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Murad Muhammad and JAB Meet over Pacquiao Papers
By Keith Terceira, BoxingScene.com, Fri, 16 Jan 2004
Immediately after reports started surfacing that Freddie Roach had threatened to leave the Pacquaio camp because of non-payment of the correct percentage of training fee?s and the supposed unfair treatment of Pacquiao by Muhammad , JAB (Joint Association of Boxers) contacted us and jumped in to take Read Full Story >>>
IBF Answers Question on Pacquiao
By Keith Terceira, BoxinScene.com, Fri, 16 Jan 2004
IBF has sent to us an explanation as to the payment of $20,000 from the Pacquiao-Barrera purse. It give us an understanding as to the sanctioning rules and the requirements under IBF rules. Slowly, answers are coming forth to show this entire thing is the result of trainers, fighters and media tryin Read Full Story >>>
Nazario joins IBF purse bid
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Manila Standard, Fri, 16 Jan 2004
Manny Pacquiao?s business manager Rod Nazario isn?t prepared to give up the Filipino southpaw?s 122-pound title just yet and yesterday instructed his son Roberto, who is based in San Francisco, to join the purse bid ordered by the International Boxing Federation before the Jan. 16 deadline.
Nazar Read Full Story >>>
Champ to submit purse bid after all
By Dante Navarro, The Philippine Star, Fri, 16 Jan 2004
Caught in the middle of the raging word war between his trusted American trainer Freddie Roach and astute US promoter Murad Muhammad, Manny Pacquiao yesterday put some semblance of order into his "suddenly confusing" boxing career.
Sources in Team Pacquiao told The STAR last night that the Filip Read Full Story >>>
The Murad Muhammad Chronicles: Tug of War
By Steve Kim, MaxBoxing.com, Thu, 15 Jan 2004
After spending the first six years of his professional career largely based in his home country of the Philippines, Manny Pacquiao and his management were prepared to spread their wings and come to America by the spring of 2001.
Rod Nazario was in charge of negotiating Pacquiao's bouts in the Uni Read Full Story >>>
Ring Magazine: Pacquiao is best featherweight
By Salven L. Lagumbay, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Thu, 15 Jan 2004
MANNY Pacquiao is now the best featherweight boxer in the planet.
The General Santos City-based conqueror of Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera has been given that lofty rating by the prestigious The Ring Magazine in its latest pound-for-pound rankings released Wednesday.
Considered the Read Full Story >>>
Roach: I?m out of Manny?s team
By Dante Navarro, The Philippine Star, Thu, 15 Jan 2004
Noted American boxing trainer Freddie Roach yesterday maintained he?s out of Team Pacquiao and will no longer work with Manny Pacquiao as long as he continues "to allow himself to get robbed blind" by US promoter Murad Muhammad.
Denying reports that he has returned to the Filipino champion?s cam Read Full Story >>>
Roach, Pacquiao parting ways?
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Manila Standard, Thu, 15 Jan 2004
Freddie Roach and his lawyer friends are visibly upset over the refusal of Manny Pacquiao to junk Murad Muhammad and sign up with them amidst attempts to try and drive a wedge between the trainer and the Filipino champion.
Lawyer Nicholas Khan has stated that Roach won?t train the flamboyant Fil Read Full Story >>>
Roach wants Muhammad out before training Pacquiao again
By Dennis Principe, The Manila Bulletin, Thu, 15 Jan 2004
AMERICAN trainer Freddie Roach took a not-so-concealed swipe at world featherweight king Manny Pacquiao after the flamboyant Filipino champion reneged on his vow to split up with American promoter Murad Muhammad.
In an exclusive overseas telephone interview with The Bulletin, Roach said he could Read Full Story >>>
ROACH Tell PACQUIAO: Let's talk things over or I will not train you
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel, The Freeman, Thu, 15 Jan 2004
AMERICAN Freddie Roach yesterday said he will not keep his job as chief trainer of Manny Pacquiao unless the Filipino world featherweight king could come up with a clear explanation why he flipped-flopped on his earlier stance to kick US promoter Murad Muhammad out of Team Pacquiao.
?Until Manny Read Full Story >>>
Taneo: Pacman needs to eat more to be the greatest
By Paul J. Taneo, Sun.Star Cebu, Thu, 15 Jan 2004
The Philippine Daily Inquirer might have done right by naming Manny Pacquiao ?Filipino of the Year 2003?. He was deemed the person ?who has made the most positive impact on the life of the nation,? beating out such major newsmakers as the COA team that exposed Meralco?s anomaly and caused the refund Read Full Story >>>
By Steve Kim, MaxBoxing.com, Wed, 14 Jan 2004
Part 3 of a multi-part series.
This is what Jim Lampley of HBO Sports said on air in the aftermath of Pacquiao's destruction of Marco Antonio Barrera on November 15th:
"Well, it sets up Pacquiao for some huge fights and some big money in the future. They say it's reported that of the $700,000 Read Full Story >>>
Yet another black eye for boxing
By Tim Smith, New York Daily News, Wed, 14 Jan 2004
Manny Pacquiao, a Filipino featherweight, has been crying about promoter Murad Muhammad stealing a large share of his purse for his match against Marco Antonio Barrera in Texas last November. Muhammad denies it. Maybe Pacquiao's allegation didn't come through on the Top Rank wiretap, but it bears a Read Full Story >>>
Exclusive Interview: Freddie Roach
By G. Leon, BoxingTalk.com, Wed, 14 Jan 2004
GL: Freddie, has anything changed since we last spoke alk it over and make a deal for me to be his trainer. I haven?t evabout you not training Manny Pacquiao?
No. I told Manny?s people that Manny needs to come here if he wants to ten gotten a call from Manny, because he lost his cell phone, they Read Full Story >>>
NOTHING'S CHANGED: Roach
By G. Leon, BoxingTalk.com, Wed, 14 Jan 2004
This morning another web site reported that 2003 Trainer Of The Year Freddie Roach has decided to stay with Manny Pacquiao, news that would surely elate millions in the Philippines, but unfortunately that scoop is poop. Roach's attorney, Nick Khan, told Boxingtalk.com, "Freddie will not be training Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao in crossfire of Murad-Roach feud
By Joaquin Henson, The Philippine Star, Wed, 14 Jan 2004
Uncrowned world featherweight boxing champion Manny Pacquiao confirmed the other day he spoke to trainer Freddie Roach about the possibility of advising him on future contracts but never broached the idea of severing ties with US promoter Murad Muhammad.
"Hindi lang kami siguro nagkaintindihan," Read Full Story >>>
Barrera ready to face Pacquiao again
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel, The Freeman, Wed, 14 Jan 2004
THE dream rematch between Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao and Marco Antonio Barrera is slowly shaping up after reports floated that the former Mexican featherweight king will return into the ring soon.
Boxingtalk.com reported that HBO Sports has signified that there is a strong possibility th Read Full Story >>>
Roach to stay with Pacquiao
By Nick Giongco, The Manila Bulletin, Wed, 14 Jan 2004
DESPITE DIFFERENCES with promoter Murad Muhammad, Los Angeles-based cornerman Freddie Roach said yesterday he is sticking it out with Filipino featherweight king Manny Pacquiao.
?Yeah,? Roach said, when asked by The Bulletin if local boxing aficionados would still see him call the shots when Pacq Read Full Story >>>
MARQUEZ DOESN?T WANT TO FIGHT PACQUIAO
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, BoxingScene.com, Tue, 13 Jan 2004
For all the bragging of Top Rank Inc., president Bob Arum about his fighter Juan Manuel Marquez, the reigning WBA/IBF featherweight champion being "the best featherweight today", ace trainer Freddie Roach said yesterday he learned that Marquez "doesn?t want to fight Manny Pacquiao"and that HBO was l Read Full Story >>>
So What Did Pacquiao Get Paid?
By Steve Kim, MaxBoxing.com, Tue, 13 Jan 2004
Part 2 of a multi-part series.
One of the major disputes involving the two factions fighting over Manny Pacquiao is just what did the Filipino receive for stopping Marco Antonio Barrera on the night of November 15th?
Murad Muhammad tells MaxBoxing of the negotiating process that took place wit Read Full Story >>>