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Team Cloud: Pascal and His Team, a Bunch of P*ssies!

By Ryan Burton

BoxingScene.com recently caught up with trainer Al Bonanni to get his take on a potential showdown between his fighter, IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud, and former champion Jean Pascal.  An animated Bonanni told BoxingScene that he thinks Pascal's team is avoiding a matchup with the heavy hitter from Florida. 

"Pascal and the guys up there are p*ssies! We will go up there and whip his ass. They know that," Bonani said.

Pascal's recent fights have been in his adopted providence of Quebec, Canada.  There have been a few questionable decisions in recent years in Quebec and some people think that foreigners don't get a fair shake on the scorecards.  Bonanni thinks the judging will be fair and doesn't see that as an issue. 

"I don't think they will rob us.  I think the IBF would appoint neutral judges. They didn't rob Bernard Hopkins (in the rematch) so why would they rob Cloud?  At the end of the fight he will be the champion.  We will go in the fight as the champion and leave as the champion."
 
Bonanni wrapped up our conversation by saying that making the fight isn't difficult and that Team Cloud understands that Pascal has a big fan base in the Montreal area.  That being said, he remains skeptical that the fight actually happens. 

"At the end of the day they won't fight us.  The fight won't happen.  I guarantee it won't happen.  They say that Don King wants options and this and that but all that stuff can be worked out.  e will go in for less money than him. Not a whole lot less.  We are the champion but we understand that he is bringing the gate. It isn't that hard to make the fight but it won't happen."
 
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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mshap on 08-11-2011

Pascal's people have to be VERY CAREFUL who they put him in with -- they'll avoid guys who can fight even a little like Cloud because they know that Pascal is a limited B level fighter who got the break…

Comment by rockyw on 08-11-2011

This so called Tavoris Cloud is the last guy to talk about anybody. He is a protected fighter who never fights any credible opponents. Show us what you can do before you beak off about judging or other "champions." Cloud,…

Comment by irish mike on 08-11-2011

Who are those guys that have been robbed in Canada? Bute was kind of protected by the ref in the first Andrade fight, but I dont remembered any really bad judging. Pascal-Hopkins draw? Ngoudjo-Bailey SD? was just close fight. No…

Comment by Hitman932 on 08-11-2011

Pascal is going to be the challenger, and make more than the champion, but isn't willing to sign the fight. I can't imagine he is gonna get a better offer from Shumenov or Erdei. Lucian Bute is a ***** like…

Comment by ChopperRead on 08-11-2011

"Pascal's recent fights have been in his adopted [B]providence[/B] of Quebec, Canada." LOL. That's "province," kid.

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