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Jan 03, 2019 - 9:24 PM

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Disney rakes in $7.325 billion at 2018 box office

Jan 03, 2019 - 6:34 PM

2018 is Disney's second best year at the box office to date

Netflix reminds viewers: Don't hurt yourself with 'Bird Box' challenge

Jan 03, 2019 - 2:04 PM

Netflix can't believe it has to warn people not to go around doing things blindfolded, either

DON'T DO IT. Netflix cautions fans from doing the 'Bird Box' challenge. Image courtesy of Netflix

More in store for Nietes in 2019 after claiming another belt

Jan 01, 2019 - 8:02 PM

If he defends his World Boxing Organization crown, the 4-division champion has Thai superstar Srisaket Sor Rungvisai at the top of his list of fighters he wants to face next

STILL HUNGRY. Donnie Nietes wants to tangle with anybody among the 115-pound division's top guns. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


Mayweather TKOs Japanese kickboxer

Dec 31, 2018 - 11:02 PM

The American boxing legend demolishes Tenshin Nasukawa in the 1st round of their exhibition match in Japan

STILL GOT IT. At 41 years old, Floyd Mayweather proves he can still pack a punch. File photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP


Before year ends, Nietes captures 4th world title

Dec 31, 2018 - 10:52 PM

The 36-year-old remains unbeaten in his last 35 fights spanning 14 years

ELITE. Donnie Nietes joins Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire as the only Filipinos to have titles in 4 weight classes. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


Nietes in elite company by clinching WBO super flyweight title

Dec 31, 2018 - 8:26 PM

'Ahas' pulls off a split decision win over Japan's Kazuto Ioka to become the third Filipino with a title in 4 weight classes

PILING IT UP. Donnie Nietes notches his 42nd win in his professional career. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP


'Aquaman' stays afloat atop North American box office

Dec 31, 2018 - 10:21 AM

The DC film starring Jason Momoa continues to make huge waves in US theaters

Mayweather takes on 'Ninja Boy' kickboxer in Japan rumble

Dec 31, 2018 - 9:18 AM

Boxing superstar Floyd 'Money' Mayweather is reportedly getting $88 million for the exhibition match against Japanese kickboxing prodigy Tenshin Nasukawa

ALL FUN. Hardly threatened by kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa (right), American boxing icon Floyd Mayweather says he can complete 3 rounds ‘in his sleep.’ Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP)

Refreshed Pacquiao impresses in sparring session

Dec 30, 2018 - 9:09 PM

Less than a month before his title defense versus Adrian Broner, the Filipino boxing icon puts on a clinic against 3 sparring partners

TOP FORM. Manny Pacquiao does a short mitts session with trainer Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles. Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

New Year’s Eve bout: Nietes targets 4th world title vs Ioka

Dec 30, 2018 - 5:14 PM

Filipino champion Donnie Nietes and Japanese Kazuto Ioka dispute the WBO super flyweight crown on December 31 in Macau

FIREWORKS. Expect an explosive duel as both Donnie Nietes (left) and Kazuto Ioka vow to return to their countries as champions. Photo by Alvin S. Go

Ancajas draws foreign pugs to Survival Camp

Dec 24, 2018 - 6:29 PM

Southeast Asian fighters drop by the famed Survival Camp this December

BOXING DESTINATION. Jerwin Ancajas' Survival Camp attracts foreign boxers around the world to train there. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

WATCH: A sneak peek of Sandra Bullock’s ‘Bird Box’ arrives

Dec 21, 2018 - 11:56 AM

The 5-minute teaser of the upcoming dystopian thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat

Manny Pacquiao still pushing at 40 ahead of title defense

Dec 17, 2018 - 5:05 PM

The Filipino boxing legend celebrates his 40th birthday on Monday, December 17, with a grand party where he is raffling away cars and motorcycles

PACMAN. Manny Pacquiao will make his first title defense for his WBA welterweight belt against American Adrien Broner. Photos by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions


Canelo knocks out Rocky for super middlweight title

Dec 16, 2018 - 2:42 PM

Mexican boxing superstar Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez overwhelms British Rocky Fielding in the 3rd round

OVERPOWERED. Canelo Alvarez (left) lands a punch against Rocky Fielding during their WBA super middleweight title bout. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Disney again makes history with takings above $7 billion for 2018

Dec 11, 2018 - 10:13 AM

'Avengers: Infinity War' and ' Black Panther' lead Disney's earnings this year

Marvel Studios' AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR..L to R: Wong (Benedict Wong), Doctor Strange/Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.)..Photo: Chuck Zlotnick..©Marvel Studios 2018

Lomachenko beats Pedraza to unify lightweight belts

Dec 09, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Ukraine's Vasyl Lomachenko knocks down Puerto Rico's Jose Pedraza twice in an explosive 11th round

NEXT GOAL. After claiming the WBA and WBO titles, Vasyl Lomachenko looks to unify all major lightweight belts.

WBC green lights Wilder-Fury 'direct rematch'

Dec 08, 2018 - 10:17 AM

Due to 'tremendous popular demand,' the World Boxing Council sanctions a rematch between heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury

BIG HIT. Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury clash in one of the best heavyweight fights in a long time. Photo from Showtime Boxing

Lomachenko ready for unification bout, not interested in Pacquiao

Dec 08, 2018 - 9:16 AM

Lightweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko says fighting Filipino great Manny Pacquiao at any weight is not in his plans

NOT IN THE CARDS. Vasyl Lomachenko says he’s not disrespecting Manny Pacquiao, but thinks the boxing icon’s ’career is done.’ File photo

Mayweather to stage 'entertainment' spectacle in Japan

Dec 07, 2018 - 6:25 PM

Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather says he just wants 'something different' as he takes on Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa

SHOWTIME. Results of the match between Floyd Mayweather and Tenshin Nasukawa won’t go into any boxing or MMA records. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Wilder wants Fury rematch 'ASAP'

Dec 05, 2018 - 11:39 AM

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder refutes Tyson Fury's claim that he's ducking a rematch 'at all cost'

PART TWO. Deontay Wilder says a rematch with Tyson Fury is inevitable. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Filipino boxer Mark Barriga falls short of world title

Dec 02, 2018 - 3:32 PM

The former Olympian fails to snatch the IBF minimumweight crown after absorbing a split decision loss to Mexican-American Carlos Licona

HALTED. Mark Barriga sees his nine-fight winning streak snapped. Photo by Alvin S. Go


Wilder retains heavyweight crown after Fury thriller ends in draw

Dec 02, 2018 - 2:55 PM

American Deontay Wilder knocks down Tyson Fury twice but the British fighter manages to clear his head and survive the epic bout

BLOCKBUSTER BOUT. After a spectacular heavyweight showdown, both Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury  immediately call for a rematch. Photo from Showtime Boxing

Barriga switches stance in world crown collision vs Licona

Dec 01, 2018 - 8:26 PM

Undefeated Filipino fighter Mark Barriga looks to exploit his hand speed and ring smarts against Mexican-American Carlos Licona for the IBF minimumweight crown

Photo from RealFight PH (@realfihgtph)

Wilder vows to knock out Fury at heavyweight title weigh-in

Dec 01, 2018 - 11:57 AM

Former boxing champions expect Deontay Wilder's punching power to be too much for Tyson Fury

EXPLOSIVE. Deontay Wilder (left) and Tyson Fury face off in a highly anticipated collision of unbeaten heavyweights. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFP

Wilder, Fury ready to rumble in LA showdown

Nov 30, 2018 - 3:16 PM

American Deontay Wilder – who still gets mistaken for NBA superstar LeBron James – clashes with trash-talking British Tyson Fury in a showdown of undefeated heavyweight fighters

HIGH-STAKE BOUT. Deontay Wilder (right) aims to defend his WBC heavyweight crown for the eighth time against Tyson Fury. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFP

Lighter Barriga set to put pressure on Licona

Nov 29, 2018 - 7:46 PM

Now at 107 pounds, Filipino fighter Mark Barriga expects to get his rhythm early against Mexican-American Carlos Licona in their Los Angeles bout this weekend

ALL SET. Mark Barriga plans to come out more aggressive against Carlos Licona in their IBF minimumweight title clash. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

You can watch the TNT Boys' concert on TV

Nov 28, 2018 - 4:30 PM

The Kapamilya Box Office channel will be showing the trio's' 'Listen: The Big Shot Concert' real-time on November 30

'Ralph Breaks the Internet,' and nearly a box-office record

Nov 26, 2018 - 10:53 AM

'Creed II,' starring Michael B. Jordan, Dolph Lundgren, and Sylvester Stallone enters the second spot

Barriga leaves for Los Angeles in quest of world crown

Nov 22, 2018 - 5:56 PM

A leaner Mark Barriga hopes to showcase his stronger punching power and ring smarts against fellow unbeaten fighter Carlos Licona

UNDEFEATED. Mark Barriga aims to hike his perfect record to 10-0. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Uzbek keeps WBC crown; Filipino wins vacant title

Nov 19, 2018 - 5:24 PM

The Philippines' Jonathan Almacen nabs the WBC Continental Asia minimumweight title

AND STILL. Azizbek Abdugofurov retains the WBC Silver world super middleweight championship. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


Barriga hones up offense skills for world title fight vs Licona

Nov 15, 2018 - 9:57 PM

Chief trainer Joven Jimenez says Mark Anthony Barriga is peaking in time for his December 1 bout versus Mexican-American Carlos Licona

ADDED ARSENAL. Mark Anthony Barriga won't just rely on his defensive skills this time. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Thais outraged by child boxer's death in ring

Nov 14, 2018 - 4:47 PM

Thirteen-year-old boxer Anucha Tasako collapsed after his opponent delivered several blows to his head

TRAGIC. A portrait of 13-year-old muay thai boxer Anucha Tasako is displayed next to his coffin during a funeral at a Buddhist temple in Samut Prakan province.Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Saludar seeks world title with Nietes

Nov 09, 2018 - 6:51 PM

Vic Saludar looks to stay sharp in his first title defense against Japanese Masataka Taniguchi on December 31

FAVORED. After snatching the title from Ryuka Yamanaka, Vic Saludar (left) stands as favorite to defend his WBO minimumweight crown against Masataka Taniguchi. Photo by AFP

WATCH: This is why people are talking about Liza Soberano and 'ipis'

Nov 07, 2018 - 12:51 PM

The actress wins the internet as she takes on the 'Whats in the box?' challenge

FEARLESS. Liza Soberano stays calm even as an insect crawls up her arm. Screenshot from Facebook.com/TechnoMarinePH

Donaire says world title triumph 'not the way I want to win'

Nov 04, 2018 - 1:57 PM

The Filipino Flash snatches the WBA bantamweight belt from Ireland's Ryan Burnett, who suffers a back injury

STILL NOT DONE. Nonito Donaire bags his 7th world title. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


Nietes all set to fight Ioka for fourth world title

Nov 03, 2018 - 5:36 PM

Filipino champion Donnie Nietes and Japanese Kazuto Ioka tangle for the WBO super flyweight belt

ALL SET. Donnie NIetes vies for a convincing win this time after settling for a split draw against compatriot Aston Palicte in their title fight last September. File photo by Jhay Oh Otamias

Donaire underdog vs Burnett in WBA bantam title collision

Nov 03, 2018 - 2:26 PM

In the twilight of an illustrious career, five-division world champion Nonito Donaire seeks to relive his glory days

CHALLENGER. Filipino fighter Nonito Donaire drops 8 pounds to challenge Irish champion Ryan Burnett. File photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Boxing body vote could see sport thrown out of Olympics

Nov 01, 2018 - 10:42 AM

Hit by allegations of bout-fixing, amateur boxing may be dropped in the 2020 Tokyo Games

BIG BLOW. Controversial decisions abound even during the recent Asian Games boxing competition. File photo from PSC

PH boxer Randy Petalcorin soldiers on after Alvarado loss

Oct 30, 2018 - 6:14 PM

Randy Petalcorin fails to clinch the IBF light flyweight title over Felix Alvarado

WARRIOR. Randy Petalcorin did not back down without a fight against Nicaraguan Felix Alvarado. Photo by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

Filipino Randy Petalcorin KOed by Nicaraguan in world title fight

Oct 29, 2018 - 9:04 PM

The home bet succumbs to Felix Alvarado in their bout for the International Boxing Federation light flyweight belt

SNAPPED. Randy Petalcorin sees his six-fight winning streak halted. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler.


KO artists Petalcorin, Alvarado collide for world title

Oct 27, 2018 - 8:01 PM

Filipino Randy Petalcorin and Nicaraguan Felix Alvarado clash for the vacant IBF light flyweight crown

ON A ROLL. Filipino figher Petalcorin has won his last 6 fights. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Barriga peaking for world title battle against Licona

Oct 26, 2018 - 7:54 PM

This early, Mark Barriga feels ready to take on Mexican-American Carlos Licona for the IBF minimumweight crown on December 1

HARD WORK. From as heavy as 130 pounds, Mark Barriga is now down to 114. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Mayweather rematch closer as Pacquiao signs to face 'top PBC fighters'

Oct 23, 2018 - 3:19 PM

Eight-weight world champion Pacquiao says he would close out his storied career by facing 'top PBC fighters'

DEVELOPMENTS. Manny Pacquiao is getting serious on facing retired Amercian boxer Floyd Mayweather in a rematch. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Ignore Mayweather-Khabib talk, says UFC boss

Oct 20, 2018 - 9:48 AM

UFC president Dana White says Floyd Mayweather's team has yet to contact the MMA promotion group

UNDEFEATED. Floyd Mayweather, who boasts a 50-0 record, wants to square off against MMA star Khabib Nurmagomedov, who also totes a perfect 27-0 card. File photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Ancajas starts training for Rungvisai title fight

Oct 19, 2018 - 8:39 PM

Filipino champion Jerwin Ancajas wastes no time preparing for a potential unification title bout versus Thai Srisaket Sor Rungvisai

READY. Jerwin Ancajas gears up for another possible US fight in January. Photo by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

Pacquiao seeks KO victory over Broner

Oct 18, 2018 - 3:12 PM

The Filipino boxing icon says he'll focus on American challenger Adrien Broner first before planning a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr

BACK TO WORK. Manny Pacquiao says he’ll start training for his 70th fight next week. Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

Mayweather says Khabib fight will happen

Oct 18, 2018 - 8:19 AM

‘Come to my world,’ Floyd Mayweather tells MMA star Khabib Nurmagomedov following the Russian's victory over Conor McGregor

CALL OUT. Floyd Mayweather (right) says he’ll face mixed martial arts star Khabib Nurmagomedov as long as it’s in the boxing ring. Photos from AFP

Canelo Alvarez inks $365 million deal with streaming service

Oct 18, 2018 - 7:46 AM

The Mexican boxing star who dethroned Gennady Golovkin will fight 11 times in over a five-year deal with DAZN

WINDFALL. Canelo Alvarez's handler Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions says the deal makes the boxing champion (right) the ’highest paid athlete in the world.’ Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Mark Barriga gears up for world title bout in Los Angeles

Oct 12, 2018 - 1:22 PM

The former amateur standout starts his intense training for the IBF minimumweight title fight against Mexican-American Carlos Licona

READY. Mark Barriga (left) recently trained with Filipino world boxing champion Jerwin Ancajas in Oakland. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler