LAS VEGAS (AP):Manny Pacquiao says he’s thinking about fighting for his country in the Olympics this summer if the boxing competition is open to professional fighters.His promoter, though, thinks the idea of any pro fighting in Rio – much less the eight-time world champion – is a terrible idea.”The idea (that) you’ll allow professionals into the Olympics at this short notice is absolutely insane,” promoter Bob Arum said. “These people ought to have their heads examined.”The head of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) has proposed allowing pros in the Olympics, though it’s doubtful the plan would be implemented by Rio because qualification tournaments are either under way or have already been held for boxers in most countries.Pacquiao, who fights Timothy Bradley next week in his first bout since losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr last May, said the idea of boxing for a gold medal intrigues him.”I’m not saying I’m going to fight or saying I’m not,” Pacquiao said. “I’m not closing the door. I’m thinking about it.”Pacquiao is running for the Senate in his native Philippines, and a win in the elections next month could put an end to his boxing career as he concentrates on politics. But the possibility of fighting for his country in the Olympics could also be used to help him win votes in the campaign.No Filipino has ever won a gold medal in the Olympics, though boxers have won a total of five silver and bronze. A gold medal for Pacquiao would, if anything, cement his status forever as the country’s greatest sports hero.
The Turkish side now face a season without European football Turkish giants Galatasaray will serve a season-long ban from all forms of European competition after the club lost an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.UEFA had originally told the Istanbul club in March that they would be prohibited from competing in both the Champions League and the Europa League for one season if they qualified.Former Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski helped to secure a Turkish Cup victory in May, which would have normally allowed the club to compete in the Europa League. This led to Galatasaray appealing the sanction handed down to them.However, the CAS upheld the decision made by European football’s governing body and released a statement on Thursday afternoon.This is the second time in three seasons the 20-time Turkish champions have broken FFP regulations, and they have become the third Turkish side to serve a European ban for financial indiscretions after Bursaspor and Besiktas. 1