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PACQUIAO-BRADLEY NO. 3 SET FOR APRIL 9


DECEMBER 31 -Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley will clash for the third time. | STARFile Top Rank Inc. chief Bob Arum says Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley are set to face each other in a rubber match on April 9 (April 10 Manila time) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael said he has spoken to Arum, who confirmed that the fight is a done deal. Pacquiao and Bradley fought twice, with the American escaping with a controversial decision in 2012 and the Filipino icon getting payback with a victory two years later. Bradley is the current WBO welterweight champion, interestingly a title that used to belong to Pacquiao before he lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in boxing’s richest match ever last May. Prior to the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout, Bradley was the WBO interim welterweight champion after outpointing Jessie Vargas. But after Mayweather defeated Pacquiao to unify the WBC, WBA and WBO welterweight titles, the former relinquished the WBO diadem, prompting the organization to promote Bradley to full champion status. Pacquiao, for his part, previously stated that it will be his final fight, after which he plans to concentrate on his political career. The Sarangani congressman is eyeing a Senate seat under the opposition party of presidential aspirant and incumbent Vice President Jejomar Binay. READ MORE...

ALSO Fireworks in April: Pacman-Bradley 3


JANUARY 1 -Filipino boxing idol Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao and Timothy ‘Desert Storm’ Bradley Jr. first squared off on June 9, 2012 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. After splitting the first two bouts, both fighters will meet for a third time on April 9, 2016.
Boxing icon Manny Pacquiao has chosen American Timothy Bradley as his opponent on April 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, marking the third time since 2012 that the two will square off inside the ring.
According to Bob Arum, who handles both fighters, Pacquiao chose Bradley because the pay-per-view people in the United States felt it was the best fight to sell. Others feel it’s the easiest fight out there for Pacquiao. “The pay-per-view people thought that fighting Bradley was for the best interest,” Arum told The STAR yesterday just hours after the fight was announced. Arum had burned the lines with the cable and pay-per-view providers in the US as well as people at MGM, and they were all on the same page. Bradley, to them, had more to offer than Terence Crawford or Amir Khan or Adrien Broner. It was not difficult for Arum to convince the 37-year-old Pacquiao. “And it’s a great story. People will say ‘Well, people have seen Pacquiao and Bradley twice,’ but it’s a different Bradley this time,” said Arum. “Bradley, as you can see from the (Brandon) Rios fight, was a different fighter under (trainer) Teddy Atlas. It’s an interesting fight with what Atlas has taught him,” Arum added. Pacquiao and Bradley first met in 2012 and the then undefeated American pulled off one of the greatest heists in boxing history. Two of the three judges gave the fight to Bradley while the other judge and the rest of the world had Pacquiao winning the 12-round contest. In 2014, on the night of April 12, Pacquiao avenged the bitter loss, scoring a lopsided victory that only cemented the belief that he won the first fight. To most boxing fans, Pacquiao is 2-0 over Bradley. But that’s not what the record books say. Fans had wanted Pacquiao, who may or may not retire after this fight, to take on someone else, some fresh challenge from younger, hungrier guys like Crawford, Khan or Broner. But boxing is business, and Arum has assured fans they’re going to like what they’re going to see. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao guaranteed $20-M purse in third fight vs Bradley


JANUARY 31 -Manny Pacquiao set to receive $20-M purse in fighting Tim Bradley for the third time. File Photo LAS VEGAS — Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring April 9 for the first time since losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr., and it will be against a familiar foe.
Promoter Bob Arum said Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) that Pacquiao will fight Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for a third time in his first bout since losing a decision to Mayweather in the richest fight ever. Pacquiao reinjured a shoulder in that fight and was ineffective against Mayweather in dropping the unanimous decision. Technically, the fight with Bradley will be the rubber match of their three-fight series. However, most in boxing believe Pacquiao won the first fight in 2012 easily — the judges gave it to Bradley — and was largely dominant in the rematch, which he won by decision. Top Rank spokesman Lee Samuels said the pay-per-view fight has not officially been signed, but that both fighters had agreed to terms and would be signing soon. Pacquiao was given a $2 million advance on his guaranteed $20 million purse, Samuels said. The fight will not be marketed as Pacquiao's last fight, though he had talked previously about just one more fight before running for Senate in his native Philippines. Pacquiao is currently a congressman in the Philippines. Bradley (33-1-1, 13 knockouts) is coming off an impressive win over Brandon Rios last month in Las Vegas. Bradley signed up with noted trainer Teddy Atlas before that bout, which was seen as one of his best performances. Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 knockouts) had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder after the Mayweather fight. It wasn't disclosed before the fight, but Pacquiao hurt the shoulder in training and then reinjured it during the fight. THE FULL REPORT, RELATED READ ...Ruled out as next Pacquiao foe, Broner lashes out at Arum

ALSO:  The Year in Boxing - Pacquiao’s luster undimmed despite loss to Mayweather


DECEMBER 25 -This onslaught by Manny Pacquiao was not enough to beat Floyd Mayweather. (AP)
Manny Pacquiao stood head and shoulders above everyone during Philippine boxing year 2015 even as Nonito Donaire picked up the pieces and Donnie Nietes became one of boxing’s longest reigning champions following three defenses here and overseas.
While his lone ring appearance resulted in a loss to Floyd Mayweather in May, Pacquiao remained the top draw even beyond the four corners of the savage square jungle. Even in defeat, Pacquiao’s luster hardly diminished as it was later revealed that he fought with just one good arm after he reinjured his right shoulder that later underwent an operation. Pacquiao bared that he had sustained the injury during training and it healed but it came back during the third round. The scores were crystal clear for Mayweather, who utilized his cat-quick reflexes and sheer talent to mess up Pacquiao’s unpredictable attacking style. The bout generated more than $600 million in revenue with Mayweather winding up with $220 million and Pacquiao getting around $160 million. Several records came tumbling down following the huge success of the event that was held before a capacity crowd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Tops was the pay-per-view subscriptions that reached 4.4 million, almost double than the old standard of 2.48 million that Mayweather himself set when he fought Canelo Alvarez in 2012. Also shattered was the gate attendance receipt of a little over $20-million (Mayweather-Alvarez) as Pacquiao-Mayweather did a staggering $72 million on the strength of 16,200 seats that averaged at $4,600 apiece. Talks about a rematch was in the air as soon as it was revealed that Pacquiao had reinjured his rotator cuff but Mayweather turned it down, saying he had already proven to everyone that he was the better fighter and that his foe was a sore loser. Pacquiao would sit out the entire year and is actually revving up for a comeback fight on April 9, 2016 while Mayweather resurfaced four months later with a win over Andre Berto then officially announced his retirement. Still, there is speculation that Mayweather and Pacquiao would go at it again and possibly engage in a rubber match owing to the smashing success of their storied rivalry. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao fight still in works


DECEMBER 24 -Amid the holiday revelry, Top Rank continues to work on the proposed April 9 comeback fight of Manny Pacquiao, the promotional company’s president told the Bulletin yesterday.
“We are working on some stuff,” relayed Todd Duboef, the step son of Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. While admitting that they’re waiting for Pacquiao’s decision about his choice for an opponent, Duboef maintains that Arum is aware of what’s happening and Top Rank will immediately buckle down to work “after the holidays.”  Duboef’s stepfather Arum is also on vacation but already has everything in order in time for the resumption of work. Arum has given Pacquiao a few names to choose from but another fighter has been put into the mix: Adrien Broner. The problem with Broner is that he is aligned with another promotional group and reaching a deal with him will require some extra work. Tim Bradley and Terence Crawford are both under Arum’s banner and getting a deal done with one of them will come in handy. Broner has confirmed that Pacquiao’s adviser Mike Koncz has phoned him asking if he is amenable to face Pacquiao next year. THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO TIGER IN THE NEWS: Tiger Woods turns 40 Wednesday. Forty, going on 70. [USA TODAY Tiger Woods at 40: Down and in pain, but not yet ready to call it a career]


DECEMBER 30 -In this Aug. 21, 2015, file photo, Tiger Woods reacts after missing a putt on the ninth hole during the second round of the Wyndham Championship. Woods turns 40 on Wednesday. (Photo: AP) It certainly seems that way what with all the injuries and surgeries and controversies and missed tournaments and headlines stretching across the decades since he appeared as a 2-year-old on The Mike Douglas Show in 1978. Happy Birthday to the oldest 40-year-old in sports. It’s almost hard to believe that the ultra-talented, brash 21-year-old who won the Masters by 12 strokes in 1997 is now middle-aged. Then again, it’s not hard to believe at all. Just as Tiger was in a hurry to win majors, it turns out he also was in a rush to reach middle age. Not by choice, of course, but it appears to have been inevitable, considering how he lived his life outside of golf, how he contorted his body to make a golf ball do what he wanted it to do (putting tremendous pressure on a back that eventually couldn’t take it anymore), how he drove himself so hard so fast that he has driven himself right out of the game he once dominated, at least for the time being. It all played out in front of our eyes: major by major, year by year, even if we didn’t realize it at the time. He was young, the youngest man to achieve the career Grand Slam and the fastest to reach 50 tournament victories on the PGA Tour. He was going to easily catch Jack Nicklaus’ 18 majors, and pass him on his way to 20. Maybe 25? Whatever you could imagine, it might come true. USA TODAY Tiger Woods at 40: Down and in pain, but not yet ready to call it a career And then, he wasn’t young anymore. Tiger was only 32 when he famously won the 2008 U.S. Open on what turned out to be a broken leg. It was to be his last victory in a major – to date, or forever, depending on your level of optimism. Little more than a year later, Tiger was caught from behind on the final day of a major for the very first time, losing the 2009 PGA Championship to Y.E. Yang, hardly an equal. At the time it was viewed as a significant upset, not a watershed moment in Tiger’s career. Now, it’s seen as much more the latter than the former. And then, the big one: Tiger destroyed his marriage with a personal scandal the likes of which the sports world had never seen, then started breaking down physically, missing months at a time, undergoing surgical procedures the way he used to rack up major titles. READ MORE...WATCH NEWS ON VIDEO....RELATED, Jack Nicklaus doesn't think Tiger Woods' career is over.... CONTINUE READING...


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Pacquiao-Bradley 3 set for April 9


Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley will clash for the third time. | STARFile

MANILA, JANUARY 4, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Dino Maragay December 31, 2015 - Top Rank Inc. chief Bob Arum says Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley are set to face each other in a rubber match on April 9 (April 10 Manila time) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael said he has spoken to Arum, who confirmed that the fight is a done deal.

Pacquiao and Bradley fought twice, with the American escaping with a controversial decision in 2012 and the Filipino icon getting payback with a victory two years later.

Bradley is the current WBO welterweight champion, interestingly a title that used to belong to Pacquiao before he lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in boxing’s richest match ever last May.

Prior to the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout, Bradley was the WBO interim welterweight champion after outpointing Jessie Vargas. But after Mayweather defeated Pacquiao to unify the WBC, WBA and WBO welterweight titles, the former relinquished the WBO diadem, prompting the organization to promote Bradley to full champion status.

Pacquiao, for his part, previously stated that it will be his final fight, after which he plans to concentrate on his political career. The Sarangani congressman is eyeing a Senate seat under the opposition party of presidential aspirant and incumbent Vice President Jejomar Binay.

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Arum, however, isn’t ruling out a comeback by Pacquiao, who said that he has recovered from a shoulder injury he sustained in the weeks leading to the Mayweather showdown.

Veteran scribe Lance Pugmire of The Los Angeles Times tweeted that Arum has mentioned Pacquiao returning to fight again in November next year, possibly against rising star Terence Crawford.

On the upcoming third fight between Pacquiao and Bradley, Arum said it will be a different bout this time.

“We haven’t seen this fight already, because this is a new Bradley,” Arum told Pugmire.

“I don’t know that Manny has to prove anything other than he’s better than the current Bradley and his new coach. The Bradley who beat [Brandon] Rios was better than the Bradley I’ve seen of the last five years. Can that Bradley beat Manny Pacquiao? I don’t know, but I think it’s a close fight and he’s still coming off an injury.”


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Fireworks in April: Pacman-Bradley 3 By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 1, 2016 - 12:00am 0 2 googleplus0 0


Filipino boxing idol Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao and Timothy ‘Desert Storm’ Bradley Jr. first squared off on June 9, 2012 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. After splitting the first two bouts, both fighters will meet for a third time on April 9, 2016.

MANILA, Philippines - Boxing icon Manny Pacquiao has chosen American Timothy Bradley as his opponent on April 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, marking the third time since 2012 that the two will square off inside the ring.

According to Bob Arum, who handles both fighters, Pacquiao chose Bradley because the pay-per-view people in the United States felt it was the best fight to sell.

Others feel it’s the easiest fight out there for Pacquiao.

“The pay-per-view people thought that fighting Bradley was for the best interest,” Arum told The STAR yesterday just hours after the fight was announced.

Arum had burned the lines with the cable and pay-per-view providers in the US as well as people at MGM, and they were all on the same page.

Bradley, to them, had more to offer than Terence Crawford or Amir Khan or Adrien Broner. It was not difficult for Arum to convince the 37-year-old Pacquiao.

“And it’s a great story. People will say ‘Well, people have seen Pacquiao and Bradley twice,’ but it’s a different Bradley this time,” said Arum.

“Bradley, as you can see from the (Brandon) Rios fight, was a different fighter under (trainer) Teddy Atlas. It’s an interesting fight with what Atlas has taught him,” Arum added.

Pacquiao and Bradley first met in 2012 and the then undefeated American pulled off one of the greatest heists in boxing history.

Two of the three judges gave the fight to Bradley while the other judge and the rest of the world had Pacquiao winning the 12-round contest.

In 2014, on the night of April 12, Pacquiao avenged the bitter loss, scoring a lopsided victory that only cemented the belief that he won the first fight.

To most boxing fans, Pacquiao is 2-0 over Bradley. But that’s not what the record books say.

Fans had wanted Pacquiao, who may or may not retire after this fight, to take on someone else, some fresh challenge from younger, hungrier guys like Crawford, Khan or Broner.

But boxing is business, and Arum has assured fans they’re going to like what they’re going to see.

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The first Pacquiao-Bradley fight sold around 700,000 pay-per-view hits, and the rematch did around 800,000. Getting close to those numbers should make everybody happy.

Pacquiao is coming off a shoulder operation and a loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. last May. By the time he faces Bradley anew, he’ll be out of action for 11 months.

Pacquiao-Mayweather had 4.4 million pay-per-view buys and generated close to half a billion dollars in revenue. Only a rematch between the two superstars can come close, match or surpass those numbers.

While Pacquiao has spoken this year of retiring after an April bout to pursue his political career, Arum said he would not market the bout as Pacquiao’s last.

“I’m not certain it is his last fight,” Arum said. “It may well be his last fight, it may not be his last fight. You cannot in good conscience sell it that way.”

A congressman since 2010, Pacquiao is seeking a seat in the Senate in the 2016 elections.

Arum also said the shoulder “seems to be 100 percent.”

“He’s playing basketball with it, scuba diving with it,” Arum said.

Although not all the paperwork has been finalized, Arum said there were no obstacles to the fight taking place, with major terms such as guaranteed money and the purse split decided.

“These fighters have fought for me for many years,” he said, adding that the fight would be formally announced with stateside press conferences in January.

Arum said Pacquiao would conduct the first part of training in the Philippines.

He thinks Bradley, after 24 rounds with Pacquiao inside the ring, stands a better chance this time against boxing’s lone eight-division world champion.

“No question. No question. He’s fighting more intelligently now. He’s a different fighter,” said Arum over the phone yesterday morning.

For his fight against Rios last November, Bradley, now 32 years old and 33-1-1 with 13 knockouts in the ring, hired Teddy Atlas as his new trainer, replacing Joel Diaz.

Pacquiao turned 37 last Dec. 17. He’s 57-6-2 with 38 knockouts. He’s 3-3 in his last six fights.

Experts felt that Bradley, in a short time with Atlas, has become a better fighter.

“Just watch him against Rios. He’s a different fighter than he’s ever been. So this is a very interesting fight. It will be a different Bradley that you will see,” said Arum.

Pacquiao is guaranteed $20 million for his April fight, and according to ESPN, Arum had wired the Filipino boxer $2 million in advance.

Arum did not say how much Bradley is getting for this fight but for the rematch in 2014 the hardworking fighter from Palm Springs in California made $6 million.

The rivalry between the two trainers, Freddie Roach for Pacquiao and Atlas on the other side, will also help sell the fight.

“Yes, absolutely,” Arum said.

But that’s a different story.


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Pacquiao guaranteed $20-M purse in third fight vs Bradley (Associated Press) | Updated December 31, 2015 - 3:45pm 0 180 googleplus0 0

Manny Pacquiao set to receive $20-M purse in fighting Tim Bradley for the third time. File Photo LAS VEGAS — Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring April 9 for the first time since losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr., and it will be against a familiar foe.

Promoter Bob Arum said Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) that Pacquiao will fight Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for a third time in his first bout since losing a decision to Mayweather in the richest fight ever. Pacquiao reinjured a shoulder in that fight and was ineffective against Mayweather in dropping the unanimous decision.

Technically, the fight with Bradley will be the rubber match of their three-fight series. However, most in boxing believe Pacquiao won the first fight in 2012 easily — the judges gave it to Bradley — and was largely dominant in the rematch, which he won by decision.

Top Rank spokesman Lee Samuels said the pay-per-view fight has not officially been signed, but that both fighters had agreed to terms and would be signing soon. Pacquiao was given a $2 million advance on his guaranteed $20 million purse, Samuels said.

The fight will not be marketed as Pacquiao's last fight, though he had talked previously about just one more fight before running for Senate in his native Philippines. Pacquiao is currently a congressman in the Philippines.

Bradley (33-1-1, 13 knockouts) is coming off an impressive win over Brandon Rios last month in Las Vegas. Bradley signed up with noted trainer Teddy Atlas before that bout, which was seen as one of his best performances.

Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 knockouts) had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder after the Mayweather fight. It wasn't disclosed before the fight, but Pacquiao hurt the shoulder in training and then reinjured it during the fight.

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Ruled out as next Pacquiao foe, Broner lashes out at Arum By: Randolph B. Leongson
@RLeongsonINQ INQUIRER.net 03:58 PM December 30th, 2015


FILE -- (R-L) Adrien Broner throws a right at Carlos Molina during their super lightweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 3, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

After being ruled out of the Manny Pacquiao sweepstakes, WBA junior welterweight champion Adrien Broner expressed his disdain for Top Rank big boss Bob Arum.

In a strongly-worded post on his social media accounts, Broner said Arum took the shot to fight Pacquiao away from his because he didn’t want to sign with Hall of Fame promoter.

“Bob Arum bitch a** don’t want to make the fight because he’s upset I ain’t sign with him when he tried to sell me a dream at his crib in LA,” Broner wrote. “It’s a lot of bulls*** that go on behind the doors of boxing. I’m just somebody who go stand up for myself and make my own money. I’m my own brand I don’t need nobody but the people I been with.”

In an earlier report of BoxingScene.com, the Cincinnati fighter has been slashed from the list of potential opponents for Pacquiao’s April 9 bout slated in Las Vegas, which could possibly be the last fight of eight-division world champ as he is reportedly set to run for a seat in the Philippine Senate.

WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley, who fought Pacquiao in two previous fights, now emerge as the frontrunner but also in consideration are WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford and British star Amir Khan.

READ: Pacquiao not yet ready to name foe for April bout

Broner was reportedly personally contacted by Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz for a possibility of a fight before Arum shut the possibility down.


MANILA BULLETIN

Pacquiao’s luster undimmed despite loss to Mayweather The Year in Boxing by Nick Giongco December 25, 2015 Share4 Tweet2 Share4 Email2 Share40


This onslaught by Manny Pacquiao was not enough to beat Floyd Mayweather. (AP)

Manny Pacquiao stood head and shoulders above everyone during Philippine boxing year 2015 even as Nonito Donaire picked up the pieces and Donnie Nietes became one of boxing’s longest reigning champions following three defenses here and overseas.

While his lone ring appearance resulted in a loss to Floyd Mayweather in May, Pacquiao remained the top draw even beyond the four corners of the savage square jungle.

Even in defeat, Pacquiao’s luster hardly diminished as it was later revealed that he fought with just one good arm after he reinjured his right shoulder that later underwent an operation.

Pacquiao bared that he had sustained the injury during training and it healed but it came back during the third round.

The scores were crystal clear for Mayweather, who utilized his cat-quick reflexes and sheer talent to mess up Pacquiao’s unpredictable attacking style.

The bout generated more than $600 million in revenue with Mayweather winding up with $220 million and Pacquiao getting around $160 million.

Several records came tumbling down following the huge success of the event that was held before a capacity crowd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Tops was the pay-per-view subscriptions that reached 4.4 million, almost double than the old standard of 2.48 million that Mayweather himself set when he fought Canelo Alvarez in 2012.

Also shattered was the gate attendance receipt of a little over $20-million (Mayweather-Alvarez) as Pacquiao-Mayweather did a staggering $72 million on the strength of 16,200 seats that averaged at $4,600 apiece.

Talks about a rematch was in the air as soon as it was revealed that Pacquiao had reinjured his rotator cuff but Mayweather turned it down, saying he had already proven to everyone that he was the better fighter and that his foe was a sore loser.

Pacquiao would sit out the entire year and is actually revving up for a comeback fight on April 9, 2016 while Mayweather resurfaced four months later with a win over Andre Berto then officially announced his retirement.

Still, there is speculation that Mayweather and Pacquiao would go at it again and possibly engage in a rubber match owing to the smashing success of their storied rivalry.

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Unlike Pacquiao, Donaire and Nietes were buzzing with activity.

Donaire chalked up easy stoppage wins over William Prado of Brazil and Anthony Settoul of France before finding himself in a war with Cesar Juarez of Mexico on Dec. 11 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for the vacant World Boxing Organization super-bantamweight title.

Donaire thought it would be easy-breezy after sending the rugged Mexican down early in the bout but Juarez recovered his wits and came close to forcing the Fil-Am puncher to surrender towards the end.

It was a resounding return to prominence for Donaire, who has been lined up for some marquee matchups in the coming year.

Like Donaire, Nietes was on his toes all year round by bringing his act from Manila to Cebu and all the way to Carson in California.

In the Big City, Nietes stopped Gilberto Parra in the ninth round in March, while Francisco Rodriguez, also of Mexico, went the full route but lost a 12-rounder at the Waterfront Hotel in the Queen City in July.

Making his much-awaited US debut in October, Nietes was pitted against another Mexican in Juan Alejo at the StubHub Center and scored a clear-cut decision that extended his reign as world champion stretching back to 2007.

In the undercard of Nietes headliner, stablemates Jason and Albert Pagara and Mark Magsayo likewise scored sensational victories to punctuate ALA Boxing’s pilot promotion on US shores.

Several shows are being eyed to take place across California in 2016, assured Cebu promoter Michael Aldeguer.

While there were big hits, there were also a few missed opportunities, led by the devastating downfall of Brian Viloria against Nicaraguan pound-for-pound king Roman Gonzalez in their Madison Square Garden showdown in October.

Also falling short include super-fly King Arthur Villanueva, flys Milan Melindo, John Riel Casimero and Rommel Asenjo.

In the amateur backyard, five Filipino bets brought home gold medals from the Singapore Southeast Asian Games in June.

Winning their respective weight classes include fly Ian Clark Bautista, bantam Mario Fernandez, lightweight Junel Cantancio and welter Eumir Felix Marcial in men’s competition and light-fly Josie Gabuco in the women’s side.

But the brightest spot came during the world championships in October when light-fly Rogen Ladon captured the bronze medal and Marcial made it to the quarterfinals.

Still, the main objective of booking slots to the Rio Olympics was not accomplished as Ladon fell one victory short of making the grade.


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Pacquiao fight still in works by Nick Giongco December 24, 2015 Share0 Tweet0 Share1 Email0 Share3


PACQUIAO: RUNNING FOR SENATOR IN 2016 UNDER VP BINAY (UNA) PARTY

Amid the holiday revelry, Top Rank continues to work on the proposed April 9 comeback fight of Manny Pacquiao, the promotional company’s president told the Bulletin yesterday.

“We are working on some stuff,” relayed Todd Duboef, the step son of Top Rank chairman Bob Arum.

While admitting that they’re waiting for Pacquiao’s decision about his choice for an opponent, Duboef maintains that Arum is aware of what’s happening and Top Rank will immediately buckle down to work “after the holidays.”

Duboef’s stepfather Arum is also on vacation but already has everything in order in time for the resumption of work.

Arum has given Pacquiao a few names to choose from but another fighter has been put into the mix: Adrien Broner.

The problem with Broner is that he is aligned with another promotional group and reaching a deal with him will require some extra work.

Tim Bradley and Terence Crawford are both under Arum’s banner and getting a deal done with one of them will come in handy.

Broner has confirmed that Pacquiao’s adviser Mike Koncz has phoned him asking if he is amenable to face Pacquiao next year.


IN THE NEWS: Tiger Woods turns 40 Wednesday. Forty, going on 70.
[USA TODAY Tiger Woods at 40: Down and in pain, but not yet ready to call it a career]
DECEMBER 30, 2015


In this Aug. 21, 2015, file photo, Tiger Woods reacts after missing a putt on the ninth hole during the second round of the Wyndham Championship. Woods turns 40 on Wednesday. (Photo: AP)DECEMBER 30, 2015

It certainly seems that way what with all the injuries and surgeries and controversies and missed tournaments and headlines stretching across the decades since he appeared as a 2-year-old on The Mike Douglas Show in 1978.

Happy Birthday to the oldest 40-year-old in sports.

It’s almost hard to believe that the ultra-talented, brash 21-year-old who won the Masters by 12 strokes in 1997 is now middle-aged.

Then again, it’s not hard to believe at all. Just as Tiger was in a hurry to win majors, it turns out he also was in a rush to reach middle age. Not by choice, of course, but it appears to have been inevitable, considering how he lived his life outside of golf, how he contorted his body to make a golf ball do what he wanted it to do (putting tremendous pressure on a back that eventually couldn’t take it anymore), how he drove himself so hard so fast that he has driven himself right out of the game he once dominated, at least for the time being.

It all played out in front of our eyes: major by major, year by year, even if we didn’t realize it at the time. He was young, the youngest man to achieve the career Grand Slam and the fastest to reach 50 tournament victories on the PGA Tour. He was going to easily catch Jack Nicklaus’ 18 majors, and pass him on his way to 20. Maybe 25? Whatever you could imagine, it might come true.

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USA TODAY Tiger Woods at 40: Down and in pain, but not yet ready to call it a career


Tiger Woods tips his hat to the crowd after a birdie on the 15th hole during the final round of the Wyndham Championship in August. (Photo: Rob Kinnan, USA TODAY Sports)

And then, he wasn’t young anymore. Tiger was only 32 when he famously won the 2008 U.S. Open on what turned out to be a broken leg. It was to be his last victory in a major – to date, or forever, depending on your level of optimism.

Little more than a year later, Tiger was caught from behind on the final day of a major for the very first time, losing the 2009 PGA Championship to Y.E. Yang, hardly an equal. At the time it was viewed as a significant upset, not a watershed moment in Tiger’s career. Now, it’s seen as much more the latter than the former.

And then, the big one: Tiger destroyed his marriage with a personal scandal the likes of which the sports world had never seen, then started breaking down physically, missing months at a time, undergoing surgical procedures the way he used to rack up major titles.

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This fact says it all: Tiger has had three surgical procedures on the same spot in his back in a span of 19 months. And it hasn’t been just the back: at various times, he has had knee, Achilles, leg, wrist and neck problems, including four surgeries on his left knee alone.

Tiger says that since his third back surgery on Oct. 28, he can only stretch a little and walk. He is not able to play golf, not at all. See what I mean about 40 going on 70? Most 40-year-olds who love golf find more time for it as they get older. Tiger is going the wrong way.

And yet, a milestone birthday also comes with hope. Interestingly, even though the Masters always will be Tiger’s best shot at another major victory, he went oh-for-his-30s in Augusta. Unbelievable, but true. He last won the Masters in 2005, when he was 29.

That’s a run of bad luck that none of us saw coming.

Then again, Tiger should look at the bright side. At least his turbulent 30s are over.

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Jack Nicklaus doesn't think Tiger Woods' career is over


Golf legends Jack Nicklaus (L) and Tiger Woods (R) pose for photographs prior to the beginning of play at the Battle at Bighorn that will pit Woods and Nicklaus against Sergio Garcia and Lee Trevino 29 July, 2002 at Palm Desert, California. AFP PHOTO/Mike NELSON ORG XMIT: MBN04 259 SHARES SHARE TWEET EMAIL By: Luke Kerr-Dineen | December 6, 2015 11:05 am

It’s been a tough week for Tiger Woods fans. The 14-time major champ gave a sullen press conference at the start of the week, and followed with an emotional interview in which he admitted he might never come back from his most recent back injury.

But Jack Nicklaus is more optimistic. Speaking to CNN on Friday, Nicklaus thinks Tiger’s work ethic will get him back onto the course and still give him a chance of surpassing his record of 18 major wins.

“He has always been a very focused young man with a great work ethic, and is tremendously talented. To count him out of that (the majors record) would be foolish, he certainly has a very good chance of doing that … He still has a lot of good years ahead of him in my mind, but now he’s really sitting back and saying ‘You know if it takes that long…’ He’s got it figured out — obviously it’s frustrating for him, but we haven’t seen the end of him.”

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Jack Nicklaus shares an inspirational message with Tiger Woods on his 40th birthday


DUBLIN, OH - JUNE 03: Tournament founder Jack Nicklaus greets Tiger Woods as he walks off the 18th green during the final round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 3, 2012 in Dublin, Ohio. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) ORIG FILE ID: 145695290 170 SHARES SHARE TWEET EMAIL By: Luke Kerr-Dineen | December 30, 2015 1:28 pm

Tiger Woods has been compared to Jack Nicklaus for most of his adult life. That was great when he was manhandling the golf world in his youth, but it started to grind on the 14-time major champ as injuries started took control of his career. Would he ever catch Nicklaus’ record shifted into the back seat as a darker question — would Tiger would ever play again? — began to take hold.

Nicklaus has been supportive of Woods throughout, and took the opportunity to do so again on Woods’ 40th birthday, tweeting this message:

“Happy Birthday @tigerwoods! Just remember that 40 is the new 30. I had one of the greatest years of my life when I turned 40, and so I not only send you best wishes for a Happy Birthday but hope for a terrific year. You have heard me say it before that I know you have a lot of great golf left to play and success to enjoy, and I hope it all begins this year for you. Lastly, I wish you and your family a very Happy New Year.”

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Tiger Woods' niece shares throwback family photo on his birthday


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CHEYENNE WOODS

LPGA player Cheyenne Woods sent her Uncle Tiger a 40th birthday message on Twitter Wednesday, and shared an amazing photo from when she was a young girl wearing a Tiger-themed Phoenix Open sweater (interestingly, an event Tiger has never won).

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Tiger Woods' kids hit their 40-year-old dad with a hilarious zingertiger


537 SHARES SHARE TWEET EMAIL By: Luke Kerr-Dineen | December 28, 2015 9:26 am

Tiger Woods seems to be enjoying life as a father. He goes to all his kids’ soccer games and talks about his children, Charlie and Sam, frequently at press conferences. That’s not to say he’s not facing issues, though: His recurring back injury threatens to keep him out for the entirety of next season, but Woods remains optimistic that he’ll make an eventual return.

USA TODAY‘s Steve DiMeglio spoke to Tiger, who says he spends most his time nowadays being the “best cheerleader I can possibly be” for his kids, all while putting up with these zingers:

So the youngsters were asked a simple question: Would you rather be Lionel Messi on the pitch or Tiger Woods on the golf course?

“Messi,” Sam immediately said with a big smile and a giggle.

“Messi,” the more reserved Charlie said. After a slight pause, the youngest Woods chimed in again.

“He’s playing.”

With that stinger, the elder Woods dropped his head in mock humiliation before cracking a huge smile and laughing out loud.

“Well,” Tiger Woods said, “he’s right.”

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LOOK: Tiger Woods is hanging out with youth soccer teams in Florida By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer November 16, 2015 3:22 pm ET


Tiger Woods with some future soccer stars. (Instagram/MiamiBreakers)

Tiger Woods has a lot of time on his hands these days. Between rehabbing his back and opening new golf courses, he's apparently using some of that time to hang out with youth soccer teams in Florida.

This team is the Miami Breakers which I'm guessing is either playing against his son Charlie or the team he's on.

Woods' kids are really, really into soccer so maybe he should become a part-time coach?

He certainly has enough time to do so, although he would have to take a break in early December to host the Hero World Challenge down in the Bahamas. I hate it when real life gets in the way of these things.

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Student at Tiger Woods Learning Center doesn't know who Tiger is By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer December 30, 2015 4:22 pm ET


Tiger Woods loves the kid who doesn't know him. (USATSI) Tiger Woods loves the kid who doesn't know him. (USATSI)

Believe it or not, Tiger Woods says he's more proud of what he's done with the Tiger Woods Foundation and his learning centers than anything he's done on the golf course. Woods sat down with PGATour.com recently to discuss this.

“Now 20 years later what I'm most proud of is what I have done with the foundation. Excluding my two kids, it's far bigger than what I have done on the golf course. I didn't think it would play this big of a role in my life. But 9/11 happened, my dad's passing, a lot of things happened.”


http://www.tigerwoodsfoundation.org/

What happened during that time is that kids started learning more at Woods' educational centers than they did about the man who started them. Here's PGATour.com.

He loves telling the story in which the Anaheim mayor took a group of students for a hike. The mayor asked one of the kids what he was studying. The student replied that it was rocket science, and that he had actually built a rocket and launched it on the range.

“Where did you learn this?” the mayor asked. “The Tiger Woods Learning Center,” replied the student. The mayor then asked him another question. “Do you know who Tiger Woods is?” The answer from the student stunned him. “No.” Tiger loves that answer. The student was focused on what was going on inside the learning center, and not the label on the front of the building.

Regardless of whether you believe Woods, it really is a great story. And it's hard to knock what Woods has accomplished off the course. He gets ripped for so many different things. This should certainly not be one of them. Especially with how much dough Big Cat has handed back (reportedly in the eight figures over the course of his career).

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Celebrate Tiger’s big day by reliving his most clutch shot of all time. Morry Gash/AP Morry Gash/AP

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