Manny Pacquiao’s senatorial duties have kept him from training full-time for his fight with Jessie Vargas. Manny Pacquiao may never have become a superstar boxer and cultural icon whose charity and good works changed the lives of countless of his countrymen if his nation’s current policy against drugs had been in place while he was a teenager experimenting with drugs. Pacquiao, who has tried to juggle his duties as a politician while training to fight Jessie Vargas for the WBO welterweight title on Nov. 5 in Las Vegas, recently told reporters in the Philippines that in an earlier time in his life, he used drugs, including methamphetamine and cocaine.
A day after Showtime formally announced seven fights featuring talent from boxing manager Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions, PBC unveiled plans for a 2017 schedule that features three prime-time cards each on Fox and NBC, 25 shows on Fox Sports 1 and more on ESPN, Spike TV and Bounce TV. The organization “will continue its mission in 2017 of making the sport available to the widest possible audience,” PBC spokesman Tim Smith said in a statement. While specific fights were not mentioned beyond Tuesday’s Showtime list – which includes a welterweight unification bout between unbeaten Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia on March 4 and the Carl Frampton-Leo Santa Cruz featherweight-title rematch Jan. 28 – PBC promised “particular fireworks in the hottest and deepest divisions in the sport at 147, 154 and 126 pounds,” in its statement.
Former super middleweight titleholder Arthur Abraham suffered an elbow injury in training and has withdrawn from his rematch against Martin Murray, promoter Kalle Sauerland told ESPN on Wednesday. Abraham and Murray were due to meet on the undercard of the Luis Ortiz-Malik Scott heavyweight fight on Nov. 12 (HBO) at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Sauerland said that Abraham will be sidelined for at least three weeks. Sauerland said he was not sure if the bout would be rescheduled, because Abraham might have the opportunity to face former light heavyweight title challenger Robin Krasniqi (46-4, 17 KOs) in a super middleweight world title eliminator. "We'll keep our cards open for