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Floyd Mayweather says Manny Pacquiao will be his 48th victim. AP/File Photo

The fight that will literally stop the world is on. Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will finally clash on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, with history basking in a neutral corner for the biggest, richest fight of all time. The fight that has been talked about for over five years is a done deal. In 69 days or so, it will become reality. Mayweather, the undefeated American superstar, made the official announcement yesterday, ending weeks of “rumors and speculations” about the fight being sealed. The announcement was made Friday afternoon (US time) as Pacquiao was over 7,000 miles away, perhaps asleep in General Santos City ...READ MORE...

ALSO Report: Mayweather-Pacquiao venue sold out in 15 minutes


Early odds installed Mayweather as a 3-1 favorite.

Moments after Floyd Mayweather announced he’s fighting Manny Pacquiao on May 2, tickets to the super fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas have reportedly sold out. According to a report by Martin Rogers of USA Today, the MGM Grand “appeared to have completely sold out within 15 minutes” after Mayweather’s social media announcement that the fight is a go. Prices for a night of stay at the MGM Grand on May 1 and 2 reportedly rose to as high as $615, a few days ago when Mayweather was on the verge of announcing the fight. The arena has a capacity of 16,800, but it’s possible that organizers will make configurations to accommodate more fans in the fight that’s expected to be the biggest in boxing history.THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO The Fight: Richest, biggest! Pacquiao, Mayweather seal May 2 Vegas battle


In this combination of file photos, Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, prepares to spar at a gym in east London on May 22, 2009, and Manny Pacquiao, right, of the Philippines, weighs in for the junior welterweight boxing match against British boxer Ricky Hatton, May 1, 2009, in Las Vegas. Floyd Mayweather Jr. will meet Manny Pacquiao on May 2, 2015 in a welterweight showdown that will be boxing's richest fight ever. AP PHOTOS/ALASTAIR GRANT AND RICK BOWMER
MANILA, Philippines–Dream no more of Manny Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather Jr. After five years, The Fight is finally on. READ MORE...

Welter war, May 2


MAY 2, MARK THE DATE – The richest fight in boxing history will finally be staged after unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. (left) signed the contract for his welterweight showdown with eight-division Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. (Photo grab from @floydmayweather’s @shots account) Las Vegas — The Fight is finally on. Floyd Mayweather Jr. will meet Manny Pacquiao on May 2 in a welterweight showdown that will be boxing’s richest fight ever. Mayweather himself announced the bout Friday after months of negotiations, posting a picture of the signed contract online. “I promised the fans we would get this done and we did,” Mayweather said. The long anticipated bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas will almost surely break every financial record, and make both boxers richer than ever. Mayweather could earn $120 million or more, while Pacquiao’s split of the purse will likely be around $80 million.

Kia upsets Purefoods; Pacman scores a point



MANILA, Philippines - Kia, drawing another dominant game from Peter John Ramos and a first PBA career point from boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, scored a second reversal in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, pulling the rug from under title holder Purefoods, 95-84, last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Ramos powered his way to 32 points and 26 rebounds and led a strong Kia closing romp that carried the Carnival to a second win in the mid-season tourney after their 88-78 upset of Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beer last Feb. 4. “Na-execute namin yung ginagawa namin sa practice at kumunek yung shooting namin (We’re able to execute what we’re doing in practice and we’re able to make our shots),” said Pacquiao, the Kia player-coach who contributed a point and an assist in a little over four minutes of action in the second quarter. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao already has a theme song for fight with Mayweather


VIDEO CAPTURE ---Like his previous bouts, eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao will fight for the pride of the Filipinos as he finally clashes with Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2. The Sarangani representative said he dedicates the fight to his fans shortly after the American boxer made the announcement on Saturday. With the fight expected to go down in history as one of the biggest and most anticipated bouts in the sport, Pacman said an unreleased track he recorded will be the theme song here in the country. READ MORE...


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It’s on! Pacman vs Floyd on May 2


Floyd Mayweather Jr. shared an image of the official signed contract for his fight with Manny Pacquiao via his Shots social media account.

MANILA, FEBRUARY 22, 2015  (PHILSTAR) .By Abac Cordero - Floyd Mayweather Jr. shared an image of the official signed contract for his fight with Manny Pacquiao via his Shots social media account.

The fight that will literally stop the world is on.

Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will finally clash on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, with history basking in a neutral corner for the biggest, richest fight of all time.

The fight that has been talked about for over five years is a done deal. In 69 days or so, it will become reality.

Mayweather, the undefeated American superstar, made the official announcement yesterday, ending weeks of “rumors and speculations” about the fight being sealed.

The announcement was made Friday afternoon (US time) as Pacquiao was over 7,000 miles away, perhaps asleep in General Santos City.

“Boxing fans and sports fans around the world will witness greatness on May 2,” Mayweather told the world via social network site Shots.

Pictures of the fight contract, which carried the golden signatures of both fighters, went viral following the announcement.

It will be the biggest boxing match ever, one that should surpass all records in the sport, from the fight purse to all other revenues.

The fight is worth $250 million. Some say it could reach $400 million.

Mayweather agreed to a 60-40 split. Early estimates say he will earn no less than $120 million for the fight. Pacquiao stands to get around $80 million.

Mayweather made true his promise that he would make the fight happen even if it was Pacquiao who did the chasing over recent years.

Still, it was Mayweather who put the final piece to the giant puzzle. He agreed to finally face Pacquiao when he had other options.

Mayweather, undefeated in 47 fights with 26 knockouts, oozed with confidence as he made the announcement.

“I am the best ever, TBE, and this fight will be another opportunity to showcase my skills and do what I do best, which is win,” said the American champion.

“Manny is going to try to do what 47 before him failed to do, but he won’t be successful. He will be number 48,” Mayweather added.

On May 2, the welterweight titles will be unified, with Floyd staking his WBC and WBA belts, and Pacquiao his WBO crown.

Early odds installed Mayweather as a 3-1 favorite.

In no time, Pacquiao issued his own statement.

“I am very happy that Floyd Mayweather and I can give the fans the fight they have wanted for so many years. They have waited long enough and they deserve it,” he said.

Pacquiao had been to many great fights, including those against Erik Morales, Oscar dela Hoya and Juan Manuel Marquez.

But this should be the greatest.

“It is an honor to be part of this historic event. I dedicate this fight to all the fans who willed this fight to happen and, as always, to bring glory to the Philippines and my fellow Filipinos around the world,” he said.

“It’s going to be a great fight,” said Top Rank chief Bob Arum, who spent countless hours negotiating with Mayweather adviser Al Haymon.

Leslie Moonves, CEO of CBS, which handles Showtime, was the bridge.

“Floyd is a man of his word. He said we can make this fight happen and he made it happen,” said Pacquiao’s chief adviser, Mike Koncz.

Boxing fans had wanted to see the fight as early as 2009 and on at least two occasions it came close to happening.

But something stood in the way each time.

In 2009, Pacquiao filed a defamation case against Mayweather. In 2012, the two parties had an off-court settlement, and talks resumed.

After Pacquiao, who lost two fights in 2012, scored a lopsided decision against Chris Algieri last November, everybody felt it’s time for the Mayweather fight.

But nothing really was certain – until the two boxers came face to face during an NBA game in Miami last Jan. 27.

Pacquiao has always been confident that the fight will take place, and in one of his tweets a few weeks ago, said he can “easily beat” Mayweather.

Everything remains to be seen.

Mayweather is turning 38 in two days and Pacquiao turned 36 last December.

However, on paper, Pacquiao is the older guy with more fights (57 wins, five losses and two draws with 38 knockouts) and tougher battles.

No other details of the fight contract were divulged, although over the past few weeks everybody had something to say.

Other than the purse split, date, venue and weight, reports said both camps have agreed on the drug-testing procedure before and after the fight.

Pacquiao will wear Cleto gloves and Mayweather has chosen Grant.

Showtime, for Mayweather, and HBO, for Pacquiao, will team up for the pay-per-view telecast which may cost at least $89 per household.

There’s a sensitive issue regarding a rematch. No official word was said but insiders hinted that it only comes to play if Pacquiao wins on May 2.

Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, thinks that will be the case.

“Floyd should enjoy being the A-Side while he can because on May 2 Manny is going to put him on his backside,” said Roach.

News about the fight being sealed and done raised hell for fight fanatics. In no time, it was reported that MGM rooms have been sold out.

The MGM, however, made a clarification, and said rooms are still available for May 2. Reports said the rates have gone up to $615 per night on fight week.

Ticket prices are highest at $5,000 on official outlets but as the fight draws nearer it will cost twice, thrice or four times as much on the black market.

But there’s no price for history.


PHILSTAR

Report: Mayweather-Pacquiao venue sold out in 15 minutes(philstar.com) | Updated February 21, 2015 - 9:43am 22 1362 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather

MANILA, Philippines – Moments after Floyd Mayweather announced he’s fighting Manny Pacquiao on May 2, tickets to the super fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas have reportedly sold out.

According to a report by Martin Rogers of USA Today, the MGM Grand “appeared to have completely sold out within 15 minutes” after Mayweather’s social media announcement that the fight is a go.

Prices for a night of stay at the MGM Grand on May 1 and 2 reportedly rose to as high as $615, a few days ago when Mayweather was on the verge of announcing the fight.

The arena has a capacity of 16,800, but it’s possible that organizers will make configurations to accommodate more fans in the fight that’s expected to be the biggest in boxing history.


INQUIRER

The Fight: Richest, biggest! Pacquiao, Mayweather seal May 2 Vegas battle Roy Luarca @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 1:04 AM | Sunday, February 22nd, 2015


In this combination of file photos, Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, prepares to spar at a gym in east London on May 22, 2009, and Manny Pacquiao, right, of the Philippines, weighs in for the junior welterweight boxing match against British boxer Ricky Hatton, May 1, 2009, in Las Vegas. Floyd Mayweather Jr. will meet Manny Pacquiao on May 2, 2015 in a welterweight showdown that will be boxing's richest fight ever. AP PHOTOS/ALASTAIR GRANT AND RICK BOWMER

MANILA, Philippines–Dream no more of Manny Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather Jr. After five years, The Fight is finally on.

And whoever wins boxing’s richest fight ever can lay claim to being one of the greatest, if not the greatest, of all time.

After keeping the world waiting for months, five-division world champion Mayweather finally announced on Friday that he’d be tangling with the Filipino ring icon and pound-for-pound eight-division world rival at MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 2.

“I promised the fans we would get this done and we did,” Mayweather said. “We will make history on May 2nd. Don’t miss it.”

Living up to his flamboyant style, the unbeaten American champion, the planet’s highest-paid athlete, promised to claim Pacquiao as his victim No. 48 in their battle for the undisputed welterweight crown.

The welterweight world title showdown—Pacquiao owns the World Boxing Organization crown and Mayweather the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association titles—is sure to be the richest in boxing history, generating massive pay-per-view revenue.

Pacquiao was sleeping in the Philippines when the fight was announced but his camp issued a statement saying the fans deserve the long-awaited fight.

‘It’s an honor’

“It is an honor to be part of this historic event,” Pacquiao tweeted. “I dedicate this fight to all the fans who willed this fight to happen and, as always, to bring glory to the Philippines and my fellow Filipinos around the world.”

“I am very happy that Floyd Mayweather and I can give the fans the fight they have wanted for so many years,” he said. They have waited long enough and they deserve it.”

“This is the right fight for boxing … I will be representing my country,” Pacquiao said in another tweet.

Pacquiao’s business manager Eric Pineda said they knew in advance of the match but had left it to Mayweather to make the announcement.

“We just kept it under wraps,” Pineda told Agence France-Presse.

“He has been training [for] two weeks,” Pineda said, adding that Pacquiao would leave for the United States in the first week of March.

“This is the toughest fight,” Pineda said.

Owing to the bigness and importance of the fight, Pacquiao is expected to train fully at trainer Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, discarding his usual practice of doing early training in General Santos City before flying to Los Angeles for the final half of training.

The bout at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, one of the most eagerly anticipated in boxing since the classic 1975 “Thrilla in Manila” between heavyweight champions Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, will almost surely break every financial record, and make both boxers richer than ever.

Mayweather could earn $120 million or more, while Pacquiao’s split of the purse will likely be around $80 million.

The fight, which matches boxing’s two biggest attractions of recent years, has been in the making for five years.

It finally came together in recent months with both fighters putting aside past differences over various issues—including drug testing and television rights—to reach agreement.

While the fight rivals the 2002 heavyweight title bout between Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson for interest, it comes more than five years after the first real effort to put the fighters together in their prime.

Most boxing observers believe both have lost some of their skills, though Mayweather remains a master defensive fighter and Pacquiao showed in his last fight against Chris Algieri that he still has tremendous quickness in his hands.

Still, Pacquiao, who will take a record of 57-5 with 2 drawn and 38 knockouts into the fight, is 36 and has been through many wars in the ring. And while Mayweather, 47-0 with 26 knockouts, has been largely untouched in his career, he turns 38 on Tuesday.

‘He’ll be No. 48’

“I am the best ever, TBE, and this fight will be another opportunity to showcase my skills and do what I do best, which is win,” Mayweather said in his announcement. “Manny is going to try to do what 47 before him failed to do, but he won’t be successful. He will be No. 48.”

Of course, Roach won’t take Mayweather’s early diatribe in silence. He predicted a big win for his fighter.

“Floyd should enjoy being the A-Side while he can because on May 2 Manny is going to put him on his backside,” Roach said.

Mayweather is favorite

Oddsmakers believe Mayweather will beat Pacquiao, making him a 2 1/2-1 favorite in the scheduled 12-round bout.

The fight is expected to do record business in Nevada’s legal sports books, with tens of millions wagered on the outcome.

According to ESPN.com, Mayweather has been installed by various bookmakers as -235 to -275 favorite, that is, a bettor will have to shell out $235 to $275 for Mayweather to win $100.

Being a +220 underdog, on the other hand, means that a $100 bet on Pacquiao could earn $220.

It will also do record business at the box office—with the MGM expected to be scaled far higher than the $20 million live gate for Mayweather’s 2013 fight with Canelo Alvarez.

The pay-per-view revenue also is expected to be a record, though television executives said on Friday they had yet to actually fix a price for people to buy the fight at home.

If the PPV buys, even at a projected low side of $89.95, surpass the record 2.4 million buys Mayweather’s fight against Oscar de la Hoya generated, both fighters stand to enrich themselves further.

Also expected to be shattered is the record $20 million Mayweather’s duel with Canelo Alvarez posted at the tills as ringside tickets are tipped to cost $5,000 each.

The fight will be televised as a joint venture between competing networks Showtime and HBO, which will share announcers with Jim Lampley and Al Bernstein reportedly handling the task at ringside.

Showtime vs HBO

The fact that Pacquiao is contracted to HBO and Mayweather to Showtime has been one of the thorny issues, but this time the rival firms are collaborating on the pay-per-view telecast.

“This is the biggest boxing event of all time, we’re confident of that,” Ken Hershman, president of HBO Sports said. “We couldn’t be prouder to be a part of it and help craft it.”

“This deal is the product of a lot of hard work,” said Stephen Espinoza, the executive vice president and general manager of Showtime Sports.

HBO and Showtime have worked together before, teaming up in 2002 for the fight between Lewis, who was with HBO, and Tyson, who was with Showtime.

Hershman said the Tyson-Lewis bout was a “great road map” for Pacquiao-Mayweather.

“It showed that this can be done successfully,” he said.

Previous bids to put together a fight between the two, most notably in late 2009, had run aground over various issues, including division of the purse and a drug-testing protocol.

Animosity between Mayweather’s camp and Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum has also been a stumbling block.

After the fight failed to materialize in 2010, some of the gloss came off the potential showdown when Pacquiao suffered two straight defeats in 2012, a dubious split-decision loss to Timothy Bradley and a 6th-round knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in his fourth bout against the Mexican.

Since then, however, the Filipino southpaw has won three fights in a row. He began pushing hard for the fight after beating Algieri in November in Macau.

Negotiations picked up last month when the two fighters met by chance at a Miami Heat basketball game and later talked with each other in Pacquiao’s hotel room about making it happen.

“It’s one of those fortuitous circumstances we couldn’t have planned,” Espinoza said. “But we were lucky that it happened.”

Concessions

As part of the agreement, Mayweather insisted on having the right to announce the bout. He also won concessions from the Pacquiao camp on who enters the ring first, what type of gloves are used, and a number of other issues, including a reported 60-40 split of the purse.

Pacquiao agreed to Olympic-style drug-testing protocol and a clause imposing a $5-million penalty should any of the fighters test positive.

As another concession, Mayweather reportedly stands to get a rematch if he loses.

Pacquiao, on the other hand, got a one-shot deal.

Arum expressed his elation in making the fight.

Arum, who has promoted some of the biggest fights in history, said this one would be bigger than them all.

“This boxing match will have the interest in the US of a Super Bowl,” Arum told The Associated Press. “I think it will set all kinds of pay-per-view records and gate records. It will be the biggest boxing event of all time.”

Reputations at stake

Both fighters will bring 66-kg titles into the ring, but the fight is about far more than belts.

Mayweather, who is unbeaten in 47 fights, wants to stake his claim as one of the greatest fighters ever, and remove any doubts about his legacy by fighting the boxer who is thought to be the greatest challenge of his career.

Pacquiao, meanwhile, will try to show that a knockout loss to Marquez and a disputed decision loss to Bradley should not define a remarkable career that began 20 years ago in the Philippines.

Don’t tune in looking for a big knockout, either. The last time Pacquiao stopped anyone was in 2009 when he finished off Miguel Cotto in the 12th round, while Mayweather has stopped only one fighter (Victor Ortiz) in the last eight years.

But fight fans are rejoicing and social media have exploded at the news that the long-awaited clash between Pacquiao and Mayweather will at last take place.

“Can’t wait to see,” tweeted former boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard, who won titles in five weight divisions.

Former English footballer Gary Lineker, wrote on Twitter: “Now that is a fight!”

Ring Magazine, the so-called bible of boxing, said: “Mayweather-Pacquiao is here, kiss the record book goodbye,” and film actress and fight fan Rosie Perez tweeted: “Finally! God Bless America, two times!”

MGM Grand room rates have spiked as much as 70 to 80 percent in a just a few minutes after the fight was announced.–With reports from Francis T.J. Ochoa, Inquirer Research, and wires


MANILA BULLETIN

Welter war, May 2 February 22, 2015


MAY 2, MARK THE DATE – The richest fight in boxing history will finally be staged after unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. (left) signed the contract for his welterweight showdown with eight-division Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. (Photo grab from @floydmayweather’s @shots account)

Las Vegas — The Fight is finally on.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. will meet Manny Pacquiao on May 2 in a welterweight showdown that will be boxing’s richest fight ever. Mayweather himself announced the bout Friday after months of negotiations, posting a picture of the signed contract online.

“I promised the fans we would get this done and we did,” Mayweather said.

The long anticipated bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas will almost surely break every financial record, and make both boxers richer than ever. Mayweather could earn $120 million or more, while Pacquiao’s split of the purse will likely be around $80 million.

The fight, which matches boxing’s two biggest attractions of recent years, has been in the making for five years. It finally came together in recent months with both fighters putting aside past differences over various issues — including drug testing and television rights — to reach agreement.

Pacquiao was sleeping in the Philippines when the fight was announced, but his camp issued a statement saying the fans deserve the long-awaited fight.

“It is an honor to be part of this historic event,” Pacquiao said. “I dedicate this fight to all the fans who willed this fight to happen and, as always, to bring glory to the Philippines and my fellow Filipinos around the world.”

While the fight rivals the 2002 heavyweight title bout between Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson for interest, it comes more than five years after the first real effort to put the fighters together in their prime. Most boxing observers believe both have lost some of their skills, though Mayweather remains a master defensive fighter and Pacquiao showed in his last fight against Chris Algieri that he still has tremendous quickness in his hands.

Still, Pacquiao is 36 and has been through many wars in the ring. And while Mayweather has been largely untouched in his career, he turns 38 on Tuesday.

“I am the best ever, TBE, and this fight will be another opportunity to showcase my skills and do what I do best, which is win,” Mayweather said in his announcement. “Manny is going to try to do what 47 before him failed to do, but he won’t be successful. He will be No. 48.”

Oddsmakers believe Mayweather will do just that, making him a 2 1/2-1 favorite in the scheduled 12-round bout. The fight is expected to do record business in Nevada’s legal sports books, with tens of millions wagered on the outcome.

It will also do record business at the box office — with the MGM expected to be scaled far higher than the $20-million live gate for Mayweather’s 2013 fight with Canelo Alvarez. The pay-per-view revenue also is expected to be a record, though television executives said Friday they had yet to actually fix a price for people to buy the fight at home.

The fight will be televised as a joint venture between competing networks Showtime and HBO, which will share announcers with Jim Lampley and Al Bernstein reportedly handling the task at ringside.

Pacquiao began pushing hard for the fight after beating Algieri in November in Macau, and negotiations picked up last month when the two fighters met by chance at a Miami Heat basketball game and later talked with each other in Pacquiao’s hotel room about making it happen.

“It’s one of those fortuitous circumstance we couldn’t have planned,” Showtime boxing chief Stephen Espinoza said. “But we were lucky that it happened.”

As part of the agreement, Mayweather insisted on having the right to announce the bout. He also won concessions from the Pacquiao camp on who enters the ring first, what type of gloves are used, and a number of other issues, including a reported 60-40 split of the purse.

But it didn’t take long for Pacquiao’s camp to start talking, either. Promoter Bob Arum expressed his elation in making the fight, while trainer Freddie Roach predicted a big win for his fighter.

“Floyd should enjoy being the A-Side while he can because on May 2 Manny is going to put him on his backside,” Roach said.

Arum, who has promoted some of the biggest fights in history, said this one would be bigger than them all.

“This boxing match will have the interest in the US of a Super Bowl,” Arum told The Associated Press. “I think it will set all kinds of pay-per-view records and gate records. It will be the biggest boxing event of all time.”

Both fighters will bring 147-pound titles into the ring, but the fight is about far more than belts. Mayweather, who is unbeaten in 47 fights, wants to stake his claim as one of the greatest fighters ever, and remove any doubts about his legacy by fighting the boxer who is thought to be the greatest challenge of his career.

Pacquiao, meanwhile, will try to show that a knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012 and a disputed decision loss to Timothy Bradley should not define a remarkable career that began 20 years ago in the Philippines

Don’t tune in looking for a big knockout, either. The last time Pacquiao stopped anyone was in 2009 when he finished off Miguel Cotto in the 12th round, while Mayweather has only stopped one fighter (Victor Ortiz) in the last eight years..


PHILSTAR

Kia upsets Purefoods; Pacman scores a point By Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 19, 2015 - 12:00am 0 5 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao File photo

MANILA, Philippines - Kia, drawing another dominant game from Peter John Ramos and a first PBA career point from boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, scored a second reversal in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, pulling the rug from under title holder Purefoods, 95-84, last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Ramos powered his way to 32 points and 26 rebounds and led a strong Kia closing romp that carried the Carnival to a second win in the mid-season tourney after their 88-78 upset of Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beer last Feb. 4.

“Na-execute namin yung ginagawa namin sa practice at kumunek yung shooting namin (We’re able to execute what we’re doing in practice and we’re able to make our shots),” said Pacquiao, the Kia player-coach who contributed a point and an assist in a little over four minutes of action in the second quarter.

Pacquiao made a first PBA point on a split from the stripe off a foul by Allein Maliksi at the start of the second quarter. After that, Pacquiao twice attempted from the outside, the first one going air ball and the second barely hitting the board.

Backcourt players LA Revilla and Eliud Poligrates provided big help in the final quarter as the Carnival wiped out a seven-point deficit, 68-75, and went on to pull off the key win that pushed the team up to ninth place at 2-4.

“I think we have a chance (to make the playoffs). Kailangan lang patindihin pa ang training,” said Pacquiao.

Struggling at the finish with Daniel Orton out of fouls, the Hotshots suffered a second straight loss and moved down to third place behind the Meralco Bolts (5-0) and the Talk n Text Tropang Texters (4-1).

In the first game, Globalport import replacement Calvin Warner turned an otherwise lackluster performance into a winning one, pouring in 14 points in the fourth period as the Batang Pier drubbed the Barako Bull Energy, 99-81, to get back on track.

The 6-5 Warner, struggling for just nine markers in the first three quarters, used his court savvy to make up for his lack of size and exploded in the last 12 minutes, helping spark their breakaway from a shaky 66-62 lead at the start of the fourth en route to the runaway win, their third against the same number of losses for sixth place.

The loss, its second in row, dropped Barako Bull to joint fourth with Rain or Shine at 3-2.

“Being a veteran import, Warner helps us with his maturity,” said Globalport coach Eric Gonzales.

“That’s our stand (in enlisting him in lieu of CJ Leslie). We’re after his inside presence and maturity that we hope will help our team mature,” Gonzales added.

No way he could match seven-foot Sol Alabi’s 37-point and 28-rebound game, but Warner put in enough effort and energy that inspired his teammates to bounce back from an 84-86 loss to the Meralco Bolts the last time out.

Warner collected 23 points, 20 rebounds, four assists, four steals and three blocks, Terrence Romeo delivered a team-high 24 points while Stanley Pringle and Mark Isip added 14 markers apiece.

Wingmen Ronjay Buenafe and Keith Jensen had their contributions for the Batang Pier in the game that was actually close but ended as a rout after the Energy went on a fouling spree and thus gave away several charities in the closing minute.

The Energy took control in the early going, 27-17, but the Batang Pier got into the groove and dragged Barako to a battle through the next 24 minutes of play.

At 66-62, Warner made two straight baskets underneath, touching off a decisive attack that had Globalport erecting a 12-point spread at 85-73.

“The loss to Meralco the last time was a big lesson not just to the players but the coaching staff. We have to finish well and not just start strong,” said Gonzales of the match that they lost on a last-second shot by Bolts import Josh Davis.

It was Warner’s debut game in the local pro league where he made 24 points.

Warner went 9 of 15 from the field for 23 points in his second PBA game.


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VIDEO CAPTURE; MANNY SINGING 'PILIPINO AKO'

Like his previous bouts, eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao will fight for the pride of the Filipinos as he finally clashes with Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2.

The Sarangani representative said he dedicates the fight to his fans shortly after the American boxer made the announcement on Saturday.

With the fight expected to go down in history as one of the biggest and most anticipated bouts in the sport, Pacman said an unreleased track he recorded will be the theme song here in the country.

"Yung isang album ko na hindi narelease noon, 'Lalaban Ako Para sa Pilipino' (I will fight for the Pilipino), ito 'yung magiging theme song for this fight," Pacquiao said in a live interview on "24 Oras" on Saturday.

Pacquiao also thanked the fans for their support and prayers as he embraced the role he said the Lord has given him.

"Salamat po sa ating Panginoon na isa tayo sa ginawa niyang instrument para makilala ang mga Pilipino," the boxer said.

Pacman's family, along with the rest of the boxing world, was thrilled with the news that the fight will finally happen, but Pacquiao himself is keeping his cool with the development.

"Excited nga ang lahat, ako relax lang ako," he said.

Pacquiao started his official training the same day the announcement was made, beginning with jogging, practicing in the gym, and playing basketball to prepare for the fight. — Marisse Panaligan/JDS, GMA News


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