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Viloria fights his emotions
By Michael Rosenthal,, Sat, 10 Sep 2005
LOS ANGELES – Light flyweight Brian Viloria will never forget 2005. Tomorrow, the former U.S. Olympian will fight for his first world title on the undercard of the Erik Morales-Zahir Raheem bout at Staples Center. In May, he almost killed a man. The Hawaiian fought journeyman Ruben Con  Read Full Story >>>

Morales and Pacquiao share a ring again
By Ant Evans,, Sat, 10 Sep 2005
Six months after their enthralling 12 round battle, Erik Morales and Manny Pacquiao will once again share a squared circle Saturday night. Only, they will enter the ring at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles about an hour apart and will be facing Zahir Raheem and Hector Velazquez, respective  Read Full Story >>>

Judges could tilt balance
By Joaquin Henson, The Philippine Star, Sat, 10 Sep 2005
There’s no assurance that Manny Pacquiao will get a fair shake from the judges in his scheduled 12-round fight against Hector Velazquez of Mexico for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) International superfeatherweight title at the Staples Center in Los Angeles tonight (tomorrow morning, Man  Read Full Story >>>

Velazquez ready to rumble with Manny
By Nick Giongco, The Manila Bulletin, Sat, 10 Sep 2005
LOS ANGELES, California — For Hector Velazquez, attack is the name of the game. And here’s the reason why this style has become the hallmark of his boxing career. About 10 years ago, Velazquez figured in an ugly street brawl that left a hideous, eight-inch scar on his left arm. H  Read Full Story >>>

Mexican brawler on, off ring
By Abac Cordero, The Philippine Star, Sat, 10 Sep 2005
LOS ANGELES — Don’t mess around with Hector Velazquez for he’s a real fighter — on and off the ring. Ricardo Torres, the trainer-manager of Velazquez, gave Filipino newsmen a glimpse of the latter’s past, including the days when he got into some serious trouble in t  Read Full Story >>>

Pacquiao upbeat on final day of workout
By Abac Cordero, The Philippine Star, Sat, 10 Sep 2005
LOS ANGELES — Manny Pacquiao can’t wait to get his hands on Hector Velazquez. "Excited na ako," he said at the Wild Card Gym Thursday afternoon after he closed out his one-month training for his scheduled 12-round fight against Velazquez on Saturday. Pacquiao held a very light wo  Read Full Story >>>

Pacquiao just can’t say no
The Manila Bulletin, Sat, 10 Sep 2005
LOS ANGELES — Tickets are such a premium for Saturday night’s double-header featuring Manny Pacquiao and Erik Morales in two separate main events that not even credentials, 30 complimentary tickets and an additional 90 passes were enough for his friends and fans. A Pacquiao insider   Read Full Story >>>

Oyson: For once, I am for Manny Pacquiao
By Manuel N. Oyson Jr., Sun.Star Cebu, Sat, 10 Sep 2005
I have been bashing our own Manny Pacquiao in the past. I was even tagged un-Filipino. But for now, I have a change of heart, not just being patriotic. His ring credentials are superb as compared to his foe. Pacquiao’s title fight against Mexico’s Hector Velasquez tomorrow at the Staples  Read Full Story >>>

Morales not taking easy route to Pacquiao
By Carlos Arias,, Fri, 09 Sep 2005
Promoter Bob Arum describes Erik Morales as the "essence of what a fighter should be." Morales has proven throughout his career that he is ready, willing and able to take on all challengers. Some fighters take easy tuneups as they await a big-money matchup. Not Morales. Morales has a hig  Read Full Story >>>

Pacquiao, Morales on same card
By Trae Thompson, Star Telegram, Fri, 09 Sep 2005
Trainer Freddie Roach didn't see the same Manny Pacquiao when he fought Erik Morales. Morales, a Mexican legend, won a unanimous decision over Pacquiao on March 19 in one of the year's most thrilling fights. Immediately, there was talk of a rematch. "It was a great fight, but I didn't think [P  Read Full Story >>>

Pride of a Country
Pacquiao's feverish following in Philippines helped him rise from poverty to stardom

By Steve Springer, Los Angeles Times, Fri, 09 Sep 2005
As he raced down a road in Mindanao, a southern province of the Philippines, Freddie Roach was concerned. He was riding in the sidecar of a motorcycle, two armed bodyguards trailing in a car behind him. Suddenly, another car appeared, zoomed in and cut off his cycle. Much to Roach's relief, th  Read Full Story >>>

Pacquiao and Morales, Just a “Tune Up” or Not?
By Daniel Ramos,, Fri, 09 Sep 2005
This Saturday night on HBO Championship boxing fans will get to see the stepping-stone matches that both current and former world champion Super Featherweights, Erik Morales and Manny Pacquiao will have en route to a highly anticipated rematch with each other slated for next year. It has happene  Read Full Story >>>

Morales Finds a Way to Win
By Matthew Aguilar, The Sweet Science, Fri, 09 Sep 2005
When Daniel Zaragoza popped Erik Morales with that uppercut, who would have thought that the Tijuana kid whose legs turned to jelly would become one of the greatest Mexican fighters of all-time? That was Sept. 6, 1997 at a blistering-hot El Paso County Coliseum. As it turned out, the uppercut was  Read Full Story >>>

"Double Trouble" Cast of Characters, Fri, 09 Sep 2005

(L-R) Three-Time world champion Erik 'El Terrible' Morales, Hector Velazquez, Two-Time world champion Manny Pacquiao and Zahir Raheem pose at Top Rank's big 'Double Trouble' press conference. Morales will take on Raheem and Pacq  
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Viloria picked to win
By Joaquin Henson, The Philippine Star, Fri, 09 Sep 2005
Boxing historian Graham Houston is picking Hawaii-born Filipino Brian Viloria to beat World Boxing Council (WBC) lightflyweight champion Eric Ortiz of Mexico in their 12-round title fight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday (Sunday morning, Manila). The bout is in the undercard of t  Read Full Story >>>

Viloria favored to dethrone WBC titlist
By Charles Raymond A. Maxey, Sun.Star Davao, Fri, 09 Sep 2005
JUST like Manny Pacquiao, Filipino-American Brian Viloria has been installed the favorite in his coming bout with World Boxing Council (WBC) light flyweight champion Eric Ortiz. Viloria is listed by the sportsbook as minus 145 while Ortiz is plus 115. Viloria, called the `Hawaiian Punch' and  Read Full Story >>>

Filipino Pacquiao fights for chance at Morales rematch
By Agence France Press, Yahoo! News, Fri, 09 Sep 2005

LOS ANGELES - Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and Mexico's Erik Morales hope to set up a rematch of their impressive March slugfest when they each face rivals here Saturday. Pacquiao, 39-3 with two drawn and 31 knockouts, will   
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Velazquez arrives with a mission
By Nick Giongco, The Manila Bulletin, Fri, 09 Sep 2005
LOS ANGELES, California — A quick look at Hector Velazquez’s face and one can be sure the man does not tend a garden or drive a taxi for a living. With thick eyebrows and dark-brown eyes, the Mexican emits an appearance of malevolence and carries a smirk that sends a message that h  Read Full Story >>>

PacMan triumphant; sports column as drug of choice
By Homer D. Sayson, Sun.Star Cebu, Fri, 09 Sep 2005
CHICAGO – Judging from the 10 losses and two draws that blot his opponent’s overall record, Manny Pacquiao’s fight this Saturday night at the Staples Center in LA appears only as a quick ATM stop before he goes to the bank to cash another seven-digit paycheck. A Pacquiao victor  Read Full Story >>>

Pacquiao, Velazquez battle for WBC belt
By Salven L. Lagumbay, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Fri, 09 Sep 2005
THE MEXICO-BASED World Boxing Council has officially sanctioned this Sunday's 12-round fight between Manny Pacquiao and Hector Velazquez as a battle for the vacant WBC International super featherweight title. The WBC has apparently decided to award the belt to the Pacquiao-Velazquez winner after   Read Full Story >>>

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