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Israel Vazquez says the Tim Bradley rematch is a double-edged sword for Manny Pacquiao

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HustleBoss.com’s Chris Robinson speaks with former two-time junior featherweight champion Israel Vazquez about the upcoming rematch between Tim Bradley and Manny Pacquiao, set for the MGM Grand on April 12, 2014.

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Former two-time champion Israel Vazquez says the Tim Bradley rematch is like a double-edged sword for Manny Pacquiao

Former champion Israel Vazquez, left, speaking in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson – www.HustleBoss.com)


By Chris Robinson

These days, inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas, you will find former two- time junior featherweight champion Israel Vazquez, as he is assisting his younger brother, 16-year old flyweight prospect Damien, ahead of his fourth professional bout next month.

Vazquez spoke with me for a few minutes following the team’s regimen, as I was curious for his thoughts on the recently-announced rematch between WBO welterweight titlist Tim Bradley and Manny Pacquiao that is set for this April in Las Vegas.

“It’s a very interesting fight,” Vazquez would state. “But then again it’s a sword with a double edge because if [Pacquiao] loses, most of the bonuses he had going for himself he’s going to end up going without.”

Pacquiao’s last outing came in November, when he put on an exhibition of speed, angles, and movement during his unanimous decision victory over Brandon Rios.

“Very intelligent,” Vazquez claimed of Pacquiao’s effort. “Very good fight. Manny fought a very intelligent fight and what he did, because Rios is a heavy puncher, he was very intelligent to stay away from that and came out victorious.”

One month prior, Bradley scored a benchmark victory over Juan Manuel Marquez that saw him use all of the tricks in his book in pulling out a well-deserved split-decision victory.

“Very intelligent fight too,” Vazquez noted. “He did what he had to do to keep on scoring points and the public saw the outcome [for] what it really should have been.”

As for an official prediction come April 12, Vazquez wouldn’t get off the fence.

“I praise both of them and the winner is going to [be] whoever does the right thing,” he stated.

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Former champion Israel Vazquez and younger brother Damian speak ahead of ‘Sugar’s’ pro debut in Cancun

Israel Vazquez, right, helping younger brother Damian inside of the Magnifico Boxing Gym in Huntington Park, Calif. (Photo: Cindy Gonzales)

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By Chris Robinson

This Saturday night in Cancun, Mexico, Golden Boy Promotions will stage a show headlined by a junior lightweight title clash between WBC champion Takashi Miura and streaking contender Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson.

On the undercard, 16-year old Damian “Sugar” Vasquez will be making his professional debut when he squares off with Miguel Meneses.

A little of a year ago, Vasquez began creating some buzz around the Las Vegas gym scene after some brisk sparring sessions with some seasoned pros.

Vasquez was then training under the tutelage of Floyd Mayweather Sr., who heaped great praise upon him, but he now finds himself working with his older brother Israel, a former junior featherweight champion known best to fight fans for his memorable wars with Rafael Marquez.

Working out of his personal facility, the Magnifico Boxing Gym in Huntington Park, Calif., Israel was able to see first-hand the kind of attributes that his brother brings to the table.

“The way I see things, it’s very, very rare that a 16-year old has the potential to do the things he’s doing now,” Israel stated. “Dominating sparring partners at the age of 25, 26. That’s what makes him a very special young man and special fighter. I know that he’s going to be able to make his debut in devastating fashion.”
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Former champ Israel Vazquez disappointed not to see Nonito Donaire vs. Abner Mares happen

Chris Robinson catches up with former super bantamweight champion Israel Vazquez, as he reflects on his memorable wards with Rafael Marquez while speaking on the future of boxing. Vazquez notes that he is disappointed that fans won’t be seeing Nonito Donaire vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux anytime soon…
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Photos: Behind the scenes with Brandon Rios, Mikey and Robert Garcia, Leo Santa Cruz, Israel Vazquez, and others in Southgate, California

By Chris Robinson

On Sunday, Feb. 24, former lightweight champion Brandon ‘Bam Bam’ Rios hosted fans for a personal “meet and greet” at the Magnifico Boxing Gym in Southgate, California for a Momentum 4 Life charity event

Notables in the building included former champions Steven Luevano and Israel Vazquez, WBO featherweight champion Mikey Garcia, IBF bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz, Two-time trainer of the Year Robert Garcia, and former WBO female bantamweight champion Kaliesha West.

Rios faces Mike Alvarado on March 31st inside of the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas in a rematch to one of 2012’s best action fights that saw Brandon emerge with a 7th round TKO.

Photo credits: Chris Robinson – www.HustleBoss.com




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