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TOMORROW NIGHT! Pacquiao on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Paul Smith to fight on 5/21, Smith-Simpson tonight

HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (April 27, 2011) – In a battle of pound for pound box office attractions, eight-division world champion CONGRESSMAN MANNY PACQUIAO and television’s late-night comedy king JIMMY KIMMEL will go mano a mallo for the fourth time in their series of entertaining appearances dating back to 2009. Pacquiao will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live Tomorrow Night! Thursday, April 28, on ABC, beginning at 12:05 a.m. ET/PT.

Earlier that same day Pacquiao will release his first U.S. single CD/DVD of Sometimes When We Touch, the 1977 chart-topping hit. Pacquiao recorded the song with the same production team, including songwriter and original singer Dan Hill, and producers Matthew McCauley and Fred Mollin. Available on iTunes and Amazon.com, a preview of Pacquiao’s latest recording can be heard at www.mannysings.com

The highly anticipated episode three of FIGHT CAMP 360°: Pacquiao-Mosley will air This Saturday! April 30 on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs), of General Santos City, Philippines, is in his final 10 days of intense training for his defense of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title against Sugar Shane Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs), of Pomona, Calif.

Pacquiao and Mosley, with world titles in 11 weight divisions between them, will go toe-to-toe on Saturday, May 7, at the soldout MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

Remaining closed circuit tickets, priced at $50, are on sale and available at all Las Vegas MGM Resorts properties.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions, Tecate and MGM Grand, the Pacquiao vs. Mosley pay-per-view telecast, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, has a suggested retail price of $54.95, and will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV®. The telecast will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD. For Pacquiao vs. Mosley fight week updates, log on to www.sports.SHO.com or www.toprank.com.

Paul Smith back in action on Cleverly-Braehmer card on 5/21

Former British super-middleweight champion Paul Smith is relishing his return to action on May 21.

Smith will form part of the undercard to Frank Warren's "This is It" show at the O2 Arena.

Top of the bill sees Nathan Cleverly take on Jurgen Braehmer for the WBO light-heavyweight title.

And James DeGale will defend the British super-middleweight title for the first time since beating Smith in December.

Tough-as-nails Smith was stopped late on by DeGale at the LIverpool Echo Arena in a sold out fight.

But he has vowed to come back stronger for the experience.

Smith has dropped back down to middleweight since the loss, and has teamed up with popular Manchester trainer Joe Gallagher.

"I can't wait to get back in the ring," said Smith.

"I've made a few changes since the DeGale fight and I feel refreshed.

"It's time for a new challenge and that is winning belts at middleweight.

""Going to Joe's gym in Manchester has really given me the buzz back.

" It's the same situation as when I was with Billy Graham up in Manchester at the start of my career.

"Every day you are surrounded by great pros, and it is an inspiration, it really is.

"Sparring is second to none and that's going to stand me in good stead when I'm fighting for titles."

Smith finds himself in a lively domestic division, with the likes of Matt Macklin, Darren Barker and Martin Murray all potential opponents.

"They are all quality fighters," said Smith.

"I've never bad-mouthed anyone, and I won't start now. But I'd love a top British name in the next six months.

"I loved being British champion at super-middlewieght, and I want to have the same kind of success at middleweight.

"Barker seems keen to fight a big British name, so why not start with me."

Stephen Smith faces John Simpson tonight

Commonwealth featherweight champion Stephen Smith has promised a "comprehensive win" over John Simpson on Wednesday night.

The pair meet in Liverpool with Simpson's British title also on the line.

Its' a rematch of their September 2010 fight, which Smith won on a controversial split decision.

But the unbeaten Scouser damaged his hand in that outing, and believes he'll find things much easier second time around.

He will also have the advantage of boxing in Liverpool, with his first clash with Simpson in front of the Scotsman's own fans.

"People only need to look at the state of my hand was in after last time after the operation," Smith told boxrec.com of his sub-par performance last time out.

"So this time with two hands and a good game plan going in with great preparation, I see myself winning but I'll win comprehensively.

"I have been in the gym all the time, I don't think it will affect me as much because I am in the gym a lot getting good sparring, I don't see where ring rust can come into it.

"John Simpson has not been the most active throughout his career. He has big gaps in between fights, he will be the first to say he should be more active.

"He has that one fight with Martin Lindsay but I don't think that will come into it."

Article posted on 27.04.2011



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