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Jet lag can’t stop Pacquiao, goes into overdrive in US training camp

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LOS ANGELES, California — Manny Pacquiao knows the crucial stretch is nigh.

That’s why the action in his training camp is following suit, as the Fighting Pride of the Philippines is grinding it out with legendary coach Freddie Roach to further solidify his stake at his upcoming bout with Keith Thurman Jr. next month.

Being the only eight-division world champion in eight different weight classes in professional fistic arts, the fighting Senator and many-time WBA welterweight champion “Pac Man” knows, that when he returns to the ring on July 20 against the younger Thurman at the MGM Grand Las Vegas, he is up for one helluva challenge.
What for is this fight billed as one of the biggest this year then, right?

Pacquiao, who challenges undefeated “One Time” Thurman for his Super WBA Welterweight World Championship belt, is all out in his training camp which continued here after a brief camp in Manila. The training camp, scheduled for six weeks, is two weeks shorter than the traditional two months.
But by the looks of it, this writer sees Pacquiao hitting his stride just at the right time.

The US training camp, which kicked off with eight rounds of sparring, comes at the heels of Pacquiao arriving at LAX after a grueling 19-hour flight. Brushing off jetlag, the Pacman ran some laps before heading back into Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood.

He is now preparing for his third world championship fight in the past 12 months.

But that fact does not seem to faze Manny (61-7-2), who has begun the most intense part of his training and conditioning in preparation for his much-awaited bout with Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs). As per reports, this is the first time in recent year that Pacquiao, 40, and ten years the senior of Thurman, has been pegged as an underdog by major race and sports books around the globe.

But if you ask coach Freddie who’d he put his last penny on, he’d pick otherwise.

“I haven’t made a bet in a long time, but the oddsmakers have brought me back. I’m going to make a huge score betting on Manny in this fight,” said Roach in an interview with Boxing Insider.

“Manny loves beating undefeated fighters, especially the younger ones. Heck, at this stage of the game, everyone Manny faces is younger. But that makes it fun for Manny. And when Manny is having fun, his opponents had better watch out,” he added.

Roach, widely regarded as one of the best boxing trainers of all time said he was very pleased with Manny’s first day at Wild Card saying that Buboy Fernandez as well as strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune have him in great condition for the rigors of this part of training camp.

He even said that Manny insisted on going the distance, jetlagged and all.

“We were scheduled for six rounds of sparring and Manny insisted on going eight with two sparring partners. He’s running the Hollywood Hills like a deer. Nobody has the work ethic and conditioning like Manny. I can already see we are going to have to hold him back throughout camp.”

“This is a great matchup. Thurman has youth and size. I’m sure he will come into the ring with 160 pounds behind his big right hand. Manny will be under 150,” Roach continued.

“But we will have speed and movement. Winning this fight will come down to taking chances. Manny proved in his last two fights, against Matthysse and Broner, that he has his killer instinct back. Thurman better be prepared to shoot the works.”

Judging by the looks of the ongoing training camp, I’d put my money on Manny.

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Francis Ngannou cries ‘deception’ vs Anthony Joshua camp

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Francis Ngannou cries ‘deception’ vs Anthony Joshua camp

Former UFC fighter Francis Ngannou accused AJ camp of ‘trickery’ when he suffered devastating knockdowns in the first and second round last March 8, 2024 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The MMA fighter and former UFC heavyweight champion said that AJ camp sabotaged him by letting him go early in the arena.

“We both fought at 3am. What I think, something that’s happened is that they get me to the arena very early. Like my pickup time was 10.30pm to go to the arena. And then when we get to the arena, they tell us that we are scheduled around 1.45am. right?” Ngannou blurted.

He believed that he came exhausted, which resulted in his humiliating defeat.

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Texas Department urges Mike Tyson to pass EEG, EKG tests

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Texas Department urges Mike Tyson to pass EEG, EKG tests

The 57-year old legend Mike Tyson (50 wins – 6 loss) vs 27-year old YouTuber Jake Paul (9 wins – 1 loss) must undergo major tests before the fight to materialize at AT&T Stadium in Texas Arlington on July 20, 2024.

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations (TDLR) urged Tyson to undergo or pass a brain test Electroencephalography (EEG) and Electrocardiogram (EKG) for the heart.

“A person aged 36 or older applying for a contestant’s license must submit a report of favourable physical testing conducted within the previous 12 months, including but not limited to an EEG and an EKG.” TDLR elaborated.

Meanwhile, the American youtuber explained that he picked Tyson because he wants to change the history of boxing. He already fought Floyd Mayweather Jr but he lost.

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WBC, Dela Hoya warrant Ryan Garcia vs Athletic Commission

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WBC, Dela Hoya warrant Ryan Garcia vs Athletic Commission

After the controversial posts of Ryan Garcia and the alleged Mental Health evaluation request of the Athletic Commision, the World Boxing Commission (WBC) assured that they are in talks with New York State Commission (NYSC) for the April 20, 2024 bout.

Ryan Garcia (24 wins 1 loss) will clash with undefeated Devin Haney (31 wins – 0 loss) in April however, Ryan faces a number of issues. Though it may be part of marketing their fight, the fans are alarmed how Garcia is behaving in social media.

Boxing Hall of Famer, Golden Boy Promotions founder Oscar Dela Hoya said that Garcia is in great spirits in the gym.

“Don’t mind the posts, that takes like five, 10 seconds of his time. He’s working hard every single minute of the day.” he exclaimed.

WBC president Mauricio Sulaimán said that the fight is not cancelled.

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