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Roach one of many who still want to see Pacquiao-Mayweather rematch

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posted July 11, 2019 at 05:42 pm

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CALIFORNIA, USA — Dubbed “The Fight of the Century” back in 2015, the bout between only eight-division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and unblemished pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather four years ago left many unimpressed

In fact, the clamor for another matchup between two of the boxing world’s top fighters has echoed ever since Manny’s defeat against Floyd in their uneventful 12-rounder.
Now, of all people, legendary coach Freddie Roach is one to lead the clarion call for another Pac-May inside the ring.

Roach is back in Pacquiao’s camp after a rather “mysterious” hiatus when Pacquiao won a KO win over Argentine Lucas Matthysse, but was readily available for Manny’s next bout against Adrien Broner. It can be remembered that the short split between the duo was after Roache’s comments that “Pacquiao being a senator and being a professional boxer at this level is not working.”

Now Roach, shepherding Pacquiao to his 71st fight this coming July 20 (21, Manila time) against undefeated Keith Thurman Jr. at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, is hopeful that the two future Hall of Famers will meet once more inside the ring to a fight that suits the fight for the ages tag.

Minus shoulder injuries, pay disputes, and whatnots.

Saying he was still “bothered” by the Pacman’s loss to Mayweather, Roach is itching for a Pacquiao-Mayweather II, looking beyond their match against the younger Thurman in only a little over a week from now.

“Hopefully we can get Mayweather to come to the table,” Roach told in an interview with AFP at the Wild Card gym recently. “I would like us to have one more crack at him,” he added.

Pacquiao, 40, will attempt to notch the World Boxing Association welterweight crown from Thurman, and if a win permits, maybe this could be the spark that ignites a rematch with the unblemished and now retired Mayweather.
“We didn’t fight a great fight that night,” Roach recalled. “Manny’s shoulder didn’t help at all. He’s had surgery since then, he’s 100 percent now.”

Roach vowed to redeem himself and his prized fighter if, and when, the two storied boxers collide once more inside the squared circle.

“I would like us to fight Mayweather again because I didn’t like the way we performed. I was disappointed in myself.”

But Pacquiao, on the other hand, doused water on the brewing scenario as he says he doesn’t have Mayweather in his list as long as “The Money” is in retirement.

“Floyd is retired. I am only looking at active fighters. Floyd is not active anymore,” Pacquiao said. “Right now I’m only thinking about Thurman.”

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Ruiz downs Ortiz in heavyweight title eliminator

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Ruiz downs Ortiz in heavyweight title eliminator

Andy Ruiz Jr. is slowly getting back as a heavyweight title contender after dominating Luis Ortiz.

The former unified heavyweight world champion knocked down “King Kong” Ortiz thrice to win via unanimous decision.

Next in line for the boxer who had one of the greatest upsets in boxing history is to face the former WBC king Deontay Wilder.

Wilder, who has been out of the picture since being destroyed by Tyson Fury in their rematch, will make a return to face Robert Helenius before eventually fighting the Mexican Ortiz.

The Ruiz-Wilder bout is a big chance to happen as both heavyweights are under the boxing promoter Al Haymon.

“We’re always looking for great exciting fights we love to give the fans,” said Wilder, who was on ringside during the Ruiz-Ortiz clash.

“So if that’s what is lined up next, I’ve got to handle business and after that, we can get it on.”

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KSI returns and wins two fights in one night

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KSI returns and wins two fights in one night

Famous YouTuber KSI returned to the boxing ring after some time and he announced it by dominating two fights in one night.

Olajide Olatunji, his real name, first defeated Swarmz, a Briton rapper who happened to be his friend as well. The match ended in the second round and then after several other matches, KSI stepped up once more to TKO Luis Alcaraz Pineda, a true professional boxer.

But despite these wins KSI’s pro record remains at 1-0 as both fights were not given a green light as officially-sanctioned bouts.

One of the undercards in the event was Salt Papi, a Tiktok star that is a Filipino. He won easily in his first fight with an impressive knock out.

Salt Papi became famous for his fake run videos and since then went on a fitness journey that led to his boxing debut

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Philippines left with no boxing world champion

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Philippines left with no boxing world champion

2022 is not yet over but we’ve already seen the fall of our boxing world champions one
by one.
And with Mark Magsayo failing to defend his WBC featherweight belt in his first title
defense, it left the Philippines with no more current world champion in the sport.
Magsayo went through a heartbreaker with a split decision loss against Rey Vargas of
Mexico.
Rene Mark Cuarto also lost the IBF minimumweight title to another Mexican boxer
named Daniel Valladares.
Just last month, it was Nonito “The Filipio Flash” Donaire who surrendered his WBC
Bantamweight belt to the Japanese Monster Noaya Inoue, his second defeat to the now
unified bantamweight champion.
Jerwin Ancajas likewise suffered the same fate while Johnriel Casimero got his WBO
bantamweightbelt stripped from him due to violation in the weight cut guidelines.
Now, the questions afloat are who will be the next Pinoy champion? Will there be
another Pinoy champ?
With Manny Pacquiao retired from professional boxer after losing his belt as well to
Yordenis Ugas, who will be the next boxer that will give the Philippines back its pride?
Up and coming star Eumir Marcial is on the list after capturing the bronze medal in the
Tokyo Olympics. Magsayo is not off the chart as well as he is still young, it’s just a
matter of bouncing back.

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