Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Julio Cesar Chavez, Manny Pacquiao to Spar, Train Together

Junior middleweight (154 pounds) and middleweight (160 pounds) prospectJulio Cesar Chavez Jr. of Mexico is expected to arrive next week in Baguio City, Philippines, where he will train alongside and spar with seven-division champion, Manny Pacquaio, as the duo prepares for upcoming fights, according to Pacquaio’s adviser, Michael Koncz.
The 24-year-old Chavez (40-0-1, 30 knockouts) will face Alfonso Gomez (22-4-2, 11 KOs) on Dec. 4 at The Pond in Anaheim, Calif., this after having been an early consideration to meet WBA junior middleweight king Miguel Cotto(35-2, 28 KOs) of Puerto Rico on that date.
The 31-year-old Pacquaio (51-3-2, 38 KOs), already the WBO welterweight (147 pounds) champion, will pursue his eighth crown in as many different weight classes opposite former titlist Antonio Margarito (38-6, 27 KOs) of Mexico when they clash in an HBO pay per view televised bout for the WBC’s vacant junior middleweight crown on Nov. 13 at The Dallas Cowboys’ Stadium.
Pacquaio, who already is two weeks into his regimen, and Chavez will prepare under the guidance of four-time Trainer of the Year, Freddie Roach, under whom Pacquaio has a 12-fight winning streak that includes eight knockouts.
The son of the former world champion by the same name, Chavez Jr. was initially slated to come to the Philippines in July, when he was in line to face New Jersey resident, Pawel Wolak (27-1, 17 KOs). But Chavez Jr. decided not to come to the Philippines at that time, and the fight never materialized.

Since that time, Chavez’s unrest has surfaced concerning his relationship with co-promoter, Fernando Beltran, of Zanfer Promotions.
But following an assertion by Golden Boy Promotions’ presidentOscar De La Hoya, that Chavez’s was a free agent because his promotional contract had run out with Top Rank Promotions and Beltran, and De La Hoya’s expressinginterest in speaking with Chavez about the possibility of signing with Golden Boy, Chavez supported De La Hoya’s belief, even as he said that he remained loyal to Top Rank.

credits: pacquiao-vs.com

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