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Amateur boxing is at a major, controversial crossroads today. The sport is trying to evolve, but the only foreseeable way the international federation AIBA believes it can grow or at least maintain public interest is to tread into professional rules. Since 2009, headgear was eliminated due to some evidence that it caused more concussions among boxers.

Three Filipino fighters are confirmed to compete at the AIBA World Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan, on June 7-19 and not one of them is named Manny Pacquiao. Booked to bid for tickets to Rio are flyweight Ian Clark Bautista, bantamweight Mario Fernandez and welterweight Eumir Marcial.

Toronto finished the last NBA regular season only a win behind Cleveland in the Eastern Conference so the Raptors’ showing in the ongoing playoffs shouldn’t really surprising. What’s particularly impressive is how Toronto coach Dwane Casey has been able to outwit Cavs coach Tyronn Lue in their bench duel so far in the race for the Eastern ticket to the Last Dance.

Manny Pacquiao works on the mitts with trainer Freddie Roach in this file photo.
Manny Pacquiao and Freddie Roach cap each mitt workout with a 30-second routine wherein the Filipino icon continuously hits the pads in an effort to boost hand speed and reinforce his upper body.
Manny Pacquiao grants an interview upon landing at the Los Angeles International Airport last weekend to resume his training. | Top Rank photo
Manny Pacquiao arrived in Los Angeles over the weekend to resume the rest of his training for his third showdown with Timothy Bradley next month.
Kobe Paras donning the Middlebrooks Sphinx threads. | Twitter Photo/Magic Compton 
MANILA, Philippines – The other "Kobe" keeps on adding to his legend.   Our very own Kobe Paras, son of former PBA star Benjie Paras, once again displayed his mettle at the expense of  the Trinity International Schools Las Vegas.  
Manny Pacquiao jogs at the start of training camp for his upcoming fight against Timothy Bradley. Photo from Pacquiao's fan Twitter account
Manny Pacquiao’s social media team shared a video of Day 1 of the boxer’s training camp in General Santos City. Pacquiao kicked off his training in the last week of January.
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PBA Commissioner's Cup

February 13, 2016 (Saturday)

Game 1: Smart-Araneta Coliseum 3:00 PM

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Game 2: Smart-Araneta Coliseum 5:15 PM

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 It was an incredible 94-90 win by the Letran Knights over the San Beda Red Lions in Game One of the NCAA Season 91 Men’s Basketball Finals.

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