Spence still wants fight vs ‘living legend’ Pacquiao

Errol Spence Jr., center, celebrates his victory over Shawn Porter during the WBC & IBF World Welterweight Championship boxing match, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

MANILA, Philippines — Errol Spence Jr. is still keen on fighting Manny Pacquiao down the road.

Spence, the WBC and IBF welterweight champion, is set for a title defense on December 5 in Texas against mandatory challenger Danny Garcia, but he made it clear that a showdown with Pacquiao remains in his sights.

“After this fight, of course I would like to fight Manny Pacquiao. He’s on his way out so I’d love to have that fight,” Spence told The Sun.

“He’s a living legend, and I’ve never fought someone of that caliber. He’s big and not just a boxing star, he’s an icon, a mega-star. That would be different and it would send me somewhere else popularity-wise.”

At 41, Pacquiao remains one of the hottest tickets in the sport and Spence knows it’s not every day that one can get the opportunity to be on share the same ring with a legend.

“Pacquiao has been in the sport 20-something years, he’s an icon even outside the sport. Everybody knows who Manny Pacquiao is. That would be a great fight for me,” he said.

But if Spence will have his crack at the Filipino icon, the undefeated Long Island, New York native may have to wait for his turn.

Pacquiao is likely set for a 2021 boxing match against UFC superstar Conor McGregor in a bout Spence doesn’t have any problems with if it is to happen.

“I don’t blame him, Manny Pacquiao earned that right. He’s earned his right to make his money and fight whoever he wants to fight, because he fought whoever was lined up to

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Beastie Boys’ Mike D to sell mother’s art collection

The personal collection of Hester Diamond will be offered during Sotheby’s annual Master Week sales in January 2021. Image: Sotheby’s and Carla van de Puttelaar via AFP Relaxnews.

A “sure shot” for Sotheby’s. The auction house will offer the eclectic collection of New York interior designer and philanthropist, Hester Diamond, in January 2021, as part of its annual Master Week sales. Some 60 lots will go under the hammer at Sotheby’s, including Old Masters paintings and sculptures, contemporary art, contemporary furniture and books.

Among them is a rare sculpture by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and his father Pietro, titled “Autumn,” which is estimated to fetch between $8 million and $12 million (approx. P388.4 to P582.6 million). The work on offer is one of only a handful of sculptures by the Italian sculptor and his father that remain in private hands.

While Bernini’s work very rarely comes up for auction, “Autumn” is poised to establish a new auction record for the Italian artist. The title holder is “Il Moro,” a terracotta bozzetto that sold for a record-breaking $3.2 million (around P155.3 million) in 2002 at Sotheby’s London.

Also hitting the auction block in “Fearless: The Collection of Hester Diamond” are masterworks by European Old Masters Jörg Lederer, Girolamo Della Robbia, Filippino Lippi and Dosso Dossi.

Pieter Coecke van Aelst will also be included in the sale with “The Nativity, The Adoration of The Magi, The Presentation in The Temple,” which is estimated to sell between $2.5 million and $3.5 million (approx. P121.3 million to P169.9 million). This impressive triptych was notably the centerpiece of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition, “Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry” in 2014.

Diamond’s interest in Old Masters blossomed after the passing of her first husband, Harold, in 1982. She then began to seriously

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Denice Zamboanga ready for her biggest challenge yet

Denice Zamboanga. Photo from ONE Championship

MANILA, Philippines — Putting her animosity with Angela Lee aside, Denice Zamboanga is raring to get her campaign going in next year’s Atomweight World Grand Prix.

Zamboanga and Lee recently exchanged jabs on social media, but the undefeated Filipino knows the only way to settle the score is to win the Grand Prix tournament and challenge for the crown.

“I am so pumped for this tournament. I’m looking forward to competing for this ultra prestigious title. This will be the most challenging competition that no female fighter in ONE Championship history has ever faced,” said Zamboanga.

“To all the other female fighters who will be competing, it will be an honor to face you all in this tournament. A lot of people want to see me and Angela fight, so I will get the Grand Prix belt and then I’m on to the Atomweight World Title at the end of 2021.”

The 23-year-old Zamboanga is already the No. 1 ranked contender but Lee’s pregnancy forced ONE Championship founder and CEO Chatri Sityodtong to announce a Grand Prix instead with Lee unable to defend her belt for the foreseeable future.

Zamboanga is 5-0, including a 3-0 record since making his ONE debut back in 2019. She last fought in August where she scored a first-round submission over Watsyapinya Kaewkhong.

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