Magic 2023 was in full swing, and the second leg of Las Vegas reminded me of the good old days from a decade ago as wholesalers and suppliers packed the Convention Center if not to escape the scorching 115 heat, but to also connect and reconnect with partners, clients and old acquaintances.
One new amazing feature at the convention center that we didn’t have back in the day is the Tesla Tunnel. I’ve seen some videos and heard through colleagues about it, but to actually ride it is truly impressive.
Manny Pacquiao trains for Errol Spence Jr. (Ryan Hafey – Premier Boxing Champions)
By: Dennis Guillermo
Less than two weeks away from their showdown in Las Vegas, and after a judge recently denied an injunction against Manny Pacquiao by a sports management group for some failed dealings that threatened to block his August 21 date with Errol Spence, Jr., it looks like boxing fans are finally going to enjoy a real blockbuster fight in 2021 after watching a few big ones slip through for reasons that vary from the inevitable such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which postponed Fury-Wilder 3, to the absurd such as the online beef between Nonito Donaire, Jr. and Johnriel Casimero that led to the Filipino Flash pulling out of the highly-anticipated all-Filipino title unification.
With any luck (and if both camps take their precautions seriously) hopefully we all finally get to see Pacquiao and Spence lock horns and answer some lingering questions I, as well as many other savants and fans of the sweet science, have leading up to this intriguing matchup. Continue reading →
Manny Pacquiao back to back with his August 21 opponent Errol Spence Jr.
By: Dennis Guillermo
Eight-division World Champion and Philippines Senator Manny Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39KOs) resumed sparring at the Wild Card Gym in LA on Tuesday, two days after his press conference with Errol Spence (27-0, 21KOs) to promote their much-anticipated showdown at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on August 21.
Pacquiao, who returned to LA last week for his grueling final six weeks of training camp, shook off two-years worth of ring rust against two taller sparring partners tasked to mimic Spence; Maurice Lee (12-1, 5KOs) and Alexis Rocha (17-1, 11KOs), both southpaws and listed at 5’10”. Pacquiao has been putting in work at the Wild Card and has impressed his trainer Freddie Roach and observers with his conditioning despite his two-year layoff from boxing. After his initial sparring last Thursday, Pacquiao did six rounds on Tuesday, four with Rocha, two with Lee. Continue reading →
Nonito Donaire is a champion again (Photo: Esther Lin – SHOWTIME)
By Dennis Guillermo
His voice didn’t crack.
“I’m going to knock him out,” Nonito Donaire, Jr. said intently.
Days prior to the most crucial bout in the advanced stage of his boxing career, Donaire waxed prophetic to those who cared to ask and listen to how he planned to turn back the hands of time and steamroll through the younger and unbeaten champion he was about to face in Nordine Oubaali and snag the WBC bantamweight strap in the process.
Manny Pacquiao’s legend continues to grow with his latest conquest of the previously unbeaten Keith Thurman.
Boxing’s only eight-division world champion, Pacquiao (62-7-2) at 40, not only gave Thurman (29-1) the first loss of his career and strangled the WBA welterweight “super” champion away from the much younger Floridian, he also proved that true legends overcome age. Continue reading →
Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman are ready to fight (Photo: Stephanie Trapp – TGB Promotions)
By: Dennis Guillermo
Las Vegas – In a few hours Keith “One Time” Thurman (29-0) finally gets his chance to add the legendary Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao (61-7-2) to his list of conquered foes. It would easily be the most precious feather in his cap.
Thurman has said a lot of things leading up to this fight; from hurling insults to singing Pacquiao’s praises all in the same sentence. Round zero goes to the WBA super champion. He won the verbal battle, for sure, and it’s safe to say he’s gotten under Pacquiao’s skin more than one time (pun intended). But can he capitalize on that proverbial point and win the war? Continue reading →
Adrien Broner speaking at the final press conference ahead of his showdown with Manny Pacquiao (Photo: Chris Farina – Mayweather Promotions)
by: Dennis Guillermo
Adrien “The Problem” Broner definitely had some problems with some people heading into Wednesday’s final press conference for his much-anticipated bout with Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Arena this weekend.
“I’m pissed off, for real. Coming here doing this press conference in this little ass room,” Broner announced to the media gathered at the David Copperfield Theater. “They didn’t spend money on our shit like our fight ain’t nothin. I see what they’re trying to say, but they won’t do this shit anymore after I win this fight,” Broner added. Continue reading →
Manny Pacquiao During His Media Day Ahead of Adrien Broner Fight (Photo: Chris Farina)
by: “dSource” – Dennis Guillermo / Twitter @dRealSource
Like a blur, a flurry of five, six, eight-punch combinations. Most have been given fair warning, and blokes like Ricky Hatton even swore he had studied and knew what was coming. “Right hook, roll under,” The Hitman waxed philosophical. Fighters like him should be scaring the shit out of you. Most meteors like the one tattooed on his left forearm will when it connects. But then he flashes his smile and swindles you with his humility. Just enough to make you think he can’t be that vicious in the ring.
Millions of pupils dilate with fatal anticipation. Another legendary boxer’s ass kisses the canvas. Barrera, Morales, Mosley, Bradley, Cotto, and yes Hatton too. Not sure what happened to what he studied regarding that right hook and roll under, but he ate a left cross and graduated in round 2. Last names of first ballot Hall of Famers and some of the greatest pugilists in history. Victims. Or as Shaq likes to call em, “barbecue chicken.” Continue reading →