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Pacquiao has Algieri next, but
Floyd Mayweather is out there
By Barry Wilner
AP Sports Writer
EW YORK — Even as Manny Pacquiao prepares
for undefeated junior welterweight champion
Chris Algieri, the name Floyd Mayweather is
never far away.
Pacquiao will defend his World Boxing Organization
(WBO) welterweight crown on November 22 in Macau, the
64th bout of a career that includes titles in eight divisions.
None of those has been against the undefeated May-
Pacquiao told The Associated Press that a matchup
with Mayweather “is the fight fans want in their hearts”
and that he is always ready to step into the ring with
Mayweather. The Filipino star and congressman could be
closer to such a fight because promoter Bob Arum says the
two cable television networks involved, HBO and
Showtime, have reached an agreement to make it happen.
Now it’s up to Mayweather to agree, Arum says.
“If that fight happens, fine,” the 35-year-old Pacquiao
said. “If not, fine — what I have done in my boxing career
already has satisfied me. What I will be disappointed if
that does not happen is because that is what the fans
want. My concern is the concern of the fans, and the fans
want that fight.”
While Arum said positive steps have been taken in the
direction of a Pacquiao-Mayweather bout, he is leery
about Mayweather giving approval. After all, the fight
hasn’t happened over a span of about a decade.
“Floyd is scared to lose the zero,” Arum said of
Mayweather’s 46-0 record. “Believe me, if he lost the zero,
he’d be on the plane (the next day) to make the fight, no
Pacquiao isn’t and won’t think about that potentially
huge payday, particularly with an opponent such as
Algieri ahead of him. Algieri, from Huntington, New York,
is hardly the stereotypical pugilist. He holds a master’s
degree in clinical nutrition, and aspires to attend medical
SWIMMING INTO LAW SCHOOL. China’s Ye Shiwen poses
with her gold medal for the women’s 200-meter individual medley swim-
ming final at the Aquatics Centre in Olympic Park during the 2012 Sum-
mer Olympics in London, in this July 31, 2012 file photo. The 2012
London Games champion in the women’s 200- and 400-meter medleys
registered last month at Beijing’s prestigious Tsinghua University under
a government program that waives the gruelling entrance exam for out-
standing athletes. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
Gold medal swimmer Ye
enrolls in top China college
BEIJING (AP) — China’s two-time Olympic gold
medallist swimmer Ye Shiwen has a new title: college
The 2012 London Games champion in the women’s 200-
and 400-meter medleys has registered at Beijing’s
prestigious Tsinghua University under a government
program that waives the gruelling entrance exam for
The 18-year-old Ye told local media she plans to study
law and will balance classes with the Asian Games this
month in Incheon, South Korea.
Ye set a world record in the 400 IM and an Olympic
record in the 200 IM at London 2012, although she did not
win a medal in any event at last year’s world
championships in Barcelona.
Numerous Chinese champion athletes have been
admitted to top universities as a means to a post-athletics
Dethroned Myanmar beauty queen blasts pageant boss
Continued from page one
the tiara on the table in front of her.
“I don’t want a crown from an
organization with such a bad
The pageant says the Swarovski
tiara is worth more than $100,000.
Noe’s mother, who accompanied
her on the trip to South Korea, cried
when asked about the experience.
The Miss Asia Pacific World
pageant, now in its fourth year, is no
stranger to controversy.
In 2011, Wales representative Amy
contestants alleged that the contest
had been fixed after a woman
apparently named runner-up of the
talent round before competing.
The argument with organizers —
captured on video and uploaded to
YouTube under the title “Confessions
of a Beauty Queen” — was widely
circulated in the pageant community.
Some of the contestants also
accused officials of asking the women
for sex in return for higher placement
in the contest, and charged that the
police who were called in to investi-
gate the allegations were bribed.
Those allegations were denied by
“It is not true that the girls were
sleeping with the organizers or the
director,” he said. “The police already
announced that these were just
rumors. We checked everything, the
CCTV in the hotel, everything. It was
Myanmar, which only recently
emerged from a half century of
military rule and self-imposed
isolation, started sending contestants
to international pageants again in
Noe’s win was widely covered in
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PASSIONATE PUGILIST PACQUIAO. Manny Pacquiao, left,
and Chris Algieri pose for a photo in Los Angeles. The two boxers will fight
for Pacquiao’s World Boxing Organization welterweight title on November
22 in Macau. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
school. He’s also a terrific boxer with a 20-0 record and
That is not in the realm of Pacquiao’s 56 wins, 38 by
knockouts, and standing as one of the great fighters of his
era. But it’s strong enough to impress Pacman.
“He is undefeated and a world champion,” Pacquiao
said, adding with a sly smile, “I love to fight undefeated
guys. I want them to experience that first (defeat).”
Algieri won his belt in June by beating powerful Ruslan
Provodnikov. That was almost a home bout, held in
Brooklyn, about one hour’s drive from Algieri’s Long
This one is in Macau, and he can’t wait to show his stuff
there, especially against Pacquiao.
“I grew up looking up to other fighters,” the 30-year-old
Algieri said, mentioning specifically Oscar De La Hoya —
who was stopped by Pacquiao in eight rounds in 2008.
“Manny is a classy champion, a gentleman, and a warrior.
I kind of walk in those shoes. Professionals who show class
as has Manny are a testament to the sport.”
A victory would catapult Algieri to the elite level of the
sport. A win for Pacquiao would further distance him from
losses to Timothy Bradley and Juan Marquez in 2012.
Pacquiao won a decision over Brandon Rios in Macau in
2013, then avenged the loss to Bradley with a unanimous
decision last April.
What keeps Pacquiao going in the ring? Considering all
of his other ventures, from politics to entrepreneurship to
dabbling in basketball — the Philippines’ most popular
sport, he said — why not walk away with his health?
“I continue because boxing is my passion,” he said. “You
can see it in my face every time I fight. You see I am
smiling when I walk into the ring. It’s that excitement.”