Saturday, September 10, 2011

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Winehouse's dad says he thinks seizure killed her
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NEW YORK (AP) - Amy Winehouse's father said he believes she died after suffering a seizure related to alcohol detoxification and "there was nobody there to rescue her."

The soul diva, who had fought drug and alcohol problems for years, was found dead in bed at her London home on July 23. Her family said toxicology reports indicated there was alcohol in her bloodstream but it was unclear whether this had contributed to her death at age 27.

Mitch Winehouse said Friday during a taping of Anderson Cooper's new syndicated talk show that traces of the prescription drug Librium, which is used to fight anxiety and withdrawal symptoms of alcoholism, were found in her body.

"Everything Amy did, she did to excess," he said on the show, which is to air as Cooper's debut Monday. "She drank to excess and did detox to excess."

He said he regretted that his daughter — whose most famous song, "Rehab," has her answering "no, no, no" when told to go to rehab — was trying to kick her alcoholism without a doctor's help. He said "the periods of abstinence were becoming longer, and the periods of drinking were becoming shorter. It was heading in the right direction."

The singer, whose other hits include "Tears Dry on Their Own," had suffered seizures during this period and would lose consciousness. Her father admitted he was speculating that this happened on the morning she died and said he should find out more conclusively how she died when a full inquest into her death begins next month.

Years earlier, when Amy Winehouse was on harder drugs including heroin and cocaine, her father said, he would not have been surprised if she had died.

Mitch Winehouse, who is starting his own singing career, was in New York when his daughter's security guard called him in July. Hearing the distraught tone of the security guard's voice, the father said his first words were, "Is she dead?"

Amy Winehouse's breakthrough "Back to Black" album was recently certified as the best-selling disc in Britain so far during the 21st century. The updated take on old-time soul also was responsible for five Grammy Awards.

"When she wasn't drinking," her father said, "she was absolutely on top of the world."

He occasionally dabbed tears from his eyes as Cooper's show ran video clips of her. He said he was comforted by the outpouring of support from her fans. Her mother, Janis Winehouse, said she's had people approach her to thank her for having the singer.

Mitch Winehouse said he blamed the singer's ex-husband, a music industry hanger-on, for introducing her to hard drugs but did not blame him for her death. He said she had not taken drugs since December 2008.

Amy Winehouse's boyfriend at the time of her death, Reg Traviss, said they had spent a quiet evening looking at pictures and watching DVDs two days before she died. They were looking forward to attending a friend's wedding in a few days and were planning a trip to St. Lucia around her Sept. 14 birthday.

He said he struggled to find the right moments to talk to his girlfriend about her drinking without seeming as though he was nagging.

"She was a really clever girl," Traviss said. "She knew what she was doing. I would sometimes choose my moments when there was something that was needed to be said."

Winehouse's family has set up a foundation to raise money to help people beat alcohol and drug addiction. Her father met with British political leaders to seek backing for setting up a drug rehab center in her name.

The foundation officially starts operation next week, and her father indicated that was why he was coming forth to do interviews about her.

Cooper's program donated $50,000 to the foundation, although spokeswoman Laura Mandel said the donation was made after the interview was set up and the booking wasn't contingent upon giving the foundation money.

Amy Winehouse's stepmother and aunt also appeared on Cooper's show.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

A Repost From Agence France-Presse

No more Mr Nice Guy as Pacquiao girds for battle

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BACK TO BACK. Boxers Manny Pacquiao, left, and Juan Manuel Marquez pose for pictures during a news conference in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. The pair are promoting their upcoming WBO welterweight title fight on Nov. 12, 2011, in Las Vegas. AP Photo/Seth Wenig

LOS ANGELES — Manny Pacquiao says he is through making friends with opponents in the build up to his championship bouts and vows to take a hard-line approach in his next fight against Juan Manuel Marquez.

The 32-year-old Filipino boxing champion has decisively won his last. three fights but failed to score knockouts over Shane Mosley, Antonio Margarito and Joshua Clottey.

“If my opponent is nice and friendly to me then that carries over into the fight,” Pacquiao said Wednesday. “Then I am not eager to finish the fight.”

The Filipino southpaw has vowed not to go easy when he puts his World Boxing Organization welterweight title on the line against Mexico’s Marquez on November 12 in Las Vegas.
“Before Marquez was saying bad things about me. Now he is saying good things about me,” said Pacquiao (53-3, 2 draws, 38 KOs).

In a sport that thrives on hype to sell tickets, staredowns and angry exchanges are usually common when two fighters get together to promote the fight. But that’s not been the case with nice-guy Pacquiao.

Mosley and Clottey were able to disarm Pacquiao with plenty of compliments and talk of how grateful they were the champion was giving them an opportunity to fight for a title, not to mention millions of dollars.

Margarito mocked and insulted Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach but stayed away from firing verbal jabs aimed specifically at Pacquiao.

The 144-pound bout will mark the third time Pacquiao and Marquez have tangled.

Both previous fights were close with just one round.separating the two. The judges’ scored the first bout a draw and Pacquiao was awarded a split decision in the rematch. Marquez insists he won both fights.

“I am thinking how can I shut this guy’s mouth,” Pacquiao said at a news conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

One boxer “Pacman” Pacquiao says he would have no trouble getting motivated to knock out is undefeated American Floyd Mayweather.”If that fight happens it would be a fight like there is no tomorrow,” Pacquiao said with a wink.

Previous fight talks between the two broke down over how drug testing would be conducted. Mayweather angered Pacquiao by accusing him of taking performance-enhancing drugs.

“I haven’t taken any drugs in boxing,” Pacquiao said Wednesday. “I don’t even know what he (Mayweather) is talking about. I don’t know what testosterone is. I don’t have any idea what he is talking about. He doesn’t want to fight.”

The Marquez bout will be a change from Pacquiao’s previous fights where he moved up in weight class to fight bigger, stronger boxers.

Pacquiao says this time he will be in his comfort zone and isn’t afraid of getting hit by a smaller fighter.

“For this fight I don’t have to worry about weight and size,” Pacquiao said.

“I won’t have to worry so much about the punches that I am taking in the ring because bigger guys punch harder.”

Marquez is no shrinking violet. He captured his first world title in 2003 and has won belts in three different weight classes. He has recorded victories over Marco Antonio Barrera and Joel Casamayor but lost a 12-round decision to Mayweather in September 2009 in Las Vegas.

“This is the biggest fight for me because Pacquiao is the best pound-for-pound fighter,” Marquez said. “Clottey didn’t want to fight and Mosley was the same. But if Pacquiao wants to fight I will give him a fight.”

Pacquiao and Marquez have been on a whirlwind tour across the ocean to promote the fight. They were in New York on Tuesday and the Philippines before that where 100,000 people came out to cheer Filipino congressman Pacquiao.

The tour finishes in Mexico City Thursday where thousands of Marquez fans will get a chance to see their hero.

“The Philippines, New York and now here. I don’t even know what time it is,” said Marquez (53-5, 1 draw, 39 KOs).

Marquez is another in a long line of current and former Mexican champions Pacquiao has defeated in recent years. Pacquiao said he doesn’t have a scorched-earth policy against Mexican fighters but is just trying to find the best opponents out there.

“I am just doing my job in the ring. It is not my intention to fight all the Mexican fighters.”

Reposted From Agence France-Presse

Sunday, September 4, 2011

A Repost From Roy Luarca of Philippine Daily Inquirer

This time, Pacquiao going for decisive win against Marquez

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MANILA—Juan Manuel Marquez is ripe for the picking and Manny Pacquiao is looking forward to putting the Mexican away for good this time.

Pacquiao was animatedly rolling his fists, his eyes getting larger, as he vowed over dinner on Saturday at Harbor View Restaurant in Manila to shut the Mexican’s big mouth.

The pound-for-pound king, peeved by Marquez’s incessant claims that he won their first two bouts, which ended in a draw and split decision for Pacquiao, respectively, said his rival will get what’s due him when they tangle anew on November 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the Filipino’s World Boxing Organization welterweight crown.

Recalling their second bout in 2008, Pacquiao said he could have finished off Marquez after knocking him down with 19 seconds left in the third round but ran out of time.

Now used to fighting and dominating bigger opponents, Pacquiao is eager to face Marquez, who just turned 38, and see if the Mexican can withstand the barrage of punches that have rocked Joshua Clottey, Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito and Shane Mosley.

Pacquiao also refuted the claim of legendary Mexican trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain that Marquez will be able to handle him this time as the Filipino had become a technical fighter under the guidance of Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach.

The 68-year-old Beristain, who has nurtured 20 world champions, had said in earlier interviews that as a refined fighter now, Pacquiao’s moves and punches have become predictable and they would be easier for Marquez to solve.

Smirking, Pacquiao pointed out that he fights differently against each opponent.

“That’s difficult to read,” said Pacquiao in Filipino.

Reposted From Roy Luarca of Philippine Daily Inquirer


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