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** Fight of the century live, 10am Phuket time this Sunday **

PHUKET: Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao weighed in for what has been labeled the ‘Fight of the Century’ on Friday, promising to deliver on the massive hype and give fans the excitement they deserve.

What had been a subdued buildup to the most anticipated fight in decades exploded to life when Pacquiao and then Mayweather entered the MGM Grand Garden Arena to thumping hip hop music and deafening cheers from a seething crowd of 11,500, some of whom had waited three hours for a glimpse of the two boxers.

Pacquiao, 57-5-2 (38 knockouts) looking relaxed and confident, weighed in one pound lighter than the undefeated Mayweather 47-0 (26 KOs), tipping the scales at 145 pounds for Saturday’s bout.

Their meeting is expected to be the biggest grossing prize fight of all-time. Even in Las Vegas, where fortunes are won and lost on the roll of the dice, Mayweather and Pacquiao have Sin City abuzz over the megafight this weekend that will generate millions and reshape the sport business landscape.

From US$100,000 ringside seats to $150 million paydays, Saturday’s long-awaited showdown (10am Sunday, Phuket time) between the greatest fighters of a generation is expected to be the richest fight of all-time and smash records in knockout fashion.

“It is precedent setting and it breaks every financial model known to man,” said Rick Horrow, sports lecturer at Harvard Law School. “The pay-per-view is $100, the tickets are almost unaffordable for even the millionaire fight fan.

“The numbers are almost unrealistic yet we have said that about a lot of things in global sports: television rights, $2 billion franchises, billion-dollar stadiums.

“So nothing surprises me anymore, but this in many ways is a watershed event for boxing and maybe the business of sport.”

Mayweather and Pacquiao will bank a ransom after the fight. Their night’s work is likely to land both men at the top of Forbes’ 2015 highest-paid athletes list.

The undefeated Mayweather (47-0) is guaranteed $120mn and Filipino Pacquiao (57-5-2) is assured $80mn, but could top those figures depending on pay-per-view (PPV) sales.

Showtime and HBO will jointly broadcast the bout, which is one of the most eagerly anticipated in boxing since the 1975 ‘Thrilla in Manila’ between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.

The current PPV record is 2.5mn buys for a 2007 fight between Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya, but Saturday’s bout should obliterate that mark with at least 3mn boxing fans expected to tune in.

“A lot of people over the last half dozen years have been saying, ‘Well MMA or UFC is taking over,'” famed ring announcer Michael Buffer said. “MMA, UFC, no doubt about it, are very successful and have a hard core and loyal group of fans… but they don’t have the scope or the worldwide appeal that boxing does.

“Boxing is huge in Russia and the eastern European countries. Asia, of course, with Pacquiao. Chinese fighters now have started to step up.

“When you have a billion people, if you just get 10 per cent of the population to watch a fight on television, you do the math.”

And the numbers are eye-popping. While sport fans have grown numb to multi-million soccer transfer fees and routine US$100mn player contracts, the figures surrounding Saturday’s fight have provided a jolt.

With Showtime and HBO predicting unprecedented pay-per-view numbers, ticket brokers have also been startled at the staggering prices on the re-sale market with some ringside seats on StubHub commanding $109,000.

The MGM Grand Garden Arena, which has a capacity of 16,800, will be packed with high rollers, A-listers, entertainment moguls and business tycoons, tickets out of reach for all but the rich and famous with only 500 offered for sale to the general public. Those 500 tickets were sold in less than 30 seconds after their release Thursday last week.

As usual, casinos up and down the Las Vegas Strip will flash the names of big-name headliners on their glitzy marquees, but for this weekend the hottest ticket in town once again belongs to boxing.

“The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight is an event that transcends not just boxing but sport in general,” said Peter Nelson, vice president of programming for HBO Sports.

“The quality of competition is what attracts fans. People want to see athletes at the top level of their sport in the toughest test imaginable.

“Greatness is more than talent, it’s seeking out moments of adversity and moments of reckoning and showing people what you can do in those moments.”

The fight will be broadcast live in Thailand from 10am on Channel 7.

— Steve Keating / Reuters

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Strong wind and waves this morning closes Phuket’s beaches, one swimmer rescued

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Phuket’s Rawai Mayor, Aroon Solos, ordered all beaches in the area to close after a foreigner was rescued this morning after being unable to make it back to shore. The foreigner was swimming off Ao Sane beach, just north of the popular Nai Harn Beach, when lifeguards were sent out to help bring him back to shore. The recent weather has been partly attributed to Tropical Storm Noul as other beaches areas around Patong have been closed since Friday.

Mayor Aroon ordered both the Nai Harn and Ya Nui beaches closed until further notice.

Noul crossed over the Vietnamese coastline in the early hours of Friday morning and tracked westwards into Laos, then Thailand’s north east, dragging in moisture from the Indian Ocean and intensifying the south-west monsoon.

The Chief of the Cherngtalay Tambon says that, once weather is more stable, the island’s beaches will reopen.

“All beaches in our area, Surin Beach, Bang Tao beach and other beaches, are closed today. We will reopen them when the weather improves.” Strong winds have contributed to falling trees and power outages across the island with one tree falling on the island’s main traffic artery, Thepkasattri Road, blocking traffic.

Officials are also warning road travellers to drive carefully after a car reportedly flipped over yesterday during wet conditions. The Thai Meteorological Department has also re-issued a weather warning today, saying that Noul has been now downgraded from a Category 3 tropical storm to a tropical depression.

The remnants of Noul currently sit over the Kancanaburi province after surging through Thailand’s north eastern and central provinces earlier today.

“Strong wind waves are likely in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. In the upper portion of both seas, the waves will be likely 2-4 meters high and more than 4 meters high in thundershowers. In the lower portion, the waves will be likely about 2 meters and in thundershower areas more than 3 meters high. All ships keep ashore through 20 September.”

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Phuket residents going hungry after local government assistance runs out

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Residents in Phuket, particularly those living in and around the west coast townships, are reportedly going hungry as the government’s municipal budget to provide food has been depleted. Despite efforts to revive tourism in the area, thousands of people are still in need of donated food to survive and continue to queue up for donated food every day. A public relations staff member at the Patong municipality says, sadly, there is no budget to do any more food handouts in the near future and that there is no word on when or if there will be any more handouts.

The Phuket Town Deputy Mayor told The Phuket News that there has only been 2 handouts since the pandemic struck the tourist-reliant area. One handout was in March while the last handout was in June with the mayor saying 28 million baht was spent in those 2 handouts. Meanwhile a number of foreign residents in the town have been providing supplies for food queues for many months to help the impoverished residents.

One Phuket expat says the majority of those affected in the Patong area are Burmese migrant workers, with long queues for private donations still being seen on the streets of Patong. Such private donations are a result of charity events that are being held across the island with the assistance of dedicated volunteers.

Like Thailand’s Mental Health Department, many are concerned about the impact that food insecurity is having on those struggling. According to the department, 2,551 people had killed themselves across Thailand in the first half of 2020, a 22 % increase, year on year. In response, the National Reform Committee on Labour was ordered on September 11 to issue an amnesty on all outstanding debts, while providing financial support anyone who remains unemployed on the island.

At a recent meeting, other requests were made that include the government giving incentives for more Thais to visit the island and to use social security funds and soft loans as support for local business owners. For now, the situation is grim as Phuket residents are resorting to relying on private charities for food donations.

Phuket’s vice governor Phichet saysd that Phuket has been badly affected by the Covid crises, and delivered 3 requests to the Senate Standing Committee on Tourism… to extend the financial support by the Social Security Office for a further 3 months, allow workers from other provinces to transfer their house registration to Phuket so the Phuket government can receive more funds to provide better care for them, and ask the Ministry of Labour to provide assistance to at least 1,000 unemployed in Phuket.

Whilst the government unveiled plans for a “Phuket Model” to revive tourism on the island, it came to nothing, despite a high power delegation of Ministers and Bangkok officials who visited Phuket 2 weekends ago.

One such charity is set to record a song by leading Phuket musicians with the hopes of continuing to help feed those in need on the island.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Heavy rain across the country this weekend – local forecasts

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Heavy rain is expected across much of Thailand over the next few days, mostly as a result of the intensity of a tropical storm crossing into Vietnam today, ‘Noul’, from the South China Sea. The low pressure cell will help intensify the effects of the south west monsoon too. But the remnants of the storm won’t “slam” into Northern Thailand as one news site claimed – rather it will be a lot of rain and increased winds. The storm is expected to cross into Thailand around the Mukdahan province some time early tomorrow,

Around the country, Saturday will be the worst with rains easing during Sunday. Thailand north east ‘Isaan’ provinces will be the worst affected as they are in the direct track of the storm as it crosses Vietnam, into Laos, and then crossing Thailand’s borders in the upper north east in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

Whilst tropical storm ‘Noul’ has been packing winds from 80 – 120 kilometres per hour as it reaches the central Vietnam coast areas, including popular tourist locations like Da Nang and Hoi An, the storm will continue to dissipate as it moves inland. The storm has been tracking across the South China Sea this week, gathering strength, in a west northwesterly direction.

Residents in the coastal town of Hoi An report that it rained continuously last night, with strong winds, and that they expect widespread flooding to be reported during the day.

The forecast for heavy rain in Bangkok will probably dampen some of the enthusiasm for tomorrow’s anti-government rally to be held in and around the Thammasat University Tha Prachan campus.

Here are the forecasts for Saturday and Sunday around the country…

Bangkok

Heavy rain across the country this weekend - local forecasts | News by The Thaiger

Phuket

Heavy rain across the country this weekend - local forecasts | News by The Thaiger

Chiang Mai

Heavy rain across the country this weekend - local forecasts | News by The Thaiger

Pattaya

Heavy rain across the country this weekend - local forecasts | News by The Thaiger

Khon Kaen

Heavy rain across the country this weekend - local forecasts | News by The Thaiger

Koh Samui

Heavy rain across the country this weekend - local forecasts | News by The Thaiger

Read more about Thailand’s annual monsoons HERE.

SOURCE: weather.com

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