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Pacquiao signs deal
By Nick Giongco, The Manila Bulletin, 24 Dec 2004
FACED WITH the possibility of holding an empty bag, Manny Pacquiao relented and signed the two-fight contract presented by promoter Murad Muhammad last week.
After holding out for days, Pacquiao, who is relaxing in his home in General Santos City, faxed the signed documents to Manila yeterday aft Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao, HBO agree on terms of title rematch
By Recah Trinidad, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 24 Dec 2004
AFTER GETTING solid assurance on his purse, Manny Pacquiao yesterday signed his contract to fight WBA/IBF featherweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico again next February.
Pacquiao, the Ring Magazine featherweight champion, quibbled over the terms of an addendum to his mother contract wit Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao inks 2-fight deal with Murad
By Joaquin Henson, The Philippine Star, 24 Dec 2004
All’s well that ends well.
Consensus world featherweight boxing champion Manny Pacquiao yesterday signed a 2-fight deal that sets the stage for his rematch against Juan Manuel Marquez on Feb. 26 and a likely pay-per-view duel with Erik Morales in July.
Pacquiao earlier declined to sign the t Read Full Story >>>
PacMan gets wish for windfall
The Manila Times, 24 Dec 2004
MANNY PACQUIAO got his wish two days ahead of Christmas.
The Filipino boxing champion on Thursday signed his amended contract with promoter Murad Muhammad, guaranteeing him $2.65 million (about P148.4 million) in two big fights—probably against Mexicans Juan Manuel Marquez and Erik Morales—next Read Full Story >>>
Possible Pacquiao foe Chi trains in Cebu
By Salven L. Lagumbay, SecondsOut.com, 24 Dec 2004
If Ring Magazine featherweight king Manny Pacquiao wants some quality sparring, he should fly to Cebu pronto.
This after World Boxing Council featherweight king In-jin Chi of Korea decided to continue his training at the world-class ALA Gym in Talamban, Cebu in preparation for his titular defens Read Full Story >>>
WBC champ trains at ALA Boxing Gym
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel, The Freeman, 24 Dec 2004
World Boxing Council featherweight champion In-Jin Chi of Korea wants that no stone will be left unturned in his title defense next month. Even if it means he will celebrate Christmas away from his loved ones.
This as Chi temporarily left his homeland to train at the ALA Boxing Gym in Nasipit, Tala Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao Agrees To Sign Amended Addendum
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, BoxingScene.com, 23 Dec 2004
The quibbling is over and Ring Magazine featherweight champion Manny Pacquiao has agreed to sign an amended addendum to his four-fight "Mother Contract" signed last March 1, 2004 with international promoter Murad Muhammad. The addendum merely puts down the specific details of two of the fights under Read Full Story >>>
Golden Boy Annoyed By Barrera Mandatory Demand
By Scott Shaffer and G. Leon, BoxingTalk.com, 23 Dec 2004
Shortly after Marco Antonio Barrera defeated Erik Morales to win the WBC junior lightweight championship (and general recognition as the world’s best 130 pounder) last month, Barrera’s promoter, Golden Boy, received a letter from the WBC informing that Barrera had a mandatory title defense due again Read Full Story >>>
Hatton promoter Frank Warren says he won't deal with Murad Muhammad
FightNews.com, 23 Dec 2004
Promoter Frank Warren responded to comments made yesterday by Murad Muhammad claiming that he has offered IBF World Light-Welterweight Champion Kostya Tszyu a four-fight deal including a showdown with Ricky Hatton in Sydney.
"Our position on this matter is very clear," started Warren.
"I hav Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao-Marquez rematch in jeopardy
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Manila Standard, 23 Dec 2004
Ring Magazine featherweight champion Manny Pacquiao’s quibbling over the wording of an addendum to his mother contract with international promoter Murad Muhammad, relating to a scheduled Feb. 26 rematch with champion Juan Manuel Marquez and a planned July showdown with former World Boxing Council su Read Full Story >>>
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 >>>