Liverpool eye top spot away to Fulham

first_img Tags: premier leaguetop AFC Bournemouth vs Newcastle UnitedVitality Stadium, DorsetSaturday, 16-03-2019 @6pmReferee: Mike DeanBournemouth full-back Adam Smith will miss out with a hamstring strain, so Nathaniel Clyne is likely to deputise. Ryan Fraser should be fit despite missing training earlier this week after suffering some heavy challenges against Huddersfield.Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles is sidelined by a knee problem, but Ciaran Clark makes a timely return from a similar injury. Fabian Schar is banned for two matches after accumulating 10 bookings.Newcastle are unbeaten in three league and cup visits to Bournemouth since a 2-1 defeat in the second tier in September 1989. The only home win in five Premier League meetings was registered by Newcastle in this season’s reverse fixture.Their tally of 25 points at home is the most this season among clubs outside the top six. The Cherries only need a point to match last season’s final total of 26 at the Vitality Stadium. All seven of Bournemouth’s home league defeats since losing to Burnley in November 2017 have come against established top-six sides. Callum Wilson is vying to score in four consecutive league appearances for the first time since October 2014 in the Championship. Wilson and Ryan Fraser have combined for nine Premier League goals this season – the last pair to do so 10 times in a single top-flight campaign were Arsenal’s Nicolas Anelka and Dennis Bergkamp 20 years ago. Fraser is the first Scottish player to register 10 assists in a single Premier League season. Joshua King has scored four goals in his last four league games at home.Newcastle are winless in six away matches, earning just two points. The Magpies have lost seven consecutive Premier League away games in March without scoring since a 4-1 victory at Hull City in 2014. They have only scored 11 goals in 17 Premier League away fixtures since last April. Six-goal Ayoze Perez is the highest scorer in the division this season yet to score away from home. Salomon Rondon has been involved in 13 Premier League goals for Newcastle this season (eight goals, five assists) – five more than any other player. Jonjo Shelvey’s next league appearance will be his 100th for Newcastle.Burnley vs Leicester CityTurf Moor, BurnleySaturday, 16-03-2019 @6pmReferee: Michael OliverBurnley manager Sean Dyche has no fresh injury worries and could name the same side for the third successive match. Aaron Lennon may yet return from knee surgery before the end of the season but Steven Defour is likely to have to wait until next term.Leicester City could also be unchanged for Saturday’s trip to Turf Moor. Winger Marc Albrighton, midfielder Matty James and the versatile Daniel Amartey are all unlikely to feature again this season because of injuries.Burnley have earned successive Premier League home victories against Leicester – they’ve never won three in a row against an opponent at Turf Moor in the competition. They are Leicester’s only two defeats in the 14 most recent meetings (W8, D4, L2). This is the 50th top-flight meeting. Burnley have won 22 and Leicester 13, with 14 draws.Burnley could equal the club record of four consecutive Premier League defeats. They have the joint-second worst defensive record in the division this season, conceding 57 goals. The Clarets are one short of scoring 100 Premier League home goals. There have been a league-high 12 goals scored in the 90th minute or later in Burnley’s games this season, with Sean Dyche’s side scoring three and conceding nine. Ashley Barnes could become the first Burnley player to score in four successive Premier League matches at Turf Moor.Leicester have won two of their last three league games, more than they had in their final eight under Claude Puel (W1, D1, L6). The 12 goals they have conceded in the opening 15 minutes of matches this season is the most in the division. The Foxes have let in the opening goal in 20 Premier League fixtures this season, a joint-high with the bottom three sides. Leicester are without a clean sheet in nine matches since a 1-0 win at Everton on New Year’s Day. Brendan Rodgers has won four of his five league meetings with Burnley, beating them while in charge at Watford, Swansea and Liverpool. He has never beaten a team with four different clubs. Jamie Vardy has scored five goals in as many league games – one more than he had in his previous 16 appearances.West Ham United vs Huddersfield TownLondon Stadium, LondonSaturday, 16-03-2019 @6pmReferee: Jonathan MossWest Ham striker Andy Carroll could be out until the end of the season because of an ankle injury. Marko Arnautovic, who is back to full fitness after illness, could start after two appearances off the bench.Erik Durm is the latest doubt for injury-hit Huddersfield, having picked up a minor strain in training. Fellow defender Tommy Smith returns after three games out with suspension, although Christopher Schindler will retain the captaincy.West Ham have never lost to Huddersfield in a Premier League fixture (W2, D1). Huddersfield haven’t beaten West Ham in the league in four meetings since November 1971.West Ham are unbeaten at home in all competitions in 2019 (W4, D2). The Hammers have kept just three Premier League clean sheets at the London Stadium this season. Only Manchester United and Fulham have fewer at home. West Ham are looking to win three consecutive league games at the London Stadium for the first time. They have earned 39 points this season, only three fewer than their final total in 2017-18. Six of West Ham’s last seven Premier League goals have come from a set-piece. The club’s eight-goal leading league scorer Felipe Anderson has not added to his tally in his last 11 league games.Huddersfield have lost seven of their last eight league matches. The Terriers have scored eight goals away from home, the lowest tally in the division. Huddersfield have failed to score in five successive away games in the Premier League since Boxing Day. They have used 29 players in this season’s Premier League, the joint-highest number. Steve Mounie has been directly involved in four of Huddersfield’s last five Premier League goals, scoring twice and assisting twice.Fulham vs Liverpool Craven Cottage, LondonSunday, 17-03-2019 @5:15pmReferee: Craig PawsonFulham have lost five consecutive league games against Liverpool, conceding 16 goals, since a 1-0 win at Anfield in May 2012. Liverpool could win three matches in a row at Craven Cottage for the first time in the top flight. There has not been a draw between the sides in 13 Premier League meetings at Craven Cottage.Fulham have no new injury concerns and forward Andre Schurrle is training again after a virus. Alfie Mawson is recovering from knee surgery and hopes to be back playing before the end of the season.Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is out of the game because of an ankle injury sustained in the Champions League victory over Bayern Munich. Naby Keita will be assessed after missing the trip to Germany with a minor injury.Fulham have equalled the club Premier League record of six consecutive defeats. Their only longer top-flight losing streak was an 11-match run between December 1961 and February 1962. They have also matched the Premier League record of conceding multiple goals in 10 consecutive matches, previously done by Wimbledon and West Bromwich Albion. The Cottagers have lost 17 matches this season by a margin of two or more goals, just two short of the Premier League record they set in 2013-14. They have conceded 68 goals so far, 11 more than any other top-flight side. Fulham have lost 24 of their past 25 Premier League matches against established top-six teams, with the only exception being a 2-2 draw at Manchester United in February 2014. Scott Parker played in the Fulham team that lost 4-0 in the Premier League at Anfield in November 2013.Liverpool have equalled their best record after 30 matches of a top-flight campaign, set in 1987-88 (W22, D7, L1). They went on to win the title by nine points that season. They have won only one of their five Premier League away games in 2019, compared to eight victories in 10 attempts before the turn of the year. The Reds have conceded nine goals in 10 league fixtures in 2019, one more than they had in the previous 20 games this season. Jurgen Klopp’s side are unbeaten in their last 11 league matches against promoted sides (W10, D1), scoring 31 goals and conceding just four. Sadio Mane has scored eight goals in his last eight league appearances, though just one of these has come away from Anfield.Everton vs ChelseaGoodison Park, LiverpoolSaturday, 17-03-2019 @7:30pmReferee: Anthony TaylorEverton’s Seamus Coleman is set to return after missing the defeat at Newcastle because of illness. Leighton Baines is also in contention after a back issue but Phil Jagielka is an injury doubt while Kurt Zouma is ineligible against his parent club.Gonzalo Higuain could be available again after missing the midweek trip to Dynamo Kiev with illness. The likes of Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, and Eden Hazard, who were rested in midweek, are set to return.The past two league meetings have ended 0-0. Only four fixtures in Premier League history have finished goalless in three consecutive games. Everton haven’t scored in any of their last five league matches against Chelsea (D2, L3). The Toffees have won only one of the last 10 Premier League encounters (D3, L6).Everton have lost four of their last six league games (W1, D1). It’s seven games and more than two months since they last won at home (D3, L4). Everton have not beaten one of the established top-six sides in the league since January 2017, drawing seven and losing 18. Their last seven Premier League goals at Goodison Park have been scored by different players. Theo Walcott has scored six goals in all competitions against Chelsea, finding the net at all four grounds he has faced them on. He is yet to play them at Goodison Park. Jordan Pickford is one short of 100 Premier League appearances.Chelsea have won three of their last five league matches (D1, L1). They have lost three of their last four away games in the Premier League, conceding 12 goals in those three defeats. The Blues have kept only one clean sheet in their last nine away league matches, in a 1-0 triumph at Crystal Palace on 30 December. Chelsea have 57 points after 29 Premier League matches, four more than they had at this stage of last season under Antonio Conte. Eden Hazard has been directly involved in 24 (48%) of Chelsea’s 50 Premier League goals this season (13 goals, 11 assists), the highest ratio in the division. Chelsea have hit the woodwork 19 times this season, more than any other side in the top flight. Marcos Alonso and Willian have both hit the woodwork six times each. They are the only club not to have received a red card in this season’s Premier League.Comments last_img read more

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Klay Thompson’s MRI delayed, his status for Game 3 still uncertain

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. The Warriors were still waiting Monday night to find out whether or not Klay Thompson’s left hamstring injury will allow him to play in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday.ESPN reported Thompson hadn’t yet undergone an MRI as of early Monday evening as the test was delayed because the team’s flight didn’t arrive until the early morning hours.Test results on Thompson’s hamstring should be available later Monday …last_img read more

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Another Flap Over Dinosaur Feathers

first_img(Visited 46 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The first North American “feathered dinosaur” has put the media in a frenzy of celebration over questionable data.Three Canadians from Alberta took a look at old fossils of the “ostrich-mimic” dinosaur Ornithomimus stored in drawers at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, and found fibrous impressions in the sandstone they interpret as feathers on the forewings.  News media immediately launched an artwork-laden campaign of touting this as the first “feathered dinosaur” found outside of China and Germany (Archaeopteryx being the German claim).As soon as the paper hit Science, as if on cue, Science Daily, PhysOrg, Live Science, the BBC News and the other usual suspects put up Julius Csotonyi’s creative artwork from their paper in their coverage with no critique or alternative analysis whatsoever.  Strangely, the popular reports added colorful backgrounds of sky and forest that were not present in the small image in the paper, though the University of Calgary press release came fully illustrated.  Moreover, the popular reports simply parroted the interpretation of the feathers as courtship displays, while soft-pedaling the problems.And there are problems.  First of all, the rock impressions of the “feathers” consist mostly of straight lines that look nothing like the pennaceous flight feathers of Archaeopteryx.  One will read Zelenitsky’s paper in vain for mention the words vane, pennaceous or barbule in the main paper or supplemental information, except (for barbule) in the following curious circumlocution, “Evidence of shafted feathers {i.e., feathers with a rigid shaft, with or without interlocking barbules [type 3 feathers or higher (11, 12)]} is preserved on the forelimb bones of an adult Ornithomimus skeleton.”  The authors call them “filamentous feathers” with filamentous meaning just that: a filament or shaft, much simpler than the complex vanes of true feathers with their barbs, barbules and interlocking hooks.So do the photos of the fossils show these to be true feathers?  No; even the interpretive sketches show nothing but straight lines, with the exception of a very few tiny fragments shaped like a U or curve that, with copious imagination, might be interpreted as hooks for something, though they are disconnected from any barbs or barbules, which are not evident anywhere.  Further, these “feathers” are not connected to the skeleton, being separated by a centimeter or more at various angles from parallel to almost perpendicular.  They look like scratches in the rock.  Since the fossils were buried in sandstone instead of the limestone of German and Chinese fossils, license has to be taken to assume that such delicate impressions could be made in sandstone in this singular instance.  The authors tempted other researchers to go on a search for feathers in sandstone.Other problems present themselves with the “feathered dinosaur” interpretation.  All the others were theropods in the group of saurischian (lizard-hipped) dinosaurs.  This one is completely outside that group.  It’s in the ornithischian (bird-hipped) branch.  While that might sound like a plus for dinosaur-to-bird evolution theories, it would require evolutionists to postulate the emergence of the feather-whatever-things in the common ancestor long before flight supposedly evolved.  These feathers had nothing to do with the evolution of  flight.  The creatures were far too heavy for that.  The authors admit this by postulating that the “filamentous feathers” (found only on the adult) were used for courtship display.There was only one adult that showed the scratch marks, and one juvenile without them.  A third had markings on the bone.  Notice how their handling of the specimens adds to the confusion:Preparation of specimens with feathersTwo ornithomimosaur skeletons associated with fossilized feathers, TMP 2008.70.1 and TMP 2009.110.1, were preserved in hard, cemented sandstone blocks and prepared in 2008-2009. Preparation of this matrix could only be achieved with a Chicago Pneumatic (CP-9361) airscribe. In order to expose the feathers preserved in TMP 2008.70.1, the rock had to break along the parting plane on which the structures are preserved. In many instances, the rock did not break along that plane, resulting in the partial destruction of some filaments. In TMP 2009.110.1, the parting plane fortunately occurred between the sandstone and the ferruginous coating, revealing the presence of filamentous feathers in the ironstone.A third skeleton (TMP 1995.110.1) was preserved in a siltstone to fine-grained sandstone and displays markings on the left radius and ulna, inferred to be traces left by shafted feathers.  Although the markings were first discovered on the bones during specimen preparation in 1995, feathers impressions were not found in the matrix at the time.  (Supplemental Information, p. 2).The photo of 1995.110.1 shows only dark criss-cross markings on the bone that they “inferred to be traces left by shafted feathers.”  They don’t bear any resemblance to actual feathers.  This means that only one fossil had the carbonized impressions extending from parts of its forelimbs at some distance from the bones, leaving plenty of leeway to speculate about what they were, or whether they had any connection to the animal.  Yet their artwork shows the adult with fully-fledged wing feathers, barbs, barbules and all, and even multiple colors!Even the language they use to describe the “feathers” is couched with escape hatches.  “Their distribution and orientation are similar to the insertion pattern of covert feathers (20, 21), which form the bulk of the feather covering in modern bird wings,” they said.  “The shapes of the individual markings are consistent with the morphology of the rigid shafts of such feathers.”  The authors continually described their fossils as “primitive” as opposed to to “modern” birds.There’s no way this specimen can have anything to do with the origin of avian flight.  The authors did not even try to connect it to flight.  Feathers on this bulky dinosaur don’t help the arboreal or cursorial hypothesis.  It’s a stretch to connect it to courtship, either; the authors didn’t say if it was a male or female.  Any dinosaur so outfitted with feathers as the artwork suggests would seem to be seriously hampered from eating between courtship displays.  The authors used the power of suggestion to state, “Several roles have been proposed for primitive wings [gliding (23, 24), predatory behaviors (25, 26), or terrestrial locomotion (27, 28)], but their occurrence in a clade of ground-dwelling herbivorous (29) non-maniraptorans [the group that used to lump theropods with birds] suggests that they did not originate for predatory behaviors or aerial locomotion.” Reference 27 points to Ken Dial’s “wing assisted incline running” speculation he dreamed up by watching chukar partridge chicks (5/01/2006, 12/22/2003).  Since chukars are 100% birds, this amounts to a kind of recapitulation theory.Despite these problems, Science Now promoted the Zelenitsky paper with this overblown concoction of dogma, suggestion and composite explanation:Dinosaurs still walk—and fly—among us: We call them birds. Most paleontologists think birds descended from a group of winged dinosaurs, and thus dinos never went completely extinct. But where did the wings come from? New discoveries from Canada suggest that both wings and feathers arose earlier in dinosaur evolution than previously thought, possibly to attract members of the opposite sex or to protect hatching baby dinos.The headline was, “Dinosaurs Sprouted Wings Earlier Than Previously Thought,” even though the original paper only referred to the presence of a “pennibrachium,” defined as “a forelimb bearing long feathers that form a planar, wing-like surface but are not necessarily used in aerial locomotion.”   This definition is theory-laden since it was defined in reference to “feathered dinosaurs” (Royal Society).  Zelenitsky et al. referred to it as a “wing-like structure” but it’s basically a wrist adaptation that allows the arms of a dinosaur to fold, whether or not it was feathered.  Humans can fold their arms, too.Whatever the markings mean, therefore, they complicate the story of dinosaur-to-bird evolution.  One final observation: the specimens are found in upper Cretaceous, meaning that true birds were already flying around when it lived.  And an encore: the adult specimen exhibits the “dinosaur death pose” that indicates suffocation in water (2/16/2012, 11/23/2011).Original paper: Zelenitsky et al., “Feathered Non-Avian Dinosaurs from North America Provide Insight into Wing Origins,” Science 26 October 2012: Vol. 338 no. 6106 pp. 510-514, DOI: 10.1126/science.1225376.This shameful display of suggestive reporting in a leading scientific journal, promoted uncritically by the media, reveals the sad state of science these days.Ornithomimus was so named because of its resemblance to an ostrich.  Ostriches have feathery wings used for display and balance.  If this “dinosaur” had some kind of “filamentous feathers” (granting extremely generous license to speculation), so be it.  But evolutionists are going to need a lot better evidence than this.  More likely, the emotional mad dash to establish connections between dinosaurs and birds gives some researchers a Gold Rush mentality to strive for fame and fortune by stretching the truth.  Journal editors and science reporters are only to happy to oblige them, since another “feathered dinosaur” makes for good headlines, particularly when accompanied by wickedly overdrawn artwork (suggestion, extrapolation, visualization).Experienced readers will withhold acceptance of such wild claims, knowing full well a re-interpretation is likely, if not a retraction, after less Darwin-inebriated scientists take a look at the specimens.  Critics like Alan Feduccia and the Oregon State squad will doubtless have something to say (AIG).last_img read more

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West Coast One helps to power South Africa

first_img10 June 2015West Coast One has reached commercial operation.The 94 megawatt (MW) wind project located 130km north of Cape Town is owned by Engie, together with partners Investec and Kagiso Tiso Holdings.The consortium was selected as preferred bidder for this project in May 2012 and signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Eskom, the electricity parastatal, in May 2013. Construction of the wind farm, which consists of 47 turbines of 2MW turbines, started in mid-2013.Gerard Mestrallet, the chairman and chief executive of Engie, said: “South Africa is an important market for Engie and we are a committed long-term investor in the African continent.“The West Coast One wind farm supports South Africa’s objective of increasing renewable generation and promoting local economic development. This project demonstrates Engie’s ability to deliver important renewable projects and underlines our commitment to developing sustainable sources of energy.”Investment in the wind farm was €160-million (R2.2-billion), funded by a mix of equity and debt, which has been provided by local banks. West Coast One will offset an estimated 5.6 million tons of carbon dioxide over the 20-year duration of its PPA.This project follows the start of operation of the 300MW Tarfaya wind farm in Morocco in 2014, Africa’s largest wind power project. It is owned by Engie in partnership with Nareva Holding.South Africa is implementing a 20-year plan that makes provision for 42% – 17gigawatts (GW) – of new generation to come from renewable energy, with 8GW allocated to onshore wind. The successful Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) is in place, with a number of projects already closed.In addition to West Coast One, Engie is actively developing further projects in South Africa. In 2013, the group signed PPAs for two greenfield open-cycle gas turbine power plants of 335MW (Dedisa) and 670MW (Avon), which are located in Eastern Cape and in KwaZulu-Natal, respectively. This year, an Engie-led consortium with South African partners, was nominated as preferred bidder for the 100MW Kathu Solar Park in Northern Cape.Engie currently has 19GW of renewable generation capacity in operation worldwide, of which more than 4GW is wind. It holds a 43% equity interest in West Coast One, while Investec owns 34.5% and Kagiso Tiso Holdings has a 20% interest. The remaining 2.5% will be allocated to a community trust, with the purpose of developing and sustaining the surrounding community.Engie, which is based in Paris, develops its businesses (power, natural gas, energy services) around a model based on responsible growth to take on the major challenges of energy’s transition to a low-carbon economy. It has expertise in four key sectors: renewable energy, energy efficiency, liquefied natural gas and digital technology.Source: Engielast_img read more

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Bombay HC to hear Maratha quota petitions on December 10

first_imgThe Bombay High Court will hear petitions on 16% reservation to Marathas on December 10.A Division Bench of Chief Justice Naresh Patil and Justice M.S. Karnik was hearing a petition filed by Advocate Dr Jayanti Patil, founder of a body called – Indian Constitutionalists Counsel, which wants the reservation to be struck down as NEET forms have been issued and the recruitment for teachers has also begun. Senior Counsel VA Thorat said pending petitions at HC had opposed the reservation on the basis of 2014 Act but now the new Act has come in place.Advocate Sadavarte said in the present situation “there are around two lakh applicants in the State who annually apply for the engineering and the medical courses with the new reservation there will be only 32% seats left for the open category.”An intervention application filed by Dr. Kanchan Vadgaonkar opposing the PIL urges that reservation should be allowed. The court will hear both petitions on December 10.last_img read more

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Support for Dada grows after IPL snub

first_imgThe controversy generated over players auction in the IPL 4 on Saturday and Sunday, threatened to snowball into a major controversy after Sourav Ganguly, former Indian captain, was left unsold after the two-day auction.SRK says that KKR cannot be complete without Ganguly.Along with some other greats, the former Kolkata Knight Riders captain went unsold, sparking protests in his home town Behala and at other places in West Bengal.On Monday, when Headlines Today asked the question ‘Have the IPL team owners done an injustice to Sourav Ganguly by not bidding for him?’, the reactions came on expected lines. That team owner Shah Rukh Khan tried to soothe the ruffled feathers by extending an olive branch to one of the most successful captains was no solace to the furious fans. Sourav’s omission has sparked a heated debate over the crash commercialization of the sport at the expense of its beauty.An angry Somnath Chatterjee, former Lok Sabha Speaker, told Headlines Today, “What is the expertise of people who are deciding the worth of players? There is too little of sport and too much of commerce in IPL.””There is something wrong in deciding who are useful players. Sourav being dubbed useless is very surprising. If playing ability is criteria, Dada should have been bought,” Chatterjee said, asking, “what is the criterion (of the selection), as unknown players are being offered huge sums.”Former captain Kapil Dev, who is known for calling a spade a spade, said, “I wouldn’t have accepted SRK’s olive branch.”advertisementFormer selector Kiran More said, “After the snub, Sourav shouldn’t accept mentorship.””On purely cricketing grounds, Sourav should have been bought. I was surprised at Sourav being ignored at the IPl auction. Ganguly has a big fan following, which can’t be ignored,” added Kapil Dev.And there were tweets from Ganguly’s fans that told of the murky world cricket threatens to become.”I cannot imagine Ganguly, being left out. There’s definitely more than meets the eye,” writes Rhythm.Sagarika Deb, said, “Almost all the franchisees stood against ONE powerful man, Sourav Ganguly.””Dada’s our God. Without him it’s like temple without God,” Shankar Sampath tweets.Ganguly is a legend and an icon of Indian cricket, should not be ill-treated like this, says G.Ravi Kanth.T. Mehta tweeted: “Now it seems like KKR is like a box of chocolates without a chocolate & wrapper.”last_img read more

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Manny Pacquiao lists the top 7 boxers he’s fought

first_imgJune Mar Fajardo dedicates 5th PBA MVP to his family LATEST STORIES Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Pacquiao had a thrilling trilogy with Morales, with him winning 2-1, a four-fight epic with Marquez, and a couple of wins against Barrera.Boxing’s only eight-division champion forced De La Hoya into retirement, knocked out a prime Hatton, pummeled Cotto, and had one of the most memorable rivalries in boxing history with Mayweather.Despite wrestling the title of best pound-for-pound boxer for almost 10 years, Mayweather and Pacquiao only fought once in a dud of a bout in 2015 that ended in a unanimous decision win for the Pretty Boy.Pacquiao is currently preparing for his defense of the WBA World welterweight title against Adrien Broner on January 19.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ (L-R) Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez exchange blows during their welterweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 8, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Al Bello/Getty Images/AFPMANILA, Philippines—Manny Pacquiao has fought 69 times as a professional that spanned across three different decades.The Filipino boxing icon championed different eras and was at one point the best boxer in the world, regardless of weight class, and this longevity saw him go up against the Sweet Science’s best.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments Pacquiao, though, narrowed down the greatest fighters he’s fought to seven names.“I think my top opponents are Oscar De La Hoya, Juan Manuel Marquez, Marco Antonio Barrera, Miguel Cotto, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Erik Morales, and Ricky Hatton,” said Pacquiao in a report by BoxingNewsOnline.net.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPacquiao (60-7-2) burst into the scene in 2001 when he beat Lehlo Ledwaba senseless for the IBF world super bantamweight title and it was, coincidentally, in the undercard of De La Hoya’s fight against Javier Castillejo for the WBC World super welterweight championship.It was the fight that catapulted a blonde-dyed Pacquiao to the American consciousness and everything that followed was history. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

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