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Experts agree Manny in toughest test ever
By Joaquin Henson, The Philippine Star, 02 May 2004
The consensus is it won’t be a picnic. Although he’s slightly favored to win, Manny Pacquiao is taking no chances against World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) featherweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez in their scheduled 12-round double title bout at the MGM Grand Read Full Story >>>
Houston say Pacquiao likely to beat Marquez by decision
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel, The Freeman, 02 May 2004
PEOPLE’S featherweight champion Manny Pacquiao finally got a staunch believer among noted boxing scholars abroad after a well-known analyst in Graham Houston of Boxing Monthly magazine picked the Filipino ring superstar to win over IBF/WBA 126 pounds titlist Juan Manuel Marquez in their May 8 war at Read Full Story >>>
UK magazine picks Pacquiao
By Nick Giongco, The Manila Bulletin, 02 May 2004
LOS ANGELES — A British boxing publication reported in its latest issue which came out on Thursday that Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez, who faces Filipino Manny Pacquiao, will be in for a “tremendously tough fight” on May 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Graham Houston wrote in the May 2004 issue Read Full Story >>>
MARQUEZ: “NUNCA HE TOMADO LAS APUESTAS EN SERIO”
By Salvador Martínez, Box-Latino.com, 01 May 2004
Juan Manuel Márquez, monarca mundial pluma de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB) y de la Asociación Mundial (AMB), ni se inmutó cuando se le dijo que el filipino Manny Pacquiao está arriba en las apuestas, para su combate del 8 de mayo en Las Vegas.
Márquez expresó con mucha calma: “Nunc Read Full Story >>>
Even Latinos Pick Pacquiao Over Marquez
By Winchell Campos, mannypacquiao.ph, 01 May 2004
LOS ANGELES-Raymundo Beltran is Mexican and Lenny de Jesus is of Puerto Rican descent but still, they are just some of a few hundred other Latinos who are rooting for "People's Champion" Manny Pacquiao, who is dead-set on taking the IBF and WBA belts of Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico on May 8.
The Read Full Story >>>
THE BIG TIME
By Graham Houston, Boxing Monthly, 01 May 2004
The pasting of Barrera put Manny Pacquiao firmly on the map. But can the Filipino become a featherweight champ by beating Juan Manuel Marquez, the man Naz avoided? Manny Pacquiao, the Filipino southpaw, looked unbeatable in his last fight when destroying Marco Antonio Barrera in 11 rounds. Now he fa Read Full Story >>>
Marquez’s favorite victims: lefties
By Dominic Menor, ABS-CBN News, 01 May 2004
Will history be on Mexican dual champion Juan Manuel Marquez’s side when he faces Manny Pacquiao on May 8?
The man sitting on the featherweight throne of the International Boxing Federation and the World Boxing Association (WBA) looks to extend his winning run against lefties -- three of whom Ma Read Full Story >>>
SAYS ROACH: Pacquiao in even better shape now
By Salven L. Lagumbay, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 01 May 2004
MANNY Pacquiao is in better shape now than when he stopped Mexican boxing legend Marco Antonio Barrera last year.
Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach declared this Friday during a final press conference at the Max's of Manila Restaurant in Glendale, California.
The Pacquiao entourage motors to Las Read Full Story >>>
Muhammad: Pacquiao in the Mold of Ali, Jones, Holmes
By Winchell Campos, mannypacquiao.ph, 30 Apr 2004
LOS ANGELES-Like a diamond in the rough, promoter Murad Muhammad said Manny Pacquiao is up there among the all-time boxing greats including Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes, Joe Frazier and Roy Jones Jr., among others.
"You are looking at an athlete that is gifted with the attributes that I have not f Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao está seguro de derrotar a Márquez y luego buscará a Morales
By Ramiro González, La Opinion, 30 Apr 2004
Manny Pacquiao no ha cambiado en su forma de ser no obstante haber vencido a Marco Antonio Barrera, uno de los mejores peleadores del boxeo moderno.
Sigue siendo el mismo personaje con la sonrisa a flor de piel, pero todo esto cambia para el orgullo de General Santos Filipinas, cuando sube al ti Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao: “No question in my mind. I will win.”
By Karl Freitag, FightNews.com, 30 Apr 2004
The Manny Pacquiao show rolled into Glendale, California today when Pacquiao, promoter Murad Muhammad, trainer Freddie Roach and co-promoter Bob Arum spoke to a garrison of Southern California fight scribes at Max's of Manila Restaurant.
“I’m ready for anything Marquez has,” vowed Pacquiao. “No Read Full Story >>>
Champ: Can’t take Marquez lightly
By Nick Giongco, The Manila Bulletin, 30 Apr 2004
FULLY AWARE that Juan Manuel Marquez is a lot more dangerous than Marco Antonio Barrera, Manny Pacquiao is expected to have sparred almost 150 rounds when he finally closes out his training at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood on Monday.
On that same day, Pacquiao heads to Las Vegas for his Read Full Story >>>
Peñalosa: Pacquiao is unbeatable
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel, The Freeman, 30 Apr 2004
ESPOUSING bold predictions is a rarity for the outspoken ring legend Dodie Boy Peñalosa, one of the only three Filipino fighters who collected a pair of world boxing titles in different weight divisions.
But when he was cornered by a small throng of Cebuano reporters in an unexpected tryst yester Read Full Story >>>
Pacquaio needs to validate most recent win
By Dean Juipe, Las Vegas Sun, 30 Apr 2004
As much as a victory against Marco Antonio Barrera meant to Manny Pacquaio, his trainer believes it will have lost its luster if the featherweight contender fails to follow it up with a win of even greater significance.
Pacquaio gets that chance May 8 at the MGM when he faces two-belt world champ Read Full Story >>>
DiBella insists Manny overrated
By Joaquin Henson, The Philippine Star, 30 Apr 2004
I nearly choked on my food when, eating dinner last night, I read New York promoter Lou DiBella’s comments on Manny Pacquiao in the April 23 issue of the London trade paper Boxing News.
DiBella tried to wrest control of Pacquiao’s US promotional rights from Murad Muhammad two years ago. He faile Read Full Story >>>
Marquez: Belts Will Stay in Mexico
By Winchell Campos, mannypacquiao.ph, 29 Apr 2004
SAYING "Arriba, Mexico," WBA and IBF featherweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez vowed to beat "People's Champion" Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and prevent his belts from being taken away from Mexico.
"We've trained for two and a half months. We are very conscientious and we've put everythin Read Full Story >>>
Is Mexican champ invincible?
By Joaquin Henson, The Philippine Star, 29 Apr 2004
World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) featherweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez has never been knocked out since turning pro in 1993. But that doesn’t mean he won’t crumble once Manny Pacquiao hits his stride in their scheduled 12-round double title fight at the M Read Full Story >>>
Marquez wants an aggressive Pacquiao
By Paul Upham, SecondsOut.com, 28 Apr 2004
When WBA/IBF world champion Juan Manuel Marquez, 42-2 (33), faces consensus world champion Manny Pacquiao(pictured), 38-2-1 (30), at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 8 on HBO, the question of who the best featherweight in the world today will be answered. Since the Filipino's upset win over Marco A Read Full Story >>>
Marquez is Beristain's Best Bet
By Winchell Campos, mannypacquiao.ph, 28 Apr 2004
JUAN Manuel Marquez is most special and the best athlete trainer Ignacio "Nacho" Beristain has ever trained and handled and he believes that Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao could taste defeat soon.
Beristain, speaking through interpreter and publicist Ricardo Jimenez of Top Rank Inc. in an exclu Read Full Story >>>
Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez-Forecast
By Tommy Noel, BoxingScene.com, 28 Apr 2004
This bout has fight of the year written all over it, put it on your calendar as the one to watch, May the Eighth from Vegas. The Pac-Man after dismantling one Mexican icon Marco Antonio Barrera goes after another when he takes on Juan Manuel Marquez in a IBF/WBA 126-LB Championship contest.
Manny Read Full Story >>>