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Mayweather – Pacquiao … why they will fight $$$

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By Tom Donelson / Writer for since 2008

Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)

Will he or won’t he? That is the question vexing boxing fans as they wonder if the fight that has been promised for the past five years will ever happen; Mayweather-Pacquiao.  Certainly there is one reason that fight happens: money. There was a time that Pacquiao could attract big PPV numbers but against Algieri and Rios, those numbers dropped below 500,000 and Mayweather big numbers came when he fought big names just as Canelo Alvarez but his last bouts were south of million so while he attracted bigger PPV numbers than the PAC Man, he has not match the big numbers that Showtime was hoping when they signed him to a six fight contract.

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Manny Pacquiao ~ RECAP


By David Martinez /

On Sunday, November 23, 2014, in Macau, China, Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2 / 38 by KO) successfully defended his WBO welterweight title by knocking down Chris Algieri (20-1 / 8 by KO) six times en-route to a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision victory.

Pacquiao was so dominant that all three judges gave him every round in the fight.  If it were bowling, it would be a perfect score of 300.  My unofficial scorecard was 120-102 on points.

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Pacquiao wins lopsided decision to retain welterweight title belt


By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)

It was self-evident that Pacquiao was the better fighter than Chris Algieri, who showed the same great chin he displayed against Ruslan Provodnikov, when he survived two knockdowns in the first round and a swollen shuteye.  Algieri advantage was supposed to his jab, the same jab that saved him against Provodnikov but in this battle,  Pacquiao neutralized this jab with his quickness and power.

By the fourth round, Pacquiao experience in big events showed up as he started to attack the body to go with head shots and Algieri at this point was down by four points with a 10-8 round in the second round due to a flash knockdown.   Aligieri showed some life in the fifth round with late shots including the rights down the stretch of the round but this brief revival ended in the next round.   Pacquiao picked up the pace as he decided to be Hall of Fame fighter he is as he sent Algieri down with a straight left at the halfway point of the round.  He followed this up thirty seconds later with another left sending Algieri down a second time in the round.  Algieri showed resilience but resilience don’t win fight when you are the one getting hit.

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Pacquiao defeats Bradley to regain WBO welterweight title

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By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association
In their last bout, Pacquiao landed more punches including power punches and was the more active but it didn’t matter for the judges’ view this as a Bradley’s victory.   Coming in the bout, both men weighed the same, were the same height and thus neither fighter had a physical advantage.
Both fighters kept safe distance and neither fighter landed any big punches except for two right hands by Bradley.  Bradley was fighting a fight similar to what he did with Marquez, allowing Pacquiao to be the aggressor and counter.  In the middle of the second round, Pacquiao landed three left hands forcing Bradley to retreat but Bradley countered with two solid rights to stop Pacquiao rally in a round showing Bradley’s maturity.   During the third round, Pacquiao landed two solid combinations but halfway through the round, Bradley landed three body shots that forced Pacquiao to cover up. Over the final minute, Pacquiao landed the solid shots to the head, but Bradley landed solid body shots in an attempt to turn the fight into a brawl.

In Rusty’s Corner

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Rusty Rubin is an award winning boxing writer, covering the sweet science for more than 35 years. He is a dear friend, an expert in boxing and has contributed to since 2007.

Let’s take another walk down my memory lane.

Some years back my wife and I were invited to attend a fight card in New Orleans. Our host was former heavyweight, now trainer Beau Williford. Although I’ve never been big on humidity, when it comes to the Big Easy and Cajun cooking, you don’t have to ask me twice.

During this trip Lois and I met and became friends with the late Angelo Dundee (whom I already knew), Deidre Gogarty, Billy Major and Suzanne Riccio Major to name a few.

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Pacquiao vs. Bradley Recap

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian


Boxing is not a sport to me, it is passion, and what happened on June 9 hurts, the result of Timothy Bradley winning a 12 round split decision over Manny Pacquiao last Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada. I have seen many terrible decisions in my fifty years following the sweet science; the few that instantly surface to the top are: Louis – Walcott I (1947) , Ellis – Patterson (1968) , Zarate – Pintor (1979) , Holmes – Spinks I (1985) , Lewis – Holyfield I (1999) , and Williams – Lara (2011).  Now this one ranks right up there with these I mention.


I am still trying to digest this horrible decision. It is clear to the boxing fans that viewed the fight that Manny won and it wasn’t even that close. Even the occasional boxing fan who saw the fight would agree that Manny clearly was the winner.  He outclassed Bradley in every way imaginable. He landed more punches. He landed more power shots. He dictated the pace and tempo. My good friend Harold Lederman at HBO sitting live ringside scored the fight 119-109 (11 rounds to 1) in favor of Manny, and for the record my scorecard was 117-111 (9 rounds to 3) for Manny.


Something is wrong, and very wrong with this kind of scoring in boxing. I had a friend call me the next day excited that he won a bet by picking Bradley. My only comment to him was, “You didn’t win anything, you stole that money like a robber; so do the proper thing by donating your winnings to cancer research or to your local church and your mind will be at peace.”


Manny did not deserve this, to lose his WBO welterweight belt in this manner. The biggest losers here were certainly the fans. Yes it stinks and this is why I have always maintained that the sole element that continues to haunt boxing like an evil curse is a blatant BAD decision right before your very eyes!







             LAS VEGAS, NEV. (June 11, 2012) – Bob Arum, Chairman and CEO of Top Rank, said today that he has submitted a formal request to the Nevada Attorney General’s office for a full and complete inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the scoring of Saturday’s WBO welterweight championship fight between defending champion Manny Pacquiao and challenger Timothy Bradley. The Pacquiao-Bradley welterweight title fight took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.


“The public has a right to know. The fighters have a right to know,” said Arum. “The only way to restore fans’ confidence in boxing is by letting an independent body investigate every detail of the fight no matter how big or small. Sunshine never hurt anyone.”

Bradley, the undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion, won a controversial split decision, dethroning Pacquiao on scores or 115-113, 115-113 and 113-115, in a fight most ringside media and fans thought Pacquiao won by a wide margin.

Pacquiao ~ Bradley

By Tom Donelson

( Member Boxing Writers Association )

Pacman loses on the Scorecard what he won in the Ring


7-5, 9-3,-11-1, 8-4, 11-1 These were the samples of the scores by ringside observers in favor of Manny Pacquiao who won his fight in the ring and lost it on the judges’ card.  And that 100 million dollar pay day with Mayweather is now put on hold until Pacquiao wins the rematch and Mayweather gets out of jail. Or we may have seen potentially one of the great fights gone.   For the past four years, we have seen the dance between Mayweather and Pacquiao and now the biggest pay day in boxing may never come thanks to the boxing hierarchy and promoters who put their own interest ahead of the sport.

As for the fight itself, Bradley was the aggressor throughout most of the fight but it was ineffectual aggression as Bradley rarely hurt Pacquiao but the Pacman managed to hurt Bradley a few times.  At the end of the third round, Bradley got stunned by a wicked right hook.  At the end of the fourth round, Bradley almost went down from solid shots a couple of times. At the end of the fifth round, Bradley was again in trouble.  At the end of the sixth round, Pacquiao lands six to seven unanswered punches with Bradley on the rope.

Bradley did better in the last three rounds but this was fight that should have been declared over on the scorecard long before that but Bradley got his break. He was left standing and because of that, he found a way to win on the judges’ scorecard.  Bradley is a good fighter but he is not quite in Pacquiao’s league and tonight there was little to suggest that he deserve a victory.  And you will be hard press to find anyone who believed otherwise. Continue reading Pacquiao ~ Bradley

Why Bradley Can’t Defeat Pacquio

By Tom Donelson
(Member Boxing Writers Association)

Can Tim Bradley defeat Manny Pacquaio? Bradley is a rough and tough fighter who can turn this fight into a brawl. There are two things that his record shows, an undefeated record against quality fighters but a fighter who is most likely going the distance against quality fighters.

He defeated Devon Alexander in a rough fight that saw an accidental head butt prematurely ending the fight. Bradley imposed his will on a slick boxer and he won a decision against a knock out power puncher in Luis Abregu. The only knockout victory over the past five years was against an aging Joel Casamayor for the WBO light welterweight title in his last fight.

Against Manny Pacquaio, he will be facing a fighter with fast hands and knockout power and the PACMAN is one of the greatest pound for pound fighter of his generation. There is one factor in Bradley’s favor rarely discussed and that is the age factor. Bradley is coming into his prime at 28 and Pacquaio is now 33, so we can assume that Pacquaio is traveling on the down side of his career. No one can out run father’s time and we don’t know when a fighter looks old in the ring, in particular a fighter who has his share of tough fights against quality opponent like Pacquaio. Continue reading Why Bradley Can’t Defeat Pacquio

In Rusty’s Corner

Rusty Rubin is a veteran boxing writer

Since there’s a bit of a lull in major events right now, I heave decided to use most of this space to answering many questions that I get over the course of a year.

The most frequent question asked of me is; ‘is Ring Sports Magazine or the website up for sale’? The simple answer is yes, if the buyer can prove to me that he can maintain the quality we had over the years. It’s not the money here, but the hard-earned reputation. If agreement on a sale is reached, I will return whatever original investments there were, and donate the remainder to the Susan Komen Foundation for breast cancer research.

‘If my best friend “Woozel” died of colon cancer, why am I working on helping those with breast cancer’? The answer to that one is simple; I believe that once a gene is found to cure breast cancer, we are that much closer to the cure of many other cancers. Cancer is an ugly disease and it’s long past time that it is wiped off the face of the Earth. Even if we can save just one life, we are doing a very important thing as well as sending an important message.

‘Are back issues of the magazine available and if so, for how much money’? Most back issues are and the cost is $1.00 per issue plus postage. I’ve tried to keep them as it’s still my memory and my gift to the sport of boxing. If you want a specific issue, we’ll try to find it for you for an extra 50 cents for the labor. We many even have pictures of your favorite fighter….We can check that out for you and charge accordingly…Again, in any event ALL proceeds after the labor of finding and mailing, will go to the Omen Foundation.

A lot of people want to know ‘how I see the Pacquiao – Mayweather fight’. Simply put, although it’s a mega fight, it probably will never happen. Mayweather doesn’t seem to want to step up to the plate, and if he ever does, he probably will be a lot older and slower than he is today.
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Pacquiao vs. Marquez, and HBO fight card

By Tom Donelson

( Member of Boxing Writers Assc.)


Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez finished their trilogy Saturday night or have they?  A few observations on the fight begin with the Oscar De La Hoya syndrome.  In 2004, De La Hoya was beginning his promotion for his bout with Bernard Hopkins and the promotional team thought of a having a double header with Hopkins defending his title while De La Hoya would attempt to wrestle German fighter Felix Sturm title away. Hopkins won his bout but De La Hoya found the German Middleweight a little more than he could handle. While De La Hoya took the early rounds, Strum dominated the second half of the fight and most observers had him winning the fight  seven rounds to five but he lost by that score.  While De La Hoya threw nearly double the punches, Sturm was more accurate, connected on more punches and his punches started to shake De La Hoya.   Many of the judges gave the close rounds to De La Hoya and there were many who wonder how much the prospective Hopkins-De La Hoya fight was a factor in the scoring.  Many Marquez fans will be wondering; did the prospect of a Mayweather-Pacquiao color the judges’ decision in a fight with many close rounds?

There is the Ken Norton Syndrome that affected Team Marquez.  In his third fight with Ali, Norton gave the last round away as he thought he had the fight in the hand. In addition, he gave away another round in the middle of the fight.  He lost a decision that he should have won by simply giving away the last round in a fight that was much closer than Norton thought. Team Marquez told their guy that he had the fight in the bag, so Marquez simply took the foot of the gas pedal and lost the last round, a round that could have cost him the fight.  Marquez should have known better and so should have his corner.  Team Marquez had as much to do with their fighter losing as any one. Continue reading Pacquiao vs. Marquez, and HBO fight card