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MAYWEATHER TO USE MOUTHGUARD WITH GOLD, DIAMOND, DOLLAR BILLS


Mayweather gets custom fitted for the luxe mouth guards by Dr. Lee Gause, and has added flair such as gold flecks, diamond dust as well as currency to the pieces. The undefeated boxer says the high price tag is worth it as the guards help him breathe better during fights, and protect his pearly whites Floyd Mayweather is literally putting his money where his mouth is for his May 2 fight against Manny Pacquiao with a $25,000 mouth guard that contains real $100 bills.START READING BELOW....

ALSO: The Mailman delivers something to Pacquiao; Manny's left brutal - Roach


Photo at right: "Manny's mouthguard does not cost $25K but will protect him very well" --Story at Headline News section... NBA legend Karl Malone dropped by Manny Pacquiao’s training headquarters at the Wild Card Boxing Club to hand him over a special gift: a jersey of USA Basketball. Malone, the starting forward of the 1992 Dream Team, got a signed pair of gloves from Pacquiao, who was delighted by The Mailman’s visit. Malone starred for the Utah Jazz and was the team’s one-two punch alongside John Stockton. Photos were also taken with Malone striking a pose as well with Wild Card guru Freddie Roach. LETHAL LEFT Freddie Roach swears that Manny Pacquiao’s left hand is brutal. READ MORE...

ALSO: Meet Mayweather’s ‘The Money Team’


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ALSO: Mayweather’s ‘weakness’ exposed: Clean cars


floyd mayweather cars Screengrab from Floyd Mayweather’s instagram account
LAS VEGAS, United States — The best evidence the boss was around was the white Ferrari 458 Spider parked in front between two equally white Rolls Royces, top off and gleaming in the late afternoon sun. While Floyd Mayweather Jr. worked inside, a man with a spray bottle and cloth worked to make sure there wasn’t an offending particle of dust on the ride the fighter would pilot home. This was a relatively light day of work at the gym Mayweather owns in this city’s faux Chinatown just west of the famous Las Vegas Strip. Light, that is, unless you consider that Mayweather would spar four six-minute rounds with a tough young lefty, barely stopping for a few breaths between rounds. Five weeks before his insanely rich date with Manny Pacquiao, Mayweather was already at fight weight, and pretty close to fight condition. He taunted Maurice Lee in the opening salvos, urging him to open up and give him a good scrap. “Let’s see,” Mayweather said from behind his headgear, pushing a hard jab at Lee. “Let’s see what you got.”  READ MORE...

ALSO: Meet ‘Team Pacquiao


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ALSO: Roach suspends sparring session


ROACH  Fearing that his ward might peak too soon, Freddie Roach has put on hold Manny Pacquiao’s sparring session at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood on Wednesday. In an interview with Philboxing.com, Roach said Pacquiao is training like a madman that he is concerned about him getting burned out leading to his May 2 showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr. “As you know, Manny is a freak as far as training is concerned. While he knows how to prepare himself for a fight, he has the tendency to overdo things up,” Roach said. The Filipino icon has been so determined in training that asking him to take a break is a difficult task. “Frankly, I really have no problem with him as far as training is concerned. My problem though is he doesn’t want to stop. My problem, actually, is how to hold him back,” Roach said. No one can blame Pacquiao for training like a man possessed, especially that his bout with Mayweather will be the biggest of his career. It is also expected to be the richest fight ever, something both boxers simply can’t afford to lose. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Limbless evangelist, Nick Vujicic Meets Manny Pacquiao Ahead of Floyd Mayweather Jr. Fight; Says He Is Praying But Not Taking Sides


Nick Vujicic, a Christian motivational speaker known worldwide as the "limbless evangelist," has met with the family of Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao, who is also a vocal Christian. Vujicic said he is not taking sides ahead of the widely anticipated fight with five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. but said he will pray for Pacquiao's safety. 
"I'm here not to take side but to wish him luck and pray for his safety," Vujicic said about meeting the Filipino boxer at his Los Angeles residence on Monday, according to PhilBoxing.com. He added that he admires Pacquiao's humility, generosity and kindness. The bout between the two superstars will take place at the Las Vegas MGM Grand Arena on May 2. Mayweather, who's undefeated in his professional boxing career, will be defending his welterweight world title.  Vujicic was accompanied on the visit by his wife, Kanae Miyahara, who he wrote about in his book Love With Limbs: A Remarkable Story of True Love Conquering All. READ MORE...

ALSO Roach locks the door: Pacquiao training off limits on final month


Manny Pacquiao with actor Mark Wahlberg during a break in his training. Courtesy of twitter.com@MannyPacquiao Wahlberg in; media out
- Not unless you’re Mark Wahlberg, there’s no way you could get a glimpse of Manny Pacquiao training at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles. Freddie Roach locked the doors to his gym yesterday as Pacquiao entered the final month of training for his May 2 clash with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Word is no one outside of Team Pacquiao will be granted access while work is going on inside the old-school boxing gym in Hollywood. From now on, it’s off limits to media, and it will stay that way until Pacquiao holds his media day on April 15. Or until the day he leaves for Las Vegas for the fight of his life. READ MORE...

ALSO FLASHBACK NEWS: Manny Pacquiao to Miss USA at Miss Universe Pageant: What Would You Say to Global Terrorists?


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Manny Pacquiao Asks Miss America what she would say to global terrorists at the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant on Jan. 25, 2015. Sitting as a celebrity judge on Sunday night's 2015 Miss Universe beauty pageant in Miami, world-renowned Filipino, Christian boxer and politician Manny Pacquiao asked Miss USA what she would say if she was given the opportunity to speak with "global terrorists."  As the final five contestants in the pageant were tasked with answering a question from a celebrity judge, whose name they picked randomly out of a hat, Miss USA, Nia Sanchez, went first and selected Pacquiao's name from the hat. Most questions at beauty pageants ask what contestants think about world hunger, education and other pressing humanitarian issues, and in that vein, Pacquiao questioned Miss USA on one of the biggest underlying global threats to civil society."If you were given 30 seconds to deliver a message to global terrorists, what would you say?" Pacquiao asked Sanchez. Sanchez, a 24-year-old from Las Vegas, gave a somewhat predictable and vague response by saying that she would promote "peace" and "love" throughout the world. READ MORE...


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Mayweather to use mouth guard with gold, diamond, dollar bills

MANILA, APRIL 13, 2015 (INQUIRER)  Mark Giongcco @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net 8:45 PM | Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 - Floyd Mayweather Jr. is putting his money where his mouth is. Literally.

The world’s richest athlete will reportedly use a $25,000 mouth guard for his megafight against Manny Pacquiao on May 2.

According to TMZ, Mayweather has his mouthpieces customized by a New York City-based dentist Lee Gause, a famous mouthguard maker in the business.

What makes the mouth protector insanely expensive is it has a touch of gold, hint of diamond and real $100 bills in it.

“My career’s gone on 19 years and I’ve been able to preserve my smile,” Mayweather told TMZ Sports.

Late last month, it was also reported that Mayweather, who could earn up to $180 million for fighting Pacquiao, used an 18-karat gold pen worth $4,000 or about P180,000 in signing the fight contract. CC


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The Mailman delivers something to Pacquiao; Manny'S left brutal - Roach by Nick Giongco April 10, 2015 THE FIGHT: Pacquiao-Mayweather news here and beyond


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NBA legend Karl Malone dropped by Manny Pacquiao’s training headquarters at the Wild Card Boxing Club to hand him over a special gift: a jersey of USA Basketball.

Malone, the starting forward of the 1992 Dream Team, got a signed pair of gloves from Pacquiao, who was delighted by The Mailman’s visit.

Malone starred for the Utah Jazz and was the team’s one-two punch alongside John Stockton.

Photos were also taken with Malone striking a pose as well with Wild Card guru Freddie Roach.

LETHAL LEFT

Freddie Roach swears that Manny Pacquiao’s left hand is brutal.

“Oh, it’s deadly,” exclaimed Roach in an interview with Lance Pugmire of the LA Times.

Pacquiao’s left has terrorized the likes of Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales and Juan Manuel Marquez as well as Oscar Dela Hoya, Miguel Cotto and most especially Ricky Hatton.

WORD OF MOUTH

Los Angeles-based orthodontist Ed Dela Vega has handed over the mouth guard that Manny Pacquiao will wear when he faces Floyd Mayweather on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Days after Mayweather publicized that he will wear a mouthpiece that costs $25,000, Dela Vega, who lives in Canoga Park, visited Pacquiao and presented the fighting congressman the multi-colored mouth protector.

Originally from the Philippines, Dela Vega, who has provided Pacquiao’s mouthpiece since 2005, also lends his expertise not only to Filipino ring standouts like Donnie Nietes but to other nationalities as well.

“It doesn’t cost $25,000 but it will protect him very well,” said Dela Vega.


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Mayweather’s ‘weakness’ exposed: Clean cars Associated Press 09:57 AM| March 29th, 2015


floyd mayweather cars Screengrab from Floyd Mayweather’s instagram account

LAS VEGAS, United States — The best evidence the boss was around was the white Ferrari 458 Spider parked in front between two equally white Rolls Royces, top off and gleaming in the late afternoon sun. While Floyd Mayweather Jr. worked inside, a man with a spray bottle and cloth worked to make sure there wasn’t an offending particle of dust on the ride the fighter would pilot home.

This was a relatively light day of work at the gym Mayweather owns in this city’s faux Chinatown just west of the famous Las Vegas Strip. Light, that is, unless you consider that Mayweather would spar four six-minute rounds with a tough young lefty, barely stopping for a few breaths between rounds.

Five weeks before his insanely rich date with Manny Pacquiao, Mayweather was already at fight weight, and pretty close to fight condition. He taunted Maurice Lee in the opening salvos, urging him to open up and give him a good scrap.

“Let’s see,” Mayweather said from behind his headgear, pushing a hard jab at Lee. “Let’s see what you got.”

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The 23-year-old Lee, 4-0 as a pro, grew up idolizing Mayweather and had been tentative in their first sparring session. Not this time, though, as he traded with the undefeated champion, trying to emulate the pressure that Pacquiao will almost certainly try to put on Mayweather in the May 2 fight.

“I was just cracking him today,” Lee said. “That’s what they want to get him ready.”

Around the gym they urged Mayweather on like it was the night of the fight itself. Friends and family sat in three orderly rows of chairs near the door, while others gathered around the ring. Burly guards circled around the ring warning that anyone who pulled a phone out to take pictures or video would be tossed.

Earning $180 million or so for 36 minutes of work isn’t as easy as it sounds, even for the man generally considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. At the age of 38, Mayweather may have slowed just a bit in the ring, but his preparation never slows.

A few days earlier he had been in the gym until 11 at night, working on things he will need against Pacquiao. There’s never a set schedule, though late afternoon sparring and middle of the night runs have always been a constant in any Mayweather camp.

But this isn’t just any Mayweather camp. He’s fought for big money before, sure, but never this big. And this will be against Pacquiao, the one man boxing fans have clamored for Mayweather to fight for the last five years.

“Everyone talks about the money, the money, the money,” Mayweather said later, sitting on a bench in his dressing room. “I want the fight to live up to the magnitude that it is. That’s what it is really about.”

If it is the money everyone talks about, it’s mostly Mayweather’s fault. He’s the one who invented the Money May persona that got people to buy his fights just in hopes of seeing him lose, and he’s the one who still likes to show off the fleet of cars, private jets and courtside seats at NBA games bought with the many millions he has already made in the ring.

That persona is gone for this fight, replaced by one of a studious businessman who talks softly and prepares hard for the fight that could define his career. The cars are outside, but he’s not flashing wads of cash with onetime BFF 50 Cent or watching a group of women smoke marijuana (he claims it was fake) on Showtime as he did before his last fight with Marcos Maidana.

“It’s all about maturity,” Mayweather says. “Everyone knows I built an empire by communicating in a certain way. But it was just business moves as far as communicating and talking on camera, doing what I needed to do by being flashy and flamboyant. I gave you the Pretty Boy Floyd persona and I came back and gave you the Money May persona. I built an empire and a strong team and did my job.”

Mayweather’s main job is to fight, though, and he has no doubt he will fight well enough May 2 to win for the 48th straight time in a pro career that began 19 years ago. He was born into a fighting family, throwing punches almost before he could walk, and he doesn’t seem terribly concerned that Pacquiao could beat him.

Still, he claims he wants to put on a show that fans haven’t always gotten in some of his defensive-minded bouts.

“My mentality in the sport of boxing is to win first always but, of course, you always want to give people their money’s worth,” Mayweather said. “There’s been fights I look at and say I’m not really pleased with that even though I won. We’re pushing ourselves extremely hard. If the fight was today I could go out and perform and look well.”

The gym had cleared out, and after about 20 minutes answering questions in his dressing room, Mayweather was done talking. It was time for a shower, and then it was off to his mansion on a golf course on the outskirts of town.

It was dark outside now, but the worker was still wiping spots off the Ferrari.

Because if there’s one thing Mayweather likes almost as much as winning, it’s a clean ride.


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Meet Mayweather’s ‘The Money Team’ Mark Giongco @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net 02:56 PM| March 20th, 2015


Mayweather's "The Money Team."

Leonard Ellerbe Ellerbe is the CEO of Mayweather Promotions and has been part of Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s corner for close to 20 years. He is considered as Mayweather’s righthand man.

Al Haymon Haymon wears many hats. He serves as a promoter, manager and an adviser to Floyd Mayweather Jr. and is one of the most powerful figures in boxing.

Floyd Mayweather Sr. He is the father and trainer of Floyd Jr. He will be the head trainer when his son faces Manny Pacquiao on May 2.

Roger Mayweather Roger is one of two uncles part of Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s corner. Roger is a retired professional boxer who has won two titles in two weight division. He is usually Floyd’s head trainer during fights.

Alex Ariza Ariza is a former strength and conditioning coach of Manny Pacquiao and is now working with Floyd Mayweather Jr. with the same function.

Jeff Mayweather Like Roger, he is Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s uncle and trainer. He is also a former professional boxer and is known as the “Quiet Mayweather.”

Kelly Swanson Swanson is a publicist of Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Bob Ware Ware doesn’t really do much serving as a cut man to Floyd Mayweather Jr., who hardly gets hit. Ware recently earned Mayweather’s praise when he wrapped the pound-for-pound king’s hands during his rematch with Marcos Maidana.


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Meet ‘Team Pacquiao’ Mark Giongco @MGiongcoINQ INQUIRER.net 2:48 PM | Friday, March 20th, 2015


The Team Pacquiao.

Freddie Roach Roach is the Hall-of-Fame trainer of Manny Pacquiao. Roach has been in Pacquiao’s corner since 2001. Pacquiao’s first fight under the seven-time Best Trainer Roach was a title bout against South African champion Lehlohonolo Ledwaba in Pacquiao’s US debut. Roach guided Pacquiao, a late substitute opponent for the fight, to a sixth-round stoppage win and the two have went on to achieve great success working together since then.

Buboy Fernandez He is Pacquiao’s childhood friend and longtime trainer. You often see Fernandez in Manny Pacquiao’s corner during fights, bellowing instructions and attending to the Filipino boxers needs after every round. Fernandez has been with Manny Pacquiao ever since.

Bob Arum Arum is the CEO of Top Rank Promotions. He is the Hall of Fame promoter of Manny Pacquiao. Arum also promoted Floyd Mayweather Jr. for 10 years from 1996-2006 before the two had a bitter split.

Michael Koncz Koncz is Manny Pacquiao’s longtime adviser. Pacquiao was with Koncz during his meeting with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a suite in Miami that proved crucial during the negotiations between the two camps to make the megafight happen.

Justine Fortune Fortune is Manny Pacquiao’s strength and conditioning coach. He reunited with Team Pacquiao in 2013 ahead of the Brandon Rios bout in November after falling out with head trainer Freddie Roach several years back. Fortune is also a former heavyweight boxer.

Nonoy Neri Neri is one of Manny Pacquiao’s trusted assistant trainers.

Roger Fernandez Fernandez is also an assistant trainer of Manny Pacquiao and the brother of Buboy Fernandez.

Rob Peters As head security, Peters makes sure Manny Pacquiao is safe inside the walls of the Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles where Pacquiao trains regularly with Roach.


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Roach suspends sparring session By Dino Maragay/Contributor (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 9, 2015 - 12:00am


Freddie Roach

Fearing that his ward might peak too soon, Freddie Roach has put on hold Manny Pacquiao’s sparring session at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood on Wednesday.

In an interview with Philboxing.com, Roach said Pacquiao is training like a madman that he is concerned about him getting burned out leading to his May 2 showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr. “

As you know, Manny is a freak as far as training is concerned. While he knows how to prepare himself for a fight, he has the tendency to overdo things up,” Roach said.

The Filipino icon has been so determined in training that asking him to take a break is a difficult task. “Frankly, I really have no problem with him as far as training is concerned.

My problem though is he doesn’t want to stop. My problem, actually, is how to hold him back,”

Roach said. No one can blame Pacquiao for training like a man possessed, especially that his bout with Mayweather will be the biggest of his career.

It is also expected to be the richest fight ever, something both boxers simply can’t afford to lose.


CHRISTIANPOST.COM

Nick Vujicic Meets Manny Pacquiao Ahead of Floyd Mayweather Jr. Fight; Says He Is Praying But Not Taking Sides By Stoyan Zaimov , Christian Post Reporter April 8, 2015|1:11 pm


Nick Vujicic, a Christian motivational speaker known worldwide as the "limbless evangelist," has met with the family of Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao, who is also a vocal Christian. Vujicic said he is not taking sides ahead of the widely anticipated fight with five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. but said he will pray for Pacquiao's safety.

"I'm here not to take side but to wish him luck and pray for his safety," Vujicic said about meeting the Filipino boxer at his Los Angeles residence on Monday, according to PhilBoxing.com. He added that he admires Pacquiao's humility, generosity and kindness.

The bout between the two superstars will take place at the Las Vegas MGM Grand Arena on May 2. Mayweather, who's undefeated in his professional boxing career, will be defending his welterweight world title.

Vujicic was accompanied on the visit by his wife, Kanae Miyahara, who he wrote about in his book Love With Limbs: A Remarkable Story of True Love Conquering All.

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The Australian-born evangelist, who was born with tetra-amelia syndrome, has written a number of books about the difficulties and challenges he has faced in his life, and has inspired millions of people in speeches around the world.

Vujicic gave Pacquiao four copies of his book, Love Without Limits, and personally wrote the dedication on the book.

Pacquiao, who is also a politician and has been elected to the Philippine House of Representatives, said that the evangelist's visit has inspired and motivated him even more for his upcoming fight.

"Thank you @nickvujicic for visiting us tonight. You inspire me to be thankful and to love the Lord more everyday," Pacquiao said on Twitter.

The boxer has shared in previous interviews his personal testimony of hearing God's voice.

"I heard the voice of God and I saw two angels," Pacquiao told TheBlaze.

"When I heard the voice of God I felt like I died. … I was in the middle of the forest and I was kneeling and praying with my face on the ground and then I saw a light, a very white light and I heard the voice," he added.

Pacquiao has also met with other famous Christians in the run-up to the fight, including former Jets quarterback Tim Tebow, who was born to missionary parents in the Philippines.

Mayweather, who is also a Christian, enjoys some famous support as well. Canadian pop star Justin Bieber, a close friend of the boxer, is set to escort the defending champion to the ring on May 2.


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Roach locks the door: Pacquiao training off limits on final month By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 6, 2015 - 12:00am


Manny Pacquiao with actor Mark Wahlberg during a break in his training. Courtesy of twitter.com@MannyPacquiao

Wahlberg in; media out

MANILA, Philippines - Not unless you’re Mark Wahlberg, there’s no way you could get a glimpse of Manny Pacquiao training at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles.

Freddie Roach locked the doors to his gym yesterday as Pacquiao entered the final month of training for his May 2 clash with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Word is no one outside of Team Pacquiao will be granted access while work is going on inside the old-school boxing gym in Hollywood.

From now on, it’s off limits to media, and it will stay that way until Pacquiao holds his media day on April 15.

Or until the day he leaves for Las Vegas for the fight of his life.

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“I need to concentrate,” said Pacquiao.

Pacquiao sparred 10 rounds yesterday. But other than the number of rounds, not much information came out of the gym.

Manila-based television crews had to wait outside, at the parking lot of the gray strip mall along Vive Street, as Pacquiao trained.

But they managed a footage of the famous Hollywood actor being led to the gym.

It’s not the first time Wahlberg visited Pacquiao while in training, and it’s no secret that the famous actor is rooting for the Filipino.

Wahlberg, of Hollywood hits like “The Fighter” or “The Lone Survivor” and “The Italian Job,” came with his publicist.

He did not talk to the media.

Pacquiao posted a picture of him and Wahlberg on Instagram.

“Thank you Mark Wahlberg for coming to visit me and supporting me at training in preparation for May 2nd,” said Pacquiao.

Over the past weeks, media were allowed inside the gym once the session is done and were granted interviews.

Pacquiao must have realized it’s about time to turn the cameras off.

It’s quite understandable because more than six weeks since the fight was announced, practically every question had been asked.

“Starting April 1, zero media presence before and after training. They’re extra strict now,” said GMA7 sportscaster Mark Zambrano.

“Before, we could get to Freddie once Manny leaves the gym. Now even that isn’t allowed. That’s what we’ve been dealing with since April 1,” he said on the phone.

Mayweather is in Vegas, training in his own gym. Mediamen have very limited access, except with those he can’t say no to.

He hosts the media in an open workout on April 14.

Everybody’s welcome.


CHRISTIANPOST.COM (FLASHBACK AT MISS UNIVERSE PAGEANT)

Manny Pacquiao to Miss USA at Miss Universe Pageant: What Would You Say to Global Terrorists? By Samuel Smith , CP Reporter January 28, 2015|3:02 pm


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Manny Pacquiao Asks Miss America what she would say to global terrorists at the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant on Jan. 25, 2015.

Sitting as a celebrity judge on Sunday night's 2015 Miss Universe beauty pageant in Miami, world-renowned Filipino, Christian boxer and politician Manny Pacquiao asked Miss USA what she would say if she was given the opportunity to speak with "global terrorists."

As the final five contestants in the pageant were tasked with answering a question from a celebrity judge, whose name they picked randomly out of a hat, Miss USA, Nia Sanchez, went first and selected Pacquiao's name from the hat.

Most questions at beauty pageants ask what contestants think about world hunger, education and other pressing humanitarian issues, and in that vein, Pacquiao questioned Miss USA on one of the biggest underlying global threats to civil society.

"If you were given 30 seconds to deliver a message to global terrorists, what would you say?" Pacquiao asked Sanchez.

Sanchez, a 24-year-old from Las Vegas, gave a somewhat predictable and vague response by saying that she would promote "peace" and "love" throughout the world.

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"If I was given 30 seconds to give a message to the global terrorists… I would just say that, you know, I know as Miss USA, I can always spread a message of hope and love and peace,"

Sanchez explained. "And so, I would do my very best to spread that message to them and everyone else in the world."

Unfortunately for Sanchez, her response to Pacquiao's question was not good enough to propel her to victory in the pageant. Pacquiao and the rest of the five-judge panel, which also featured Donald Trump, selected Miss Colombia, Paulina Vega, as the winner of the pageant and crowned her as the 63rd Miss Universe. Sanchez finished as the first runner-up.

"Tonight was perfect. I must say I felt all the prayers and took in all the advice. I fully lived every moment and enjoyed every single second," Sanchez said after the pageant. "I am so grateful for this beautiful experience."

Although she was not crowned Miss Universe, Sanchez said she is at least at peace with knowing that she is "exactly where God wants [her] to be."

"It was one of the best nights of my life! I am so proud to have had the chance to represent my country on the biggest and best pageant stage in the world. I am happy and at peace because I know I am exactly where God wants me to be," she explained. "The future is looking very bright."

For Miss Colombia, the pageants that led up to the 2015 Miss Universe were her first experiences in appearing in beauty pageants. Being a newcomer and having already won the most prestigious crown when it comes to beauty pageants, the 22-year-old business administration major said this will be her last Miss Universe Pageant, the Daily Mail reports.

"It will be a dream come true to represent the woman of today," Vega said. "A woman that not only cares about being beautiful and being glamorous, but also cares about being professional, intelligent, hard-working person."


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