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!

Compilation of Muhammad Ali Tributes

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The Greatest Muhammad Ali passed away on June 3rd 2016 and people from all over the world are paying tribute and respect to the Greatest Boxer of All Time. This is a compilation of various tributes created for Ali.

This one is an emotional interview with CNN on Muhammad Ali’s daughter Hana.

President Barack Obama talking about Muhammad Ali as an athlete, personal inspiration & ambassador.

Bill Clinton speech on Muhammad Ali.

BBC Sports tweet on Muhammad Ali

A video tribute that shows the Greatest of them all, Muhammad Ali.

This video from Boxing Legends TV has cuts from fight highlights, off-ring, and speeches. It is slow tempo and emotional.

Bryce Harper puts a quote on his bat to pay tribute to Muhammad Ali

This video from Achilles.ufc shows some rare & unique videos when he was already retired showing some footwork drills and a number of highlights as well.

Family & Friends put up banners for Muhammad Ali.

WWE pays tribute to Muhammad Ali via this narrative biography video.

A young Kentuckian gave an inspirational speech in tribute to Muhammad Ali.

Stephen Colbert shows discusses the influence of Muhammad Ali in his, & our generation. This is light and comical and factual.

Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao tells how Muhammad inspired him in boxing and the influence he had on the profession.

Floyd Mayweather says that no words can explain what Muhammad Ali has done for the sport.

Mike Tyson talks how Muhammad Ali has uplifted him

UFC Tribute for Muhammad Ali, nice and emotional narration with highlight videos.


Muhammad Ali, The Greatest Boxer of All Time, Dead at 74

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Muhammad Ali, who once self-proclaimed that he is “The Greatest” and have proved to the World that he is indeed the Greatest Boxer of All Time died at the age of 74 on Friday 4th of June 2016 at a Phoenix hospital where he was treated for respiratory complications.

Family spokesman Bob Gunnell has this to say — “After a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74. The three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer died this evening”. The funeral service is planned to take place at his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.

Ali despite suffering from Parkinson’s Disease which had deteriorated his physical dexterity and physical functions continued to be on the spotlight on Politics one of the latest was his criticism of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump regarding his plan of banning Muslims from entering the United States. As per Muhammad — “We as Muslims have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda.” Muhammad Ali converted to Muslim in the 1960s when he was the heavyweight champion of the world while also refusing to serve in the Vietnam War.

Muhammad Ali, son to middle-class parents, was born as Cassius Clay on Jan. 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Ali’s boxing career started when he began training at the age of 12, which eventually led him to win the gold medal in the 1960 Olympics in Rome in the light heavyweight division, he is also a Golden Glove winner.

After the 1960 Olympics he became a professional boxer bankrolled by the Louisville business owners on a 50-50 split in earnings. During this time he was nicknamed “the Louisville Lip” because of his constant talk on his own talent. After earning his time training in his hometown he moved to Miami to train with the legendary trainer Angelo Dundee with the hopes of winning the heavyweight title.

Ali was guided by the Nation of Islam and inspired by one of its leaders Malcolm X, and he eventually converted to Muslim in 1963, which advocated racial separation and rejected the pacifism of most civil rights activism.

At the age of 22 Cassius Clay renounced his “slave name” adopted Muhammad Ali which was given by Nation of Islam founder Elijah Muhammad. Fans became divided because some didn’t like the idea of rejecting your birth name in exchange for a Muslim name.

Ali was the heavyweight champion on six title defenses when he was drafted to serve in the U.S. army to be deployed in the Vietnam War. He refused to serve and has this to say — “My conscience won’t let me go shoot my brother, or some darker people, some poor, hungry people in the mud, for big powerful America, and shoot them for what? They never called me nigger. They never lynched me. They didn’t put no dogs on me.”

Ali was sentenced to five years in prison and all boxing titles removed when he refused to obey his command of stepping forward when his name was called at the Army recruiting station.

He was eventually released on appeals but was banned to fight or leave the country. He says — “My enemy is the white people, not Vietcongs or Chinese or Japanese. You my opposer when I want freedom. You my opposer when I want justice. You my opposer when I want equality. You won’t even stand up for me in America for my religious beliefs and you want me to go somewhere and fight but you won’t even stand up for me here at home.”

While the government was unhappy with his refusal and opinion, he was in good light with the antiwar activists and black nationalists.

The appeal was four years long before it reached the U.S. Supreme Court, and on a unanimous decision saw the Department of Justice improperly told the draft board that Ali’s refusal was not motivated by religious belief.

Before Ali’s legal proceedings progressed, Georgia was fine issuing Ali a boxing license where he beat Jerry Quarry. He then lost to Joe Frazier in a 15-round duel billed as “the fight of the century” six months later which became Ali’s first professional defeat as a pro.

Ali and Frazier rematched in 1974 and Ali won unanimously via decision, becoming the top lead challenger for the heavyweight title.

He became the heavyweight champion of he world when he won against George Foreman in 1974, a fight popularly called until today as the “The Rumble in the Jungle”. The fight is when he first unleashed his still famous and gold standard strategy known as “rope-a-dope,”, a strategy that pushed the opponent to tire out attacking while he leaned back on the road to evade the attack. He knocked out Foreman in the 8th round.

“Thrilla in Manila” is one of the most famous fights of Muhammad Ali as he fought Frazier for the third time winning on a technical knockout in the 15th round. The greatest was able to defend his title until he was beaten by Leon Spinks in 1978. After the loss he got his title back then retired in 1979. In 1980 he decided to come back and fought Larry Holmes and lost. He again fought and lost against Trevor Berbick then retired for the last and final time.

After Ali’s retirement he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and has this to say — “I’m in no pain. A slight slurring of my speech, a little tremor. Nothing critical. If I was in perfect health — if I had won my last two fights — if I had no problem, people would be afraid of me. Now they feel sorry for me. They thought I was Superman. Now they can go, ‘He’s human, like us. He has problems.”

Despite his retirement and Parkinson’s Disease he remained a well respected athlete and was chosen to light the Olympic Torch in Atlanta 1996. He spent the next few years traveling shuffling between appearances that allowed him to continue making income and philanthropic activities. During this time he was able to meet notable people from presidents, royalty, even the Pope.

President W. Bush awarded Ali with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. He was also honored in his hometown of Louisville by opening Muhammad Ali Center, a place to learn the life of Ali, and promote tolerance and respect.

Muhammad Ali has nine children, divorced thrice but lived the longest with his last wife Yolanda “Lonnie” Williams in Berrien Springs, Michigan, after which they moved to Arizona.

One of the last significant quotes from Ali says this — “I never thought of the possibility of failing, only of the fame and glory I was going to get when I won,” Ali wrote. “I could see it. I could almost feel it. When I proclaimed that I was the greatest of all time, I believed in myself, and I still do.”

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 Last Day Training at Wild Card Boxing

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Manny Pacquiao trains for the last time at the Wild Card Boxing as he is heading to Vegas in preparation for the May 2 fight of the century against Floyd Mayweather.

As Freddie Roach says — “Manny will spar on Monday for the last time and after that we’ll break camp and everyone will go to their cars and trucks,”. “The entourage used to be about 100 cars, I’d say there might be 1,000 cars this time.”

The Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather fight have been gigantic from ticket prices ranging from $5,245 to as much as $106,950 for ringside seats.

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