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APRIL 11 -Manny Pacquiao Abac Cordero Basks in decisive win over Tim Retired boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao talked politics the morning after his convincing 12-round decision over American Timothy Bradley last Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao welcomed members of the Philippine media to his elegant suite on the 60th floor of Mandalay Bay Delano and faced questions regarding politics, including the coming elections and his absenteeism in Congress. The two-term congressman from Saranggani is running for senator in the May 9 elections, and with his fight done and over with, he talked freely of his plans and his desire to bring honor to the country. Pacquiao returns home on Thursday on board a Philippine Airlines jumbo jet. A hero’s welcome is being prepared for the 37-year-old who has announced his retirement from the sport. He said he will first savor the victory with his countrymen then go on with his campaign. “Pagdating siguro sa Pilipinas (When I return to the Philipines),” he said of his campaign, which was restricted as he trained and fought in the United States. “I-enjoy muna natin yung tagumpay kasama ang mga Pilipino (Let’s enjoy the victory first with our countrymen,” said the eight-division champion, who is doing well in the surveys. Pacquiao was asked if he was ready to face another brush with the Commission on Elections regarding the airing of his fight against Bradley because the Comelec believed then that it would give him undue advantage. Senatorial candidates are only given 120 minutes of airtime to campaign. His fight with Bradley lasted the whole 12 rounds of three minutes each, not counting the one-minute break in between rounds. Pacquiao said politics was out of the picture when he fought Bradley, knocked the American down twice, and won a unanimous decision that was cheered by over 14,000 fans at the MGM Grand. READ MORE...

ALSO: Manny falls 10 seconds short of a KO


APRIL 11 -Manny Pacquiao. Abac Cordero
LAS VEGAS – Manny Pacquiao had Timothy Bradley all figured out in their 12-round fight for the vacant WBO International welterweight title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena here Saturday night (yesterday morning, Manila time) and if there were 10 more seconds left in the final canto, the outcome would’ve been a knockout, not a decision.
Pacquiao himself called it. “He (Bradley) was ready to go,” said Pacquiao in the dressing room. “The ropes held him up. If I had 10 more seconds, it would’ve been a knockout. He tried to counter me like (Juan Manuel) Marquez, waiting for my left so he could throw a right. But I knew what he wanted to do. So I kept feinting and he didn’t know what to do.” Bradley kept adjusting tactics throughout the fight, trying to find a way to penetrate Pacquiao’s defense. Trainer Teddy Atlas, known as a strategist, was clearly behind the adjustments. In between rounds, when things didn’t work out, Atlas berated Bradley. Like a teacher whose student wouldn’t listen, Atlas was exasperated. Bradley just couldn’t execute. And if Atlas was frustrated, what more Bradley who did the fighting in the ring against a 37-year-old veteran acting like the dervish he was a decade ago. At first, Bradley boxed from a distance, circling away from Pacquiao’s left. Pacquiao tried to chase him down but couldn’t find his timing at the onset. Bradley made Pacquiao miss more than he landed in the first round. Compubox stats showed Pacquiao connected only 6 of 33 punches in the opening stanza compared to Bradley’s 4 of 19. But Pacquiao established the trend of the fight early – he would be the aggressor, the busier fighter. In their first two fights, Bradley threw more punches but was less accurate. He was the volume puncher. What Pacquiao lacked in quantity, he made up in quality. In the first bout, Bradley threw 839 blows to Pacquiao’s 751. In the rematch, Bradley unleashed 627 and Pacquiao, 563. In last Saturday’s rubber match, Pacquiao unloaded 439 to Bradley’s 302, reversing the trend. Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach was pleased with the performance. “Manny was aggressive,” he said. “Bradley just couldn’t handle his speed and power. Manny did exactly what we prepared for. Whatever Bradley tried to do, Manny was ready.” Pacquiao finished with a pair of slight red blotches under his left eye and a bruise under his right eye. Otherwise, he was unmarked. Bradley, however, had his moments even if they were few and far between. In the eighth round, he cracked a left on Pacquiao’s jaw and the Filipino backtracked against the ropes to cover up. Bradley attacked furiously but Pacquiao deftly slipped away, avoiding a delicate situation. That was the only round which all three judges unanimously awarded to Bradley. READ MORE...RELATED, Pacquiao was terrific – Atlas...

ALSO: Top Rank deal expires next year


APRIL 12 -Filipinos cheer after the Philippines’ Manny Pacquiao knocked down American Timothy Bradley in their WBO welterweight title boxing bout in Las Vegas in suburban Marikina city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. Pacquiao won via a unanimous decision. AP
  LAS VEGAS – Even as Manny Pacquiao has announced his retirement from the ring, his contract with Top Rank won’t expire until next year. The deal was originally set to lapse at the end of this year but because of Pacquiao’s inability to fight after the Floyd Mayweather bout last May, it was automatically extended to cover for the period when he recovered from his shoulder injury. Michael Koncz said the decision to retire or not is strictly up to Pacquiao. “I’ve worked 10 years now for Manny,” he said. “It’s funny that in the movie about Manny, two guys who were featured are no longer with him – (strength and conditioning coach) Alex Ariza and (tax accountant) Mike Cabuhat. Alex moved to Floyd’s team while Mike just got arrested by the IRS and the US Treasury for tax fraud. But I’m still around so there must be something good I’m doing.” 
Koncz serves as Pacquiao’s adviser and negotiates his contracts. While Koncz wouldn’t speculate on the future, he said it’s a sure thing that Pacquiao is restrained from fighting in the Olympics by his Top Rank contract. “His contract hasn’t expired and it prohibits Manny from doing any fighting except for Top Rank,” said Koncz. “That includes exhibitions and events like the Olympics. Of course, there’s also the danger of getting injured in the Olympics. You’ll never know. Fighting in the pros is different from fighting in the Olympics. I think Manny has done more than enough to bring pride and honor to his country.” Koncz said he’s a believer in the philosophy that sports and politics don’t mix. He advises Pacquiao strictly on the business of boxing. “Bob (Arum) called it a No Trump Undercard because he’s obviously not supporting (Donald) Trump,” he said. “That’s how he hyped the undercard for Manny’s fight against (Timothy) Bradley. But if you’re a promoter, why would you turn away a segment of the market? Let’s face it. There are boxing fans who are Trump supporters. I don’t understand the logic of turning them off.”  Koncz said Pacquiao needed a spectacular win over Bradley to get back in the driver’s seat in case he decides to continue fighting sooner or later. He would’ve liked a knockout ending. Instead, Pacquiao settled for a win by a unanimous decision at the MGM Grand Garden Arena here Saturday night. Still, the outcome was decisive as Bradley was decked twice and looked like he would fall again until the bell came to his rescue in the 12th round. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacman happily retired... for now


APRIL 14 -Boxing icon Manny Pacquiao talks to reporters the morning after his victory over Timothy Bradley Jr. at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas. Inset shows the swelling on his right hand. ABAC CORDERO
LOS ANGELES – Manny Pacquiao enjoyed his first day as a retired boxing superstar by attending church service in his Las Vegas hotel, then boarding an RV (recreational vehicle) with his family for a quiet, six-hour cruise back to this City of Angels. “Retired na. First day ng buhay retired,” he told reporters. Pacquiao wore a black leather jacket, blue pants and Chucks, and had a bruise under his left eye when he came out of his suite around noon. He joined more than a hundred others for church service at the Michael Jackson Theater at Mandalay Bay.
There was no sign of Timothy Bradley, whom Pacquiao knocked down twice in their welterweight clash at the MGM Grand last Saturday evening en route to a unanimous decision. At the center of the ring after the fight, Pacquiao had invited the American fighter to join the church service. “Okay naman. Bible study kanina,” said Pacquiao. The 37-year-old congressman, who’s running for senator in the May 9 elections back home, said he felt good knowing he’s now retired. He smiled and laughed during the interview. Perhaps retirement hasn’t really sunk in yet. “Wala na ang mga gloves ko. Pinamigay na ang mga gamit ko (My gloves are gone. TMy stuff has been given away),” said Pacquiao, the only boxer in the history of the sport to win world titles in eight different weight categories. Pacquiao bid the sport goodbye following his impressive win over Bradley, despite repeated questions about the possibility of a rematch with undefeated American Floyd Mayweather Jr. or a clash with light-middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez. As Pacquiao was leaving the post-fight press conference, Bob Arum held him close and whispered something in his ear. He was asked what Arum said. “Bob just told me ‘Go home and enjoy your life’,” said Pacquiao. READ MORE...RELATED, Pacquiao ‘open’ to Mayweather bout...

ALSO: Pacquiao pays tribute to ‘legend’ Kobe


APRIL 16 -Greatness recognizes greatness. Manny Pacquiao paid tribute to Kobe Bryant on his Instagram account just two days after one of the greatest basketball players of all time had played his final NBA game.
READ: Mamba out: One final show of greatness for Kobe Bryant Pacquiao and Bryant’s retirement was just four days apart with the Filipino ring icon hanging up his gloves after outclassing Timothy Bradley anew last Sunday and the Los Angeles Lakers superstar unlacing his Nike low tops following a storybook ending to a colorful career when he lit up Hollywood one final time with 60 points on Thursday. READ: Pacquiao sticks to retirement plan: ‘I made the decision’ The 37-year-old Pacquiao is a big Steph Curry fan, but obviously, he’s a pretty huge Kobe supporter too FULL REPORT

ALSO: PHNO Special Feature - Kobe says farewell after 20 years with the Lakers


APRIL `13 -Los Angles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is set to play his last game, after 20 seasons in the NBA, against the Utah Jazz this coming Thursday. | AP File Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File
LOS ANGELES – Kobe Bryant is down to one last shot, and everybody knows he's going to take it. After two decades spent dazzling the world, Bryant will end his basketball career at home with the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night. He'll walk off the court in front of his devoted fans in the building where he hung five championship banners. He retires this week as the third-leading scorer in league history. Nobody ever got to spend 20 seasons with one NBA team before the 37-year-old Bryant, and he intends to thank Los Angeles with one last display of his transcendent talent. ''It means everything'' to finish at home, Bryant said. ''I grew up a die-hard Laker fan, so it's like a dream come true for a kid to grow up and play for his favorite team, and play here for 20 years, his entire career,'' he added. ''I've seen the city grow. I've seen the city develop, and vice versa. There's no place I'd rather end my career.'' Tickets are reselling for hefty sums, and merchandise commemorating the day is moving briskly. Fans without seats will gather downtown to show love for Bryant, a globally admired athlete who both fearlessly represented and strongly resembled LA. Flashy. Confident. Clever. Combative. Bursting with ambition. And always entertaining. READ MORE...


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Manny talks politics the day after


Manny Pacquiao Abac Cordero Basks in decisive win over Tim

LOS ANGELES, APRIL 18, 2016 (PHILSTAR)  By Abac Cordero - Retired boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao talked politics the morning after his convincing 12-round decision over American Timothy Bradley last Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao welcomed members of the Philippine media to his elegant suite on the 60th floor of Mandalay Bay Delano and faced questions regarding politics, including the coming elections and his absenteeism in Congress.

The two-term congressman from Saranggani is running for senator in the May 9 elections, and with his fight done and over with, he talked freely of his plans and his desire to bring honor to the country.

Pacquiao returns home on Thursday on board a Philippine Airlines jumbo jet. A hero’s welcome is being prepared for the 37-year-old who has announced his retirement from the sport.

He said he will first savor the victory with his countrymen then go on with his campaign.

“Pagdating siguro sa Pilipinas (When I return to the Philipines),” he said of his campaign, which was restricted as he trained and fought in the United States.

“I-enjoy muna natin yung tagumpay kasama ang mga Pilipino (Let’s enjoy the victory first with our countrymen,” said the eight-division champion, who is doing well in the surveys.

Pacquiao was asked if he was ready to face another brush with the Commission on Elections regarding the airing of his fight against Bradley because the Comelec believed then that it would give him undue advantage.

Senatorial candidates are only given 120 minutes of airtime to campaign. His fight with Bradley lasted the whole 12 rounds of three minutes each, not counting the one-minute break in between rounds.

Pacquiao said politics was out of the picture when he fought Bradley, knocked the American down twice, and won a unanimous decision that was cheered by over 14,000 fans at the MGM Grand.

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“Wala naman pulitika yan. Karangalan ng bansa natin yan (There’s no politics. It was for the honor of our country),” he said of the fight that was beamed around the world.

“Sinuman yung tao na nag-reklamo dahil ipalabas yung fight para sa karangalan ng bansa natin ay yan ay ang puso niyan hindi tunay na Pilipino (Whoever was against the airing of the fight which was for the honor of our country is not a Filipino by heart),” said Pacquiao.

He even quoted Dr. Jose Rizal, the national hero.

“Kung si Rizal nga nagsabi na ‘Mas mabaho pa sa malansang isda pag hindi ka marunong magmahal sa sariling wika (He who does not love his own language is worse than a smelly fish),” Pacquiao said.

For the past decade, Pacquiao has brought so much pride and honor for the country, and for some time he was the face of boxing, the pound-for-pound king.

He took a shot at his critics.

“Kaya pag karangalan na ng bansa ang pinagusapan at against ka eh hindi ko alam kung ano ang nasa isipan mo (If it’s for the honor of our country and you are against it then I don’t know what’s on your mind),” he said.

Pacquiao, as a congressman, is being criticized for his absenteeism in the House. He defended himself from such criticism.


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Manny falls 10 seconds short of a KO By Joaquin Henson (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 11, 2016 - 12:00am 2 3 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao. Abac Cordero

LAS VEGAS – Manny Pacquiao had Timothy Bradley all figured out in their 12-round fight for the vacant WBO International welterweight title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena here Saturday night (yesterday morning, Manila time) and if there were 10 more seconds left in the final canto, the outcome would’ve been a knockout, not a decision.

Pacquiao himself called it. “He (Bradley) was ready to go,” said Pacquiao in the dressing room. “The ropes held him up. If I had 10 more seconds, it would’ve been a knockout. He tried to counter me like (Juan Manuel) Marquez, waiting for my left so he could throw a right. But I knew what he wanted to do. So I kept feinting and he didn’t know what to do.”

Bradley kept adjusting tactics throughout the fight, trying to find a way to penetrate Pacquiao’s defense. Trainer Teddy Atlas, known as a strategist, was clearly behind the adjustments. In between rounds, when things didn’t work out, Atlas berated Bradley. Like a teacher whose student wouldn’t listen, Atlas was exasperated. Bradley just couldn’t execute. And if Atlas was frustrated, what more Bradley who did the fighting in the ring against a 37-year-old veteran acting like the dervish he was a decade ago.

At first, Bradley boxed from a distance, circling away from Pacquiao’s left. Pacquiao tried to chase him down but couldn’t find his timing at the onset. Bradley made Pacquiao miss more than he landed in the first round. Compubox stats showed Pacquiao connected only 6 of 33 punches in the opening stanza compared to Bradley’s 4 of 19. But Pacquiao established the trend of the fight early – he would be the aggressor, the busier fighter.

In their first two fights, Bradley threw more punches but was less accurate. He was the volume puncher. What Pacquiao lacked in quantity, he made up in quality. In the first bout, Bradley threw 839 blows to Pacquiao’s 751. In the rematch, Bradley unleashed 627 and Pacquiao, 563. In last Saturday’s rubber match, Pacquiao unloaded 439 to Bradley’s 302, reversing the trend.

Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach was pleased with the performance. “Manny was aggressive,” he said. “Bradley just couldn’t handle his speed and power. Manny did exactly what we prepared for. Whatever Bradley tried to do, Manny was ready.”

Pacquiao finished with a pair of slight red blotches under his left eye and a bruise under his right eye. Otherwise, he was unmarked. Bradley, however, had his moments even if they were few and far between. In the eighth round, he cracked a left on Pacquiao’s jaw and the Filipino backtracked against the ropes to cover up. Bradley attacked furiously but Pacquiao deftly slipped away, avoiding a delicate situation. That was the only round which all three judges unanimously awarded to Bradley.

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Pacquiao was in excellent condition and could’ve gone a few more rounds. In the closing minutes, he displayed his trademark move of throwing a left while moving to the right ducking under Bradley’s defense. Bradley couldn’t cope with Pacquiao’s hand and footspeed.

In the seventh round, Pacquiao sneaked in a short that found Bradley’s jaw. Bradley’s head shook and he went down briefly. Referee Tony Weeks gave a mandatory eight-count. Bradley took another fall in the ninth. A left to the face toppled Bradley over, causing him to somersault. In two previous encounters, Pacquiao had never decked Bradley.

Mexican TV commentator and former WBC secretary-general Eduardo Lamazon said Pacquiao looked like the Pacquiao of old. “He was exciting and aggressive, like he was years ago,” said Lamazon. “Bradley couldn’t do anything against him.”

Pacquiao got a congratulatory kiss from wife Jinkee in the dressing room as relatives and friends applauded. Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who performed shoulder surgery on Pacquiao last year, was on hand to celebrate with probably his most famous patient.

“I was nervous,” said Jinkee. “I would look down, up, down, up. Even when Manny scored those knockdowns, I couldn’t be sure. I’m just so happy for Manny.” Pacquiao’s sons Jimuel and Michael kissed their father twice on the cheeks. Others in the dressing room included Ilocos Sur Gov. Chavit Singson, Dr. Neil ElAttrache who performed shoulder injury on Pacquiao last year, marketing executive Lucia McKelvey, lawyer Romy Macalintal, adviser Michael Koncz, matchmaker Sean Gibbons, executive assistant David Sisson, Jayke Joson, Edward Lura and Joe Ramos.

Pacquiao posed for a posterity shot with his close-in boxing team made up of Roach, strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune, Buboy Fernandez and Roach’s assistant Marvin Somodio who wrapped his hands before the fight.

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Pacquiao was terrific – Atlas by Nick Giongco April 15, 2016 Share1 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share6 Tim Bradley thought he had Manny Pacquiao all figured out.

It turned out it was the other way around.

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Manny Pacquiao Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao Bradley, who suffered two knockdowns in the April 9 third fight with Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, told the Desert Sun, the fighter’s hometown paper, that the Filipino instead had his number.

“He was a step ahead of me. I was supposed to be a step ahead of him,” said the 32-year-old Bradley. “He was just smarter than me.”

Tagging along Teddy Atlas, Bradley was confident he and his cornerman had devised a strategy aimed at predicting what Pacquiao would do just before he explodes.

But they were dead-wrong.

“I thought we had a proper game plan. Give credit to Manny. Manny was terrific. I give him all the credit in the world,” said Atlas.


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Top Rank deal expires next year By Joaquin Henson (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 11, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Filipinos cheer after the Philippines’ Manny Pacquiao knocked down American Timothy Bradley in their WBO welterweight title boxing bout in Las Vegas in suburban Marikina city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. Pacquiao won via a unanimous decision. AP

LAS VEGAS – Even as Manny Pacquiao has announced his retirement from the ring, his contract with Top Rank won’t expire until next year. The deal was originally set to lapse at the end of this year but because of Pacquiao’s inability to fight after the Floyd Mayweather bout last May, it was automatically extended to cover for the period when he recovered from his shoulder injury.

Michael Koncz said the decision to retire or not is strictly up to Pacquiao. “I’ve worked 10 years now for Manny,” he said. “It’s funny that in the movie about Manny, two guys who were featured are no longer with him – (strength and conditioning coach) Alex Ariza and (tax accountant) Mike Cabuhat. Alex moved to Floyd’s team while Mike just got arrested by the IRS and the US Treasury for tax fraud. But I’m still around so there must be something good I’m doing.”

Koncz serves as Pacquiao’s adviser and negotiates his contracts. While Koncz wouldn’t speculate on the future, he said it’s a sure thing that Pacquiao is restrained from fighting in the Olympics by his Top Rank contract. “His contract hasn’t expired and it prohibits Manny from doing any fighting except for Top Rank,” said Koncz. “That includes exhibitions and events like the Olympics. Of course, there’s also the danger of getting injured in the Olympics. You’ll never know. Fighting in the pros is different from fighting in the Olympics. I think Manny has done more than enough to bring pride and honor to his country.”

Koncz said he’s a believer in the philosophy that sports and politics don’t mix. He advises Pacquiao strictly on the business of boxing. “Bob (Arum) called it a No Trump Undercard because he’s obviously not supporting (Donald) Trump,” he said. “That’s how he hyped the undercard for Manny’s fight against (Timothy) Bradley. But if you’re a promoter, why would you turn away a segment of the market? Let’s face it. There are boxing fans who are Trump supporters. I don’t understand the logic of turning them off.”

Koncz said Pacquiao needed a spectacular win over Bradley to get back in the driver’s seat in case he decides to continue fighting sooner or later. He would’ve liked a knockout ending. Instead, Pacquiao settled for a win by a unanimous decision at the MGM Grand Garden Arena here Saturday night. Still, the outcome was decisive as Bradley was decked twice and looked like he would fall again until the bell came to his rescue in the 12th round.

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A source said if Pacquiao decides to return to boxing, several options await him. One is a fight against Mexican Saul (Canelo) Alvarez who defends his WBC middleweight crown against Amir Khan at the brand-new T-Mobile Arena here on May 7. Another is a duel with former WBA superlightweight champion Adrien Broner who was stripped of his title for scaling 1/2 pound over the limit in a fight against Ashley Theophane last week. Broner halted Theophane in the ninth round anyway. And if Mayweather comes out of retirement, a rematch would be a juicy proposition.

“Alvarez never makes the middleweight limit which is 160,” said the source. “He’s more like a superwelterweight. If Manny fights Alvarez like he fought (Antonio) Margarito, he’ll win and the fight could bring in a potential 3 million pay-per-view hits.”

At the moment, Pacquiao has retired from boxing and will concentrate on his calling as a public servant. From what he showed against Bradley, Pacquiao still has what it takes to be a world pound-for-pound contender. In boxing history, fighters have retired and un-retired. So if Pacquiao decides to return to the ring sometime down the road, it wouldn’t be a surprise.


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Pacman happily retired... for now By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 12, 2016 - 12:00am 4 528 googleplus0 0


Boxing icon Manny Pacquiao talks to reporters the morning after his victory over Timothy Bradley Jr. at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas. Inset shows the swelling on his right hand. ABAC CORDERO

LOS ANGELES – Manny Pacquiao enjoyed his first day as a retired boxing superstar by attending church service in his Las Vegas hotel, then boarding an RV (recreational vehicle) with his family for a quiet, six-hour cruise back to this City of Angels.

“Retired na. First day ng buhay retired,” he told reporters.

Pacquiao wore a black leather jacket, blue pants and Chucks, and had a bruise under his left eye when he came out of his suite around noon. He joined more than a hundred others for church service at the Michael Jackson Theater at Mandalay Bay.

There was no sign of Timothy Bradley, whom Pacquiao knocked down twice in their welterweight clash at the MGM Grand last Saturday evening en route to a unanimous decision. At the center of the ring after the fight, Pacquiao had invited the American fighter to join the church service.

“Okay naman. Bible study kanina,” said Pacquiao.

The 37-year-old congressman, who’s running for senator in the May 9 elections back home, said he felt good knowing he’s now retired. He smiled and laughed during the interview.

Perhaps retirement hasn’t really sunk in yet.

“Wala na ang mga gloves ko. Pinamigay na ang mga gamit ko (My gloves are gone. TMy stuff has been given away),” said Pacquiao, the only boxer in the history of the sport to win world titles in eight different weight categories.

Pacquiao bid the sport goodbye following his impressive win over Bradley, despite repeated questions about the possibility of a rematch with undefeated American Floyd Mayweather Jr. or a clash with light-middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez.

As Pacquiao was leaving the post-fight press conference, Bob Arum held him close and whispered something in his ear. He was asked what Arum said.

“Bob just told me ‘Go home and enjoy your life’,” said Pacquiao.

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Pacquiao said it was very difficult to say whether or not he would make a ring comeback because he hasn’t really felt how life would be outside of boxing.

“Boxing is a difficult sport to quit. I think he hasn’t realized that yet. But he will soon,” his trainer of 15 years, Freddie Roach, said.

Pacquiao said it’s not the lure of a Mayweather rematch or all the money that goes with it may make him change his mind.

“It’s not about the money. It’s about my commitment to my family that I will retire,” he said.

Pacquiao has earned more than what his family and their future generations would need to live a happy life.

“I’m okay. I’m okay,” said Pacquiao.

“I just want to live a simple life with my family. That’s all,” said Pacquiao, adding that he can find more time now to spend on his other career as playing-coach in the Philippine Basketball Association.

“Tutukan na natin (let’s focus on that),” he said.

Pacquiao said he will miss Las Vegas and its bright lights, where he first shone as a 122-pound boxer who knocked out a heavy favorite, South Africa’s Lehlo Ledwaba, in his US debut in 2001.

“Mami-miss natin siyempre. Dyan tayo lumaki (Of course we will miss it. It’s where I rose to stardom),” he said.

About what could lure him back inside the ring, Pacquiao said, “I cannot answer that. Maybe the only thing is that if I totally miss boxing.”

Is there any timetable?

“None. Wala naman,” he said. “Retired na ako eh,” Pacquiao, once the greatest, said.

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Beauty and brawn Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach meets Manny Pacquiao after his welcoming parade in Quezon City. Photo by Ruy L. Martinez

BOXING enthusiasts may not have seen the last of Manny Pacquiao in the ring after all.

Another fight looms in the horizon for the boxing superstar who admitted on Thursday that he is open to a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

His statement added fuel to speculations that Pacquiao is not ready to hang up his gloves despite his statement that he is retiring.

The boxing superstar was given a hero’s welcome on Thiursday for demolishing Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas on Sunday.

Pacquiao was greeted by fans when he and his family arrived aboard Philippine Airlines Flight PR103 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1.
He gave a brief news conference at the airport’s lobby where he discussed his future plans.

“Yes, I am retired as of now. I want to be with my family and to serve my people,” Pacquiao, 37, said.



The Sarangani lawmaker, however, pointed out that he is not officially retired and that he is “leaving the door open” for a possible rematch with Mayweather, who defeated the Filipino champion in May 2015.

Mayweather also announced his retirement after winning over Andre Berto in September last year.

“I don’t want to say something that you know we don’t know yet. I don’t know what the feeling is going to be like when I’m retired,” Pacquiao told reporters.
His wife Jinkee said Pacquiao is retiring but she also did not rule out the possibility of another fight.

“It’s up to him if he leaves his door open for another fight,” Jinkee said.

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Observers had said that there are ongoing negotiations between handlers of Mayweather and Pacquiao for a possible rematch.

But as for now, Pacquiao said he is “happy to be retired and thankful.”

“I already made a promise to my family that I will retire. I will devote my time to them and other things.”

“I would like to thank my fellow Filipinos for being there for me, who cheered and prayed for me, every time I fight,” he added. “I think this is the right time [to retire].”

Overdue
 


PINEDA WITH PACQUIAO: He is one of the lesser-known figures behind Manny Pacquiao's success. Why? Well, Pineda is just the business manager of the pound-for-pound king. PHOTO FROM BALIKBAYANMAG.COM

Pacquiao’s business manager, Eric Pineda, said his ward’s retirement is “overdue.”

“Manny’s retirement is long overdue and he is already retired as of now. Manny can give more time to public service and to his other job as a playing coach in the PBA [Philippine Basketball Association],” he told The Manila Times in an interview.

Pineda said Pacquiao can now focus on his senatorial campaign.

The boxing icon is running for senator under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

His brother Rogelio is also running as representative of Sarangani province while another sibling, Bobby, is running as councilor in General Santos City.

Vice President Jejomar Binay, head of UNA, said Pacquiao will be joining their sorties.

“Kausap ko lang po siya kanina e at sabi niya sasama na siya [I was talking to him earlier today, that he has arrived and he said he will join us],” Binay said in a news briefing in Dipolog City.

Binay believes that Pacquiao’s presence will help boost his ratings.

“Sa mga pananalita ni Senator Pacquiao bago pa siya umalis e ang napili niyang makasama sa darating na halalan e ako at ang partido namin kasi pare-pareho kaming pinanggalingang kahirapan ay ito ho ang programang aming… ‘yung pag-aangat ng buhay ng bawat Pilipino [And as he said before he left the country, he chose to be with me and our party in the coming elections because we all came from poverty and this is our program… uplifting the lives of every Filipino,” he said.
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LOOK: Pacquiao pays tribute to ‘legend’ Kobe SHARES: 1266 VIEW COMMENTS By: Mark Giongco @MGiongcoINQ INQUIRER.net 01:08 PM April 16th, 2016

Greatness recognizes greatness. Manny Pacquiao paid tribute to Kobe Bryant on his Instagram account just two days after one of the greatest basketball players of all time had played his final NBA game.

READ: Mamba out: One final show of greatness for Kobe Bryant

Pacquiao and Bryant’s retirement was just four days apart with the Filipino ring icon hanging up his gloves after outclassing Timothy Bradley anew last Sunday and the Los Angeles Lakers superstar unlacing his Nike low tops following a storybook ending to a colorful career when he lit up Hollywood one final time with 60 points on Thursday.

READ: Pacquiao sticks to retirement plan: ‘I made the decision’

The 37-year-old Pacquiao is a big Steph Curry fan, but obviously, he’s a pretty huge Kobe supporter too


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Kobe says farewell after 20 years with the Lakers By Greg Beacham (Associated Press) | Updated April 13, 2016 - 10:50am 3 39 googleplus0 0


Los Angles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is set to play his last game, after 20 seasons in the NBA, against the Utah Jazz this coming Thursday. | AP File Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File

LOS ANGELES – Kobe Bryant is down to one last shot, and everybody knows he's going to take it.

After two decades spent dazzling the world, Bryant will end his basketball career at home with the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night. He'll walk off the court in front of his devoted fans in the building where he hung five championship banners.

He retires this week as the third-leading scorer in league history. Nobody ever got to spend 20 seasons with one NBA team before the 37-year-old Bryant, and he intends to thank Los Angeles with one last display of his transcendent talent.

''It means everything'' to finish at home, Bryant said.

''I grew up a die-hard Laker fan, so it's like a dream come true for a kid to grow up and play for his favorite team, and play here for 20 years, his entire career,'' he added. ''I've seen the city grow. I've seen the city develop, and vice versa. There's no place I'd rather end my career.''

Tickets are reselling for hefty sums, and merchandise commemorating the day is moving briskly. Fans without seats will gather downtown to show love for Bryant, a globally admired athlete who both fearlessly represented and strongly resembled LA.

Flashy. Confident. Clever. Combative. Bursting with ambition.

And always entertaining.

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''I've grown up in front of this crowd from the age of 17,'' Bryant said. ''A lot of faces that I saw in the crowd in my very first game are still here. That's very special. Kids that are sitting there now, that were kids when I first came in, now come to the game with their kids. You know, that's pretty cool to see.''

While Bryant's fellow Nike athletes around the globe wear shoes honoring the event they've dubbed ''Mamba Day,'' the Lakers will attempt to send Bryant out in style against the Utah Jazz, who could be eliminated from the playoff race shortly before tipoff.


The Legend of Kobe Bryant – Essentially

Coach Byron Scott expects Bryant to play more than 37 minutes, and Kobe's teammates will be feeding the ball to him on practically every possession - admittedly not much of a change from most games during this otherwise horrific season.

With two 30-point performances this month, Bryant has proven he's still capable. He'll have every opportunity to run up the score one last time.

''I think it's going to be crazy,'' Scott said. ''We got a chance to celebrate one of the greatest to ever play the game this season, and I think we did it the right way.''

Although some things went very wrong, they turned out all right for Kobe.


One big happy family! Kobe and the family pictured at a basketball ceremony in LA

Bryant said last week that every season is a failure unless it ends with a title. The 15th such failure of his career has been comically bad, yet the ineptitude of the worst team in Lakers history (16-65) actually has made it easier to enjoy his farewell tour.

''We're not playing for a championship, and I'm pretty black-and-white on where I stand with that sort of stuff,'' Bryant said. ''I've allowed myself to take the blinders off and enjoy the fans, enjoy the crowd. Laugh a little bit more. Engage a little bit more.''

Indeed, the Lakers' recent games effectively have been tribute evenings for Bryant, with opponents shaking his hand and lining up for turns to guard a player who profoundly inspired most of the current NBA.

''It is hard to be great for that long,'' said Miami's Dwyane Wade, his US Olympic teammate. ''He has been great for maybe 19 out of 20 years. To do it at that level for so many years, with guys coming after you, I have a tremendous amount of respect for that. He's had a lot of injuries along the way, and he just came back stronger and stronger.''

When Bryant was asked to name his greatest basketball accomplishment Monday (Tuesday in Manila), he didn't cite his rings. Instead, he chose his ability to find the motivation to return from three consecutive season-ending injuries from 2013-15.

Bryant hasn't had a major health setback this season, although he sat out 16 games, constantly iced his joints, rarely practiced and hardly ever attended morning shootarounds.

He reached the finish line on his feet.

''He didn't take nights off,'' Scott said. ''I think his competitive nature and the way he went about his business gained him a lot of respect around the world.''

Scott calls Bryant's farewell tour ''much-deserved and much-needed.'' He has even fantasized about the perfect walk-away moment for Bryant: A patented fallaway jumper in the final seconds of a tied game.

''I would love for that to be the ending of the story,'' Scott said.

Bryant knows he can't have an ideal finish because he isn't playing for a championship in his final game. He won't join Peyton Manning, Joe DiMaggio, Bill Russell, John Elway, Ray Bourque, David Robinson, John Wooden or the other sports icons who ended their careers at the pinnacle.

Instead, Bryant's finale is the conclusion of a 20-year competition with himself.

One last time, Kobe just wants to play.

''For me, it's coming out in front of the fans and competing hard, and playing against Utah and them not taking it easy at all,'' Bryant said. ''To me, that is the greatest form of competition. That's the best last game to have. A very competitive one. A physical one. That's the way basketball should be.''


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