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ROACH ACKNOWLEDGES MAYWEATHER AS ERA's BEST BOXER
[“Mayweather had no losses and so forth, so he's probably king of this era,” he added. Still, Roach gave Pacquiao his due. “But Manny was a lot more exciting for the fans,” Roach said.]


DECEMBER 16 -Freddie Roach on Floyd Mayweather Jr.: "[He] had no losses and so forth, so he's probably king of this era."
Even Freddie Roach is sold: Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the best boxer of his generation.
Roach, Manny Pacquiao’s longtime trainer, recently admitted that the undefeated Mayweather tops his ward as the best boxer of this era. “Manny had eight world titles and a lot of great opponents and so forth. Mayweather had the same, had a great career and undefeated, so I guess we're going to have to give it to Mayweather,” the multi-titled cornerman said in a boxingscene.com report by Carlos Boogs. Mayweather actually won titles in five weight divisions, three fewer than Pacquiao, who was champion in an unprecedented eight weight classes. But Mayweather proved he is the top dog by besting Pacquiao in their showdown last May, which turned out to be the richest fight in boxing. Roach himself trained two boxers in an attempt to hand Mayweather his first loss ever. He worked Oscar De La Hoya’s corner when he fought Mayweather in 2007 and did the same for Pacquiao. READ MORE...

ALSO: Arum to push through with April boxing card without Pacquiao


DECEMBER 17 -Bob Arum
Top Rank Inc. chief Bob Arum’s planned Las Vegas boxing card will go on in April next year with or without Manny Pacquiao in the main event.
Arum made the statement as Pacquiao has delayed the announcement of his next opponent, which could either be Timothy Bradley or Terence Crawford. Pacquiao was supposed to name his next foe for his scheduled April 9 fight – the last of his career – but for some reason, he postponed it. The Filipino icon has left everyone, including Arum himself, waiting – and it’s something Arum said Pacquiao is entitled to. “But again, it's his career, it's his life and the announcement will come when it will come. So I'm not there (with Manny), (Pacquiao’s adviser) Mike (Koncz) is there. Mike is doing what he can and hopefully it will be made shortly,” the veteran promoter told Steve Kim of boxingscene.com. Regardless of Pacquiao’s decision, Arum said the April 9 date for the Top Rank card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas is already set in stone. “That is my concrete plan, April 9th. I'm going with a show in Las Vegas, hopefully headed by Manny Pacquiao. If not we'll find talent to go on. But April 9th we're definitely going ahead at the MGM Grand Arena,” said Arum. – Dino Maragay THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Crawford out as Pacquiao foe for April 9 fight – report


DECEMBER 18 -WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford has reportedly been ruled out as a potential opponent for Manny Pacquiao’s return fight on April 9 in Las Vegas.
USA Today boxing writer Mike Coppinger tweeted yesterday that there are plans for Crawford to defend his title in February at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, thus leaving Pacquiao with either old foe Timothy Bradley or Briton Amir Khan. But Top Rank CEO Bob Arum later told Coppinger that Crawford is still in the running but expects Bradley to end up facing Pacquiao for a third time. Crawford surfaced as a candidate to face Pacquiao after beating Canadian Dierry Jean via a 10-round technical knockout last October in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. The 28-year-old is unbeaten in 27 fights and once held the WBO lightweight crown. Pacquiao, who turned 37 on Thursday, could fight for the final time depending on the success or failure of his senatorial bid in the May elections. He has not fought since undergoing a shoulder surgery following his defeat to the since-retired Floyd Mayweather in May. Meanwhile, Coppinger hinted the possibility, although a long shot of having Jason Pagara challenge Crawford’s belt. Pagara is the top-rated WBO contender. THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO Manny Pacquiao News: Waiting Game Continues For Next Opponent, Who Will PacMan Choose?


DECEMBER 17 -Manny Pacquiao Manny Pacquiao is making multiple fighters sweat out the announcement of his next opponent. PHOTO: GETTY
As Manny Pacquiao turned 37 years old on Thursday, the boxer still hadn’t made a decision regarding his next opponent. Pacquiao will return to the ring on April 9 in Las Vegas in what’s being advertised as the final fight of his career, and three candidates continue to wait for an answer.
Pacquiao was supposed to make an announcement on Dec. 11, but the decision has been delayed with no target date in sight. Timothy Bradley, Amir Khan and Terence Crawford have been noted as the three fighters among whom Pacquiao will choose as an opponent. While Pacquiao has blown past his latest target date, there is still plenty of time for him to make an announcement. Almost four months remain until Pacquiao’s next fight. His May 2 fight with Floyd Mayweather didn’t become official until Feb. 20, giving the boxers less than two and a half months to prepare. Mayweather had his final fight on Sept. 12, but he didn’t officially announce Andre Berto as his opponent until a little over a month before they were scheduled to meet. Crawford might be the best option for Pacquiao to face, though he has the least amount of fame at just 28 years old. He last fought on Oct. 24, and he’s willing to wait for Pacquiao to make his final decision. "We are waiting. I'm possibly going to fight again in February or March. If Pacquiao happens, it would then be in April if not earlier," Crawford told Fox Deportes. "[The Pacquiao fight is] what I want and Pacquiao would give me the momentum [to become a superstar]." READ MORE...

ALSO: Rebisco Biscuit owner, Pacquiao top 2014 taxpayers list


DECEMBER 18 -Boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao is the second highest individual taxpayer in 2014 In this photo taken April 20, 2010, Pacquiao smiles during an unscheduled news conference at his mansion in General Santos city in southern Philippines. AP/Bullit Marquez, file
Businessman Jacinto Ng and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquaio are the top individual taxpayers for 2014, according to a list released by the Bureau of Internal Revenue on Friday. Ng, owner and founder of Rebisco Biscuit Corp., paid an estimated P289.1 million regular income tax for the previous year. According to Forbes magazine, Ng is the 36th richest man in the Philippines in 2015.Meanwhile, Pacquiao paid P210.3 regular income taxes in 2014. The boxing icon is the second highest paid athlete in the world in 2015 with total earnings of $62 million.Presidential sister Kris Aquino is also among the top ten highest taxpayers in 2014 with P54.5 million worth of regular income taxes paid. San Miguel Corporation Chief Executive Officer Ramon Ang ranked ninth with P51 million.Among the top ten individual taxpayers are: Mercury Drug President Vivian Azcona (P153.6 million) Columbia Motors Corporation President Jose Alvarez (P73 million) Rebisco's Jacinto Ng Jr. (P66.9 million) Developer Ronaldo Soliman (53.5 million) Coca-Cola President and CEO William Schultz (P51.3 million) Finance executive Lauro Baja III (P50.7 million) COMPLETE LIST: Top 500 individual taxpayers in 2014 THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO:  NEWS OF THE DAY! - LeBron crashes into wife of golfer Jason Day in Cavs' win


DECEMBER 19 -Ellie Day, wife of golfer Jason Day, leaves Thursday's Cavs-Thunder game on.PHOTO FROM NY DAILY NEWS CLEVELAND – Unable to stop himself, LeBron James launched his 250-pound body into the air, crashing hard into the lap of a courtside spectator unable to get out of his way. He had no idea he'd just plowed over the wife of PGA champion Jason Day. There was nothing anyone could do. Scrambling for a loose ball, the Cavaliers star flattened Ellie Day, sending her to the hospital during the fourth quarter of Cleveland's 104-100 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night (Friday in Manila). The Cavaliers did not provide any immediate word on her condition. In an instant, the final minutes of an NBA game had become almost trivial. READ MORE...MORE PHOTOS...


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Roach acknowledges Mayweather as era's best boxer


Freddie Roach on Floyd Mayweather Jr.: "[He] had no losses and so forth, so he's probably king of this era."

MANILA, DECEMBER 21, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Dino Maragay December 16, 2015 - Even Freddie Roach is sold: Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the best boxer of his generation.

Roach, Manny Pacquiao’s longtime trainer, recently admitted that the undefeated Mayweather tops his ward as the best boxer of this era.

“Manny had eight world titles and a lot of great opponents and so forth. Mayweather had the same, had a great career and undefeated, so I guess we're going to have to give it to Mayweather,” the multi-titled cornerman said in a boxingscene.com report by Carlos Boogs.

Mayweather actually won titles in five weight divisions, three fewer than Pacquiao, who was champion in an unprecedented eight weight classes.

But Mayweather proved he is the top dog by besting Pacquiao in their showdown last May, which turned out to be the richest fight in boxing.

Roach himself trained two boxers in an attempt to hand Mayweather his first loss ever. He worked Oscar De La Hoya’s corner when he fought Mayweather in 2007 and did the same for Pacquiao.

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In both times, Roach failed.

Mayweather retired after beating Andre Berto in September, his perfect 49-0 record intact.

This, Roach said, is why Mayweather’s the best.

“Mayweather had no losses and so forth, so he's probably king of this era,” he added.

Still, Roach gave Pacquiao his due.

“But Manny was a lot more exciting for the fans,” Roach said.


PHILSTAR

Arum to push through with April card without Pacquiao Updated December 17, 2015 - 4:12pm 7 360 googleplus0 0


Bob Arum


Top Rank Inc. chief Bob Arum’s planned Las Vegas boxing card will go on in April next year with or without Manny Pacquiao in the main event.

Arum made the statement as Pacquiao has delayed the announcement of his next opponent, which could either be Timothy Bradley or Terence Crawford. Pacquiao was supposed to name his next foe for his scheduled April 9 fight – the last of his career – but for some reason, he postponed it.

The Filipino icon has left everyone, including Arum himself, waiting – and it’s something Arum said Pacquiao is entitled to. “But again, it's his career, it's his life and the announcement will come when it will come. So I'm not there (with Manny), (Pacquiao’s adviser) Mike (Koncz) is there.

Mike is doing what he can and hopefully it will be made shortly,” the veteran promoter told Steve Kim of boxingscene.com. Regardless of Pacquiao’s decision, Arum said the April 9 date for the Top Rank card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas is already set in stone.

“That is my concrete plan, April 9th. I'm going with a show in Las Vegas, hopefully headed by Manny Pacquiao. If not we'll find talent to go on. But April 9th we're definitely going ahead at the MGM Grand Arena,” said Arum. – Dino Maragay THE FULL REPORT.


MANILA BULLETIN

Crawford out as Pacquiao foe – report by Jonas Terrado December 18, 2015 (updated) Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Email3 Share3

WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford has reportedly been ruled out as a potential opponent for Manny Pacquiao’s return fight on April 9 in Las Vegas.

USA Today boxing writer Mike Coppinger tweeted yesterday that there are plans for Crawford to defend his title in February at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, thus leaving Pacquiao with either old foe Timothy Bradley or Briton Amir Khan.

But Top Rank CEO Bob Arum later told Coppinger that Crawford is still in the running but expects Bradley to end up facing Pacquiao for a third time.

Crawford surfaced as a candidate to face Pacquiao after beating Canadian Dierry Jean via a 10-round technical knockout last October in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.

The 28-year-old is unbeaten in 27 fights and once held the WBO lightweight crown.

Pacquiao, who turned 37 on Thursday, could fight for the final time depending on the success or failure of his senatorial bid in the May elections.

He has not fought since undergoing a shoulder surgery following his defeat to the since-retired Floyd Mayweather in May.

Meanwhile, Coppinger hinted the possibility, although a long shot of having Jason Pagara challenge Crawford’s belt. Pagara is the top-rated WBO contender.


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Manny Pacquiao News: Waiting Game Continues For Next Opponent, Who Will PacMan Choose? BY ANTHONY RICCOBONO @TONY_RICCOBONO ON 12/17/15 AT 5:08 PM


Manny Pacquiao Manny Pacquiao is making multiple fighters sweat out the announcement of his next opponent.
PHOTO: GETTY

As Manny Pacquiao turned 37 years old on Thursday, the boxer still hadn’t made a decision regarding his next opponent. Pacquiao will return to the ring on April 9 in Las Vegas in what’s being advertised as the final fight of his career, and three candidates continue to wait for an answer.

Pacquiao was supposed to make an announcement on Dec. 11, but the decision has been delayed with no target date in sight. Timothy Bradley, Amir Khan and Terence Crawford have been noted as the three fighters among whom Pacquiao will choose as an opponent.

While Pacquiao has blown past his latest target date, there is still plenty of time for him to make an announcement. Almost four months remain until Pacquiao’s next fight. His May 2 fight with Floyd Mayweather didn’t become official until Feb. 20, giving the boxers less than two and a half months to prepare. Mayweather had his final fight on Sept. 12, but he didn’t officially announce Andre Berto as his opponent until a little over a month before they were scheduled to meet.

Crawford might be the best option for Pacquiao to face, though he has the least amount of fame at just 28 years old. He last fought on Oct. 24, and he’s willing to wait for Pacquiao to make his final decision.

"We are waiting. I'm possibly going to fight again in February or March. If Pacquiao happens, it would then be in April if not earlier," Crawford told Fox Deportes. "[The Pacquiao fight is] what I want and Pacquiao would give me the momentum [to become a superstar]."

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Bradley has been viewed as the heavy favorite to get the fight, and the two sides have reportedly had discussions about the purse in a potential fight. A bout between Bradley and Pacquiao would be the rubber match between the two boxers, who met in 2012 and 2014.

Khan is considered to be the biggest longshot of the three to get a chance at facing Pacquiao, but trainer Freddie Roach tells Fight Hub TV that Khan is the toughest potential opponent.

“Amir is the toughest fighter out of those because of the speed factor,” Roach said. “They both have speed and they know each other. They’ve sparred before. Crawford’s not ready for Manny yet, I feel. Crawford’s a good prospect, don’t get me wrong. He’s a good fighter, but he’s not ready for Manny yet. He needs a little more experience.”

Bradley last fought on Nov. 7 when he defeated Brandon Rios to retain the WBO welterweight title, which Pacquiao lost to Mayweather in May. Khan hasn’t fought since he won on May 29 against Chris Algieri, whom Pacquiao defeated to get his last victory.


PHILSTAR

Rebisco owner, Pacquiao top 2014 taxpayers list By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated December 18, 2015 - 3:51pm 21 151 googleplus0


Boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao is the second highest individual taxpayer in 2014 In this photo taken April 20, 2010, Pacquiao smiles during an unscheduled news conference at his mansion in General Santos city in southern Philippines. AP/Bullit Marquez, file

Businessman Jacinto Ng and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquaio are the top individual taxpayers for 2014, according to a list released by the Bureau of Internal Revenue on Friday.

Ng, owner and founder of Rebisco Biscuit Corp., paid an estimated P289.1 million regular income tax for the previous year.

According to Forbes magazine, Ng is the 36th richest man in the Philippines in 2015.

Meanwhile, Pacquiao paid P210.3 regular income taxes in 2014. The boxing icon is the second highest paid athlete in the world in 2015 with total earnings of $62 million.

Presidential sister Kris Aquino is also among the top ten highest taxpayers in 2014 with P54.5 million worth of regular income taxes paid.

San Miguel Corporation Chief Executive Officer Ramon Ang ranked ninth with P51 million.

Among the top ten individual taxpayers are: Mercury Drug President Vivian Azcona (P153.6 million) Columbia Motors Corporation President Jose Alvarez (P73 million) Rebisco's Jacinto Ng Jr. (P66.9 million) Developer Ronaldo Soliman (53.5 million) Coca-Cola President and CEO William Schultz (P51.3 million) Finance executive Lauro Baja III (P50.7 million)

COMPLETE LIST: Top 500 individual taxpayers in 2014


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NBA HEADLINE NEWS OF THE DAY!

LeBron crashes into wife of golfer Jason Day in Cavs' win By Tom Withers (Associated Press) | Updated December 18, 2015 - 1:30pm 0 0 googleplus0 0


Ellie Day, wife of golfer Jason Day, leaves Thursday's Cavs-Thunder game on.PHOTO FROM NY DAILY NEWS

CLEVELAND – Unable to stop himself, LeBron James launched his 250-pound body into the air, crashing hard into the lap of a courtside spectator unable to get out of his way.

He had no idea he'd just plowed over the wife of PGA champion Jason Day.

There was nothing anyone could do.

Scrambling for a loose ball, the Cavaliers star flattened Ellie Day, sending her to the hospital during the fourth quarter of Cleveland's 104-100 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night (Friday in Manila).

The Cavaliers did not provide any immediate word on her condition.

In an instant, the final minutes of an NBA game had become almost trivial.

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Jason Day along with wife Ellie were sitting at the court-side when the accident happened. © AFP "The guys told me she's doing great," LeBron James added, although there was no official word from the Cavaliers on Ellie Day's condition. "I was going for a loose ball. Just trying to keep a possession going and I hate that was the end result of it." Ellie's condition is stable. Ellie Day was reported to be alert and talking as her husband accompanied her to an ambulance, but was to be hospitalized overnight for observation. She gave birth to the couple's second child, a daughter, in November. FROM SPORTS.NDTV.COM

Day, who gave birth to her second child last month, was carried from Quicken Loans Arena on a backboard, placed on a stretcher with her head immobilized and taken to MetroHealth Medical Center. She was accompanied from the building by her husband, who moments before the collision had chipped foam basketballs to the crowd as part of a promotion.

As she was being treated by medical personnel inside the arena, James came over to check on her, grabbing her hand.

''She squeezed my hand and said she was fine,'' James said. ''I think she was just a little weary. For me, obviously, her health is very important and hopefully she is doing well. The guys told me she's doing great now. For me, just going for a loose ball, I tried to keep the possession going, I just hate that that was the end result.''

James was on his way to a 33-point, 11-assist, 9-rebound performance when the collision took place with five minutes left.


Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James shoots over Oklahoma City Thunder’s Enes Kanter and Kevin Durant in an NBA game in Cleveland. James later crashed into the crowd, hurting the wife of PGA Tour champion and Fil-Aussie golfer Jason Day. | AP Photo/Tony Dejak

An hour after the game, James tweeted: ''Ellie Day I hope you're doing okay! My apologies! Hope u guys come back to another game soon. Love LJ!''

Day, the No. 2-ranked golfer in the world, won the PGA Championship this year for his first major win on the PGA Tour. On Nov. 11, Ellie gave birth to the couple's second child, a girl named Lucy.

As his wife was being checked by medical staff, a concerned Day looked on as the Cavs and Thunder played a frantic final few minutes.

The Days live in suburban Columbus and have attended Cleveland games in the past. Ellie Day was pregnant when she went to an exhibition game earlier this year. That night on Ohio State's campus, Cavs guard J.R. Smith bought cotton candy for the Days' son, Dash, while he sat on the bench.

Cavs coach David Blatt said he didn't see the full impact of the collision. Blatt has long been nervous about the safety of fans sitting so close to the action.


Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (right) falls on Ellie Day, wife of PGA Tour golf player Jason Day (left) during a NBA game against Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday. © AP

''Honestly, the only thing I saw was LeBron diving for the ball to save the ball,'' Blatt said.

''I kind of got blocked and just saw a sea of bodies. We all hope that she's OK. It's always concerned me, the sideline seats. Always concerned me, because things like that, when you're talking about players of this speed and physicality and effort level, it's not a simple thing.

''The powers that be are the ones that really need to decide how to deal with that. He made an honest attempt at the basketball, that's all, obviously. We all hope she's OK.''

Tristan Thompson had 15 rebounds for the Cavs, who improved to 11-1 at home.

Russell Westbrook scored 27 and Kevin Durant 25 for the Thunder, who had won six in a row. Oklahoma City was down 98-89 with three minutes left and closed within 103-100, but both Durant and Westbrook missed 3-pointers in the final 10 seconds.

The Cavaliers were missing guards Mo Williams (thumb), Iman Shumpert (groin) and Kyrie Irving, who could make his season debut Sunday against Philadelphia.

Thompson added 12 points and his energy kept the Cavs close in the third quarter. Richard Jefferson added 13 points off the bench for Cleveland, now 31-2 in regular season games at home since Jan. 15.

With the Cavs down 78-74 to start the fourth, Kevin Love made two critical plays to swing the momentum for Cleveland.

First, he pump faked Nick Collison in the air to draw contact and dropped a 3-pointer while being fouled. After knocking down his free throw, Love grabbed a rebound on the defensive end and heaved a look outlet pass to a waiting James, who was bumped before dropping in his layup to put the Cavs up 80-78.

As James went to the line, Love walked over following his deep completion and slapped hands with Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, who was sitting courtside.

MUSIC MAN

As usual, James got ready for the game while listening to music at his locker room. A huge hip-hop fan, James, who was turned onto the music as a kid by an uncle, was pleased to learn that rap icons N.W.A. will be part of the next class inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, based in Cleveland.

''I understood that their music was much bigger than them just writing, jotting lyrics on a piece of paper and rapping them or singing them,'' he said. ''They had a bigger meaning and it was a big pop culture thing, not only for the West Coast and Compton, California, but also for every inner-city 'hood in America.''

SCORING KING

Durant has already won four scoring titles. He entered the night with 16,056 points, and James believes that Durant, as long as he stays healthy and has a long career, can one day challenge Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's scoring mark of 38,387 points.

''His ability to score the ball is obviously up there with the greatest to ever play,'' James said. ''I know that's not in his memory bank right now, him trying to help the team get better and better, but long term he definitely can challenge that.''

TIP-INS

Thunder: Oklahoma City is 6-7 against the East and 11-2 versus the West. ... G Anthony Morrow was not with the team because of a personal matter. ... Former Cavs G Dion Waiters was booed when he entered the game in the first quarter. Waiters was traded by Cleveland last season. He finished with 4 points.

Cavaliers: The Cavs observed a moment of remembrance before the game for center John ''Hot Rod'' Williams, who died last week at 53. Williams was a member of those talented Cleveland teams, which included Mark Price, Brad Daugherty and always lost to the Michael-Jordan led Bulls in the playoffs in the 1980s-90s.

UP NEXT

Thunder host Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday while the Cavaliers take on the Sixers in Philadelphia the next day.


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