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AUSTRALIA ENTERS RING FOR PACQUIAO-HORN FIGHT; DUBBED 'LARGEST BOXING HISTORY IN AU'


JANUARY 31 -
Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao raises his WBO welterweight championship belt during a news conference upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay city, southeast of Manila, Philippines. Pacquiao, 38, will add another fight to his long career resume when he takes on Australian welterweight Jeff Horn on April 23 at a venue to be decided. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File) WBO welterweight world champion Manny Pacquiao could fight Australian Jeff Horn in Queensland state after officials confirmed Sunday they were in negotiations to host the bout. There has been weeks of speculation that the 38-year-old Filipino dubbed “Pac-Man” will get into the ring with Horn in April, possibly in Australia. “We now are getting the pieces together to deliver this major fight,” Queensland’s tourism minister Kate Jones told reporters in Brisbane. READ: Not even $100 million could lure Marquez into 5th Pacquiao fight “We are working very closely with Duco Events, (venue manager) AEG Ogden and as well as the (Brisbane City) Council to secure this fight here in Brisbane. READ MORE...

ALSO Pacquiao warned: Horn 'eats southpaws for breakfast'


FEBRUARY 3 -Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn
Jeff Horn’s trainer says his fighter is used to fighting left-handed opponents and thus should have no problem dealing with Manny Pacquiao. In a recent interview with Fairfax Media, Glenn Rushton, Horn’s trainer, expressed confidence that his ward will pull off a shocker if ever he gets to fight Pacquiao. "His [Horn’s] doubters will have egg on their face," said Rushton. "Naturally I respect Manny Pacquiao for everything he's achieved in the sport. But when you start to weigh it up, you will see what we have in Jeff Horn. You can't see the future, but I believe we're looking at a future legend. Now, they're saying, 'Who the hell is Jeff Horn?' After, they'll know all about Jeff Horn," he added. READ MORE...

ALSO: Manny hasn’t agreed to fight


JANUARY 31 -Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao’s next fight is still up in the air. “We haven’t agreed to anything yet,” Pacquiao’s ring adviser, Mike Koncz said yesterday amid reports that Brisbane had inched closer to hosting Pacquiao’s fight with Australian Jeff Horn on April 23. The STAR asked Koncz if a deal with Brisbane and Horn has been sealed or at least close to being sealed. “No,” was Koncz’s reply. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao-McGregor fight possible without Arum


FEBRUARY 2 - Top Rank chief Bob Arum said he is open to a fight between Manny Pacquiao and UFC star Conor McGregor. In a recent interview with TMZ, Arum believes Pacquiao won’t have a problem dealing with McGregor as long as they fight in a boxing match. “That’s an easy fight for Manny, and I would love for that fight to happen, absolutely,” the veteran promoter said. “For sure, Manny Pacquiao would love to fight Conor McGregor in boxing. Any boxer would like to fight Conor McGregor, because they’d knock him out,” he added. But for a Pacquiao-McGregor fight to materialize, Arum must step aside following recent comments by UFC president Dana White that he won’t work with the Top Rank boss. And Arum is willing to do exactly that. READ MORE...

ALSO: Not even $100 million could lure Marquez into 5th Pacquiao fight


JANUARY 28 -Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. AP File Photo
Juan Manuel Marquez sees no reason to take on Manny Pacquiao for a fifth time, and even a hefty purse won’t persuade the former four-division world champion. According to ESPN Deportes, as translated by BoxingScene.com, Marquez said he’s no longer interested in fighting Pacquiao who he defeated via knockout in 2012. Marquez was told people invested in the fight and television networks are willing to shell out $60 million for him to come to the Philippines and fight Pacquiao.
“I am no longer interested in Pacquiao, they are saying that the networks are willing to pay $60 million for a fight with Pacquiao in the Philippines,” said Marquez in the report. “I wouldn’t go to the Philippines for a fight with Pacquiao for $100 million.” READ MORE...

ALSO: COMMENTARY -The devil and Roger Federer


FEBRUARY 4 -I know a grown man with not one but two framed images of Roger Federer in his house, the larger of which shows the sweatless Swiss revving up for a cross-court forehand that makes you all but duck in the hallway. Another Federista is so loyal that, if I wobble home at 5am to find his hero shredding some poor chump in the televised Shanghai Masters, I know my friend is awake in his flat and available to text.

A decade has passed since David Foster Wallace took a break from fiction to describe the “mystery and metaphysics” of Federer’s tennis. Another writer, William Skidelsky, devoted a book to the same obsession.

Lionel Messi has achieved equal greatness in a much bigger sport. Usain Bolt is more charismatic. So if Federer has a special hold over middle-class men, something beyond his talent and stardom must do it for them: a sense that he is somehow good at life. Urbane, uxorious, multilingual, emotionally expressive, faintly androgynous, Federer offered a different model of maleness to a generation reared after the eclipse of heavy industry and its associated virtues. He became, like Mary Tyler Moore during the rise of working women and birth control, a reference point for changing sensibilities.


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Australia enters ring for Pacquiao-Horn fight


Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao raises his WBO welterweight championship belt during a news conference upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay city, southeast of Manila, Philippines. Pacquiao, 38, will add another fight to his long career resume when he takes on Australian welterweight Jeff Horn on April 23 at a venue to be decided. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, FEEBRUARY 6, 2017 (INQUIRER)  Agence France-Presse / 12:51 PM January 29, 2017 — WBO welterweight world champion Manny Pacquiao could fight Australian Jeff Horn in Queensland state after officials confirmed Sunday they were in negotiations to host the bout.

There has been weeks of speculation that the 38-year-old Filipino dubbed “Pac-Man” will get into the ring with Horn in April, possibly in Australia.

“We now are getting the pieces together to deliver this major fight,” Queensland’s tourism minister Kate Jones told reporters in Brisbane.

READ: Not even $100 million could lure Marquez into 5th Pacquiao fight

“We are working very closely with Duco Events, (venue manager) AEG Ogden and as well as the (Brisbane City) Council to secure this fight here in Brisbane.

READ MORE...

“We’re hoping to lock this down as soon as possible.”

Describing it as the “largest boxing event in Australia”, Jones said her government was keen to secure the fight at the 52,500-capacity Suncorp Stadium.

Suncorp Stadium general manager Alan Graham said 28-year-old Horn was keen to fight at the Brisbane venue.

“He’s personally said that he couldn’t think of anything more exhilarating than walking out in the middle of Suncorp Stadium with a full house and people backing him… for a fight,” Graham told reporters.

Horn’s promoter Duco Events was not immediately available for comment.

Brisbane’s Courier Mail newspaper said Sunday the fight had been penciled in for April 23.

Pacquiao, who has parlayed his sporting fame into a career in politics, is a veteran of 67 fights with 59 victories.

His record easily dwarfs that of Horn, who hails from Queensland, who has notched up only 17 fights with 16 wins.

Pacquiao said last week that negotiations for the fight, including the date and opponent, were still ongoing. CBB/rga


PHILSTAR

Pacquiao warned: Horn 'eats southpaws for breakfast' By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated February 1, 2017 - 1:21pm 6 54 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn

MANILA, Philippines – Jeff Horn’s trainer says his fighter is used to fighting left-handed opponents and thus should have no problem dealing with Manny Pacquiao.

In a recent interview with Fairfax Media, Glenn Rushton, Horn’s trainer, expressed confidence that his ward will pull off a shocker if ever he gets to fight Pacquiao.

"His [Horn’s] doubters will have egg on their face," said Rushton.

"Naturally I respect Manny Pacquiao for everything he's achieved in the sport. But when you start to weigh it up, you will see what we have in Jeff Horn. You can't see the future, but I believe we're looking at a future legend. Now, they're saying, 'Who the hell is Jeff Horn?' After, they'll know all about Jeff Horn," he added.

READ MORE...

The 28-year-old Horn, a native of Brisbane, Australia is the frontrunner to land a career-defining showdown with Pacquiao, who is eyeing an April 23 return.

No venue has been determined so far, although Horn’s representatives are keen on bringing the fight to Australia.

Although Horn will be a huge underdog against Pacquiao, Rushton is confident that the young prospect

He also raved about Horn’s capability to fight southpaws like Pacquiao.

"When the bell sounds, you have to be up for it, aware and ready. And he is ready. He has always delivered. Nothing stops him. You hit him and he gets up. He's like The Terminator but that's part of the training. It's that warrior spirit where you try to become devoid of emotion in the ring. He eats southpaws for breakfast," Rushton continued.

Ironically, a look at Horn’s boxrec.com records page showed the boxer has fought only two southpaws: virtually unknown fighters Robson Assis and Aswin Cabuy.

But Rushton believes in his ward’s ability to study his opponents and execute game plans.

"I've had 10 years of this with Jeff and now, when he gets out in the ring, he's almost in a trance-like state. Outside the ring, he's a happy guy. Inside the ring, he's The Hornet,” he said.

"It goes straight to his subconscious. He gets out there and does it, follows plans perfectly. I've been studying Manny Pacquiao for a long time ... to beat him, he has to follow the plan."


PHILSTAR

Manny hasn’t agreed to fight By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 31, 2017 - 12:00am 0 1 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao’s next fight is still up in the air.

“We haven’t agreed to anything yet,” Pacquiao’s ring adviser, Mike Koncz said yesterday amid reports that Brisbane had inched closer to hosting Pacquiao’s fight with Australian Jeff Horn on April 23.

The STAR asked Koncz if a deal with Brisbane and Horn has been sealed or at least close to being sealed.

“No,” was Koncz’s reply.

READ MORE...

Brisbane finally getting the nod of the Queensland government to host Pacquiao’s first fight for 2017 is all over the news Down Under.

But Koncz, over the phone, doused cold water on the news.

“Who are they going to fight?” said Koncz, stressing that nothing has been written in black and white despite promoter Bob Arum’s great efforts to bring Pacquiao to Australia.

“We haven’t agreed to fight them (Horn),” added Koncz.

Just a couple of days ago, Pacquiao posted on social media a message directed to his fans as he tried to get their thoughts on whom he should fight next.

It only shows that Pacquiao has not committed himself to facing Horn or anyone else in April.

“We haven’t agreed to anything. And that includes the opponent and venue or the purse. We’re not going to discuss those things with the media,” Koncz said.

The Canadian adviser to Pacquiao said they’re leaving all windows, all options open, meaning Pacquiao can fight someone else, anywhere else.


PHILSTAR

Pacquiao-McGregor fight possible sans Arum By Dino Maragay/philstar.com (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 2, 2017 - 12:00am 0 3 googleplus0 0 Bob Arum

MANILA, Philippines - Top Rank chief Bob Arum said he is open to a fight between Manny Pacquiao and UFC star Conor McGregor.

In a recent interview with TMZ, Arum believes Pacquiao won’t have a problem dealing with McGregor as long as they fight in a boxing match.

“That’s an easy fight for Manny, and I would love for that fight to happen, absolutely,” the veteran promoter said.

“For sure, Manny Pacquiao would love to fight Conor McGregor in boxing. Any boxer would like to fight Conor McGregor, because they’d knock him out,” he added.

But for a Pacquiao-McGregor fight to materialize, Arum must step aside following recent comments by UFC president Dana White that he won’t work with the Top Rank boss.

And Arum is willing to do exactly that.

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“I tell you, if the only impediment to Manny Pacquiao fighting Conor McGregor is because Dana doesn’t like me, then I won’t be around,” he continued.

McGregor, the reigning UFC lightweight champion, has been very vocal about crossing over to boxing and fighting the sport’s biggest stars, especially Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Pacquiao, for his part, also said would welcome a showdown with McGregor if the opportunity presents itself.

And the Filipino icon will have Arum’s blessing.

“I would give Manny the right, the permission to fight Conor McGregor anytime that the money was right for Manny,” said Pacquiao’s longtime promoter.

Pacquiao is set to return to the boxing ring in April against a still to be determined opponent.


INQUIRER

Not even $100 million could lure Marquez into 5th Pacquiao fight By: Bong Lozada - Reporter / @BLozadaINQ INQUIRER.net / 07:47 PM January 28, 2017


Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. AP File Photo

Juan Manuel Marquez sees no reason to take on Manny Pacquiao for a fifth time, and even a hefty purse won’t persuade the former four-division world champion.

According to ESPN Deportes, as translated by BoxingScene.com, Marquez said he’s no longer interested in fighting Pacquiao who he defeated via knockout in 2012.

Marquez was told people invested in the fight and television networks are willing to shell out $60 million for him to come to the Philippines and fight Pacquiao.

“I am no longer interested in Pacquiao, they are saying that the networks are willing to pay $60 million for a fight with Pacquiao in the Philippines,” said Marquez in the report. “I wouldn’t go to the Philippines for a fight with Pacquiao for $100 million.”

READ MORE...

Marquez and Pacquiao fought four times in the course of eight years with the Filipino taking two victories and the two settling for a draw in the first fight.

The fourth fight was the most convincing finish of all with Marquez scoring a knockout after Pacquaio won the second and third bouts via decisions.

Marquez has been out of the boxing ring for more than two years and his last fight resulted in a victory over Mike Alvarado in 2014 for the vacant WBO International welterweight title.

The Mexican legend, however, is willing to break that hiatus and is willing to take on Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto.

“We are going to see if I can still stand the physical [work in the gym], there are possible opponents,” said the 43-year-old Marquez. “I want to do a [training camp] and then a major fight.”

“We are watching for opponents. This year is crucial for whether I will return or not. It depends on how I feel physically. I’ve trained, I’ve ran, but this is not the same.”


FINANCIAL TIMES

The devil and Roger Federer By Janan Ganesh © Reuters Twitter Facebook LinkedIn 51 Save
YESTERDAY by: Janan Ganesh


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To prosper in life a person has to possess some dark traits in controlled doses: aggression, swagger, ruthlessness!
by: Janan Ganesh

I know a grown man with not one but two framed images of Roger Federer in his house, the larger of which shows the sweatless Swiss revving up for a cross-court forehand that makes you all but duck in the hallway. Another Federista is so loyal that, if I wobble home at 5am to find his hero shredding some poor chump in the televised Shanghai Masters, I know my friend is awake in his flat and available to text.

A decade has passed since David Foster Wallace took a break from fiction to describe the “mystery and metaphysics” of Federer’s tennis. Another writer, William Skidelsky, devoted a book to the same obsession.

Lionel Messi has achieved equal greatness in a much bigger sport. Usain Bolt is more charismatic. So if Federer has a special hold over middle-class men, something beyond his talent and stardom must do it for them: a sense that he is somehow good at life. Urbane, uxorious, multilingual, emotionally expressive, faintly androgynous, Federer offered a different model of maleness to a generation reared after the eclipse of heavy industry and its associated virtues. He became, like Mary Tyler Moore during the rise of working women and birth control, a reference point for changing sensibilities.

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The mistake is to sanctify him. Federer is credited with impeccable personal class, as if this matters tremendously. Tennis, like rugby, can be insufferable in its chivalric pretensions. When he beat Rafael Nadal for his 18th grand slam last weekend, pundits were as rapt by the magnanimity of these rivals as by their play. The mawkishness got in the way of the truth: that Federer is spikier than his reputation allows, and it makes him more, not less, of a model to emulate.

Go over the evidence. The young Federer bloomed a season or two late due, in part, to a volcanic McEnroe-grade temperament. He grew out of it but retained a flair for a barb (“To lose against someone like that,” he once huffed about Novak Djokovic, “it’s very disappointing”) and a boast. His bodily grace can look, to some eyes, like hauteur. A man who spent his best years in a monogrammed cream-and-gold blazer has no issues of self-worth. Even his 18th title came with criticism of the prolonged (some say strategic) medical break he took after losing a set.

This is not the rap sheet of a chainsaw murderer but nor is Federer a monk. He would be no use as a role model if he were. To prosper in life, or just to withstand its vicissitudes, a person has to possess some dark traits in controlled doses: aggression, swagger, ruthlessness verging on chicanery, an ability to block out other people and their judgments. Much more than a trace of this stuff and you are on to the first rungs of sociopathy. Much less and the world sniffs a soft touch. There is such a thing as the optimal amount of devil in a person, and it is not zero. Call it the Federer Quotient.

Everyone knows what zero looks like: the academic wizard who amounted to little in the world of work, the overnice friend who plays the doormat in a marriage, the old schoolmate who should have outdone you in life but lacked the vanity to even think in such terms. We flatter their goodness almost by way of consolation.

The problem is not that we overrate Federer’s niceness — although we do — but that we overrate niceness itself. To put so much store in outward manners suggests a superficiality on our part, not moral depth. To instruct children in decency above all else, when life will demand rather more than that, is to underprepare them. Attempts to draw human lessons from sport tend to exaggerate the real-world application of teamwork, grace in defeat and other Corinthian pleasantries. More transferable are mental toughness, the projection of confidence even when it is insincere and the extraction of marginal gains through cunning.

“Nice guy” and “role model” have become synonyms in sport but a role model is someone who shows you how to move through the world as it is. The confusion of the two concepts has given us the fashionable disdain for Cristiano Ronaldo, who overcame childhood hardship, parental bereavement and the culture shock of northern England to become Messi’s only peer at the summit of football. He goes at life in a way everyone should admire but something in the strut and the gamesmanship has made him the opposite of a role model in some eyes — a kind of anti-Federer.

In truth, they are similar. Federer has a controlled dose of the dark stuff. To get the most out of him as a template for living, do not look the other way.

janan.ganesh@ft.com, @JananGanesh

Photograph: Reuters


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