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Robert Guerrero arrested for attempting to take gun on a plane while promoting Floyd Mayweather fight

Guerrero arrested for attempting to take a GUN on a PLANE while promoting upcoming world title fight with Mayweather

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Declan Warrington

PUBLISHED:

20:38 GMT, 28 March 2013

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UPDATED:

22:11 GMT, 28 March 2013

Robert Guerrero was today arrested at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport following his attempt to board an airplane with a handgun.

The welterweight, who is scheduled to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas on May 4, was reported to to have brought the gun – a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson – and three bullet magazines with him for the flight to the same California location.

The southpaw, who had been in New York to promote the upcoming fight, is to be charged with one count of criminal possession of a firearm and three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. It is thought the charges will not affect the fight's status but he could regardless face up to four years in prison if found guilty.

Floyd Mayweather

Robert Guerrero

Controversial: Robert Guerrero was arrested while attempting to promote his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr

According to the police report Guerrero, who it is understood has a permit to carry a gun in California but is not licenced to do so in California, allegedly told the authorities that he had the weapon with him upon arrival in New York from Virginia.

'I hope that Mr. Guerrero fights better than he thinks,' said Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

'For anyone who hasn't gotten the message, let me be crystal clear. You cannot bring an unlicensed weapon — loaded or unloaded — into this county or this city. And if you do you will be arrested and face felony charges.'

Adrien Broner to fight Gavin Rees for WBC lightweight world title in February

Rees beats Burns as Welsh lightweight secures world title fight against Broner

PUBLISHED:

10:33 GMT, 28 December 2012

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UPDATED:

10:58 GMT, 28 December 2012

Gavin Rees has beaten fellow Brit Ricky Burns to a fight with American star Adrien Broner.

The Welsh lightweight was due to face John Murray last month but that fell through when the Mancunian failed a fitness test.

Rees will now challenge for Broner's WBC world title on February 16, subject to signing a contract.

He posted on his Twitter account: ' Looks like I'm fighting Adrian broner 16th feb for WBC title massive fight for me an time for me to become 2 weight world champ.'

The Rock: Gavin Rees will fight Adrien Broner in February

Champion: Adrien Broner will defend his WBC world title against Rees

Head-to-head: Rees will take on WBC lightweight world champion Broner (R)

The 32-year-old has won 37 of his 39 contests but has been out of action since beating Derry Matthews in July to add the British belt to his European title.

Rees, a former world champion at light welterweight, has since relinquished his European strap and in Broner faces one of America's brightest prospects.

Waiting game: Ricky Burns hopes to fight Broner later down the line in 2013

Waiting game: WBO world champion Ricky Burns hopes to fight Broner later down the line in 2013

The two-weight world champion enhanced his status as the heir to Floyd Mayweather Jnr's pound-for-pound crown with a stoppage victory over
Antonio DeMarco in November.

Broner, 23, then threw down the gauntlet to Scotland's Burns but he rejected the unification fight in favour of a warm-up bout before potentially meeting Broner in April.

VIDEO: So who is Adrien Broner

London 2012 Olympic medallist Anthony Ogogo signs with Golden Boy Promotions

Team GB ace Ogogo takes first step towards the big time by signing for Golden Boy Promotions

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UPDATED:

18:55 GMT, 27 December 2012

Olympic bronze medallist Anthony Ogogo has become the first of Team GB's London 2012 fighters to switch to the professional ranks after signing a contract with Golden Boy Promotions.

In joining a stable headed by the retired Oscar De La Hoya, Ogogo, 24, could feature on bills in which Amir Khan, Floyd Mayweather Jr, Bernard Hopkins, Adrien Broner or Saul Alvarez are the main attraction and consequently enjoy a level of exposure many young professionals are unlikely to ever experience.

'I can't wait to get started,' said middleweight Ogogo of his decision to join Golden Boy, who recently revealed plans to enter the British boxing market. '2012 has been without doubt one of the greatest years of my life.

Turning pro: Anthony Ogogo is set to make his professional boxing debut in 2013

Turning pro: Anthony Ogogo is set to make his professional boxing debut in 2013

'To represent my country at a home Games was an incredible experience and the bronze medal I won will always be close to my heart.

'Following the Olympics I've been looking to the future and considering a number of options, and feel that the time is now right to turn professional with Golden Boy.'

Regardless of the difficulty many Olympic medallists have experienced in the professional ranks, Golden Boy chief executive Richard Schaefer is adamant Ogogo possesses the ability to be a significant success.

Battling for bronze: Ogogo was one of several Britons to impress at London 2012

Battling for bronze: Ogogo was one of several Britons to impress at London 2012

'Anthony Ogogo has everything you look for in a boxer,' Schaefer said.

'He can fight, he has style and charisma and he has amazing crossover potential. I have no doubt that Anthony has the skills in the ring and the personality outside of it to make him a global boxing star.'

Been there, done that: De La Hoya's Olympics success was followed by an illustrious pro career

Been there, done that: De La Hoya's Olympics success was followed by an illustrious pro career

Amir Khan: I don"t want sad end like Ricky Hatton

I do not want a sad end like Ricky! Khan vows to quit in three years, aged only 29

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UPDATED:

23:19 GMT, 19 December 2012

Amir Khan is mapping out a six-fight finish to his career, determined he will not emulate Ricky Hatton's 'sad' exit from the ring.

Khan bounced back from two straight defeats with a comprehensive stoppage of the previously unbeaten Carlos Molina in Los Angeles at the weekend, putting himself on course for a rematch with Danny Garcia and then, hopefully, Floyd Mayweather Jnr in 2014.

But after seeing Hatton's comeback after a three-year absence end with a crushing stoppage defeat to Ukraine's Vyacheslav Senchenko last month, the 26-year-old Bolton fighter wants to make sure he has fulfilled all his ambitions in the sport before quitting for good.

Battle plan: Khan is hopeful of a rematch with Danny Garcia next year, but is determined not to end up like Hatton (below)

Battle plan: Khan is hopeful of a rematch with Garcia, but is determined not to end up like Hatton (below)

Ricky Hatton

'It was very sad,' said Khan. 'People asked me what I thought about him coming back and I said he shouldn't. He wanted to prove a point. He's a trier but at least now it will never be in the back of his mind.'

Khan added: 'I never want to be in that position where you retire and then come back after three years.

'When I retire it will be because I want to retire and I don't want to achieve anything more from boxing. 'It's important to leave the sport as you walked into it – being healthy and being a champion.

Handy: Khan triumphed over Molina on Saturday after two back-to-back defeats

Handy: Khan triumphed over Molina on Saturday after two consecutive defeats

'I know a lot of fighters when they retire want to go back in because they have unfinished business. I don't want to go that way. If I have unfinished business, I wouldn't retire.

'I will know myself when to call it a day. I will let my body make the decision. And when the time is right to retire, I will.'

Khan believes that will be in three years' time. He wants another go at Garcia, who took his WBA light-welterweight title in July, towards the end of next year and then plans to step up to face Mayweather Jnr in 2014.

Amir Khan

Carlos Molina

Bloody mess: The bout was stopped after the tenth round after Molina sustained a nasty cut above his left eye

'At 28 or 29 I will call it a day,' he added. 'I'm 26 years old now and I think in three years I can have six fights – and they can be six big fights. But I'm in no rush. Mayweather wants to fight for a couple more years.'

Khan added: 'In my career, I think we will definitely have a Mayweather fight. 'I want to fight in April but that won't be against Garcia because he is fighting in February against Zab Judah.

'I'm getting married in May, then I have a break because of Ramadan so I will fight at the end of the year. 'Two fights next year, and one of them will be Danny Garcia.'

Ambition: Khan is looking to the future in his role as co-owner and co-promoter of Golden Boy UK

Ambition: Khan is looking to the future in his role as co-owner and co-promoter of Golden Boy UK

The end of Khan's career could have arrived a lot sooner had he not dispatched Molina in impressive fashion, forcing the outclassed American to quit on his stool at the end of the 10th round.

It was viewed as a make-or-break fight for Khan after those defeats to Lamont Peterson and Garcia, and a third successive loss would have permanently damaged his reputation – with Khan unsure that he could have accepted the consequences.

'It would have made me an undercard fighter,' he added. 'I would not have packed it in, but it would have been very hard for me to come back.

'Confidence-wise, not being top of the bill, the main attraction, would be hard, especially because from day one coming from the amateurs I went to being the top of the bill. It would have been totally different, that's what I meant.

Centre of attention: Khan speaks to the assembled media on Wednesday

Centre of attention: Khan speaks to the assembled media on Wednesday

'I have been in the position where it was nearly over. That has motivated me and makes me train harder. I never want to be in that position again.'

Khan is already looking to the future in his role as co-owner and co-promoter of Golden Boy UK with Oscar de la Hoya, an offshoot of his American promoters.

His first aim is to recruit some of Great Britain's boxing medallists from London 2012, including Luke Campbell, Anthony Joshua, Fred Evans and Anthony Agogo – and he has not ruled out trying to sign up Nicola Adams, the winner of the first women's Olympic boxing gold medal, as well.

'Definitely,' he said. 'I think it would be a great idea to get a girl to turn pro because we've never had a professional like that with Olympic pedigree. It's something for the future.

'But I want to keep it exclusive. I want the Olympians. 'Maybe the heavyweight and some of the lighter weights – the middleweight, the welterweight. 'My brother Haroon is going to be part of it. You don't want too many fighters. You want the right fighters and the ones that will be good for us. I won't rush into it and sign everyone, I will just pick the best.'

Floyd Mayweather reveals $40m offer to fight Manny Pacquiao

'Who wouldn't want to lose for $40m' Mayweather reveals his offer to Pacquiao

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UPDATED:

11:07 GMT, 18 December 2012

Floyd Mayweather has reiterated claims that he
offered Manny Pacquiao the biggest payday of his career to face him in a
$100million superfight.

Pacquiao's defeat by Juan Manuel Marquez earlier this month cast further doubt on a potential mega-fight with Mayweather materialising anytime soon.

Mayweather has two dates set for next year – in May and September – and is yet to reveal his opponents.

But he has revealed that he did make Pacquiao a lucrative offer to fight him, raising hopes that the pair could eventually go toe-to-toe in the ring.

Big money: Floyd Mayweather has reiterated claims that he offered Manny Pacquiao $40million to fight him

Big money: Floyd Mayweather has reiterated claims that he offered Manny Pacquiao $40million to fight him

'I have footage of Manny Pacquiao
talking about what I offered him. I offered him $40m and I told him to
accept that and we could talk about the rest,' said Mayweather.

'The proof is in the pudding. He
received $6m against Timothy Bradley and $8m in this one [against Juan
Manuel Marquez]. What guy wouldn't want to be in a position to take a
loss for $40m He could have made a lot more fighting me.

'I'm very, very comfortable
[financially]. I have great business outside of boxing and all I want to
do is to continue to help the young fighters who are up-and-coming so
the sport of boxing can live on.'

Mayweather returns to the
ring in Las Vegas on May 4 for his first fight since his release from
prison and he admitted that the stretch inside was difficult.

Good to talk: Mayweather claims he has already discussed a potential fight with Pacquiao

Good to talk: Mayweather claims he has already discussed a potential fight with Pacquiao

'I did my time in the hole. I was
locked up for 23 hours a day in a small box and only coming out for one
hour, and at weekends not at all,' he said.

'Not being able to see nothing, not having any contact with anyone can hurt anybody.

'That was a crucial moment for me but
I'm strong and I'm happy to be home. I've got something to live for; my
four children, I want to give them the best education.'

Rising American star Adrien Broner, meanwhile, has been hailed as the successor to pound-for-pound No 1 Mayweather – and has already taught him a lesson on the basketball court.

Broner, 23, the WBC lightweight world champion, has stopped 21 of his 25 opponents and could meet Scotland's Ricky Burns next spring in a mouthwatering unification clash.

On the ball: Mayweather takes on Adrien Broner in a charity basketball game

On the ball: Mayweather takes on Adrien Broner in a charity basketball game

But he showed he can also hold his own outside the ring with a starring role in a charity basketball game in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Nicknamed 'The Problem', Broner went head-to-head with Mayweather, mesmerising the 35-year-old with his close control before leaving him for dead and scoring a basket.

He then performed a spectacular flip in celebration during a match which also featured Amir Khan's conqueror Danny Garcia.

Floyd Mayweather ready to fight Manny Pacquiao in September

Mayweather: I feel bad for Manny… $100m superfight must wait until September nowFloyd Mayweather Jr confirms May 4 comebackBoxer tells Pacquiao to come through tune-up fights firstWait for $100m superfight could end on September 14

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UPDATED:

18:38 GMT, 13 December 2012

Floyd Mayweather Jnr has not ruled out facing Manny Pacquiao in boxing's first $100million superfight – but only after the battered Filipino has at least one warm-up bout.

Pacquiao was knocked out cold by the brutal right hand of Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas last Saturday, a result which looked to end hopes of the 33-year-old facing Mayweather.

But the five-weight world champion insists he remains interested in fighting his pound-for-pound rival, if terms can be agreed.

May the fourth be with you: Floyd Mayweather has confirmed his return to the ring will take place on May 4

May the fourth be with you: Floyd Mayweather has confirmed his return to the ring will take place on May 4

Wrong side of the law: Mayweather served two months in prison before his release in August

Wrong side of the law: Mayweather served two months in prison before his release in August

'Pacquiao's focus should on be on
trying to take a vacation, get his mind right, and get a few tune-up
fights so he can bounce back,' Mayweather told Fight Hype.

'I feel bad for him. There's a
difference in the ways you can get knocked out. See, when a guy gets
knocked out and he can get up, they sit him on his stool, rub his back
and he goes home to ice himself.

'But when you gotta wake a guy up
with smelling salts and got a concussion and he gotta go to hospital
overnight, that's crucial. I mean, that's close to death.

'When I offered Manny Pacquiao $40m, I told him I would wire him $20m up front, just agree to the guaranteed $40m.

'He told me [he wanted] 50/50 and then hopped off the phone.'

Mayweather will return to action on
May 4 at the MGM Grand, his first bout since serving two months of an
87-day prison sentence for assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

All smiles: Manny Pacquiao arrives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila with his wife Jinkee following his defeat to Marquez

Smiles better: Manny Pacquiao arrives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila with his wife Jinkee following his defeat to Marquez (below)

Pacquiao was knocked out by Marquez in Las Vegas last week

Pacquiao was knocked out by Marquez in Las Vegas last week

He also revealed he is considering hiring his father, Floyd Snr, as his trainer after his uncle Roger took ill.

The pair have a fractured relationship and Floyd Jnr ejected his dad from his gym last year before his fight with Victor Ortiz.

'We don't really know what the future
holds for Floyd Mayweather as far as who's gonna be the trainer, but
I'm leaning towards my father at this particular time,' he added.

'My dad has to realise that I'm an
adult. I just want my dad to accept and respect me as an adult. I think
my dad still looks at me as his 10-year-old son.'

Back in action: Mayweather also has a date schemed in his diary to fight in September

Back in action: Mayweather also has a date schemed in his diary to fight in September

Mayweather will also fight on
September 14 and while no opponents have been announced for either date,
names in the frame include Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez and Robert Guerrero.

The 35-year-old, who remains
undefeated after 43 fights, and holds the WBC welterweight and WBA
(Super) light-middleweight world titles, concluded: 'I don't know who my
team has scouted but whoever it is, it's going to be an exciting show.

'I can't wait. I'm looking to go out there and perform and look well for my fans.'

Adrien Broner offered Ricky Burns world title fight in London

Broner claims he offered Burns world title fight in London… with just TWO days notice

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UPDATED:

14:37 GMT, 13 December 2012

American world champion Adrien Broner has sensationally challenged Ricky Burns to a unification clash at just TWO days notice.

Burns was due to defend his WBO lightweight title against first Liam Walsh and then Jorge Ocampo but both pulled out, leaving the Scot without an opponent for Saturday's show at the Excel in London.

Ready to rumble: Adrien Broner claims he wanted to fight Ricky Burns with just two days notice

Ready to rumble: Adrien Broner claims he wanted to fight Ricky Burns with just two days notice

But Broner, who won the WBC belt against Antonio DeMarco last month and is regarded by many as boxing's successor to Floyd Mayweather Jnr, claims he would fly to London to take on the Scot.

'I found out, Burns doesn't have an opponent so I told them: “Fly me out today, I will make weight and I will beat that guy”,' he told ES News.

Broner previously replaced Burns as the WBO super-featherweight champion before failing to make weight for his defence against Vicente Escobedo in July.

The 23-year-old has long claimed that Burns vacated rather than face the rising star of American boxing but Burns insists he gave up the title as he could no longer comfortably make the weight.

He subsequently won the interim version of his current belt by beating Michael Katsidis at Wembley Arena last November before successful defences against Paulus Moses and British rival Kevin Mitchell.

Burns' original opponent for his third defence, unbeaten Walsh, was ruled out after being involved in a car crash before Filipino southpaw Ocampo withdrew at the last minute over contractual issues.

Burns turned down a 10-round exhibition bout and is instead expected to return to action on January 26 in Glasgow while Broner is being lined up to co-feature alongside Johnathan Banks' rematch with Seth Mitchell the following month.

Without an opponent: Ricky Burns was due to headline Saturday's bill in London

Without an opponent: Ricky Burns was due to headline Saturday's bill in London

But, assuming the American does not make the unlikely last-minute dash across the Atlantic, Burns could meet Broner as early as February, according to Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer.

'I am trying to do the Burns fight [with Broner,]' he told ESPN. '[I'll be] talking again with [Burns' promoter] Frank Warren. I am going to try and convince him to go directly to Broner for February 16.'

Burns' trainer Billy Nelson meanwhile believes Burns would relish the chance to unify the division.

'If a unification fight can be made up at lightweight, we’d snap their hands off,' he said last month. 'That’s the fight we want, trust me. Broner has an act but acts don’t hurt you. Words don’t hurt you.

'Punches hurt you, as Broner will discover if ever he gets inside a ring with Ricky. Whatever happens, I don’t think we’ll be watching anything Ricky will lose sleep over. Neither could cope with his range, speed or body shots.

'He’ll get the fright of his life when he sees the size of Ricky then has to cope with his industry, speed and strength.'

Juan Manuel Marquez beats Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas

Pacquiao stunned as Marquez delivers knockout blow with stunning sixth-round shot in brutal 'Fight of the Year'

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UPDATED:

13:34 GMT, 9 December 2012

Manny Pacquiao gives straight answers even after he’s been knocked cold in the upset of the new century, as he was by his perennial rival Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday night.

‘I’m open to a fifth fight between us,’ said the PacMan once he had regained consciousness. ‘Why not fight again’

Why not, indeed, when the early returns from the fourth edition of this saga suggest gross takings of $85 million. Why not, now that this knock-out with one second remaining in the sixth round has almost certainly put paid to the even richer prospect of a dream fight between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.

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Knockout blow: Marquez celebrates after stopping Pacquiao in the sixth round

Knockout blow: Marquez celebrates after stopping Pacquiao in the sixth round

Knockout blow: Marquez celebrates after stopping Pacquiao in the sixth round

The question which remains unanswered, however, is exactly how Senor Marquez, at the grand sporting age of 39, has developed a physique like the Incredible Hulk and nuclear power in his right fist.

If the world were as simple as when we were starry-eyed kids, we would have awoken with an almighty hangover on Sunday morning after joining thousands of Mexicans in their tequila-soaked celebrations here.

Instead we are walking gingerly on egg shells.

Stunning shot: Marquez lands the bout-winning right hand in the sixth

Stunning shot: Marquez lands the bout-winning right hand in the sixth

Knockout blow: Marquez lands the bout-winning right hand in the sixth

Knockout blow: Marquez lands the bout-winning right hand in the sixth

Knockout blow: Marquez lands the bout-winning right hand in the sixth

Knockout blow: Marquez lands the bout-winning right hand in the sixth

Knockout blow: Marquez lands the bout-winning right hand in the sixth

The world is not so simple when the victor of what might well be voted the Fight of the Year has to keep denying that his body-building transformation has been achieved with the help of performance enhancing drugs.

Marquez puts it down to incredibly hard work. We hear him but we also know that his physical conditioner is the man who confessed to supplying steroids to shamed US Olympic athletes Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery.

It feels horribly churlish to withhold unqualified praise for Marquez’s achievement in flattening, at the fourth attempt, the Filipino idol who went into this tumultuous weekend as one of the two best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. But if you hire as your dietician Angel Heredia – or whatever he calls himself at the moment – you must know that you will invite suspicion.

The PacMan: Pacquiao makes his way out to the ring

The PacMan: Pacquiao makes his way out to the ring

The PacMan: Pacquiao makes his way out to the ring

Everyone was dancing around the issue once Pacquiao was back on his feet and en route to hospital for precautionary tests.

His master trainer Freddie Roach has raised questions previously, but, more diplomatically, said: ‘His body has developed as he gets older and he’s punching harder. His power has improved and he hurt Manny a lot more with his right hand than in the past fights.’

That much was obvious for all to see as Pacquiao was decked in the second round before being knocked head-first into oblivion at the end of the sixth. His wife Jinkee was in weeping distress at the sight of her husband lying prostrate under a rope but once her husband had been revived he consoled her on his way to congratulating Marquez.

He remains a gentleman in defeat – and arguably still the greater boxer than Marquez even though the clear and decisive outcome which both sought in this re-re-re-match went to his nemesis, not himself.

Sighter: Pacquiao lands a left in the first round

Sighter: Pacquiao lands a left in the first round

Smiles better: Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (right) was in the crowd

Smiles better: Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (right) was in the crowd

Pacquiao, with his crisp right jabs, in-and-out attacks and whiplash lefts controlled this fight with the exception of taking those two huge blows. He recovered from his first knock down to dump Marquez on the seat of his pants in the fifth.

For the most part Pacquiao dominated from his quick-fire response to the first bell until that single second before it would have rung to end the sixth.

Marquez, his nose broken and his face lacerated, was on the brink of defeat when Pacquiao sensed a KO of his own, became over-excited and walked onto his opponent’s desperation punch.

‘We made one mistake and got knocked out just as we were about to win,’ said Roach. ‘It happens in boxing. But I didn’t see any signs of deterioration in Manny. When we get back in the gym I will advise him to retire if I see bad things. But I don’t expect that.’

On the charge: Marquez takes the attack to Pacquiao

On the charge: Marquez takes the attack to Pacquiao

Floored: Pacquiao hits the canvas after Marquez connects with a right in the third

Floored: Pacquiao hits the canvas after Marquez connects with a right in the third

Floored: Pacquiao hits the canvas after Marquez connects with a right in the third

Floored: Pacquiao hits the canvas after Marquez connects with a right in the third

Marquez was also showing signs of concussion when he returned to the dressing room and he, too, had to go to hospital.

With both men determined to bring their dispute to an abrupt and finite conclusion, promoter Bob Arum compared this with the historic battle between Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns which is regarded as the greatest three rounds in ring history.

Arum is probably right in arguing that Mayweather-Pacquiao could still be a $200 milllion pay-TV bonanza. As he says: ‘Losing a fight, even by knock-out, is not death.’ The problem is that Mayweather now has the perfect excuse for declining to put at risk the unbeaten record he cherishes. He did, after all, defeat the pre-muscular Marquez quite comfortably a couple of years ago.

Toe-to-toe: Both fighters were intent on attacking

Toe-to-toe: Both fighters were intent on attacking

Toe-to-toe: Both fighters were intent on attacking

Old acquaintances: The pair were meeting for the fourth time in their careers

Old acquaintances: The pair were meeting for the fourth time in their careers

Pacquiao-Marquez Five is another matter. The series continues to court the kind of controversy which, along with the intensity of the fighting, makes for good box office.

Marquez bitterly protested the results of their first three contests, a draw and two narrow decisions in favour of Pacquiao. Now he finds his night of redemption clouded by insinuations of drug abuse.

That will bring a sense of unfairness crowding in on him which will seem as over-powering as the roaring support he had in the Grand Garden Arena.

Old acquaintances: The pair were meeting for the fourth time in their careers

False dawn: Marquez had a wobble in the fifth after a left jab from Pacquiao

False dawn: Marquez had a wobble in the fifth after a left jab from Pacquiao

This was the night which was supposed to resolve their personal dispute once and for all.
Rather, it begs the question of a fifth encounter.

One for which the preparations need to be monitored, by wicked irony, by the Olympic standard blood testing which a certain Mr Mayweather is campaigning to make mandatory in boxing.

So when will it all end The PacMan may have to answer that, too. Whenever he decides to retire into politics full-time.

Floored: Pacquiao was face down on the canvas for some time

Floored: Pacquiao was face down on the canvas for some time

Floored: Pacquiao was face down in the canvas for some time

Floored: Pacquiao was face down on the canvas for some time

Job done: Marquez celebrates his victory

Job done: Marquez celebrates his victory

VIDEO: Reactions after Marquez knocks out Pacquiao in sixth round

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Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez prepare for fourth and final fight

This is it: Pacquiao vows knock out Marquez and end long running rivalry in fourth and final fight

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UPDATED:

15:13 GMT, 6 December 2012

Having shared the ring for 36 rounds over their careers there is not too much that Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez don't know about each other – yet they are prepared to go head to head for one final time.

Officially, the tally stands at two Pacquiao wins and one draw, though many fans and boxing writers believe Marquez could legitimately have won all three encounters.

Saturday’s fight is likely to be another close encounter and Filipino Pacquiao believes this will be the last time the two set foot in the ring together.

Fourth and final time: Manny Pacquiao and Juan Marquez prepare for their fight on Saturday

Fourth and final time: Manny Pacquiao and Juan Marquez prepare for their fight on Saturday

'I think this is the last fight with him,’ Pacquiao said.

'Last time,’ agreed trainer Freddie Roach. ‘We're going to knock him out. End of story.'
Pacquiao lost his last fight to Timothy Bradley – albeit in controversial fashion – and Roach says his fighter is hungrier than ever to succeed, especially if he is ever to get Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the ring.

'The fourth fight could be the same as the last three, but Manny's hungrier now,’ Roach said. 'I don't think Marquez has seen the best Manny yet.’

The final showdown: Pacquiao and Marquez both say this will be the last time they fight each other

The final showdown: Pacquiao and Marquez both say this will be the last time they fight each other

But in the opposite corner, Marquez says his sole motivation for Saturday's non-title welterweight clash is the prospect of finally being able to celebrate victory over the Filipino.

'I want them (his corner) to raise my hand (in triumph),’ Marquez said.
'People tell me, 'You really beat him', in the last three fights, a lot of people feel I beat him.

'But I want to have my hand raised. I want the judges to really look at what they're doing and get it right this time.’

We've met before: Pacquiao and Marquez go head-to-head before their fourth fight

We've met before: Pacquiao and Marquez go head-to-head before their fourth fight

For his part, Pacquiao appears to be growing increasingly frustrated by the Mexican's insistence that he was the deserved winner of their previous three contests, particularly because of the counter-punching style favoured by Marquez.

'He always claims he won the fights,’ said Pacquiao. ‘So he needs to prove something.

'You cannot say, 'Yes I won the fight' when you are always backing off. It's contradictory. If you're claiming you won the fight, then you have to press the action.’

Nice and relaxed: Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach laugh during the press conference

Nice and relaxed: Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach laugh during the press conference

The four-fight rivalry between the two boxers almost failed to last one round. Pacquiao knocked down Marquez three times in the opening round of their first encounter in 2004, but the Mexican rallied to outbox his opponent and eke out a draw.

In their second meeting four years later, Pacquiao knocked down Marquez in the third round, which proved the difference after he won a close split decision.

Their third bout was adjudged a majority decision victory for the Filipino southpaw, despite Pacquiao's surprisingly unimpressive display.

Game face on: Marquez looks serious as he bids to finally get a win over his rival

Game face on: Marquez looks serious as he bids to finally get a win over his rival

'I thought Manny won that fight,’ Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach said on Wednesday. “But the booing was very loud and very vocal.

'Someone said, 'Why aren't you smiling You won the fight'. And I said, 'It's very hard to smile when you're being booed that bad'.’

Pacquiao acknowledged that his series of fights with Marquez had been the defining rivalry of his career.

Capturing the imagination: A blackjack table at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas promotes the fight

Capturing the imagination: A blackjack table at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas promotes the fight

'When you say 'Muhammad Ali', you think 'Joe Frazier',’ the Filipino said. ‘And I think when you say 'Manny Pacquiao', you think 'Juan Manuel Marquez'. And when you say 'Marquez', you think 'Manny Pacquiao'.’

But neither man is expecting a fifth fight, whatever happens in the ring on Saturday. The fourth bout, they insist, will be the last.

'This is the last fight with Manny,’ said Marquez. ‘I don't know what will happen in the ring, but this is the last time.'

Pacquiao v Marquez is live on Primetime from 2am on Sunday morning

Carl Froch could box into his 40s

Cobra will be deadly in his 40s as Froch considers extending phenomenal career

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22:01 GMT, 16 November 2012

As Carl Froch goes into his ninth successive world title fight the motivation for him to do a number on an American with nine kids has been intensified by the prospect of dominating British boxing deep into his 40s.

Nine more years From the age of 35 The new Bernard Hopkins Not impossible says the trainer who has helped develop Froch into the indisputable pound-for-pound king of the British ring.

Rob McCracken, who also coached the UK boxing team to its glittering medal haul at the London Olympics, believes Froch has honed himself into the ultimate fighting machine. He expects him to demonstrate as much in Nottingham this evening against American challenger Yusaf Mack, who is little known here but is a tough product of the mean streets of Philadelphia.

Into battle: Carl Froch (left) takes on Yusaf Mack in Nottingham

Into battle: Carl Froch (left) takes on Yusaf Mack in Nottingham

McCracken says: ‘Carl has reached the stage where he is up there now with the best British fighters of all time. Look at who he’s fought (Jean Pascal, Jermaine Taylor, Andre Dirrell, Arthur Abraham, Mikkel Kessler, Glen Johnson, Andre Ward, Lucian Bute) one after the other. He’s beaten most of them and he’s a three-time world champion.’

Even the two losses have played their part in creating a super-middleweight now being described as ‘a beast’ in the ring. Kessler had home-town advantage in a close decision. Andre Ward, in the fight which established him as third in the world pound-for-pound rankings behind Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, reminded Froch never again to go into a fight with his mind on anything other than the hard job at hand.

‘Carl has promised me that from now on he will always be 100 per cent focused every time he gets into the ring,’ says McCracken. ‘He wasn’t right against Ward but you saw the real Cobra when he destroyed Bute to win his third world belt.’

Demolition job: Froch beat Lucian Bute to win the world title

Demolition job: Froch beat Lucian Bute to win the world title

A repeat of that performance — in front of a sell-out crowd of 10,000 and a live Sky TV audience — will make Mack pay for this pre-fight jibe: ‘Froch is just a fake Joe Calzaghe.’

Very few believe that any longer and Mike Tyson, no other, now calls Froch ‘a great fighter who I love to watch and who can beat anyone in the world if he just tightens up his defence a little.’ Ward included Tyson believes so.

As does McCracken and the possibility of proving them right is driving Froch through tonight’s encounter with Mack and on towards re-matches with Bute and Kessler which should lead to a chance of avenging that one clear loss.

And then through the 40 barrier ‘Rob wants me to do it,’ says Froch. ‘I’m the one who has to do the fighting. But why not Age is a number. I live right. No smoking, no drinking, no putting on weight. I feel great. A lot of my recent fights looked like wars but I haven’t taken too much punishment.

Made it: Froch weighs in as he bids to defend his super middleweight title

Made it: Froch weighs in as he bids to defend his super middleweight title

'I was a late starter in the pros and I’m fresh. As long as I’m loving it I’ll keep doing it. And right now I’m loving it.’ There are echoes there of Hopkins, who will be 48 when he has what is being advertised as his farewell fight in New York next March.

McCracken says: ‘Carl is a natural born fighter who keeps himself in such tremendous shape that there’s no sign yet of any limit on his time in boxing.’

Mack is about to discover as much and I expect Froch to negotiate some technically awkward early rounds, then inflict a stoppage around the eighth.

Froch-Mach is live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 8 pm tonight.

Carl Froch