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Pacquiao Grilled On Blood Testing

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Many of you may know Brian Kenny from his interview with Floyd Mayweather Jr prior to his Juan Manuel Marquez fight. He is very direct with his questioning and here he does the same to Manny Pacquiao regarding the blood testing that saw his fight with Floyd Mayweather scrapped.

To me Pacquiao’s answers were weak but form your own opinion.

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Written by CLK FPC

January 24, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Berto/Mosley off

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Well if you thought this new year could not possibly get any worse, it has!

The Shane Mosley/Andre Berto unification bout scheduled for January 30th has been called off. Now before there are any calls of this guy ducked that guy there is a perfectly good reason.

Berto, who many of you will know is from Haiti and following the earthquake that occurred last week had been unable to get into contact with family members back in the country. So today he made this statement,

Since the 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti on Tuesday evening, I have been focusing on my family and the Haitian people who are facing an inconceivable battle for survival while still trying to continue to prepare for an opportunity I have dreamt of since childhood.  I lost several family members to the earthquake and after two days without word, was relieved to learn that my sister, Naomi and her daughter, Jessica survived, but were left homeless. I have seen the pain in my parents’ eyes as they attempt to understand what has happened to our homeland and recognize a place they once called home.

As a result of this disaster, I am mentally and physically exhausted and therefore I have no choice but to withdraw from my bout on January 30.

Throughout the past six days, I have received an incredible outpouring of support, and I sincerely appreciate everyone’s prayers for the people of Haiti. I hope that everyone will continue to keep the Haitian people in their thoughts and prayers as we work to rebuild this proud nation.  The rebuilding of Haiti is not something that will happen overnight, but I am fully dedicated to helping the Haitian people recover from this catastrophic event.

Well now that fight is put paid to, Mayweather could now have a dance partner for his March 13th date?!

Written by CLK FPC

January 18, 2010 at 11:22 pm

Who is looking out for Cotto?

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It’s no secret that I’m a huge Miguel Cotto fan and just recently my brother and I discussed how despite the Puerto Rican star appearing to be a genuinely good guy he has been shafted by the sport that he has given so much to. Ron Borges excellently puts into words the convo I held with my brother:

One has to wonder what poor Miguel Cotto is thinking this morning. He is burying his father at the same time he is trying to excavate his career. If ever he needed to be a fighter, it is now.

One has to wonder what poor Miguel Cotto is thinking this morning. He is burying his father at the same time he is trying to excavate his career. If ever he needed to be a fighter, it is now.

Even before his father and dearest friend, Miguel, Sr., died unexpectedly last weekend from an apparent asthma attack that led to a breathing problem that took his life at 57, Cotto had to be wondering about many things. He had to be wondering how much more punishment he can take after absorbing terrible beatings at the hands of first Antonio Margarito and then Manny Pacquiao.

He had to be wondering how much of himself was left behind in the ring those two nights, as he absorbed savage beatings until he could take no more. Surely he had to wonder if he would ever again be the fighter he once was, the recognized king of the welterweight division and one of the half dozen most feared fighters in the world.

But for Cotto, his wonderings had to be far worse than that in light of the odd turn the negotiations between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. have taken. Here stand Mayweather’s promoters and advisors – Oscar De La Hoya, Al Hayman, Richard Schaefer and Leonard Ellerbee – all insisting Pacquiao submit to random drug testing for performance enhancing drugs for the richest fight in boxing history to go forward and there stands Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, doing all he can to help Pacquiao make such testing useless.

What must Cotto be thinking as he mourns the passing of his father in Puerto Rico?

Here is Arum, who so loudly defended Margarito after he was caught wearing tampered hand wraps and a knuckle pad in his locker room the night he was to fight Shane Mosley. This is the same Margarito who gave Cotto the worst beating of his life not long before that fight with Mosley, a beating Cotto now believes was suspect under the quite reasonable assumption that if Margarito and his trainer were loading his hand wraps it didn’t start against Mosley.

This is the same Arum who has steadfastly stood with Pacquiao as he has repeatedly refused to accept any kind of blood test that might actually be effective even as fighters like Kermit Cintron and Paulie Malignaggi, along with Mayweather’s father, insist there’s something funny about how heavy-handed Pacquiao has become even though he has never tested positive for anything.

This is also the same Arum who promotes Cotto while defending Margarito. The same Arum who promotes Cotto while defending Pacquiao. The same Arum who has suggested the comeback fight for Cotto should be a rematch with Margarito as soon as Margarito’s suspension for wearing those plasterized handwraps is lifted.

This is Cotto’s promoter? Conflicted, shall we say?

In fairness, Arum nurtured Cotto from the time he turned professional, promoting him deftly enough to make him a star in Puerto Rico and New York while leading him through the often troubled waters of prize fighting. He helped get him into position to win world titles and make millions of dollars. He helped get him on HBO and in some of the biggest fights. Yet when issues were raised about tampered hand wraps and Cotto wondered if he had been a victim of them, there was Arum hollering that Margarito was being railroaded.

Now with Pacquiao sitting under a cloud of his own making by refusing to agree to reasonably effective random blood tests for PEDs and blood doping (professional athletes long ago lost the presumption of innocence when it comes to PEDs like steroids and HGH because when is the last time they didn’t deny it right up to the moment they got busted?), here is Cotto’s promoter again hollering that a grave injustice has been done to Pacquiao.

Well, what if one has been done to Cotto? Or maybe two? Cotto will never really know for sure in either case. Only Margarito and Pacquiao know what they were doing, or not doing, going into their fights with Cotto. Cotto doesn’t know and neither does Arum, although the former wouldn’t be human if he didn’t have his suspicions.

What doubts he must be wrestling with today about his past and his future in boxing as he sits in his grief over the loss of his father. To whom does he turn? Where does Miguel Cotto go now? Not even he probably knows.

He has asked the public to give his family time to heal from the passing of his father, the man who started him in boxing and in life, and he deserves that. Yet you wonder, as a judge sits trying to mediate the mess Pacquiao, Arum, Mayweather and Golden Boy Promotions have made of the biggest fight of the New Millennium, what Miguel Cotto must be thinking. Surely one thing is this – who looked out for him?

One thing that my brother and I speculated on that wasn’t included in the piece is what if it had been Mayweather that had been on the end of Margarito’s beating? Even though nothing conclusive has been forwarded to show that Margarito did in fact cheat against Cotto, if it had been Mayweather the mere suggestion would have created way much more of a furor than it did in Cotto’s case.

Put aside the fact that Mayweather is better known than Cotto, both men have lives so why should the popularity of one mean that his life is worth more? Prior to the Pacquiao fight there was speculation that Cotto would leave Top Rank, I for one think he would have been better away from that snake Bob Arum who seems to think Cotto is merely fodder for his other fighters.

Written by CLK FPC

January 11, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Mayweather looks to upstage Pac on March 13th

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Not to be outdone, Floyd Mayweather will do battle with Manny Pacquiao on March 13th but not in the ring rather in terms of views as he will go ahead with a fight on March 13th.

The date was meant to see Mayweather take on Pacquiao but after the two side failed to reach an agreement over the method of drugs testing, Pacquiao will now take on Joshua Clottey. This leaves Mayweather with a very tricky situation as he will need to find a suitable opponent for the March 13th date if he is to go ahead with his plans.

Jr welterweights Paulie Malignaggi and Nate Campbell have been touted as possible opponents whilst welterweights Kermit Cintron and Matthew Hatton, brother of Ricky, have also been mentioned.

Timothy Bradley, a title holder at 140 pounds has a long shot at being selected but with his association with Showtime, HBO’s rival network, it is quite unlikely.

Whoever is selected, the fight will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and it is being mentioned that if Mayweather comes through the bout unscathed he could face the winner of Berto/Mosley later this year.

Pac vs Clottey announced

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After failing to come to an agreement with Floyd Mayweather and Golden Boy Promotions, Top Rank have drafted in Joshua Clottey to face Manny Pacquiao on March 13th.

It was thought that Pacquiao would face Jr Middleweight Yuri Foreman in an attempt to win  a title in an 8th weight division but instead he will face the tough Ghanian in the first defence of his WBO title.

Clottey will not prove as problematic for Pacquiao as Mayweather would have (who would!?) but having seen Clottey fight live, his strength and toughness will make this bout more than competitive.

Clottey, who formerly held the IBF welterweight title, was more than a handful for former WBO champion Miguel Cotto in losing a close split decision against the Puerto null in June last year and he will look to do the same to Manny Pacquiao.

The bout will take place in Texas at the stadium of NFL franchise the Dallas Cowboys after the site was rejected as a venue for the aborted Floyd/Pac fight. The stadium which can hold 100,000 will be set up to hold 40,000 fans

The undercard for the fight has also thrown up a shock as disgraced Mexican welterweight Antonio Margarito is being penciled in for a return following his year-long ban for attempting to using illegal hand wraps in his bout with Shane Mosley last January.

Written by CLK FPC

January 11, 2010 at 5:36 pm

The fight is officially off!

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Shame you couldn't reach an agreement this week!

Bob Arum has announced the proposed super fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao is officially off after the two sides failed to come to an agreement over the method of drug testing.

This is actually some of the worst boxing related news I have heard in a while as I was pretty pissed when I heard that the Pavlik/Williams had been scrapped but this is a different level.

I personally think the no testing for 14 day before the fight that Floyd claimed he offered is resonable but meh I’m not a world class boxer so I wouldn’t know the effects it would have (although I have given blood and trained later the same day!)

Both sides have said their piece on the break down in negotiations but all the talk is irrelevant all that matters is that the fight is off!

Written by CLK FPC

January 8, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Mayweather’s statement

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Following the breakdown in talks between Golden Boy and Top Rank to ensure a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather takes place, Mayweather had this to say:

“Throughout this whole process I have remained patient, but at this point I am thoroughly disgusted that Pacquiao and his representatives are trying to blame me for the fight not happening when clearly the blame is on them.

“First and foremost, not only do I want to fight Manny Pacquiao, I want to whip his punk ass.

“Before the mediation, my team proposed a 14-day, no blood testing window leading up to the fight.  But it was rejected.  I am still proposing the 14-day window but he is still unwilling to agree to it, even though this is obviously a fair compromise on my part as I wanted the testing to be up until the fight and he wanted a 30-day cut-off.   The truth is he just doesn’t want to take the tests.

“In my opinion it is Manny Pacquiao and his team who are denying the people a chance to see the biggest fight ever.   I know the people will see through their smokescreens and lies.    I am ready to fight and sign the contract. Manny needs to stop making his excuses, step up and fight.”

Written by CLK FPC

January 8, 2010 at 2:13 pm