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Filipino MMA star sees Pacquiao stopping McGregor

Boxing legend and fighting senator Manny Pacquiao will have a field day in the ring against UFC superstar Conor McGregor in their upcoming superfight, at least according to Filipino MMA ace Lito Adiwang......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarSep 28th, 2020

Manny Pacquiao camp says Conor McGregor fight being considered

Manny Pacquiao is mulling a possible fight with Irish mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor as he plots his return to the ring, representatives for the Filipino b.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsSep 27th, 2020

Pacquiao camp says McGregor fight being considered

Manny Pacquiao is mulling a possible fight with Irish mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor as he plots his return to the ring, representatives for the Filipino boxing icon told AFP on Friday. Sean Gibbons, president of Manny Pacquiao Promotions, told AFP in an email a fight between the eight-division world champion and McGregor would […] The post Pacquiao camp says McGregor fight being considered appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 26th, 2020

Pacquiao camps says McGregor fight being considered

  Manny Pacquiao is mulling a possible fight with Irish mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor as he plots his return to the ring, representatives for the Filipino boxing icon told AFP on Friday. Sean Gibbons, president of Manny Pacquiao Promotions, told AFP in an email a fight between the eight-division world champion and McGregor […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsSep 25th, 2020

Interim WBA champ Jamal James eyeing Manny Pacquiao

The list of names looking to challenge Filipino eight-division boxing world champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao seems to be getting longer, and the latest addition to that list is American welterweight Jamal James.  The 32-year old Minneapolis native owns an impressive 27-1 pro record with 12 of those wins coming via KO.  Last August 8th, James earned his first taste of world championship gold by defeating Thomas Dulorme by unanimous decision to become the interim WBA Welterweight World Champion.  Now, James is looking to drop the 'interim' tag by going after the big names, and right now, the biggest name with a WBA world title is none other than Pacquiao.  "Obviously, I would like to get a shot at Manny Pacquiao, he's got the WBA super title," James told BoxingScene.com.  The 41-year old Pinoy boxing icon captured the WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Championship back in 2018 and then defeated the previously-undefeated Keith Thurman to become the WBA (Super) Welterweight World Champion in 2019.  Right now however, it looks like Pacquiao is eyeing big name fights, and James isn't exactly at that level yet.  James himself understands this, but being the interim champion means he's next in line, so he'll take whoever he can get. "But I know he's such a big name, so it really doesn't matter. I want any of the big name welterweights, we can really put on a good show," James said.  Both James and Pacquiao fight under the Premier Boxing Champions promotion.  Over the last few months, Pacquiao has been discussed a lot by a number of big name welterweights including Terence Crawford, Errol Spence Jr., Mikey Garcia, Thurman, and even junior welterweight Josh Taylor. Most recently, he's been linked to a possible superfight with MMA star Conor McGregor.  For now however, it's unclear when Pacquiao makes his return to the ring, although a 2020 fight isn't out of the realm of possibility. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 12th, 2020

UFC President Dana White on Manny Pacquiao vs. Conor McGregor rumours: “I don’t care about any of that s**t”

Back in 2017, Irish MMA star Conor McGregor faced undefeated American boxing star Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a big-money superfight, arguably the biggest combat sports event of that year.  McGregor was, at the time, at an all-time high in his UFC career and was coming off a demolition of Eddie Alvarez to become the UFC’s first simultaneous two-division UFC champion.  Looking for even bigger paydays and an even bigger spot in the limelight, McGregor set his sights on Mayweather Jr, and the two ultimately agreed to a 12-round boxing bout.  During the lead-up to the bout, one of the people actively promoting the event was none other than UFC president Dana White. McGregor was the UFC’s biggest star at the time, and his superfight with Mayweather Jr. definitely helped draw eyes onto the world’s largest MMA promotion.  Three years later, McGregor is once again the topic of conversation after some mysterious tweets.  The Irish superstar tweeted the Filipino phrase “Tinatanggap ko”, which means “I accept” in english. Many believe that it’s a not-so-subtle dig at Filipino boxing star and eight-division boxing world champion Manny Pacquiao.  This comes after McGregor and Pacquiao already had an interesting exchange on Twitter a few weeks back.  It looks like “The Notorious” is once again angling for a big-money boxing bout against one of the world’s best. The difference now however, is that he’s retired from the UFC.  Which is why when White was asked about the McGregor-Pacquiao rumours, he had a simple answer: “I don’t care about any of that s**t.”  White’s response is understandable, given that McGregor, who last fought in the UFC in January, defeating Donald Cerrone in just 40 seconds, is supposedly no longer connected to the North American mixed martial arts giant.  Should the Pacquiao-McGregor fight actually come to fruition however, would White remain as unconcerned as he is now? .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Tinatanggap ko : Conor McGregor sparks Pacquiao fight rumors

The UFC star posted a cryptic tweet early Saturday (Manila time) that sparked rumors of a possible fight with the 41-year-old Filipino boxing icon......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 1st, 2020

Tinatanggap ko - Conor McGregor posts mysterious Filipino tweet, again teases superfight with Manny Pacquiao

Former two-division UFC world champion and Irish mixed martial arts star Conor "The Notorious" McGregor appears to be once again fanning the flames of a potential superfight against eight-division Filipino boxing world champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao.  Saturday morning, Manila time, McGregor tweeted out "Tinatanggap ko", a Filipino phrase that, when translated into english, means "I accept."  tinatanggap ko — Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 31, 2020 This comes just a day after he tweeted the english version of the phrase, which many believed to be directed at surging UFC welterweight Khazmat Chimaev. The undefeated Swedish prospect made history in July after winning back-to-back bouts in just a matter of 10 days.  He would later begin calling McGregor out on social media.  I accept! — Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 30, 2020 While many believed that McGregor was indeed responding to Chimaev, veteran MMA journalist Ariel Helwani says he spoke to the man himself and confirmed that it wasn't about the rising UFC star.  Spoke to @TheNotoriousMMA briefly today. He confirmed that his 'I accept' tweet was not about Khamzat Chimaev, despite what was said earlier today. He declined to further elaborate what it was actually referring to, though. — Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) July 31, 2020 Pacquiao and McGregor are no strangers to posting mysterious tweets.  Earlier in July, Pacquiao tweeted out a birthday greeting to McGregor, and the Irish star responded accordingly.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 1st, 2020

Mikey Garcia confident he can give Manny Pacquiao problems inside the ring

Four-division world champion Mikey Garcia is confident that he can give Filipino boxing star and eight-division world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao problems inside the ring, if they do get matched up.  Garcia has long been a name linked to Pacquiao as a possible opponent, and while the American top contender understands the magnitude of a possible Pacquiao versus Terence Crawford bout, he still would like to have the opportunity to share the ring with Pinoy boxing icon.  Garcia is coming off a decision win over former world champion Jessie Vargas, bouncing back from his first and only career loss to IBF Welterweight World Champion Errol Spence Jr. back in March of 2019.  The 32-year old sees a potential Pacquiao bout as a better matchup for him, given physical differences compared to Spence.  "He doesn’t have the height and reach advantage like Errol, so I think that makes it a better fight for me,” Garcia told Fox Sports (via BoxingScene.com). “I know he’s going to engage and I know he’s going to fight hard. He’s a great fighter. He's a living legend, and I would love to add that to my resume.” Much like most fighters today, Garcia sees facing the legendary Pacquiao as a way to boost their legacy, apart from the challenge of course.  “Fighting the great Manny Pacquiao would be tremendous for my legacy," said Garcia.  At 41 years old, it’s hard to claim that Pacquiao is still in his peak, but what he did prove was that he was still one of the best in the world, as evidenced by his performances against Adrien Broner and Keith Thurman in 2019.  Those two wins, especially the one against Thurman, has made Pacquiao a coveted bout for the welterweight division’s best.  Garcia, who’s undoubtedly one of the division’s top contenders, believes that he can defeat Pacquiao, who’s the reigning WBA (Super) Welterweight World Champion.  "If I'm capable of securing a victory over him and that definitely adds to what I want to accomplish with my legacy and those big triumphs. I’m excited if we can get that fight, that would be the best fight,” Garcia stated.  “I know there are other opportunities for him, there's other options that you mentioned like Keith Thurman, maybe Errol Spence or Danny Garcia. I'm sure all of these are big fights for Manny, but I would love the opportunity as well. It's a great fight, the fanbase would love that. I have a lot of fans and he’s obviously the biggest draw,” Garcia added.  While Pacquiao is among those seriously being discussed for Crawford’s return later this year, a bout against Garcia still isn’t out of the realm of possibility, and Garcia says that if he does get the fight, he won’t squander the opportunity to do something big.  "So I think it would be a great fight. If I get that, I’m definitely taking care of business and I'm not gonna let this pass me by. I hope we secure that and look forward to it,” Garcia said, even comparing himself to a former Pacquiao rival in Juan Manuel Marquez. “I can fight really well. I feel that my boxing style can complicate things a lot for him similar to the way Marquez complicated things for Manny in all those fights." .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 1st, 2020

Pacquiao still tied up with PBC

Manny Pacquiao signing with the same sports management agency as UFC star Conor McGregor does not affect his current ties with Premier Boxing Champions, which has promoted the Filipino icon’s last two fights......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2020

Pacquiao still a PBC fighter despite McGregor alignment

Manny Pacquiao signing with the same sports management agency as UFC star  Conor McGregor does not affect his current ties with Premier Boxing Champions, which has promoted the Filipino icon’s last two fights......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2020

Pacquiao-McGregor megafight looms

BY NICK GIONGCO   Manny Pacquiao moved a step closer to seeing himself colliding with Conor McGregor when the Filipino star signed up recently with Paradigm Sports Management (PSM), an outfit that also represents the mix-martial arts idol. “Incredibly proud,” wrote PSM head Audie Attar in a social media post on Pacquiao’s decision to be […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2020

Manny Pacquiao’s return to glory highlights Boxing in 2019

Apart from basketball and football, arguably no other sport dominates the global headlines quite like ‘The Sweet Science’. Such was the case once again in 2019, as the sport provided some pretty big stories, including a couple of returns to glory, some continued dominance, and even a pretty epic upset. Here are some of boxing’s biggest hits in 2019:   Manny’s Back! Well, okay, maybe it wouldn’t be right to say that he’s in his prime, but Manny Pacquiao definitely showed that in 2019, he can still hang with the best. The 41-year old eight-division world champion showed just that at the start of the year when he dominated Adrien Broner in Las Vegas to defend his WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Championship. Then, just six months later, Pacquiao did even better by dethroning the previously-undefeated Keith Thurman for the WBA (Super) Welterweight World Championship. With Pacquiao’s recent resurgence, so to speak, more and more possible big money bouts are being discussed, but the whispers that continue to be prevalent are those of a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. While ‘Money’ remains retired, he’s done more than enough to continuously fan the flames of a potential rematch, and 2020 could finally be the year that it becomes a reality. As always, we’ll just have to wait and see.   Donnie Nietes vacates WBO title From one Filipino boxing great, we jump to another, as Donnie Nietes made headlines early in the year, and then was pretty much never heard from for the rest of 2019. After defeating Kazuto Ioka to become the WBO Super Flyweight World Champion in the very final day of 2018, Nietes was once again a world champion and seemed to be in for another dominant year as one of the division’s top dogs. In a surprise move however, Nietes decided to vacate the title in March, without even defending it, citing his desire for bouts against big-name opponents in the division. With Nietes vacating the title, it set up a title bout against then-mandatory challenger Aston Palicte and Kazuto Ioka, with Ioka ultimately winning and taking the WBO title. As for Nietes, the longest-reining Filipino boxing, who last fought on December 31, 2018, he will go more than a year without competing for the first time in his storied career. Hopefully, 2020 features the long-awaited return of “Ahas”.   The dominance continues for Lomachenko, Crawford, Canelo, and Ancajas Some won titles, others vacated, and others just remained on top. This was the case for the likes of Vasily Lomachenko, Terrence Crawford, Canelo Alvarez, and our very own Jerwin Ancajas. 2019 was a relatively quiet year for Loma, who only had two bouts to his name. The Ukrainian boxing machine KOd Anthony Crolla in April to retain the WBA super and WBO World Lightweight World Championships. In August, Lomachencko defeated Luke Campbell via Unanimous Decision to retain his titles and win the vacant WBC World Lightweight Championship. “Bud” Crawford also had himself a two-fight year in 2019. In April, Crawford faced Amir Khan in a highly-anticipated bout, and ended up scoring a sixth-round TKO to retain his WBO World Welterweight crown. In mid-December, Crawford scored another TKO win to defend his title, this time against Egidijus Kavaliauskas Canelo Alvarez meanwhile, became a four-division world champion in 2019 after going up to light heavyweight and dispatching Sergey Kovalev in 11 rounds to capture the WBO title. This was after he opened the year with an impressive 12-round win over Daniel Jacobs to retain the WBC, WBA super and IBF Middleweight World Championships. Our very own IBF Super Flyweight World Champion Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas also had a good year, defeating Ryuichi Funai and Miguel Gonzales en route to eight successful world title defenses.   Andy Ruiz Jr. shocks the world In recent years, boxing’s heavyweight division belonged to the likes of Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, and Anthony Joshua. That all changed when Joshua saw himself fall victim to the biggest boxing upset of the year. Following a failed drug test from his initial challenger Jared Miller, Joshua was matched up with Mexican heavyweight Andy Ruiz Jr, who many didn’t take seriously due to his less than impressive physique. Ruiz quickly silenced the naysayers by using his speed and power to drop Joshua four times, twice in what would be the final seventh round, to shock the world and capture the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight World Championships. Ruiz also became the first Mexican heavyweight world champion in boxing history. In the rematch however, Joshua bounced right back and dominated Ruiz across 12 rounds to reclaim the titles. Part 3 could be something to watch out for this 2020.   Nonito Doniare Jr. and Naoya Inoue put on a war Many expected it to be a quick affair, but the World Boxing Super Series Bantamweight Finale between Nonito Donaire Jr. and Naoya Inoue ended up becoming a 12-round classic, worth of Fight of the Year honors. Donaire Jr. and Inoue both earned their spots in the tournament finale, but judging from their prior performances, it looked like ‘The Monster’ Inoue was set to make quick work of an aging, presumed-to-be-past-his-prime Donaire Jr. “The Filipino Flash” instead gave Inoue the fight of his life, putting the pressure on the Japanese star like no one else before has been able to do. Unfortunately for Donaire, the younger Inoue simply had more in the tank left, as he was able to grind out a Unanimous Decision win, but it was clearly the hardest win he had ever had. For Donaire’s part, his impressive performance in the loss earned him a mandatory challenger spot against WBC Bantamweight World Champion Nordine Oubaali in 2020.   Amatuer stars Eumir Marcial and Nesthy Petecio shine on the world stage and in the SEA Games It wasn’t just the Pinoy pros that had their time in the spotlight, as a pair of amateur pugs also made headlines in 2019. Filipino middleweight Eumir Felix Marcial finished with silver in the 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships in Russia and then finished the year with a dominant run in the 2019 SEA Games, stopping both his opponents en route to a gold medal. Nesthy Petecio meanwhile, became a world champion after capturing gold in the 2019 AIBA Women’s Boxing World Championships, also in Russia. Petecio’s win earned her a spot as the torchbearer in the 2019 SEA Games, lighting the cauldron alongside Pinoy boxing legend Manny Pacquiao. Petecio also captured gold in the SEA Games tournaments.   Quadro Alas becomes a three-division champion For a while, it looked like Johnriel “Quadro Alas” Casimero was done. After an uninspired loss to Jonas Sultan in a super flyweight title eliminator, Casimero steadily got back on track and picked up win after win until he was suddenly a titleholder again, winning the WBO Interim Bantamweight World Championship in April. After a successful defense of the interim belt, Casimero became the mandatory challenger to reigning WBO World Champion Zolani Tete. Tete was coming into that fight as the heavy favorite, riding a 12-fight winning streak which included three successful title defenses. Casimero halted the Tete hype train with a third-round TKO win to once again become a world champion, his third in as many weight divisions. With the win, Casimero now sets his sights on a possible super-fight against Naoya Inoue in 2020......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 27th, 2019

Pacquiao to fight McGregor in 2021

INTERNATIONAL boxing icon and lawmaker Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao is set to fight former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor next year. This was disclosed by Jayke Joson, a special assistant of Pacquiao. “For the sake of all the Filipino Covid-19 victims, Sen. Manny Pacquiao will be fighting UFC superstar Conor McGregor […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 27th, 2020

Pacquiao wants McGregor fight next year: statement

Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao wants to fight Irish mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor in the ring next year, an aide said in a statement Saturday......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsSep 27th, 2020

Pacquiao to donate Pac-McGregor earnings to COVID-19 victims

Reigning World Boxing Association welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao will donate a portion of his earnings from his next year's looming fight with Ultimate Fighting Championship superstar Conor McGregor to COVID-19 Filipino victims......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 27th, 2020

Pacquiao wants McGregor fight next year: statement

Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao wants to fight Irish mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor in the ring next year, an aide said in a statement Saturday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 27th, 2020

Aide says Pacquiao wants McGregor fight next year

Boxing icon and Philippine Senator Manny Pacquiao wants to fight Irish mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor in the ring next year, an aide said in a statement Saturday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 27th, 2020

Pacquiao ‘will have easier time’ vs McGregor than Hatton

MANILA, Philippines — Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach doesn’t think Conor McGregor will last long in the boxing ring with Manny Pacquiao. Roach believes the ex-UFC superstar will just be a cakewalk for the Filipino ring legend the way former boxing champion Ricky Hatton was when he fought Pacquiao in 2009. Hatton got demolished by Pacquiao, […] The post Pacquiao ‘will have easier time’ vs McGregor than Hatton appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 26th, 2020

Filipinos want McGregor for Pacquiao

Filipino fans want fighting senator Manny Pacquiao to face Ultimate Fighting Championship superstar Conor McGregor before retiring from his checkered professional boxing career......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 18th, 2020

Conor McGregor announces engagement to long-time partner Dee Devlin

Irish mixed martial arts superstar "The Notorious" Conor McGregor is in the news once again after revealing his engagement to long-time partner Dee Devlin.          View this post on Instagram                   What a birthday, my future wife ! A post shared by Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma) on Aug 8, 2020 at 7:43am PDT McGregor posted a photo of Dee showing off a massive engagement ring on his Instagram account, with the caption "What a birthday, my future wife!" McGregor, who turned 32 earlier this year, and Devlin, 33, have been together sinc 2008, and have two kids together.  2020 has been quite the year for McGregor, who made his return to the Octagon in January, blasting veteran Donald Cerrone in just 40 seconds.  Later in the year, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, McGregor surprised everyone by annoucing his retirement from competition.  He doesn't appear to be closing the door on possible boxing superfights however, as he's been teasing a bout with eight-division boxing world champion and Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao over the past few weeks. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 10th, 2020