Top Rank Boxing http://www.toprank.com Top Rank boxing news, event, videos and photo galleries en-us Copyright Top Rank 04-24-2014 11:12:38 60 Three World Title Bouts on One Card May 31 http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-three-world-title-bouts-on-one-card-may-31/ MACAO (April 22, 2014) – A press conference in Manila on Tuesday announced the details of Featherweight Fury – a championship event with three featherweight world title main event fights to be hosted by The Venetian® Macao on Saturday, May 31 at the Cotai Arena.

The world-class event is headlined by three spectacular featherweight title matchups: four-division world champion and 2012 Fighter of the Year NONITO “The Filipino Flash” DONAIRE will challenge World Boxing Association (WBA) undisputed featherweight world champion SIMPIWE “V12” VETYEKA; undefeated WBA world featherweight champion NICHOLAS “The Axe Man” WALTERS will defend his title against two-division world champion VIC “Raging Bull” DARCHINYAN; and undefeated International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion EVGENY “The Mexican Russian” GRADOVICH, making his third consecutive featherweight title defense at the Cotai Arena, will be battling No. 1 contender ALEXANDER MISKIRTCHIAN. 

The Donaire-Vetyeka title fight will be televised on the same day in the U.S. on HBO, beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET/PT.  The telecast will also include the world super middleweight title rematch between defending champion Carl Froch and top contender George Groves, which will take place at Wembley Stadium in London.

All "Featherweight Fury" undercard bouts will be streamed live via http://www.toprank.tv with Fran Charles handling the blow-by-blow and former world champion Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini and Hall of Famer Larry Merchant adding their expert analysis and commentary, except for the IBF junior featherweight title elimination bout between Top-Five contenders CHRIS  "The Hit Man" AVALOS and YASUTAKA ISHIMOTO.  That fight will be televised via same-day delay as the main event on Sólo Boxeo Tecate on UniMásThe winner will be declared the IBF's No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger to IBF junior featherweight world champion Kiko Martinez.

“All eyes will be on the fabulous Cotai Arena with these three world title fights in one of boxing's hottest divisions,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. “Featherweight Fury is one of the most exciting events I have promoted in a long time.”      

“This is our fifth time working with Bob Arum and Top Rank to bring sports entertainment at its best to Macao,” said Edward Tracy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sands China Ltd. “The world’s eyes will continue to be drawn to Macao as we continue to establish our city as a world centre of tourism and leisure with the diverse offerings of our multi-tiered entertainment strategy.”

Donaire (32-2, 20 KOs), a native of General Santos City, Philippines, now living in Las Vegas, has been a consensus Top-10 pound-for-pound fighter for several years. His banner year in 2012 included four world championship victories. He beat former world champion Israel Vazquez, Jr. to capture the vacant WBO junior featherweight title, then unified the title by defeating IBF junior bantamweight champion Jeffrey Mathebula. Donaire collected his third belt of the year by knocking out WBC Diamond Belt super bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka, ending Nishioka’s eight-year, 16-bout, winning streak. Donaire concluded his magnificent year by blasting out Mexican icon Jorge Arce in the third round and sealing his 2012 Fighter of the Year honours while extending his 12-year, 30-bout winning streak.  He lost his title to undefeated Cuban sensation and WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux in a title unification bout at a sold-out Radio City Music Hall on April 13, 2013. Career highlights for Donaire also include knockout victories of defending IBF flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan, former WBA bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko, and defending WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel, ending Montiel's 25-bout winning streak. That victory was named the 2011 Knockout of the Year. Donaire’s last fight was a ninth-round knockout victory of Darchinyan in their eagerly-awaited rematch which took place on November 9, 2013.

Vetyeka (26-2, 15 KOs), of Mdantsane, South Africa, will be making the first defence of the title he won from the legendary Chris John. A 12-year professional, four of Vetyeka’s five last victories have been by knockout. He scored a major upset to win his world title last December, knocking out the undefeated defending WBA featherweight champion John in the sixth round. John had celebrated the 10th year of his title reign two months earlier, which included 18 title defences.

Walters (23-0, 19 KOs), of Montego Bay, Jamaica, enters this fight having won nine of his last 10 fights by knockout. He captured the vacant WBA featherweight title on December 12, 2012, knocking out Daulis Presscott (26-1, 19 KOs) in the seventh round. He made his first title defence on November 9, 2013, stopping Alberto Garza (25-5-1, 20 KOs) in the fourth round.

Darchinyan (39-6-1, 28 KOs), a native of Armenia whose home base has been Sydney, Australia, is one of the lower division's  most exciting fighters.  A member of Armenia’s 2000 Olympic boxing team, he won his first world title in his 22nd professional bout, knocking out undefeated IBF flyweight champion Irene Pacheco in the 11th round of their 2004 battle, ending Pacheco’s five-year reign.  During his own three-year tenure as world champion, Darchinyan successfully defended his title six times – all by stoppage – against the division’s top contenders.  After losing the title and his undefeated record to Donaire, in 2007, Darchinyan moved up in weight and claimed the IBF junior bantamweight crown, knocking out defending champion Dimitri Kirilov in the fifth round.  He unified the 115 pound world titles in his next fight, knocking out World Boxing Council (WBC) / WBA super flyweight champion Cristian Mijares in the ninth round.  The first person to unify three of the titles in that weight division, Darchinyan successfully defended his titles three times during his two-year reign as unified super flyweight champion, including an 11th-round stoppage of Méxican icon Jorge Arce.  Darchinyan vacated his titles in mid-2010 to campaign as a bantamweight, defeating former IBF bantamweight champion Yonnhy Perez, Evans Mbamba and Eric Barcelona, while losing competitive decisions to world champions Abner Mares, Joseph Agbeko and Shinsuke Yamanaka.  Last November, Darchinyan finally got his long-awaited rematch with Donaire.  It was an exciting fight that had Darchinyan leading on the judges’ scorecards through eight rounds until he got caught by Donaire and was stopped in the ninth round.    

Gradovich (18-0, 9 KOs), of Igrim, Russia, captured the IBF featherweight title on March 1, 2013, winning a gritty split decision over defending champion Billy Dib. He has successfully defended the twice – both at Cotai Arena – where he has developed a rabid fan following. At Fists of Gold II last July, Gradovich won a dominating unanimous decision over Mauricio Muñoz and on the November 24 Pacquiao-Rios undercard, he knocked out Dib in the ninth round of their rematch.

Miskirtchian (24-2-1, 9 KOs), of Namur, Belgium, will be making his Asian debut. He enters this fight riding a five-year, 11-bout winning streak, with over half those victories coming by way of knockout. After winning the European featherweight title and defending it twice during his two-year reign, he won a 12-round decision over Sofiane Takoucht, in an IBF featherweight title elimination bout, to become the IBF's No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger to Gradovich. This will be Miskirtchian's first world title shot.

Avalos (23-2, 17 KOs), of Lancaster, Calif., enters this fight riding a two-year, four-bout winning streak, including an NABO junior featherweight title victory over Drian Francisco last July.  He is currently world-rated No. 1 by the WBO, No. 4 by the IBF and the WBC and No. 5 by the WBA.

Ishimoto (24-6, 7 KOs), of Tokyo, Japan, is riding a two-year, five-bout winning streak himself, with four of those victories coming by way on knockout.  His most impressive victory during his current streak was for the WBO International junior featherweight title, where he won a majority decision over former world champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. at the Coati Arena on April 6, 2013.  He is world-rated No. 5 by the IBF, No. 7 by the WBO and No. 8 by the WBC.          

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate, PS4 and Foreman Boys Promotions, Featherweight Fury will take place on Saturday,  May 31, with the first bout beginning at 5:30 p.m. local time. Tickets to the multi-bout event can be purchased at all Cotai Ticketing box offices*, and are available in seven categories, ranging from HKD/MOP 80 (~PHP 450) to HKD/MOP 3,280 (~PHP 18,800). HKD/MOP 88 adds a round trip Cotai Water Jet ferry ticket between Hong Kong and Macao (HKD/MOP 80 tickets excluded). Tickets can be booked online at www.cotaiticketing.com, or by phone at +853 2882 8818 (Macao) / +852 6333 6660 (HK) / 4001 206 618 (China) / +63 2 395 3370 (Philippines). Tickets are also available through Hong Kong Ticketing (customer service fee applies), online at www.HKTicketing.com or by phone at +852 3128 8288, and via Macao Kong Seng Ticketing Network, online at www.macauticket.com, by phone at +853 2855 5555, or in person at selected retail outlets (for locations, visit www.macauticket.com/TicketWeb/ServiceStations.aspx). Hotel packages including two tickets and one night accommodation at your choice of The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel, Conrad Macao, Cotai Central; Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central; Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central; or Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip are also available for purchase starting at HKD/MOP 3,240 (~PHP 18,500) through Cotai Ticketing.

 

NOTE: Bouts and times subject to change

 

Photos from the press conference and workout session will be available at: http://tinyurl.com/Featherweight-Fury

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Entertainment at Sands China Ltd. Properties

Sands China Ltd. has as a clear vision to establish Macao as Asia’s top entertainment destination.

The 15,000-seat Cotai Arena is the only venue in Asia ranked in Pollstar’s Top 100 Worldwide Arena Venues based on ticket sales. It is the top entertainment destination in southern China, hosting the world’s and the region’s biggest names in music, sports and awards shows. Superstars frequently choose the venue as the starting point of their Asian tours.

The 1800-seat, multi-purpose Venetian Theatre is one of the most luxurious entertainment venues in greater China. Featuring ushers in black-tie, champagne service, gourmet food and beverage items and other unique, premium amenities, it offers an intimate, luxurious and exclusive venue experience. The Venetian Theatre is playing a key role in bringing the best in international and Chinese entertainment to Macao, with a luxury theatre experience like no other in the region.

The 650-seat Sands Theatre regularly features internationally-renowned singers, performers and artists of the highest calibre. From traditional Chinese-costumed dancers to modern performances, and from singing troupes to contemporary bands, everything from Western rock to Cantonese pop is covered.

With an unbeatable diversity, the entertainment offering of Sands China Ltd. is ushering in a new era of entertainment in Macao.

For information about upcoming shows and events, visit www.venetianmacao.com/entertainment.html.

About The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel

Opened in 2007, The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel is Macao's first integrated resort featuring stunning replicas of the famous canals and architectural icons of Venice, Italy. The Venetian Macao features 3,000 suites, 1.2 million square feet (111,000 square metres) of convention and meeting facilities as well as a 15,000-seat Cotai Arena designed for world-class sports events and electrifying entertainment. The Venetian Macao is also home to the unique, 1,800-seat luxury Venetian Theatre, hosting the best in international and Chinese entertainment; more than 30 renowned restaurants; TAIVEXMALO Day Hospital & Spa; the incredibly fun QUBE indoor playground and more than 300 retailers at Shoppes at Venetian. Outdoor recreation areas include swimming pools and cabanas and a mini-golf course.

For more information, please visit www.venetianmacao.com.

About Cotai Strip Resorts Macao – Macao’s Integrated Resort City

Sands China Ltd. is the leading developer, owner and operator of integrated resorts in Macao. The befittingly named Cotai Strip Resorts Macao, situated on reclaimed land between the islands of Coloane and Taipa, is the one destination that provides a stunning array of experiences at the heart of Cotai. Cotai Strip Resorts Macao has transformed a gaming-centric day-trip market into an integrated resort city and international hub for business and leisure travellers.

Pulsating with life, both night and day, Cotai Strip Resorts Macao features an expansive offering of affordable luxury available nowhere else in Macao, with approximately 9,000 hotel rooms and suites, international superstar live entertainment, duty-free shopping with 600 retailers offering an unparalleled array of name brands, 1.3 million square feet (120,000 square metres) of meeting and exhibition space for Asia’s leading conferences and exhibitions, gaming excitement, transportation offerings and well over 100 dining options, including international restaurants, bars and lounges. Cotai Strip Resorts Macao is a must-see destination providing every guest with an unforgettable experience and unparalleled excitement.

Comprised of The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel; The Plaza™ Macao, featuring the Four Seasons Hotel Macao; and Sands® Cotai Central, featuring the world’s largest Conrad, Sheraton, and Holiday Inn hotels, Cotai Strip Resorts Macao is where Asia’s ultimate destination is all within reach.

Cotai Strip Resorts Macao….Macao Starts Here. For more information, please visit www.cotaistrip.com.

 

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Media):

 

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* The Venetian Macao – Cotai Arena and Main Lobby box offices; Four Seasons Hotel Macao – The Plaza™ Macao box office; Sands® Macao – L1 box office; Sands® Cotai Central – Sheraton Main Lobby and Holiday Inn Main Lobby box offices

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Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:12:50 -0500
Gamalier Rodríguez y Félix Verdejo cumplen con el peso sin problemas http://www.toprank.com/news/gamalier-rodriguez-y-felix-verdejo-cumplen-con-el-peso-sin-problemas/ FOTOS: Pesaje Ofiicial - Rodríguez vs Cruz / Verdejo vs Zavala

ORLANDO, FL – El monarca peso pluma Gamalier Rodríguez y el sensacional prospecto Félix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo no confrontaron ningún tipo de problema para cumplir con el reto de la báscula y se cantaron listos para sus respectivos combates de mañana sábado, 19 de abril en el Bahía Shriners Events Center.

Rodríguez (23-2-3, 16 KO’s), marcó 125.4 libras para la reyerta en la cual expondrá su cinturón Pluma de la NABO (Por sus siglas en inglés) ante el clasificado mundial Orlando ‘El Fenómeno’ Cruz (20-3-1, 10 KO’s), quien se despojó de toda pieza de ropa para detener la báscula en 126.8 libras.

Por su parte, ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo (11-0, 8 KO’s) fijó la romana en 134.6 libras para el combate en el cual enfrentará al mexicano Iván ‘El Oso” Zavala (6-5-1, 2 KO’s), quien llegó 4.2 libras por encima del límite de la división peso ligero. El azteca pesó oficialmente 139.2 libras.

Hasta el momento la pelea sigue en pie. Ambos bandos llegaron a un acuerdo en el cual Zavala no podrá pesar más de 142 libras el día de la pelea. Verdejo y Zavala chocarán en un combate a seis asaltos en el turno co-estelar del cartel.

Ambos combates serán televisados en el gustado programa ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ que es televisado de costa a costa en los Estados Unidos por la cadena UniMás.

Presentada por All Star Boxing en asociación Top Rank, los boletos para la función a precios de:  $52 ringside y $27 general pueden ser adquiridos llamando al 407-660-8822. El Bahía Shriners Event Center está localizado en: 2300 Pembrook Drive, Orlando, FL, 32810.

RESULTADOS DEL PESAJE:

• Gamalier Rodríguez 125.4 lbs vs. Orlando Cruz 126.8 lbs - Título Pluma NABO

• Félix Verdejo 134.6 lbs vs. Iván Zavala 139.2 lbs

• Matt Korobov 160 lbs vs. Emill González 160.6 lbs

• Alberto Machado 129 lbs vs. Jesús Lule Raya 129.2 lbs

• Antonio Ortiz 142.4 lbs vs. Ramón Peña 141.8 lbs

• Christopher Díaz 127.6 lbs vs. su oponente se pesará luego

• Jayron Santiago 123.6 lbs vs. James Alexander 124.6 lbs

 

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Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:02:10 -0500
Rodríguez y Verdejo entrenan juntos en Orlando http://www.toprank.com/news/rodriguez-y-verdejo-entrenan-juntos-en-orlando/ ORLANDO, FL - Los púgiles puertorriqueños Gamalier Rodríguez y Félix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo compartieron hoy durante un entrenamiento abierto a la prensa que se realizó en la Academia de Artes Marciales del Sensei Angel Ortiz.

Este próximo sábado, 19 de abril, Rodríguez y Verdejo también compartirán el cuadrilátero en el Bahía Shriners Events Center cuando ambos estén en acción en la función ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ que será televisada de costa a costa en los Estados Unidos por la cadena UniMás.

Rodríguez (23-2-3, 16 KO’s), quien es el campeón Pluma de la NABO (Por sus siglas en inglés), defenderá su título ante el clasificado mundial Orlando ‘El Fenómeno’ Cruz (20-3-1, 10 KO’s).

"Esta pelea es muy importante para mi carrera. Creo que Cruz no tiene chance conmigo. Orlando es un buen peleador, no lo subestimo, pero yo vengo muy bien preparado" afirmó Rodríguez, quien llegará al combate ante Cruz con una racha ganadora de dieciséis combates.

Por su parte Verdejo (11-0, 8 KO’s) enfrentará al mexicano Iván ‘El Oso” Zavala (6-5-1, 2 KO’s)  en un combate a seis asaltos en el turno coestelar del cartel.

“De mi rival no conozco mucho, solo el apellido, pero en este deporte no hay enemigo pequeño, siempre me preparo al máximo para darlo todo en el ring” dijo el sensacional prospecto que representó a la ‘Isla del Encanto’ en los Juegos Olímpicos de Londres 2012.

Presentada por All Star Boxing en asociación Top Rank, los boletos para la función a precios de:  $52 ringside y $27 general pueden ser adquiridos llamando al 407-660-8822. El Bahía Shriners Event Center está localizado en: 2300 Pembrook Drive, Orlando, FL, 32810.

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Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:01:04 -0500
Listo Verdejo para brillar en este sábado de gloria http://www.toprank.com/news/listo-verdejo-para-brillar-en-este-sabado-de-gloria/ FOTOS: Verdejo entrena frente a la prensa en Puerto Rico 

28 días después de su último combate, el invicto prospecto puertorriqueño Félix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo está listo para regresar al ensogado y demostró que continúa puliendo sus habilidades al desplegar su: velocidad, pegada y precisión, durante un entrenamiento de medios que celebró en el Gimnasio Diamante previo a su compromiso de este próximo sábado, 19 de abril en el Bahía Shriners Event Center de Orlando, Florida.

“Estoy bien contento de regresar a Orlando donde sé que hay muchos Puertorriqueños. Orlando es como una segunda casa para nosotros los boricuas. También estoy contento de pelear en Orlando porque veré a muchos de los vecinos que me vieron crecer en Las Gladiolas. Contento de ver a la gente que me conoce desde pequeño” dijo Verdejo durante el entrenamiento.

‘El Diamante’ del boxeo boricua, quien marcha invicto con palmares de 11-0 y 8 nocauts, enfrentará al mexicano Iván ‘El Oso’ Zavala (6-5-1, 2 KO’s) en el combate co-estelar del cartel en el cual Gamalier Rodríguez  defenderá su cinturón pluma de la NABO ante Orlando ‘El Fenómeno’ Cruz.

“Me siento muy bien preparado para este combate. Espero que todos los boricuas se den cita y que me sigan apoyando en el desarrollo de mi carrera” dijo el ex olímpico.

En cuanto a su primera experiencia peleando durante una semana santa el joven púgil Junior Ligero dijo:

“Para mi todos los sábados son de gloria. Tengo que mantenerme en la presencia de Dios. Para mi todos los días son santos, no solo una semana” culminó diciendo Verdejo.

En su último combate Verdejo derrotó con un impresionante nocaut técnico a Juan Santiago en el cartel que presentaron Promociones Migue Cotto y  Top Rank el pasado 22 de marzo en el Coliseo Roger Mendoza de Caguas.

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Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:58:26 -0500
Verdejo Returns to Orlando Saturday http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-verdejo-returns-orlando-saturday/ Photo credit: Peter Amador/Top Rank.

Orlando, Fla.  -  Orlando Cruz of Puerto Rico returns to the ring to challenge NABO featherweight champion Gamilier Rodriguez on a fight card which will include the undefeated electrifying Puerto Rico Olympian Felix Verdejo at the Bahia Shriners Event Center on Saturday, April 19.

Top Rank and All-Star Boxing made the announcement today.

Cruz, stopped by world champion Orlando Salido in October, said he is anxious to get back into the ring.

"I want to thank Top Rank and All-Star Boxing for this opportunity to redeem myself by getting me this title fight with Rodriguez. By winning this fight, I will be right back on the verge of another world title opportunity and conquer my dream of being a world champion," Cruz said.

The Gamilier vs Rodriguez title fight plus Verdejo, in a six round lightweight bout will be televised on Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMas.

Gamilier, from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, has a record of 23-2-3, 16 KOs. He has won 15 fights in a row, unbeaten since 2009. This will be his 4th defense of his NABO featherweight crown.

Cruz has a record of 20-3-1, 10 KOs. He is a former WBO Latin American champion and has fought 11 times with a title on the line.

Gamilier vs Cruz is scheduled for 10 rounds for the NABO crown.

Verdejo is coming off a spectacular knockout win over Juan Santiago in Caguas, Puerto. Verdejo is a rising star with a record of 11-0, 8 KOs.

Verdejo will take on Ivan Zavala (6-5-1, 2 KOs)  of Tijuana, Mexico in a six round lightweight bout.

“I am looking forward to going back to Orlando because we have a large community of Puerto Rican people there and they come out to support me. I also have many friends there who I known since I was a kid”, said Verdejo, who in Orlando onOctober 5 of last year in the undercard of Miguel Cotto debut in Florida.

“I have trained very hard and want to give the people a great fight. This is another important fight in my development as a fighter,” added Verdejo, who will arrive in Orlando tomorrow with his team led by his trainer Ricky Marquez.

Tickets are available now at $52.00 ringside and $27 reserved. Please call 407- 660-8822 for ticket information. The Bahia Shriners Event Center is located at 2300 Pembrook Drive, Orlando, Fla. 32810.

Contacts:

Lee Samuels, Top Rank  lee@toprank.com 702 732 2717

Ricardo Jimenez, Top Rank ricardoej@aol.com 909 615 3436

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Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:09:51 -0500
Pacquiao y Bradley ya están en Las Vegas http://www.toprank.com/news/pacquiao-y-bradley-ya-estan-en-las-vegas-1/ FOTOS: Gran llegada de Pacquiao al MGM Grand

El ocho veces campeón del mundo, Manny Pacquiao ya está en Las Vegas para su esperada revancha ante el doble monarca invicto Tim Bradley que se realizará este sábado 12 de abril en la Arena Grand Garden del Hotel MGM de Las Vegas y que será televisada por HBO PPV.

“Estoy muy emocionado de regresar a Las Vegas. No peleó aquí desde diciembre del 2012 y ya extrañaba mucho este ambiente”, dijo Pacquiao a su llegada oficial hoy en el MGM en donde hubo mucha gente y un grupo muy grande de prensa.

Pacquiao buscará recuperar el campeonato mundial de peso welter de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) ante Bradley, quien le arrebató el título mundial al astro filipino en un controversial fallo el 12 de junio del 2012 en el mismo escenario.

“La primera pelea ya es parte del pasado. Lo que importa es este sábado y voy a recuperar mi campeonato mundial a como dé lugar”, dijo Pacquiao, quien terminó su preparación este lunes en el Wild Card Boxing Club de Hollywood, bajo la tutela de Freddie Roach.

Después de sus dos derrotas en el 2012, la única pelea de Pacquiao la realizó en noviembre del 2013 en Macao, China ante Brandon Ríos, a quien derrotó fácilmente por decisión unánime.

“La pelea en Macao fue una grata experiencia y si la disfruté mucho, pero no hay como una pelea importante en Las Vegas y todo el entusiasmo que hay en esta ciudad”, dijo Pacqiuao.

El astro filipino reconoce que esta es una pelea muy importante para su carrera, pues aún no ha demostrado totalmente que está de regreso al nivel de antes de sus derrotas.

“Esperado darle una gran pelea a mis seguidores y darle una gran satisfacción a todos mis compatriotas filipinos logrado el triunfo este sábado”, dijo Pacquiao.

La última conferencia de prensa será presentada por Playstation y se transmitirá en vivo hoy a las 4pm ET / 1pm PT por www.TopRank.com/livestream

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Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:47:30 -0500
Timothy Bradley Jr.: Fight Blog 4 http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-timothy-bradley-jr-fight-blog-4-rematch/
Read the first three entries here.

In what ways do you think Manny Pacquiao has changed as a fighter during the two years since your first fight against him?

"Manny Pacquiao has always been a great fighter and from what I have heard he is a great person

"But I think in the last two years Manny has become a more compassionate fighter. I think he lost the fire that made him the number one pound
for pound fighter in the world.

"That Killer Instinct that made Oscar De La Hoya quit on his stool and the fire that knocked out Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton and badly damaged
Antonio Margarito are just no longer there.

"I think his skillset is still there but he just cannot turn it on like he used to anymore. In the Brandon Rios fight I saw he had Rios up against the ropes
and then he stopped throwing his punches. He took a couple steps back and let Rios out.

"I think that Marquez KO gave him a lot to think about because he was turning it on there and in my opinion he was a couple rounds away from
stopping Marquez - but then he just never saw that right hand coming and it was lights out.

"I hope come April 12th Manny can find that fire and be the Paquiao of old because this is the hurt business. For those thirty six minutes that we will be
in the ring I am not expecting any compassion from him.

"He will get absolutely no compassion from me.

"In that ring it is all about my family eating or his family eats.

"Manny Pacquiao will have to knock me out to stop my family from eating!!!

24/7 Pacquiao/Bradley 2 show #3 debuts Thursday, April 10 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on HBO two nights before the high stakes welterweight title bout.

Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 takes place Sat., April 12 live on pay-per-view beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

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Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:46:11 -0500
Manny Pacquiao: Fight Blog 4 http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-manny-pacquiao-fight-blog-4-rematch-1/
Read the first three entries here.

Pacquiao - Training with Freddie Roach, describe a typical day in and out the gym. Your relationship with Freddie. You dine together, watch film together, et

I train Monday through Saturday every week of training camp.  It is a strict schedule that allows my body to rest between morning and afternoon sessions so that I can perform my training at my best.  Everything is geared to one goal, peaking physically and mentally on April 12 – Fight Day.

At sunrise, I usually head over to one of three areas that I rotate and run several miles.  I no longer run hills every day and that has eliminated the leg cramps I had suffered from, beginning with my fight with Shane Mosley in 2011.  After my run, Justin Fortune, who is my strength and conditioning coach, runs me though a series of drills that are designed to improve my speed and agility. By 8 a.m., I return home for breakfast with my camp and then a take a nap.

I usually arrive at Wild Card Boxing Club at 1 p.m. for a three-hour session with Freddie. Sparring takes place Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays while I work the mitts with Freddie every day. Then it’s a circuit on the double-end bag, the heavy bag, the speed bag, jumping rope and hundreds of situps.  The session ends with strength drills with Justin.  It’s during the afternoon session that Freddie and I interact and discuss, design and execute our strategy for defeating Tim Bradley.  We know what we have to do to beat him. 

After training we go to a Thai restaurant near the gym for lunch and then head back home where I relax, play chess with my friends or watch a movie a home, followed by dinner.  After dinner I read The Bible or discuss it with my friends and I’m usually in bed by 10 p.m.

Freddie has been a father, a brother and a best friend since the day we met.  I cannot overstate his importance to me and how much he has impacted my life.  I am a better person for having Freddie in my life.  We are a team.  In the gym I call him Master Freddie.  He is the boss and he is the teacher.  And even though we do not spend as much time together as we used to, we will always have a special bond that will remain strong for the rest of our lives.             

24/7 Pacquiao/Bradley 2 show #3 debuts Thursday, April 10 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on HBO two nights before the high stakes welterweight title bout.

Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 takes place Sat., April 12 live on pay-per-view beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

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Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:40:23 -0500
Bradley mejor que la primera vez que enfrentó a Pacquiao http://www.toprank.com/news/bradley-mejor-que-la-primera-vez-que-enfrento-a-pacquiao/ FOTOS: Entrenamiento de medios de Bradley en el Gimnasio Fortune

El dos-veces campeón mundial invicto Tim Bradley se declaró listo para su segundo combate contra Manny Pacquiao el próximo sábado 12 de abril en la arena Grand Garden del hotel MGM Grand de Las Vegas y que será televisada por HBO a través del sistema de pago por evento.

“Sin duda alguna he mejorado mucho desde que enfrenté la primera vez a Mannny Pacquiao. Tengo más experiencia he derrotado a dos grandes boxeadores en Juan Manuel Marquez y Pacquiao y superé unos momentos muy difíciles ante Rusland Provodnikov”, dijo Bradley durante un entrenamiento para los medios en el Fortune Gym de Hollywood, California.

Bradley quien ha ganado campeonatos en las 140 y 147 libras, buscará mantener el campeonato mundial welter de la OMB que le arrebató a Pacquiao en Junio del 2012.

“Desafortunadamente no recibí mucho crédito por mí primer triunfo sobre Pacquiao, pero lo que gente no recuerda es que antes de la pelea todos decían que no solo me iba ganar sino que me iba a noquear, pero no fue así y la pelea fue sumamente competitiva”, dijo Bradley.

Bradley lució igual de rápido ante los medios, pero dejó la impresión de que también está más fuerte que la primera la pelea ante el astro filipino.

“Estoy pasando por el mejor momento de mi carrera. Siento que todo está en su lugar, tengo la experiencia, mis habilidades están a lo máximo y condición física esta al ciento por  ciento, créanme voy a despejar las dudas sobre mí triunfo con una victoria aún más clara esta vez”, dijo Bradley.

Joel Díaz, el entrenador de Bradley considera que ha mejorado mucho como boxeador y se ha convertido en todo un gran profesional.

 “No tengo duda alguna que Tim ha mejorado mucho. Ya hizo dos peleas muy competitivas con dos grandes como lo son Pacquiao y Márquez, pero más que nada está en su punto. Es un peleador más completo y será un rival muy difícil de vencer para cualquier boxeador que enfrente”, dijo Díaz.

La cartelera es una promoción de Top Rank® en asociación con MP Promotions y Tecate. La Pacquiao-Bradley 2 se realizar∂a el sábado 12 de abril la Arena MGM Grand del hotel MGM Grand de Las Vegas y será producida y distribuida por HBO Pay-Per-View que televisará en vivo el combate a través del sistema de pago por evento.

Los  boletos para la Pacquiao-Bradley 2, tiene un precio de $1,000, $800, $600, $400, $250 and $150 más costo de servicio ya están disponibles y  cada persona podrá comprar solo 12 boletos con un límite de 10 boletos en los precios de $1,000, $800, $600, $400, $250 y un límite de dos en el precio de $150. Los boletos pueden ser adquiridos por teléfono llamando a Ticketmaster al  (800) 745-3000 y por Internet en las páginas: www.mgmgrand.com owww.ticketmaster.com.

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Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:14:14 -0500
Playstation Becomes the Official Gaming Partner of Top Rank Boxing http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-playstation-becomes-official-gaming-partner-of-top-rank-boxing/ PLAYSTATION BECOMES THE OFFICIAL GAMING PARTNER
OF TOP RANK BOXING

April 7, 2014 – Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) today announced a partnership with Top Rank Boxing, the world’s leading boxing promotions company. As the Official Gaming Partner of Top Rank Boxing, the PlayStation® brand and the PlayStation®4 system (PS4™) will be highlighted at several of Top Rank’s premier events, including the highly anticipated World Welterweight Championship rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley on April 12.

“We are thrilled to be the Official Gaming Partner of Top Rank, a brand that celebrates greatness by promoting some of the best boxers in the sport today matched up in the most exciting, epic bouts,” said Guy Longworth, SVP, PlayStation Brand Marketing at SCEA. “This new partnership will generate exposure for the PlayStation brand among boxing fans that Top Rank reaches around the world.”

The PlayStation brand will be featured through in-arena branding, trailer spots during event broadcasts in the United States, integration across Top Rank’s social and digital channels and more.

“With the successful launch of PS4, PlayStation is a very compelling brand among gamers around the world,” said Lucia McKelvey, EVP of Global Marketing, Top Rank. “This partnership is a perfect opportunity for two leading brands to join forces and capitalize on the excitement and global attention surrounding the sport of boxing and Top Rank’s premier events.”

Top Rank’s events are available live on Pay-Per-View, HBO, and UniMas, a part of the Univision Network. The company works with networks in more than 130 countries to broadcast its fights. In addition to Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2, one of the year’s biggest fights, the PlayStation brand will be integrated into the June 7 pay-per-view match-up at Madison Square Garden between three-division champ Miguel Cotto and reigning middleweight champ Sergio Martinez. Additional events to feature PlayStation integration include the May 17 bout between Juan Manuel Marquez and Mike Alvarado at the Forum in Los Angeles and several UniMas events.

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Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:23:35 -0500
Segura derrota a Salguera http://www.toprank.com/news/segura-derrota-a-salguera/ Giovani Segura tuvo el talento y la contundencia, además de la paciencia, para lograr una sufrida victoria, en una pelea que se le complicó y en la que por momentos fue dominado, para terminar por imponerse por nocaut técnico en el décimo round a Felipe Salguero, en la función que presentó Zanfer en la Arena Tecate de Tijuana, que presentó una buena entrada.

Segura (32-3-1, 28 ko’s) fue el peleador que llevó la iniciativa, el que conectó golpes de poder y el que se sentía cómodo yendo al frente y dictando el ritmo de la contienda.

Salguero (19-6-1, 14 ko’s) contragolpeó, caminó lateralmente, buscó mantener a distancia a su rival y cuando lograba salirse de zona de cuerdas, fue peligroso.

En el cuarto round, un gancho de izquierda de Segura se estrelló en el botón de la mandíbula de su rival, quien visitó la lona en los segundos finales de ese asalto que hasta el momento, era el mejor para Salguero.

Para el round siguiente, Salguero fue llevado con el medico del ring pues presentaba un peligroso corte sobre su parpado derecho, pero el combate siguió. En el séptimo asalto, uno de los mejores para Segura, la situación se repitió pues la sangre seguía corriendo por el rostro de Salguero, pero la contienda continuó.

Salguero apretó y Segura respondió. La pelea fue de poder a poder y los aficionados agradecían el esfuerzo de ambos con gritos de apoyo para ambos contendientes.

En el décimo round, Salguero salio a buscar el nocaut, pero Segura todavía tenia fuerza y velocidad. Un poderoso gancho de derecha se estrelló en la quijada de Salguero, quien sintió los efectos del golpe, se mantuvo de pie moviendo la cintura para evitar mas castigo y cuando quiso retroceder, se fue a la lona. Las piernas ya no le respondieron y la mirada la traía perdida.

El réferi Juan José Ramírez decretó el final de la contienda, a los 1:55 minutos y sin conteo de por medio. Después de algunos minutos en la lona, atendido por el medico del ring, Salguero se levantó para recibir los aplausos por su valentía y gran actuación.

Con esta triunfo, Giovani Segura se mantiene como viable retador a campeonato mundial, o bien, en la mira para darle la revancha a Hernán Márquez, o pedírsela a Brian Viloria.

 
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Sun, 06 Apr 2014 10:31:20 -0500
Bradley: "Voy a tener más hambre que Pacquiao" http://www.toprank.com/news/bradley-voy-a-tener-mas-hambre-que-pacquiao/ • Márquez tuvo que noquear a Pacquiao para obtener un resultado definido. ¿Eso es lo que necesitas? ¿Por qué y cómo lograras esto?
 
TB - “Márquez estaba en un hoyo más grande cuando lo noqueó. Él había peleado con el tres veces y no pudo asegurar una victoria en cualquiera de las tres primeras peleas. Lo había intentado todo y no se pudo entonces un nocaut era la única manera en que iba a ganar. Yo estoy en una posición muy diferente de que Márquez estaba. Ya vencí a Pacquiao una vez y eso fue en mi primer intento. No creo que tengo que noquearlo para conseguir un resultado definitivo, pero si el nocaut se presenta voy a tomar ventaja de ello”
 
“En la primera pelea me lesioné el pie en el segundo asalto y para el cuarto asalto el tobillo en mi otro pie también estaba mal. En la segunda mitad de la pelea yo todavía le daba duro con dos pies malos.Yo no tenía el movimiento que normalmente tengo y todavía lo estaba sobre trabajando. Yo estaba peleando los tres minutos de cada asalto y no sólo en los últimos treinta segundos de cada asalto”
 
• ¿Por qué y cómo lograras esto?
 
TB - “En esta segunda pelea contra Manny Pacquiao voy a continuar justo donde lo dejé en la primera pelea. Esto sólo serán los asaltos trece hasta el veinticuatro. Tuve la oportunidad de mostrar mi capacidad de boxeo contra Márquez con dos buenos pies así que esto no será diferente”
 
“Voy a ser más rápido que Pacquiao, voy a tener una mejor defensa que Pacquiao, voy a tener más hambre que Pacquiao. He estado en el ring con Pacquiao, así que sé exactamente qué esperar. Hay algunos ajustes que haré y con dos buenos pies debajo de mí, y al final de la noche voy a salir victorioso de nuevo! Y TODAVÍA”
 
24/7 Pacquiao / Bradley 2 Estrena sábado 29 de marzo a la medianoche ET / PT en HBO. La segunda instalación debuta el Sábado, 05 de abril a las 11:30 pm ET / PT y la tercera debuta el Jueves, 10 de abril a las 8:30 pm ET / PT dos noches antes de las pelea peso welter de grandes apuestas por el título.
Pacquiao vs Bradley 2 lleva lugar sábado, 12 de abril en vivo por Pay-Per-View, iniciando a las 9:00 pm ET / 6:00 pm PT.
 
 
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Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:14:35 -0500
Timothy Bradley Jr.: Fight Blog 3 http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-timothy-bradley-jr-fight-blog-3-rematch/
Read the first two blog entries here and here.

Bradley - Marquez had to KO Pacquiao to get a definite result. Is that what you need? Why and how do you accomplish this? How do you beat Pacquiao?

Marquez was in a little bit of a bigger hole when he knocked him out. He had fought him three times and was not able to secure a win in any of the first three fights. He had tried everything and had failed so a knockout was the only way he would win.

I am in a slight different position than Marquez was. I have already beat Pacquiao once and that was on my first try. I don't think I have to knock him out to get a definite result but if the knockout presents itself I will take advantage of it.

The first fight I injured my foot in the second round and by the fourth round my ankle on my other foot was also messed up. The second half of the fight I was coming on strong with two bad feet.

I didn't have the movement that I normally have and I was out-working him. I was fighting all three minutes of every round and not just the last thirty seconds of every round.

This second fight against Manny Pacquiao I will pick up right where I left off the first fight. This will just be rounds thirteen through twenty four.

I was able to show my boxing ability against Marquez with two good feet so this will be no different.

I will be faster than Pacquiao, I will have better defense than Pacquiao, I will be hungrier than Pacquiao.

I have been in the ring with Pacquiao so I know exactly what to expect. There are a few adjustments that I will make and with two good feet under me and at the end of the night I will be victorious again!!!

AND STILL.......

24/7 Pacquiao/Bradley 2 show 2 debuts Saturday, April 5 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT and show 3 debuts Thursday, April 10 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT two nights before the high stakes welterweight title bout.

Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 takes place Sat., April 12 live on pay-per-view beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

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Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:53:51 -0500
Manny Pacquiao: Fight Blog 3 http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-manny-pacquiao-fight-blog-3-rematch/ Read the first two blog entries here and here.

Pacquiao - How you deal with a bad decision after the fight? You train so hard for 10 weeks, fight a good fight and the judges go the other way. How long does it take to get over that? What's different in training this time around, knowing you can achieve revenge.

“That is boxing. It is part of the game and you cannot let yourself get too upset over it or else it will consume you. Judges are human.  You cannot expect them to be perfect.

“In the first fight against Tim Bradley, I was over it before I returned to the dressing room.  To Freddie Roach and me, and apparently everyone else who watched the fight – except for two – I won the fight.  The first thing I said to Freddie when we saw each other in the dressing after the fight was, ‘He [Bradley] ran just like we knew he would.’  We never discussed or debated the decision because it was so obvious that I had won the fight and nearly every round.

“It never felt like a loss to me and no one treated me any differently.  I was treated as the winner.  I just moved forward and began training for my next fight, which was against Juan Manuel Márquez.

“There is something different in this training camp.  There are a lot of people who doubt I can fight the same way I fought when I knocked out Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera.  I want to prove to them that I am the best.  I am inspired.   I am the challenger.  I know I will need to outbox and outspeed Bradley.  And that is what I will do. This is the first time I have challenged for a world title that I lost.  Do I want it back?  You bet I do; and I want it back from Tim Bradley.”   

24/7 Pacquiao/Bradley 2 show 2 debuts Saturday, April 5 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT and show 3 debuts Thursday, April 10 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT two nights before the high stakes welterweight title bout.

Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 takes place Sat., April 12 live on pay-per-view beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. 

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Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:43:41 -0500
Pacquiao: "Quiero el título de nuevo" http://www.toprank.com/news/pacquiao-quiero-el-titulo-de-nuevo/ • ¿Cómo reaccionaste ante la decisión de los jueces después de la primera pelea ante Bradley? 

MP - "Así es el boxeo. Es parte del juego y no puedes dejarte enojar mucho porque te puede consumir. Los jueces son seres humanos. No puedes esperar que sean perfectos".

• Entrenaste muy duro, haces una muy buena pelea y los jueces no te dan la victoria. ¿Cuánto tiempo te tardaste en olvidar la decisión? 

MP - "En la primera pelea contra Tim Bradley, ya no me importaba cuando regresé a la sala de vestuario. A Freddie Roach, a mí y al parecer a todos los que vieron la pelea – excepto dos – yo gané la pelea. Lo primero que le dije a Freddie cuando nos vimos después de la pelea fue, "[Bradley] corrió como sabíamos que lo haría." Nosotros nunca habíamos discutido o debatido la decisión porque era tan obvio que gané la pelea y casi todos los asaltos. Nunca sentí que fue una derrota para mí y nadie me trataba diferentemente. Me trataron como el ganador. Sólo seguí adelante y comencé a entrenar para mi próxima pelea, contra Juan Manuel Márquez”.

• Sabiendo que puede lograr venganza, ¿Qué hiciste diferente en tu entrenamiento esta vez?

MP - "Hay algo diferente en este campo de entrenamiento. Hay mucha gente que duda que yo pueda pelear igual como cuando derroté a Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Erik Morales y Marco Antonio Barrera. Quiero demostrarles que soy el mejor. Me inspira. Soy el retador. Sé que voy a necesitar boxear y ser más rápido que Bradley. Y eso es lo que haré. Esta es la primera vez que he retado por un título mundial que perdí. ¿Lo quiero de regreso? Por supuesto que sí; y se lo quiero quitar a Tim Bradley".

Pacquiao vs Bradley 2 lleva lugar sábado, 12 de abril en vivo por Pay-Per-View, iniciando a las 9:00 pm ET / 6:00 pm PT.

 

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Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:34:14 -0500
Jose Ramirez to Headline "Fight for Water" Card http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-jose-ramirez-to-headline-quotfight-for-waterquot-card/ FRESNO, CALIF.—For the first time, 2012 U.S. Olympian Jose Ramirez (8-0, 6 KO's) will fight in the main event of a nationally televised fight in a major SMG Arena production in Fresno, Calif.

"It’s an honor to fight in the Central Valley,” Ramirez. “It’s always been a dream of mine to fight in this arena. I went to Fresno State here. This fight will be big, but no fight is bigger then the one for water for our valley. This fight is about bringing attention to the struggle and daily fight our people have for water that creates jobs and is the lifeline of our area."

"Jose Ramirez deeply cares about his community and its battle for 'Fight for Water,' said Top Rank CEO Bob Arum. “He is a wonderful young man and is on his way to stardom in the sport of boxing."

"I told Ramirez three years ago in the amateurs, before the Olympics on a hot Alabama day, that I would make this happen,” said Ramirez’s agent and promoter Rick Mirigian. “I’m just happy I got to keep my word."

He continued, “On behalf of Jose Ramirez and Top Rank Boxing, we want to thank Tachi Palace Casino and Resort for their support and help in making the ‘Fight for Water 1’ so successful and their continued support with the ‘Fight for water 2.’ They have been instrumental in this process and are Central Valley’s premier casino and resort!"  

Top Rank also recently signed two Central Valley fighters to long-term promotional agreements. Gary Salazar and Daniel Valdivia will both be in action and featured on the May 17 fight card.

Tickets start at just $25 for pre-sale period and are available at main box office at Selland Arena (700 M Street, Fresno, Calif.). Box office hours are 10am-6pm, Monday-Friday and weekends on show dates only. Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1.800.745.3000, and at all Ticketmaster outlets, including select Vallarta and Save Mart supermarkets. Reserved seating and VIP tables available, too. 

"The California Latino Water Coalition is grateful and proud of its new member, Jose Ramirez, for taking on the Fight for Water, to help those Californians who do not have a voice in California water problems,” said Mario Santoyo, Executive Director of the California Latino Water Coalition.

“The Central Valley is facing a water shortage catastrophe, especially for the families who harvest the crops that feed the nation. They are the people who have lost jobs, homes, opportunities and hope as a result of the natural and artificial droughts that continue to reduce Central California’s water supplies.

We hope that the Fight for Water will bring needed attention to California's serious water problems.”

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Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:50:32 -0500
Orlando to Host Card Featuring Verdejo & Cruz http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-orlando-to-host-card-featuring-verdejo-amp-cruz/ Orlando, Fla.  -  Orlando Cruz of Puerto Rico returns to the ring to challenge NABO featherweight champion Gamilier Rodriguez on a fight card which will include the undefeated electrifying Puerto Rico Olympian Felix Verdejo at the Bahia Shriners Event Center on Saturday, April 19.

Top Rank and All-Star Boxing made the announcement today.

Cruz, stopped by world champion Orlando Salido in October, said he is anxious to get back into the ring.

"I want to thank Top Rank and All-Star Boxing for this opportunity to redeem myself by getting me this title fight with Rodriguez. By winning this fight, I will be right back on the verge of another world title opportunity and conquer my dream of being a world champion," Cruz said.

The Gamilier vs Rodriguez title fight plus Verdejo, in a six round lightweight bout will be televised on Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMas.

Gamilier, from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, has a record of 23-2-3, 16 KOs. He has won 15 fights in a row, unbeaten since 2009. This will be his 4th defense of his NABO featherweight crown.

Cruz has a record of 20-3-1, 10 KOs. He is a former WBO Latin American champion and has fought 11 times with a title on the line.

Gamilier vs Cruz is scheduled for 10 rounds for the NABO crown.

Verdejo is coming off a spectacular knockout win over Juan Santiago in Caguas, Puerto. Verdejo is a rising star with a record of 11-0, 8 KOs. 

A complete fight card will soon be announced.

Tickets are available now at $52.00 ringside and $27 reserved. Please call 407- 660-8822 for ticket information. The Bahia Shriners Event Center is located at 2300 Pembrook Drive, Orlando, Fla. 32810.

Contacts:

Lee Samuels, Top Rank  lee@toprank.com 702 732 2717

Ricardo Jimenez, Top Rank ricardoej@aol.com   909 615 3436 

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Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:33:42 -0500
Pacquiao & Clinton on Jimmy Kimmel Live! http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-pacquiao-amp-clinton-on-jimmy-kimmel-live/ HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (March 28, 2014) – Pound for pound electoral champions, Fighter of the Decade CONGRESSMAN MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO and PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON,will bring the political party to Jimmy Kimmel Live! Next Wednesday, April 2, on ABC, beginning at 11:35 P.M. ET / 10:35 P.M. CT.  This will mark the eighth time Pacquiao has appeared on Kimmel’s popular late-night talk show -- more than any other active fighter -- in their series of entertaining appearances together dating back to November 3, 2009 (the week before Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto).  It was on that night that Pacquiao unveiled his singing chops, belting out a rendition of the Dan Hill-penned hit ballad "Sometimes When We Touch.” Subsequent appearances featured Pacquiao singing duets with Kimmel and Will Ferrell, and an uproarious send-up of HBO Sports’ “24/7” reality franchise, starring Pacquiao and Kimmel sidekick Guillermo.

That 2009 appearance also marked Manny’s U.S. network TV debut, which has since led to a multitude of network television, radio and magazine features for boxing’s only eight-division world champion, including, CBS’ 60 Minutes, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight, ABC’s Nightline, FOX News Channel’s On The Record With Greta Van Susteren, CNN’sAmerica Morning, NPR’s Morning Edition and Weekend Edition, PlayboySports Illustrated and cover stories in TIME and Newsweek.

Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs), the lone congressional representative of the Sarangani province in the Philippines, is in deep training for the eagerly-anticipated WBO welterweight championship rematch against undefeated two-division world champion TIMOTHY “Desert Storm” BRADLEY(31-0, 12 KOs), of Palm Springs, Calif. This will also be Pacquiao's first fight in the U.S. since 2012 as well as the first time he has ever challenged to regain a world title he formerly held.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 will take place, Saturday, April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

When Pacquiao and Bradley rumbled the first time, on June 9, 2012 at MGM Grand, Bradley's hand was raised via a controversial split decision, ending Pacquiao's welterweight title reign as well as his seven-year, 15-bout winning streak.  Though both fighters claimed victory neither was satisfied.  Destiny may have played a hand in their first battle but it will be survival of the fittest that determines the winner of this exciting rematch.

Remaining tickets for Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 are priced at $1,000, $800, $600, $400, $250 and $150, not including applicable service charges.  There will be a total ticket limit of 12 per person with a limit of 10 per person at the $1,000, $800, $600, $400 and $250 price levels and a limit of two (2) per person at the $150 price level.  To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.  Tickets will also be available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.comor www.ticketmaster.com.

24/7 Pacquiao/Bradley 2 premieres Tomorrow!  Saturday, March 29, at Midnight ET/PT -- on HBO.  Show 2 debuts Saturday, April 5 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT and show 3 debuts Thursday, April 10 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT two nights before the high stakes welterweight title bout.

For fight updates go to www.toprank.com, or www.hbo.com/boxing, on Facebook at facebook.com/trboxingfacebook.com/trboxeo, or facebook.com/hboboxing, and on Twitter attwitter.com/trboxingtwitter.com/trboxeo, or twitter.com/hboboxing.  Use the Hashtag #PacBradley to join the conversation on Twitter. 

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Media):

TOP RANK

Lee Samuels/Bradley:  702-378-1083 / Lee@toprank.com

Ricardo Jimenez:  909-615-3436 / Ricardoej@aol.com

Fred Sternburg/Pacquiao:  303-548-0707 / TooFred@aol.com

Ed Keenan:  609-399-1330 / Keenan@emcevents.com   

 

HBO PAY-PER-VIEW

Patrick Byrne:  212-512-1361 / Patrick.Byrne@hbo.com

 

MGM GRAND

Scott Ghertner:  702-891-1838 / sghertner@mgmresorts.com  

 

CREDENTIALS

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Pacquiao: "Quiero comprobar que soy el mejor peleador" http://www.toprank.com/news/pacquiao-quiero-comprobar-que-soy-el-mejor-peleador/ A los 35 años, ¿Cómo mantienes tu motivación para competir al mismo nivel que en el comienzo de tu carrera?

Mi motivación es la misma ahora como lo era cuando empecé mi carrera en el boxeo. Me encanta la competición y me encanta ganar. Cuando eso se detenga, también lo hará mi carrera en el boxeo profesional. Pero yo no creo que eso suceda por un largo tiempo.

Porque estoy enfrentando a Tim Bradley de nuevo estoy motivado extra para esta pelea. Yo sé que no gané la decisión la primera vez que peleamos, pero sé que no perdí esa pelea. Quiero el título mundial que él me quitó de devuelta alrededor de mi cintura. Quiero comprobar que soy el mejor peleador.

Freddie Roach y Justin Fortune están pidiendo más de mí en este campo de entrenamiento de lo que he dado antes, y tan difícil como es hacerlo, yo les doy todo lo que me han pedido. Hay demasiado en juego para mí y para mi país. Quiero terminar mi carrera en una racha ganadora y contra los mejores peleadores.

Nadie nunca ha derrotado a Tim Bradley en su carrera profesional. Quiero ser el primer nombre en su columna de pérdida. No va a ser fácil. Nada en el nivel del campeonato del mundo es fácil. Todavía tengo el hambre y el deseo de ganar y aprecio que Tim Bradley me dio esta revancha para probarlo. Por desgracia para él, el 12 de abril, no voy a ser capaz de devolverle ese favor con amabilidad.

24/7 Pacquiao / Bradley 2 Estrena sábado 29 de marzo a la medianoche ET / PT en HBO. La segunda instalación debuta el Sábado, 05 de abril a las 11:30 pm ET / PT y la tercera debuta el Jueves, 10 de abril a las 8:30 pm ET / PT dos noches antes de las pelea peso welter de grandes apuestas por el título.

Pacquiao vs Bradley 2 lleva lugar sábado, 12 de abril en vivo por Pay-Per-View, iniciando a las 9:00 pm ET / 6:00 pm PT.

 

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Thu, 27 Mar 2014 18:06:19 -0500
Marquez-Alvarado Tickets Go On Sale April 1 http://www.toprank.com/news/boxing-promotions-marquez-alvarado-tickets-go-on-sale-april-1/ INGLEWOOD, CALIF. (March 26, 2014) – Boxing is back at the Forum (3900 West Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, Calif. 90305) and the historic inaugural brawl will feature four-division world champion and Méxican icon JUAN MANUEL “Dinamita” MÁRQUEZ battling former junior welterweight world champion and the pride of Colorado “Mile High” MIKE ALVARADO.

Márquez (55-7-1, 40 KOs), of México City, a longtime Forum stalwart who never lost a fight at the legendary boxing venue, and Alvarado (34-2, 23 KOs), of Denver, CO., will collide in a 12-round World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title elimination bout on Saturday, May 17.  The Márquez-Alvarado welterweight rumble will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®, beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.  The winner will challenge the victor of the upcoming WBO welterweight championship rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley, Jr.  Márquez and Alvarado boast a combined record of 89-9-1 (63 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 90% and a victory by knockout ratio of 71%.

Promoted by Top Rank® in association with Zanfer Promotions, Márquez Boxing and Tecate, tickets to Márquez vs. Alvarado will go on sale Tuesday, April 1 at 3:00 p.m. ET / Noon PT.  Priced at $400, $250, $150, $75 and $35, tickets can be purchased at the Forum box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (800-745-3000), and online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.fabulousforum.comAnd to celebrate boxing’s return to the Forum, any $150 or $75 ticket, purchased at the box office or via Ticketmaster on April 1, between Noon and 4:00 p.m. PT,  will include a complimentary companion ticket to the inaugural brawl.  Limit six (6) tickets per order.     

"The opportunity to go back and fight at the Forum where I developed as a professional fighter was too great to pass up," said Márquez.  "I expect a tough fight against Mike Alvarado and one that the fans will truly enjoy."  

"I am so excited. We have been training already for four weeks. Márquez has always been on our radar and he is the one I always wanted to fight," said Alvarado.  "This fight is my redemption to all of my fans. I know how important this fight is. What a fight with such a reward - to fight the winner of Pacquiao vs Bradley. This is an incredible opportunity. I will be fully prepared to fight Márquez on May 17."

"Márquez vs. Alvarado should be a battle from bell to bell. Both really need this fight and that will make for an exciting encounter," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.

"On May 17, World Championship Boxing delivers a must-see, high-stakes, all-action event," said Peter Nelson, director of programming, HBO Sports. “In a welterweight showdown between two of boxing’s great warriors, Juan Manuel Márquez and Mike Alvarado will rekindle a Forum tradition: fights between men who defy physics, weighing so little while having hearts so big. It will be a familiar atmosphere for Márquez as he'll return home, both to the Forum for the first time in 15 years and live on HBO for the first time in four. On May 17, we’ll see if Alvarado can upend Márquez's homecoming to make it his own house-warming. Don't miss it."

Márquez, who is  trained by Hall of Famer Ignacio "Nacho" Beristáin, is undefeated at the Forum, winning all 12 bouts he fought there, from 1995 through 1999, with nine of those victories coming by way of knockout.  Márquez is one of only a rare few fighters from México to have won world titles in four different weight divisions.  He captured his first world title -- the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) featherweight championship -- with a seventh-round stoppage of three-time featherweight champion Manuel Medina in 2003.  He unified that title that same year with a decisive victory over World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight titlist Derrick Gainer.  Márquez successfully defended the titles three times during his three-year reign, which included unanimous decision victories over Victor Polo and Orlando Salido and a Draw with Manny Pacquiao.  After losing the crown to Chris John, and winning the interim featherweight crown, both in 2006, Márquez moved up in weight to dethrone the legendary Marco Antonio Barrera and claim his  World Boxing Council (WBC) super featherweight championship belt in 2007.  After successfully defending the title, by a unanimous decision over Ricky Juarez, he lost the title in his 2008 rematch with Pacquiao by the slimmest of margins -- a one point split decision.  Since that fight, Márquez has won seven of his last ten fights, including knockout victories of Joel Casamayor, Juan Diaz, and Michael Katsidis -- the latter two in WBA/WBO lightweight championship fights.  In 2012, he won his fourth world title in as many divisions, capturing the WBO interim junior welterweight title with a dominant 12-round unanimous decision over Sergey Fedchenko.  He ended that year with his most satisfying victory, a sixth-round knockout of professional nemesis Pacquiao, which was voted the 2012 Fight of the Year and the 2012 Knockout of the Year.  Last October 12, in his first attempt at winning a record fifth world title in as many weight divisions, Márquez came up short, losing a split decision to defending WBO welterweight champion Bradley. 

Alvarado (34-2, 23 KOs) of Denver, had won 10 of his last 14 bouts by stoppage en route to his rematch victory over Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios, on March 30, 2013, which not only avenged Alvarado's loss to Rios in 2012's Fight of the Year, but also made Alvarado a world champion.  Alvarado had lost to Rios on October 13, 2012, via a seventh-round technical knockout in one of the most action-packed fights of the millennium. Going into round seven, two of the three judges' scorecards had it 57-57. In the sequel, which was as action-packed as the first fight, Alvarado made subtle adjustments to eke out a narrow but unanimous decision and the WBO junior welterweight world title.  Notable Alvarado knockout victims have included Breidis Prescott, Ray Narh, Emmanuel Clottey and Cesar Bazan.  In 2012 Alvarado fought in two Fights of the Year-nominated fights.  On April 14, 2012, Alvarado went toe-to-toe for 10 brutal and exciting rounds winning a unanimous decision over Mauricio Herrera (18-1, 7 KOs).  Herrera entered that fight world-rated No. 7 and riding a two-year, five-bout winning streak, highlighted by victories over future world champion Ruslan Provodnikov (17-0) and Mike Dallas, Jr. (17-1-1).  That was followed by his first fight with Rios in October.  Alvarado's world title reign ended in his first defense, last October 19, where he suffered a12th-round TKO to Provodnikov in front of a sold-out crowd in his Denver homecoming. .

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