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Monday, November 13, 2006
SecondsOut Radio: Manny Pacquiao, Erik Morales, Freddie Roach, Shannon Briggs, Laila Ali, Wladimir Klitschko
On this week's packed edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman begins by previewing this coming Saturday's fight which is known as "The Grand Finale!" This battle involves two modern-day legends of the ring: super featherweights Manny Pacquiao (42-3-2, 32 KOs) from Kibawe, Philippines, and Erik Morales (48-4, 34 KOs) from Tijuana, Mexico.
Morales won their first bout on March 19, 2005, with an exciting unanimous decision. Pacquiao took the rematch with a tenth-round TKO on January 21, 2006. Now the popular Pacquiao and Morales meet for the third and likely final time this Saturday, November 18, in Las Vegas in a fight which will be shown live in the U.S. on HBO Pay-Per-View.
We spoke with Manny Pacquiao, Erik Morales, and Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, to preview what is expected to be yet another action-packed fight.
The new WBO heavyweight champion, Shannon Briggs (48-4-1, 42 KOs), returned to his hometown of New York this past week to celebrate his victory over Sergei Liakhovich (23-2, 14 KOs) on November 4. We caught up with the new champ at a media event one day before the Wladimir Klitschko-Calvin Brock fight at Madison Square Garden on November 11. We also spoke with him right after that fight, at the postfight news conference at the Garden.
The unbeaten WBC and WIBA super middleweight champion Laila Ali (23-0, 20 KOs) was victorious on that Garden card, stopping Shelley Burton (8-3-1, 2 KOs) with a fourth-round TKO. We spoke with Laila Ali, still regarded by most observers as being the best female boxer in the world today, at the postfight news conference. We also discuss some of the controversies in women's boxing today.
We also play an excerpt from that news conference where the IBF heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko (47-3, 42 KOs), shortly after defeating the previously-unbeaten challenger Calvin Brock (29-1, 22 KOs) by a seventh-round knockout, stated whom he would like to fight next. And we reiterate the need for some type of tournament to unify the very fragmented heavyweight title.
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