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Manny Pacquiao used to be the only Filipino athlete to share the spotlight with global sports icons like Kobe Bryant, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Xiang Liu, Cristiano Ronaldo. At the height of his boxing career, Pacquiao was featured in a Hollywood billboard and in world-wide TV ads. He was a widely sought-out endorser for international brands.

AIBA president Dr. Ching Kuo Wu of Taiwan isn’t waiting four more years to welcome pro boxers to the Olympics. He broached the idea of making Olympic boxing an open competition, like basketball, six years ago and with the Rio de Janeiro Games a few months away, the way is clear for a veritable free-for-all.

Only seven fighters can boast of having put boxing legend Manny Pacquiao on the canvas. The first to do it was Rustico Torrecampo who halted Pacquiao in the third round in Mandaluyong in 1996. Pacquiao scaled over the weight limit for the fight and was penalized by wearing bigger gloves, softening the impact of his punches to compensate for his excess poundage.

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


Game 2: Smart-Araneta Coliseum 5:15 PM



 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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