SPORTS NEWS EARLY THIS PAST WEEK
(Mini Reads followed by Full Reports below)

PACQUIAO SATISFIED WITH HIS FIRST SPARING DAY


Manny Pacquiao (right) spars for the first time in his training at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, Los Angeles, in preparation for his megabuck showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Photo from Laceup Boxing's Twitter account (‏@LaceUpBoxing)   Updated March 18, 2015 - For Manny Pacquiao, nothing feels better than lacing it up and getting it on in sparring. The Filipino icon, stepping up the gas in his training for his megabuck showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr., started sparring Wednesday at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood. He went five rounds with a couple of sparmates. Pacquiao said he was elated with the workout. "After 13 days of strength and conditioning and boxing drills at Wild Card plus weeks more of working out in the Philippines in February, it was great to finally put on the headgear and spar," Pacquiao said in a report by ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael. For the first two rounds, the fighting congressman traded gloves with Finland’s Edis Tatli, a lightweight with a record of 24-1, with 8 KOs. He then got it on with Kenneth Sims Jr., a 21-year-old junior welterweight from Chicago who sports a 5-0 (2 KOs) card. READ MORE....

ALSO: Pacquiao spars behind closed doors


Manny Pacquiao stylipics.com 
MANILA, Philippines - The Wild Card gym will be sealed and tightly guarded as Manny Pacquiao begins sparring for his boxing history’s biggest, richest fight. It will be off limits to almost everybody except those involved in the fight as Team Pacquiao, led by chief trainer Freddie Roach, starts the buildup for the May 2 mega-showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Wary of the other camp’s alleged dirty tricks of “paying off” potential sparmates, Roach ordered that the gym would be exclusive to the Filipino icon’s handlers and no videos or photos will be taken of the man during workout.  “We can’t have spies in the gym,” said Roach, who has put up extra security in and around his famous Hollywood gym. For the Chris Algieri fight in Macau last November, Roach had to kick a couple of persons out of the gym, accusing them of working for Team Algieri, taking videos of Pacquiao’s training and showing them to the other side. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao’s ‘dislike’ for Mayweather drives him in training


Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao face off at last week's Los Angeles presser announcing their May 2 showdown. AP
   MANILA, Philippines – Freddie Roach has never seen Manny Pacquiao train this hard for a fight. The Filipino icon’s longtime cornerman has been with Pacquiao for more than a decade, but it’s only now that he noticed something in Floyd Mayweather Jr. that makes his ward prepare like he’s never done before. In a report by Eddie Alinea that was published on Philboxing.com, Roach said that while Pacquiao isn’t showing it, the way he is training right now proves his dislike for Mayweather, whom he fights on May 2 in Las Vegas. “I can see it in his eyes, in his body movement, his attitude in training that he really wants to win and win decisively," Roach explained. “Sometimes, I cannot help but think he’s mad at this guy (Mayweather).”  READ MORE...

ALSO: Diet-conscious Mayweather hires $1K-per-plate chef


FLOYD'S CHEF: Floyd Mayweather Jr. is making sure he’s got all bases covered leading to his showdown with Manny Pacquiao on May 2 – and that especially includes his diet. And since the undefeated American can afford it, he has tapped the services of a personal chef who cooks for him for a ridiculous rate of $1,000 (approximately P44,000) per plate. According to a report by TMZ Sports, the lady chef, whose name is Chef Q, has been preparing Mayweather’s meals while the fighter is in the thick of training for his duel with Pacquiao. CONTINUE READING....

ALSO: Meet the new Mayweather  (Really?)


FLOYD IN GREY SUIT, COOL, CALM AND COLLECTED? During last Thursday’s Hollywood-style press conference for his May 2 clash with Manny Pacquiao, the undefeated American was a new man. Cocky and arrogant most times in the past, Mayweather, in a nice gray suit that must cost thousands of dollars, was cool, calm and collected. When he took the microphone, people looked for fireworks, and waited for some harsh words to be thrown the other side. They got none of it. Mayweather opened his brief speech by referring to the coming fight as “the fight of the century” and that “it’s about the best fighting the best.”  READ MORE.....

ALSO: Mayweather taking Pacquiao fight seriously


Floyd Mayweather Jr. AP   Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. were both exceptionally well dressed for their appearance together in Los Angeles, not terribly surprising given the number of cameras focused on them.  Exceptionally well behaved, too, which was also no surprise. No need for trash talk when the $1,500 seats in the upper reaches of the MGM Grand Garden will be snapped up the minute they go on sale and people at home won’t think twice about spending $100 or so on the pay-per-view. Just two men who beat people up for a living acting like perfect gentlemen. Not a new role for Pacquiao, but certainly one for Mayweather, who has made most of his millions by getting a lot of people to buy his fights just to see him lose. READ MORE...

ALSO: Mayweather thumbs down $5M fine for failed drug test


Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao  MANILA, Philippines – Floyd Mayweather Jr. did not agree to a clause suggested by Manny Pacquiao’s camp that would slap either fighter a fine of $5 million should he fail a drug test before or after their megabuck showdown on May 2. Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz made the revelation in an interview with Martin Rogers of USA Today. Koncz said it was him who suggested the $5 million penalty clause to be included in the fight contract, something Mayweather rejected. "It was very simple," Koncz told Rogers. "If Manny failed a test, he would have to pay $5 million. If Floyd failed, he would have to pay $5 million."  According to Koncz, Pacquiao's attorney David Moroso was informed that Mayweather declined the penalty provision through a letter from the undefeated fighter's attorney, Jeremiah Reynolds. However, in a report by Lance Pugmire of The Los Angeles Times, Mayweather's adviser Leonard Ellerbe claimed that the drug testing issue was ironed out as the fight was sealed, denying that no penalty clause has been suggested. READ ON...


READ FULL MEDIA NEWS REPORT:

Pacquiao satisfied with first sparring day


Manny Pacquiao (right) spars for the first time in his training at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, Los Angeles, in preparation for his megabuck showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Photo from Laceup Boxing's Twitter account (‏@LaceUpBoxing)

MANILA, MARCH 23, 2015 (PHILSTAR)  Updated March 18, 2015 - For Manny Pacquiao, nothing feels better than lacing it up and getting it on in sparring.

The Filipino icon, stepping up the gas in his training for his megabuck showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr., started sparring Wednesday at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood. He went five rounds with a couple of sparmates.

Pacquiao said he was elated with the workout.

"After 13 days of strength and conditioning and boxing drills at Wild Card plus weeks more of working out in the Philippines in February, it was great to finally put on the headgear and spar," Pacquiao said in a report by ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael.

For the first two rounds, the fighting congressman traded gloves with Finland’s Edis Tatli, a lightweight with a record of 24-1, with 8 KOs. He then got it on with Kenneth Sims Jr., a 21-year-old junior welterweight from Chicago who sports a 5-0 (2 KOs) card.

Freddie Roach personally picked Tatli and Sims to be Pacquiao’s sparring partners, confident that the two fighters can simulate Mayweather’s style.

Pacquiao, for his part, was satisfied with Roach’s choices.

"My sparring partners gave me good work today. They were perfect for testing the strategy Freddie and I have developed to beat Floyd Mayweather. I was very happy with my stamina and speed today," he added.

Meanwhile, Pacquiao’s longtime cornerman liked what he saw in his ward’s first day of sparring.

"When Manny threw out the first punch it felt like opening day of Irish spring training," Roach said, a reference to St. Patrick’s Day, which is being celebrated in the US today.

"Manny looked so fresh today. I'm very happy with what he showed me. You couldn't tell he had been away from the ring since the (Chris) Algieri fight in November. Manny is on fire in the gym,” the bespectacled trainer continued.

On May 2, Pacquiao seeks to become the first fighter to taint Mayweather’s unbeaten record at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in what’s expected to be the richest match in boxing history. Roach is brimming with confidence about a Pacquiao victory that he came up with a label for the day he fights Mayweather.

"I am confident May 2 will be celebrated for years to come as St. Manny's Day – the day he drove Mayweather out of boxing," Roach ended. – Dino Maragay ..


PHILSTAR

Pacquiao spars behind closed doors By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 18, 2015 - 12:00am


Manny Pacquiao stylipics.com

MANILA, Philippines - The Wild Card gym will be sealed and tightly guarded as Manny Pacquiao begins sparring for his boxing history’s biggest, richest fight.

It will be off limits to almost everybody except those involved in the fight as Team Pacquiao, led by chief trainer Freddie Roach, starts the buildup for the May 2 mega-showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Wary of the other camp’s alleged dirty tricks of “paying off” potential sparmates, Roach ordered that the gym would be exclusive to the Filipino icon’s handlers and no videos or photos will be taken of the man during workout.

“We can’t have spies in the gym,” said Roach, who has put up extra security in and around his famous Hollywood gym.

For the Chris Algieri fight in Macau last November, Roach had to kick a couple of persons out of the gym, accusing them of working for Team Algieri, taking videos of Pacquiao’s training and showing them to the other side.

“I have a rule in training camp this time that if you aren’t being productive in the gym for training, then you can’t be around. The strategy of this fight is very important and different from past fights,” said Roach.

Everything is on the line in this fight. But more than the money and the welterweight titles, it’s about the reputation.

“We all know that everybody’s reputation is at stake here. That’s why Freddie said he will be very strict this time,” said Pacquiao’s chief adviser, Mike Koncz.

Pacquiao spars on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The rest of the week, except Sundays, he’s at the gym working on the fight plan.

Mayweather, based on his latest posts on Instagram, had been to a couple of sparring sessions for perhaps just a couple of rounds. The other day he was photographed chopping wood like he’s Rocky.

Training for both superstars should intensify in the next week or two.

Mayweather said he has lined up 10 sparring partners for this camp, including Zab Judah and DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley.

Judah and Corley are both southpaws and two of Mayweather’s victims inside the ring. They are here to try and impersonate Pacquiao.

“We are just working on the game plan and focusing on what Floyd is doing. I know how Floyd sets up people and makes them walk into shots,” said Roach.

Climbing the ring against Pacquiao today are Kenneth Simms Jr. (5-0) and Rashidi Ellis (14-0). They are both 21 years old.

“I wanted to have some young, upcoming fighters as sparring partners for Manny. There are young fighters from Chicago, Massachusetts and Finland who are coming in to spar with Manny.

“Their styles are perfect fits for Manny. They may get knocked out and sent home, but we’ll see. I have all the sparring partners lined up,” Roach added. ..


PHILSTAR

Pacquiao’s ‘dislike’ for Mayweather drives him in training (philstar.com) | Updated March 17, 2015 - 5:21pm


Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao face off at last week's Los Angeles presser announcing their May 2 showdown. AP

MANILA, Philippines – Freddie Roach has never seen Manny Pacquiao train this hard for a fight.

The Filipino icon’s longtime cornerman has been with Pacquiao for more than a decade, but it’s only now that he noticed something in Floyd Mayweather Jr. that makes his ward prepare like he’s never done before.

In a report by Eddie Alinea that was published on Philboxing.com, Roach said that while Pacquiao isn’t showing it, the way he is training right now proves his dislike for Mayweather, whom he fights on May 2 in Las Vegas.

“I can see it in his eyes, in his body movement, his attitude in training that he really wants to win and win decisively," Roach explained. “Sometimes, I cannot help but think he’s mad at this guy (Mayweather).”

Mayweather and Pacquiao will tangle in what is billed to be the richest fight in boxing history. Both fighters were gracious to each other in last week’s press conference in Los Angeles, but the cordiality apparently ended there for Pacquiao.

Roach insists that Pacquiao isn’t fond of Mayweather.

“I can feel when we’re doing the mitts. With the way he hits the mitts, I can see it on how he responds to the things we want him to do. The efforts he has been doing which I didn’t see in his previous similarly important fights,” the bespectacled cornerman explained.

“I've never seen him dislike an opponent in my life, but you know what, he doesn't like this guy. He won't say anything bad about him, but he won't say anything good about him either. I think Mayweather is his perfect opponent," Roach added.

Pacquiao is a slight underdog against Mayweather, and in order to make the showdown possible, has agreed to every demand by the undefeated American, who obviously is entering the bout as the A-side fighter.

Mayweather is set to pocket at least $120 million compared to Pacquiao’s $80 million. The former’s camp is also reported to control every aspect of the promotion, including ticket distribution.

That, Roach claimed, is what makes Pacquiao extra-motivated for the clash.

“Manny knows that very well, that is why he really is dipping his head and his whole body to the training regimen he himself, myself and the training team charted,” Roach continued.

“Manny’s anger could be because everything has to be his (Mayweather’s) way. He has a comfort zone, like we couldn’t say anything about the fight until he announced it. He [Mayweather] is very, very insecure.” – Dino Maragay ..


PHILSTAR

Diet-conscious Mayweather hires $1K-per-plate chef By Dino Maragay | Updated March 18, 2015 - 2:25pm

MANILA, Philippines – Floyd Mayweather Jr. (photo) is making sure he’s got all bases covered leading to his showdown with Manny Pacquiao on May 2 – and that especially includes his diet.

And since the undefeated American can afford it, he has tapped the services of a personal chef who cooks for him for a ridiculous rate of $1,000 (approximately P44,000) per plate.

According to a report by TMZ Sports, the lady chef, whose name is Chef Q, has been preparing Mayweather’s meals while the fighter is in the thick of training for his duel with Pacquiao.

Mayweather’s meals while the fighter is in the thick of training for his duel with Pacquiao.

"My daily schedule for Floyd is 'There is no schedule' ... I am here for him anytime. 24 hours, 7 days a week. If he needs me at 3 a.m., I am there cooking up breakfast," she said in the TMZ report.

Mayweather’s diet reportedly consists of protein, and the Las Vegas-based boxer is veering away from carbohydrates this time.

"His favorite dish is spaghetti or tacos, but for the Pacquiao fight, he'll be focusing on high-levels of protein with no carbs – turkey, chicken, beef and fish ... no pork!” Chef Q continued.

Sportshub ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1

"Also, we are really big on juicing right now. So if Floyd wants something to drink, it's juiced through organic fruits," she added. "He's always been mindful of what he eats but there is something different about this fight."



Read more: http://www.philstar.com/sports/2015/03/18/1434982/diet-conscious-mayweather-hires-1k-plate-chef#ixzz3UjhFM3Yb
Follow us: @PhilstarNews on Twitter | philstarnews on Facebook
 

"My daily schedule for Floyd is 'There is no schedule' ... I am here for him anytime. 24 hours, 7 days a week. If he needs me at 3 a.m., I am there cooking up breakfast," she said in the TMZ report.


FLOYD'S $1,000 PER PLATE CHEF

Mayweather’s diet reportedly consists of protein, and the Las Vegas-based boxer is veering away from carbohydrates this time.

"His favorite dish is spaghetti or tacos, but for the Pacquiao fight, he'll be focusing on high-levels of protein with no carbs – turkey, chicken, beef and fish ... no pork!” Chef Q continued.

"Also, we are really big on juicing right now. So if Floyd wants something to drink, it's juiced through organic fruits," she added. "He's always been mindful of what he eats but there is something different about this fight."


PHILSTAR

Meet the new Mayweather By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 16, 2015 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - During last Thursday’s Hollywood-style press conference for his May 2 clash with Manny Pacquiao, the undefeated American was a new man.

Cocky and arrogant most times in the past, Mayweather, in a nice gray suit that must cost thousands of dollars, was cool, calm and collected.

When he took the microphone, people looked for fireworks, and waited for some harsh words to be thrown the other side.

They got none of it.

Mayweather opened his brief speech by referring to the coming fight as “the fight of the century” and that “it’s about the best fighting the best.”

No, he wasn’t trying to sell the fight because there’s no need to. Even before the fight was sealed and done, it’s already been sold out.

It took five years for Mayweather and Pacquiao to promote the fight, and they did it by keeping the fans longing and hungry for it.

Even when he stood just a couple of feet away from Pacquiao, during a staredown that seemed to last forever, he was cool.

Mayweather didn’t utter harsh words against Pacquiao but still guaranteed a victory and that Pacquiao would be No. 48.

He didn’t go after Bob Arum, his former promoter and with whom he had a bitter falling out years back.

Mayweather said then he’d never do business with Arum again – never. But here he was, just a few feet away from the legendary promoter. ..


PHILSTAR

Mayweather taking Pacquiao fight seriously By Tim Dahlberg (Associated Press) | Updated March 15, 2015 - 12:28pm


Floyd Mayweather Jr. AP

Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. were both exceptionally well dressed for their appearance together in Los Angeles, not terribly surprising given the number of cameras focused on them.

Exceptionally well behaved, too, which was also no surprise. No need for trash talk when the $1,500 seats in the upper reaches of the MGM Grand Garden will be snapped up the minute they go on sale and people at home won’t think twice about spending $100 or so on the pay-per-view.

Just two men who beat people up for a living acting like perfect gentlemen. Not a new role for Pacquiao, but certainly one for Mayweather, who has made most of his millions by getting a lot of people to buy his fights just to see him lose.

He was once Pretty Boy Floyd, then became Money Mayweather. Now he’s Floyd Mayweather the businessman, working hard to earn his $120 million payday.

“No different than WWE,” Mayweather said. “It’s all about reinventing yourself. That’s what we did. And it’s worked so far.”

It has, in ways that seem unimaginable for any fighter, much less one who doesn’t knock people out. Mayweather is perennially on top of the highest paid athlete list, and this year it will be no contest. He’ll do it this time with a new persona that would make anyone in pro wrestling proud.

It was barely two years ago that Mayweather sat in a jail cell, serving a domestic battery sentence while wondering if he would ever fight again. Now no one mentions his checkered past because they’re so eager to see him in the fight that will break all records.

The new Floyd Mayweather is all business. And right now business couldn’t be better.

“Floyd Mayweather is a winner when it’s all said and done,” Mayweather said.

Pacquiao is a winner, too, of course, and maybe a bigger one than Mayweather. He made it out of the depths of poverty in the Philippines to become a multimillionaire fighter and a congressman from the Sarangani province. He’s a national hero at home, where everything stops anytime he steps into the ring.

Like Mayweather, Pacquiao has reinvented himself in recent years. He’s trimmed his huge entourage, given up the late night partying and gambling, and turned to religion to guide his life.

Along the way he learned English as a second language and is comfortable enough with it that he spent the entire day Wednesday speaking confidently to hundreds of media.

They have contrasting styles in the ring, and they are a stark contrast outside of it. It’s what makes this fight so intriguing, almost irresistible.

The fight that doesn’t need any promoting will still get some, of course. There was a frenzy in downtown Los Angeles this week, where some 700 media members were credentialed for what was billed as the only joint appearance of the two fighters before the week of the fight.

But it isn’t business as usual, as evidenced the other day when trainer Freddie Roach threw comedian Dave Chappelle and his family out of Pacquiao’s workout at his Hollywood gym.

Roach and Chappelle are friends, but there were things to attend to, and they were getting in the way.

“I felt really bad,” Roach said, “but that was four bodies that didn’t need to be there.”

Mayweather is also showing signs that this fight is different. The usual crowds at his Las Vegas gym, insiders say, are being thinned out by security. There’s too much at stake here, for a fighter who has never lost in 19 years as a pro.

Mayweather might have a new persona, but he still has a same burning desire, magnified even more by what is at stake in the Fight of the (Young) Century.

Yes, Pacquiao has the weight of a country on his shoulders. But Mayweather has his entire legacy on the line.

“I’ve never wanted to win a fight as bad in my life,” Mayweather said. ..


PHILSTAR

Mayweather thumbs down $5M fine for failed drug test (philstar.com) | Updated March 20, 2015 - 3:07pm


Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines – Floyd Mayweather Jr. did not agree to a clause suggested by Manny Pacquiao’s camp that would slap either fighter a fine of $5 million should he fail a drug test before or after their megabuck showdown on May 2.

Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz made the revelation in an interview with Martin Rogers of USA Today.

Koncz said it was him who suggested the $5 million penalty clause to be included in the fight contract, something Mayweather rejected.

"It was very simple," Koncz told Rogers. "If Manny failed a test, he would have to pay $5 million. If Floyd failed, he would have to pay $5 million."

According to Koncz, Pacquiao's attorney David Moroso was informed that Mayweather declined the penalty provision through a letter from the undefeated fighter's attorney, Jeremiah Reynolds.

However, in a report by Lance Pugmire of The Los Angeles Times, Mayweather's adviser Leonard Ellerbe claimed that the drug testing issue was ironed out as the fight was sealed, denying that no penalty clause has been suggested.

“If Koncz and Manny didn’t communicate with their promoter during the negotiation, it’s a lame attempt to generate some publicity," Ellerbe said.

“We have no plan on limiting the liability and damages if Manny tested positive. They must be worried if they’re bringing this up. Essentially, what they’re trying to do is put a $5 million price tag if Manny tested positive. It’s awfully suspicious to me," he added.

Ellerbe then blasted Koncz for not informing Pacquiao regarding the details of the drug testing agreement.

“If you’re supposed to be the manager, you need to read the language in the contract before you let your fighter sign. That’s why, in my opinion, Michael Koncz is the biggest idiot in all of boxing. He obviously didn’t read the agreement before he had his client sign the agreement," he continued.

Mayweather and Pacquiao have indeed agreed to subject themselves to Olympic-style testing conducted by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) before their showdown at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. This gives USADA the right to barge into both fighters’ camps anytime and carry out blood and urine tests.

The issue of drug testing had been central in previous negotiations for a Mayweather-Pacquiao bout. It was Mayweather himself who insisted that Pacquiao undergo random tests when the talks started in 2009.

Pacquiao initially refused to give in to the demand but eventually agreed to. The match, however, still wasn’t made.

Mayweather then resorted to accusing Pacquiao of using performance-enhancing drugs. This prompted the Filipino icon to file a defamation suit against Mayweather, and both camps settled the case out of court in 2012.

Now that the fight is a go, USADA has started conducting the tests while both fighters are in the thick of training for the fight, which is expected to go down as the richest ever in boxing history. – Dino Maragay


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

© Copyright, 2014 by PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE
All rights reserved


PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE [PHNO] WEBSITE