MMA fighter Gina Carano in “Haywire”

It was great to see female mixed martial arts fighter Gina Carano (also known as Crush in the defunct “American Gladiators”) in attendance at UFC 141, the recent pay-per-view which saw former heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar retire after losing to Alistair Overeem.

I’m a big fan of Gina, not just because of her looks and charisma but also her athleticism. She paved the way for female MMA fighters and was rightfully called the face of women’s MMA.

I’m looking forward to watching her first movie, “Haywire.” Here’s the trailer, which was also shown at UFC 141.

Will we ever see Gina fight again, preferably in the UFC (which still doesn’t have a women’s division)? Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

What would you ask Manny Pacquiao?

If you could ask Manny Pacquiao one question, what would you ask him and why?

Here’s your chance to post your question for boxing’s pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao. We’ll choose the best ones and ask Manny to answer them in the Ringside With Manny interviews. Post your questions on Yahoo! Philippines Answers.

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Goodbye, Pacquiao vs Mayweather; hello, Pacquiao vs Clottey

The superfight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been called off, and now it seems we can look forward to Pacquiao defending his World Boxing Organization welterweight championship against dangerous Joshua Clottey.

Here’s an excerpt from the Philippine Daily Inquirer story.

Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum told Sports Illustrated Friday that the Filipino ring icon will be staking his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown against Clottey, who lost to Pacquiao victim Miguel Cotto via a controversial split decision last June 13.

Another website reported that the 33-year-old Clottey (35 wins, 3 losses with 20 KOs) was ecstatic after being informed of the fight with Pacquiao and is returning to the United States from his hometown Accra, Ghana, Monday.

Clottey will be a tough challenge for the pound for pound king, and honestly, it seems Pacquiao has nothing much to gain and a lot to lose. This shows you how Pacquiao is willing to face dangerous opponents in exciting matchups that will please boxing fans, as opposed to Mayweather’s reputation for ducking opponents.

Who do you think should be blamed for the death of the superfight: Pacquiao or Mayweather?

Pacquiao vs Mayweather superfight called off

Bad news for boxing fans: the superfight between pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao and unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been called off after the warring camps failed to come to an agreement.

Here’s an except from Kevin Iole’s article on Yahoo! Sports.

The fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is off, promoter Bob Arum said Wednesday, as an attempt to mediate a dispute over blood testing failed.

Separately, a tweet from ABS-CBN broadcast journalist Julius Babao relayed the message from Dyan Castillejo that the fight was dead.

Dyan Castillejo reporting from USA : its final! Pacquiao-Mayweather fight will not happen.

UFC 108: Rashad Evans vs Thiago Silva results

UFC 108 was being called the most jinxed card of the world’s top mixed martial arts organization, and critics were already proclaiming the pay-per-view a disaster before fight day itself.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship, however, silenced the skeptics.

Here’s an excerpt from Kevin Iole’s Yahoo! Sports article.

Prior to the card, UFC president Dana White vigorously defended the quality of the show and went on the offensive against those who were critical of the matches.

Much is made on Internet bulletin boards of a perceived lack of respect that White shows fighters, but White got the last laugh Saturday. He wound up turning the critics’ words against them.

In the main event, Rashad Evans defeated Thiago Silva via unanimous decision to set up a long-delayed showdown with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

I used to like Rampage actually, but after his antics on The Ultimate Fighter 10, I can’t wait for Rashad to get his hands on Jackson.

For the complete UFC 108 results, click here.

By the way, congratulations to The Filipino Wrecking Machine Fil-American Mark Muñoz, who defeated Ryan Jensen in the first round.

UFC 108: Rashad Evans vs Thiago Silva preview

I’ll be honest: I’m not really that psyched to watch UFC 108: Rashad Evans vs Thiago Silva.

Mainly that’s because what I really would have wanted to see was Evans versus Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, but Rampage scuttled that much anticipated encounter when he bailed on the Ultimate Fighting Championship to play B.A. Baracus in the A-Team movie.

Still, there’s no denying the skills of Evans and Silva, and it’s not really the UFC’s fault that the UFC 108 card seems jinxed, with different fights being scuttled due to injuries, notably the serious illness that has sidelined UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. Lesnar’s championship defense against Shane Carwin was originally supposed to headline UFC 106 but was postponed to UFC 108 after Lesnar’s illness, only to be scrapped again.

Here are some UFC 108 promotional clips posted on the official UFC YouTube channel.

Who’s your pick?

By the way, Fil-American Mark Muñoz a.k.a. The Filipino Wrecking Machine will be going up against Ryan Jensen in one of the undercard fights.

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Pacquiao vs Mayweather: Not inside the ring but in court?

Instead of squaring off inside the ring in arguably the most anticipated encounter in the history of boxing, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. instead seem to be heading for a legal battle.

Pound for pound king Pacquiao, the Filipino fighter who made history as the first boxer to win seven world titles in seven weight classes, has said his legal team is preparing to sue Mayweather and his camp for performance enhancement drug allegations.

Here’s an excerpt from the Philippine Star article.

“I can’t believe these guys can lie without batting an eyelash and they would even make it appear that I am the culprit for the delay of the fight and saying that I don’t want it to happen,” said Pacquiao in a statement.

“They claimed that I threatened to walk away from the largest fight in history. That’s their first lie. Last week, I told Floyd Jr. to shut his big, pretty mouth and that we should fight so that the world will get to see who is the best fighter in the planet,” Pacquiao also said.

Pacquiao said they’ve got proof that Mayweather Jr. directly accused him of performance enhancement drugs (PED) use.

Meanwhile, Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum is now reportedly trying to set up a fight between the pound for pound king and superwelterweight champion Yuri Foreman.

For their part, the Mayweather camp has re-opened negotiations with the younger brother of Ricky Hatton, Matthew, who may get a crack at the American in England next year if the Pacquiao-Mayweather megafight is officially called off, according to this article by The Sun.

Over at Yahoo! Sports, Kevin Iole has an interesting column on the hypocrisy of all the parties involved in this looming boxing fiasco:

Things are not always as they seem in boxing, which is par for the course. You’ll understand the confounding events that threaten the hotly anticipated fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao a lot better if you understand that in boxing, what one says publicly isn’t always what one means.

So, will it no longer be Manny vs Money in 2010? Personally, I think both camps will eventually find a way to compromise and salvage this fight, because it’s just too historic and too profitable for either fighter to walk away from, despite what they might be saying now. Maybe it won’t happen in March, but I have a strong feeling Pacquiao-Mayweather will still push through next year.

Manny Pacquiao wife gets support from Filipino Twitter users

Here’s an excerpt from my CNET Asia blog post.

Ironically, rumors of an affair with a sexy young actress may have done more to hurt boxing’s pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao than tough erstwhile welterweight champion Miguel Cotto.

A number of Filipino Internet users are expressing their support for Pacquiao’s wife Jinkee and outrage at the alleged affair with starlet Krista Ranillo, to the point of creating a #teamjinkee hashtag on Twitter (others have also created #teamkrista and the more tongue-in-cheek #teamdionisia, referring to Pacquiao’s mother).

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Manny Pacquiao also pound for pound king of the Web

Here’s an excerpt from my latest CNET Asia blog post.

Manny Pacquiao not only made history Sunday as the first boxer to win seven world championships in seven weight classes, but the Filipino regarded as the world’s best pound for pound fighter also ruled cyberspace.

As I blogged yesterday while live tweeting the Manny Pacquiao-Miguel Cotto encounter, Manny Pacquiao became the top Twitter Trending Topic along with several other Pacquiao-related keywords.

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