Floyd's un­cle blames Pac­quiao for fail­ure to make re­match

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of Floyd May­weather Jr.'s un­cles blamed Filipino ring icon Manny Pac­quiao for the two camps' fail­ure to come to terms for a re­match.

May­weather out­pointed Pac­quiao to win the "Fight of the Cen­tury" last May 2015, in what even­tu­ally be­came the rich­est fight in the his­tory of the sport though it was far from well-re­ceived by box­ing fans.

Pac­quiao later re­vealed that he fought with an in­jured right shoul­der that re­quired surgery days af­ter the fight, and has since in­sisted that he re­mains open for a re­match. May­weather ini­tially seemed will­ing to of­fer Pac­quiao a re­match, but sub­se­quently changed his mind, in­stead call­ing the "Pac­man" a sore loser who re­peat­edly made ex­cuses for his de­feat.

Talks of a re­match sur­face from time to time, and ru­mors spread once more when the now-re­tired May­weather at­tended Pac­quiao's fight against Jessie Var­gas last Novem­ber in Las Ve­gas.

How­ever, Jeff May­weather, an un­cle of the Amer­i­can boxer, said there is very lit­tle chance of the re­match ever tak­ing place.

"The Pac­quiao fight is not go­ing to hap­pen," Jeff told Robert Brown of On the Ropes Box­ing Ra­dio in his char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally blunt man­ner.

The rea­son? "Be­cause Pac­quiao wasn't man enough to just ad­mit that he lost, with­out mak­ing up some bo­gus ex­cuse," said Jeff May­weather, who like his nephew re­fused to buy into Pac­quiao's claim that he was in­jured.

"Un­cle Jeff" also shot down the pos­si­bil­ity of a match be­tween May­weather and mixed mar­tial arts su­per­star Conor McGre­gor. The two prize­fight­ers have been tak­ing shots at each other re­peat­edly on so­cial me­dia, but Jeff said this is all just for show.

"Floyd was just toy­ing with the me­dia," Jeff said of the McGre­gor fight.

"Floyd would get pros­e­cuted for fight­ing Conor McGre­gor," he said. "It would be a fight that's so easy, it would be ridicu­lous."

Like his nephew, Jeff be­lieves that McGre­gor is sim­ply try­ing to make money off the fa­mous boxer's name. "He wants to get paid, just like ev­ery other fighter that men­tions Floyd's name," Jeff ex­plained.

"Ev­ery fighter that men­tions Floyd – it wasn't about beat­ing Floyd. It was about the pay­day," he stressed.

"I don't think it was ever se­ri­ous," he added. "I think they took the bait – hook, line, and sinker. They tried to build the UFC off of Floyd's name."

Fight­ing McGre­gor in a box­ing match will be too easy for his nephew, added Jeff.

"Peo­ple cried about Floyd fight­ing An­dre Berto, who is a two-time world cham­pion, and he (May­weather) played with him," Jeff pointed out.

"Now you're talk­ing about a guy who hasn't had an am­a­teur fight in 20 years. What chance does he have with any fighter?" - abscbn

KRay Parks. Jr. stuffed the stat sheet anew, both James Hughes and Samp­son Carter wasted no time in de­liv­er­ing what they promised, and the Filipinos han­dled the home­town-backed Truth all right, 86-77, on Sunday in Tai­wan.

The con­vinc­ing vic­tory lifted Alab back onto the win­ner’s cir­cle now at 3-2. They still stand third be­hind Sin­ga­pore and Hong Kong.

All of the Philip­pines’ three wins have come at the ex­pense of the Tai­wanese.

And this one pretty much looked like the two that came be­fore it. Parks pi­loted Alab to a strong 9-2 start be­fore Derek Hall ral­lied Kaoh­si­ung to only 17-22 at the end of the open­ing salvo.

To start the sec­ond,

Black­wa­ter

rookie Mac Belo strug­gled in the worst game of his young PBA ca­reer last Fri­day, as he was held to a ca­reer­low four points by the San Miguel Beer­men in what turned out to be a 93-118 loss for the Elite.

Belo took only five field goals – his low­est so far in the 2016-17 PBA Philip­pine Cup – and made only one of them. He did have seven re­bounds, but also com­mit­ted four of Black­wa­ter's 22 turnovers, which helped the Beer­men score 25 easy points.

"Isa lang ang ibig sabi­hin nito – kailan­gan pa namin mag-im­prove as a team, and in­di­vid­u­ally," Belo said af­ter the l oss.

"Mahi­rap din sa part ko, na binibi­gyan ako ng iba't ibang de­fense," he added. "So para sa sar­ili ko, marami pa akong kailan­gan i-im­prove." the Filipinos rang off seven unan­swered points that re-es­tab­lished a 2917 ad­van­tage.

The lead would stay in dou­ble-dig­its un­til Hall, along with fel­low im­port Cedric Oliver, willed the Truth to 7781 with un­der 90 ticks to go. Parks had the an­swer for Alab, how­ever, and his slash and dish for a Jeric For­tuna triple put the game away for good.

The Filipino-Amer­i­can wound up with 28 points, eight re­bounds, and six as­sists and was back­stopped by ver­sa­tile for­ward Carter, who had 23 points, six re­bounds, and six as­sists of his own.

Both of the Philip­pines’new im­ports were in­stant suc­cesses in re­plac­ing Korean broth­ers Lee and Dong Se­ung Jun as 6-foot-11 tower

It was Black­wa­ter's sec­ond con­sec­u­tive de­feat, fol­low­ing a shock Christ­mas Day loss to Mahin­dra where they squan­dered a fourthquar­ter lead and lost, 93-97, in over­time.

Belo strug­gled to ex­plain the loss to the Flood­buster, but said af­ter the de­feat to San Miguel that it was a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for hi m.

"Sa team ng San Miguel, so­brang ma­tured na sila la­hat ta­laga," said Belo. "Alam na­man natin na cham­pion team ta­laga sila."

"So marami akong natu­tu­nan. Hindi sila nag­ma­madali, kung kailan sila aatake, may pin­upun­ta­han pa sila sa post," he added. "Grabe yung pagig­ing ma­ture nila pag­dat­ing sa laro."

Mean­while, San Miguel's Ar­wind San­tos called on Black­wa­ter to max­i­mize the tal­ents of their rookie. Ahead of Fri­day's game, San­tos vowed not to back down when matched up against Belo, but af­ter­wards had noth­ing but words of praise for the younger player.

"Parang 'di siya pina­pasa­han ng mga kasama niya eh," San­tos said of Belo. "Parang mabibi­lang mo lang kung ilang be­ses siya pinasa­han ng mga kakampi niya."

"Da­pat, tingnan din nila 'yung, kasi sayang 'yung tal­ent ng bata. Si Coach Leo (Isaac) ang makaka­pagdikta ng ganoon. More plays pa para kay Mac Belo," he sai d.

Black­wa­ter dropped to 4-4 with Fri­day's loss, while San Miguel im­proved to 6-1 head­ing into Sunday's match-up against Gine­bra.

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