Rematch of the century?

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college But it proves Mayweather’s flair and showmanship as a promoter. With Pacquiao-Mayweather 1, sold by both camps as the “Fight of the Century,” panned by critics and boxing purists as the fight that was five years past its shelf life when it was finally held in Las Vegas in 2015, the only way to generate a lucrative “Rematch of the Century” would be to start promoting it early.Pacquiao has said he would fight one more time this year, targeting a December playdate.Despite their first fight failing to meet boxing expectations—there was little slam-bang action from two of the best welterweights of all time and Pacquiao complained of a shoulder injury later—it was the richest bout in history until Mayweather tangled with UFC star Conor McGregor in a crossover duel.If Mayweather, indeed, signs up to fight Pacquiao, who has been clamoring for a rematch, and hopes to get within sniffing distance of what he earned against McGregor, he’ll have to start promoting early—which may exactly be what he’s doing.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award That alone would have lit the social media feeds of boxing fans. The caption that accompanied it, though, set the rumor mill on fire.“I’m coming back to fight Manny Pacquiao this year another 9 figure pay day on the way @mayweatherpromotions,” wrote Mayweather.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe post garnered more than 100,000 likes and 1,300 comments in just 20 minutes, underscoring the drawing power of both boxing superstars, who are generally considered the best of their era and the most influential fighters of their generation.Do a little digging and you’ll get to a video posted by boxing journalist Lance Pugmire on YouTube, where Mayweather was even more explicit. In the video, Mayweather is hamming it up with boxing manager and matchmaker Sean Gibbons, with the latter goading him about going after win No. 51 and referencing Wanheng Menayothin, the Thai fighter who one-upped Mayweather by hiking his record to 51-0 after beating Filipino Pedro Taduran.Gibbons was in the midst of talking about Menayothin, who has never fought outside of Thailand, when Mayweather interrupted him. The two went on an exchange that ended with “Money” laying the challenge for Pacquiao.“We’re gonna take the belt, we’re gonna get the payday and I don’t want no shoulder excuses,” Mayweather said.And while the whole episode was titillating enough to tickle boxing fans’ fancy or, at the very least, induce rounds of debate on whether it would make for palatable viewing, there was little confirmation on whether Mayweather was serious or this was just another outlandish PR stunt.Pacquiao, on the other hand, could not be reached for comment at press time.ADVERTISEMENT Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. PHOTO BY REM ZAMORA/INQUIRERThe video was quick, less than 50 seconds on Instagram. Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his posse crossed paths with Manny Pacquiao and his entourage and the two exchanged a few words.Both were in an event in Japan and the loud music drowned out a lot of the exchange. In the video, which the undefeated American boxer posted on his Instagram account, Mayweather can be heard saying: “I’m coming back” and Pacquiao repeatedly answering “I’ve got the belt.”ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gallant silver for PH rowers Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READlast_img read more

UP Maroons, FEU Lady Tams looking to raise their game with PSL stint

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Along with Perpetual’s rise, Prince Eze works his way from support role to top gun Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lady Maroons head coach Godfrey Okumu said he wants his team to have more exposure to different competitors as they try to become the UAAP’s elite once the tournament begins in early 2019.“My team is composed of very young rookies and some veteran members so this tournament will help us get the exposure we need,” said Okumu.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissUP placed sixth in Season 80 with a 6-8 record but has since started to show signs of improvement after its title run in another offseason collegiate league.“I believe that my team will learn again how to deal with losses and wins every game, so to me, this tournament can help us grow especially our young players,” said Okumu. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe start of the women’s volleyball tournament in UAAP Season 81 is still a few months away but teams aren’t going stay idle and wait for the games to begin.University of the Philippines and Far Eastern University are already gearing up for some stiff competition with the two teams looking at the Philippine Superliga Collegiate Grand Slam to fine tune their respective rosters.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college As for the Lady Tamaraws, coach Rey Diaz said the Collegiate Grand Slam is a perfect opportunity for his team to grow.“We treat this as a blessing,” said Diaz. “We’re expecting the players to gain a lot of exposure and raise their level of competition here in the PSL.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READlast_img read more

Sky’s the limit for Pep’s Manchester City slickers

first_imgThe highlight of the opening period was a bizarre opener for Sergio Aguero, who netted his 199th goal for the club direct from a punt down the field by City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo -– a rare route-one goal for a side renowned for their intricate football.But it was men against boys after the break as City totally dominated a disappointing Arsenal side, cantering to a 3-0 win with further goals from an ecstatic Vincent Kompany and David Silva.The League Cup may seem like small fry to a man with a glittering CV that includes two Champions League triumphs while in charge of Barcelona and a clutch of league titles with Bayern Munich.But an emotional Guardiola knows that winning the first silverware is crucial to infusing his runaway Premier League leaders with the belief to go on and win bigger prizes.“It’s important,” said the Catalan. “We’re so happy, and big congratulations to all of Manchester City, and our fans. This trophy is for Manchester City and not for me.“The first half was not good but in the second half we played really well,” he said.“We were in the second half like we have been so far (this season) so of course big congratulations for all Manchester City.“That’s why it’s important to win titles because it’s going to help us win the next games in the Premier League.”– Quadruple dreams –City saw their dreams of an unprecedented quadruple shattered just six days before the Wembley final when third-tier Wigan dumped them out of the FA Cup.Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola poses with his assistants, (L-R) Rodolpho Borrell, Mikel Arteta and Domenec Torrent, after their victory in the English League Cup final © AFP / Glyn KIRKBut a 13-point lead in the Premier League means they are champions-elect and they have one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals after a 4-0 victory against Basel in the first leg of their last-16 tie.Guardiola said although winning his first trophy at the club means a lot to him personally, he is just a chapter in City’s history.He knows that for all he has reshaped the club in his image, it was three veterans of City’s defining 2012 Premier League title triumph who delivered the goods at Wembley.Guardiola said Aguero, Silva and Kompany were three legends who had helped turn the club from perennial under-achievers into regular trophy winners, capable of going toe to toe with the heavyweights of Europe and challenging regularly for honours.“They help us to understand what it means for the club because they won titles, they put pressure on us to continue to win titles,” he said.“If we are able to win more titles in the future the people who are coming here, they have to know here you have to win titles and that’s why it’s so, so important.”A relaxed-looking Guardiola thanked the club’s hierarchy for sticking with him during a barren first season at the helm of the club last year, when many questioned whether his “pure” brand of football would work in England.He admitted he had imposed heavy demands on his players but said he never doubted himself.Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, one of the standout players in England this year, said the sky is the limit for the club.“We have had a good season already, and now we need to keep going,” he said. “We have this one in the bag and now we have to maintain the same focus in the Premier League and the Champions League.“The potential for this club is amazing, and the way we play is probably one of the best in the world.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City players celebrate after their victory in the English League Cup © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 26 – Pep Guardiola’s League Cup triumph against Arsenal could usher in an era of dominance for Manchester City but he had three veterans to thank for a comprehensive win at Wembley.City were not at their best in a scrappy first half on a bitingly cold February day on Sunday, failing to hit the exalted heights of their football earlier this season.last_img read more