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Pacquiao denies involvement in crasher?s mauling
By Nick Giongco, The Manila Bulletin, Sun, 04 Jan 2004
FEATHERWEIGHT KING Manny Pacquiao has denied any involvement in the mauling of a 25-year-old party gatecrasher in General Santos City early yesterday morning. Pacquiao told the Bulletin upon his arrival in Manila yesterday afternoon that a certain Ricky Teves, a perennial troublemaker in the neighb  Read Full Story >>>

Pacquiao spars with trouble at party
By AFP and Karl B. Kaufman, The Manila Times, Sun, 04 Jan 2004
GENERAL SANTOS CITY?Police on Saturday detained a man who was beaten up by onlookers for throwing a beer bottle at the world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao at a party, a police investigator said. Pacquiao, the International Boxing Federation superbantamweight champion, and his wife, Jinky, were   Read Full Story >>>

Infighting imperils Pacquiao future
By Dante Navarro, The Philippine Star, Sat, 03 Jan 2004
With his dream million-dollar bout against Juan Manuel Marquez remaining just like that ? a dream ? and brilliant trainer-coach Freddie Roach deciding to step out of his prized fighter?s way, 2004 seems not to be too encouraging for Manny Pacquiao after a superb campaign last year. In fact, he f  Read Full Story >>>

Salud pulls out of talks in Pacquiao-Barrera rematch
By Salven L. Lagumbay, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Sat, 03 Jan 2004
WORLD Boxing Council founding secretary-general Rudy Salud on Friday pulled out of the organizing group working for a Manny Pacquiao-Marco Antonio Barrera rematch, citing recent allegations by trainer Freddie Roach of financial fraud committed by some members of Team Pacquiao. Salud, a lawyer-spo  Read Full Story >>>

?Thrilla in Manila II? off?
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Manila Standard, Sat, 03 Jan 2004
The plans for a blockbuster ?Thrilla in Manila II? headlined by a rematch between Manny Pacquiao and legendary featherweight Marco Antonio Barrera, appeared in jeopardy after World Boxing Council founding secretary general Rudy Salud yesterday pulled out of the negotiations. The bout was to be sp  Read Full Story >>>

Team Pacquiao shopping for new American trainer?
By Nick Giongco, The Manila Bulletin, Sat, 03 Jan 2004
MANNY PACQUIAO is flying in today from General Santos City to kick off a hectic itinerary that includes a meeting with business manager Rod Nazario on the crisis involving the decision of trainer Freddie Roach to leave the camp of the featherweight star. Pacquiao starts the day by attending the p  Read Full Story >>>

Salud pulls out of ?Thrilla 2?
By Dennis Principe, The Manila Bulletin, Sat, 03 Jan 2004
WITH RENOWNED American guru Freddie Roach deciding to quit as trainer of world featherweight king Manny Pacquiao, the flamboyant southpaw champion has again lost another reputable supporter for his planned Manila outing. World Boxing Council (WBC) founding secretary-general Rodrigo ?Rudy? Salud   Read Full Story >>>

JAB: Investigate Pacquiao Purse
By Keith Terceira,, Fri, 02 Jan 2004
While many were ringing in the New Year, the Joint Association of Boxers Union founder Eddie Mustafa Muhammad was ringing me in the late evening. Eddie is preparing for a two week swing thru the eastern seaboard to sign fighters who have contacted him for union membership. JAB currently has a member  Read Full Story >>>

Roach: My loyalty is to Pacquiao
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Manila Standard, Fri, 02 Jan 2004
Ace trainer Freddie Roach stressed yesterday that his loyalty is Manny Pacquiao. ?Me and him are fine,? said Roach, who also indicated his readiness to remain as Pacquiao?s trainer provided he is not short-changed and gets his 10 percent off the top of the fighter?s purse, which is the rule and h  Read Full Story >>>

Pacquiao title clash with Marquez off
By Salven L. Lagumbay, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Fri, 02 Jan 2004
THE PLANNED mammoth confrontation between universal featherweight champ Manny Pacquiao and WBA/IBF featherweight king Juan Manuel Marquez will not push through after all. The Inquirer learned from the camp of Marquez on Thursday that the Mexican known as Dinamita (Dynamite) has just received a no  Read Full Story >>>

Pacquiao camp looking for new trainer
By Nick Giongco And Dennis Principe, The Manila Bulletin, Fri, 02 Jan 2004
JAMES ?BUDDY? McGirt has been mentioned as a possible candidate to replace Freddie Roach as chief trainer of featherweight king Manny Pacquiao even as the Filipino champion?s handlers moved to salvage their relationship with Roach. The name of McGirt, a former world junior-welterweight and welter  Read Full Story >>>

Freddie Roach quits as Pacquiao's trainer
By Salven L. Lagumbay, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Thu, 01 Jan 2004
THE MAN widely credited for Manny Pacquiao's newfound success and who lobbied so hard so the Filipino fighter won't be deceived financially will no longer be in his corner. Top Trainer of the Year candidate Freddie Roach announced in an interview Wednesday with boxing website Boxingtalk that he i  Read Full Story >>>

The best of the best
By Joaquin Henson, The Philippine Star, Thu, 01 Jan 2004
Nobody shook the foundations of Philippine sports last year more than uncrowned world featherweight boxing champion Manny Pacquiao. He stirred the country to a frenzy and made us all proud to be Filipino. Pacquiao displayed the grit of a determined warrior, defying the odds, fighting on hostile   Read Full Story >>>

'Skinny' Targets Top Junior Feathers, Including Old Foe PacMan
By Mike Altamura,, Wed, 31 Dec 2003
The past year has been a topsy-turvy one for The Ring magazine no. 10-ranked junior featherweight Nedal "Skinny" Hussein. The Lebanese-Australian only fought a total of seven rounds in four short-lived contests, and had to withdraw from three fights in the final third of the year due to a string of   Read Full Story >>>

Exclusive Interview: Freddie Roach
By G. Leon,, Wed, 31 Dec 2003
GL: Freddie, can you tell us why you will no longer be training Manny Pacquiao? Freddie Roach: ?The thing is, when Manny found out what he was making in his last fight he was really upset. He came to me and asked me if I could help him. He came to me and said. ?coach can you help me because they?  Read Full Story >>>

Barrera seeks revenge on Pacquiao, Wed, 31 Dec 2003
Marco Antonio Barrera who suffered his worst loss as a boxer to IBF Jr. featherweight champion, Manny Pacquiao is considering a rematch with the Philippine boxer. "I am sure that I can recover my place. I talk with Oscar de la Hoya [Barrera's promoter] through the phone and we'll meet in January,  Read Full Story >>>

Pacquiao to honor Murad contract
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Manila Standard, Wed, 31 Dec 2003
Despite intense pressure being put on him by trainer Freddie Roach and his lawyer-partners to break away from his contract with Murad Muhammad, International Boxing Federation junior featherweight champion Manny Pacquiao said yesterday he will honor his contract with Murad. ?I want to finish my c  Read Full Story >>>

Thrilla in Manila Part II?
Salud, US group working to stage Pacquiao-Barrera rematch at Big Dome

By Nick Giongco And Dennis Principe, The Manila Bulletin, Wed, 31 Dec 2003
A DEAL is currently in the works for the staging of a Manny Pacquiao-Marco Antonio Barrera rematch at the historic Araneta Coliseum in a sure-fire fight card that ? if it pushes through ? could be worthy of the stature of ?Thrilla in Manila Part II.? Sportsman Rudy Salud met with the Asian repres  Read Full Story >>>

Will they continue cheating Manny Pacquiao in 2004?
By Recah Trinidad, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Wed, 31 Dec 2003
THE BIGGEST story for the Philippines in 2003 came out in the sports page. Manny Pacquiao's sensational stoppage of the feared Marco Antonio Barrera, reportedly the finest featherweight boxer on Earth, was indeed front page stuff. Pacquiao gallantly showed everybody that Barrera's greatness   Read Full Story >>>

Freddie Roach interview on quitting Pacquiao
By Keith Terceira,, Tue, 30 Dec 2003
Freddie Roach was fuming today when we caught up with him at Wild Card Gym. I contacted him regarding reports that he has threatened to quit training Manny Pacquiao over finances from the Barrera bout. Freddie has just returned from Germany, where he worked Vladimir Klitschko?s victory over Nicholso  Read Full Story >>>

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