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NEW YORK  Filipino American fighter Brian "The Hawaiian Punch" Viloria, who is a three-time world champion, will challenge world flyweight champion Roman Gonzales of Nicaragua on October 17 at the  Madison Square Garden in New York City.


Viloria's team has tapped Filipino WBO light flyweight champion Donnie "Ahas" Nietes as sparring mate to bolster his preparations for the bout against the Nicaraguan.

Viloria (36-4, 22 KOs), 34, a former US Olympics boxer,  has won four fights in a row -- including a first-round knockout of Omar Soto on July 25 which prompted Top Rank to give him another title shot.

"I've fought and won on the world's biggest stages against the best of the best. I've prepared my whole life to win at every level of competition from world amateur titles to the Olympic Games to professional world titles," Viloria said. "And this fight against Roman Gonzalez is likely to be my biggest challenge yet. But it's Roman's biggest challenge too. This is the realization of my dreams and I will make the most of it on fight night."

"I applaud Roman for accepting this fight. Together we will give boxing fans something special -- something they can talk about for a very long time," the FilAm fighter said.

Gonzales (43-0, 37 KOs) remains undefeated and is considered as the number one pound-for-pound in his division.
Nietes himself will defend his title for the first time in the United States also on Oct. 17 against Mexico's Jun Alejo, ranked no. 8, at the StubHub Center in Carson, California under ALA Promotions' Pinoy Pride 33.

Nietes, 33, outpointed Mexican Francisco Rodriguez, Jr. in their 12-round bout in Cebu last July to retain the WBO and The Ring light flyweight titles. He is the longest reigning Filipino world boxing champion, eclipsing the record of the late Gabriel "Flash" Elorde, with a 21-fight winning streak in six years.

Nietes, who hails from Murcia, Negros Occidental, owns a 36-1-4 (win-loss-draw) record, including 21 knockouts. Nietes said he is confident of adding Alejo to his list of victims.


Other Filipino fighters vying in the US fight card, presented by The Filipino Channel, ALA International and ABS-CBN Sports and Action, are “Prince” Albert Pagara, Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo and Jayson “El Niño” Pagara.


The Pagara brothers and Magsayo are training at the Wild Card gym under Freddie Roach.

Nietes considers his upcoming US bout as the most important fight of his career, this being his first time to fight there.


“I’ve trained in the US for several years but I never really got to fight there. So it will be important for me because the world will finally get to know how I really fight,” said Nietes.

Viloria will try to snatch the flyweight world crown from Gonzalez, one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world, will make his third title defense on Oct. 17.

The fight under the K2 Promotions and Teiken Promotions will be a co-feature on the HBO PPV-televised undercard of the middleweight title unification bout between Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KO) and David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs).

"I know Brian Viloria is a great [former] champion and it will be a hard fight, but I am ready for the challenge," Gonzalez said.

"I have faith that God will give me the strength to keep training and be able to give all my fans my best fight ever."

The 28-year-old Gonzalez, a former junior flyweight and strawweight champion before vacating those titles to move up in weight, was a big hit in his last fight when he made his HBO debut -- his first wide American television exposure -- on May 16 at the Forum in Inglewood, California. He violently blew away former junior flyweight titlist Edgar Sosa in the second round on the undercard of Golovkin's title defense against Willie Monroe.

The promoters and HBO liked the pairing of Golovkin and Gonzalez, both exciting punchers, and wanted to do it again.

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DOHA, Qatar  Philippine boxers who will win a gold medal in next year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will get an incentive of P5 million each from no less than world boxing icon and Sarangani Congressman Manny Pacquiao.


Pacquiao reiterated the offer in a meeting here with officials of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) on the sideline of the AIBA World Championships here.


Pacquiao also offered P500,000.00 to any Filipino boxer who wins a gold medal in the current AIBA world championships here.


”I want to help these boys. They're so good! I want them in my stable when they turn professional, okay?” Pacquiao was quoted by PNA as saying in Doha. Pacquiao has a team of young professional boxers training in Davao City under his MP Promotions.


The young Filipino boxers competing in AIBA were dumbfounded when they heard the news, more so when Pacquiao added "plus another P5 million for each gold in Rio!"


ABAP president Ricky Vargas was quoted by PNA saying that while Pacquiao and party were awaiting their flight back to Manila (they left via Dubai at 3:45 a.m. Doha time). "We are so honored and appreciative that our boxing hero Manny Pacquiao took time out to show support for our boys. It's no joke that he spent 26 hours on a plane then stayed for a hectic schedule in Doha for only 17 hours with hardly any sleep! Maraming salamat, Manny!"


The presence of boxing legend Manny Pacquiao at the AIBA competition proved to be an inspiration for the cat-quick Rogen Ladon of the PLDT-ABAP Boxing Team at the AIBA World Championships here as the Bago City native upset the number 1 seed here, Mexican Joselito Velasquez Altamirano.


Ladon, ranked 17th here, took the three-rounder by unanimous decision on all three cards of the judges from Ireland, Trinidad & Tobago and France, 30-27.


Pacquiao arrived to a tumultuous welcome at the fabulously modern Hamad Al Attiwa Arena here. Ladon said his presence inspired him.


"I couldn't believe Congressman Pacquiao was watching me fight. I told myself I'm so lucky and I can't let him down. I was really inspired!" beamed the 21 year old.


Ladon started early with sporadic attacks behind 3-5 shot combinations which is becoming his trademark, PNA reported from Doha.


”I knew he was fast, but my coaches told me to hit and run because he's a bit flat-footed and wouldn't be able to catch me if I disengage quickly. We studied the videos sent to us by our Sports Science support staff in Manila,” Ladon said.


At a dinner tendered by AIBA president Ching-Kuo-Wu for Pacquiao, the boxing legend told ABAP executive director Ed Picson to announce that he was so impressed with Ladon and Eumir Felix Marcial (the other Filipino boxer here) that he was giving an incentive of P500,000 if they win a gold medal here.


Ladon continues his campaign here in the quarterfinals (round of 16) on Saturday versus Poland's David Jagodzinski who won over a Bulgarian on Thursday.


Friday, welterweight Eumir Felix Marcial, who TKO'd Egyptian Said Mohamed in his initial foray here, faces Spain's Youba Sissokho.


Ladon who now has 2 wins, will be assured of a bronze if he wins over the Polish boxer but needs one more to snare a slot to the Olympic Games. Only the gold and silver winners in the light flyweight category will go to Rio.


In Marcial's division, three boxers will make it (the 2 bronze medalists will box off for the third slot.

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MANILA (via PhilAmPress)  One team is going for a rare Grandslam. The other, well, just win a second franchise title.
This would be the atmosphere with San Mig Coffee and Rain or Shine battle starting this week in a best-of-five series for the PBA Governors’ Cup championship that would give the San Miguel-Purefoods franchise a sweep of the 39th season of the country’s and Asia's first professional league.
And if the Mixers succeed, they will, likewise, award coach Tim Cone the honor of becoming the first bench tactician to win two Grandslam counting his similar sweep of the 1996 season while calling the shots for Alaska Milk.
That’s besides gifting him, too of his 18th PBA crown that would further cement his grip as the league’s winningest coach.
The Elasto Painters, on the other hand, will be trying to hand the Asian Coatings franchise its only second crown since joining the premier league in 2006 and their mentor, Pampanga Congressman Yeng Guiao his sixth title.
The two teams collide in alone game at 8 p.m. at the Mall of Asia Arena with both gunning to start the series on a bright note to serve as cushion for what is expected thrilling next four sessions.
Incidentally, this series is arepeat of the best-of-seven championship matchup the two teams engaged each other in the season opening of the Philippine Cup which the Mixers won.
Reason why Guiao and his boys expressed their eagerness for the title-playoff to commence and exact revenge for the their All-Filipino setback although they assured everybody that attended the finals press conference held at the Sambokojin Restaurant in Eastwood in Pasig City.
Guiao, Beau Belga, Paul Leem, Jeff Chan, Gabe Norwood, Chris Tiu and import Arizona Reid assured, who also attended the presscon,  though that the agony of that bitter defeat, which still lingers in their minds, could serve as their rallying point in their campaign.             
Guiao, for his part, told his audience he has been constantly reminding his boys of that experience in their preparation for the championship showdown adding that most part of the team’s preparations are focused on what went wrong in their futile Philippine Cup campaign. .
 “Masakit pa din, nanghihinayang ka din sa opportunity. I just keep reminding them the best way to remedy that is to keep working hard and recalling the heartaches and pain. That pushes them to work harder,” Guiao said.
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MANILA  Ruslan Provodnikov, one of the possible future opponents of Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao, suffered a controversial split decision defeat to unheralded American Chris Algieri last Saturday (Sunday in Manila) in Brooklyn, New York.
According to boxing websites reports, Provodnikov knocked down Algieri twice and closed his right eye but the judges gave it to the American fighter with the scores 114-112, 114-112 and 109-117.
After dethroning Manny Pacquiao’s presumed next opponent Ruslan Provodnikov for the WBO junior welterweight title, Algieri immediately set his eyes on big fighters, including the Filipino boxing icon.
"I just fought the most dangerous guy around for very cheap, and now, it's time for the biggest fight that I can get, and maybe that's Manny Pacquiao,” Algieri told the
Algieri, is also targeting fellow undefeated fighter and Ring junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia.
"I only want the big fights. We want them as big as we can get them. Ruslan Provodnikov is one of the most feared fighters in the game," the new WBO junior welterweight champion said.
Pacquiao’s American coach Freddie Roach said he has no problem getting the Filipino champion ready to beat Algieri, undefeated in 20 fights with eight knockouts.
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MANILA/DUBAI  The dream fight between world boxing icons Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. may yet happen soon.
This loomed as officials of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has decided to join the race to host the fight in Dubai.
Danny Buenafe of the ABS-CBN News Middle East Bureau reported from Dubai that the President and Royal Family of the United Arab Emirates have given the green light to hold talks for a possible staging of the fight in Dubai.
There was no immediate reaction on the plan from both Mayweather and Pacquiao.
Pacquiao has been reported lately resigned to the possibility that the dream fight with Mayweather will not happen in the immediate future.
To while away his time, Pacquiao has decided to coach the KIA Motors team in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) tournament. Pacquiao already went public wearing a jacket of a coach of KIA Motors and has started screening possible members of the basketball team.
It was not known if Pacquiao will be also a playing coach of the KIA Motors team as he had expressed his desire before to also play in the league. But rules of PBA state that to be able to play, Pacquiao has to undergo the draft in the league in which he may end up with another PBA team.
There was no word also if basketball legend Robert Jaworski will come out of retirement and assist Pacquiao in the KIA Motors team as manager or coach. 
Prince Amir Shafipour expressed confidence that they have the formula to bring to the negotiating table the handlers for both Pacquiao and Mayweather, according to the report.
Prince Amir, representing Golden Cage Events and Promotions,r was given the go-signal to coordinate with a major boxing promoter in the United States.
He did not reveal yet the identity of the promoter, but boasts that the latter has connections to both camps, the report added.
The network report which is posted on ABS-CBN website stated that Prince Amir has the backing of UAE President Khalifa Bin Zayed AL Nahyan, whose vision is to make Dubai the premiere entertainment and tourism destination, not only in the Middle East, but globally.
He does not see any problem raising the prize money, or the handle of Top Rank Promotions of Bob Arum, where Pacquiao has an existing contract.
Reports have indicated that Mayweather is unwilling to work with Arum.
While admitting there could be slight problems in dealing with Mayweather, Prince Amir remains optimistic this could be ironed out.
Prince Amir and Golden Cage Events and Promotions were behind the huge success of the recently concluded Global Fighting Championships, held also in Dubai.
They are currently going through a financial study, reviewing the pay-per-view, and other TV rights in holding the Pacquiao-Mayweather mega-fight.
For years, Dubai has become a sports paradise for huge events in the field of golf, tennis and even horse racing. Prince Amir believes the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight could be the clincher.
He is set to leave for the United States in the next two to three weeks to finalize the negotiations.
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