Category: california

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.

25 May

cozzone @ BWAA x 2 & L.A. Times

Two Fightnews photographers made the line-up at this year’s Boxing Writers Association of America photo “Barney’s.” Ed Mulholland placed third in the feature category for a photo of Lucian Bute leaping in celebration while Chris Cozzone won an honorable mention for a shot of Manny Pacquiao. Cozzone also won an honorable mention in writing.

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Cozzone and his company, WriteShot, were also featured in today’s L.A. Times blog for his non-boxing work.

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23 May

an end and a beginning

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May 22, 2010, Staples Center @ Los Angeles: One of boxing’s greatest rivalries ended, when Rafael Marquez evened the score at 2-2 with Israel Vazquez, stopping him in round three. The fight was disappointing – short-lived and dominated by Marquez – who had little problem slicing open Vazquez’s heaping mass of scar tissue over his eyes. While the fourth – and final, for the promoters and networks expressed no interest in a fifth bout, thank God – lacked the back-and-forth brutality of the first three bouts, last night’s co-main event more than made up for it.

While one rivalry ended, another began . . . . undefeateds Abner Mares and IBF bantam champ Yonnhy Perez left it all in the ring, resulting in a majority draw decision that demands a rematch.

21 May

‘four’play

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May 21, 2010, Staples Center, Los Angeles:  A boring fight is a mathematical impossibility when it comes to warriors Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez. Their trilogy will go down in boxing history as one of the greatest. Question is: What do these guys have left? We’re going to find out tomorrow night.

Among reporters, a fourth fight was one nobody wanted to see. At the same time, No. 4 was one no one wanted to miss.

Another question: If the fourth is as good as I, II and III – as brutal, as dramatic, as classic – will there be a fifth? Call it a slip, a miscount or an omen, Marquez (pictured below) seems to think so.

For more photos from today’s weigh-in: click here