in bunches. So it’s going to be one helluva good fight.”
Tim Bradley told ESPN that he ranks himself between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Juan Manuel Marquez and ahead of Manny Pacquiao as the top fighters at 147 pounds.
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum said that in the next few days he’ll be meeting with fighters and their teams in New York, with the goal of selecting Manny Pacquaio’s September opponent no later than Sunday.
Manny Pacquiao’s advisor said the rift between HBO and Golden Boy does not concern the fighter, and claims both Showtime and HBO are in the running to televise Pacquiao’s next bout. Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum says that’s hogwash, the Filipino icon’s next bout will be on HBO.
Unbeaten featherweight prospect Gary Russell Jr. claims he has been pursued by promoter Curtis Jackson, who is also known as the rapper 50 Cent. Russell is managed by Al Haymon and has a working relationship with Golden Boy Promotions.
A Getty Images spokesperson says they are not necessarily asking for Manny Pacquiao’s suspension in the wake of an alleged assault by members of the fighter’s team on photographer Al Bello following Pacquiao’s loss to Juan Manuel Marquez.
Manny Pacquiao’s advisor Michael Koncz called an incident with a photographer following Pacquiao’s loss to Juan Manuel Marquez “a misunderstanding.”
Manny Pacquiao went down swinging against rival Juan Manuel Marquez, a fact that his advisor, Michael Koncz, believes has endeared him to his fans even more.
Bob Arum on Jimmy Kimmel’s spoof of Manny Pacquiao: “Something like that is so invaluable in promoting a fight. It gets to an audience that isn’t necessarily into boxing. There’s no telling what effect it has.”
Jimmy Kimmel to Manny Pacquiao: “You announced that you had quit drinking, and quit gambling, and that you had quit cock fighting, and then, for the first time in seven years, you did not win…Will you go back to drinking, gambling and cock fighting?”
Manny Pacquiao and arch-rival Juan Manuel Marquez once sang “La Bamba” during a duet on Mexican television during the promotion leading up to their third fight.