Month: October 2011

09 Oct

pacquiao arrives at LAX

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Photo: Manny Pacquiao pulls away from the LAX airport following his arrival from the Philippines, Saturday night in Los Angeles. The assignment from Top Rank seemed easy enough: fly in from Vegas, wait a couple hours for Paquiao’s 16-hour flight from Manila to arrive, shoot the champ as he arrives, fly back to Vegas. The last two arrivals, Pacquiao slipped out the back door leaving photographers empty-handed. This time, we were ready and, while hundreds of fans awaited their Filipino idol at Arrivals, Pacquiao was met at the back door. The shot above was taken behind the black glass of Manny’s SUV limo as he pulled away – thank God for RAW, is all I have to say. Photos by Chris Cozzone for Top Rank.

05 Oct

bare bones workouts at bones adams

cozzone / fight coverage, in the gym, las vegas / / 0 Comments

With only two of four fighters willing to oblige the media, at today’s (so-called) media workouts held at Bones Adams’ Gym in Las Vegas, Sharif “The Lion” Bogere, Francisco Contreras, Francisco Santana and Jermell Charlo minimized their efforts while a handful of desperate photogs snapped off a few shots. Bogere and Santana added a few rounds of mitt work to shadow-boxing while Contreras and Charlo were out the door of the converted garage, barely having broken a sweat. The results in images . . . . |more|


02 Oct

trigger-happy ‘filipino flash’ at ringside

cozzone / etcetera, fight coverage, las vegas / / 0 Comments

Bantamweight king Nonito Donaire had more in mind than just shake the rust off his Canon gear when he joined the ringside photographers to shoot the Toshiaki Nishioka vs. Rafael Marquez fight last night at the MGM in Las Vegas. After Donaire defends his two bantam belts against Omar Narvaez, Oct. 22 in New York City, he is more than likely moving up to super bantam to face last night’s winner.  During the fight, Donaire barely contained himself to just shooting the fight. “I can’t wait to get in there and fight,” he exclaimed more than a few times during the action-packed 12 rounds

01 Oct

flashback: marquez vs. johnson

cozzone / fight coverage, las vegas / / 0 Comments

Photo above by Chris Cozzone, 2002: Can Rafael Marquez do it again tonight in Vegas? In 2002, Marquez made his mark upon the bantamweight division by defeating Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson. Nearly ten years later, a flawless reign as bantam king and his four historic wars with Israel Vazquez, Marquez will take on Toshiaki Nishioka for the WBC World Superbantam title.