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Pacquiao-Mayweather still a pipe dream »

SACRAMENTO, California—Don’t hold your breath for a Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. mega fight.   The so-called match of the century is front and center yet again following Pacquiao’s unanimous victory over Timothy Bradley at the Garden Arena of the MGM Grand Hotel last April 12.   Pacquiao dealt Bradley his first defeat and wrested the WBO welterweight belt the fighter known as “Desert Storm” took from him via a controversial decision two years ago.   After…

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Tale of fighting unwashed foe provides comic relief for Pacquiao’s Palace call »

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MANILA, Philippines--How does it feel to trade punches over 12 rounds with someone who hasn’t taken a shower for a week?   Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, who outclassed Timothy Bradley Jr. to regain his WBO welterweight belt in Las Vegas on April 13, knows the answer, given that such is the bizarre pre-fight ritual of his American foe.   For some reason, Bradley’s “no-bath pre-bout” ritual was brought up by a Pacquiao assistant during…

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Tough cast of possible Manny Pacquiao foes »

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MANILA, Philippines — Apart from Mexican nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez, there are other marquee boxers who could have a shot at Manny Pacquiao in November. Heading the list are Shawn Porter and Ruslan Provodnikov, two former sparring partners of Pacquiao who have become world champion themselves, hard-hitting Britons Amir Khan and Kell Brooks and former world titleholder Adrien Broner. Without a doubt, the cast of would-be challengers looks attractive enough for pay-per-view…

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Did Noynoy Aquino beat Manny Pacquiao to the 3-pointer? »

Malacañang announced on Sunday that President Noynoy Aquino was scheduled to meet with national treasure Manny Pacquiao on Monday (yesterday) “at 1 p.m.” There was no word on what could be expected from the face-off between the two most important Filipino celebrities—P-Noy as internationally acclaimed anticorruption warrior; Pacquiao the hottest world boxing property to date. Before the meeting was formalized, Pacquiao had been rumored as ready and willing to suit up for…

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Mayweather diehard Bieber eats pride, poses with Pacquiao for photo op »

Manny Pacquiao. AP PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Even the most ardent hater would succumb to the Manny Pacquiao’s brand of charisma. Stare-downs or awkward silence might be the least to expect when Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and diehard Floyd Mayweather Jr. supporter Justin Bieber collide, but it was the Filipino’s star that shone brighter. And it looked like the Biebs’ mockery of the Pacman could have been thrown away when the pop star posed with a photograph with the…

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Goodbye MGM, Las Vegas for Pacquiao? »

Manny Pacquiao. AP

MANILA, Philippines — Manny Pacquiao’s next fight won’t be at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. And chances are, it will be held outside the glitzy desert city. This developed following a falling out between Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, and MGM Grand that was triggered by what Arum described as the gaming giant’s shoddy promotional treatment of the recent Pacquiao-Bradley 2. Arum, chief of Top Rank Promotions, lashed at MGM executives after…

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Former Pacquiao sparmate Porter keeps IBF title »

Shawn Porter, the former sparring partner of superstar Manny Pacquiao, knocked out the veteran Paulie Malignaggi Saturday night (Sunday in Manila) in the fourth round to retain his International Boxing Federation welterweight crown at DC Armory in Washington, District of Columbia. Porter, who helped Pacquiao prepare for Miguel Cotto in 2009, raised his record to 24-0-1 with 15 knockouts. Malignaggi dropped to 33-3 with 7 KOs.…

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