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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Boxing

Manny Pacquiao ‘not afraid to die’ as he helps Filipinos during coronavirus

Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao grew up poor in the Philippines and rose to international stardom as a boxer before becoming a senator in his home country. He knows what life is like at the bottom and the top, and he is working to help out his country as it battles the coronavirus pandemic.

The Filipino boxer/politician has already given 700,000 masks to those on the front lines; partnered with Jack Ma to provide 50,000 COVID-19 test kits; and he has donated five buses to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority to help them provide free rides to healthcare workers.

Pacquiao is trying to show leadership and provide a good example for his country during the pandemic. He told the Manila Bulletin that he is “not afraid to die”, and that is part of why he is helping.

“If you are a leader, you have to be a frontliner,” he said.

Pacquiao is trying to make sure the poor people living in the streets are taken care of because of concerns over looting. He lived in the streets before his boxing career took off, so he understands what those people are going through.

Pacquiao has always been extremely generous with people in his country and is making that clear once again. The 41-year-old was expecting to fight again this summer, but those plans are on hold, as are the plans of so many during these times.

Great Roger Mayweather moment goes viral after his passing

Roger Mayweather, an iconic trainer and personality in the sport of boxing, died on Tuesday, and now he is being remembered as the character he was.

After Mayweather’s passing at the age of 58 following years of declining health, a great moment of his went viral on Twitter. Mayweather was working the corner for his nephew, Floyd Mayweather Jr., in a 2005 bout against Arturo Gatti, when he suddenly turned to the camera during the one-sided affair and said, “I told y’all he’s gonna get his a– whooped … on HBO!”

Here is the video, but beware of the foul language:

Formerly a two-weight world champion as a fighter, Roger went on to become the trainer for Floyd Jr. from 2000 to 2012, helping oversee his rise to all-time greatness. Roger is also widely seen as the original “Black Mamba” and had another infamous moment in 2006 when he entered the ring to confront Zab Judah in the middle of a fight that he was working.

The news of Roger’s passing comes just days after the death of Floyd Jr’s ex-girlfriend as well.

Roger Mayweather, the original Black Mamba, dead at age 58

Former world champion boxer Roger Mayweather, also the uncle of Floyd Mayweather Jr., has died at the age of 58.

Roger was in declining health prior to his death, TMZ Sports reported on Tuesday. Mayweather reportedly died in the morning.

Roger fought in the featherweight, lightweight and welterweight boxing classes and was 59-13 in his pro career, which spanned 1981-1999. He was a world champion in the super featherweight, light welterweight and welterweight classes.

His nickname was the “Black Mamba” — yes, he held that nickname as a boxer well before Kobe Bryant adopted it.

“It’s funny because I wanted a boxing nickname that wouldn’t be common to most people. One day when I was flipping through channels and I came upon this channel showing different reptiles, and they were showing the black mamba, one of the most deadly snakes in the world. I loved the way the mamba attacked so quietly, but when he hit you he just hit you one time and the poison was in you. That reminded me of myself right there,” Roger said of the nickname.

Roger fought well-known boxers during his career like Julio Cesar Chavez, Vinny Pazienza, Pernell Whitaker and Kostya Tszyu.

After his boxing career, Roger became a trainer for his nephew, Floyd Jr., who is 50-0 and arguably the best boxer in history. Roger had some controversy as a trainer, such as when he entered the ring during Floyd Jr.’s fight with Zab Judah and fought with Zab’s father. He was later fined. He also was arrested in 2009 for attacking one of his former fighters.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. posts multi-photo tribute to late ex-girlfriend Josie Harris

Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather Jr. posted a multi-photo tribute to his late ex-girlfriend Josie Harris on Friday, three days after her death.

Harris was found dead inside her car on Tuesday night, according to authorities. She was 40 years old. No foul play was suspected.

Harris and Floyd shared three children.

In his tribute, which involved him sharing several separate photos, Mayweather called Harris:

– My Angel
– My Heart
– My Love
– My Rock
– My Family
– My Sweetheart
– My Friend

Here are all the photos of the two, whose past romance began when they were young.

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Floyd Mayweather’s ex-girlfriend Josie Harris found dead

Josie Harris

Josie Harris, the ex-girlfriend of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and mother of three of the boxing champion’s children, has died at 40.

Law enforcement sources confirmed to TMZ that Harris was found unresponsive in her car outside her home when police were called to the scene at around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night. Investigators do not suspect foul play, and the case is being treated a death investigation and not a homicide.

Harris and Mayweather had a long and tumultuous history with one another. Harris accused Mayweather of beating her on multiple occasions, and a 2010 incident led to a 90-day jail sentence for Mayweather. Harris also accused Mayweather of assaulting her in 2005, but she later dropped the charges and admitted she was lying.

Mayweather and Harris were scheduled to go to court later this year stemming from a $20 million lawsuit Harris filed against Floyd. The lawsuit stemmed from Mayweather denying in an interview with Katie Couric that he beat Harris in 2010, claiming he only tried to restrain Harris and that she was on drugs. The story Mayweather told in the interview was much different from what the police report from the incident stated.

Harris posted evidence long after the 2010 incident that indicated she still had some sort of relationship with Mayweather. She was involved in a lawsuit against Mayweather at the time of her death.

Mayweather denied ever having beaten Harris, but his own son even called him a “coward” over the incident.

Adam Kownacki shockingly loses to Robert Helenius

Robert Helenius

Heavyweight contender Adam Kownacki suffered a shocking loss to Robert Helenius on Saturday night in his hometown of Brooklyn.

Kownacki, 30, entered the fight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn undefeated at 20-0. He was in line for a possible fight against Andy Ruiz Jr., but those plans were derailed by Helenius.

Helenius dropped Kownacki in the fourth round in what the referee treated as a slip.

Kownacki was wobbly after that and could barely defend himself, leading to a stoppage a minute later.

“It wasn’t my night,” Kownacki said after the fight. “It’s boxing. It’s a tough sport and things just didn’t go my way tonight. It was a learning experience and I’m going to go back to the drawing board and get back to work.

“He hit me with a good shot. I knew what was going on, but I’m just upset with myself. It is what it is.”

Kownacki is now 20-1 (15 KOs), while Helenius improves to 30-3 (19 KOs). Kownacki was a heavy favorite and still went down. This, along with Ruiz Jr.’s upset over Anthony Joshua, is another reminder of how unpredictable heavyweight boxing can be.

Mikey Garcia wants to continue at welterweight, eyeing Manny Pacquiao fight

After scoring his first career victory at welterweight, Mikey Garcia has some high hopes for his next fight.

The former four-division world champ defeated Jessie Vargas via unanimous decision on Saturday at 147 pounds. Garcia scored a knockdown in the fifth round and landed the better, cleaner shots for much of the night.

After the bout, Garcia said that he wanted to continue at 147 and mentioned Manny Pacquiao or a rematch with Errol Spence Jr, who dealt him his first career loss in March of last year, as potential options for his next fight.

The 32-year-old Garcia began his career at featherweight and was fighting at lightweight as recently as 2018. He has always looked most comfortable at the 135-140 range, but Saturday’s win at welterweight clearly emboldened him. Pacquiao, meanwhile, has other, grander possibilities in play at the moment, but a bout against Garcia would make for a very compelling clash of styles.