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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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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LOOK: Dingdong Dantes joins relief efforts as marine reservist

Lieutenant Commander Jose Sixto “Dingdong” G. Dantes III PN (Res) (Image: Instagram/@marianrivera)

Actor Dingdong Dantes and his fellow reservists of the Marine Affiliated Reserve Combat Service Support Batallion (MARCSSBn) handed out food packs, personal protective equipment (PPEs) and other goods to frontliners stationed at checkpoints in Pasay City.

Dantes, a lieutenant commander of the Philippine Navy, took to Instagram yesterday, May 21, to share with fans a glimpse of him in uniform and thank other reservists and frontliners manning checkpoints throughout Luzon.

“Refill muna bago puntahan ang mga katropa ko sa [MARCSSBn] na assigned sa Pasay,” he captioned a photo of himself standing beside a standee of him at a gas station.

(Just getting a refill before we go to our troopmates from the MARCSSBn assigned in Pasay.)

“Bitbit ko ang ilang goodies from @wilkinsph, PPEs, at higit sa lahat — ang mainit na chibog mula sa aming tahanan. Isang pagpupugay at pasasalamat sa lahat ng reservists na volunteers at ilang linggo nang naka-deploy sa iba’t ibang lugar sa Luzon para tumulong sa ating mga kababayan,” he added.

(We bring goodies from @wilkinsph, PPES, and most of all — the warm food from our home. A salute and thanks to all volunteer reservists who have been deployed at different areas in Luzon for weeks now to help our countrymen.)

The food distributed by Dantes and his colleagues were prepared by the actor’s wife, Marian Rivera. The actress has been using her cooking skills to help frontliners since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Arroz ala Cubana with boiled egg naman tayo ngayon para sa lunch ng ating frontliners at the checkpoints (Arroz ala Cubana with boiled egg today for lunch for our frontliners at checkpoints),” Rivera said.

We used Ate Glenda’s recipe and these meals will be delivered to

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