Marquez: I didn’t expect 4th fight

JUAN Manuel Marquez was doubtful that Manny Pacquiao would ever give him another rematch after a close majority decision loss in their trilogy last year.

The chances of a fourth fight with Pacquiao grew dim after the Filipino superstar lost by a controversial split decision to Timothy Bradley last June, after which both Pacquiao and Bradley sought a rematch late this year. But surprisingly, the 33-year-old Pacquiao picked his arch nemesis Marquez to be his opponent on Dec. 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. (MOVE)

‘Bradley or Marquez’

MANNY Pacquiao’s much anticipated ring return will be finalized by Top Rank this week.

The 33-year-old Filipino boxing superstar is fighting on Dec. 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas but his opponent is yet to be finalized. The deal is expected to be sealed by this week and will be announced next week. (MORE)

Bradley blasts Pacquiao for choosing Marquez fight

IS MANNY Pacquiao scared of Timothy Bradley? It depends on whom you ask. But for World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Bradley, it is a big yes.

“I can’t believe these guys,” Bradley told The Desert Sun. “He didn’t want any part of me. (Juan Manuel) Marquez is an easier fight. He knows that a fight with me and two good legs is going to be hell. I can’t believe it. Any champion who lost his belt, you would want to redeem yourself.” (MORE)

Team Philippines of North America dominate at basketball cup

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida — Team Philippines of North America (TPNA) made a huge statement at The 2012 International Basketball Global Cup at Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports.

TPNA, based in Washington, DC, is a non-profit organization that seeks out the Filipino basketball talents in the US and Canada at the grassroots level. It is responsible for selecting young players and preparing them to compete in international basketball competitions.

Here are the rosters for Team Philippines of North America at 2012 International Basketball Global Cup:

Rosters for Team Philippines of North America at 2012 International Basketball Global Cup

The team came in 1st place in Boy’s 12U and 16U and 2nd place in Boy’s 14U. All three teams showed great sportsmanship and fundamental talent.

The tournament featured 32 boys and girls teams from ages 10 to 18 years, including International teams from Australia, Canada, Brazil, Bermuda, Ireland, and the Philippines.

Grand Finale. Global Cup 2012

The Global Cup featured some of the best youth basketball teams from around the world that came to converge and compete.

Eric Dailey, president of Global Cup, is an Ocala, Florida native who began his professional career with the Dallas Mavericks followed by a 10-year professional career playing in Europe, Asia and South America.

Dailey is now bringing the international game home with the 2012 Global Cup World Championships. Dailey Training has been training top elite men and women’s basketball players around the World since 1997.

For more event information or sponsorship opportunities, please visit,, or contact Carolynn Smith, PR/Marketing Director at or (813) 758-8460. (PR)