Manny Pacquiao has agreed to terms to fight Floyd Mayweather. No surprise there; he needs Mayweather to make the biggest payday of his career and to give his career the ultimate relevance. Now it’s up to Mayweather to get on board to make the fight boxing enthusiasts have clamored for since 2009.Mayweather should take the challenge, deliver a beating, collect around $150 million . . . and call it a career. He should bronze his unblemished gloves and not look back on boxing after the May 2 bout in Las Vegas, according to reports.Next month, Mayweather will be 38, meaning he’s on the other side of his boxing prowess, meaning the more he fights, the more vulnerable he becomes to losing to a lesser fighter.He has made around $350 million, and this with no endorsements. He has not lost in 47 bouts. Vanquishing Pacquiao would be the perfect cherry on top of a legendary career.Significantly, his legend will be about more than beating every man who stood across the ring from him. Mayweather, for all his annoying brashness and bragging and “making it rain,” shifted the paradigm.He took ownership of his career. He realized that he is the commodity and that a promoter making millions off his talent was not needed.He realized that he was the draw and deserved the bulk of the gate and the pay-per-view subscriptions. And so, as four-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield said, “Mayweather flipped the script.“Floyd cut all the middle people out. I’m not mad with him. I think about how much more money I could have made if I was more business savvy. He’s a good fighter, but he’s a really good business man. . . Here’s a guy everyone said was foolish. But he came up with a game plan on how to get the money you deserve.”He deserves to live out his life with his faculties and legacy in place—not as a punch-drunk fighter who entered the ring too many times after his prime.Financially, he certainly is in tremendous shape. For the proposed fight, a source told ESPN that Pacquiao has agreed to a 40 percent cut of the revenue, with Mayweather taking 60 percent. You cannot find anyone who does not believe a May 2 bout would not implode every boxing box office record, which includes the all-time pay-per-view buy record of 2.4 million. That was the Mayweather-Oscar De La Hoya fight. The Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez match set the pay-per-view revenue record of $150 million and the all-time gate record at $20 million. This fight will eclipse all that.Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs), 36, has agreed to use the United States Anti-Doping Agency, which has randomly tested Mayweather (and his opponents) for years. That was purportedly a stumbling block in the fight not being made over the years.That it could/should be Mayweather’s final bout will make it even bigger.
Bangladeshi film “Mritika Maya” (Earthen Love), an emotional tale of an old potter, is part of an eclectic package of films being shown at a film festival here organised by Cine Central, the country’s oldest and largest film society.Directed by Gazi Rakayet, “Mritika Maya” is scheduled to be screened at the International Forum of New Cinema in the festival, which was inaugurated last Sunday.Apart from that, there will be representative films from countries like France, Turkey and Netherlands among 17 nations in the festival which will end on November 21, a Cine Central official said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Cine Central is celebrating its golden jubilee this year, the official said.Besides bagging the silver crest at the SAARC Film Festival held in Sri Lanka in May, “Mritika Maya” bagged awards in 17 categories at the National Awards presentation in Bangladesh in 2013.The awards included the best director, best music director, best supporting actor, best actor in a negative role, best story, and best art categories.Other countries being represented in the festival are: Belarus, Chile, Cuba, Denmark, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Korea, Peru, Netherlands, Slovenia, Vietnam and India.The inaugural film on November 15 was “Quiet Bliss” (2014), directed by Italian filmmaker Edoardo Winsphere, that dealt with three generations of women whose lives are affected by recession and the relentless bureaucratic hurdles. The Cine Central started its journey with veteran film director Madhu Bose as the president and Satyajit Ray as the vice-president.
A West Bengal based voluntary organization, “Tapsil Jati Adibasi Praktan Sainik Krishi Bikash Shilpa Kendra”, conducted a meeting of delegates from government agencies, companies, social enterprises, cultural organization and advisory organizations. It was inaugurated by the Chief Guest of the occasion Mamtaz Sanghamita, MP (Lok Sabha), Bardhhaman-Durgapur constituency. The delegates also included KK Mishra (Additional Director Rajya Sabha), Abhishek Gupta (Member of Hindi Salahkaar Samiti, PMO), Uma Kant Roy (PS to Ramnath Thakur), Ramanand (Programme Director), Rishikant Pandey (Project Director) and Ajay Kumar Mishra (Member of Advisor Committee). The event became more attractive and cheerful with film artist Bishwajit Chatterjee joining the same with his daughter Prima Chatterjee. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe main objective of the event was to share the progress towards the goal of the organization catering to serving the needs of the poor, neglected, downtrodden and disadvantaged groups for last 37 years with concerted efforts of 6500 volunteers. The event captured glimpses of some significant activities like rescue and relief during the recent flood in West Bengal, health check-up camps, blood donation camps, farmer’s training, orientation of fishermen, training programs for artisans and many others. It also displayed campaigns like ‘Safe Drive Save Life’, and ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ campaign, led by the organization across 204 blocks in 18 districts of West Bengal.Valuable sharing from the Secretary, Soumen Koley motivated the staff members and guided them on plans, projects and activities in this year.
Listen Now Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. 2 min read September 23, 2015 When the Pope comes to town, it’s anything but business as usual. Just ask Apple.The tech giant is warning New Yorkers who pre-ordered iPhone 6S and 6S Plus models that they might not get their shiny, new wares on time due to Pontifice Francisco’s visit. Heaven forbid. Official iPhone launch day, which is this Friday, Sept. 25, could shape up to be as much of a nightmare in New York City for Apple as it will be for traffic cops there.Related: The 7 Management Lessons of Pope FrancisLOL COOL 🙂 pic.twitter.com/JhyeI8uBiF— Sam Biddle (@samfbiddle) September 22, 2015To head off frustration, Apple is emailing customers who might be impacted by shipping delays stemming from Pope Francis’s arrival. News of the potential delivery delay went viral after Gawker senior writer and Brooklyn dweller Sam Biddle posted a screenshot of an email he received from Apple on Twitter yesterday. Biddle later tweeted:The Pope Stole My iPhone— Sam Biddle (@samfbiddle) September 22, 2015Related: Watch This Business Owner Risk Arrest to Get His Product Into the Hands of a ‘Celebrity’If Friday’s deliveries are divinely foiled by traffic snarls and security precautions, all hope is not lost, Apple early adopters. There’s always Saturday, when Tim Cook and company say Apple will deliver to “most locations.” If you’re in an affected area, be on the lookout for a heads-up email from Apple, FedEx or UPS.Now enabled for the Pope’s US visit #PopeinUS #PopeInDC #PopeinNYC #PopeInPhilly ? http://t.co/tMbhjZzqPS pic.twitter.com/qhM0amnVP6— Hashflags #? (@HashflagList) September 22, 2015New York City isn’t the only major U.S. metropolis where people might not get their iPhones because of the pontiff. Customers in Philadelphia might also feel the papal burn. If you live outside of either city and you pre-ordered your Apple goodies, allelujah, you should be one happy camper come this Friday. We’re sure we’ll hear all about your new iPhones on Twitter for TGIF, commemorative papal emojis included.To track the Pope’s whereabouts during his historic visit, check out his full itinerary. Related: Red Robin Promises Free Lenten Crab Cake Burger If Pope Francis Visits