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Gaballo tackles 'Baby Pacquiao' Payano for WBA title August 1

Jul 11, 2020 - 12:16 PM

Unbeaten GenSan prospect Reymart Gaballo hopes another victory will give him a world title crack

POWER. Reymart Gaballo holds a record of 23 wins, including 20 knockouts. File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Yanong bows to Gamez by knockout in 1st round

Jul 08, 2020 - 5:15 PM

Just two weeks after his Las Vegas romp, Reymond Yanong falls early to American Genaro Gamez

DECKED. Reymond Yanong drops to his knees right in the opening round. Photo from Top Rank

Bernaldez yields to towering Bell

Jul 03, 2020 - 1:51 PM

Philippine bet Mark Bernaldez can’t quite land a shot against 6-foot American Albert Bell in their lightweight bout in Las Vegas

Bernaldez seeks 3rd straight hit for Pinoys when he battles Bell

Jul 02, 2020 - 6:59 PM

GenSan pride Mark Bernaldez tries to extend the Filipino boxers' winning streak in Las Vegas

UNDERDOG. Mark Bernaldez (right) heads into to the ring as an underdog against 6-foot American Albert Bell. Photo from Top Rank

MovePH webinar: How fact-checking is done in investigative reporting

Jun 29, 2020 - 7:44 PM

Join MovePH's webinar on fact checking and investigative reporting happening on Friday, July 3, at 4 pm via Zoom

Yanong beats Burns, makes it 2 straight for Pinoy boxers

Jun 26, 2020 - 4:40 PM

Filipino boxers stay on a roll in Las Vegas as Reymond Yanong outlasts American Clay Burns

BRUTAL. Reymond Yanong (right) unleashes his power against Clay Burns to pick up his first win in the US. Photo from Top Rank Promotions

Study shows news media still reliable source amid COVID-19 'infodemic'

Jun 25, 2020 - 10:41 PM

All sources of information – from media to politicians to social media platforms – should work together to better inform the public about the coronavirus, says the lead author of a Reuters Institute study done in 6 countries

LESSONS FROM 'INFODEMIC.' Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism director Rasmus Kleis Nielsen speaks about the lessons from the coronavirus 'infodemic' at the Global Fact 7 on June 24, 2020. Screenshot from Global Fact 7 video

Asian fact-checkers deal with sensitivity, silencing of critics during pandemic

Jun 25, 2020 - 8:16 AM

At the conference Global Fact 7, fact-checkers from the region tackle the country-specific challenges they've encountered while fact-checking in the time of coronavirus

Beyond 'false' labels, experts call for broader access to fact-checking tools

Jun 24, 2020 - 7:34 PM

Experts urge companies and platforms to provide more support in enabling people to fact-check on their own

Fact checking, free press critical amid pandemic – U.N. communications chief

Jun 23, 2020 - 12:23 AM

The deliberate spread of misinformation is putting lives at risk, says United Nations Undersecretary General for Global Communications Melissa Fleming at the opening of the Global Fact 7 conference

Magramo-Nakatani title clash to push through in August, KO likely

Jun 22, 2020 - 9:02 PM

Both Giemel Magramo and Junto Nakatani are knockout specialists and fired up to stop one another for the vacant WBO flyweight crown

CONTENDER. Giemel Magramo looks to add Junto Nakatani to his list of victims in their world title bout. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Bernaldez tries to trace Plania's route in battle vs unbeaten Bell

Jun 19, 2020 - 10:30 PM

Another General Santos City boxer aims for an upset as Mark Bernaldez takes on towering American Albert Bell in Las Vegas

Global Fact 7 virtually tackles the state of fact-checking

Jun 18, 2020 - 6:48 PM

The fact checking conference will have a free public track from June 22 to June 26, 2020

Plania stuns Greer with 2 knockdowns

Jun 17, 2020 - 3:24 PM

GenSan pride Mike Plania upsets American Joshua Greer, clearing the route for Filipino boxers’ return to the international arena

STUNNER. A heavy underdog, Mike Plania  picks up his ninth win in a row. Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Plania battles Greer in Vegas, ushers return of Pinoy boxers

Jun 16, 2020 - 4:34 PM

As boxing goes underway in Las Vegas, Mike Plania fights as an underdog to kick off the Filipinos’ international campaign

FACE-OFF. Observing US health guidelines, Mike Plania (right) heads into Monday’s weigh-in with American foe Joshua Greer Jr toting one of his signature pillows. Photo from Top Rank Boxing

FALSE: Kadamay placard demanding regular salary for rallyists

Jun 12, 2020 - 3:46 PM

The photo was altered and Kadamay did not make such a demand

Joshua-Fury showdown unlikely to be in UK, says promoter

Jun 12, 2020 - 12:34 PM

'Everyone will talk about this fight taking place in the UK but it doesn't work like that,' promoter Eddie Hearn says of the all-British boxing blockbuster

DOMINANT. British boxer Tyson Fury (right) emerges as champion again after battering American Deontay Wilder last February. Photo by John Gurzinski/AFP

FALSE: Risa Hontiveros quote supporting Maute Group

Jun 11, 2020 - 12:47 PM

This claim has been debunked as early as 2017. Hontiveros did not make any statement in support of the Maute Group, which she tagged as terrorists.

Joshua, Fury 'agree deal' for all-British mega-bouts

Jun 11, 2020 - 10:56 AM

Anthony Joshua wants to face fellow British champion Tyson Fury to determine the undisputed king of the heavyweight scene in 2021

ON TOP. Anthony Joshua (right) beats Mexican-American boxer Andy Ruiz Jr to reclaim the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO titles last December. Photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Stevenson dominates as boxing returns to Las Vegas

Jun 10, 2020 - 1:26 PM

'It's a different atmosphere,' says Shakur Stevenson after the unbeaten American won boxing's first major fight card since the start of the pandemic

PERFECT RUN. Shakur Stevenson (right) also stops Christopher Diaz in their featherweight fight last year. File photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

FALSE: Robredo quote on 'social distancing' during basketball

Jun 10, 2020 - 8:26 AM

Robredo did not say this quote, and the graphic was manipulated from a GMA News quote card

'Greatest of all-time': Nunes makes history in UFC 250

Jun 07, 2020 - 6:13 PM

Amanda Nunes retains her featherweight title, making her the first fighter in UFC history to defend two titles in different weight classes

UNMATCHED. Amanda Nunes showcases her striking superiority against Canadian challenger Felicia Spencer. Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

Spencer remains unfazed ahead of UFC 250

Jun 06, 2020 - 1:44 PM

Felicia Spencer may be the underdog, but she’s far from intimidated going up against two-division UFC champion Amanda Nunes

SPOILER. Felicia Spencer plans to upset Amanda Nunes’ bid to become the first female UFC fighter to defend titles in two weight divisions. Photo from Spencer's Twitter

Paras, Rivero to raise funds for bail of arrested Cebu activists

Jun 05, 2020 - 5:56 PM

UP Fighting Maroons star Kobe Paras lauds the activists for 'standing up for what is right'

MORE THAN BASKETBALL. Kobe Paras and Ricci Rivero team up for a cause. Photos from UAAP

Pacquiao against Crawford likely in Bahrain, says Arum

Jun 03, 2020 - 7:33 PM

Bahrain may be the fight venue for the planned welterweight unification bout between Manny Pacquiao and Terence Crawford

GEARING UP. Manny Pacquiao may head back to the ring if boxing gets a go-signal in the chosen fight venue. File photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

Plania faces Greer, becomes first Filipino to fight amid pandemic

May 31, 2020 - 7:58 PM

Mike Plania heads back to the ring to battle American Joshua Greer behind closed doors in Las Vegas on June 16

UP AND COMING. Mike Plania draws inspiration from eight-division boxing star Manny Pacquiao. Photo from Plania's Facebok

Heredia rejoins Casimero for unification vs Inoue

May 27, 2020 - 10:45 PM

Renowned Mexican strength coach Memo Heredia joins Johnriel Casimero’s training camp, signaling a possible bout

BACK SOON? If sports restrictions ease up, Johnriel Casimero may head back to the ring by July. Photo from Team Casimero

Nunes, Spencer headline UFC 250

May 26, 2020 - 2:43 PM

Amanda Nunes is set to defend her women's featherweight title against Felicia Spencer

QUEEN. Amanda Nunes currently the women's featherweight crown. Photo from Amanda Nunes' Instagram

[PODCAST] At the Buzzer: What does it take to become a UAAP parent?

May 23, 2020 - 4:03 PM

Host Naveen Ganglani catches up with Bert Gomez de Liaño, who pulls the curtain on what it takes to be a parent to UP basketball stars Juan and Javi

Team Ancajas hopes to fly to Vegas in June

May 23, 2020 - 3:32 PM

As US boxing mulls return, Jerwin Ancajas stays ready for his thrice-postponed title duel

STILL GOING. Jerwin Ancajas continues to train amid the lockdown. File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Gomez de Liaño dad hopes Juan, Javi return to UAAP

May 21, 2020 - 6:38 PM

Bert Gomez de Liaño wants to see his 3 sons play together for the UP Fighting Maroons

UFC star Henry Cejudo ready for life after retirement

May 18, 2020 - 5:40 PM

Immediately after defending his UFC title, Henry Cejudo retires, saying he wants to leave the sport on top

FAREWELL. Henry Cejudo retires from the UFC at 33 years old. Photo from Instagram/@ufc

Danny Garcia says he's fighting Pacquiao or Spence in September

May 17, 2020 - 9:42 PM

Two-division world champion Danny Garcia wants Manny Pacquiao next, just a day after Mikey Garcia said the same

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 25: Ivan Redkach (R) and Danny Garcia exchange punches during their WBC silver world welterweight title eliminator at Barclays Center on January 25, 2020 in New York City. Steven Ryan/Getty Images/AFP

Garcias focus on Pacquiao as Mikey's next opponent

May 16, 2020 - 7:41 PM

Manny Pacquiao is ’not as big’ as other welterweights, says the family of four-division world champion Mikey Garcia

FRISCO, TEXAS - FEBRUARY 29: Mikey Garcia knocks down Jessie Vargas in the fifth round during their WBC Welterweight Diamond Championship bout at The Ford Center at The Star on February 29, 2020 in Frisco, Texas. Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFP

Arum leans on power broker to clinch Pacquiao-Crawford Middle East clash

May 15, 2020 - 9:13 PM

Finding the most suitable deal and location for the Manny Pacquiao-Terence Crawford fight remains in the works

Manny Pacquiao. Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

Gaethje 'can't wait' to face Khabib

May 12, 2020 - 10:25 PM

After pulling off an upset over Tony Ferguson, Justin Gaethje aims for a match against reigning UFC lightweight titlist Khabib Nurmagomedov

NEXT LEVEL. Justin Gaethje thinks he's ready to challenge UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images/AFP

UP Fighting Maroons cheer on frontliners in video call

May 12, 2020 - 4:06 PM

Thanks to the UP men's basketball team, the frontliners feel refreshed and inspired to continue doing their work

GRATITUDE. Kobe Paras and the rest of the UP Fighting Maroons thank the frontliners for their hard work. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Dominick Cruz in top shape for much-awaited UFC comeback

May 09, 2020 - 10:21 PM

After almost 4 years, Dominick Cruz returns to the octagon for a shot at the UFC bantamweight belt he previously held

LONG TIME COMING. Dominick Cruz last fought in the UFC in 2016. Photo from Instagram/@ufc

UFC returns despite fighter testing positive for coronavirus

May 09, 2020 - 2:38 PM

Although Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza will not fight after testing positive for coronavirus, the other 11 bouts of UFC 249 will push through

TITLE BOUT. Tony Ferguson will headline UFC 249 as he vies for the interim lightweight title against Justin Gaethje. Photo from Instagram/@ufc

Joshua bout may not be behind closed doors – promoter

May 07, 2020 - 4:36 PM

World champion Anthony Joshua's heavyweight title defense may be moved to the Middle East where an audience would possibly be allowed

CHAMP AGAIN. British boxer Anthony Joshua (white trunks) has competed in Saudi Arabia where he reclaimed his world heavyweight crown from Mexican-American Andy Ruiz last December. Photo by AFP

Ancajas' 9th title defense in limbo

Apr 24, 2020 - 9:00 PM

'We have to be hesitant when we talk about foreign fighters coming here,' admits Top Rank boss Bob Arum

UNCERTAIN. There may be no fight in the offing soon for Jerwin Ancajas. File photo by Alvin Brian S. Go/Rappler

Casimero unification bout with Inoue off, Arum plans new fight for Filipino

Apr 23, 2020 - 8:01 PM

Even the backup plan for Johnriel Casimero’s anticipated fight against unbeaten Japanese Naoya Inoue won’t happen

DECISION. Johnriel Casimero needs to decide on his next step. File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Pacquiao-Crawford possible outside the US, says Arum

Apr 23, 2020 - 4:41 PM

Foreign countries interested to hold the planned unification bout between Manny Pacquiao and Terence Crawford must be ready to pay a hefty 'site fee'

EVERGREEN. Another young champ looks to challenge Manny Pacquiao. Photos by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

Casimero continues daily grind with motivation from Gibbons

Apr 21, 2020 - 7:41 PM

Johnriel Casimero hopes his career-defining fight with unbeaten Japanese Naoya Inoue will happen within the next 3 months

ALWAYS READY. Johnriel Casimero isn’t slowing down even if his US fight has been postponed. Photo from Team Casimero

East vs West: ONE Championship pitches head-to-head with UFC’s best

Apr 16, 2020 - 7:32 PM

'I think it would be phenomenal… I’d love to see world champions versus world champions,' says ONE chief Chatri Sityodtong

STAR-STUDDED. ONE Championship boasts an all-star roster that includes Demetrious Johnson (right). Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

UFC scraps California event on tribal land

Apr 10, 2020 - 4:24 PM

The mixed martial arts organization had planned to hold UFC 249 without fans at an undisclosed location, but it decided to postpone the event

SHUT DOWN. The UFC has already postponed 3 events after officials were unable to find venues to stage fights amid restrictions put in place to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Photo from Instagram/@ufc

UFC to beat virus lockdown with event on tribal land

Apr 09, 2020 - 11:05 AM

Organizers remain determined to stage UFC fight cards, insisting that the circuit can continue safely without spectators

STILL FIGHTING. Tony Ferguson (right) is set to face a new opponent in Justin Gaethje in the UFC 249 main event after MMA star Khabib Nurmagomedov begged off. Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images/AFP

Fury-Wilder rematch postponed by virus pandemic

Mar 25, 2020 - 10:02 AM

As the sporting world remains on a standstill, postponing the showdown between heavyweight stars Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder is the only sensible option

DELAYED. The highly anticipated third battle between Deontay Wilder (right) and Tyson Fury has to wait. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Donaire’s challenge to Oubaali still pushing through on May 16

Mar 19, 2020 - 5:05 PM

Nonito Donaire’s bid to claim another world crown versus unbeaten French Nordine Oubaali remains a go, for now

REBOUND. Nonito Donaire hopes his efforts tranlate to a win this time falling short against Japanerse Naoya Inoue last November. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

UFC postpones next 3 events after virus clampdown

Mar 17, 2020 - 3:08 PM

UFC attempts to relocate its next 3 events, but ends up postponing them due to the coronavirus pandemic

MAIN CARD. Tyron Woodley and Leon Edwards' main card in the UFC Fight Night 171: London gets canceled. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP