UAE likely to host Pacquiao-Khan bout on April 23
Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and British star Amir Khan have agreed to face off in an April 23 bout, which is most likely to take place in the UAE
Pacquiao tweeted on Sunday that both teams have agreed to a deal, calling it the fight that fans wanted, reported ABS-CBN News.
Khan also reportedly announced the “super fight” to his followers.
Khan was the landslide winner in a poll ran by Pacquiao through his Twitter account, wherein the “Pacman” asked his fans who they wanted him to fight next, the report said.
Neither fighter named a venue for the fight; Pacquiao’s adviser, Michael Koncz, said last week that it will be held either in Dubai or Abu Dhabi, said the news portal
Michael Koncz (far left) making the announcement at a press conference’ with him are officials of Al Afaq Tourism.
The next Manny Pacquiao fight will be held in the UAE which will also showcase a world title fight and three UAE fighters, said Michael Koncz, Pacquiao adviser.
“We did execute an agreement. 100 percent, the fight will happen here,” Koncz told a press conference in Abu Dhabi.
He said Australian Jeff Horn could most probably be Manny’s opponent.
He said full details of the fight, which has been slated for April 22, will be announced in the next few days.
The agreement to hold the fight in the UAE was reached with Al Afaq Tourism.
The guts to secure the finals cup in a 2-0 commanding lead in the series belonged to the much formidable team, Cristine Real Estate, winning against Agilas Team, 77-68 to bring home the bacon.
Agilas was led by Poks Pangan, the lone scoring gun of the team who tried his very best to regain status and cut the lead to two points with his 8-0 running shots at 3:45 minutes remaining in the fourth frame.
Three consecutive errors converted to six points in favor of Cristine Real Estate sealed the run of the day. Poy Alday was awarded Finals MVP, as he scored 16 points and directed the team to keep calm down and play basketball good.
Kenneth Salazar meanwhile bagged the Best Player of the Conference award.
Thunderbulls, meantime, captured second runner-up, winning against Al Wahda Warriors by a razor cut in a heavily intense game, 66-65. Renato Cruz was the best player of the game with his hot shooting explosion of 27 points, and five treys in the arch.
CHAMPIONS. SPB Riders defeated Tree House, 91-84 in a hard fought match that ran for three overtimes, an epic match indeed, at the recent Ligang Pinoy 5’9 Division title match.
Starting up young was the name of the game for the boys under 13 at the Jazzville Basketball League.
But they didn’t pale in comparison to the big boys in their face off last week as both teams – RVV Ballers and DXB Basketbolista – exchange field goals after field goals through out.
Something got to give and it did. DXB Basketbolista sped off in the fourth quarter to win the game, 49-32.
Saudi German Hospital slashes Mediclinic, 54-48
It was match made in heaven, lovers of basketball would probably say as both teams never tire engaging themselves in a tit-for-tat showdown putting in field goal after field goal from first frame to the fourth.
Saudi German got the upper hand by five points in the third quarter but no sooner has the team sat back to catch up some air when Mediclinic launched a counter-offensive fast break to get back on top well on to the seconds to win, 54-48 at the Inter-hospital tourney organized by Jazzville Sports.
Sometimes a basketball team can be likened to an engine. You have to rev it really good for it to run good. Exactly the case in last weekend’s Jazzville Inter-company match between Fedex and Fly Emirates where Fedex took off real quick in the opening quarter while Fly Emirates appeared to be just trying to get the knack of it.
Enter the second quarter and Fly Emirates started flying treys to come from behind and narrow the gap before finally overtaking Fedex to pull away with a seven-point lead, levelling Fedex’ play to the ground and ending the game at 54-48.
Pictures speak a thousand words. Snaps of the action. Photos by Edmir Capuno.
After two years of a break in the hardwood, the Filipino Yachtsmen Association Winter Cup Basketball Tournament got some action with its new champ Marine Concept defeating AMSI, 45-24, during their recent do-or-die championship at The English College, Dubai.
Marine Concept executed a robust fight in each quarter against AMSI and hardly kept their composure as they captured every quarter in their favor.
The first salvo was easy scoring for Marine Concept as the gameplay of AMSI didn’t work out that started an 8-point initial advantage for Marine Concept. Jake Del Mundo and Jhea Ebalo unwrapped the curtain by throwing baskets from the three-point territory and forcing teardrops over the weak defense of AMSI, 13-8.
Taking advantage of the unbalance play of AMSI, Marine Concept’s Marlon Ebalo smashed baskets from wide-open field goals, upgrading the favor making 8-6 run, ballooning the lead, 21-11. AMSI’s Charlie Calingacion tried to defend his team through his brave penetration down to the baseline but still his effort fell-off versus the big men of Marine Concept.
Holding the confidence with an 11-point lead, Marine Concept continued their gameplay and effectively kept their lead to end the third quarter, 32-20.
In the final quarter, Marine Concept intensified their fierceness to take home the championship trophy, 45-24.
Meanwhile, Team East beat Team West during their all-star game, 42-40 while the Empire Marine landed on 3rd place as they knocked Skipper Marine, 58-43.
Young ones in action. Photos by Aarone Benj G. Mariňa
Some games are meant to be won.
The boys of DXB Basketbolista proved the case during a recent showdown at the Jazzville U-13 tourney.
They grabbed the lead from their opponent, Dragon Gems, who were enjoying life in the comfort zone in the first half, rallying with treys and two pointers in the third frame to clinch the upper hand.
Emboldened by their 15-point coup, the Basketbolistas executed a classic come from behind to win, 42-30.
From blockings to seeing a shot – indeed, action speaks louder than words in basketball. Photos by Aarone Benj G. Mariňas
It all started with a field goal tit-for-tat with both teams executing rock-solid defense at the recent Jazzville Intercompany match.
Nestlé broke the ice in the second frame thru a three-pointer that swept them with a 10-point lead after successful follow-up field goals, which caused Fedex to lose footing. By the fourth quarter, it was clear Nestlé has ruled.