November 13, 2011

Mosley again denies accusing Pacquiao of steroid use

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MANILA - Shane Mosley again refused accusing pound-for-pound champion Manny Pacquiao of steroid use within the micro-blogging site Twitter, based on Dennis Taylor of Ringtv.com.

News reviews have stated that Mosley accused Pacquiao of utilizing illegal performance improving drugs (PEDs), a couple of days after losing his May 7 bout from the fighting congressman in the Philippines.

Mosley sent an itemized statement to Yahoo! Sports striving to clarify the problem.

“There continues to be some media coverage lately proclaiming that I accused Manny Pacquiao of steroid experience Twitter. This isn't true,” stated Mosley.

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Pacquiao has large edge over Marquez

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MANILA, Philippines - Bob Arum stated there isn’t any question that Manny Pacquiao would be the huge and overwhelming favorite against Juan Manuel Marquez.

Which both previous fights together, both close and questionable, at 126 and 130 pounds, won’t matter so far as the chances for that third one can be involved.

“Because everyone has become convinced how great Manny Pacquiao is,” stated Arum inside a telephone call he earned from La yesterday morning.

Besides, Marquez is going to be facing Pacquiao inside a weight class he is not suited to.

Your dream is placed November. 12 in Vegas with Pacquiao staking the WBO welterweight crown he won against Miguel Cotto, and defended against Joshua Clottey and Shane Mosley.

Marquez has fought against only one time over 140 pounds, and that he required a uneven loss against Floyd Mayweather last year. Against Pacquiao, in a catchweight of 144, he’ll maintain for any harder time.

“They (oddsmakers) haven’t published it yet. However it will truly rely on the first betting,” stated Arum, adding that although it may be pretty close, it can’t be pretty even.

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Pacquiao, Marquez fight goes global

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MANILA, Philippines — Manila. Tokyo. London. New York. Los Angeles. Mexico City. Six cities, five countries, three continents.

From the way it looks, it’s an itinerary of a rock band on a tour. But it’s not.

It’s the calendar of Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum as he prepares the promotional tour of the Nov. 12 rubber match starring Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez.

“We’re going worldwide,” Arum told the Bulletin on Friday from Washington as he was attending a function in honor of his late son John who died during a climbing accident last year.

Arum said the six-city press tour will begin in August and Manila will be the jump-off point for what the Top Rank big boss said “will be the biggest Manny Pacquiao fight ever.”

“I am going to call my good friend Jorge Araneta to see if the Araneta Coliseum will be available (on a date we are planning to hold it),” said Arum, who played a key role in staging the 1975 Thrilla in Manila at the Big Dome in close coordination with Don King.

“We will hold the first in Manny’s home country then will end it in Marquez’s,” said Arum

Arum had initially mentioned that the tour will only cover Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York, San Antonio (Texas) and Mexico City, but a development the last ten days has compelled the 79-year-old Harvard-educated lawyer to alter the original program.

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Marquez won't seek doping tests for Pacquiao

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MANILA, Philippines – Lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez said that he does not feel the need to ask Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao to undergo additional drug testing in preparation for their November 12 bout.
“We are not going to ask for additional tests,” Marquez told Examiner.com.
Pacquiao, the pound-for-pound king and congressman from the Philippines, has been hounded by allegations of drug use – mostly from Floyd Mayweather Jr., who refuses to fight Pacquiao without Olympic-style random drug testing.
Marquez did say that if Pacquiao has been using performance enhancing drugs, then the Filipino icon should feel bad for his victories because he had “unfair advantage.”
But the Mexican is focused on his own preparations.
“What I’m going to do is to prepare in the same manner as we’ve always done,” said Marquez. He adds that he has a doctor who will help him get to the 144-pound catchweight.
“I need to show up in excellent physical and mental condition.”
It will be the third meeting between Marquez and Pacquiao.
When the two first battled in 2004, Pacquiao knocked down Marquez three times in the first round, but Marquez still salvaged a draw.
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Same O Pacquiao-Marquez sequel

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The Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez show finally gets going 8 years to the day their contentious draw transpired in the glitter city of Las Vegas.

With contract details ironed out, fans are licking their chops for an exciting conclusion of the daring duo's trilogy --- a boxing match we might never see quite like it again.

Manny and Juan Ma executed excellent fight techniques in their previous fights drawing intense interest that obliged an indispensable third meeting of the bitter rivals.

Pacquiao as you recall downed Marquez thrice in the first round but the hardy Mex stood erect trading blows until their first war ended.

Indeed, Juan Ma's renitence saved him from further harm even as Manny hammered away with all of what's left in his arsenal but came tantalizingly short just the same.

All that aside, questions referred to your Counterman now borders on what Marquez is bringing to the MGM Grand Arena when he lock horns with the undisputed pound for pound champ.

"Can the 38 year old ex-lightweight marvel of Guadalajara withstand Manny's bombs?" asks a lady fighter fan from Indiana, expressing at the same time grave concerns of a Marquez beating like Shane Mosley's May 6th fistic castration by the Pacman.

If Marquez wasn't able to get through Pacquiao's defensive ways then, how can he outsmart the defending champion now who'll be brawling as a full blown welterweight --- catchweight imposition at 144 pounds not a factor in my thinking.

It will even get tougher for Marquez now that the Sarangani phenom is at home ensconced at 145 pounds in beating the likes of Ricky Hatton (138), Oscar de la Hoya (142), Miguel Cotto (144) Joshua Clottey (145) Antonio Margarito (144).

Watch how the bookmakers call the odds when it is offered to the public.

Highly stacked in Pacman's favor like what obtained in the betting cages of the Pacquiao-Mosley bout.

I am at a loss as to how Juan Ma can pull the upset lever in his third attempt to unseat Manny.

Marquez hasn't grown a third arm or leg since last they met has he? I mean, no phenomenal change in his style or capability that's been in display of late. Neither has he added extra strength to his punches.

Ask Juan (Baby Bull) Diaz, Juan Ma's latest prey who's picking Manny to beat his Mexican oppressor handily.

And so with the other boxing stars who'll be out endorsing the Idol's bid shortly.
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Pacquiao vs Marquez Fight Confirm

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The match that Juan Manuel Marquez wants is already secured on November 12, 2011. You will find rumors that it will not push via but Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao confirmed that he will fight Juan Manuel Marquez on November 12, 2011 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. The Pacquiao vs Marquez will give what boxing spectators, fans and enthusiasts wants within the ring.

There are actually also rumors that the Pacquiao vs Marquez fight will not sell inside the United States but poor blood, past controversy and rivalry will going to sell this fight. Juan Manuel Marquez believes that he won in their very first two encounter with the Filipino champ Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao so that is why he desires to fight him again. Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao is well match with Juan Manuel Marquez. These two fighter has speed, endurance as well as the power.

Inside the Pacquiao vs Marquez fight, Pacquiao will likely be the favorite, and rightfully so. But even if he wins all 12 rounds, he’s going to have to fight to earn them. The Filipino champ Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao knows that Juan Manuel Marquez will do every little thing to win this fight and will not go down without having a tough fight.

Miriam invites Pacquiao Family to Wedding anniv

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MANILA, Philippines - Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago has raised the white flag.

In her Twitter page, the feisty lady senator said she is inviting boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, his wife Jinkee and mother Dionisia to her wedding anniversary on June 19.

She went on to say: “Pugilistic excellence is not one of my ambitions. I feel affection for Pacman & Aling Dionisia because we are all Visayans.”

Santiago earlier twitted Pacquiao for his interpretation of the Bible in furthering his anti-Reproductive Health (RH) Bill stance. Pacquiao told the public to forget the RH Bill and “go forth and multiply.”

The senator met her match in the boxer’s flamboyant mother, who said: “Huwag ang anak ko ang pakialaman niyo. [Ang pakialaman niyo] 'yung malaswa, 'yung malaswa!” she said.

Mommy Dionisia, as she is called, said her son has a right to express his opposition to the bill. “Para kay Senator Miriam, parang binasura niya ang anak ko… Bakit mababa ang tingin niya sa anak ko? Si Manny, sinusunod lang ang utos ng Diyos.”

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Marquez: I know how to beat Pacquiao

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MANILA, Philippines – Juan Manuel Marquez insists he holds the key to solve the Manny Pacquiao puzzle.

After two close fights – a highly disputable draw in 2004 and a razor-close split decision favoring Pacquiao in 2008 – Marquez is confident of victory this time, when he tangles with his Filipino rival for the third time this November.

The Mexican, though, is wary of the challenge ahead, vowing to be at his best against Pacquiao – who has gone undefeated in 14 fights for almost six years.

"This is a hard fight, but I know how to defeat him (Pacquiao),” he said in a report by boxingscene.com the other day.

“We need to get well-prepared mentally and we need to be in better physical condition than we've ever been in the past so we can beat Pacquiao," he added.

Interestingly, Marquez is not the only one who thinks he got Pacquiao's number.

“I think Marquez might have our number. He can do well with certain styles and he seems to do well with our style. I think we’re bigger and better now. But that’s my good solution, that we’re bigger and better now,” Freddie Roach, Pacquiao's chief trainer, said earlier.

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Marquez-Pacquiao III A Done Deal

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Manila (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao's confirmation, boxing pundits have long agreed, is as binding as a signed fight contract.

"Tuloy na po 'yun, abangan n'yo (It's on, wait for it)," Pacquiao said during an interview with ABS-CBN's Dyan Castillejo.

The Filipino ring superstar was, of course, referring to his third clash with Mexican great Juan Manuel Marquez on November 12 in Las Vegas.

Marquez, the WBA and WBO lightweight champion, signed the contract--which assures him a personal-high $5 million purse plus a share in pay-per-view revenues--last May 19 at Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles.

Pacquiao's adviser Mike Koncz is to bring the contract to Manila for the pound-for-pound king's signature. Koncz has not arrived from the United States, though.

Under the fight's financial terms, Pacquiao will get $20 million--virtually the same amount he earned in his lopsided unanimous decision victory over Shane Mosley on May 7--plus a share in PPV revenues.

In their first tussle in 2004, Pacquiao settled for a draw despite knocking Marquez down three times in the first round. They met again in 2008 at 130 pounds with Pacquiao squeezing out a split decision on the strength of a third-round knockdown.

The trilogy is set at a catch weight of 144 lb with Pacquiao's WBO welterweight title also at stake. Marquez fought and lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the same catch weight in 2009.

If Marquez beats Pacquiao, a fourth fight will be held with the Mexican, who stands to receive $10 million.

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Manny Pacquiao Outpointed by President Aquino on Condom Controversy

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Manny Pacquiao’s latest fight is one that is far more important to his nation than any bout he may ever have, even if it is the elusive so called “Dream Fight” against unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr.

First, let me make two points about Pacman’s principled stance against the Filipino government supporting artificial contraceptives and family planning advice.

One, Pacman’s widely reported no condoms campaign gives new meaning to, ahem, the expression “internal affairs,” with the emphasis on both “internal” and “affairs.”

Two, in my humble opinion, Pacquiao is in the wrong corner, siding with the Catholic Church in the vast majority Catholic country. Surely Pacman’s aggressive position on what all agree is a hot button issue will earn him that family visit with The Pope that I suggested last year.

The 32 year old fighter, so admired for his rise out of abject poverty, does not see any shades of gray in the family planning controversy.

“God said, ‘Go out and multiply.’ He did not say, ‘Just have two or three kids,” Pacquiao was quoted as saying in a report by AFP after he met with bishops this past Tuesday.

Pacman The Politician, the sitting Congressmanny from desperately impoverished Sarangani Province, must know that carrying the day on this highly charged issue won’t be easy as dropping Sugar Shame Mosley on the seat of his pants was on May 7 in Las Vegas.

Look, I am not the devout Roman Catholic that Pacquiao is.

I wish I was but I’m more of a Roaming Catholic and I see the merit in the arguments of those who believe the Vatican should not be mandating anything regarding sex in general and women’s bodies in particular.

Maybe you know the old joke about the sunny afternoon when The Pope lectured a huge crowd about how wrong birth control is. An elderly Italian lady with many children and a boatload of grandchildren listened intently.

When The Pope was done speaking, he passed by the now angry lady who said to him, “Hey, Pope, when it comes to sexual issues, I say to you, with all my respect, you no play the game so you no make the rules!”

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Jeffries eyes Groves clash

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Groves, who already held the Commonwealth belt, wrested the British title from bitter rival James DeGale in a narrow points decision at the O2 Arena on Saturday.

DeGale has demanded an immediate rematch but Jeffries is keen to be ahead of the Olympic gold medallist on the list to fight Groves.

Jeffries' promoter Frank Maloney believes that Groves may well take up the challenge and plans to contact his manager and trainer Adam Booth.

"I mentioned the fight to Adam a couple of months ago," said Maloney.

"When the DeGale fight was in the balance I mentioned the Commonwealth title defence against Tony at the Stadium of Light.


"He said the DeGale fight was likely to take place, but a fight against Tony is something they would consider afterwards if he won.

"I am now throwing down the challenge and hopefully we can sit down and see if we can come up with a package.

Jeffries, who remains unbeaten in eight fights, has been out of action so far this year following eye surgery.

The 26-year-old from Sunderland is currently training under Tommy Brooks in California and Maloney is eyeing a July showdown in Florida for the pair.

"Adam worked out a good strategy for George and the tactics were spot on," added Maloney.

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Floyd Mayweather Junior Eyes Manny Pacquiao

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Floyd Mayweather, Junior., a fighter that in several people’s eyes is the greatest pound for pound fighter at welterweight. 41 fights, 41 wins, and 25 of individuals are by KO. A remarkable record that stands out even better whenever you take a look at a few of the competitors he's fought against and beaten in route. Jesus Chavez, Juan Marquez and Ough Hatton are only a couple of names that show up on Mayweather’s record having a large “W” alongside them… a remarkable résumé for that boxer that's additionally a 5 division World Champion.

Wonderful nevertheless what else could there often be left to overcome to be able to go lower ever like a ‘great’? The reply is Manny Pacquiao.

Both finally engaging in the ring is a huge subject that's been broadly covered and despite it searching a defunct cert they would finally meet on a lot more than one occasion it's never materialized. The pair was scheduled to satisfy on November thirteenth and Pacquiao had allegedly signed the offer however with not sure from team Mayweather your dream didn't proceed. Discussions were refused through the Mayweather camping, and then any further talks and discussions surrounding the suggested fight have fallen through the wayside.

Some blame Manny Pacquiao with this, others blame Mayweather but no matter whose fault it is… the only goal is the fact that this year both of these finally meet and settle the score for good. This can be a lengthy looked forward to fight that both Boxing and non Boxing fans around the world are eager to see along with the money and publicity that it'll inevitably generate you are able to only check this out on-going the coming year.

Mayweather and Pacquiao are two different figures but both deadly within the ring. Mayweather, who's never lacking a couple of word’s boasts inch . 5 height advantage at 5’8 along with a huge 5 inch achieve benefit of 72” however can also be 2 yrs Pacquiao’s senior at 33. Both of them are fast and light on the ft and lack nothing in punching energy and technical ability which means you could expect nothing under an excellent spectacle that will just be something you would not wish to miss.

Both approaching fighting then stalling appears to become a feature of Boxing in the current condition and that we are seeing this in several weights at world level. Probably the most apparent illustration of this is Haye and also the Klitschko siblings.

Both of these prospected fights are almost identical as well as for similar reasons have always appeared to face when it comes to the fights happening. The greatest difference though is unlike Haye and both Klitschkos and for your matter Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather continues to be unbeaten.

Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez III November 12 fight sealed

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Take November 12 off the table for major MMA events because Manny Pacquiao will fight Juan Manuel Marquez for the third time on that date. The two fighters fought to a controversial draw in their first bout and a split decision win by Pacquiao in the rematch. There are still questions about how competitive the bout will be between the two, with size difference at this point of their careers.

Blood and controversy will sell this fight, together with the fact that Marquez has been Pacquiao’s match over 24 rounds. After putting that together, the fact that Pacquiao has a big crowd, and Marquez has a great built-in crowd, you can expect a great pay-per-view performance. The media’s push for “Pacquiao vs Mosley” proved to work, making 1.3 million buys, Pacquiao’s biggest PPV sale to date.

There is a big fanbase for both fighters. The rivalry between Pacquiao and the great Mexican fighters of this era can sell. Also the fact that Marquez will not just show up to not get knocked out and collect a paycheck like Joshua Clottey did.

Marquez really believes that he won the first two fights he had against Pacquiao and will not get away from the fight. Pacquiao will always be the crowd’s favorite, but even if he wins all of that 12 rounds, he’s going to have to “fight” to earn them.
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Pacquiao vs Marquez III Is Official, Golden Boy Can't Match Offer

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Manny Pacquiao's next fight is official. The Filipino sensation will face old rival and reigning lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez on November 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Top Rank (Pacquiao's promoter) met today with Marquez and hammered out the deal.

Juan Manuel Marquez will get his desired third fight with Manny Pacquiao on November 12. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
As many know, Golden Boy Promotions had the right to match any competing promoters' offers for a Marquez fight, but GBP simply could not match what Top Rank offered here, though they did try to get creative. When the fight was thought to be Marquez getting $5 million for a 147-pound fight with Pacquiao, they offered $5 million for Marquez to face Saul "Canelo" Alvarez at the same weight.

And when the weight for the fight dipped down to 144 pounds, Golden Boy considered involving Victor Ortiz. Ultimately, nothing was enough, and Golden Boy couldn't reasonably match the latest reported offer, which is $5 million for Marquez at a 144-pound catchweight, with a $10 million payday for a fourth fight between the two if Marquez upsets Pacquiao in November.

The fight has seemed like a done deal for about a week now, and the initial offer by Top Rank was sent to Golden Boy's lawyers even before Pacquiao faced Shane Mosley on May 7, though Bob Arum and the company refused to publicly discuss the offer. Now it's official, and Arum says that Golden Boy has signed off on everything, according to Steve Kim.

A television outlet has not been officially announced, but one would expect both Showtime PPV and HBO PPV to make serious offers. The world of televised boxing right now is a lot brighter if you're the network with Manny Pacquiao in your corner. If nothing is announced soon, a telling sign could be which network -- if either -- makes a play to air Marquez's scheduled July 2 tune-up fight with David Diaz.

So now that it's a done deal, what's your feeling on this fight?

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De La Hoya enters rehab

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MONTREAL – Former world champion boxer Oscar De La Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions, entered a California rehabilitation facility recently.

The story was originally reported by TMZ.com and was confirmed Saturday night by Richard Schaefer, Golden Boy’s CEO.

“All I will say is that Oscar is my friend, and I wish him well,” said Schaefer, who’s also a longtime friend of De La Hoya. “I am sure all the fans join me in wishing him well.”

Schaefer, who is in Montreal promoting a fight between Bernard Hopkins and Jean Pascal for the World Boxing Council light heavyweight title, said De La Hoya has been in rehab for the past couple weeks. However he would not say where, or whether it was for drugs, alcohol or both.

De La Hoya released a statement to TMZ in which he said he was dealing with personal problems. TMZ reported De La Hoya is seeking help for substance abuse issues, though that could not be independently confirmed and De La Hoya’s statement is not specific regarding the issue for which he is seeking treatment.

“After doing an honest evaluation of myself, I recognize that there are certain issues that I need to work on,” De La Hoya’s statement to TMZ read. “Like everyone, I have my flaws, and I do not want to be one of those people that is afraid to admit and address those flaws. Throughout my career and my life, I have always met all challenges head on, and this is no different. I am confident that with the support of my family and friends, I will become a stronger, healthier person. I ask for respect and privacy as my family and I go through this process.”

De La Hoya was one of the biggest stars in boxing after winning a gold medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. He won professional world titles at 130, 135, 140, 147, 154 and 160 pounds and succeeded Mike Tyson as the biggest pay-per-view draw in the sport.

De La Hoya last fought in 2008, when he was beaten decisively by Manny Pacquiao and the fight was stopped following eight one-sided rounds. He announced his retirement in April 2009, four months after the loss to Pacquiao.

He has concentrated on running his promotional company since, and De La Hoya has been a very visible figure, attending news conferences and doing interviews. On Saturday, he posted a series of messages on the social networking site Twitter regarding the Hopkins-Pascal fight.

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Marquez dominates Diaz to keep lightweight belts

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LAS VEGAS -- Although Juan Manuel Marquez's right eye was swollen nearly shut, he kept it focused on his one remaining goal -- a third fight with Manny Pacquiao.

Marquez didn't exactly make himself more attractive to boxing's pound-for-pound champion with his systematic dismantling of Juan Diaz.

Marquez unanimously outpointed Diaz on Saturday night, picking apart his younger opponent to retain the WBA and WBO lightweight titles.

Marquez captivated the crowd at the Mandalay Bay Events Center with precise punching and slick defense in a rematch that was nearly as entertaining as the fighters' thrilling first meeting, which Marquez won on a ninth-round stoppage in February 2009.

Marquez (51-5-1, 37 KOs), who turns 37 next month, further erased memories of his one-sided loss to the larger Floyd Mayweather Jr. last September by dominating another opponent closer to his own size.

"The first one was difficult, and so was this one," Marquez said. "He's a very good boxer. Like every true Mexican warrior, we both fought with all of our hearts and left it all in the ring."

Marquez reiterated his call for third fight with Pacquiao, believing he's the only fighter outside of Mayweather who can worry the Filipino congressman. Their first two meetings resulted in a draw in 2004 and a split-decision loss for Marquez in 2008.

"It's good for all fight fans," Marquez said. "The Mexicans, the Filipinos, everyone wants to see it. That's the most important fight to me now. I'll be ready for November, and hopefully Pacquiao will take the fight."

But Pacquiao is in negotiations to fight Antonio Margarito on Nov. 13. Both of those fighters are represented by Top Rank, while Marquez is backed by Golden Boy - and the two companies have been increasingly unwilling to match their fighters against each other in recent years.

Diaz (35-4) has lost four of his last six fights, yet showed remarkable stamina and courage against one of boxing's most punishing fighters. The University of Houston graduate and aspiring lawyer was sharp again - just not sharp enough to beat arguably the most accomplished Mexican fighter of his generation.

"I fought the best fight I could," Diaz said. "We were trading punches. We fought in, we fought out. I didn't stand in front of him. I wanted to get in there and then get out, but it was hard, and I got hit with a couple of good shots. ... I did the best I could. I followed the game plan, worked off my jab, but he's a great fighter. He was the better man."

Judge Jerry Roth favored Marquez 116-112, while Glenn Trowbridge scored it 118-110 and Patricia Morse Jarman had it 117-111. The Associated Press scored 10 rounds for Marquez, 118-110.

Marquez landed 288 punches to Diaz's 155, outlanding Diaz in every round, according to CompuBox's statistics. Marquez connected with nearly 50 percent of his power punches, landing 168 to Diaz's 74.

Marquez's performance burnished a career that now likely surpasses the achievements of Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales, the other two contenders for Mexican pre-eminence. Marquez is a three-division world champion who could be a significant factor when he moves up to 140 pounds in the coming years, another major player in a loaded weight class - yet Pacquiao looms over everything Marquez does.

Marquez's back-and-forth victory over Diaz was widely considered the best fight of last year. The rematch again was an entertaining contest between two fighters with perfectly meshing styles: the hard-charging "Baby Bull" Diaz against Marquez, the crafty, counterpunching Mexican star.

The second and third rounds of the rematch were close, with Diaz landing enough flurries to keep Marquez on the defensive. But Marquez gradually took control of the fight, peppering Diaz with left hooks and right hands while barely staying out of trouble.

The middle rounds had a brutal similarity, with Marquez chopping through Diaz's attack. Although swelling developed around Marquez's right eye, it didn't seem to bother him at all -- and Diaz began bleeding from a cut inside his mouth.

The 12th round was wide open, with the fighters abandoning defense and trading shots to the bell. Marquez leaped on the ropes to celebrate another victory.

The Las Vegas crowd firmly backed Marquez, the Mexico City native from a fighting family that includes his brother, Rafael, who will fight Juan Manuel Lopez in Vegas on Sept. 18 in an attempt to become the first boxing brothers to hold three division titles apiece.

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Marquez, Pacquiao may have third fight

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It looks like Juan Manuel Marquez will get his long-awaited third fight with pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao.

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told ESPN.com that he made a deal with Marquez on Tuesday in Los Angeles for the lightweight champion to move up in weight to challenge Pacquiao for his welterweight title on Nov. 12.

Arum, however, still needs to make a deal with Pacquiao -- considered a formality -- before the fight is official.

If the fight is finalized, they would meet at a contract weight of 144 pounds, Arum said. Although the weight is three pounds below the welterweight division limit of 147, that isn't an issue.

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"Manny has to eat extra meals just to weigh even 145 pounds," Arum said.

Pacquiao regularly weighs below 147 for his fights, and Marquez would be moving up from the 135-pound division. In 2009, in his only other welterweight fight, Marquez lost a lopsided decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr., who most would like to see Pacquiao face. Most believe it would be the biggest money fight in boxing history, but Mayweather has repeatedly declined the fight.

Barring a gargantuan offer elsewhere, Pacquiao-Marquez Round III will be at Las Vegas' MGM Grand, where Pacquiao-Marquez Round I took place and where Pacquiao scored an easy decision against Shane Mosley on May 7.

With the Pacquiao fight on the line, Arum said Marquez plans to take a tune-up against faded former lightweight titlist David Diaz (36-3-1, 17 KOs) on July 2 in Mexico City. Diaz lost his title to Pacquiao via a lopsided ninth-round knockout in 2008.

Marquez's own promotional company will put the card on, although Arum said Top Rank would help if needed. Arum said Marquez's deal for the Pacquiao bout permitted him an interim fight as long as it takes place by July 17.

"He's going to do that fight, and if he loses, he's out," Arum said.

Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) and Marquez (52-5-1, 38 KOs) have a rich history, battling twice in action-packed fights that ended in controversial decisions.

In 2004, Pacquiao dropped Marquez three times in the first round of their featherweight championship fight, but Marquez battled back to claim a draw that many believed he won. In 2008, they met again for the junior lightweight championship, and Pacquiao won a similarly controversial split decision.

"It's the same old story -- styles make fights, and, for some reason, I believe if we fight Marquez 10 times, we will have controversy 10 times because he's figured something out about Manny that no other fighter can do," Michael Koncz, Pacquiao's adviser, told ESPN.com. "We've had him down three times, but he's able to adapt and adjust. I think it will be a very close fight again if we decide to pick that fight. The question is, what is Manny's monetary reward?"

Mexico's Marquez, 37, has wanted a third fight with Pacquiao for years and is poised to land it because Golden Boy, his longtime promoter, declined to match Top Rank's offer. Marquez's deal with Golden Boy expired earlier this year, but it retained the right to match any offer through February 2012.

Top Rank and Golden Boy, involved in various lawsuits, are bitter rivals. Their bad blood stems from a legal fight over Pacquiao's promotional contract, which Top Rank now controls.

Arum said Golden Boy declined to match his offer to Marquez on Monday during a face-to-face meeting in Los Angeles that included Arum, Top Rank president Todd duBoef and Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer.

While Arum would not go into details of the meeting, a surprise given the rancor between them, he said of Golden Boy, "They said they would cooperate and not try to interfere. They waived any connection with Marquez and said they would not interfere with us contracting the fight. They let us know that we were free to go ahead. Schaefer let us know. We were with him yesterday.

"He told us we could go ahead with Marquez."

"I can't really talk about anything right now based on the advice of my lawyers," Schaefer told ESPN.com in an email.

Golden Boy apparently was unable to come up with an opponent for Marquez that would meet the terms of Top Rank's offer: $5 million in guaranteed money, upside on the pay-per-view profits and a guaranteed $10 million plus pay-per-view upside for a rematch in the event Marquez wins.

Golden Boy had toyed with offering Marquez a fight with Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, the Mexican sensation who recently won a junior middleweight belt.

Alvarez, who defends his title in June, has fought most of his career at welterweight. However, with Top Rank's offer specifying 144 pounds, there was no way Alvarez could get down that low.

Arum's next hurdle is to close a deal with Pacquiao, which has never been a problem.

"Marquez is definitely the frontrunner we're looking at, but I have not yet sat down with Bob to discuss our financial deal," Koncz said. "Bob and I will do that this week before I leave to go see Manny in the Philippines on Sunday. I'll talk with Bob and see what his offer for Manny's purse is and all the other things involved, and then I will take that to Manny. I have the parameters from Manny, but Bob and I have not yet had a meeting of the minds.

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Pacquiao eyeing Marquez in November

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Manny Pacquiao still was inside the MGM Grand Garden ring celebrating his lopsided win over Shane Mosley on Saturday night when his promoter, Bob Arum, approached reporters at ringside.

The Top Rank chairman wanted to talk about Pacquiao's next fight, tentatively scheduled for Nov. 12 in Las Vegas.

Earlier Saturday, Arum met with Juan Manuel Marquez, who has staged two epic battles with Pacquiao, about a third meeting with boxing's pound-for-pound king. Top Rank initially had offered Marquez a contract two weeks ago, but Marquez turned it down, reportedly wanting more money.

"We've made a revised offer to Marquez," Arum said. "We will send it to his lawyers (today) and we believe he will accept."

But there's a potential deal-breaker: Golden Boy Promotions, which has the right of last refusal to participate in any fight Marquez takes through next February, may insist on being involved. Arum said if that's the case, there will be no Pacquiao-Marquez fight.

"We're not doing business with people who steal other people's fighters," he said, referring to reigning bantamweight champ Nonito Donaire, who Golden Boy tried to sign away from Top Rank in March and whose contract was found invalid in court. Donaire's case has gone to arbitration. A decision is expected in June.

If Pacquiao-Marquez III doesn't materialize, Arum said options include current IBF junior welterweight champion Zab Judah and Timothy Bradley, the WBC and WBO junior welterweight champ. And, as always, there's the specter of Floyd Mayweather Jr. lurking, should he decide to get back in the ring.

Arum hasn't heard from Mayweather, and the likelihood Mayweather and Pacquiao would meet in 2011 isn't good.

"He knows us," Arum said of Mayweather. "If he had any desire to fight Manny Pacquiao, he would call Todd (duBoef, Top Rank president) and tell us. We have that kind of relationship with him.

"He said if he comes back, he wants a tune-up fight. If that's the case, it wouldn't be until next year that he would be available (to fight Pacquiao)."

Pacquiao (54-3-2), who won his 14th straight fight and dominated Mosley over 12 rounds in earning a unanimous decision, said he'll leave it up to Arum as to whom he fights next. As for Pacquiao's performance Saturday, he said he was surprised that Mosley wasn't more aggressive.

"I was expecting him to fight me toe-to-toe so we could test our power, our stamina," Pacquiao said at Saturday's postfight news conference where Paris Hilton somehow found a spot on the dais. "I am glad I won, but I want people to be satisfied with my performance."

Because Mosley couldn't or wouldn't engage Pacquiao, many in the sellout crowd of 16,412 booed the lack of action. Mosley, 39, said after the fight it wasn't in his best interests to trade with Pacquiao.

"I wasn't going to take those kind of risks," he said. "I was looking to land my shot."

That never happened. Despite his left leg cramping in the fourth round, Pacquiao moved well enough to keep Mosley at bay.

"He just tried to survive," Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach said of Mosley, whose record fell to 46-7-1. "When you get to that point, it's time to call it a day."

Mosley said he will contemplate whether he wants to continue his career. Arum said Top Rank has no further contractual obligations with Mosley and, by shifting gears to Marquez, he attempted to quickly put Mosley in his rearview mirror.

But if the Marquez fight falls through and Pacquiao does meet either Judah or Bradley, both of whom would be huge underdogs, Arum said people will still buy the pay per view.

"People will pay to see Manny Pacquiao," Arum said. "It's not about who the opponent is. People want to watch Manny perform."

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Pacquiao cornerman Roach to help train U.S. Olympic team

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Michael Hunter can count on seeing a lot more of Freddie Roach.

Hunter, the 201-pound Golden Gloves champion from Las Vegas, trained at Roach's Wild Card Boxing Club a few weeks ago to prepare for the national tournament.

On Saturday, USA Boxing announced that Roach, Manny Pacquiao's head trainer, will work with the U.S. boxing team for the 2012 London Olympics.

Roach said he wouldn't have signed on to help unless he thought he could make a difference.

"I think it's embarrassing that America's not winning more gold medals," Roach said. "I want to help the Olympic team get back in form. I know the game well, and I think I have a lot to offer these kids."

Roach said his Olympic duties won't interfere with his primary role of training Pacquiao, Amir Khan and the other professional fighters he oversees.

"Manny was hoping I would train the Philippine Olympic team," Roach said. "But I'm an American. I need to help my country."

Roach will not be the head coach. That position belongs to Joe Zanders, a longtime amateur coach who was on the U.S. staff at the 2004 Athens Games.

Roach and Zanders know each other well and have talked extensively about what Roach's role will be.

"Me and Joe get along well," said Roach, who is volunteering his time and will begin his advisory duties this month during a retreat in Colorado Springs, Colo. "We've been working on this idea for about a year, and I'm looking forward to working with the kids."

The Olympic boxing trials will be in late July at a site to be determined. Hunter qualified for the trials after winning a gold medal last week at the Golden Gloves nationals.

■ SUPER SIX SEMIFINALS -- The four semifinalists for Showtime's Super Six World Boxing Classic Super Middleweight tournament were in town Saturday.

WBA champion Andre Ward (23-0, 13 knockouts), who went from being an afterthought in the promotion to the likely favorite to win it all this fall, said he's ready to take the next step when he fights Germany's Arthur Abraham on Saturday at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

"Everyone's hungry. Everyone's focused," Ward said. "There's a huge reward awaiting the last man standing. But my best is still to come."

Abraham (32-2, 26 KOs) has lost both of his Super Six bouts, to Andre Dirrell and Carl Froch.

Glen Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs) meets Froch (27-1, 20 KOs) in the other semifinal June 4 in Atlantic City.

The final will be in either late October or early November.

Ken Hershman, executive vice president and general manager of Showtime Sports, would not say specifically how much money the champion will receive, but he indicated the winner's share will be seven figures.

Hershman also said Las Vegas could land the championship.

"Vegas is definitely in play," Hershman said. "It would be a great place to end what has been a great tournament."

Ward, who has fought his two tournament fights in his hometown of Oakland, Calif., said he has no problems with the championship being at the MGM Grand or Mandalay Bay.

"It's the finals; it should be fought in a neutral venue," Ward said. "Vegas would be a great place for the finals."

■ RETURN TO TEXAS STATION -- Top Rank Inc. sold out its first fight card at Texas Station on Jan. 22 and has decided to return to the North Las Vegas property July 15.

Diego Magdaleno, who won the NABF super featherweight title that night and looked impressive successfully defending his belt Friday with a third-round technical knockout of Gilberto Sanchez Leon at Mandalay Bay, is expected to headline the card against an opponent to be determined. Showtime will televise the card as part of its "SHOBox: The Next Generation" series.

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