Monday, July 19, 2021

Pacquiao vs Spence

On May 21, 2021, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao made the unexpected announcement on his social media that he would face undefeated WBC and IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. on August 21 in Las Vegas on Fox pay-per-view (PPV).

This 12-round welterweight title bout will take place on Saturday, August 21 and is being held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The ring walks for Pacquiao v Spence are expected from 5am on Sunday morning UK time.

No TV coverage has been confirmed for the UK as of yet but the fight will be shown on FOX PPV in the USA.

Errol Spence Jr is set to defend his WBC and IBF welterweight titles against Manny Pacquiao in a big FOX pay-per-view main event on Aug. 21, and stopped by tonight’s Showtime broadcast in San Antonio to speak with Brian Custer about the fight — and about Terence Crawford.

Spence (27-0, 21 KO) chuckled a bit when he was reminded that the 42-year-old Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KO) said that if he can beat Errol Spence Jr next month, he should be considered the best fighter ever. And the Texan believes that on the other hand, if he beats Pacquiao, it will prove that he is truly the top welterweight today.

The two men had previously already met more than two years prior on March 16, 2019, in the ring following Spence's unanimous decision victory over Mikey Garcia in Arlington, Texas, when both Pacquiao and Spence indicated they would relish the chance to fight each other.

Errol Spence Jr. won't press for a knockout against Manny Pacquiao. All the unbeaten American champion wants now is a clear victory over the legendary Filipino icon.

Aside from the visible differences in their first face-off, bettors were also swayed to Spence's side by the fact that Pacquiao last fought in July 2019 when he bested the then-unbeaten Keith Thurman for the World Boxing Association super welterweight belt.

Despite the odds stacked against him, Pacquiao chose Spence, holder of the World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation crowns, in what could be his final fight.

While this fight is certainly one that has got fans excited, there is a hint of disappointment with many wanting Spence to face WBO champion Terence Crawford in what would be a clash for the ages.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Manny Pacquiao versus Ryan Garcia

All of us have heard the parade of possibilities for “next” for Manny Pacquiao, from Errol Spence to Terence Crawford, to UFCer Conor McGregor. When word started going round that “King” Ryan Garcia, the 22 year old hitter, was in the mix to meet the 42 year old living legend, eyebrows raised.

Garcia is a major rising star, while Pacquiao is still one of the biggest names in global boxing, and this fight would be a huge get for DAZN, whose global presence is in its infancy. Garcia is becoming a key star for their boxing brand, while Pacquiao has never fought on the streaming service, but is a promotional and broadcast free agent who can go where the best offer is, and DAZN would definitely have to pony up big bucks to get Pacquiao on board.

The 22-year-old Garcia recently expressed his desire to face Pacquiao shortly after his seventh-round technical knockout of Luke Campbell earlier this year.

The defeated McGregor was the most talked-about possible opponent for for Pacquiao, who has not been in the ring since his win over Keith Thurman in July 2019.

Well, this one is a game changer, this fight puts Garcia, coming off a win over Luke Campbell on Jan 2., in a position to become a legit lead dog who’d get to within sniffing distance of industry pack leader Alvarez.

Pacman, who turns 43 in December, will be seen as the favorite by plenty of pundits and fans who believe he has enough left at this advance age, and with a full load as a Senator in the Philippines, to show the pup he’s still of a certain grade.

Pacquiao had recently seemed focused on a possible mega-fight with UFC superstar Conor McGregor, but with McGregor being knocked out by Dustin Poirier at UFC 257, Garcia may be the most intriguing option for him. Manny probably would be the favorite here, while a fight with Errol Spence Jr or Terence Crawford would see the aged legend as the underdog.

Hours after Conor McGregor's loss to Dustin Poirier in UFC 257, a new potential opponent for Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao has emerged.

This after a report by Mike Coppinger of The Athletic that there are already talks between Pacquiao's camp and that of WBC interim lightweight champion Ryan Garcia.

Per Coppinger, "preliminary discussions" are going on between the two camps.

If this happens, how interested are you? What kind of fight would you expect?

Tuesday, October 20, 2020



“I’ve always been a Ginebra fan. Even though I’m playing for opposing teams but, you know, I’ve been a villain my whole career and I think it’s a perfect fit for my career playing for Ginebra, I want to play in front of their legions of fans. Nothing better than showing up in the arena and play in front of fifteen thousand or twenty five thousand people. You get that motivation, that inspiration to go out there and do whatever it takes to win,” 


" Bata pa lang ako, Ginebra fan na 'ko, ‘yun kasi ‘yun ang kinalakihan ko na team. Halos lahat ng tao sa amin, Ginebra talaga team nila. Everytime may game sila, nakikinood kami ng mga barkada ko,” 


" They're the most popular team , everybody wants to play and be part of Ginebra legacy , maybe not now but if given a chance im pretty sure it would be an amazing experience " 


"Bata pa lang ako, nagkakagulo na sa bahay namin pag umuwi ako galing school. Tapos tatanungin ko, 'Anong pinapanood ninyo?' 'yun pala nasa finals ang Ginebra, So honest lang ako, bata pa lang talaga ako, Ginebra fan talaga ako. Kaya dream come true sa akin na makalaban ang Ginebra sa finals talaga, Kasi hindi naman tayo lahat bumabata sa PBA, so gusto ko bago ako mag-retire o mawala sa PBA, makalaban ko muna 'yung idol ng lahat ng teams." 


GINEBRA is a well coached team, they have lots of good players ,height and adversity. Its going to be a great challenge . And the FANS to be honest , i know ill be on the other side but i love the fans regardless if they hate me or love me , i love the fans because they are passionate about the game " 


" Gusto ko mag - Ginebra , gusto ko talaga si Coach Tim Cone , nung nagpunta ako dito sa sa Manila para mag college lagi ako nanonood kahit nung nasa Purefoods pa siya "


“Big fan ni Jaworski si Calvin noong araw, nung bata pa siya. Na-influence namin ng lola niya, kaya ginagawa ni Calvin nung araw, bumibili siya ng VCD ng mga laro ni Jaworski, pinapanuod niya, Idol niya talaga si Jaworski. Kaya nga napapakamot na lang ako ng ulo na sa Alaska pa siya napunta " ---EVELYN ABUEVA (calvin's mom)  


"Kung wala ako sa PBA , fan ako ng Ginebra.Kung wala kaming laro kunwari kalaban nila Meralco , Ginebra ako. 


" Si Caguioa talaga ang idol ko lumaki ako na sya ang napapanood ko .After ng game nila gagayahin ko yun , yun ang nakalakihan ko whole family ko nagci cheer sa Ginebra noon "

Friday, September 4, 2020

Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr.

Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. is an upcoming exhibition boxing match contested between former undisputed heavyweight world champion, Mike Tyson, and former four-division world champion, Roy Jones Jr. The bout is scheduled to take place on November 28, 2020, at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.

The bout will be officially sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC).

It's time for a little bit of nostalgia. After weeks and weeks of posting hype videos of training, Mike Tyson is heading back inside a boxing ring for an exhibition match on PPV. The former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, now 54, will take on former four-division champion Roy Jones Jr. on Nov. 28 from California. Jones Jr. himself turned 51 in January.

A year after retiring, Mike Tyson announced in September 2006 that he would embark on a world tour of exhibition fights, billed as "Mike Tyson's World Tour", in a bid to overcome the debt he was in at the time. The first bout took place on October 20, 2006, at the Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, Ohio, against former professional boxer and sparring partner, Corey Sanders (not to be confused with the South African former world heavyweight champion Corrie Sanders), in a four-round bout. With 6,000 fans in attendance, the fight failed to live up to expectations, with the crowd often booing with displeasure. This would be the only exhibition fight of the tour to take place.

Tyson, of course, was one of the most feared heavyweights in history, dominating the division over the late 1980s, becoming the youngest heavyweight champion in history with brutal punching power that carried him to a 37-0 record before he fell victim to one of the greatest sports upsets in history when he was knocked out by James "Buster" Douglas in Tokyo in July 1990. Tyson remained a star despite years spent in prison after being convicted of rape. Tyson would go on to infamous lows such as twice biting Evander Holyfield in their June 1997 rematch and quitting against Kevin McBride during his final pro bout. He has, in recent years, rehabilitated his image as a kinder, gentler version of himself, appearing in films, hosting a podcast and becoming an outspoken advocate for marijuana.

Tyson first mentioned the idea of returning to exhibition fights in an April 2020 YouTube interview with rapper T.I., saying, "I want to go to the gym and get in shape to be able to box three or four-round exhibitions for some charities and stuff".

He further teased a potential return to the ring in early May 2020, posting two short videos online of himself training via his Instagram account, declaring at the end of the video, "I'm back". He later explained in a Facebook livestream, "Anything's possible. I feel unstoppable now. The gods of war have reawakened me, ignited my ego and want me to go to war again. I feel like I'm [young] again."

Roy Jones' last bout of his 29 year career took place on February 8, 2018, defeating Scott Sigmon via unanimous decision at the Bay Center In Pensacola, Florida. Jones announced his retirement after the bout, but left the door open for a return against UFC fighter Anderson Silva, saying, "Dana, I know you're listening. I know Anderson's suspended. But that's the only other fight Roy Jones will return to the ring for. Other than that, chapter's closed.

Jones was named the best boxer of the 1990s by Ring Magazine. At his best, Jones displayed a dazzling combination of speed, power and defense, while being able to showboat in fantastic and improbable ways. Jones won wold championships at middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight, and eventually heavyweight in a historic accomplishment. After a near-flawless first 50 fights of his career -- his lone loss a controversial disqualification against Montell Griffin that was avenged in less than one round in the rematch -- Jones career slowly began to unravel as his style was too dependent on reflexes that diminished over time.

Is the fight safe?

Older boxers have come back for exhibition bouts in the past. Tyson had floated the idea for months before the bout was announced, though many expected his opponent to be Holyfield, who was similarly teasing an exhibition return. There are, of course, safety concerns when it comes to two men in their 50s who have taken full careers of punches to the head. A report by Yahoo! Sports' Kevin Iole stated, "Tyson-Jones fight will be EXHIBITION bout with bigger gloves, perhaps 12 ounces. They met with Andy Foster of [California State Athletic Commission] on Zoom recently. 

Of course, the fighters have spoken differently about their approach to the fight, not wanting to turn the public off to the idea. But Foster doubled down on the idea that the fighters would not be trying to knock each other out and were expected to "exhibit their boxing abilities" over eight, three-minute rounds, featuring no headgear and large gloves that would typically only be used for in-gym sparring sessions.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Kobe and Gianna

The famed Tenement basketball court in Metro Manila, which includes the city of Manila and surrounding cities, is turning into a tribute to the late NBA star and his daughter, who died in a helicopter crash Sunday.

Visual artists at Tenement in Taguig quickly went to work, covering the popular basketball court with a mural of Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, who was with him when the helicopter crashed in Los Angeles, locked in an embrace.

The Tenement Visual Artists have been working night and day to finish the mural, and others have stopped by to light candles, write personal messages and pay their respects.

Hundreds of residents and tourists are flocking to this basketball court in the Philippines to pay respects to late basketball star Kobe Bryant.

This small court, in the middle of a condominium block in Taguig City, Manila, has become the focal point of tributes to the LA Lakers legend who died in a helicopter crash on January 26 alongside his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.

Footage shows how tourists and residents in the basketball-loving country are flocking there to paint tributes on the walls surrounding the court.

Residents are laying flowers and posing and praying at a shrine with several portraits of Bryant in his LA Lakers kit.

''The artwork is a tribute to Kobe Bryant and his daughters and the victims of the accident. It's a form of our prayer, to give love and honour," said Mike Swift who helped create the tributes.

''All over the world, people are coming here to pay respect and show love and to mourn, to mourn Kobe Bryant, mourn Gianna. It's all our loss.''

Bryant was extremely popular across Asia, and especially in the Philippines, where basketball has been popular since the beginning U.S.'s occupation of the country in the 1890s, the Philippine Star points out. American teachers introduced baseball and basketball to Filipinos, and it became the country's most popular sport.

In addition to a painting, people wrote personal messages such as “Gone but never forgotten,” “Born to be super star” and “Legend will be legend.”

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Naoya Inoue beat Donaire with a unanimous decision

Japan's Naoya Inoue, right, gets a punch from Philippines' Nonito Donaire in the 11th round of their World Boxing Super Series bantamweight final match in Saitama, Japan, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. Inoue beat Donaire with a unanimous decision to win the championship.

Naoya Inoue, the IBF world bantamweight champion from Japan, sent Donaire to the canvas in the 11th round at Saitama Super Arena with a body blow to the abdomen. Donaire got back up to finish the round and the bout but couldn't turn things around.

Donaire opened a cut above Inoue's right eye with a left hook in the second round. He was in control until the fifth when Inoue landed a right hook to the jaw, stunning the WBA and WBC world bantamweight title holder and seizing momentum.

On the undercard, Nordine Oubaali of France (17-0, 12 KOs) defeated Inoue's younger brother, Takuma Inoue (13-1, three KOs), by unanimous decision to retain his WBC bantamweight title.

The three judges scored the bout 116-111, 117-109, 114-113 in favor of Inoue, who improved to 19-0 with 16 knockouts. Donaire, who is from the Philippines, dropped to 40-6 with 26 KOs.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Pac tokens

The 40-year-old boxer Manny Pacquiao, who defeated Keith Thurman to win the WBA Welterweight Super Championship in July and is also a Philippine senator, hopes to cash in on his "Pac" tokens, which will allow fans to buy his merchandise and interact with him via social media.

The "Pac" token will be listed on Singapore's Global Crypto Offering Exchange (GCOX) and counts Pacquiao and ex-Liverpool and England soccer star Michael Owen as private investors, along with Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed al-Nahyan, a member of Abu Dhabi's ruling family.

It is the world’s first celebrity cryptocurrency. Tennis ace Caroline Wozniacki, Owen and singer Jason Derulo also plan to launch their own crypto tokens with GCOX.

At Sunday's concert, Pacquiao sang songs from his own album which has sold thousands of copies and covers popular love songs.

"Pacquiao is idolised by many. People will be encouraged to check this innovation," Aaron Baetiong, 38, who attended the concert, said of the "Pac" tokens.

The cryptocurrency is going to list on Global Crypto Offering Exchange (GCOX), the prominent exchange of Singapore who claims to be the best exchange to list the digital assets of celebrities.

The project is not very latest as there has been going a development work from the past year. After being ready to go into the crypto markets, Manny decided to unveil it in a music concert in the presence of his wife on the stage.

The entry of a celebrity in the crypto world is not the first case as the digital currency has attracted many celebrities in its magic web. Jason Derulo, the American singer and songwriter, is also working diligently to launch its cryptocurrency on the same platform, GCOX. Similarly, Serena Williams, a tennis star, recently invested in Coinbase.