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HBO premieres documentary following Manny Pacquiao as he prepares for Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

HBO has premiered the first of its two-part Mayweather/Pacquiao: At Last series. In the mini-documentary, HBO profiles its respective fighter in the mega-bout, Manny Pacquiao, as his May 2 showdown nears.

The first episode’s time frame spans as early as 2003, when Pacquiao’s boxing ascent was first recognized, to the superfight’s focal issues around negotiations. Once again, HBO’s beautiful production shines through in what is perhaps an Emmy-contending feature. Cameo appearances also occur from Mark Wahlberg and Robert Duvall, both in support of Pacquiao as he prepares to defeat his rival Mayweather.

Enjoy the episode above to get yourself prepared for the fight of our generation.

The road to the May 2 Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight begins

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao have finally agreed to fight inside the ring. Following many years of ducking each other, the matchup between these two pound-for-pound kings still seems too good to be true. Yesterday, the two fighters met for a press conference promoting the May 2 showdown, reassuring fans the matchup is official. The press conference presented the last opportunity for the two fighters to trade verbal jabs until the weigh-ins, as the two will be doing very limited joint publicity to promote the colossal bout. Although the presser was quite tame in comparison to Mayweather’s past promotion antics and opponent-taunting, it did offer some notable moments, including the attendance of pop singer Justin Bieber.

Enjoy the event in its entirety in the video above, supplied by Showtime.

Manny Pacquiao records entrance song for Mayweather fight

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Manny Pacquiao has recorded a new song for his fight with Floyd Maywether, eschewing (at least partially) old Pacquiao entrance standards like Queen’s “We Will Rock You” or Katy Perry’s “Roar” to once again share with the world the gift that is his angelic singing voice.

The boxer is preparing for his May 2 fight against undefeated Floyd Mayweather by laying down a track titled “Lalaban ako para sa Pilipino” or “I will fight for the Philippines,” which he plans to use as his entrance music.

Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KO) has previously stated that he’s officially dedicating this momentous event to the Filipino people, and the fighter/Congressman/cultural icon has always been known to shown great pride in his home country.

The 36-year-old Pacquiao last fought in November, routing Chris Algieri in Macau. He’ll return to Las Vegas to face Mayweather (47-0, 26 KO) in what is expected to be the biggest money fight in boxing history.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. announces Manny Pacquiao fight

The moment that boxing aficionados and sports fans alike have been waiting for, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao are officially stepping into the ring to fight. Money will be going into this matchup with a slight edge as the undefeated champion — 47-0 professional boxing record — however, he arguably has more on the line with Pac-Man’s two consecutive losses in 2012.

While both fighters are in the twilight of their careers, the hype and publicity that has surrounded this matchup for more than five years makes it one of the most anticipated contests and undoubtedly the richest fight in boxing history. The showdown between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is set to take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 2, 2015.

Stay tuned for more news surrounding the fight and be sure to share your thoughts on who will go down as is the best pound-for-pound fighter of their era.

15-Minutes With Manny Pacquiao

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As expected from a celebrity of Pacquiao’s caliber, his schedule was constantly filling up and changing. Our originally planned date to shoot was changed at the last minute to the day before. Not only that, but on the day of the interview, our time with him was cut from 30 minutes down to 20 minutes and then finally to less than 15 minutes — meaning we literally had less than 15 minutes to do a video and photoshoot with him. But none of us even flinched — we’ve had days where interviewees would cancel on us last minute when we were already literally in front of their door, because “something came up.” Here was a man who was getting interview requests from mainstream outlets left and right, and yet he still made time for small fry like us. That was the moment I got my first peek into Manny Pacquiao’s character.

From the outside, it seemed as if the logistics would be a production nightmare. Apart from the scheduling issues, however, everything fell into place that day. As I was arriving to the shoot location, I got a call from the person handling publicity for Pacquiao while in Los Angeles.

“He’s on the way, but he’ll be 20 minutes late.”

To make sure things were easy for him, we saved one spot for his car when he arrived. Little did we know he was actually rolling up in a giant Escalade — along with an entourage that took up two other Escalades. Suddenly, we had to figure out how to fit three large SUVs into a small garage.

We managed to fit the first car into the garage with no problems. Manny’s car arrived second. Once Manny and his crew got out of the car, I walked up to shake his hand and to introduce myself. He then gave me a monotone, “Nice to meet you.” I could tell he was drained.

Once inside, a near-empty studio with just a few people was suddenly packed with almost two dozen people. His entourage included people taking pictures of him on their iPhones and a cameraman that shot video while following him around.

His schedule was so tight that his publicist was already screaming that they had to leave the moment he set foot in the door. I usually like to meet everyone and try to warm up with the person I’m interviewing, but I knew that was nearly impossible. I simply looked at Manny, pointed to the chair and told him to sit and get ready.

We spent a total of less than 15 minutes doing both the interview and photoshoot. Manny and his crew quickly left afterward for their next meeting. I could hear the tires screech as they left. And suddenly, our studio was empty again just liked it had been 15 minutes before he arrived.

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Manny was in Los Angeles to promote his new documentary film, eponymously titled “Manny.” It’s directed by first-time filmmaker Ryan Moore, a USC film student who got the opportunity to make the film after a casual meeting with Manny in 2008 at a charity event. He told Life + Times:

“I think he knew that I was genuinely passionate about his story. I lived in the Philippines for five years and knowing what my family’s struggle was like, my imagination started running wild as to what Manny’s childhood was like being amongst the poorest of the poor. One thing I always knew was that I wanted this to be a visceral experience and I didn’t want this to be your typical documentary. I felt that Manny’s story was ‘Rocky’ meets ‘Slumdog Millionaire.’ I wanted to make a movie that was more than boxing.”

The film is special not just because it shows what a badass Manny Pacquiao is in the ring, but because it shows how he’s a badass outside of it too. “Manny” highlights Pacquiao’s life growing up in a family that struggled to put food on the table everyday. At the age of 16, weighing in at only 98 pounds, Manny started his boxing career in order to earn money to take care of his family.

“Back then, we experienced [not] eating food, because we didn’t have money to buy food, so we just drinking water. That’s our experience and we survived. It’s not easy … even though I’m a successful person right now, I don’t want to change my attitude — always humble. Humility is always there because of my experience passing through this difficult life.”

The film features interviews with Manny himself, his wife Jinkee Pacquiao, coach Freddie Roach, Mark Wahlberg, Jeremy Piven, Alex Ariza, Jimmy Kimmel, Larry Merchant and Bert Sugar. It is also narrated by Liam Neeson, who was chosen because he was a boxer himself up until he was 19.

Today, Manny is far from just a world champion boxer. In the Philippines, his home country, he is also a politician, a singer with a hit single and an entrepreneur. He’s so influential that it is said the crime rate drops down to zero percent during his fights. Why? Because literally everyone rushes to their TV screens to cheer for their country’s hero.

On what it’s like being poor and now being rich, Pacquiao’s response was relatively simple.

“The changes in my life is of course, I have plenty of food and I can buy whatever I want. And the Lord provides me all the things that we want to do. The way I treat people I’m still the same.”

In addition to his riches and success as an adult, Pacquiao has had dark times as well. He’s admitted that he was a womanizer, degenerate gambler and drinker in the past. However, he left all of it behind after becoming a devout Christian. To this day, Pacquiao admits his biggest fear has to do with his faith:

“My fear is [losing] my relationship to the Lord, to my God. That’s the biggest fear. That’s why I’m always building up my relationship with the Lord.”

Whatever his venture, Pacquiao reveals what his biggest passion is.

“… I think I already started doing it: Helping people … My goal in life is to help them, where I came from, and the people who are in need also. Because I know what they’re feeling and I know they really need help.”

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With everyone wondering whether the epic fight between him and Mayweather is going to happen, Pacquiao unfortunately has no new news.

“My promoter and I have agreed already to whatever terms and conditions he wants. We’re just waiting for the signed contract. If he signed the contract [the] fight will be on and we’ll announce it. I believe the fans deserve that fight.”

When asked what he wants his audience and fans to take from watching his new documentary movie, he said:

“This is a very good movie. It will inspire people, especially the fans of boxing. They will know more about me, about Manny, not only in boxing, but my life, before I become like this. I’m pretty sure they’ll be inspired after they watch this movie. The [release] date will be January 23 in select theaters.”

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Best Asian American athletes in 2014


Northwest Asian Weekly (By Jason Cruz)

It was another stellar year for API sports.

It started off with Doug Baldwin and the Seattle Seahawks bringing home the team’s first ever Super Bowl and a parade that seemingly the whole city of Seattle came to see.

The Winter Olympics were a bit of a disappointment for Asian Americans. Mirai Nagusa was denied making the U.S. women’s figure skating team despite making the top three.

J.R. Celski earned a Silver medal in the men’s Short Track 5000-meter relay but failed to medal in any of the three individual events he competed in.

Julie Chu, the first Asian American woman to play for the U.S. women’s ice hockey team ended her career with a Silver medal for the U.S. team. However, her quest for Gold was thwarted just three minutes before the end of the Gold Medal Game against Canada. With the U.S. up 2-0, Canada made a furious comeback and scored two goals in three minutes to send the game into overtime where Team Canada scored another goal for the Gold. Chu played in an unprecedented four Olympics and was the U.S. Olympic team’s Flag Bearer for the closing ceremonies.

In April, Manny Pacquiao returned to the ring and avenged a controversial loss to Tim Bradley by winning a convincing unanimous decision.

The World Cup was held in Brazil in June and the two Asian nations competing, South Korea and Japan, did not fare well. Both were eliminated in the first round of the tournament.

Also in June, Michelle Wie won her first major golf championship with a win at the U.S. Women’s Open. At the same tournament, 11-year-old Lucy Li became the youngest qualifier in the U.S. Women’s Open.

University of Washington men’s golf team member Cheng-Tsung Pan played in the British Open in July. The UW junior earned the spot by tying for second at a qualifying event in Thailand. This fall, Pan decided to turn pro.

The U.S. Tennis Open featured great runs by 24-year-old Japanese star Kei Nishikori and China’s Peng Shuai.

Nishikori, who was coached by Chinese American Michael Chang, made it all the way to the men’s final before losing to Milos Raonic.

Shuai made a surprising run to the semifinals where she had to retire (forfeit) due to continued leg cramps.

Absent from the women’s side of the tournament was Li Na who announced her retirement in September.

In October, Apolo Ohno finished the famed Ironman Triathlon in Kona, Hawaii.

November saw Manny Pacquiao’s return to the ring as he destroyed Chris Algieri. Pacquiao’s next opponent…Floyd Mayweather?

In December, the University of Oregon’s Marcus Mariota won the Heisman Trophy, college football’s biggest individual award.
Mariota becomes the first Asian Pacific Islander to win the trophy.

And without further ado, here are the top 10 API athletes of 2014:

10. Harley Kirsch

Kirsch, who is part Korean, was the quarterback for the Eastside Catholic High School team that defeated the vaunted Bellevue High School football team to win the Washington state class 3A football championship. Located in Sammamish, Washington, the school ended Bellevue’s 67 game winning streak. Kirsch is only a junior and will return next season to lead Eastside Catholic.

9. Amelia Andrilenas

The junior gymnast at Juanita High School qualified for the state meet and placed first, second, and fourth in all-around meets during the 2013-2014 season.

For the outsider, the most astonishing thing about the 4’11” gymnast is that she has only one hand. Andrilenas, who was adopted from China, took up gymnastics at an early age and has excelled since.

8. Jeremy Lin

Lin was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers this past offseason to complement Kobe Bryant. So far, Lin has not done much to help Kobe. He’s averaging just 10 points for the currently 9 win and 22 loss Lakers. He did score a season high 21 points in the Lakers’ first win. While he is far-removed from the days of New York and Linsanity, he still is a contributing member of the Lakers who hope to rebuild.

7. Tim Lincecum

It seems that every other year Lincecum and his San Francisco Giants seem to win a World Series. The Giants won baseball’s World Series this year making it three times in the past five years that the team has won the title. Lincecum, who is a Washington native and part Filipino, pitched his second-career no-hitter against the San Diego Padres in June. He also picked up his 100th career win this past September. Although Lincecum played sparingly in the World Series, he picks up his third ring.

6. Chloe Kim

At only 14, Kim was too young to compete in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics but the snowboarder did earn silver in the “superpipe” at this year’s Winter X Games. Look for the Korean American to make the next team in the 2018 Winter Olympics which are in her parents’ home country of South Korea.

5. Julie Chu

A pioneer in the field of women’s hockey as Chu was the first Asian American to be on the women’s team and the first to play in four Olympics. She also starred in a commercial with her mother shown during the Winter Olympics.

4. Mirai Nagusa

The 21-year-old Los Angeles native was denied a spot on the 2014 Winter Olympics women’s figure skating team despite winning the Bronze medal at the U.S. Championships. Usually, the top three are awarded spots on the Olympic team. However, the U.S. Figure Skating committee determined that Ashley Wagner, the fourth place finisher make the team based on Wagner’s stronger international record. Although it was reported that Nagusa would appeal the decision, she later decided not to pursue it.

3. Apolo Ohno

The Olympic medalist is keeping busy in retirement. Last year he ran the New York Marathon. This year, he has completed one of the most grueling events out there, the Kona Ironman Triathlon. Ohno finished in 9 hours, 52 minutes and 27 seconds. What will he do next?

2. Marcus Mariota

The Oregon Duck won the Heisman Trophy in December and leads his team into the first College Football Playoff. Mariota is certain to be a top pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

1. Doug Baldwin

It’s pretty easy to pick Baldwin as he was a key part of the Seahawks run to the Super Bowl last year and remains one of Russell Wilson’s most valuable receivers. Hopefully, we’ll see Baldwin (and the rest of the Seahawks) with another Super Bowl ring in 2015.

 

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Manny Pacquiao avenges loss in dominating win over Timothy Bradley

 

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Celebrities like Jack Nicholson, Will Ferrell and 50 Cent came out to Las Vegas Saturday night to see if one of the greatest boxers of his generation still could deliver the goods as Manny Pacquiao squared off against Timothy Bradley, Jr. for the WBO title. The eight-division world champion, who also serves as a Filipino congressman, did not disappoint the pro-Pacquiao crowd in a dominating victory over Bradley. The unanimous decision for Pacquiao avenged his June 2012 split decision defeat to Bradley in a bout that almost all observers had Pacquiao winning handily. Pacquiao put the decision in the hands of the judges once again, but they scored it 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112, and we avoided a repeat of what Top Rank CEO Bob Arum called a “death knell for the sport” after the decision for Pacquiao-Bradley I.

It was the eighth straight fight for Pacquiao that ended with a decision and not with knockout, but he was more aggressive than he has been in recent bouts. He controlled the second half of the fight winning at least six of the seven final rounds on all three judges’ cards.  “I knew I had to do more in this fight than I did in the last fight,” said Pacquiao after the win. Pacquiao pocketed $20 million for the fight, down from $26 million for their June 2012 fight. Bradley earned a career best $6 million in his title defense. Pacquiao has earned more than $300 million in his career since he turned pro in 1995.

What’s next for Pacquiao? Forget the eternally discussed mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather. The blood feud between Top Rank/HBO and Golden Boy/Showtime/Mayweather is at an all-time high and makes the Hatfields vs. McCoys look quaint. Mayweather and Pacquiao are not crossing party lines to make this happen even it would generate $150 million for the fighters to share.

I think I can fight for two more years,” said Pacquiao after Saturday’s fight. His most likely opponent is the winner of the May 17 matchup between Juan Manuel Marquez and Mike Alvarado. Arum promotes all three fighters greasing the wheels to an agreement, and the winner of the May fight will be Pacquiao’s mandatory challenger.

Marquez is a significant favorite over Alvarado and a fight against Pacquiao would be the fifth in a series between the two warriors that started in 2004. Pacquiao leads the series 2-1 with their first fight ending in a draw. Pacquiao had a 15-fight winning streak before Bradley defeated him under a cloud of controversy in 2012. Marquez knocked out Pacquiao in December 2012 leading many to question if Pacquiao was nearing the end. Pacquiao avenged his Bradley loss and no doubt would like to do the same with Marquez.

Money reportedly held up previous negotiations on Pacquiao-Marquez 5, which resulted in Pacquiao in the ring against Bradley Saturday night. But Marquez is coming off a split decision loss to Bradley in October and a showdown with Pacquiao is his chance to score a career high payday. “I have no problem with fighting Marquez again, but that’s up to my promoter, Bob Arum,” Pacquiao said.

Fans have not tired of the rivalry with the last two bouts averaging 1.3 million pay-per-view buys and both among the biggest audiences of Pacquiao’s long, successful PPV career. Look for Arum to make a fifth bout in the stories franchise for later in 2014.

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Pacquaio-Mayweather fight deal is being denied

A report from 78sports that the Manny Pacquiao – Floyd Mayweather fight is a done deal is being denied by Pacquiao’s adviser, Michael Koncz, according to ABS CBN.

78SportsTV quoting unnamed sources had reported the fight would be held September 2014. The report claimed the source has been right at predicting  previous Mayweather fights as well.

Don’t believe that story unless Manny or I tell you its true,” Koncz said.

Koncz said Pacquiao would not make a decision about his next fight until after the holidays.

You can read more about Pacquiao’s next possible opponent on ABS CBN.

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Signs You Grew Up Filipino…

This post is mainly about food. But then again, isn’t that the best part of being Pinoy?

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Signs You Grew Up Filipino…

1. This was a perfectly normal breakfast.

This was a perfectly normal breakfast.

Spam, good. Eggs, good. Rice, obviously good.

2. But this was your actual favorite breakfast.

But this was your actual favorite breakfast.

MMMM TAPSILOG. Nom nom.

3. And when all else failed there was always this.

And when all else failed there was always this.

Sweet bread for breakfast? Yes, please…

4. You have no idea how to make rice on the stove, only in a flowery rice cooker.

You have no idea how to make rice on the stove, only in a flowery rice cooker.

5. This was your “ketchup.”

This was your "ketchup."

The spicy kind was the best.

6. You had a hundred pairs of “tsinelas” spread around your house.

You had a hundred pairs of "tsinelas" spread around your house.

Because you immediately took off your shoes when you entered the house.

7. The only name you were ever called by was:

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Like, you’re not even sure your parents know your real name.

8. Their names are lolo and lola, not grandpa and grandma.

Their names are lolo and lola, not grandpa and grandma.

9. You know you had to “mano” every adult in the house before you were allowed to go play.

You know you had to "mano" every adult in the house before you were allowed to go play.

10. Which was no easy task because you had approximately 15 “titas” and “titos” growing up.

Which was no easy task because you had approximately 15 "titas" and "titos" growing up.

And half of them weren’t actually related to you.

11. Every year you sent a giant cardboard box to your relatives in the Philippines.

Every year you sent a giant cardboard box to your relatives in the Philippines.

The contents of which were 99% Spam.

12. You immediately turn your head when you hear these phrases.

You immediately turn your head when you hear these phrases.

13. This is how your mom points.

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Hand me the “ano.”

14. Your Thanksgiving includes a few unconventional items.

Your Thanksgiving includes a few unconventional items.

Note the lumpia, rice, kare kare, pancit, etc…

15. Nothing makes your mouth water faster than the sight of pan de sal.

Nothing makes your mouth water faster than the sight of pan de sal.

16. Your family does most of its grocery shopping here.

Your family does most of its grocery shopping here.

Or the local “Asian food store.”

17. And this was your bakery.

And this was your bakery.

18. You could really go for an ice-cold halo halo right now.

You could really go for an ice-cold halo halo right now.

19. All of your relatives came over every time this guy was fighting.

All of your relatives came over every time this guy was fighting.

Manny Pacquiao. Represent.

20. Your family car definitely has one of these hanging somewhere.

Your family car definitely has one of these hanging somewhere.

21. You call this an “air-con” not an A/C.

You call this an "air-con" not an A/C.

22. You were constantly being asked if you had finished your Kumon.

You were constantly being asked if you had finished your Kumon.

23. You played at least one musical instrument growing up.

You played at least one musical instrument growing up.

And you had to learn the Suzuki method.

24. Your parents were always particularly creative when it came to saving money.

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25. Adobo is your love language.

Adobo is your love language.

26. You know your mom didn’t know what to cook when you saw this was what you were eating for dinner.

You know your mom didn't know what to cook when you saw this was what you were eating for dinner.

27. You never threw away your plastic silverware.

You never threw away your plastic silverware.

Because you know, “sayang”…

28. But let’s be honest, half the time you didn’t actually eat with silverware.

But let's be honest, half the time you didn't actually eat with silverware.

29. This looks very familiar.

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Aunties getting craaaazy!

30. Every family gathering ends with a rousing round of karaoke.

Every family gathering ends with a rousing round of karaoke.

31. You were always looking for ways to rep the Filipino flag.

You were always looking for ways to rep the Filipino flag.

32. You love joking about being a FOB, but the second anyone else calls you one, you’re like:

You love joking about being a FOB, but the second anyone else calls you one, you're like:

DA HELL? Not cool.

33. Taglish was your native tongue.

Taglish was your native tongue.