Philippine Boxing Buzz

Ring legend Manny Pacquiao has arrived in Los Angeles where he will train with Freddie Roach at the Wildcard Gym for his clash against welterweight champion Errol Spence next month. That bout is still on, contrary to the claims of Philippine President Duterte, who proclaimed that the fight is off.
Pacquiao’s Philippine Airlines flight to Los Angeles was diverted to Japan, then forced to return to Manila, before finally completing the trans-Pacific flight to Los Angeles.
Don’t count your chickens. There is still a pending lawsuit from Paradigm Sports seeking to torpedo the Pacquaio-Spence bout. Anything can happen as we saw with the Fury/Joshua/Wilder situation.
Looks like WBO bantamweight champion Johnriel Casimero will face original foe Guillermo Rigondeaux on Showtime on August 14. Casimero was set for a unification fight against WBC champ Nonito Donaire, but the Filipino Flash pulled out due to Casimero’s pre-fight trash talk. Rigo holds the WBA regular bantam belt.

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  • Don’t underestimate Rigo. He got a bad rap for his “boring ” performances against Donaire and Agbeko. That reputation is a bit undeserved (due in part to smug Dan Rafael ripping him every chance he got) He’s had some really good fights in his career and he has underrated power. He made Donaire look like a complete amateur. Rigo is old now and his fights are more competitive simply because he’s slowing down but hes always in incredible shape and his boxing IQ is among the best. Casimero-Rigo is going to be a really interesting fight.

    • Rigo old as he may be, as long as he does not fight above bantamweight, 118, could do ok. The fight against Loma who weighed in at 129 was just not Rigo’s weight.

    • Only if Spence is not the same as before the accident. Don’t think anybody knows for sure yet.

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