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Slot reserved for Pacquiao in PH boxing team »

Manny Pacquiao trains inside the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, California on Saturday afternoon. Pacquiao and Bradley will be fighting for the third time on April 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.     PHOTO BY REM ZAMORA

There’s a spot reserved for Filipino ring idol Manny Pacquiao in the Philippine boxing team. "It’s really up to him if he’s willing to join us,"  boxing coach Boy Velasco said in Filipino during Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association forum at Shakey’s Malate. The International Boxing Association (Aiba) has proposed allowing professional boxers in the Olympics, a move that the world governing body will tackle and possibly ratify in a meeting next month. READ:…

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Khan: Canelo fight ‘tougher’ than bout vs Mayweather, Pacquiao »

Canelo Alvarez and Amir Khan pose for photos during a press event at the Hard Rock Cafe on March 1, 2016 in New York City.   Alex Goodlett/Getty Images/AFP

Amir Khan believes middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez offers a more challenging fight than the bout he had desperately wanted last year. Britain’s former two-time champion struck out in several negotiations for a possible fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao before finally getting himself a big fight against Alvarez, who is ranked No. 7 in the pound-for-pound list. “This is a tougher fight than against a Mayweather or Pacquiao because of…

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A year later, could Mayweather and Pacquiao do it again? »

Pacquiao vs Mayweather

LAS VEGAS, United States — They met a year ago this week in a fight that was the richest ever, even if it disappointed most of the millions who watched it.   Now there are rumblings, however slight, that Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao might be persuaded to do it again.   READ: Pacquiao career earnings close to P24 billion | Pacquiao moves to heavyweight class   "I would say there is a possibility a…

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Mayweather hints at comeback: ‘You just never know’ »

Floyd Mayweather Jr. attends a news conference Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in Las Vegas. Mayweather will face Manny Pacquiao in a welterweight boxing match in Las Vegas on May 2. AP

Floyd Mayweather teasingly hinted Saturday that he might be tempted to return to the ring, but said only a "nine-figure" payday could lure him out of retirement. The 39 year-old Mayweather, who walked away from boxing eight months ago with a perfect 49-0 record, was on hand as a promoter of Badou Jack's majority draw with Lucian Bute in a super middleweight world title fight at the DC Armory in Washington. He…

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Covering Kobe, Manny: 2 farewells in a week »


    LOS ANGELES—All my life as a sports fan, it had always been headlines about Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers, or Manny Pacquiao and his stunning knockouts, that I woke up to.   I’m 26, and Kobe had played 20 years with the Lakers, trying passionately to become the next Michael Jordan.  Pacquiao, meanwhile, had been a pro boxer for about 21 years, 15 of those spent headlining Philippine newspapers as…

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Arum disappointed with PPV buys of Pacquiao-Bradley 3 »

Bob Arum

If indeed Manny Pacquiao’s retiring after his recent victory over Timothy Bradley, he will be walking away from the sports with a dud. Sure, Pacquiao showed moments of brilliance when he knocked Bradley down twice but if pay-per-view (PPV) buys are to be measured, it wasn’t exactly a blockbuster. As per BoxingScene.com, it’s estimated that 400,000 pay-per-view buys were registered for the third fight between Paquiao and Bradley.   READ: Pacquiao-Bradley 3 gets less…

2 weeks ago / Read More »

Pacquiao gets twin requests for a KO »


MANNY Pacquiao may have no choice but heed this fresh calls for a knockout. Fresh from his sensational win over Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas, Pacquiao has firmed up his shot at a Senate seat in the May 9 national polls. In short, he doesn’t have to come up with a KO effort in order to score a victory in the next elections. * * * But there indeed is a call for a…

2 weeks ago / Read More »
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