Senatorial candidate wants Pacquiao banned from next fight

Senatorial candidate wants Pacquiao banned because it would give the Filipino slugger and senatorial candidate massive publicity.
February 22, 2016

Senatorial candidate wants Pacquiao banned from next fight

World boxing star Manny Pacquiao’s April 9 bout with Timothy Bradley came under a cloud Monday when the Philippine elections commission was asked to stop the Las Vegas match because it would give the Filipino slugger and senatorial candidate massive publicity.

Former Rep. Walden Bello, also a senatorial candidate in the May 9 elections, said in his petition to the Commission on Elections that allowing the welterweight fight to proceed during the campaign period would violate a law giving candidates equal access to media publicity and a ban on TV and radio programs favoring a candidate.

Bello, a left-wing politician who has not fared well in voter-preference polls ahead of the elections, said the fight, which Pacquiao declared would be his last, should be postponed until after the elections.

Pacquiao, 37, has not fought since losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. last May in the richest fight ever. Pacquiao reportedly made more than $100 million for that fight, and is guaranteed $20 million to fight Bradley.

The eight-division champion is the Philippines’ most famous athlete. He has represented Sarangani province in the Philippines’ House of Representatives since May 2010, though he has drawn criticism for seldom showing up for legislative duties.

Manny Pacquiao will face Bradley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, completing a trilogy between two of the world’s top welterweights. Bradley won a hotly disputed split decision over Pacquiao in their first meeting in June 2012, but Pacquiao won by unanimous decision in the April 2014 rematch.

The Bible-quoting Pacquiao has been embroiled in controversy recently for saying that people in same-sex relations are “worse than animals,” drawing the ire of netizens and celebrities. He made the comment when asked by a local TV network about his views on same-sex marriage, and video of his response was posted on the network’s website last week.

In response to the remark, apparel giant Nike said that it would no longer have any business dealings with Pacquiao, and that that it found his comments “abhorrent.”

Pacquiao has apologized to people hurt by his comments and said he respects Nike’s decision. But he has stood pat on his opposition to same-sex marriage.

Bello said he was not seeking Pacquiao’s disqualification as a senatorial candidate, but was asking the elections commission to take action on the complaint.

“I imagine if they rule in our favor, which I believe they will, then they will have to tell Manny that he would have to comply with it,” Bello said, adding that if Pacquiao refuses to comply, disqualification from the election could be a logical outcome.

Bello’s petition said that if the spirit and intent of the Fair Elections Act were to be strictly followed, then Pacquiao should be required to go on leave from his profession during the campaign period.

“He has all the rights to exercise his boxing profession after the elections, but to schedule his boxing bout during the campaign period and close to the elections is obviously taking advantage of his personality and his profession, extending undue benefit to his candidacy,” the petition said.

It was not clear when the Commission on Elections would decide on the issue.

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Gennady Golovkin to face winner of Saul Alvarez v Amir Khan

Gennady Golovkin
February 18, 2016

Gennady Golovkin to face winner of Saul Alvarez v Amir Khan

The winner of Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez v Amir Khan is mandated to face Gennady Golovkin and the contracts are signed, says Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler.

WBA ‘Super’, IBF and WBC ‘interim’ world middleweight champion Golovkin (34-0-KO31) defends his IBF strap against mandatory challenger Dominic Wade in California on April 23, while Britain’s Khan (31-3-KO19) takes on WBC champion Alvarez (46-1-1-KO32) two weeks later in Las Vegas.

Loeffler revealed that a deal is already in place for the heavy-hitting Kazakh to try to add another belt to his collection but also opened the door to a fight with current WBA holder, Daniel Jacobs (31-1-KO28).

Of the contracts, Loeffler told fighthype.com: “It’s not a verbal. Everything is in writing, signed by our side, by the Golden Boy side and the WBC. We have a good relationship with Golden Boy and a lot of respect for Canelo. It was part of allowing the voluntary defence they requested.

“Everything is mandated. The winner of Canelo v Khan has 15 days to commit to fighting Gennady or not. If they commit then we’ll start negotiating to put that fight together.

“It’s so hard to get an opponent in the ring with Gennady. If I stopped working with certain people, it’d be even less.

“Danny Jacobs had a tremendous win over Peter Quillin with a first round knockout. Gennady sold out Madison Square Garden and Jacobs is from New York. That’s just one off the top of my head that would be a great match-up.

“Naturally, the focus is on Canelo. If everything goes the right way with the fight with Wade, or unifying with [WBO champion] Billy Joe Saunders. If one of those fights can’t get made, the Jacobs fight is a huge fight for the middleweight division.”

Alvarez won the vacant WBC crown when he comfortably outpointed Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto in November 2015 and will be making his maiden defence against former super-lightweight champion Khan.

Golovkin is enthusiastic over the prospect of adding more titles to his collection and told behindthegloves.com: “I want a unification fight. It doesn’t matter with who, I’m ready. I feel great.

“Absolutely, I’m ready. Right now my focus is on Dominic Wade, because he’s the IBF mandatory challenger. I respect the mandatory challenger.

“Right now I’m to Canelo, the mandatory challenger. I think he’s very correct like me. I think it’s good for both, for business, for Canelo, for Khan. For money, why not?”

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Dana White, Mike Tyson react to Ronda Rousey’s suicide comments

February 17, 2016

Dana White, Mike Tyson react to Ronda Rousey’s suicide comments

Ronda Rousey admitted on Tuesday that in the moments following her loss to Holly Holm last November that she actually had suicidal thoughts while trying to figure out what she would be if she was no longer the most dominant athlete on the planet.

As shocking as the statement may seem, Rousey’s promoter and a former boxing legend both say that it’s just a snapshot in time of a very downtrodden moment — but that the former champion will be back to form in no time.

UFC president Dana White told TMZ just after Rousey’s comments went public that he’s not concerned about her mental health and ultimately the feeling that she thought about killing herself stemmed from suffering the first loss of her MMA career.

“Trust me, she’s good right now and in a great place. Winners don’t like to lose,” White said.

“I have never worked an athlete like her! She is f–king amazing in every way.”

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has also become friends with Rousey over the last few years — and he knows firsthand how devastating a defeat can be to a fighter’s mind after spending weeks or months to prepare only to watch it all come crumbling down in a matter of minutes.

Tyson says Rousey’s explanation about contemplating suicide is really just being a prisoner of the moment and eventually that moment passes.

“No, it’s just a moment in time. She doesn’t feel that way now,” Tyson said.

When asked if he personally suffered through those kinds of bad thoughts after a loss, Tyson smiled and said those feelings aren’t exclusive to defeat.

“I have bad thoughts after a win!” Tyson joked.

Rousey has since picked herself up from the loss and she’s stated that there will be a rematch with Holm in the future where she’ll have the chance to avenge the defeat and “make everything right again.”

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Manny Pacquiao DROPPED From Nike After Anti-Gay Statements

Nike Drops Manny Pacquiao
February 17, 2016

Nike Drops Manny Pacquiao

Well, that was fast. Team Nike pulled the trigger on dumping star boxer Manny Pacquiao. In a new report, TMZ reveals the details behind dropping Pacquiao from one of the most exclusive endorsement deals in sports:

Nike has made it official — Manny Pacquiao has been FIRED over his anti-gay comments.

Nike issued a statement saying, “We find Manny Pacquiao’s comments abhorrent.”

“Nike strongly opposes discrimination of any kind and has a long history of supporting and standing up for the rights of the LGBT community.”

NIKE DROPS MANNY PACQUIAO

“We no longer have a relationship with Manny Pacquiao.”

As we previously reported, the two sides have had a relationship since at least 2006 — but Nike had a major problem with Manny saying gay people are “worse than animals.”

Multiple sources connected to the situation tell us Manny personally tried to save the deal up until the last minute.

We’re told several members of Manny’s team had been communicating with Nike all morning — begging the company to reconsider and give Manny another chance.

In the end, Manny’s pleas fell on deaf ears … and Nike dropped the hammer.

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Manny Pacquiao: Boxer sorry for ‘gay people are worse than animals’

Manny Pacquiao
February 16, 2016

Manny Pacquiao: Boxer sorry for ‘gay people are worse than animals’

Eight-time world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has apologized after sparking outrage in the Philippines by saying gay people are “worse than animals.”

The 37-year-old, who is running for a seat in the country’s senate, made the remarks on a television program broadcast by Filipino station TV5.

Campaigning to secure one of 12 national seats he said: “It’s common sense. Will you see any animals where male is to male and female is to female?

“The animals are better. They know how to distinguish male from female. If we approve [of] male on male, female on female, then man is worse than animals.”

He first clarified his comments on his Instragram page, before later posting a video message on his Twitter account.

“I’m sorry for everyone who got hurt due to my comparison of gay people (homosexuals) to animals,” he said. “It was my mistake. Please forgive me for those who I’ve hurt.

“But this does not change my position against same sex marriage. That’s what I believe. My only mistake is comparing gay people to animals.”

The first fighter to win world titles at eight different weight divisions, Pacquiao is set to retire after his bout with Timothy Bradley in April.

The Filipino boxer’s “super fight” in Las Vegas with Floyd Mayweather last year was the most lucrative in boxing history. Pacquiao lost a unanimous points decision.

Pacquiao currently sits in the Philippines’ House of Representatives but is often absent due to his boxing commitments.

Reaction to his comments was swift, with one of the country’s most popular gay comedians, Vice Ganda, using the hashtag #PrayForMannyPacquiao on Twitter.

“The LGBT is a group of people,” Ganda told his 6.7 million followers. “We are humans. But not animals. Though we’re no saints we will pray for Manny Pacquiao.”

Pacquiao responded to the criticism on Instagram account, prior to posting a video of him back in training.

“I rather obey the Lord’s command than obeying the desires of the flesh,” wrote the boxer. “I’m not condemning anyone, but I’m just telling the truth of what the Bible says. The truth from the Bible is what changed me from my old ways.”

Quoting from 1 Corinthians 6:9, Pacquiao added: “Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men.”

He signed off by saying: “God Bless everyone I love you all.”

Several hours after that, an apology was posted on the boxer’s Twitter page.

The Philippines is Asia’s most Catholic nation with 70 million devotees. Though gay marriages do take place, they are not recognized by the state or by the church.

Ladlad, an LGBT political organization, was also quick to condemn Pacquiao’s comments.

“Rep. Pacquiao … betrays a shallow understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity, nay, even the very basics of science,” it said in a post on its Facebook page.

“His advisers—and Rep. Pacquiao himself—should bone up on LGBT issues that are becoming more important as the 21st century unfolds.

“Otherwise, they would be left behind in the Dark Ages, when the cavemen ruled, and the numbskulls roamed the earth.”

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Amir Khan Says Floyd Mayweather Is Afraid of Him

Amir Khan
February 15, 2016

British Boxer Amir Khan Says Floyd Mayweather Is Afraid of Him

Boxer Amir Khan says he was so serious about fighting Floyd Mayweather — he offered to take the fight for FREE … but Mayweather still ducked him because he’s “afraid.”Khan was a in Pebble Beach for the Pro-Am — when he dished about the failed negotiations to fight the legend … and talked some smack at the same time.We also asked how he felt about the fact his next opponent, Canelo Alvarez , is already in talks to fight Gennady Golovkin later this year.

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