Friday, December 14, 2007
After a week of pre-fight publicity that saw them hold a press conference in Los Angeles and attend a sold out championship soccer match South of the Border, WBC featherweight champion Jorge “Nino de Oro” Linares and WBA super featherweight champion Edwin “El Aniquilador” Valero are now ready to meet their respective opponents this Saturday, December 15, 2007 at Plaza de Toros in Cancun, Mexico.
Co-headlining this massive card, fellow Venezuelans Linares and Valero are making the trip from Japan, where they now reside, fighting for Teiken Promotions, co-promoter of the Plaza de Toros event, billed as “Night of Champions - Fists of Iron”, along with Promociones Jose “Pepe” Gomez, DiBella Entertainment and All Star Boxing.
Monday, November 20, 2006
What is next for the recently victorious Manny Pacquiao? A lot more than people might think…
Before Pacquiao can even contemplate his next opponent, he needs to fight out who is going to be promoting him next year: Top Rank or Golden Boy?
So let’s break down the facts…
Top Rank promoted Pacquiao for Saturday night’s fight - it should have been the last fight under the Top Rank banner for Pacquiao, who signed with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions in September.
However Bob Arum and Top Rank have already stated that Pacquiao signing with Golden Boy before his contract with Top Rank was up is a violation and needs to be dealt with. The matter where mostly likely end up in court with a hearing that will determine who exactly Pacquiao will be working for next year.
Either way, it’s going to be interesting to see how things turn out. Pacquiao’s contract with Top Rank is over the minute the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve. Even if his current contract with Golden Boy is terminated, it’s almost certain that he will just go ahead and sign a similar one as soon as he can in 2007.
Well hold on a minute here… Arum has thrown a wrench into the mix…
When asked about the situation last week, Arum has said that he should have a say in Pacquiao’s future as well and that Manny tried returning the check for his signing bonus back to Golden Boy, who wouldn’t accept it.
Is Pacquiao running back to Top Rank? Only time will tell at this point…
So who might be his next opponent?
Well right now two names are being thrown around: Marco Antonio Barrera and Edwin Valero.
Pacquiao signed with Golden Boy earlier in the fall with the idea that if he was victorious against Erik Morales, he would take on Barrera in a rematch at some point in 2007. Arum however wants Pacquiao to take on Edwin Valero.
A lot will be riding on a judge’s decision, there’s no doubt about that…