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Mandatory Eight Count: Pacquiao on 60 Minutes, Gavin Rees Fighting Today

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Preview: Boxer Manny Pacquiao (60 Minutes - CBS News)
Bob Simon of 60 Minutes has given Manny Pacquiao the show's profile treatment, and here's a preview clip. The full episode will air tomorrow.

Manny Pacquiao: 'I helped' Jerry Brown and Nevada's Harry Reid win elections (Los Angeles Times)
Politics as usual for ol' fat cat Pacquiao.

Laurence Cole Gets Nod as Pacquiao-Margarito Referee (
Oh. Good.

The killing fields: under the skin of Manny Pacquiao from rags to riches (Telegraph)
Gareth Davies takes an in-depth look at the man and the myth and the legend and the Congressman and the guy who used to be poor but is now incredibly rich. He also speaks with Gary Andrew Poole, who has written a biography on Pacquiao called Pacman, published this week. Poole says of Pacquiao, "He's a genuine guy. I think the sports world is...well everyone is full of s**t, but this guy isn't full of s**t."

Bute lands lucrative fight deal (Montreal Gazette)
More details on the three-fight deal between Showtime and Lucian Bute. Bute will be paid $2 million per fight according to ESPN, and Ken Hershman says he's "happy to fill that hole," the hole being the absence of Bute. You people are sick.

Tenacious Rees to edge humdinger (Campaign Series)
What a great title. I've decided that we will have live coverage of the Sky Sports card at 5pm EDT, because I feel like watching some boxing today, and Gavin Rees is fun.

Cook back in the mix to complete roundabout route (WalesOnline)
And now for something on the Jason Cook-Barrie Jones fight.

Viloria KOs foe, earns crack at WBO crown (GMANews.TV)
Deeper coverage of Brian Viloria's win on Friday, which has earned him a shot at Julio Cesar Miranda's WBO flyweight belt. Well, "earned" might not be the right word, but you know what I mean.

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