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Manny Pacquiao KO’s Luccas Matthysse in 7th round to claim WBA welterweight title

By Dan Rafael/ESPN.com – Questions abounded about what Manny Pacquiao had left. After all, the Filipino legend, winner of world titles in a boxing-record eight weight divisions and one of the greatest fighters in history, is 39 now and has been a professional fighter for 23 years. He was also Read more ».....»»

Category: newsSource: thepinoy thepinoyJul 16th, 2018

Top sports headliners in the year that was

From the FIFA World Cup to the NBA, the PBA to the UAAP and NCAA, the Asian Games to Manny Pacquiao, volleyball to MMA, the past 12 months truly was a great year for Filipino sports fans.   Here are some of the most memorable sports headliners that bannered the year that was.    San Miguel Corporation dominates PBA San Miguel Corporation owned 2018. For the first time in the history of the Asia’s first professional basketball league one company dominated all three conferences of the PBA. The San Miguel Beermen annexed their fourth straight Philippine Cup title against sister team Magnolia last May, while Ginebra rode on undersized do-it-all forward Justin Brownlee to the Commissioner's Cup title at the expense of San Miguel last August. Then it was Magnolia's time to shine in December. The Hotshots dismantled Alaska in six games to complete SMC’s domination of PBA 2018. Outside of basketball, SMC also made its presence felt in volleyball as Petron bagged the Grand Prix, Challenge Cup (beach volleyball) and the All-Filipino Conference in the Philippine Superliga.   Kai Sotto stands tall as Ateneo takes title vs NU Kai Sotto became a household name in 2018 as the 7'1" wunderkind showed off in the UAAP Season 80 juniors' basketball tournament. The eventual Finals MVP was a beast in Game 1 of the Finals against the NU Bullpups, tallying a triple-double of 22 points, 16 rebounds, and 11 blocks in the 86-70 win, the first of its kind since 2003. Ateneo finished the season almost unscathed at 16-1, with their lone loss in Game 2 of the series, a very chippy one to say the least. In Game 3, Sotto came up clutch, scoring the go-ahead basket, 60-58, with about 30 seconds left as Ateneo came away with the 63-58 win to take the title.  SJ Belangel, Joaqui Manuel, Dave Ildefonso and Jason Credo, and coach Joe Silva all appeared in their last games for the Blue Eaglets.   DLSU completes three-peat; NU dethrones Ateneo  The UAAP Season 80 volleyball tournament was filled with lasting memories that will surely be remembered for a long time. Numerous upsets in the eliminations, great games, and much more were the name of the game for the women's tournament. However, a long-time rivalry was rekindled when two-time defending champs De La Salle Lady Spikers met 29-time title holders FEU Lady Tamaraws for all the marbles last May. Kim Kianna Dy, Majoy Baron, and Dawn Macandili all ended their careers on a high note as they swept graduating Bernadeth Pons and the Lady Tamaraws in two straight games to win their third straight title. Graduating libero Macandili was named Finals MVP for the first and final time in her collegiate career.  Behind their magnificent floor defense and some stellar play from Finals MVP Bryan Bagunas, the NU Bulldogs also swept three-time defending champions Ateneo Blue Eagles to reclaim a title they last enjoyed in Season 76. Espejo, a five-time UAAP MVP, had an awesome performance for the world's record books, scoring a record-55 points to force the FEU Tamaraws to a do-or-die Final Four. The Blue Eagle legend had played his last, and has since suited up for a semi-pro team in Japan's topflight volleyball league.   Alab fends off Mono Vampire to claim ABL title San Miguel-backed Alab Pilipinas were such a glorious sight to see in the eighth season of the Asean Basketball League (ABL) last March. Coached by perennial fan favorite Jimmy Alapag in his very first season, the trio of Renaldo Balkman, Justin Brownlee, and Local and Finals MVP Bobby Ray Parks to their first title in home soil. Alab faced Thailand-based Mono Vampire, who were led by Mike Singletary, towering Sam Deguara, Fil-Am Jason Brickman and Pinoy Paul Zamar. In the very same day as the coronation of the UAAP volleyball championships, Alab took home the crown in a rousing 102-92 victory in Sta. Rosa, much to the delight of the home crowd. Balkman, the league's Defensive Player of the Year led Alab in scoring with 32, while Brownlee added 24 of his own. Parks added 13 markers. The two imports played in the PBA for the Commissioner's Cup, where Balkman (San Miguel) and Brownlee (Ginebra) would face each other in the Finals.   (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) Warriors send LeBron packing to Los Angeles The Golden St. Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers locked horns in the NBA Finals for the fourth straight season after the two teams were pushed to the brink in the Conference Finals. Both teams were down 3-2 and won Game 7 on the road to win their respective conferences, with both teams banking on experience to forge another bout in the championship series. Game 1 was undoubtedly the most exciting game in the series as LeBron James had an epic performance of 51 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists.  However, JR Smith's blunder at the end of regulation became the lasting image of that game, as he dribbled out the clock with the score tied at 107-all. The defending champions rode the surge and took the opening game, 124-114. Stephen Curry's brillant performance throughout the series was overshadowed by Kevin Durant's dagger in Game 3, a few feet away from the spot where he launched the go-ahead three in Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals. Durant was named as the Bill Russell Finals MVP after norming 28.8 ppg, 10.8 rpg, and 7.5 apg in the four-game sweep, demolishing the Cavs 108-85 in the series finale last June. It would also be the last game LeBron James had in a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform, as he bolted for the Los Angeles Lakers almost a month later.   (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) France rules 2018 FIFA World Cup The most-coveted title of the beautiful game returned to France after two decades. The youthful French squad celebrated their conquest soaked in a downpour in Moscow after a 4-2 victory over first-time finalist Croatia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup last July. Teenager Kylian Mbappe stood out in the French team composed of a bunch of 25 and under players. Speed, strength and youth became France’s biggest asset during the quadrennial football spectacle watched by almost 3.5 billion viewers around the world.  The 19-year-old migrant scored one of the four goals in the championship match to become the second teen to score a goal in the Finals after the legendary Pele back in 1958. France defeated Belgium in the semifinal, 1-0, while Croatia outlasted the favored Russians in penalty shootout, 4-3 (2-2). The French team also displayed diversity, with players born of migrant parents including Alphonse Areola, whose parents are both Filipinos working in France.   Pac on top, The Filipino Flash returns The most-celebrated Filipino athlete continued make the headlines this year. Manny Pacquaio stripped Lucas Matthysse of his WBA welterweight world championship belt with a seventh round technical knockout win in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in July. Pacquiao split with long-time trainer Freddie Roach during his build up for the Matthysse bout back in April but confirmed their partnership once again for the 40-year old boxer’s title defense against Adrien Broner next year. Nonito Donaire Jr. announced that he would be going back down to super bantamweight after a loss to Carl Frampton in April for the interim WBO Featherweight belt and would be taking part in the World Boxing Super Series' super bantamweight tournament.  Matched up in the quarterfinal round against Ryan Burnett back in November, Donaire scored what many consider an upset, winning via TKO after the Irishman suffered a back injury to snatch the WBA (Super) Bantamweight World Championship.  Up next for Donaire will be WBO Super Bantamweight World Champion Zolani Tete of South Africa in the semifinals.           Pinay power in the Asian Games   The Philippines participated in the 18th Asian Games held in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia that ran from August 18 to September 2. A total of 272 athletes that participated in 31 sports represented the country in the quadrennial meet with Jordan Clarkson of the Cleveland Cavaliers and medalist Margielyn Didal marching as flagbearers in the opening and closing ceremonies, respectively. Rio Olympian Hidilyn Diaz gave the PHI its first gold medal in women’s -53 kg. weightlifting. Five days after Diaz’s victory, the trio of Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan and Lois Kaye Go accounted for the women’s golf team mint. Saso also bagged the individual gold. In Palembang, Didal rolled her way into winning the women’s street skateboard gold. The celebrated men’s basketball team started out strong after routing Kazakhstan but lost by two-points to China in the group stage. The Gilas Pilipinas squad advanced in the quarterfinals but bowed down to South Korea by nine points eventually settling for a fifth spot in the classification phase after wins over Japan and Syria. The PHI finished with a 4-2-15 gold-silver-bronze haul and landed at 19th spot, three places higher that its 2014 finish in Incheon, South Korea.      Red Lions roar, Blue Eagles soar San Beda University continued its mastery over the NCAA as it annexed its third straight title and 22nd overall. The Red Lions grabbed its 11th crown in 13 years at the expense of Lyceum of the Philippines University. It was one-sided championship series – just like in their Finals meeting last year – with the San Beda ripping the Pirates apart in Game One with LPU playing sans its best player in CJ Perez, who was banned for one game after failing to notify the league of his intention to join the PBA Draft. Perez returned in Game 2 but even his presence didn’t stop the Red Lions from painting the NCAA red once again. In probably one of the most memorable UAAP season in recent years, Ateneo de Manila University won its second straight crown. Ivorian tower and Rookie of the Year 6-foot-11 Ange Kouame made an immediate impact for the Blue Eagles complementing the already stacked Ateneo squad led by Finals MVP Thirdy Ravena. But the glory of Ateneo was overshadowed by the Cinderalla story of the team it vanquished in the Finals. Climbing up from the cellar in the past years, University of the Philippines made history by making it in the Finals for the first time since winning it all in 1986. But before their championship stint, the Fighting Maroons ended a two-decade Final Four drought. UP then shocked twice-to-beat Adamson University with both games decided by game-winners. Ateneo came in the series as the title favorites but overwhelming support from a very hungry UP community and underdogs fans backed the Fighting Maroons. But in the end, it was the Blue Eagles championship experience that prevailed.       Pinoys make wave in MMA Fighters under Team Lakay flexed their muscles in One Championship. Flyweight star Geje Eustaquio opened the year with an interim championship win over former champion Kairat Akhmetov in Manila back in January. Eustaquio then defeated two-time champion Adriano Moraes in Macau last July to become the undisputed ONE Flyweight World Champion.  Joshua Pacio earned the ONE Strawweight World Championship last September after a unanimous decision win over two-time champion Japanese Yoshitaka Naito. Kevin Belingon dropped former world title challenger Andrew Leone with a now-famous spinning back kick in April. He followed it up with a dominating win over then-two division world champion Martin Nguyen to capture the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Champion. Belingon ended the five-year reign and seven-year winning streak of of long-time bantamweight king Brazilian Bibiano Fernandes in November via split decision.  Eduard Folayang outclassed Singaporean contender Amir Khan at ONE: Conquest of Champions in Manila in early December to bag the ONE Lightweight World Championship for the second time in his storied career.  BRAVE Combat Federation Bantamweight World Champion Stephen Loman successfully defended his title twice in 2018.  Reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon Vera needed only 64 seconds to knockout hard-hitting Italian challenger Mauro Cerilli in Manila early December to remain the king of the ONE Championship heavyweight kingdom.    Petron, Creamline rule respective club leagues Creamline claimed its breakthrough championship in the Premier Volleyball League by sweeping PayMaya in the Reinforced Conference Finals series last July. Alyssa Valdez finally ended a two-year title drought with the Cool Smashers' victory. Creamline opposite hitter Michele Gumabao was named Miss Globe-Philippines during the Binibining Pilipinas 2018 last March. Gumabao represented the country in the 2018 Miss Globe in Albania last October and won the Miss Social Media and Dream Girl awards while landing a spot in the Top 15.     The Cool Smashers completed a sweep of the PVL’s Season 2 after claiming the Open Conference crown at the expense of Ateneo-Motolite via an emphatic series sweep this month. In the Philippine Superliga, Petron reigned supreme in the Grand Prix after taking down archrival F2 Logistics last May. Petron extended its supremacy in the sands after the tandem of Sisi Rondina and Bernadethn Pons defeated Dhannylaine Demontano and Jackielyn Estoquia of Sta. Lucia in the Challenge Cup final last May. The Cargo Movers got its revenge in the Invitational Cup, toppling the Blaze Spikers in a series sweep last July. Petron wrapped the year with the All-Filipino Conference in its pocket. The Blaze Spikers won its first 14 games before dropping Game 2 of the Finals. Petron swept F2 Logistics in Game 3......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 30th, 2018

2018 s most memorable bits of boxing

The sweet science is always a source of headlines in the sporting world, especially in a country that's full of fight fans like the Philippines. Over the last twelve months, we've seen comebacks, championships, and even a little controversy.  Here are some of the best bits of boxing from 2018!    PAC BACK ON TOP 2018 saw Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao once again claim world championship gold following a bitter and controversial loss to Jeff Horn in 2017.  Fighting in Asia for the first time since 2014, Pacquiao challenged reigning WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Champion Lucas "La Maquina" Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia back in July.  Billed as a durable, heavy-hitting brawler, Matthysse was supposed to be the one to threaten Pacquiao with a KO finish.  Instead, looking like the Pacquiao of old, it was the Filipino star who came out aggressive, landing bombs until finally scoring a seventh-round TKO finish, his first since 2009.  Just months shy of his 40th birthday, Pacquiao was a world champion for the eleventh time in his storied career.    THE BREAKUP Prior to Pacquiao's win over Matthysse, the Filipino boxer made headlines the world over after a split from long-time trainer and head coach Freddie Roach.  In April, months before Pacquiao's return to the ring against Matthysse, reports surfaced that Pacquiao, for the first time in over 15 years and 34 bouts, would not be working with the Hall of Fame trainer. According to various sources, the split stemmed from a disagreement between Pacquiao and Roach following the loss to Jeff Horn back in 2017.  Taking Roach's place as head trainer was Pacquiao's best friend, Buboy Fernandez, and judging from the result of the Matthysse bout, it paid dividends.  Still, the split didn't last too long.  Soon after Pacquiao's first WBA title defense against Adrien Broner was announced, both Pacquiao and Roach have confirmed that they will be working together once again.  This time however, Roach will be serving more of a consultant role, guiding Fernandez who remains as Pacquiao's head trainer.    CONTROVERSY SURROUNDS CANELO-GGG 2 In 2017, middleweight stars Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez went to an exciting 12-round draw that warranted a rematch in 2018.  In January, it was announced that the two warriors would square off once again in a Cinco de Mayo rematch. The rematch was put in jeopardy however, when Canelo tested positive for a banned substance in March. By April, the fight was off after the Mexican star decided to withdraw from the highly-anticipated rematch.  The fight eventually pushed through in September, with Alvarez picking up the majority decision win to hand Golovkin his first career loss, and more importantly claim the WBA (Super) and WBC Middleweight World Championships.  Three months later, Canelo would stop British boxer Rocky Fielding in the third round to capture the WBA (Regular) Middleweight World Championship as well.    ALL-FILIPINO For the first time in 92 years, two Filipino boxers faced off for a world championship when reigning IBF Super Flyweight World Champion Jerwin "Pretty Boy" Ancajas defended his title against Jonas "Zorro" Sultan in California.  In the historic meeting, it was Ancajas who emerged victorious, defeating Sultan via unanimous decision as the reigning IBF 115-pound champ continued his run of dominance with five successful title defenses. Four months later, Ancajas would retain his world championship once again, but this time after figuring in a split draw against Mexican Alejandro Santiago.    DONNIE NIETES MAKES THE JUMP Speaking of all-Filipino bouts and going to a draw, Donnie Nietes and Aston Palicte experienced both in just one bout.  Following a spectacular albiet short-lived run at Flyweight, which saw him capture and retain the IBF's 112-pound title, Nietes made the decision to move up to the 115-pound super flyweight division, where he'll be in the same pool as the big names like Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Juan Francisco Estrada, and compatriot Jerwin Ancajas.  Nietes' debut bout at 115 however, would be against fellow Negrense in Palicte, and it would be for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight World Championship in September.  In what many believed as a win for Nietes, the 12-round bout went to a controversial split draw, that denied Nietes of the distinction of joining Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire Jr. as the only Filipinos to capture four world titles in as many divisions.  Nietes still has the chance to do that before the end of 2018 however, as he gets another shot at the title on New Year's Eve when he meets Japan's Kazuto Ioka in Macau.    BUD MOVES UP Following years of dominance at junior welterweight, Terence "Bud" Crawford also made the jump up to a heavier weight class, and immediately made a splash.  Facing off against WBO Welterweight World Champion Jeff Horn, Crawford announced his arrival at 140-pounds with a dominant TKO win over the Australian in June.  Four months later, Crawford successfully defended the title against Jose Benavidez Jr. with a 12th-round TKO victory.    FLASH FORWARD Nonito Donaire Jr's 2018 didn't start off as well as he would have wanted.  The Filipino Flash lost his April bout to Carl Frampton for the WBO Interim Featherweight World Championship, prompting questions regarding the former four-division world champion's future.  In a surprising move however, Donaire announced that he would be going back down to super bantamweight and would be taking part in the World Boxing Super Series' super bantamweight tournament.  Matched up in the quarterfinal round against Ryan Burnett back in November, Donaire scored what many consider an upset, winning via TKO after the Irishman suffered a back injury. As a result, Donaire advanced into the next round of the tournament with the WBA (Super) Bantamweight World Championship around his waist.  Up next for Donaire will be WBO Super Bantamweight World Champion Zolani Tete of South Africa in the semifinals.    WILDER AND FURY GO TO WAR In one of the most talked-about heavyweight bouts in recent history, WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury put on a 12-round war that ended in...surprise, surprise, a split draw. Fury used his movement and technique to dictate the pace over Wilder throughout the 12-round bout, but the reigning champion dropped the British challenger in the final round that led to the draw decision, setting up what could be another highly-anticipated rematch in the future. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 26th, 2018

Manny Pacquiao confirms WBA title fight with Lucas Mathysse on July 15th

Golden Boy Promotions founder Oscar De La Hoya has confirmed that eight-division world champion Manny 'Pacman' Pacquiao will be challenging reigning WBA welterweight world champion Lucas Mathysse this coming July 15th in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  Signed, sealed, and delivered: Proud to officially announce that WBA welterweight world champion @MatthysseLucas will put his title on the line against @mannypacquiao in Kuala Lumpur, Malyasia on Saturday night July 14 (US time). — Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) April 2, 2018 "Proud to officially announce that WBA welterweight world champion Lucas Mathysse will put his title on the line against Manny Pacquiao in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Saturday night, July 14 (US time)" De La Hoya's tweet read.   Mathysse is a Golden Boy promoted boxer.  Pacquiao also took to social media an hour later with his own reaction to the announcement.  It’s on! Can’t wait to challenge Lucas Matthysse for another world title on July 15 in Kuala Lumpur, Malyasia - July 14 US time #Pacmanisback — Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) April 3, 2018 "It's on. Can't wait to challenge Lucas Mathysse for another world title on July 15 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia," Pacquiao's tweet read.  Reports surfaced in early March that Pacquiao had already chosen to fight Mathysse, with his initial choices being between the Argentinian WBA champion and former two-division world champion Danny Garcia and the target date being June 24th.  Pacquiao is coming off a WBO welterweight world title loss to Jeff Horn in Australia back in July of 2017.  Mathysse is coming off an eighth-round KO win over Thailand's Tewa Kiram to claim the vacant WBA world title just this past January. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2018

Manny Pacquiao arrives at MGM Grand for welterweight title defense

https://twitter.com/ShowtimeBoxing/status/1086813562620633093 MANILA, Philippines---Manny Pacquiao has arrived at MGM Grand Las Vegas ahead of his title defense against American Adrien Broner Sunday (Manila time). Pacquiao (60-7-2) will defend his WBA World welterweight title for the first time after he took the strap from Lucas Matthysse via seventh round technical knockout on July 15, 2018 in Kuala Lumpur. https://twitter.com/SHOsports/status/1086818402398699520 Boxing's only eight-division world champion arrived during the featherweight fight between Hugo Ruiz and Alberto Guevara. He is fighting in the US for the first time in two years. Wife Jinkee accompanied Pacquiao...Keep on reading: Manny Pacquiao arrives at MGM Grand for welterweight title defense.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 20th, 2019

INQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: Manny Pacquiao back as champ

We continue the countdown with the Filipino boxing legend himself Manny Pacquiao, who made a successful ring return in 2018 After yielding his welterweight title in controversial fashion last year, Pacquiao came back in style. Pacquiao showed he still has it with a statement win over Argentine strongman Lucas Matthysse five months ago in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Boxing's eight-division champion silenced his critics by knocking out Matthysse in the seventh round to win the WBA title. His impressive victory---the 60th of his illustrious career---was also his first stoppage since 2009 back when he scored a TKO over Miguel Cotto. Pacquiao turned 40 earlier this month but he has...Keep on reading: INQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: Manny Pacquiao back as champ.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 26th, 2018

Catriona Gray s Miss Universe win inspires Filipina warrior Rome Trinidad

Filipina mixed martial artist Rome "The Rebel" Trinidad has a newfound inspiration in Catriona Gray, who was crowned Miss Universe 2018 last Monday, 17 December in Bangkok, Thailand.   The 24-year-old Filipina beauty queen bested 93 other candidates from all over the world, standing out for her signature "lava" catwalk, which made headlines in the news around the globe and trended on social media.   “Catriona is truly an inspiration for us women. She is a living proof that anything is possible through hard work,” Trinidad said.   A familiar face in the Philippine modelling world, Gray is also a martial artist, singer, and advocate of free education and HIV/AIDS awareness.   Touted by both casual and long-time pageant followers as a shoo-in for the crown, she represented the Philippines in the Miss World 2016 pageant but failed to bag the crown, settling for Top Five.   Two years later, Gray won the Binibining Pilipinas 2018 trinket, making her the country's delegate to Miss Universe 2018.   Gray's impact to women is undeniable as it motivates the likes of Trinidad to go the extra mile when it comes to chasing her dream.   "She didn’t give up on her dream. Failures didn’t stop her to reach for her ultimate goal. It is empowering to have a fellow Filipina like Catriona Gray," she stated.   "We belong to a totally different kind of fields, but seeing her succeed boosts my morale and inspires me to pursue my dreams just like her."   2018 has been a big year for the Philippines, especially in the world of combat sports, where six of its celebrated athletes copped gold on the international stage.   Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao claimed the WBA Welterweight World Championship, stopping Argentina's Lucas Matthysse in the seventh round last July.   Meanwhile, the Philippines established the unprecedented record of most mixed martial arts world title wins in the history of ONE Championship this 2018, courtesy of Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon, Geje Eustaquio, Joshua Pacio and Brandon Vera.   Trinidad, a professional model before she ventured into the mixed martial arts scene, is more motivated now than ever after witnessing how far the Philippines has gone in 2018.   She believes that hard work is in a Filipino's DNA, commending her countrymen for the tremendous amount of effort and dedication that they exerted in their respective fields.   "Seeing the Philippines excel in the worlds of boxing, mixed martial arts and beauty pageant is a big motivation," Trinidad shared.   "Our boxing hero Manny Pacquiao became a world champion again this year. In mixed martial arts, the country ended the year with five ONE World Champions. To top it off, Catriona Gray was crowned Miss Universe 2018."   Trinidad was last seen in action this past May when she took on Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol  ONE: GRIT & GLORY, yielding to the Indonesian hometown hero by way of first-round submission.   Although her 2018 did not turn out the way she wanted it to be, the nation’s banner year in combat sports and beauty pageant fuels Trinidad to strive even harder as she aims to carve her own success story next year.   "2018 proved to be a year of success for the Philippines. I am drawing inspiration from that success as I open a new chapter in 2019. Like them, I am not giving up. I will be back stronger than ever,” she vowed......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 18th, 2018

Quite the contrast: Senator Manny vs Adrien Broner

By Barry Wilner, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Dressed in a sharp gray suit and tie, Manny Pacquiao looked every bit the senator he is. It was his other job, though, that he was working Monday when the eight-time champion announced a Jan. 19 defense of his WBA welterweight belt against Adrien Broner. "He's one of the top boxers out there," Pacquiao said of Broner, who attended the news conference in slightly different garb: torn jeans adorned with spangles, a T-shirt and black jacket. "Adrien Broner is a high-caliber fighter. "I have no problem to fight at 140 (pounds), it's my natural weight. I can't say I am avoiding (opponents), that is not my style. I am willing to find other fighters to fight, too, I am available to fight at 140, 147. It is 147 for this fight." Pacquiao will be 40 when he enters the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas to take on the 29-year-old Broner. It will be the Filipino's 70th fight in a career that began in 1995 and has included titles in weight classes from flyweight to welterweight. He hasn't fought in the United States in two years. Referred to by his followers as Senator Manny, Pacquiao won and then lost the WBO welterweight crown following his lopsided loss to Floyd Mayweather in a May 2015 megafight. In July, he knocked out Lucas Matthysse for the WBA title, Pacquiao's first KO victory since 2009 when he stopped Miguel Cotto in the final round. His government role will be placed aside, Pacquiao claims, while he prepares for Broner. "My opponent is fast, good, and I have to work hard and train hard so the people will be happy on Jan. 19 when we give them a good fight," said Pacquiao, who flashed a mischievous smile when asked if another encounter with the currently retired Mayweather might be in the future. "I am fighting Adrien Broner," Pacquiao said, adding he was with Mayweather in Japan and mentioned that he, not Mayweather, owned a belt, so "you come challenge me." Broner views this as his chance to "become a legend." As he strutted around the stage, his words at first were respectful toward Pacquiao, whom Broner "dreamed of fighting when I was a kid." Soon, though, Broner was back to being Broner, the boastful, say-anything-character who likes talking trash as much as throwing leather. "He ain't fighting Floyd, he's fighting me," Broner said. "He's gotta get past me first. "Of course, things he's done in the game are unbelievable. I know Jan. 19 I gotta be at the top of my game. I'm gonna (mess) him up." Broner, from Cincinnati, is 33-3-1 with 24 knockouts. But he didn't win either of his most recent fights, losing a unanimous decision to Mikey Garcia, who won his 36th straight, in July last year, and then drawing with Jessie Vargas. Which means recent results indicate neither he nor Pacquiao is in his prime or close to it. Still, they are big enough names for Showtime to put the fight on pay-per-view television. Both men were asked if they are elite boxers now. Neither flinched in answering. "Yes, of course," Pacquiao insisted. "I want to fight the greatest opponents in the world and one of them is Adrien Broner. I can fight anybody." Broner shook his head and smirked when queried on his skill level these days. "I'm gonna do me; he's gotta worry about what I do," Broner said. "I know what he can do. "I got three losses, he's got (seven). He's been knocked out; we know he can go to sleep. I got the stuff to do it. I'll hit the jackpot overnight.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 20th, 2018

Manny Pacquiao taking legal action against Top Rank Boxing

Eight-division boxing world champion and reigning WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao is taking legal action against former long-time promoter Bob Arum and Top Rank Boxing.  In an Instagram post Monday evening, Pacquiao, 39, congratulated Top Rank Boxing and ESPN for their recently-announced seven-year partnership.  The boxer-turned-statesman then proceeded to take a jab at Top Rank, citing non-payment for the US rights of his recent WBA world title bout against Argentinian Lucas "La Maquina" Matthysse last July 15th in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.         View this post on Instagram                   Congratulations and good luck to @TRboxing and @ESPN on your 7-year partnership agreement. I know both of you have been very busy finalizing the deal. However, I have not received the US rights payment for my July 15 fight against Lucas Matthysse that was broadcast on ESPN plus. Therefore, I am initiating legal proceedings against Top Rank and all other parties based on the non-payment and attempt to restrict my future rights. Thank you. A post shared by Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) on Sep 10, 2018 at 5:57am PDT "Congratulations and good luck to @TRboxing and @ESPN on your 7-year partnership agreement." the Instagram post read.  "However, I have not received the US rights payment for my July 15 fight against Lucas Matthysse that was broadcast on ESPN plus. Therefore, I am initiating legal proceedings against Top Rank and all other parties based on the non-payment and attempt to restrict my future rights. Thank you." it continued.  Pacquiao defeated Matthysse via TKO in the seventh round in Kuala Lumpur to capture the WBA title.  The event, dubbed as "Fight of Champions" was a joint promotion between Pacquiao's MP Promotions outfit and former in-ring rival Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions, who handled Matthysse.  It was also Pacquiao's first fight not under the Top Rank Boxing banner since signing with them more than a decade ago.  Top Rank was still involved with the Pacquiao-Mattyhsse bout however, as they, along with ESPN were responsible for broadcasting the bout in the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico.  The unpaid broadcast fees are reportedly worth around $1.7 million, with Pacquiao expected to 85 percent of the revenue for the US rights. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 10th, 2018

Pacquiao gets record 12th world title in 8 weight divisions

KUALA LUMPUR --- Manny Pacquiao made the Filipinos feel like champions once again. In a performance that he hoped brought honor and pride to the country, Pacquiao on Sunday cut down a hard-punching Lucas Matthysse to win the WBA welterweight championship via technical knockout in the 7th round. (More stories in Sports, Pages A2-1 to A2-3) It was his 12th world title in record eight weight divisions and something that proved that he still got gas on his tank as his phenomenal career considerably declined through the years. "I hope I brought a convincing victory and honor to the country," said Pacquiao, who decked Matthysse for a third time with a left uppercut that forced ref...Keep on reading: Pacquiao gets record 12th world title in 8 weight divisions.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

LOOK: Manny Pacquiao and Lucas Matthysse share a moment after fight

Manny Pacquiao and Lucas Matthysse went to war, Sunday at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  The two welterweight stars traded punches and tried to knock each other out for seven rounds, but in the end, it was the Filipino eight division world boxing champion that came out on top as Pacquiao stopped Matthysse in the seventh round to become the new WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Champion.  And while inside the ring, their mission was to take each other out, it was nothing but respect between the two warriors afterwards.  Pacquiao and Matthysse, in fact, shared a photo after their title encounter.  After a gruelling 7 rounds match... here’s a pic of these 2 warriors. @LucasMatthysse @mannypacquiao @GoldenBoyBoxing #welterweightwarriors #FightofChampions pic.twitter.com/t2MLLRqSlN — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) July 15, 2018 It was Manny's 60th win in 69 professional fights and his first knockout win since 2009.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

Pacquiao pounds Matthysse, scores 7th round KO to win WBA welterweight title

A dominant Manny Pacquiao unseated Lucas Matthysse, becoming the new WBA welterweight champion, Sunday noon in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

Pacquiao won’t initiate, says Buboy Fernandez

Head trainer Buboy Fernandez has advised Manny Pacquiao not to initiate action against WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse and instead, wait for the Argentinian to make the first move then counterpunch in their 12-round title out at the Axiata Arena here this morning......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 14th, 2018

Matthysse deemed more dangerous than Horn

Conditioning coach Justin Fortune considers WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse a more dangerous opponent for Manny Pacquiao than Jeff Horn because of his punching power but the downside is the Argentinian is too slow to catch the quicker Filipino who’s expected to use his speed in winning by a late submission or an easy decision in their 12-round title fight at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 14th, 2018

Thurman retains WBA welterweight title, ready for Pacquiao

    MANILA, Philippines – Now, there’s no need to cajole Floyd Mayweather into fighting Manny Pacquiao again. Marquee Keith Thurman is willing to face the Filipino icon anytime, anywhere. Coming back from a 22-month layoff, Thurman knocked down Josesito Lopez in the 2nd round then weathered the challenger’s assault ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 27th, 2019

Pacquiao retains WBA crown via unanimous decision

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 20 January) – Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao retained his WBA World welterweight title via a unanimous decision win over American Adrien Broner Sunday (Manila time) at MGM Grand Las Vegas. Showing aggressiveness starting from the opening round, Pacquiao forced Broner to be defensive most of the fight to earn a 117-111, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 20th, 2019

LOOK: Floyd Mayweather Jr. greets Manny Pacquiao before title bout

Eight-division boxing world champion and reigning WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao was greeted by former rival Floyd "Money" Mayweather backstage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada prior to his title defense against Adrien Broner, Saturday evening (Sunday morning, Manila time).  #PacBroner pic.twitter.com/ltR8zcCYA9 — Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) January 20, 2019 Mayweather Jr. approached the Filipino boxing icon as he was warming up and making last-minute preparations before his in-ring return in Las Vegas.  The two shared the ring back in May of 2015, with Mayweather emerging victorious via unanimous decision after 12 rounds.  According to rumblings however, it may not be the last time that the two mix it up inside the boxing ring.  Rumour has it that if Pacquiao can get past Broner, it could set up a possible rematch with "Money" later this year.  Mayweather, a five-division world champion with an unparalleled 50-0 professional record, officially retired from boxing in 2015, but came back in 2017 for a mega-money fight against UFC superstar Conor McGregor, which he won via TKO in the tenth round.  The 41-year old Mayweather is coming off a one-round destruction of Japanese kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa in an exhibition match in Japan back in New Year's Eve.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 20th, 2019

Manny Pacquiao outpunches Adrien Broner to retain WBA title

Looking like a man ten years younger, 40-year old eight-division boxing world champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao punched his way to a unanimous decision win over American Adrien "AB" Broner to retain the WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Championship at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Nevada, Sunday afternoon (Manila time). From the opening bell, Pacquiao was the aggressor as he controlled the center of the ring, shooting in and landing three-to-four punch combinations at a time. Broner, eleven years Pacquiao's junior, seemed to be content with trying to catch Pacquiao off counters and clinches. Pacquiao continued to dictate the tempo of the fight with his jabs and combinations, while Broner tried to find his timing, finding little success with his shots. The champion had a massive seventh round as he landed a couple of left hands that stunned Broner. Pacquiao began to tee off on Broner, who resorted to clinches and collar tie-ups to survive. Pacquiao again struck hard in the ninth round with a follow-up left straight that had Broner backing up. This time around however, Broner managed to defend well and roll with Pacquiao's flurry. The Filipino boxing icon continued to outstrike and outmaneuver Broner until the final bell.  After 12 rounds, the judges scored the bout 117-111, 116-112, and 116-112 in favor of Pacquiao who successfully retained his WBA welterweight title for a 15th successful world title defense in his career, while also notching his tremendous 61st career win. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 20th, 2019

Filipinos winless in Pacquiao-Broner undercard as Jayar Inson drops split decision

https://twitter.com/MayweatherPromo/status/1086798868451287041 MANILA, Philippines---The Philippines went 0-2 in the undercard of Manny Pacquiao's title defense against Adrien Broner Sunday (Manila time) at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jayar Inson, who hails from Davao city, lost via split decision to American Jonathan Steele in their eight-round welterweight contest. Steele (9-2-1) bounced back from his loss to Sanjarbek Rakhmanov on December 7, 2018 while Inson (18-2) dropped his first fight since losing to Thulani Mbenge in June 10, 2017. Inson's loss saw his five-fight winning streak snapped and it also followed up the Rey Perez' defeat to George Kambosos Jr. earlier i...Keep on reading: Filipinos winless in Pacquiao-Broner undercard as Jayar Inson drops split decision.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 20th, 2019

Boxing: Manny Pacquiao looks for first WBA title defense against Adrien Broner

Eight-division boxing world champion and current reigning WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao returns to Las Vegas for the first time in two years as he looks to defend his title for the first time against American four-division world champion Adrien Broner at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Saturday evening (Sunday morning, Manila time).  Pacquiao, who turned 40 just last December, continues to defy age as he goes for an impressive 15th world title defense.  Many believe that even at his advanced age, Pacquiao still has what it takes to compete at the highest level of the sport.  The boxer-slash-senator is coming off one of his most impressive performances in a long while, knocking out Argentinian brawler Lucas Matthysse in seven rounds to capture the WBA's secondary welterweight world title.  Now, Pacquiao makes his highly-anticipated return to the boxing capital of the world as he looks to successfully defend the title against a tough challenger.  Broner, eleven years Pacquiao's junior, is also looking to add another milestone to his already impressive resume, as the Ohio native is looking to capture his fifth world championship in as many weight divisions.  Aside from a fifth world championship, AB is also looking to break a back-to-back streak of winless bouts after losing to Mikey Garcia and then going to a draw with Jessie Vargas.  A win for Pacquiao could mean even bigger things in the future, with the rumblings being that a rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr. could be in the works, should the Filipno boxing icon take care of business on fight night.  For Broner, a win over Pacquiao instantly becomes the biggest on his resume and he once again holds world title gold, nearly four years after his last world champioship win. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 19th, 2019

LOOK: Manny Pacquiao arrives in Las Vegas ahead of title bout

Eight-division boxing world champion and reigning WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao and challenger Adrien Broner have both arrived in Las Vegas, Nevada just days before their highly-anticipated world title bout on Saturday, January 19th (January 20th, Manila time).  The @MGMGrand Grand Welcome for #PacquiaoBroner @ABSCBNNews @ANCALERTS @abscbnsports @DZMMTeleRadyo pic.twitter.com/qsT0e0opub — TJ Manotoc (@tjmanotoc) January 16, 2019 Broner at grand arrivals pic.twitter.com/k45Qp7xwCl — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) January 15, 2019  What a reception for Pacquiao at MGM #PacquiaoBroner pic.twitter.com/5bwAI8tebc — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) January 16, 2019 Pacquiao overwhelmed by Fan support at Grand Arrival Ceremony at MGM #PacquiaoBroner pic.twitter.com/BIuMpuw2z1 — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) January 16, 2019         View this post on Instagram                   Fighters on Saturday night's World Title tripleheader on @showtimeboxing PPV made their grand arrivals today at the @mgmgrand in Las Vegas. #PacBroner #JackBrowne #WarrenOubaali A post shared by Premier Boxing Champions (@premierboxing) on Jan 15, 2019 at 6:24pm PST The Pacquiao-Broner bout will be the first big boxing event of the year, and is set to take place at the famed MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, which has been the stage for many a Manny Pacquiao bout.  This will be the first time in two years, however, that Pacquiao competes in the United States.  The 40-year old Filipino boxing icon's last two bouts have taken place in Australia and Malaysia, respectively. His last bout on US soil was his comeback bout from his very brief retirement against Jessie Vargas back in 2016.  This will be Pacquiao's first bout under new promoter Al Haymon and Premier Boxing Champions.  This also marks the return of Freddie Roach's return to Pacquiao's corner after being absent during the Pinoy boxer's last bout against Lucas Matthysse back in July of 2018.  Broner, a multiple-time world champion in his own right, is looking to get back on the winning track after going winless in his last two outings, a loss to Mikey Garcia followed by a draw against Jessie Vargas. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 16th, 2019