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Superstar MANNY "PAC MAN" PACQUIAO, from The Philippines, and Mexican buzz saw OSCAR "CHOLOLO"LARIOS will go mano-a-mano in a 12-round championship bout in the famous Araneta Coliseum Quezon City Philippines. Pacquiao, a world champion in three various weight divisions, will be defending his WBC International super featherweight title and fixed challenger position against former world champion and No. 1 contender Larios, Sunday, July 2, 2006 in the main event of a card which will be televised live at 6 P.M.in the Philippines.
Pacquiao, 41-3-2 (33 KOs), from General Santos City, returns to the ring fresh from his dramatic and historic victory in January where he dealt future Hall-of-Fame Erik Morales his first-ever knockout loss, stopping the three-division world champion in the 10th round, using his secret weapon, the barbarian punch known as "Manila Ice." The Morales-Pacquiao II broadcast was purchased by over 350,000 viewers making it an early contender for 2006 "Fight of the Year." Pacquiao has gone 15-1-2 in his last 18 bouts with all his victories coming by knockout, including a astounding stoppage of world champion Marco Antonio Barrera. A former WBC flyweight and IBF jr. featherweight champion, Pacquiao is the No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger to WBC 130-pound champion Barrera and a consensus Top-3 "Pound-for-Pound" fighter.
Larios, 56-4-1 (36 KOs), from Guadalajara, Mexico won his first world championship in his 49th professional bout, May 17, 2002, knocking out nemesis Israel Vazquez in the 12th round to earn the WBC interim super bantamweight title. Less than six months later, he knocked out undefeated WBC super bantamweight champion Willie Jorrin in the first round to solidify his place as the division's king. Larios reigned supreme over the super bantamweights for the next three years, successfully defending his title seven times, including two victories over former world champion Wayne McCullough and top-rated challengers Nedal Hussein, Shigeru Nakazato, Napaporn Kiatichoke and Kozo Ishii. In spite of being the WBC's No. 1-rated super bantamweight contender, Larios is looking forward to moving up in weight and challenging one of boxing's superlative in Pacquiao and is certain that the extra weight will give him the muscle needed to do the job Morales couldn't and that is knocking out "PacMan!"
Philippine-based ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation, the largest and the only multi-media and entertainment multinational in The Philippines, will broadcast the fight live around the globe. ABS-CBN programs are also viewed worldwide through The Filipino Channel (TFC), which reaches North America, Europe, the Middle East, Australia, Guam, Japan and other parts of Asia"
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JUNE 20, 2006
Manny Pacquiao fight over in 6 rounds, says trainer
IT will be end in six rounds or less.
Freddie Roach, Manny Pacquiao’s master tactician, made that prediction yesterday concerning the Filipino boxing hero’s fight against Mexican Oscar Larios on July 2 at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City Philippines.
Roach based his forecast from the way his ward shook off excess pounds and rust after a month-long training at his Wild Card gym in Hollywood.
“The match will not last long because it will be over in six rounds or less,” said Roach who flew in with Pacquiao yesterday morning.
In spite of being still over the 130-lb limit, Pacquiao’s trainers, manager and coach are certain that he will make the weight when it’s time to tip the scales.
“Manny’s trainers would tell you outright what a boxer’s condition is, and they say that Manny is in really good shape,” Eric Pineda, business manager to Pacquiao, told the Inquirer in a phone interview.
To underline that confidence, Pacquiao shrugged off jet-lag and plunged into training at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila from noon to 2 p.m.
The people inside the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines gym at the RMSC stood in silence for the two hours the champion Manny Pacquiao was there.
He forayed into a full workout, complete with speed ball, skip rope and abdominal exercises that includeed his daily dose of 1,000 crunches.
“I know that Larios has what it takes to win, and being a former world champion I will not underestimate his capability,” said Pacquiao.
The champ’s intellect and humor even came out when asked about Roach’s predictions.
“Six rounds? It’s scary if it lasts that long,” Pacquiao said half-jokingly.
Tomorrow, Pacquiao will fight with Russian Rustam Lugaev, whom he brought to the Philippines from Los Angeles.
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