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MANNY PACQUIAO vs. SHANE MOSLEY

Saturday, May 7, 2011

From MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas

Live on SHOWTIME PPV®

KICKOFF PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES AND PHOTOS

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2011)—More than 300 members of the mainstream sports and boxing media converged into a jam-packed standing-room only ballroom at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Thursday for the kickoff press conference featuring global superstar and Philippine Congressman Manny Pacquiao and three-division world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley.

Showtime Networks Inc. and CBS have joined forces with Top Rank, Inc. to promote, produce and distribute the biggest boxing event of the year—the May 7th showdown between Pacquiao and Mosley to be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The fire marshals were even on hand making sure the overflow crowd didn’t reach maximum standards at the legendary Los Angeles hotel.

“We look forward to one of the great promotions and one of the great fights of all time,” said Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter and Top Rank CEO. “We’re so pleased to announce that this fight and this event will be distributed by our friends at SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View.”

It was an electric and festive press conference attended by such notables as Les Moonves, President and CEO of CBS Corporation, the youngest of Nelson Mandela’s three daughters, Zindzi Mandela, and Pacquiao’s wife, Jinkee.

“As everyone knows we’ve been in the land of Cowboys for our last two fights,” said Arum. “But I live in Las Vegas and I thought it was time to come back to the place which is the capital of boxing. I think boxing needs Las Vegas and Las Vegas needs boxing.

“This is like boxing’s version of the Super Bowl.”

Here’s what the principals had to say on Thursday:

MATT BLANK, Chairman and CEO of SHOWTIME Networks Inc:

“We are incredibly pleased to be in business with Bob Arum and Top Rank, the premier promoter in boxing today. This is going to be a tremendous event and hugely successful for the fighters, the promoters, the distributors, fight fans and the sport of boxing and we are delighted to be a part of it.

“It is a tremendous privilege to be a part of what surely will be the biggest boxing event of the year and involves one of the world’s greatest athletes in all of sports.”

KEN HERSHMAN, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports®

“This is a long time coming. It’s now our job to take boxing to the next level and bring it back to the masses and I think we’re on the right track. This is a marriage that makes sense and I think it’s going to be a very productive and long lasting one for all of us.

“We’re going to go deeper and broader then we ever have before. We’re going to launch our FIGHT CAMP 360° series around this show. We’re going to be airing that show both on CBS and SHOWTIME and I think it’s going to be really compelling television.

“The other thing that this fight has going for it is it benefits from one of the most ambitious SHOWTIME sports schedules in history. We have, kicking off Saturday night in New Jersey, our Grand Prix Heavyweight MMA Tournament, we have our bantamweight tournament finale, our Super Six semifinals coming up…so it’s just a perfect confluence of events and time for SHOWTIME Sports and we couldn’t be happier.”

BOB HALLORAN, MGM Grand Sports Entertainment Director:

“We’re not happy you’re (Pacquiao) back, we’re ecstatic. We know that when you get the best promoter you ultimately get the best fighter and that’s what we have in Congressman Pacquiao and Shane Mosley. Globally, the most popular fighter in the world today is Manny. We got the best.

“Every time this guy fights we open the ticket office and then they all go home in an hour. We’ve got about 580 tickets left for this fight and we’ll have about 30,000 closed circuit tickets available at our different properties around Las Vegas.

“You may not have this many cameras at the Grammy’s on Sunday night. They’ll be lucky if they have this many.”

MANNY PACQUIAO:

“I’m excited to be fighting on May 7 because it’s covered by SHOWTIME and CBS. It’s going to give more boxing fans a chance to see the fight.

“I am going to train hard because I don’t want to disappoint the people who are going to watch this fight.

“Sugar Shane is a good fighter and he’s a champion so I will never underestimate him.

“Yes, I like all the media attention. We are trying to make this the fight of the year and that’s why we will train so hard.”

SHANE MOSLEY:

“Manny’s a great guy and when I look at him I look at him as a true competitor. I look at him as someone who really wants to win. He loves the sport of boxing and he loves to fight.”

How do you beat a Manny Pacquiao?

“I think it’s very hard but styles make the fight. Being that he’s a very exciting fighter and likes to bring it, that leaves openings for me. We’ll see when we get to the fight. It’s not the African-American style that will beat him. It’s my style that will beat him. Everybody fights differently and styles make the fight and in this fight you have two guys engaging and I think I have what it takes to get the job done.

“I don’t know what the odds are for this fight. I’m not a betting man. I definitely won’t be on the losing end. I think it should be even. We are two similar types of fighters. We both like to battle. He throws punches more rapidly than I do but my punches are heavier. I don’t know what the over-under is. It won’t go the distance. This is the type of fight that would never go the distance.

“My relationship with Manny Pacquiao is great. I have nothing against Manny Pacquiao.

“I’m definitely excited to be fighting on SHOWTIME. It’s going to be something special, especially having the FIGHT CAMP 360° on CBS. This will be one of the biggest fights of my career, if not the biggest.”

FREDDIE ROACH, Pacquiao’s trainer:

“We look forward to this. We have an opponent with a different style and we’ve come up with a game plan and a lot of people are telling me this is an easy fight and that’s the worst thing in the world to say. It’s definitely not an easy fight. Shane has been there many times. He’s going to rise to the occasion. He’s fighting Manny Pacquiao. He will fight the best fight of his life out there and we will not underestimate him. Shane, we will not do that. I promise you.”

The Pacquiao-Mosley U.S. media tour will continue on to Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and New York in The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers – Pier 61 with news conferences that will be open to the public on Saturday, Feb. 12 and Monday, Feb. 14, respectively.

The fight is being promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions, Tecate and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs. Mosley will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV®.

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2015 Fight of the Year – Francisco Vargas vs Takashi Miura

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The WBC World Super Featherweight title bout between Francisco Vargas and Takashi Miura came on one of the biggest boxing stages of 2015, as the bout served as the HBO pay-per-view’s co-main event on November 21st, in support of Miguel Cotto vs Saul Alvarez.

Miura entered the fight with a (29-2-2) record and he was making the fifth defense of his world title, while Vargas entered the fight with an undefeated mark of (22-0-1) in what was his first world title fight. Both men had a reputation for all-out fighting, with Miura especially earning high praise for his title defense in Mexico where he defeated Sergio Thompson in a fiercely contested battle.

The fight started out hotly contested, and the intensity never let up. Vargas seemed to win the first two rounds, but by the fourth round, Miura seemed to pull ahead, scoring a knock-down and fighting with a lot of confidence. After brawling the first four rounds, Miura appeared to settle into a more technical approach. Rounds 5 and 6 saw the pendulum swing back towards Vargas, as he withstood Miura’s rush to open the fifth round and the sixth round saw both men exchanging hard punches.

The big swinging continued, and though Vargas likely edged Miura in rounds 5 and 6, Vargas’ face was cut in at least two spots and Miura started to assert himself again in rounds 7 and 8. Miura was beginning to grow in confidence while it appeared that Vargas was beginning to slow down, and Miura appeared to hurt Vargas at the end of the 8th round.

Vargas turned the tide again at the start of the ninth round, scoring a knock down with an uppercut and a straight right hand that took Miura’s legs and sent him to the canvas. Purely on instinct, Miura got back up and continued to fight, but Vargas was landing frequently and with force. Referee Tony Weeks stepped in to stop the fight at the halfway point of round 9 as Miura was sustaining a barrage of punches.

Miura still had a minute and a half to survive if he was going to get out of the round, and it was clear that he was not going to stop fighting.

A back and forth battle of wills between two world championship level fighters, Takashi Miura versus “El Bandido” Vargas wins the 2015 Fight of the Year.

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Jan 9 in Germany – Feigenbutz and De Carolis To Settle Score

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This coming Saturday, January 9th, the stage is set at the Baden Arena in Offenburg, Germany for a re-match between Vincent Feigenbutz and Giovanni De Carolis. The highly anticipated re-match is set to air on SAT.1 in Germany, and Feigenbutz will once again be defending his GBU and interim WBA World titles at Super Middleweight.

The first meeting between the two was less than three months ago, on October 17th and that meeting saw Feigenbutz controversially edge De Carolis on the judge’s cards by scores of (115-113, 114-113 and 115-113). De Carolis scored a flash knock down in the opening round, and he appeared to outbox Feigenbutz in the early going, but the 20 year old German champion came on in the later rounds.

The first bout is described as one of the most crowd-pleasing bouts of the year in Germany, and De Carolis and many observers felt that the Italian had done enough to win.

De Carolis told German language website RAN.DE that he was more prepared for the re-match, and that due to the arrogance Feigenbutz displayed in the aftermath of the first fight, he was confident that he had won over some of the audience. Though De Carolis fell short of predicting victory, he promised a re-vamped strategy tailored to what he has learned about Feigenbutz, whom he termed immature and inexperienced.

The stage is set for Feigenbutz vs De Carolis 2, this Saturday January 9th in Offenburg, Germany. If you can get to the live event do it, if not you have SAT.1 in Germany airing the fights, and The Boxing Channel right back here for full results.

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2015 Knock Out of the Year – Saul Alvarez KO’s James Kirkland

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On May 9th of 2015, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez delivered a resonant knock-out of James Kirkland on HBO that wins the 2015 KO of the Year.

The knock-out itself came in the third round, after slightly more than two minutes of action. The end came when Alvarez delivered a single, big right hand that caught Kirkland on the jaw and left him flat on his back after spinning to the canvas.Alvarez was clearly the big star heading into the fight. The fight was telecast by HBO for free just one week after the controversial and disappointing Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao fight, and Alvarez was under pressure to deliver the type of finish that people were going to talk about. Kirkland was happy to oblige Alvarez, taking it right to Alvarez from the start. Kirkland’s aggression saw him appear to land blows that troubled the young Mexican in the early going. Alvarez played good defense, and he floored Kirkland in the first round, displaying his power and his technique in knocking down an aggressive opponent.

However, Kirkland kept coming at Alvarez and the fight entered the third round with both men working hard and the feeling that the fight would not go the distance. Kirkland continued to move forward, keeping “Canelo” against the ropes and scoring points with a barrage of punches while looking for an opening.

At around the two minute mark, Alvarez landed an uppercut that sent Kirkland to the canvas again. Kirkland got up, but it was clear that he did not have his legs under him. Kirkland was going to try to survive the round, but Alvarez had an opportunity to close out the fight. The question was would he take it?

Alvarez closed in on Kirkland, putting his opponent’s back to the ropes. Kirkland was hurt, but he was still dangerous, pawing with punches and loading up for one big shot.

But it was the big shot “Canelo” threw that ended the night. Kirkland never saw it coming, as he was loading up with a huge right hand of his own. The right Alvarez threw cracked Kirkland in the jaw, and his eyes went blank. His big right hand whizzed harmlessly over the head of a ducking Alvarez, providing the momentum for the spin that left Kirkland prone on the canvas.

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez went on to defeat Miguel Cotto in his second fight of 2015 and he is clearly one of boxing’s biggest stars heading into 2016. On May 9th Alvarez added another reel to his highlight film when he knocked out James Kirkland with the 2015 “Knock Out of the Year”.

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