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Pacquiao fight no excuse to skip Mass, says bishop

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Manny Pacquiao (left) and Timothy Bradley. AP FILE PHOTO

Do not skip Mass on Palm Sunday just to watch the rematch between Filipino boxing champ Manny Pacquiao and American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr., the head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reminded the Catholic faithful Saturday.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Pacquiao Files,Professional | Read More »

NCAA cancels basketball games Monday due to INC event

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The NCAA has decided to postpone its basketball games Monday due to the heavy traffic brought about by the huge medical missions of Iglesia ni Cristo in various parts of Metro Manila.

Posted: October 14th, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Soccer-loving pope meets world-class stars

In this March 31, 2013 file photo, Pope Francis holds a San Lorenzo's jersey, the Buenos Aires soccer team, handed to him by a faithful at the end of the Easter mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Twelve years after Italy and Argentina last played, the two predominantly Roman Catholic and soccer-mad nations are renewing their storied rivalry in a game dedicated to Pope Francis, an Argentine and a big soccer fan. AP

Two big-name Argentines have had a VIP meeting at the Vatican — Pope Francis and Barcelona football star Lionel Messi.

Posted: August 13th, 2013 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Section | Read More »

Tennis: Radwanska dropped by Catholic youth over nude spread

Agnieszka Radwanska  AP FILE PHOTO

World number four Agnieszka Radwanska has been dropped by a Catholic youth movement in her native Poland for posing nude in the “Body Issue” of ESPN Magazine.

Posted: July 15th, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories,Tennis | Read More »

Flash! Pacquiao pastor friends are gone

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Manny Pacquiao: Set to invade Macau. AP FILE PHOTO

LATEST word from General Santos City says Manny Pacquiao’s Bible-packing pastor friends have suddenly gone out of sight. It’s not however clear whether they have disappeared for good or were just cooling their heels in the suburbs.

Posted: February 28th, 2013 in Bare Eye,Boxing / MMA,Commentary,Editors' Picks,Featured Columns,Pacquiao Files,Section | Read More »

Pacquiao’s move not to wear Holy Rosary reason for loss, say boxing fans

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Manny Pacquiao walks to the ring to take on Juan Manuel Marquez during their welterweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 8, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Manny Pacquiao lost in the fight because he ditched his Holy Rosary and his religion, according to an avid fan.

Posted: December 9th, 2012 in Boxing / MMA,Latest Sports Stories,Pacquiao Files | Read More »

Pacquiao’s Achilles’ heel? Pastors swarming around boxing icon for money, perks—sources

Timothy Bradley, left, lands a punch against Manny Pacquiao in their WBO world welterweight title fight last June 9, 2012, in Las Vegas. Bradley won the fight by split decision. AP FILE PHOTO/CHRIS CARLSON

Protestant pastors have been coming in droves to Manny Pacquiao’s mansion in General Santos City. And their number is increasing each day.

Posted: June 24th, 2012 in Boxing / MMA,Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

The Bible according to Tim, Bubba and Manny

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Tim Tebow and his football and faith. Bubba Watson and his golf and godliness. And now comes Manny Pacquiao and his renewed comradeship with Christ. Talk about Christian sports star power—this high-octane evangelical trinity is poised to zoom into overdrive.

Posted: June 16th, 2012 in Boxing / MMA,Commentary,Featured Columns,Headlines,Professional,Section,Southpaw | Read More »

Pacquiao a changed man as he prepares for Bradley

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Manny Pacquiao barely escaped to fight another day, and would need 28 stitches to close the cut over his right eye. Juan Manuel Marquez had nearly ended his remarkable run, but that didn’t stop Pacquiao from singing at his post-fight concert and partying the night away with his huge entourage.

Posted: June 9th, 2012 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Religion, gay row won’t impact Pacquiao in ring

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Manny Pacquiao’s devotion to religion and comments against gay marriage will not have an impact as a training distraction or in the ring as the Filipino icon prepares to fight unbeaten American Tim Bradley.

Posted: May 23rd, 2012 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

The latest from Manny’s makeshift ministry

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Promoter Bob Arum bristled Tuesday when asked by reporters about Manny Pacquiao’s latest sermon from his makeshift ring ministry. Crossing political swords with President Barrack Obama, who has endorsed gay marriage, the now Bible-touting Pacquiao told the “National Conservative Examiner” newspaper it was his “opinion that same-sex marriage is against the law of God.”

Posted: May 19th, 2012 in Boxing / MMA,Commentary,Featured Columns,Headlines,Professional,Section,Southpaw | Read More »

Pacquiao trains ‘with God’ for Bradley bout

Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao began training Wednesday for his June world title defence against US challenger Timothy Bradley, saying he has God in his corner.

Posted: April 18th, 2012 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

‘Bradley won’t be my last fight’ — Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley  AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY

Manny Pacquiao quickly dispelled the rumor floating around that his fight against Timothy Bradley would be his last.

Posted: February 25th, 2012 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

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