Shawn Porter prefers Pacquiao’s career over Mayweather’s

Floyd Mayweather Jr. exchange punches with Manny Pacquiao during their welterweight unification championship bout, May 2, 2015 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather defeated Pacquiao by unanimous decision. AFP PHOTO / JOHN GURZINKSI (Photo by JOHN GURZINSKI / AFP)

MANILA, Philippines — Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will always be intertwined with one another as rivals and as two of the best fighters of their generation.

Their celebrated careers are often compared to despite their contrasting styles.

Mayweather has the advantage when it comes to record after he retired with an unblemished 50-0 mark, which includes a unanimous decision win over Pacquiao five years ago in their only meeting.

But even so, that didn’t stop former two-time welterweight champion Shawn Porter from choosing Pacquiao over Mayweather in response to a fan’s question during the third episode of Impact Network’s “Stars and Champions” show hosted by Dan Rafael.

“I’m actually gonna go with Manny,” Porter told Rafael when asked whose career between the two greats he would rather have. “I think that even though Manny has taken a lot of punishment – he’s been in a lot of wars, he’s been in a lot of exciting fights.”

“You know me, I like the war. I like the battle and I like the excitement. So, for those reasons, I would pick Manny. And then on top of that, if you look around the world more people appreciate Manny. More people respect and adore Manny than dislike him.”

The 32-year-old Porter, who relates more to Pacquiao’s “exciting” style rather than Mayweather’s methodical approach, also lauded the Filipino legend’s persona outside the ring.

“Even me as the boxer, because just like when I get in the ring and I get people up on their feet, that’s what Manny

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Football makes gleeful return to coronavirus-scarred Wuhan

(FILES) This file photo taken on May 19, 2020 shows people playing football in a field in Wuhan, in China’s central Hubei province. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP)

For nearly three months football enthusiasts in Wuhan were left kicking their heels indoors as the coronavirus raged in the Chinese city at the epicenter of the outbreak.

But since the harsh lockdown on the city of 11 million people ended in early April amateur footballers have been gleefully ripping off their face masks and lacing up their boots again.

“It was a long time to be in lockdown so we had to do some exercise at home,” said Wang Zijun, 42.

“I used to juggle the ball with my son at home and pass the ball to each other, and sometimes we went to the underground garage to do exercise.”

Another player who finally enjoyed a run-out on a warm evening under floodlights said it was liberating to be able to kick a ball again with friends and team-mates.

They did so without their masks covering their faces, although some players kept them dangling around their necks.

“Before the lockdown was lifted everyone felt so oppressed,” said the 45-year-old, who would only give the surname Wen.

“We need to do physical exercise. After the lockdown was lifted, we resumed training one time per week. I’m very happy.”

Professional footballers were affected too.

Wang Shuang, a Wuhan native and star of China’s women’s team, who are pushing for a place at the Tokyo Olympics, resorted to kicking a ball against a wall on a roof.

Chinese Super League (CSL) team Wuhan Zall and third-tier Wuhan Three Towns have both returned to the central city after being forced to train elsewhere at the height of the outbreak.

The CSL season was

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Danny Garcia wants no excuses from potential foes Pacquiao, Spence

Danny Garcia is awarded victory by unanimous decision against Ivan Redkach in during their WBC silver world welterweight title eliminator at Barclays Center on January 25, 2020 in New York City. Steven Ryan/Getty Images/AFP

MANILA, Philippines — Two-division champion Danny Garcia wants no less than the big names in the welterweight division for his next fight.

What he doesn’t want, though, is to hear any excuses from his potential foe, whom he expects to be either of the two champions in Manny Pacquiao and Errol Spence Jr.

Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs), the WBA (Super) champion, turns 42 this year while Spence (26-0, 21 KOs), the IBF and WBC titleholder, is still trying to regain his old form after surviving a drunk-driving car crash last October in Dallas.

“If you ain’t ready, don’t get in the ring. You know? That’s just that simple,” said Garcia, referring to Spence, on DAZN’s The Ak And Barak Show.

“You know, I know they say Manny’s older now, but he’s coming off a big win. So, if he’s old, don’t get in the ring,” he added. “If Spence ain’t better, don’t get in the ring cuz I don’t wanna hear no excuses. I never made no excuses.”

Pacquiao may be nine years older than Garcia, but the Filipino ring legend has proven he still has a lot left in his tank following an impressive victory over the much younger Keith Thurman last July in Las Vegas.

Spence, meanwhile, has already resumed training but minus the sparring.

Garcia and Spence were originally slated to fight last January before Spence figured in the near-fatal crash just 12 days after he beat Shawn Porter.

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