Kobe Bryant is a huge boxing fan/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Lakers, NBA.com
We caught up to Kobe Bryant after his team was defeated by the Miami Heat 78-75 on Tuesday night at Staples Center. Bryant is an avid boxing fan and has visited the Wild Card gym in Hollywood to watch Manny Pacquiao train.
We asked Bryant his thoughts on what might happen should a fight between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. come to fruition. Bryant did not make a prediction, but he did have two interesting thoughts.
First, he said, “Manny Pacquiao is going to have to make some adjustments.”
Bryant also gave Mayweather quite a compliment.
“Floyd Mayweather is a boxing genius,” Bryant said.
Manny Pacquiao/Photo courtesy of Top Rank Inc.
Guess what Manny Pacquiao will be doing while awaiting word of his next opponent? Judging the 63rd Miss Universe Pageant, of course. The pageant will take place Jan. 25 and be televised on NBC.
Pacquiao was among the first group of judges selected. The others are Kristin Cavallari (TV host), actor William Levy, Lisa Vanderpump (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) and Louise Roe (fashion journalist)
Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) most recently defended his welterweight world title with a wide decision over Chris Algieri on Nov. 23 in Macau, China.
Manny Pacquiao decked Chris Algieri six times and won a unanimous decision Saturday in China/Photo courtesy of Top Rank Inc.
Although Manny Pacquiao still couldn’t get his first knockout in five years, he did deck Chris Algieri six times on his way to a very wide unanimous decision on Saturday night in Macau, China.
Pacquiao won by scores of 119-103, 119-103 and 120-102 and retained his welterweight title. He is now 57-5-2.
Algieiri, of Huntington, Long Island, N.Y., suffered his first loss and is 20-1.
The fight was televised on HBO pay-per-view.
Pacquiao has not had a knockout since stopping Miguel Cotto in the 12th round in November 2009 in Las Vegas.
Manny Pacquiao will defend his welterweight title against Chris Algieri on Saturday night in China/Photo courtesy of Top Rank Inc.
After first failing to make the 144-pound catch-weight limit for his challenge to welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, Chris Algieri on Friday came back and weighed in under at 143.6 pounds; he first weighed 144.4, stripped down and then weighed 144.2. He was given two hours to shed the extra ounces, and he did.
Pacquiao weighed 143.8 pounds.
The welterweight limit is 147 unless there is an agreed upon catch-weight.
Algieir and Pacquiao will tangle Saturday night at the Venetian Resort in Macau, China (on HBO pay-per-view).
Chris Algieri/Photo courtesy of Star Boxing
It’s difficult to say what’s going to happen Saturday when Chris Algieri challenges Manny Pacquiao for his welterweight title in Macau, China (on HBO pay-per-view). One thing’s certain, Algieri will enter the fight full of confidence.
That much was evident this week when he touched on the notion that Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) allegedly has that hunger back that made him such a ferocious fighter.
“Now they tell me Manny has his killer instinct back,” Algieri said. “Well, come and try to get me.”
Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs), of Huntington, Long Island, N.Y., isn’t just blowing smoke to help the promotion. Remember, he’s the guy who got up from two first-round knockdowns to win a split-decision over then-junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov in June in Brooklyn. Anyone who can get up and do well after being decked twice in the first round by a vicious fighter like Provodnikov has big-time self-assurance. Don’t ever count out anyone of that ilk.
Manny Pacquiao/Photo courtesy of Top Rank Inc.
HBO’s “24/7: Pacquiao/Algieri” will be shown Saturday night about 10 on HBO after the light heavyweight title-unification bout between Bernard Hopkins and Sergey Kovalev.
It will promote the Nov. 22 welterweight title fight between champion Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and Chris Algieri of Huntington, N.Y. in Macau, China.
Pacquiao, 35, is 56-5-2 with 38 knockouts. Algieri, 30, is 20-0 with eight knockouts. The fight will be available on HBO pay-per-view.
Manny Pacquiao (left) and Brandon Rios pose at a news conference ahead of their Nov. 24 fight that took place in Macau, China/Photo by Associated Press
Brandon Rios of Oxnard has lost his past two fights, and that’s enough to ruin anyone’s groove. It almost doesn’t matter that the two losses came to a good fighter in Mike Alvarado and a Hall of Fame fighter like Manny Pacquiao. Bottom line is, Rios can ill-afford a third consecutive defeat when he takes on Diego Gabriel Chaves of Argentina in the welterweight main event Aug. 2 at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas (on HBO).
He knows that.
“It’s do or die for me and I will do what I have to do to win this fight,” said Rios, 28, and a former lightweight world champion.
After losing handily to Pacquiao by eight, 10 and 12 points on the scorecards, Rios might have taken on an easier opponent than Chaves (23-1, 19 KOs), who took tough Keith Thurman to 10 rounds before being stopped by Thurman in his only loss last July 27 in San Antonio.
Rios wanted noting resembling a patsy, though.
“I know I could have fought an easier opponent, but I want to show everyone what I am still capable of doing against a top level guy," he said.
Rios is 31-2-1 with 23 knockouts.
Chaves, 28, is ranked as high as the No. 6 welterweight by one governing body. Rios is unranked.
Promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank Inc. has extended his promotional contract with Manny Pacquiao, and it will now run through 2016.
“We are pleased that together with our partners at HBO we will continue presenting to the public fights of the great Manny Pacquiao through the end of 2016,” Arum said in a statement.
Pacquiao’s contract was due to expire at the end of this year. He recently won a rematch against Timothy Bradley, along with it the welterweight championship. His next fight could be a fifth go-round with Juan Manuel Marquez, who will be offered the fight, Arum said. However, Marquez said after his unanimous-decision victory over Mike Alvarado on Saturday at the Fabulous Forum that he will confer with his team and family members before deciding if he wants it.
Marquez is 1-2-1 against Pacquiao. Marquez knocked Pacquiao cold with one punch in the sixth round of their fourth fight in December 2012.
HBO this Saturday will show a replay of the welterweight title fight this past Saturday between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It was televised on HBO’s pay-per-view arm.
Pacquiao took the title by winning a unanimous decision over Bradley to avenge the controversial split-decision loss he took at the hands of Bradley in June 2012. Pacquiao on Saturday won by scores of 116-112, 116-112 and 118-110.
HBO will also replay the fight twice on Sunday.
If you followed Twitter at all Saturday, you likely would have seen plenty of tweets saying Manny Pacquiao was rather well ahead in his rematch against welterweight champion Timothy Bradley at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
They were correct as Pacquiao took the championship by scores of 116-112, 116-112 and 118-110. There was controversy in their first bout in June 2012 when Bradley was undeservedly judged the split-decision winner.