Pacquiao vs Khan: To see or not to see (February 25, 2017)
Recah Trinidad [ Source: Inquirer ]

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What has so far come out clear about Manny Pacquiao’s next fight was that the previously announced bout against Australian Jeff Horn dragged and was ditched over a question of money, the size of the purse to be exact.

Horn is suddenly out of the picture, but this was already a foregone conclusion the moment Pacquiao announced last week he was in talks with United Arab Emirates for his next bout.

Promoter Bob Arum, missing through all the confusion, finally surfaced but the first thing he did was denounce the reported huge purse dangled for Pacquiao by unnamed negotiators in the UAE.

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MANILA — Amir Khan has confirmed that he is in talks with the camp of Manny Pacquiao for a lucrative superfight that could take place in April.

Khan, a former junior welterweight champion, told his fans to follow his Twitter page for developments.

Pacquiao earlier announced that negotiations have been going on with Khan, despite a previous statement by his promoter Bob Arum denying that such talks have been taking place.

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Bute looks to pick up the pieces vs. Alvarez (February 25, 2017)
Dan Rafael [ Source: ESPN ]

Lucian Bute, left, hopes to get back into title contention with a victory over Eleider Alvarez on Friday. Jacques Boissinot/AP

Lucian Bute was once an undefeated super middleweight world titleholder fast making his mark on boxing.

From 2007 to 2012, Bute held a title and made nine successful defenses while becoming Quebec’s most popular fighter. He drew sellout crowds in both Montreal and Quebec City, and the sky seemed the limit.

But that was then. This is now. Now he is a struggling fighter trying to knit his career back together at age 36.

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 Martin ‘Bai’ Elorde and Miguel ‘Migs’ Elorde

MANILA, Philippines - The Elorde brothers stake their WBO crowns tonight in a promotion dubbed “Boxing Kontra Droga” at the Elorde Sports Center on Sucat Rd., Parañaque.

Grandsons of the great “Flash” Elorde, Juan Martin “Bai” Elorde will defend his WBO Oriental lightweight title against top contender Aekkawee Kaewmanee of Thailand while younger brother Juan Miguel “The Boss” Elorde will put his crown on the line against Erick Deztroyer of Jakata in the event presented by the Johnny Elorde Management International and held in cooperation with the Rotary Club of Manila Premier.

The Elorde brothers are rated Nos. 8 and 3, respectively, in the WBO rankings with victories to boost their chances for a possible world title fight. Bai Elorde holds a record of 21wins, including eight KOs, against a loss and a draw with Aekkawee toting a 16-win, including six KOs, seven-loss record.

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Gavin McDonnell prepares for chilling victory against Rey Vargas (February 25, 2017)
Nick Parkinson [ Source: ESPN ]

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Gavin McDonnell hopes that home comforts will help see him emulate his twin brother Jamie in becoming a world champion.

McDonnell [16-0-2, 4 KOs] goes for his first global title in front of his home fans in Yorkshire on Saturday, fighting for the vacant WBC super-bantamweight belt against Mexican Rey Vargas [28-0, 22 KOs] at the Ice Arena in Hull.

Victory for McDonnell, 30, would make him and brother Jamie -- the WBA bantamweight titleholder -- Britain's first twins to hold boxing world titles simultaneously.

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Ronda Rousey’s acting chops will be on full display, as she plays a prison inmate in an episode of NBC’s “Blindspot.”  Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Less than two months after her failed octagon return, former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is returning to the limelight.

But instead of the bright lights of the UFC, “Rowdy” will be making her way back to acting, as she lands a guest role in NBC’s critically acclaimed crime-drama series “Blindspot.”

The 30-year-old MMA superstar, as per The Washington Post, will once again set her fighting career aside as she works alongside Hollywood actors Sullivan Stapleton and Jamie Alexander.

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 Manny Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines – The promoter of Australian prospect Jeff Horn isn’t closing his door at Manny Pacquiao despite the Filipino icon’s keenness to fight in the United Arab Emirates instead of Australia.

Dean Lonergan, head of Duco Events, which represents Horn, said that compared to the supposed $38 million offer for Pacquiao to fight Amir Khan in the UAE, their deal is real.

“Manny seems to be very concerned about facing Jeff Horn in front of 55,000 people at Suncorp Stadium,” Lonergan recently told the Courier Mail.

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