Last week was a strangely big one for boxing icons Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39) and Floyd Mayweather Jr (50-0, 27). The two men were both in Japan, to attend Ultra Japan, and the two both seemed to hint that they were be having a rematch later this year.
At the time we knew the reason Pacquiao was in the country was to begin a new business arrangement with MTG Co., Ltd, and took part at an event to promote their products.
We didn't know why Mayweather was in Tokyo, though assumed it wasn't just for the music festival.
Today the unbeaten American held a press conference to announce exactly why he was in Japan, and what his future in the country was all about. "TMT Tokyo".
The "TMT" brand, "The Money Team", has been the brand that Mayweather has run in recent years and today he revealed he was expanding that bring in to Japan, though links with the Kameda brothers, promotional company Kyoei, Japanese management company Libera and the newly announced Mayweather Holdings.
TMT Tokyo will be looking to operate in a number of fields ranging from luxury cars, to boxing gyms, night clubs and Casinos.
When asked about the recent news that Mayweather would be having a rematch with Pacquiao the American seemed a little bit coy, and admitted that there wasn't yet a deal in place, though said “Maybe we can do the fight in Tokyo", suggesting that his future isn't to stay out of the ring. That would likely be a Kyoei-Mayweather promoted event, due to the need to Japanese promotional license. which Kyoei have. Such an event was compared to Muhammad Ali fighting in the country, and seems clear that there are big plans to between Kyoei, the Kameda's and Mayweather to increase the profile, and money involved, in Japanese boxing.
A return bout would also require Mayweather to peak to Showtime, which he stated he was going to do when he returned to the US.
Mayweather also revealed that he would be back in Japan in October for business reasons, though didn't give any more details on what businesses this return would be focused on.
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The timing of the meeting between the two does seem to be have been rather cynical, coming on the same weekend as the highly anticipated rematch between Gennady Golovkin and Saul Alvarez, but if it leads to a rematch we can almost certainly expect the two to compete in the richest fight of 2018.
If the bout does take place in December, as suggested, then it will almost certainly be on December 9th.
With Pacquiao stating an announcement on his next bout was due later this month we may well be on the verge of having this contest officially confirmed in the coming weeks. Or of course, it's two men playing with fans and the media on one of the biggest boxing weekends of the year.
Earlier today Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39), the current WBA Welterweight champion, was in Japan to take part in a product presentation for "SIXPAD", a piece of equipment to help with training the abs.
By it's self that wouldn't be worthy of too much attention, but Pacquiao was more than happy to share some details about his future at the event, as well as promoting the product and beginning a working relationship with MTG Co., Ltd, the company behind the product.
Pacquiao revealed that his next bout would take place in "December or January", with an announcement later this month. He admitted there wasn't many fights left in his career but that he would like to fight in Japan one day. Notably Pacquiao has only fought one of his 69 career bouts in Japan, an opening round blitz against Shin Terao more than 20 years ago.
According to MTG Pacquiao will be featured in future adverts for their products going forward, as part of his recent deal with the company.
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On Sunday fans world wide will be able to see WBA Welterweight champion Lucas Martin Matthysse (39-4-0-1, 36) defending his title against Filipino boxing idol Manny Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38). For Matthysse the bout will be his first defense of the title, which he won earlier this year when he stopped Teerachai Kratingdaenggym, whilst Pacquiao will be looking to add one more title belt to his incredible collection.
At the weigh in both men made weight, and in fact they did so with some room to spare.
Matthysse was the heavier man on the scales, coming in at around 146.7lbs whilst Pacquiao was 146lbs, a fill 1lb under the divisional limit.
For Matthysse the weight is lighter than he has been in his last couple of bouts, where he was 147lbs dead on, though it's a long way from his lightest weight with much of his career having been spent at 140lbs. Likewise Pacquiao is also known for his exploits in lower divisions, having won his first world title at Flyweight and moved up to claim titles as high as Light Middleweight. His weight of 146lbs is the heaviest he's been since December 2012, when he lost via KO to Juan Manuel Marquez. For those who are looking for signs that Matthysse will win it's interesting to note that Paquiao has failed to win a bout where he has weighed higher than 146lbs, having lost twice when he came in at 147lbs.
Having just mentioned those who are looking for signs of Pacquiao losing it's interesting to note that he is a 8/15 betting favourite to win, whilst Matthysse is available as high as 2/1. The draw is available as high as 33/1.
For those who are interested in method of victory the most likely outcome, in the bookies eyes, is a decision win for Pacquiao, which is priced around 17/20, whilst a Pacquiao stoppage win is 6/1. Matthysse by stoppage is 3/1 whilst a decision win for the Argentinian is a huge 7/1.
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Professional boxing can be a cray sport to involve yourself in at times. It can also be a wonderful one, with surprises, excitement, anticipation and some amazing times. One of those amazing times was waking up today to see that the bout sheet for the WBA Welterweight title bout between Filipino challenger Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38) and Argentinian champion Lucas Martin Matthysse (39-4-0-1, 36) had been released.
Not only had the bout list been made public but that it was set to be a special show with 3 really good bouts on it.
Two of those bouts had been known about for a while.
One was an IBO Featherweight title bout between unbeaten Filipino Jhack Tepora (21-0, 16) and once beaten Mexican Edivaldo Ortega (26-1-1, 12). This bout has the ingredients to be a very memorable fight with both men being exciting southpaws who come to fight. Tepora is currently riding a 5 fight stoppage run win includes a big KO last September against Lusanda Komanisi for the IBO's Inter-Continental strap, in what was Tepora's first fight outside of the Philippines. Ortega on the other hand has bounced back will from his sole loss, a 2016 defeat to Eduardo Ramirez, and comes into this bout on the back of wins over Tomas Rojas and Drian Francisco.
Another bout that had been in talks was an IBF Flyweight title bout between former champion Moruti Mthalane (35-2, 24) and Pakistani fighter Muhammad Waseem (8-0, 6). This bout was ordered originally as an eliminator but when Donnie Nietes left the division the title got put on the line and progress was made quickly to get it on this card. This should be a great test to see how good Waseem really is and what Mthalane has left. If the South African is half the fighter he was he is still a major threat at Flyweight whilst Waseem has promised a lot but has failed to get the financial backing needed to deliver on that promise.
Along with the bouts we already knew about was a huge surprise, stating that newly crowned WBA Light Flyweight champion Carlos Canizales (20-0-1, 16) would be defending his title against Chinese novice Lu Bin (1-0, 1) [呂斌]. Canizales won the title this past March, taking a very hotly contested decision win over Reiya Konishi in Japan and looked like a man who could box or bang in a really good fight. Bin on the other hand made his professional debut last September before returning to the amateur ranks and winning a Chinese national title earlier this year.
With a record of 1-0 going in to the fight Bin is looking to set a new male world record for the fewest fights to win a world title, breaking the joint record of Saensak Muangsurin and Vasyl Lomachenko. It is however a huge ask, no matter how good the Chinese fighter was in the amateurs and various AIBA off shoots of professional boxing, including the APB where he did win a world title. He is a divisional wildcard, given how strong his pedigree is, but this is still a monster test for the 23 year old from Jinan.
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