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By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Manila Standard, 25 Dec 2003
A possible rematch between International Boxing Federation junior featherweight champion Manny Pacquiao and the legendary featherweight Marco Antonio Barrera, who suffered a terrible beating before losing by an 11th-round TKO to the Filipino southpaw last Nov. 15 in San Antonio, Texas loomed yesterd Read Full Story >>>
Marquez a dangerous foe vs Pacquiao
By Joaquin Henson, The Philippine Star, 24 Dec 2003
There’s a reason why International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico is nicknamed "Dinamita."
It’s because he’s such an explosive puncher. He detonates at the sound of the bell. In a pro career that started in 1993, Ma Read Full Story >>>
Year in ring belongs to Lewis, Jones, Pacquiao
ABS-CBN News, 24 Dec 2003
LAS VEGAS - When the year began, Lennox Lewis was considered the true heavyweight champion. Vitali Klitschko wasn’t even thought of as the best fighter in his family.
Six bloody rounds in Los Angeles helped change that, but Klitschko still ended the year the way he began it -- on the outside loo Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao the best of them all
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Manila Standard, 24 Dec 2003
When International Boxing Federation junior featherweight champion Manny Pacquiao bucked overwhelming odds to annihilate legendary “People’s Featherweight Champion” Marco Antonio Barrera, he punched his way into the hearts and homes of millions of adoring countrymen whose pride was given an incredib Read Full Story >>>
The stories that defined the year in RP Sports
By Musong Castillo, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 24 Dec 2003
IT WAS a low-key, almost uneventful year that ended on a high, emphatic and successful note.
With the Philippine Basketball Association struggling to recover its old clout under new commissioner Noli Eala and the sporting community shaken by the failed assassination attempt on outspoken athletic Read Full Story >>>
$1-million purse for Manny still in works
By Joaquin Henson, The Philippine Star, 23 Dec 2003
It’s all about striking while the iron’s hot.
Consensus world featherweight boxing champion Manny Pacquiao is shooting for a $1-million purse in his next fight, said his business manager Rod Nazario yesterday. And if the Home Box Office (HBO) cable TV network agrees to foot the bill, Nazario con Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao wants $1 million to fight Mexican Marquez
By Dominic Menor, ABS-CBN News, 23 Dec 2003
Nothing more than a phone call was all the camp of Manny Pacquiao got from the handlers of Juan Manuel Marquez, belying reports that the Filipino ring hero is all set to fight the reigning People’s Champion.
“Wala ’pang final,” said Pacquiao’s business manager Rod Nazario, when as Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao won’t underestimate Marquez
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Manila Standard, 23 Dec 2003
International Boxing Federation junior featherweight champion Manny Pacquiao said yesterday he won’t underestimate World Boxing Association/IBF champion Juan Manuel Marquez, who is being lined up for a title shot sometime in late March or early April in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao annihilated legendary f Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao fights dual champ Marquez next
By Salven L. Lagumbay, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 22 Dec 2003
IT's green and go for yet another superbattle for the Filipino king of the world's featherweights.
The reigning "people's featherweight champion" and Ring Magazine's featherweight king Manny Pacquiao is slated to battle World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) fea Read Full Story >>>
Manny Pacquiao gears up for a $1-M fight versus Marquez
By Dennis Principe, EastSideBoxing.com, 22 Dec 2003
SUBIC BAY, PHILIPPINES – Despite looming tax woes in the United States, contractual debate with promoter Murad Muhammad and an imminent tug-of-war owing to a salacious HBO television offer, it will be a Merry Christmas after all for Filipino world champion Manny Pacquiao.
This as the universally Read Full Story >>>
By Dennis Principe, The Manila Bulletin, 22 Dec 2003
MANNY PACQUIAO is set to ink a deal that will give him a chance to earn a cool $1 million, not to mention a stab at boxing history.
The Filipino boxing hero confirmed on Saturday that his handlers are close to sealing a deal that would have him challenging World Boxing Association/ International Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao’s next purse: $1m
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Manila Standard, 22 Dec 2003
International Boxing Federation junior featherweight champion Manny Pacquiao is scheduled to leave for New York in the first week of January with business manager Rod Nazario to negotiate with HBO for a $1 million title fight against reigning World Boxing Association/IBF featherweight champion Juan Read Full Story >>>
If chosen, Pacquiao set to get 1st major award on X'mas eve
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel, The Freeman, 21 Dec 2003
REIGNING IBF super bantamweight champion Manny “The Destroyer” Pacquiao will probably receive before Christmas Day his first major award abroad since his unforgettable 11-round demolition of the revered Mexican featherweight great Marco Antonio Barrera last month that paved the way for the rise of a Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao Mandated to Fight Chi or Brodie
By Keith Terceira, BoxingScene.com, 20 Dec 2003
Well it didn’t take long for Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao to begin making plans to take the "official" featherweight titles. Boxingscene has confirmed reports that the WBC and Sulaiman have decided that the winner of the Brodie versus Chi bout sometime in March will face the PacMan.
James Blears, Box Read Full Story >>>
Coming Soon: Manny Pacquiao Vs. Jose Luis Valbuena?
By G. Leon, BoxingTalk.com, 20 Dec 2003
On November 15th, featherweight king Manny Pacquiao shocked the world of boxing by whooping future Hall of Famer Marco Antonio Barrera for eleven rounds, forcing his corner to throw in the towel. Now, just slightly more than a month after the biggest victory of his career, we’ve been hearing Pacquia Read Full Story >>>
Boxing 2003: Looking back – and ahead
By Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, 20 Dec 2003
The year in boxing had some strong performances.
Cory Spinks, James Toney, Roy Jones Jr., Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley had a wonderful year.
In September, the biggest box office star, Oscar De La Hoya, lost to Mosley. Out of the ring, De La Hoya's promotional firm emerged as a force by te Read Full Story >>>
Toney, Jones and Pacquiao among candidates for Fighter of Year
By Carlos Arias, The Mercury News, 20 Dec 2003
(KRT) - There were a lot of great performances and upsets, and a number of new faces burst onto the boxing scene in 2003.
Here is a chance for readers to have their voices heard. E-mail your picks for Fighter of the Year, Upset of the Year and Prospect of the Year to email@example.com.
Her Read Full Story >>>
Big gathering of stars at PSA annual awards
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 19 Dec 2003
THE PHILIPPINE Sportswriters Association will stage what is expected to be the biggest gathering of sports stars in recent years when it holds the 2003 PSA Annual Awards Night on Jan. 9 at the Manila Pavilion.
Malacañang has already acknowledged receipt of the copy of invitation sent by PSA pres Read Full Story >>>
PSA Awards biggest in years
The Manila Times, 19 Dec 2003
THE Philippine Sports-writers Association will stage what is expected to be the biggest gathering of sports stars in recent years when it holds the 2003 PSA Annual Awards Night on January 9 at the Manila Pavilion.
Malacañang has already acknowledged receipt of the copy of invitation sent by PSA Read Full Story >>>
Boxing: The Best Of The Year
By Janne Romppainen, EastSideBoxing.com, 18 Dec 2003
The boxing year 2003 is two weeks away from being over and while the field is quieting down for the Christmas holidays, it is a good moment to take a look back at what we have witnessed this year. It certainly has been a colourful and exciting twelve months again. One nice thing about boxing is that Read Full Story >>>