Pacquiao too exciting for some

GARY LOEWEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:20 AM ET

Boxing isn't for the faint of heart.

And we're not talking about the combatants.

News reports out of the Philippines say that four of Manny Pacquiao's fans died of heart attacks while watching their national hero's victorious welterweight bout on the weekend.

The fans, ages 59 to 70, in four different Philippines locales, dropped dead while watching on TV as the exciting Pacquiao pounded on Miguel Cotto.

Three other Pacquiao fans suffered cardiac arrest or stroke but survived.

In related news, Maple Leafs fans continue to be remarkably healthy.

Mayweather next

Pacquiao, who has won titles at seven different weight classes, could face undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. next.

Already, it is being touted as one of the biggest bouts in history ... that it could take place next May at Yankee Stadium.

“That’s a fight the world wants to see,” Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, said.

Move over, Bronx Bombers.

Much ado

There is much derision being directed at two football icons,

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, and Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams, for their erratic behaviour on Sunday.

Belichick proved he isn’t infallible, as his fourth-down gamble with 2:08 to play backfired and led to a loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Belichick faced widespread criticism for not punting, yet a New York Times blog, The Fifth Down, suggests that the odds of the Pats winning the game were better by going for it on fourth down at that point. The statistical research is based on ZEUS, a popular NFL computer simulation program.

So, maybe Belichick is still a genius after all.

Give him credit for not taking the safe, predictable route.

Then there’s Adams, the feisty 86-year-old owner of the Titans.

Bud gave Buffalo Bills and/or theirs fans the Tennessee Two-Flip — extending both his middle fingers toward them from his private box.

Adams has apologized, and has been fined $250,000 for an obscene gesture.

Adams is expected to appeal the fine, saying his gesture was no more obscene than the Bills offence.

Division addition

With the B.C. Lions winning the East semi-final in Hamilton to capture a spot in the East final in Montreal, perhaps it really is time for CFL realignment.

How about an eight-team North Division?

Purple People Eaters, Pt. 2

With the game between Minnesota and Detroit becoming one-sided Sunday, Fox Sports broadcasters began touting a website poll to pick a name for the Vikings front four.

The leader, with 34% of the vote, is The Four Norsemen. Also-rans include Three Men and a Mullet, The Maul of America, and Two Fast and Two Fat.

gary.loewen@sunmedia.ca


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