Sunday, March 18, 2007

Blaze of Glory - Pacquiao vs Solis


The Manila Iceman cometh! Boxing's pound-for-pound most exciting fighter Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao returns to the spotlight when he makes his 2007 debut, defending his World Boxing Council International super featherweight title against undefeated Mexican dynamo Jorge "Coloradito" Solis, headlining the pay-per-view extravaganza "Blaze of Glory!" Between them, Pacquiao and Solis boast a combined professional record of 75 wins - 3 losses - 4 draws, and 57 KOs - a winning percentage exceeding 91%!

The pay-per-view broadcast will also feature a Mexican civil war etween WBC super flyweight champion Cristian Migares (30-3-2, 11 KOs), from Mexico City, defending his title against two-time world champion and current No. 1 contender Jorge "El Travieso" Arce, (46-3-1, 35 KOs) from Lost Mochis, Mexico. Former world champion and curent No. 1 contender Brian Viloria (19-1-1, 12 KOs), from Waipahu, Hawaii, will rumble with No. 2 contender Edgar Sosa (26-5, 14 KOs) from Mexico City, Mexico, for the vacant WBC light flyweight title. Undefeated welterweight contender Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (30-0-1, 23 KOs), from Culiacan, Mexico, son of Mexican icon and former three-division world champion Julio Cesar Chavez, will open up the pay-per-view portion of the card in a 10-round welterweight battle.

Since 2003, Pacquiao, a three-division world champion, has blitzed through the best fighters Mexico had to offer, including Morales (KO 3, TKO 10, Marco Antonio Barrera (TKO 11), Oscar Larios (W 12), Emanuel Lucero (TKO 3), and Hecor Velazquez (TKO 6). The only "blemish" was a disputed draw that many thought he won against Juan Manuel Marquez in 2004, where Pacquiao sent Marquez to the canvas three times in the first round.

"Manny Pacquiao is exciting, charismatic and everyone worldwide wants to see him in the ring," said Bob Arum, Chairman of Top Rank. "He literally is boxing's superhero. You say 'Pac-Man' and it's like saying 'Superman' or 'Batman'. Everyone knows him, loves to see him in action and he strikes fear in the hearts of his opponents."

Pacquiao, (43-3-2, 33 KOs) from General Santos City, The Philippines, was named "2006 Fighter of the Year" by the Boxing Writers Association of America and The Ring magazine for his two spectacular knockout victories of Mexican icon and three-division champion Erik Morales and his dominating 12-round unanimous decision over former world champion and current No. 1 contender, Oscar Larios. Since The Ring originated the award in 1928, only six fighters below the lightweight division - Henry Armstrong (1937, Willie Pep (1945), Carlos Zarate (1977, Salvador Sanchez (1981), Michael Carbajal (1993), Paulie Ayala (1999) - have been previously selected for the magazine's top honor. Pacquiao is number seven. The hard-hitting southpaw has only lost once in his last 20 bouts, a close decision in 2005 to Morales in theri first encounter.

Solis (32-0-2, 1 ND, 23 KOs), from Guadalarjara, Mexico, is the older brother of Ulises "Archie" Solis, the reigning International Boxing Federation light flyweight champion. A former Mexican super bantamweight champion who vacated the title after three successful title defenses to move up a weight division, Solis has reigned as the Mexican featherweight champion since 2003. He was also the World Boxing Association Fedecentro featherweight champion from 2003 - 2004. World-rated No. 2 by the WBC and No. 4 by the WBO, Solis has vowed to end Pacquiao's dominance over Mexican fighters.


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