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Apr 24, 2015

Bouts from different eras can’t be ranked: Arum

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Next week’s fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao is expected to be the most lucrative ever in boxing but that does not necessarily make it the biggest of all time, veteran promoter Bob Arum told Reuters.

The heavily anticipated megabout in Las Vegas on May 2 is projected to become the sport’s top-grossing showdown, pulling in close to $500 million in pay-per-view, but Arum says it is impossible to rank contests from different eras.

Apr 23, 2015

Pacquiao’s hand speed will earn win, says Roach

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Superior hand speed will give Manny Pacquiao a decisive edge over American Floyd Mayweather in their heavily anticipated megafight in Las Vegas next week, says the Filipino southpaw’s trainer Freddie Roach.

Mayweather will go into the May 2 welterweight showdown as the favorite in his bid to improve on a perfect 47-0 record as a professional, but Roach is confident that underdog Pacquiao will emerge triumphant on points after the 12 scheduled rounds.

Apr 16, 2015

Reckless means ‘entertaining’ for Pacquiao

HOLLYWOOD, California (Reuters) – Appearing relaxed and confident, Manny Pacquaio embraced suggestions he was “a reckless fighter” when he held a workout for the media on Wednesday ahead of his heavily anticipated fight against Floyd Mayweather.

The May 2 showdown in Las Vegas between the two biggest drawcards of their generation has been more than five years in the making and Pacquiao also expressed hope that the defense-minded Mayweather would show more aggression in the ring.

Apr 13, 2015

Imagination the key to Spieth’s putting: Crenshaw

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth’s sublime putting on some of the most treacherous greens in golf, which set up his Masters victory on Sunday, was underpinned by his imaginative touch, says putting maestro Ben Crenshaw.

While Crenshaw is acknowledged as one of the best putters of all time, he was mightily impressed by the manner in which his fellow Texan was able to adapt to the deceptive pace and tricky lines at Augusta National aged just 21.

Apr 13, 2015

Analysis – Spieth’s Masters win offers glimpse into major future

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth’s remarkable victory at the 79th Masters not only confirmed the greatness for which he has long been earmarked but offered a glimpse into the likely pattern at majors for the next decade.

Spieth, aged 21, claimed his first major title on Sunday with a record-equalling display at Augusta National where world number one Rory McIlroy, 25, finished fourth and rising Japanese talent Hideki Matsuyama, 23, placed fifth.

Apr 13, 2015

Spieth’s Masters win offers glimpse into major future

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth’s remarkable victory at the 79th Masters not only confirmed the greatness for which he has long been earmarked but offered a glimpse into the likely pattern at majors for the next decade.

Spieth, aged 21, claimed his first major title on Sunday with a record-equalling display at Augusta National where world number one Rory McIlroy, 25, finished fourth and rising Japanese talent Hideki Matsuyama, 23, placed fifth.

Apr 13, 2015

Spieth claims wire-to-wire victory at Masters

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Young gun Jordan Spieth, evoking memories of Tiger Woods at Augusta National 18 years ago, added his name to golf’s record books with a stunning wire-to-wire victory by four shots at the Masters on Sunday.

Ice-cool whenever he faced adversity, the 21-year-old American who is known for his brilliant putting closed with a two-under-par 70 to match Woods’ tournament record low of 18-under 270 for 72 holes.

Apr 12, 2015

Golf-Spieth pulls five ahead at Masters

AUGUSTA, Georgia, April 12 (Reuters) – Young gun Jordan Spieth shrugged off a few anxious moments and remained on track to add his name to golf’s record books as he led by a commanding five shots midway through Sunday’s final round at the Masters.

The 21-year-old American, aiming to become only the fifth wire-to-wire winner at Augusta National, mixed three birdies with two bogeys to reach the turn in one-under-par 35, and 17 under for the tournament.

Apr 12, 2015

Early move by Bradley, leader Spieth set to start

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Keegan Bradley made the biggest move among the early starters in the Masters final round on Sunday as overnight leader Jordan Spieth prepared for a mid-afternoon tee off and a place in golf’s record books.

American Bradley, who won his only major title at the 2011 PGA Championship, rebounded from a bogey at the par-four first with six birdies in the next 12 holes to get to three under, a distant 13 strokes off the pace.

Apr 12, 2015

Remarkable Spieth faces one last test at Masters

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Having astonished the golfing world with his remarkable composure in record-breaking style at the Masters, Jordan Spieth will again rely on his putting as he aims for a first green jacket at Augusta National.

The 21-year-old American will take a four-shot lead into Sunday’s final round after holding off the challenge of some of the biggest names in the game while also rebounding from a double-bogey at the 17th with a gutsy par save at the last.