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Fight of the Century: Pacquiao loses to still-perfect Mayweather by UD

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June 22, 1938: Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling
March 8, 1971: Joe Frazier vs. Muhammad Ali
And now the first superfight of the social media age!

Here’s our round by round breakdown for the Fight of the Century (Philippines: Battle for Greatness)

11:00am: The VIPs are in the building. Michael Jordan, Mark Wahlberg, Robert De Niro, among others are in the building!

11:06am: UP NEXT: Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather

A retrospective video is shown showing the biggest fights in both fighters’ careers. Highlights from the biggest weigh-in in fight sports history was shown as well*.
*First time in fight sports history that the audience paid to see a weigh-in. Tickets started at $10.

11:26am: Magic Johnson, Jesse Jackson, Paris Hilton, Adrian Brody, Sting shown on the screen,

“We waited for five years, what’s a few more minutes?”

11:37am: Sho Sports’ Jimmy Lennon Jr. opens the ceremony for the main event.

11:38am: Julio Lopez sings the Himno Nacional Mexicano to commemorate the Cinco de Mayo weekend

11:39am: Pastor and the Word Choir and Gail Banawis sing the Lupang Hinirang

11:41am: Jamie Foxx sings the Star-Spangled Banner

11:43am: THE WAIT IS OVER! IT’S GO TIME!

Rivalries create legends. Legends create history.

11:45am: Manny Pacquiao has Jimmy Kimmel in his entourage! AC/DC’s Thunderstruck blasting through the background. The eight-division world champion is here!

Pacquiao’s entrance song:

11:49am: The #1 pound for pound boxer in the world makes his way to the ring

*Mayweather is taller, heavier, and has longer reach than Pacquiao

11:54am: Pacquiao with Buboy Fernandez, Coach Freddie Roach, Chavit Singson, Jake Juson in his corner. Michael Buffer doing the introduction for HBO/Top Rank.

11:56am: Jimmy Lennon doing the introduction for Showtime’s and Mayweather Production’s the unbeaten, 11-time world champion Floyd Mayweather

11:57am: Referee Kenny Bayless giving the rules to both fighters. “This is what the world has been waiting for. Touch ’em up and God bless!” – Kenny Bayless

11:58am: ROUND 1
Pacquiao setting up the pace. Both fighters gauging the range with jabs. Straight right hand by Pacquiao. Chants of Manny echo throughout the arena. Straight to the body by Mayweather. Stiff right hand by Mayweather with 32 seconds remaining. Pacquiao cornering Mayweather with 10 seconds remaining. “Money” holds Manny’s arms to end the round.

12:02pm: ROUND 2
Pacquiao connecting with a straight to open the round while cornering Mayweather. Pacquiao head hunting but Mayweather with excellent weaving and foot movement. Pacquiao eats a short jab. Pacquiao connecting with a combination to corner Mayweather but Mayweather clinching Pacquiao to break it off. Short combinations by Manny, Mayweather counterpunching then leaving the scene.  Close second round! Pacquiao smiles to end the round.

“Forward combination okay?” – Freddie Roach

12:06pm: ROUND 3
Pacquiao weaving while moving forward. Sick body shot by Floyd at the 2:12 mark. Pacquiao connects with a 1-2 to the body but again Mayweather clinches. Mayweather on the ropes again with 1:00 remaining. Floyd holding Pacquiao’s head down and with cheap body shots. Pacquiao connects with a straight and a flurry to end the round. AGAIN, Pacquiao has a smirk on his face.

12:10pm: ROUND 4
Mayweather with another body shot to open the round. Pacquiao manages to connect with a left to the head of his opponent after a missed combination. The shoulder role defense of Mayweather still not solved by Pacquiao. Pacquiao connects with a flurry! Ten shots at least with 1:10. Mayweather winces. Manny with a huge 1-2 afterwards. Straight by Mayweather but a huge straight by his opponent follows. Stiff shot by Pacquiao to end the round. Manny takes this round.

12:14pm: ROUND 5
Pacquiao being aggressive but still wary of the counter-punching of Mayweather. Mayweather cornering Pacquiao and connects with three shots, two to the head and one to the body, Manny escapes seconds later. Mayweather with a sneaky body shot. Jabs by Mayweather. Floyd putting his hands down as Pacquiao goes headhunting again. Two jabs by Mayweather to close the round.

12:18pm: ROUND 6
Mayweather’s length showing in the opening of the round. Pacquiao on the aggressive once more to corner Pacquiao. Mayweather tries to clinch once more but Manny fakes an overhand to Mayweather’s grin. Pacquiao with an overhand followed by a combination with Mayweather on the ropes. Mayweather shaking his head not selling the shots. Pacquiao with a flurry! Pacquiao dominates Mayweather in this round.

Floyd Sr. frustrated with his son in the corner.

12:22pm: ROUND 7
Overhands by Mayweather sratching Manny’s arms. Straight by Pacquiao. Jab by Mayweather which imbalances Pacquiao. In a contrast to the first six rounds, Pacquiao being the patient fighter while Mayweather goes into the aggressive. Stinging jabs by Mayweather about three connects. Pacquiao with a right hand jab and a left straight. Sidestep by Mayweather after a combination by Pacquiao. Pacman goes into the aggressive to end the round.

12:26pm: ROUND 8
Stiff jabs by Mayweather to open. Left shots by Pacman, Pacquiao missed with a huge overhand. A combination by Manny with the last left hook connecting. Two jabs to the body by Money. Two excellent left hooks by Mayweather. The reach again making a difference. Jabs by Mayweather but Pacquiao counters with a straight. Mayweather takes the round.

12:30pm: ROUND 9
Mayweather with his hands down, daring Manny to take a shot. Mayweather slowing down with the foot movement. Clinch as the two exchange cheap shots. Straight left by Pacquiao connects. Excellent counter punching by Mayweather displayed. Straight right hand by Mayweather connects with :30 remaining. Right connects for Mayweather as well to end the round.

12:34pm: ROUND 10
Short left hooks by Pacquiao but Mayweather connects with a jab. Right hand countering by Mayweather. Left hand combination again by Pacquiao but Mayweather sidesteps. Pacquiao cornering Mayweather with :50 remaining. Headlock by Mayweather at the :35 mark. Jab by Pacquiao and weaves out off the counter to end the round.

12:38pm: ROUND 11
Two combinations by Mayweather connecting to open the round. Body shot by Money soon follows but counter straight by the unbeaten fighter. Left straight by Pacquiao connects. Left hand to the body then finished high by Pacquiao. Pacquiao corners Mayweather, connects with body shots capped off by a short uppercut to the head of Mayweather but Floyd counters. Jab to the body by Mayweather to close the round.

FINAL ROUND!

12:42pm: ROUND 12
Embrace by the two future hall of famers to open the round. Both fighters wary to take a shot. Pacquiao connects with a straight left hook, Pacquiao looking to land the cleaner shots. Final 60 seconds! Mayweather eluding all Pacquiao shots. Pacquiao cornering Mayweather with :25 seconds remaining and connecting with combinations. Mayweather raises his hands with :10 seconds remaining.

Mayweather connects with 148 to Pacquiao’s 81 shots.

DECISION: Floyd Mayweather defeats Manny Pacquiao by Unanimous Decision (118-110, 116-112×2) to unify the WBC, WBA, and WBO welterweight championships

Manny Pacquiao: “I thought I won the fight. He just kept on running,” Pacquiao in a post-match interview with HBO’s Max Kellerman. “He just kept running around, so I was not able to hit him.” Moreover, Manny Pacquiao said that there was no height disadvantage: “I did not feel it. He was not able to hit me.”

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Joshua Munzon, Westsports snap Saigon’s streak in highly emotional contest

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Entering Wednesday night’s game, Mikey Williams and the Saigon Heat were on a high, slaying the winning streaks of Hong Kong Eastern and Nanhai Kung Fu. However, Joshua Munzon and the Westsports Malaysia Dragons had other things in mind, keeping the Heat winless at the MABA Stadium, 91-87.

In his fourth game since returning to the Dragons, Munzon filled up the stat sheet, tallying 18 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, two steals, and two blocks.

Besides putting up the numbers, the athletic swingman from California helped limit reigning Heritage Player of the Week Williams to his worst game so far in the ABL. Averaging 27.33 points, 6.67 assists, and 6.0 rebounds prior to this game, Williams went field goal-less against the Dragons, missing all 11 of his attempts. The Filipino-American floor general was able to dish out eight assists and grab five caroms.

Westsports led by as much as 11 points in the final frame, 82-71, after Munzon found Marcus Marshall for a triple with 4:59 remaining. Behind World Imports Akeem Scott and Maxie Esho, the Heat stormed right back but was answered by a long bomb by Munzon to keep them at bay.

Marshall and Scott figured in a shootout to close out the game but in the end, the hosts were still able to etch out their second straight victory.

Marshall finished the game with 25 points, nine assists and six rebounds for the Dragons while Scott’s 44-point game went for naught.

After the emotionally charged contest though, few unkind words were exchanged by the officials of both squads that almost resulted into a brawl. Fortunately, things did not escalate beyond that.

In the video, Munzon was also seen shoving a Saigon player to try and pacify the situation. The league is currently investigating the post-game incident.

With the win, Westsports Malaysia raised its record to 3-4 while dropping Saigon to 4-3.

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Edward Kelly honored to fight alongside brother Eric

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Eric and Edward Kelly lived under the same roof for years in their hometown of Baguio City when they were young and shared the same burning passion in martial arts.

Growing up in the small town community of San Tomas Central, located within the city limits of Baguio, Eric and Edward did not always get along with one another as the two fought all the time, sometimes even resulting in injury.

“We were not that close before. We always fought. In short, Eric and I were headaches to our parents,” Edward recalled in jest.

“But of course, things change when you grow up and mature. We now appreciate each other’s company.”

Fortunately, when the brothers entered high school, Eric discovered martial arts, and everything would change for both of them.

Edward paid attention to the growing accolades of his older brother and was heavily motivated by it.

“I noticed after he started martial arts that it taught him the discipline not to fight me as a brother. Instead, he started giving me advice through what he had learned,” he bared. “I also joined martial arts because it teaches you discipline, and a lot of other positives, too.”

Years later, both men have made remarkable runs as outstanding martial artists in their respective professional careers.

Eric is widely regarded as one of the best homegrown martial arts athletes to come out of the Philippines.

A Wushu practitioner who combines solid striking techniques with high-level grappling skills, Eric owns nine scintillating submissions and one knockout out of 12 total career victories.

Eric’s most impressive showing to date came in a submission win over Rob Lisita in July 2014, a performance that earned him the USD 50,000 ONE Warrior Bonus.

Meanwhile, Edward is considered as one of the best and brightest featherweight prospects to emerge from the well-established martial arts scene in the Philippines.

With a complete striking and grappling skill set, Edward brings Team Lakay’s world-renowned Wushu to center stage as he showcases his impeccable skillset inside the ONE Championship cage.

In addition, the younger Kelly has won three of his last four bouts under the ONE Championship banner, all by spectacular finish.

The Kelly brothers get a rare chance on Friday, January 26 as the siblings will compete side-by-side when ONE Championship holds its first of the four scheduled events in the country for 2018.

Eric squares off with Brazilian standout Rafael Nunes on the undercard of ONE: Global Superheroes, while Edward crosses paths with Cambodia’s Meas Meul in a three-round featherweight clash.

It is the first time both of them will be featured at a ONE Championship event together, and Edward plans to make it a night they will never forget.

“I am so excited because finally, it’s going to happen. It marks the first time that I will compete alongside my older brother. Surely, it’s going to be a memorable night for the both of us,” he said.

“We have the same aim of winning. So making it two for two on this card will make this extra special.”

As Eric seeks to get back on the winning track at the expense of Nunes, Edward is likewise looking to move forward in his career after getting his three-bout winning streak snapped by American stalwart Emilio Urrutia in August 2017.

In his next cage outing, Edward goes up against Meul, a undefeated promotional newcomer with six wins to his credit.

“My coaches has prepared me well for this. I am not going to disappoint my team and my country when I enter that cage on 26th of January,” Edward assured. “I don’t want to let my countrymen down this time. I am here to give them a great bout.

“And of course, win the bout in impressive fashion for them.”

Edward has no qualms if he has to go full three rounds with Meul, but he admitted that his sights are always set on securing the finish.

“I am looking to dominate him for three rounds. But hopefully, I can get the finish,” he vowed.

“A finish will be the perfect way to tell the world that I am back.”

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Roger Pogoy churns best performance against former teammates

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Prior to Wednesday, all eyes were on the TNT Katropa-Blackwater Elite face-off, with many curious to see how last season’s Rookie of the Year Roger Pogoy would fare against his former FEU teammates Mac Belo and Raymar Jose.

And as the final buzzer sounded, the 25-year-old Pogoy had reigned triumphant over his close pals, getting away with a conference-best performance as a bonus.

The six-foot-two Cebuano sniper fired a game-high 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting, along with eight rebounds, three assists, and two steals, to lead the Texters to a skid-ending, 92-83 victory at the SMART Araneta Coliseum.

“Must-win talaga namin ‘to para makabawi kami, kasi 1-2 na yung standing namin (before the game) eh.

“Buti na lang maganda yung nilaro ko,” said Pogoy, who was just averaging 11.3 points in the past three games.

But Pogoy tipped his hat to the much taller Elite, who enjoyed plenty of time in the driver’s seat in the first half, until the Katropa found their groove in the third canto — highlighted by a 16-3 rally that put them ahead, 60-53.

“Malakas yung Blackwater eh, tapos ang lalaki nila kaya mahirap mag-drive, mahirap pumasa kasi naagaw nila,” said Pogoy. “Buti na lang naka-adjust kami nung second half. Hindi kami nagmadali, dinahan-dahan namin.”

Aside from his own outing, Pogoy is thankful that they were able to address their fourth quarter woes when facing the Elite — the issue that hounded them in their 76-88 loss to the San Miguel Beermen last Saturday in Iloilo.

TNT had actually been mere steps away from melting down — again — against Blackwater, no thanks to a 20-9 run that wiped out their 17-point lead to just six,

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With Nash Racela knowing his tendencies, Mac Belo limited to poor shooting

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Prior to Wednesday, Blackwater Elite’s young star Mac Belo was on a roll early in the 2018 Philippine Cup, averaging exactly 20 points on 42.6 percent shooting in their games against Meralco, Rain or Shine, and Ginebra.

But, as they say, good things must come to an end.

Belo, despite having 13 rebounds, was held to just nine points on 4-of-18 shooting as the Elite bowed to TNT Katropa, 92-83 — a sour loss knowing that they’re coming off huge 94-77 win against Ginebra last Friday.

“Bukol,” said Belo in jest of his poor outing after the match. “Big test para sa’min kasi yung TNT talagang isang de-kalibreng team dito sa PBA.

“Talagang pinaghandaan nila kami, at gustong-gusto nila manalo.”

It also did not help that the Katropa’s head coach, Nash Racela, was his coach in FEU Tamaraws for three years — a relationship brightly highlighted by a championship run in the UAAP Season 78 back in 2015.

“Siyempre alam niya yung mga tendencies ko. Matagal ko siyang coach sa FEU,” said the 6-foot-4 forward.

“Sa akin naman, kailangan ko pa matuto sa ganun, kung anong mga defense binabato niya sakin. Kailangan ko pang pag-aralan.”

But for Belo, the loss was more than his own showing. The 25-year-old lamented his and the Elite’s lapses on defense, which was encapsulated by the second half collapse they had that allowed TNT to come back and steal the win.

“Medyo marami lang kaming lapses especially sa defense namin,” said the sophomore forward, as they allowed TNT to shoot 41.6 percent from the floor. “Maraming mga miscommunication na kailangan pa namin i-work.”

Belo and the Elite are now set to move on from this bitter defeat, as they all shift their sights in their match this Friday versus GlobalPort Batang Pier. For the Gilas Pilipinas stalwart, it is already a must-win for them.

“Kailangan namin ng rest ngayon kasi back-to-back games kami. We need to win sa Friday para okay sa’min,” said Belo. “Kailangan din namin paghandaan kasi galing sila sa win.

“Kailangan namin i-double yung effort namin.”

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