The Houston Fire Department Recommends Safety Tips for Memorial Day Weekend Activities

May 24, 2019
The Houston Fire Department Recommends Safety Tips for Memorial Day Weekend Activities
As we remember those who have died in our Nation’s service, this Memorial Day Weekend, the Houston Fire Department urges citizens to follow some simple safety tips.

Barbecue Grill Safety Tips

◾Portable barbecue pits, charcoal grills and other open-flame cooking devices outside of a building should not be operated on combustible balconies or located within 10 feet of combustible walls or roofs or other combustible materials.

◾When igniting the barbecue charcoal, citizens should use a charcoal lighter, not gasoline. Gasoline can flash violently in and around the pit causing serious injuries to anyone in the area of the flash. A fire extinguisher or charged garden hose should be handy while the fire is burning. Check the pit frequently to insure that it is okay.

◾Hot ash and coals from barbecue pits and charcoal burners should be placed in a non-combustible container until cooled or thoroughly saturated with water, before being disposed of.
 
Heat Related Medical Emergencies

The Houston Fire Department reminds citizens about the importance of taking safety measures when outdoors to avoid heat-related medical emergencies, this also includes making sure caregivers “Look Before They Lock” for children left in vehicles. Also, remember that pets should never be left in a vehicle on a warm or hot day.

◾Before conducting outdoors activities and feeling thirsty, drink plenty of water and electrolyte-replacement beverages. Avoid beverages or food sources with caffeine, alcohol or large amounts of sugar because these can actually result in the loss of body fluid. Most popular sodas contain high levels of sugar and should be avoided when conducting strenuous activity. Avoid drinking alcohol the evening before conducting strenuous exercise as alcohol increases .

◾Conduct outdoor work or exercise in the early morning or evening when it is cooler. Individuals unaccustomed to working or exercising in a hot environment need to start slowly and gradually increase heat exposure over several weeks. Take frequent breaks in the shade or in an air-conditioned facility.

◾A wide-brimmed, loose-fitting hat that allows ventilation helps prevent sunburn and heat-related emergencies. A tight-fitting baseball cap is not the best choice when conducting strenuous outdoors activities. Sunscreen also helps protect injury from the sun’s rays and reduces the risk of sunburn.

◾Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing that permits the evaporation of perspiration. Do not leave children, senior citizens or pets unattended in a vehicle.
 
Pool and Water Safety

◾Active, focused, adult supervision is the most important safety measure to prevent a water-related tragedy involving a child. The vast majority of children who drown in pools do so in the backyards of their own homes or of relatives.

◾Never leave a child alone near water, always watch your children around swimming pools

◾Enroll children over the age of 3 in swimming lessons taught by qualified instructors. However, swimming lessons don’t make your child “drown proof.” Remember, flotation devices are not a substitute for supervision.

◾Use approved flotation devices

◾If your apartment has a pool, inspect the fence and gate. If the gate does not lock or you find any other defects with the fence, report it to the apartment management immediately.

◾Bring a cell phone to the pool in case of emergency

◾Standing water is the #1 cause of slips and falls around a pool. NO RUNNING on the pool deck!

◾Always have a first aid kit and emergency contacts handy

◾Watch for dangerous “TOOs”- Too Tired, Too Cold, Too Far from Safety, Too Much Sun, Too Much Strenuous Activity

◾Pay attention to local weather conditions and forecasts. If lightning and thunder are nearby, get out until the storm has passed.

Teach Children these safety tips:

◾Always swim with a buddy

◾Don’t dive into unknown bodies of water. Jump in feet first to avoid hitting your head on the shallow bottom.

◾Don’t push or jump on others in or around water

◾Swim in supervised areas only

◾Obey all rules and posted signs
 
HFD also recommends parents and guardians learn CPR. Seconds count if a person drowns and performing CPR quickly and correctly can save their life. For more information on local CPR classes, please contact the American Red Cross , your local hospitals or medical schools.
 
Additional safety tips may be found on the HFD website atwww.houstonfire.org
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Surge otra leyenda y tomamos ventaja en la Final

May 24, 2019

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA, 23 de Mayo.- El que pega primero, puede pegar dos veces, y esta noche los Tigres de la UANL y André-Pierre Gignac se llevan la ventaja de 1-0 al partido de vuelta de la Final del Clausura 2019.

El francés marcó a los 21 minutos y alcanzó en la historia a una leyenda como Tomás Boy, llegando a 104 goles en Tigres, mientras que en el cielo Carlos Miloc, Osvaldo batocletti y don Roberto Hernández Junior apoyaban a la Nación Amarilla.

                PRIMER TIEMPO

                 Nuestro equipo salió con la idea de tener la pelota y aprovechar la etiqueta del local, con control del balón, desdoble y pisando el área del rival, que su primera instancia era el contragolpe para intentar ofender.

                Eduardo Vargas era el primero en intentar tocar la puerta, con disparo a los ocho minutos que se iba por fuera del poste derecho.

                Más tarde, a los 18’, Luis Quiñones se metía por la derecha al área para mandar centro que nadie cerraba, pero ya Tigres estaba llegando con idea y con toda la intención de abrir el marcador lo más pronto posible.

                Y lo hacían a los 21 minutos, cuando Quiñones mandaba centro que el francés André-Pierre Gignac cerraba para enloquecer el Universitario, y de paso, empatar a Tomás Boy como el mejor anotador histórico de Tigres, con 104 goles.

                La ilusión de la séptima se abría, mientras en  el cielo nos observaban Osvaldo Batocletti, Carlos Miloc y hasta don Roberto Hernández Junior, para registrar 41 mil 618 asistentes a nuestro Estadio que lució repleto de color amarillo.

                Era una Final y no podía faltar la aparición de Nahuel Guzmán, quien a los 26’ se le anticipaba a un contrario para desarmarlo y quitarle lo que era el empate. Lo mismo hizo a los 32’, tapando el tiro y manteniendo el cero en su arco.

                Los nuestros hasta tenían la suerte de su lado, cuando a los 42’ Fernando navarro intentaba romper un balón en el área, pero lo estrellaba en el poste izquierdo, salvándose el León del segundo.

SEGUNDO TIEMPO

Para la parte complementaria comenzó a verse sólo a un equipo en el arranque, siendo Tigres el que presionaba y desdoblaba buscando el arco de Rodolfo Cotta.

A los 50’ nuevamente Quiñones mandaba centro por la derecha, encontrando a Gignac, quien conectaba de cabeza muy por encima del arco.

Más tarde el Patón contenía intento del rival en jugada de contragolpe y Vargas respondía con tiro desde fuera del área que la zaga tapaba.

Fue entonces que el Tuca opta por un cambio, al sacar al chileno Vargas para meter en su lugar a Enner Valencia, convocado a su selección ecuatoriana, y quien en sus primera dos intervenciones tocaba la puerta, pero sin lograr inquietar.

Más tarde era Gignac quien intentaba a aprovechar un error defensivo, se metía con marca, intentaba el recorte y sacaba tiro que estrellaba en un zaguero cuando la tribuna ahogaba su grito de gol.

Luego, por lesión, el Tuca tenía que meter a Jürgen Damm, para sustituir a Javier Aquino, quien lo frenaba un golpe en la pierna derecha.

Tigres insistiría en buscar el desdoble por las bandas, pero el rival se estaba acomodando mejor y cerraba los espacios, lo que complicaba la búsqueda del segundo.

Ángel Mena le metía peligro al arco de Nahuel, con disparo fuerte, que el Patón desviaba a córner. Luego entraba el Chino Zelarayán, por Quiñones, con la idea de tratar de recuperar la media cancha que ya no teníamos.

Todavía al final Valencia no pudo cerrar en el área un pase de Zelarayán y más tarde era Gignac el que lo intentaba, pero se esfumaba la opción.

                ALINEACIONES

TIGRES: 1 Nahuel Guzmán;  4 Hugo Ayala, 5 Rafael de Souza, 6 Jorge Torres Nilo, 9 Eduardo Vargas (13 Enner Valencia 59’), 10 André-Pierre Gignac, 19 Guido Pizarro, 20 Javier Aquino, 21 Francisco Meza, 26 Luis Quiñones y 28 Luis Rodríguez.

                DT: RICARDO FERRETTI

                LEÓN: 30 rodolfo Cota; 4 Felipe Mosquera, 5 Fernando Navarro, 6 William tesillo, 8 Joel Campbel, 10 Luis Montes, 12 José Rodríguez, 13 Ángel Mena, 16 David Meneses (11 Yairo Moreno 77’), 23 Ramiro González y 33 César Angulo.

                DT: IGNACIO AMBRIZ

GOLES

0-1   (21’) Luis Quiñones entra por derecha, manda centro y André-Pierre Gignac cierra para anotar.

AMONESTADOS

TIGRES: Francisco Meza (70’), Luis Quiñones (83’), Guido Pizarro (92’)

                LEÓN: William Tesillo (24’), Joel Campbel (87’), Fernando Navarro (90’)

                EXPULSADOS

                No hubo

                ÁRBITRO: Marco A. Ortiz

                JUEZ No.1: Alberto Morín

                JUEZ No. 2: Enrique I. Bustos

                CUARTO ÁRBITRO: Jorge A. Pére

CORTESIA: CLUB TIGRES

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.S. Soccer Unveils First Mobile App and New ussoccer.com

May 24, 2019

U.S. SOCCER UNVEILS NEW MOBILE APP AND WEBSITE AHEAD OF 
2019 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP AND CONCACAF GOLD CUP

App and Website Combine to Give Users Seamless, 
Engaging Experience Across Mobil, Desktop and U.S. Soccer Events; 

Insider Program Gives Fan Members Greater Control of Their 
U.S. Soccer Experiences and Exclusive Access to U.S. Soccer Players, Tickets and Content

CHICAGO (May 23, 2019) – U.S. Soccer unveiled its first fan-focused mobile app alongside a new website today, launching the new digital platforms that will work in concert to better serve and engage fans.

The unveiling is the first in a series of enhancements that will be made to U.S. Soccer’s digital presence as the Federation continues its commitment to making soccer the preeminent sport in the United States, using innovation, data and technology to provide the best possible engagement with fans. The new website and app were designed to launch in preparation for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France and the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup as well as the MNT’s first foray into the Concacaf Nation’s League this Fall.

To better connect fans to their favorite U.S. National Teams, U.S. Soccer worked with AKQA to develop the Federation’s new website and mobile app with a focus on providing a seamless physical and digital experience and deliver unique content that only U.S. Soccer can offer.

“Our aim is to continually elevate the fan experience, to deepen and create more consistent connections to the National Teams,” Ross Moses, U.S. Soccer Director of Analytics said. “With our partners at AKQA, we saw an opportunity to create cohesive, mobile-first experiences that expand our reach and simplify the essentials for attending and following our teams and events. At the same time, we wanted to cultivate that fandom with enhanced content and a personalized experience for our fans.”

THE OFFICIAL APP 
The new U.S. Soccer app gives fans an immersive matchday experience for both the USWNT and USMNT, providing the opportunity to explore exclusive content, follow match play via live stats and in an innovative event-tracking display. It also enhances the on-site experience by connecting U.S. Soccer Insiders to activity in and around the stadium and elsewhere.

One such example is the WNT Everywhere campaign, which is designed to increase the WNT players visibility by bringing artistic and digital experiences to cities throughout the country. “Recognizing that our teams play a limited number of matches in any given year, we wanted to expand the ability to experience our teams across the country providing unique content to our fans,” Kay Bradley, U.S. Soccer Brand Director said. Using object recognition technology in the app, fans will be able to align their mobile phone with one of the eye-catching murals and posters to unlock exclusive content about WNT players that will not be available anywhere else.

THE NEXT GENERATION USSOCCER.COM 
The new website offers a fresh appearance and responsive design that will deliver the entirety of the site’s content on mobile devices and desktops, while bringing the most relevant news and updates to the forefront.

Significant changes include a streamlined navigation, stats integration, robust content displays and enhanced search capabilities. There is a more in-depth focus on player profiles and the content provided to fans around National Team matches, with pre-, during and post-match information.

U.S. SOCCER INSIDERS 
U.S. Soccer Insiders is the enhanced loyalty program for USWNT and USMNT fans. As an Insider, fans will unlock exclusive perks like presale ticket access, full access to the mobile app, first look at starting XIs, and early invites to fan events. U.S. Soccer Insiders is free and fans can upgrade to enjoy even more benefits.

When fans sign up as an Insider, they’ll have control of their own profile via a dashboard on the official app and ussoccer.com that will facilitate personalized content and communications so that Insiders are getting the most relevant experience across digital and physical touchpoints with U.S. Soccer. The dashboard is also where Insiders can track all their CAPS from matches they attend – just like the players.

– ussoccer.com –

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SUGAR RAY LEONARD FOUNDATION’S 10 THANNUAL ‘BIG FIGHTERS, BIG CAUSE’

May 24, 2019

SUGAR RAY LEONARD FOUNDATION’S 10 THANNUAL ‘BIG FIGHTERS, BIG CAUSE’ CHARITY BOXING NIGHT PRESENTED BY B. RILEY FBR RAISES OVER $500,000 TO HELP TREAT TYPE 1 & 2 DIABETESACTION-PACKED EVENING FEATURED FOUR GOLDEN BOY FIGHTS, INCLUDING RAFAEL ‘EL ALIKIN’ GRAMAJO VS. RUDY GARCIA IN THE MAIN EVENTERIC TOZER HONORED WITH THE 2019 GOLDEN GLOVE AWARD

Photos/VideosPhoto Credit: Lina Baker/Under The Hand WrapsVideo Credit: Golden Boy

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 23, 2019) – For the tenth year, B. Riley FBR, Inc. presented the annual “Big Fighters, Big Cause”Charity Boxing Night on Wednesday, May 22 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. Actor and comedian Bill Bellamy hosted the exclusive star-studded event which featured first-class entertainment, a National Anthem performance by Pia Toscano, four action-packed live fights presented by Golden Boy and a live and silent auction display featuring iconic memorabilia and one-of-a-kind items and experiences.  The event raised over $500,000. Proceeds benefit the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation’s mission to fund life-changing research, care and awareness for pediatric type 1 and 2 diabetes, and to help children live healthier lives through diet and exercise.  Among the other celebrity guests in attendance, the Foundation welcomed Sugar Ray Leonard and Bernadette Leonard, Michael Buffer, Tommy Chong, Curtis Conway, Cindy Crawford, Tommy Davidson, Rande Gerber, Johnny Gill, Taraji P. Henson, Sophia Hutchins, LL Cool J, Caitlyn Jenner, Magic Johnson, Tina Knowles, Dolph Lundgren, Judge Mathis, Sergio Mora, Eddie Murphy, Terry Norris, Rodney Peete, Smokey Robinson, Holly Robinson Peete, Mia St. John, Chris Spencer, Eric Tozer, and Usher.  The live fights presented by Golden Boy featured super bantamweight Rudy Garcia (10-0, 1 KO) of Los Angeles defeating Rafael “El Alikin” Gramajo (10-2-2, 2 KOs) of Garden City, Kansas in the main event. “It’s an honor to fight on a card hosted by Sugar Ray Leonard and Oscar De La Hoya,” said Rudy Garcia. “I look up to these legends. I learned from them by studying videos of them, so it’s an honor.” Also on the card was Chris Ousley (10-0, 8 KOs) of Chicago, who beat Derion Chapman (3-4-1, 2 KOs) of Los Angeles via six-round unanimous decision in a super middleweight fight. Ousley won with three scores of 60-54. Brandyn Lynch (10-1, 8 KOs) of Los Angeles stopped Donnis Reed (3-3, 2 KOs) of San Diego, Calif. in the second round of a scheduled four-round middleweight fight. The time of the stoppage was 1:25 of the aforementioned round. Los Angeles native Amir Easley (2-0, 1 KO) closed the night by scoring a four-round unanimous decision against Ryan Edwards (1-1) of Long Beach, Calif. in a four-round heavyweight fight. The evening also honored athlete and diabetes ambassador, Eric Tozer, with the 2019 Golden Glove Award. The award acknowledged Tozer making history in becoming the first person with type 1 diabetes (T1D) to complete the World Marathon Challenge, running seven marathons on seven continents in seven consecutive days. Tozer was diagnosed with T1D in 2006 at the age of 22. Soon after his diagnosis, Tozer completed his first half Ironman and hasn’t stopped since. He co-founded the non-profit organization, Diabetes Sports Project, comprised of 100-plus T1D athletes around the globe demonstrating how, through proper diet, exercise, a positive outlook and effective blood glucose management, dreams can be achieved.  The 10thAnnual “Big Fighters, Big Cause” Charity Boxing Night was presented by B. Riley FBR, Inc., during its 20thAnnual Institutional Investor Conference, a two-day premier investment and networking event which brings together public and private companies with institutional investors, high-net worth individuals, and corporate clients, as well as select members of the press. Conference attendees also joined the Charity Boxing Night which hosted approximately 1,500 guests.  About Sugar Ray Leonard FoundationThe Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation was established in 2009 by boxing legend and six-time world champion Sugar Ray Leonard and his wife, Bernadette. The Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation is committed to funding research and care for pediatric type 1 and 2 diabetes and creates awareness for both diseases. The Foundation also strives to help children live healthier lives through diet and exercise. Type 1 diabetes strikes both children and adults at any age. It comes on suddenly, causes dependence on injected or pumped insulin for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications. Type 2 diabetes in children is on the rise, fueled largely by the obesity epidemic. Leonard draws from his personal experience and boxing career to provide inspiration for funding research to combat the disease. For more information, visit www.sugarrayleonardfdn.org, like and follow on twitter at @SugarRayLeonard and Facebook at www.facebook.com/SugarRayLeonard6

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Fire Chief Sam Pena Announces 5 New Ambulances

May 24, 2019
Fire Chief Sam Pena Announces Five New Ambulances Heading to Houston Fire Stations
HOUSTON –  Houston fire stations are set to receive 5 new Frazer built ambulances in the next few weeks.  Mayor Turner approved $900,000 in additional funds to purchase the ambulances.  The units will likely be housed at  Stations 12, 3, 24, 40 and 49. HFD has added 28 EMS units since July 2018. Mayor Turner has also approved funding for 5 additional EMS units.
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El Sorteo de La Liga Concacaf Scotiabank 2019 se Llevará a Cabo el 30 de Mayo

May 24, 2019


La ampliada competencia ahora incluirá la participación de los campeones de las ligas nacionales de Centroamérica y un representante de Canadá
Miami (jueves, 23 de mayo de 2019) – La Confederación de Norte, Centroamérica y el Caribe de Fútbol Asociación (Concacaf) anunció hoy el lugar, la fecha y los procedimientos para el sorteo oficial de la Liga Concacaf Scotiabank 2019. La tercera edición de la competencia, que ahora clasificará a seis clubes a la Liga de Campeones Concacaf Scotiabank comenzará el 30 de julio de 2019.

El sorteo oficial se llevará a cabo el jueves 30 de mayo de 2019 a las 8:00 p.m. ET, en vivo desde el hotel Grand Tikal Futura, en la Ciudad de Guatemala. Los entrenadores de los clubes participantes, así como invitados del mundo del fútbol internacional, estarán presentes en el evento. 

Los aficionados podrán seguir toda la acción a través de las redes de socios de la Confederación, que incluyen Univisión Deportes (Estados Unidos), Yahoo Sports (Estados Unidos), Fox Sports Latinoamérica (México y Centroamérica), TSN (Canadá), Flow Sports (Caribe) y otros socios locales. Para otros territorios, el evento estará disponible en Concacaf GO (sujeto a restricciones de territorio).

Los 18 clubes que ya están clasificados para la Liga Concacaf Scotiabank 2019 son (en orden alfabético por Asociación Miembro): Belmopán Bandits (BLZ), AD San Carlos (CRC), CS Herediano (CRC), Deportivo Saprissa (CRC), Alianza FC (SLV), CD Aguila (SLV), Santa Tecla FC (SLV), CD Guastatoya (GUA), Comunicaciones FC (GUA), AS Capoise (HAI), CD Marathón (HON), CD Olimpia (HON), FC Motagua (HON), Waterhouse FC (JAM), Managua FC (NCA), Real Estelí FC (NCA), Tauro FC (PAN) y SV Robinhood (SUR).

Más información sobre cómo los clubes clasifican para el torneo está disponible aquí.

Procedimientos del Sorteo
El sorteo, que será dirigido por el Jefe de Fútbol de Concacaf, Manolo Zubiria, utilizará un sistema de cuatro Bombos. Los Bombos 1 y 2 contendrán los nombres de los 12 clubes que participarán en la fase preliminar, mientras que los Bombos 3 y 4 contendrán los diez clubes que ya se han clasificado para los Octavos de Final y los seis ganadores de los seis partidos de la fase preliminar. 

Basado en el Índice de Clubes de Concacaf 2019, que posiciona a los clubes según el desempeño de su país en las últimas cinco ediciones de los campeonatos de clubes de Concacaf, los clubes serán distribuidos de la siguiente manera (en orden de ranking):

Bombo 1: Santa Tecla FC (SLV), Panamá 3 (por confirmar), CD Marathón (HON), AS Capoise (HAI), Guatemala 2 (por confirmar) y Deportivo Saprissa (CRC).

Bombo 2: Belmopán Bandits (BLZ), El Salvador 3 (por confirmar), Real Estelí FC (NCA), SV Robinhood (SUR), Comunicaciones FC (GUA) and Canadá 2 (por confirmar).

Bombo 3: Panamá 1 (por confirmar), CS Herediano (CRC), Panamá 2 (por confirmar), Honduras 1 (por confirmar), AD San Carlos (CRC), Honduras 2 (por confirmar), El Salvador 1 (por confirmar) y CD Guastatoya (GUA).

Bombo 4: Waterhouse FC (JAM), Managua FC (NCA), Ganador fase preliminar #1, Ganador fase preliminar # 2, Ganador fase preliminar # 3, Ganador fase preliminar # 4, Ganador fase preliminar # 5 y Ganador fase preliminar # 6

Mas información sobre el Índice de Clubes de Concacaf está disponible aquí.

El evento comenzará con el sorteo de la fase preliminar. Una vez que sea sorteado el primer club del Bombo 1, este será colocado en la posición A del emparejamiento 1. El proceso se replicará con los cinco clubes restantes en el Bombo 1, utilizando la posición A de los emparejamientos 2, 3, 4, 5 y 6 respectivamente. Se seguirá el mismo procedimiento para el Bombo 2, utilizando la posición B en los seis enfrentamientos. Según el reglamento de la competencia, los clubes de la misma Asociación Miembro no pueden enfrentarse entre sí en la fase preliminar y los clubes del Bombo 1 albergarán los partidos de vuelta.

Los Bombos 3 y 4 se sortearán usando el mismo mecanismo. Los clubes sorteados del Bombo 3 serán colocados en las posiciones A1 a la A8, de acuerdo con el orden en que se sorteen, mientras que el Bombo 4 usará las posiciones de la B1 a la B8.

Para los Octavos de Final, los clubes sorteados del Bombo 3 albergarán los partidos de vuelta, mientras que los ganadores de los Octavos de Final de los emparejamientos 1, 3, 5 y 7, albergarán los partidos de vuelta de los cuartos de final. Para las semifinales y la final, la llave inicial determinará los enfrentamientos. Además, los clubes se clasificarán según el procedimiento de desempate de la competencia para determinar quién será el anfitrión de los partidos de vuelta.

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CALEB “SWEETHANDS” PLANT

May 24, 2019

MANNY PACQUIAO VS. KEITH THURMAN & CALEB PLANT VS. MIKE LEE LOS ANGELES PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES & PHOTOS Pacquiao vs. Thurman Headlines Saturday, July 20 in a Premier Boxing Champions on FOX Sports Pay-Per-View Event from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT Plant vs. Lee FOX PBC Fight Night Main Event Precedes Pay-Per-View Also from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas at7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PTC

Photos from Sean Michael Ham/Mayweather Promotions

LOS ANGELES (May 22, 2019) – Eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao and unbeaten welterweight world champion Keith Thurman, plus unbeaten super middleweight champion Caleb Plant and unbeaten Mike Lee,squared-off for the second day in a row Wednesday, this time at a Los Angeles press conference as they previewed their respective showdowns taking place Saturday July 20 presented by Premier Boxing Champions and FOX Sports from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Pacquiao and Thurman will battle in a welterweight world title attraction that headlines a PBC on FOX Sports Pay-Per-View event beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Plant will make the first defense of his title against the unbeaten Lee in the main event of FOX PBC Fight Night and on FOX Deportes preceding the Pay-Per-View and beginning at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. Tickets for the event, which is promoted by MP Promotions, Mayweather Promotions and TGB Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased online through AXS.com, charge by phone at 866-740-7711 or in person at any MGM Resorts International box office. Plant vs. Lee is presented by TGB Promotions and Sweethands Promotions. Here is what the fighters had to say Wednesday from The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles: MANNY PACQUIAO “It’s easy for my opponents to talk before the fight, and I’m used to everything they say. But when we get to the ring, it changes, and it will change on July 20. “I chose Keith Thurman because he’s a great fighter, he’s undefeated and because we can give a good fight to the fans. I want to make the fans happy on that night and show that I can still go toe-to-toe with any opponent. “He said he’s young, but we’ll see who looks young in the ring on July 20. I’m going to let my fists say everything for me. “We will work hard in training camp like always for this fight. We’re not going to take Keith Thurman lightly or underestimate him. He’s a world champion. I’m thankful for what he’s been saying, because it’s giving me motivation to prove that at 40-years-old, I feel 29. “Keith Thurman is aggressive and throws a lot of punches. I’m hoping on July 20 he will follow through with what he says and fight toe-to-toe with me. “The fans need to watch this fight because it’s a once in a lifetime fight. It’s going to be a Fight of the Year and full of action from start to finish. I’m ready to get it on July 20. “Most of my opponents are bigger than me and I beat them all. When we get into the ring, it doesn’t matter. This has happened before and it will happen again against Thurman. “My experience will be very important for this fight. It’s going to be useful against an undefeated fighter. I’m going to give him the experience of losing for the first time. “I’m still having fun and enjoying the sport. I’m excited to go straight to the gym after this and start focusing on training for the fight.” KEITH THURMAN “It’s a blessing to be on this stage and have a fight of this magnitude. I’m an all-American fighter, an all-American champion and come July 20, I’m going to stay champion. “Manny is a world class fighter. He’s a gentleman inside and outside of the ring. I look forward to trading punches with a living legend. But one thing’s for sure, he’s not walking away with my title. “All Manny does is hop around in the ring. I’m not going to lose to a bunny rabbit. He’s not Tupac, but he does a little hip hop and he’s not going to stop until he gets dropped. “Manny is a world class fighter, not a world class boxer. I’m going to trip him up in the ring and he won’t know what direction to turn to. I know who I am as a fighter, and it will be proven come July 20. “I’m destroying the legend of Manny Pacquiao. His legacy ends on July 20 and mine begins. He’s an inspiration to many people throughout the world and everyone respects him, but I’m respectfully going to finish him. “This is a big fight as far as the stage goes, but it’s a big fight against a little guy. He’s a veteran and I’ve dismantled veterans in the past. I believe I would have destroyed Manny Pacquiao five years ago. I’ve always been ready for this fight. He’s never fought someone like me with this kind of lateral movement, speed and power. I’m coming for him. “I was in the gym four weeks ago starting some preparations. I wanted to get the ball rolling and use the momentum from my last training camp for this opportunity. Who better to showcase my skills and talent against than Manny Pacquiao? He chose me because it will be a guaranteed action fight. “I think this is one of the best Manny Pacquiao fights in a long time. I’m going to bring it. Pacquiao did not get reminded in his last fight what it feels like to be up against a real champion. I’m the youngest, fastest, hungriest fighter that he’s ever been in the ring with. July 20, it’s the ‘Keith Thurman show’.” CALEB PLANT “I never consider myself the A-side because my history says that I shouldn’t even be here. As beautiful as the belt is, it’s about more to me than that. It’s about legacy for me. I’ve been carrying myself as a world champion since the day I started this journey, so this is nothing new to me. “I’m the whole package. I have speed, I have footwork, I have power, I have the heart and the will to win. Until you find someone else who’s all that, I’m going to keep having my hand raised. “Where I’m from, there’s confrontation every day. This is nothing new to me. There are times I was told that I wouldn’t make it. Nobody paved the way for me like I’m from New York or Los Angeles. I paved my own way. “Mike Lee is in uncharted territory. I’m curious on how he plans on beating me. Does he plan on roughing me up and trying to knock me out like my last opponent? Can he do that better than Jose Uzcategui? Is he going to try to outbox me with his hand and foot speed? Because there’s no person from 160 to 175 who could do that. “I’ve been committed to the same thing for the last 18 years straight. Rain, sleet or snow, I stayed committed. I’m bred for this. I was created for this. It’s the only thing I’ve done my whole life. On July 20, I’ll be keeping the thing that I’ve worked my whole entire life for. “At every decision that has to be made, you can go left or you can go right. From the genesis of my being, every time it was the moment to make a tough decision, I went the same way. Because I do not bend or fold for anything. No matter what’s tossed my way, this journey must go on for me. He said he has nothing to lose, but I have everything to lose. “All the motivational videos that he watches and books that he reads, I’m the very essence and meaning of that. I’m the pinnacle of all those things he’s studied. You can’t learn mental fortitude in a book. Those things are earned, they’re not learned.” MIKE LEE “This is a dream come true for me. I’ve been through so much and there were days where I thought my dream was over. I’ve chased this since I was eight-years-old and I’m thankful for this chance to go after a dream that others thought I couldn’t reach. “The beauty of this sport is that it’s only me and Caleb in there. Everyone else can only talk. I’ve been in the ring through adversity and stuck it out, because that’s the kind of person I am. I know that if I come on July 20 as the best Mike Lee possible, that I can win. “I’ve been in the gym working every day. Doctors told me at one point that I wouldn’t fight again, but I’m still standing right here. I pushed through my pain to get here. “I’m excited to be here in Los Angles, where we hold training camp. I’m bringing the belt back to Chicago, but Los Angeles is a second home to me. “Today is the culmination of years of sacrifice, hard work and discipline. I’m undefeated for a reason but I feel people underestimate me and I like that. I’ve been underestimated my whole career. I’ve thrived off people say I couldn’t do it. “I respect Caleb Plant. He’s the champion for a reason and I respect any fighter who can step into that ring. You have to be a different kind of animal to do that in front of all those people, and I am that animal. “I’m coming with power, strength, speed and I’m going to give it everything I have. I’m going to become the new IBF Super Middleweight World Champion.” RICHARD STURM, President of Las Vegas Live Entertainment & Sports “I’d like to welcome back Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman, two of the world’s best fighters, back to Las Vegas and MGM Grand. Manny returns to the ring at MGM Grand following his convincing win in January while Keith will fight in Las Vegas for the first time in four years, looking to remain undefeated. “We’re truly excited to be hosting this sensational event at MGM Grand and we look forward to seeing everybody in July.” BILL WANGER, Executive Vice President of Programming, Research & Content Strategy for FOX Sports “Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman is a living legend, versus a legend in the making. We’re excited to deliver an unprecedented night of boxing on July 20 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “Manny is one of boxing’s biggest stars. Keith Thurman is an undefeated world champion and a huge ratings draw. We’re excited to bring viewers inside the ropes and up close to the action on fight night, and produce extensive behind the scenes preview programming that will air across the FOX networks. “FOX Sports is thrilled to have a battle on July 20 with such a compelling storyline to kick off a great night of championship boxing with the IBF champion Caleb Plant against the undefeated Mike Lee. “In January, Caleb Plant headlined the most-watched boxing event ever on FS1. Now he’s fighting on the FOX network for the first time as the main event. At FOX Sports, big events that capture America’s attention are in our DNA. This fight certainly fits that bill. “Our goal with the PBC deal is to build these fighters into household names, and we’re well on our way. We expect a great show on July 20 in Las Vegas.

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