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BY JOAQUIN HENSON: PBA PHL CUP OPENS WITH A BANG
[RELATED: PBA Fatal Four-way sets off 2016 with a big bang]

[RELATED(2): 2016-17 PBA PHILIPPINE CUP SCHEDULE]
[RELATED(3): List of 12 TEAMS & PBA Muses: 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup (42nd season)]


NOVEMBER 20 -Japeth Aguilar (25) jockeys for position against Marc Pingris in an action in the opening game of the PBA Philippine Cup. (Photo courtesy of abante.com.ph)  The PBA is back with a loud bang, coming off a season where three different teams topped each conference and the last game registered a live attendance of 22,538 with over 1,000 more watching the action on a giant screen outside the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Today, the 42nd season will open with a program that’s out of this world and a game featuring the defending Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beer against the revamped Star Hotshots. The PBA is conspiring with TV5 and Mart Miranda’s Video Sonic to stage an unforgettable inaugural show. Acapellago, the local five-vocalist version of the world-renowned Texas a-cappella singing group Pentatonix, will lead in the singing of the invocation and close out the program. The Assembly Generals will rap the PBA’s new anthem. A laser-light, stylized dance number involving 50 artists in a gladiator-like rumble with a Game of Thrones theme will be an unprecedented experience. READ MORE...RELATED, PBA Fatal Four-way sets off 2016 with a big bang...RELATED(2), 2016-17 PBA PHILIPPINE CUP SCHEDULE...RELATED(3), List of 12 TEAMS & PBA Muses: 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup (42nd season)...

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Pacquiao says next fight must fit his schedule in Senate


NOVEMBER 26 -Manny Pacquiao (Manila Bulletin)
Tokyo — Manny Pacquiao says his next fight will be in April or May next year as that best fits his schedule as a senator for the Philippines. And he would like a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Pacquiao, who defeated Jessie Vargas for a welterweight title earlier this month, told reporters Friday that the opponent for his next fight is still undecided. But he is confident he will beat Mayweather, if there is a next time. His right shoulder, which had been injured for the fight last May, is now in “100 percent” condition. “It will help a lot” he said in Tokyo, where he launched a boxing gym named after him, plastered with a giant photo of him on its outside wall. READ MORE...

ALSO Pacquiao: PH drug problem ‘beyond imagination’


NOVEMBER 26 -Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao poses during a presser as he launched a small boxing gym named after him in Tokyo, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. AP Photo The Philippines’ drug problem is “beyond imagination”, boxing legend Manny Pacquiao said on Saturday in Tokyo, defending his hard-liner president’s controversial anti-drug campaign. Pacquiao, a national hero and elected senator, is a high-profile supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal war on crime that has left more than 3,700 people dead in four months. “The problem in our country is beyond of our expectation, beyond of our imagination that these illegal drugs in our country is really bad,” he said in English at a press conference held by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan. “A lot of our government officials, elected officials are involved with this illegal drug,” he said, defending Duterte’s crackdown which has drawn global condemnation for alleged extrajudicial killings. READ MORE...

ALSO Arum: Pacquiao fight vs Lomachenko possible next year


NOVEMBER 22 -Manny Pacquiao and Vasyl Lomachenko
Top Rank chief Bob Arum is toying with the idea of pitting Manny Pacquiao against Ukrainian star Vasyl Lomachenko sometime next year. In a recent conference call, Arum said Lomachenko will put himself in a better position for a clash with Pacquiao if he takes care of Nicholas Walters in his WBO super featherweight title defense this weekend. Walters is the same fighter who stopped Nonito Donaire Jr. in 2014, and his upcoming fight with Lomachenko is considered the last remaining major bout this year. Arum said the 28-year-old Lomachenko (6-1, with 4 KOs), a legendary amateur boxer and Olympian, is destined for stardom. READ MORE...

ALSO Arum: Pacquiao to prioritize Mayweather rematch
[RELATED: The Floyd Mayweather comeback - ‘Everyone should come to cherish Floyd Mayweather in his 50th fight’]


NOVEMBER 24 -Top Rank Inc. chief Bob Arum said a rematch with Floyd Mayweather is still on top of Manny Pacquiao's list. "The question is – is Mayweather going to be available? And obviously (a) Mayweather (match) trumps everything because Pacquiao would like the rematch more than any other fight," Arum said. He said the rematch will only be possible should Mayweather come out of retirement. "I have no particular insider on it. Obviously if Floyd is to unretire, that would be a fight that we will be very interested in making. Manny against Floyd," the veteran promoter continued. READ MORE...RELATED,
The Floyd Mayweather comeback ‘Everyone should come to cherish Floyd Mayweather in his 50th fight’...

ALSO: Mayweather non-committal on Pacquiao rematch


NOVEMBER 20 -Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao after their 2015 fight. | AP Floyd Mayweather Jr. said he “guarantees nothing” regarding a possible rematch with Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather was inevitably asked the question during a press conference in Brooklyn, New York announcing the super middleweight title unification between Badou Jack and James DeGale in January next year, a fight Mayweather promotes. “I guarantee nothing. Nothing is promised,” said Mayweather about a second meeting with Pacquiao. Speculations that Mayweather and Pacquiao are headed to a rematch intensified after the former showed up ringside at the latter’s title conquest over Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas last November 6. READ MORE...


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PBA PHL CUP 2016-17 opens with a bang


Japeth Aguilar (25) jockeys for position against Marc Pingris in an action in the opening game of the PBA Philippine Cup. (Photo courtesy of abante.com.ph)

MANILA, NOVEMBER 28, 2016 (PHILSTAR) SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 20, 2016 - The PBA is back with a loud bang, coming off a season where three different teams topped each conference and the last game registered a live attendance of 22,538 with over 1,000 more watching the action on a giant screen outside the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Today, the 42nd season will open with a program that’s out of this world and a game featuring the defending Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beer against the revamped Star Hotshots.

The PBA is conspiring with TV5 and Mart Miranda’s Video Sonic to stage an unforgettable inaugural show. Acapellago, the local five-vocalist version of the world-renowned Texas a-cappella singing group Pentatonix, will lead in the singing of the invocation and close out the program.

The Assembly Generals will rap the PBA’s new anthem. A laser-light, stylized dance number involving 50 artists in a gladiator-like rumble with a Game of Thrones theme will be an unprecedented experience.

READ MORE...

And of course, there’s the traditional parade of teams with their muses. The assembly of beauties is the most anticipated part of the extravaganza. Every team is determined to out-dazzle the other and the battle for one-upmanship begins with the question of who’s the fairest of them all?

The muses are Brazilian model Daiana Menezes and model Janelle Olafson of Blackwater, Mutya Ng Pilipinas Tourism 2016 Justine Mae San Jose of Rain Or Shine, actresses Sofia Andres and Elisse Joson of Phoenix, Binibining Pilipinas Miss Universe 2016 Maxine Medina of Meralco, Binibining Pilipinas 1st runner-up 2016 Angelica Alita of TNT KaTropa, model Valeen Montenegro of GlobalPort, Fil-British model Margo Midwinter of NLEX, English model Sophie Rankin of Mahindra, Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa of Star, Fil-British model/actress Yassi Pressman of San Miguel Beer, Ciara Bachmann of Alaska and calendar girl Kim Domingo of Ginebra. (LIST BELOW)


NARVASA

PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa said this season’s focus will be on excellence and the signs show each team’s commitment to elevating to the next level. Four teams made head coaching changes in the offseason with NLEX signing up Yeng Guiao, Rain Or Shine promoting Caloy Garcia, Star bringing in Chito Victolero and Nash Racela taking over from Jong Uichico at TNT.

At last count, there were 26 rookies and 25 veterans switching teams in rosters with more changes expected in the course of the single elimination round.

Every Gilas player in the “negotiated” draft was picked up with Carl Cruz by Alaska, Kevin Ferrer by Ginebra, Mac Belo by Blackwater, Von Pessumal by GlobalPort, Russell Escoto by Mahindra, Ed Daquioag by Meralco, Fonzo Gotladera by NLEX, Matthew Wright by Phoenix, Mike Tolomia by Rain Or Shine, Arnold Van Opstal by San Miguel Beer, Jio Jalalon by Star and Roger Pogoy by TNT. The 12 players give instant depth to their teams as they’re expected to make an immediate impact on the floor.

ELIMINATIONS

The first conference format will eliminate the last four finishers of the single round preliminaries. Then, No. 1 will play No. 8 and No. 2 will face No. 7 with the higher seeds enjoying a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals. The No. 3 team will engage No. 6 and No. 4 will play No. 5 in separate best-of-three series. The four survivors advance to play in the best-of-seven semifinals with the winners moving on to dispute the championship in another best-of-seven tie.

The eliminations will end on Jan. 29. So far, out-of-town games are scheduled in Tubod, Cagayan de Oro, Angeles City, Iloilo City and Cebu City. In Metro Manila, games will be held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, MOA Arena, Ynares Center in Antipolo and the Cuneta Astrodome.

“Our direction for the PBA is to focus on excellence,” said Narvasa. “For the owners to form the best teams possible by choosing the best coaches and players and acquiring them through the process available and to provide all the resources possible for them to excel. For the players to reward their teams with undying loyalty, a passion to excel and the commitment to hard work, teamwork and constant improvement. I believe that, if we all adhere to this formula, then the PBA will have games that will be very exciting, very competitive and very rewarding to our fans.”

Narvasa said the league’s pool of 17 referees will introduce newcomers Melchor Lasaga and Marilee Orioste this season. Lasaga, 36, is a graduate of St. John Technical College and was brought in from the PBA D-League ranks where he was the outstanding whistle-blower. Orioste, 26, joins Edith Botecario and Janine Nicandro in the league’s cast of female referees. She finished at the Laguna State Polytechnic University and like Lasaga, earned her spurs in the PBA D-League.

In today’s game, San Miguel will show up with rookies Van Opstal and Rashawn McCarthy and veteran recruits R. R. Garcia from Star and Keith Agovida from Mahindra. Gone are Ryan Arana and Gary David. For Star, the newcomers are veterans Paul Lee and Aldrech Ramos and rookies Chris Javier, Jalalon and De Leon. Struck out were Garcia, James Yap, Alex Mallari, Jerwin Gaco and Keith Jensen.

Star has a lot to work on. The Hotshots were ninth in the Philippine Cup, eighth in the Commissioner’s Cup and 11th in the Governors Cup so they never made it to the playoffs in any conference last season. In the Philippine Cup, Star was No. 11 in assists, No. 1 in most turnovers, No. 11 in rebounds and last in second chance points. Without a legitimate center, the Hotshots will be hard pressed to improve off the boards. For San Miguel, the Beermen will be deeper in the backcourt with Garcia’s ability to play either one or two and Agovida providing a slashing dimension in the wings. Back-to-back-to-back MVP JuneMar Fajardo now has a caddy in Van Opstal, allowing Jay-R Reyes and Gabby Espinas to concentrate on playing the four position. It should be a rousing start for the PBA today.

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PBA Fatal Four-way sets off 2016 with a big bang By ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 29, 2015 05:15 PM


RESUME GAME. Globalport is the newbie in a playoff table filled with regulars Alaska, San Miguel, and Rain or Shine.

The PBA checked off all its playing dates in 2015 last Monday with Rain or Shine completing the Final Four party that Alaska, San Miguel, and Globalport already entered.

Fans won’t have to wait long for action to resume as January 4, 2016 marks the start of the semifinals in the 2015 PBA Philippine Cup. Up first is rising powerhouse Globalport taking on reigning runner-up and current top-seed Alaska at the MOA Arena.

A heavyweight battle between defending champion San Miguel and semis staple Rain or Shine then follows the next day, January 5, still at the MOA Arena.

Either matchup goes on every other day until two Finalists are determined.

Here is the complete schedule of the 2015 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals:

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List of 12 TEAMS & PBA Muses: 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup (42nd season)



The table below contains the list of all the beautiful, sexy, and gorgeous muses for the 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup or its opening season for the its 42nd edition.

Most of the 12 teams tapped FHM models, while others tapped Philippine beauty queens. Please refer to the list below for more details.

List of PBA Muses: 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup (42nd season)
Name: Yassi Pressman
Team: San Miguel Beermen
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Name: Kim Domingo
Team: Barangay Ginebra San Mgiuel
image: https://3.bp.blogspot.com/--Uq21DCvunI/WC1jn1-BoQI/AAAAAAABHhE/KuIEDWSrr-04gugzmV3l3FoG4fpahQfPgCLcB/s1600/kim-domingo-offiical.jpg

Name: Angelica Alita
Team: TNT Katropa
image: https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-liRu_bMMxcM/WC1jn-gQvOI/AAAAAAABHhA/1ec3vT26VQgqm9izcQEqan-Khlr_3v96gCLcB/s1600/angelica-alita-tnt-katropa.jpg

Name: Valeen Montenegro
Team: GlobalPort Batang Pier
image: https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-YItKf0HCNX4/WC1jojWaUWI/AAAAAAABHhU/7CjxeljEneI2I7IsbF_niN1JGzOaEtTPgCLcB/s1600/valeen-montenegro-globalport-batang-pier.jpg

Name: Sofia Andres & Elisse Joson
Team: Phoenix Fuel Masters
image: https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Ova-fP1EaWQ/WC1jnU1YJTI/AAAAAAABHg4/Y2kAe4Oyj6cBU-IEaCyjfVCziLvUpGccACLcB/s1600/Sofia-Andres-and-Elisse-Joson-phoenix.jpg

Name: Maxine Medina
Team: Meralco Bolts
image: https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1DIUBATXPCc/WC1joo8CfqI/AAAAAAABHhQ/zwdw8P_07LoZmmb83ZUejnCRshuysolOwCLcB/s1600/maxine-medina-meralco.jpg

Name: Kylie Verzosa
Team: Star Hotshots
image: https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Z-RZi4dW5eY/WC1joMA7vAI/AAAAAAABHhI/_CMV0wRBIJw-ehu3M3giCVGVun8gHwnigCLcB/s1600/kylie-verzosa-star.jpg

Name: Justine Mae San Jose
Team: Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
image: https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-35uWSPZJjZc/WC1jnRAJ9GI/AAAAAAABHg8/j84fUIgLB1MxyGujVasbWvIuZCKtxR9ZwCLcB/s1600/Justine-Mae-San-Jose-rain-or-shine.jpg

Name: Daiana Menezes & Janelle Olafson
Team: Blackwater Elite
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Name: Ciara Bachmann
Team: Alaska Aces
image: https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-CiuP3tQjWU8/WC-fLuHzkmI/AAAAAAABHiA/wswuxBdaNS4SvmW4e7z3Xd3QS9Ln8Xk9wCLcB/s1600/ciara-bachmann-alaska.jpg

Name: Sophia Rankin
Team: Mahindra Floodbuster
image: https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZdKthoptfHY/WC-fLuEOh2I/AAAAAAABHh8/mMAPlHVDWH4pSD_kMqc0fbp2Sms-uXKlQCLcB/s1600/sophia-rankin.jpg

Name: Margo Midwinter (unofficial)
Team: NLEX Road Warriors
image: https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qKUhr8FZEr0/WC1jojwUYpI/AAAAAAABHhM/iDwLGgOIZhULO9qFuF4UbHqTz_ksJUoEQCLcB/s1600/margo-midwinter-nlex.jpg


MANILA BULLETIN

Pacquiao says next fight must fit his schedule 0 SHARES Share it! Published November 26, 2016, 12:05 AM by AP


Manny Pacquiao (Manila Bulletin) 

Tokyo — Manny Pacquiao says his next fight will be in April or May next year as that best fits his schedule as a senator for the Philippines.

And he would like a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Pacquiao, who defeated Jessie Vargas for a welterweight title earlier this month, told reporters Friday that the opponent for his next fight is still undecided.

But he is confident he will beat Mayweather, if there is a next time. His right shoulder, which had been injured for the fight last May, is now in “100 percent” condition.

“It will help a lot” he said in Tokyo, where he launched a boxing gym named after him, plastered with a giant photo of him on its outside wall.

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Pacquiao, appearing dapper in a gray suit, flanked by two Japanese champions, Naoya Inoue and Akira Yaegashi, promised to visit often to advise younger boxers, and demonstrated with Inoue how best to punch so the other fighter can’t duck.

MAYWEATHER

He said he has not spoken to Mayweather since the Vargas fight, Pacquiao’s 22nd title bout.

Officially, Mayweather is retired, but speculation is rife about his coming out of retirement. The Mayweather-Pacquiao match was the richest in boxing history. Pacquiao reportedly earned $100 million.

Pacquiao, 37, who started as a boxer at 16, acknowledged it wasn’t easy staying champ in eight divisions, and he has to “keep on eating and training hard.”

He recommended consuming a lot of well-done beef, skipping rope and doing 30 rounds a day to stay in shape.

“Don’t let laziness come to your mind,” said the boxer, who is 59-6-2.

When asked why he had returned to boxing after just several months in retirement, he said: “I felt lonely inside.”

“I can still fight. My body is still OK. And I’m here,” said Pacquiao.


INQUIRER

Pacquiao: PH drug problem ‘beyond imagination’ Agence France-Presse / 04:40 PM November 26, 2016


Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao poses during a presser as he launched a small boxing gym named after him in Tokyo, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. AP Photo

The Philippines’ drug problem is “beyond imagination”, boxing legend Manny Pacquiao said on Saturday in Tokyo, defending his hard-liner president’s controversial anti-drug campaign.

Pacquiao, a national hero and elected senator, is a high-profile supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal war on crime that has left more than 3,700 people dead in four months.

“The problem in our country is beyond of our expectation, beyond of our imagination that these illegal drugs in our country is really bad,” he said in English at a press conference held by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan.

“A lot of our government officials, elected officials are involved with this illegal drug,” he said, defending Duterte’s crackdown which has drawn global condemnation for alleged extrajudicial killings.

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Pacquiao, who was elected to the Senate in May, also supports Duterte’s call to restore the death penalty for drug traffickers in the mainly Catholic nation.

READ: Pacquiao backs death penalty in debut speech

He himself is a convert to a conservative Christian sect.

“My main focus is to change our country and hold our president’s advocacy because the president and I are very close and join together to clean these illegal drugs in our country,” he said.

He was visiting Tokyo to prepare for the opening of a new gym in his chain, the first to appear outside the Philippines.

The 37-year-old boxing superstar shocked the world of sport in September when he admitted in an interview he had used narcotics in his youth.

READ: Palace: Pinoys must emulate toughness of Pacquiao to beat drugs

He said he “sampled” marijuana and “shabu”, the local name for the cheap and highly addictive crystal meth stimulant, when he was 15 or 16.

At the Tokyo press conference, he made no secret of the fact he had tried illegal drugs before.

“But when I realized it’s not good and I don’t like it, then that’s why I strongly oppose and fight these illegal drugs,” he said.


PHILSTAR

Arum: Pacquiao fight vs Lomachenko possible next year By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated November 22, 2016 - 10:56am 13 668 googleplus1 0


Manny Pacquiao and Vasyl Lomachenko

MANILA, Philippines – Top Rank chief Bob Arum is toying with the idea of pitting Manny Pacquiao against Ukrainian star Vasyl Lomachenko sometime next year.

In a recent conference call, Arum said Lomachenko will put himself in a better position for a clash with Pacquiao if he takes care of Nicholas Walters in his WBO super featherweight title defense this weekend.

Walters is the same fighter who stopped Nonito Donaire Jr. in 2014, and his upcoming fight with Lomachenko is considered the last remaining major bout this year.

Arum said the 28-year-old Lomachenko (6-1, with 4 KOs), a legendary amateur boxer and Olympian, is destined for stardom.

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“He has a huge upside. This is the second world title [Lomachenko has won] in seven professional fights. Never happened before. And he's gonna win other world titles as he goes up in weight,” said Arum of his ward, who in 2014 won his first world title – the WBO featherweight belt – in just his second professional fight.

Pacquiao is running out of opponents in the Top Rank stable, with Lomachenko and fellow rising star Terence Crawford as the only options.

Outside the Top Rank roster, there’s the possible rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr., which remains the most lucrative choice.

But for Arum, a Pacquiao-Lomachenko showdown would also be huge.

“I mean, it is not beyond the realm of possibility that he (Lomachenko) and Manny could fight sometime next year. Vasyl Lomachenko wants challenges. And as I say, he's a tremendous, tremendous talent. So his upside is enormous.

Lomachenko, for his part, is also open to a showdown with Pacquiao – currently the WBO welterweight champion – who will likely move down in weight to make the fight happen.

“Yes, of course I would like to fight Pacquiao. But not the next fight,” he said.


PHILSTAR

Arum: Pacquiao to prioritize Mayweather rematch By Leif Sykioco (philstar.com) | Updated November 24, 2016 - 3:00pm 4 104 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines — Top Rank Inc. chief Bob Arum said a rematch with Floyd Mayweather is still on top of Manny Pacquiao's list.

"The question is – is Mayweather going to be available? And obviously (a) Mayweather (match) trumps everything because Pacquiao would like the rematch more than any other fight," Arum said.

He said the rematch will only be possible should Mayweather come out of retirement.

"I have no particular insider on it. Obviously if Floyd is to unretire, that would be a fight that we will be very interested in making. Manny against Floyd," the veteran promoter continued.

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Mayweather retired after his victory over Andre Berto last year, a few months following his win over Pacquiao in their megabuck duel. He has been promoting young boxers since.

Arum listed two names who can be the next opponents for Pacquiao – Vasyl Lomachenko or Terence Crawford.

"Both would be exciting. Maybe the Crawford fight would do better because he's an American and it will be easier to sell. Lomachenko will be an intriguing fight to the world," he said.

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The Floyd Mayweather comeback ‘Everyone should come to cherish Floyd Mayweather in his 50th fight’


Floyd mayweather Jason Getz/USA Today Sports

EVERY time there has been a big fight in Las Vegas since the retirement of Floyd Mayweather, talk about the American superstar returning is never far away. This weekend was no exception, and as Andre Ward pipped Sergey Kovalev to bag light-heavyweight supremacy, the spectre of Mayweather loomed. Certainly, the reality of him coming back seems to be edging closer and closer.

Inside the MGM Grand, “Money’s” father and trainer Floyd Mayweather Snr – mobbed by the media – talked up the prospect of his son returning, with a rematch with Manny Pacquiao not written off. Mayweather Jnr fuelled rumours himself by appearing at the Filipino’s recent victory over Jessie Vargas.

“Easy money,” said Mayweather Snr. “It would be even easier than it was the first time.”

Not everyone would welcome a sequel to the May 2015 superfight, won unanimously by Mayweather in a contest largely criticised for the lack of drama.

“I understand why it would happen with the money involved,” said veteran journalist, Larry Merchant, “but that doesn’t mean I like it. As the old saying goes, ‘Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me’.”


Ex-Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer (l.) is pictured with Floyd

One man who would embrace a comeback is a man who knows Mayweather very well. Richard Schaefer, who worked closely with Floyd during the final years of his career, now has his own promotional company – Ringstar Sports – following his 2014 split from Golden Boy. Schaefer, who also has a strong relationship with Mayweather’s advisor Al Haymon, first worked with the unbeaten fighter in 2007 when he defeated Oscar De La Hoya.

“Floyd is my friend, and the first time we did the Mayweather-De La Hoya fight, Floyd and I had our run in but from then on we established a tremendous relationship,” Schaefer told Boxing News. “I respect Floyd for who he is, and what he has accomplished. When I left Golden Boy, within an hour Floyd made a statement that he didn’t want to be with them anymore either. He’s a friend and he always will be. I know his family, I know his kids, my kids know them, they spend time together. But I don’t really cross that friendship in relation to hammering him ‘Are you going come back? Are you going to come back?’ He retired on his own terms, and most recently he opened the door a little bit by some of the statements he made, but it’s going to be totally up to him. I really don’t know. There are days when I feel he is going to come back, and there are days when I feel he’s not going to. The more time that passes, the more difficult I think it will be for him and his body to come back and perform at that level.”

Schaefer believes the sport misses Mayweather, whose record remains at 49-0, yet did not appreciate him while he was active. The promoter believes Mayweather – who has been out of the ring since beating Andre Berto in September 2015 – coming back and securing his 50th win should act as a tribute to the fighter, and a thank you from the industry.

“I can’t give one interview where I’m not asked if Floyd Mayweather is coming back, ” Schaefer explained. “When we had him, I don’t think many media people and fans appreciated what we had. Forget fighters, he was one of the greatest athletes of our time performing at such a high level. He made Juan Manuel Marquez look ordinary, he probably didn’t win a second of the fight. That’s how good Floyd Mayweather was. And those of us who were fortunate to see him, live or on TV, these are memories I think we will appreciate as time passes and I will always cherish my time with Floyd.

“If he comes back, one more time, for [fight] number 50, trying to break Rocky Marciano’s record, it would be a spectacular event, and I hope that the media and the fans are going to be embracing him if he decides to do that. Again, I don’t want to push him. We’ll see. When you look at Mayweather fighting Miguel Cotto, it was criticised because Cotto was too old. But he went on to beat Sergio Martinez and fight Canelo. Shane Mosley was considered an old Shane Mosley but then he went on to fight Manny Pacquiao and that’s okay. Oscar De La Hoya the same, Mayweather first – when he’s too old – but then he fights Pacquiao. The same with Ricky Hatton, Floyd fought Hatton who then And what about Juan Manuel Marquez? He’s too old, he’s too small, he’s past his prime, and then he fights Pacquiao and gets the better of him each time. There was always that chalice around Floyd, and I think when you look at the strength and who he fought, who he dominated, you cannot compare Floyd Mayweather to anybody else of our generation. When you look at how he beat them, and then where they went – how many additional fights they had Floyd Mayweather is totally underappreciated today.

“But unfortunately boxing greats are only really, really appreciated many years after they’re gone. I think if Floyd a 50th fight, it should be an appreciation. Everyone come together to cherish Floyd Mayweather one more time, basically a thank you from all of us to Floyd, because he opened the door to many others, he brought boxing to mainstream who were not involved in boxing before. For that, we owe him a thank you, and we should stop with all that criticism.”


PHILSTAR

Mayweather non-committal on Pacquiao rematch By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated November 18, 2016 - 9:43am 11 77 googleplus2 0


NOVEMBER 20 -Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao after their 2015 fight. | AP

MANILA, Philippines – Floyd Mayweather Jr. said he “guarantees nothing” regarding a possible rematch with Manny Pacquiao.

Mayweather was inevitably asked the question during a press conference in Brooklyn, New York announcing the super middleweight title unification between Badou Jack and James DeGale in January next year, a fight Mayweather promotes.

“I guarantee nothing. Nothing is promised,” said Mayweather about a second meeting with Pacquiao.

Speculations that Mayweather and Pacquiao are headed to a rematch intensified after the former showed up ringside at the latter’s title conquest over Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas last November 6.

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The two fought in boxing’s richest fight last year, with Mayweather outpointing Pacquiao in an uneventful bout. But both superstars earned career-high paydays that a second clash makes sense financially wise.

After dominating Vargas, Pacquiao said he is open to a rematch with Mayweather, saying he’s in it if the fans want it.

Mayweather, for his part, insisted he is retired.

“Like I said before, I'm here to help fighters. It's all about making smart investments not only inside the ring, but also outside,” added Mayweather, who quit after routing Andre Berto just months following his win over Pacquiao.

He said he is focused on his new job as a boxing promoter.

“Once again I'm retired. I'm a promoter, I'm here to help young fighters get to the next level," said Mayweather.


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