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Pacquiao Negotiations for Mayweather fight Done
Posted at 11/30/2011 6:33 PM | Updated as of 12/01/2011 7:19 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxer Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao has revealed only a few details need to be ironed out regarding his possible mega-fight against American fighter Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Pacquiao recently confirmed that negotiations are ongoing with Mayweather’s team. Mayweather also called on Pacquiao to sign a contract for a May 5 fight date.

“Ready na tayo. Kung natuloy ‘yan, ‘pag pumirma na s’ya sa kontrate, pirma na rin tayo,” Pacquiao said. (We are ready. If it pushes through, once he signs the contract then I’ll sign the contract.)

Pacquiao said there are only a few details left to be tackled in the negotiations.

“Maliit na bagay na pinag-uusapan, malapit ng matapos ang negotiation,” he said. (Only the little things are being worked out and negotiations are almost done.)

He said he has no issue with the May 5 fight date, saying it is a good month for the fight.

Pacquiao also laughed off Mayweather’s recent comments about him, wherein the American boxer said Pacquiao actually has 6 losses on his record instead of 3.

Mayweather said Pacquiao lost to Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez three times, bringing his total number of losses to six.

“Kung ganyan ang paniniwala n’ya, eh di respetuhin natin,” Pacquiao said. (If that’s what he thinks, we have to respect it).

The fighting congressman from Sarangani is planning to watch the friendly match between the Philippine Azkals and the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium along with his wife and kids.

“Magchi-cheer ako sa Azkals,” Pacquiao said. — From a report by Jay Dayupay, ABS-CBN News SOKSARGEN

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R.I.P. Former heavyweight contender Cooper dies at age 76‏

May 01, 2011 8:22 PM EDT
FILE – This Tuesday Feb. 22, 200 photo from files shows former British and European heavyweight boxing champion Sir Henry Cooper after receiving his knighthood at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London. Sir Henry has died aged 76, sources told Britain’s Press Association Sunday May 1, 2011. He was well known for two famous clashes with Muhammad Ali in the 1960’s flooring Ali in the 4th round of a 1963 non-title fight at London’s Wembley, though Ali eventually won the fight. He fought Ali again in 1966 but was again beaten. (AP Photo – Richard Pohle, Pool)
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I’ll beat Pacquiao, rematch Floyd, then retire – Mosley

Shane Mosley has revealed he is aiming to run the gauntlet of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr before hanging up his gloves.

Mosley (46-6-1) faces Pacquiao for the WBO welterweight title at the MGM Grand on May 7, one year after he lost to Mayweather on a unanimous decision.

The 39-year-old Mosley, who is without a win since January 2009, is aiming to bow out on a high note, having shown signs of a steep decline in recent years. He was discussed as the pound-for-pound king at the turn of the century, before falling to back-to-back defeats against Winky Wright in 2002.

Now he wants to repair his bruised reputation by avenging the defeat he suffered against Mayweather. “I have to give it my 100% all, give it everything I got, beat Pacquiao, we can do a rematch, fight Mayweather, and I think that’s pretty much it for me,” Mosley told the On the Ropesradio show. “Then I will go off and I will stop helping these young fighters become world champions and get into another side of the business.”

Mosley has accused Pacquiao of being easy to hit, and he is taking heart from the efforts of Antonio Margarito, who battled valiantly against the Filipino last year before coming off worse in a points decision.

“Pacquiao’s not the hardest person to hit so I’m going to have a pretty good advantage with being able to hit him,” Mosley said. “I think it’s going to be an exciting fight because both me and Manny like to fight. We both fight hard and we come to fight.

“I think with my size it’s going to help me a lot because I’m a lot faster than the guys that he’s fought and my timing is probably a little better than theirs, especially Margarito’s, and being that Margarito was able to hit him a few times I think that I have a better chance of hitting him a lot on the button.”

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Shane Mosley has been saying that he’ll look a lot better against Manny Pacquiao


Recently, Shane Mosley 46-6-1 (39) has been saying that he’ll look a lot better against Manny Pacquiao 52-3-2 (38) next month than he did Floyd Mayweather last year because Manny will engage him more than Floyd did when they fought. In other words Mosley is insinuating that Mayweather didn’t win by fighting him straight up. And if you buy Mayweather ran from Mosley  when they fought you must have missed the fight or don’t know what you were watching.

Since Mosley was shutdown and out-thought and fought by Mayweather he was held to a 12-round draw by Sergio Mora in his next bout four months later. Ironically, in Mora’s next fight he lost a split decision to Brian Vera 18-5 (11). Shane has blamed Mora practically being a middleweight and a defensive first minded fighter as the reasons why he wasn’t impressive during the fight. And although that may be partly true, I believe it’s more the case of how Mosley has regressed as a fighter.

Before Mosley’s high profile bout with Floyd Mayweather in May of last year both fighters were subjected to Olympic style blood and drug testing. In the dressing room before going out to the ring the night of the fight, Mosley looked like an empty package shadow boxing and warming up. And it’s my belief that Mosley had to give up a lot more blood for the testing before the fight than Mayweather did. No, I cannot prove it but with the suspicion being around Mosley more than Mayweather in regards to fighters using supposed performance enhancing drugs, that’s what my instincts tell me. And when it comes to the behind the scenes goings on in professional boxing, I trust my instincts.

What I can speak to with impunity is what transpired over the course of the 12-rounds Shane and Floyd spent in the ring against each other. After a somewhat uneventful first round, Mosley almost put Floyd away with a right hand during the second round. Mayweather survived the round and seemed to be recovered by the bell ending it. Starting in the third round and all the way through the 12th and final round, Mayweather was in control of the bout. For 10 straight rounds Floyd out thought and fought Mosley – and he didn’t do it by running and using the circumference of the ring in order to avoid engaging with him.

Actually, Mayweather stood right in front of Mosley and beat him with his jab. Once Floyd saw that he could stymie and disrupt Mosley’s offense with just a jab, he picked it up and mixed in some one-twos. On top of being neutralized offensively, Shane was frozen mentally and physically. With him not being sure if it was smarter to try and lead or counter, Mayweather cut loose and gave him more to think about. And a lot of that had to do with Shane’s physical decline as a fighter. In actuality, there was no reason for Mayweather to fight Mosley the way Roy Jones did Antonio Tarver during their rubber match. And that’s what’s so disappointing about Mosley saying he’ll do better against Pacquiao than he did Mayweather because Manny won’t avoid fighting him the way Mayweather did.

The fact is Mayweather did try to fight Shane. And for whatever the reason was, Mayweather stood right in front of him and got the better of it. It didn’t matter what Mosley did or tried, Mayweather  controlled the bout from a physical vantage point for the last 10 rounds. In fact he looked like the bigger and stronger fighter. Even when Mosley became desperate and attempted to impose himself physically over Mayweather, he looked unsure and out of sync.

Since he’s turned pro Mosley has been a great ambassador for professional boxing. He’s always been more than willing to fight the best available even when it wasn’t the best move for his career business wise. It’s great to see him getting his two biggest paydays at the end of his career. However, it’s dishonest for him to reiterate that he matches up better with Pacquiao because Manny will engage him unlike Mayweather. If you really think about it, Pacquiao engaging him will probably be the reason why there’s a good chance he’ll be subjected to the worst beating of his career.

As of 2011 Manny Pacquiao’s style is much better suited to thump Mosley more than Mayweather’s was/is. On the other hand Mayweather is much better equipped to deal with Pacquiao than an almost 40 year old Mosley. At this stage of the game both Mayweather and Pacquiao can better Mosley via boxing, counter-punching or attacking him.

I don’t think anyone would dispute that Shane Mosley was one of the two or three greatest lightweights since Roberto Duran ruled the division circa 1972-78. But if you buy that Shane looked so flat against Mayweather because he couldn’t find him, you’ve been mislead or didn’t see the fight. Mayweather held his ground and fought Mosley and got the best of it. Pacquiao will also be able to hold his ground and out fight him on May 7th.



“Thrilla in Manila 2” for Manny Pacquiao vs. Devon Alexander Soon

TEL AVIV - OCTOBER 27:  Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson (L) and American boxing promoter Don King speak during the concert celebration for the Peres Center for Peace's10th anniversary at the Tel Aviv opera October 27, 2008 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shimon Peres, the ninth President of the State of Israel, founded the non-profit Center for Peace as means to promote peace activities in the Middle East.  (Photo by Pavel Wolberg-Pool/Getty Images) Don King with Sara Ferguson

By Leo Reyes (Featured Columnist) on January 24, 2011
Promoter Don King of the promotions company bearing his name, in collaboration with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotions, is mulling a possible fight between pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao and upcoming boxing star Devon Alexander possibly before the end of the year.

The possible match is anchored on Devon Alexander winning his fight over undefeated boxer Timothy Bradley.

Devon Alexander, who is undefeated in his boxing career, is scheduled to face Bradley on Jan. 29 for the WBC/WBO Light welterweight titles at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan.

The flamboyant heavyweight figure said granting that Alexander gets past Timothy Bradley in their WBC light welterweight clash on Jan. 29, he will work it out with Bob Arum, and make the fight happen, reports.

King and Arum, who conspired in bringing the Ali vs. Frazier trilogy to Manila on Oct. 1, 1975, were recently pictured together, smiling, back in each other’s arms following a feud that lasted for decades.

Part I of the “Thrilla in Manila” took place in Quezon City, Philippines between heavyweight boxers Muhammad Ali and Joe Frasier.

The  Thrilla in Manila was the third and final famous  boxing match between  Muhammad Ali and  Joe Frazier for the Heavyweight Boxing Championship of the World, fought at the  Araneta Coliseum in  Quezon City,  Metro Manila,  Philippines on Oct. 1, 1975.

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Don King and Bob Arum are co-promoting the upcoming fight between Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico, who is under Arum’s Top Rank Promotions, and Ricardo Mayorga of Managua, Nicaragua.

Asked about the possibility of the fight happening, King said, “Well, we’re going to be working on it. I understand exactly where we are and I will make lonesome Bob happy and he won’t be lonesome any more,” the 79-year-old King told boxing editor Lem Satterfield.

“When we get past Tim Bradley, there won’t be anywhere else to go because we’ve talked about Manny Pacquiao for Ricardo Mayorga. But Devon Alexander is a Jewel of The Nile and he will be there shining brilliantly. When he wins this fight on Jan. 29, then he will be able to stand tall and to say, ‘Let’s do it.’

“So, categorically, we will jump through a hoop to get to Manny Pacquiao. That would be another Thrilla in Manila,” King told Satterfield.

Meanwhile, Manny Pacquiao will be traveling to the US shortly to take part in the promotion for his upcoming fight with Shane Mosley on May 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum earlier said a possible meeting between Pacquiao and US President Barack Obama will take place during the Washington segment of the press tour. He said Pacquiao may be presented to the US Senate as guest during the tour.

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Manny Pacquiao: Will Boxing Struggle When He Retires?

ARLINGTON, TX - MARCH 13:  Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines throws a punch in the ring against Joshua Clottey of Ghana during the WBO welterweight title fight at Cowboys Stadium on March 13, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. Pacquiao defeated Clottey by unanimou

Manny Pacquiao definitely isn’t showing any signs of a letdown.

Boxing’s pound-for-pound champ looked strong in both of his wins over Joshua Clottey and Antonio Margarito last year. Pacquiao will return to the ring on May 7 when he faces Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The fight has drawn heavy criticism, even from Pacquiao fans who were hoping to see a third fight with Juan Manuel Marquez. Of course, most boxing fans still want a megafight with Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., but at this point there are thoughts about whether the fight will ever happen and whether Mayweather is simply ducking him.

Beating Mosley and fighting Mayweather seem like the final things left in what’s already a tremendous legacy. Question is: What happens when Pacquiao retires? Will boxing persevere after he’s gone, or will it be in trouble? 

Let’s discuss. Here are five reasons it will struggle, and five why it will be just fine:

HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 03:  Sugar Ray Leonard poses beside the Waikato River at SKYCITY on September 3, 2009 in Hamilton, New Zealand.  (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

It’s realistic to expect a downturn of sorts when you lose a superstar. It’s what happened when Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard both retired for good, but the key is to make sure there are other high profile fights being made and other fighters who are emerging and putting themselves in line for title shots. 

NEW YORK - APRIL 20: Mike Tyson attends Sony Pictures Classics' screening of 'Tyson' at the AMC Loews 19th Street on April 20, 2009 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)

This won’t be something new for boxing to lose a superstar. The sport has continued to persist and even grow after greats like Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and Mike Tyson have finished fighting. Fans always miss watching them, but at the same time, their absence also gives other fighters a chance to get the spotlight.

Sports fans can appreciate talented boxers, but they’re drawn in by brawlers and fighters. Pacquiao has been one of the best. He hasn’t been afraid to stand in and trade, and can also take punishment.

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 13:  Manny Pacquiao (white trunks) of the Philippines throws a punch against Antonio Margarito (black trunks) of Mexico during their WBC World Super Welterweight Title bout at Cowboys Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Arlington, Tex

Boxing certainly isn’t hurting in the talent department. There are still plenty of great fighters to watch like Miguel Cotto, Juan Manuel Marquez and Andre Berto (pictured). The problem, of course, lies in the heavyweight division and lack of talented American heavyweights, with the Klitschko brothers really the only thing worth seeing.

NEW YORK - APRIL 21:  WBC Welterweight Champion, Andre Berto attends ESPN the Magazine's 7th Annual Pre-Draft Party at Espace on April 21, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Getty Images for ESPN)

Fact is that boxing will continue to be on life support as long as the heavyweight division remains so dreadful. There isn’t a true, viable, charismatic American heavyweight right now who can capture the public’s attention, and mainstream sports fans won’t waste their time watching hulkish heavyweights from Britain or Eastern Europe.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12:  Former heavyweight champion of the world, Lennox Lewis, steps in between David Haye and Audley Harrison as they go face to face during the official weigh-in at The Lowry Theatre on November 12, 2010 in Manchester, Engla

Boxing, in a way, is the sports equivalent of termites or roaches: It’s been around forever, and isn’t leaving anytime soon. Boxing may not be what it once was on a national scale here in America, but it continues to expand its reach around the globe and attract more fighters from Latin America, eastern Europe and southeast Asia. 

NEW YORK - JUNE 05:  Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico looks on during the WBA world super welterweight title fight against Yuri Foreman (not pictured) on June 5, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Cotto wins by TKO in the ninth round

Even with Pacquiao still around, promoters are still struggling with how to grow the sport and market it and fighters to mainstream sports fans. There are more opportunities than ever now for the sport to extend its reach through social media, Internet radio and the continued emergence of more websites that are wanting to provide fans with more information and news about the sport. 

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 13:  Manny Pacquiao (white trunks) of the Philippines raises his hand in the air as he stands in the ring waiting to fight against Antonio Margarito (black trunks) of Mexico during their WBC World Super Welterweight Title bout at

If there is someone who’s on the cusp of superstardom, it’s middleweight king Sergio Martinez. He’s got the looks and the talent to attract fans, and the middleweight division has always garnered respect among even mainstream sports fans for ages.

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - NOVEMBER 20:  Sergio Martinez enters the ring against Paul Williams for the Middleweight Championship fight on November 20, 2010 at The Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Boxing always thrives when it has a superstar, a face to the sport. Someone who will draw people in. Pacquiao has been drawing fans in, along with Floyd Mayweather Jr., but you can’t really say Floyd will keep carrying the sport, since his legal troubles haven’t been decided.

Martinez would be the most likely heir to this position, but time will tell if he can capture the public’s imagination like Pacquiao and Mayweather have. 

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 01: Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr watches a game between the Miami Heat  and the Detroit Pistons at American Airlines Arena on December 1, 2010 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading a

Pacquiao definitely is carrying the sport right now, but his name doesn’t carry the same weight in America—especially among mainstream fans—as that of Oscar De La Hoya, Mike Tyson or Evander Holyfield. Pacquiao’s had great pay-per-view numbers, but those three consistently set records and were able to cross over and attract people who didn’t follow boxing to watch their fights.

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 13:  Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines makes his way to the ring for his fight against Antonio Margarito (black trunks) of Mexico during their WBC World Super Welterweight Title bout at Cowboys Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Arli

Boxing certainly will miss Pacquiao once he retires, but the sport’s growth and its problems don’t hinge on him alone. As long as promoters keep a business-as-usual mindset and don’t seek new avenues and means to market fighters and fights, then boxing will continue to remain a niche sport and become less and less relevant while UFC builds momentum and flourishes.

ARLINGTON, TX - MARCH 13:  Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines looks on in the ring against Joshua Clottey of Ghana during the WBO welterweight title fight at Cowboys Stadium on March 13, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. Pacquiao defeated Clottey by unanimous deci

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R.I.P. Danny Nardico – The only fighter to deck former world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta‏

Daniel R. “Danny” Nardico was awarded the Silver Star on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands on May 2, 1945, during World War II, while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.

The Silver Star is the third highest medal awarded by the Corps for bravery above and beyond the cDaniel R. “Danny” Nardico was awarded the Silver Star on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands on May 2, 1945, during World War II, while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. The Silver Star is the third highest medal awarded by the Corps for bravery above and beyond the call of duty. His legs bore the scars of his war-time experience. Commenting on going into professional boxing, “After World War II, everything in life is a cakewalk.”

The only fighter to deck former world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta, Nardico was furious when the movie, Raging Bull, failed to mention his knockdown of LaMotta.

Danny Nardico, former boxer from Tampa, dies at 85

By KEITH MORELLI | The Tampa Tribune In his 85 years, Daniel R. “Danny” Nardico had seen the horrors of war and stared down a raging bull in the boxing ring. The former U.S. Marine veteran who won the Silver Star for valor in Okinawa during World War II and professional fighter who boxed out of Tampa in the early 1950s, died on Nov. 22 in California.

He is credited with being the only fighter to legitimately knock out Jake LaMotta, the brash middleweight and light-heavyweight champion from the Bronx. The fight was in Coral Gables on New Year’s Eve 1952 and was the first professional boxing match fought in Florida televised to a national audience. At the time, Nardico was ranked fifth in the world in the light-heavyweight division.

The match was part of a 67-fight career for Nardico which included 50 wins, 35 by knockout, 13 losses and four draws over five years ending in 1954.

A career in pugilism was no big deal, Nardico said after moving to Tampa to launch his life in the ring.

“After World War II,” he was quoted as saying, “everything in life is a cakewalk.”

According to, an online boxing encyclopedia, Nardico used a right hook to deck LaMotta in the seventh round of the 10-round light-heavyweight bout. The bout is available on YouTube and shows Nardico pummeling LaMotta after the knockdown, as LaMotta held on to the ropes to keep his balance. LaMotta left his guard down for clear shots to the head. Still, he did not go down again before the bell.

LaMotta’s corner stopped the fight before the eighth round began.

LaMotta was the subject of a Martin Scorsese movie, “The Raging Bull”, but there was no mention of Nardico’s knockdown, which made Nardico furious, said.

Nardico’s daughter, Danella Plum, who lives in California, said her father died Nov. 22.

“I remember my father as being as strong as an ox, just strong but tenderhearted,” she said. “He also was a godly man with a strong faith. He had a hard exterior but inside, he was as soft as a marshmallow.

“Everybody loved him,” she said. “Through the years, he made a lot of friends. He was fortunate to be surrounded by so many people that loved him.”

She has fond memories growing up in Tampa with a father who was a professional fighter.

“As a little girl,” she said, “I recalled my dad faithfully working out to stay fit and sometimes when he had exhausted all the weights, he’d actually use me instead.

“I remember the neighborhood kids peering in under the garage door as my dad would lift me above his head over and over again.”

“I remember when he got his cauliflower ear from a hard fight and his manager bringing him home, laying him on the sofa,” she said, “and letting loose a whole jar full of colorful leeches to suck out some of the excessive fluids.”

Plum said that while his boxing career brought him some measure of fame, it was his actions in World War II and later Korea that defined his life.

“His bravery began much earlier when he entered the U.S. Marines and fought in the Korean War, winning two Purple Hearts and a Silver Star at the age of 18 for his, ‘brave actions while serving as a squad leader in a Marine rifle platoon on Okinawa Shima, Ryukyu Islands on May 2, 1945.’ ”

She said Nardico moved his family from California to Tampa five years later and launched his boxing career under the management of Willie Pep, himself a former boxing champion.

During his boxing career, Nardico twice fought Charley Norkus, a top-ranked heavyweight who outweighed Nardico by nearly 20 pounds. Norkus won both fights, the first by a TKO in the ninth round. “The fight,” according to, “was a thriller with eight knockdowns.”

 The fight was so bloody, Plum said, that two months later, when the two boxed again, ringside spectators brought newspapers to protect themselves from being splattered by blood. Norkus won that bout by decision.

Plum said her father was honored in 1996 by the Veteran Boxers Association which called him a “great competitor, a dynamic puncher, a credit to the boxing game and yet a very mild-mannered gentleman.”

After his boxing career, he served as the recreational director of the Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City for 13 years.

When Nardico retired, he and his wife Rachael of 42 years moved to Cool, Calif.

Plum said his last few years of his life, her father suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, believed to have stemmed from the hard blows to the head accumulated throughout his short boxing career.

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World Class Referee and Good Guy, Benjy Esteves, Jr.

Hi Guys,
Hope all is well with you and your loved ones as well.
I am not sure if I ever mentioned that I have a God daughter named Carly Nieves who is currently battling  Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and I was asked by her Mom and Dad (Lisa & my cousin Carlos) to see if I could get a few Boxing personalities to come an assist with a blood drive/bone marrow registry drive that is happening on Dec. 18th, 2010. See the address and details below.
I have never asked any of you for anything in the past but if I could get some of you guys to come by and spend a few hours with these kids maybe sign autographs or take photos with the donors and bone marrow registrants I think we could really do some good. I know this may be an inconvenience to some of you and I will respect you if you cannot make it to this event and most of all I will never, ever hold it against anyone that cannot attend. 
I know that there is a lot going on during this time of the year.
If any of you can attend please let me know so that we can do some advertising to get the public to come and see that Boxers and the Boxing community does care about these kids and are willing to help make a difference.
Please see the flyer on the previous email which has some information on this very important event.     
The Blood Drive and Bone Marrow registry is between the hours of 9am- 3pm at:
Christ the King Regional High School 
68-02 Metropolitan Avenue 
Middle Village,NY. 
Thank you and please feel free to forward this email to anyone you feel can assist.
Always in your corner,
Benjy Esteves, Jr.
732-238-7966 (H)
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Lennox Lewis vs Vitali Klitschko Rematch

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By James Slater: Former heavyweight king and all-time great Lennox Lewis gave an exclusive and highly interesting interview on T.V last night in the U.K, as he spoke candidly before Sky Sports cameras. The retired legend, now aged 45, made it abundantly clear he will NOT be fighting again; saying how he is aghast to see former foes Evander Holyfield, Hasim Rahman and Shannon Briggs still trying to recapture what they were able to do in their twenties – an “impossible” goal, according to the three-time ruler.

The hour-long interview was full of interesting and revealing comments from the father of three, but it was when he spoke about his epic, somewhat controversial fight with Vitali Kitschko (Lewis’ final fight) that Lennox was most interesting.

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Lewis spoke about how he is “always” asked why he never came back to fight Klitschko again, and he gave his reasons for not returning to give us the fight some fans (and Vitali himself) have obsessed about ever since 2003.

“People always ask me why I never came back to fight [Vitali] Kitschko [again],” Lewis said to Sky Sports. “The reason was, I had no hunger for Klitschko – he never said he wanted to eat my children, he never bit me in the leg (as former opponent Mike Tyson had done). He never did anything like that.

“So, when it came time for me to see if I should fight Klitschko again, I thought – at my worst, at my worst! I beat Klitschko and look what I did to his face! I was at my worst – just think [what would’ve happened] if I’d trained just a little bit harder. I didn’t need to fight him again.”

Indeed, fans do tend to forget that Lewis, who had originally trained for a fight with Kirk Johnson the June night he met late replacement Klitschko, had only a limited amount of time to get ready for “Dr Iron Fist” and his style of fighting. Yet still Lewis busted up Klitschko and won via TKO.

Lewis was asked if he feels he would have won had the fight not been stopped due to the quite horrific cuts Klitschko suffered in that great action fight.

“Of course,” Lewis answered. “What I did to Klitschko was, I brought him into the deep water. After five rounds, that was it – the same as it was with Frank Bruno. That’s the problem today with the heavyweights, they only train for a five round fight, and that’s why the Klitschkos beat them, because they are in such great condition.”

Lewis was asked just who gave him his toughest-ever fight. And though Lennox said all his fights were tough in one way or another, the name Ray Mercer came up.

“Ray Mercer was tough,” Lewis admitted. “They put me in a small ring with him! That was a great fight. They really wanted to test my heart, so they gave me that fight. He [Mercer] asked me some questions with his combinations, and I answered him with combinations!”

As to the two losses Lewis suffered in his pro career – to Oliver McCall in 1994 and to Hasim Rahman in 2001 (both avenged) – the 45-year-old gave his reasons for why he lost the two big upsets; McCall first:

“The first loss, to McCall – his right hand got there first,” he said. “And then the referee counted fast. I was up on my feet, and I was like “what are you doing!?” “Let me go on.” But that loss helped me, that and the loss to Hasim Rahman – in that it rekindled the flame that was dwindling in me.”

And why he lost to Rahman?

“Everything was not aligned for me that day. Ask ten people why I lost that fight and they’ll give you ten different reasons. It was the altitude, the different timing, being in a different place – I‘m not trying to make any excuse. But it was a lucky shot, to tell you the truth. In the second fight he never touched me and he couldn’t understand it.”

Lewis did indeed look flawless in the 4th-round KO revenge win over “The Rock,” and he explained to Sky Sports viewers the difference between the lucky punch Rahman won with, and the deliberate shot he himself won the second fight with.

“A lucky shot is a shot that is thrown one time and connects one time,” he explained. “It’s not like the man meant to do it. In the second fight between me and him, I was throwing my right hand from round one, that means I meant to knock him out with that right hand. That was no lucky shot I knocked him out with!”

It’s tough to argue with much of what Lennox says, and maybe now fans will put to rest the idea that he “ducked” a return with Vitali Klitschko.

Indeed, even his harshest critics will surely agree: Lennox Lewis did all that was required of him during his tenure in the sport of boxing!

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Arum: Mayweather missed deadline, Cotto or Margarito negotiations to begin


By Karl Freitag

At midnight PT/3AM ET, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum announced that Floyd Mayweather has missed the deadline for exclusive negotiations for a showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Mayweather. Arum revealed that HBO’s Ross Greenburg had seemingly brokered a deal with Mayweather’s manager Al Haymon, but Mayweather hasn’t signed on. Arum said he will now be talking to the camps of Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito next week about fighting Manny in November, although if Mayweather comes out of hibernation before a deal is made with Cotto or Margarito, Pacquiao-Mayweather could still be made. Arum stated he believes that Floyd has a good reason for not committing to the fight, perhaps the uncertainty over the availability trainer Roger Mayweather due to legal problems.

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