‘Fight of cham­pi­ons’

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a state­ment.

Curry av­er­aged 26.4 points, 6.1 as­sists and 5.1 re­bounds for the War­riors, who have played with­out sev­eral top play­ers dur­ing the sea­son due to in­juries.

De­spite the set­backs, Golden State won 58 games and are solid con­tenders for a third ti­tle in four sea­sons and fourth con­sec­u­tive trip to the NBA Fi­nals.

“We’re a cham­pi­onship ball club. We know what it takes this time of year in or­der to win,” said War­riors for­ward Dray­mond Green.

“We want to get back to that, re­gard­less of what ev­ery­one’s say­ing, you know, ‘The War­riors have lost it. They’re not to­gether. They can’t win with­out Steph. They’re not the same team. Blasé, blasé, blasé blah blah blah.’ We know what we’re ca­pa­ble of.

“There have been games and se­ries that we’ve won with­out Steph. We’ve won games with­out Kevin, with­out my­self, with­out Klay, with­out our head coach.

“We’re primed for this. A lot of peo­ple have tended to for­get what we’re ca­pa­ble of. But we know, and we in­tend to show that.”

The War­riors strug­gled down the stretch of the reg­u­lar sea­son and fin­ished with only the third-best record in the NBA be­hind West­ern Con­fer­ence leader Hous­ton and East­ern Con­fer­ence pace-set­ter Toronto.

“Ev­ery­body kept our in­di­vid­ual games on point,” Du­rant said. “At the end of the sea­son, our minds weren’t on it. They were on the play­offs. AFP

WORLD Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion wel­ter­weight cham­pion Lu­cas Martin Matthysse is set to ar­rive in Manila on April 18 to for­mally ac­cept the chal­lenge of eight di­vi­sion cham­pion Manny Pac­quiao at the City of Dreams Grand Ball­room here.

Pac­quiao, the chal­lenger, ex­pressed his ela­tion as his MP Pro­mo­tions com­pany has com­pleted prepa­ra­tions for the two-city press con­fer­ence and me­dia tour end­ing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on April 20.

Dubbed “Fight of Cham­pi­ons,” the mega-fight will usher in Pac­quiao’s de­but as a fight pro­moter at the Ax­i­ata Arena in Kuala Lumpur fea­tur­ing three other world ti­tle fights in the un­der­card.

“It is all sys­tems go for the Pac­quiao vs. Matthysse fight,” said Pac­quiao, who is hop­ing to equal if not sur­pass the ex­pec­ta­tions lead­ing to the grandiose Muham­mad Ali-Joe Bugner fight which was also held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in July 1975.

“We have as­sem­bled the big­gest fight card Malaysia has been wait­ing for in the last 43 years since Ali-Bugner,” added Pac­quiao.

Matthysse, the dan­ger­ous 36-year-old cham­pion from Ar­gentina who tal­lied 36 knock­outs out of his 39 wins, and against only four losses, has started train­ing with Joel Diaz.

Diaz also trained Ti­mothy Bradley, whom Pac­quiao has faced twice in the past.

“This is the fight I have al­ways wanted. The op­por­tu­nity to fight a fu­ture Hall of Famer such as Manny “Pac­man” Pac­quiao in­spires me to work harder than ever to earn a vic­tory for my fans. I know that it will not be easy. But I will de­fend my ti­tle with honor and rep­re­sent my coun­try Ar­gentina with pride,” said Matthysse.

Pac­quiao is also set to wel­come Golden Boy Pro­mo­tions pres­i­dent Os­car Dela Hoya, the pro­moter of Matthysse. (PR)

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