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New Year?s Belts: Out With The Alphabet Boys, And In With The Ring
By Jason Probst,, Fri, 07 Jan 2005
There?s a running joke between Big Rick Robertson and I about which prospects I can and can?t claim to have named as ?sure things? and in my New Year?s resolutions for 2005, I promise to not jinx anybody. At least not until they?ve won a title and defended it a few times. Of course, by then, as  Read Full Story >>>

How about switching from ?El Dinamita? to ?El Terible??
By Dominic Menor, ABS-CBN News, Fri, 07 Jan 2005
How about switching from ?El Dinamita? to ?El Terible?? If Juan Manuel Marquez continues to bog down negotiations in his rematch with Manny Pacquiao, Erik Morales, Marquez?s countryman, is a possible replacement. Murad Muhammad, Pacquiao?s US-based promoter, confirmed that a July showdown wi  Read Full Story >>>

Marquez Wants More Money Than Manny
By James Blears,, Fri, 07 Jan 2005
WBA and IBF Featherweight Champion Juan Manuel Marquez wants more money for his fight against Manny Pacquiao. The two are scheduled to meet in a rematch on February 26th in Las Vegas. But Marquez?s manager Ignacio ?Nacho? Beristain is still insisting that Juan must get the lion?s share of the pu  Read Full Story >>>

Murad Confident Marquez Will Agree
By Ronnie Nathanielsz,, Fri, 07 Jan 2005
International promoter Murad Muhammad who is meeting with Top Rank officials headed by Bob Arum at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas says he is confident that WBA/IBF champion Juan Manuel Marquez will "come to his senses" and agree to a rematch with Ring Magazine featherweight champion Manny "Pac-Man" Pacq  Read Full Story >>>

Harrison targets move up to super-featherweight, Thu, 06 Jan 2005
Two-time WBO featherweight champion Scott Harrison has said he is ready to seek another title in another weight division providing he gets by Victor Polo later this month. The rock-hard Scot defends his belt against the contender on January 28 at the Braehead Arena, Glasgow and, assuming he wins, wa  Read Full Story >>>

Murad, Arum try to close deal in Las Vegas today
By Karl Freitag and Bill Luppert,, Thu, 06 Jan 2005
Promoter Murad Muhammad was in Las Vegas today, meeting with Top Rank to try to finalize the February 26 rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. "It's not final," Muhammad told, "but we believe it's done. It looks like the 26th is going to go on." Murad added, "Bob [  Read Full Story >>>

Marquez Steps Up On Purse Demand
By Salven L. Lagumbay,, Wed, 05 Jan 2005
Still seething at the thought of getting yet another small slice of the pie, World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation featherweight king Juan Manuel Marquez yesterday renewed his diatribe at the promoters of the fight, saying that the i's wont be dotted and the t's will never be   Read Full Story >>>

Barrera Leaves Door Open for Scott Harrison
By James Blears,, Wed, 05 Jan 2005
Scott Harrison has taken an absolutely crucial if not yet conclusive step towards securing a mega fight against Mexican phenomenon Marco Antonio Barrera. Barrera catapulted himself out of adversity and back into the limelight, with a spectacular points win over long-time rival, fellow Mexican and  Read Full Story >>>

Boxing's best of 2004
By Tim Graham,, Wed, 05 Jan 2005
Glen Johnson was workmanlike in overcoming both Roy Jones Jr. and Antonio Tarver. Fighter of the Year: Glen Johnson Johnson, previously known as a trial horse, became a superstar in 2004. The Jamaican light heavyweight entered the year having won only two of 11 bouts since 1999 and had never been  Read Full Story >>>

Pacquiao leaves Jan. 6 for Marquez fight
Sun.Star Davao, Wed, 05 Jan 2005

FILIPINO ring sensation Manny Pacquiao is set to leave tomorrow, Jan. 6, for Los Angeles to resume his rigid training at the Wild Card Gym of famous American trainer Freddie Roach. Pacquiao, the Ring Magazine   
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Manny loses, J-Ro shines in 2005
By Dennis U. Eroa, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Wed, 05 Jan 2005
I'LL go against the tide and say that Manny Pacquiao is going to learn the painful truth when he battles Mexican hero and reigning WBA and IBF titleholder Juan Manuel Marquez on Feb. 26 in Las Vegas. Pacquiao's hordes of followers will certainly heap scorn on me, but they only have their idol to   Read Full Story >>>

Murad Tells Nazario and Pacquiao Not To Worry
By Ronnie Nathanielsz,, Tue, 04 Jan 2005
International promoter Murad Muhammad said yesterday there was no need for Ring Magazine featherweight champion Manny Pacquiao or his business manager Rod Nazario to worry about reports that the handlers of WBA/IBF champion Juan Manuel Marquez wanted more money than Marquez was offered for a rematc  Read Full Story >>>

Thoughts on 2005
By Alan Berg,, Tue, 04 Jan 2005
There are so many things developing, not developing and rumors swirling that I needed to get some things down and spew out my forecasts for the events that have the boxing world buzzing. Kostya Tszyu vs. Ricky Hatton Will it or won't it? Obviously we all know that Tszyu, along with Trinidad   Read Full Story >>>

Pacquiao a 7-5 pick vs Marquez
By Joaquin Henson, The Philippine Star, Tue, 04 Jan 2005
Consensus world featherweight boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has been installed a 7-5 pick by Las Vegas oddsmakers to beat Juan Manuel Marquez in their Feb. 26 rematch. Art Manteris Station Casinos set the betting line in the widely-circulated Boxing Update/Flash newsletter published by Virgil T  Read Full Story >>>

Pacquiao belittles Marquez?s training regimen
By Nick Giongco, The Manila Bulletin, Tue, 04 Jan 2005
HAS SUCCESS gone into Manny Pacquiao?s head? That seems to be the case especially when you hear him disparage his Mexican rival, Juan Manuel Marquez, whose training regimen has made many Pacquiao fans worry about the Filipino?s chances when the two collide in an all important bout six weeks from now  Read Full Story >>>

?Marquez needs to train?
By Dominic Menor, ABS-CBN News, Tue, 04 Jan 2005
A bark that?s equally bad as his bite? Manny Pacquiao kept delivering killer verbal blows at Juan Manuel Marquez, suggesting that Marquez?s six-week head start in training was something the Mexican champion ?badly needed? for their February 26 rematch. Marquez, the featherweight champion of   Read Full Story >>>

Pacquiao: I?ll be ready for Marquez
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Manila Standard, Tue, 04 Jan 2005
Ring Magazine featherweight champion Manny Pacquiao arrived one day late for a scheduled shooting of a Darlington socks TV commercial but assured his countrymen ?not to worry? because he will be ready for his Feb. 26 rematch with World Boxing Association/International Boxing Federation champion Juan  Read Full Story >>>

After Pacquiao, Confident Marquez Says Barrera is Next
By Salven L. Lagumbay,, Mon, 03 Jan 2005
Sounding every bit confident and showing the true color of an Aztec warrior, World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation featherweight king Juan Manuel Marquez has indicated that after he takes care of Ring Magazine champ Manny Pacquiao on February 26, it will be fellow Mexican Marc  Read Full Story >>>

Dougie's MASSIVE Monday Mail Bag
By Doug Fischer,, Mon, 03 Jan 2005
Upset predictions for 2005 from Gilad in Israel and a well thought-out argument for ranking Manny Pacquiao over Marco Antonio Barrera in my P4P rankings from Mike in Canada start out this week's MMMB. Read on for your questions and comments and my responses on a variety of subjects. UPSET PREDICT  Read Full Story >>>

2005 Forecast
By Rico Navarro, The Freeman, Mon, 03 Jan 2005
It’s crystal ball time again as we make our 2005 forecast and resolutions for boxing. We’ll start from the top as we check out Cebu’s best bets for a world title (not in any order). OPBF super featherweight champ Randy Suico’s shot at a world title will all depend on what  Read Full Story >>>

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