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article imageDon King Wants 'Thrilla in Manila 2' for Pacquiao vs. Alexander

By Leo Reyes     Jan 25, 2011 in Sports
Promoter Don King of the promotions company bearing his name, in collaboration with Bob Arum's Top Rank Promotions, is mulling a possible fight between pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao and upcoming boxing star Devon Alexander possibly this year
The possible match is anchored on Devon Alexander winning his fight over undefeated boxer Timothy Bradley.
Devon Alexander, who is undefeated in his boxing career, is scheduled to face Bradley on Jan. 29 for the WBC/WBO Light welterweight titles at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan.
The flamboyant heavyweight figure said granting that Alexander gets past Timothy Bradley in their WBC light welterweight clash on Jan. 29, he will work it out with Bob Arum, and make the fight happen, reports.
King and Arum, who conspired in bringing the Ali vs. Frazier trilogy to Manila on Oct. 1, 1975, were recently pictured together, smiling, back in each other's arms following a feud that lasted for decades.
Part I of the "Thrilla in Manila" took place in Quezon City, Philippines between heavyweight boxers Muhammad Ali and Joe Frasier.
The Thrilla in Manila was the third and final famous boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier for the Heavyweight Boxing Championship of the World, fought at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines on Oct. 1, 1975.
Don King and Bob Arum are co-promoting the upcoming fight between Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico, who is under Arum's Top Rank Promotions, and Ricardo Mayorga of Managua, Nicaragua.
Asked about the possibility of the fight happening, King said, “Well, we’re going to be working on it. I understand exactly where we are and I will make lonesome Bob happy and he won’t be lonesome any more,” the 79-year-old King told boxing editor Lem Satterfield.
“When we get past Tim Bradley, there won’t be anywhere else to go because we’ve talked about Manny Pacquiao for Ricardo Mayorga. But Devon Alexander is a Jewel of The Nile and he will be there shining brilliantly. When he wins this fight on Jan. 29, then he will be able to stand tall and to say, ‘Let’s do it.’
“So, categorically, we will jump through a hoop to get to Manny Pacquiao. That would be another Thrilla in Manila,” King told Satterfield.
Meanwhile, Manny Pacquiao will be traveling to the US shortly to take part in the promotion for his upcoming fight with Shane Mosley on May 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum earlier said a possible meeting between Pacquiao and US President Barack Obama will take place during the Washington segment of the press tour. He said Pacquiao may be presented to the US Senate as guest during the tour.
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