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‘Money Man’ Mayweather eyes one last payday

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He is back, and this time Floyd Mayweather Jr. is boxing for a shot at the history books.

The larger-than-life boxer — known as “The Money Man” — is hoping to match Rocky Marciano’s haloed mark of 48-0 when he takes on former welterweight champion Andre Berto (30-3, 22 knockouts) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on September 12.

Coming off the biggest payday in boxing history following his $440 million pay-per-view generating match against Manny Pacquiao in May, Mayweather defended criticism of being a boring fighter and cruising to the finish line of his career by picking an easy opponent.

“Berto is a very, very tough guy, hungry and I know he is not going to lay down,” said Mayweather at the press conference announcing the fight Thursday.

“I chose Berto because he is very exciting. Then I looked and then said, well I have been getting backlash, he’s been getting backlash,” added the 38-year-old Mayweather, who insists this will be his final bout, although some have their doubts.

“No one is forced to buy the fight. I appreciate it, but no one is forced to buy the fight.”

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Ondo guber: Taye Adeuti emerges Labour Party candidate

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Mr Taye Adeuti has emerged as governorship candidate of the Labour Party (LP) for the Nov. 26 governorship election in Ondo State. (more…)

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Labour Minister, Chris Ngige, booed in Enugu over Buhari’s ‘lopsided appointments’

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The people from the South-East region on Monday, in Enugu, booed the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, after he tried to defend appointments so far made by President Muhammadu Buhari. (more…)

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Militancy won’t stop us from developing Niger Delta – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said the renewed violence in the Niger Delta would not stop his administration from engaging with interest groups from the region in finding solutions to the challenges facing the area.

Buhari spoke during the breaking of Ramadan fast with members of the diplomatic corps at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

“No amount of militancy shall distract us from engaging with the region,” the President told his guests.

While regretting the renewed militancy, Buhari assured his guests that his administration was doing everything possible to address their concerns.
He identified some of the critical areas receiving his government’s attention to include the issue of unemployment, poor infrastructure and ecological problems.
Buhari again called on the international community to assist his government repatriate looted funds stashed in their countries.

This, he added, would also assist his administration to successfully prosecute the looters.

The President also said that the Federal Government was not relenting in its efforts to ensure the release of the over 200 schoolgirls abducted in their school in Chibok, Borno States in 2014.

He said, “I assure you that we will remain firm in our determination to completely eliminate the terrorist group and shall continue to count on the support of the international community as clearly demonstrated during the recently held Regional Security Summit.
“We are not letting off our efforts to secure the release of the remaining Chibok schoolgirls.

“We are living daily with the pains of the forcible abduction of these schoolgirls.
The Dean of the Diplomatic Corps who is also the High Commissioner of Cameroon to Nigeria, Salaheddine Abbas Ibrahima, thanked the President for hosting the diplomatic corps, the second time in the year.

He pledged his support and that of his colleagues to Nigeria.
He said, “We wish for eternal peace for Nigeria and may your efforts in the shortest time bring prosperity to our people.
“Be reassured that the international community will continue to provide the necessary support.”

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