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Peoples Champ Pacquiao Is Ready to Face Keith Thurman

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Manny Pacquiao with his family and entourage have been in the US weeks before his upcoming fight in Las Vegas this Saturday July 20th.

The eight time division champion “PAC-Man” Pacquiao will face the undefeated Keith “One Time” Thurman for the WBA (Super) welterweight championship.

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Team Pacquiao doing their rounds of cardio exercises, running and sprinting around the valleys of California.

Fans and media are following his preparations and trainings, working on his footworks and power punches with his long time coaches.

Pacquiao at 40 is more than ready to face his opponent Thurman in which are both very active posting tweets on social media.

The weights are in! #PacquiaoThurman

Who will win the title?

Are you team Pacquiao or team Thurman?

This will be a great match.

Let’s find out tomorrow!

Manny Pacquiao Facebook Live Generates 5.5 Million Views

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Manny Pacquiao is very good at leveraging social media to reach his fans in his last fight against Jessie Vargas, he used Facebook Live to bring the fans inside the locker room for his pre-fight.

Not even PPV could bring you this close to an athlete pre-fight as most of the time you will be soaking on advertisements of pre-game analysis. Manny Pacquiao’s Facebook Live has generated more than 5.5 million at that time, that is more than any PPV buy ins.

Manny Pacuiao FB Live Wrap Hand
Manny Pacuiao FB Live Wrap Hand

How many more athletes would leverage this and provide its fans with a closer look at their big fights or game? Thank you Manny Pacquiao for being so social, your fans love it!

In case you missed the Facebook live, or want to relive it, watch his pre-game hand wrapping routine below —

Hidilyn Diaz Humble Beginnings to 1st Philippine Olympic Medal in 20 Years

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It has been 20 years since the Philippines last celebrated an Olympic medal and a win by Hidilyn Diaz is a celebrated victory without equal for the south east asian country.

The last time the Philippines won a medal was by Onyok Velasco at the 1996 games in Atlanta in boxing.

Teary-eyed Hidilyn Diaz for a well deserved and epic victory for herself and her country:

The Philippines doesn’t have world class sports program, or facility that produce numerous athletes at world class level. What they have are outliers who on their own managed to climb to the highest ranks like Manny Pacquiao and now Hidilyn Diaz.

Hidilyn Diaz doesn’t come from a wealthy family, neither does she live in a progressive city. Her hometown Zamboanga City is down south of the Philippine Archipelago, a city you wouldn’t find in any of the top 15 positive (richest, liveable, etc) rankings in the country.

The video below show the humble beginnings of Hidilyn, rusted metal bars, plates that wiggle, a hot and humid environment. While these conditions are not ideal, Hidilyn was able to channel all these shortcomings into something productive. The wiggling metal plates and environment strengthened her resolve, focus that made winning at the highest level possible:

Another photo showing the plates she has successfully utilized to get where she is now:

Diaz putting her medal where it belongs, in here she says — “It is more beautiful if it has something in it, Thank you Lord, there is really nothing impossible from you!”

Hidilyn Diaz successfully lifted 200kg at the women’s 53kg division in weightlifting, almost four times her body weight.

As Diaz comments — “Ginawa ko yung best para sa country. “Yun lang talaga yung goal, tapos mag medal. Bronze lang talaga yung aim namin ng coach ko.”

In english, she says “I did my best for my country. That’s it really is the goal, then to medal. Bronze really is the aim of the coach and me”.

The weightlifting favorites were Chinese-Taipei’s Hsu Shu-Ching and China’s Li Yajun, which were expected to battle it out for the gold and silver and everyone else would settle for the bronze.

Hsu and Li were able to take an early lead in the snatch round where they scored 101kg and 100kg respectively. At that point Hidilyn felt discouraged as she told her coach — “Nadiscourage ako pero sabi ng coach ko na wala na kaming magagawa. Sa clean and jerk ako bumawi”. In english translation — “I am discouraged but I told my coach we cannot do anything. In clean and jerk I will make it up.” True enough she went ahead scoring 200kg.

Video below shows how Hidilyn Diaz won the Silver medal in the Rio Olympics.

Hidilyn’s Olympic journey started in Beijing in 2008 as a wild card entry by the Philippine Weightlifting Association. At this point she became the first female weightlifter to represent the Philippines in the Olympics, and just the second weightlifter for the country, her coach Ramon Solis was the first. She finished 11th of the 12 competitors in the 58-kg class but being just 17 years and already breaking the Philippine record which she herself set at the 2007 Southeast Asian Games showed a lot of promise. In this Summer Olympics she lifted 85-kg in the snatch and 107-kg in the clean and jerk for a 192-kg total. Philippine Sports Commission Chairman William Ramirez said that Diaz competed for experience and would be a strong contender in future competitions.

4 Years later at the Summer Olympics in London 2012, Diaz once again competed setting a record for Philippine athlete to be able to compete in two consecutive Olympics. She qualified via the 58kg in the Continental and World Qualifying Tournaments, ranking 9th in the event going into the Olympics. She became the flag bearer for the Olympics in the Opening ceremony. The London Olympics had a lot of expectations that she will have a better performance than in Beijing Olympics, unfortunately, she is one of two competitors along with Lina Rivas of Columbia to have a “did not finish” status after failing three times in the Clean and Jerk on 118 kg.

Going into the Summer Olympics in Rio 2016, Diaz decided to go down to the 53 kg weight class instead of the 58 kg she has competed in the past. In her first Olympics she weighed at 56.28 kg which means she is the lightest in her 58 kg class, a disadvantage against the competitors who are closer to the maximum limit. She managed to increase her weight to 57.70 kg but was still performing at the bottom half of the division.

At the 53 kg class she was able to win the gold medal in the 1st Southeast Asian Weightlifting Championship in Bangkok. She went on to place 3rd in the 53 kg division of the IWF World Weightlifting Championship held in Houston, Texas on November 22, 2015 which allowed her to get top spot in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

It was a long journey for Diaz who started the sport at age 11 on humble beginnings. Through years or hard work, determination and perseverance competing in one Olympic tournament to another, she was able to bring the Philippines its first medal in 20 years and the first none-boxing Olympic medal in 80 years for the country.

Congratulations to Hidilyn Diaz for the victory!

Manny Pacquiao Impressive on his Retiring Fight vs Timothy Bradley

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Manny Pacquiao delivered a couple of knockdowns in the seventh and ninth rounds, solid punches, and consistent defense as he won on three judges scorecard 116-110 to finally close his rivalry with Timothy Bradley and announce his retirement.

Pacquaio’s professional record now stands at 58-6-2, 38 KO while Timothy Bradley is 33-2-1, 13 KO after their third fight. Contrary to Bradley’s controversial win over Pacman in 2012, Pacquiao had a dazzling array of hits, defensive blocks, dodges and the relentless combination we have seen from him in his younger peak days en route to an unanimous decision.

Manny Pacquiao has said he is retiring after this fight, “Yes, I am retired,” Pacquiao said. “I want to go home to my family and serve the people.”, but whether that actually happens remain to be seen. Whatever the decision of Pacman, the important thing is that his last fight may not be the greatest we have seen from him but it is one of the best fights for a retiring great boxer.

The fight didn’t generate a lot of buzz and speculation of Pacman’s brilliance was in question as 11 months ago his performance against Floyd Mayweather has been underwhelming. The fight went well as both fighters showed they are still on top of their game for their age with Pacman being faster and better defensively, as Bradley noted — “He was a step ahead of me,” Bradley observed afterward. “I was supposed to be a step ahead of him.”. Pacquiao went out blazing on the first round a good starting point for recovery from all the negative buzz generated from his last fight.

Two more years down the road before we can finally conclude if Pacquiao is really retiring but whatever happens, this fight has been a good career ender for Manny Pacquiao.

Knockdown round of Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley III

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The knockdown round of Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley as PACMAN connect on a combination left and right punches. What appeared to be block by Bradley saw Pacquiao connecting via slow motion.

The punches came so fast and it had no clean opening that everyone especially the announcer was surprised when Bradley went down.

Timothy Bradley Knockdown Meme vs Pacquiao was Quick as the Punch

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Pacquiao vs Bradley Knockdown

A few minutes after Pacquiao delivered the knockdown punch against Timothy Bradley, a meme of Bradley’s acrobatic fall was posted with Jordan pasted on the picture.

The internet is fast, as fast as the punch delivered by Pacquiao.

Manny Pacquiao News: Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. will ultimately happen next year – EastsideBoxing.com

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Manny Pacquiao breaking news follows:

The Hindu Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. will ultimately happen next year EastsideBoxing.com But after the events of this past Saturday night, the biggest question still remains, and that is whether or not this fight has brought us one step closer to the matchup we as fans have long wanted to see, Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs Manny Pacquiao . … Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao : Who would win? [Poll] Los Angeles Times Floyd Mayweather Cheap Shot: Why Manny Pacquiao is Different Opposing Views Who Would Win a Floyd Mayweather Jr.- Manny Pacquiao Bout If It Happened? NESN.com Bleacher Report  – USA Today all 3,020 news articles »


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Manny Pacquiao News: Manny Pacquiao World Poker Event: A new poker event on December 7 to 12 – Poker 777

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