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'THE GREATEST' MUHAMMAD ALI, TEAM PACQUIAO ALL THE WAY: INSPIRED PACMAN VOWS TO MEET HIS EXPECTATION


Manny Pacquiao and Muhammad Ali - Having “The Greatest” by his side means a lot for Manny Pacquiao. In fact, when Pacquiao fights Floyd Mayweather Jr. in boxing’s richest match on May 2, the Filipino icon will be looking up to Muhammad Ali for inspiration. A day after getting picked by Ali to best Mayweather, the WBO welterweight champion expressed delight and vowed to meet Ali’s lofty expectations by performing well against Mayweather. “Hearing that he [Ali] picks me over his compatriot is truly humbling and inspiring. I’ll do my best to live up to his expectation and that of the fans worldwide,” Pacquiao said in Filipino, according to Aquiles Zonio of Philboxing.com. Speaking to TMZ Sports the other day, Ali’s daughter confirmed that the boxing legend is rooting for Pacquiao against Mayweather. “My dad is Team Pacquiao all the way,” said Rasheda Ali. READ MORE...

ALSO: Ali himself has message to Pacquiao, Floyd


Boxing’s all-time great Muhammad Ali is setting the record straight: he hasn’t picked Manny Pacquiao nor Floyd Mayweather Jr. to win in their upcoming megabout. He does like Pacquiao as a person than Mayweather. He did not predict any winner...A day after his daughter claimed that he was "Team Pacquiao all the way," boxing legend Muhammad Ali gave a message of support to both Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather on Twitter. Rasheda Ali told TMZ Sports that her father "really likes Manny" and is a "huge fan" of the Filipino ring icon. A day later, Ali tweeted: "Looking forward to Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, and wishing both the best of luck. Rumble, young men, rumble!" Added to the tweet was the hashtag "AliTweet," which indicated that it came from "The Greatest" himself. Rasheda told TMZ Sports that her father not only liked Pacquiao as a fighter but also as a person. "It's more about what (Pacquiao) does outside the ring," Rasheda said. "He's such a charitable person."  The former heavyweight champion is not as keen on Mayweather, however, even though he respects the unbeaten American's achievements inside the ring. "My dad stood for things. Mayweather… I don't think there's a comparison," said Rasheda. Rasheda also revealed that it was unlikely for Ali to attend the bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, but will order the pay-per-view.THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Mayweather Sr. says son would pounce on Pacquiao leg cramps


Floyd Mayweather Sr.
 The father and trainer of Floyd Mayweather Jr. welcomed reports of Manny Pacquiao suffering cramps in training. Floyd Mayweather Sr. said his son Floyd Jr. will take advantage once Pacquiao manifests cramps during their showdown on May 2. "To me, that would be Floyd put pressure on him, back him up, back him up on his legs," Mayweather Sr. recently told David Mayo of mlive.com. "It's going to be good because he ain't going to be able to jump all night like that. Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach said they are doing everything they can to address his ward’s leg cramps, which had hampered the fighting congressman in his past bouts. For the elder Mayweather, it’s a major chink in Pacquiao’s armor. "He might be able to do it for two or three rounds, but if his legs are really hurting him – I mean, he can get his legs back well before the fight, but in a good, tough fight, the (pain) will probably come back. It'll probably come back to him," Floyd Sr. continued. READ MORE...

ALSO: Manny focuses on footwork; Roach unhappy over sparring


Manny Pacquiao twitter.com/Mannypacquiao
- Manny Pacquiao is shifting his focus on footwork as training for the Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight enters its fourth week in Los Angeles. “Bilis ng paa (Foot speed),” said Pacquiao on GMA News as he capped his sparring session the other day. “That’s our focus this coming two weeks,” he said. Pacquiao, stepping up his training for the May 2 fight, sparred nine rounds against different partners. But it was difficult to paint a rosy picture because according to GMA News, Freddie Roach did not like how the sparring went. Though sparring was held behind closed doors, the report said Roach was not a very happy man  “I was just a little frustrated because I mean why with me it’s okay but when he gets in there with somebody else he completely changes,” he said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Mayweather calls Pacquiao ‘solid but reckless’


Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao 
While Floyd Mayweather Jr. respects what Manny Pacquiao has accomplished in the ring, he insists the Filipino icon is not without fault. And Mayweather vowed to capitalize on Pacquiao’s weaknesses when they tangle on May 2 in what’s going to go down as boxing’s richest fight. In a column by David Mayo of mlive.com, the undefeated American said he plans to neutralize whatever works for Pacquiao during fights and pounce on his mistakes. "A lot of guys do a lot of things wrong, but they are still successful," Mayweather said. "So I want to know what he [Pacquiao] does right, so I can take that away from him, so I can take that arsenal away from him. What I do, when I'm facing a guy, whatever he does good, I take that away from him, so he has to resort to doing something different."  Pacquiao, for his part, will try what 47 other boxers before him tried but failed to accomplish, and that is to hand Mayweather the first ever loss of his brilliant professional career. READ MORE...

ALSO Arum’s prediction: Pacquiao will win ‘round after round’


ARUM 
- Bob Arum is on the same page with Freddie Roach that Manny Pacquiao will be the dominant fighter on May 2 in Las Vegas. Roach said a while back that Pacquiao is going to win every round against Mayweather, a 38-year-old boxer who’s running out of legs. That means Pacquiao may or will find no need to score a knockout in order to win the fight that matters most. “Exactly,” said Arum on the phone the other day. The 83-year-old boxing promoter is back in Las Vegas, manning the Top Rank office after visiting Pacquiao in Los Angeles. Arum spent some time at the Wild Card Gym, catching Pacquiao in training for the highly anticipated fight. READ MORE...

ALSO: Mayweather to become richest athlete after fighting Pacquiao


Mr. Money is about to get a lot of money.
According to Forbes.com, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is expected to become the richest athlete for 2015 after he collects his paycheck in May 2. Mayweather is poised to take home, win or lose, $150 million after he fights Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada to unify the WBO, WBC, and WBA Welterweight titles. Pacquiao also breaks the nine-figure mark with more than $100 million in pay. Forbes.com added that the fighters’ earnings can still increase if the pay-per-view buys exceed three million. Mayweather’s earnings will surpass golfer Tiger Woods’ inflation-adjusted 2008 earnings of $125 million. NBA greatest Michael Jordan is third on the list with inflation-adjusted earnings of $115 million which he earned both in 1997 and 1998. Forbes has been tracking athlete earnings for the last 25 years. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Homeland to secure Pacman megafight


Manny Pacquiao File photo 
MANILA, Philippines - They’re throwing a heavy security blanket on this super fight. The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security will be on top of the situation when boxing superstars Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao collide at the MGM Grand on May 2. They will make sure nothing untoward happens. No stone will be left unturned. No bag, no package will be left unchecked, unattended. Security will be extra tight in and around the MGM before, during and after the fight. Bomb-sniffing dogs will be moving around. “What I learned the other day is that the Homeland Security and the FBI will be in charge of security while we’re in Vegas,” Pacquiao’s chief adviser, Mike Koncz, told The STAR yesterday. “It’s not only for the fighters but for the event itself. They’re treating this as THE event and not just a regular boxing match,” he said. Koncz explained that in any big event in the United States, whether it’s in politics, sports or entertainment, the FBI and the Homeland Security steps into the picture. “Anytime you have a huge event like that there are potential problems that’s why they get involved,” said Koncz on the phone. “It’s like the Super Bowl which is regulated security wise by the FBI and Homeland Security,” he said. READ MORE...


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'The Greatest' Muhammad Ali Team Pacquiao all the way: Inspired Pacquiao vows to meet Ali’s expectation


Manny Pacquiao and Muhammad Ali

MANILA, APRIL 6, 2015 (PHILSTAR)  - Having “The Greatest” by his side means a lot for Manny Pacquiao.

In fact, when Pacquiao fights Floyd Mayweather Jr. in boxing’s richest match on May 2, the Filipino icon will be looking up to Muhammad Ali for inspiration.

A day after getting picked by Ali to best Mayweather, the WBO welterweight champion expressed delight and vowed to meet Ali’s lofty expectations by performing well against Mayweather.

“Hearing that he [Ali] picks me over his compatriot is truly humbling and inspiring. I’ll do my best to live up to his expectation and that of the fans worldwide,” Pacquiao said in Filipino, according to Aquiles Zonio of Philboxing.com.

Speaking to TMZ Sports the other day, Ali’s daughter confirmed that the boxing legend is rooting for Pacquiao against Mayweather.

“My dad is Team Pacquiao all the way,” said Rasheda Ali.

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“My dad really likes Manny. He’s a huge fan of his,” she added.

Ali, as it turns out, is an admirer not only of Pacquiao the boxer, but also of Pacquiao the philanthropist.

“He knows Manny’s a great fighter ... but it’s more about what he does outside the ring. He’s such a charitable person,” Rasheda continued.

Pacquiao feels the same about Ali, likewise praising the 73-year-old boxing great for his work both in the ring and outside it.

“In fact, he [Ali] serves as one of my inspirations in doing charity works outside of boxing. He’s a man of principle and a good role model for us,” Pacquiao ended. – Dino Maragay


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Ali has message to Pacquiao, Floyd ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 04/01/2015 2:57 PM | Updated as of 04/01/2015 3:04 PM


Muhammad Ali file photo

A day after his daughter claimed that he was "Team Pacquiao all the way," boxing legend Muhammad Ali gave a message of support to both Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather on Twitter.

Rasheda Ali told TMZ Sports that her father "really likes Manny" and is a "huge fan" of the Filipino ring icon.

A day later, Ali tweeted: "Looking forward to Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, and wishing both the best of luck. Rumble, young men, rumble!"

Added to the tweet was the hashtag "AliTweet," which indicated that it came from "The Greatest" himself.

Rasheda told TMZ Sports that her father not only liked Pacquiao as a fighter but also as a person.

"It's more about what (Pacquiao) does outside the ring," Rasheda said. "He's such a charitable person."

The former heavyweight champion is not as keen on Mayweather, however, even though he respects the unbeaten American's achievements inside the ring.

"My dad stood for things. Mayweather… I don't think there's a comparison," said Rasheda.

Rasheda also revealed that it was unlikely for Ali to attend the bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, but will order the pay-per-view.


PHILSTAR

Mayweather Sr. says son would pounce on Pacquiao cramps (philstar.com) | Updated April 1, 2015 - 12:46pm


Floyd Mayweather Sr.

MANILA, Philippines – The father and trainer of Floyd Mayweather Jr. welcomed reports of Manny Pacquiao suffering cramps in training.

Floyd Mayweather Sr. said his son Floyd Jr. will take advantage once Pacquiao manifests cramps during their showdown on May 2.

"To me, that would be Floyd put pressure on him, back him up, back him up on his legs," Mayweather Sr. recently told David Mayo of mlive.com. "It's going to be good because he ain't going to be able to jump all night like that.

Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach said they are doing everything they can to address his ward’s leg cramps, which had hampered the fighting congressman in his past bouts.

For the elder Mayweather, it’s a major chink in Pacquiao’s armor.

"He might be able to do it for two or three rounds, but if his legs are really hurting him – I mean, he can get his legs back well before the fight, but in a good, tough fight, the (pain) will probably come back. It'll probably come back to him," Floyd Sr. continued.

Both Mayweather and Pacquiao are on the thick of preparation for their clash at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, a fight that will shatter record books as the highest-earning boxing match ever.

While Mayweather Sr. brought out Pacquiao’s leg cramps as a possible turning point in the fight, his son just brushed off the issue.

"That's [cramps] not really my focus," the undefeated American said in the same report.

"My focus is to go out there and entertain, and win, and look good doing it,” he added.

Mayweather doesn’t see Pacquiao as someone who would easily succumb to cramps.

"I know he's no pushover and I'm not pushover. When you're at the pinnacle of the sport, everyone is gunning for you. He's a solid competitor. I don't try to focus on his weakness at all. My focus is to focus on what he does good, and he's a hell of a fighter," he ended. – Dino Maragay


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Manny focuses on footwork; Roach unhappy over sparring By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 31, 2015 - 12:00am


Manny Pacquiao twitter.com/Mannypacquiao

MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao is shifting his focus on footwork as training for the Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight enters its fourth week in Los Angeles.

“Bilis ng paa (Foot speed),” said Pacquiao on GMA News as he capped his sparring session the other day.

“That’s our focus this coming two weeks,” he said.

Pacquiao, stepping up his training for the May 2 fight, sparred nine rounds against different partners.

But it was difficult to paint a rosy picture because according to GMA News, Freddie Roach did not like how the sparring went.

Though sparring was held behind closed doors, the report said Roach was not a very happy man

“I was just a little frustrated because I mean why with me it’s okay but when he gets in there with somebody else he completely changes,” he said.

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Roach was looking for more from Pacquiao in sparring and he didn’t find it.

The report said Roach climbed the ring to show Pacquiao, and whoever he was sparring with at the time, how it’s supposed to be done.

“I’m not gonna be nice to him. I’m gonna make him do what I want because that’s the way he can beat Mayweather,” said Roach.

“I don’t usually yell at him. I have a lot of respect for him but the thing is I just want him to know how important this is,” he added.

Pacquiao was his happy self as he stepped out of the gym amid cheers from his fans.


PHILSTAR

Mayweather calls Pacquiao ‘solid but reckless’ (philstar.com) | Updated March 30, 2015 - 12:28pm


Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines – While Floyd Mayweather Jr. respects what Manny Pacquiao has accomplished in the ring, he insists the Filipino icon is not without fault.

And Mayweather vowed to capitalize on Pacquiao’s weaknesses when they tangle on May 2 in what’s going to go down as boxing’s richest fight.

In a column by David Mayo of mlive.com, the undefeated American said he plans to neutralize whatever works for Pacquiao during fights and pounce on his mistakes.

"A lot of guys do a lot of things wrong, but they are still successful," Mayweather said. "So I want to know what he [Pacquiao] does right, so I can take that away from him, so I can take that arsenal away from him. What I do, when I'm facing a guy, whatever he does good, I take that away from him, so he has to resort to doing something different."

Pacquiao, for his part, will try what 47 other boxers before him tried but failed to accomplish, and that is to hand Mayweather the first ever loss of his brilliant professional career.

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While many observers believe Mayweather will be contented to try and outbox Pacquiao, the Las Vegas-based boxer promised to make it more exciting this time. The 38-year-old Mayweather isn’t known for his punching power and instead relies more on his boxing skills and defense to win fights.

But he hinted that will change against Pacquiao, whom he acknowledged as “a solid competitor” but a “very reckless” one.

"I just want to look good for myself. I want to look very impressive. I'm pretty sure he's going to bring his A-game, and it's all about excitement. I got here somehow, some way. He's a solid competitor, but very reckless, and he makes a lot of mistakes," Mayweather continued.

"But he's been successful. Remember what I said – you've got guys that make a lot of mistakes but still are successful." – Dino Maragay


PHILSTAR

Arum’s prediction: Pacquiao will win ‘round after round’ By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 29, 2015 - 12:00am


ARUM

MANILA, Philippines - Bob Arum is on the same page with Freddie Roach that Manny Pacquiao will be the dominant fighter on May 2 in Las Vegas.

Roach said a while back that Pacquiao is going to win every round against Mayweather, a 38-year-old boxer who’s running out of legs.

That means Pacquiao may or will find no need to score a knockout in order to win the fight that matters most.

“Exactly,” said Arum on the phone the other day.

The 83-year-old boxing promoter is back in Las Vegas, manning the Top Rank office after visiting Pacquiao in Los Angeles.

Arum spent some time at the Wild Card Gym, catching Pacquiao in training for the highly anticipated fight.

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Arum liked what he saw he must be having dreams of Pacquiao throwing balls of fire on Mayweather inside the ring.

“Manny will heave fire on Mayweather round after round after round,” he told The STAR.

Pacquiao, he added, will dominate the fight and yes, there’s actually no need to knock Maywearther out.

The Filipino champion can be as impressive winning on points.

“But if Manny knocks him out, fine. If not, then he’ll get a clear-cut decision,” Arum added.

Pacquiao’s training has gone a couple notches higher over the past week.

Sparring had gone up to eight rounds and soon it will hit 10 and 12. Everything and everybody’s in high gear now.

Pacquiao, according to his strength coach Justin Fortune, is done with the rigorous uphill runs on Griffith Park.

The stamina is already there, Fortune said, and Pacquiao has to stop running like he’s out to conquer the Boston Marathon.

Training outside the gym has shifted to improving mobility with the legs because Roach said that will be the key.

Roach said Mayweather’s legs “are shot.”

If Pacquiao can move the way he moved against Oscar dela Hoya, then he can dominate the fight.

All he needs to do is pull the trigger.


INQUIRER

Mayweather to become richest athlete after fighting Pacquiao Bong Lozada @BLozadaINQ INQUIRER.net 9:03 PM | Friday, April 3rd, 2015


Mr. Money is about to get a lot of money.

According to Forbes.com, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is expected to become the richest athlete for 2015 after he collects his paycheck in May 2.

Mayweather is poised to take home, win or lose, $150 million after he fights Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada to unify the WBO, WBC, and WBA Welterweight titles.

Pacquiao also breaks the nine-figure mark with more than $100 million in pay.

Forbes.com added that the fighters’ earnings can still increase if the pay-per-view buys exceed three million.

Mayweather’s earnings will surpass golfer Tiger Woods’ inflation-adjusted 2008 earnings of $125 million.

NBA greatest Michael Jordan is third on the list with inflation-adjusted earnings of $115 million which he earned both in 1997 and 1998.

Forbes has been tracking athlete earnings for the last 25 years. DL


PHILSTAR

Homeland to secure Pacman megafight By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 5, 2015 - 12:00am


Manny Pacquiao File photo

MANILA, Philippines - They’re throwing a heavy security blanket on this super fight.

The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security will be on top of the situation when boxing superstars Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao collide at the MGM Grand on May 2.

They will make sure nothing untoward happens. No stone will be left unturned. No bag, no package will be left unchecked, unattended.

Security will be extra tight in and around the MGM before, during and after the fight. Bomb-sniffing dogs will be moving around.

“What I learned the other day is that the Homeland Security and the FBI will be in charge of security while we’re in Vegas,” Pacquiao’s chief adviser, Mike Koncz, told The STAR yesterday.

“It’s not only for the fighters but for the event itself. They’re treating this as THE event and not just a regular boxing match,” he said.

Koncz explained that in any big event in the United States, whether it’s in politics, sports or entertainment, the FBI and the Homeland Security steps into the picture.

“Anytime you have a huge event like that there are potential problems that’s why they get involved,” said Koncz on the phone.

“It’s like the Super Bowl which is regulated security wise by the FBI and Homeland Security,” he said.

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The FBI has been around for a century to serve the dual function of an intelligence agency and a federal law enforcement organization, men and women in dark suits and nylon jackets bearing the FBI colors.

The Homeland Security was created after the September 11 attacks “to ensure a homeland that is safe, secure and resilient against terrorism and other hazards.”

On fight night, the MGM Grand will be the hottest place on earth.

It’s the place to be seen.

“You will see hard-core boxing fans but you’re gonna have people there that are socialites, rich that don’t really follow boxing but who will be there for the event,” said Koncz.

But not every Tom, Dick and Harry will be there because they can’t afford to be there. Tickets to the fight, the biggest in boxing history, are more expensive than gold.

The cheapest tickets have a face value of $1,500 (roughly P66,000) while the most expensive ones are at $7,500 (roughly P330,000).

In previous Pacquiao fights, the best tickets sold for $1,500.

But on the Internet, ringside seats for May 2 are now being sold for $87,000 each (roughly P3.5 million), which is bigger than the lifetime savings of an ordinary Filipino.

Pacquiao’s American promoter, Bob Arum, was astounded by the ticket prices on the Internet. He said he’d received offers of around $80,000 for his seat to the fight.

“Anybody who’s willing to pay $200,000 can have my seat,” he told The STAR in jest during a recent chat.

Mayweather has majority control over the tickets. And this time, Pacquiao will have in his hands just enough tickets for his family and closest friends.

“Pasensiya na muna (I beg for your understanding),” Pacquiao told his friends who won’t get any tickets for the fight.


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