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February 4, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Timothy Bradley won his first fight against Manny Pacquiao according to two judges, the fighter himself and a few close friends. Now that he has a rematch scheduled April 12 at MGM Grand, he's counting on a return to full physical health and the confidence generated by two 2013 victories to win definitively. “I've been ridiculed, disrespected, demonized,” Bradley said Tuesday, as he and Pacquiao took part in a news conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Tickets, scaled from $150 to $1,000, go on sale Wednesday.
February 4, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant will miss the NBA All-Star game with a knee injury.  Pau Gasol was left off the Western Conference all-star squad. Still, the Lakers won't go unrecognized -- at least on the D-League level. On Monday, Lakers guard Manny Harris was named an NBA Development League all-star. Harris spent the season with the D-Fenders before the Lakers called him up on a pair of 10-day contracts. With the D-Fenders, Harris averaged 30.6 points and 6.5 rebounds a game. The D-League All-Star game is to be played on Feb. 15 in New Orleans.
January 26, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers have signed guard Manny Harris to a second 10-day contract, the team announced Sunday. Harris was recently called up from the NBA Development League, where he played for the Lakers' affiliate (D-Fenders). Through five games with the Lakers, Harris has averaged 6.4 points and 3.6 rebounds, playing a robust 20.9 minutes a night. Harris will earn $52,017 through the contract, making his total earnings at $104,034 for 20 days with the Lakers. Once his second deal is up, the Lakers will have to either let him go as a free agent or sign him for the remainder of the season.
January 17, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
BOSTON -- At some point in Friday night's game against Boston, two recent Development League players could be on the court at the same time for the Lakers. Shooting guard Manny Harris joined the team after signing a 10-day contract Thursday. He was averaging 30.6 points, most in the Development League, while playing for the Los Angeles D-Fenders. "We'll throw him right into the fire," Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said Friday. The Lakers signed point guard Kendall Marshall from the Development League four weeks ago. The Lakers will need a spark without Nick Young, suspended for a game by the NBA because he punched Phoenix guard Goran Dragic in Wednesday's game.
November 26, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Manny Pacquiao's bank accounts in the Philippines have been frozen, stopping him from fulfilling his promise to help typhoon victims in his homeland, according to his promoter. Pacquiao was locked in training camp more than 400 miles away from the typhoon's deadly devastation when it struck, killing more than 5,200, and he vowed after beating Brandon Rios by unanimous decision in Macao, China, on Saturday night Pacific time that he would roll up his sleeves and help with his country's recovery.
November 25, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. -- who would win? Come on, you knew the question was coming, yet again, after Pacquiao's dominating victory over Brandon Rios on Saturday night to show he was back to form after consecutive losses. PHOTOS: Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios And after comments like this one from Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach: "Mayweather in his last two fights has been slow, he doesn't move as much as he used to. I think Manny's speed will overwhelm him. Mayweather is not good against southpaws.
November 24, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
The ladies of the Filipino ministry of Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church discuss Typhoon Haiyan over a table strewn with grilled fish, ribs, sliced pork belly, chicken wings, chili and a massive platter of mixed rice and flour noodles called pancit . "The typhoon hit here," says Pinky Santos, pointing to the map in gold thread on her blue polo shirt. "My family is here," she adds, moving her finger north. For many Filipinos, it's been a somber month of sharing links to donation websites on social media and organizing aid trips to affected areas.
November 24, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
In the last major fight Bob Arum promoted in the Far East, he walked out of a Philippines arena to a burning sun, mourning the destruction Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier delivered to each other in their third bout, the "Thrilla in Manila" in 1975. Sunday, Arum looked outside to cloud coverage in Macao, China, and beamed with delight. Arum's fighter, Manny Pacquiao, is back. In Pacquiao's decisive victory over Brandon Rios on Saturday night Pacific time, the Filipino star buried thoughts of retirement, which his trainer, Freddie Roach, said he would have suggested had Pacquiao lost.
November 23, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
There's so much for Manny Pacquiao and his promoter to like about this new venture of fighting in Macao, China. For Pacquiao, it means a break from the 39% U.S. tax rate that reduced his purses fighting in Las Vegas. For Bob Arum, there's the promise of expanding a fan base among a country of 1.3 billion, particularly among those deep-pocketed enough to afford a vacation to the gambling-mecca Macao, where the Venetian hotel owners provided Arum a reported $8-million site fee. But will U.S. fans retain their interest in buying a Pacquiao pay-per-view when he's fighting at such a distant locale?
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