by Joseph Pimentel/Asianjournal.com
The post-fight press conference after the Pacquiao-Marquez battle, in which Pacquiao won a narrow split decision, had as much fireworks as the two guys fighting inside the ring.
Top Rank President Bob Arum (Pacquiao’s promoter) yelled at Marquez’ trainer Ignacio Bernstein for criticizing the judge’s decision prompting Team Marquez to leave the conference feeling insulted by the rebuke.
The temper tantrums began when Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaeffer took the podium questioning the judge’s decision and asked for an immediate rematch. Arum said no, at least not for an immediate rematch. Arum wants Pacquiao to fight David Diaz, who had won earlier that night, for his WBC Lightweight belt on a proposed date of June 28.
No Backing Off
Four days after the fight, Golden Boy Matchmaker Eric Gomez said they are still asking Arum to reconsider his plans.
“The reason why we [Golden Boy] were mad during the post-fight press conference is because he [Arum] totally shut the door on a rematch,” said Gomez at the Azteca Gym during the Michael Katsidis open media day workout. “Arum admitted that this was the most profitable fight ever for Manny… It was a great fight. I understand [Team] Marquez [for criticizing the judge’s decision]. It hurts to lose when it’s that close.”
Golden Boy to the Philippines
Gomez and members of the Golden Boy staff are preparing for a trip to the Philippines next week. Golden Boy along with ALA Boxing is promoting Gerry Penalosa’s mandatory title defense. The WBO Bantamweight Champion faces off against Ratanachai Sor Vorapin of Thailand at the Araneta Coliseum in Manila on April 6.
The undercard also features members of the Philippine World Cup of Boxing Team that won against Team Mexico last year.
“It is a reunion of the World Cup,” said Gomez. “[Rey] Boom Boom Bautista, AJ Banal, Michael Domingo will all be in the undercard.”
FilAms could watch the boxing event on ABS-CBN or The Filipino Channel. Also, set to make an appearance in the Philippines for that fight is Daniel Ponce De Leon, who bested Penalosa in a unanimous decision win and knocked out Bautista.
“If all things go correctly, we’d like to fight Penalosa then give Bautista another chance,” said Ponce De Leon Advisor Joe Hernandez. “We don’t mind going to the Philippines and fighting any of them.”
Friend of the Filipino
Australian WBO Interim Titleholder Michael Katsidis, the former Philippine World Cup of Boxing Team Captain, defends his title against Joel Casamayor at the Morongo Resort and Casino on March 22. Last year, Katsidis fought against Boholano Czar Amonsot in a brutal battle that left both fighters in the hospital after the match. Since then, Katsidis has grown an affinity for the Philippines and the country’s boxers.
“Filipinos are just great wonderful people,” said Katsidis during the open media day workout in Los Angeles. “I’ve been sparring with some of them at the Wildcard Gym. They’ve been helping me train. If I win, I give them the credit for helping me prepare for this fight.”
Nonito to the Middle East
Filipino IBF and IBO Flyweight Champion Nonito Donaire defends his title against Hussein Hussein at the Aviation Arena in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on April 18. Donaire, who was in Las Vegas last weekend as a boxing commentator for GMA, said that he’s excited to fight in front of the many overseas Filipino workers in Dubai.
“I want to fight this for them,” said Donaire, who understands the plight of the many OFW’s. “There’s so many Filipinos working there and not being able to return because there’s no work for them in the Philippines. It’s good to just come out there and put on a good show.”
Pinoy Boxers in the Undercard
Mexican Abner Mares won the WBO NABO Bantamweight title when he knocked down Filipino Diosdado Gabi twice in the second round during the undercard portion of the Pacquiao vs. Marquez match.
Filipino Michael Farenas won by Technical Knockout when his opponent Baudel Cardenas could not continue after being knocked down by a low blow. Referee Tony Weeks gave Cardenas the mandatory five minutes to rest but Cardenas’ trainer threw in the towel giving the bout to Farenas. Before the low blow, Farenas knocked down Cardenas twice in the second round with body shots.