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Manny Pacquiao vs. Tim Bradley New York Press Conference at Pier 60 – New York, 2012

On February 5, Bob Arum announced Timothy Bradley as Pacquiao’s next opponent on June 9 for his WBO Welterweight title, after another failed negotiation attempt with Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Cinco De Mayo. During the final press conference, WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel awarded Pacquiao with WBO Diamond Ring in recognition of Pacquiao as the WBO Best Pound-for-Pound Fighter of the Decade.

Pacquiao lost the bout in a controversial split decision, scoring 115-113, 113-115 and 113-115 from the three judges. The decision was booed by the crowd and criticized by many news outlets who were independently scoring the fight. However, Pacquiao was gracious in defeat and Bradley called for a rematch. Following the decision, many analysts called the decision a corruption of the sport. ESPN.com scored the fight 119-109 for Pacquiao. HBO’s unofficial judge, Harold Lederman, also had it 119-109 for Pacquiao. Most ring side media also scored the fight in favor of Pacquiao.

Four days after the fight, Valcarcel said in a statement on June 13, 2012 that although the WBO did not doubt the ability of the scoring judges, the WBO’s Championship Committee would review the video of the fight with five independent, competent, and recognized international judges and make a recommendation. On June 21, 2012, the five WBO Championship Committee judges on the review panel announced that Pacquiao should have won his controversial defeat, with all scoring the fight unanimously in Pacquiao’s favor — 117-111, 117-111, 118-111.

Floyd “Money” Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto New York Press Conference at the Apollo Theatre – Harlem, New York, 2012

“A lot of great champions come from Puerto Rico,” said Mayweather. “You guys have got another great champion in Miguel Cotto, tough, strong, solid 154-pounder.”

“I’m not looking to cheat, like I said before. My thing is this, I told Miguel Cotto: ‘I don’t want to fight you at a catchweight, I want to fight the best Miguel Cotto,” he continued.

Mayweather went on to say, “To be the best you’ve got to beat the best and he’s one of the best fighters out there today. I want to finish putting the rest of the pieces to the puzzle, so I can solidify myself as one of the best fighters to ever live.”

‘We appreciate the fans for supporting us, but when it comes down to it, it’s one-on-one. The trainer can’t fight for the fighters. Pacquiao’s an amazing fighter. But all I got to say is if you’ve got nothing to hide take the test.”

“At the age of 35, I’m still going strong, I’m still hungry, and I still want to give you fans nothing but excitement. I want you guys to tune in May 5, support Floyd Mayweather, support Miguel Cotto, because we’re going to give you guys a toe-to-toe battle,” Mayweather finished.

Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez – December 8, 2012

Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez have met in the ring time and time again. On December 8, the two fighters will meet one more time in an apparent effort to determine who the better boxing champion is.

The first three Pacquiao-Marquez fights were memorable. The initial meeting in 2004 ended in a draw. Take two saw Pacquiao emerge with a split-decision win, aided by a third-round knockdown. Pacquiao-Marquez III was supposed to be the “deciding” bout, but – despite Pacquiao winning on two of the three scorecards – the third part in the trilogy ended being anything but decisive.

Each fight was close enough that many boxing fans and experts can reasonably argue the outcomes. Some believe Marquez should have emerged victorious in all three. Pacquiao wants to prove the critics wrong. Marquez wants to get his win.

For boxing fans and the fighters, a knockout for either boxer would be a great way to end this historic rivalry between the two future Hall of Fame boxers.

World Liberty TV Boxing Team was on hand at the New York Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez IV Press Conference to promote their fourth fight in Las Vegas on December 8th 2012.

Promoter Bob Arum Talks about Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez IV

“Manny Pacquiao appears to be headed for a fourth showdown with rival Juan Manuel Marquez rather than a rematch with Timothy Bradley Jr.,” Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said.

Arum also pointed out to the World Liberty TV Boxing Channel that a lot of boxing fans for the third fight thought Juan Manuel Marquez was the winner. Manny wants this fight to clear up things, once and for all, and predicted a knockout in the fourth fight which will take place on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Our producer had the pleasure of speaking with the Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum at the Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez IV Press Conference in New York.

Freddie Roach, Trainer of Manny Pacquiao talks about the Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez IV

“Pacquiao knows there is a lot of lingering discontent over his three fights, two wins, and a draw against Marquez. He also knows that in the eyes of many, he lost one, two, or even all three of those fights,” said Roach. That’s why Freddie Roach says he has no intention of letting his fighter, take this fight to the scorecards. It’s an outcome; he doesn’t think his guy can win.

“But I need to get Manny to get that killer instinct back,” Roach told the World Liberty TV Boxing Channel.

Interview with Manny Pacquiao about his fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez – 2012

“I have nothing to prove against Bradley,” Pacquiao said. “Everyone saw who won the fight. If we fought it again, it would be one sided. I chose Marquez because we can give the fans a more exciting fight. I want to prove and remove any doubt anyone has.”

Even though I disagree with Pacquiao’s assessment that a rematch against Bradley would be one-sided, I can’t say I blame him for deciding to go with Marquez. “Dinamita” is a lot more marketable than Bradley, which equals higher earnings for all involved.

The World Liberty TV Team interviewed Manny Pacquaio at the NY Press Conference. Pacquiao also mentioned that he will be looking for a knockout for this fight and wants to leave no doubt in this fight.

Exclusive Interview with Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain, Hall of Fame Boxing Trainer from Mexico – 2012

Ignacio Beristáin, born July 31, 1939 in Actopan, Veracruz, Mexico, is a Mexican trainer in the sport of boxing. Beristain is a member of the Boxing Hall of Fame and is considered one of the greatest trainers in the history of boxing.

Beristain boxed as an amateur in the light flyweight division. He later turned professional, but was forced to retire prematurely in 1959 due to an eye injury. After retirement, he co-managed Vicente Saldivar. As a trainer in the amateur ranks, he led Mexico’s boxing teams to multiple medal wins at the 1968, 1976, and 1980 Olympic Games.

His first professional world champion was two-division title holder and hall of famer Daniel Zaragoza. He has trained several other notable boxers, including brothers Juan Manuel and Rafael Marquez and Hall of Famers Ricardo López and Humberto “Chiquita” González. He also had a brief stint in training Oscar De La Hoya when De La Hoya faced Manny Pacquiao in December 2008.

World Liberty TV interviewed Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain at the Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez New York Press Conference.

Interview with Vitali Klitschko, WBC World Heavyweight Boxing Champion at the BWAA Awards Gala 2012

Vitali Klitschko is a Ukrainian professional boxer and the reigning WBC heavyweight champion. He is leader of the political party Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform and since December 15, 2012, a member of the Ukrainian parliament. He previously held the WBO and WBC titles. Klitschko is the first professional boxing world champion to hold a PhD degree.

Both Vitali and his brother are avid chess players. Vitali is a friend of former world chess champion Vladimir Kramnik and the two have played, with Kramnik always winning. Vitali has commented that “Chess is similar to boxing. You need to develop a strategy, and you need to think two or three steps ahead about what your opponent is doing. You have to be smart. But what’s the difference between chess and boxing? In chess, nobody is an expert, but everybody plays. In boxing, everybody is an expert, but nobody fights.”

Exclusive Interview with Dewey Bozella, Winner of the Courage in Overcoming Adversity – 2012

Dewey Bozella, who was released from prison in 2009 after serving 26 years of a wrongful conviction, won his pro boxing debut by beating Larry Hopkins by unanimous decision in a cruiserweight bout in October at The Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The 52-year-old Bozella, who received a call of support from President Barack Obama two days prior to the bout, passed a physical administered by the California State Athletic Commission in September which allowed him to face the 30-year-old Hopkins (0-4) of Houston.

The victory satisfied Bozella’s dream of fighting as a professional boxer on the undercard of the light heavyweight bout between RING and WBC titleholder Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson on HBO Pay-Per-View.

Bozella has been named recipient of the BWAA’s Courage in Overcoming Adversity Award, named after Congressional Medal of Honor winner Bill Crawford.

During his post-fight, in-the-ring interview with HBO’s Max Kellerman, Bozella was asked what his next fight would be.

“My next fight is to work with kids. The Dewey Bozella Foundation. That’s what I’m trying to get started,” said Bozella. “To work with kids and to keep them off of the streets and to let them know that through boxing, they can turn their lives around. That’s what this was all about.

Interview with the Oldest Boxer in History to win a Title, Bernard Hopkins – New York, 2012

Bernard Hopkins Jr., known as The Executioner (born January 15, 1965) is an American boxer. Hopkins is most widely known for his career in the middleweight class, where he held at least a piece of the championship in that class from 1994 until 2005. Having held the International Boxing Federation’s middleweight title first, he unified the titles of all three of boxing’s major sanctioning bodies in 2001 by winning the World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council titles.

In 2004 Hopkins, having added The Ring middleweight championship to his resume as well, became the first middleweight to have held all four of what are considered the major belts when he won the World Boxing Organization’s championship from Oscar De La Hoya.

Having defended a world middleweight title a record 20 times before losing the title in 2005, he is considered one of the greatest middleweight champions of all time. The Ring ranked him #3 on their list of the “10 Best Middleweight Title Holders of the Last 50 years.”

In addition to being an active boxer, Hopkins is also a minority partner with Golden Boy Promotions.

85th Annual New York Golden Gloves Finals at Madison Square Garden – New York, 2012

The top amateur boxers in the NYC metro area battled it out over two nights for the title of Golden Gloves Champ. This was a big year for a few male and female boxers as several Golden Gloves competitors are vying for spots on the U.S. Olympic Boxing Team at the 2012 Olympics in London. This was also a very sad year for the Golden Gloves after losing legendary Daily News cartoonist Bill Gallo and boxing historian Bert Sugar, both tremendous supporters of the Golden Gloves – both will be honored with a ten count each night at the Daily News Golden Gloves Finals.

New Yorkers from all walks of life – from firefighters and state workers, to teachers and students – have fought in tournament bouts throughout the five boroughs, Long Island and parts of upstate over the past 9 weeks to earn their spot in the ring at the 85th Annual Daily News Golden Gloves Amateur Boxing Tournament on Thursday, March 29th and Friday, March 30th at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. A total of 24 championship bouts will be held over the two days, featuring 48 male and female boxers.

The Daily News Golden Gloves was the launching pad for world champions Emile Griffith, Jose Torres, Floyd Patterson, Riddick Bowe, Mark Breland, Zab Judah, three time world women’s lightweight champ Alicia Ashley, and Melissa Salamone.

Interview with Boxing Great Oscar De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions – 2012

Oscar De La Hoya is a retired American professional boxer of Mexican descent. Nicknamed “The Golden Boy,” De La Hoya won a gold medal at the Barcelona Olympic Games shortly after graduating from James A. Garfield High School.

De La Hoya was born in East Los Angeles, California, and comes from a boxing family. His grandfather Vicente, father Joel Sr. and brother Joel Jr. were all boxers. De La Hoya was The Ring’s “Fighter of the Year” in 1995 and Ring Magazine’s top-rated Pound for Pound fighter in the world in 1997 & 1998. De La Hoya officially announced his retirement from the sport at a press conference held in Los Angeles on April 14, 2009.

De La Hoya has defeated 17 world champions and has won ten world titles in six different weight classes. He has also generated more money than any other boxer in the history of the sport, an estimated $696 million pay-per-view income.

De La Hoya founded Golden Boy Promotions, a combat sport promotional firm. He is the first American of Hispanic descent to own a national boxing promotional firm and one of the few boxers to take on promotional responsibilities while still active.

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