Floyd Mayweather chops wood, plays with fire

A couple of weeks back we discussed Manny Pacquiao’s basketball prowess, and how the Philippines Basketball Association excommunicated an American player who suggested Pac-Man isn’t quite the hoops savant Pac-Man thinks Pac-Man is. Looks like Daniel Noble spoke to soon. The video evidence is in, and Manny Pacquiao is, in fact, the best basketball player … Continue reading

Floyd Mayweather and the semantic satiation of legacy

After seeing Floyd Mayweather spill a few drops of blood in a closely-contested, hard-fought but well-deserved victory over Marcos Maidana last Saturday, it’s natural to wonder whether the world’s top pound-for-pound fighter can retain that crown until he retires. Yes, he won, but we haven’t seen him struggle like that since his first bout with … Continue reading

Angelo Dundee & Muhammad Ali — Fact, Folklore and Legacy

The death of famed boxing trainer Angelo Dundee has prompted boxing fans and writers worldwide to share their experiences with the man, so here’s mine. Met him for the first and only time four years ago, almost to the day. He had come to Toronto to plug his autobiography, and I met him in the … Continue reading

Nov. 13, 2009: In Pacquiao’s corner, an entire crazed nation

MORGAN CAMPBELL SPORTS REPORTER When Manny Pacquiao blasted Ricky Hatton in two rounds last May, Filipino President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared a national holiday to celebrate the win. Since then, his fame in the Philippines and beyond has only grown, and as he heads toward the toughest test of his career – Saturday’s showdown with … Continue reading

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