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May 1, 2015

Filipino Pacquiao, a man of multiple layers

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Very few sportsmen have pursued as many career paths as boxer Manny Pacquiao, an eight-division world champion who has also made his name outside the ring as a politician, philanthropist, lawmaker and singer.

The Filipino southpaw, who will take on unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather in a heavily anticipated welterweight showdown at the MGM Grand on Saturday, is unquestionably one of the most intriguing figures in contemporary sport.

May 1, 2015

Modest Roach plays down role in Pacquaio transformation

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Freddie Roach is the quintessential trainer, an Irish-American who lives and breathes boxing and is happiest when he has the mitts on while putting his fighters through their paces in his Wild Card Boxing Club.

Voted trainer of the year by the Boxing Writers Association of America on seven occasions, Roach is best known for the success he has achieved in partnership with Manny Pacquiao, a Filipino southpaw he has transformed into a complete fighter.

Apr 30, 2015

Trainers engage in verbal sparring ahead of megabout

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – While trash-talking by the two fighters has been at a bare minimum ahead of Saturday’s welterweight showdown between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, their trainers engaged in a war of words on Thursday.

Pacquiao’s corner man, Freddie Roach, complained that the Mayweather camp had not yet submitted gloves for testing before his opposite number, Floyd Mayweather Sr., countered by saying that the Pacquiao camp was simply running scared.

Apr 30, 2015

Subdued Mayweather might not show up, jests Roach

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Manny Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, has a theory on why the usually verbose Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been subdued during the buildup to Saturday’s hotly anticipated welterweight bout at the MGM Grand.

“I am wondering if he (Mayweather) is going to show up, I really do,” the bespectacled Roach told reporters with a smile before the two boxers held their final pre-fight media conference on Wednesday.

Apr 29, 2015

Pacquiao ’100 percent relaxed and confident’ for bout

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – With just three days to go before his much hyped showdown with undefeated American Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao was ultra relaxed, confident and ever smiling as he spoke about his preparations.

A 2-1 underdog, the Filipino southpaw told reporters at the MGM Grand on Wednesday that he had regained the sense of anticipation he had for fights a decade ago, though he was reluctant to give a prediction about the outcome.

Apr 29, 2015

Pacquiao, Mayweather again divided in fight buildup

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Four days before they meet in the ring for their highly anticipated showdown, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather marked the start of fight week at different events on Tuesday, with the Filipino southpaw a notable absentee from the ‘Grand Arrival’.

While Las Vegas resident Mayweather greeted his fans in typically flamboyant fashion at the MGM Grand Hotel’s official ceremony, Pacquiao conducted his own fan rally elsewhere earlier in the day.

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.