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Pacquiao sets aside cue sticks, puts on his gloves for a day
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Manila Standard, Thu, 18 Mar 2004
Manny Pacquiao set aside his cue stick and put on his gloves in a determined bid to get back into top shape so he could beat Juan Manuel Marquez in their May 8 showdown at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and become the World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation featherw  Read Full Story >>>

Pacquiao-Marquez fight at MGM Grand
By Salven L. Lagumbay, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Thu, 18 Mar 2004
AFTER weeks of aggressive bidding by three major hotels in Las Vegas, the world-famous MGM Grand Hotel and Casino has been chosen as the venue for the mammoth featherweight showdown between Ring Magazine champ Manny Pacquiao and WBA-IBF king Juan Manuel Marquez on May 8. The MGM's Grand Garden Ar  Read Full Story >>>

MGM lands Pacquiao-Marquez!, Wed, 17 Mar 2004
After aggressive bidding by three major Las Vegas hotels, the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino has landed the rights to host the megafight between superstar Manny Pacquiao and IBF/WBA Featherweight king Juan Manuel Marquez. The bout will be broadcast live on HBO May 8. Originally, three major hotels were   Read Full Story >>>

Pacquiao visa approved
By Quesito Garcia,, Wed, 17 Mar 2004
Universal featherweight king Manny Pacquiao was granted his US visa yesterday, paving the way for his trip to trainer Freddie Roach's Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles for the much-awaited bout with WBA/IBF featherweight monarch Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez on May 8 at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev  Read Full Story >>>

Murad aims to turn Pacman into a big star in US market
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel, The Freeman, Wed, 17 Mar 2004
THE second coming of American promoter Murad Muhammad to the Philippines is a visit of extreme significance as this would serve as Manny Pacquiao?s springboard to generate popularity in the United States as overwhelming as what the Filipino boxing superstar enjoys at the moment in his native homelan  Read Full Story >>>

Manny?s US main man due today
By Dante Navarro, The Philippine Star, Wed, 17 Mar 2004
US promoter Murad Muhammad arrives today to join the HBO crew shooting Manny Pacquiao?s footages which will be shown during the HBO telecast of the Filipino champion?s keenly-awaited fight against Juan Manuel Marquez on May 8. Muhammad is ecstatic about the HBO filming, which he hopes to generat  Read Full Story >>>

By Ronnie Nathanielsz,, Wed, 17 Mar 2004
Promoter Murad Muhammad who is arriving in Manila Wednesday morning says he wishes to stage a second edition of the famous 'Thrilla in Manila' "not with Ali but with Manny Pacquiao" and indicated he is "hoping that Jorge "Nene" Araneta can help Pacquiao?s business manager Rod Nazario and I make this  Read Full Story >>>

Promoter Murad Muhammad Will Arrive in the Philippines Wednesday, Tue, 16 Mar 2004
Florham Park, NJ, March 15, 2004 ? Promoter Murad Muhammad, on his way to the Philippines will arrive on Wednesday to join an HBO crew that will shoot footage of superstar Manny Pacquiao and his fans. Although the site for the Filipino champion?s next fight is yet to be determined, the date and oppo  Read Full Story >>>

By Salvador Martínez,, Tue, 16 Mar 2004
Juan Manuel M?rquez, quien va a exponer sus cetros mundiales de peso pluma ante el filipino Manny Pacquiao, el 8 de mayo en Las Vegas, inici? a partir de este lunes su preparaci?n hacia esa importante contienda, contra uno de los retadores m?s peligrosos del mundo. M?rquez y su manejador Nacho Be  Read Full Story >>>

Marquez the merciless tough nut for Pacquiao
By Rey Danseco, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Tue, 16 Mar 2004
MANNY Pacquiao may not be afraid of WBA/IBF champion Juan Manuel Marquez, but a ring expert who had seen the merciless Mexican prizefighter in person has reason to be alarmed. Topnotch promoter Gabriel "Bebot" Elorde Jr., who worked at the corner of Philippine featherweight champion Baby Lorona   Read Full Story >>>

Pacquiao could floor Marquez, says local boxing aficionado
Sun.Star Davao, Tue, 16 Mar 2004
AMATEUR Boxing Association of the Philippines (ABAP) president Rey Golingan on Saturday said Manny Pacquiao could knock out Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez in their upcoming fight slated May 8 under Home Box Office (HBO) promotion. "If he defeated Barrera, I see no reason why he won't win the   Read Full Story >>>

HBO in Philippines for Pac-Man
By Quesito Garcia,, Tue, 16 Mar 2004
American promoter Murad Muhammad is scheduled to arrive in the Philippines this Tuesday accompanied by a HBO crew to meet and shoot footage of current uncrowned featherweight king Manny Pacquiao. The HBO crew, led by its producer for HBO Sports Brook Silva-Braga, will take footage and interview   Read Full Story >>>

Must Pacquiao underestimate his next opponent?
By Recah Trinidad, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Mon, 15 Mar 2004
NO WAY. Manny Pacquiao can never prepare for his next fight as sufficiently hard as he did against Marco Antonio Barrera last year. So, now that it's official Pacquiao will be facing Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez, WBA/IBF featherweight champ, what would you do if you happen to be the chief handler  Read Full Story >>>

Pacquiao vs Marquez: Battle of KO artists
By Charles Raymond A. Maxey, Sun.Star Davao, Mon, 15 Mar 2004
WHAT do you expect when two hard-punching boxers with a combine record of 63 knockout victories mix it up atop the ring in a blockbuster fight? If you know you're boxing, it is going to be war. Such is the description of the coming bout between Filipino gladiator Manny Pacquiao and Mexican hombr  Read Full Story >>>

La pelea por los t?tulos mundiales de peso pluma de la Federaci?n Internacional de Boxeo (FIB) y Asociaci?n Mundial (AMB), entre el campe?n Juan Manuel M?rquez y el filipino Manny Pacquiao, qued? debidamente confirmada para el 8 de mayo, una vez que los dirigentes del mexicano aceptaron las condicio  Read Full Story >>>

Marquez agrees to fight Pacquiao
By Nick Giongco, The Manila Bulletin, Sun, 14 Mar 2004
THERE?S no turning back for the mouth-watering matchup between the world?s top featherweights. Juan Manuel Marquez, nicknamed "Dinamita," has agreed to defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) 126-lb titles against Manny Pacquiao probably in Las Vegas,   Read Full Story >>>

Manny Pacquiao ko'd in round 2
Sun.Star Davao, Sun, 14 Mar 2004
WORLD boxing champion Manny Pacquiao will have to stick to the ring where he has amassed a fortune, instead of earning peanuts in the other sport he loves--billiards. Pacquiao was knocked out Friday in the second round of the 2004 Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte Araw ng Dabaw Billiards Tournament at th  Read Full Story >>>

Pacquiao quits Davao pool tourney
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Manila Standard, Sun, 14 Mar 2004
Manny Pacquiao has given up in the round-of-32 at a pool tournament being held in Davao City as part of the celebration of “Araw ng Dabao” under the auspices of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. According to reporter Romy Sabaldan of the government radio station in Davao, Pacquiao was being bad  Read Full Story >>>

All eyes on Pacquiao; HBO, Murad arriving Tuesday
By Salven L. Lagumbay, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Sat, 13 Mar 2004
CURIOSITY over world boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao hits a new peak with the scheduled visit of American promoter Murad Muhammad, who will be accompanied by an HBO crew this Tuesday to shoot footages of the reigning consensus and Ring Magazine featherweight king. The HBO crew, led by its produce  Read Full Story >>>

The making of Manny Superstar
By Joaquin Henson, The Philippine Star, Sat, 13 Mar 2004
World featherweight boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has come a long way since riding a slow boat with eight other aspiring fighters from General Santos City to find fame and fortune in Manila nearly 10 years ago. Pacquiao had just turned 17 then, wide-eyed and determined to box his way out of pov  Read Full Story >>>

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