Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Pacquiao Camp Officially Sues Mayweathers and Party for Steroids Accusations

Manny Pacquiao, the current pound-for-pound head honcho, IBO and Ring Magazine light welterweight and WBO welterweight titlist, has officially filed his defamation lawsuit against Floyd Mayweather, Jr., his father Floyd Senior, his uncle and head trainer Roger Mayweather and other associates including Richard Schaefer and Oscar de la Hoya.

It can be recalled that the Mayweathers have accused Pacquiao with steroids usage shortly after his stunning knockout victory over Ricky Hatton. The Filipino initially brushed these accusations but has had enough when the Mayweathers and Golden Boy Promotions demanded a random, Olympic style drug test for both fighters.

Pacquiao believes that such allegations, both baseless and lacks substantial evidence have tarnished his reputations as a professional boxer.

The lawsuit is at the District of Nevada. The Filipino boxing icon is represented by Las Vegas-based law firm Lewis and Roca LLP, specifically by Attorneys Eric D. Hone and Franchesca Van Buren. Pacquiao also demands a trial by jury against the defendants.

Here is a copy of the Defamation Complaint.

With the lawsuit, the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight is off. Bob Arum is now in the talks of concocting a potential matchup between Pacquiao and the current WBA juinor middleweight (154 lbs) champion Yuri Foreman. A win over Foreman will further solidify Pacquiao's status as an all-time great for bagging eight titles in eight different weight divisions.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Online Thread Reignites Donaire-Viloria Feud

Apparently, there are still some kinks between two Filipino champions Nonito Donaire Jr. and Brian Viloria. It can be recalled that Viloria beat Donaire and his brother Glenn in the finals of the 2000 US Olympic eliminations.

But after turning professional, it was Donaire who enjoyed large mainstream success both in and out of the ring while Viloria, due to losses in his major fights, slightly faded from the limelight. The feud between the two kicked off when Donaire directly dismissed Viloria and saying the native from Hawaii is not on his (Donaire’s) level and has nothing to offer him.

But Donaire was quick to apologize, reasoning that he was exhausted during the interview. Donaire said, “"Well I guess there is still some bad blood then. I apologized already for saying that he wasn't on my level and explained that I was just cutting weight and tired when that interview came.”

Everything seemed to be going all right for Donaire and Viloria when a thread started by Erica Navarro, Brian Viloria’s live-in partner, in a social networking site reignited the row between the two world class champions.

In her thread, Navarro blasted a certain fighter for hiring a certain trainer. Navarro and her friends went as far as calling this fighter names, including loser and copycat. Boxing insiders believe that she is referring to Donaire and his move on hiring Roberto Garcia, Viloria’s trainer, as part of his team.

Navarro posted the thread on December 21, 2009 when she and Brian learned that Garcia would miss a training day to appear at the press conference of Pinoy Power 3 / Latin Fury 13, which will be held on February 13, 2010, at the Las Vegas Hilton.

Donaire is slated to fight knockout artist Gerson “El Nene” Guerrero as one of the main bouts.

For his part, Donaire only hired Garcia as his strategist on the suggestion of his manager, Cameron Dunkin.

“I didn't think I was stepping on any one's toes hiring Robert,” Donaire commented. “Just like Freddie (Roach), I figured Robert could coach whoever he wanted. I mean he coaches my friend, Steven Luevano, a world champion, as well."

Donaire further clarified, "I just don't see what the big deal or problem is. Robert Garcia will be my strategist, not trainer at this time."

Rachel Marcial-Donaire, ever the faithful and loyal wife, came to her husband’s defense. "Well, I thought we were all friends so it's kinda sad,” said a disappointed Rachel. “I mean we invited them to all our outings, to the dinner in Manila, and we make sure if Nonito is recognized as a world champion, so is Brian."

She punctuated her piece saying, “But I'm glad I found out what she really thinks of us. I mean name-calling us "copycats"? Isn't that a high school thing?”

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Pacquiao-Mayweather Fight in Jeopardy

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is scared of Manny Pacquiao. That’s how I see it as terms in negotiations are starting to get really ugly and could jeopardize this potential superfight between two prime fighters.

First, Mayweather asked Pacquiao to fight him on March 13. Considering Pac’s political ambitions as well as some time to heal his busted eardrum he got from his brawl with Cotto, the date is so soon. But hey, Pacquiao accepted, so the ultimatum did not work.

Next, you got Mayweather demanding Pac to fight him at the junior middleweight limit of 154 lbs and use 10oz gloves. That did not work also as they were very ridiculous to begin with.

Now, here is where the shit (forgive the language) hits the ceiling. I have been saying long before that the Mayweather camp will use the steroids issue as a way out of the fight. And perhaps this time, their plan might succeed.

Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe has been insisting that Pacquiao should undergo strict drug testing, blood screens and random urine sampling. First off, the steroids accusations are baseless. Second, Pacquiao has passed all the necessary tests before and after the fights. Third, he is just an anomaly which is why it’s hard to explain how he rose through the weights without losing his speed and power.

If Floyd Mayweather does not fight Pacquiao, then we all know who to call chicken.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Mosley-Berto Showdown is All Set and Ready to Go

With all the hype being channeled to the upcoming matchup between 7-division titleholder and current WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and former world champion Floyd Mayweather, some people do not really know Shane Mosley will be up against Andre Berto for the unification of the WBA and WBC welterweight titles on January 30, 2010.

Mosley is coming off an impressive and dominating knockout victory over Antonio Margarito almost a year ago, when he clubbed the Mexican with countless strong right hands to the head. Mosley was a 4-1 underdog in that fight, since Margarito defeated Cotto in a “spectacular” fashion in his last bout. Cotto edged a split decision over Mosley in their encounter.

The young Berto is undefeated in 26 fights and has shown great potential for superstar status. Aside from his power punching, he has also shown above average technical skills against veteran Steve Forbes. In his last outing, Berto managed to grab a unanimous decision victory over then undefeated Juan Urango for the WBC title.

Here’s my analysis of the fight.

Berto is the younger guy and that should be a key factor here. He will have to use his youth to his advantage. That means he should move a lot, box Mosley inside and outside, and wear him down with those jabs. If Berto is able to do that, he might get a decision.

That said, Mosley is no pushover. A great jabber, Mosley knows how to control the fight and keep it in a pace that favors him well. He also has power and a durable chin, which should pose problems for the former Olympian. If Berto gets careless or decides to trade with Mosley, he might find himself in the losing end of the bargain.

Adding to that the fact that Berto has not fought anyone with the caliber of Mosley, an elite fighter who has been proven and tested. However, Father Time is not on Mosley side and the fact that he has not fought for almost a year may have some adverse effects once he steps back in the ring.

Berto is young but lacks the necessary experience against an aging legend in Mosley. I see Mosley winning this one by decision.

Shane Mosley
Wins: 46
Losses: 5
KOs: 39
Stance: orthodox
Height: 5′ 9″ / 175cm
Reach: 74″ / 188cm

Andre Berto
Wins: 26
Losses: 0
KOs: 19
Stance: orthodox
Height: 5′ 8½″ / 174cm

Sunday, December 13, 2009

You Are Remembered

It’s my late brother’s birthday today. He would have been 27 years old.

Carlos Placencia Ragpala III
(December 13, 1982-May 3, 2009)

We miss you! We love you!

Magic Man Overwhelms Diaz For UD

Like their first fight, Paulie Malignaggi went the distance with Baby Bull, Juan Diaz, but this time, the Magic Man’s boozing wizardry proved to be too much for the game and aggressive Diaz. He was simply superb and boxed beautifully. In a need to point it out further, what Malignaggi did to Diaz was the same thing he did when they fought in Houston, Texas.

Only this time, no judges favored the Texan native.

Malignaggi used his left jab so beautifully to sting Diaz time and then. The Texan was seen to be frustrated with the Magic Man doing his magic – boxing, quick lateral movements, and frequent 1-2s – while keeping Diaz on the charge.

Simply put, Diaz’s skills and abilities were no match for the Bronx native’s ring savvy. That said, Diaz had his moments, particularly in the fifth round, when he had Malignaggi backed against the ropes and pummeled away at his body. Diaz did not hurt Malignaggi to wear him down.

In the 12th round, Malignaggi made a surprising stand as he went all-out against Diaz. Malignaggi is no power puncher while Diaz is. Both men did go for the knockout, however, it went the distance. All judges scored the bout 116-111, giving Diaz the unanimous victory and finally sealed that controversy in Texas.

As Big Ragu jokingly warned boxers, never fight in Texas.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Is Paulie Up for Redemption?

I have always seen former junior welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi as a second-tier fighter. While he is a good fighter with above average boxing skills overall, he lacks knockout power in both hands. Should he be gifted with destructive punches, he would have been an exciting fighter to watch.

But then again, what he lacked in the power department, he makes up with his excellent boxing IQ, ring savvy, superior hand speed, and quick reflexes. And it was evident in his last outing against Juan Diaz in Texas that he was the better man in terms of all attributes mentioned above.

While Baby Bull was tenacious and aggressive, Paulie was cool and adamant. In a battle that featured a contrast of styles, Paulie’s potshotting and lateral movements gave Diaz fits, although the former also had his moments.

The fight was close that a draw or a close decision either way would have been the right call. But as Paulie prophesied way before the fight, hometown advantage for Diaz was more than just the roaring crowd. With judges who should not be allowed to judge again, Diaz was made the victor over the Bronx native in scores that showcased wide margins.

In a rematch that will be staged in the neutral Chicago, Paulie has the chance to redeem himself. So does Diaz. Both men want to close this chapter of their career. For Paulie, beating Diaz should avenge his loss. On the other hand, a convincing Diaz victory should end the controversial whispers that arose from their first fight.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

MGM Grand Heavy Favorite to Host Manny-Money Super Bout

For the first time since the negotiations began, Top Rank’s Bob Arum and Golden Boy Promotions’ Richard Schaefer hit a snag in their talks as the GBP executive canceled his scheduled tour with Arum and HBO Sports head honcho Ross Greenburg to the $1.2 billion Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Arum was visibly upset when Schaefer called him to told the Top Rank big boss that he is canceling the trip since he feels the place is not the right venue for the superfight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. Arum was celebrating his 78th birthday when Schaefer called.

Arum also expressed his disappointment over the move as Jerry Jones, the stadium’s owner, was slated to personally give them the tour and pitch his proposal for the bout.

“I’m just embarrassed, really embarrassed,” Arum told The Associated Press. “The man (Jones) changed his whole schedule for this and you certainly want to listen to the man.”

With the Cowboys Stadium out in the equation, MGM Grand in Las Vegas is the heavy favorite for the fight’s venue. Representatives from the New Orleans Superdome and Los Angeles Staples Center have expressed their interests in having the bout held in their arenas. However, both boxers are partial in fighting in Las Vegas since they have fought most of the big matches there.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Is Floyd Happy Or Annoyed Pacquiao Accepted?

by: Scoop Malinowski

Do you think Floyd Mayweather is happy or annoyed that Manny Pacquiao has accepted to do battle on March 13?

This is not such an easy and obvious question to answer because neither Floyd nor Leonard Ellerbe has made a public statement or comment upon learning last week that the Pac-Man wants to come back to America to trade fists with the self-proclaimed greatest fighter in history.

So we really can’t say for sure if Floyd is happy or annoyed or worried to know that he now has to man up and fight themost dangerous, most ferocious, most complicated challenge of his life on March 13, which could pay the talkative American in upwards of $20, 30 or even $40 million.

I am one of the belief that had Pacquiao rejected the fight date of March 13 – reasonably saying he needed more time torest after Cotto or prepare for elections – Mayweather would have been all over the media, declaring victory and that Pacquiao
was ducking him.

And Mayweather would have been able to justify to HBO and Golden Boy about proceeding with plans to box Matthew Hatton in London in March or April. I believe it is entirely possible that Mayweather attempted to force Pacquiao with an ultimatum last week that he fully expected Pacquiao to reject the aggressively rushed date of March 13.

But once again, like how he unexpectedly shocked everyone by easily destroying Oscar, Hatton and Cotto, Pacquiao has bewildered and confused Floyd who does not know exactly what to say at this time about having to fight Pacquiao.

Of course, Mayweather could say or release a simple statement saying:

“I’m very happy that Manny has accepted to fight me on March 13 and I look forward to proving I am the best boxer in the world.”

or “I want to thank HBO, Golden Boy, Bob Arum and Manny Pacquiao for this opportunity. I am honored and privileged to be a part of a prolific event like this. And may the best man win.”

or “I respect Manny Pacquiao and thank him very much for making this super-fight possible. But I will rise to the occasion and show the world I am the most skilled and exciting boxer of all time when I easily beat Manny on March 13.”

or “I have waited my entire career to be involved in such a defining fight and be assured I will be the winner.”

or “Manny Pacquiao is a good little fighter with a whole country behind him but I will show everyone he is making a big mistake picking a fight with me.”

or “I have grown bored with boxing again as all fights are a no-win situation and therefore I have decided to immediately retire from the sport for the second time.”

But no. We have heard nary a peep from Mayweather Headquarters. And the strange silence is sparking suspicion and curiosity.

Could Floyd be in secret panic and examining all possible excuses to use as an escape from the March 13 date, such as by coming up with an injury?

Or could Floyd be celebrating with a 72-hour party in Las Vegas at having secured the biggest payday in boxing history?

Or could Floyd be so inspired by the challenge, he is already busy studying films and already engaging in two-a-day training sessions, to make sure he is more than ready for Pacquiao?

Could Floyd have bolted all windows and doors, shivering and suffering
from repeated nightmares of what Manny Pacquiao might do to him on March 13?

We don’t know. We can’t tell what Floyd is thinking because he hasn’t officially said anything about Manny Pacquiao agreeing to fight him.

Could Floyd be busy? Sure. Could Floyd be partying? Maybe. Could Floyd be struggling with the reality that after all theseyears he has finally been cornered and must put his skills to the ultimate test, against a man even his own father advised him to avoid? Yes.

Could he be…scared? Any boxer, now matter how talented, who saw what happened to Oscar, Hatton and Cotto, and knows he has to fight that monster next, has every right and reason to be even a little bit scared.

Floyd Mayweather included.

Original post here.

Remember Lindol

The Philippines has been enjoying a stream of popularity in the boxing world, many thanks to the nation’s most popular icon, Manny Pacquiao.

But long before Pacquiao graced the ring with his brand of the Sweet Science, long before he even became famous, one man shook the boxing world with his fists.

Although not as popular and in demand as Pacquiao now is, this man, aptly nicknamed “Lindol,” meaning earthquake, garnered honor and recognition for his native land. Like Pacquiao, he laid his life on the line every time he laced his gloves and stepped inside the squared circle.

Every blow he unleashed was made heavy by his hopes and the hopes of people who believed in him. Every punch he took, he countered with perseverance that is unmistakably Filipino in its essence.

Like Pacquiao after him, this man fought against the best of his time and won most of those battles. With each hand he delivered punches and blows of seismic proportions that rendered champions helpless and stripped of their prized belts and challengers sent to dreamland long before it was bedtime.

Like any boxers, except for those exceptional few, he had his share of losses. But then, only the tough ones can go the distance against this man, and it takes tougher ones to beat him. Some even have to rely on the judges to snatch a victory over this fellow. He was that durable.

Polished skills and flair, he did not have, although he did have a bag of tricks here and there. A sneaky right cross, a stiff jab, followed by a tectonic plate-shaking straight left hand. But what he lacked in overall boxing talents, he made up with sheer grit, determination, a strong chin, and an even stronger right hand.

A proud champion he was. But like any soldier, after soldiering on for a noble cause, be it to bring honor to the Pearl of the Orient or make sure he and his loved ones have food on the plate, he faded away, or so the great General Douglas MacArthur said.

For those who saw his last fight, against a virtual unknown, he did not lose. He simply was not there. For those who did not know him, they speculate that he is a shell of the great fighter he was once. For those who knew the heart of the matter, the loss came simply because there is no reason for him to fight. Truth be told, a personal tragedy stealthily pounced on this man and ruined him, his focus, his determination, and his will. Betrayal always has its ways of breaking even the strongest of men.

No longer is this man’s named chanted by droves of fans, or even whispered inside the boxing circles. No longer is this man considered a pillar of the sport he, on many occasions, risked his life for. This man, a former boxing champion, whose name alone caused tremors running up on his opponents’ spine, faded into obscurity, merging with the shadows of nothingness like those that came before him.

This man will never be in the Boxing’s Hall of Fame, regardless of what he has achieved and the honor and glory he brought to his native land. But know that a boy who watched him pummeled opponents en route to his victories, and watched him getting pummeled in return, remembers him, remember his exploits years before. And that this boy refuses to infuse the man, that proud champion who courageously graced the sport of boxing, with some person who now packs boxes at Costco for a living.

I remember you, Lindol.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Mayweather Demands Pacquiao to Fight Him at 154

Is it me? Or does Pretty Boy Floyd Mayweather really want to be in the ring with the Pacman?

See, I have read an article about Mayweather’s ridiculous demands if Pacquiao wants to fight with him. Seriously, I do admire Mayweather’s skills and boxing abilities; I do regard him as the best defensive fighter of all time. But why sully his reputation with terms that are way beyond realistic and rational?

According to esteemed boxing trainer, Freddie Roach, Mayweather stated that he wants Pacquiao to fight him at the light middleweight limit of 154 lbs. Adding to that is the use of 10oz gloves.

For those who do not know boxing, Pacquiao fights at the welterweight category, which is within the 141-147 lbs weight frame. Pacquiao’s usual fighting weight plays from 144-148, at which he is really effective in terms of speed and power. And the Pacman has always used 8oz gloves.

Adding more muscle mass will have an adverse effect on a boxer’s performance if he goes beyond his ideal fighting weight. The Mayweather-Marquez fight is a prime example. Marquez, who is a natural lightweight fighter (135 lbs), climbed the scales to 144 lbs to fight Mayweather. If you have seen the fight, you will notice how slow, sluggish and ineffective Marquez was in that bout.

Though Pacquiao is a different case, who has been able to climb the scales without losing his speed, power, and mobility, he might be pushing the envelope too far should he agree to battle Mayweather at 154 lbs.

Another thing to consider is that Mayweather is the bigger fighter and the added pounds will favor him very well. Muscles act like armor, and the more muscles a boxer has, the higher his resistance to blunt trauma caused by the other boxer’s punches. Also, Mayweather already fought as middleweight when he faced Oscar dela Hoya.

Again, let’s go back to the Marquez fight. Mayweather weighed 146 lbs, two pounds over than the 144 limit and four pounds heavier than Marquez, who weighed at 142. Mayweather was visibly he bulkier fighter during fight night, and while he was defensively superb that night, he got hit with clean power shots by Marquez. The problem was, Mayweather was not hurting.

And now we go to the boxing gloves issue. First off, boxers in championship fights often wear 8oz gloves. Less padding and this translates to effective transfer of force from the boxer’s punch to the intended target if it lands. 10oz boxing gloves have more padding. Do the math.

I think a lot of people are really hyped to see this fight happen (writer included), but it seems Mayweather’s preferred terms are going to make the negotiations a tad difficult and perhaps cancel this era’s most lucrative match. I pray not.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Pacquiao-Mayweather Set for March 13

For all intents and purposes, both fighters have now agreed to set the record straight and determine who the best fighter of this generation is. It is a fight I want, you want, hell, everybody wants. And it is going to happen.

Manny Pacquiao (50-3-2, 38 KOs), the current holder of the IBO light welterweight, Ring Magazine junior welterweight, the WBO welterweight titles and the WBC Diamond Belt, , is coming off from an impressive and convincing win against Miguel Cotto.

Pacquiao’s technical demolition of Cotto proves that the Pacman can fight anyone in the welterweight division and can take a true welterweight’s punch. The fight also showed that Pacquiao has the power to hurt and bring down a welterweight fighter.

Opposite Pacquiao is Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Flamboyant, loud, and oozing with braggadocio, Mayweather boasts of a pristine 40-0 record, with 25 wins by way of knockouts. After more than a two-year hiatus, Mayweather clinically outboxed a game but helpless Juan Manuel Marquez in his last outing.

The win only proved that Mayweather is as good as he was before he went into semi-retirement. Still slick and sneaky, with an almost impenetrable defense, Mayweather is perhaps the best boxer in terms of defensive and evasive skills.

So what we have here is battle of two different styles – one who presses on with unrelenting power and speed and one who extensively uses his defense as part of his offense. It's Pacquiao, who prefers an all-out, all–action battle, versus Mayweather, a defensive mastermind who selectively punishes his opponents with extreme precision and counters.

Who’s going to win? Too early to call, but I will make an analysis later on these two great warriors. But one thing is for sure, I am so hyped up for this fight.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Williams Survived Martinez Onslaught

Paul Williams narrowly escaped a loss after a close, grueling, and action-packed match with Sergio Martinez in a middleweight bout last December 5. That the most feared and most avoided boxer today was shown as vulnerable as any, Martinez exposed after going toe-to-toe with Williams.

Martinez was able to down Williams in the first round, cut him over the eye in the fourth, and perhaps outworked him the rest of the night. Williams may have done enough to survive the beating. Either way, both men could have won. It was very close. So close a draw would have been justified and rightly so.

But what transpired in the scoring is one reason why boxers should never leave it to the judges. Judge Julie Lederman scored it even (114-114), but Lynne Carter credited Williams with a narrow win (115-113). The most bizarre twist came from the third judge, Pierre Benoist, as he scored the bout with a very surprising (gasping) 119-110 scorecard.

Benoist either watched a totally different fight, or had placed a huge bet on Williams. Either way, that guy should not score a bout again.

I do believe Martinez deserves a rematch. But after the beatdown he dished to Williams, I doubt the “most feared” man in boxing would want anything to do with Martinez.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Unknown Champion Cuts Down Boxing Legend in Jones

Whether its age, ring rust, or long-term absence from the ring, the journey of Roy Jones is over. Jones, who was slated to fight arch-rival Bernard Hopkins sometime in 2010, may perhaps consider retirement his best option, after losing. To a virtually unknown boxer. In the first round.

Danny Green of Australia trapped Jones into the corner and then downed the boxing great with a right hook to the side of the head. The impact of the blow was obviously visible, as Jones struggled to get himself up on wobbling knees.

Jones, shortly after recovering, was on the bad side of the bargain as Green rushed to him and battered him with powerful shots to the body and to the head. All Jones could do was cover up and try to survive.

With the defeat, the possibility of a Hopkins-Jones rematch has been reduced to embers. Green, on the other hand, retains his IBO Cruiserweight title and improves to a 28-3 record, 25 knockouts.

As for Jones, a legend definitely has fallen.

Amir Khan Blasts Salita for an Easy Win

I really can’t understand why so many Brits love to loathe British boxing star Amir Khan. He’s a nice guy for crying out loud! He’s a great chap, hands down.

Born to Iranian parents, the current WBA World light-welterweight champion successfully defended his crown for the first time against the highly touted and undefeated Dmitry Salita. In what was a much hyped matchup, Khan only needed less than 80 seconds to dispose of the Ukrainian-American contender.

Ten seconds into the fight, Khan unleashed a powerful right straight that literally obliterated Salita out of the match. While the challenger held on to buy time, it was not enough to stop Khan from launching furious and rapid barrages.

With the win, the 23-year old Khan is obviously much better than the one Breidis Prescott knocked out September last year. Under the tutelage of Freddie Roach, who Khan hired after the Prescott loss and who also trains pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao, Khan is slated for higher heights.

“He can take on the world,” Roach said in the ring. “No one can touch him, I feel. Whoever wants to step up and fight, we’re ready.”

“I want to show the Americans that I have the talent, the speed, the power to do it,” he said in the ring immediately after the brief fight. “… I can only get better as I mature. I still haven’t hit my peak. I’m only 22, 23 on Tuesday.

If such thing is true, then Khan is a scary prospect for the contenders in his division. Pacquiao already admitted that Khan has the speed to match, or even surpass, his.

Z Gorres Out of Danger; Coach Roach Attacks Writer

My apologies again for not updating this blog as frequently as I want to. Been busy. Shoot me.

Now that apologies are aside, let me say that my prayers go with Z “The Dream” Gorres and his family. Z suffered a serious brain injury after defeating the hard-punching Luis Melendez last December 12th in Las Vegas. The Filipino boxer slipped into coma shortly after being declared the winner.

Z’s stable, ALA Promotions, has recently released a press report that the boxer is now out of the woods and slowly improving.

Kaya mo yan Z!


World-renowned trainer Freddie Roach is accused of assault and battery after he aggressively “approached” a boxing scribe who wrote an item on the famed boxing coach titled “Sick Roach Misses Concepcion’s Last Workout.”

Roach, who is known to suffer from Parkinson’s disease, is said to have felt degraded and demeaned by such title. Sources even said that Roach threatened to kill the writer if he does the same thing again.

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