BRITISH FIGHTER KHAN PUSHES CASE FOR PACQUIAO SHOWDOWN

Amir Khan has faced Manny Pacquiao before in sparring. Now he wants to take on the Filipino icon in an actual fight. Khan, a British fighter, made his case as a possible opponent for Pacquiao, citing the “history” he shares with the boxing icon. “We used to train together. We were sparring partners. We used to have the same trainer. We were both world champions at the same time. There is a lot of history there. That’s a great fighter,” he said in a recent interview with Real TV. The former lightweight champion used to be Pacquiao’s sparmate, even flying to the Philippines sometime in 2011 to prepare Pacquiao for his fight with Shane Mosley. Khan also trained under Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s longtime cornerman. “What a great storyline that would make?” Khan (29-3, with 19 knockouts) said. Khan is among the few fighters seeking a shot at Pacquiao, who is scheduled to return to the ring on Nov. 23 in Macau. Juan Manuel Marquez, Chris Algieri, Luis Carlos Abregu and Danny Garcia are also possibilities. But Pacquiao’s camp is in no rush to pick an opponent, with Top Rank chief Bob Arum saying it could even take until August to make a decision. Nevertheless, Khan has already started building himself up as a Pacquiao foe. “Manny has problems with quick boxers. I’ve sparred with him myself. I know he has problems with a good boxer who has a very good jab and moves great,” he said. At 5-foot-8, Khan is taller than the 5-foot-6 Pacquiao, something the British believes will work to his advantage. “I’m very big for the weight. I’m a lot taller than Manny Pacquiao. Manny Pacquiao is a southpaw and I can deal with southpaws real well, that’s a 50-50 fight,” he said. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Who’s the worthiest of them all for Pacquiao?

By Recah Trinidad  --The tattooed muscle man in skimpy white T-shirt rode the elevator erect and detached. “Manny Pacquiao? He’s very much a boxer,” the bright-eyed macho man blurted upon being greeted and asked by this reporter. Miguel Cotto was on his way to the dining hall of the Macau Venetian Hotel for breakfast two days before the Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios fight last November. No, that did not directly rule out a Cotto rematch with Pacquiao, which again became a hot topic after the Puerto Rican boxing hero, whom Pacquiao had stopped in a catch weight clash, manhandled the faded Sergio Martinez of Argentina earlier this month. But boxing money makers, led by Bob Arum, would do well to look for a willing next foe for Pacquiao, who has a formally calendared bout in Macau next November. Last heard of, Cotto was mulling a fight against Tim Bradley at the Madison Square Garden later this year. * * * READ MORE...

(ALSO) Holyfield: Floyd not confident enough vs Pacquiao

PHOTO - EVANDER HOYFIELD  --Despite Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s image of "invincibility," former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield believes the undefeated American is not confident enough of his chances against Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao. The 51-year-old Holyfield, who recently retired from boxing, said this is the reason why Mayweather continues to duck the fighting congressman from the Philippines. “Everbody is saying, ‘Why doesn’t he fight Pacquiao? He’ll kill Pacquiao,’” Holyfield said in Keith Idec’s Boxing Scene report. “He doesn’t believe it himself. Until he believes it, the fight won’t happen.” *READ MORE...

(ALSO) Wimbledon: Li Na, Berdych out; Djokovic falls but advances 

Novak Djokovic lay crumpled on Centre Court, clutching his upper left arm and grimacing. He felt something pop and feared the worst. Djokovic had lunged for a shot behind the baseline, tumbled on the grass and rolled over twice, his racket flying from his hand. His new coach, Boris Becker, stood in the player's box and looked on gravely. Slowly, Djokovic rose from the turf, still holding his arm across his chest and made his way to his chair. "When I stood up, I felt that click or pop, whatever you call it," he said later. "I feared maybe it might be a dislocated shoulder or something like that." It wasn't. After a medical timeout and treatment from a trainer, the top-seeded Djokovic needed just four more games to complete a 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 win over France's Gilles Simon on Friday, sending him into the fourth round and keeping alive his bid for a second Wimbledon title and seventh Grand Slam championship. "Luckily there is nothing damaged," Djokovic said. "I just came from the doctor's office, ultrasound. It's all looking good. I'm quite confident that it will not affect my physical state or regimen or daily routine. I think it's going to be fine." Djokovic will have two days off before an intriguing matchup Monday against another Frenchman, the free-swinging 14th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. *READ MORE...

ALSO: James Yap not thinking of PBA Grand Slam

San Mig Coffee’s James Yap said he has stopped entertaining thoughts of a PBA Grand Slam and is instead focused on winning games. This, he believes, helped them beat Talk ‘N Text in the best-of-5 semifinals series and secure the first berth in the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.
“Thank God nakapasok kami ng Finals. May chance na magawa namin, pero di ko iniisip yun. The more na iisipin mo, the more na makakasira ng laro,” said Yap in the league’s official website following their 93-87 Game 5 win against the Tropang Texters. San Mig Coffee has won three straight titles since last year’s Governors’ Cup. They, however, will need to win this season’s Governors’ Cup to clinch the Grand Slam. Only 3 teams in PBA history have been able to achieve that feat. The first was Crispa in 1976 and 1983, followed by San Miguel Beer in 1989. Alaska was the last team to secure a grand slam when the Milkmen, then led by Tim Cone, won all three conference titles in 1996. “Ako personally, ‘di ko iniisip yun. Di ko inisip sa game na to na ‘pag natalo, ang sakit. Basta laro lang kami. Bahala na kung anong mangyayari,” said Yap, who scored 25 points on 5-of-9 three-point shooting against Talk ‘N Text on Friday. Despite leading the team in scoring, Yap insisted that defense will be the cornerstone of their game. The Coffee Mixers will be playing against the winner between Alaska and Rain or Shine, who are still battling it out in the other semifinals. “Basta laging nasa isip ko, kung di man ako makatulong sa offense, sa defense ako tutulong,” said Yap. “Kumbaga, yun naman yung first option namin talaga – defense talaga. Kasi pag di ako dumedepensa, nilalabas ako ni coach eh.THIS IS THE FULL REPORT FROM ABS-CBN


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Khan pushes case for Pacquiao showdown


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MANILA, JUNE 30, 2014 (PHILSTAR)  By Dino Maragay/Contributor  - Amir Khan has faced Manny Pacquiao before in sparring. Now he wants to take on the Filipino icon in an actual fight.

Khan, a British fighter, made his case as a possible opponent for Pacquiao, citing the “history” he shares with the boxing icon.

“We used to train together. We were sparring partners. We used to have the same trainer. We were both world champions at the same time. There is a lot of history there. That’s a great fighter,” he said in a recent interview with Real TV.

The former lightweight champion used to be Pacquiao’s sparmate, even flying to the Philippines sometime in 2011 to prepare Pacquiao for his fight with Shane Mosley.

Khan also trained under Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s longtime cornerman.

“What a great storyline that would make?” Khan (29-3, with 19 knockouts) said.

Khan is among the few fighters seeking a shot at Pacquiao, who is scheduled to return to the ring on Nov. 23 in Macau. Juan Manuel Marquez, Chris Algieri, Luis Carlos Abregu and Danny Garcia are also possibilities.

But Pacquiao’s camp is in no rush to pick an opponent, with Top Rank chief Bob Arum saying it could even take until August to make a decision <http://www.philstar.com/sports/2014/06/24/1338486/pacquiao-camp-no-rush-... .

Nevertheless, Khan has already started building himself up as a Pacquiao foe.

“Manny has problems with quick boxers. I’ve sparred with him myself. I know he has problems with a good boxer who has a very good jab and moves great,” he said.

At 5-foot-8, Khan is taller than the 5-foot-6 Pacquiao, something the British believes will work to his advantage.

“I’m very big for the weight. I’m a lot taller than Manny Pacquiao. Manny Pacquiao is a southpaw and I can deal with southpaws real well, that’s a 50-50 fight,” he said.

FROM THE INQUIRER

Who’s the worthiest of them all for Pacquiao? By Recah Trinidad Philippine Daily Inquirer12:33 am | Sunday, June 29th, 2014


By Recah Trinidad

The tattooed muscle man in skimpy white T-shirt rode the elevator erect and detached.

“Manny Pacquiao? He’s very much a boxer,” the bright-eyed macho man blurted upon being greeted and asked by this reporter.

Miguel Cotto was on his way to the dining hall of the Macau Venetian Hotel for breakfast two days before the Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios fight last November.

No, that did not directly rule out a Cotto rematch with Pacquiao, which again became a hot topic after the Puerto Rican boxing hero, whom Pacquiao had stopped in a catch weight clash, manhandled the faded Sergio Martinez of Argentina earlier this month.

But boxing money makers, led by Bob Arum, would do well to look for a willing next foe for Pacquiao, who has a formally calendared bout in Macau next November.

Last heard of, Cotto was mulling a fight against Tim Bradley at the Madison Square Garden later this year.

* * *
The most available foe for the Pacman should be tall and scholarly Chris Algieri, whose upset victory over Ruslan Provodnikov, previously a top prospective Pacquiao foe, stirred the imagination of several boxing pundits.

That seemed a viable proposal, but only to those who have not viewed and assessed Algieri’s fighting worth.

In fact, Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach sounded more eager for Provodnikov to be able to get back at Algieri, who eked out a disputed split decision win over the rock-hard Russian, visibly on better defensive craft.

Anyway, the few local fans who had seen Algieri in action were one in writing off the tall American light welterweight as a worthless Pacquiao foe.

They find him frail, easy to hit, which means a fight against Pacquiao could result in a tasteless punching picnic, a pure dread.

* * *
Of course, there’s the resurgent former champ Amir Khan, a British national of Pakistani lineage who lately has again been calling out Pacquiao.

Khan, claiming he again can mount a decent challenge, has been quoted as saying he’s quicker than Pacquiao with whom he had trained in Baguio City some three years back.

Khan continued to provide a proud advertisement of himself as the most qualified and exciting Pacquiao opponent.

Sad to say, Khan, sharp with his tongue, has obviously forgotten that dumb afternoon in Baguio when Pacquiao reluctantly agreed to spar with him.

It was always with a big laugh how those present in the Baguio sparring would recall that incident when Pacquiao, after patiently holding back, unleashed a thumping left hook that landed on Khan’s lower rib.

After moving out and pausing, Khan, as related by a broadcaster friend of Pacquiao, excused himself and claimed he had to get something from his training bag.

Khan walked off the ring and did not return that same day.

* * *

No question about it, Mexican ring legend Juan Manuel Marquez is officially way ahead of everybody else in the Pacquiao sweepstakes.

For one, a fifth meeting between Pacquiao and Marquez, who speared the poorly covered Pacquiao dead in the sixth round of their fourth bout in December 2012, is being touted as a classic ahead of formal negotiations.

Everything was moving along fine, until it was announced that a random drug test would be in effect in the proposed fifth meeting between the two rivals.

Marquez, who had seemed ready to agree to a purse of $10 million after getting only $1.5 million against Mike Alvarado, balked.

Next heard off, Señor Marquez was already asking for the sky. He demanded $20 million during a meeting with Arum in New York.

Of course, Marquez did not need that much money.

As keen-eyed pundits would put it, he was just making sure he doesn’t get exposed to an all-revealing random drug test in his next fight.

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Holyfield: Floyd not confident enough vs Pacquiao ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 06/28/2014 8:08 PM | Updated as of 06/28/2014 8:08 PM


Evander Holyfield.

MANILA – Despite Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s image of "invincibility," former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield believes the undefeated American is not confident enough of his chances against Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao.

The 51-year-old Holyfield, who recently retired from boxing, said this is the reason why Mayweather continues to duck the fighting congressman from the Philippines.

“Everbody is saying, ‘Why doesn’t he fight Pacquiao? He’ll kill Pacquiao,’” Holyfield said in Keith Idec’s Boxing Scene report.

“He doesn’t believe it himself. Until he believes it, the fight won’t happen.”

* Fight fans have been clamoring for the super fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather, who are both considered as today’s most popular boxers.

But despite predictions that the mega-bout would be the highest grossing fight in the history of boxing, disagreements between the two fighters' camps continue to prevent the bout from happening.

The failure to make the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight was even named by The Ring Magazine as “The Event of the Year” for 2010.

During their recent exchange last January, Mayweather called Pacquiao a "desperate dog" for chasing the superfight due to his tax problems.

But when the Filipino boxer challenged “Money Mayweather” to a charity fight, Mayweather refused to respond.

Wimbledon: Li Na, Berdych out; Djokovic falls but advances CBSSports.com wire reports June 27, 2014 9:21 AM ET


Top-seeded Novak Djokovic recovers from this tumble to advance at Wimbledon. (USATSI)

Novak Djokovic lay crumpled on Centre Court, clutching his upper left arm and grimacing. He felt something pop and feared the worst.

Djokovic had lunged for a shot behind the baseline, tumbled on the grass and rolled over twice, his racket flying from his hand. His new coach, Boris Becker, stood in the player's box and looked on gravely.

Slowly, Djokovic rose from the turf, still holding his arm across his chest and made his way to his chair.

"When I stood up, I felt that click or pop, whatever you call it," he said later. "I feared maybe it might be a dislocated shoulder or something like that."

It wasn't.

After a medical timeout and treatment from a trainer, the top-seeded Djokovic needed just four more games to complete a 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 win over France's Gilles Simon on Friday, sending him into the fourth round and keeping alive his bid for a second Wimbledon title and seventh Grand Slam championship.

"Luckily there is nothing damaged," Djokovic said. "I just came from the doctor's office, ultrasound. It's all looking good. I'm quite confident that it will not affect my physical state or regimen or daily routine. I think it's going to be fine."

Djokovic will have two days off before an intriguing matchup Monday against another Frenchman, the free-swinging 14th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

"They told me usually in these kind of particular cases you might feel soreness in the next couple of days," Djokovic said. "But I can play around with practices and recovery and see how it goes. But I'm quite confident it's going to be all right for next one."

* He felt all right enough to joke that he had talked to Becker about improving his style.

"We obviously need to work on my diving volleys, learning how to fall down on the court," he said. "I'm not very skillful in that."

Djokovic's injury scare came on a day that also featured the elimination of second-seeded woman Li Na and a three-set, 2 -hour Centre Court battle between two former female champions -- with 2011 winner Petra Kvitova overcoming five-time champ Venus Williams 5-7, 7-6 (2), 7-5.

Defending men's champion Andy Murray, who hasn't dropped a set this week, extended his winning streak at the All England Club to 16 matches by beating Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 6-2, 6-3, 6-2. The streak goes back to his gold-medal run at the 2012 London Olympics, which was played at Wimbledon.

No. 6 Tomas Berdych, runner-up at Wimbledon four years ago, became the highest-seeded man to go out so far when he fell to No. 26 Marin Cilic 7-6 (5) 6-4, 7-6 (6) in match that finished in near darkness at 9:36 p.m. Berdych, who had called for play to be suspended because of the fading light, hit a forehand long on the second match point. Cilic finished with 20 aces.

Li, the Australian Open champion, fell 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) to 43rd-ranked Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic in the first major upset of the tournament. Since winning her second Grand Slam title in Melbourne in January, Li has lost in the first round of the French Open and now failed to reach the second week at Wimbledon.

Li double-faulted on match point -- after the point was replayed when she won a challenge on a forehand that had been called out.

Joining Kvitova and Zahlavova Strycova in the fourth round were two other Czechs, Lucie Safarova and Tereza Smitkova --the first time in the Open era four Czech women have reached the final 16 at a Grand Slam.

Kvitova beat Williams for the fourth time in five matches. All have gone to three sets.

Williams and Kvitova play similar games and they put on a Centre Court show of brutal power tennis. There were only three break points, and two breaks, the entire match. Williams came within two points of winning at 5-4 in the second set, with Kvitova serving at 15-30, but couldn't put her away.

Now 34, and slowed in recent years by an energy-sapping autoimmune disease, Williams made a strong showing at this tournament and again dismissed any talk of retirement.

"People have been trying to retire me since I was like 25," she said. "I'm not getting out of here. ... I'm finding my way back on my feet. I'm proud of myself for what I'm achieving on the court."

With seven major titles in her career, Williams hasn't given up on winning more.

"I want to win Grand Slams," she said. "Everybody does. No one gives it to you. They snatch it away and say, `Mine.' That's what I'll have to do is snatch it, say, `Mine,' too, growl if need be."

FROM ABS-CBN

James Yap not thinking of PBA Grand Slam ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 06/28/2014 8:11 PM | Updated as of 06/28/2014 8:11 PM


YAP

MANILA – San Mig Coffee’s James Yap said he has stopped entertaining thoughts of a PBA Grand Slam and is instead focused on winning games.

This, he believes, helped them beat Talk ‘N Text in the best-of-5 semifinals series and secure the first berth in the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.

“Thank God nakapasok kami ng Finals. May chance na magawa namin, pero di ko iniisip yun. The more na iisipin mo, the more na makakasira ng laro,” said Yap in the league’s official website following their 93-87 Game 5 win against the Tropang Texters.

San Mig Coffee has won three straight titles since last year’s Governors’ Cup. They, however, will need to win this season’s Governors’ Cup to clinch the Grand Slam.

Only 3 teams in PBA history have been able to achieve that feat. The first was Crispa in 1976 and 1983, followed by San Miguel Beer in 1989. Alaska was the last team to secure a grand slam when the Milkmen, then led by Tim Cone, won all three conference titles in 1996.

“Ako personally, ‘di ko iniisip yun. Di ko inisip sa game na to na ‘pag natalo, ang sakit. Basta laro lang kami. Bahala na kung anong mangyayari,” said Yap, who scored 25 points on 5-of-9 three-point shooting against Talk ‘N Text on Friday.

Despite leading the team in scoring, Yap insisted that defense will be the cornerstone of their game.

The Coffee Mixers will be playing against the winner between Alaska and Rain or Shine, who are still battling it out in the other semifinals.

“Basta laging nasa isip ko, kung di man ako makatulong sa offense, sa defense ako tutulong,” said Yap.
“Kumbaga, yun naman yung first option namin talaga – defense talaga. Kasi pag di ako dumedepensa, nilalabas ako ni coach eh.


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