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Secret to Pacquiao\’s success? Extreme work ethic even at 40

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By Ponciano Melo Jr.

Who would have thought that Manny Pacquiao could have bid goodbye to the boxing world years ago? Probably all of us.
But seeing his last three fights justified his decision that he can still fight, win and go for more.
Pacquiao, who\’s looking for the 62nd victory of his glorious career has preserved his body well enough like a well-oiled machine.
Like a superbly maintained supercar, Pacquiao at 40 just keeps on revving up.
The fighting Senator is all out in his training, scheduled for six weeks in California, all in preparation for his bout with undefeated American Keith Thurman Jr. on July 20, 2019.
With fight number 71 only less than a month away, Pacquiao, unfazed by the constant trash talk of his younger foe, is deadlocked in the last stretch of his training camp led by legendary coach Freddi Roach, strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune, and best friend trainer Buboy Fernandez.
It’s amazing to see how Pacquiao can still go hard at this stage in his career which saw its peak a decade ago, fortified by his “Fighter of the 2000s” award.
Fortune, adds another anecdote to Pacquiao’s lore as he said in an interview that the Pacman’s body has “freakish” metabolism which allows the eight-division world champion to burn the 7,000-calorie per day meals he consumes.
In an intimate meeting with the future Hall of Famer boxing icon at his mansion in Los Angeles, those closest to him share how the People\’s champ prepares for his fights.
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Manny Pacquiao in his LA mansion as aunt Lilia stands in the background.
“His day will begin at 5 am,” as elaborated by his Auntie Lilia Lao, the one who\’s taking care of his house in LA.
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The amiable aunt of Manny shares that Team Pacquiao will go for a jog in the park while the next day they\’ll go uphill.
At 9 am they will return to his Mansion to eat, but “with a no pork policy,” says aunt Lilia.

The always humble champion will then talk to his visitors before going for a quick rest.
Sparring session starts at 1 pm at the Wild card gym that usually ends at 3 o\’clock. Entertaining the media sometimes last longer than his sparring.
After dinner, the senator who also preached the gospel is doing a bible session for all the people on his mansion before they all take their rest.
This everyday routine of Manny Pacquiao has proven effective in maintaining his mind and body for the sports.

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Roger Federer’s tennis legacy

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Roger Federer’s tennis legacy

August 8th, 1981 marked the birth of Roger Federer. He plays tennis professionally and
is Swiss. He held the top spot in the global rankings for the Association of Tennis
Professionals (ATP) for 310 weeks, including a record 237 straight weeks, and five
times at the end of the year. His 103 ATP singles titles rank second all-time, and they
include 20 Grand Slam singles titles, an Open Era record eight Wimbledon men’s
singles trophies, an Open Era record five US Open men’s singles titles, and an
unprecedented six year-end titles.
Federer played during a time when the Big Three—Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and
him—dominated men’s tennis. The Big Three are regarded by some as the three most
successful men’s tennis players of all time. Federer, a former ball boy and the 1998
Wimbledon junior champion, won his first major singles championship at Wimbledon in
2003 at the age of 21.
Federer participated in 21 of the 28 major singles finals between 2003 and 2009. In
2004, 2006, and 2007, he won the ATP Finals, three of the four majors, and five US
Open and Wimbledon championships in a row. At the 2009 French Open, where he had
lost to Nadal three times in a row, he completed the career Grand Slam. Nadal
remained his major competitor until 2010. He broke Pete Sampras’ record of 14 major
men’s singles victories at Wimbledon in 2009 at the age of 27.
Federer won two majors between 2010 and 2016 but, despite spending the most of the
early 2010s in the Top 3, his supremacy on grass and hard courts was halted by the
rise of Djokovic and Nadal. He and Stan Wawrinka guided Switzerland to their first
Davis Cup victory in 2014 during this time, following their Olympic doubles gold medal
triumph at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In the Olympic singles competition at the 2012
London Games, Federer also took home a silver medal after losing to Andy Murray.
Following a six-month break to recover from knee surgery in late 2016, Federer
returned to tennis with a bang, defeating Rafael Nadal in the 2017 Australian Open final
and capturing his eighth singles championship at the 2017 Wimbledon Championships.
Federer, 36, became the oldest ATP world No. 1 and the first person to win 20 major
singles titles at the 2018 Australian Open. He announced his retirement from
competitive tennis in September 2022 after winning the Laver Cup later that month.
Federer is an all-court player with versatility, and tennis fans adore him for what they
believe to be his effortlessness. As a junior, he struggled with self-control but later
improved his on-court conduct, winning the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award 13
times in the process. He earned a record-setting five victories in the Laureus World
Sportsman of the Year competition. He contributed significantly to the development of
the Laver Cup team tournament in addition to competing. He also engages in charitable
work.

He started the Roger Federer Foundation, which supports underprivileged children in
southern Africa, and has raised money in part through the Match for Africa exhibition
series. He consistently ranks among the top ten highest-paid athletes in all sports and
was the top athlete with $100 million in endorsement income in 2020.

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Celtics suspend head coach Ime Udoka for a season

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Celtics suspend head coach Ime Udoka for a season

After leading the Boston Celtics to the NBA Finals, head coach Ime Udoka will now face a major setback after the Boston Celtics suspended him for the 2022-23 NBA season, effective immediately.

Udoka reportedly violated the team policies by having an intimate relationship with a female staff of the franchise.

The development was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

With the decision handed down, Udoka released an apology.

“I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization, and my family for letting them down. I am sorry for putting the team in this difficult situation, and I accept the team’s decision. Out of respect for everyone involved, I will have no further comment,” he said.

Assistant coach Joe Mazzulla will now be the interim head coach of Boston for a season.

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Jazz trade Bogdanovic for Olynyk, Lee

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Jazz trade Bogdanovic for Olynyk, Lee

Utah Jazz is more and more likely to overhaul their roster after trading away their key pieces before the start of the new season.

After sending Rudy Gobert to the Minnesota Timberwolves and Donovan Mitchell to the Miami Heat, it is now the veteran Bojan Bogdanovic’s turn to move.

The Jazz sent the veteran forward to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Kelly Olynyk and Saben Lee according to the report of ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The 6’7″ sweet shooting Croatian averaged 18.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game last season compared to just 9.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists average of Kelly Olynyk and the 5.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 2.9 assists of Saben Lee.

Two more star players are expected to be traded before the new season, namely the former Sixth Man of the Year and Fil-Am gunner Jordan Clarkson and former NBA All-Star Mike Conley. Both combined for 29.7 points per game last season.

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