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Joaquin Henson  Sports journalist, microfinance practitioner, music aficionado

Visiting the basketball Hall of Fame and stadium at the Michigan State campus ... incredible life-size statue of coach Tom Izzo ... posing in front of Magic Johnson’s monument ... walking through the Spartans trophy room that features 2 NCAA championships ... tribute to Michigan State players who went to the NBA including former PBA import Darryl Johnson ... other Michigan State alums who played in the PBA were Ken Redfield and Antonio Smith ... incredible display of Michigan State’s basketball history with lots of videos on giant screens, artefacts and tributes ... among the Michigan State stars were Magic, Draymond Green, Shannon Brown, Scott Skiles, Steve Smith and Greg Kelser ... amazing achievements! Go Green! @michiganstateu #GoGreenAndWhite #NCAABasketball

This Malaysian fan named Aloysius came all the way from Sabah to watch his look-alike win the WBA welterweight championship from Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur last Sunday ... Aloysius, 44, said he’s been a Manny Pacquiao fan since 2009 and he started to fix himself up to resemble his idol two years ago ... he waited outside the Axiata Arena for a close-up encounter with Manny after the fight ... he’s the Malaysian version of Manny Paksiw @mannypacquiao #pacquiaoxmatthysse

President Duterte, Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahatir Mohamad, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and Secretary presidential adviser Bong Go with WBA welterweight champ Manny Pacquiao and his wife Jinkee in Kuala Lumpur! (Below left) Manny at the post-fight press conference with Senate President Tito Sotto, ALV International CEO Arnold Vegafria and head trainer Buboy Fernandez ... (top left) with the new champ and (top right) the WBA championship belt! @mannypacquiao #pacquiaoxmatthysse

Manny Pacquiao is the new WBA welterweight champion! Referee Kenny Bayless stopped the fight after defending titlist Lucas Matthysse spat out his mouthpiece and quit on one knee (top right) ... head trainer Buboy Fernandez celebrates with Gen. Bato de la Rosa (right column) ... in a post-fight press conference, Manny is with Senate President Tito Sotto and ALV International CEO Arnold Vegafria ... congrats Sen. Manny for always making all Filipinos proud to be Filipino! @mannypacquiao #pacquiaoxmatthysse

All set to do TV with Mark Zambrano and Mike Ochosa in Kuala Lumpur ... we’re ready and so are the round girls from Brazil, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Malaysia @mannypacquiao #pacquiaoxmatthysse

Manny Pacquiao (top left) ready to hit the sack at 830 tonight as he’ll be up early for his fight against WBA welterweight champ Lucas Matthysse at 11 tomorrow morning Sunday ... (top right) paintings of Manny by artist Jun Aquino will be sold outside the Axiata Arena ... (below left) with Mommy Dionisia ... (below middle) Manny’s presidential suite at Le Meridien Hotel in KL ... (below right) in the elevator after visiting in Manny’s suite are Isabela Vice Governor Tonypet Albano, Annabelle Rama, Ever Bilena CEO Dioceldo Sy, Court of Appeals Justice Nick Acosta and companions @mannypacquiao #pacquiaoxmatthysse

Manny Pacquiao autographed this magazine in his Presidential Suite in Kuala Lumpur tonight ... Manny said he’s excited to get back into the ring after a 1-year layoff ... President Duterte and top Philippine government officials will be at ringside to witness the biggest boxing event ever in Asia with 11 fights, 7 Filipinos, 8 unbeaten fighters, 98 scheduled rounds, 4 world title bouts and 13 countries represented in a United Nations bill ... it took Manny to make this happen! @mannypacquiao #pacquiaoxmatthysse

Scenes from the weigh-in at the Malaysian International Trade and Exhibition Centre in Kuala Lumpur this morning ... after tipping the scales at 146, Manny had lunch of tinolang manok, hard-boiled egg, fried fish, vegetables, beef, rice and bananas with Rep. Toby Tiangco, Gov. Chavit Singson, Rep. Bingbong Crisologo, Gen. Bato de la Rosa, Rep. Lito Atienza, Solicitor General Jose Calida and Mommy Dionisia ... (below) with international referee/judge Silvestre Abainza, Panamanian boxing writer Carlos Costa, head Dong Secuya and Manny’s cutman Dr. Ed de la Vega @mannypacquiao #pacquiaoxmatthysse

(Top left) arriving in Kuala Lumpur with former world champion and now TV commentator Chris Algieri who once lost to Manny Pacquiao on points in Macau ... (below right) Manny is a picture of confidence beside his fight poster ... other pictures show Manny staying sharp in the gym this afternoon ... Algieri said Manny should win by a late stoppage or an easy decision but should be careful because WBA welter champ Lucas Matthysse is a dangerous opponent with power in either hand @mannypacquiao #pacquiaoxmatthysse

With referee Kenny Bayless and his wife Lenora and dear friend referee Bruce McTavish at the 5th floor open buffet in Le Meridien Hotel in Kuala Lumpur ... Bayless will work Manny Pacquiao’s fight against WBA welterweight champ Lucas Matthysse in KL on Sunday morning @mannypacquiao #pacquiaoxmatthysse

After nearly 48 hours of travel, cancelled flights and missing luggage from our family vacation in calgary, I finally made it to Kuala Lumpur and greeted Sen. Manny Pacquiao in the 34th floor presidential suite of Le Meridien Hotel! Manny takes on WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse of Argentina on Sunday morning, Manila time! Watch our coverage! @mannypacquiao #pacquiaoxmatthysse

Here are 9 possible replacements in case FIBA suspends the 9 Gilas players who were ejected in the recent Australia brawl—-Raymond Almazan for Japeth Aguilar, Christian Standhardinger for Andray Blatche, J. D. Dillinger for Carl Bryan Cruz, Scottie Thompson for RR Pogoy, Vic Manuel for Calvin Abueva, Arwind Santos for Troy Rosario, Marcio Lassiter for Matthew Wright, Paul Lee for Terrence Romeo and LA Tenorio for Jayson Castro ... let’s hope FIBA appreciates the context within which the brawl erupted in deciding the sanctions @samahangbasketbolngpilipinas @pbaconnect @fiba #fibaasiawcqualifiers #PhilippinesAustraliaBrawl

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