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ONE Championship: Geje Eustaquio hopes to see teammate Danny Kingad become a champion

It wasn’t too long ago that Team Lakay’s Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio was on top of the ONE Championship flyweight  landscape.   In 2018, the Filipino striker defeated Kairat Akhmetov and Adriano Moraes - the division’s only other titleholders - on his way to becoming the ONE Flyweight World Champion.   Eustaquio’s reign came to a halt at the start of 2019 however, when he dropped the title back to Moraes in a trilogy match in Manila that saw the Brazilian grappler score a unanimous decision win after five rounds.   While many believed that Eustaquio deserved to win the bout, himself and his Team Lakay stablemate included, as the saying goes, “it is what it is.”   Now, Eustaquio is on the comeback trail and has bounced back with a unanimous decision win over South Korean newcomer Kim Kyu Sung at ONE: Enter The Dragon in Singapore and is hoping to once again regain his spot at the pinnacle of the division.   While the 30-year old is working his way back up, he is also helping his teammate and fellow flyweight contender Danny “The King” Kingad make it to the top as well.   The 22-year old Kingad is currently in the semifinals of fhe ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix and is set to face a familiar opponent in Akhmetov.   Eustaquio hopes that young stablemate can mirror what he did to defeat the Kazakh wrestler.   “For now, yung bata is hungry, and the skills we are working on, we are working with his distance right now, para if we can duplicate the things I did the last time that we fought for the interim title,” Eustaquio shared. “Hopefully magagawa din niya yun and we will have the same result.”   “So basically, ang ginagawa namin now, in terms of kay Danny is the distance and the timing,” Eustaquio added.   Kingad is two wins away from becoming the Flyweight World Grand Prix champion and is two wins away from once again challenging Moraes for the title, and fully behind him is Eustaquio and the rest of Team Lakay. Eustaquio is hopeful to see his teammate also become a champion in the in the biggest martial arts promotion in the world.   “We talk about it as a family here, and we encourage each and every one. We motivate him na don’t stop training, you have to keep grinding, you’re close to your goals or your dream to become a world champion, because I believe they’re going to give a belt to the Grand Prix, the Grand Prix Champion has a belt.”   “It’s a title, and it’s every athlete’s dream to become a World Champion, and he’s almost there. Two wins, and he’ll also be considered as a titleholder or a World Champion. Hopefully, he will work his ass off and he will have the right attitude in this competition,” Eustaquio continued.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 7th, 2019

ONE Championship: Heading into cage return, Geje Eustaquio’s focus is on getting better

Former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio has a great opportunity to get back on track this coming Friday, May 17th at ONE: Enter The Dragon in Singapore.   In his first match since dropping the title to Adriano Moraes in Manila back in September, the former flyweight king makes his return against South Korean Kyu Sung Kim.   And while Eustaquio’s journey back to the title could begin with a win against Kim, the Team Lakay star says that his only focus is on getting better.   “For now, ang nasa isip ko is to get better and better, and of course to implement yung gameplan na ginawa namin ni Coach Mark [Sangiao] and the rest of the team sa upcoming May 17,” Eustaquio told ABS-CBN Sports. “Yun lang muna ang nasa attention ko as of now.”   [RELATED: Geje Eustaquio hungry and motivated in comeback, says head coach]   Against the taller and younger Kim, Eustaquio faces a competitor who is a proven finisher, with seven of his nine wins coming via stoppage, five coming via KO or TKO.   Eustaquio, a gifted striker in his own right, welcomes the challenge that the South Korean possesses.   “Based sa mga nakita namin na competition niya, he’s more of a striker, most of his wins are via punches, so sa tingin ko it’s going to be a good fight.”   And while he’s more than willing to stand and trade with Kyu, Eustaquio isn’t afraid to take whatever opportunities that fight may present.   “Sa akin, I believe we have the best, world class striking in Team Lakay, we can do that, but of course, this is mixed martial arts, if you have the opportunity, you have to take it.” Eustaquio stated. “Sometimes, you have to focus on the game plan, but if you have the opportunity, why not take it? Capitalize on the opportunity and take the chance.”   Former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje "Gravity" Eustaquio, who will be fighting on May 17th at ONE #EnterTheDragon in Singapore, sparring with Brave CF bantamweight Jeremy Pacatiw | @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/RybPltvsuj — Santino Honasan???? (@honasantino) May 11, 2019   For the past few years, Eustaquio has enjoyed seeing his name on the marquee of ONE Championship cards, headlining his last four events all over Asia.   This time around, the 30-year old finds himself on the middle of the card, but maintains that this isn’t much of an issue to him.   After all, he’s been here before, he says.   “Sa akin, actually it doesn’t matter. It’s just another day in the office. I’ve been there for many times, it’s just another day in the office.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 15th, 2019

MP Promotions fighters to join Pacquiao-Thurman undercard in Las Vegas

Eight-division world champion and reigning WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao won't be the lone Filipino fighting on at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, July 20th (Sunday, July 21st, Manila time).  The 40-year old Pinoy boxing icon will be on the marquee as he tries to capture the WBA (Super) Welterweight World Championship against undefeated American Keith "One Time" Thurman, while a pair of fighters from his MP Promotions stable will be competing on the undercard as well.  MP Promotions fighters Flyweight Genisis Libranza (18-1 10KO) and Welterweight Jayar Inson (18-2 12KO) have been added to the #PacquiaoThurman undercard. pic.twitter.com/yREsCBDTh6 — Steve Angeles (@StevieAngeles) July 3, 2019 25-year old Genisis "Cobra" Libranza (18-1, 10 KO) will be facing American Carlos Maldonado (11-3, 7 KO) in a flyweight bout.  Libranza has been with Team Pacquiao in the US since the start of camp, even before he was scheduled to compete in Vegas on the 20th.  "Maganda ang training namin kasi kasabay ko si Senator, and sobrang ganda ang training namin," Libranza told ABS-CBN's Steve Angeles. "Preparado kaming lahat."  Libranza, a native of Agusan del Sur, is on an impressive seven-fight winning streak, with his last loss coming back in 2017, a KO loss to South African Moruti Mthalane for the IBO Flyweight World Championship.  He's coming off a unanimous decision win in Carson back in February.  Also on the card will be Davaeño welterweight Jayar "Hitman" Inson (18-2, 12 KO), who meets veteran Mahonri Montes (35-9-1, 24 KO).  Inson, a former WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight Champion, is coming off a split decision loss to Jonathan Steele in the undercard of the Pacquiao-Adrien Broner bout in Las Vegas back in January.  "Masaya kasi kahit na talo ako [last time], binigyan naman ako ng pagkakataon na lumaban ulit," said Inson.  Undefeated Filipino-American John Leo "The Lion" Dato (11-0-1, 7 KO) is also expected to be on the card.  Apart from the Pinoys joining Pacquiao in Vegas on July 20th, a couple of Pinoy former champs are also in camp as they get ready for their own upcoming contests.  Former three-divison world champion Johnriel "Quadro Alas" Casimero is back on track and is preparing for a bout in Manila this August, while former WBA Interim Featherweight World Champion Jhack "El Kapitan" Tepora, who is coming off a win back in June, is also keeping busy with Team Pacquiao.  "Masaya kami dito na nag-tetraining, kasi maraming Pilipino and isang team kami," said Casimero. "Hindi boring yung pagsisikap namin kasi andiyan kaming lahat. Masaya kami sa training kahit mahirap, kaya sinisikap natin."  Casimero has won his last three bouts, and will be challenging for the WBO Interim Bantamweight World Championship against Cesar Ramirez.  H/T: Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN    Don't miss the action! Catch Manny Pacquiao challenge Keith Thurman for the WBA (Super) Welterweight World Championship LIVE on SKY PPV this coming Sunday, July 21st! Follow the blow-by-blow coverage on DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 starting at 9:00 AM!  ABS-CBN channel 2's free TV telecast will begin at 10 am. Replay will be at 3:00 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23.  The entire bout will be available on iWant beginning Monday, July 22. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 11th, 2019

ONE Championship: Now On World Title Radar, Rene Catalan Admits Reluctance In Possibly Facing Pacio

If Filipino strawweight contender Rene "The Challenger" Catalan had his way, he would rather support Joshua "The Passion" Pacio's World Title reign than face him in the ONE Championship Circle. The 23-year-old Pacio reclaimed the ONE Strawweight World Title following his fourth-round knockout victory over Yosuke "The Ninja" Saruta in the co-main event of ONE: ROOTS OF HONOR from the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila on Friday, 12 April. Catalan, now seen as the top contender in the talent-filled strawweight division after his first-round demolition of ex-titleholder Yoshitaka "Nobita" Naito at ONE: REIGN OF VALOR last March, said that he is not really looking forward to battling “The Passion” in the near future. “I’ve been carrying the flag of the Philippines. I don’t want to face a fellow Filipino for the sake of the belt cause it’s not really for the glory of the Philippines,” he explained. “I really don’t want to face another Filipino. We’re off the same blood. I have always supported Filipino athletes. I want to keep supporting Filipino athletes and as much as possible, I’d like to avoid fighting them.” Pacio and Team Lakay, however, sing a different tune. Team Lakay has always been open to defend its World Titles against anyone that ONE Championship would throw their way, even if that means sharing the Circle against a fellow Filipino. Pacio’s camp has repeatedly said that they respect Catalan’s gym, but all of those pleasantries would be set aside if they were to cross paths. “Even back then, they’ve always wanted to face me. I have repeatedly said that I will support my fellow Filipinos, but they may have a different take on it,” Catalan added. As much as “The Challenger” wants to avoid taking on his countryman, the 40-year-old Iloilo City native will always be open to whoever ONE’s matchmakers pair him up against. Should Catalan be matched with the ONE Strawweight World Champion, he will not back down — regardless of their shared love for their home country. “I won’t promise anything, but I’ll certainly be looking for that knockout,” he said. “If the match pushes through, I’ll do everything to get that win......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 30th, 2019

Manny Pacquiao gets final workout in before heading to Las Vegas

With less than a week before fight night, eight-division world champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao was able to get one last workout in before heading to Las Vegas for his highly-anticipated WBA (Super) Welterweight World Championship bout against undefeated American Keith "One Time" Thurman this coming weekend.  It’s #PacmanThurman fight week!!! @mannypacquiao getting in one last morning workout before he heads off to Vegas later today. pic.twitter.com/dbs2o820qM — Steve Angeles (@StevieAngeles) July 15, 2019 Fight week is here! Final Wild Card training session before @MannyPacquiao heads off to Las Vegas for #PacThurman ???????????????? pic.twitter.com/x2PBKd3iBh — Steve Angeles (@StevieAngeles) July 15, 2019 The 40-year old fighter-slash-senator has been training out of the famed Wildcard Gym in Los Angeles for the past few weeks, where he was joined by the likes of former Pinoy champions Johnriel Casimero and Jhack Tepora. While the heavy work should be done, expect the Pinoy boxing legend to get a little more work in when he arrives in Las Vegas.  The two welterweight stars will clash at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, July 20th (July 21st, Manila time.)   Don't miss the action! Catch Manny Pacquiao challenge Keith Thurman for the WBA (Super) Welterweight World Championship LIVE on SKY PPV this coming Sunday, July 21st! Follow the blow-by-blow coverage on DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 starting at 9:00 AM!  ABS-CBN channel 2's free TV telecast will begin at 10 am. Replay will be at 3:00 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23.  The entire bout will be available on iWant beginning Monday, July 22. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News2 hr. 14 min. ago

Ghost of Marquez past still haunts Team Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao’s training team is still feeling the stigma of the Filipino icon’s devastating loss to Juan Manuel Marquez more than six years ago......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 15th, 2019

Anthony Davis joins Lakers with championship plans

By Greg Beacham, Associated Press EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Anthony Davis' year of uncertainty finally felt finished when he stood in the Los Angeles Lakers' training complex and proudly held up his new gold jersey while LeBron James looked on approvingly. After months of upheaval around his departure from New Orleans, the superstar forward is looking forward to years of success and stability on the West Coast. Sure, Davis knows the Lakers are rarely stable, and championships are the only success this franchise understands. The six-time All-Star can't wait for the challenge of winning big in the Hollywood spotlight. "The most difficult part for me was just not knowing," Davis said Saturday (Sunday, PHl time). "When it was announced that I was being traded, I don't want to say it was a relief, (but) it was something that I'd thought about for a long time. Obviously it was tough to leave the city I'd been playing in for seven years, but I think it was best for me. "When I found out I'd been traded to the Lakers, I realized it was an unbelievable opportunity for me," he added. "To be here with a wonderful organization, and then to be able to play alongside LeBron and the players that we have now ... to get the opportunity to do that and come here and play for an organization that's all about winning, and winning championships, and that's the only goal, I think that was the biggest thing for me." The Lakers formally acquired Davis this month in one of the biggest moves of the NBA's tumultuous offseason, but this courtship has been happening for much longer. Davis became determined to leave New Orleans last season, and Los Angeles made an in-season run at Davis before eagerly blowing up its young core to get a second game-changing star to play alongside James. Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka introduced Davis as "the most dominant young basketball player in the world." "There is no more complete basketball player in the game," Pelinka added. "There is nothing he can't do. He can shoot. He can make plays. He can defend 1 to 5. He can protect the rim. He can handle the ball. His dedication to his craft is unparalleled. To sit here next to him and think he's going to be on our team and he's going to be a pillar in this franchise for many years is just something we're incredibly proud of." The Lakers gave up Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and a slew of draft picks to land Davis one year before he could become an unrestricted free agent. While Pelinka clearly expects Davis to sign a long-term deal to stay with the Lakers, Davis didn't make a declaration of his intentions right away. "Right now, my focus is on this year, and trying to help this organization become a championship team," Davis said. Davis' new jersey will bear a No. 3 after his plan to take his usual No. 23 from James fell through thanks to rules involving jersey supplier Nike, who had already begun planning for next season with James in the No. 23 shirt. Davis will go back to the number he wore in elementary and middle school, although he jokingly said the denial of No. 23 "was pretty hurtful." Davis and James have been kept up to speed on Pelinka's machinations to build a strong roster around them. Davis strongly endorsed the signing of DeMarcus Cousins, his former teammate in New Orleans — and not just because Davis prefers to play as a power forward instead of a center. "I like playing the 4," Davis said to a laughing coach Frank Vogel. "I'm not even going to sugarcoat it. I don't like playing the 5, but if it comes down to it, Coach, I'll play the 5." Pelinka said the Lakers signed Cousins and re-signed JaVale McGee precisely so that Davis wouldn't wear down his body guarding centers. Davis was asked about load management, and he dismissed it: "I'm playing. I'm 26-years-old. I love the game of basketball. I'm ready to play." Davis also waived a $4 million trade kicker in his contract so the Lakers would have cap room to take their failed run at Kawhi Leonard, a move that Pelinka praised as selfless. "Anytime you're able to acquire a player like Kawhi, I think you have to do almost everything to get a guy like that," Davis said. "It didn't work out for us, but I wanted to make sure I did whatever I could to help the team." Basketball-loving Los Angeles is still buzzing after its two teams were turned into immediate contenders during free agency, but they're hardly alone in a league that might have achieved a measure of parity after years of Golden State dominance. While Leonard and Paul George landed with the Clippers, Davis and James are confident about the future ahead for the 16-time NBA champions, who are exponentially more beloved in their hometown than their local rivals. Davis has lived in Los Angeles during the offseason for several years, and he loves everything about it but the traffic. "It's going to be fun," Davis said of the new-look league with its new crop of superstar pairings. "I'm excited about it. I think the league has grown. I think it's better. (With) all the players teaming up and spreading that talent throughout the league, it's going to be a fun season. I like our roster. I like every player that we have, from one through 14." The Lakers have been the worst team in the NBA during their team-record six consecutive seasons out of the playoffs, but Davis and James expect to end those struggles and drought in the year ahead. They're aiming for much more, too. "I know we'll talk about it and do whatever we can to definitely make this team a championship team next season," Davis said, before correcting himself: "This season.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 14th, 2019

Pacquiao off to Vegas for 21st fight in Sin City

LOS ANGELES: Manny Pacquiao and his team drive to the Sin City of La Vegas on Monday to honor a commitment to face co-WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman five days…READ The post Pacquiao off to Vegas for 21st fight in Sin City appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 13th, 2019

ONE Championship: Jihin Radzuan hopes for a finish against Jomary Torres

Malaysian superstar Jihin "Shadow Cat" Radzuan hopes for an emphatic finish when she steps into the ring with Philippines' very own Jomary "The Zamboanginian Figher" Torres.   The pair of well-rounded female mixed martial artists is set to collide on the undercard of ONE: MASTERS OF DESTINY on Friday, 12 July at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.   Eager to prove that she is one of the most exciting athletes in the ONE Championship roster, Radzuan promises that she will be the aggressor against Torres.    "I’ve worked hard, and I believe I can finish Jomary off in the Axiata Arena. It could be a knockout or a submission. I’m confident in my abilities," Radzuan said.   "I don’t want to come out as another boring athlete, and I want to show the Malaysian fans why I’m one of the most exciting martial artists in ONE."   In her latest outing, Radzuan fell short by way of split decision against Team Lakay’s Gina "Conviction" Iniong on the undercard of ONE: CLASH OF LEGENDS this past February.   Wanting to prove that she is more than just a one-dimensional striker, "Shadow Cat" shared that she worked on every facet of her game in preparation for Torres.   "I’m pretty well-equipped going into this match against Jomary, and I know there’s something extra I need to do to get a win through submission or knockout," stated the former Wushu World Champion.   "It’s been a long but rewarding training camp. I’ve sharpened my striking and worked hard on the mats too. There have been days where I feel so tired, but I know I cannot quit."   Not one to overlook an opponent, Radzuan acknowledges that Torres is a capable martial artist herself, having defeated the likes Rika "Tiny Doll" Ishige and Team Lakay's April Osenio.   At the end of the day, it’s all about being confident and cautious at the same time.    "My head coach Melvin Yeoh told me that I can defeat Torres, but we’re not going to underestimate what she can bring in the fight.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 11th, 2019

Pacquiao to hold media workout in Los Angeles

Manny Pacquiao and the rest of his team will open the doors of the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles for his media workout, just a little over a week before his showdown with fellow champion Keith Thurman......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 10th, 2019

Manny Pacquiao in good hands with cutman

There’s a new man on the block in Manny Pacquiao’s team and he’s called the crime-fighting cutman. Mike Rodriguez, a homicide detective from Los Angeles, was called by Freddie Roach to join the band of brothers over a week ago and will make his debut in Pacquiao’s corner for the Keith Thurman fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on July 20......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 10th, 2019

Unfazed by 6.4-magnitude quake, Manny Pacquiao puts in work during Fourth of July

The 4th of July, Independence Day in the United States, is usually a time for rest, relaxation, and celebration for most.  For eight-division boxing champion and reigning WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Champion Manny Pacquiao however, it was just another day in the office.  Pacquiao is currently in the United States, training for his upcoming title fight against Keith "One Time" Thurman in about two weeks' time at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Pacquiao will be challenging for Thurman's WBA (Super) Welterweight World Championship on Saturday, July 20th in the United States (Sunday, July 21st, Manila time).  While Pacquiao could have easily taken a day off and join in on the festivities, the 40-year old Pinoy boxing legend instead put on some fireworks of his own as he cracked the mitts for ten rounds with long-time coach and legendary boxing trainer Fredde Roach at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles. Pacquiao's sparring partners were given the day off to celebrate with their families.  Slam Dunk !!! pic.twitter.com/InHejnl7LE — Sean Gibbons (@KnuckleheadSean) July 5, 2019 And while it was all business for Pacquiao during training, he was still in a festive mood as was able to do some celebrating in his own little way afterwards.  pic.twitter.com/2oOqoj49r5 — Sean Gibbons (@KnuckleheadSean) July 5, 2019 Even more impressive is that Pacquiao was able to carry on with his training, even after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake had hit Southern California, leaving many of the residents...shook.  The boxer-slash-senator however, was unfazed as he went on with is training session, as he shared with ABS-CBN's Steve Angeles.  Even @MannyPacquiao felt the 6.4 earthquake this morning. But with his strong Faith, he was unfazed by the tremor. He went on to do 10 rounds of mitts as his sparring partners took the holiday off. @ABSCBNNews @balitangamerica @ABSCBNNewsSport @abscbnsports @ANCALERTS pic.twitter.com/4xZkt0OdDu — Steve Angeles (@StevieAngeles) July 5, 2019   Don't miss the action! Catch Manny Pacquiao challenge Keith Thurman for the WBA (Super) Welterweight World Championship LIVE on SKY PPV this coming Sunday, July 21st! Follow the blow-by-blow coverage on DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 starting at 9:00 AM!  ABS-CBN channel 2's free TV telecast will begin at 10 am. Replay will be at 3:00 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23.  The entire bout will be available on iWant beginning Monday, July 22. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 5th, 2019

Manny Pacquiao continues Senate duties even when in training

Eight-division world champion and reigning WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao might be deep in his boxing training for his upcoming title fight against reigning WBA (Super) Welterweight World Champion Keith Thurman on July 20th (July 21st, Manila time), the boxer-turned-lawmaker isn't neglecting his duties as a Senator in the Philippines.  Even while half the world away, Pacquiao was able to file a number of bills including Homeland Security among others.  "We actually filed 10 priority bills in the Senate, including Death Penalty, Homeland Security, and other bills," Pacquiao shared with ABS-CBN's Steve Angeles.  ????????????????This past week Senator @MannyPacquiao filed a pair of bills despite being deep into his stateside training camp. So on top of #PacquiaoThurman on July 20th, he’s also fighting terrorism, transnational crime, and drugs. @ANCALERTS @ABSCBNNews @abscbnsports @ABSCBNNewsSport pic.twitter.com/fceNrLtt8s — Steve Angeles (@StevieAngeles) July 4, 2019 Even after his world title bout against Thurman in Las Vegas, there won't be time to relax for Pacquiao, as he is expected to head right back home in order to fulfill other Senatorial duties, such as turning in his vote for the next Senate President before the President's next State of the Nation Address.  With the vote happening on July 22nd, just a day after his bout with Thurman, Pacquiao will be flying right back home after media duties.    Don't miss the action! Catch Manny Pacquiao challenge Keith Thurman for the WBA (Super) Welterweight World Championship LIVE on SKY PPV this coming Sunday, July 21st! Follow the blow-by-blow coverage on DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 starting at 9:00 AM!  ABS-CBN channel 2's free TV telecast will begin at 10 am. Replay will be at 3:00 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23.  The entire bout will be available on iWant beginning Monday, July 22.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 5th, 2019

Betting odds not a concern for Pacquiao against Thurman

Initial odds had eight-division world champion and reigning WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao as the underdog in his upcoming challenge against reigning WBA (Super) Welterweight World Champion Keith "One Time" Thurman.  The two welterweight stars are set to clash for Thurman's title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, July 20th (Sunday, July 21st, Manila time).  While Pacquiao is very rarely the underdog in betting odds, it helps that in Thurman, he faces an opponent who is undefeated and is ten years his junior.  Still, Pacquiao's pedigree has emerged as a factor among bettors, given that in recent days, the betting lines have evened up a bit, as reported ABS-CBN's Steve Angeles.  A month ago, the American was favored at -135, while Pacquiao was the underdog at -105.  Since then, Thurman's odds have dropped to around -115, while others have Pacquiao as the favorite with the same odds.  Whatever the odds are outside the ring, the eight-division titleholder is only focused on what will happen inside the ring come fight night.  "I’m not thinking about the odds. I’m thinking about my condition and focused on my training. Make sure I’m 100 percent condition on the night of the fight," Pacquiao said.  [RELATED: Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman title bout to air exclusively on ABS-CBN Platforms] Speaking of bets, someone who's willing to make wagers is the man standing opposite Pacquiao inside the ring.  Thurman recently said that he would bet $10,000 for every round until he knocks Pacquiao out, just the latest of the brash American's shots aimed at Pacquiao.  While Pacquiao isn't one to do some trash talking, he has repeatedly admitted to being motivated by Thurman's verbal jabs.  Someone who isn't afraid to engage Thurman in the war of words however, is Pacquiao's long-time trainer, Freddie Roach.  The legendary boxing mentor says he's also willing to make a wager as well.  "He wants to spend 10, I’ll bet 20," said Roach. "The thing is, our odds are going up and down and so forth. There is some action around the fight for sure but I just use betting to play around but I don’t gamble anymore."   Don't miss the action! Catch Manny Pacquiao challenge Keith Thurman for the WBA (Super) Welterweight World Championship LIVE on SKY PPV this coming Sunday, July 21st! Follow the blow-by-blow coverage on DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 starting at 9:00 AM!  ABS-CBN channel 2's free TV telecast will begin at 10 am. Replay will be at 3:00 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23.  The entire bout will be available on iWant beginning Monday, July 22.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2019

2019 FIBA U19 World Cup Preview: Philippines vs Russia

With two losses in their slate and a day's rest, our Gilas Youth U19 national team will plunge back into action later tonight against Russia on the final day of the group phase at the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup in Heraklion, Greece.    Despite their two losses, the Filipinos actually still have a shot at finishing among the top two teams in the group, though that entails beating Russia by at least 25 points.   Now given that beating Russia alone is already quite a tall order, doing so by a quarter century may just be asking for too much already.    Still, given how our boys have played, I wouldn't put it past them to spring a surprise or two.    Against Russia, head coach Sandy Arespacochaga's wards will be up against one of the tallest teams in the entire tournament. And though the Russians don't have anyone as tall as Kai Sotto (their tallest is rarely-used Vladislav Goldin at 6'11"), they have really big wingmen who are sure to give our perimeter guys hell for 40 minutes.    Leading the way is hotshot scorer Aleksandr Ershov, who at 6'6" will be a match-up nightmare around the arc against our own guards. Ershov is the 4th-best scorer so far in the tournament, averaging 19.0 points per game while shooting 54% from the field and sinking 2.0 triples per contest.    Another guy to watch is 6'7" guard-forward NIkita Mikhailovskii, who turned a lot of heads on Day 2 by registering a triple-double with 20 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists. It was the first triple-double in the U19 World Cup since 2013, when current NBA player Dario Saric recorded 32 points, 12 boards, and 12 dimes against South Korea.    Mikhailovskii was one of the All-Star Five players in last year's 2018 FIBA U18 European Championship, and his match-up with Dave Ildefonso should be one of the most tantalizing for this encounter.    Down around the basket, much of the damage will probably come from 6'8" Dmitrii Kadoshnikov, who had 13 points and14 rebounds against Argentina on Day 1, and 6'7 Anton Kvitkovskikh, who is averaging 13.0 points and 6.5 rebounds after two games.    To have a shot against Russia, Gilas Youth's perimeter defense will have to be airtight. The Russians love to swing the ball side to side to shift the opposing defense, and coach Sandy's scrambling defense has to be on-point to neuter their foes' dangerous sniping. Russia is 4th-best in terms of three-point shooting so far, making 34.0% of their attempts from beyond the arc, including hitting 9.0 treys per outing, so our team needs to key on that to have a chance at winning.    On the other end, the Philippines must limit its turnovers. We average more than 18 turnovers per game, which is just too much at this level. Our most turnover-prone guys have been Carl Tamayo, Gerry Abadiano, and Dave Ildefonso, combining for 11.0 turnovers per game, so if those three can take better care of the ball, then odds are we can keep in step with Russia and perhaps be in a great position to steal this game in the last few minutes. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2019

The life of Manny Pacquiao while in training

LOS ANGELES: When WBA regular welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and his team left Manila middle of this month, members of his training group had a consensus that they will be…READ The post The life of Manny Pacquiao while in training appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 29th, 2019

Batang PBA star Jaymalin to train in Canada

Fresh from helping the NLEX Road Warriors win the title in the Batang PBA 15-and-under categrory, teen prospect Liam Jaymalin is set to leave for Canada next month to get the necessary training in hopes of improving his skills. The 14-year-old Jaymalin played a huge part during the campaign of NLEX in the Batang PBA, and was a key contributor in the Road Warriors 102-85 win over TNT KaTropa in the championship game. Jaymilin, who played for the La Salle Antipolo basketball team, is set to leave July 3 for Vancouver. He is already enrolled and is expected to join the basketball squad of St. Patrick Regional Secondary School as a Grade 9 student. “He’ll study and train in Canada, hopefully for a better career in basketball,” said Liam's father Rjay Jaymalin, a businessman in Vancouver. “Since all of us are already here, including his three siblings who are all Canadian citizens, we decided to bring Liam to study here and at the same time be able to train.” “Here, as parents, we’ll be able to guide him and see his progress as a basketball player. Our hope is if he returns to our country, he’ll comeback as a better player,” added the elder Jaymalin, who played college ball for Mapua and Jose Rizal University. The young Jaymalin’s love for basketball began at early age at three-years-old when his father would bring him to games.  Jaymalin has joined several training camps, including the National Basketball Training Center (NBTC), the Jr. NBA and the Alaska Power Camp where he won two Most Valuable Player Awards.  His favorite players are Scottie Thompson of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks. “I hope to one day play in the professional league like my idols. I’m looking forward to improving my skills in Canada and when the time comes for me to comeback, it’ll help me compete against the best players in the country. I don’t know what the future holds but I’ll put in the hard work in training and in every game,” said Jaymalin, who now stands 5-foot-7......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 25th, 2019

Manny Pacquiao- Keith Thurman title bout to be aired on SKY Sports PPV

Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao guns for another win in a major boxing bout as he challenges Keith Thurman for the WBA (Super) Welterweight World Championship this July 21 (Sunday) live via SKY Sports Pay-Per-View. The reigning WBA (regular) Welterweight World Champion faces an opponent ten years his junior after successfully defeating Adrien Broner last January and Lucas Matthysse in the latter part of 2018. Pacquiao currently holds a boxing record of 61-7-2 with 39 wins coming via knockout. On the other hand, Keith Thurman also known by the moniker, “One Time,” is coming from a majority decision win over Josesito Lopez. He owns an unblemished record of 30-0-0 with 22 wins via knockouts and one No Contest. Local boxing analyst Ed Tolentino said in an interview by news.abs-cbn.com that the bout between Thurman and Pacquiao will be a good one, stating that Thurman is better than Broner. One thing he is concerned about Thurman, though, is his health since this fight is only the American fighter’s second after being inactive for almost two years. Don’t miss the eight division world champion as he returns to the MGM Grand this July 21. Subscribe now until June 30 to avail an early bird promo for only PHP 649 instead of Php 949.This promo is available to all digital SKYcable, SKY Fiber, and SKYdirect subscribers nationwide. Subscribers to the fight on SKY Sports Pay-Per-View will have access to its live and commercial-free airing in high definition, including its replays on the same day right after the live event, as well as its livestream with a 7-day catch-up via SKY on Demand. Call 418 0000 or your SKY local office or visit www.mysky.com/pacman to subscribe. SKYcable, SKY Fiber + HD Cable TV Plan and SKYdirectsubscribers can also activate their subscription by texting PPV to 23662. For SKYdirect prepaid subscribers, they can text PPV PACMAN  to 23667 (available to Globe Prepaid, or TM ). .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 24th, 2019

Leonard quiet on future as Raptors celebrate with parade

By Ian Harrison, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Fresh off leading the Toronto Raptors to their first NBA title, Kawhi Leonard received the key to the city at Monday’s (Tuesday, PHL time) championship parade. For now, however, the two-way star and two-time NBA Finals MVP still isn’t saying whether he’ll use it to keep a door open, or close it behind him and move on. Leonard spent several days partying with his teammates in Las Vegas and Los Angeles after last Thursday’s (Friday, PHL time) Game 6 clincher, returning to Toronto in time to ride in one of five open-top double decker buses that carried the Raptors along a crowded parade route. A three-time All-Star and two-time NBA defensive player of the year, Leonard is expected to decline the player option on the final year of his contract and become a free agent. Toronto can offer him a five-year deal worth around $190 million, one year and some $50 million more than any other team. Before stepping on stage Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) for a ceremony in the square outside Toronto’s City Hall, Leonard said he hasn’t been thinking about his future. Instead, he’s trying to extend the celebratory vibe as long as possible. “I’m enjoying this” he said. “It’s not time to stress, it’s still time to have some fun. I’ve just been enjoying my experience.” After precisely two months of playoff basketball, Leonard doesn’t have a lot of time left to be a fun guy — free agency gets underway at 6 p.m. on June 30 (6am, Monday, PHL time). “I’m going to take the right time,” he said. “You don’t need too many days to figure it out. We’ll see what happens. Once that time comes, then we’ll all lay the pros and cons out.” Visibly bothered by soreness during stretches of the Eastern Conference Finals against Milwaukee, Leonard declined to say how much pain he endured en route to winning his second career title. “We’re always battling through things,” he said. “You know, knee pains, ankles, fingers. Everybody was just grinding it out.” Injured for all but nine games in his final season with San Antonio, Leonard played 60 regular-season games for Toronto and another 24 in the postseason, upping his minutes once April arrived. While winning a trophy was an obvious success, Leonard said he’s enjoyed all aspects of his season north of the border, even the varied Canadian weather. “It was a good experience, experiencing Mother Nature, all four seasons,” he said. “Man, it was a great experience. Everybody off the court was great. The fans, just meeting people in Canada. It’s been fun.” Fans chanted ‘Stay! Stay! Stay!’ when Toronto mayor John Tory presented Leonard with the key. Later, the festive mood of the event was marred by gunfire. Four people were shot, leading to a stampede. Three people were arrested and two guns were recovered, Toronto police said. Leonard is one of three Raptors starters with uncertain futures. Center Marc Gasol also has a player option, while guard Danny Green is a free agent. Guards Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet, and forward Serge Ibaka, are heading into the final year of their deals. Ibaka and Leonard have become friends in their time together as teammates. “I’ve been talking with him a lot during the season and in the playoffs, but after we won, I can see the man is happy,” Ibaka said. “That’s the most important. We play this sport because we want to enjoy and have fun and be happy and be somewhere people love you. I’m sure he feels that people here love him, and after this moment, that’s the most important.” Lowry attended the parade wearing a game-worn Damon Stoudamire pinstripe Raptors jersey. Stoudamire was the first player drafted by Toronto in 1995, and won rookie of the year honors in 1996. Lowry and Stoudamire were teammates in Memphis from 2006 to 2008......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 18th, 2019

Lloyd, a World Cup starter again, scores 2 as US beats Chile

By Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Carli Lloyd wasn't thrilled to open the Women's World Cup on the bench for the United States. She accepted the role, but made no secret she wanted to start. When the call came Sunday, Lloyd made it count with a pair of goals to lead the defending champions to a 3-0 victory over Chile. The win pushed the United States into the round of 16. Lloyd was the hero of the World Cup in Canada four years ago when she scored three goals in the final against Japan that gave the Americans their third World Cup title. But she was on the bench when the U.S. opened the tournament, even though she scored later as a substitute in the 13-0 victory over Thailand. "I know that my ability is there, I know this is my best version of me. I've just got to go out there and prove it," she said. "Whether that's coming off the bench and making an impact, whether that's starting and getting the opportunity, which I'm grateful for, I'm just trying to make the most of it. I want to win." Lloyd became the first player to score in six straight World Cup matches with her goal in the 11th minute. She added another on a header off a corner in the 35th for her 10th career World Cup goal, which moved her into third on the U.S. list behind Abby Wambach (14) and Michelle Akers (12). At 36, she became the oldest player to have a multi-goal game in the tournament. She nearly got another hat trick — which would have made her the first player with two in the World Cup — but her penalty kick in the 81st minute went wide left. "It's haunting me right now," Lloyd said. "Wasn't good enough." The score could have been worse for Chile without unshakable goalkeeper Christiane Endler, who finished with six saves and fended off a flurry of U.S. shots in the second half. Endler was named player of the match. "I love the balls coming towards me and being able to showcase my skills," she said through a translator. "Obviously it's difficult to maintain concentration. I think in the first half it was difficult for me to get into the game. I think the second half went better for me and in general for the team." The victory over Chile was more subdued than the U.S. team's record-breaking rout of Thailand. The Americans celebrated every goal even after the win was well in hand, and the display offended many who thought the champions should have shown more class. The controversy clouded the run-up to the match against Chile. Several of the American players reached out to their Thai counterparts following the match. Lloyd exchanged encouraging words and tweets with goalkeeper Sukanya Chor Charoenying, and FIFA posted an interview with Thailand's coach thanking the U.S. players for being professional and playing well. After such a rout, Jill Ellis made sweeping changes to the starting lineup against Chile, including a new front line with Lloyd, Christen Press and Mallory Pugh. Alex Morgan was moved to the bench along with Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath. Becky Sauerbrunn, who sat out the match against Thailand because of a minor quad injury, returned and anchored a backline that included 20-year-old Tierna Davidson, who was making her World Cup debut. Davidson is the youngest player to start for the United States in a World Cup since Tiffany Roberts against Norway in 1995. Chile made just one lineup change, starting midfielder Claudia Soto in place of Yanara Aedo. Chile lost its opener to Sweden 2-0, but Endler was solid in that game, too, keeping the Swedes out of the goal until 83rd minute. The second goal got past the 6-footer in stoppage time. Julie Ertz scored in the 26th minute with a header off a corner kick from Davidson that Endler got her hands on but couldn't stop. It was Ertz's first World Cup goal and came with her husband Zach Ertz, a tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles, looking on. Endler denied Lloyd another chance at the hat trick when she tipped the U.S. captain's shot over the net in the 72nd minute. Sweden also advanced out of Group F with a victory 5-1 victory over Thailand earlier Sunday in Nice. Japan, playing in Group D with England, also went through to the knockout stage because both the United States and Sweden won. Former Vice President Joe Biden was among the U.S. team's well-wishers before the sold-out game at Parc des Princes stadium. Biden, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, referenced the team's lawsuit against U.S. Soccer alleging gender discrimination and seeking equitable pay. "As we cheer them on in the World Cup, we must support their fight off the field for equal pay. In 2019, it's past time we close the pay gap and ensure women get paid as much as men," Biden tweeted. U.S. soccer maintains the two teams have different pay structures because of separate collective bargaining agreements. But for now, the players are concentrating on France and bringing home a fourth World Cup championship. The United States plays Sweden on Thursday to wrap up the group stage. It is the first meeting between the two teams since Sweden ousted the Americans from the quarterfinals at the 2016 Olympics. Chile wraps up the group with a match against Thailand on Thursday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 17th, 2019