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Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas Official Weigh-In

Manny Pacquiao and Jessie Vargas face off later tonight in Las Vegas (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

Later tonight, inside of the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev., WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KO’s) meets eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KO’s) in an attempt to make a first defense of his belt and also elevate his career to a new level.

Vargas is a heavy underdog, anywhere between 6-1 to 7-1 according to Las Vegas odds makers, but he is not short of any confidence heading into the most pivotal fight of his career.  Vargas is coming off of his biggest victory to date, a ninth-round TKO over previously unbeaten Olympian Sadam Ali this past March, while Pacquiao is returning following an announced retirement that came after his victory over Tim Bradley in their third encounter.

PHOTOS: Inside the Final Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas Press Conference

Manny Pacquiao and Jessie Vargas face off on Saturday night in Las Vegas (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

On Wednesday afternoon, inside of the Margaux Ballroom at the Wynn Las Vegas, the final press conference was held for this weekend’s Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas pay per view event.

Vargas (27-1, 10 KO’s) will defend his WBO welterweight belt against Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KO’s) from the Thomas & Mack Center in a fight that he is considered a 7-1 underdog.

VIDEO: Manny Pacquiao Media Day Highlights ahead of Nov. 5 Jessie Vargas bout

Manny Pacquiao training in Los Angeles ahead of his Nov. 5 bout in Las Vegas vs. Jessie Vargas (Photo: Mikey Williams)

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By Chris Robinson

We are a little over a week away from the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas showdown.

Set for Nov. 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev., Vargas (27-1, 10 KO’s) will defend his WBO welterweight title against Pacquiao (56-8-2, 38 KO’s), an eight-division titlist over his legendary career.

Manny Pacquiao and Jessie Vargas Face Off in Los Angeles

Manny Pacquiao and Jessie Vargas facing off in Los Angeles (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

There didn’t seem to be too much tension in the air on Thursday afternoon, Sep. 8, as WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KO’s) and eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao (56-8-2, 38 KO’s) came face to face inside of the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif.

Vargas and Pacquiao will face off on Nov. 5, inside of the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

PHOTOS: Terence Crawford defeats Viktor Postol

Terence Crawford defeated Viktor Postol on Saturday night (Photo: Mikey Williams)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, July 23, WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford (29-0, 20 KO’s) won a clear unanimous decision over former WBC champion Viktor Postol (28-1, 12 KO’s) to capture the aforementioned belt.

Crawford dropped Postol twice in the fifth and controlled the majority of the rounds. The Omaha native was poised with his attack and his movement threw Postol off of his game.

Terence Crawford says Brook is too small for Golovkin; ranks himself above ‘GGG’ in P4P race

Terence Crawford is in Las Vegas this weekend for his bout with Viktor Postol (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, July 23, WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford (28-0, 20 KO’s) faces off with WBC champion Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KO’s) in a unification matchup on HBO pay per view.

Crawford is regarded as one of the rising stars in the sport, and I was curious for his take on another big fight on the horizon, the Sep. 10 Gennady Golovkin vs. Kell Brook clash.

Freddie Roach gets candid on Crawford-Postol; says no Pacquiao if ‘Bud’ loses

Freddie Roach is eyeing a victory for Viktor Postol over Terence Crawford this weekend (Photo: Mikey Williams)

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By Chris Robinson

This weekend, from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev., a junior welterweight unification showdown will take place between WBO champion Terence Crawford and WBC champion Viktor Postol.

Multiple-time Trainer-of-the-Year Freddie Roach will be guiding Postol’s ship this weekend and was asked why he has so much faith in his charge ahead of the matchup.

PHOTOS: Robert Garcia Ready to Introduce the World to Light Heavyweight Prospect Oleksandr Gvozdyk

Marco Contreras, Oleksandr Gvozdyk, and trainer Robert Garcia inside of the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

This Saturday night, from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev., emerging light heavyweight prospect Oleksandr Gvozdyk will put his undefeated record on the line against veteran Tommy Karpency.

Gvozdyk (10-0, 8 KO’s) is a native of the Ukraine and if he is to get by Karpency (26-5-1, 15 KO’s) this weekend, there should be big things in store for him.

Jessie Vargas speaks from Vegas training camp ahead of Kell Brook clash

Jessie Vargas training with Dewey Cooper inside of City Athletic Boxing in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Later this year, WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas will collide with IBF titlist Kell Brook in a can’t-miss matchup overseas.

Vargas (27-1, 10 KO’s) is already in training camp, putting in some technical work with his trainer Dewey Cooper and assistant David Hayes. City Athletic Boxing in West Las Vegas is serving as Vargas’ home gym for the Brook assignment, and the intensity will sure build as the matchup draws near.

Steve Forbes reflects on Pac-Bradley III; says he always believed Mayweather had edge over Manny

Manny Pacquiao defeated Tim Bradley in their third encounter (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday, April 9, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao produced a commanding victory in defeating Tim Bradley in their trilogy matchup at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Pacquiao (57-8-2, 38 KO’s) dropped Bradley (33-2-1, 13 KO’s) twice in the second half of the fight and may indeed be retiring after this victory.

PHOTOS: Manny Pacquiao emerges victorious over Tim Bradley in trilogy showdown at the MGM

Manny Pacquiao may have fought his last bout as a professional (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao defeated former two-division titlist Timothy Bradley in clear fashion.

There were several close rounds, yet Pacquiao (57-8-2, 38 KO’s) again dominated key spots over the second half of the match, dropping Bradley (33-2-1, 13 KO’s) in rounds seven and nine. Nothing is for certain regarding Pacquiao’s future, yet the Filipino icon appears to be hinting towards retirement.

Manny Pacquiao drops Bradley twice, takes decision; Tim eyeing retirement?

Manny Pacquiao defeated Tim Bradley on Saturday night (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

Moments ago, from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev., eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao captued a clear unanimous decision victory against friendly rival Tim Bradley.

Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KO’s) started cautiously against Bradley (33-2-1, 13 KO’s), as the two men appeared to trade the early rounds. Pacquiao’s class began to show in the middle rounds, as he began picking Bradley off with sharp counters.

Pacquiao Sparring Partner Lydell Rhodes thinks Manny ‘can and will’ keep fighting after Bradley

Manny Pacquiao faces Tim Bradley later tonight in Las Vegas (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

Later tonight, inside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., Manny Pacquiao will face Tim Bradley for the third time in a welterweight attraction on HBO pay per view.

For this particular camp, Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KO’s) again worked with lightweight contender Lydell Rhodes, both in the Philippines and in Los Angeles. Hustle Boss caught up with Rhodes following yesterday’s weigh-in and he seems to feel his friend will find a way to perform under pressure.

VIDEO: Manny Pacquiao vs. Tim Bradley III Official Weigh-In

Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley will meet for a third time later tonight in Las Vegas (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

Later tonight, inside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao will meet two-division titlist Tim Bradley in a trilogy showdown on HBO pay per view.

At yesterday’s weigh-in, Bradley (33-1-1, 13 KO’s) hit the scales at 146.5 pounds while Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KO’s) came in weighing 145.5 pounds. Pacquiao, the beloved Filipino icon, claims this will be his last official fight but there is a lingering sense that he will keep competing after this.

PHOTOS: On The Scene With Naoki Fukuda During Pacquiao-Bradley III Fight Week in Las Vegas

It’s Fight Week In Las Vegas (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

During any fight week in Las Vegas you are sure to run into your usual cast of characters. There are a lot of good people in the sport, both in the media and pugilistic field, and it’s good to catch up with everyone during these times.

Manny Pacquiao faces Tim Bradley on Saturday night, from the MGM Grand here in Las Vegas, and those in press row have been busy as usual. Our friend Naoki Fukuda has been kind enough to share some of his images through the early fight week days.

PHOTOS: Terence Crawford beats down Hank Lundy in five rounds

Terence Crawford was too much for Hank Lundy on Saturday night (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

It was business as usual for WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford this past Saturday night, as he stopped a brave but outgunned Hank Lundy inside of five rounds in front of a sold-out crowd of 5,092 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.

On HBO’s airwaves, Crawford was calm and calculated as always, as he brushed off a strong start by Lundy before breaking him down in the fifth with a knockdown and a barrage of punches soon afterwards that prompted referee Steve Willis to call a halt to the action.

PHOTOS: Tim Bradley triumphs over Brandon Rios in Las Vegas

Tim Bradley was successful vs. Brandon Rios on Saturday night (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

Who would have imagined that Timothy Bradley would have stopped Brandon Rios on Saturday night in Las Vegas?

That’s exactly what happened, as the Palm Springs native successfully defended his WBO welterweight title on HBO’s airwaves with a dominating ninth round TKO over Rios.

Brandon Rios announces his retirement from boxing following TKO loss to Timothy Bradley

Brandon Rios and trainer Robert Garcia prior to his fight with Timothy Bradley (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

It’s been quite a career for former lightweight champion Brandon Rios.

A Kansas native who now calls Oxnard, Calif. his home, Rios was able to beat the odds stacked against him by winning the WBA lightweight champion of the world while also entertaining fans with several memorable action fights during his career.

PHOTOS: Final Tim Bradley vs. Brandon Rios Press Conference

Tim Bradley and Brandon Rios in Las Vegas (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

On Thursday, Nov. 5, soon-to-be opponents Brandon Rios and Tim Bradley faced off with one another at their final press conference inside of the Wynn Las Vegas ahead of their HBO-scheduled showdown this Saturday night from the Thomas & Mack Center.

Bradley (32-1-1, 12 KO’s) will put his WBO welterweight title on the line against Rios (33-2-1, 24 KO’s), a former titlist in the lightweight ranks. in a matchup that has the city and the boxing world anticipating a memorable one.

Buzz for Terence Crawford vs. Manny Pacquiao grows following ‘Bud’s’ 10th round TKO over Dierry Jean

Terence Crawford scored another stoppage victory on Saturday night (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Oct. 24, WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford scored a first successful defense of his strap with a stirring 10th round TKO victory over tough contender Dierry Jean.

Once again showcasing HBO’s airwaves, Crawford (27-0, 19 KO’s) was too strong and precise for his Haitian-Canadian foe, who drops to 29-2 with 20 knockouts.