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** WANTED: Sparring Partners for Pacquiao**"
By Winchell Campos, FightWorld.us, 31 Mar 2004
LOS ANGELES, CA-This is one job thousands of unemployed people here would not dare apply for: "Sparring Partner" for Manny Pacquiao.
There is a new and unposted "wanted" sign at Freddie Roach's Wild Card gym intended solely for Pacquiao, who looked more formidable than ever in his first sparring Read Full Story >>>
In pro boxing, anything can happen
By Dominic Menor, ABS-CBN News, 31 Mar 2004
The only sure thing is nothing’s for sure.
Manny Pacquiao is supposed to fight World Boxing Council (WBC) super-featherweight champion Mexican Eric Morales on July 31.
Morales is supposed to meet International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion Carlos Hernandez on July 31.
Filipino Randy S Read Full Story >>>
Marquez: Pacquiao will pay for disrespect
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel, The Freeman, 31 Mar 2004
IBF and WBA featherweight titlist Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez of Mexico yesterday hurled an ominous warning to Ring Magazine 126-pound king Manny Pacquiao, saying that the gutsy Filipino hotshot will soon pay the bitter price for showing no respect to him being the legitimate champion of two pres Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao-Morales ‘penciled in’
By Rian Jay Hernandez and Josef Ramos, The Manila Times, 31 Mar 2004
AS far as Manny Pacquiao’s camp is concerned, a fight with world super-featherweight champion Eric Morales has been penciled in—nothing more, nothing less.
“I signed a five-fight contract with HBO [the US cable giant] and the second of those fights will be against Eric Morales this July,” admitt Read Full Story >>>
'No hope' Filipino needs one big victory
By Recah Trinidad, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 31 Mar 2004
Well, regarding that elusive Olympic gold, RP may again miss getting close to its dream medal in Athens.
But don't tell that to hordes upon hordes of Manny Pacquiao fans.
That Olympic dream, despite FPJ's (Fernando Poe Jr.'s) earlier call to bag it, can wait.
What really matters to the Fili Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao to dish out speed, power
By Dante Navarro, The Philippine Star, 31 Mar 2004
While others prefer to conceal their fight plans to keep the other camp guessing, noted American boxing trainer Freddie Roach deemed it right to unveil his strategy for Manny Pacquiao for all Juan Manuel Marquez to see seven weeks into their keenly-awaited May 8 clash at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino i Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao out to unravel boxing's best-kept secret
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel, The Freeman, 30 Mar 2004
IBF/WBA featherweight champion Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez of Mexico has long been ballyhooed as boxing's best-kept secret.
The strange thing that shrouded Marquez's greatness has caused some of the marquee fighters in the likes of Marco Antonio Barrera, Naseem Hamed, and Erik Morales to avoid Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao gets busy
The Manila Bulletin, 30 Mar 2004
BY THE time the sun peeps through the Santa Monica mountains and Los Angeles residents are just waking up for another busy week ahead, Filipino boxing champ Manny Pacquiao should have already conquered the peaks of Griffith Park. After a week of light workouts, Pacquiao’s training for his May 8 titl Read Full Story >>>
Roach: The Pacquiao Game Plan
By Joe Rein, FightWorld.us, 30 Mar 2004
Ever lose a ten in a bar bet when somebody said, “I’m gonna put this ten-dollar bill between your fingers and let it go; if you can catch it before it hit’s the ground, it’s yours?”
It’s right there; all you have to do is press your fingertips together. But no matter how you anticipate – set you Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao being the favorite irks Marquez
By Dominic Menor, ABS-CBN News, 28 Mar 2004
Irked by how the spotlight has hugged his challenger and for the sheer disrespect for him, Juan Manuel Marquez, the Mexican with the two championship belts going to the May 8 showdown in Las Vegas, is wondering where is all the love for Manny Pacquiao coming from?
After his posse revealed what t Read Full Story >>>
Interview with MANNY PACQUIAO
By Brad Cooney, TalkingBoxing.com, 27 Mar 2004
Manny Pacquaio (38-2-1 29KO) shocked a lot of people by taking apart a very dangerous fighter and all-time great Marco Antonio Barrera. The young Philippine fighter has made a huge statement in doing so, and is about to take on another dangerous opponent, Juan Manuel Marquez (42-2-33 KO). Marquez is Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao 7-5 favorite vs Mexican champion
The Manila Bulletin, 27 Mar 2004
FOR A change, Manny Pacquiao is expected to be a favorite in his next fight on US soil.
His sensational 11-round demolition of Mexican icon Marco Antonio Barrera last November obviously still fresh in the mind of Las Vegas oddsmakers, Pacquiao has been installed a 7-5 favorite against Juan Manue Read Full Story >>>
MENOSPRECIA PACQUIAO A MARQUEZ Y YA PIENSA EN ERIK MORALES
Box-Latino.com, 27 Mar 2004
El dos veces campeón mundial, el filipino Manny Pacquiao, confía en vencer al mexicano Juan Manuel Márquez el 8 de mayo en Las Vegas (Nevada), para enfrentar posteriormente al también azteca y tres veces campeón mundial, Erik "Terrible" Morales.
"El 8 de mayo venceré a Juan Manuel Márquez en Las Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao road to greatness through Mexico
By Dante Navarro, The Philippine Star, 27 Mar 2004
Filipino champ Manny Pacquiao knows that tormenting Mexican legends is the key to his being named one of the greatest prizefighters.
"I need to prove that I’m one of the best fighters in the world," said Pacquiao. "And by fighting the best boxers from Mexico will prove I belong to the pound-for- Read Full Story >>>
MARQUEZ: 'WHY DID PACQUIAO MENTION MORALES?'
boxinginlasvegas.com, 27 Mar 2004
Featherweight challenger Manny Pacquiao of The Philippines set off a firestorm today when he said "First Juan Manuel Marquez, then Erik Morales' at a press conference at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel on Wednesday.
"What's he thinking....that I'm going to roll o Read Full Story >>>
‘PacMan’ meets ‘Dinamita’ But rabid fans steal the show
By Miramon P. Nuevo, The Manila Times, 26 Mar 2004
LOS ANGELES—It wasn’t like previous press conferences where both fighters refused to see each other in the eye.
At the Westin Bonaventure Hotel here, Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez came face-to-face for the first time, diffusing the growing animosity between Filipino and Mexican fans by Read Full Story >>>
Marquez and Morales: Manny Pacquiao’s Tickets to Ultimate Stardom
By Jason Unpingco, DogHouseBoxing.com, 26 Mar 2004
On May 8th, Manny “The Destroyer” Pacquiao will step into the ring against Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Televised on HBO, the southpaw from General Santos City in the Philippines is adding another event to add Filipino recognition in a division dominated by mostly Mexican fight Read Full Story >>>
Marquez vows fight to the death against Pacquiao
By Nick Giongco And Dennis Principe, The Manila Bulletin, 26 Mar 2004
IT WAS certainly not love at first sight. In fact, several weeks before their May 8 title showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Manny Pacquiao has already earned the ire of Mexican world champion Juan Manuel Marquez – without really trying.
Appearing in a press conference at Read Full Story >>>
Marquez vows to defend titles to death
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel, The Freeman, 26 Mar 2004
IN a hardline rhetoric, IBF/WBA featherweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico declared that only death can deter him from surrendering his belts to Filipino ring superstar Manny Pacquiao when they mix it up in an explosive May 8 showdown, which will be televised live by HBO at the MGM Grand G Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao’s verbal salvo stings foe
By Dante Navarro, The Philippine Star, 26 Mar 2004
Like the power his punches generate, Manny Pacquiao unleashed a verbal sortie on Mexican rival the first time they came face-to-face Wednesday and it didn’t sit well with Juan Manuel Marquez.
"Marquez is a great fighter and I respect him as the champ. But I am a champ too!," said Pacquiao. "This Read Full Story >>>