By leading his Philippine Basketball Association team to victory on Wednesday, WBO welterweight titlist Manny Pacquiao took a risk himself by entering the fray as a player.
One of the most underrated former champions from the Philippines, Gerry Penalosa, says Manny Pacquiao’s southpaw stance, speed, power, footwork and volume punching will be too much for Floyd Mayweather to handle when the two super stars meet on May 2.
Following the announcement of his May 2 fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao gave a name to the bout, saying, “This fight, the title of this for me here in the Philippines, is, ‘I will fight for the Filipinos.'”
Unbeaten Filipino junior lightweight prospect Harmonito Dela Torre has signed a managerial deal with former two-division champion Zab Judah’s Super Management Group and will relocate to Las Vegas.
Nonito Donaire Jr. will return to the junior featherweight division for his next bout when he faces Brazilian William Prado on March 28 in Pasay City, Philippines. It will Donaire’s first bout since he was stopped by Nicholas Walter at featherweight last November.
Milan Melindo will get his second crack at a world title when he faces IBF junior flyweight titleholder Javier Mendoza in Tijuana, Mexico, on April 25.
The IBF has given Englishman Billy Joe Saunders until Feb. 12 to agree to face Hassan N’Dam in the wake of Felix Sturm’s decision to campaign at 168 pounds, but the more likely opponent for the vacant middleweight title appears to be Sam Soliman.
Filipino junior welterweight Jason Pagara capped the “Pinoy Pride 29″ card at the University of Southeastern Philippines Gym with a second-round blowout win over Cesar Chavez.
A lot of Karl Dargan’s friends from the amateurs are now top-tier professionals — two of them RING champions. He intends to join them, but his next hurdle will be tonight on “Friday Night Fights” against Tony Luis.
Despite coming off a loss, Henry Lundy remains a victory or two from receiving a title opportunity. The gritty Philly native will help his case significantly if he can defeat Petr Petrov on Friday in Verona, N.Y. The fight is a 10-round co-feature of this week’s ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights.”
Despite being dropped twice in the seventh round, junior featherweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux slugged his way out of trouble and stopped Hisashi Amagasa in the 11th.
In just his eighth pro fight, Japanese prodigy Naoya Inoue became a two-division world titleholder with a dominant win over 112-pound mainstay Omar Narvaez.
Fighter of the Year contender Naoya Inoue will get a chance at a third big win in 2014 when he steps up two divisions to face long-time WBO junior bantamweight titleholder Omar Narvaez on Tuesday, Dec. 30, at the Metropolitan Gym in Tokyo, Japan.
Sonya Lamonakis might be the best boxer in female boxing’s sparsest weight class – the heavyweight division. The New York City-based school teacher, who recently earned a major title belt, is helping to bring her overlooked weight class to life by engaging in the first meaningful fights the division has hosted in years.
For the second time in his career Steve Martinez will be matched against a fellow prospect when he meets Christopher Pearson on Friday at the Illusions Theater in San Antonio in a junior middleweight bout that will be televised by Showtime.