Following his TKO loss to Floyd Mayweather, Jr. over the weekend, UFC champion Conor McGregor called out his bitter rival Nate Diaz and challenged him to a fight inside the octagon. But as the champion, McGregor first set some terms before he agrees to face Diaz.
“I faced him at 170, he beat me. Then I rematched him at 170, I beat him. Now I’m the 155 pound world champion. If he wants that fight he must come down. That’s a fair trade,” he said.
Meanwhile, here are other sports headlines for today:
Durant disses Under Armour
NBA superstar Kevin Durant couldn’t help himself from telling the truth at the expense of the brand endorsed by his teammate and fellow superstar Steph Curry. Apparently, Durant was keeping it real when he took a shot at Under Armour that made the company’s stock prices fall by 3 percent.
“Shoe companies have really, really big influence on where some of these kids go. Nobody wants to play in Under Armours, I’m sorry. Like the top kids, cause they all play in Nike. Everybody knows that, they just don’t want to say nothing,” he said.
The blockbuster trade between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics is still on hold due to Isaiah Thomas’ hip injury. But Thomas told ESPN that his injury was nothing serious. “I am not damaged. I'll be back, and I'll be the same player,” he said.
So far, the Cavaliers are trying their hand at getting a little more out of the trade for All-Star guard Kyrie Irving.
Pacquiao launches new basketball league
Pinoy boxing icon and Senator Manny Pacquiao has officially launched the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) this week. Pacquiao, who founded the MPBL says the league will provide a platform for more players to showcase their talents, Spin.ph reports.
“Ito ang paboritong laro nating mga Pilipino. Maliit ka man o malaki pwede kang maglaro... This league will provide more opportunities for aspiring players out there to make it big in basketball,” he said.
The MPBL will kick off its debut season with initially 12 teams from various local government units starting on September 23.