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PACMAN-BACKED PUGS REIGN IN  MINDANAO NATIONAL GAMES ELIMS


Boxers backed by ring icon Manny Pacquiao captured most of the golds up disputed at the close of the POC-PSC Philippine National Games Mindanao eliminations. Philstar.com/File Boxers backed by ring icon Manny Pacquiao captured most of the golds up disputed at the close of the POC-PSC Philippine National Games Mindanao eliminations at the Combat Sports Arena inside the Provincial Government Center in Pagadian City Monday. The General Santos pugs came away with four golds with Jhon Peter Patrick Cagumay leading the charge via an impressive fourth-round technical knockout over Bayog’s Roque Tapayan in the junior boys bantamweight division. RV Denega topped team PacMan’s Richard Bulacan, 2-1, in the boys flyweight division, Jayson Mama scored a unanimous decision win over Sarangani province’s Rodrigo Belinggan in the boys flyweight class, while Regel Lou Alde beat Digos City’s Jerson Bancil by a 2-1 decision in the men’s elite flyweight category for GenSan’s other victories. Team Pacman also took two golds as Jean Minguillian beat Zamboanga City Rosmil Samson, 3-0, and Rey Tagulaylay proved too much for Digos City’s Jeremy Puno, 3-0, in the men’s elite light flyweight championship in the meet organized by the Philippine Olympic Committee and the Philippine Sports Commission. Zamboanga City and the town of Guipos, Zambonga del Sur won two golds each in the sportfest supported by the Zamboanga del Sur provincial government led by Gov. Antonio Cerilles, who hosted the PNG as part of the highlights of the province’s 63rd founding anniversary. Rennie Boy Ferraren beat Team Pacman’s Jestine Tesoro, 2-1, in the boys light bantamweight class while Romer Dagoy whipped Manti’s Aljum Pelesio, 3-0, in the boys bantamweight category for Zamboanga City’ victories. READ MORE...ALSO:

ALSO: Mayweather challenges Pacquiao to 1-on-1 basketball duel anytime for $2 M


A Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao rematch might be happening after all. But not inside the ring.
Mayweather reportedly told Meralco Bolts' team manager Paolo Trillo that he's challenging Pacquiao to a one-on-one basketball match with a $2-million bet. The undefeated American boxer, who announced his retirement after his unanimous decision against Andre Berto on Sunday, went to check Impact Basketball camp where the Bolts are currently training for the coming PBA season. Rissa Mananquil-Trillo, Paolo's wife, posted on Instagram a photo of her husband with Mayweather at the sidelines in the Impact Basketball gym in Las Vegas. Mayweather asked Trillo if Pacquiao is playing with them. Trillo then explained to Mayweather that Pacquiao is coaching  another team (Mahindra Enforcers formerly Kia). "I'll play PAC one-on-one anytime for $2M!," Mayweather told Trillo. A surprised Trillo asked Mayweather if he could take Pacquiao one-on-one on the court to which the American boxer replied: "How do you think I started? I started playing basketball on the streets when I was young!" READ MORE...

ALSO: Mayweather calls himself best ever, but is he?


LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 12: (L-R) Referee Kenny Bayless separates Andre Berto and Floyd Mayweather Jr. during the seventh round of their WBC/WBA welterweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather retained his titles with a unanimous-decision victory. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP
It was in the 11th round that it happened: Floyd Mayweather so brilliantly bamboozled Andre Berto that it was possible to buy into his claim of being “TBE” — The Best Ever. Certainly dozens in the crowd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday thought so, chanting “TBE! TBE!” as Mayweather earned a unanimous decision over the limited Berto. The widely expected victory gave the American, 38, a perfect 49-0 record to equal the feat of heavyweight legend Rocky Marciano. Mayweather said before the bout that he had achieved all he could from the fight game and Berto was to be his final victim — and he repeated that assertion afterwards. But then it is not the first time the welterweight world champion has quit: he also did so in 2008. Whether he stays retired this time only time will tell, but fans, pundits and fighters are already evaluating his glittering career and trying to work out what his legacy might be. READ MORE...

ALSO: Floyd’s last PPV a disappointment


There's really nothing else to accomplish – Mayweather-- Floyd Mayweather’s farewell fight − the 12-round yawner against Andre Berto over the weekend at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas − only drew around 500,000 buys on pay-per-view, according to industry sources in the US. Mayweather, who ran his unbeaten record to 49-0, won handily on points and got paid $32 million. Berto, the handpicked foe, earned $4 million. There will be additional revenue for Mayweather since he is entitled to a cut in the PPV sales and gate receipts but that would pale in comparison to the colossal $250 million he got for beating Pacquiao on the strength of the massive 4.5 million buys and $73 million ticket sales. The paltry result of the Berto fight was the lowest for Mayweather in nearly ten years after he posted 325,000 when he fought Carlos Baldomir. Even before the fight, Mayweather had said that the Berto bout will be his last. THIS IS FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Argentine KO artist wants to fight Pacquiao


Argentinian KO king Lucas Matthysse --The list of fighters being eyed to face Manny Pacquiao next year is getting longer. Add the name of Argentine knockout king Lucas Matthysse to the growing list, according to Top Rank chief Bob Arum. Manny Pacquiao Matthysse, 32, is fighting Viktor Postol of Ukraine next month and a win should strengthen his position to land the lucrative payday that Arum is planning to stage in March or April of 2016. Arum is looking at three names for Pacquiao: Amir Khan and Kell Brook, both from England, and Terence Crawford of the US. Crawford is also on the priority list since he fights under Arum’s promotional outfit. Matthysse has a 37-3 win-loss record with 34 KOs and is the type of guy who could make Pacquiao look sensational as the South American loves to slug, a trait that the Filipino icon wants from his foes. READ MORE...


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Pacman-backed pugs reign in PNG Mindanao elims


Boxers backed by ring icon Manny Pacquiao captured most of the golds up disputed at the close of the POC-PSC Philippine National Games Mindanao eliminations. Philstar.com/File

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 21, 2015, (PHILSTAR) September 16, 2015 - Boxers backed by ring icon Manny Pacquiao captured most of the golds up disputed at the close of the POC-PSC Philippine National Games Mindanao eliminations at the Combat Sports Arena inside the Provincial Government Center in Pagadian City Monday.

The General Santos pugs came away with four golds with Jhon Peter Patrick Cagumay leading the charge via an impressive fourth-round technical knockout over Bayog’s Roque Tapayan in the junior boys bantamweight division.

RV Denega topped team PacMan’s Richard Bulacan, 2-1, in the boys flyweight division, Jayson Mama scored a unanimous decision win over Sarangani province’s Rodrigo Belinggan in the boys flyweight class, while Regel Lou Alde beat Digos City’s Jerson Bancil by a 2-1 decision in the men’s elite flyweight category for GenSan’s other victories.

Team Pacman also took two golds as Jean Minguillian beat Zamboanga City Rosmil Samson, 3-0, and Rey Tagulaylay proved too much for Digos City’s Jeremy Puno, 3-0, in the men’s elite light flyweight championship in the meet organized by the Philippine Olympic Committee and the Philippine Sports Commission.

Zamboanga City and the town of Guipos, Zambonga del Sur won two golds each in the sportfest supported by the Zamboanga del Sur provincial government led by Gov. Antonio Cerilles, who hosted the PNG as part of the highlights of the province’s 63rd founding anniversary.

Rennie Boy Ferraren beat Team Pacman’s Jestine Tesoro, 2-1, in the boys light bantamweight class while Romer Dagoy whipped Manti’s Aljum Pelesio, 3-0, in the boys bantamweight category for Zamboanga City’ victories.

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Guipos boxer Sherwin Anthony Marcial overwhelmed Cagayan de Oro’s Renato Victolero, 3-0, and teammate Dennis Gaan outslugged CDO’s Roel Otaza, 3-0, in ruling the boys lightweight and men’s elite light welterweight championship matches, respectively.

Sarangani’s Dave Apolinario defeated Zamboanga City’s Archie Galvez, 3-0, in securing the boys light flyweight crown while Cabadbaran’s Felmar Antiga vanquished GenSan’s Jan Ramil Boloy, 3-0, in bagging the boys featherweight title.

Lutay’s Carolyn Calungsod clobbered GenSan’s Roxan Capawan, 3-0, in annexing the girls bantamweight championship while Pagadian Mohammad Khader Banua subdued Cagayan de Oro’s Denmark Quibido, 2-1, in the men’s bantamweight finals for the other victories.

Cabadbaran’s Earl John Zamora, a former member of the NU varsity squad, topped the men’s standard competition in chess while Davao City’s Mary Jonah Lequin took top honors in the women’s standard division.

The gold, silver and bronze medalists in the Mindanao eliminations qualify for the PNG national finals next year in April.


PHILSTAR

Mayweather challenges Pacquiao to 1-on-1 basketball duel By Alder Almo (philstar.com) | Updated September 13, 2015 - 3:25pm 2 1001 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines -- A Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao rematch might be happening after all. But not inside the ring.

Mayweather reportedly told Meralco Bolts' team manager Paolo Trillo that he's challenging Pacquiao to a one-on-one basketball match with a $2-million bet.

The undefeated American boxer, who announced his retirement after his unanimous decision against Andre Berto on Sunday, went to check Impact Basketball camp where the Bolts are currently training for the coming PBA season.

Rissa Mananquil-Trillo, Paolo's wife, posted on Instagram a photo of her husband with Mayweather at the sidelines in the Impact Basketball gym in Las Vegas.

Mayweather asked Trillo if Pacquiao is playing with them. Trillo then explained to Mayweather that Pacquiao is coaching another team (Mahindra Enforcers formerly Kia).

"I'll play PAC one-on-one anytime for $2M!," Mayweather told Trillo.

A surprised Trillo asked Mayweather if he could take Pacquiao one-on-one on the court to which the American boxer replied: "How do you think I started? I started playing basketball on the streets when I was young!"


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Mayweather calls himself best ever, but is he? by AFP September 14, 2015 Share127 Tweet44 Share0 Email0 Share223 image: http://www.mb.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Mayweather.jpg


LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 12: (L-R) Referee Kenny Bayless separates Andre Berto and Floyd Mayweather Jr. during the seventh round of their WBC/WBA welterweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather retained his titles with a unanimous-decision victory. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

It was in the 11th round that it happened: Floyd Mayweather so brilliantly bamboozled Andre Berto that it was possible to buy into his claim of being “TBE” — The Best Ever.

Certainly dozens in the crowd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday thought so, chanting “TBE! TBE!” as Mayweather earned a unanimous decision over the limited Berto.

The widely expected victory gave the American, 38, a perfect 49-0 record to equal the feat of heavyweight legend Rocky Marciano.

Mayweather said before the bout that he had achieved all he could from the fight game and Berto was to be his final victim — and he repeated that assertion afterwards.

But then it is not the first time the welterweight world champion has quit: he also did so in 2008.

Whether he stays retired this time only time will tell, but fans, pundits and fighters are already evaluating his glittering career and trying to work out what his legacy might be.

READ MORE...

The man himself was in reflective mood.

“I’ve been in the sport 19 years and I don’t know anybody who’s been in the sport and made upwards of $800 million,” he said, handing more ammunition to critics who say Mayweather has been the best ever only in terms of knowing how to make more money from boxing than anyone else in history.

“It’s crazy. I’ve been in the sport my whole life and they say I’m the best,” he added.

“Every champion — Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray Leonard — there’s so many champions… Larry Holmes… the list goes on and on.

“They opened the doors to pave the way for me to be what I am today. I’m appreciative.”

- Dividing opinion -

Mayweather is a deeply polarizing figure.

His fans rightly defend him as a deeply hard-working and magnificently gifted boxer who has perfected the art of avoiding getting hit.

They also admire his undoubted business acumen that has made him the highest-earning sportsman in the world and say he has introduced a financial savvy never seen before in boxing.

His critics dismiss him as an arrogant, money-obsessed man and boring boxer who has dodged some of the best in the business simply to maintain his unbeaten record.

Many cannot look beyond the incidents of domestic violence that saw him spend time behind bars.

Evander Holyfield is in as good a position as anyone to judge where in the pantheon of boxing greats Mayweather ranks.

“Everyone has that opinion of himself and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having that opinion,” Holyfield, a former heavyweight champion and one of the sport’s greats, told AFP, asked if Mayweather really was the best ever.

“But do I really think that about Mayweather? No, I don’t.

“I definitely think he’s a great fighter — I wouldn’t take that away from him — but you can’t say best ever until everything stops, each generation is supposed to get better.

“He will definitely go down as one of the great fighters in whatever weight division they choose to put him in.

“He won the championship in a lot of divisions, but he never fought everybody.”

- ‘Undeniable skill’ -

Colorful boxing promoter Don King has seen many of boxing’s legends up close, having arranged some of the biggest bouts in the sport’s history, including the “Rumble in the Jungle” between Ali and George Foreman.

Mayweather will be remembered as “one of the greatest fighters that ever lived,” the famously wild-haired King told reporters on the eve of the Berto showdown.

“He has already achieved that despite his personality, which leaves a lot to be desired. But I love Floyd and his talent and skill are undeniable.”

Ali, like Mayweather, proclaimed “I am the greatest” — and King agrees, pointing out also how Ali fought for the rights of black Americans.

Michael Woods, editor of The Sweet Science boxing website, is among those who says Mayweather’s personality and defensive style overshadow his achievements.

“He will never be universally regarded as the best,” he said.

“He boasts too much to get the segment of opiners who can’t stomach that sort of ego. I like to say I think he’s in the mix as TBE defensively.

“He is supremely talented, but doesn’t offer enough focused offense to lift himself from chess master in a ring to TBE.”


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Floyd’s last PPV a disappointment by Nick Giongco September 17, 2015 Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share0


There's really nothing else to accomplish – Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather’s farewell fight − the 12-round yawner against Andre Berto over the weekend at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas − only drew around 500,000 buys on pay-per-view, according to industry sources in the US.

Mayweather, who ran his unbeaten record to 49-0, won handily on points and got paid $32 million. Berto, the handpicked foe, earned $4 million.

There will be additional revenue for Mayweather since he is entitled to a cut in the PPV sales and gate receipts but that would pale in comparison to the colossal $250 million he got for beating Pacquiao on the strength of the massive 4.5 million buys and $73 million ticket sales.

The paltry result of the Berto fight was the lowest for Mayweather in nearly ten years after he posted 325,000 when he fought Carlos Baldomir.

Even before the fight, Mayweather had said that the Berto bout will be his last.


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Argentine KO artist wants to fight Pacquiao by Nick Giongco September 17, 2015 Share1 Tweet2 Share0 Email0 Share7


Manny Pacquiao

The list of fighters being eyed to face Manny Pacquiao next year is getting longer.

Add the name of Argentine knockout king Lucas Matthysse to the growing list, according to Top Rank chief Bob Arum.

Manny Pacquiao Matthysse, 32, is fighting Viktor Postol of Ukraine next month and a win should strengthen his position to land the lucrative payday that Arum is planning to stage in March or April of 2016.

Arum is looking at three names for Pacquiao: Amir Khan and Kell Brook, both from England, and Terence Crawford of the US.

Crawford is also on the priority list since he fights under Arum’s promotional outfit.

Matthysse has a 37-3 win-loss record with 34 KOs and is the type of guy who could make Pacquiao look sensational as the South American loves to slug, a trait that the Filipino icon wants from his foes.

READ MORE...

“A very big fight with Pacquiao would be my goal. I want to keep fighting the best fighters, in my division and in the game,” Matthysse told the LA Times a couple of days ago.

Exploratory talks with the camp of Khan had started as early as last month when Arum made a trip to London.

While Pacquiao is craving for a rematch with Floyd Mayweather, the brash American who beat him on points last May, it doesn’t look as though it would come into fruition since Mayweather has made it clear that his recent victory over Andre Berto was his last fight.

“Whether there is a second (bout with Mayweather), it’s not a problem. I heard he’s retired, so it doesn’t matter,” Pacquiao told the Associated Press.

Pacquiao wants Arum to hold his comeback fight not later than the second week of April so he can campaign in the national elections set in May, Arum told boxingscene.

It could not yet be determined if Pacquiao, who turns 37 on Dec. 17, will go for the position of governor of Sarangani or run for a Senate seat.


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