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Manny Pacquiao reveals his top secrets

It's top secret: Manny Pacquiao

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UPDATED:

11:54 GMT, 29 December 2012

Boxer Manny Pacquiao

Who is your sporting hero

Steve Nash of the LA Lakers is a great guy. He is maybe one of the best ever but he is also dedicated to charity work. When we are in these influential positions, we need to realise we can help pioneer change in this world.

What would you be if you weren't a sportsman

I was a tailor when I was younger, so maybe I would have owned my own store. Boxing has given me the platform to get into politics but even without it I like to think a path would have been made for me to get into politics.

Which other sportsman would you like to be

I can't pick one player on the team but I would like to help Boston Celtics win the NBA title. I'm pretty good.

Career highlight

I made less than two dollars for winning my first fight but two dollars meant a lot to us. I knew I was good, and those two dollars showed me if I kept on fighting we would not need to worry about money.

…and the worst moment

Probably the fight against Tim Bradley. If you lose you lose, but I was sure that I won. None of his punches hurt me.

If your house was burning down, what one possession would you save

Everything can be replaced. I have had nothing before, and while I don't want to have nothing again, I know what is really important is to have your family healthy. Of course it's nice to know your family are healthy while driving a Ferrari!

What's the best advice you've ever been given

When you think you are 100 per cent ready you're probably not.

Favourite karaoke song

La Bamba.

Three most-listened-to songs on your ipod

Ordinary Song by Marc Velasco, Sometimes When We Touch by Dan Hill, and Imagine by John Lennon.

Actor Jericho Rosales

Actor Jericho Rosales

In a film of your life, who would you like to play you

It's already happened – a guy called Jericho Rosales (above) played me.

Last film you saw

I watched Toy Story 3 with my kids.

Last book you read

The Bible. Even on the night of a fight, I make sure there is time to study it.

Favourite pre-match meal

I eat pretty much the same meal every day. I have Filipino beef broth and chicken soup with rice.

Can you cook Best dish

I have a cook.

Your favourite holiday destination

We had a great family vacation where we visited Japan and Australia in the same trip. Both are beautiful countries.

What's the most expensive thing you've ever bought

My yacht. It is so nice being at peace with the world out on the ocean, surrounded by your family and the people you love.

Tell us a secret…

When I fight the crime rate in the Philippines drops like crazy during the fight. At first I thought it was a myth, but it's been backed up by statistics.

It"s top secret: Manny Pacquiao

It's top secret: Manny Pacquiao

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UPDATED:

22:23 GMT, 28 December 2012

Boxer Manny Pacquiao

Who is your sporting hero

Steve Nash of the LA Lakers is a great guy. He is maybe one of the best ever but he is also dedicated to charity work. When we are in these influential positions, we need to realise we can help pioneer change in this world.

What would you be if you weren't a sportsman

I was a tailor when I was younger, so maybe I would have owned my own store. Boxing has given me the platform to get into politics but even without it I like to think a path would have been made for me to get into politics.

Which other sportsman would you like to be

I can't pick one player on the team but I would like to help Boston Celtics win the NBA title. I'm pretty good.

Career highlight

I made less than two dollars for winning my first fight but two dollars meant a lot to us. I knew I was good, and those two dollars showed me if I kept on fighting we would not need to worry about money.

…and the worst moment

Probably the fight against Tim Bradley. If you lose you lose, but I was sure that I won. None of his punches hurt me.

If your house was burning down, what one possession would you save

Everything can be replaced. I have had nothing before, and while I don't want to have nothing again, I know what is really important is to have your family healthy. Of course it's nice to know your family are healthy while driving a Ferrari!

What's the best advice you've ever been given

When you think you are 100 per cent ready you're probably not.

Favourite karaoke song

La Bamba.

Three most-listened-to songs on your ipod

Ordinary Song by Marc Velasco, Sometimes When We Touch by Dan Hill, and Imagine by John Lennon.

Actor Jericho Rosales

Actor Jericho Rosales

In a film of your life, who would you like to play you

It's already happened – a guy called Jericho Rosales (above) played me.

Last film you saw

I watched Toy Story 3 with my kids.

Last book you read

The Bible. Even on the night of a fight, I make sure there is time to study it.

Favourite pre-match meal

I eat pretty much the same meal every day. I have Filipino beef broth and chicken soup with rice.

Can you cook Best dish

I have a cook.

Your favourite holiday destination

We had a great family vacation where we visited Japan and Australia in the same trip. Both are beautiful countries.

What's the most expensive thing you've ever bought

My yacht. It is so nice being at peace with the world out on the ocean, surrounded by your family and the people you love.

Tell us a secret…

When I fight the crime rate in the Philippines drops like crazy during the fight. At first I thought it was a myth, but it's been backed up by statistics.

Liverpool owner John W Henry denies 600m Boston Red Sox sale rumours

Liverpool chief Henry forced to deny 600m Red Sox sale talk

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UPDATED:

21:40 GMT, 13 September 2012

John Henry, principal owner of Boston Red Sox and also Barclays Premier League side Liverpool, has denied plans are afoot to sell the baseball franchise.

Reports in the United States claimed the American, who is the lead figure in Fenway Sports Group, was looking at offloading the Red Sox for around one billion dollars (about 600million).

No sale! Liverpool owner Henry has denied he's flogging the baseball team

No sale! Liverpool owner Henry has denied he's flogging the baseball team

However, Henry, criticised by some Liverpool fans who think he pays more attention to the Red Sox than the Anfield club, has dismissed the suggestion.

'A sale of any kind is so far from our thinking it hasn't even come up apart from technical planning issues involving death or disability,' he told the Boston Globe.

'This report is completely without foundation.

'Regarding unnamed sources: Any sale discussions that may have taken place were missing three key people – (Red Sox president and chief executive officer) Larry (Lucchino), (Red Sox – and Liverpool – chairman) Tom (Werner) and me.

'The Sox and any of the other components of FSG are not for sale and will not be for the foreseeable future.'

Mourning: Liverpool fans are coming to terms with the huge injustice handed out to their fans at Hillsborough 23 years ago

Mourning: Liverpool fans are coming to terms with the huge injustice handed out to their fans at Hillsborough 23 years ago

Liverpool owner John Henry boast over Boston Red Sox spending

More misery for Rodgers as under-fire owner Henry makes boast about Red Sox spending

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08:17 GMT, 5 September 2012

Brendan Rodgers has been handed another blow following Liverpool owner John Henry's boast that his baseball team is among the sport's biggest spenders.

The claim comes just 48 hours after Henry penned a controversial letter to furious Liverpool supporters defending the club's transfer policy.

Manager Rodgers offloaded misfit Andy Carroll to West Ham on loan a day before the transfer deadline in the belief he would bring in top-target Clint Dempsey.

Money problems: Henry has been forced to defend Liverpool's transfer record which has left Rodgers under-staffed for the new season

Money problems: Henry has been forced to defend Liverpool's transfer record which has left Rodgers understrength for the new season

However, the window closed with Dempsey sealing a move to Tottenham and that has led to criticism from fans, with Rodgers admitting he would not have allowed Carroll to leave had he not been very confident of bringing in someone else.

But in an 800-word letter to Kop fans, Henry wrote: 'A summer window which brought in three young, but significantly talented starters in Joe Allen, Nuri Sahin and Fabio Borini as well as two exciting young potential stars of the future – Samed Yesil and Oussama Assaidi – could hardly be deemed a failure as we build for the future.

'The transfer policy was not about cutting costs,' Henry added. 'It was – and will be in the future – about getting maximum value for what is spent so that we can build quality and depth.'

New club: Liverpool were favourites to land Dempsey but he joined Tottenham

New club: Liverpool were favourites to land Dempsey but he joined Tottenham

The statement comes in stark contrast to another open letter in which Henry proclaimed to fans of the Boston Red Sox: 'We continue to have the second highest payroll among the 30 clubs.

'Baseball is a 365-days-a-year sport for us. Our commitment to winning with the Red Sox is unabated.'

Liverpool are 18th in the Barclays Premier League after suffering their worst start to a top-flight season in more than 50 years, claiming only one point from their opening three games.

Liverpool are way off the pace thanks to Tom Hicks and George Gillett, says John W Henry

Anfailed! We're way off the pace thanks to Hicks and Gillett, says Henry

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UPDATED:

23:23 GMT, 15 August 2012

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John W Henry has spoken of the enormous financial challenge facing Liverpool as he admitted Fenway Sports Group are still paying the price of the previous failed regime.

It is almost two years since FSG took ownership of Liverpool following the acrimonious reign of Tom Hicks and George Gillett that ended with a High Court battle and almost saw the club going into administration.

When Henry and Tom Werner conducted due diligence on Liverpool in October 2010, they were left asking serious questions as to whether it was wise to spend 300million due to the parlous state of the books and the extravagant contracts that some players were being paid.

New regime: Brendan Rodgers has brought the likes of Joe Allen and Fabio Borini to Anfield as Liverpool attempt to challenge for a Champions League place

New regime: Brendan Rodgers has brought the likes of Joe Allen and Fabio Borini to Anfield as Liverpool attempt to challenge for a Champions League place

Given they have not had any Champions League revenue for three years, Liverpool have had no option but to streamline costs this summer and Henry has bluntly revealed that the task of restoring former glories at Anfield will not come easily.

‘The best analogy is that you can’t turn an ocean liner around like you can turn a speedboat,’ said Henry. ‘You could say it was a bigger challenge than (when we bought) the Boston Red Sox.

‘When you look back from this vantage point: the rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester United – Liverpool isn’t holding up its side of the rivalry.

Making his point: John W Henry (left), pictured with Tom Werner, has laid into Liverpool's previous owners

Making his point: John W Henry (left), pictured with Tom Werner, has laid into Liverpool's previous owners

‘That is the way it was with the Red Sox and the Yankees. The Yankees were just completely dominant when we arrived here 11 years ago. We knew we could never be on an equal footing financially with The Yankees.

‘But we had to do everything in our power to get on a level footing with them on the playing field. That was a tremendous challenge. As we started to close the gap, they built a new stadium. That was a quantum leap forward. This is an even bigger challenge.’

When Henry became Liverpool’s principal owner, he made a point of saying “I don’t have Sheikh in front of my name” – a clear sign that he would not be ploughing his own fortunes into the team with little worry about getting a return.

Personae non gratae: George Gillett (left) and Tom Hicks left an indelible mark on Liverpool Football Club

Personae non gratae: George Gillett (left) and Tom Hicks left an indelible mark on Liverpool Football Club

Liverpool have made giant strides commercially since FSG came in and have just started a 25million a year kit deal with American firm Warrior but that is not a sign they have cleaned up the financial recklessness of the Hicks-Gillett era.

‘Looking back at the very first day, I was trying to make a point then about how much of a challenge it was going to be because of the issues we inherited,’ said Henry, who is an advocate of Financial Fair Play.

‘We had a lack of depth in the squad and some really high payrolls. We also had issues with the age of the players and so forth. We knew it was going to be very difficult. Tom and I went for a long walk and we had to make the decision “are we going to buy Liverpool”

Closing the gap: Liverpool begin the season in high spirits

Closing the gap: Liverpool begin the season in high spirits

‘We had to decide whether we really wanted to take this on, as we knew this was a huge challenge. A much larger challenge than any supporter could know. We had done due diligence and looked at how the situation was financially, with the player contracts and the youth system.

‘The further we went into it, the more sobered we were.’

Some Liverpool supporters have questioned whether Henry and FSG are serious about building for the future but when asked if they were here for the long-term, Chairman Tom Werner said: ‘Absolutely. I know there has been some speculation about that. We read that.

‘We feel that we have work to do. We feel that we are behind – but we are on it. Do we feel that it is possible to get on a level with (the top European) clubs Absolutely. We can close that gap and compete at the very highest level. Absolutely.’

Liverpool consider selling Anfield naming rights

Fenway Sports Stadium Henry reveals Liverpool would sell Anfield naming rights

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UPDATED:

11:41 GMT, 9 August 2012

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Liverpool owner John W Henry has risked the wrath of fans by opening the door to renaming their famous Anfield home.

The American has admitted the club could raise funds by inviting sponsors to bid for the rights to put their name to the stadium which has been the club's home for 120 years.

Fenway Sports Group, owned by Henry, have already put their name to Fenway Park, where his other sports franchise, the Boston Red Sox play.

This is...: Liverpool are open to the idea of their stadium being renamed

This is…: Liverpool are open to the idea of their stadium being renamed

Speaking to the Tomkins Times, the club chief revealed he was keeping his options open, while, behind the scenes, all other means of increasing club revenue were being explored.

He said: 'A naming rights deal at Anfield could occur, I suppose, if the partner were right. We haven't pursued it.'

Henry was pushed on numerous issues
regarding the financial power of the club, considering the vast funds
lavished on signings since the new ownership came in 18 months ago.

Henry added: 'This club should be able to significantly increase its revenues. But it won’t be easy.

Raising funds: John W Henry

Raising funds: John W Henry

'I believe we have the right people in place to accomplish this.

'But I don’t see it happening at the local level – the vast majority must come from our global agenda.'

Liverpool have had much-publicised problems finding a solution to their comparatively small stadium.

Anfield holds 45,000 supporters, compared with 60,000 at Arsenal and 75,000 at Old Trafford, but the logistics of improving their current home are tricky due to the high concentration of residential properties in the vicinity.

Is that the way to the future Brendan Rodgers is revolutionising Liverpool

Is that the way to the future Brendan Rodgers is revolutionising Liverpool

Liverpool capture Manchester City scouts Rob Newman and David Fernandez

Liverpool rebuilding continues with capture of Man City scouts Newman and Fernandez

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UPDATED:

21:00 GMT, 25 July 2012

Manchester City scouts Rob Newman and David Fernandez are to join Liverpool.

The Anfield club have already brought in Dave Fallows as head of scouting and recruitment plus Barry Hunter from City’s backroom team this summer.

New Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is also attempting to reshape the playing staff at the club.

New face: Fabio Borini (centre left) and Stewart Downing (centre right) in training at Fenway Park in Boston on their US tour on Wednesdaycentre left) and Stewa

New face: Fabio Borini (centre left) and Stewart Downing (centre right) in training at Fenway Park in Boston on their US tour on Wednesday

Striker Fabio Borini arrived from
Roma earlier this month, while Rodgers' former club Swansea have
rejected a 12million bid from the Reds for midfielder Joe Allen.

The club are currently on tour in the
United States, and trained at the legendary Fenway Park on Wednesday,
home of the Boston Red Sox, who are also owned by Liverpool's parent
company, Fenway Sports Group.

Liverpool train at Fenway Park

Gerrard hails Rodgers revolution as Liverpool train at iconic Fenway Park

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UPDATED:

08:05 GMT, 25 July 2012

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Steven Gerrard can't wait to get going after an extended holiday after admitting he is excited by the prospect of working under new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

The club captain has been on leave since England limped out of Euro 2012, but joined up with his team this week as they continued their pre-season tour of America.

Bases loaded: Liverpool have been meeting fans and training at Fenway Park - home of the Boston Red Sox - where they play Roma on Wednesday in a pre-season friendly

Bases loaded: Liverpool have been meeting fans and training at Fenway Park – home of the Boston Red Sox – where they play Roma on Wednesday in a pre-season friendly

Bases loaded: Liverpool have been meeting fans and training at Fenway Park - home of the Boston Red Sox - where they play Roma on Wednesday in a pre-season friendly

Gerrard was among the first-team stars
to greet fans at Fenway Park – home of the Boston Red Sox, who are
owned by Liverpool chief John W Henry – where they play Italian side
Roma on Wednesday.

'It's an exciting new era for the
players,' the England skipper said. 'We've been looking in from our
holidays and hearing what the manager has been saying, what his vision
is and what his targets are.

Keeping an eye on things: Brendan Rodgers watched over some of his new signings

Keeping an eye on things: Brendan Rodgers watched over some of his new signings

'All we can do is give him our full support and work as hard as we can to make his job easier.

'We had two big cup finals last year,
we won one and lost one, and there is certainly a platform there for
this team to grow and improve, and with our new manager and coaching
staff in place, it's an exciting time.

'I'm really excited to get going again in the new set up.'

Worldwide appeal: Andy Carroll and Steven Gerrard were among several to sign autographs

Worldwide appeal: Andy Carroll and Steven Gerrard were among several to sign autographs

Worldwide appeal: Andy Carroll, Steven Gerrard and Fabio Borini were among those to greet fans

Worldwide appeal: Andy Carroll, Steven Gerrard and Fabio Borini were among those to greet fans

Gerrard's anticipation for the new season was matched by fellow international Glen Johnson.

The full-back had worked with Rodgers at Chelsea when the latter was a youth team coach under Jose Mourinho.

Johnson added: 'I'm really looking
forward to it. I was fortunate enough to work with Brendan before. I
know the training will be fantastic and after a long break I'm really
eager to get back.

'We're going to play a passing game. Brendan has done that everywhere he's gone.'

Liverpool do not have to qualify for Champions League, John Henry tells Brendan Rodgers

Champions League finish for Liverpool is NOT essential, owner Henry tells Rodgers

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UPDATED:

12:34 GMT, 20 July 2012

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Brendan Rodgers has been told by Liverpool chief John Henry that he does not have to qualify for the Champions League this season.

This time last year, Henry, as lead figure for owners Fenway Sports Group, told then manager Kenny Dalglish the requirement was a top-four finish.

So despite winning the club's first trophy for six years with victory over Cardiff in the Carling Cup – and being runners-up in the FA Cup – an eighth-place finish 17 points adrift of Tottenham saw the Scot sacked.

Targets: John Henry told Brendan Rodgers a top four finish is not essential

Targets: John Henry told Brendan Rodgers a top four finish is not essential

No such demands will be put on Rodgers, at least not so early in his reign having moved from Swansea in June.

'We don't want to put any pressure on Brendan by saying you have got to make the Champions League this year,' said Henry, who has seen the squad close up in Boston, preparing for their pre-season tour of the United States.

Discussion: Rodgers and Henry at Liverpool's training camp

Discussion: Rodgers and Henry at Liverpool's training camp

'Of course he wants to make the Champions League, we all do and so does every team in the Premier League.

'I thought it was realistic last season but we were so far off that pace.

'At this point we're just trying to get things stabilised – that should be one of our goals.'

Rodgers is the third manager since FSG, owners of Boston Red Sox baseball franchise, took over in October 2010.

They inherited Roy Hodgson from the previous regime but dispensed with him within three months and brought in Dalglish initially to stabilise the club and then ended up giving him a three-year contract of which he lasted 12 months.

Henry admits they have had to get up to speed with their first foray into football.

'We know more now than we did when we bought the club,' Henry told the Liverpool Echo.

'We didn't know a lot at the start. We have had something like 20 months to study and learn and this is really the direction we want to go in.

Ringmaster: Rodgers watches his charges in action

Ringmaster: Rodgers watches his charges in action

'We are working on a long-term programme and we are fully committed to this programme. It will be the kind of football we want to play.

'Brendan has a very structured approach and he plays the kind of football that we think Liverpool fans will love to see.

'You can see why he was appointed. He's an inspirational figure.

'He's very charismatic, he's smart, he knows what he wants to accomplish and he's determined to accomplish it.

'Everything I have heard so far in the way of feedback about him has been very positive.'

Brendan Rodgers must wait to see Alberto Aquilani in action

Rodgers must wait to decide on Aquilani's future as misfit midfielder struggles with injury

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 14 July 2012

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been forced to delay making a decision on Alberto Aquilani’s Anfield future.

Rodgers, who takes his players to North America on a pre-season tour on Monday, is still waiting to see Aquilani in action after the 28-year-old Italian spent last week on the treatment table.

Misfit: Alberto Aquilani has struggled since his move to Anfield in 2009

Misfit: Alberto Aquilani has struggled since his move to Anfield in 2009

Aquilani has made only nine league starts for Liverpool because of injury after being signed by Rafa Benitez. The midfielder was sent to Italy on loan and was a success at AC Milan last season.

But Rodgers is keen to assess him first-hand before deciding if he can fit into the style he wants at Anfield.

The club are hopeful Aquilani will be on the plane on Monday when Liverpool leave to play games in Toronto, Boston and Baltimore.
England’s Euro 2012 players are being given an extra week off while Luis Suarez and Craig Bellamy are on Olympic duty.

Liverpool will continue their pursuit of Fulham’s US striker Clint Dempsey this week following the arrival of 8million Italian forward Fabio Borini and the departure of Maxi Rodriguez to Argentina.

Rodgers has wasted no time telling his players how he wants them to play. Charlie Adam said: ‘If we keep the ball, the other team have to chase it. That’s what the manager is drumming into us.’