Donaire says he still has a lot left after Inoue slugfest

FILE – Nonito Donaire (bottom) and Jessie Magdaleno both celebrate at the end of their WBO junior featherweight championship fight at the Thomas & Mack Center on November 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

MANILA, Philippines — Despite his age and mileage, Nonito Donaire believes he still has a lot more to give in boxing.

True enough, Donaire is coming off a gutsy performance against Naoya Inoue last November where the Filipino star gave the unbeaten Japanese champion all he could handle in their bantamweight title unification fight.

“Being the underdog, you know, people telling me that I couldn’t last for a round or four, and then I gave him hell, I mean it was sweet to be that way,” Donaire said to The PBC Podcast co-hosts Kenneth Bouhairie and Michael Rosenthal as posted on

More than anything, the loss is serving as a fuel to Donaire’s drive to come back stronger than ever and prove his critics wrong.

“The experience that I [had] in that fight, I know that I have a lot of gas in my tank,” he said. “You know, all it is is just the inspiration and the motivation to go, to be in the gym. You know, hanging the poster up in the gym and seeing that face in the gym when I wake up in the morning, I think it’s better motivation for me.”

“And that’s the game plan, you know, try to take over the world, try to take over the division, you know, because again, that was an experience that I felt, ‘Man, I got a lot in me.’ And I’ve gotta do it. You’ve gotta stop making excuses, stop making stories.”

Donaire, a four-division champion, lost the WBA (Super) crown by unanimous decision but not after unleashing

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Legends repositioned: Man United icon David Beckham plays right-back in Liverpool’s current system

Football is constantly evolving and with data plus in-depth analysis growing exponentially in the modern game, new tactical innovations are made with increasing frequency.

As a result, formations are being manipulated in more creative ways and players of a particular skillset are being used in roles they perhaps wouldn’t be in previous decades.

Philipp Lahm was an ideal example. Renowned as one of the best right-backs around for most of his career, Pep Guardiola deployed him in midfield as the central cog in a possession-based system.

How many other players from the past would thrive in different positions in today’s game? How many more goals would Ryan Giggs score as an inverted winger in a front three? Could Fernando Redondo have been a stylish centre-back on the left side of a back three bringing the ball out and even attacking on the overlap?

In this series, we look at past legends and theorise the possible new positions within the tactics of the modern game.

We start with perhaps the most iconic of them all, David Beckham…


Position in modern game: Right-back
Point of reference: Trent Alexander-Arnold

Trent Alexander-Arnold’s role as Liverpool’s right-back has revolutionised the way we think about the position. A midfielder by nature, he’s incorporated that vision and passing range into his operations as a full-back and Jurgen Klopp has brilliantly implemented his talents into the team’s system.

Whether he’s switching play by pinging long diagonal passes to Sadio Mane or Andy Robertson on the opposite flank, tucking into midfield to help dominate possession and orchestrate build-up play or whipping in dangerous crosses in the final third, Alexander-Arnold can legitimately be classed as a playmaker.

It takes a very specific set of skills to emulate his game at right-back and David Beckham

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Bela Padilla calls out netizen slamming celebs for sharing views on social issues

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Actress Bela Padilla called out a netizen for telling entertianers to “shut up” regarding social issues, pointing out that they too have the right to voice their opinions.

Padilla answered one Twitter user with the handle @pattytagal after the latter replied to a tweet by comedienne K Brosas with an open letter to singers and actors, which read, “We spend our [hard-earned] money to hear your music. And to watch you pretend to be characters in movies and on TV.”

“Your only job is to entertain us. To take us away from reality. Your personal opinion means nothing to us. You are insignificant and influential only in your own mind. And within the mind of your elitist peers. You are a marionette to us. Nothing more. Sing. Act. Shut up,” it continued.

Padilla shared with followers @pattytagal’s views and her reply to the latter’s tweet, which read, “Patty is the exact type of person who agrees w/ the [Anti-Terror Bill] and you can see why with how she sees people.”

“Might I respectfully remind you Patty, that the Entertainers of this country pay insane amounts of taxes that contribute to the society you live in,” the actress said on Twitter yesterday, June 5.

One @jancamoro, meanwhile, pointed out to the actress that “the amount of your tax does not make your opinion makes you more correct.”

“Unfortunately, you are idolized by your talent or whatever and not because of

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