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Arum saves Oct. 15 for Pacquiao’s return bout »

With the Philippine National flag in background, Filipino boxing great and now Senator Manny Pacquiao stands while a citation is being read to him during ceremony at the Commission on Elections Thursday, May 19, 2016 in suburban Pasay city south of Manila, Philippines. Pacquiao has won a seat in the Philippine Senate based on an unofficial count bringing him closer to a possible crack at the presidency. Pacquiao said he will retire from boxing to become a full-time politician. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

IF EVER Manny Pacquiao decides to make a ring comeback, he need not worry about an opponent or a date for the fight. Promoter Bob Arum has figured out the possibilities, naming Terence Crawford, Adrien Broner and World Boxing Council welterweight champion Danny Garcia as the leading candidates in an interview with Review-Journal. Arum, Top Rankís top honcho, even cited a date Oct. 15 and a venueóMandalay Bay Events Center for Pacquiao’s…

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Mahindra interim coach Gavina wants a defensive-minded team »

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They’re called the Enforcers and their new coach wants them to assert that authority on the defensive end. Chris Gavina, the interim coach of Mahindra, said Friday at Arellano University the Enforcers will be known as a defensive-minded team come the PBA Governors’ Cup, a change in identity after it finished ninth in the league after the eliminations. Mahindra’s defense was the one to blame for its 4-7 record after placing in…

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Muhammad Ali’s funeral ‘open to everybody’ »

Items left by people paying homage to boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who passed away on the eve, on June 4, 2016 in front of the Scottsdale Healthcare Hospital in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he died.
Heavyweight boxing legend Muhammad Ali, an icon of the 20th Century whose fame transcended the sport during a remarkable career that spanned three decades, died on June 3, his family said. / AFP PHOTO / NELSON ALMEIDA

LOUISVILLE, United States -- The world is invited to the funeral of Muhammad Ali in his hometown on Friday where the boxing legend's life will be celebrated with a public funeral procession and memorial service, a family spokesman said. Ali, a three-time world heavyweight champion and civil rights activist who was an iconic figure of the 20th century, died Friday aged 74 after health problems complicated by a long battle with Parkinson's disease. The…

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Ali casts long shadow over lackluster heavyweight ranks »

Muhammad Ali (left) and Manny Pacquiao. AFP FILE PHOTOS

LOS ANGELES, United States -- The death of Muhammad Ali was a sharp reminder of a glittering era of heavyweight boxing that contrasts starkly with the anemic state of the sport's marquee division today. Ali, who died of septic shock on Friday at the age of 74 after decades of battling Parkinson's disease, was the cornerstone of a heavyweight triumvirate that also included Joe Frazier and George Foreman, whose flair and ferocity…

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Pacquiao leads PH tributes to ‘The Greatest’ »

Muhammad Ali (left) and Manny Pacquiao. AFP FILE PHOTOS

  Manny Pacquiao, one of the greatest boxers of his generation, led Philippine tributes to Muhammad Ali yesterday, as he joined his fellow countrymen in mourning the American legend’s death.   “We lost a giant today,” Pacquiao, the only man in boxing history to win world titles in eight different weight divisions, said in a statement.   “Boxing benefited from Muhammad Ali’s talents but not nearly as much as mankind benefited from his humanity. Our…

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Ali’s death rekindles memories of ‘Thrilla in Manila’ fight »

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 1975, file photo, Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos, left, applauds as challenger Joe Frazier, right, makes some remarks about world champion Muhammad Ali, second from left, during their call on Marcos at the Malacanang Palace in Manila, Philippines. Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died according to a statement released by his family Friday, June 3, 2016. He was 74. (AP Photo/Jess Tan, File)

MANILA, Philippines — From boxers to left-wing activists, Filipinos in this boxing-crazy nation on Saturday grieved the death of Muhammad Ali, which brought back fond memories of the epic 1975 "Thrilla in Manila" fight between Ali and Joe Frazier. Sports commentator Ronnie Nathanielsz, who was assigned by then-dictator Ferdinand Marcos to act as government liaison to Ali for the bout, said, "We lost a hero, a peacemaker and a truly charismatic…

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Pacquiao on Ali’s passing: We lost a giant today »

Muhammad Ali (left) and Manny Pacquiao. AFP FILE PHOTOS

Muhammad Ali's contributions transcended boxing and his greatness won't be appropriately defined alone by his heavyweight titles and the epic battles he had won inside the ring. Ali, 74, passed away Saturday (Manila time) after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease and as the tragic news of his death broke, heartfelt tributes to the greatest poured. READ: Boxing world mourns death of legendary Muhammad Ali Retired Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao was one of…

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