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Pacquiao: I'm SICK of Waiting for Floyd Mayweather; Mercedes-Maldonado on Friday; U.S. Olympic Team Trials

Manny Pacquiao wants a judge to declare him the winner in his ongoing legal war with Floyd Mayweather -- claiming the Pretty Boy has been LYING HIS FACE OFF to get out of being deposed by Manny's lawyers.

Manny filed the papers today in Nevada as part of his defamation suit against Mayweather -- in which he claimed Floyd falsely accused Manny of using steroids.

According to the documents, Manny's camp offered up 24 dates for Floyd to be deposed -- but Mayweather kept coming up with excuses as to why he couldn't show up for any of them.

Manny claims Floyd often blamed his intense boxing training for the scheduling issues -- but says it's all BS ... because on many of the days Floyd said he was training, he was seen partying at various nightclubs in Vegas and Atlanta.

Point is -- Manny says he's SICK AND TIRED of waiting around for Floyd and wants the judge to issue a default judgment in his favor, making Manny the winner ... and entitling him to damages.

No word on how much $$$ Manny is looking to pocket from the lawsuit.


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RESULTS OFFICIAL WEIGH IN A PUÑO LIMPIO TOMORROW IN GUAYNABO, PUERTO RICO

PR BEST BOXING PROMOTIONS INC

“A PUÑO LIMPIO”

Friday, August 5, 2011

COLISEO MARIO “QUIJOTE” MORALES, GUAYNABO, PUERTO RICO

BLUE RED

(World Boxing Organization (WBO) Latino Title 115lbs – 10 Rounds)

LUIS MALDONADO – 111 lbs. VS. JUAN MERCEDES – 115 lbs.

Baja California, México (35-6-1, 26KOs) Santo Domingo, Rep. Dominicana (25-3, 17KOs)

(137lbs – 6 Rounds)

LUIS RODRÍGUEZ – 137 lbs. VS. LUIS JOEL GONZÁLEZ – 136 lbs.

Humacao, Puerto Rico (6-3-1,1KOs) Bayamón, Puerto Rico (7-0-1, 4KOs)

(114lbs – 4 Rounds)

GABRIEL CRUZ – 113 lbs. VS. JONATHAN GONZÁLEZ – 114 lbs.

Oceanside, California (4-3-1, 1KOs) Caguas, Puerto Rico (3-0, 3KOs)


(154lbs – 6 Rounds)

JOSÉ RAMÓN SÁNCHEZ – 153 lbs. VS. GIOVANNI RODRÍGUEZ – 154 lbs.

Mayagüez, Puerto Rio (2-9-1, 0KOs) Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico (5-0-1, 4KOs)

(124lbs – 4 Rounds)

NED LÓPEZ – 123 lbs. VS. KENNETH RIVERA – Will weigh in later

Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico (1-0, 1KO’s) Bayamón, Puerto Rico (Pro Debut)

(143lbs – 4 Rounds)

NELSON AGOSTO – 143 lbs. VS. KENNETH DÍAZ – 142 lbs.

Vega Baja, Puerto Rico (0-1) San Juan, Puerto Rico (Pro Debut)

(109lbs – 4 Rounds)

JAN CARLOS MOLINA – Will weigh in later VS. JESÚS PAGÁN – 109 lbs.

Arecibo, Puerto Rico (0-1) Guaynabo, Puerto Rico (Pro Debut)

(135lbs – 4 Rounds)

IVÁN VÁZQUEZ – 135 lbs. VS. JESÚS JAVIER CINTRÓN – 134 lbs.

Humacao, Puerto Rico (Pro Debut) Bayamón, Puerto Rico (Pro Debut)

PROMOTER: PR Best Boxing Promotions Inc. in association with Top Rank Inc.

TV: WAPA America (9:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.)

The Second Half of the Finals Bracket is Set at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Men’s Boxing

(MOBILE, ALA.) – Twenty boxers battled it out for their Olympic Trials lives on Thursday with the victors moving on to the event final and the loser suffering elimination from the tournament. The hotly-contested bouts reflected the high stakes of the night as each boxer left everything they had in the ring. Tonight’s winners will take on the victors from last night’s champions bracket final on Friday night at the Mobile Civic Center.

Santos Vasquez (Sparks, Nev.) won the first bout of the night, defeating three-time national champion Louie Byrd (Denver, Colo.) in light flyweight action. Vasquez took the early lead in a high paced first round, taking a 9-7 lead after the opening stanza. He kept his foot on the gas in the second and held a 14-9 advantage with one round remaining. Byrd came out charging in the final round as boxers let their hands fly over the final three minutes. Yet Byrd couldn’t overcome his deficit and Vasquez won a 33-29 final decision.

Shawn Simpson (Chicago, Ill.) bounced back from his loss in Wednesday’s action with a victory in the challengers bracket final on Thursday. Simpson faced off with Emilio Sanchez (Pacoima, Calif.) for the second time in the Olympic Trials and repeated his victory from the opening day of the tournament. Simpson built up a four-point lead in the first round and added to it slowly each round to win a 21-15 final decision and move on to a rematch with two-time Olympian Rau’shee Warren (Cincinnati, Ohio).

O’Shanique Foster (Orange, Texas) recovered from his Wednesday loss in successful fashion as well, winning his challengers bracket contest with Tremaine Williams (New Haven, Conn.). The first round was highly competitive with Foster taking a slim one-point lead after three minutes of action. He slowly added to his lead over the last six minutes to advance to the final round with a 13-19 victory to move on to a rematch with Joseph Diaz, Jr. (El Monte, Calif.).

The lightweight contest featured a rematch from Monday’s competition with 2008 Olympian Raynell Williams (Cleveland, Ohio) facing off with 2011 USA Boxing National Championships silver medalist Toka Kahn Clary (Providence, R.I.). Both boxers got off to quick starts and the first round ended with Williams and Kahn Clary deadlocked at nine. The fast pace continued in the second round but Williams grabbed the momentum. He held a four-point lead and extended it in the third to win a 37-28 decision and advance to a final round match-up with Jose Ramirez (Avenal, Calif).

In light welterweight action, 2010 National Champion Pedro Sosa (Bronx, N.Y.) won a 22-12 decision over 2009 National Champion Duran Caferro (Helena, Mont.) to move on to final round action. Once again, the first round ended with the two boxers tied up, but Sosa grabbed the lead in the second and didn’t let it go. He held a 13-9 lead with one round remaining and continued to score throughout all three minutes to win the 10-point decision and set up a rematch with Jamel Herring (Coram, N.Y.).

Amir Imam (Albany, N.Y.) recovered from a loss on Wednesday with a victory over Samuel Vasquez (Fort Carson, Colo.) in Thursday’s challengers bracket final. The bout enjoyed several momentum swings with the two boxers tied at 15 with one round remaining. Imam didn’t leave anything to chance, pouring on the shots in the last three minutes to win a 31-23 decision and move on to the final round where he will face Errol Spence (Desoto, Texas).

2010 National Champion Luis Arias (Milwaukee, Wis.) enjoyed the chance to avenge a loss from earlier in the tournament in his bout with Antoine Douglas (Burke, Va.). Douglas claimed a double-digit victory over Arias earlier in the week but Thursday’s bout told a different tale. Arias managed to take the early lead, a 5-3 advantage after the opening round and held on over the next two rounds. He built slowly on his lead and won a 14-10 decision over Douglas to advance to the championship bout with Jesse Hart (Philadelphia, Pa.) While the middleweight final will be the first match-up between the two at the Olympic Trials, they battled to a tiebreaker at the 2010 National Championships with Arias taking the close win.

Siju Shabazz (Las Cruces, N.M.) continued his run through the challengers bracket in a light heavyweight showdown with Jerry Odom (Bowie, Md.). The match-up was close all three rounds with Shabazz holding the lead after one and Odom taking it back after the second. Shabazz staked his claim in the third round, outscoring Odom by a 15-11 margin to win a 36-31 final decision and a spot in the final opposite Marcus Browne (Staten Island, N.Y.).

Joseph Williams (Bronx, N.Y.) won the final contested bout of the night in his bout with two-time national champion Jordan Shimmell (Hudsonville, Mich.). Shimmell looked to rebound from a rough outing on Wednesday and he struck first blood, taking a 4-3 lead after one. Williams grabbed the lead back in the second and held on for the duration of the bout. He recorded a 12-10 decision over Shimmell in the bout to advance to Friday’s finals where he will face Michael Hunter (Las Vegas, Nev.).

Super heavyweight Laron Mitchell (San Francisco, Calif.) advanced on a medical disqualification win over Andrew Shepherd (Fort Carson, Colo.). Mitchell will take on Lenroy Thompson (Lenexa, Kansas) in Friday’s finals.

Friday’s final round action will begin at 6 p.m. at the Mobile Civic Center. Should the challengers bracket boxer prevail in Friday’s action, the weight class will go a second and deciding bout on Saturday.

Friday’s Bout Sheet
108 lbs: Eros Correa, San Jose, Calif., vs. Santos Vasquez, Sparks, Nev.
114 lbs: Rau’shee Warren, Cincinnati, Ohio vs. Shawn Simpson, Chicago, Ill.
123 lbs: Joseph Diaz, Jr., El Monte, Calif., vs. O’Shanique Foster, Orange, Texas
132 lbs: Jose Ramirez, Avenal, Calif. vs. Raynell Williams, Cleveland, Ohio
141 lbs: Jamel Herring, Coram, N.Y. vs. Pedro Sosa, Bronx, N.Y.
152 lbs: Errol Spence, Desoto, Texas vs. Amir Imam, Albany, N.Y.
165 lbs: Jesse Hart, Philadelphia, Pa., vs. Luis Arias, Milwaukee, Wis.
178 lbs: Marcus Browne, Staten Island, N.Y., vs. Siju Shabazz, Las Cruces, N.M.
201 lbs: Michael Hunter, Las Vegas, Nev., vs. Joseph Williams, Bronx, N.Y.
201+ lbs: Lenroy Thompson, Lenexa, Kansas vs. Laron Mitchell, San Francisco, Calif.

Thursday’s Results
108 lbs: Santos Vasquez, Sparks, Nev., dec. Louie Byrd, Denver, Colo., 33-29

114 lbs: Shawn Simpson, Chicago, Ill., dec. Emilio Sanchez, Pacoima, Calif., 21-15

123 lbs: O'Shanique Foster, Orange, Texas, dec. Tramaine Williams, New Haven, Conn., 19-13

132 lbs: Raynell Williams, Cleveland, Ohio, dec. Toka Khan Clary, Providence, R.I., 37-28

141 lbs: Pedro Sosa, Bronx, N.Y., dec. Duran Caferro, Helena, Mont., 22-12

152 lbs: Amir Imam, Albany, N.Y., dec. Samuel Vasquez, Fort Carson, Colo., 31-23

165 lbs: Luis Arias, Milwaukee, Wis. dec. Antoine Douglas, Burke, Va., 14-10

178 lbs: Siju Shabazz, Las Cruces, N.M., dec. Jerry Odom, Bowie, Md., 36-31

201 lbs: Joseph Williams, Bronx, N.Y., dec. Jordan Shimmell, Hudsonville, Mich., 12-10

201+ lbs: Laron Mitchell, San Francisco, Calif., won on medical disqualification over Andrew Shepherd, Fort Carson, Colo., DQ

Athlete Quotes

Santos Vasquez

“He (Louie Byrd) comes out swinging, I had to hurt him.”



“I think I was pushing him out of his comfort zone and I hurt him to the body.”



“I fought him twice before and he beat me twice. This time I kind of knew him a bit and knew what he was going to do.”



“I saw every punch he would throw. I prepared for him and him only because he was favored to win these trials.”



Raynell Williams

“The first round I was thinking about getting up and getting up big.”



“Toka is a great fighter. You get two skilled fighters in there and they are going to give a great show.”



“What keeps me hungrier than these other fighters is I’ve been there (Olympics) and I didn’t get what I wanted and that drives me to get it even more.”



“I got to come up with a whole new game plan for the rematch with Jose Ramirez tomorrow night.”



Joseph Williams

“It seemed easy getting inside but it wasn’t. He (Shimmell) is a slow fighter but he is strong.”

“Next opponent is my Michael Hunter. He is talented, but I think a lot of people lose before they get in the ring because of the name. The name doesn’t mean anything to me.”

“Michael is a slick boxer, but so am I.”

“Ugly win any day over a pretty loss.”

USA Boxing, as the national governing body for Olympic-style boxing, is the United States’ member organization of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) and a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

Article posted on 05.08.2011



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