ARUM TIRED OF PACQUIAO-MAYWEATHER

Bob Arum wants the fight to happen. But he said it’s not going to happen. The fight has been talked about forever and nothing is happening. There are those who are in the same page with Arum in that it never will. “Look, I’m tired of beating a dead horse,” he told Michael Woods of The Sweet Science in one of the stops of the press tour for Pacquiao’s rematch with Tim Bradley. It’s Mayweather’s fault, the legendary promoter said, why the fight that should break all existing records in boxing, isn’t happening.

ALSO: Pacquiao to Mayweather: My line is open 24/7

It may take just one phone call for the highly-anticipated megafight to finally happen, or so world boxing icon Manny Pacquiao says. Pacquiao said in an interview with ESPN’s Keith Olbermann that his line was open anytime to receive Floyd Mayweather’s call if he would ever commit to fighting him. “I want that fight, but it’s up to him. What I can say now is that our line is open 24 hours, seven days a week if he will call and say ‘yes’ then the fight will be on,” the Filipino boxer said.

ALSO: Pacquiao vs Mayweather? Operators are standing

SACRAMENTO, California—Face to face with a good guy like Manny Pacquiao, ESPN’s Keith Olbermann was in his best behavior Wednesday night while talking to the eight-division world boxing champ. On his five-month-old late night TV show “Olbermann,” Olbermann did not pounce on Pacquiao’s tax problems.

ALSO: A TALE OF TWO BASKETS

It was the Game 4 of their best-of-seven semifinal series between San Mig Super Coffee and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and the score read 85-82 for the Kings. Two days later, with the series tied at two games apiece and the game dwindling down to its final seconds, Yap once again caught the leather from Mark Barroca on the left wing with his foot clearly behind the three-point line. He popped up and fired a three-pointer, but this time, the ball went in with 13.4 seconds left in the game. That proved to be the winning basket and the Mixers took a 3-2 series lead with a 79-76 Game 5 victory. Whether it might be seen as a redemption of some sorts, Yap could only muster a few words. “At least, makakalimutan ko na yung Game 4,” he said. “Same feeling yung tira ko dun sa last game,” Yap said. “Ang sarap ng bitaw ko (nung Game 4), tapos nag-miss. Ngayon, ang sarap din ng feeling pagbitaw ko. Buti na lang pumasok.”


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Arum tired of Pacquiao-Mayweather

MANILA, FEBRUARY 10, 2014, (PHILSTAR) By Abac Cordero - Bob Arum wants the fight to happen. But he said it’s not going to happen.

The 82-year-old promoter, who had seen the best fights in boxing, is almost losing hope he’d ever see Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather Jr.

The fight has been talked about forever and nothing is happening. There are those who are in the same page with Arum in that it never will.

“Look, I’m tired of beating a dead horse,” he told Michael Woods of The Sweet Science in one of the stops of the press tour for Pacquiao’s rematch with Tim Bradley.

Even when he’s fighting someone else, Pacquiao has been hounded by questions on the Mayweather fight. If it doesn’t happen, the questions will hound him the rest of his life.

But Arum said Pacquiao is not to blame. It’s Mayweather’s fault, the legendary promoter said, why the fight that should break all existing records in boxing, isn’t happening.

Or why it may never happen at all.

Arum said it’s about time people stop talking about it and start looking at fights that will happen.

“Because it’s not productive. But we have to realize, and I know Mayweather, he doesn’t want to fight Pacquiao, because of Pacquiao’s style. Mayweather’s style is of great defense against a right-handed fighter,” Arum said.

“A fast lefty who can punch a little bit will give him trouble. Pacquiao really creates the biggest danger to Mayweathers’ undefeated record, more than any other fighter. He’s not going to fight him. I tell Manny, Mayweather will make one demand after another, and you can accede to the demand, but he’s not going to get you the fight,” Arum added.

Pacquiao said he will do everything to make the fight happen. He will take the needle anytime of the day and said he will fight Mayweather for free.

But it’s not working – yet.

“This is like a tactic, I’m not equating the politics, it’s like Hitler. Before the Second World War, ‘give me Czechoslovakia, there’ll be peace,’ and this and that.. and (Neville) Chamberlain (then UK Prime Minister) kept appeasing, kept appeasing...was there ever going to be peace? No. No. It’s not going to get anybody closer to that fight,” Arum added.

“That’s the truth. That’s the truth. You do something like that, that’s the tactic. You bully, you bully, you bully... finally the guy says, ‘Enough,’ and he says, ‘See, you don’t want to fight me,” he told The Sweet Science.

FROM THE INQUIRER

Pacquiao to Mayweather: My line is open 24/7 By Celest R. Flores INQUIRER.net 6:19 pm | Saturday, February 8th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — It may take just one phone call for the highly-anticipated megafight to finally happen, or so world boxing icon Manny Pacquiao says.

Pacquiao said in an interview with ESPN’s Keith Olbermann that his line was open anytime to receive Floyd Mayweather’s call if he would ever commit to fighting him.

“I want that fight, but it’s up to him. What I can say now is that our line is open 24 hours, seven days a week if he will call and say ‘yes’ then the fight will be on,” the Filipino boxer said.

Even in the midst of the two-city press tour in the United States for his rematch against Timothy Bradley, Pacquiao couldn’t escape questions about his nemesis.

When asked by Olbermann whether he thought Mayweather didn’t want the fight, Pacquiao answered “That’s what I believe.”

“Thousands and millions of fans are waiting for that fight,” Pacquiao also said.

“I’ve been asked many questions on when that fight will happen and I told them I’m willing to fight him anytime, the problem is he makes many reasons and alibis.”

Since 2009, efforts to make the two best boxers of the generation meet on the ring have been in vain as negotiations have always bogged down.

Pacquiao vs Mayweather? Operators are standing by 1:14 am | Sunday, February 9th, 2014

SACRAMENTO, California—Face to face with a good guy like Manny Pacquiao, ESPN’s Keith Olbermann was in his best behavior Wednesday night while talking to the eight-division world boxing champ.

On his five-month-old late night TV show “Olbermann,” Olbermann did not pounce on Pacquiao’s tax problems.

Neither did he spoil the fun by reminding Manny of his defeats to Juan Manuel Marquez by knockout and to Timothy Bradley via a bum decision.

While in New York to promote his rematch with Bradley at MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on April 12, Pacman was thrown to the wolves to deal with the acerbic Olbermann, a political analyst until his return after 17 years to ESPN to pursue his first love as a sportscaster.

Olbermann, however, conducted a tame interview, that touched on Pacquiao’s forthcoming fight and his political career as a congressman back home.

I can venture a guess why the debate-obsessed Olbermann, known for his pointed wit and criticism of conservative public figures, chose to be gentle with Pacquiao.

The host would have been charmed, even disarmed anyway by the champ’s ever-smiling self and his short, straightforward way of expressing himself in the Queen’s language.

And so the uncharacteristically gracious Olbermann instead held the fighting Filipino congressman’s hand as he dealt yet again with the issue of his ghost fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

“I did not want one name to become the only thing we talked about tonight, so I held it till last,” Olbermann told Pacquiao.

“Are you gonna fight Floyd Mayweather at some point?”

“I want that fight but it’s up to him,” Pacquiao said.

“What I can say now is that our line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If he will call and say ‘yes,’ then the fight [will happen].”

“Operators are standing by as they say,” Olbermann interjected.

“And to the best of your knowledge is that why the fight has not happened, because he does not want to do it?”
“That’s what I believe,” Pacquiao said.

“As somebody who appreciates your sport, and you obviously have a whole view of the thing, is it a shame that you guys have not fought? Is that something that the fans need and the sports need and have been denied?”

“Thousands, millions of fans are waiting for that fight and (have) been asking me many questions about when will that fight happen,” Pacquiao explained.

“I tell them I am willing to fight him any time but the problem is him. Many reasons, many alibis, so…”

“Operators are standing by,” Olbermann deadpanned to finish Manny’s sentence.

It should be noted that as late as 2009, Mayweather and Pacquiao have not been able to reach a deal. Both sides have been blamed for the fight being a ghost fight until now.

But the biggest stumbling block had been Mayweather’s outlandish financial demands.

Indeed, Mayweather, true to his moniker is not called Money for nothing.

A TALE OF TWO BASKETS 6:58 pm | Sunday, February 9th, 2014

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With the game hanging in the balance, James Yap caught the ball on the left wing behind the arc and threw a three-pointer as time expired.

The ball missed its mark.

It was the Game 4 of their best-of-seven semifinal series between San Mig Super Coffee and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and the score read 85-82 for the Kings.

Two days later, with the series tied at two games apiece and the game dwindling down to its final seconds, Yap once again caught the leather from Mark Barroca on the left wing with his foot clearly behind the three-point line.

He popped up and fired a three-pointer, but this time, the ball went in with 13.4 seconds left in the game.

That proved to be the winning basket and the Mixers took a 3-2 series lead with a 79-76 Game 5 victory.

Whether it might be seen as a redemption of some sorts, Yap could only muster a few words. “At least, makakalimutan ko na yung Game 4,” he said.

“Same feeling yung tira ko dun sa last game,” Yap said. “Ang sarap ng bitaw ko (nung Game 4), tapos nag-miss. Ngayon, ang sarap din ng feeling pagbitaw ko. Buti na lang pumasok.”

Yap was freed in that crucial possession by Mark Barroca, who sucked in the Ginebra defense when he penetrated the paint. Little did the Kings know that he was going to kick the ball out to the waiting hands of the open Yap.

“Nagkataon na libre ako, pero kasama ako sa play. Nagpaiwan ako sa three points and there, nalibre ako,” he said. “Ganun naman talaga eh. Sa basketball, kung libre ka, itira mo. Eh nagkataon na libre ako, so tinira ko. Wala naman akong choice kundi itira talaga eh.”

The two-time MVP said he already prepared himself for games like this, knowing that the stakes are higher with both teams gutting it out for a Finals spot, not to mention the rivalry between the two teams that has been dubbed Manila Clasico.

“Ganun naman talaga pag semis. Ine-expect ko na yung ganung games kasi walang gustong magpatalo kasi ang hirap makarating dito,” Yap said.

“Pagdating sa series, mahirap magkaroon ng kumpyansa. Dikdikan talaga to eh. Alam naman natin ang Ginebra, di magpapatalo yan. Di sila tatawaging never say die kung wala silang napatunayan.”

“Kaya kami, handa pa rin kami.” (RL)

FROM INTERAKSYON.COM

San Mig Coffee goes for the kill against Ginebra in Manila Clasico semis Game Six


PBA/Nuki Sabio

The San Mig Super Coffee Mixers will try to book the last ticket to the championship round of the PLDT Home DSL Philippine Cup when they take on Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in Game Six of their Manila Clasico series on Monday.

Game time is set at 8 p.m. at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum with live broadcast over TV5.

The Mixers are holding a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven affair after a pulsating 79-76 victory over Ginebra in Game Five last Saturday.

James Yap emerged as the hero of the game, hitting the go-ahead three-pointer with 13.4 seconds remaining to lift San Mig Coffee to victory.

Despite the exciting win, the Mixers were in no mood to celebrate, knowing they still had unfinished business.

“Basta kami hindi pa kami nag-ce-celebrate na lamang kami 3-2. Iniisip namin one game lang,” said San Mig Coffee forward Marc Pingris, who has dominated his matchup with Ginebra star Japeth Aguilar in the series.

Yap, for his part, remained wary about Ginebra. “Alam naman natin yan, never-say-die. Kailangan naka-focus kami,” he said.

Rain or Shine awaits the winner of the series after taking the first spot in the finals by winning over Petron in their own semis affair.


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