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By: TC Martin

Many boxing observers had counted Manny Pacquiao out after his controversial loss to Jeff Horn in Australia over one year ago.  Pacquiao clearly won the fight but was a victim of inexperienced judges in a land down under.  He quieted some critics with his first fight since that nightmare by destroying Lucas Matthysse with a seventh round knockout last Saturday in Malaysia.

​The domination started early with the eight division champion winning every round while delivering three knockdowns in the process.  Some will question now if Matthysse was a quality opponent.  He was before the fight as his resume will show.  He was 39-4 with 36 KO and a three time Super Welterweight World Champion.

​Throwing out the Horn decision, Pacquiao has looked sharp and mostly dominant in his last four fights since his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2015.  But still there is a majority of people who feel he is washed up. They point to his age of 39 and the numerous wars he has been in during his 69 professional fights.   Another common argument is that since he is a Senator in his native homeland of the Philippines, he can’t be completely focused.

At some point and time, age will catch up with Pacquiao but for now you have to trust the eye test.  He is still quick, in shape and punches with amazing power for someone who has as much millage on his body.  He wants to continue to fight and now he has a title belt back around his waist.

Next up could be a defining moment in Pacquiao’s career. The talk is for him to face either Terence Crawford or Vasyl Lomachenko.  Depending on which list you subscribe to, those are the two best pound for pound fighters in the world.  Arguably, Pacquiao would have trouble with either of those young fighters but it would be enjoyable to see.   We probably will see it because he has never ducked any fighter in his illustrious career.  That is why he will go down as one of the best ever; but that conversation will have to wait because he’s done just yet.

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Hear former Runnin’ Rebels Christian Wood and Brandon McCoy discuss their journey with TC Martin.  In a 3 year span, both decided to leave UNLV early with hopes of getting drafted by an NBA team.   Their stories are similar with high hopes while in college, and are now joined together as undrafted free agents trying to latch on with the Milwaukee Bucks.

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The Las Vegas native and Bishop Gorman alum quit the NFL after seven years and 7174 rushing.

Murray was a three-time Pro Bowler and the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2014 with 2261 yards from scrimmage.

Davis talked about the devaluing of the running back position, and the wisdom of Murray getting out too soon vs. too late.

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On Friday, July 13, it was announced that goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury signed a three-year extension worth $21 million with the Vegas Golden Knights.

Fleury spoke about extending the contract now, rather than in-season. “I’ve been given this fortune in my career, and not have to wait to July 1, I think it’s always something that I wanted, and I like to do, so when the season starts you aren’t thinking about the rumors of where you are going to be traded to.”

He continued, “I have been through that already. That security to be here with the Golden Knights for a long time was big for me.”

Last season, Fleury was 29-13-4 and had a career-best 2.24 goals-against average. He also had a .927 save percentage.

The 33-year-old spoke about how he’s playing his best statistically. “I know I don’t have the body of a 22-year-old guy, but I think I have had the chance to gain a lot of experience throughout my career. Mentally, that’s a big part of the game and part of being a goalie. I think I have learned a lot and improved on aspects of my game. I think that’s made me a better goalie.”

He then revealed his thoughts when asked how it feels to be the face of the franchise. “I just wish I had a better face.” He laughed. “I don’t see myself as that. I am part of the team, part of a great team, part of a great bunch of guys. I’m just one more piece of the team, maybe I have been around longer than most guys and maybe seen a little more hockey. I try to do my best throughout the season and stuff. Bottom line, I’m just part of the team.”

Fleury then addressed being able to potentially finish his career in Vegas. “First and foremost, the fact that this organization has given me a chance to play and to play a lot of games. They believed in me. I love to do what I do. The success that we have had over the season, winning always makes everything better.”

“The fans and how much they supported us from day one. They were crazy all season long and the playoffs were a lot of fun to play in because you can feel the intensity in the building from the fans. My family loves it too, great schools, great neighborhoods and lots to do for the kids. I feel very fortunate.”

He concluded with a message to share to the fans. “It’s just “thank you.” Thank you for the support. I know a lot of people around the rink and also around town. Everybody’s been so kind to me and to my family. They’ve been so loud at the building. Every game it’s full, people are into it and cheering loudly for our team. It makes it a lot of fun to play those games. I think it’s the best building to play in around the league.”

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On Thursday, July 12, the Raiders Foundation made a $150,000 donation to Veterans Village Las Vegas. They also included an additional $25,000.

Raiders President Marc Badain presented the check which will help purchase container homes for veterans who have completed life counseling and career programs.

Veterans Village founder Arnold Stalk said, “The only way we are going to solve the homeless problem is by building houses.”

The donation was raised from the fundraiser at Topgolf Las Vegas, the Raiders Foundation’s Celebrity Swing, in May.

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The Hometown Hero joins Steve Cofield & Adam Hill to discuss his journey to the NBA. Cofield & Hill ask Troy what his hopes for the future are.

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Follow Troy Brown on Twitter by clicking here.

(Photo via/Washington Times)

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The legal inside joins Steve Cofield to explain the latest developments in the news about LeSean McCoy’s past. Watkins breaks down the allegations of domestic violence and how the league may respond.

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Follow Justin Watkins on Twitter by clicking here.

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Former Bishop Gorman standout Zach Collins has transitioned from that tall kid in high school to a remarkable one and done NBA first round draft pick.  Now in his second season with the Portland Trail Blazers, Collins capitalized on his fabulous NCAA Tournament run with Gonzaga that saw him his team play for a national championship in 2017.   He talks with TC Martin about his journey and his life in the NBA.

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The former VCU / current NBA shooting guard joins Steve Cofield & Adam Hill to talk NBA Summer League and free agency.

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Graham says of NBA Summer League, “Coming from a mid-major school a lot of people might not know me so when I get on the court, I have to show what I can do so I just feel like I just work a lot harder to prove that I belong.”

Graham weighs in on the Cavs, “They’ve got a real young team. They’ve got a lot of spots for a lot of people to show what they can do. I think that’s a great opportunity as well.”

Graham talks about his former team the Hornets recent acquisition of Tony Parker, “I love it. I was a Spurs fan growing up so I’ve been watching him since I was a little kid. It would have been great to play with him but I know he’s going to do great things there so I think it was a great move.”

Graham adds, “He’s one of the best point guards to ever play the game so for anybody to be able to play with him and learn from him  would be great. I know it’s going to be good for the young guys.”

Follow Treveon Graham on Twitter by clicking here.

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The former Nevada / current 76ers forward joins Steve Cofield & Adam Hill to share his experience with the Sixers organization and talk about the UNLV/UNR rivalry.

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Oliver talks about Coach Musselman and the future of the Nevada Wolfpack, “They’ve got it this year. They’ve got the twins, my guy Jordan Caroline- that dude is a beast, man.”

Oliver says of NBA Summer League, “I think Summer League is about showcasing your talent exactly what you’ve worked on over the summer so you’re able to do whatever possible to help your team win.”

Oliver weighs in on the UNLV/UNR rivalry, “It means everything. When it comes down to football, volleyball, soccer, we take it seriously. I learned that quick. I love Reno. I chose that college for a reason.”

Follow Cam Oliver on Twitter by clicking here.

(Photo via/Mountain West Connection)

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