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Pacquiao's response to Mayweather bout

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Pacquiao's response to Mayweather bout

From Comcast SportsNet

MANILA, Philippines (AP)Manny Pacquiaos camp says there is no economic sense in setting up a bout with Floyd Mayweather on May 5 after the unbeaten American publicly challenged the Filipino champion via Twitter.

Pacquiaos financial adviser Michael Koncz told The Associated Press on Thursday that a 45,000-seat boxing arena being built in Las Vegas wont be finished before the end of May and staging the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight in a smaller venue is foolish from an economic standpoint.

Mayweather challenged and taunted Pacquiao to a May 5 bout in a tweet on Tuesday.

Manny Pacquiao Im calling you out lets fight May 5th and give the world what they want to see, he tweeted.

Mayweather is available for a fight in May at the MGM Grand Garden after a judge agreed last week to postpone his jail sentence for domestic violence until June. Mayweather was sentenced to 87 days in jail, but likely will serve less time.

The MGM Grand seats about 17,000, which could fetch around 20 million in sales, but the larger arena could raise an additional 30 million, Koncz said.

Why would I tell Manny to fight on the 5th and throw away a percentage of 30 million? Thats crazy, he said.

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has told the Philippines GMA television the only reason the fight wont happen is if there is an economic problem.

He said the fight could happen very, very easily at the end of May enough time to build the outdoor arena the fight so badly needs.

I will also guarantee Mannys purse, he said. In other words, Manny doesnt want to go into the ring and just fight out a percentage.

He said Mayweather is looking for outside parties to guarantee his end of the purse.

So, until he finds the angel, there is no fight, Arum said.

In a separate interview with GMA, Pacquiao said that if Mayweather agrees to a 50-50 sharing, there will be no problem.

The purse is not the issue right now, the date is, Koncz said. But we dont have a problem splitting it 50-50.

Kobe Bryant reportedly dies in helicopter crash in Calabasas

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Kobe Bryant reportedly dies in helicopter crash in Calabasas

According to Yahoo Sports, Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash over Calabasas Sunday morning.

TMZ Sports first reported the news. Shortly afterwards, the Los Angeles County Sheriffs confirmed the crash:

ABC 7 News and ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski both later confirmed the report that Bryant was among those that perished:

Bryant played 20 years in the NBA, all with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning five NBA championships, two MVPs and appearing in 15 All-Star games. He is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and four daughters.

The story appears to still be developing, but this is heartbreaking and stunning news for the basketball world at large, and, above all, Bryant's family.

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Kirk Cousins on John DeFilippo: 'He’s going to add a lot to Bears' staff'

Kirk Cousins on John DeFilippo: 'He’s going to add a lot to Bears' staff'

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins spoke with Chicago Sun-Times reporter Patrick Finley at the 2020 Pro Bowl and offered a glowing review of Bears quarterback coach, John DeFilippo, whose addition to Chicago's coaching staff is expected to bring the best out of Mitch Trubisky, the Bears' incumbent starter who's entering a make-or-break offseason with the team.

“He’ll be outstanding,” Cousins said. “He’s a great coach. He’s been around this league for a long time. I think it says a lot when someone like Matt Nagy, who knows quarterbacks so well, hires him. I think that says a lot about ‘Flip.’

“When you look at what he did with Carson Wentz as a young player, I think there’s a lot to like there. And he’s going to add a lot to that staff. It’s going to be to my detriment, because we’re in his division. But he’s a great coach.”

DeFilippo was the Eagles quarterback coach for two seasons (2016-17) and played an integral part in Wentz's development between his rookie and second seasons. Under his DeFilippo's tutelage, Wentz went from enjoying a solid rookie season to an MVP-worthy campaign in 2017. It's also noteworthy that DeFilippo managed to get the best out of veteran Nick Foles, who replaced Wentz after a season-ending injury. Foles went on to enjoy a miraculous Super Bowl run.

DeFilippo certainly has his work cut out for him with Trubisky. The former second-overall pick has looked like an average starter (at best) through 41 regular-season starts and regressed mightily in 2019. Blame for his regression has been shared among the offensive line and play-calling, but he deserves much of the criticism too. His mechanics were sloppy, his accuracy was lacking and he just didn't play with the kind of downfield killer instinct Nagy wants from his starter.

Nagy's end-of-year comments about Trubisky needing to learn how to identify coverages didn't create much confidence in his near-term trajectory, either.

But that's why DeFilippo is in town. And if Cousins' comments prove to be true, then we may be on the precipice of a breakout season from Trubisky.

Or maybe DeFilippo will be the tie-breaking voice that allows the Bears to move on if Trubisky's struggles continue.