IT’s an ultimate Throwback Thursday for Spin.ph, as two years ago on this day Manny Pacquiao arrived in Las Vegas for the fight against Timothy Bradley for the World Boxing Organization welterweight belt.
Spin.ph was then just in its infancy and associate editor and resident boxing writer Gerry Ramos was already in the US to cover the bout, feeding home fans up-to-the-minute news about the 'Pacman's' preparations at the Wildcard Gym in Hollywood, the trip to Las Vegas, and even pre-fight rituals.
Sadly days later on June 10 Manila time, we had to bring to local fight fans the stunning news that Pacquiao was outpointed by Bradley after 12 tight rounds of boxing, the Filipino prizefighter’s fourth loss in his career.
Pacquiao would two years later exact revenge on Bradley, winning via unanimous decision also in Las Vegas.
Sixty-two years ago, the US saw on June 5 the very first nationally-televised sporting event: a heavyweight title fight between Ezzard Charles and Jersey Joe Walcott.
Walcott won the 1952 match in 15 rounds to become the new heavyweight boxing champion and was then the oldest person to hold the title belt at 37 years old. That honor then would go to George Foreman as he won 42 years from then.
June 5 in 1977 also marked the end of the 31st NBA Finals, with the Portland Trailblazers, in their first appearance in the playoffs, beating out the Philadelphia 76ers on their home turf 4-2.
Two years before the 31st finals, Zydrunas Ilgauskas was born in Lithuania and would rise to play for the Cavaliers and the Heat retiring in 2010.
“Sugar” Shane Mosley officially hung up his gloves and announced his permanent retirement a month after bowing to junior middleweight champ Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez. Mosley had a ring record of 46-8-1. With Jared Vince Fortes