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In just 10 days, Manny Pacquiao will step into the ring with Floyd Mayweather in the most highly anticipated boxing event in recent history. But before he tries to finally put a blemish on Mayweather's sterling 47-0 record, the Filipino superstar endured a different kind of challenge -- late night TV.
Wednesday night, Pacquiao chopped it up on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" singing his now-famous -- despite most non-Filipino fans not knowing a single word -- self-produced ring entrance song and enduring a few over-the-top questions such as this:
Dr. Phil was also on hand to "counsel" Pacquiao on his behavior and left him with some final advice on how to approach Mayweather in the ring:
Mike Tyson may have been a fearsome competitor in his boxing career, but anyone who owned a Nintendo Entertainment System back in the day knew that there was only one version of Iron Mike that was nearly unbeatable: the one that appeared in ''Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!'' On Tuesday night's episode of ''The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,'' Tyson took on his virtual self and learned the same lesson the rest of us did when we were kids: If you don't dodge his uppercut, Mike Tyson will knock you out in one punch.
I never managed to beat Mike Tyson in ''Punch-Out!!'' and neither did anyone on my block. Some kid at school claimed that he did, but he never could replicate the feat when pressed. At least he didn't lie about beating that one ''Battletoads'' level. I'm still not convinced it can be beaten.
Will Mayweather-Pacquiao happen?
Floyd Mayweather Sr. recently predicted that the long-awaited fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will take place. "It's gonna happen," he told fighthype.com. "That fight's gonna happen. Trust me."
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UFC president Dana White made some waves earlier this year when he claimed star Ronda Rousey could take down heretofore undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather. Said the outspoken White: "Ronda wouldn't beat him. She'd hurt him badly."
On Tuesday, the question was posed to Mayweather. Here's the answer, via BoxingScene.com:
To be fair, it doesn't appear Mayweather is trying to be condescending. He legitimately doesn't seem to know have heard of Rousey. Is that better? We're not sure.
Rousey, meanwhile, had this to say on the subject of fighting men in her ESPN/ESPYS Facebook chat Monday:
"I think that anyone is capable of beating anyone on any given day and that's why I work harder than all of my challengers. That said, I don't think there's a single person on this earth I can't beat."
What do you think?(h/t BoxingScene.com/David Greisman/The Big Lead)