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Manny Pacquaio meets Thai doppelganger

MANILA – Meet Kwanpichit OnesongchaiGym, Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquaio’s lookalike whom the latter met during a press conference on Thursday. “I had to do a double take,” said Bob Arum of Thai boxer OnesongchaiGym He added, “Here you have a Thai version of Manny Pacquiao facing Zou Shiming, who is trained by Manny’s trainer …

Manny Pacquiao returns to China for fight against unbeaten Chris Algieri

MACAU, Macau—Manny Pacquiao didn’t need the huge bouquet of flowers he was holding to feel welcome in this gambling enclave, where he will be fighting at an odd hour Sunday against an opponent who has to already feel as though he won boxing’s biggest lottery. Pacquiao got them anyway Tuesday night at his official grand …

Bouchard on fame: ‘If didn’t want attention I would have been a librarian’

Eugenie Bouchard would have chosen a different career path if she wasn’t comfortable with the spotlight. The 20-year-old Canadian tennis star surged from relative anonymity to household name in 2014, reaching two Grand Slam semis before making an appearance in July’s Wimbledon final. That success on the court led to increased fame off it, but …

Pacquiao not taking Algieri lightly

MANILA – Perhaps learning an important lesson from his devastating sixth-round knockout loss against Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez, world champion Manny Pacquiao is not taking for granted any of his opponents inside the ring. Pacquiao said part of his preparations against undefeated Chris Algieri in their Nov. 22 fight in Macau, China is the review …

Pacquiao gearing up to deliver solid power punches vs Algieri

MANILA – Looks like Manny Pacquiao is in tiptop shape. A day after Freddie Roach told him to knock Chris Algieri in the first round of their fight, the Filipino champion said that he has been practicing to perfect his solid, hard shots which he plans to deliver against his opponent on November 22 at …

Algieri, confident he has the tools and talent, looks to pull upset against Pacquiao in Macau

LAS VEGAS—In the days before his last fight—a stunning upset few in boxing saw coming—Chris Algieri worked his regular job as a personal trainer. At night he went home to his parents’ house on Long Island, where he lives in the basement. Unusual for a fighter, but Algieri is nothing if not an unusual fighter. …

LeBron on connecting with fans: ‘You cannot shortcut, you cannot cheat … they will know’

BOSTON—Even with almost 17 million followers on Twitter and nearly 22 million on Facebook, LeBron James didn’t hesitate when asked his preferred method of connecting with fans. “The basketball court,” the Cleveland Cavaliers star said on Thursday night during an “idea exchange” at Fenway Park. Speaking to business leaders at the home of the Boston …

Pacquiao says fight with Mayweather still possible

MANILA – Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao is still hoping that Floyd Mayweather Jr. will agree to a fight with him before either one of them retires. During an interview, Pacquaio said that he is already fulfilled with his boxing career – which includes being the only boxer in history to win titles in eight …

Back to School for Marc Pingris

MANILA – Marc Pingris recently posted a photo of himself on Instagram while attending his class. According to the 33-year-old Purefoods star player, he wanted to earn a college diploma. Thus, he enrolled at the Philippine School of Business Administration (PSBA). Pingris used to play for the PSBA Jaguars before he left in 2001 to …

Video of Kobe Paras’ highlights featured in leading US website

MANILA – Former La Salle Juniors player Kobe Paras’s seems to have taken the United States by a storm as a mixtape video of his best plays was showcased in leading basketball website ballislife.com on Sunday. The mixtape contains his plays during the 2014 The League by Compton Magic, one of the leading Amateur Athletic …