Humberto Soto vs. Bobby Pacquiao on Rahman/Maksaev PPV

Humberto Soto, conqueror of Rocky Juarez, of Los Mochis, Mexico will take on Bobby Pacquiao of the Philippines in a WBC eliminator at 130 pounds on the Hasim Rahman vs. Oleg Maskaev PPV championship card at the Thomas and Mack, Las Vegas, on Saturday, August 12. Bob Arum made the announcement today..

Here is how the big fight card is shaping up:

Humberto Soto, 39-5-2, vs. Bobby Pacquiao, 27-11-3
Soto is unbeaten in his last 17 fights including a points win over Rocky Juarez in Rosemont, Ill., on August 20, 2005. Soto stopped Oscar Leon in nine rounds on Feb. 17. Pacquiao, trained by Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, Calif., traded power punches and then stopped Kevin Kelley on the Cotto vs Malignaggi card in New York City. Soto and Pacquiao will fight in a WBC eliminator at 130 pounds.

Jose Armando Santa Cruz, WBC Interim Lightweight Champion, 23-1, 13 KOs
Santa Cruz, trained by Rudy Hernandez, of Lincoln Heights, Calif. is having a sensational 2006 with wins over Michael Lozado (NABF title fight), Edner Cherry (NABF 'Fight of the Year') and Chikashi Inada (WBC Interim Lightweight Championship). Santa Cruz, a non-stop hard puncher who fires from many angles, will defend his new title on this card.

Vanes Martirosyan, 9-0, 6 KOs, Glendale, Calif.
Martirosyan, an USA Olympian, is a very popular fighter from Glendale. He goes right to an immediate fiery attack and strikes with power. Martirosyan is trained by Freddy Roach and managed by Shelly Finkel, Nick Khan and Keith Davidson.

Rahman vs. Maskaev is promoted by Top Rank and Dennis Rappaport Productions in association with Caesars Palace and Wynn Las Vegas. Rahman vs. Maskaev will be broadcast on HBO Pay Per View.

Article posted on 28.06.2006

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