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Manny Pacquiao Leads Anti-Condom Fight in Philippines

When Manny Pacquiao’s not destroying fools in the ring, he’s working as a congressman in his home country. Pac Man decided to chime in on a hot issue in the Philippines this week, expressing his opposition to a bill that encourages the use of contraceptives and family planning.

“God said, ‘Go out and multiply.’ He did not say, just have two or three kids,” Pacquiao preached.

In another interview, Pacquiao said “It’s sinful to use condoms and commit abortion. My parents were poor… they had four children, it was very difficult but we persevered.”

Pacquiao’s stance was viewed favorably by the Catholic church which is a powerful institution in the country; over 80% of Filipinos are Catholic. When Pacquiao says his parents were poor, he’s not joking. Manny literally turned to boxing after his dad killed the family’s dog for food. Given what Pac Man had to go through, I’m surprised he opposes the bill, but it’s clear he wants the support of the country.

It’s a good thing Pacquiao’s no longer has amateur status as a boxer because he sure wouldn’t fit in well at the Olympics. He also probably wouldn’t get along too well with Chad Ochocinco who once had a plan to market his own brand of condoms. Ultimately, Pacquiao’s stance is a curious one considering he’s admitted he and his wife have used birth control.

Daniel Tosh Takes a Punch from Manny Pacquiao (Video)

If you happened to think Daniel Tosh, star of the hit Comedy Central show Tosh.0, is nothing more than a witty comedian who digs up funny videos on YouTube, his season premiere on Tuesday night may have changed your mind a bit. Perhaps Tosh never had the chance to see what Manny Pacquiao did to Antonio Margarito’s eye last year.  Otherwise, he probably would never have agreed to let the welterweight champion punch him in the face on national television.  Have a look at the Daniel Tosh-Manny Pacquiao punch video:

I don’t care who you are or how much you’re getting paid, that takes balls.  I’m curious if Tosh agreed to this before or after the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world was accused of using steroids.  Whatever the case, you’ve got to love the call out of Floyd Mayweather at the end.  If I were Tosh I’d feel pretty good about the fact that I can now officially say I have taken more Pacquiao punches than Mayweather.

Manny Pacquiao Issues Denial Statement Regarding Rumor of Steroid Injection

Manny Pacquiao has issued a statement in response to a report alleging his steroid use. The report was given credibility when it was shared on twitter by boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Shane Mosley Thursday.

The report first appeared on May 3rd on a gambling website and it says a former sparring partner of Pacquiao used to inject Manny with steroids. The report alleges that Pacquiao began using steroids in the lead up to his fight with Oscar De La Hoya because he needed to overcome the size difference between the men. They say the former sparring partner issued the interview in a “top secret location” in Las Vegas. As if that Austin Powers image doesn’t give you enough reason to laugh, the fact that there’s no real source to the report should crack you up.

Anyway, nothing would have happened with this “report” if Shane Mosley hadn’t made something of it. Think about it — this “report” was published on May 3rd yet nobody had heard about it until Mosley tweeted it. Mosley wrote Thursday:

Pacquiao ex-sparring partner came out a couple days ago stating that he would inject him w steroids – since Ricky fight look that up … These are not my words it comes from a article And his sparring partner but if it is true!!!! Than what do you say please google”

Then Mosley added that Pacquiao hit him harder than he had been hit his entire career. Floyd Mayweather Jr. caught wind of his report and he encouraged his nearly 1.2 million followers on twitter to go read it. The report seems so phony I won’t bother linking to it. But after Mosley and Floyd started to spread the report, Pacquiao’s camp decided to respond by issuing a statement:

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Paris Hilton Hangs Out with Manny Pacquiao After Mosley Fight

Who knew Paris Hilton was a fight fan? I had no idea she liked Manny Pacquiao but apparently she must because she spent all Saturday evening at the bout in Las Vegas, and then she was hanging out for the postfight press conference with Manny. We know the woman likes publicity, but this seemed to be slightly more than your standard attention-whore behavior. Check out all the pictures of Paris with Pacquiao after the fight:

If you’re wondering why Paris was with Manny, we have our answer — it’s all business. She announced she’s headed to the Philippines this year, and she is planning to visit the country’s prized fighter and his family. She even linked to an article on her twitter page that says “there are rumors that Paris will open a Paris Hilton Beach Club” in the Philippines, so it seems like that is the case. Ahah! It all makes sense! What better way to establish some popularity than by latching onto the biggest hero in the country, right? Who said Paris Hilton didn’t know how to work the publicity chain.

Manny Pacquiao in Minor Car Accident, Shane Mosley Fight Still on (UPDATE)

Though Manny Pacquiao seems to have superhuman powers in the ring, we know he’s as vulnerable as the rest of population outside of it. In fact, TMZ reports that Pac Man was involved in a car collision Saturday prior to his fight with Shane Mosley.

“Sources close to Pacquiao tell TMZ he was traveling in a fleet of cars after church today, when one of Manny’s security vehicles collided with the car carrying Manny.

We’re told Pacquiao is back at his hotel now, where his trainer, Freddie Roach, checked him out. According to our source, Pacquiao is just a little shaken up … but he’s okay to go for tonight.”

Though the news seems dramatic, it appears as if this was nothing other than a minor fender bender. Still, given how superstitious fighters are, you don’t want anything messing with your routine. Something like a minor car accident has the potential to throw off a fighter’s rhythm, and we can only hope that’s not the case with Pac Man.

What’s odd is after watching the final Fight Camp 360 episode earlier in the day, it was shocking to watch the way Pacquiao’s fleet of cars caravaned from LA to Las Vegas for the fight. I figured they would fly out there but they didn’t, and it made me think “Aren’t they worried about a potential car accident?” It’s so strange that the same day I saw that and thought it, it actually happened.

UPDATE: Lance Pugmire of the LA Times cites a Pacquiao publicist who called the incident a “tap.”

To see video and pictures of their weigh-in, go here

Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley all Smiles at Weigh-in

There are few athletes in the world with a larger following and global appeal than Manny Pacquiao. The affable Filipino is a greater than 8:1 favorite for his championship fight against Shane Mosley Saturday evening in Las Vegas, and for good reason. Pac Man hasn’t lost since 2005 and he has reeled off 13 straight wins since falling to Erik Morales. His ability to beat the best fighters regardless of weight class has generated a massive appeal amongst fight fans, many of whom showed up for the weigh-in. According to reports, over 6,000 fans were on-hand to see Pacquiao and Mosley tip the toledos for the fight.

Even though Pacquiao packed the house for the weigh-in, there was something extremely odd; unlike most bouts where the opposing fighters dislike each other, both Shane and Manny were smiling for the crowd and media. It certainly was a strange sight to behold, but it’s somewhat consistent with Manny’s personality. Though the ferocious Filipino wants to tear you apart in the ring, he’s a gentleman outside of it, and that’s a big reason why he’s so beloved.

Now if you’re wondering why Mosley was all smiles at the weigh-in, the answer is simple. He’s 39 years old and set to make over $10 million for the fight. He’s counting his darn lucky stars for the fight, not to mention his millions. Getting into the ring with Manny Pacquiao is a guaranteed payday for aspiring opponents. Why do you think so many fighters are eager to cash in on the Manny Pacquiao lottery?

For a video of the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley weigh-in, see below:

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Norm MacDonald Bets $25,000 on Manny Pacquiao to Win $3,125

Comedian Norm MacDonald has a relatively new show on Comedy Central. One of his first bits with Blake Griffin was fantastic, and this wasn’t bad either. McDonald decided to bet $25,000 on Manny Pacquiao to beat Shane Mosley Saturday evening. The only problem is he’ll only make slightly over $3,000 if he wins the bet. Last time we were looking at boxing odds like that, it was one of the biggest kicks to my LBS nuts ever (you can read that story here). As for MacDonald’s skit, check it out below:

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