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Who’s afraid of KIA Sorento? »

Sorry to say this but, as things stand, Manny Pacquiao, the dedicated cager, honestly can’t hope to land even a tryout slot with the New York Knicks scrub team in the NBA. Remember how promoter Bob Arum quipped that Pacquiao, preparing for his world welterweight title defense in Macau next month, could go seek a slot with the Knicks—but only after he’s done with his next big bout. Arum was, indeed, kidding.…

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Pacquiao wish: Mayweather after Algieri »

Representative Manny Pacquiao AFP FILE PHOTO

HONG KONG—Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao said Monday he’s hoping to finally step in the ring with archrival Floyd Mayweather Jr. next year even as he denied he was taking his upcoming opponent Chris Algieri lightly. Pacquiao, mobbed by his supporters during a promotional trip to Hong Kong, said: “I’m crossing my fingers” that the hotly anticipated Mayweather fight would happen in 2015. “But right now my mind is already set to…

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Pacquiao hosting rich National Open billiards »

MANILA, Philippines — After boxing and basketball, billiards is Manny Pacquiao’s other passion. Fact is, the eight-division world champion is hosting the $150,000 (about P6.7 million) Philippine Open 10-Ball Championship slated Dec. 8 to 16 at SM City in General Santos City. This after staging a smaller tournament last September, which saw German Thorsten Hohmann emerge individual champion and Jeffrey Ignacio and Jeffrey De Luna bag the doubles’ title. Hohmann, a two-time world…

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Pacquiao focused on Algieri and not basketball, says brother »

WBO Welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, left, and WBO junior welterweight champion. Chris Algieri  AP PHOTO/VINCENT YU

MANILA, Philippines—If there's anyone who knows Manny Pacquiao well, it's his younger brother Bobby Pacquiao. And Bobby, a former featherweight and lightweight contender before hanging up his gloves, knows the Fighter of the Decade is in laser-light focus for his upcoming bout against unbeaten Chris Algieri next month. "Nasa sarili na niya ’yon. Magaling si Manny mag-adjust (It's in him. Manny's good in managing his time)," said the 33-year-old Bobby, whom Manny…

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Manny Pacquiao a godsend for champ on ropes »

MANNY’S money in his pocket, Rolando Navarette heads for home. ROY LUARCA

GENERAL SANTOS CITY —The man leaned on the railing of JMP Arcade’s front pillar here one humid evening recently. Like the superstar fighter’s fans, street hawkers and security personnel, he was patiently waiting for Manny Pacquiao. Now 57, Rolando Navarette remains muscle-bound, his black hair still thick and curly. He was clad in a dark green T-shirt and khaki cargo shorts. Unlike the others huddled near the main entrance, though, he preferred to…

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Pacquiao makes hoop history »

The Press room at Philippine Arena was jampacked after the KIA-Blackwater match  last Sunday with everyone anticipating the first appearance of the winning coach at the usual post-game interview. “In all the years I’ve covered the PBA,  I’ve never seen that many people attend a post-game media briefing. Even league commissioner Chito Salud was there, not to mention several members of the foreign press,” reported a colleague who regularly covers the…

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Pacquiao scores; Donaire absorbs KO »

Manny Pacquiao of Kia Sorento at the Philippine Arena.

SACRAMENTO, California—Manny Pacquiao scored a knockout of sorts while his once heir-apparent Nonito Donaire Jr. suffered a powerful one Sunday. Pacquiao made a safe debut in the Philippine Basketball Association, entertaining an opening-day crowd of close to 53,000 by starting and playing for less than seven minutes. He led his KIA Sorentos to an 80-66 win over Blackwater Elite by primarily staying on the bench. Heeding the desire of his trainer Freddie Roach,…

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