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  • Life easy next to Messi, says Neymar
    Life easy next to Messi, says Neymar

    Brazilian star Neymar has given four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi the credit for his upturn in form during his second season with Barcelona. Neymar was set up twice by Messi to bag a double against Elche in a 6-0 rout on Saturday to take his tally for the season to 19 goals in just 24 games, four more than he managed in the entirety of his debut campaign in Spain. "Of all the players I have seen play, Messi is the best and I will always have enormous respect for him," the 22-year-old said on Monday. Neymar has yet to win a major trophy in Barca colours after the Catalan giants missed out last season for the first time in six years.

  • Pacquiao plans if Mayweather says no
    Pacquiao plans if Mayweather says no

    Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao has a plan in place if yet another bid to fight Floyd Mayweather fails -- a May 30 bout, possibly against England's Amir Khan. Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum told ESPN that a backup plan if a hoped-for May 2 blockbuster against unbeaten US star Mayweather falls through is a fight four weeks later in Las Vegas, New York, London or Abu Dhabi. "A lot of places around the world want to host a Manny Pacquiao fight," Arum said. Arum also told ESPN that Khan, a former welterweight champion, is the leading candidate, although Khan would also be a top contender to fight Mayweather if Pacquiao is not his choice.

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