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WATCH: Lomachenko destroys Crolla with 4th round KO

Apr 13, 2019 - 2:33 PM

Vasiliy Lomachenko unleashes a brutal right hook that sends Anthony Crolla crashing face first to the canvas

DEVASTATING. Vasiliy Lomachenko continues his meteoric rise to the top of the boxing world. Photo from Top Rank Boxing

Davis destroys Ruiz to retain WBA super featherweight title

Feb 10, 2019 - 3:38 PM

Gervonta Davis knocks out former world champion Hugo Ruiz in the 1st round

BIG BLOW. Gervonta Davis (left) sends Hugo Ruiz dropping to his knee to score his 12th straight knockout. Photo from Showtime Boxing

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

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


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.

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

Lomachenko returns from injury in lightweight unification bout

Dec 07, 2018 - 1:26 PM

Pound-for-pound star Vasyl Lomachenko returns to the ring against WBO champ Jose Pedraza

BACK IN FORM. WBA lightweight champion says he’s now ‘100 percent’ months after a right shoulder surgery. File photo

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


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

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

Smith knocks out Groves to reign as WBA super champion

Sep 29, 2018 - 10:12 AM

Britain's Callum Smith wrests the WBA super middleweight crown from his compatriot George Groves

FLURRY. Callum Smith (left) corners George Groves during the World Boxing Super Series super middleweight Ali Trophy Final. Photo by Amer Hilabi/AFP

Heavyweight champion Joshua stops Povetkin

Sep 23, 2018 - 9:58 AM

Britain's Anthony Joshua knocks out Alexander Povetkin to retain his world heavyweight titles

KNOCKOUT. Russia's Alexander Povetkin falls backwards as Britain's Anthony Joshua throws a punch to knock him to the canvas in the 7th round during their boxing world heavyweight title fight. Photo by Adrian Dennis/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

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.

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, July 16-22, 2018

Jul 22, 2018 - 10:51 AM

Watch the 'Give Up Tomorrow' documentary, highlights of the Trump-Putin summit, and the report on Pacquiao's heart ailment

SUMMIT. In this file photo taken on July 7, 2017 US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. Photo by  Saul Loeb/AFP

The week in photos: July 14-20, 2018

Jul 21, 2018 - 1:13 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Croatian supporters react after their team scored in downtown Zagreb on July 15, 2018, during the 2018 Russia World Cup final football match between Croatia and France, the first final World Cup match ever in the history of Croatia. AFP Photo

Severe Tropical Storm Inday, Pacquiao’s heart ailment, Gilas suspension | Midday wRap

Jul 20, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Watch Rappler’s midday newscast with Margie de Leon

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

SONA 2018, Pacquiao-Mayweather rematch, Prince Louis | Evening wRap

Jul 16, 2018 - 10:07 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Ralf Rivas

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


Duterte hails Pacquiao after watching bout beside Mahathir

Jul 15, 2018 - 1:48 PM

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad joins President Rodrigo Duterte in doing the Philippine leader's trademark fist pump for Senator Manny Pacquiao

WATCHING PACQUIAO. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (5th from left), beside Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (4th), watches the boxing match of Senator Manny Pacquiao and Lucas Matthysse on July 15, 2018. Malacañang photo

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


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

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