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The 12Manny Pacquiao Vs Floyd Mayweather Fight almost finalised

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Pacquiao VS Mayweather

The 120 million pound question - Manny Pacquiao Vs Floyd Mayweather Fight almost finalised

Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr who demands approximately 40 million pounds per fight and is probably the greatest technical boxer to have ever lived has avoided the question of fighting his biggest rival Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao since 2009 when it was first touted.

Mayweather Jr has previously blamed Pacquiao’s boxing promoter claiming he is not willing to make the fight happen, Pacquiao making unreasonable money demands in terms of fight revenue and accusation that Pacquiao has used illegal sport enhancing drugs as justification for the fight not taking place.

However Mayweather Jr has now dropped the biggest hint that he finally wants to end his spectacular career with a fight against Pacquiao.

Mayweather Jr is now the nearing the end of his career and is known as the best pound for pound fighter in the world with an impressive 47 wins with no losses and the fight against Pacquiao could be his most career defining fight billed as being

“The Fight of the Century”.

Pacquiao’s promoter has confirmed this week that they have agreed the terms for the Mayweather Jr fight to take place on 2nd May 2015 in Las Vagas. It has also been confirmed that Mayweather Jr’s representatives have agreed the fight deal in “principle” with a 60-40 split of the revenue in Mayweather Jr’s favour. The final seal of approval for this fight to take place is for Mayweather Jr himself to finally agree.

It would seem that the biggest obstacle for this fight not to take place has been the financial split between the fighters and since Mayweather Jr’s demands have now been met this fight is closer to happening now than ever before.

I personally do not believe that Mayweather Jr can be belittled about his financial demands in regards the Pacquiao fight since he sells more pay-per-views sales that any other fighter in the world and is also the undefeated fighter.

The fight itself could generate Mayweather Jr and Pacquiao more than 120 million pounds in revenue and this fight is already being considered as the biggest fight ever in the sport of boxing.

In my opinion the outcome of Pacquiao v Mayweather Jr will be a Mayweather Jr win and I also believe the likes of Marcos Maidana, Saul Alvarez and Robert Guerrero (all previous Mayweather Jr victims) had more of a boxing chance in defeating Mayweather Jr than Pacquiao has at this late stage of his career.

The Mayweather Jr v Pacquiao fight is well overdue with both fighters now showing more signs of vulnerabilities in terms of boxing ability that comes natural with age. The time is now and it is better late than never to finally get this fight deal done and give the fight fans what they want to see.

The final decision now lies in the hands of one man Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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A true Lionheart

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CHAMP: Qais Ashfaq secured a split decision victory after overcoming China Dragon’s Diao Jianhao last week

CHAMP: Qais Ashfaq secured a split decision victory after overcoming China Dragon’s Diao Jianhao last week

Ashfaq helps Britain clinch victory

Leeds’ Qais Ashfaq registered an emotional victory last week as he made a winning start to his life a British Lionheart.

Coming up against China Dragon’s Diao Jianhao, the 21-year-old won on a split decision as he battled through the five-round contest in the World Series of Boxing.

It was a tough mental challenge for Ashfaq, whose grandmother had sadly passed away just days before the fight, and he dedicated the win to her memory.

“It was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster,” Ashfaq said.
“I know I didn’t perform to my best and I did find it hard to compose myself at points because my emotions were really getting to me.

“Obviously to have got the win was great and I dedicated the performance to my grandma.”

Going into the match-up Ashfaq knew little about who his opponent was even going to be due to no footage being available for the Chinese bantamweight.
Despite the unpredictably, the British Lionheart was able to claim victory on two of the three judge’s scorecards and helped his team on their way to a 3-2 triumph.

Speaking about the tournament setup, he continued: “It was good to make my WSB debut in the five-round format. I know I’m fit enough to complete the rounds and it is all good experience for building up my strength and technique.

“I’m still only 21 and I’m coming up against people older than me which is really good for my development. I can feel myself getting stronger and this is just what I need to help me continue to improve.”

The WSB sees teams, representing franchises across the globe, competing in a league format, leading to play-offs and a final.

Three competitors are entered in each weight division from each nation with the top ranking boxer at the end of the tournament securing their place in the Olympics.

Ashfaq added: “This is the hardest way to qualify to be honest but it is no different to anything else I enter, in that I go into every tournament to win.

“What is unique about the competition is that we can compete in another WSB tournament later in the year if we are not successful in this one and get another shot at qualifying for the Olympics.”

The British Lionhearts next fixture will take place on 30th January as the side travel to Africa to face the Morocco Atlas Lions.

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Qualifications under the Belt

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Hamza Hussain

DETERMINED: Hamza Hussain is currently balancing the busy life of a student with his boxing training as he aims for a spot at the Rio 2016 Olympics

Boxing champ aiming for success in and out of the ring

One of the country’s fastest rising stars in the world of boxing may have his eyes set on the Rio 2016 Olympics yet there is one other challenge to overcome before the international showcase.

Light welterweight competitor, Hamza Hussain, from Staincliffe, is currently the highest ranked competitor in his division and holds the English Under-18 title.

However, at 17-years-old, it isn’t only boxing that the young fighter is determined to succeed in, with education playing a vital role in his future ambitions.

Currently studying at Kirklees College in Dewbsury, Hussain balances his sporting career with his student life, as he completes a Level 2 BTEC in Business and IT.

The former Batley Business and Enterprise College student currently trains with the Batley central Amateur Boxing Club and spars regularly with British champion, Gary Sykes.

Naming Amir Khan as his idol, Hussain hopes to repeat the Bolton star’s performance at his own Olympic Games yet says he still understands the importance of having a good education behind him.

“I train for my boxing twice a day, six times a week,” he said. “It’s hard to fit in my studying around it but everyone at college is very supportive and gives me extra help if I need a day off or if I’m struggling with deadlines.

“I want to box professionally and go to the Olympics but I also want to go to university so ultimately I can start my own business one day. I think it’s important to have something else to do alongside my sporting career.”

He added: “I decided to do business and IT because I am good at it, but also because it will give me a lot of options. There are lots of things I could go on to do once I get my qualifications.”

Having already won several titles as a youngster, and having competed in the Youth ABA National Championships, GB Boxing Championships and European Junior Championships, Hussain believes he is ready for a shot at the Gold in less than two years time.

Kirklees College Dewsbury Business team leader, Ruth Seale, reiterated the student’s belief and said he has all the skills to succeed, both in and out of the ring.

“It is great to see Hamza as enthusiastic about his studies as he is about his boxing career,” Ms Seale said.

“He has already shown that he has great dedication and determination and we’re sure he will go on to succeed at both.”

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