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The next Pacquiao

With Manny Pacquiao now in the twilight of a storybook boxing career, the search is underway for his successor or at least someone who can even come close to.....»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarJan 12th, 2018

Win by KO Matthysse’s only hope

Lucas Matthysse’s trainer had seen enough of Manny Pacquiao he knows what to expect in the upcoming WBA welterweight title bout in Kuala Lumpur......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

Countdown begins for Pacman-Matthysse

With his familiar one-liners, Manny Pacquiao pointed out that all’s well in his preparations for the July 15 clash with Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Pacquiao stakes P10 million trophy for MPBL winner

On top of the bragging rights as the first MPBL national champion, the winner of the Datu Cup, which unfolded last Tuesday, will win a very special trophy......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

From humble origins in GenSan, Manny Pacquiao s MPBL is now a nation-wide league

With the second season of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League kicking things off, Tuesday evening, its steady rise to popularity continues Following a successful inaugural season with ten teams, the playing field has expanded exponentially in the second season, now with 26 teams vying for the title of MPBL National Champion, as well as a very, very valuable piece of hardware. (READ ALSO: MPBL: National Champions to get trophy worth ten million pesos) And as the semi-professional league continues to grow, it’s amazing to think that it all started with a ‘pa-liga’ in General Santos City. The brainchild of eight-division boxing world champion-turned Philippine Senator and avid basketball enthusiast Manny Pacquiao, the MPBL wasn’t always a nation-wide league. “Itong MPBL kasi, the original name is Manny Pacquiao Basketball League, and we piloted it sa GenSan,” Pacquiao explained during the opening day of the 2018-2019 MPBL Anta Datu Cup, Tuesday at the Araneta Coliseum. “Nag-pilot kami ng ten seasons, parang pa-liga ko lang doon tapos open siya and maraming sumali. Nagkaroon kami ng 18 teams, hanggang ten seasons yun, ang premyo namin ay 1 million.” After seeing that the league had potential, Senator Manny decided to take it to another level. “Maganda naman yung resulta, tapos pinag-aralan ko ng mabuti kung ano yung mga dapat gawin, yung titignan natin, and then nung na-complete ko yung ten seasons, in-apply ko sa national.” “[Pwede na ‘to] sa national, i-apply ko, ila-live ko sa TV.” Pacquiao added. After two years of brainstorming and preparation, the MPBL as we know it now was born. Pacquiao added that he decided to replace “Manny Pacquiao” with “Maharlika Pilipinas” so as not to stir anything up, given his political status. From a simple league in General Santos to a nation-wide league that features 26 teams from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, all bannered by former professionals, collegiate hoop stars, and homegrown talents, the MPBL is definitely living up to what Pacquiao envisioned it to be: a platform for even more FIlipinos to showcase their basketball skills at a high level. "Nagsimula lahat sa isang pangarap, na mabigyan ng pagkakataon ang mas maraming Pilipino na makapaglaro ng basketball sa professional level..." Sen. @mannypacquiao speaking at the opening of the 2018 MPBL Datu Cup. @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/7PjRARV0bU — Santino Honasan🎈 (@honasantino) June 12, 2018   You can catch the exciting MPBL action on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

MPBL: National Champions to get trophy worth ten million pesos

At the end of the 2018-2019 MPBL Anta Datu Cup, the last team standing will be taking home this bad boy... Senator @mannypacquiao, MPBL Commissioner Kenneth Duremdes, and the MPBL Officials bring out the Datu Cup trophy@abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/rie29gOjY1 — Santino Honasan🎈 (@honasantino) June 12, 2018 That is the new and improved MPBL National Championship trophy.  It doesn't look any different from the trophy that the Batangas Athletics took home when they won the inaugural MPBL Anta Rajah Cup, but now, with even more teams looking to hoist the trophy, of course, the MPBL had to raise the stakes a bit.  p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; color: #454545} "Yung trophy, the same lang siya from the last conference, it’s just this time, yung full season natin, it’s an 18-Karat gold trophy siya," said MPBL Commissioner Kenneth Duremdes.  Yup, you read that right. 18-Karat gold.  "It weighs around five kilos, and it was designed and suggested by the good Senator natin." Here's where it gets even more intense.  Commissioner Duremdes revealed just how much the trophy is worth.  "Napaka-bigat niya, and it’s worth P 10 million."  So, just to recap, at the end of the 2018-2019 MPBL tournament, the National Champions will be hoisting a five-kilogram, 18-Karat gold trophy that's worth a whopping ten million pesos.  How's that for motivation?  Duremdes added that the trophy was locally made, and Senator Manny Pacquiao suggested that it resemble the NBA's Larry O'Brien trophy.  And while Commissioner Duremdes knows that the trophy will indeed be an added motivation for the players, he believes that even more valuable for the winners will be pride.  "It’s an added motivation for the teams, but to me, ang importante dito is yung pride," said Duremdes. "Whatever the result of the tournament, ang mangingibabaw dito ay yung pride ng bawat team, because they’re playing for their cities." .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

Pacquiao says no imports in MPBL for now until future

The 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League is underway. This, even after the league encountered much turbulence due to a rule that states that each of its 26 teams could only have one Filipino-foreigner. Amidst all the controversy and criticism, the fledgling league stayed steadfast in its course of action. “We’re just a growing league. The vision of the league is to give a chance to homegrown players,” commissioner Kenneth Duremdes said in the owners’ meeting during the heat of the issue last May. He then continued, “‘Di naman kasi ganun kalaki ang players sa probinsya kaya ganun. Step-by-step tayo kasi nga we’re striving to be a place for homegrown players.” And now, the league is rolling without having to change course. “Balanse yung liga natin kasi istrikto naman tayo (sa) players. Bawal yung Fil-foreigner above 6-4 tapos isa lang bawat team,” founder Sen. Manny Pacquiao told reporters in the opener on Tuesday at the Araneta Coliseum. He then continued, “Wala ring imports.” And for now until the foreseeable future, the MPBL will remain filled with Filipinos. Asked if they have plans to open the door for foreign reinforcements a la the PBA, Pacquiao answered, “Wala muna. Nasasapawan kasi ang mga Pilipino.” That is nothing but good news for the many, many hopefuls in this basketball-crazed country. As the boxing legend put it, “Maraming nakapaglaro (dahil sa MPBL). Actually, nagkaubusan na nga ng players dahil sa MPBL.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

World awaits Pacquiao fight vs Matthysse

Coverage of the "Fight of Champions" between world welterweight holder Lucas Matthysse and challenger Manny Pacquiao on July 15 is already pegged at 170 countries. The event will be beamed live at noon from the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur (around 8 p.m., July 14, US and Mexico time). Other bouts presented by Pacquiao's MP Promotions include the fights between Mexican Edivaldo Ortega (26-1-1) and Filipino Jhack Tepora (21-0, 16 KOs), World Boxing Association featherweight; Venezuela's Carlos Canizales versus China's Lu Bin, WBA light fly; and South Africa's Moruti Mthalane against Pakistan's Muhammad Waseem, IBF fly....Keep on reading: World awaits Pacquiao fight vs Matthysse.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 11th, 2018

Boxing: Jeff Horn wants Terence Crawford rematch in Australia

After getting stopped in the ninth round by Terence Crawford in their WBO Welterweight World Championship bout, former titleholder Jeff Horn wants a rematch in his home country of Australia.  Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, former junior featherweight ruler Crawford made his welterweight debut and dominated Horn en route to a ninth round TKO to capture the WBO title. The win was Crawford's 33rd in as many fights and it made him a three division world champion.  For Horn, it was his first loss in 20 professional bouts.  After all the dust has settled, the Australian former champion wants another crack at 'Bud'. During the post-fight presser, Horn expressed his desire for a rematch, and given that he's a former champion, he believes he deserves one.  "I definitely think I can win a rematch if we have a rematch, and surely I should be allowed one, because I was the champion.” Horn said.  Horn's camp echoed the 30-year old Brisbane native's sentiments, saying that they would like to have a rematch Down Under.  "I would dearly, dearly love for Jeff Horn to fight Terence Crawford in Australia, and if we get that opportunity, I’m very confident we can turn the tables." said Glenn Rushton, Horn's trainer and manager, via BoxingScene.com's Keith Idec.  Horn's first nineteen bouts were held in Australia, where he amassed a 18-0-1 record, including a WBO title clinching win over Filipino eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and a title defense against Gary Corcoran. Speaking of Horn's breakout fight against Pacquiao, promoter Dean Lonergan believes that if a Pacquiao-Horn bout proved to be successful in terms of crowd turnout in Australia, the same could be said for a possible Crawford-Horn rematch.  “Put it this way, if we can put on a Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn fight, we can put on a Terence Crawford-Jeff Horn fight down in Australia." said Lonergan.  “With the amount of branding we’ve built around Terence Crawford and Jeff Horn, I think it would be very easy to put a rematch together." he added.  According to the New Zealand-based promoter, Crawford is interested in fighting in front of an Aussie crowd, as long as the money was enticing enough.  How would Jeff Horn fare in a rematch in Australia? .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 11th, 2018

Pacquiao fight to be aired in 170 countries

COVERAGE of the “Fight of Champions” mega-showdown between belt holder Lucas Matthysse and challenger Manny Pacquiao is already pegged at 170 countries and is fast shaping to become a blockbuster of an event dubbed as the World Cup of Boxing. From Asia to South America, to Europe and Africa, to the Middle East, Asia Pacifica, [...] The post Pacquiao fight to be aired in 170 countries appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 11th, 2018

Pacquiao not surprised by Crawford s KO of Horn

Manny Pacquiao on Monday said he already expected an explosive performance by Terence Crawford against Jeff Horn in their WBO welterweight title fight in Las Vegas Sunday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 11th, 2018

Crawford scores TKO over Horn, wins WBO welterweight title

By W.G. RAMIREZ LAS VEGAS (AP) — Terence Crawford threw a bevy of punches toward the end of the ninth round to stop Jeff Horn and win the WBO welterweight title Saturday night. After dropping Horn with 50 seconds left in the ninth round, Crawford unleashed a slew of punches that sent the former champion into the ropes, prompting referee Robert Byrd to stop the fight with 28 seconds left in the round. Crawford (33-0, 24 knockouts) moved up to the 147-pound division and became the sixth fighter in boxing history to win titles at lightweight, junior welterweight and welterweight. Considered by many as boxing’s best pound-for-pound fighter, Crawford relinquished the four major belts he held in the junior welterweight division to move up to a stacked welterweight division. The 30-year-old from Omaha, Nebraska, improved to 11-0 (eight knockouts) in world title fights, the most wins by an active American fighter. The 30-year-old Horn (18-0-1, 12 knockouts) struggled to make weight one day prior to the bout, hitting 148 pounds on his first try at the weigh-in Friday. He originally won the belt by decision from Manny Pacquiao last July in his hometown of Brisbane, Australia. He fought once since, stopping Gary Corcoran in Brisbane in December to retain his title. He wasn’t so fortunate against Crawford, who out-landed Horn 155-58, according to CompuBox. Crawford, a traditional right-hander who fought southpaw most of the bout, dominated from the start, using both hands to pepper Horn. A big left in the second round by Crawford got things going, while an impressive right cross to Horn’s left temple in the third round showed his keen ability as a tactician. Crawford’s skills came to life in the eighth round, as he went upstairs-downstairs near the end of the round, working the head and the body before closing the round with a monster right that staggered Horn. The two fighters were originally scheduled to meet April 14, but Crawford injured a hand in training, which resulted in the fight being postponed. Though it’s been close to one year since Crawford has been in the ring, when he fought at 140 pounds, he looked every bit the part of a hard-hitting welterweight. The fight marked the first attempt to attract boxing fans to ESPN’s new $4.99 per month app, which allowed them to watch the bout from the MGM Grand Garden. In the co-main event, Jose Pedraza defeated Antonio Moran by unanimous decision for a regional lightweight title. With the win, it opened the door for Pedraza to challenge WBO lightweight world champion Ray Beltran in August......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 10th, 2018

New mouthguard for Pacquiao

Dr. Ed de la Vega will unveil a newly designed, custom-made mouthpiece for Manny Pacquiao in his fight against WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse of Argentina at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur on July 15......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 9th, 2018

Pacquiao left out in Arum s list of top welterweights

Once Bob Arum’s biggest star, Manny Pacquiao seems to have disappeared from his longtime promoter’s memory......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

MPBL s Growing Popularity Opens Greater Opportunities

Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) is a great addition to the nationwide-known basketball leagues in the country. A brainchild of Manny Pacquiao, this league aims to be an avenue for more.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 5th, 2018

Pacquiao has learned lesson says Fortune

Manny Pacquiao won’t repeat the mistakes that he made when he last fought, the Filipino legend’s Australian conditioning coach assured. Pacquiao has learned lesson says Fortune by Nick Giongco Manny Pacquiao won’t repeat the mistakes that he made when he last fought, the Filipino legend’s Australian conditioning coach assured yesterday. Justin Fortune said that the… link: Pacquiao has learned lesson says Fortune.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 5th, 2018

Target practice for Pacquiao

Australian conditioning coach Justin Fortune said recently his goal for Manny Pacquiao in sparring to get ready for WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse of Argentina is precision punching, not brawling, and he’ll keep the rounds to a minimum to preserve the Filipino icon for the big fight at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur on July 15......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

Ringside ticket in Pacquiao-Matthysse bout to cost $5,000

Tickets to Manny Pacquiao’s awaited ring return against Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse will go on sale starting tomorrow with the priciest seats going for $5,000 or roughly P260,000......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

Ipinangakong house and lot ni Pacquiao, ibinigay na kay Mamang Sorbetero

Mula sa dating gutay-gutay na barong-barong, sementado at kompleto na sa gamit ang bagong bahay ni “Mamang Sorbetero” na mistulang tumama sa lotto nang mabentahan niya ng sorbetes si Senador Manny Pacquiao. Pero hindi pa roon nagtatapos ang tulong sa kaniya ng “Pambansang Kamao.” Source link link: Ipinangakong house and lot ni Pacquiao, ibinigay na kay 'Mamang Sorbetero'.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

Boxing: Manny Pacquiao wants to increase purse of Fight of Champions undercard fighters

Boxing: Manny Pacquiao wants to increase purse of Fight of Champions undercard fighters.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

Pacquiao, other Pinoys root for Warriors

'Golden State is a team made of players playing as a group who can accomplish things which no individual acting alone could ever hope to bring about.'Thus was how Manny Pacquiao describes.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018