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Top Rank paces bidders for Pacquiao’s next fight

Aug 12, 2018 - 3:49 PM

Boxing promoter Bob Arum hopes to forge another megabuck fight deal with the eight-division world champion

CORDIAL. Although Manny Pacquiao and Top Rank had a falling out, Bob Arum insists that Pacquiao remains 'very friendly.' Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

Jerwin Ancajas to face Mexican Santiago in September

Aug 12, 2018 - 9:47 AM

The rising Filipino ring star puts his IBF super flyweight title on the line for the 6th time

PILING IT UP. Jerwin Ancajas looks to stretch his winning streak to 18 fights. File photo by Alvin S. Go


Filipinos on collision course in ONE Championship

Aug 06, 2018 - 5:17 PM

Rene Catalan and Joshua Pacio could end up in a potential bout that is slated as the title eliminator for the strawweight belt held by Japan's Yoshitaka Naito

COMPATRIOTS. Rene Catalan (left) and Rene Pacio could end up in a potential all-Filipino bout in the strawweight division of ONE Championship. Photo from ONE Championship


Alvarez stuns Kovalev in 7th to seize WBO light heavyweight title

Aug 05, 2018 - 12:41 PM

The Colombian lands a devastating right hook to send the Russian to the canvas for the 3rd and final time

UPSET. Eleider Alvarez keeps his record spotless with an upset of Sergey Kovalev for the WBO light heavyweight belt. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP


Lucas Matthysse retires after TKO loss to Pacquiao

Aug 02, 2018 - 5:23 PM

The Argentinian boxing star says he's already proud to have fulfilled his dream of being a world champion

RETIRED. Lucas Matthysse decides to hang up his gloves less than 3 weeks after losing his WBA regular welterweight title to Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Garcia overpowers Easter to unify lightweight titles

Jul 29, 2018 - 3:27 PM

American boxer Mikey Garcia keeps his WBC title and grabs Robert Easter's IBF belt via a unanimous decision victory

GUTSY. Mikey Garcia (right) dominates Robert Easter, in a battle of undefeated champions then boldly calls out Errol Spence. Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images/AFP

Whyte beats heavyweight rival Parker on points

Jul 29, 2018 - 10:36 AM

British boxer Dillian Whyte survives former Kiwi champion Joseph Parker's late onslaught

ON TARGET. Dillian Whyte deals Joseph Parker his second straight defeat to boost his own bid for a world title fight. Photo from WBO

Froilan Saludar misses shot at PH boxing history

Jul 28, 2018 - 10:44 AM

The pride of South Cotabato loses his chance to reign as world champion with brother Vic after suffering a TKO loss to Japanese foe Kimura

SNAPPED. Froilan Saludar sees his 5-fight winning streak snapped. Photo from Saludar's Facebook account


Belingon clinches ONE crown, Folayang avenges home loss

Jul 28, 2018 - 12:26 AM

Kevin Belingon and Eduard Folayang banner the famed Team Lakay's successful night at ONE: Reign of Kings

Eduard Folayang. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Senate commends Pacquiao's WBA welterweight title romp

Jul 24, 2018 - 6:24 PM

Manny Pacquiao steals the WBA welterweight title from Argentine Lucas Matthysse

HAIL PACMAN. Senate President Vicente Sotto III (right) hands Senate Resolution No. 788 to Senator Manny Pacquiao,  congratulating him for winning the WBA welterweight title. Also in photo is Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto.

Munguia dominates Smith to retain WBO title

Jul 22, 2018 - 3:01 PM

Mexican Jaime Munguia defends his junior middleweight belt with a unanimous decision win over British Liam Smith

UNDEFEATED. Jaime Munguia tops Liam Smith to keep his record perfect at 30-0. Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images/AFP

Pacquiao fought Matthysse despite secret heart ailment

Jul 19, 2018 - 7:39 PM

The Filipino boxing legend got diagnosed with an 'inborn heart ailment' just a week before his bout with Lucas Matthysse

SECRET. Manny Pacquiao kept his heart condition and defied doctors' orders. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Doping is worse than losing, says Anthony Joshua

Jul 19, 2018 - 3:34 PM

World heavyweight champion says: 'I would rather take a loss than be done for doping'

CHAMP. File photo shows Anthony Joshua of Great Britain celebrating his victory over Joseph Parker of New Zealand at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, March 31, 2018. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Pacquiao provides blueprint to athletic excellence

Jul 19, 2018 - 3:30 PM

The Filipino athletes set to compete in the Asiad only need to look at the boxing icon to know the true meaning of focus and discipline

FOCUSED. Manny Pacquiao showcases his athletic excellence yet again in his systematic demolition of Argentine Lucas Matthysse. Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

Pacquiao eyes 'two or three fights' more after Matthysse win

Jul 16, 2018 - 10:42 PM

The Filipino boxing great has the WBA regular welterweight belt to defend

WANTING MORE. Manny Pacquiao is not about to stop fighting after winning a world title. Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions


Sink Floyd! Resurgent Pacquiao wants second crack at Mayweather

Jul 16, 2018 - 1:39 PM

The Filipino boxing legend, despite nearing 40, wants to continue fighting

MONEY. Manny Pacquiao lost via unanimous decision to Floyd Mayweather in one of the richest fights in boxing history. File photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank


Money matches: 5 who could be next for Pacquiao

Jul 16, 2018 - 1:10 PM

With the Filipino fighting legend back in the big time, AFP Sport looks at 5 boxers who could be money-spinning opponents for Pacquiao's next fight:

CHAMP. Manny Pacquiao celebrates his victory against Argentina's Lucas Matthysse after their world welterweight boxing championship bout at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

LOOK: Jeff Horn calls for Pacquiao rematch after Matthysse TKO

Jul 15, 2018 - 10:34 PM

The Australian boxer issued a rematch challenge over Twitter and Instagram

UPSET. Jeff Horn stunned Manny Pacquiao to become the new WBO welterweight champion in their 2017 bout in Brisbane. Photo by AFP

Matthysse got scared, says Pacquiao

Jul 15, 2018 - 10:06 PM

The Filipino champion didn’t expect the power-punching Matthysse to become his first knockout victim in 9 years

STRATEGY. Manny Pacquiao says he needed to be focused and patient against Argentina's Lucas Matthysse. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Pacquiao sparmate Kambosos stops Filipino Magboo

Jul 15, 2018 - 8:55 PM

Australian George Kambosos makes short work of Batangas native Jay Ar Magboo in the Pacquiao-Matthysse undercard

STILL PERFECT. Lightweight prospect George Kambosos stretches his unbeaten run to 15. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Punch stats back up Pacquiao dominance

Jul 15, 2018 - 7:27 PM

Manny Pacquiao lands 79 of 181 power punches, more than twice as many as Lucas Matthysse's record

Pacquiao on new trainer Buboy: ‘He’s effective’

Jul 15, 2018 - 5:12 PM

Freddie Roach may no longer be in his corner, but Manny Pacquiao manages to debunk notions that he’s a washout

SUPERIOR. Manny Pacquiao caps his dominant performance with a left uppercut that sends Lucas Matthysse to his knees. Photo by Mohd Rafsan/AFP

Philippines erupts in joy after Pacquiao win

Jul 15, 2018 - 3:41 PM

Manny Pacquiao is the 'hottest property in boxing again' after his TKO win over Argentine Lucas Matthysse

JUBILANT. Manny Pacquiao's rags-to-riches story remains a huge source of pride for Filipinos. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

'Nothing is impossible': Senators congratulate colleague Pacquiao

Jul 15, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Senator Manny Pacquiao is hailed as the nation's 'pride and joy' as he emerges victorious in the ring against Argentine fighter Lucas Matthysse

Philippines' Manny Pacquiao (R) fights Argentina's Lucas Matthysse during their world welterweight boxing championship bout at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur on July 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFAN

With TKO of Matthysse, Pacquiao reclaims adulation of Filipinos

Jul 15, 2018 - 3:01 PM

Manny Pacquiao also heaps praises on President Duterte who flew to Malaysia to watch him fight

Philippines' Manny Pacquiao (C) celebrates his victory against Argentina's Lucas Matthysse after their world welterweight boxing championship bout at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur on July 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFAN

Pacquiao vows to keep fighting: 'Do I look 39?'

Jul 15, 2018 - 2:42 PM

The Filipino boxing great plans to defend the WBA regular welterweight belt after snatching it from Argentine Lucas Matthysse

DEADLY FORM. Manny Pacquiao claims his first stoppage win in almost a decade with a technical knockout triumph over Argentina's Lucas Matthysse. Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions


Pacquiao TKOs Matthysse to steal WBA title

Jul 15, 2018 - 12:01 PM

(UPDATED) The Filipino boxing legend hikes his number of wins to 60 against 7 losses and two draws

REDEMPTION. Manny Pacquiao proves he can still slug it out. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Filipino Tepora stops Mexican foe to claim featherweight world crown

Jul 15, 2018 - 11:23 AM

Waiting for his opening throughout, the pride of Cebu City pounced in the 9th round and forced the referee to stop the bout

SPOTLESS. Filipino Jhack Tepora (left) keeps his record unscathed at 22-0 with a technical knockout win of Mexican Edivaldo Ortega. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Manny Pacquiao vs Lucas Matthysse fight

Jul 15, 2018 - 8:51 AM

The Filipino boxing legend and the Argentine champion duke it out at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Sunday, July 15

Tepora guns for world title, 5 other Filipinos see action

Jul 15, 2018 - 8:08 AM

Cebuano pride Jhack Tepora takes on Mexican Edivaldo Ortega for the WBA featherweight title

CONFIDENT. Filipino Jhack Tepora (left) believes he holds advantage over Mexican foe Edivaldo Ortega. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Ex-world champs give Pacquiao 50-50 chance vs Matthysse

Jul 14, 2018 - 9:33 PM

Former world champions Rodel Mayol and Marlon Tapales think Lucas Matthysse is a solid fighter

FAVORED. Manny Pacquiao is a 2-1 favorite to dethrone Lucas Matthysse. Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

Brace for secret Pacquiao punch

Jul 14, 2018 - 6:22 PM

Chief Pacquiao trainer Buboy Fernandez hints at strategies that may just stop Lucas Matthysse in his tracks

FLURRY. Expect Manny Pacquiao to throw a lot of punches. Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

Pacquiao wants early KO as Matthysse aims to hurt

Jul 14, 2018 - 4:27 PM

Manny Pacquiao boasts he feels like in his 20s again but Lucas Matthysse also looks poised to end the Filipino's 23-year career in a flicker

QUICK END. Both Manny Pacquiao and Lucas Matthysse vow to finish the fight early. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Pacquiao-Matthysse: No weight problems

Jul 14, 2018 - 10:45 AM

The Filipino boxing legend and the Argentine champion slug it out for the WBA regular welterweight title in Kuala Lumpur on July 15

LOCKED AND LOADED. Manny Pacquiao and Lucas Matthysse tip the scales in the official weigh-in ahead of their bout for the WBA regular welterweight championship. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP


Vic Saludar snatches Yamanaka’s WBO 105-pound title in Japan

Jul 13, 2018 - 10:34 PM

The pride of South Cotabato outpoints his Japanese foe to clinch the WBO minimum weight belt

UNANIMOUS WIN. Japanese Ryuya Yamanaka (right) relinquishes his title to Filipino challenger Vic Saluda in Japan. Photo by AFP

Pacquiao right on target, chips Fernandez's tooth

Jul 13, 2018 - 8:45 PM

In a burst of adrenaline rush during training, Pacquiao flicks his fist a bit too fast and hits trainer Buboy Fernandez

LAST DAY. Manny Pacquiao wraps up training and chief trainer Buboy Fernandez thinks his ward is all set for Lucas Matthysse. Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

Nietes-Palicte title bout moved to Los Angeles

Jul 13, 2018 - 8:12 PM

The all-Filipino battle for the vacant WBO welterweight crown has been reset to September 8 at the Los Angeles Staples Center

COMPATRIOTS. Donnie Nietes (left) holds a vast edge in experience over Aston Palicte. Rappler file photo

Ancajas returns to Fresno for September title defense

Jul 13, 2018 - 5:52 PM

The Filipino world champion is set to defend his IBF super flyweight crown on September 14 against a still unnamed opponent

RING CEREMONY. Filipino world champion Jerwin Ancajas (center) receives a ring from IBF president Daryl Peoples (second from left) for defending his title 3 times last year. They're flanked by (from left) Ancajas' manager/trainer Joven Jimenez, IBF ratings chairman Anibal Miramontes and international matchmaker Sean Gibbons. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Cancer survivor conjures up 'the old Pacquiao'

Jul 13, 2018 - 10:43 AM

Trainer Justin Fortune, the Australian trainer who has had chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery, and is now in remission, says the 39-year-old went through a 'shorter, faster and more intense' training

Photos by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

Matthysse out to cement ring legacy vs Pacquiao

Jul 13, 2018 - 8:44 AM

The trainer of the Argentine boxer predicts Lucas Matthysse will stop Manny Pacquiao in the 6th or 7th round

ALL SET. Lucas Matthysse believes he’s primed to defend his welterweight crown. Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

De La Hoya calls Pacquiao best fighter ever

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:45 PM

The former poster boy of boxing admits, though, that Pacquiao has lost a step or two due to his age

TOPNOTCH. Oscar De La Hoya, chief executive officer of Golden Boy Promotions, describes the Manny Pacquiao-Lucas Matthysse bout as the best against the best. File photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images/AFP

Ancajas: Agility, speed key to Pacquiao victory over Matthysse

Jul 12, 2018 - 6:27 PM

Filipino world champion Jerwin Ancajas thinks Lucas Matthysse’s onrushing style is tailor-made for Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao punishes the double-end bag during his afternoon training at the Pacman Wildcard Gym in General Santos City, Philippines. Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

Pacquiao beware! I'm going home with my belt, says Matthysse

Jul 12, 2018 - 4:59 PM

Knockout specialist Lucas Matthysse is better than Pacquiao conqueror Jeff Horn, the Filipino's conditioning coach admits

ACTION-PACKED. Manny Pacquiao is chasing a 60th win against WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse. Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

Pacquiao sparring partner: Kambosos reaps rewards

Jul 11, 2018 - 9:58 PM

Australian boxer George Kambosos Jr. gets to climb the ring against JR Magboo as one of the Pacquiao-Matthysse undercards

CONFIDENT. George Kambosos Jr. says he’s ready for his own fight after getting to ‘spar and learn from a legend.’ Photo by Roy Luarca/Rappler

Tepora aims for world acclaim like Pacquiao

Jul 11, 2018 - 8:53 PM

Unbeaten Filipino boxer Jhack Tepora will clash with Mexican Edivaldo Ortega for the WBA featherweight title

UNDEFEATED. Cebuano Jhack Tepora is described as a scientific boxer with power. Photo by Roy Luarca/Rappler

Pacquiao sweats it out, Matthysse holds back

Jul 11, 2018 - 6:40 PM

The Filipino boxing superstar gives a glimpse of what he can do against the Argentinian champion

OPPOSITE SIDES. While Manny Pacquiao looks lean and mean, Lucas Matthysse still appears to be on the heavy side. Photos by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

Minus Roach, Pacquiao gets a jolt

Jul 10, 2018 - 11:43 PM

The Filipino boxing icon is in better shape after a change in training pattern, insists conditioning coach Fortune

SATISFIED. Manny Pacquiao likes the changes that his new coaching team brings. Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

Pacquiao now locked, loaded, ready to fire

Jul 10, 2018 - 7:52 PM

Pacquiao is eager to reclaim his place among world boxing's elite

Photos by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

Pacquiao is now like a monster, a superstorm – Buboy

Jul 10, 2018 - 6:41 PM

Friend and trainer Buboy Fernandez says the Filipino boxing icon is in his sharpest form in recent years

MONSTER. Senator Manny Pacquiao trainer entirely in his Wildcard Gym in General Santos City, Philippines. Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

Matthysse 100 percent sure of beating Pacquiao

Jul 10, 2018 - 5:46 PM

The Argentine champ intends to send the Filipino boxing into his retirement

Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions