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18 NOVEMBER 2018

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Pacquiao Conference Call Implodes

By Marc Livitz: The day has finally arrived or at least it is very close to doing so. As has been the case so many times in the city of Las Vegas, a fight of incredible magnitude will stop traffic, divert the majority of attention and find itself on the lips just about everyone. No longer will the second or third question directed at Manny Pacquiao from a reporter, fan or anyone else involve when and if he will fight Floyd Mayweather, Jr. The time is now and to some degree, the world, literally will be watching. Hotel rooms sold out in a flash, plane flights are at a premium and tickets to the most anticipated bout of this generation are in such demand that they shockingly have yet to officially surface.


Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KO’s) will not only take part in a fight that beckons his home country of the Philippines to come to a standstill, but one that will polarize much of the planet as well. This is not just big. This is it. As noble and admirable as Manny is, he nevertheless has made it known that he wants to win now more than ever and the end of his career may soon follow. Throughout his storied career, Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KO’s) has made boxing history by becoming the sport’s only eight division champion and shot to worldwide fame during a seven year, fifteen bout unbeaten run beginning in 2005. Various setbacks in 2012 including a despicable decision loss to Tim Bradley and a no-nonsense knockout defeat to Juan Manuel Marquez may not have been enough to send the "Pac Man" very far down the list of the sports top draws by any stretch, however. It didn’t seem right to do with a man who had been awarded "Fighter of the Decade" honors and had amassed victories over such names as Marco Antonio Barrera, the aforementioned Marquez, Erik Morales, Oscar de la Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Shane Mosley and Antonio Margarito.


Two of Manny’s last three bouts since his December 2012 loss to Marquez have been in the gambling hotbed of Macau, S.A.R., China and his career found a new upswing by way of dominating performances in all of them (Brandon Rios, UD, a rematch with Bradley, UD 12 and Chris Algieri, UD 12). Although the notion of an eventual superfight between Pacquiao and unbeaten Floyd Mayweather, Jr. seemed to dim over the last few years, by the end of 2014 matters were beyond clear and collectively speaking, the two combatants had nowhere else to turn (or run, depending on who is asked).


Pacquiao, trainer Freddie Roach and Top Rank CEO Bob Arum were set to take part in an international media conference call yesterday afternoon, however it was abruptly halted just moments into it after problems with the phone systems seemed to break down. "Hello, everyone", said Pacquiao. "Training has been going very good and I’m very happy to be here." The always friendly Manny found that this would be all he would have the chance to say as Arum voiced his frustrations over the phone call. "This is ridiculous", he commented. "This call is over. We’ll have to reschedule it". With that, the call ended.


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