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 Last update:  6/23/2011       Read more by Peltz Boxing            &
   
Mike Jones' Trainer Talks Pacquiao Fight, Munoz, More
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Unbeaten Mike Jones (24-0, 18K0s), of Philadelphia, PA, is ranked the #1 welterweight in the world behind WBO champion Manny Pacquiao. Jones prepares to meet Raul Munoz (21-13-1, 16 K0s) from Leon, Mexico, on Saturday, June 25, at South Philly Arena. Trainer Vaughn Jackson, who has been with Jones for his entire pro career, talks candidly about all things Jones:

How have you prepared Mike for this fight: Mikes in tremendous shape. He looks fast, strong and focused. Hes been doing a lot of running for this fight. Weve been working on a lot of leg work for this fight and hes definitely stronger than he was last fight. Hes just going to continue working on his strength, working on his speed and his defense. His defense is the key. Defense wins games and championships; thats what were trying to win -- a championship -- so I think defense is going to play a big part of it. Weve also been working on a lot of short shots since I noticed his opponent (Raul Munoz) likes to go into a peek-a-boo and then tries to come out with a huge hook, so weve been working on countering that.

What will Raul Munoz see when entering the ring on June 25: Hes going to be really shocked how amazing the Philadelphia fans are going to be rooting for Mike. Also, hes going to be very surprised about Mikes size and how fast he is, his speed. We love that the fight is here (in Philly), but we just want to do what we have to do and then enjoy ourselves after the fight.

What did he learn from the two fights with Jesus Soto-Karass: He learned a lot of things from Soto-Karass. Experience is the key. He learned a valuable lesson that even if you have somebody hurt, you just cant blast away. You just gotta touch him a few times, see how hurt he is and if hes not ready (to go), hes not ready. Well get him the next round. The stage and significance of everything for those two fights was great and I know that he gained a lot of experience from those two fights, in the ring and out.

Do you think Mike couldve taken out Soto-Karass in the second fight: I think he was just being smart. Hes not going to fall into that trap (of exhausting himself as in the first fight). He was beating him so bad from the outside, why go in there and fight his fight. And thats what I mean about learning from each fight; hes getting smarter. He fought a smart fight and he stuck to the game plan. And the game plan was to just box, box, box. Use your speed, pick him apart.

What is your game plan for Munoz: The game plan for this fight is to just do a lot of short shots, use our speed, just like I said, the guy goes into a peek-a-boo style, he likes to put his hands up and play possum a little bit so were gonna work his sides, come around his sides and go to the body a lot. I saw a couple of tapes; his body looks soft so thats where were going to and were going to try to split the gloves, come in between the gloves.

What is your prediction for the fight: I definitely dont expect this fight to go 10 rounds. Not at all! Were not looking for a knockout, but how weve been training and how Mikes been punching and the caliber fighter that hes fighting, I dont expect him (Munoz) to last. Ill be surprised if the guy can get out of the fourth round.

Do you feel Mike is ready for Manny Pacquiao: Absolutely I think Mikes ready for it. Id love for Manny Pacquiao to give Mike a shot . Id love it. I would also like to see Manny Pacquiao get tested. You just have to be real smart. Pacman is short and Ive been studying all those top guys and I think Mike has the tools to beat Pacman or any of the other top welterweights. Mike has the right style for Pacman. Hes tall, hes strong and he can box. Mikes not scared like most of Pacmans opponents have been. Because of their fear, those guys lost the fight before it began. Thats the affect Tyson used to have on his opponents. By the end of Mikes fight with Pacman, Pacquiao would start to have that fear of Mike.

Final thoughts on Mike: Mikes getting better every day. You never catch him out of shape and hes never had any bad habits. Mike is a thinker; hes very intelligent in the ring. Hes learning how to control the ring and how to stay behind his reach. I really believe that one day Mikes going to be the undisputed welterweight champion of the world and he may be the first guy (since 1999) to knock Pacman out.

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Mike Jones vs. Raul Munoz, co-promoted by Top Rank, Inc., Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc., and Joe Hand Promotions, takes place Saturday, June 25, at the South Philly Arena, 7 West Ritner Street (next to Forman Mills). The scheduled 10-round contest will be televised live by Fox Sports Net at 10 pm EST as part of the Top Rank Live! Series. First of 7 fights: 8 pm. Tags: Manny Pacquiao , Mike Jones



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comment by Mr. Philadel, on 06-23-2011
[QUOTE=sweetscience18]I really dont see mannys camp even thinking. Aout taking this fight..young unproven fighter yes. But it is a baaaad matchup for pac.[/QUOTE] thank you for being honest...some dude will say Mike is too green and he had problems with Karass and blah blah blah....If you KNOW...

comment by sweetscience18, on 06-23-2011
[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP]Unbeaten Mike Jones (24-0, 18K0s), of Philadelphia, PA, is ranked the #1 welterweight in the world behind WBO champion Manny Pacquiao. Jones prepares to meet Raul Munoz (21-13-1, 16 K0s) from Leon, Mexico, on Saturday, June 25, at South Philly Arena. Trainer Vaughn Jackson, ...

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