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CIGNAL TV'S SPECIAL OFFER FOR PACQUIAO SUPERFIGHT (until April 18)


Fans on both sides of the Pacific are awaiting the much-talked about Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather boxing match as the two sports icons battle it out for the title of best “pound for pound” boxer in living memory. Pinoys in the Philippines will be glued to their TV sets and Cignal TV makes it available via Pay-Per-View live as it happens in Las Vegas. Cignal TV makes it even more exciting with its special rate of P2,000 until April 18. Afterwards, the regular rate of P2,500 will apply. READ MORE...

ALSO: Roach sharpens Pacquiao's left hand


Manny Pacquiao trains with Freddie Roach in this file photo.
- Freddie Roach saw the need for Manny Pacquiao to polish his signature left straight, the punch that has enabled the Filipino icon to pile up those knockouts early in his career. That's why Roach recently held a workout for Pacquiao that focused on him throwing nothing but left hands. "We did 12 rounds of left hand only. The right hand was never used," Roach told Lance Pugmire of The Los Angeles Times. According to Roach, those left hands, paired with solid footwork, will be among the keys for Pacquiao to overcome Floyd Mayweather Jr. in boxing's richest fight ever. "It's about putting everything together," added the multi-awarded trainer. READ MORE...

ALSO With only 22 days left, a fuming Arum has yet to get his and Manny's share of tickets: Where are the tickets?!


Manny Pacquiao 
- Bob Arum is up in arms: Where are the tickets?  The 83-year-old promoter is fuming over the delay. With only 22 days to the superfight, he has yet to get his and Manny Pacquiao's share of tickets. "They (the MGM) are going around saying, 'The fight, the fight, blah, blah, blah,' but they got nothing," Arum told Yahoo! Sports. And it's not only the tickets that Arum is demanding but their share of the rooms as well at the MGM Grand for the May 2 clash. A couple of weeks ago, Arum told The STAR that tickets are "coming out" and yet as of yesterday he's got none. The STAR asked Arum how the tickets are divided and he said "everybody is going to get their equal share."   Everybody means Floyd Mayweather and his people, Pacquiao, Top Rank, Showtime and the MGM. Tickets to the fight carry a face value of $1,500 to $7,500. Yes, they're not out yet but on the Internet, they're being sold at an astronomical price. Ringside seats carry prices as high as $87,000 each. READ MORE...

ALSO: Kia import PJ Ramos to accompany Manny Pacquiao in ring entrance for Mayweather bout


7'3" PJ RAMOS:  Sports5/Paul Mata
As Manny Pacquiao makes his entry to the ring on May 2 against Floyd Mayweather, there will be a towering figure in the Filipino’s camp that would be impossible not to notice. Pacquiao will be bringing in Kia Carnival import PJ Ramos, standing at 7’3″, during his ring entrance for his upcoming fight. Listed as Kia’s playing coach, Pacquiao decided to add Ramos in his pre-fight entourage as a reward for the behemoth import’s performance for the Carnival in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, according to a report by News5′s Renz Ongkiko. In 11 games, Ramos averaged a tournament-high 35.91 points and 21.18 rebounds as Kia, despite not making it to the playoffs, was able to notch a couple of upsets against former league champions. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.


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Cignal’s special offer for Pacquiao fight

MANILA, APRIL 14, 2015 (PHILSTAR)  – Fans on both sides of the Pacific are awaiting the much-talked about Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather boxing match as the two sports icons battle it out for the title of best “pound for pound” boxer in living memory. Pinoys in the Philippines will be glued to their TV sets and Cignal TV makes it available via Pay-Per-View live as it happens in Las Vegas. Cignal TV makes it even more exciting with its special rate of P2,000 until April 18. Afterwards, the regular rate of P2,500 will apply.

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Cignal post-paid subscribers who would like to see the historic boxing bout in real time and without commercials, can order online by visiting the Cignal website. Active prepaid subscribers may look for the nearest Cignal partner or Smart load retailer to load PPV2000. Likewise, PLDT Fibr account holders can order through the PLDT Fibr hotline (632) 101-3427.

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Roach sharpens Pacquiao's left hand Updated Friday April 10, 2015 - 11:30am


Manny Pacquiao trains with Freddie Roach in this file photo.

MANILA, Philippines - Freddie Roach saw the need for Manny Pacquiao to polish his signature left straight, the punch that has enabled the Filipino icon to pile up those knockouts early in his career.

That's why Roach recently held a workout for Pacquiao that focused on him throwing nothing but left hands.

"We did 12 rounds of left hand only. The right hand was never used," Roach told Lance Pugmire of The Los Angeles Times.

According to Roach, those left hands, paired with solid footwork, will be among the keys for Pacquiao to overcome Floyd Mayweather Jr. in boxing's richest fight ever.

"It's about putting everything together," added the multi-awarded trainer.

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Pacquiao, a southpaw, used to rely solely on his trademark left straight in his early years, prompting Roach to help him develop a solid right hook. It proved to be effective for Pacquiao, who evolved from a one-dimensional boxer to a two-fisted fighting machine.

But the fighting congressman hasn't scored a knockout since stopping Miguel Cotto in 2009. He came close to ending that drought against Chris Algieri, whom Pacquiao floored six times in their fight in Macau last year.

Now Roach is back to sharpening Pacquiao's left hand the way he helped him throw right hooks - believing it will be the punch that will knock Mayweather out.

"Same routine, now the opposite side. It's all about usage, muscle memory ... [Pacquiao and Mayweather] will be equal at some point [in the bout]. Manny's been favoring the right side so much now, I need to bring the left back," Roach explained.

And so far, it is working.

"Oh, it's deadly," said Roach, referring to Pacquiao's left straights. "Deadly. My chest is ... killing me." - Dino Maragay


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With only 22 days left, a fuming Arum has yet to get his and Manny's share of tickets: Where are the tickets?!  Abac Cordero | Updated Friday April 10, 2015 - 12:00am


Manny Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines - Bob Arum is up in arms: Where are the tickets?

The 83-year-old promoter is fuming over the delay. With only 22 days to the superfight, he has yet to get his and Manny Pacquiao's share of tickets.

"They (the MGM) are going around saying, 'The fight, the fight, blah, blah, blah,' but they got nothing," Arum told Yahoo! Sports.

And it's not only the tickets that Arum is demanding but their share of the rooms as well at the MGM Grand for the May 2 clash.

A couple of weeks ago, Arum told The STAR that tickets are "coming out" and yet as of yesterday he's got none.

The STAR asked Arum how the tickets are divided and he said "everybody is going to get their equal share."

Everybody means Floyd Mayweather and his people, Pacquiao, Top Rank, Showtime and the MGM.

Tickets to the fight carry a face value of $1,500 to $7,500. Yes, they're not out yet but on the Internet, they're being sold at an astronomical price.

Ringside seats carry prices as high as $87,000 each.

READ MORE....
Rates of hotel rooms at the MGM have also gone sky-high. Days before the fight was announced last Feb. 21, ordinary ones go for around $400.

Now, you can't get one for under $1,600.

Arum told Yahoo! Sports that Pacquiao needs his share of tickets because of commitment to people coming from the Philippines.

The last time Pacquiao was asked about the tickets, he said "even my family don't have any yet."

Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, said there's no need to panic.

"The tickets were physically just delivered to the MGM today," Ellerbe said in an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal yesterday.

"Bob's going to get his tickets and his hotel rooms," he said.


INTERAKSYON.COM

Kia import PJ Ramos to accompany Manny Pacquiao in ring entrance for Mayweather bout InterAksyon.com · Monday, April 13, 2015 ·


7'3" PJ RAMOS:  Sports5/Paul Mata

As Manny Pacquiao makes his entry to the ring on May 2 against Floyd Mayweather, there will be a towering figure in the Filipino’s camp that would be impossible not to notice.

Pacquiao will be bringing in Kia Carnival import PJ Ramos, standing at 7’3″, during his ring entrance for his upcoming fight.

Listed as Kia’s playing coach, Pacquiao decided to add Ramos in his pre-fight entourage as a reward for the behemoth import’s performance for the Carnival in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, according to a report by News5′s Renz Ongkiko.

In 11 games, Ramos averaged a tournament-high 35.91 points and 21.18 rebounds as Kia, despite not making it to the playoffs, was able to notch a couple of upsets against former league champions.


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