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NO MAYWEATHER TALK YET AS PACQUIAO TURNS 36 

DEC 18 --All Manny Pacquiao wanted was peace and quiet on his birthday yesterday. The mere mention of Floyd Mayweather Jr. was enough to make him uneasy. “I don’t want to talk and think about him because it will only spoil my day,” said Pacquiao, who turned 36. Instead, the Sarangani representative and eight-division world champion opted to give gifts to his destitute constituents in Maasim town. Pressed for comment on Mayweather’s recent tirade against him posted at fighthype.com, Pacquiao said: “Mayweather’s all talk. I think he doesn’t want to fight me.” Pacquiao was referring to Mayweather’s recent challenge to fight him while continuing to revive old issues that stifled earlier attempts to stage boxing’s biggest bout ever. READ FULL REPORT FROM THE INQUIRER......

ALSO: Pacquiao to Floyd: Don’t be a humbug 

General Santos City — Birthday boy Manny Pacquiao was not in fighting form during the celebration of his 36th natal day. Manny Pacquiao Manny Pacquiao With the specter of Floyd Mayweather looming over his head on Wednesday, Pacquiao brushed off talks about a potential megabuck matchup with the unbeaten US puncher, saying he doesn’t want Mayweather to ruin his special day. “I don’t want to talk and even think about him because it will only spoil my day,” said Pacquiao while on the road to Maasim, Sarangani, where he was scheduled to give away grocery packs to the impoverished families there. READ FULL REPORT FROM THE MANILA BULLETIN....

ALSO: Pacquiao as Miss Universe judge in ’15? 

PHOTO: Manny Pacquiao MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao has other things to do than chase Floyd Mayweather Jr. outside the ring. Last week, Pacquiao threw a party as he turned 36, did a lot of bible preaching and hosted an international billiards tournament in his home province. As a politician, Pacquiao never runs out of meetings to attend. This coming Christmas, he will try to enjoy his time with his family. Then in January, the boxing superstar will do something he’s never done before. If things go on as planned, Pacquiao, according to his promoter, Bob Arum, will fly to the beautiful city of Doral in Florida for the 2015 Miss Universe beauty pageant. Yes, Arum said in a recent interview with The Telegraph of the UK that Pacquiao has been invited to sit down as one of the judges of the prestigious event.

ALSO: Mayweather continues to slam Pacquiao

PHOTO: Floyd Mayweather Jr. MANILA, Philippines – Floyd Mayweather, Jr. once again threw a jab at Manny Pacquiao in an interview with a boxing website as seen in a YouTube video uploaded on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time). The way Mayweather is positioning himself in the negotiation table echoes how he fights – smart, calculating, defensive. The undefeated fighter has always found a way to avoid Pacquiao in the last five years but now, he appears to be serious in getting this super fight done but on his terms. “I think just timing. You know, the right time, the right place, and I think that this fight should happen,” Mayweather told fighthype.com’s Ben Thompson on why he’s now aggressive in pursuing a Pacquiao fight. “I think the time is right, the time is now,” he added. Mayweather took another shot at his former promoter and TOP Rank CEO Bob Arum. READ FULL REPORT...

(ALSO) Mayweather: I’m a boxer, not a slugger

Just before he celebrated his 36th birthday last Wednesday, Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao threw verbal jabs at Floyd Mayweather Jr. He said Mayweather’s fights are boring, and that most of them, if not all, “induced us to sleep.” He also said Mayweather has reached a “dead end.” It did not take long for Mayweather to counter. Speaking to FightHype.com, the elusive champion said if his fights were boring, the pay-per-view numbers doesn’t show. “I think me and (Carlos) Baldomir (in 2006) did better numbers than him and the undefeated fighter (Chris) Algieri,” said Mayweather of the welterweight fight that did 325,000 PPV hits. Mayweather is the king of pay-per-view. Pacquiao retained his WBO welterweight crown by knocking Algieri down six times in Macau last month. Reports said the fight, held at high noon to accommodate the US audience, did 400,000 in pay-per-view. Mayweather said if fighting the right fight is boring to some, then he doesn’t care. READ FULL REPORT...

(ALSO) Floyd to Pacquiao: Bow before me

Floyd Mayweather defended his stance to call the shots in the negotiations for a potential super blockbuster showdown with Manny Pacquiao next year, saying he has the right to do so as he had once been on Pacquiao’s level. Mayweather Mayweather When Mayweather battled Oscar Dela Hoya in May 2007, Mayweather said he didn’t have any beef with being the B-side. “He made more money because he is the A-side. I had to respect it,” said Mayweather in an interview with fighthype. “He chose the weight, he chose the gloves, he chose the arena. Basically he chose everything and all I had to do was show up. He chose the judges, the referee and my job was to show up as the B-side and do what I had to do so I could become the A-side and call those same shots that Oscar dela Hoya called when we faced each other.”  Last week, Mayweather challenged Pacquiao to a fight on May 2, 2015 provided that the Filipino agrees to everything that he will say. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Pacman shifts focus on Kia

PHOTO: Manny Pacquiao --Manny Pacquiao As Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum scampers to bring Floyd Mayweather to the table, Pacquiao, who just turned 36, said a few days ago that he is rejoining the Kia Sorento for its first training session after Christmas Day. The PBA opens shop on January 28, 2015 and Pacquiao wants to make a splash after seeing the expansion team get blown to bits by the league heavyweights in the Philippine Cup that is in its final stages. “We will be returning to practice on Dec. 27,” said Pacquiao, whose team wound up with a 1-10 record with its lone win over fellow new squad Blackwater on opening day in October in Bulacan. While Arum is busy trying to find a way to make a deal for a megabuck matchup with Maywather, Pacquiao said that he will concentrate on turning Kia into a force to be reckoned with. Kia has actually made a very important step in making that happen after the acquisition of 7-4 Puerto Rican Peter Ramos, who has played in the NBA (Washington Wizards), NBA D-League, Spain and in China and Korea as well. READ FULL REPORT...


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No Mayweather talk as Pacquiao turns 36

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, DECEMBER 22, 2014 (INQUIRER) Roy Luarca @inquirerdotnet - All Manny Pacquiao wanted was peace and quiet on his birthday yesterday.

The mere mention of Floyd Mayweather Jr. was enough to make him uneasy.

“I don’t want to talk and think about him because it will only spoil my day,” said Pacquiao, who turned 36.

Instead, the Sarangani representative and eight-division world champion opted to give gifts to his destitute constituents in Maasim town.

Pressed for comment on Mayweather’s recent tirade against him posted at fighthype.com, Pacquiao said: “Mayweather’s all talk. I think he doesn’t want to fight me.”

Pacquiao was referring to Mayweather’s recent challenge to fight him while continuing to revive old issues that stifled earlier attempts to stage boxing’s biggest bout ever.

Among these are the drug testing protocol and revenue sharing.

Pacquiao has long agreed to any manner of drug testing and has repeatedly said he would let the unbeaten American have the bigger slice of total earnings, including the fight purse.

In his latest post, Mayweather took a jab at the pay-per-view hits (over 400,000) that Pacquiao tallied when he knocked down Chris Algieri six times en route to a lopsided unanimous decision in Macau last night.

According to Mayweather, his fight against Carl os Baldomir generated even more hits than Pacquiao-Algieri. A check, however, showed Mayweather-Bald omir made only 325,000 buys.

Mayweather also dismissed Pacquiao’s line of entertaining and giving back to the fans.

Mayweather said Pacquiao can fight for free, but he’s not fighting without a prize money.

Again raising Juan Manuel Marquez’s sixth-round knockout of Pacquiao in 2012, Mayweather said the Filipino suffered the fate because he was “slugging, not boxing.” Pacquiao played tough guy and didn’t fight smart, according to Mayweather.

It was so unlike Pacquiao’s fight against Brandon Rios, also in Macau, where he boxed, Mayweather said.

The unbeaten American again made no mention of touching off negotiations for Pacquiao-Mayweather to happen in May 2, as he mentioned in the United States television program Showtime Sports.

Pacquiao said he does not want to dwell on these issues for the time being.

If only for his day, Pacquiao said he wants to be happy spending time with his family, friends and constituents and be the perfect host to his guests in the birthday party, set at KCC Mall here last night.

Pacquiao promised to train his sights again on Mayweather in the coming days.


FROM THE MANILA BULLLETIN

Pacquiao to Floyd: Don’t be a humbug by Nick Giongco December 18, 2014 Share this:

General Santos City — Birthday boy Manny Pacquiao was not in fighting form during the celebration of his 36th natal day.

Manny Pacquiao Manny Pacquiao With the specter of Floyd Mayweather looming over his head on Wednesday, Pacquiao brushed off talks about a potential megabuck matchup with the unbeaten US puncher, saying he doesn’t want Mayweather to ruin his special day.

“I don’t want to talk and even think about him because it will only spoil my day,” said Pacquiao while on the road to Maasim, Sarangani, where he was scheduled to give away grocery packs to the impoverished families there.

Pacquiao had been doing just that the last few years as part of his birthday celebration, the highlight of which was a party at the KCC Convention Center later in the day with guests from Manila and nearby provinces gracing the affair.

On Tuesday, Pacquiao tweeted another teaser:

“@FloydMayweather, don’t be a boxing humbug. Let’s give the fans the fight they want. They have waited long enough.”

Last week, Mayweather had challenged Pacquiao to a fight on May 2, 2015 and the Filipino readily accepted it.

But it would take much more than the affirmation of the two and their willingness to face each other for the richest fight in history to come into fruition.

Even though Mayweather appeared to be in a combative mood, he wasn’t actually making it look as if he is indeed 100 percent sure of meeting Pacquiao owing to an abundance of demands and outrageous claims.

Mayweather said that for a fight with Pacquiao to happen, the negotiations would have to be conducted in his own terms with himself getting the lion’s share of the revenue and his network Showtime doing the telecast.

Pacquiao said he doubts Mayweather’s sincerity.

“He keeps on talking and talking and telling everyone that he wants the fight but I don’t think he wants to fight me,” said Pacquiao, who has actually agreed to random drug testing and a smaller percentage of the purse so the superfight can be made. (With a report from AFP)


FROM PHILSTAR

Pacquiao as Miss Universe judge in ’15? By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 21, 2014 - 12:00am 2 19 googleplus1 0


Manny Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao has other things to do than chase Floyd Mayweather Jr. outside the ring.

Last week, Pacquiao threw a party as he turned 36, did a lot of bible preaching and hosted an international billiards tournament in his home province.

As a politician, Pacquiao never runs out of meetings to attend. This coming Christmas, he will try to enjoy his time with his family.

Then in January, the boxing superstar will do something he’s never done before.

If things go on as planned, Pacquiao, according to his promoter, Bob Arum, will fly to the beautiful city of Doral in Florida for the 2015 Miss Universe beauty pageant.

Yes, Arum said in a recent interview with The Telegraph of the UK that Pacquiao has been invited to sit down as one of the judges of the prestigious event.

“Pacquiao is back in action in January – as a judge – not of boxing, but of beauty,” wrote Gareth Davies of The Telegraph.

Pacquiao’s recent fight against Chris Algieri in Macau did close to 400,000 in pay-per-view buys, not the kind of number Arum had really wanted.

But the legendary promoter said for a fight that was held in Macau, the numbers are very good.

Arum said in the same interview that over 48 million households in mainland China were glued to the Pacquiao fight against Algieri.

“It was a huge success. Forty-eight million homes watched it,” Arum told The Telegraph.

“That’s effectively over half the population of the UK. Boxing is becoming a major sport in China. I want to build the audience as much as possible before we even think about pay-per-view,” he added.

Arum said Pacquiao had a hand in the tremendous viewership in China even if two-time Olympic champion Zou Shiming remains as the draw.

“They are interested in Manny Pacquiao more than any other international fighter, but it does not surpass or even equal their interest in their own boy Zou Shiming. He is number one,” Arum said.

Arum is looking forward to the beauty pageant.

“The only thing we’re planning with Pacquiao (early in 2015) is that he’s going to be a judge at one of these beauty contests – Miss World or Miss Universe, the one in Miami, in January,” he said.

It should be the Miss Universe because the next Miss World is set in Bali, Indonesia.


FROM PHILSTAR

Mayweather continues to slam Pacquiao By Alder Almo (philstar.com) | Updated December 18, 2014 - 2:59pm 46 5618 googleplus1 0


Floyd Mayweather Jr.

MANILA, Philippines – Floyd Mayweather, Jr. once again threw a jab at Manny Pacquiao in an interview with a boxing website as seen in a YouTube video uploaded on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time).

The way Mayweather is positioning himself in the negotiation table echoes how he fights – smart, calculating, defensive.

The undefeated fighter has always found a way to avoid Pacquiao in the last five years but now, he appears to be serious in getting this super fight done but on his terms.

“I think just timing. You know, the right time, the right place, and I think that this fight should happen,” Mayweather told fighthype.com’s Ben Thompson on why he’s now aggressive in pursuing a Pacquiao fight.

“I think the time is right, the time is now,” he added.

Mayweather took another shot at his former promoter and TOP Rank CEO Bob Arum.

“For years and years, the public has been lied to. The public has been misled by the other side which is the B-side because Mayweather Promotions is the A-side. We just turned the table and I was in a position that Manny Pacquiao has at this particular time,” Mayweather said.

With Pacquiao no longer the top pound-for-pound boxer and with his commercial appeal tarnished by a stinging sixth round knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez two years ago, Mayweather is smart enough to recognize that he now has the leverage on the negotiation table.

Mayweather even went to illustrate how he wants to dictate the negotiation of this super fight by using Oscar De La Hoya as an example. Their 2007 fight was the most lucrative until his $150 million fight against Saul Alvarez last year.

At that time, Dela Hoya was the biggest draw in boxing and dictated practically everything. “The Golden Boy” took the biggest slice of the $130 million pie, but “Money” went on to win via split decision, which catapulted him to the top of the boxing world.

Pacquiao, however, is already amenable to that, even going to as far as challenging him to a charity fight early this year. Nevertheless, Mayweather took the challenge with a grain of salt, labeling that as hypocrisy.

“I got to where I got to by making the right moves. No matter how you cut it, I got to where I got to by winning, working smart, not working harder. So when I hear a guy says I just do it for the fans, that’s not true, totally not true,” Mayweather said.

“I do it for a little of everything. I am a prizefighter. The prize comes first,” Mayweather added.

He also slammed Pacquiao’s camp as being desperate because of the Filipino boxer’s tax woes.


FROM PHILSTAR

Mayweather: I’m a boxer, not a slugger By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 20, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 2

MANILA, Philippines - Just before he celebrated his 36th birthday last Wednesday, Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao threw verbal jabs at Floyd Mayweather Jr. He said Mayweather’s fights are boring, and that most of them, if not all, “induced us to sleep.” He also said Mayweather has reached a “dead end.”

It did not take long for Mayweather to counter. Speaking to FightHype.com, the elusive champion said if his fights were boring, the pay-per-view numbers doesn’t show.

“I think me and (Carlos) Baldomir (in 2006) did better numbers than him and the undefeated fighter (Chris) Algieri,” said Mayweather of the welterweight fight that did 325,000 PPV hits.

Mayweather is the king of pay-per-view.

Pacquiao retained his WBO welterweight crown by knocking Algieri down six times in Macau last month. Reports said the fight, held at high noon to accommodate the US audience, did 400,000 in pay-per-view.

Mayweather said if fighting the right fight is boring to some, then he doesn’t care.

“Last time I checked, it’s not called slugging; it’s called boxing. I mean, that’s what happened in the (Juan Manuel) Marquez fight. You was trying to play tough guy and we see what happened.

“It’s about working smarter, not harder. When he was fighting Brandon Rios, he wasn’t slugging. He was boxing. If you’re doing it just for the fans, then you can give the money back to the fans if that was the case,” he said.

Win or lose, Pacquiao is entertaining to watch, and for the Filipino champion, that’s what fans deserve to see.

Pacquiao has openly challenged Mayweather to make the fight happen, and that he’s not after the money, adding that, “I’m not after material things.”

Mayweather told Ben Thompson of FightHype. com that he’s doing the right thing when he fights. He has perfected the art of hitting without getting

hit.But in his last couple of fights, Mayweather had shown cracks in his armor, suffering a bloody nose against Miguel Cotto, and taking more shots in two fights against Marcos Maidana than he had in years.

Mayweather, in the eyes of some experts, is now hittable and beatable.

“The cool thing about Floyd Mayweather’s career is I was able to dish out punishment, not take punishment, make a lot of money, and have all my faculties. That’s the cool thing about my career.

“What’s so crazy is they’re always talking about Floyd Mayweather fights are boring. I mean, it’s an art and last time I checked, I’m an artist and I paint a beautiful picture. A bloody mouth, a bloody nose, cut lip, broken ribs; that’s not beautiful on me,” he said.


FROM THE MANILA BULLETIN

Floyd to Pacquiao: Bow before me by Nick Giongco December 20, 2014 Share this:

Floyd Mayweather defended his stance to call the shots in the negotiations for a potential super blockbuster showdown with Manny Pacquiao next year, saying he has the right to do so as he had once been on Pacquiao’s level.

Mayweather Mayweather When Mayweather battled Oscar Dela Hoya in May 2007, Mayweather said he didn’t have any beef with being the B-side.

“He made more money because he is the A-side. I had to respect it,” said Mayweather in an interview with fighthype.

“He chose the weight, he chose the gloves, he chose the arena. Basically he chose everything and all I had to do was show up. He chose the judges, the referee and my job was to show up as the B-side and do what I had to do so I could become the A-side and call those same shots that Oscar dela Hoya called when we faced each other.”

Last week, Mayweather challenged Pacquiao to a fight on May 2, 2015 provided that the Filipino agrees to everything that he will say.

“Now if we just turn the table and I was in a position that Manny Pacquiao is in this particular time I wouldn’t be able to have any say so at all,” said the 37-year-old Mayweather.

Pacquiao, who celebrated his 36th birthday last Wednesday, said he is ready to meet Mayweather and agree to a smaller pay.

Top Rank head Bob Arum said he is in constant touch with CBS owner Les Moonves in an effort to make the fight although the Hall of Fame promoter is not that convinced Mayweather will agree.

Arum believes Mayweather is not scared of Pacquiao but is more concerned about protecting his undefeated 47-0 record, knowing that Pacquiao is a certified threat to put a blemish on it.

Still, Mayweather feels “this fight should happen.”

But Mayweather insisted that Pacquiao should bow down before him.

Besides, he did the same thing against De La Hoya.

“I agreed to everything Dela Hoya wanted. Everything.”


FROM THE MANILA BULLETIN

Pacman shifts focus on Kia by Nick Giongco December 21, 2014 Share this: Manny Pacquiao will focus on his other passion—basketball—as he awaits word from the US as to the details of his next fight.


Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao As Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum scampers to bring Floyd Mayweather to the table, Pacquiao, who just turned 36, said a few days ago that he is rejoining the Kia Sorento for its first training session after Christmas Day.

The PBA opens shop on January 28, 2015 and Pacquiao wants to make a splash after seeing the expansion team get blown to bits by the league heavyweights in the Philippine Cup that is in its final stages.

“We will be returning to practice on Dec. 27,” said Pacquiao, whose team wound up with a 1-10 record with its lone win over fellow new squad Blackwater on opening day in October in Bulacan.

While Arum is busy trying to find a way to make a deal for a megabuck matchup with Maywather, Pacquiao said that he will concentrate on turning Kia into a force to be reckoned with.

Kia has actually made a very important step in making that happen after the acquisition of 7-4 Puerto Rican Peter Ramos, who has played in the NBA (Washington Wizards), NBA D-League, Spain and in China and Korea as well.

Ramos, the 32nd overall pick during the 2004 Draft, also suited up for the Puerto Rican side countless times and he was on the team that upset the US in the 2004 Athens Olympics although he was a new recruit by then.

In the event Ramos measures up to be 7-4, he will become the tallest import in PBA history.

Bruno Sundov of Croatia, who played for Rain or Shine in 2013, was measured at 7-2 ¾.

Kia assistant team manager Joe Ramos said that the Hispanic center will plane in early next month so the 29-year-old dribbler can get used to the weather and likewise meet his new teammates.


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