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May 25, 2015

Former WWE Diva Trish Stratus explains how she almost became an MMA fighter

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 9:51 AM

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With all the talk of CM Punk stepping into the octagon at some point this year, plenty of other pro wrestlers are being asked about their chances in MMA. We have mostly heard from male wrestlers, but what about the ladies?

In an article with Newsday, the former seven-time WWE Women’s Champion, Trish Stratus, explained that there was a time where she considered lacing up the gloves and being locked in the cage.

While filming an episode of her “Stratusphere” reality TV show in 2008 for the “Travel + Escape” channel, Trish had the opportunity to do some serious Muay Thai training in the country of its origin, which led to her stepping into the ring:

“I had a fight with one of their prizefighters there,” Trish said. “It was a pretty intense fight. I remember thinking, ‘Ma, I could pick this up and pursue this.’ Of course, it kicked in afterward, ‘Where do I do this?’ It wasn’t really like it is now, where MMA competition for women is more accessible.”

“I was thinking about it, yeah. I think I would have been pretty good at it, I’ve been good at most physical things I’ve taken on, like any sport, and I know I have a fighter in me.”

Striking has always been a big part of Trish’s wrestling style. One of Stratus’ finishing moves was the “Chick Kick,” a misogynistic name for a roundhouse kick that would KO her opponents, letting her get the pinfall victory. This WWE Hall of Famer could have surely had a Gina Carano style rise to the top, and who knows, maybe those two ladies could have been competing during the same time and we could have had that mega-fight to look forward to!

Check out some footage from that show in the video below!

May 23, 2015

DANA WHITE SURPRISES BAS RUTTEN WITH UFC HALL OF FAME INVITATION ON AXS TV’S ‘INSIDE MMA’

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 10:33 AM

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While appearing on AXS TV’s INSIDE MMA tonight, UFC President Dana White surprised series host and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Bas Rutten by announcing Rutten will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame as part of the “Pioneers Era Wing” at a gala event during UFC International Fight Week July 11.

Watch Rutten’s live reaction alongside guest host Ron Kruck as White reveals the news in this video clip:

The Pioneer Era category recognizes great fighters who turned professional before November 17, 2000, when the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts were created and widely adopted. All but one of Rutten’s 33 professional MMA bout were fought in the 1990s, with many of his greatest accomplishments taking place in Pancrase, which used hybrid rules, single-round fights and open-handed striking.

After dominating the competition in Japan, Rutten finally entered the UFC Octagon at UFC 18, on January 8, 1999. Hyped as the greatest MMA fighter in the world, he defeated Tsuyoshi Kohsaka by knockout and returned at UFC 20 four months later to defeat Kevin Randleman to win the vacant UFC heavyweight world title. Rutten was the fourth man to hold the UFC heavyweight championship and third former holder of that belt to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.

“I never expected to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame,” Rutten said afterwards. “I won the UFC heavyweight title, but injuries cut my UFC run short. Most of my big wins were in Japan. I saw the new UFC Hall of Fame format and I thought maybe I could get in eventually as a Contributor because of my years of commentating. But I’m so honored that the UFC recognized what I did as a fighter.”

Asked about the biggest wins of his career, Rutten said: “My pro debut against Ryushi Yanagisawa, he outweighed me by 45lbs but I knocked him out. Then the two wins over Frank Shamrock, winning the Pancrase title from Minoru Suzuki, my two wins in the UFC, of course, meant a lot to me and beating Masakatsu Funaki in the rematch. He was the first person to beat me, he talked a lot of crap, and in the rematch for the title I slaughtered him.”

Born in Tilburg, Netherlands Rutten is the first European to join the UFC Hall of Fame. Now aged 50 and living in Los Angles, California, Rutten originally took up the martial arts as a child to fend off school bullies, who perhaps saw an easy victim in the asthmatic Rutten. Discovering a natural talent for striking, Rutten quickly moved on from school bully-level competition and, by age 20, was an established international kickboxer.

In September1993, he accepted an invitation to compete at the inaugural Pancrase event in Urayasu, Japan. The event – which took place two months before UFC 1 – featured submission wrestling mixed with striking, although no close fist strikes were permitted to the head.

Rutten’s first Pancrase opponent, Japanese kickboxer Ryushi Yanagisawa, spent two days in the hospital after the Dutchman dispatched him with palm-strikes and knees. On that night, the Dutchman’s career-long reputation as a terrifying striker was forged.

He defeated early MMA icons like Vernon White, Guy Mezger and future UFC champions Maurice Smith and Frank Shamrock twice each during this period. In 1995, Rutten won the King of Pancrase title from legend Minoru Suzuki. His finest hour in Japan came at the Pancrase 1996 Anniversary Show where the Dutchman avenged his first pro defeat, knocked out Masakatsu Funaki to win a classic encounter.

In 1999, Rutten signed with the UFC and immediate set his sights on the UFC heavyweight title, eventually beating Randleman on points. His plan was to immediately drop down to light heavyweight and become the first ever two-division UFC champion; however a series of injuries cut short his career.

He returned for a farewell fight – vs unheralded Ruben Villareal – seven years later in a WFA event in July, 2006. Rutten joins Contributor Jeff Blatnick and Fight Hughes vs Trigg II in the UFC Hall of Fame’s class of 2015.

May 21, 2015

Help The Fight Nerd make a documentary – “Girl Fight: A Muay Thai Story”

Filed under: Features,Lead Story,News — Tags: , , — The Fight Nerd @ 10:00 AM

Hey everyone! This is your friendly neighborhood Fight Nerd, and I need your help to make one of my projects become a reality.

For over two years, I have been working on a documentary, called “Girl Fight: A Muay Thai Story.” The doc is about two female fighters from “The Girl Fight” gym, an all-female Muay Thai academy on The Jersey Shore, and follows them around for 18 months as they prepare for fights and deal with the life’s obstacles thrown at them outside of the ring.

Here is the teaser trailer below to get you pumped…

And here is the full story trailer below to give a better explanation of what this documentary is about.

In case you were wondering why I have been posting less on this site for the past few years, this is part of the explanation!

“Girl Fight: A Muay Thai Story” has been a labor of love for me, and a departure from the typical things I have filmed in the past. I do not consider this a fight doc, but a documentary about two women trying to find their place in the world through Muay Thai. The fights mirror what they are feeling outside of the ring, and this doc gives you a glimpse into that mental part of fighting. Being a male director, it has been an interesting challenge to document two female fighters and to also make a movie that is targeted not just for my MMA fans, but for a larger audience of people that barely know what kickboxing is. It’s been a struggle to accomplish this, but I believe I have a documentary that promotes self-esteem, confidence, and understanding who you are through surviving the tough times, and that is a universal message for any gender.

Now that the movie has been filmed and edited, this is where you come in. The documentary is 95% done at this point, with the final audio mix happening as we speak. The next step is getting this documentary seen by the masses, which means paying for film fest entries, DVD production, promotional materials, getting a PR person, travel expenses, and other things that will come up as we head towards the finish line.

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As of Wednesday, May 20, at 9 PM EST, we have launched an official Indie GoGo campaign to raise the remaining funds to get this movie off the ground. I am seeking a reasonable amount of $5K to wrap things up in a tidy bow (the movie has been self-funded up until this point). We have some cool rewards for contributors, including some great ones for anyone living in NY and NJ, and will have some stretch goals that will be announced as we move along.

If you can not make a monetary contribution, it is just as helpful to share the Indie GoGo link on your social media pages to alert other people that might be able to donate, or follow the social media pages for the doc to help that grow, too.

Here are the important links you need to know:

The official Indie GoGo fundraising campaign

Please follow “Girl Fight: A Muay Thai Story” on Facebook and Twitter with these links to stay up to date on news of the movie

And check out our official documentary website at this link here for general info and press access

If you are able to make a donation, I urge my fans to please do so as soon as possible. It is important in this early stage of the campaign to get some momentum, since that will help push people who are not familiar with myself or the project to take a look and maybe make a contribution too. Keep in mind, this is Indie GoGo and not Kickstarter, and I am using a flex system where the movie will keep the money, whether or not we meet the goal (which also means you will still get your rewards even if we do not complete it).

If you have any questions or want to tell me how awesome you were by donating, hit me up on Twitter! Please help make this movie become a fully-fledged reality and let’s show the rest of the world what it truly means to be a fighter!

May 13, 2015

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Generates 4.4 Million PPV buys – Combined Total Revenues Over $500 Million

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 10:12 AM

The boxing blockbuster event, Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, shattered the previous record for total pay-per-view buys and now ranks as the highest-grossing pay-per-view of all time. Initial reports from distributors indicate that the event generated more than 4.4 million U.S. buys and more than $400 million in domestic pay-per-view revenue alone. With additional revenue from the live gate at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, international television distribution, sponsorships, closed circuit and merchandise sales, the event is expected to generate in excess of $500 million in gross worldwide receipts. The news was announced jointly by Showtime Networks Inc., a subsidiary of CBS Corporation, and HBO in conjunction with event promoters Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank, Inc.

The welterweight world championship unification bout nearly doubled the previous record of 2.48 million buys generated by the Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather boxing event in 2007 and nearly tripled the record $150 million in U.S. pay-per-view revenue generated by Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez in 2013.

Live gate receipts for the star-studded event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena produced more than $71 million in revenue, dramatically eclipsing the previous live gate record of $20 million (for Mayweather vs. Canelo) for both the sport of boxing and Las Vegas.

Additionally, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao set the record for closed circuit admissions and revenue both in Las Vegas and at establishments nationwide. The event sold nearly 46,000 closed circuit admissions at MGM Resorts International properties in Las Vegas alone and was available at more than 5,000 bars, restaurants and commercial establishments throughout the U.S.

Distributed in 175 countries worldwide, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao was available in essentially 75 percent of the world’s territories, setting the revenue record for international distribution.

As reported last week, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao drew enormous numbers on social media. For example, Facebook reported that 37 million unique people contributed more than 115 million interactions from the start of the event to 30 minutes following its completion, a new record for a boxing event.

The May 2 promotion included unprecedented marketing and cross-promotional support from distributors as well as record revenue from the event’s major sponsors.

May 7, 2015

“Salsa in the Square:” Team USA Wrestlers To Face Cuba In Times Square In New York City To Highlight Beat the Streets Gala Night

Filed under: News — Tags: , — The Fight Nerd @ 11:59 AM

In what has become a rite of spring in New York, Beat the Streets Wrestling, Inc. and USA Wrestling today announced details of this year’s international competition, which returns to Times Square on Thursday, May 21, this time back in the Duffy Square location at 46th Street in Manhattan. Competitors for Team USA and the Cuban National Team will compete in all three Olympic styles, a preview of top contenders for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

Billed as the “Salsa in the Square,” this will be the first time that a dual meet between a U.S. team and a Cuban team in an Olympic sport will take place in the United States since the historic change in USA and Cuban political relations earlier this year. It is also the first time that a Cuban wrestling team will compete in New York City in a dozen years, since the successful 2003 World Freestyle Wrestling Championships were held at Madison Square Garden. Overall, this unique and electrifying annual event helps raise significant funds to further BTS’ mission to develop the full human and athletic potential of the urban youth and the strengthen the culture of New York City wrestling.

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“The entire night, from our historic outdoor wrestling in Times Square to the awards gala at The Best Buy Theater ensures that we can continue to help, support and grow wrestling for kids in New York City and beyond,” said Jim Fallis, Executive Director of Beat the Streets. “The format with our top American wrestlers taking on a Cuban team gives us an added bonus this year and shows that sport can go even further in overcoming political obstacles that once existed, all of which should make for another amazing night for our sport, for our kids and for our great city.”

The Cuban Wrestling Federation has announced its lineup of stars who will be competing against the United States in Times Square. Team Cuba will include seven men’s freestyle wrestlers, four women’s freestyle wrestlers and two Greco-Roman wrestlers, showcasing talent in all three Olympic styles.

The Cuban team features four past medalists in men’s freestyle: 2012 Olympic bronze medalist and three-time World medalist Livan Lopez Azcuy at 74 kg in men’s freestyle, three-time World medalist Reineris Salas Perez at 86 kg, plus 2014 World bronze medalist Yowlys Bonne Rodriguez at 57 kg and Javier Cortina Lacerra at 97 kg. The women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman athletes are a mix of veteran stars and exciting young talents. Combined, the team has won 11 Pan American individual gold medals and four Junior World medals.

The U.S. opponents for each of the Cuban wrestlers are currently being determined, with match-ups to be released individually in the upcoming days. The U.S. team will feature veteran World and Olympic medalists, along with some young stars who have already made a big impact on the international scene.

Top Beat the Streets middle school and high school students will take the mat showcasing their skills in exhibition matches beginning at 4pm to start the evening. Then it’s Team USA vs. Cuba at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Beat the Streets Award Gala at 7:30 p.m. at Best Buy Theater (1515 Broadway).

The USA vs. the World dual requires a ticket for reserved seating in Times Square, but is an outdoor event. Pedestrians and non-ticket holders are encouraged to watch. Admission tickets may be bought in advance at www.btsny.org or 212.245.6570. A ticket is required for the Gala. More details are available at http://www.btsny.org/gala

The Gala Celebration will follow the wrestling competition at Best Buy Theater. This unique and electrifying annual event helps Beat the Streets(BTS) raise significant funds to further its mission. Whether it’s providing a safe, constructive outlet for our urban youth, fighting childhood obesity, empowering women, or uniting entire nations, wrestling teaches persistence, dedication, and the value of working hard to achieve one’s goals, creates opportunities for personal and universal growth. BTS currently serve over 3,000 student-athletes every year.

The world-class competition has been hosted in Times Square three previous times. In 2011, the United States defeated World champion Russia, 5-2, the first sports event ever held in historic Times Square. In 2012, another U.S. vs. Russia dual meet was held in Times Square, along with the U.S. Olympic Team Wrestle-off for the 60 kg/132 lbs. position on the U.S. Olympic Team in men’s freestyle. In 2014, the USA defeated a World All-Star Team in Times Square, 8-3.

This will be the sixth straight year in which a major international-style wrestling competition will be hosted as part of the Beat the Streets Gala activities. In 2010, an all-star challenge featuring top U.S. wrestlers was held on the USS Intrepid, an aircraft carrier docked on the west side of Manhattan. In 2013, the event was hosted in historic Grand Central Terminal. Dubbed “The Rumble on the Rails,” it featured dual meets between Team USA, Russia and Iran and was an important part of the international Keep Olympic Wrestling effort, which resulted in wrestling retaining its status on the Olympic Games program.

“Salsa In The Square,” Beat The Streets Wrestling Schedule

At New York, May 21, 2014

4:00 p.m. – Beat the Streets Exhibition Matches in Duffy Square at 46th Street

5:30 p.m. – World Class Wrestling: Team USA vs. Team Cuba at 46th Street

7:30 p.m. – Gala Celebration at Best Buy Theater at 1515 Broadway

CUBAN NATIONAL TEAM

For USA vs. Cuba Wrestling Dual

In Times Square, New York, N.Y., May 21

Men’s freestyle

57 kg/125.5 lbs. – Yowlys Bonne Rodriguez

65 kg/143 lbs. – Franklin Maren Castillo

74 kg/163 lbs. – Livan Lopez Azcuy

74 kg/163 lbs. – Luis Esteban Quintana Martinez

86 kg/189 lbs. – Reineris Salas Perez

97 kg/213 lbs. – Javier Cortina Lacerra

125 kg/275 lbs. – Andres Ramos Dinza

Women’s freestyle

48 kg/105.5 lbs. – Yusneylis Guzman Lopez

55 kg/121 lbs. – Yamilka del Valle Alvarez

60 kg/132 lbs. – Yekelin Stornell Elastigue

69 kg/152 lbs. – Yudari Sanchez Rodriguez

Greco-Roman

59 kg/130 lbs. – Maykel Anache Lamout

75 kg/165 lbs. – Yurisandi Hernandez Rios

Team Leader – Eduardo Perez Tellez

Coach – Julio Mendieta Cuellar

Coach – Mario Olivera Hernandez

Coach – Elio Garraway Clark

Medical staff – Siggilfredo Acosta Chacon

Referee – Yunior Sosa Naranjo

May 4, 2015

Urijah Faber calls Conor McGregor a quitter

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 8:27 PM

Urijah Faber was recently on the “Fighter and The Kid” podcast, where he let the world know about what he liked and does not like about UFC featherweight title challenger, Conor McGregor.

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“I wouldn’t mind fighting Conor. I’ll tell you what — he’s got something that a lot of guys don’t have. Something a guy like me doesn’t have, a guy like Chad Mendes doesn’t have, a guy like Frankie Edgar doesn’t have, and that’s the instincts and willingness to give up when he’s about to get knee barred. I wouldn’t give up. Come on … His knee was in danger of having some pain inflicted on it and he was like, ‘I’m out.'” He continued to pour salt in the wound, adding, “If his body is in danger, he gives up.”

The former WEC champ was referencing McGregor’s fights (and losses by submission) against Artemij Sitenkov and Joseph Duffy from many years back when Conor was a young pup.

Faber was not completely insulting about Conor, and discussed his interest in fighting him, although he saw it ending in his favor. “I think that would be a good fight,” Faber commented. “He’s massive compared to me, very athletic. But, the good thing is, he does give up, and I don’t.”

Urijah Faber will meet Frankie Edgar in a mega-fight on May 16 at UFC Fight Night in Manila, so no better time than to place a bet on this match. Currently on Paddy Power, Edgar is at 2/7 while Faber comes in at 5/2, so take a look and see if it is worth cashing in on.

May 2, 2015

Bill Goldberg hosts “Countdown to Glory 21″… Goldbeeerg… Goldbeeerg!

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — The Fight Nerd @ 12:11 PM

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GLORY, the world’s premier kickboxing league, today announced broadcast details for “Countdown to GLORY 21,” the half hour special hosted by Bill Goldberg that looks ahead to GLORY 21 on Friday, May 8, featuring in-depth interviews with GLORY Middleweight World Champion Artem Levin and title challenger Simon Marcus as they prepare for their heated rematch that headlines the San Diego event.

Premiering on Friday, May 1 and airing through Thursday, May 7, “Countdown to GLORY 21″ will be available to 80 million homes nationwide through network affiliates including Cox Sports Television, KVVV-LD, Time Warner Cable Sports Channel, Comcast Network, Channel 4 San Diego, SWX Sports, WBUW, TUFF TV, Youtoo America, AMGTV, and Untamed Sports TV.

GLORY 21 airs live on Spike TV Friday, May 8 at 11/10c from Valley View Casino Center in San Diego. The event is headlined by GLORY Middleweight World Champion Artem “The Lion” Levin (50-4-1, 33 KOs) of Russia defending his belt against Canadian muay thai world champion Simon “Bad Bwoy” Marcus (42-2-1, 24 KOs).

May 1, 2015

Legendary boxers analyze “Mayweather VS Pacquiao” – VIDEO

As anticipation builds for the most anticipated fight of this era – the blockbuster May 2 welterweight unification title showdown between superstars Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao – HBO Boxing commentators Jim Lampley and Max Kellerman hosted an exclusive HBO special that lends historical perspective and offers spirited discussions with the five elite prizefighters who have gone toe-to-toe with both Mayweather and Pacquiao.

The half-hour special will open with Lampley and Kellerman setting the stage for the mega-fight, which is expected to set all relevant box-office records. Then Lampley sits down with Oscar de la Hoya and Shane Mosley, who faced both Mayweather and Pacquiao, to talk about how they trained and fought them and what they think each fighter will need to do to win the upcoming showdown. HBO also captured interviews with middleweight title-holder Miguel Cotto, former British boxing sensation Ricky Hatton and former four-division champion Juan Manuel Marquez, all of whom fought Pacquiao and Mayweather in the Las Vegas spotlight.

The closing segment will be hosted by Kellerman, who will anchor a roundtable discussion with three Hall of Fame fighters who know what it is like to train and excel for a super fight that captures the world’s attention. Panelists include former heavyweight champs George Foreman and Lennox Lewis and former middleweight and light heavyweight champ Bernard Hopkins. Both Foreman and Lewis are enshrined in the Hall of Fame and Hopkins is a sure-fire selection. All three flourished in the intense spotlight of a mega-fight.

The 147-pound unification championship showdown takes place at a capacity filled MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 2.

“Mayweather VS Pacquiao” Undercard Final Press Conference Quotes

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 4:37 PM

Undefeated WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz, WBO Featherweight World Champion Vasyl Lomachenko, their opponents and non-televised fighters participated Thursday in the undercard final press conference before their respective fights taking place this Saturday, May 2, live on pay-per-view at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

In pay-per-view fights before Floyd “Money” Mayweather meets Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao in their epic welterweight championship unificiation showdown, the Mexican star Santa Cruz (29-0-1, 17 KOs) will take on fellow Mexican countryman Jose Cayetano (17-3, 8 KOs) in a 10-round featherweight contest and Ukraine’s Lomachenko (3-1, 1 KO) will defend against Puerto Rico’s Gamalier Rodriguez (25-2-3, 17 KOs).

The pay-per-view telecast will be co-produced and co-distributed by SHOWTIME PPV® and HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.

Also appearing at the press conference were boxers fighting on the non-televised portion of the card: Promising unbeaten Chris “Young King” Pearson (11-0, 9 KOs), who meets Said El Harrak (12-2, 7 KOs) in a 10-round middleweight bout; hard-hitting Jesse Hart (16-0, 13 KOs), who’ll face fellow unbeaten Mike Jimenez (17-0, 11 KOs) in a 10-rounder for the NABO, USBA and NABF Super Middleweight titles, power-punching Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti (9-0, 9 KOs), who will be opposed by Anthony Caputo Smith (15-4, 10 KOs) in a cruiserweight eight-rounder and undefeated super middleweight Brad Solomon (24-0, 9 KOs), who meets Adrian Rene Granados (13-3, 9 KOs) in a 10-round scrap.

Here is what the fighters and executives said Thursday at the Copperfield Theater at the MGM Grand:

LEO SANTA CRUZ

“I’m more than excited to be on this undercard. This is the biggest card I could have been on. I want to show the whole world who I am.

“I prepared very hard for this fight, like I always do. It’s going to be a historic night and I’m happy to be a part of that history.

“I know that everybody is here for Mayweather and Pacquiao but there will still be millions seeing me fight and I want to show them who Leo Santa Cruz is so that I can get a lot more fans.

“”I’m still young and there are many more fights to come. The fights the fans want, we’re going to give it to them. I know those fights are going to happen.

“I want to look spectacular and I want to get Cayetano out of there really fast. Sometimes these kind of fighters are the ones who give you the hardest fights because they come hungrier and have nothing to lose.

“Seeing my family here and having them in the arena on fight night is a huge motivation for me. I feel happier and more relaxed and I’m ready.

“I never underestimate a fighter. Any fighter in the ring is dangerous. I hope that Cayetano is ready so that we can give the fans a great show.”

JOSE CAYETANO

“I know that Leo Santa Cruz is a strong, difficult fighter but he also has weaknesses and that is what we prepared for, to give him a surprise.

“I’m a man that takes challenges and I’ve been preparing very hard, I’m always prepared for these types of fights. I’m very prepared and I feel very strongly that I will win.

“I came here for the opportunity to beat Leo Santa Cruz and for the opportunity to participate in such a grand event that is Mayweather vs. Pacquiao.

“I’m very happy and very grateful and very excited to get into the ring. It’s a huge commitment, the entire world will be watching me but that is why I accepted the fight, I know that if I beat him, bigger and better opportunities will come my way.

“I’m not nervous because it’s not the first time that I’ve faced a tough opponent. I’ve never faced a world champion but I’ve faced opponents that throw hard punches, so I’m not nervous, I’m excited.”

VASYL LOMACHENKO

“This is an opportunity to show everyone what I’m capable of doing and for millions of viewers to see that I can do it.

“The best fighters get the best opportunities in the ring, there are a lot of great fighters getting those opportunities including myself.

“It’s always a good feeling when people are saying good things about you.

“I’m very excited to be involved in a bout such as this one, May 2 will be a big show shown around the world. I’m very happy to be in the opening bout for this huge fight.”

GAMALIER RODRIGUEZ

“I’m looking forward to this big fight on Saturday. It’s a blessing to participate in this type of press conference and come Saturday, I will win! I’m sure of it. I will be champion.

“All of the attention toward Vasyl Lomachenko gives me motivation. I’ve been a fighter and a boxer since I was young and it’s added motivation to come out on top this weekend.

“I know that Lomachenko is a good and technical fighter but it doesn’t compare to my hunger and drive to be world champion.

“I wanted to take the opportunity during my speech at the press conference to let everyone know that I can here to fight. It’s going to be a hard fought battle and I’m very confident that I’ll win and become the champion this Saturday.”

LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO of Mayweather Promotions

“I am so excited to be here today to discuss the great undercard which will be the lead-in to our long awaited, history making event taking place this Saturday night.

“The lead-in fight for Mayweather vs. Pacquiao will be a very exciting fight featuring Leo Santa Cruz and Jose Cayetano.

“Leo Santa Cruz is one of the classiest gentleman in the sport. He’s a very fan-friendly fighter and a Mexican warrior. He represents Mexico very well.”

BOB ARUM, Hall of Fame Promoter, Top Rank

“I know that every fighter deems it a tremendous honor to be part of this great event. We hope and believe that we will be presenting to the public through Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank, the best of boxing and the best fighters.

“Vasyl Lomachenko is considered to be the greatest amateur fighter of all time. Now, he looks for the same type of success he had as an amateur in the professional ranks. But this will be a very competitive fight, because Gamalier Rodriguez is a Puerto Rican who comes to fight and believes that he can upset Vasyl.

“A lot of the young men up here believe they are the next big thing in boxing, and many will be. But I know that Vasyl Lomachenko will be a big superstar in the sport of boxing.”

April 29, 2015

Check out these three classic Manny Pacquiao fights before he fights Mayweather

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 10:04 AM

Are you hyped yet for this weekend’s Mayweather VS Pacquiao event? You probably are, but just in case you want to get more hyped, why not go back in time and check out these three older fights from Manny’s pro career:

Pacquiao vs. De La Hoya 2008 – Full Fight

Watch Pacquiao’s signature triumph over Oscar de la Hoya that catapulted the young prizefighter from the Philippines into a superstar personality.

Pacquiao vs. Cotto 2009 – Full Fight

Pacquiao’s reputation as slugger was solidified with a resounding 12th round TKO triumph over Miguel Cotto.

Pacquiao vs. Bradley II 2014 – Full Fight

Manny Pacquiao avenged a controversial loss with a dominating performance over then undefeated Timothy Bradley Jr. in their championship title rematch.

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