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Kobe Bryant undergoes a different kind of knee procedure

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Kobe BryantLakers guard Kobe Bryant has had to deal with lingering problems associated with an arthritic joint in his right knee.(Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press / October 17, 2010)
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has taken an unusual step to try to strengthen his ailing right knee, undergoing an innovative procedure in Germany about a month ago, according to four people familiar with the situation who were not authorized to speak publicly. Continue reading “Kobe Bryant undergoes a different kind of knee procedure” »

NBA locks out its players after negotiations on labor deal fail

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David SternNBA Commissioner David Stern answers questions from the media during a news conference in New York City on Thursday. (Mary Altaffer / Associated Press / June 30, 2011)

In what could be a bigger threat to its season than football’s current labor stoppage, the NBA imposed a lockout of players at 9:01 p.m. Pacific time Thursday. Continue reading “NBA locks out its players after negotiations on labor deal fail” »

Fewer Filipinos go hungry: SWS

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MANILA, Philippines - Fewer Filipinos experienced hunger in the last three months, results of the latest Social Weather Stations survey showed Friday.

The June 3-6 survey, which was first published in Businessworld, showed that 15.1% or 3 million families experienced hunger at least once in the past 3 months. This was 5.4 percentage points down from March’s 20.5% or an estimated 4.1 million families.

The latest hunger rate — a turnaround from increases in the last three quarters — is the lowest since June 2007 when the prevalence among households was at 14.7%. The lower nationwide figure resulted from a decline in self-rated moderate hunger and severe hunger, the SWS said. Continue reading “Fewer Filipinos go hungry: SWS” »

Davao City Mayor punches sheriff

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Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte holds Abe Andres, sheriff of Davao RTC branch

DAVAO CITY - Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte was caught on camera punching a sheriff of the Davao Regional Trial Court who was serving a demolition order Friday.

Initial reports said Duterte had asked the court for a 2-hour extension to allow residents of Barangay Kapitan Tomas Monteverde Sr. Suliman, Agdao to leave the demolition site, but her request was ignored.

As a result, Duterte went to the demolition site and punched sheriff Abe Andres.

She later said demolition teams and residents should not have met in the area. Continue reading “Davao City Mayor punches sheriff” »

ORTIZ STILL SPORTING A CHAMPION’S PRIDE

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“I hope Bader thinks I’m a stepping stone, that I’m a nobody. He called me out thinking that, and he’s gonna be in a lot of trouble if he thinks that way.” - Tito Ortiz

There was a time when Tito Ortiz was invincible. Back before Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnaropened up the floodgates for the mixed martial arts explosion in 2005, it was “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” who ruled the UFC roost, becoming the organization’s first true superstar as he defeated the likes of Wanderlei Silva, Evan Tanner, Ken Shamrock, Vladimir Matyushenko, and Yuki Kondo.

He knew it too.

“Before I fought (Randy) Couture and lost to him (in 2003), I thought I was invincible,” said Ortiz. “I thought I was gonna walk through Couture and I should have given him a lot more respect. But he outwrestled me and beat me for my title.” Continue reading “ORTIZ STILL SPORTING A CHAMPION’S PRIDE” »

DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? LEBEN GETS THE FIGHT HE’S WANTED

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“We’re both really not the most technical guys on the planet, but we go in there, we get the job done and we keep the fans on the edge of their seat.” - Chris Leben

It’s one of the more difficult techniques to prepare for in the world of mixed martial arts, and one that may be impossible to replicate with one hundred percent accuracy. But Chris Leben tried his best in training to find sparring partners to match the combined burst of speed, punching, and berserker fury that has been the stylistic hallmark of his Saturday opponent, Wanderlei Silva.

“We’ve been doing our best,” he said. “Obviously you can’t train like Wanderlei’s gonna come at me, at full speed. You’re gonna have to find out how it goes when it goes. But I’ve been putting on a face helmet and having some faster guys tee off on me and throw those bursts like that and try to get the heck out of the way.”

Kinda puts the rest the theory that professional prizefighting is a glamorous profession. Does Leben ever wonder why he puts himself though this peculiar brand of torture? Continue reading “DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? LEBEN GETS THE FIGHT HE’S WANTED” »

THERE’S NO MIDDLE GROUND FOR WANDERLEI SILVA

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“Every time you see one guy fighting hard, giving his all, and not being afraid to lose, you say ‘man, this guy fights like Wanderlei Silva.’ And sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, but every time you make the fans happy.” - Wanderlei Silva

16 months is a long time to go without a Wanderlei Silva fight. No wrist loosening before the bout, no staredowns, no wild flurries and emphatic knockouts. It kinda renders everything else a little less exciting in comparison. And that’s just the view from outside the Octagon. Just think how “The Axe Murderer” feels about sitting on the sidelines while nursing himself back to health after various injuries.

“I missed my fans, I missed the crowd, I miss the emotion that fighting gives to me,” said Silva, getting more amped up with each syllable. “I’ve never been out as long as this and I’m so excited to come back to fight. For me, it’s like I’m going to debut again, and I get to debut in the co-main event ofUFC 132. That’s a great, great opportunity that the boss gave to me.”

UFC President Dana White didn’t give him any welcome back gimme though. In his UFC 132 foe, Chris Leben, Silva will be fighting a near clone who is seemingly only happy when the fists are flying at close range. Then again, the former PRIDE legend doesn’t mind being in there with someone he won’t have to chase for 15 minutes. He won’t have to look long to find “The Crippler.”

“Chris Leben fights like me and has a style like my style, and I’m so happy to not create, but influence, his style in spirit,” said Silva. “Every time you see one guy fighting hard, giving his all, and not being afraid to lose, you say ‘man, this guy fights like Wanderlei Silva.’ And sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, but every time you make the fans happy.”

For nearly 15 years, Silva has been making fans happy, an amazing run any way you slice it. And while he’s just about to turn 35 the day after his match with Leben, after a decade and a half of wars in the ring, Octagon, and gym, his body said ‘no more’ after his middleweight debut in February of 2010, a UFC 110win over Michael Bisping.

First he broke three ribs and was forced to pull out of a UFC 116 bout last July with Yoshihiro Akiyama (a fight that ultimately went to Leben), then he went in for knee surgery that kept him on the shelf for four months. It wasn’t an easy time for someone who had made fighting his life, but he managed to stay busy.

READ MORE: http://www.ufc.com/news/Theres-No-Middle-Ground-for-Wanderlei-Silva

Pacquiao easy target for counter-punching Marquez: trainer

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MANILA, Philippines – A refined Manny Pacquiao could become an easier target for a counter-punching boxer like Juan Manuel Marquez, the latter’s boxing trainer said.

Nacho Beristain, who spent years molding Marquez into a technical boxer, said the unpolished version of Pacquiao created problems for

Marquez during their first 2 fights.

“Pacquiao jumps in and out like a wild cat,” Beristain told Examiner.com. “His speed and agility is amazing.”

Marquez battled Pacquiao to a controversial draw in 2004. In 2008, Pacquiao edged Marquez via a split decision.

Since his last fight against Marquez, Pacquiao further honed his craft with the help of boxing trainer Freddie Roach.

However, Pacquiao’s improvements might actually turn into a disadvantage when fighting someone like Marquez, said Beristain. Continue reading “Pacquiao easy target for counter-punching Marquez: trainer” »

“Family first.” - Pacquiao

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World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao had to leave his mother and five siblings in far away Mindanao to try his luck in Manila at a young age and eventually became a boxer and subsequently the pound-for-pound king, winning eight titles in as many weight divisions.

After 15 years and nearly 60 fights the Filipino ring hero earned millions of dollars and named one of the richest athletes in the world by the prestigious Forbes Magazine.

He was also elected a a member of the Lower House representing his wife Jinkee’s province of Sarangani. It would surprise no one, therefore, that at this stage of his career, he would choose his family first before a lucrative offer endorsement from one of the world’s biggest firms. Continue reading ““Family first.” - Pacquiao” »

Manny Pacquiao- Second HP Commercial

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Manny Pacquiao- Floyd Mayweather Jr. denies accusing Manny Pacquiao of PED use

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by New Jersey Real-Time Sports

NEW YORK — It seems Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will be forever linked, regardless of whether they ever face each other in the ring.

The two have danced around the richest fight in boxing for several years, unable to come to terms. Meanwhile, Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao- Floyd Mayweather Jr. denies accusing Manny Pacquiao of PED use” »

Manny Pacquiao- “Sometimes When We Touch” lands on No. 19 spot of U.S. Billboard chart

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by Elli Alipio

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao is becoming popular in the United States not only as a boxer but also as a singer Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao- “Sometimes When We Touch” lands on No. 19 spot of U.S. Billboard chart” »

Manny Pacquiao- Mayweather unable to escape shadow of Pacquiao

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by John F. McKenna (McJack)

Try as he may, Floyd Mayweather (41-0, 25 KO’s) cannot escape the ever growing shadow of Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KO’s). The two have not been able to come to terms for the past couple of years for the richest Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao- Mayweather unable to escape shadow of Pacquiao” »

Manny Pacquiao- Amazing Foot Work

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. compares Manny Pacquiao to Barry Bonds

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By Rick Rockwell,

Floyd Mayweather Jr. compares Manny Pacquiao to Barry BondsFloyd Mayweather Jr. compares Manny Pacquiao to Barry Bonds

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On Tuesday, undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. participated in the first part of a promotional tour for his upcoming fight against Victor Ortiz on September 17th from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. However, Floyd’s questions and comments were dominated by the topic of Manny Pacquiao. At one point Floyd compared Pacquiao to baseball’s polarizing figure Barry Bonds. According to BoxingScene.com, Mayweather Jr. made the following comments: Continue reading “Floyd Mayweather Jr. compares Manny Pacquiao to Barry Bonds” »

Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Maweather: The Only Fight That Matters to Boxing Fans

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 20:  Manny Pacquiao (R) of the Philippines spars with his coach Freddie Roach (L) during a media workout at the Wild Card Boxing Club on April 20, 2011 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)Manny Pacquiao with trainer Freddie Roach
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Major boxing matches have been lined up for the rest of the year by top boxing promoters who manage and promote the career of today’s most popular boxers.

Some of the major fights include among others, the Klitschko-Haye fight scheduled for July 2, Zab Judah vs. Amir Khan on July 23, Floyd Mayweather vs. Victor Ortiz on September 17, Sergio Martinez vs. Darren Barker on October 1 and Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez on November 12. Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Maweather: The Only Fight That Matters to Boxing Fans” »

Mayweather a paper champ without Pacquiao: analyst

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MANILA, Philippines – Floyd Mayweather Jr. will need to fight, and defeat, pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao to truly define his legacy, a boxing analyst from Sports Illustrated said.

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated wrote that if he does not fight Pacquiao, Mayweather will remain a ‘paper champion.’

“Without Pacquiao, Mayweather is incomplete, a paper champion with a resume at which Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran would sniff,” Mannix wrote.

“Until he faces – and defeats – Pacquiao, he will be a Hall of Fame fighter with a third-ballot resume, a Paper Champion with great skills but without a truly defining win,” he added.

Mannix also compared Mayweather to LeBron James. Continue reading “Mayweather a paper champ without Pacquiao: analyst” »

Manny Pacquiao Arrives Home-Exclusive Look At His New Indoor BasketBall Court- Check Out The Video

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Timothy James,

Manny Pacquiao made the call to James Dayap last week- He stated to James, “I need you hear in the Philippines to help film”. “We are releasing my new Social Network and I want you to film everything”.

Today Manny Pacquiao left Manila and arrived in Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao Arrives Home-Exclusive Look At His New Indoor BasketBall Court- Check Out The Video” »

Alex Ariza- Supplementation- What Does Manny Pacquiao Actually Take?

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Alex Ariza,

This has been a key topic for some time now. What is Manny Pacquiao actually taking.

I have been writing blogs on the site of Mp8.ph for some time now and explaining to fans how important everything is regarding training. Continue reading “Alex Ariza- Supplementation- What Does Manny Pacquiao Actually Take?” »

Julio Cesar Chavez Junior-Peter Manfredo Heading To Mexico In November

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By James Slater: It looks like new WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez will make the first defence of his belt in his homeland of Mexico. Though there has been no official announcement yet, Boxrec.com and a couple of other web sites have Chavez Junior down as meeting Peter Manfredo on November 19th in Toluca, Mexico.

In what will be a voluntary defence by Chavez (ahead of planned fights with mandatory challenger Marco Antonio Rubio and genuine middleweight king Sergio Gabriel Martinez next year), the November 19th fight could well be a great battle. The styles of the two men should gel well enough, with lots of punches thrown and landed. Continue reading “Julio Cesar Chavez Junior-Peter Manfredo Heading To Mexico In November” »

Chavez Jr belted

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Chavez Jr belted

Today Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. received his green belt which consecrates him as WBC Middleweight world champion. The ceremony took place in a the Big Bola Casino in Huixquilucan, Mexico State 18 days after he dethroned Sebastian Zbik in Los Angeles. WBC President Jose Sulaiman made the presentation. The son of the legendary Julio Cesar Chavez is the first fighter from Mexico to wan a middleweight crown. Chavez Jr. said that he will like to fight against Marco Antonio Rubio after his first voluntary defense against Peter Manfredo.

Chavez Jr v Manfredo Jr set to be finalized for November 19 in Mexico

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Middleweight world title holder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr’s first defence of his WBC crown has been touted for November at the Estadio Nemesio Diez in what will now be a homecoming for Mexico’s latest world belt holder. The 25 year-old picked up the title earlier this month with a tight points victory over Sebastian Zbik and now faces former IBO champion Peter Manfredo in his first test as a champion. Continue reading “Chavez Jr v Manfredo Jr set to be finalized for November 19 in Mexico” »

Mayweather ‘absolutely’ wants to fight Pacquiao

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MANILA, Philippines – Floyd Mayweather Jr. will step into the ring for the first time in 16 months on September 17 against the young Victor Ortiz – but “Money” cannot escape the questions about Manny Pacquiao.

In the press conference for his bout against Ortiz, Mayweather was once again assailed with questions regarding a possible fight with the pound-for-pound king. Continue reading “Mayweather ‘absolutely’ wants to fight Pacquiao” »

Mayweather vs Ortiz Has Rematch Clause for Vicious Victor

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Victor Ortiz has a rematch clause should he beat Floyd Mayweather Jr in September. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

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Michael Marley of the Examiner reports that Victor Ortiz had to agree to a rematch clause in order to land his September 17 fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Ortiz also says he hopes to face Manny Pacquiao in 2012, but this is the quote that most caught me off-guard:

It’s interesting (if predictable) that there’s a rematch clause, but Continue reading “Mayweather vs Ortiz Has Rematch Clause for Vicious Victor” »

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. “taking one step at a time”; hopes for future bout vs. “Pac-Man”

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Undefeated American boxer Floyd “Pretty Boy” Mayweather, Jr., criticized by some for avoiding a showdown with Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao, has reportedly indicated hopes in finally facing the Filipino boxing icon, currently rated as the “number one” pound-for-pound best boxer in the world.

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At a news conference Tuesday, intended to kick off a promotional tour for a bout pitting Mayweather against newly crowned WBC welterweight champ Victor Ortiz, the 34-year-old American boxer dealt most of his time answering questions about Pacquiao as he did about Ortiz and their upcoming fight on Continue reading “Floyd Mayweather, Jr. “taking one step at a time”; hopes for future bout vs. “Pac-Man”” »

Manny Pacquiao still much on Mayweather’s mind

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NEW YORK — Floyd Mayweather Jr. was in New York on Tuesday to announce his first fight in 16 months against WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz, but it was the subtext of his rivalry with Manny Pacquiao as best pound-for-pound fighter in the world that remains more compelling than the main event scheduled Sept. 17 in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao was much on Mayweather’s mind when he began his remarks. Noting that Ortiz (29-2-2, 29 KOs) agreed to unlimited drug testing by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Mayweather (41-0, 25 KOs) segued to the subject of failed negotiations for a Pacquiao fight the past two years, blaming it on Pacquiao’s original demand it be confined to a specific prefight period. Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao still much on Mayweather’s mind” »

Manny Pacquiao Is Giving Away Free Autographed Gloves!!

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By Timothy James,

Get Free Personalized Manny Pacquiao Autographed Items!

Manny Pacquiao is bent on dedicating this year to building his own website and social media network.

MP feels he owes it to the legion of fans who are clamoring to be a part of his phenomenon rise to fame and fortune. Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao Is Giving Away Free Autographed Gloves!!” »

MANNY PACQUIAO- FLOYD MAYWEATHER SAYS SUPER FIGHT WITH PACMAN WILL HAPPEN

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Floyd Mayweather Says Super Fight With Manny Pacquiao Will Happen After Current Bouts

From the first time a super fight was mentioned between Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao there has been talk about corruption and greed.

Both men are to blame for his delay in what boxing fans want, but it looks like the main troublemaker (Mayweather) is finally ready to publicly claim he wants the fight.

What Mayweather says and does will be two totally different things, but this looks like the beginning of the hype around what could be the most anticipated boxing match in the history of the sport.

Mayweather told Boxing Scene:

I want to let the fans know, Continue reading “MANNY PACQUIAO- FLOYD MAYWEATHER SAYS SUPER FIGHT WITH PACMAN WILL HAPPEN” »

Mayweather hopes for Pacquiao but set for Ortiz

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NEW YORK — Unbeaten US fighter Floyd Mayweather will end a 16-month layoff against southpaw Victor Ortiz in September but still hopes to give fans a long-sought showdown with Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao.

Mayweather, 41-0 with 25 knockouts, will face World Boxing Council welterweight champion Victor Ortiz, 29-2-2 with 22 knockouts, on September 17 at Las Vegas with an eye toward another southpaw, Pacquiao, after that. Continue reading “Mayweather hopes for Pacquiao but set for Ortiz” »

Manny Pacquiao Vs Floyd Mayweather JR: THE STORY HAS BEEN WRITTEN

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When Floyd Mayweather, JR., came onto the scene, he didn’t draw the mainstream. He was a great boxer, great defensive fighter, but outside of die hard boxing fans, he was an unknown. He vowed to change that and did so.

In 2005, Floyd challenged the hopelessly overmatched WBC Light Welterweight Champion, Arturo “Thunder” Gatti. Gatti was a slugger, the “bloods and guts” warrior, that had been maneuvered into the championship because he drew a crowd. Floyd exploited the situation, used Gatti’s fan appeal and good guy image to begin to establish his character. He was the trash-talking villain and Gatti was the every man. Some even picked the power-puncher to upset Floyd, but it was a fool’s bet. Floyd easily, as predicted, dismantled and stopped Gatti, and found a place on the mainstream map.

In 2007, Floyd made a great business move and took on Oscar De La Hoya, a spent force, but a huge name, and he played with “The Golden Boy” en route to a decision win. He was systematically becoming a household name on the backs of other household names. That, along with his work with the WWE, he had overcome his style problems with the casual boxing fans, and is a huge attraction. People want to see him lose. Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao Vs Floyd Mayweather JR: THE STORY HAS BEEN WRITTEN” »

Zab Judah: “The strategy that Pernell Whitaker put together for Amir Khan is unbelievable!”

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by Geoffrey Ciani (Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani, Photo by Geoffrey Ciani)

This week’s 130th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with reigning IBF junior welterweight champion Zab Judah (41-6, 28 KOs) who is scheduled to have a unification bout against WBA champion Amir Khan (25-1, 17 KOs) on July 23. Judah spoke about his upcoming fight, and also discussed Continue reading “Zab Judah: “The strategy that Pernell Whitaker put together for Amir Khan is unbelievable!”” »

Manny Pacquiao- Mayweather’s bodyguards assault man for asking about Pacquiao

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by Freddy Fresco

Is Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. trying to set the record for how many lawsuits he can rack up in a given time period?

Another new lawsuit has just popped up and this time a boxing fan named Anthony Cliff was supposedly assaulted by Floyd Mayweather’s bodyguards, just for asking him when he is going to fight Manny Pacquiao Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao- Mayweather’s bodyguards assault man for asking about Pacquiao” »

Manny Pacquiao- Pacman Knows Not to Underestimate Juan Manuel Marquez

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by Zachary D. Rymer

Manny Pacquiao Is Well Aware that His Next Challenger Must Not Be Taken Lightly

It has now been nearly two months since we last saw Manny Pacquiao in the ring. It was an embarrassing spectacle, as the once-great Shane Mosley barely lasted 12 rounds against the world’s greatest pound-for-pound boxer Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao- Pacman Knows Not to Underestimate Juan Manuel Marquez” »

Manny Pacquiao- to grace 87th NCAA season opening

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by Reuben Terrado

Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao will give inspiration to all NCAA athletes as he will be the guest of honor when the 87th season of the oldest collegiate league opens on July 2, Saturday, at the Araneta Coliseum Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao- to grace 87th NCAA season opening” »

Baby On The Way for Beyonce and Jay-Z?

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Beyonce talks about turning 30 years old, and whether a

Flooding Threatens Power Plants

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CNN’s Don Lemon talks to Patrick Oppmann about two nuclear power plants in danger of being

Wladimir KLITSCHLO vs David HAYE - JULY 2nd 2011

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Wladimir KLITSCHLO vs David HAYE - JULY 2nd 2011

SATURDAY 4:45PM HBO

Imtech-Arena, Altona, Hamburg, Germany
IBF/WBO/WBA heavyweight unification

UFC 132-Cruz vs Faber

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Silva vs Leben

Ortiz vs Bader

Condit vs Kim

Siver vs Wiman

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Who is Gilbert Brown and What Can He Do for the Celtics?

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It’s no secret that the Boston Celtics are going to have get younger, a fact Danny Ainge knows all too well. Ainge recently said as much on WEEI, and fans like me are well aware that the upcoming season will almost certainly be the last hurrah for the big three. This year’s draft was arguably a good haul, with Purdue’s top two scorers joining the Cs, including big man JaJuan Johnson(notes). Gilbert Brown could be yet another solid offseason addition.

Continue reading “Who is Gilbert Brown and What Can He Do for the Celtics?” »

Pau Gasol: To keep or not to keep, that is the question

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LOS ANGELES — In the still of the NBA postseason, when the news is slow and the rumors are fast, the Los Angeles Lakers are making a lot of noise. Trade noises, that is.

Although the talks involve Lamar Odom and a handful of disposable Lakers, the eye of the gossip swirls violently around Pau Gasol, LA’s 7-foot, 250-pound center-forward, who can be electrifying on his best days, yet so painfully drab on his worst days.

Gasol played all 82 games last regular season, norming 18.8 points and 10.2 rebounds per. But his numbers declined badly in the playoffs —- 13.1 points and 7.8 rebounds —- making it way easier for the eventual champions Dallas Mavericks to sweep LA in a one-sided second round series. Continue reading “Pau Gasol: To keep or not to keep, that is the question” »

‘Time to Shine’: Exclusive Interview with Mark Melligen before his fight on ESPN Continue reading on Examiner.com ‘Time to Shine’:

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Hard work pays off. And for ALA Boxing welterweight standout “Mighty” Mark Melligen (21-2-0, 14 KOs), it’s time to cash in on all the blood, sweat and tears he has sacrificed to get himself to where he is today, as he debuts on US National Cable TV network ESPN this Friday against the tough and dangerous Argentinian, Sebastian Andres Lujan (37-5-2, 23 KOs) in San Antonio, Texas, as part of ESPN2′s Friday Night Fights. Continue reading “‘Time to Shine’: Exclusive Interview with Mark Melligen before his fight on ESPN Continue reading on Examiner.com ‘Time to Shine’:” »

Pacquiao, Mayweather, Martinez and the biggest argument in boxing!

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The Greatest: Muhammad Ali stands over Sonny Liston in 1965

Boxing, like all sports, is a fount of passionate opinions.

Many of them are poured out in pubs, clubs and wine bars around the world as well as at ringside and it is almost impossible to reach an absolute consensus.

Muhammad Ali is generally regarded  as the GOAT – Greatest Of All Time – but not even on that does everyone agree. Continue reading “Pacquiao, Mayweather, Martinez and the biggest argument in boxing!” »

Take this (open book) test right now, Mr. Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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By Michael Marley,

Even his worst, sworn enemies would have to admit that, when at his office, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has never given less than his all.

Ditto for the gym, the one exception being the overplayed fluke sparring session when southpaw Paul Spadafora, a big talent who has problems with his social conduct, caught him not in tiptop condition.

If Manny Pacquiao is the salt of the earth Pinoy who was born in an extreme cradle of poverty, then Mayweather is the pepper who adds needed spice to the present day fistic scene.

Has it escaped everyone’s attention that, just as students nationwide are chanting “no more classes, no more books, no more teacher’s dirty looks” and going on summer vacation, Mayweather is going back to his square ring classroom? Continue reading “Take this (open book) test right now, Mr. Floyd Mayweather Jr.” »

Manny Pacquiao Shows The Fans They Come First

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By Timothy James,

These are the last years of Manny Pacquiao’s boxing career. At the same time it is also the beginning of a new era- the era of Social Media.

We saw how powerful Social Media is first hand in America when President Obama was elected to President of the United States after a hard fought battle- the battle was won on Facebook. It was clear that Social Media got him elected.

Just a couple of weeks ago Shaquille Oneal announced his retirement on his own Social Network.

Manny Pacquiao understands the power of the Internet and Manny Pacquiao understands how important it is to make his fans happy. Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao Shows The Fans They Come First” »

UFC LIVE 4- 5 LESSONS LEARNED

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PITTSBURGH - Before, during and now after, Sunday night’s UFC Live 4 on the Versus Network was a wild one.

From Nate Marquardt’s sudden expulsion from both the event and the company to Charlie Brenneman sidetracking Rick Story’s momentum to Cheick Kongo pulling off the unbelievable in the main event, there were some plot twists. Even the UFC president seemed pleased, as Dana White called it one of the best events his organization has ever done. Continue reading “UFC LIVE 4- 5 LESSONS LEARNED” »

Texting Startup Group Me Snags A Partnership With Paris Hilton

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Paris Hilton is trying to make a comeback, and she’s bringing year-old GroupMe along for the ride (viaAllThingsD).

TV ads for her new Oxygen show, “The World According to Paris,” will feature the group texting app. They will encourage fans to create chat groups about each episode.

Rose Curtis, Oxygen’s editorial director for digital and new media, says GroupMe’s smaller chat hubs will be more appealing to fans than that mass chat sections on Oxygen’s site. Continue reading “Texting Startup Group Me Snags A Partnership With Paris Hilton” »

Amy Jo Martin blazes trails with Shaq

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Shaquille O'Neal Amy Jo MartinAmy Jo Martin records Shaquille O’Neal as he posts his announcement on Twitter that he’s retiring.

The first account verified by Twitter belonged to Shaquille O’Neal. Considering the NBA legend’s status as a pioneer in the social mediasphere, that fact is not a big surprise.

The second verified account isn’t as easy to guess.

“There really wasn’t any kind of verification process prior to Shaquille O’Neal joining Twitter,” Amy Jo Martin recalled. “In an effort to show that it was really him, [Twitter] started to do that verification checkmark. His account was the very first to have that check. My account was the second, kind of in addition with him.” Continue reading “Amy Jo Martin blazes trails with Shaq” »

Serena Williams, Manny Pacquiao, Ron Artest and Today’s Sports News

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27:  Serena Williams of the United States reacts to a play during her fourth round match against  Marion Bartoli of France on Day Seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 27, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Serena Williams will not be winning her third straight Wimbledon title this year. Marion Bartoli saw to that on Monday, defeating Williams 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) to knock her out of Wimbledon in the fourth round. Continue reading “Serena Williams, Manny Pacquiao, Ron Artest and Today’s Sports News” »

Demian Maia admits a series of mistakes cost him a big win over Mark Munoz

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by bignevt1

Former UFC middleweight title contender, Demian Maia has admitted that a series of tactical mistakes cost him a big win over powerhouse wrestler, Mark Munoz at UFC 131 earlier this month, revealing he should never have abandoned the striking game that had been so Continue reading “Demian Maia admits a series of mistakes cost him a big win over Mark Munoz” »

Manny Pacquiao- gets new title: Garments ambassador

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by Amy R. Remo

The Department of Trade and Industry is sending boxing champ Manny Pacquiao to the US to lobby American legislators for the passage of the Save Our Industries Act (Save Act), a bill expected to give the Philippine garments industry a Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao- gets new title: Garments ambassador” »

Kell Brook blasts back at Amir Khan

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by George Scott

KELL BROOK believes he is on a collision course with Amir Khan.

Sheffield’s Kell Brook clinched the WBA inter-continental welterweight crown in his home town on Saturday, outpointing Continue reading “Kell Brook blasts back at Amir Khan” »

Manny Pacquiao- meeting with Nike founder, execs postponed ’til July

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by ROWENA JOY A. SANCHEZ

MANILA, Philippines – Boxing champ Manny Pacquiao’s meeting with the bosses of top apparel company Nike was postponed last week due to the former’s prior commitment with his family Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao- meeting with Nike founder, execs postponed ’til July” »

Pacman insists Marquez is dangerous

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By NICK GIONGCO

MANILA, Philippines — Manny Pacquiao is not looking at Juan Manuel Marquez as somebody out to cash a paycheck and retire.

Told about the overwhelming 8-1 odds in his favor, Pacquiao told the Bulletin over the weekend that Marquez remains a dangerous foe and that taking him for granted is tantamount to jumping off a cliff.

Pacquiao is facing Marquez on Nov. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and despite the odds, the Filipino star said he has to be in top shape. Continue reading “Pacman insists Marquez is dangerous” »

Arum wary of Marquez’ style

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MANILA, Philippines - Top Rank chairman Bob Arum knows that WBO welterweight champion Rep. Manny Pacquiao won’t take challenger Juan Manuel Marquez lightly because the Mexican’s style is tailor-fit to negate the Filipino icon’s strengths.

“I think Marquez is a big test for Manny,” said Arum from Los Angeles in a recent telephone interview. “Manny is aware of that. Their first two fights were close. Manny has to be at his best to win over Marquez.”

Pacquiao and Marquez are set to slug it out at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 12. At stake will be Pacquiao’s WBO 147-pound title although the fighters agreed to face off at a catchweight of 144 considering Marquez is moving up from the lightweight division. Marquez is the reigning WBC 135-pound titlist. Continue reading “Arum wary of Marquez’ style” »

Pacquiao to choose network to air PPV

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MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao should have a say in choosing the network that will carry his next fight through pay-per-view.

“He’s the co-promoter so he needs to be part of the decision,” said Franklin Gacal, Pacquiao’s legal counsel.

Bob Arum of Top Rank said the other day the decision would come next week whether it’s HBO/Warner or Showtime/CBS.

Arum said there’s a lot of money involved, and from the $10 million that Showtime coughed up for the Shane Mosley fight last May, this one could go as high as $15 million.

Arum said it’s unbelievable how huge HBO and Showtime are willing to put in for the pay-per-view rights for Pacquiao’s next fight. Continue reading “Pacquiao to choose network to air PPV” »

Manny Pacquiao- 8-1 favorite vs Marquez

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by NICK GIONGCO

MANILA, Philippines — Manny Pacquiao was aghast when told about the odds for his Nov. 12 rubber match with his Mexican nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao- 8-1 favorite vs Marquez” »

Manny Pacquiao- James Toney Talks Pacquiao, Roach, Khan and Martinez

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Manny Pacquiao- Special Forces badge for Pacquiao

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By ELENA L. ABEN

MANILA, Philippines — In recognition of world boxing champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao’s legendary courage and determination shown in the boxing arena, he will be pinned the “Honorary Special Forces Warrior Badge” during Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao- Special Forces badge for Pacquiao” »

Manny Pacquiao- nominated for 2011 ‘Best Fighter’ ESPY, But will he win

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by Rick Rockwell

On Friday, boxing’s pound for pound champion Manny Pacquiao was once again nominated for the “Best Fighter” ESPY award which is voted on by fans and given out by ESPN. However, Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao- nominated for 2011 ‘Best Fighter’ ESPY, But will he win” »

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