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Photo Credit: Chris Farina/Top Rank

PACQUIAO: 143.8 LBS

ALGIERI: 143.6 LBS

PREDICTION:  I got a chance to talk with Freddie Roach briefly before the weigh-in. He was confident that Pacquiao will end this fight by the third round with a left hand. I’m a bit more generous to the Long Island underdog (although I see the same ending). Algieri is rangy, but I’m certain Pacquiao’s combination of speed and power will shock him. I expect Manny to hurt him early but unlike Provodnikov, he won’t give Algieri time to fully recover and re-establish his offense. I see Algieri’s toughness getting him through an early knockdown but ultimately not being enough to see him to victory. PACQUIAO TKO5

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WBC flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez extended his KO streak to seven with an efficient and dominating sixth round stoppage over Rocky Fuentes earlier today in Tokyo.

Gonzalez was in cruise control and did whatever he pleased with the overmatched Fuentes. The champion’s deadly accuracy was featured anytime the two got in close quarters with Gonzalez punishing the Fuentes with sharp hooks and uppercuts. The constant bodily harm caught up to the challenger in the sixth when a right uppercut through the guard for a knockdown. Fuentes beat the count but was summarily beaten into a corner, prompting the ref to call the bout with seconds remaining in the round.

The win was Gonzalez’s first defense of the flyweight strap he won in September by defeating Akira Yaegashi (TKO9). Of Gonzalez’s last 11 fights dating back to 2012, only Juan Francisco Estrada has lasted the distance. Estrada now holds the WBA and WBO flyweight belts via 11th round TKO over Giovani Segura in September. Should he defeat Joebert Alvarez on December 6, Estrada is expected to seek revenge against Gonzalez in early 2015.

[Video] Beyonce – “7/11″

Posted: November 21, 2014 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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Attention fellas — this is what your woman and her homegirls get into when you’re not around. Beyonce has been full of surprises with her self-titled album and continues that trend by dropping a video for “7/11″ without warning. Now there are a few of us lucky guys that have a special lady with no inhibitions. We can count Jay among that group — why else would Bey be wearing kneepads?

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Watch the live weigh-in for the November 22 pay-per-view featuring Manny Pacquiao versus Chris Algieri. The card airs on HBO and will have a co-feature bout with Jessie Vargas facing Antonio DeMarco. The weigh-in link opens at 7 p.m. ET.

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If you’re still on the fence about whether DJ Premier  and Royce da 5’9′s album will deliver, their new video should erase all doubt. Using mostly archived footage from the duo’s early beginnings, Royce attacks the mic with witty lines on competing with younger emcees, and distrust of gold-diggers. The album drops on December 9 and can be pre-ordered HERE.

Ghostface Killah ft. AZ – “Double Cross”

Posted: November 20, 2014 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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Do we have a potential AZ and Ghostface album in the works?! A brief look over Ghost’s 36 Seasons (December 9) tracklist shows AZ making 5 appearances out of the project’s 14 songs. From the sound of this single, that idea needs to happen sooner rather than later. Until then, indulge in these two narrating a battle of wits between two street cats after a double cross.

36 Seasons’ track list with production credits:

  1. The Battlefield [GFK / Kool G Rap / AZ / Tre Williams]

Produced by Fizzy Womack and The Revelations

  1. Love Don’t Live Here No More [GFK / Kandace Springs]

Produced by Malik Abdul-Rahmaan and The Revelations

  1. Here I Go Again [GFK / AZ / Rell]

Produced by Fizzy Womack and The Revelations

  1. Loyalty [Kool G Rap / Nems]

Produced by The Revelations

  1. It’s A Thin Line Between Love And Hate [The Revelations]

Produced by The Revelations

  1. The Dog’s of War [GFK / Shawn Wigs / Kool G Rap]

Produced by The Revelations

  1. Emergency Procedure [GFK / Pharoahe Monch]

Produced by The Revelations

  1. Double Cross [GFK / AZ]

Produced by The Revelations

  1. Bamboo’s Lament [Kandace Springs]

Produced by Malik Abdul-Rahmaan and The Revelations

  1. Pieces of the Puzzle [GFK / AZ]

Produced by The Revelations

  1. Homicide [GFK / Nems / Shawn Wigs]

Produced by Malik Abdul-Rahmaan and The Revelations

  1. Blood in the Streets [GFK / AZ]

Produced by The 45 King and The Revelations

  1. Call My Name [GFK]

Produced by The Revelations

  1. I Love You For All Seasons [The Revelations]

Produced by The Revelations

Album Produced by The Revelations with Andrew Kelley, Daniel Schlett and Fizzy Womack

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Following yesterday’s final press conference, Chris Algieri hit the gym to complete his final media workout before facing Manny Pacquiao on Saturday (November 22). Algieri has promised to “control” Pacquiao, so you see the emphasis here on the jab, movement, and good, evasive defense. Pacquaio vs. Algieri will air on HBO pay-per-view.

Good to hear that Algieri keeps it real Hip-hop during his training.