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PACQUIAO WANTS MAYWEATHER REMATCH FOR HIS LAST FIGHT


OCTOBER 28 -Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao is hoping to get another crack at Floyd Mayweather Jr. before he hangs up his gloves and concentrate on his political career. In a recent video posted in Pacquiao’s Facebook account, the Filipino icon appears to answer some questions from his fans while inside a vehicle. It was in the said video that the question about his next fight popped up. "I don't know yet who's my opponent next but we're still negotiating right now about the rematch with Floyd Mayweather so hoping for that," Pacquiao said. The video, titled “Ask me a question,” has been viewed more than 400,000 times as of posting time. Pacquiao’s longtime promoter Bob Arum recently said that his ward plans to fight one more time – likely in April next year, before the May elections – before retiring from the sport to focus on his political career. The General Santos City-based southpaw, currently congressman of Sarangani province, is gunning for a Senate seat under the opposition party United Nationalist Alliance of presidential hopeful and incumbent Vice President Jejomar Binay. Pacquiao lost to Mayweather in boxing’s richest fight ever last May. While Mayweather has retired after beating Andre Berto last September, some boxing observers believe the former pound-for-pound king won’t stay retired for long. Other potential Pacquiao opponents include Terrence Crawford, Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez. British star Amir Khan was the previous frontrunner until talks between his and Pacquiao’s camps reportedly fell through.THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Mayweather flaunts newly bought $3.5M Bugatti


OCTOBER 28 -Floyd Mayweather Jr. poses with his new 2015 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. | Photo from Mayweather's Instagram
LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. isn't one to rest in retirement, not when there are $3.5 million sports cars to buy.
The Las Vegas boxer posed with his latest purchase, a 2015 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, in a photo posted to his Instagram account Monday. Mayweather brought Obi Okeke who co-owns Fusion Luxury Motors in Chatsworth, California with him to Miami to put the deal together. Okeke says he has sold four Bugattis to the boxer including one with 2,200 miles he traded in for his latest purchase, the convertible Vitesse that Okeke says is one of only 44 ever made. The black and orange color scheme and interior is one-of-a-kind, he said. "You can't go and order one," Okeke said Tuesday after a flight home from Miami. Bugatti's website says the car reaches speeds of 254 mph (408.8 km) and accelerates from zero to 62 mph (100 km) in 2.6 seconds and has 1,200 horsepower. The site also says the car is sold out. Bugatti has built and sold 450 Veyron models between 2006 and 2015 and 150 are convertibles like the one Mayweather bought Monday, Okeke said. Okeke said he and others followed Mayweather out of the Miami dealership's lot as the boxer drove away, driving in a "progressive manner," on a Florida freeway, he said diplomatically. He said Mayweather is already eyeing his next possible purchase, a $3.2 million Pagani Huayra that's been flown to Okeke's California showroom. Okeke said he's sold Mayweather more than 39 cars, including the four Bugattis. THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Arum to help Pacquiao’s Senate bid


OCTOBER 22 -ARUM: American promoter Bob Arum will “provide morale support” to Manny Pacquiao when he runs for senator next year.
Arum, 83, said he will be there every step of the way to give Pacquiao a helping hand. He, however, canot be there physically on the stage as Philippine laws don’t allow him to assume the role of a campaign manager. “I can’t be that. I will violate the law,” said Arum from Las Vegas yesterday. But he guaranteed that he will make his presence felt. “I will definitely come over,” he said. Arum is in the process of selecting Pacquiao’s next opponent when the Sarangani congressman returns to the ring in February or April 2016. Arum said they have a handful of names being considered but won’t know who will land the jackpot until November or even December. If elected, Pacquiao said he will likely hang up his gloves and focus on his job as senator. “Concentrate na sa Senado kapag pinalad tayong manalo,” said Pacquiao, who met with Arum in New York last week to discuss what’s down the road. Arum noted that Pacquiao is dead-serious in assuming his new role as lawmaker. “Manny is serious about this being his last fight. I really talked to him at length. No more boxing. No more basketball.” Any advice he can give to the Filipino icon? “To be Manny Pacquiao and don’t let these politicians change him into something that he’s not.” If Pacquiao sticks to his principles, Arum believes he will do good. “If Manny remains who he is, he’d be an advocate for them (Filipino people).”  TH FULL REPORT.

ALSO Arum: Pacquiao knows if he becomes senator, he can’t fight


OCTOBER 14 -Manny Pacquiao and Bob Arum. File Photo 
Manny Pacquiao’s next fight could probably be his swan song as the fighter prepares another melody, his potential senate seat in the Philippines.Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter, told Los Angeles Times that a Senate seat would require more of Pacquiao’s time compared to his tenure as a congressman.“He can’t [mess] around and take off to go into a training camp for three months if he’s in office as a senator,” Arum said in the LA Times report. “Senators do most of the work in the Philippines. They have to be there virtually every day.” “He knows if he’s a senator he can’t fight.” Arum added Pacquiao said he likes his chances of getting one of the 12 available seats in Senate and they discusses the next fight should not be later than April 9.
As per the report, the pool of potential opponents are former training partner Amir Khan, rival Juan Manuel Marquez, WBO Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley (if he beats Brandon Rios in Nov. 7), WBO Super Lightweight Champion Terrence Crawford (if he beats Dierry Jean on Oct. 24), and WBC Super Lightweight Champion Viktor Postol. A fight against Postol or Crawford would only happen at a catchweight of 140 lbs. READ MORE...

ALSO Final season for Kobe?: Kobe Bryant heads group of aging, 37-plus ex-All-Stars


OCTOBER 28 -Los Angeles Lakers veteran superstar guard, Kobe Bryant | AP File Photo
Kobe Bryant is still a Los Angeles Laker. NBA fans are anxiously waiting to see what he has left and wondering if this is his last year.
It's probably not wise to count him out just yet — or any of the seven former All-Stars who are at least 37 years old and expected to contribute on the court this year as the NBA tips off the 2015-16 season Tuesday night. Bryant, the 13th pick in the 1996 draft, is back after missing much of last season with a shoulder injury. He joins Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Garnett, Manu Ginobili, Paul Pierce and Vince Carter — all drafted between 1995 and 1999. That matches the most former All-Stars at least 37-years old to secure roster spots to start the season since the 2004-2005 campaign, according to STATS. Between them, they have 80 All-Star appearances, 17 NBA titles, five MVP awards and seven finals MVP awards. They enter this season with varying roles: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers This could be Bryant's final season, depending on how it unfolds. Part of his role will be to mentor D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson. Passing the torch and passing up shots are two different things, though. Bryant is the No. 3 scorer in NBA history for a reason. In the 35 games he played last season, his shot attempts per 48 minutes were the third-highest of his career. Lakers coach Byron Scott likely will limit his minutes at times and rest him in some back-to-backs, but when he's on the floor, odds are Bryant will be looking to score. READ MORE ...


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Pacquiao wants Mayweather rematch for last fight


Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao

MANILA, NOVEMBER 2, 2015, (PHILSTAR)  By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated October 28, 2015 - Manny Pacquiao is hoping to get another crack at Floyd Mayweather Jr. before he hangs up his gloves and concentrate on his political career.

In a recent video posted in Pacquiao’s Facebook account, the Filipino icon appears to answer some questions from his fans while inside a vehicle.

It was in the said video that the question about his next fight popped up.

"I don't know yet who's my opponent next but we're still negotiating right now about the rematch with Floyd Mayweather so hoping for that," Pacquiao said.

The video, titled “Ask me a question,” has been viewed more than 400,000 times as of posting time.

Pacquiao’s longtime promoter Bob Arum recently said that his ward plans to fight one more time – likely in April next year, before the May elections – before retiring from the sport to focus on his political career.

The General Santos City-based southpaw, currently congressman of Sarangani province, is gunning for a Senate seat under the opposition party United Nationalist Alliance of presidential hopeful and incumbent Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Pacquiao lost to Mayweather in boxing’s richest fight ever last May. While Mayweather has retired after beating Andre Berto last September, some boxing observers believe the former pound-for-pound king won’t stay retired for long.

Other potential Pacquiao opponents include Terrence Crawford, Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez. British star Amir Khan was the previous frontrunner until talks between his and Pacquiao’s camps reportedly fell through.


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Mayweather flaunts newly bought $3.5M Bugatti By Kimberly Pierceall (Associated Press) | Updated October 28, 2015 - 4:21pm 3 578 googleplus0 0


Floyd Mayweather Jr. poses with his new 2015 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. | Photo from Mayweather's Instagram

LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. isn't one to rest in retirement, not when there are $3.5 million sports cars to buy.

The Las Vegas boxer posed with his latest purchase, a 2015 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, in a photo posted to his Instagram account Monday. Mayweather brought Obi Okeke who co-owns Fusion Luxury Motors in Chatsworth, California with him to Miami to put the deal together.

Okeke says he has sold four Bugattis to the boxer including one with 2,200 miles he traded in for his latest purchase, the convertible Vitesse that Okeke says is one of only 44 ever made. The black and orange color scheme and interior is one-of-a-kind, he said.

"You can't go and order one," Okeke said Tuesday after a flight home from Miami.

Bugatti's website says the car reaches speeds of 254 mph (408.8 km) and accelerates from zero to 62 mph (100 km) in 2.6 seconds and has 1,200 horsepower. The site also says the car is sold out.

Bugatti has built and sold 450 Veyron models between 2006 and 2015 and 150 are convertibles like the one Mayweather bought Monday, Okeke said.

Okeke said he and others followed Mayweather out of the Miami dealership's lot as the boxer drove away, driving in a "progressive manner," on a Florida freeway, he said diplomatically.

He said Mayweather is already eyeing his next possible purchase, a $3.2 million Pagani Huayra that's been flown to Okeke's California showroom. Okeke said he's sold Mayweather more than 39 cars, including the four Bugattis.


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Arum to help Pacquiao’s Senate bid by Nick Giongco October 22, 2015 Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share5


BOB ARUM

American promoter Bob Arum will “provide morale support” to Manny Pacquiao when he runs for senator next year.

Arum, 83, said he will be there every step of the way to give Pacquiao a helping hand.

He, however, canot be there physically on the stage as Philippine laws don’t allow him to assume the role of a campaign manager.

“I can’t be that. I will violate the law,” said Arum from Las Vegas yesterday. But he guaranteed that he will make his presence felt.

“I will definitely come over,” he said.

Arum is in the process of selecting Pacquiao’s next opponent when the Sarangani congressman returns to the ring in February or April 2016.

Arum said they have a handful of names being considered but won’t know who will land the jackpot until November or even December.

If elected, Pacquiao said he will likely hang up his gloves and focus on his job as senator.

“Concentrate na sa Senado kapag pinalad tayong manalo,” said Pacquiao, who met with Arum in New York last week to discuss what’s down the road.

Arum noted that Pacquiao is dead-serious in assuming his new role as lawmaker.

“Manny is serious about this being his last fight. I really talked to him at length. No more boxing. No more basketball.”

Any advice he can give to the Filipino icon?

“To be Manny Pacquiao and don’t let these politicians change him into something that he’s not.”

If Pacquiao sticks to his principles, Arum believes he will do good.

“If Manny remains who he is, he’d be an advocate for them (Filipino people).”


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Arum: Pacquiao knows if he becomes senator, he can’t fight SHARES: 734 VIEW COMMENTS By: Bong Lozada @BLozadaINQ INQUIRER.net 10:23 PM October 14th, 2015


Manny Pacquiao and Bob Arum. File Photo

Manny Pacquiao’s next fight could probably be his swan song as the fighter prepares another melody, his potential senate seat in the Philippines.

Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter, told Los Angeles Times that a Senate seat would require more of Pacquiao’s time compared to his tenure as a congressman.

“He can’t [mess] around and take off to go into a training camp for three months if he’s in office as a senator,” Arum said in the LA Times report. “Senators do most of the work in the Philippines. They have to be there virtually every day.”

“He knows if he’s a senator he can’t fight.”

Arum added Pacquiao said he likes his chances of getting one of the 12 available seats in Senate and they discusses the next fight should not be later than April 9.

As per the report, the pool of potential opponents are former training partner Amir Khan, rival Juan Manuel Marquez, WBO Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley (if he beats Brandon Rios in Nov. 7), WBO Super Lightweight Champion Terrence Crawford (if he beats Dierry Jean on Oct. 24), and WBC Super Lightweight Champion Viktor Postol.
A fight against Postol or Crawford would only happen at a catchweight of 140 lbs.

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Pacquiao also expressed interest in a second fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr., who beat him on May 2 in boxing’s richest fight, but with the latter currently retired and the Philippine campaign period about to roll, a rematch looks bleak.

“He would like to fight Mayweather but looking where we are on time, I told him he needs to forget about it and move on,” Arum said.

He added, “Manny’s willing to fight anybody but he wants the best deal.”

And the most lucrative option is a fight with Khan, who has a bug following in Britain, but the Brit expressed frustration as he waits for Pacquiao.

Khan, as per reports, said he’s backing out of a Pacquiao fight because Pacquiao wouldn’t sign a contract to which Arum said there was none.

“Nobody can figure out why [Khan] is saying that,” Arum also told LA Times. “I’ve spoken to his attorney, Robert Davis, and we’re going back and forth on the numbers.”

“The kid [Khan] talks too much. It’s probably why he lost the Mayweather fight.”


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Kobe Bryant heads group of aging, 37-plus ex-All-Stars By Cliff Brunt (Associated Press) | Updated October 28, 2015 - 2:28pm 7 215 googleplus0 0


Los Angeles Lakers veteran superstar guard, Kobe Bryant | AP File Photo

Kobe Bryant is still a Los Angeles Laker. NBA fans are anxiously waiting to see what he has left and wondering if this is his last year.

It's probably not wise to count him out just yet — or any of the seven former All-Stars who are at least 37 years old and expected to contribute on the court this year as the NBA tips off the 2015-16 season Tuesday night.

Bryant, the 13th pick in the 1996 draft, is back after missing much of last season with a shoulder injury. He joins Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Garnett, Manu Ginobili, Paul Pierce and Vince Carter — all drafted between 1995 and 1999.

That matches the most former All-Stars at least 37-years old to secure roster spots to start the season since the 2004-2005 campaign, according to STATS.

Between them, they have 80 All-Star appearances, 17 NBA titles, five MVP awards and seven finals MVP awards. They enter this season with varying roles:

Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

This could be Bryant's final season, depending on how it unfolds. Part of his role will be to mentor D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson. Passing the torch and passing up shots are two different things, though. Bryant is the No. 3 scorer in NBA history for a reason. In the 35 games he played last season, his shot attempts per 48 minutes were the third-highest of his career. Lakers coach Byron Scott likely will limit his minutes at times and rest him in some back-to-backs, but when he's on the floor, odds are Bryant will be looking to score.

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Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs

Duncan will turn 40 in April. Old Man River Walk is still a starter, but his minutes will likely be limited again. The Spurs added All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge and 35-year-old former All-Star David West, which should help preserve Duncan for another championship run. He still has great moments, but at this stage, he's OK with giving up some floor time to be a significant factor in the playoffs.

Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves

Garnett's focus is to set the tone and help No. 1 overall draft pick Karl-Anthony Towns develop. The 39-year-old Garnett can still play — his rebounds per 48 minutes last season were similar to those he posted in his prime. He started all 47 games he played last season and averaged 20 minutes a contest. He started every game this preseason, but never played more than 17 minutes.

Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks

Nowitzki was the Mavs' No. 2 scorer last year. Since the top scorer from that team, Monta Ellis, now plays for the Indiana Pacers, Dirk will still carry quite a bit of the load. The Mavericks added Deron Williams and Wesley Matthews in the offseason to help with the scoring, and Chandler Parsons' role will expand in his second year with the team. Nowitzki, 37, averaged just under 30 minutes per game last season. Coach Rick Carlisle wants to trim that to about 26 per contest.

Paul Pierce, Los Angeles Clippers

Pierce, who just turned 38, brings his usual air of confidence to a team that hasn't quite gotten over the hump. The clutch shooter who won a title with Boston in 2008 has plenty of talent around him, so he won't be counted on to make all the big shots. He started 73 games for Washington last season, but he came off the bench in all but one preseason game this season with the Clippers. But if he's on the floor, and gets the opportunity at the end of the game, look for Pierce to take the shot.

Vince Carter, Memphis Grizzlies

The days of Vinsanity and the routine high-flying dunks have passed, and the 38-year-old Carter has settled into a role as a perimeter-shooting reserve. Last year, an ankle injury kept him out of training camp and he had a foot injury during the season. He started just once last year and played 16.5 minutes per game. He comes into this season healthy, but newly acquired Matt Barnes, a slightly younger perimeter shooter, could cut into his minutes.

Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs

Ginobili benefits from having been a sixth man for so many years. He has only started 10 regular-season games the past four seasons and hasn't played more than 24 minutes a contest since the 2010-11 campaign. It's perfect fit for the Spurs, so expect a similar role this year for the 38-year-old wing from Argentina.


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