Nacho fires back at Morales: Marquez faced ‘devil’ Pacquiao for 42 rounds

 (L-R) Trainer Freddie Roach, professional Boxers Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez, and trainer Ignacio Beristain attend the press conference for Pacquiao and Marquez’s World Welterweight Championship Fight at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers on September 6, 2011 in New York City. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images/AFP

MANILA, Philippines—Hall of Fame trainer Ignacio “Don Nacho” Beristain responded in bunches after fellow Mexican Erik Morales took a swipe at his pupil Juan Manuel Marquez.

Nacho, who also trained Oscar De La Hoya among a slew of other World champions, said Morales left out important details when he was comparing himself to Marquez in terms of fighting Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao.

Morales, who fought Pacquiao three times, took issue with Marquez’ legacy against the sports’ only eight-division World champion saying he didn’t need four fights to beat the now WBA World welterweight champion.

“What the guy [Morales] left out is that Pacquiao fought with Juan Manuel forty-something rounds and to be locked in a ring with the devil [for that long is impressive] because Pacquiao is practically the devil inside the ring,” said Beristain in an interview with El Boxcast, h/t

Morales defeated Pacquiao in their first meeting via unanimous decision but got clobbered in their next two fights with the Filipino taking knockout wins in the second and third bouts.

Marquez, meanwhile, was 0-2-1 against Pacquiao with all three bouts going to the judges’ scorecards before he ultimately scored that sweet redemption via one-punch knockout in the sixth round on Dec. 8, 2012.

“The perfect example of [the devil] is the beating he gave Erik Morales in the second fight, it was terrible facing Pacquiao in the ring. It was something terrible, because the punching power, because of the speed, because of many things,” said Beristain who also took issue with

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4-time Grand Slam singles champion Ashley Cooper dies at 83

BRISBANE, Australia — Ashley Cooper, who won four Grand Slam singles titles including the Australian, Wimbledon and U.S. championships in 1958, has died. He was 83.

Tennis Australia said Friday that the former No. 1-ranked player and long-time administrator had died after a long illness.

Cooper led Australia’s Davis Cup team to victory over the United States to retain the title in 1957. But after the result was reversed in a loss to the Americans the following year he was so upset, according to Tennis Australia, that he considered withdrawing from a professional contract because he felt he owed the country more.

After a back injury ended his professional career in 1959, Cooper returned to Brisbane, Australia, to run a business and work as an administrator in the sport. He was involved in moving the state’s main tennis facility from Milton — which hosted an Australian Open and three Davis Cup finals — to Tennyson, where Pat Rafter Arena is now the venue for the annual Brisbane International.

“Ashley was a giant of the game both as a brilliant player and an astute administrator and he will be greatly missed,” Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley said. “Ashley was also the most humble of champions and a great family man.”

Australian tennis great Rod Laver posted a tribute to Cooper on social media.

“He was a wonderful champion, on and off the court. And what a backhand! So many cherished memories,” Laver wrote. “Farewell my friend.”

Laver said Cooper was among a group of players including Ken Rosewall, Frank Sedgman and Lew Hoad who “ruled the world in tennis, a whole group from the 50s to the 70s.”

A right-handed serve-and-volley player, Cooper won four Grand Slam singles and four Grand Slam doubles titles in the amateur era. In 1958,

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Finland aims to restart football and relive Euro 2020 euphoria

FILE – In this file photo taken on Nov. 18, 2019, Finland supporters applaud their team after the Euro 2020 group J qualifying soccer match between Greece and Finland at Olympic stadium in Athens, Greece. A stellar 2019 for soccer in Finland was meant to hit a new peak in the 2020 season. The national team qualified last November for its first major tournament and Finland was going to spend mid-June obsessed by the European Championship. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

GENEVA — A stellar 2019 for football in Finland was meant to hit a new peak in the 2020 season.

The national team qualified last November for its first major tournament and Finland was going to spend mid-June obsessed by the European Championship.

Another Nordic nation making a long-shot debut dressed in blue and white, Finland was aiming to follow Iceland’s inspiring run to the Euro 2016 quarterfinals.

“It was really, really positive. The country has never been so enthusiastic,” Finnish league CEO Timo Marjamaa told The Associated Press of his home country that is world champion in its top sport, ice hockey.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced Euro 2020 — where Finland was set to play against top-ranked Belgium, Denmark and neighbor Russia — to be postponed for one year.

On June 16, instead of preparing to face the Russians in nearby St. Petersburg, Finnish fans are looking to restart the national cup competition stopped in March.

July 1 is the target, pending government approval, to start the 12-team Veikkausliiga season. That’s almost three months after the league’s planned opening day and more than eight months since a memorable 2019 title was sealed.

The league trophy won by KuPS in October was the team from Kuopio’s first in 43 years, and the first decided in a six-team championship group after

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