Former lightweight champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini is predicting an easier night for Manny Pacquiao when he faces WBO welterweight titleholder Timothy Bradley in their April 12 rematch in Las Vegas, Nev.
The 52-year-old Mancini was in Macau, China to commentate last weekend’s fights headlined by two-time gold medalist Zou Shiming for HBO2. Though Bradley was awarded a split-decision in the first fight in 2012, Mancini feels that Pacquiao deserved the verdict and will leave no doubts the second time around.
“Manny will beat Bradley,” said Mancini, who held the WBA 135-pound title from 1982-84. “I thought he beat him the first time but Manny wasn’t sharp in that fight. But I think he’ll beat him easily. He knows now that he has to, it’s probably the thorn in his side.”
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Mike Alvarado would be the underdog against Juan Manuel Marquez if they do indeed meet on May 17 as expected, but Alvarado’s trainer feels they have some advantages.
Shann Vilhauer, the trainer of former 140-pound titleholder Mike Alvarado, believes that a likely May 17 HBO clash with Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez is an advantageous fight for his guy, and says that their team has wanted this fight for years. From BoxingScene.com’s Ryan Burton:
“It is something that Mike has wanted for a long time. Mike has wanted this fight for three to four years now. We always felt that Marquez was tailor made for us. Marquez is a great boxer, obviously. One of the best boxers ever. I just think that Mike is the bigger and stronger guy.”
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Juan Manuel Marquez is close to accepting “an all-action fight” at 147-pounds against Mike Alvarado on May 17 that will “be bombs away right at the first bell,” Marquez’s Mexico-based promoter Fernando Beltran told RingTV.com on Tuesday.
A former 140-pound beltholder, Alvarado’s manager, Henry Delgado, informed RingTV.com that the Denver-based fighter already has agreed in principle to face Marquez, whose ultimate goal is a showdown with the winner of the April 12 Tim Bradley-Manny Pacquiao rematch.
The probable site for Marquez-Alvarado is The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., which is now owned by Madison Square Garden and recently underwent a $40 million facelift.
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World Boxing Organisation welterweight champion Timothy Bradley of the United States and his challenger, Manny Pacquiao, will both be seeking redemption when they clash for a second time on April 12 in Las Vegas.
Bradley believes he never gained the recognition he was due after controversially beating the Filipino southpaw on a split decision when they first met in June 2012 while Pacquiao feels he was robbed with that result.
“This is all about redemption,” Bradley (31-0, 12 knockouts) said during a news conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Tuesday to promote the fight. “I need Manny. He needs me.
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BoxingScene.com recently caught up with WBO welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley who recently agreed to a lucrative contract extension with Top Rank and also agreed to a rematch with Manny Pacquioa. The fight takes place on April 12th at the MGM Grand.
Bradley said that in addition to the monetary aspects of the deal, he also stayed with Top Rank because of his relationship with the Las Vegas, Nevada based company. The boxing fans around the world are excited also for the Mayweather vs Khan fight on May 3rd.
“I am very happy with the deal. I am making six million dollars for this fight. I am very familiar with them. I don’t know anyone over there at Golden Boy. I like the familliarity and I have made a lot of money with Top Rank so I didn’t feel any reason to go somewhere else. I used to fight on Showtime and had a great relationship with them but those people have changed and I don’t know the new people.” Bradley stated.
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