ATLANTA, Georgia:The measure of any good team is its strength off the bench.Having earned a chance through the misfortune of a teammate when Jermaine Taylor got injured at the seventh minute of their group contest against El Salvador in Toronto, Michael Hector is proving that to be true.The towering central defender was a man-mountain in Jamaica’s historic Gold Cup semi-final 2-1 win over the United States on Wednesday. It was the Reggae Boyz’s first win over the United States on American soil, thus becoming the first Caribbean team to do so since Haiti at San Diego in 1969.It is also the first time that Jamaica has qualified for the CONCACAF Gold Cup final.”The team has taken to me,” Hector beamed with glee after the win on Wednesday night at the Georgia Dome here which thrust the Reggae Boyz into their first Gold Cup final.”I’ve been on the bench for the first few games. It was hard for me to sit and watch, but we had done so well defensively in our first two games, so I couldn’t really sit and moan about not playing,” he observed.”When I did get my chance, I think I’ve realised I had to take it, and I thought, ‘I’ve done well to keep my place’.”Hector’s contribution has enabled the Jamaica team to maintain its powerful performance at the tournament, conceding only twice in five matches, winning four times and drawing once.”The defence has been great – even the goalkeeper! Obviously, he made a mistake, but he still made some great saves after that, and he kept his head and kept us in the game,” Hector noted of Thompson, whose spill led to the US goal.Like Hector, Thompson got his run off the bench this Gold Cup at BMO Field in Toronto when starting keeper Dwayne Miller got injured against El Salvador.- A.B.
When Ricky Chin resigned as president of Waterhouse Football Club last season, it was certain that the next man to step into his boots would have a mountainous task returning the club to the peak of it powers.After a comprehensive search, Jamaica Public Service (JPS) board member and a director for energy in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Fitzroy Vidal, was handed the mantle to move the club forward.”Waterhouse Football Club is one of the biggest football clubs in the country. I was asked to assume this role of taking charge of the club as president and I consented and the management asked me to implement the necessary changes that I saw fit and rebuild the club to its former glory and even exceed it,” he stated.Vidal said the club’s hierarchy contended that the club was not being managed properly, and that it was plagued with problems of inadequate structures and financial challenges such as a high electricity bill and was overburdened by a Caribbean Football Union (CFU) fine.OPERATINGAS ABUSINESS”The administrative area needs changes and we have had personnel changes. But it’s work in progress. We have more to do and we want the right people, but we are determined to take it (club) to the professional level, as we want to run it as a business.”He added: “We are facing mountains of debts which we are committed to paying off and at the same time to run the club as a professional unit is extremely difficult. But I undertook the task to transform the club into a business operation and put it back to its rightful position. But the financial management is of high priority and we are putting structures in place.”Our sponsors are big stakeholders. We saw National Continental Bakery stepping forward and giving us additional money to support us and it is extremely important because it takes money to run a football and this is sending a big signal and we are grateful for it.”They (sponsors) have been with us through the good and bad times, the highs and lows and corporate Jamaica know what football can do for this community with financial support on a larger scale,” Vidal reasoned.However, uncharacteristic poor results on the field this season have been a major cause for concern, sparking fears of relegation in a community which lives, eats and breathes Waterhouse Football Club.”The community is very important to this football club, the fan base is very strong and very supportive. The club was hungry for change and it has been difficult, but very strategic. We made some changes at the technical level and after I got the technical team I wanted, I then moved my focus to the administrative aspect and we have seen improvements, although not as much as we would have wanted, particularly because we have been paying our debts to creditors,” he noted.”My vision is to make Waterhouse Football Club a football giant, winning leagues, developing youngsters into professional footballers and helping them ply their trade on the international scene and leverage the Waterhouse FC brand for the sustainable benefit of all stakeholders.”I am proud to be identified with this club because everywhere I go people want to be associated with them,” said Vidal.
Ramel ‘Sub Zero’ Lewis, a former finalist in the ‘Wray & Nephew Contender’ series, will make his 2016 debut tonight against Fard ‘The Messenger’ Muhammad from Las Vegas, Nevada, in a five round fight.The fight will be broadcast live on Television Jamaica at 9.30 pm.Lewis, who has a record of six wins, which include three knockouts and three losses, has not fought since May 2014, when he lost to Tsetsi Davis in another Contender bout. He added a lot of weight during this time and had some difficulty coming down to the 147 welterweight limit.LOSING WEIGHTHis camp has stated that he has been working very hard over the past six weeks, that his weight is down to the welterweight limit, and that he is in good condition. He told The Gleaner recently that he is “feeling great, and looking forward to the first fight.”Lewis is known to be a hard-hitting fighter with power in both hands and is always a feared opponent. He is also quite vulnerable, however, as he leaves himself wide open at times.His opponent, Muhammad, is a late replacement and is a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, who is making his debut as a professional boxer. His record shows that he has a 3-3 MMA professional record and fought as recently as February 20 as a bantamweight. Fighting as a welterweight tonight, he should not have any problems making that weight and could well be giving away a lot of pounds against Lewis.It will be interesting to see how he adjusts to the cleaner style of professional boxing. In MMA, one can use hands and feet and wrestle an opponent to the canvas. Boxing skills are necessary, but are not the primary weapons in MMA. The rules of professional boxing are very different, and Muhammad will have to change his style a lot to cope with the new format.The boxers in the competition are vying for the Wray & Nephew Welterweight Contender 2016 title and prize money of $2 million for the champion, $500,000 for the runner-up, $250,000 for third place, and $200,000 for fourth place.
Gaynstead and Denbigh were crowned ISSA All-Island junior and senior champions after victories over Holmwood and Excelsior in the finals at the Leila Robinson Court yesterday.In the junior final, Urban champions Gaynstead captured their first All-Island title after getting by former champions Holmwood 25-21, while rural champions Denbigh squeezed a one-point win over urban champions Excelsior, beating them 34-33.In the Holmwood-Gaynstead clash, both teams looked very nervous as they were guilty of numerous turnovers, with the score tied 7-7 after the first quarter.With goal shooter Britney Logan and goal attack Kelsey Jonas finding their rhythm, it was the Dalton Hinds-coached Gaynstead that took the initiative at the start of the second quarter, leading 14 -11 at the break.Despite getting several chances to get on even terms, the Holmwood players continued to struggle in possession, with Gaynstead’s goal-defence, Latanya Wilson, who was later named Most Valuable Player, putting in a commanding shift.In the end, it was an easy win for Gaynstead as they made up for last year’s disappointment losing to Denbigh at this stage.Goal-shooter Britney Logan top-scored for Gaynstead with 16 points from 17 attempts, while goal-attack Kelsey Jonas assisted with 15 from 20. For Holmwood, goal-shooter Shadine Bartley top-scored with 12 from 15, and goal-attack Shanice McKenley 9 from 16.EXCELSIOR PUMPED UPAfter capturing their first-ever urban senior title, it was a pumped-up Excelsior team that came out blazing against an experienced Denbigh team, jumping to a quick 4-0 lead in the first three minutes, led by perfect shooting from goal shooter Kimberly Hudson.However, the Denbigh team settled early and scored five quick unanswered goals, and for the remainder of the quarter, it was a back-and-forth battle as both teams traded points, with Excelsior eventually taking the quarter 10-8.It was the same story for most of the second quarter, but in the latter stage, Denbigh took control through goal-shooter Moya Manning, wing-defence Chrisann Thompson, and wing-attack Nicole Lewis, who combined well throughout.The arrival of Member of Parliament Mike Henry at the start of the third quarter seemed to have spurred on the Denbigh team, which pushed their advantage, leading 27-21 at the end of the third quarter.Denbigh continued to pile on the pressure early in the fourth quarter and looked like scoring a runaway victory. However, Excelsior rallied strongly to cut into the lead before drawing level 33-33 with less than a minute to go.With them having the centre pass, they looked to pull off an unlikely win, but instead, turned over the ball, and Denbigh took the opportunity to score a narrow one-goal win and regain their title last won in 2002.Goal shooter Manning top-scored for the champions with 25 from 29, while goal-attack Cohen scored 9 from 14.For Excelsior, it was goal-shooter Hudson, with 17 from 22, and goal-attack Quannia Walker, with 16 from 21, leading their efforts. Manning was named MVP.
Racers Track Club president and head coach Glen Mills is calling on fans to show their support for retiring sprinter Usain Bolt at this year’s Jamaica National Racers Grand Prix meet, while noting its commitment to driving the growth of track and field in the island.Bolt will compete in his final race on Jamaican soil at the June 10 meet inside the National Stadium in what is being dubbed ‘Salute to a Legend’, and Mills says the meet provides an opportunity for Jamaican and international fans to pay homage to the track icon ahead of his final international event, the IAAF World Championships in London.Joining Bolt at the meet will be world and Olympic stars Mo Farah, David Rudisha, Wayde van Niekerk, as well as Yohan Blake, Christian Taylor, Javier Culson, among other top draw local and international athletes.”We have demonstrated what we are all about,” said Mills. “Anyone who was at the 2016 meet saw what our standard was and what we want to achieve and this year we can guarantee we will surpass that.””We are honouring one of Jamaica’s greatest sons. Jamaica is not new to legends. We have had Marcus Mosiah Garvey, we have had Robert Nesta Marley and we have Usain Bolt,” added the world-revered track coach.”In putting together the Racers Grand Prix each year, we endeavour to make a special contribution to the development of track and field in Jamaica, and we would like the meet not only to provide competition for both local and international stars, but we are looking carefully at the impact it can provide to the development of the sport in Jamaica,” Mills added.BIGGER AND BETTER”This meet promises to be bigger and better. This year’s edition is entitled ‘Salute to a Legend’. Racers Track Club is extending an invitation to Jamaica and the rest of the world to join us in a celebration to honour the legend, Usain Bolt,” said Mills. “Never has there been one so charismatic, one so dynamic, one so dominant, one so brilliant and one so fast.”He’s the greatest sprinter of all time, a true Jamaican patriot who will make his final strides in his native land. Racers Grand Prix provides the opportunity for a nation to show its love for 15 years of international glory, pride and joy given to us by Usain Bolt,” he noted.Twenty-one events will be contested at the meet, which gets started at 6:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale online on May 1.
View comments MOST READ Reyes put Carl Bryan Cruz, Mac Belo and the injured Raymond Almazan in the freezer for this match, but reiterated that the Gilas roster could change when the Filipinos battle Chinese Taipei at home on Monday.“Basically, we took into account the team that we are playing [today],” Reyes said after revealing the final roster. “And we also took into account our health and injury situation.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneThe 6-foot-7 Almazan still has a swollen ankle, and could be available for the Taiwanese.“I spoke to the three of them and they took it very professionally and very well,” Reyes added. “This is just the 12-man roster for [Friday’s] game. For Taiwan, it would be different. Every game could change.” The talented 6-foot-10 center Joji Takeuchi will still be the Japanese’s main man, though the Filipinos have ample knowledge of how he plays, which will be critical in Reyes’ defensive scheme.There are a total of 80 countries taking part in this hectic qualifying process, with the Philippines shooting to become one of eight countries coming from Asia to play in the World Cup in China in 2019.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set 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 Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Del Rosario gets Man of the Year, Hall of Fame nod LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kevin Alas will be the third point guard at Reyes’ disposal after Castro and Kiefer Ravena.Calvin Abueva, RR Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Gabe Norwood, Allein Maliksi and Troy Rosario complete the team.Team Philippines has had a long record of success against the Japanese, its last loss to the hosts happening in 2004 in the Fiba Asia Challenge where the Filipinos lost by 60 points.Japan has thrown in everything against the Philippines of late, including former NBA player Yuta Tabuse, to no avail.It will be bannered by naturalized forward Ira Brown in the 7 p.m. (6 p.m. in Manila) game at Komazawa gym at the Olympic Park in Tokyo.ADVERTISEMENT Jayson Castro. Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas takes the first step in its bid to return to the World Cup on Friday, clashing with Japan in Tokyo with a roster coach Chot Reyes feels is suited to defeat the Japanese on the road.After close to three weeks of hard work, Reyes made the final three cuts on his 15-man pool, basically sticking out with tested veterans led by Jayson Castro at the guard spot, Japeth Aguilar at forward and naturalized center Andray Blatche and June Mar Fajardo in the middle.ADVERTISEMENT
OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s the season of giving.But for some PBA rookies, they couldn’t avoid having their fair share of weird and wacky gifts they’ve received during the Yuletide season.ADVERTISEMENT “I’ll spend my Christmas in my condo. We have practice so I’ll only be able to come home in the New Year,” he said.Same goes for eighth overall pick Sidney Onwubere, who plans to stay in the gym come the 25th as he hopes to make a splash with TNT.“Back to the gym for me. Even if it’s Christmas, I’ll be working because I need to keep working,” said the Fil-Nigerian forward.Some, meanwhile, have it harder as they have a Christmas Day game slated on the schedule.Kiefer Ravena, who was picked second in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, already has a grand plan for himself as he seeks to spend some time with his loved ones before making the voyage to the cavernous Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan for NLEX’s tussle against GlobalPort.“We have a game, so I’ll spend the morning with my family. It’s a time for us to enjoy and cherish our loved ones because we all know how unique Christmas is in the Philippines,” he said.Hectic as his day may be, Ravena shared that he still makes it a point to give back to the less fortunate and share his blessings especially during this time of the year.“It’s easy to be good, so it’s better for us to help others and share our blessings to those who have less. I try to do gift-givings to the less fortunate and I think it’s my own way of trying to help each and everybody,” he said. “Again, it’s better to give than to receive so you have to share your blessings.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:42No Christmas Mass at Notre Dame for first time in two centuries02:14Carpio 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals “He surprised me. He flew from the United States just to watch me and I’m glad that I was able to play,” said the sixth overall pick as he made his professional debut for the Hotshots despite dealing with a back injury.The same was the case for the speedy Rain or Shine guard Rey Nambatac, who got his Christmas wish as early as October when he was tabbed by the Elasto Painters at seven.“I wasn’t expecting to be picked as early as seven. It was a weird feeling because I really felt I’ll be picked in the latter rounds, but there I was in the middle of the first round,” he said.Some rookies struggled remembering the weird presents they previously got that they just treasure the times whenever they were able to celebrate the holidays with their families, especially now that they are in the PBA.Number three pick Raymar Jose, whose family is in Pontevedra, Negros Occidental, couldn’t help but feel sad as he spends his Christmas all by his lonesome once again, this time due to his obligations with Blackwater.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Hurting Pingris raring to play vs Ginebra on Christmas Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Fourth overall pick Jeron Teng was left speechless when he was gifted a pillow years back.“Maybe they’re telling me that I need to sleep more,” said the Alaska rookie in Filipino chuckling. “Maybe they want me to have a good night’s sleep.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTS Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkUnexpected gifts are not limited to material things.For Magnolia’s Fil-American rookie Robbie Herndon, his Christmas came early when his father Robert Sr. unexpectedly showed up and watched his first professional game last Wednesday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track “We just came from a terrible loss and it just shows that everything should come from the ground,” said Ateneo head coach Oliver Almadro. “My players delivered well, they owned this game. In a span of two days they adjusted right away.”Four-time MVP Marck Espejo had 24 points to lead the 1-1 Blue Eagles while Gian Carlo Glorioso added 11 for the defending champions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBryan Bagunas had 18 points to lead the Bulldogs with James Natividad and Fauzi Ismail putting up 17 and 16 points, respectively.In the first game, University of Santo Tomas improved to a 2-0 slate after turning back University of the East 25-11, 25-21, 20-25, 25-15. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rookie again: Valdez set to make her debut as NCAA volleyball analyst MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Arnold Bautista led the Tiger Spikers with 13 points while Joshua Umandal and Juren Buro added 12 points apiece.UE skipper Geric Ortega had 12 points for the Red Warriors as they dropped to 0-2.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ateneo recovered from its season opening loss and trumped National University in a Finals rematch from a year ago, 26-24, 25-21, 17-25, 25-19, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Blue Eagles saw their 30-game unbeaten streak turn into dust when they lost to Far Eastern University in straight sets, 25-18, 25-19, 25-22, in their first game of the year.ADVERTISEMENT
Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Alab bolsters semis bid with 38-point rout of CLS Knights Allyn Bulanadi and Ryan Costelo spearheaded the 39-point rout as they combined for six treys as Che’Lu-San Sebastian shot 15-of-37 from downtown.Costelo shot 13 points and had 10 rebounds, while Bulanadi also went for 13 markers on top of five boards, and three dimes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownVeteran forward Samboy de Leon led the crew in scoring with 15 points to go along with five rebounds, Alfred Batino had 13 markers and eight boards, and Jason David chipped in 11 points, four rebounds, and three assists in the win.Che’Lu-San Sebastian coach Stevenson Tiu admitted that he can finally heave a sigh of relief after his team finally secured a spot in the playoffs with a 7-3 card. LATEST STORIES 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery MOST READ “At least, we can relax a bit,” he said. “We’ve been preparing for this important game. At least with this win, we’re already assured of the quarters.”After falling behind, 4-0, to start the game, the Revellers retorted with a 9-0 blast before extending their lead to as high as 44, 99-55, late.Cedrick Ablaza carried Batangas-EAC (1-8) with 14 points and seven rebounds, while Cedric de Joya had 10 markers, three boards, and three assists.The scores:CHE’LU BAR AND GRILL-SAN SEBASTIAN 99 — De Leon 15, Batino 13, Bulanadi 13, Costelo 13, David 11, Collado 8, Faundo 8, Siruma 8, Capobres 6, Lao 3, Ilagan 1, Jeruta 0, Santos 0.ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback BATANGAS-EAC 60 — Ablaza 14, De Joya 10, Garcia 8, Dela Peña 5, J. Mendoza 5, Bugarin 4, E. Mendoza 4, Pate 4, Tampoc 4, Altamirano 2, Corilla 0, Estacio 0, Maguliano 0, Martin 0.Quarters: 25-14, 46-25, 73-40, 99-60.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA IMAGESChe’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian barged into the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup quarterfinals with an emphatic 99-60 victory over Batangas-EAC Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The Revellers took advantage of their 20-day break, pouncing on the also-ran Generals on their way to their fifth straight win.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims
Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? MOST READ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names 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 Philippine senator and boxing hero Manny Pacquiao, left, and Argentine World Boxing Association welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse pose after weigh-ins in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, July 14, 2018. Matthysse and Pacquiao are scheduled to fight on July 15, for the World Boxing Association welterweight title in Malaysia. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)KUALA LUMPUR—For so long, Manny Pacquiao has been The Man in boxing circles. And nowadays, he may be very well compared to an ageing rockstar on a greatest hits tour.Lucas Matthysse, however, refuses to be a mere spliced footage in the Pacman’s career highlight reel.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West SMB draws first blood “I am hungry to fight after one year of rest; I trained very hard and pushed myself to the limit,” said Pacquiao. “Kung wala na ang desire siguro hindi ko na papahirapan ang sarili ko (I would not have punished myself in training if there’s no desire left in me).”He has lost two of his previous four fights, including a shocking unanimous decision defeat last year at the hands of Australian Jeff Horn, who didn’t hesitate to use his height and heft to rough Pacquiao up.Pacquiao said he picked Matthysse as his opponent because “he brings action to the ring,” which only means plenty of opportunities for him to strike and, possibly, score a victory convincing enough for him to lay down a few more fights down the road before retiring.The last time Pacquiao scored a knockout was almost a decade ago when he defeated the stocky raging bull Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico in 2009.He he has had plenty of strong wins over the years after that—including a sound beating of Timothy Bradley (2016) and Chris Algieri (2014).Three years back, Pacquiao shared the ring with Floyd Mayweather Jr., in the mother of all megafights that reportedly earned both fighters a combined $300 million in purse.Oscar De La Hoya, here as Matthysse’s promotional manager, predicted that it could either be Pacquiao by decision, or Matthysse by knockout—noting that the distractions surrounding Pacquiao could be telling.“Let’s see after this fight if Manny Pacquiao can still continue to fight or just focus as a public servant,” said Pacquiao, who is on his first term as senator. 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On the tailend of a long, glorious boxing career marked by fame, big money and extravagance, Pacquiao has reached a point where he has to implore boxing fans to watch his fight and make pleading guarantees that there will be a lot of thrill and excitement.“I hope all Filipinos will watch the fight,” said the 39-year-old Pacquiao on the eve of his WBA welterweight title fight against champion Lucas Matthysse, a fringe boxer known for his strong punches and propensity to fight moving forward.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Matthysse’s attack mentality fits perfectly into Pacquiao’s fighting style, but the Argentine is out to prove he should be breathing the same rarefied air as his opponent and other legends of the sport.“We are out for glory,” has been the common refrain of the camp of Matthysse, who goes by the moniker “Machine” because of his relentlessness. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fight time is 11 a.m. on Sunday at Axiata Arena inside the sprawling Bukit Jalil Sports Complex here before a crowd that is expected to include Philippine President Duterte.Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad was also invited by Pacquiao to watch the bout and his attendance could very well be a first in all of boxing.Mr. Duterte’s expected presence could mark the first time a sitting Philippine President watched a boxing fight since former President Ferdinand Marcos witnessed the Jan. 16, 1982 slugfest between Filipino legend Rolando Navarette and Korean Choi Chung-il.Malaysia, meanwhile, is all prepared to host its the biggest fight since Muhammad Ali fought Joe Bugner in 1975—albeit under the shadow of the World Cup finale, an event that is expected to preoccupy the football-mad country at least early on in the day.Pacquiao made the weight Saturday at 146 pounds, while Matthysse tipped the scales at 146.7 lb during the weigh-in at Malaysia International Trade and Exhibit Center.ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team
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