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Roach not impress with Thurman, praises Pacquiao\’s aggression

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By Ponciano Melo Jr.
In preparation for the upcoming Manny Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs) and Keith Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs, 1 NC) welterweight clash, Pacquiao’s trainer-coach Freddie Roach is not impressed on how WBA Super World Welterweight Champion\’s perform in his previous bout.

Thurman\’s last fight was against the tough Josesito Lopez, where Thurman won with a majority decision after returning from a long 22-month lay off due to elbow and hand surgeries.
But the win did not come easy for the undefeated Thurman as Lopez pressured the champion from the get-go and rocked Thurman many times before \”One Time\” shook off the rust and poised out a victory.
A very vocal Roach showed his confidence that Thurman is way past of his old self.
“I thought I was watching a four-round fighter,” Roach told BoxingScene.com following a Pacquiao training session this week at Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club.
“I mean, he was terrible. He didn’t do well at all. But if you look at each of his last three fights, he’s faded in each one. I’m not sure if it’s the biceps injury or whatever they’re crying about, but he hasn’t looked good in the three fights that I’ve seen and I do have his last seven fights on tape.”
It would be the biggest fight for the 30-year-old Thurman and this fight will bring him back in the boxing spotlight, and for Pacquiao, he would be the first one to blemish the immaculate record of the WBA Super Welterweight champ and prove that he still can compete on a high level.

Pacquiao\’s longtime trainer and coach felt that the Filipino fighter had this one in the bag after seeing PacMan\’s renewed aggression as they enter the last phase of their training for the July 20 showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Roach praised the never-changing work ethic of the fighting-senator, as Pacquiao showing no sign of slowing down in their training sessions.
For the past weeks, the American pugilist has been very consistent on throwing verbal jabs directed to Pacquiao as he vowed to \”crucify\” the boxing icon and put an end to the legendary career of Pacquiao.
Asked for his response to Thurman\’s retirement jibes, Pacquiao replied: \”My response to him is we\’ll see. He is giving me more motivation and determination to work hard and prove that it\’s not true.
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\”I\’m happy that he\’s saying that … It gives me inspiration to focus and do the best that I can in the ring.\”
But reports from PacMan\’s camp contrasted with the 40-year-old eight-division champion interview, as Former Australian heavyweight Justin Fortune, Pacquiao\’s strength and conditioning coach, said the Filipino icon was \”pissed off\” by his opponent\’s tirades.
\”Manny\’s motivated for all his fights and this time, this guy\’s talking a little trash,\” Roach said.
\”So that helps. Manny has got a bit upset. He wants to win this one a little bit more than usual.\” he added.
Pacquiao has carried that sense of grievance into his training sessions. For the first time in several fights, Roach is wearing protective padding around his torso during his mitt sessions.
\”I was really happy I brought my padding back,\” Roach said. \”Because I haven\’t worn that in a while. I came up with that idea because I didn\’t want Manny to go easy on his opponents.
\”We went 10 rounds yesterday and he was really happy to see I had the padding. It does make a difference. I want him going full blast on the mitts.\” With AFP

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Fil-Brit Tiktoker Salt Papi puts the world on notice in latest boxing win

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Fil-Brit Tiktoker Salt Papi puts the world on notice in latest boxing win

A new Pinoy boxer rising? This might be the case if we’re talking about the social media influencers-turned-boxers.

Tiktoker Salt Papi was the talk of the town after his vicious knockout against Youtube sensation Josh Brueckner, a taller, bigger guy.

The Filipino-British boxer landed a perfect right hand right to the face of Brueckner in just the first round.

They served as an undercard of KSI vs. Faze Temperr.

Pro boxer and rising star Ryan Garcia was impressed by Salt Papi’s victory convincing him that the latter should next face Jake Paul.

They are both undefeated in boxing and all of their wins are via knockout.

After the victory, Salt Papi posted a video clip on his Instagram showing a comparison of his knockout to Manny Pacquiao’s iconic KO hit to Ricky Hatton.

The post received lots of comments including boxing’s only eight-division world champion himself.

Pacquiao wrote on the comment “Pwede Na” in which Salt Papi replied with a “salamat po.”

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Jon Jones takes on Ciryl Gane in heavyweight championship

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Jon Jones takes on Ciryl Gane in heavyweight championship

In a shocking announcement, Jon Jones confirmed that he is upping his division and will fight Ciryl Gane for the UFC heavyweight world title.

The development was leaked after T-Mobile Arena displayed an ad about the fight that was later on confirmed by the former pound-for-pound UFC fighter.

“Day one of four, just a few weeks out from my first heavyweight championship against Ciryl Gane,” said Jones.

The mega-bout is expected to take place on UFC 285. Jones has been out of the Octagon for almost three years now.

“Absolutely, I’d love to have Henry [Cejudo] coaching me for this Ciryl Gane fight. Hopefully our schedules can align and we can get on the same page,”  said Jones.

“Bones” Jones at the age of 35 has a record of 26 wins, one loss, zero draw, and one no contest.

While Gane has 11 wins, one loss and zero draw.

The date of the collision has yet to be announced as of writing.

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Pacquiao signs with Rizin for more exhibition bout

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Pacquiao signs with Rizin for more exhibition bout

Boxing’s only eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao is set to continue putting on the gloves as he surprisingly signed under Japan’s Rizin Fighting Federation.

The MMA promotion made it known through their social media with details that the former Philippine senator will box this year against a Japanese fighter.

He recently came back to the sport with an exhibition bout against Korean YouTuber DK Yoo.

“I have agreed with Rizin to fight next year. That date will soon be announced, and also my opponent that Rizin will choose, and I’m open and excited to fight a Japanese fighter,” Pacquiao said during his signing with Rizin.

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