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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Manny Pacquiao vs Miguel Cotto: Firepower live blog and live tweets

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

Like many Filipino Internet users, I’m online now sharing updates on the Manny Pacquiao-Miguel Cotto: Firepower boxing clash on social networks such as Twitter. As you might expect, the number of people tweeting about Pacquiao has made the world’s best pound for pound boxer a Top Trending Topic, namely his nickname, Pacman.

In fact, I’m watching the boxing card right now via Smart 3G on my Nokia N82 while blogging this and tweeting updates.

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Watch Manny Pacquiao-Miguel Cotto online for free via live video streaming

Like many Filipinos, I’m eagerly awaiting the epic clash this Sunday, Nov. 15 (Saturday, Nov. 14 in the US) between boxing’s pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and dangerous Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico.

The good news is that you can watch the fight live online with no commercial breaks. This is thanks to Smart’s SandBox service and PLDT WatchPad, with the live video stream starting 9 am on Sunday.

The free live video stream on SandBox is exclusive to SandBox-registered SmartBro subscribers and is limited to the first 5, 000 viewers. You can check out this event page on Facebook for more details.

Meanwhile, the PLDT WatchPad live video stream is free for PLDT myDSL subscribers. Visit PLDT WatchPad for more details and to install the client. You’ll be happy to know that you can watch a lot of channels for free on PLDT WatchPad.

Oh, and shameless plug, our company, Level Up!, is providing video content to PLDT WatchPad’s myView channel, and games for its myArcade page. PLDT WatchPad also offered a free live video stream of Level Up! Live 2009, the biggest online gaming event in the Philippines, on myView on Nov. 7 and 8.

Donate Wynne Arboleda salary to typhoon victims, online petition urges

Check out my latest CNET Asia blog post.

Here’s an excerpt.

An online petition is now circulating among Filipino Internet users, urging the management of the Philippine Basketball Association team Burger King to donate the lost income of its suspended player, Wynne Arboleda, to the victims of the recent typhoons in the Philippines.

Arboleda has been suspended for the rest of the season in the country’s premiere professional basketball league for attacking a fan who was heckling him. The suspension without pay means 2.73 million Philippine pesos (around 81,540 Singapore dollars) in lost income for the Burger King player.

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Former UFC light heavyweight champ Chuck Liddell joins Dancing with the Stars

Watch out, Dancing with the Stars fans, the Iceman cometh. Former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell, that is.

Liddell, who hasn’t fought in months, has yet to decide whether he’ll officially retire from the UFC, but for now the mixed martial arts legend will showcase his skills on the dance floor instead of the octagon. Too bad Tito Ortiz isn’t his dancing partner, heh.

Here’s an excerpt from the story.

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