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Pacquiao To Help Create Champions in China

By Vincent Yu

Manny Pacquiao is setting up a boxing institute in China and believes the country of 1.4 billion people can produce world champions. Pacquiao said Wednesday that he has partnered with a Chinese company and the Chinese government to set up an institute in his name, with the aim of imparting the experience that has seen him become an eight division champion.

He was speaking from Shanghai where he is promoting his Nov. 22 WBO welterweight title fight in Macau. Pacquiao, 35, said the Manny Pacquiao Boxing Education Institute will "start in Beijing, and the plan is for the whole of China."

While China has produced accomplished fighters and Olympic champions at amateur level, there is potential to translate that to professional ranks, saying the local boxers "just need some knowledge about boxing and should be taught the basics."

"Of course, with 1.4 billion population for the whole China, they can produce good fighters like other champions," he said.

Pacquiao, who is also a congressman, told ABS-CBN television in Manila he intends his new venture to also foster warmer relationships between the Philippines and China, whose territorial dispute in the South China Sea has intensified in recent months.

"This will even help in strengthening our relationship ... especially since in this project, the Chinese government is involved," he said.

Pacquiao said he would visit the academy "once a month, once in three months, to supervise them."
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Team Andre Ward: Golovkin's Side is Running For Cover

 

By Rick Reeno

The team behind super middleweight king Andre Ward (27-0, 14KOs), manager James Prince and legal adviser Josh Dubin, spoke to BoxingScene.com to respond to some recent statements that were made by Oleg Hermann, the manager of IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27KOs).

Regarding a potential fight between Golovkin and Ward, Hermann says the idea is too risky to pursue - because Ward has ongoing legal issues with his promoter of record, Dan Goossen.

"Ward files lawsuits, calls for a fight, but he does not come out to the ring - and that's the problem. No one knows how long it's all going to last. Yes Andre Ward says he is ready, but Gennady is also ready to discuss [a potential fight]. Even if we agree on all of the terms - [we can't do the fight] without the participation of his promoter," Hermann told BoxingScene/Allboxing.ru.

"It is also difficult to see how we can work with Ward, his team and his promoter and promote the big fight when there is a war between them - the fight would be at risk every day. The only way [to do a fight] is for them to find a solution. I hope they solve this problem in the near future, and then we will be able to sit down at the negotiating table."

"While Ward continues to sue his promoter, he shouldn't mention GGG's name and talk about a potential fight, which he knows and we know, cannot take place in his current situation."

Dubin tells BoxingScene that there is absolutely nothing standing in the way of Ward and Goossen working together for a Golovkin fight on HBO.

"This is just more nonsense from Golovkin's side. Andre Ward made an agreement with Dan Goossen, right after the legal action was filed, that they would continue working together until the legal action was resolved. That agreement is still in place. There is no impediment for the Golovkin fight happening at all. Andre Ward is ready, willing and able. We're just waiting on an offer. All of this nonsense about [the legal action] affecting the promotion is nonsense," Dubin told BoxingScene.com.

"The reason they are running for cover, in our opinion, is because they know as soon as he steps in the ring with Andre Ward - the party is over....no more being able to sell the people these ridiculous fantasies that he's somewhere in the same [class] as 'Sugar' Ray Robinson. The fight can be made. All they have to do is pick up the phone."

Prince noted to BoxingScene that certain members of Golovkin's team are intentionally piling up the roadblocks, like stating that a potential fight with Ward would require a 50-50 financial agreement. 

"Here is the thing with the manager, the promoter and the trainer - they are looking for the opportunity to hide behind something to protect their fighter and keep him out of the ring with Andre Ward - whether it's 50-50 or something else. They are going to come up all kinds of things to stop them from coming to the table for Dre Day. And Dre Day is the day that Golovkin steps in the ring with Andre Ward and get destroyed. His team is going to try to protect him," Prince told BoxingScene.com.

"They don't believe in the fighter. The fighter might believe in himself but the team don't believe in him, and that's why wanted him to go up to 168 for [Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.] Chavez but not for Andre Ward."
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Brook To Headline Massive 12/6 Bill In Sheffield

 

By John MacDonald

Kell Brook 33-0 (22KOs) will headline a card featuring some of the biggest names in British boxing on December 6 at the Motorpoint Arena in his hometown of Sheffield, England.

The show will be a homecoming for Brook as he makes the first defence of the IBF welterweight title he captured against Shawn Porter over in America earlier this month.

With U.S premium cable networks HBO and Showtime both interested in broadcasting this event, opponents such as Robert Guerrero, Josesito Lopez, Andre Berto and Brandon Rios are all being considered.

BoxingScene.com understands that rematch between bitter rivals Tony Bellew 22-2-1 (14KOs) and Nathan Cleverly 24-1 (15KOs) will be chief support. The contest has been provisionally slated for either October 11 in London or November 29 in Liverpool in the past but now appears destined for Sheffield.

The pair first met in 2011 with Cleverly’s WBO light heavyweight title at stake, which the Welshman retained via majority decision in a highly competitive fight. Since suffering knockout losses -to Sergey Kovalev and Adonis Stevenson respectively- both men have moved up to cruiserweight and have been on an inevitable collision course since Nathan Cleverly parted company with former promoter Frank Warren, earlier this year.

It is believed that James DeGale 19-1 (13KOs) will also be in action ahead of a domestic super fight with Carl Froch early next year. DeGale became the mandatory challenger for the “Cobra” by stopping the previously unbeaten Brandon Gonzales in the fourth round on the undercard of  Froch-Groves II. “Chunky” will look to build momentum before attempting to become the first British Olympic Gold medallist to win a professional world title in the new year.

Fellow Olympic Gold medallist, Anthony Joshua 7-0 (7KOs) will continue his progression in the paid ranks as BoxingScene.com understands that veteran Michael Sprott is likely to be the man in the opposite corner. Former British and Commonwealth champion, Sprott, will be looking to Joshua past the second round for the fist time in his career.

Further details of the card are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. 

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Ellerbe: Floyd Mayweather Determined To Stop Maidana!

 

By Edward Chaykovsky

Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, says WBC/WBA 147 & 154 champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. is getting additional motivation for the rematch with Marcos Maidana, because the Argentine fighter is doing a lot of trash talking. The rematch is set for September 13th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Maidana has been complaining about Mayweather's refusal to allow him to wear the Everlast MX gloves.

“He has some added incentive because Chino has been talking a lot of trash and Floyd finds that very disrespectful. Chino has said that Floyd isn’t the great boxer that everyone thinks he is because he has been in the ring with him already. Come September 13th, Chino has to confront all the things he has been saying about Floyd head on," Ellerbe said.

Mayweather won a twelve round majority decision in their May fight. Ellerbe says the doubts about Mayweather's abilities, based on the outcome of the first meeting, has made the undefeated pound-for-pound king very focused on getting a knockout victory.

“I think this fight will start at the 13th round versus going back to the first round. Floyd is very determined to stop Chino. Floyd wants to stop him to make a point that he doesn’t want his ability to be second-guessed. Floyd feels in his mind that he absolutely won the first fight and some of the fans thought that Maidana had won the fight. Floyd has vowed that he will pick up right where he left off and make the fight as exciting as possible to prove to the fans that the first victory was warranted," Ellerbe said.

“I truly believe that this fight will be much more exciting than the first fight because you will see much more action.

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Warren interested in Rigondeaux

 

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8/27/14 5:08 PM
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I wanna know where Timothy Bradley has gone. Would like to see him in there against Brook even though he is not being mentioned as a possibility.
8/28/14 3:31 PM
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i'm taking it that its another money team take-over on Showtime this Sat? I'm seeing J'leon, Badou Jack, Tabiti, and Cuba Arias on the card.

8/28/14 3:47 PM
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Wolf tickets, Ellerbe. Wolf tickets. Phone Post 3.0
8/28/14 3:51 PM
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yea pretty much so Subb lol

8/28/14 3:54 PM
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Fiddy still hurt he's irrelevant in boxing

 

8/28/14 3:57 PM
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Gonzalez-Arce Clash Back in Play, Now For October 4

By Salvador Rodriguez

The fight between former four division world champion Jorge 'Travieso' Arce and the featherweight champion of the World Boxing Council, Jhonny Gonzalez, appears to be back in play, but now on a date of October 4th at the CUM in Los Mochis, Sinaloa. Arce has already the contract for the fight, and the information was confirmed by Gonzalez's promoter, Osvaldo Küchle.

Last week, Arce (64-7-2, 49 KOs) and Jhonny (56-8, 47 KO) seemed to be a dead issue due to a television conflict.

Gonzalez fights on Televisa and Arce is showcased by rival network TV Azteca. There was an initial deal where both networks would obtain broadcast rights to the bout. But then TV Azteca refused to share the broadcast rights and wanted exclusivity. At the moment Televisa is the sole network being mentioned to carry the anticipated event.

If the deal is not finalized, there is already a backup plan for Gonzalez to defend his title against former two-division champion Cristian Mijares.

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Maidana: Now I Know Floyd Mayweather's Mistakes

 

By Edward Chaykovsky

Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31KOs) feels he has the upper hand in the upcoming rematch with WBC/WBA welterweight/junior middleweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (46-0, 26KOs). When they met in May, Maidana was clueless as to what he might encounter in the ring. Maidana lost a twelve round majority decision, but he took plenty of mental notes on Mayweather. In their rematch, on September 13th from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Maidana plans to exploit Mayweather's in-ring errors.

"I think it's an advantage for me. It might be a little bit of an advantage for him, but I think it benefits me more having a rematch with him. I'm able to correct the mistakes I made in the first fight and take advantage of his mistakes. Even though he makes very few mistakes I already know what they are, and I think I can exploit that and take advantage of them," Maidana said.

Maidana's trainer, Robert Garcia of Oxnard, agrees that a rematch benefits his side more than it benefits Mayweather.

"Maidana is going to come in with an aggressive style that nobody, not even the best boxer can get away with, and Mayweather's not going to get away with it," Garcia said.

"Maidana is going to pressure, and he's going to be the fighter that everybody wants to see. I think in this case the rematch benefits us because Mayweather can't do much more different things. We can, and we are, and the rematch benefits us."
8/28/14 4:03 PM
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Canelo's Options Include Kirkland, Andrade, Clottey

 

By Salvador Rodriguez

Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (44-1-1, 32KOs) met with his promoter, Oscar de la Hoya, at the Los Angeles' offices of Golden Boy Promotions to discuss his ring return in December. Although the name of James Kirkland was mentioned as the main candidate, other fighters like Joshua Clottey and WBO champion Demetrius Andrade have also been added to the list.

The decision as to who Canelo will fight will not be announced until early September, as they need time to plan an extensive media tour, which is going to include a stop to Mexico City, which Canelo has not visited on a press tour since he came there during the promotional tour for Floyd Mayweather last September.

"We are in negotiations. We met with Oscar de la Hoya, Eric Gomez and Robert Diaz of Golden Boy," said trainer Jose 'Chepo' Reynoso. "We seem to have three opponents. One of them is obvious, but they told us to wait until the weekend to see if they could close [the deal]. It will happen in December or the last Saturday of November. All of that is being negotiated. The good thing is that we have plenty of time."
8/29/14 6:45 PM
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Roc Nation Sports, the 16-month-old sports agency founded by music mogul Jay Z, wasted no time announcing its arrival on the scene as a boxing promoter to be reckoned with. In a stunner, Roc Nation Sports won a purse bid on Monday at WBO headquarters in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to secure the promotional rights to a mandatory fight between middleweight titleholder Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin and Matt Korobov, even though it does not promote either fighter.

Roc Nation Sports bid a whopping $1,904,840 and handily defeated two other bidders. Golden Boy Promotions, which represents Quillin, bid $1.2 million, and Korobov promoter Top Rank offered $515,000. The minimum bid was $200,000. The purse bid took place because Golden Boy and Top Rank declined to negotiate the fight with each other. Roc Nation's tentative plan is to put the fight on Nov. 8 in New York or Washington, D.C., the two places it has obtained a license to promote boxing. It still has to negotiate a television deal. It is unusual for a promoter to bid on a fight in which it has no ties. But Roc Nation Sports, which on Sunday unveiled to ESPN.com its plans to get involved in boxing promotion, wanted to make a splash.

In announcing its intent to become involved in boxing, David Itskowitch, the newly hired chief operating officer for Roc Nation Sports' boxing division, said, "We're looking to make an immediate and dramatic impact on the sport." That is what Roc Nation Sports, which represents athletes such as Kevin Durant, Robinson Cano, CC Sabathia and Victor Cruz, did Monday: It made a statement by winning the auction with an exorbitant bid. Itskowitch, who spent six years as Golden Boy's COO before he resigned last summer to take some time off, flew to Puerto Rico for the purse bid and surprised Ramiro Gonzalez of Golden Boy and Carl Moretti of Top Rank. He also surprised WBO president Francisco "Paco" Valcarcel. "I'm definitely surprised by their participation," Valcarcel said. "On behalf of the WBO, I welcome Jay Z and his company, Roc Nation (Sports), and wish them nothing but success in their quest to put on quality boxing events and represent well the fighters they eventually sign.

We are honored that they have chosen a WBO world championship contest to mark their entrance to the sport as boxing promoters and look forward to working with them." Reaction from Golden Boy and Top Rank was swift and positive. Their fighters will each take home their biggest career payday. As the titleholder, Quillin is entitled to 75 percent of the winning bid ($1,428,630), and Korobov will receive the remaining 25 percent ($476,210). "I'm surprised by the offer but glad someone like Jay Z and his team realize the value and opportunities in boxing," Golden Boy president Oscar De La Hoya told ESPN.com. Moretti added: "Congrats to Roc Nation and their team on winning the bid. Top Rank and Matt Korobov will fully cooperate with the terms and any promotional requirements they may ask of us.

Jay Z may have '99 Problems,' but apparently purse bids aren't one of them. Welcome to the business of boxing. Plus, I'd rather lose the bid and win the fight any day of the week." Roc Nation has no fighters under contract yet but plans to build a stable.

While it does that, picking up rights to fights at purse bids is one way to secure fights around which cards can be built. Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs), 31, of New York, has defended his 160-pound belt three times, most recently by near-shutout decision against Lukas Konecny on April 19 in Washington, D.C. Korobov (24-0, 14 KOs), a 31-year-old Russian southpaw and 2008 Olympian, scored a pair of seventh-round knockdowns against Jose Uzcategui en route to a 10-round decision victory on June 28 in Omaha, Nebraska.

8/29/14 8:05 PM
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Tomato Can - I wanna know where Timothy Bradley has gone. Would like to see him in there against Brook even though he is not being mentioned as a possibility.

Its only been 4 months since the Pacquiao fight and youre in a rush for him to fight Kell Brook? That doesnt seem to be a makeable fight either with Brook on Showtime and Bradley HBO

Though Im just reading on the ESPN boxing page that Canelo could be back with HBO. Could be real interesting time for boxing if Golden Boy works with HBO there is a lot of fights to be made

http://espn.go.com/blog/Dan-Rafael/post/_/id/10273/canelo-headed-back-to-hbo
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Yikes, Adalaide Byrd and Tony Weeks, this should be a shit show. Love Vs Medina. Phone Post 3.0
8/31/14 12:00 AM
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8/31/14 12:13 AM
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8/31/14 5:59 AM
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Love just doesn't have what it takes.
8/31/14 9:59 AM
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I'm a horrible person, because I enjoyed watching TMT on the replay react to the knockout. His mom running over was weird. I don't know why Floyd bothers with those 3, it's like the 4 horsewomen for boxing. 1 great fighter and 3 hanger ons who aren't even close. All have been ko'd since Mickey Bey in 2013 Phone Post 3.0
8/31/14 10:37 AM
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Tomato Can - I wanna know where Timothy Bradley has gone. Would like to see him in there against Brook even though he is not being mentioned as a possibility.

Its only been 4 months since the Pacquiao fight and youre in a rush for him to fight Kell Brook? That doesnt seem to be a makeable fight either with Brook on Showtime and Bradley HBO

Though Im just reading on the ESPN boxing page that Canelo could be back with HBO. Could be real interesting time for boxing if Golden Boy works with HBO there is a lot of fights to be made

http://espn.go.com/blog/Dan-Rafael/post/_/id/10273/canelo-headed-back-to-hbo

I don't see how it wouldn't be a marketable fight. People are talking Marquez/Brook and Bradley beat Marquez.

Brook isn't a Golden Boy guy so I don't think there's any reason he couldn't fight on HBO. And as you say, relations between HBO/TR/GB might be warming anyway.
8/31/14 10:40 AM
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GayGuardMooseSaucy - Love was always overrated. Phone Post 3.0

I saw one of his fights live back when he was an inexperienced prospect still fighting 4-rounders against scrubs. He clearly lost and the judges handed him the decision anyway. It was ridiculous. Ever since then I've been highly dubious of him as a prospect.
8/31/14 11:41 AM
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GayGuardMooseSaucy - I'm a horrible person, because I enjoyed watching TMT on the replay react to the knockout. His mom running over was weird. I don't know why Floyd bothers with those 3, it's like the 4 horsewomen for boxing. 1 great fighter and 3 hanger ons who aren't even close. All have been ko'd since Mickey Bey in 2013 Phone Post 3.0
same here, I don't know how many times I replayed the replays just to watch TMT in the back react to Love getting KTFO with his leg left twitching. Phone Post 3.0
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Love sucks lol

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