Boxing: Manny Pacquiao reportedly signs with Al Haymon

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementOne of the biggest stars in world boxing Manny Pacquiao has reportedly signed with powerful manager/advisor Al Haymon, thus by leaving his longtime promoter Bob Arum according to the BoxingScene report has just recently done the same with business manager Michael Koncz.The source says that Pacquiao will likely fight Adrien Broner at the beginning of 2019, then after rematching his longtime rival Floyd Mayweather Jr.Pacquiao’s decision to hook up with Haymon also comes with another perk, said the source. Who is joining hands with renowned dealmaker Sean Gibbons in the negotiations with Mayweather and Haymon.“It will be an opportunity for other Filipino fighters to shine in the US,” he said, noting that ex-world bantam champion Marlon Tapales will soon be fighting under Pacquiao’s MP Promotions.Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) is most recently coming off a stoppage win over Lucas Matthysse in July in a thrilling fight which took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Also Read-Boxing: Canelo Alvarez to face Rocky Fielding at Madison Square Garden on Dec.15last_img read more

India-Pakistan cricket rivalry resumes at Asia Cup 2018

first_imgIndia and Pakistan resume their cricket rivalry when they face-off in the Asia Cup 2018 in Dubai on Wednesday. The two arch-rivals will meet for the first time since the Champions Trophy final in England last year.India and Pakistan do not play bilateral cricket and only meet at multi-nation tournaments organised by the International Cricket Council or Asian Cricket Council.India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2018: Live ScoreIndia and Pakistan cricket matches are always high-octane and one can expect a full house when they battle it out at the Dubai International Stadium on Wednesday.Virat Kohli’s absence from the tournament has been one of the talking points ahead the marquee clash of the six-nation tournament.Also Read – India have slight edge over Pakistan because of MS Dhoni: MuralitharanKohli has been rested for the Asia Cup after a hectic tour of England where he aggravated his back problem during the Test series.Kohli was one of the brightest stars in an otherwise gloomy Test series for India against England, scoring 593 runs at an average of 59.3 in five matches including two centuries.Kohli’s absence might have taken some sheen off it but the general excitement surrounding three possible India-Pakistan encounters will be the USP of the Asia Cup.Read – Akram, Gavaskar discuss Virat Kohli’s absence from Asia CupWhile there are two assured India-Pakistan matches, one in the group stage and other at the Super Fours stage, the organisers, broadcasters, and the supporters will be hoping for a possible summit showdown on September 28 too.advertisementFor India, it will be a chance to see how the team reacts to pressure situations in absence of Kohli.India started their campaign with an unimpressive victory over Hong Kong.India survived a big scare on Tuesday and registered a nervy 26-run win after Hong Kong nearly pulled off the biggest upset in the tournament at the Dubai International Stadium.Read – Wasim Akram backs India, Sunil Gavaskar backs Pakistan in Asia Cup 2018Chasing 286 for a victory, Hong Kong fought till the very end and put India under pressure for most part of the second innings but the experience of the defending champions helped them prevail in the end.Hong Kong rode on Nizakat Khan and Anshuman Rath’s record opening partnership to put in a brave fight but once the well-set duo departed, they fell behind the asking rate and ended up with 259 for 8 in 50 overs.Today they will face Pakistan, who had registered a comfortable victory over Hong Kong in their first match. Pakistan will be fresh after getting a two-day break for India match.Also Read – Kohli’s absence big relief for Pakistan bowlers: Misbah-ul-HaqIn fact, India are the only side to not get a break between two matches in the group stage of the 50-overs tournament.While Rohit Sharma has been a brilliant white ball player, his leadership skills haven’t been tested against a quality side.He led against Sri Lanka last December but it was a below par opposition. In fact, Bangladesh are a better 50-over side currently.But the focal point would be how India India play a quality Pakistan side that has a world-class fast bowlers in Mohammed Aamir and Hasan Ali, a prolific opener in Fakhar Zaman and talented batsmen such as Babar Azam.India’s main aim would be to settle their middle-order combination and also find a perfect batting position for Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who scored a duck against Hong Kong on Tuesday, during the course of the tournament.SquadsIndia: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shardul Thakur, Dinesh Karthik, Khaleel Ahmed.Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain and wk), Fakhar Zaman, Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Harris Sohail, Imam ul Haq, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammed Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammed Amir, Shoaib Malik, Junaid Khan, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more