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Afterthoughts from Vegas
By Alan Berg, RingsideReport.com, 22 Dec 2004
After watching Glencoffe Johnson edge out Antonio Tarver, I couldn't help, but think what 2005 has in store for those who competed over an amazing month of boxing.
So much happened with so many questions answered but -- like always -- new questions arose.
These are in chronological order: Wh Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao vs Marquez II in peril?
By Salven L. Lagumbay, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 22 Dec 2004
THE SECOND encounter between Ring Magazine featherweight king Manny Pacquiao and WBA/IBF champ Juan Manuel Marquez is not yet etched in stone.
Ignacio Beristain, the manager of Marquez, declared the other day that although the fight between his ward and Pacquiao has already been announced to take Read Full Story >>>
Feud with Murad may sidetrack Manny buildup
By Cecille Suerte Felipe, The Philippine Star, 22 Dec 2004
At a time when he is within weeks of plunging into serious training in his buildup for his rematch with Juan Manuel Marquez in February, Manny Pacquiao found himself facing a possible contract dispute with his American promoter.
The Ring Magazine featherweight champ is currently weighing his opt Read Full Story >>>
Lack of trust behind Pacquiao’s decision
By Nick Giongco, The Manila Bulletin, 22 Dec 2004
MANNY PACQUIAO revealed yesterday that he has lost full confidence in his US promoter and this is the reason why he is holding back on signing a two-fight contract although the contract promises riches beyond his wildest dreams.
Pacquiao stands to gain no less than $2.65 million (about P148 milli Read Full Story >>>
J-Ro, PacMan PSA Athletes of ’04
The Manila Times, 22 Dec 2004
J-Ro and PacMan.
Two athletes who enjoyed huge success in the year about to end and arguably the wealthiest among the locals in their respective sports.
From Georgia to Las Vegas in a week’s span last summer, golf star Jennifer Rosales and boxing idol Manny Pacquiao showcased the stuff Filip Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao smells something fishy
By Nick Giongco, The Manila Bulletin, 21 Dec 2004
MANNY PACQUIAO has received a two-fight contract that promoter Murad Muhammad wants signed, but the Filipino icon is not about to pull out a pen and sign the document despite the untold riches that it promises.
The contract calls for Pacquiao to face Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico on Feb. 26, 2005 Read Full Story >>>
Morales wants slugfest vs Pacquiao
By Dante Navarro, The Philippine Star, 21 Dec 2004
Three weeks after his loss to Marco Antonio Barrera in their epic third encounter, Mexican Erik Morales said over the weekend that he wants to slug it out with Manny Pacquiao only the Filipino boxing hero is already booked to fight Juan Manuel Marquez in a rematch in February.
"I’d like to Read Full Story >>>
Looking Back on 2004
By Chris Robinson, DogHouseBoxing.com, 21 Dec 2004
Some might not like to admit it but 2004 was actually fast paced and action filled for much of the twelve months. We saw great fighters continuing their quests towards supremacy, many champions being dethroned, several prospects rising to the moment, and upsets were abound all over the year. From th Read Full Story >>>
GUTS AND GLORY: FIGHT & FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
By Wray Edwards, EastSideBoxing.com, 20 Dec 2004
What kind of boxing achievements qualify one for fighter of the year? Is it just high-profile wins like Tarver over Jones, Barrera over Morales, Marquez-Pacquiao, Trinidad’s comeback over Mayorga, or might we honor more obscure contests where world-class courage against all odds determined the winne Read Full Story >>>
One at a time for Pacquiao
By Nick Giongco, The Manila Bulletin, 19 Dec 2004
ONE FIGHT at a time.
Manny Pacquiao will sign the contract for his Feb. 26, 2005 rematch with Juan Manuel Marquez for $900,000, but it doesn’t follow that he will do the same when asked to sign the one that stipulates that he faces Erik Morales sometime in July for $1.75 million.
It’s not bec Read Full Story >>>
Morales rules out Pacquiao rumble, eyes new division
By Salven L. Lagumbay, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 19 Dec 2004
ERIK Morales, another great Mexican fighter, has ruled out a future rumble with Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao.
While admitting he would have loved a clash with Pacquiao, recent developments have ruined the possibility of Morales colliding with the Ring Magazine featherweight champion next yea Read Full Story >>>
Wife asks Pacquiao to train early in US
By Recah Trinidad, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 18 Dec 2004
MANNY Pacquiao was to get his birthday wish from lovely wife Jinkee, who yesterday said she would ask the world boxing celebrity to cut short his holidays and leave early to train in the United States, possibly on Dec. 28.
Pacquiao celebrated his 26th birthday yesterday and played Santa to a grea Read Full Story >>>
Manny treats fans on his birthday
By Joaquin Henson, The Philippine Star, 18 Dec 2004
It was an early Christmas for Manny Pacquiao’s family, friends and fans in General Santos City yesterday.
Pacquiao distributed thousands of gift packs to those who visited his home to celebrate his 26th birthday. Fans of all ages were treated to bags that contained three kilos of rice, canned go Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao bout in Taguig?
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Manila Standard, 18 Dec 2004
Buoyed by the resounding success of “Yanig sa Taguig” in which Ring Magazine featherweight champion Manny Pacquiao scored a fourth-round knockout of International Boxing Federation no. 6-ranked featherweight Fahsan 3K Battery, the supporters of the mega-event are exploring the possibility of staging Read Full Story >>>
2nd Annual: Snowsy's Year End Awards
By Mark Snow, Hard Core Boxing, 18 Dec 2004
Another year in the books. More ups, downs, thrills, and spills in the game of boxing. We still aren't 100% sure if we have a heavyweight champion, the pound for pound lists are upside down, and with all of the pay-per-view we were forced to gobble up this year our beloved boxing is pushed just a bi Read Full Story >>>
Manny turns 26 a multimillionaire
By Joaquin Henson, The Philippine Star, 17 Dec 2004
Consensus world featherweight boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has more than a million reasons to be thankful in celebrating his 26th birthday with family and friends in General Santos City today.
Pacquiao pocketed $300,000 for his four-round disposal of Fahsan 3-K Battery in Taguig last Saturday Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao signs P150m deals today
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Manila Standard, 17 Dec 2004
Ring Magazine featherweight champion Manny Pacquiao is ready to sign his fight contracts for a Feb. 26 rematch with World Boxing Association/International Boxing Federation champion Juan Manuel Marquez and a tentative July 30 showdown with former super featherweight champion Erik “El Terrible” Moral Read Full Story >>>
Barrera: Pacquiao bout top priority
By Salven L. Lagumbay, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 17 Dec 2004
MARCO Antonio Barrera is raring to get back at Manny Pacquiao.
In an interview following his recent win over fellow Mexican legend Erik Morales, Barrera said a rematch with the Filipino champion, the reigning Ring Magazine featherweight king, is his main concern next year.
"For 2005, a bout wi Read Full Story >>>
Looking Ahead to 2005
KOCorner.com, 17 Dec 2004
What is everyone looking forward to in the next year of boxing? I have a few things that I'm very interested in seeing:
-The rematch between Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao. One of the top fights of 2004 ended in an inconclusive draw.
-If Arturo Gatti beats Jesse James Leija, and Floyd Read Full Story >>>
A fight with Pacquiao is Barrera's top priority in 2005
By Ricardo Lois, BoxingTalk.com, 16 Dec 2004
During Golden Boy Promotions’ press conference for the Boxeo de Oro show to be televised on HBO Latino Thursday night, the top dog in their stable of fighters, world super featherweight champion Marco Antonio Barrera (Boxingtalk #1 at 130 pounds), took the time to conduct a telephone interview with Read Full Story >>>