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By Miguel Maravilla
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Cinco de Mayo comes one month early with the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley welterweight championship pay-per-view undercard, which will feature four Hispanic contenders (and one honorary Hispanic) in three title fights on April 9th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The undercard press conference took place Wednesday in Los Angeles at The Conga Room at LA Live!
Bob Arum: A lot of what has been going on in this country has disgusted me because politicians have been saying things that I never believed political figures would say, disparaging to a large extent the Hispanic community. Whether they’re citizens, whether they’re residents, we know that the Mexicans, Mexican-Americans who live among us are by-and-large tremendous people, very hard-working people. And to hear fat-cat politicians say otherwise is just disgusting. So in this way, myself as part of the boxing community where so many of our athletes are Hispanics, are fighting back, making a statement. We have gathered three of the top, top young Hispanic fighters who’ll be fighting on this card which is headlined by Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley on April 9th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
We also have one of the men who is fighting one of our Hispanic stars, he’s a former champion and you can tell what he’s thinking because he goes by the nickname ‘The Mexican-Russian,’ so he’s onboard in support of us in this great crusade.
In the co-main event, WBO super middleweight champion “King” Arthur Abraham will defend his world title against undefeated WBO #1 super middleweight contender and mandatory challenger Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez.
Gilberto Ramirez: This is the fight of my life. This is what I worked so hard to get. We know what we’re up against. Obviously he’s a great fighter, hasn’t lost since 2013. We know what he’s done as a professional, but this is what I dreamed for, what I worked for. No Mexican is going home disappointed that night. We’re all going to win!
Arthur Abraham, from Germany, wasn’t in attendance. (more…)
How did super middleweight Jesse Hart go from fighting Feb. 27 at the Theatre in Madison Square Garden on an HBO championship card to a March 18 non-televised show from the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia? The answer says a lot about the direction boxing has traveled in recent memory.
“I don’t want to fight on someone else’s undercard,” Hart said recently, removing himself from his off-TV fight underneath Terrance Crawford’s WBO junior welterweight title defense against Hank Lundy, another Philadelphian, in New York City.
“I wanted to be the main event in Philadelphia where my dad (Eugene “Cyclone” Hart) was a star years ago,” Hart added. “I called up my promoter, Bob Arum, and explained this to him and he gave me the green light.”
Hart’s NABA and USBA championship belts will be at stake against Dashon Johnson, of Escondido, CA, who is riding a four-bout winning streak. (more…)
The boxing event scheduled for Saturday night, February 20th at the Nexxt Level Coliseum in Voorhees, New Jersey, has been postponed due to a training camp injury to headliner Chazz Witherspoon. The injury is not serious and a new date for the Silver Spoon Promotions card will be announced shortly. All ticket buyers may refund their tickets at the point of purchase.
Unbeaten cruiserweight Micki Nielsen (20-0, 14 KOs) faces his toughest test on March 19 when he puts his WBC International title on the line against former world title challenger Mirko Larghetti (24-1, 16 KOs) at the Albertslund MusikTeatret in Copenhagen. Nielsen was originally scheduled to meet former world champion Giacobbe Fragomeni, but an elbow injury forced the Italian veteran to withdraw, paving the way for a clash between the unbeaten Dane and the WBA #3 ranked Larghetti, whose only defeat was by decision against then-WBO world champion Marco Huck in 2014.
Cruiserweight Ovill McKenzie will challenge Dmytro Kucher for the vacant European title after Queensberry Promotions today won the purse bid to stage the fight. It’s a big return for the hard-hitting Jamaican McKenzie, who just missed out on claiming a world title when he pushed IBF ruler Victor Emilio Ramirez to a controversial draw in Argentina last October.
Kucher, from Kiev, Ukraine, has a record of 23-1-1, 17 KOs. This will be his second shot at the European title after he drew against Bilal Laggoune last October for the vacant title.
McKenzie, 36, has previously won a Commonwealth title at light-heavyweight and Commonwealth and British title at cruiserweight, is excited to challenge for the European crown for the first time and sees it as a significant step back onto the world title stage. (more…)
Former TUF Smashes winner Robert Whittaker will make his first Las Vegas appearance since 2014 when he meets up with Rafael Natal on April 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Bill Dwyre
What do Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley Jr., have in common with Cam Newton?
Fortunately, for boxing, nothing.
We all saw Sunday’s Super Bowl. If we didn’t, we need to make sure next year to get the key to the cave in which we were locked.
The Super Bowl is a national holiday. It’s not designated as such. We just make it so, by our apparent burning need to see the final chapter in a season-long pursuit of the most super. Remember the line from the recent movie “Concussion,” where a doctor was attempting to challenge the NFL? He was told he was taking on an entity that “owns a day of the week.”
Chances are that even Pacquiao, in far-off General Santos City, Philippines, caught a bit of our Super Bowl, even though the NBA is more to his liking.
Bradley surely did. (more…)
Lightweight contender Kevin Mitchell (39=4, 29 KOs) has announced his retirement from boxing. The 31-year-old held the British and Commonwealth titles at super featherweight before moving to lightweight where he landed a trio of world title shots. Mitchell hosted Michael Katsidis in May 2010 for the WBO interim title at the home of his beloved West Ham United, headed to Glasgow to challenge Ricky Burns in a ferocious four-round shoot-out for the Scotsman’s WBO crown in September 2012 and severely tested WBC king Jorge Linares for his title in a classic encounter at The O2 in November 2015.
“I was in the gym training for the Edis Tatli fight and I just didn’t really feel that I have enough to go through the training once again,” said Mitchell. “I’ve been fighting for 22 years, it is a long time to be putting your body through all you have to do to get right for a fight and my body has said ‘enough is enough.'”
Mitchell says he wants to give something back to the sport he loves, and has begun working with his trainer Tony Sims in his Essex gym.
Undefeated super welterweight contender Julian “J-Rock” Williams (21-0-1, 13 KOs) and once-beaten Italian Marcello Matano (16-1, 5 KOs) will square off in a 12-round IBF eliminator for the #1 ranking at 154-pounds in the main event of Showtime Boxing: Special Edition on March 5 from Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pa.
In the co-feature, fast-rising middleweight contender Antoine Douglas (19-0-1, 13 KOs) will take on former world champion Sam Soliman (44-13, 18 KOs) in a 10-round middleweight bout. In the opening bout of the telecast, hard-hitting prospect Tony Harrison (22-1, 18 KOs) will face veteran former world title challenger Fernando Guerrero (28-3, 20 KOs) in a 10-round super welterweight contest.
Unified middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin will return to the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California, on April 23 to defend his world titles against undefeated, mandatory challenger Dominic “Lights Out” Wade. The event will be televised Live on HBO.
Gennady Golovkin: “I’m happy to fight again at the Forum in front of my fans and friends in Los Angeles. Dominic Wade is a very hungry and skilled middleweight who is undefeated and will be another big test for me. Thanks to my Coach Abel Sanchez, my promoter Tom Loeffler, my team, HBO and the Forum for another opportunity to defend my middleweight titles.”
Dominic Wade: “I am so grateful to be given the opportunity to fight ‘GGG’ for the IBF Middleweight Championship on April 23rd! I’ve worked hard my entire career to get to this point. I’m poised and ready to take on the challenge. I thank my Manager Jerry Vines, Team Wade and all of my trainers, opponents and supporters for preparing me for this moment.”
Presented by K2 Promotions and GGG Promotions in association with TGB Promotions, advance tickets for “UNDEFEATED”, priced at $400, $300, $200, $100, $60 and $30, will go on-sale Tuesday, February 16 at 12:00 p.m. PT through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000) and the Forum Box Office.
IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin (23-0-1, 21 KOs) could make his first title defense against unbeaten Olympic gold medalist Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15 KOs) on April 9 in London’s O2 Arena. Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed to British media that negotiations are ongoing.
“He’s made some noise saying: ‘We’ve offered Anthony Joshua the fight.’ It doesn’t really work like that,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “You phoned us up and told us you want an extortionate amount of money and then you’ll fight him so we’re working the numbers on that fight…he’s not our only option. We’ve got three or four others that we’re looking at but over the next 48 hours, we’ll find out exactly where we’re at. Could it be a shot at the world heavyweight title? Just maybe…”
WBA super lightweight super champion Adrien Broner (31-2, 23 KOs) confirmed during Tuesday night’s PBC telecast that he will defend his world title against Mayweather Promotions fighter Ashley Theophane (39-6-1, 11 KOs) on April 1. The bout will be televised by Spike TV.
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It’s a fight Michael Bisping has craved for years, and on February 27, he will finally get his chance to throw hands with Brazilian icon Anderson Silva in the main event of the UFC FIGHT PASS show in London, England. For “The Count,” a win will certainly land the bout on his list of the longtime contender’s 12 most memorable moments . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Unbeaten 2012 Olympian lightweight Jamel Herring (15-0, 8 KOs) looked good in his first main event appearance, dismantling Luis Eduardo Flores (21-3, 17 KOs) over ten rounds on Tuesday night at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Southpaw Herring dropped Flores with a body shot in round five, then put him down again with a right hook later in the same round. The rugged Flores took a lot of punishment in the fight, but gutted it out until the end. Scores were 99-89, 100-88, 100-88.
Unbeaten 2008 Olympian lightweight Raynell Williams (11-0, 5 KOs) survived a scare against Gabriel Tolmajyan (14-3-2, 3 KOs) en route to an eight round unanimous decision. Williams shut down Tolmajyan for seven rounds, then got rocked in round eight but managed to survive to the final bell. Scores were 78-74, 79-73, 79-73.
Unbeaten welterweight prospect Alex “Chi Town Heat” Martin (12-0, 5 KOs) outpointed Rossemberth Gomez (17-5-1, 13 KOs) over eight one-sided and uneventful rounds. Scores were 80-72, 79-73, 79-73.
Unbeaten welterweight Jamontay Clark (9-0, 6 KOs) logged a sixth round stoppage win against Elvin Perez (28-13-4, 19 KOs).
As you know I will be fighting Manny Pacquiao on April 9, 2016, in Las Vegas, NV.
To accept this fight invariably means I cannot comply with my mandatory obligation and must forgo the mandatory challenger against Sadam Ali, as ordered by the WBO. This is a difficult decision, but one I have to make to give fans the best fights as well as allow myself the toughest and biggest fights possible from both a competitive and financial perspective.
I’d like to thank the WBO and its President, Paco Valcarcel for their support throughout the years and for allowing me to represent the organization as a two time world champion.
I am in receipt of your February 4, 2016 letter wherein you state that given your upcoming fight against Manny Pacquiao on April 9, 2016 you are unable to comply with WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests, the WBO Championship Committee’s Resolution of November 6, 2015 (ordering the winner of Bradley vs. Rios to face WBO Mandatory Challenger Sadam Ali), and must vacate your WBO Welterweight Title.
Do know that we wholly understand your decision and commend you for always giving fans the best fights possible and doing what is best for your career at this important juncture. You have been an outstanding, honorable and loyal WBO Junior Welterweight and Welterweight Champion of the World and the doors of the WBO will always be open for you. Finally, I am pleased to inform you that we are preparing a special recognition for the Pacquiao vs Bradley III winner— two remarkable fighters and worthy ambassadors to the WBO.
Wishing you all the best,
Francisco Valcarcel, Esq.
Roc Nation Sports has announced that former world champion Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) will return to the ring on Saturday, March 26, to begin his assault on the light heavyweight division when he takes on undefeated and number one rated IBF light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera (17-0, 12 KOs) in a 12-round bout at Oracle Arena in Ward’s hometown of Oakland, California. The event will be televised live on HBO.
Andre Ward: “I don’t really have much to say other than this. On March 26, it will be very simple. I’ll be in a new weight class against a tough opponent but I’m coming with the same approach. I’ll be in great shape and ready for battle. Sullivan Barrera has had a lot to say lately and I love it. He’s going to have an opportunity to back up every word that he has spoken. These are the type of challenges I like and on March 26, it’s go time.”
Sullivan Barrera: “We as a team had a tough choice to make – crash the party by taking out Ward first or wait for the mandatory and take out Kovalev. We decided that the time is now. Ward will fall first and then we will go after the belts.” (more…)
It’s not officially announced yet, but an email went out earlier today from the Oracle Arena stating:
Andre Ward vs. Sullivan Barrera
March 26, 2016
Two-Time World Champion and top-rated pound-for-pound fighter Andre Ward will return to the ring on Saturday, March 26, to take on undefeated and number one rated IBF light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera in a 12-round bout at Oracle Arena.
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“Return of the King,” which featured the return of two-time Olympic gold medalist and Chinese icon ZOU SHIMING in the main event, attracted an enormous audience of 36.5 million viewers. The January 30 live telecast, which emanated from the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai, China, boasted 6.5 million viewers who watched on television on CCTV 5 and 30 million viewers who saw the fights via live stream. Over 12,000 fans were on hand to see it live. (more…)
IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton is gearing up for his February 27 unification clash on Showtime with WBA champion Scott Quigg in Manchester, England, but he also has unbeaten 122lb superstar Guillermo Rigondeaux on his radar. Rigondeaux was stripped of both the WBA and WBO titles late last year for inactivity, though he remains WBA champion in recess.
“Rigondeaux is the man you have to face if you wanna call yourself the main man,” said Frampton on a conference call. “Whatever happens, happens, but I’m happy to face Rigo. Whatever my team see as the most sensible option that’s what I’m gonna do.
“I feel a little bit sorry for the position that Rigondeaux has been through. I feel that Scott Quigg should be a little bit embarrassed in how he’s actually — you know, if we can say win world titles. I don’t know if he’s actually won them. He’s been handed them a lot of time, and he’s been given (them). (more…)
Hard-hitting Mexican warriors Julio Ceja (30-1, 27 KOs) and Hugo Ruiz (35-3, 31 KOs) engaged in a memorable back-and-forth battle for the WBC 122-pound world title last August and they are eager to meet in the ring again to deliver another explosive fight. The eagerly awaited return bout is part of a February 27 tripleheader on Showtime from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Headlining the event is undefeated featherweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz in his first title defense against former champ Kiko Martinez. Rounding out the televised tripleheader is a 10-round fight between undefeated heavyweights Gerald Washington and Oscar Rivas.
Ceja recovered from a third-round knockdown to claim world title glory with a fifth-round stoppage of Ruiz, and he has promised once again to leave the fans thrilled. (more…)
Undefeated super featherweight prospect, Oscar Duarte (4-0-1, 3 KOs) of Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico has signed a promotional agreement with Golden Boy Promotions it was announced today. The 20-year-old, who is managed by famous Mexican actor Gabriel Soto, will make his debut as a Golden Boy Promotions fighter on Feb. 19 at LA FIGHT CLUB at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
“Oscar De La Hoya and Canelo Alvarez are big heroes of mine and to be alongside them at Golden Boy Promotions is a dream come true for me,” said Oscar Duarte. “I am very grateful for the opportunity and feel a big responsibly to them to prove that I have what it takes to one day become a world champion. I want to thank my team, Gabriel Soto, Guillermo Rocha and Ricardo Mijares for helping me get to this point in my career.” (more…)
Although the result was not in their favor, PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) accepted the determination of the WBO for the fight between junior lightweight champion, Roman “Rocky” Martinez and the #1 ranked Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt. Peter Rivera, Vice-President of PRBBP, company represents Martinez (29-2-3, 17 KOs), received the response from the WBO to the protest his company had filed by the fact that Berchelt (28-1, 25 KOs) did not deserve to be the mandatory challenger because he had not faced fighters ranked by the WBO at 130 pounds.
“We got the answer to our protest and it was not in our favor. The WBO believes that Berchelt has the merits to become the mandatory challenger for Rocky, so the fight between Rocky and Berchelt must be made soon. We follow the rules and accept the WBO decision,” said Rivera. (more…)
Former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (50-4, 30 KOs) returns to native Poland to face Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina (24-3, 18 KOs) in Kraków on Apr. 2 at the Kraków Arena for the IBF international heavyweight title. The fight will be telecast live in Poland on pay-per-view as part of Polsat’s Boxing Night series and presented by Polsat, Main Events and Don King Productions.
Zywiec, Poland native Adamek, 39, has fought his last two fights in his homeland. In his most recent fight he stopped Przemyslaw Saleta in the fifth round back in Sep. The former light heavyweight champion, former cruiserweight unified champion, and heavyweight contender, said of the fight “I am looking forward to fighting Molina and defeating him to show that I remain one of the elite fighters in the heavyweight division. My victory over Molina will be a step toward another chance at the heavyweight title.” (more…)
Mateusz Masternak (36-4, 26 KOs) will be fighting on home soil for the first time in four years when he returns to Poland to face the American power-puncher Eric ‘Danger’ Fields (24-3, 16 KOs) on April 2 as part of the Polsat Boxing Night at the Tauron Arena in Krakow.
‘’I’m very grateful that my promoter Kalle Sauerland has given me this opportunity. After four years, I will finally be back boxing in Poland,’’ said the 28 year-old from Wroclaw. ‘’Recently, I have been fighting overseas in my opponent’s territories and that can make a big difference in boxing.
‘’I can’t wait to be back fighting in front of my home crowd. Their support will give me a huge boost, and I promise to deliver them an unforgettable performance.’’ (more…)
A native of Serbia now fighting out of Denver with the Elevation Fight Team, Bojan “Serbian Steel” Velickovic will make his UFC debut in Croatia on April 10 when he faces fellow newcomer Alessio Di Chirico in a middleweight matchup . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Jeff Zimmerman
For two-time former world champion Paulie Ayala, boxing has been his life. Just last week, Showtime replayed his first win over Johnny “Mi Vida Loca” Tapia, as part of their 30 year anniversary series of all their classic fights, that earned him his first world championship and was named Fight of the Year. Ayala became a local hero in his hometown of Fort Worth and upon retirement opened up his own gym, The University of Hard Knocks, as well as promoted fights and managed fighters. Ayala has built quite the legacy for a man in his mid-forties.
But his accomplishments over the last few years, working with Parkinson’s patients, however may one day surpass his legacy in the ring. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios (24-3, 14 KO), the former two-time WBC cruiserweight title contender, didn’t mince words when he spoke to Fightnews.com® about his turbulent life out and inside the ring and his upcoming comeback in Poland against the 12-years-younger and still undefeated Michał Cieślak (11-0, 7 KO). “I’m blaming only myself for my last lost fight (against Kudryashov). Not my team, me. But it’s time to show my fans the best Wizard, maybe even a King Wizard. My team – Anthony “Chill” Wilson, Manuel “Mastermind” Calderon and Tony “Magic Medic” Suarez already make me a very confident and well-prepared fighter. And we still have 7 weeks to go!” said Palacios.
Rising super featherweight star Toka “T-Nice” Kahn-Clary (17-0, 11 KOs) returns to action this Saturday night against Mexican opponent Gabino “Flash” Cota (18-5-1, 16 KOs) at Sportsman Lodge in Studio City, California.
Kahn-Clary’s impressive second-round stoppage of Sergio “Cuatito” Lopez (19-10-1, 13 KOs) last November was supposed to lead him graduating to a 10-round fighter, however Top Rank’s show this Saturday, headlined by Alex Saucedo vs. Clarence Booth, is going with three eight-rounders including Kahn-Clary vs. Cota.
“That really doesn’t matter to me,” Kahn-Clary said. “I trained to beat this guy, not how many rounds. I’m a lot better fighter than I was a year ago. I’m a lot more relaxed in the ring. I think more as I’m moving in the ring, adjusting a lot better, and my combinations are coming out a lot better.” (more…)
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Fresh from his submission win over Josh Barnett last month, Ben Rothwell will continue his march toward the UFC heavyweight title when he squares off with former world champion Junior Dos Santos in the five-round main event of the UFC’s first show in Croatia on April 10 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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In a rematch, WBA interim flyweight champion Stamp Kiatniwat (15-0, 6 KOs) once again defeated Dominican Gregorio Lebron (13-4, 11 KOs) via close twelve round majority decision on Tuesday night at Thonburi University in Bangkok, Thailand. Lebron was cut over the left eye in round one by an unintentional head clash. Blood gushed down his face several times in the fight. Good two-way action as the rounds progressed as the fighters often traded bombs. Kiatniwat began to edge ahead midway but Lebron closed strong. Scores were 115-114, 115-113, 114-114.
The fight was originally slated for last Friday, but was postponed for four days after the main sponsor fell through. Since both fighters made the 112lb weight for the initial date, the WBA allowed them to weigh in at 117lbs for the revised date. Kiatniwat won a close majority decision in their first fight last July.
Jamel Herring 132.4 vs. Luis Eduardo Flores 134.7
Alex Martin 147.5 vs. Rossemberth Gomez 146.6
Raynell Williams 133.1 vs. Gabriel Tolmajyan 138.5
Jamontay Clark 149.3 vs. Elvin Perez 149.9
￼￼￼David Gonzales 142.7 vs. Justin Johnson 144.8
Carlos Rosario 132.2 vs. Victor Vasquez 134.3
Jordan White 120.2 vs. Manuel Rubalcava 119.3
Venue: Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Promoter: King’s Promotions
A recharged, refocused and motivated, Californian lightweight contender, Luis Ramos Jr. signed a multi-year promotional contract with Top Rank. Ramos Jr. (25-2, 10 KO’s), who is from Mexican and Guatemalan descent, but was born in Orange, California, is in the midst of a comeback and is riding an impressive two-bout winning streak, after a two-year inactivity period that he took after suffering back-to-back losses for the first time in his professional career and also losing his love for the sport.
“I feel very happy of where I am at right now. I am with a great organization that knows how to handle their fighters. They know what they are doing and that is why they have been in the sport for so much years,” said Ramos Jr., who received other big news the day he signed his new promotional contract. “The same day I signed, my wife announced that a baby was on its way. Now I have to work harder,” affirmed the 27-year old. (more…)
They have vastly different backgrounds yet they have two things in common — they will be in title fights on the same April 9 pay-per-view card, and they picked the Denver Broncos to win Super Bowl 50. Fighter of the Decade Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, seven-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach, WBO super middleweight world champion “King” Arthur Abraham, former IBF featherweight world champion Evgeny Gradovich and veteran Manny Perez participated in a Super Bowl 50 boxing celebrity poll last week and all of the above nailed it. They correctly predicted that the Broncos would beat the odds and emerge victorious.
Pacquiao, who will face five-time world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley Jr in the world welterweight championship main event, had the followed tweeted from his account: “After leading the Broncos to their Super Bowl 50 victory, I’m changing my name to Manning Pacquiao. Peyton Manning is an inspiration.” (more…)
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