Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Is Pacquiao Getting the Wrong Advice On Marquez?

Manny Pacquiao is ill-advised on his recent media pronouncements telling the World Boxing Council (WBC) that he is letting go of his mandatory status to WBC super-featherweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez in the opinion of boxing promoter Rex 'Wakee' Salud. The popular boxing promoter also said that Pacquiao must be getting pointers from people who do not know their boxing, and the art of the deal.

Salud said that, "telling the WBC that he is not interested in being the mandatory challenger smacks of ill-advice. I don't know who is behind this, I'm not even sure if Manny understands this situation."

He added that, "they should not have issued that letter to the WBC. That's a wrong move. They should have let the WBC pressure Marquez to defend his title instead. I know that Sulaiman understands Pacquiao's situation that he cannot accept a smaller purse in case of a purse-bidding as he is the more popular fighter." Under this scenario, a Pacquiao- Humberto Soto clash would have been more feasible because there would have been a strong chance of Marquez getting stripped of the title .

In other news, Filipino lightweight Ariel “King Kong” Omongos moved up in weight to battle WBF Asia Pacific light welterweight champion Jed Syger in a six round non-title bout in Sydney, Australia late Monday. He surprised the champion and the audience with a second round TKO win.

This is a big, morale-boosting victory for the 20 year old Omongos who had a record of only two wins against seven losses and one KO. On the other hand, it was only the second loss for Syger whose record dropped to 9-2 with 2 KO’s.

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