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Experts predict Diaz won?t last
By Joaquin Henson, The Philippine Star, Sun, 29 Jun 2008
LAS VEGAS ? In a battle of champions, Manny Pacquiao is the experts? solid pick to bludgeon David Diaz into submission late in their 12-round bout at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino here this morning (Manila time). Diaz, 32, is staking his WBC lightweight crown. Pacquiao, 29, won the WBC super  Read Full Story >>>

Pacquiao?s next fight Nov. 8
By Nick Giongco, The Manila Bulletin, Sun, 29 Jun 2008
LAS VEGAS ? Top Rank has penciled the date Nov. 8 for Manny Pacquiao?s next and last fight for 2008 and the cities being eyed are Los Angeles, Anaheim and also this city. As to who Pacquiao?s foe on that date remains a mystery since it would all depend on the outcome of Saturday night?s clash b  Read Full Story >>>

We must fight the right fight
By Nick Giongco, The Manila Bulletin, Sun, 29 Jun 2008
LAS VEGAS ? The ball is now in Manny Pacquiao?s hands, trainer Freddie Roach said on Friday. Roach, who will call the shots in Pacquiao?s corner against David Diaz on Saturday, told a handful of scribes from Manila that while Diaz "looked relax" during the weighin, "it wouldn?t be enough to win  Read Full Story >>>

Factors of consequence
By Joaquin Henson, The Philippine Star, Sun, 29 Jun 2008
LAS VEGAS ? Anything can happen when two explosive punchers face off in a fight for pride, legacy and boxing immortality. David Diaz puts his WBC lightweight championship on the line against Manny Pacquiao who?s seeking a fourth (fifth, counting the Ring Magazine featherweight title) crown in the  Read Full Story >>>

RIP, Rest In Pieces, Billy The Goat
Barbecued Billy Can Only Blame Loser David Diaz For Funeral Pyre!

By Michael Marley, Boxing Confidential, Sun, 29 Jun 2008
When Manny Pacquiao Wins, Billy The Goat Goes Into The Fire. Thus, Billy will no longer be Billy. A few suggested new names for the late, lamented and highly publicized boxing goat: Tenderoni Chargoat Bobby Que No Longer So Horny Tastes Like Chicken Tastes Like Wood Tastes Like End Re  Read Full Story >>>

Durable David or Mighty Manny?
By Jingo Quijano, Sun.Star Cebu, Sun, 29 Jun 2008
REMEMBER how Erik Morales re-tested the lightweight waters by first trying out David Diaz who was perceived to be the ?weakest? of the reigning champions? Well, in the very first round Diaz battered him from pillar to post and if not for a very timely right hand counter from ?El Terrible? which   Read Full Story >>>

El Terrible?s manager picks Pacquiao
By Nick Giongco, The Manila Bulletin, Sun, 29 Jun 2008
LAS VEGAS ? Fernando Beltran, the swashbuckling chief handler of Erik Morales, said on Friday that Manny Pacquiao will get past David Diaz of the US in their 12-round slugfest Saturday night at Mandalay Bay. "If Manny Pacquiao shows up in his best, it will be an easy fight," said Beltran, who w  Read Full Story >>>

Boxing guru says Diaz poses problem
By Abac Cordero, The Philippine Star, Sun, 29 Jun 2008
LAS VEGAS ? In the eyes of Emmanuel Steward, a boxing trainer, commentator and future Hall-of-Famer, David Diaz is ?a problem? for Manny Pacquiao. He has the reasons why. ?Diaz smothers you and he pushes you. He pushes you around and takes a good punch. He could be a problem for Manny,? said t  Read Full Story >>>

Champ can?t wait to rumble
By Abac Cordero, The Philippine Star, Sun, 29 Jun 2008
LAS VEGAS ? David Diaz is ready to rumble. In fact, he said he was ready to slug it out with Manny Pacquiao right after Friday?s weigh-in. ?I?m ready to go today if they wanted us,? said Diaz as he got off the stage after tipping the scales at exactly 135 lbs, the lightweight limit. Too bad  Read Full Story >>>

Manager sees David defying odds
By Abac Cordero, The Philippine Star, Sun, 29 Jun 2008
LAS VEGAS ? David Diaz? manager Jim Strickland not only sees a close fight but also a big win for his boxer. ?As I said before I see a 12-round fight and it?s my thought and my hope that David?s going to win this fight,? he said Friday on his way back up to Diaz? hotel suite. Strickland, now 7  Read Full Story >>>

For whom the bell tolls
By Jinggoy Salvador, Sun.Star Davao, Sun, 29 Jun 2008
Today, the country is united once more. Oh, how we all wish that it would last forever! But after this bout every testosterone-ridden being is eagerly awaiting for, everything goes back to normal. How unfortunate. But heck, more than the boxing fight of the year; it's the few hours of peace that   Read Full Story >>>

No feast, Manny to watch weight
By Abac Cordero, The Philippine Star, Sun, 29 Jun 2008
LAS VEGAS ? There?s no eat-all-you-can sign posted inside Manny Pacquiao?s Mandalay Bay?s suite on the eve of the fight. Pacquiao must have learned a lesson or two when he said he will limit his food intake after Friday?s official weigh-in and leading up to Saturday?s fight against David Diaz.   Read Full Story >>>

Diaz handlers say fight will go the full route
By Nick Giongco, The Manila Bulletin, Sun, 29 Jun 2008
LAS VEGAS ? Despite what the odds say, Jim Strickland believes his fighter David Diaz will win Saturday night?s clash with Manny Pacquiao on points. "This is going to be nip and tuck, a much closer fight and I think the odds doesn?t speak for what David is able to do and it will go down the wir  Read Full Story >>>

Pacquiao targets fourth WBC crown
By Ed C. Tolentino, The Manila Times, Sun, 29 Jun 2008
A PIECE of boxing history and the chance to unlock more treasure chests loom as Filipino ring superstar Manny Pacquiao takes on World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight champion David Diaz Sunday at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The fighters breezed through the official weigh-in  Read Full Story >>>

Pacquiao fan in Lucena City wagers NFA cards
By Delfin Mallari Jr., Philippine Daily Inquirer, Sun, 29 Jun 2008
LUCENA CITY, Quezon -- An avid Pacquiao fan here has found new use for the cards that the National Food Authority issued him to purchase cheap rice -- use them as wagers for his idol boxer in Sunday?s fight. Vender Ronnie Solis offered the two NFA cards as his bets to anyone who would accept his   Read Full Story >>>

Manny eyes boxing history
By Charles Raymond A. Maxey, Sun.Star Davao, Sun, 29 Jun 2008
MOVING up in weight and carrying the entire nation on his broad shoulders, Manny Pacquiao climbs the ring this morning with a shot at boxing history. Pacquiao, the punching machine from General Santos City, will face World Boxing Champion (WBC) lightweight champion David Diaz of Mexico where a v  Read Full Story >>>

Judge for yourself: Pacquiao vs. Diaz
By Tom Schreck,, Sat, 28 Jun 2008
Back in October 2007 I was lucky enough to be assigned to the Manny Pacquaio vs. Marco Antonio Barrera rematch. I was fortunate to see first hand, up and close what the phenomenon known as "The Pacman" was all about. He is explosive and has what seems to be an unending reserve of energy to go al  Read Full Story >>>

Diaz, Pacquiao Ready for Lightweight Clash Tonight
By Mario Ortega, Jr.,, Sat, 28 Jun 2008
Tonight at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Manny Pacquiao attempts become a world champion in another weight class, as he challenges Chicago, Illinois? David Diaz for the WBC Lightweight title on pay-per-view. For Diaz, a win over Pacquiao would thrust him into the boxing lime  Read Full Story >>>

Saturday's title bout betting previews and picks
By Jason Albeson,, Sat, 28 Jun 2008
David Diaz +420 (34-1-1, 17 KO?s) vs. Manny Pacquiao -460 (46-3-2, 35 KO?s) WBC Lightweight champion Is 135 lbs. too heavy for Manny Pacquiao? While the question seems fairly cut and dried the answer is multi-faceted. Let?s look at Pacquiao?s career to this point. He started off as a 10  Read Full Story >>>

Manny Pacquiao-David Diaz Fight the Top Story in the Philippines
By Michael David Smith, AOL Sports, Sat, 28 Jun 2008
No American boxer is popular enough to have a preview of one of his fights be the lead, front page story in a major newspaper. But in the Philippines, Manny Pacquiao's populari  Read Full Story >>>

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