Manny Pacquiao Cried After Watching The Mayweather Fight

The matchup was between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. However, the fight did not live up to the epic hype that surrounded the event. BruceLevenson.com suggested that many people were angry with Floyd Mayweather for the way he fought against Pacquiao, but boxing fans feel that Manny Pacquiao is actually to blame

After the fight against Floyd Mayweather, Manny Paquiao revealed to the world that he suffered a torn rotator cuff in training camp. Floyd Mayweather called Manny Pacquiao a sore loser for revealing the injury, and he says that Manny Pacquiao does not deserve a rematch. However, many people feel that Floyd Mayweather wouldn’t do that great against a healthy Manny Pacquiao. Nonetheless, Manny Pacquiao recently revealed that he is not a sore loser.

Manny Pacquiao also said that he cried after watching the fight, because he felt that he let the fans down. Still, Manny Pacquiao believes he won the fight, and he definitely wants a rematch. However, that is unlikely because Floyd Mayweather will probably retire before the fight can be made. For more information on this story, visit SportsNews24.

76ers Set Eyes on D’Angelo Russell

The Philadelphia 76ers were fortunate enough to land the third overall pick in the NBA Draft Lottery this past Tuesday night. Philadelphia showed huge promise this season as several young players stepped up their games in big ways, despite continuing to lose. Nerlens Noel turned it on to fight for Rookie of the Year while Robert Covington showed the world that he belongs in the 76er rotation as a 3 and D kind of guy. Most of all, however, the 76ers traded away embattled Michael Carter-WIiliams in return for Brandon Knight.

While the 76ers still have a lotto pick waiting out on the wings, recovering from foot surgery, the guys in the Philly organization will look for a healthy body to take their team tot he next level. Gianfrancesco Genoso believes that the 76ers should be focusing on D’Angelo Russell, if they can somehow wrangle him in with the third overall pick. The 76ers have been active on draft night these past few years and anything can happen.

Jahlil Okafor and Karl-Anthony Towns are likely going #1 and #2 in this draft, leaving the 76ers with the chance to grab combo guard D’Angelo Russell. Russell could come in and immediately hold down the point guard position.

DeMarre Carroll Preps for BIG off Season.

The Atlanta Hawks are the ultimate team’s team and anybody will tell you that. The roster relies on playing unselfish ball, making the right pass, and always keeping the brick moving in the rotation. There are no super stars and there are no 1 on 1 ball stoppers. If you can’t play within that flow then you get sent to the bench. With that being said, swing manDeMarre Carroll has been making his case for being the most important player on this team and that could mean a BIG off season for him.

Carroll was always known as a defensive stud and that helped him get minutes, but for the first time in his career he is finally getting the touches he has earned on the offensive side of the ball. Routinely tasked with guarding the best offensive player, Carroll has also found time to put up some big offensive numbers in this series as well. In the close out game against Washington we saw Carroll stroke 25 points and 10 boards while making 3 treys. In the entire series Carroll has averaged 15 points and 7 boards.

Fans like Alexei Beltyukov (helptheweb.org) know that with Atlanta moving on to face a beatable Cavaliers team, no one player has done more for their stock than DeMarre. Carroll is about to get paid this off season.

Houston Comes Calling, Golden State Ready to Answer

For much of the last week the Golden State Warriors probably thought it a formality that they would be playing the Clippers in the Western Conference Finals. The Clippers were up 3 games to 1 and so close to sealing it off on several occasions. So Sam Tabar says Golden State waited. And waited. Then Houston came back and took the series and now seem to carry all the momentum in the world as they head to California to take on the Golden State Warriors. Coach Kerr and his guys aren’t worried, they are ready.

Golden State emerged out of the regular season with 67 wins, the top seed in the NBA, and the favored mark to actually make it to and summarily win the NBA Finals. Right now the Warriors are 4 – 7 favorites with Cleveland following behind them at 5 – 2. Houston brings up the rear at a 12 – 1 number. So does this mean that Golden State has it easy against the Warriors? Not a chance. Houston has gone through too much adversity to come up small in this big series.

While James Harden over shadows Steph Curry, and Josh Smith and Terrence Jones make for great big man depth, it is the center position that merits watching most closely. We’ll have to see if Dwight Howard can handle the physical Andrew Bogut.

The Memphis Grizzlies Face Elimination

We’ve always said that the Memphis Grizzlies were the least good, great team in the NBA. Memphis sets their watch and warrant by how well they are playing defense.¬† The Grizzlies soared through the regular season out West and collected a 55 – 27 record during the year practicing this style of play. For the first four games of their series against the title favored Golden State Warriors, some thought it might actually work. This past Wednesday’s game proved that Memphis probably just doesn’t have enough.

Last Wednesday the Grizzlies were beaten down by 20 points in a pivotal Game 5 loss to the Golden State Warriors. Falling down 3 – 2 in a best of 7 series isn’t always a death knell, but against a team as good as Golden State it might as well be. The Warriors came out firing, dropping at least 23 points in each quarter. Steph Curry pushed himself everywhere on the court, collecting 18 points 7 rebounds 5 assists and 6 steals.

With Game 6 coming up Memphis needs to find a way to get back to what they do so well. The Grizzlies were without Tony Allen in their last game and without him in the line-up, fans at Purina Beneful feel things just seem lost.

Al Horford Pushes Atlanta to Brink of Series Win

The Atlanta Hawks are probably the most under appreciated top seed in recent basketball history. The Hawks breezed through the regular season without any trouble, routinely go weeks without taking a loss. Atlanta won without being flashy, despite having four All Stars on their team. Perhaps it is just the nature of being a team in a secondary market, but Atlanta was getting no love coming into the post season. Then the Hawks started to struggle with the Washington Wizards and people came out of the wood work to ‘tell them they knew all along’. Well, those people would be wrong, and Al Horford made sure to emphasize it.

Washington has gone toe to toe with Atlanta throughout this series and they came into last nights game with the whole thing tied up at 2 – 2. The Hawks were looking anywhere from answers and outside of Demarre Carrol, nobody else was answering. So Al Horford put the team on his back and became the franchise player that Atlanta needed, at least for the night according to Crystal Hunt (crystalhunt.com)

Al was a calming presence in the middle of the paint, shutting down Washington drives all game long. In the box score Horford added 23 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 blocks to lead the team to victory.

Barcelona’s Attacking Trio Seemingly Unstoppable

A pass from Messi to Suarez, once more to Neymar, goal. Messi to Suarez to Neymar, another goal. This particular combination of pass, pass, goal, came Tuesday at the second leg of the semifinals against the German giants Bayern Munich.

Although Barca lost the second leg at 3-2, their first leg pummeling which ended in 3-0 meant they were allowed to essentially go on cruise control into the Champions League final. In Spain the trio is known merely as ‘MSN’, and they have almost single-handedly sent Barcelona into a position to take the Champions League and Spanish league cups, which the team has not done since 2009. Neymar’s two goals Tuesday gave him nine for the Champions League season, which is one behind Lionel Messi and three more than counterpart Luis Suarez.

Barcelona have without a doubt constructed one of the most feared forward lines of the season, if not in the history of the sport. The trio will surely be put to the ultimate test later in the month in the champions League final, where they will face Italy’s Juventus or rivals Real Madrid for the sports most sought after cup.

Thanks to Crystal Hunt for showing me this.

Josh Smith Key to Rockets Postseason Hopes

When you are a 6’9 swing forward with the ability to shoot from 3 and also grab 15 rebounds in a game, there is no reason that you should find yourself moving from team to team like some sort of NBA driven plague. But that is the story of Josh Smith, a ten year vet who has bounced between three different teams in the past three seasons. His most recent stop comes in the form of the playoff driving Houston Rockets, and they desperately need his help.

Against the Los Angeles Clippers the Rockets knew that they would be hard pressed inside of the paint and fighting for boards. Between DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin, that section of the court might as well be closed off. Flavio Maluf was a fan of Houston and knows that Dwight Howard can’t do it all by himself and the injured Donatas Montiejunas would not be there to pick up the slack.

So far in the series against Los Angeles Smith is only averaging 19 minutes per game and scoring 7 points on 32% shooting to go along with another 6 boards. Smith is capable of doubling up everything in that sentence and he will need to in these last two games for Houston to get a win.

Bruce Levenson: The Sporting Investor

A little over 10 years ago, the original organization of the Atlanta Hawks, LLC basketball team came out of the sale of the team by Ted Turner to a group of business men. Bruce Levenson lead that group and became the majority stockholder of the group, which together owned both the team and their home venue: Phillips Arena. Somehow the Atlanta Thrashers hockey team also figured into the mix and the group kept their cold storage sport, until they sold the team in 2011. Mr. Levenson was a member of the NBA Board of Governors as well as working to help manage the Hawks.

Bruce Levenson is a savvy and quite accomplished businessman. He helped found TechTarget, advised private equity house BIA Digital Partners, got inducted into the Software and Information Industry Association’s Hall of Fame in 1997, and was on the Board of Directors of the Newsletter and Electronic Publishers Association (NEPA).

He has helped indigent students trying to achieve a better education through his Washington D.C. chapter of I Have A Dream Foundation. More recently his philanthropy has been seen active in several organizations, such as the Hoop Dreams Foundation and the Community Foundation of Washington, D.C.

He was raised in Chevy Chase, Maryland, as part of a Jewish family. He graduated from American University with a law degree. He attended college at night and by day he worked as a journalist for the Washington Star newspaper. In 1977 Bruce Levenson, along with with Ed Peskowitz, founded United Communications Group (UCG), which began with a single newsletter: Oil Express. This was an oil industry insider magazine. Over the years, UCG acquired other newsletters. And UCG created the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS), which is a private database. UCG has never gone public, and still operates in the areas of business analysis and news distribution with data for many sectors, including mortgage banking, energy production, healthcare, computer technology, telecoms, and many other industrial arenas. UCG produces the mobile application: GasBuddy.

So, he took it upon himself to help found the official U.S. Holocaust Museum and he fully funds the Bringing the Lessons Home program at the museum. The program teaches students from the inner city about the Holocaust, preparing any who are interested to become tour guides. Besides all this, Mr. Levenson also supports Birthright Israel, BBYO – for young Jewish-Americans, the Jewish Federation, and the Jewish Youth Philanthropy Institute.

Derrick Rose Continues Excellence, but Not Enough.

Derrick Rose is the kind of player that makes you just shake your head and think that the world isn’t fair. The man is so good at what he does that he makes it look easy. And when he makes physics defying mid-air moves during a basketball game it makes our lives look pretty dull as a resort. Battling through two years of major injuries and adversities Derrick Rose went from prodigal son to outcast fallen hero. Now it looks like the people of Chicago are back no his side, and for good reason.

Despite being matched up with a Cavaliers team that is missing one of its best players, the Bulls were not expected to compete. The thinking was that LeBron James and Kyrie Irving would simply be too much, just like Dwyane Wade and LeBron James a few years prior. The thinking continued to explain that Derrick Rose just wasn’t the player he used to be, not anymore.

Derrick Rose has already racked up a heavenly buzzer beating three point shot in this series against the Cavaliers, but it might overshadow how effective he has been everywhere else on the court. Coming back from his third knee surgery Rose is averaging 25 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds.