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Klitschko decides against running for Ukraine president

Ukraine's boxer turned opposition leader Vitali Klitschko said on Saturday he had decided against contesting snap presidential elections in May and would instead back the candidacy of businessman Petro Poroshenko. "We have to nominate a single candidate representing the democratic forces," Klitschko told a congress of his UDAR (Punch) party. "This has to be a candidate who enjoys the strongest public support. Today, this candidate in my opinion is Petro Poroshenko." zak/yad

In the Philippines, an aggressive tax collector takes aim at the famous, and gets results

MANILA, Philippines - The sharp-shooting bureaucrat in charge of getting Filipinos to pay their fair share of taxes couldn't have chosen a higher profile target: Manny Pacquiao, the world champion boxer and hero to millions. The pursuit of the boxer and congressman made a striking statement that no one was above the law, but it wasn't universally popular. One of Pacquiao's fellow congressmen proposed legislation to give him a lifetime tax exemption because his sporting feats had inspired the country.

In the Philippines, an aggressive tax collector takes aim at the famous, and gets results

MANILA, Philippines - The petite sharp-shooting bureaucrat in charge of getting Filipinos to pay their fair share of taxes couldn't have chosen a higher profile target: Manny Pacquiao, the world champion boxer and hero to millions. The pursuit of the boxer and congressman made a striking statement that no one was above the law, but it wasn't universally popular. One of Pacquiao's fellow congressmen proposed legislation to give him a lifetime tax exemption because his sporting feats had inspired the country.

Boxing: Pacquiao more motivated after Bradley's taunts

Manny Pacquiao is taking extra motivation from taunts by unbeaten Tim Bradley that the Filipino boxing icon has lost the hunger and killer instinct he once displayed with great passion. "The more he says that, the more he inspires me to show the hunger and killer instinct he's talking about," Pacquiao said Tuesday. "It's good for me but not for him I think." Pacquiao, 55-5 with two drawn and 38 knockouts, will fight Bradley, 31-0 with 12 knockouts, for the American's World Boxing Organization welterweight title in Las Vegas on April 12.

Boxing: Khan to fight Collazo on Mayweather undercard

England's Amir Khan, unhappy with Floyd Mayweather after being snubbed for a May 3 fight with the unbeaten US star, said Monday he will fight on the Mayweather undercard. Khan will face US southpaw Luis Collazo ahead of Mayweather's match-up with Argentina's Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas. The fight will be Khan's first moving up into the welterweight category and will in some ways be an audition for a big-money fight against Mayweather.

Boxing: Khan to fight Collazo on Mayweather undercard

England's Amir Khan, unhappy with Floyd Mayweather after being snubbed for a May 3 fight with the unbeaten US star, said Monday he will fight on the Mayweather undercard. Khan will face US southpaw Luis Collazo ahead of Mayweather's match-up with Argentina's Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas. The fight will be Khan's first moving up into the welterweight category and will in some ways be an audition for a big-money fight against Mayweather.

Boxing: Japan's Kameda gives up IBF title

Japanese boxer Daiki Kameda said Wednesday he was giving up the International Boxing Federation super-flyweight title which he had retained despite controversy. "I intend to give up the IBF (champion) belt," the 25-year-old fighter told reporters at Tokyo's Narita airport before leaving for a two-month training camp in the US state of Florida. "There are many strong boxers in Miami. I want to engage in boxing from scratch again."

Boxing: World champion Abraham to face Sjekloca

Germany's world super-middleweight champion Arthur Abraham will defend his recently won WBO title against Nikola Sjekloca of Montenegro on May 3 in Berlin, it was announced on Tuesday. The 34-year-old defeated compatriot Robert Stieglitz on a split decision at the start of the month to win back the title he lost to the same opponent in March 2013. "Finally, I have the WBO belt back around my waist and I don't plan on giving it up anytime soon," said Abraham. "I gave so much blood, sweat and tears for my last fight and it made me a world champion again.

Boxing: Pacquiao could get fifth fight with Marquez

Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and Mexican star Juan Manuel Marquez would fight each other for a fifth time if both men win their next fight, promoters said. Top Rank announced that the winner of a May 17 bout between Marquez and Mike Alvarado would be the mandatory title challenger for the winner of next month's World Boxing Organization welterweight title bout between Pacquiao and undefeated American Timothy Bradley.

Boxing: Home from home as Garcia defends crown against Herrera

Undefeated Danny Garcia defends his two light welterweight world titles on Saturday against fellow American Mauricio Herrera in a return to his family's homeland of Puerto Rico. Garcia risks the World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council crowns against a 33-year-old Californian in his first world title bout. "I'm not coming here to lose my title," Garcia said. "I'm going to come and defend like always. I'm going to win for my people in Puerto Rico.
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