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Pacquiao retiring after Bradley fight

Manny Pacquiao is calling it quits after his rubber match with Tim Bradley on April 9 so he can fully devote his time to life in public service. “My April 9 fight against Timothy Bradley will be my last. I’m retiring from boxing to focus on my new job,” Pacquiao said from General Santos City late Monday night. Pacquiao is running for a seat in the Senate in the May, 2016, elections and is among the sure winners according to various surveys, consistently ranking seventh or eighth overall. “My survey rankings have been consistent and I expect it to improve once the campaign starts,” he said. The former fish vendor is adored by the Filipino masses who are inspired by his rags-to-riches life story. Aside from politics, Pacquiao has parlayed his ring legend status to …

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Arum won’t stop Pacquiao from retiring

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum doesn’t have any problem with Manny Pacquiao’s declaration that he is retiring right after his April 9 rubber match with Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas. “If that’s what he wants,” said Arum over the phone yesterday from Las Vegas. Pacquiao, speaking from his headquarters in General Santos City, said yesterday that he is hanging up his gloves – win or lose – after the Bradley bout set at the MGM Grand. Stressing that he will “focus” on his life as a politician, Pacquiao is upbeat that he will win a seat in the Senate during the May elections as surveys continue to rank him at either No. 7 or No. 8. Arum, however, is not closing the doors on the possibility that Pacquiao might not be able to …

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At least 3 to 5 boxers can make it to Rio

National coach Pat Gaspi strongly believes that “three to five” boxers can make it to the Rio Olympics this August to help the Philippines shore up its medal drive. Even though no boxer has made the Olympic grade, Gaspi feels the coming qualifying events will yield positive results. “Kaya nating maglagay ng hanggang lima sa Olympics,” Gaspi said yesterday before presiding over training at the Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines (ABAP) headquarters at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex. “Pero yung three to four realistic ‘yan,” Gaspi said, stressing that the women punchers, Josie Gabuco and Nesthy Petecio, also have genuine chances of making it to Brazil. Two bets – light-fly Rogen Ladon and welter Eumir Felix Marcial – tried their luck during the 2015 world championships in Qatar but fell short. While Ladon …

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Roach remains upbeat

Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach isn’t worried sick that Manny Pacquiao won’t take his training for the rubber match with Tim Bradley seriously, telling the Los Angeles Times that his long-time pupil knows the magnitude of each fight. “One thing about Manny Pacquiao is once he walks in the boxing gym, all that other stuff goes away,” Roach told Lance Pugmire over the weekend. Roach and Pacquiao have been working with each other since 2001 and the 55-year-old cornerman knows the 37-year-old puncher like the back of his hand. “He’s always dedicated, always works very hard, and I don’t think that will change. Once he’s in the gym, he knows what he’s there for. It’s still what he does best, and he knows that.”

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Atlas: Pacquiao poses big challenge

Even when his student has become better after hooking up with him, Teddy Atlas believes Tim Bradley still needs to bring his A-game against Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on April 9. “Pacquiao is one of the best fighters of the last decade and that’s a challenge and we have a responsibility to be ready,” Atlas told Michael Woods in the on-line edition of The Ring magazine. To come up with a grand gameplan, Atlas says he would constantly review videos of the first two fights where Bradley was awarded a hotly-disputed split decision and Pacquiao handed a unanimous verdict in the rematch. “We’d correct the mistakes from the first two fights, use his experience from the past. A lot worked well in those first two fights, and then …

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Bradley’s change of style excites Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao relishes the idea of facing a retooled Tim Bradley when they get it on for the third time on April 9 in Las Vegas. Since changing trainers, tapping Teddy Atlas to replace Joel Diaz last year, Bradley has become more aggressive, something Pacquiao feels will make their rubber match at the MGM Grand such a fistic feast. “When he (Bradley) took in a new trainer, he became a bit more aggressive,” said Pacquiao, who lost the first fight on a disputable decision in 2012 but exacted payback in their second meeting in 2014. “If he maintains that fighting style, the fans will be in for a treat. I like that,” said Pacquiao, who will be gunning for Bradley’s World Boxing Organization welterweight crown. Older by five years at 37, Pacquiao believes age …

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Saludar loses title bid

Behind on all three scorecards, Japanese champion Kosei Tanaka picked himself up from a fifth-round knockdown to knock out Filipino challenger Vic Saludar in the sixth stanza and retain his World Boxing Organization minimumweight crown late Thursday in Nagoya. A vicious left to the ribcage sent Saludar down and writhing in pain, leaving referee Mike Ortega of the US with no other choice but to put a halt to the scheduled 12-rounder upon reaching the ten-count at the 2:15 mark. Saludar, 25, floored Tanaka, 20, with a right straight in the fifth frame and appeared ready to take full control. At the time of the stoppage, Saludar was ahead on the scores of the three judges: 50-44 and 49-45 (twice). But Tanaka, who raised his record to 6-0 with three KOs, gamely fought back …

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Pacquiao faces tougher Bradley in rubber match

If Manny Pacquiao struggled to score an emphatic win over Tim Bradley the first two times they fought, the Filipino star may likely find it even more difficult in their rubber match on April 9. Since losing the rematch in 2014, Bradley has made a dramatic transformation from a light hitter to a heavy-handed puncher. Top Rank chief Bob Arum, with one eye on the gate receipts, tries to put Bradley in a different light, a boxer who is very much improved from the guy Pacquiao fought years back. “He’s a lot better now,” said Arum, who is staging the world welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Arum was among those stunned by Bradley’s one-punch knockout of Brandon Rios, the wild-swinging and iron-chinned Mexican-American whom Pacquiao had trouble putting away …

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