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PACQUIAO BOUT A FAMILY AFFAIR FOR MAYWEATHERS


APRIL 29 ---Floyd Mayweather Jr. (left) and Floyd Mayweather Sr. AFP PHOTOS LAS VEGAS: Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his father have had a stormy relationship, but they are back together for the fighter’s toughest test yet against Manny Pacquiao. Over the years, Mayweather Sr. has spent long stretches estranged from his son because of their clashing egos and the father’s stints in jail, including a five-year sentence two decades ago on a drug trafficking conviction. Mayweather Sr., who turned to training after his own boxing career was cut short when he was shot in the leg during a family dispute, once almost took a job training Oscar De La Hoya against his son. But the Mayweathers have reconciled and Mayweather Sr. has been in his son’s corner for the last four fights. And on Saturday, the 62-year-old Mayweather Sr. will shepherd his now-grown namesake into the ring at the MGM Grand Hotel to take on Filipino icon Pacquiao in a fight that will go a long way to determining who was the greatest fighter of their era. A boxing baby Mayweather Sr. likes to tell a story of when his son was just a baby and he would put him down on the bed at their house and move his tiny hands in punching motions. “One day I came into the room and he’s laying back on the pillow doing just what I was showing him,” Mayweather Sr. said. “I said, ‘This is it. He’s going to be a fighter.’” READ MORE...

ALSO Floyd: Fight not good vs evil


MAY 1 ---LAS VEGAS: Floyd Mayweather Jr. insisted on Wednesday that his blockbuster fight against Manny Pacquiao is about boxing and business, not angels and demons, as the rivals went eyeball-to-eyeball at their final pre-fight news conference.
Pacquiao goes into Saturday’s bout (Sunday morning in the Philippines) that has the boxing world buzzing trailing a mantle of humanitarian deeds. The two-term congressman tipped as a future President of the Philippines has left womanizing and gambling ways behind him and while he stands to make some $100 million for his night’s work on Saturday, the devout Christian says he hopes the intense focus on the fight will be a stage for the glorification of God. “I want to inspire,” Pacquiao said. But Mayweather won’t be playing the devil, despite a history that includes two months in jail in 2012 for an assault on an ex-girlfriend in front of two of their children. “I am a realist,” said Mayweather, the 38-year-old American who has parlayed a perfect 47-0 ring record into a reign as the highest paid sportsman on the planet. “This fight is not good versus evil. It is one fighter who is at the top and another.”  READ MORE..

ALSO: Pacquiao’s effort to save Mary Jane ‘impressive’ – Arum
[Arum pointed out that the Filipino boxing superstar has more followers than President Benigno Aquino 3rd].

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APRIL 30 ---PACQUIAO-MJ
Top Rank boss Bob Arum on Wednesday said Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao had played a big role in securing a stay in the scheduled execution of Mary Jane Veloso in Indonesia on Tuesday. “When I read Manny’s letter to the Indonesian President [Joko Widodo] the other day, I was really impressed that he [Pacquiao] made an effort,” Arum told The Manila Times in a phone interview. “Then just few hours later, the woman [Veloso] was spared while the eight other foreigners were already executed.” Only seven foreigners were put to death by firing squad; the other condemned was an Indonesian. “Pacquiao’s letter to the Indonesian President and the new development are now trending worldwide. I’m going to bring this up [at] the press conference. It’s really incredible and huge,” Arum said. He pointed out that the Filipino boxing superstar has more followers than President Benigno Aquino 3rd. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacman, Floyd trade compliments, not shots


MAY 1 ---All is set for the May 2 showdown (May 3 in Manila) between unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden. Abac Cordero 
Even the staredown was not as fierce, as Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. faced each other for the last time before climbing into the ring here on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) for what has been called the Fight of the Century. At a media conference that was subdued and lacking in the fireworks expected for the fight of this magnitude, Pacquiao and Mayweather were surprisingly respectful and did not trade verbal jabs, with the flamboyant American fighter saying there was no need to hype it up since the fight “sells itself.”  “This fight is not good versus evil, (it’s) one fighter who is at the top going against another fighter at the top,” said Mayweather. Pacquiao, for his part, thanked and glorified God for turning him “from nothing into something.” “It’s beyond my expectations – from the little boy who was starving and sleeping in the streets with no slippers,” said Pacquiao. “This fight is about glorifying the name of God,” he had said the entire week. Mayweather, usually fashionably late, came right on time at a little past noon Wednesday to the MGM Grand’s KA Theater, which looked like an alien mother ship from the inside. The 38-year-old American with the perfect ring record of 47 wins stood out in his red and black TMT track suit as he took his seat at the extra-long presidential table set up on stage. Mayweather sat quietly, sipping coffee from a tall paper cup. Pacquiao, on the other hand, sat happily a few feet away, more distinguished in his gray pants, dark jacket and his ever-ready smile. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao-Mayweather fight night like the Oscars; Hollywood, sports celebs to jam MGM


MAY 1 ---ALL SMILES Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and rival Floyd Mayweather Jr. hold the welterweight title belt they will fight for in Las Vegas on May 2 (May 3 in Manila). On Pacquiao’s left is his trainer Freddie Roach while Mayweather’s trainer and father Floyd Sr. is on the American boxer’s right. INQSnap this page. REM ZAMORA
LAS VEGAS—Leonardo DiCaprio. Mark Wahlberg. Ronda Rousey. Sylvester Stallone. Denzel Washington.
Think of big names in Hollywood and in sports, and they’re likely to show up at MGM Grand’s Garden Arena when Manny Pacquiao tries to pin a first loss on Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their highly anticipated showdown on Saturday (Sunday in Manila). “There’ll be as many celebrities from Hollywood who will watch the fight as there are in the Academy Awards,” Bob Arum predicted. The only thing that this boxing promoter is unsure about is whether he can name everyone on the celebrity list that he saw. “I’m gonna f**k up because I [might] leave some people out,” Arum told journalists on Wednesday after the final press conference for the fight that will unify the welterweight titles. “You cannot believe the [sheer number of] VIPs coming. I wish we had someone to tell you all of them. I wish we had the list. I was having lunch and they were blowing my mind with the names. READ MORE...

ALSO: Host Davao del Norte treats athletes to Pac-Floyd live


APRIL 29----The Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex (DNSTC) will be the venue of perhaps the biggest outdoor gathering of Filipino fans rooting for Manny Pacquiao in the most important fight of his fabled career against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Sunday. And the crowd would be representing the entire country — all 17 regions of them. “Easily it would be the biggest public viewing ever for a Manny Pacquiao fight,” Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario told the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum on Tuesday at Shakey’s Malate. READ MORE...

ALSO: Celebrities weigh in on Pacquiao vs Mayweather


KHLOE KARDASHIAN
Celebrities’ words bear a lot of weight, and they use that weight to shape opinion.
So they took that importance to the sporting world’s biggest event on May 2. In a Showtime video on Thursday, celebrities from actors and models to athletes weighed in on the mega fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Here’s what they said: Jamie Foxx (actor): “This has been a long time coming … It’s ‘Money’ (Mayweather) man.” Adriana Lima (model): “The fight of the century … Pacquiao!”  READ MORE...


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Pacquiao bout a family affair for Mayweathers


Floyd Mayweather Jr. (left) and Floyd Mayweather Sr. AFP PHOTOS

LAS VEGAS, MAY 2, 2015 (MANILA TIMES) April 29, 2015 9:56 pm : Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his father have had a stormy relationship, but they are back together for the fighter’s toughest test yet against Manny Pacquiao.

Over the years, Mayweather Sr. has spent long stretches estranged from his son because of their clashing egos and the father’s stints in jail, including a five-year sentence two decades ago on a drug trafficking conviction.

Mayweather Sr., who turned to training after his own boxing career was cut short when he was shot in the leg during a family dispute, once almost took a job training Oscar De La Hoya against his son.

But the Mayweathers have reconciled and Mayweather Sr. has been in his son’s corner for the last four fights.

And on Saturday, the 62-year-old Mayweather Sr. will shepherd his now-grown namesake into the ring at the MGM Grand Hotel to take on Filipino icon Pacquiao in a fight that will go a long way to determining who was the greatest fighter of their era.

A boxing baby Mayweather Sr. likes to tell a story of when his son was just a baby and he would put him down on the bed at their house and move his tiny hands in punching motions.

“One day I came into the room and he’s laying back on the pillow doing just what I was showing him,” Mayweather Sr. said.

“I said, ‘This is it. He’s going to be a fighter.’”

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There’s another story involving his son that Mayweather Sr. is less comfortable talking about, but he tells it anyway.

Sitting in a chair in his Grand Rapids, Michigan home with his toddler son in his arms, Mayweather Sr. found himself staring down the barrel of a 20-gauge shotgun .

The shotgun was held by his brother-in-law, who had decided to take matters into his own hands after being told he had worn out his welcome at the Mayweather home.

Mayweather Sr. ignored the pleas of the child’s mother, hanging onto the boy as the only thing saving him from death.

“She was trying to get the baby. ‘Give me my baby, give me my baby,’” Mayweather Sr. said. “But you are not going to get this baby, because this was my only shield.”

“I got shot with him in my hands,” Mayweather Sr recalled and added “He would have killed me.”

The blast destroyed the left calf of the father but Mayweather Jr. escaped that incident unscathed.

Fame, wealth, violence Carrying on a family boxing tradition has brought Mayweather Jr (47-0, 26 KOs) fame and wealth, but the kind of turbulence that surrounded his upbringing is also still a part of his life.

But he has multiple convictions for assaulting women, serving two months in jail in 2012 for a hair-pulling, arm-twisting attack on a former girlfriend as two of their children looked on.

Unlike other millionaire athletes, Mayweather Jr, 38, has never been suspended or sanctioned by one of boxing’s governing bodies over domestic violence incidents.

His latest legal trouble unfolded last year when some fellow boxers, who work out at his Las Vegas gym, sued him over training conditions which allegedly included making fighters go 31 rounds without a break.

Mayweather Sr. missed seeing his son fight in the 1996 Olympics, where he lost in the semi-finals, because he was in jail.

Mayweather Jr. credits his father with leading him down the boxing path to a record purse of more than $150 million.

At least for now, the Mayweathers have also patched up things inside and outside the ring.

“He might have felt it was my fault, I might have thought it was his,” Mayweather Sr. says. “He’s still my son.”

Mayweather Sr. boxed for 11 years until his wounds from the shooting and a lung disease that he says he caught in prison made it impossible for him to continue.

He fought as a welterweight contender in the 1970s and 1980s, losing by a 10th round technical knockout to Sugar Ray Leonard in 1978.

“I fought Sugar Ray Leonard with one hand. I had a hairline fracture in my hand,” he said.

But while revered by his son as a boxing “wizard,” his counterpart in the opposite corner this weekend—Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach—is less impressed.

“The dad gets too excited in the corner, doesn’t give good direction,” Roach said.

“I’m very happy he’s there, to be honest with you.” AFP


MANILA TIMES

Floyd: Fight not good vs evil May 1, 2015 12:56 am

LAS VEGAS: Floyd Mayweather Jr. insisted on Wednesday that his blockbuster fight against Manny Pacquiao is about boxing and business, not angels and demons, as the rivals went eyeball-to-eyeball at their final pre-fight news conference.

Pacquiao goes into Saturday’s bout (Sunday morning in the Philippines) that has the boxing world buzzing trailing a mantle of humanitarian deeds.

The two-term congressman tipped as a future President of the Philippines has left womanizing and gambling ways behind him and while he stands to make some $100 million for his night’s work on Saturday, the devout Christian says he hopes the intense focus on the fight will be a stage for the glorification of God.

“I want to inspire,” Pacquiao said.

But Mayweather won’t be playing the devil, despite a history that includes two months in jail in 2012 for an assault on an ex-girlfriend in front of two of their children.

“I am a realist,” said Mayweather, the 38-year-old American who has parlayed a perfect 47-0 ring record into a reign as the highest paid sportsman on the planet.

“This fight is not good versus evil. It is one fighter who is at the top and another.”

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It was Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach who first billed the fight as good against evil, citing Mayweather’s record of domestic violence.

“For the first time in my life with Manny Pacquiao, this is the first fighter he hasn’t liked. I can tell,” Roach said earlier this month.

Mayweather, an energetic trash-talker in his younger days, has often courted controversy—comparing h imself favorably to Muhammad Ali and flaunting the perks his wealth has brought: houses, cars, even an airplane.

But the American, who said this week he expects a payday of $200 million for this fight alone, says none of that will matter when he steps in the ring.

“I believe in my skills. I believe I will be victorious,” said Mayweather, who puts his World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association welterweight belts on the line against Pacquiao, the World Boxing Organization champ who boasts a record of 57-5-2.

For more than five years, contractual hurdles and animosity between the camps kept the top pound-for-pound fighters of their generation from meeting in the ring.

Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum, whose Top Rank Promotions is partnering with Mayweather Promotions to produce the event just as television rivals HBO and Showtime have come together in a rare partnership, said the experience had been “hellish.”

The long-awaited bout, however, has captured the imaginations of fight fans and casual observers around the world.

“I don’t take nothing away from Pacquiao, he is going to be an intriguing match-up on Saturday,” Mayweather said. “He didn’t get to where he got by not beating tough opponents.”

It’s that kind of measured respect that has Roach doubting that Mayweather’s heart is in the fight.

“I wonder if he’s going to show up,” Roach said shortly before the fighters took the stage at the MGM Grand’s 1,950-seat Ka Theater—usually the home of Cirque du Soleil.

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson strolled in—only one of the boxing legends, A-list celebrities and casino high-rollers drawn to the event.

“I think he was forced into this fight,” Roach said. “I don’t think he wants to fight this fight. He didn’t get to pick his opponent.”


MANILA TIMES

Pacquiao’s effort to save Mary Jane ‘impressive’ – Arum April 29, 2015 11:32 pm by JOSEF T. RAMOS REPORTER


PACQUIAO-MJ

Top Rank boss Bob Arum on Wednesday said Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao had played a big role in securing a stay in the scheduled execution of Mary Jane Veloso in Indonesia on Tuesday.

“When I read Manny’s letter to the Indonesian President [Joko Widodo] the other day, I was really impressed that he [Pacquiao] made an effort,” Arum told The Manila Times in a phone interview. “Then just few hours later, the woman [Veloso] was spared while the eight other foreigners were already executed.”

Only seven foreigners were put to death by firing squad; the other condemned was an Indonesian.

“Pacquiao’s letter to the Indonesian President and the new development are now trending worldwide. I’m going to bring this up [at] the press conference. It’s really incredible and huge,” Arum said.

He pointed out that the Filipino boxing superstar has more followers than President Benigno Aquino 3rd.

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“Pacquiao has a million followers and that’s why he is instrumental [in] that [reprieve for Mary Jane]. He has more followers than the Philippine President. I’m happy to know that the entire Philippines is rejoicing. Saturday night, they will rejoice again when Manny wins his fight.”

The reigning World Boxing Organization welterweight titleholder, Pacquiao will battle World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2, Saturday (May 3, Sunday in Manila) in a unification match at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

A part of Pacquiao’s letter to the Indonesian President read, “His Excellency, President Joko Widodo, I am Manny Pacquiao. On behalf of my countryman, Mary Jane Veloso, and the entire Filipino people, I am begging and knocking on your kind heart that Your Excellency will grant executive clemency to her by sparing her life and saving her from execution.”

“Mr. President, on 2 May I’ll be fighting in Las Vegas, Nevada, against Floyd Mayweather. It is considered the fight of the century. It will be a great morale booster if, in my own little way, I can save a life. I am dedicating this fight to my country and the entire Asian people, to which the Philippines and Indonesia belong. Thank you, Mr. President.”

Pacquiao, according to Arum, is very inspired by the development in Veloso’s case.

“Manny is still undergoing a light training here in Las Vegas. He is really inspired when he heard this new development,” he said. “He will do his best on the fight night.”


PHILSTAR

Pacman, Floyd trade compliments, not shots By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 1, 2015 - 12:00am


All is set for the May 2 showdown (May 3 in Manila) between unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden. Abac Cordero

LAS VEGAS – Even the staredown was not as fierce, as Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. faced each other for the last time before climbing into the ring here on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) for what has been called the Fight of the Century.

At a media conference that was subdued and lacking in the fireworks expected for the fight of this magnitude, Pacquiao and Mayweather were surprisingly respectful and did not trade verbal jabs, with the flamboyant American fighter saying there was no need to hype it up since the fight “sells itself.”

“This fight is not good versus evil, (it’s) one fighter who is at the top going against another fighter at the top,” said Mayweather.

Pacquiao, for his part, thanked and glorified God for turning him “from nothing into something.”

“It’s beyond my expectations – from the little boy who was starving and sleeping in the streets with no slippers,” said Pacquiao.

“This fight is about glorifying the name of God,” he had said the entire week.

Mayweather, usually fashionably late, came right on time at a little past noon Wednesday to the MGM Grand’s KA Theater, which looked like an alien mother ship from the inside.

The 38-year-old American with the perfect ring record of 47 wins stood out in his red and black TMT track suit as he took his seat at the extra-long presidential table set up on stage.

Mayweather sat quietly, sipping coffee from a tall paper cup.

Pacquiao, on the other hand, sat happily a few feet away, more distinguished in his gray pants, dark jacket and his ever-ready smile.

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Leonard Ellerbe played point for The Money Team while Bob Arum got up each time he needed to say nice things about Pacquiao and Mandalay Bay.

Pacquiao spoke about the excitement leading to Saturday’s big event and how amazing his journey was from the time he turned pro almost 20 years ago.

Freddie Roach also spoke before him and stayed on the podium for only 20 seconds. There was nothing much to say.

Mayweather was introduced as “the biggest star in sports and the best fighter in the world.” He’s so used to that kind of intro.

“I want to thank God,” was how he surprised the press.

“I want to thank God because without God this wouldn’t have been possible,” said the American pound-for-pound and pay-per-view king.

The press conference didn’t last long, and soon after, the two greatest athletes in the world today stood face to face.

They held the WBC belt, studded with emerald, together, flanked by their respective trainers who are so used to calling each other names.

After the final staredown, Mayweather turned his back on Pacquiao.

Mayweather has done this countless times. He’s not the friendly type. Unlike Pacquiao, who wouldn’t leave the stage without tapping his opponent on his shoulder or back.

Pacquiao was first to leave the theater.

Mayweather spoke to television crews as members of print media waited in a room with perhaps five dozen chairs for another round of talks.

The flamboyant fighter said something that’s been said a hundred times over the last few weeks: how well his camp had been.

Mayweather thanked the writers, who’ve been spreading news about him the last 19 years.

“Whether the stories were good and whether the stories were bad you guys kept me relevant for 19 years,” he said.

Then he described Pacquiao as “a solid fighter and a solid competitor.”

“I don’t take anything away from Manny Pacquiao. It will be an intriguing matchup come Saturday,” he said.

A couple of times, the questions veered away from boxing. Someone asked if Mayweather won his bets on the NBA games the other night.

“Yes, I won both of my bets yesterday,” he said.

There was really nothing else to say.

“Nothing has changed since yesterday,” he told the press. – With AP


INQUIRER

Pacquiao-Mayweather fight night like the Oscars; Hollywood, sports celebs to jam MGM Francis T. J. Ochoa; Assistant Sports Editor @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer \1:10 AM | Friday, May 1st, 2015


ALL SMILES Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and rival Floyd Mayweather Jr. hold the welterweight title belt they will fight for in Las Vegas on May 2 (May 3 in Manila). On Pacquiao’s left is his trainer Freddie Roach while Mayweather’s trainer and father Floyd Sr. is on the American boxer’s right. INQSnap this page. REM ZAMORA

LAS VEGAS—Leonardo DiCaprio. Mark Wahlberg. Ronda Rousey. Sylvester Stallone. Denzel Washington.

Think of big names in Hollywood and in sports, and they’re likely to show up at MGM Grand’s Garden Arena when Manny Pacquiao tries to pin a first loss on Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their highly anticipated showdown on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).

“There’ll be as many celebrities from Hollywood who will watch the fight as there are in the Academy Awards,” Bob Arum predicted.

The only thing that this boxing promoter is unsure about is whether he can name everyone on the celebrity list that he saw.

READ: The Pacquiao Files Celebrity Corner

“I’m gonna f**k up because I [might] leave some people out,” Arum told journalists on Wednesday after the final press conference for the fight that will unify the welterweight titles. “You cannot believe the [sheer number of] VIPs coming. I wish we had someone to tell you all of them. I wish we had the list. I was having lunch and they were blowing my mind with the names.

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“Everybody is coming,” he repeated.

HBO bought $3M

That might sound like a stretch, but there may be some basis to Arum’s claim. After all, HBO and Showtime have purchased tickets worth millions of dollars, some of which will be comped to celebrities associated with the giant networks.

“HBO bought from us about $3 million worth of tickets and they’re using some of those tickets to bring in celebrities,” Arum revealed. “And Showtime is doing the same thing with their own celebrities.”

And that’s not even counting the celebrities who’d be given tickets by the camps of the two fighters, and those who’d buy their own tickets to watch what many have described the most important bout in decades.

“Celebrities love boxing because they love to be seen,” Arum said. “And nowhere could you be seen better than in a boxing match,” he added.

Other celebrities associated with either boxer include Jeremy Renner, Kevin Hart, Robert Duvall, Justin Bieber, 50 Cent and Michelle Rodriguez. Most of these stars can be counted on to show up on fight night.

READ: CELEBRITY CORNER: WHO SUPPORTS WHOM?

And that’s not all, Arum said.

“There will be companies bringing in celebrities in groups of 20,” he said. “So you will be seeing 20 people sitting together like the ‘who’s who’ of Hollywood,” Arum added.


TRIBUNE

Host Davao del Norte treats athletes to Pac-Floyd live Written by Tribune Wires Thursday, 30 April 2015 00:00

The Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex (DNSTC) will be the venue of perhaps the biggest outdoor gathering of Filipino fans rooting for Manny Pacquiao in the most important fight of his fabled career against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Sunday.

And the crowd would be representing the entire country — all 17 regions of them.

“Easily it would be the biggest public viewing ever for a Manny Pacquiao fight,” Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario told the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum on Tuesday at Shakey’s Malate.

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The 2015 Palarong Pambansa hosts have deliberately delayed the games’ opening ceremonies for a day on Monday to give way to the Pacquiao-Mayweather megafight in Las Vegas that is expected to happen at noon Sunday.

But competitions in some of the 17 sports on the Palaro program will start on Sunday for the weeklong Davao del Norte Palaro backed by the Tagum Agricultural Development Company Inc., Damosa Land, Davao Packaging Corp., Davao International Container Terminal Inc. and Pearl Farm Beach Resort.

“There will be four giant LED screens at the DNSTC and we expect all members of each of the delegations from the country’s 17 regions to be there rooting for Manny Pacquiao,” Palaro Organizing Committee Secretariat Chairperson Sofonias Gabonada Jr. said.

The Palaro, supervised by the Department of Education, is the annual grassroot multi-sport competition among students in the primary and secondary level from all of the country’s 17 regions.

Attendance is pegged at no less than 7,000 athletes, plus 3,000 officials, coaches and team support and thousands more team support — chaperones, family members and tourists.

“Not only are the participants in the Palaro expected for the public viewing but all of Tagum City and Davao del Norte who are all eager to see Manny Pacquiao beat Floyd Mayweather Jr.,” del Rosario said.


INQUIRER

Celebrities weigh in on Pacquiao vs Mayweather Bong Lozada @BLozadaINQ INQUIRER.net 9:06 PM | Friday, April 24th, 2015


KHLOE KARDASHIAN

Celebrities’ words bear a lot of weight, and they use that weight to shape opinion.

So they took that importance to the sporting world’s biggest event on May 2.

In a Showtime video on Thursday, celebrities from actors and models to athletes weighed in on the mega fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Here’s what they said:

Jamie Foxx (actor): “This has been a long time coming … It’s ‘Money’ (Mayweather) man.”

Adriana Lima (model): “The fight of the century … Pacquiao!”

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Michael Strahan (retired NFL player): “Mayweather—he’s an artist.”

Diddy (rapper): “This fight is gonna come down to heart … Mayweather’s the champion.”

Charles Barkley (retired NBA player): “Manny is an aggressive person. He got punches coming from every angle.”

Mark Wahlberg (actor): “I’m going with Team PacMan.”

Shaquille O’Neal (retired NBA player): “Mayweather, seventh round, knockout.”

Tom Brady (NFL player): “It’s always about the ‘Money’ (Mayweather)!”

Liev Schreiber (actor): “Never discount Manny’s ability.”

Bill Maher (author): “Mayweather’s gonna win!”

Khloe Kardashian (reality TV star): “Anything can happen.” RC

WATCH THEM ON VIDEO: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIotMov1Txk&feature=player_embedded


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