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“Manny’s The Best,” Say Experts Of Pacman’s Victory

David A. Avila

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LAS VEGAS-Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao can punch. Boy can he punch.

Before a packed house of more than 17,000 people at the MGM Grand, a boisterous crowd filled with Brits and Filipinos saw Pacquiao prove on the point of Ricky Hatton’s chin that he packs a big time punch on Saturday.

Pacquiao gathered his fifth weight title by knocking down Hatton (45-2, 32 KOs) three times and ultimately knocking the English fighter out cold and grabbing the Ring Magazine and IBO junior welterweight titles.

The pound for pound champion picked up a world title in a fifth weight division. The only division he skipped is the featherweight division where he fought Juan Manuel Marquez to a draw. He later beat Marquez in the junior lightweight division.

“This win was as big as my last fight against Oscar De La Hoya,” said Pacquiao.

Once more Pacquiao (49-3-2, 37 KOs) proved his claim as the best fighter pound for pound in the world regardless of the re-emergence of Floyd Mayweather.

Before the fight, many doubted the Filipino southpaw had the ability to carry his power to the junior welterweight division, though he was coming off a technical knockout win over De La Hoya last December.

Hatton and his trainer Floyd Mayweather were convinced Pacquiao was too small.

“I really thought Ricky could get him,” said Mayweather who had argued and berated Pacquiao and his trainer Freddie Roach after the fight was made. “That’s all I can say.”

In the first round Hatton moved in aggressively against Pacquiao and immediately worked the inside. Both traded punches with the Manchester native landing frequently in the first 40 seconds until Pacquiao countered with a left hand. Then, suddenly, as Hatton lunged in, a Pacquiao right hook cut a path to the chin that dropped him to his knees. On shaky legs Hatton beat the count. With less than 30 seconds left in the round a sizzling left hand dropped Hatton again near his own corner. Luckily there were only a few ticks left on the clock and the round ended.

A seemingly more intense Hatton jumped out of his corner for the second round and immediately attacked Pacquiao as if the first round never happened. A right uppercut landed but Pacquiao countered with some combinations. Both traded back and forth but when the Filipino lefty brushed Hatton’s face with a right jab, he then loaded up an overhand left hand on the British fighter’s chin. Down he went with a thud and this time he did not get up. Referee Kenny Bayless did not bother to count and the fight was stopped at 2:59 of round two.

“We worked hard on the right hook,” said Pacquiao after the win. “We knew he was looking for the left hand.”

Roach, who’s trained Pacquiao for eight years, had predicted that his fighter would win in less than three rounds. He finally revealed his reason.

“Every time he throws a punch he cocks it,” said Roach. “We were ready for him.”

Though Pacquiao was confident of his own plan, even he was surprised that it ended quickly.

“I was surprised it came so easy, but we worked on it very hard,” said Pacquiao. “This wasn’t personal, it was business.”

Hatton was taken to the hospital after the fight.

“It was a hard shot but I’m ok,” Hatton said. “I really didn’t see the punch coming. It was a great shot. I know I’ll be ok.”

Among those who witnessed the fight were WBA junior lightweight titleholder Jorge Linares and former junior lightweight world champion Carlos “Famoso” Hernandez. Both felt Pacquiao would win but not in less than two rounds.

“I was very surprised,” said Linares, who sparred with Pacquiao a month ago and is familiar with the pound for pound champion’s power. “It was shocking what he did to a very good fighter like Ricky Hatton.”

Hernandez also picked Pacquiao to win, but felt the fight would end in the latter rounds.

“He’s just an incredible fighter,” said Hernandez of Pacquiao. “He’s the best.”

WBC title

Mexico’s Humberto Soto caught Canada’s slick Daniel Gaudet with a right uppercut under the chin that proved the beginning of the end. He survived the count but was met with a jab and right cross that sent him reeling along the ropes and to the canvas. Referee Jay Nady stopped the fight at 2:25 of the ninth round. Soto keeps his WBC junior lightweight title. Two judges had Soto ahead comfortably, but judge Paul Smith had Gaudet ahead 76-75 despite a first round knockdown.

In a middleweight contest Daniel Jacobs (16-0, 14 KOs) of Brooklyn found Chicago’s Michael Walker (20-2, 12 KOs) no easy touch as they took it to the eight round-limit. Jacobs was the taller and seemingly bigger fighter but could not muster enough power to discourage Walker, who had his moments. The judges scored it 80-72 twice and 79-73 for Jacobs but every round was hard fought.

Prelims

Russia’s Matt Korobov (5-0, 5 KOs) faced a veteran of 34 professional fights in Anthony Bartenelli (20-13-2, 13 KOs) of Phoenix. It didn’t matter as he quickly showed his boxing superiority and stopped him at 2:15 of the second round of a middleweight fight. A five-punch barrage knocked down the Arizonan. He recovered but was met with another burst of punches that forced referee Robert Byrd to stop the fight.

Korobov’s next fight will be in June on the Miguel Cotto-Joshua Clottey fight card in New York City.

A smattering of boos accompanied the decision win by Cuba’s Erislandy Lara (5-0, 3 KOs), not because he didn’t deserve the win over Louisiana’s Chris Gray (11-8), but the manner that he won a ho-hum junior middleweight fight. It wasn’t entirely his fault, Gray never allowed opportunities to engage and Lara was intent on landing that left hand all four rounds. It never connected. The judges scored it 40-36 for Lara.

Matthew Hatton (36-4-1, 13 KOs), the younger brother of Ricky Hatton, brawled and out-muscled former junior lightweight Ernesto Zepeda (39-12-4, 34 KOs) who now fights at welterweight. After eight rounds the judges ruled it 78-74 twice and 79-73 for Hatton. No knockdowns were scored.

Colorado’s Mike Alvarado, as his promoter Top Rank is priming for a showdown with a Golden Boy’s Victor Ortiz, won a widespread unanimous decision against Oakland’s fleet-footed Juaquin Gallardo in an eight round junior welterweight fight. Alvarado knocked down Gallardo in the second round with his powerful right hand but that was it. Most of the rounds saw Alvarado unable to catch up to the always-moving California fighter. The judges scored it 80-71 twice and 79-72 for Alvarado.

California’s Abner Mares (18-0, 11 KOs) returned to the ring after almost a year off due to an injury. The ring rust slowed his reflexes but he dominated Colombia’s Jonathan Perez (14-6, 11 KOs) in a bantamweight contest scheduled for eight rounds. The Colombian fighter gave in at the end of the sixth round.

“I don’t know if you heard, I had a serious eye surgery but the doctors gave me the green light thanks to God,” said Mares, who last fought in June 2008 at Morongo Casino. “My hand speed wasn’t there but we wanted to get the rounds in and he gave me that.”

Mares is ranked number five in the world according to computer rankings.

Bernabe Concepcion (29-1-1, 17 KOs) fought a nip and tuck conservative battle against Colombia’s heavy-handed Yogli Herrera (21-9, 15 KOs) in a featherweight bout. No knockdowns were scored in the six round affair, but it was the Filipino fighter who pressed the fight. The scores were 60-54 for Concepcion.

Another Manchester, England fighter, Joe Murray (2-0) dominated California’s Missael Nunez (4-8-2) with a four round featherweight unanimous decision 39-35 according to all three judges.

Omar Chavez (15-0-1, 11 KOs), the second oldest son of Mexico’s great Julio Cesar Chavez, used his father’s familiar weapon of destruction with a left hook to the body that ended Tyler Ziolowski’s (11-7, 6 KOs) night in a junior lightweight bout.

A replay of the Pacquiao-Hatton fight will be shown Saturday May 9, at 6:30 p.m. PT. on HBO.

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UFC 108 Rashad Evans vs. Thiago Silva

David A. Avila

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Former champion Rashad Evans meets Brazil’s venerable Thiago Silva in a non-title belt that can lead to a return match with the current champ, but first things first.

Evans (15-1-1) and Silva (14-1) meet in Ultimate Fighting Championship 108 in a light heavyweight bout on Saturday Jan. 2, at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. A win by either fighter could result in a world title bid. The fight card is being shown on pay-per-view television.

Events can change quickly in the Octagon and anybody can beat anybody in the 205-pound weight division. Just ask Silva or Evans.

Silva and Evans are both experienced and can vouch firsthand about the capriciousness of fighting in MMA and especially as a light heavyweight. On one day this man can beat that man and on another day, that man can beat this man. It can make you absolutely daffy.

Evans, 30, is the former UFC light heavyweight world champion who only defended his title on one occasion and lost by vicious knockout to current champion Lyoto Machida of Brazil. It’s the only defeat on his record.

Silva, 27, is a well-rounded MMA fighter from Sao Paolo, Brazil who is versed in jujitsu, Muy Thai and boxing. He can end a fight quickly in a choke hold just as easily as with a kick or a punch. His only loss came to who else: Machida.

Evans and Silva know a win can push open the door to a rematch with current UFC light heavyweight champion Machida.

“A win against Rashad would put me in the track against Lyoto,” said Silva, in a telephone conference call. “That's what – what I want to do.”

When Silva fought Machida the two Brazilians were both undefeated and feared in the MMA world. The fight took place in Las Vegas and with one second remaining in the first round a perfectly timed punch knocked Silva unconscious.

“I was humbled big time, man,” says Silva who fought Machida in January 2009. “I learned a lot from that fight.  I think I can correct the mistakes from that fight, not overlooking anything else right now, but just I want to get the chance to fight him again.”

For Evans it was a different circumstance. The upstate New Yorker held the UFC title and was defending it after stopping then champion Forrest Griffin by knockout. Still, many felt Machida was far too technically versed. Evans was stopped brutally in the second round.

“I've made it a point to not – to not get distracted on what I want to do, because you know Thiago (Silva) is a very hungry fighter,” said Evans who has not fought since losing the title to Machida last May. “My focus is just on Thiago so much.  You know I don't want to overlook him, you know, not even a little bit.”

Dana White, president of UFC, says the winner of this fight could conceivably fight Machida in the near future. Evans and especially Silva are motivated by the open window.

“I learned a lot from that fight. I think I can correct the mistakes from that fight,” says Silva. “Not overlooking anything else right now, but I just want to get the chance to fight him again.”

What a prize. The winner gets to face the man who beat him: Machida.

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A Very Special New Year's Day Column

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It has been just over four months since Nick Charles, the play-by-play announcer for Shobox: The New Generation, was diagnosed with stage IV bladder cancer and forced to take a medical hiatus from the monthly show that has aired since 2001.

Since then he has undergone grueling chemotherapy treatments that have resulted in him losing all of his hair as he forces himself to live as normal of a life as possible. Through sheer force of will, as well as the strength and support that he receives from his wonderfully loving family and his strong Christian faith, the 63-year-old Charles has managed to keep his weight up while not falling prey to the always lingering threats of depression, cynicism and negativity.

If one was unaware that he was battling such an insidious disease, you’d never know from talking on the phone to him that he has been to hell and back. He has lost none of the inspiring energy that has endeared him to members of the boxing community and legions of worldwide viewers.

“I’m doing great,” Charles said during a telephone conversation on December 30th. “I’ve been off the chemo for a month, and the doctors have told me that I’m 80 percent in remission. I’m going to see them again in three months. It may come back, but if it takes one year, or two years, or however long, I’m going to make the most of the good time.”

As physically and emotionally wrenching as the grim diagnosis and subsequent treatment has been, even for someone as perpetually positive as Charles, the longtime announcer said a lot of good things have come from it.

Having been married three times, Charles is the father of four children: Jason, 38, Melissa, 34, Charlotte, 22, and Giovanna, 3 ½.

While Charles is not big on regrets, he is the first to admit that he wasn’t always there for his older children. For many years he traveled the world as a CNN correspondent, often putting the demands of his career above all else, including those closest to him. Nowhere was the strain more evident than in his relationship with Melissa.

Having been divorced from Melissa’s mother since 1977, Charles said his relationship with that daughter has been especially “hot and cold, all of our lives.”

His illness has enabled them to forge a relationship that has been “based on a massive amount of forgiveness and understanding.”

“This has had a tremendous healing effect on both of us,” said Charles. “My illness has had a fortifying effect on a lot of things, the most important of which is my relationships with my family.”

That also includes his first wife, with whom he has had an often acrimonious relationship over the past three decades.

“It took a long time for the scab to become a scar, but we had lunch one day and it was so great to once again see the gentle, soft sides of each other,” he explained. “The whole divorce process creates a hardness that doesn’t always go away.”

Charles is also the grandfather to three children, some of whom are about the same age as his youngest daughter. He jokes that he has a “nuclear 21st century family” because of the similar ages of two generations of children. One of the hardest things for him has been the realization that he can’t always play with them in manner in which he would like.

“The hemoglobin is the fuel in your tank, so when it’s low you can’t will yourself to do things no matter how much you want to,” said Charles. “You can’t just sleep it off or work through it. I don’t want the kids to wonder why I can’t play in the backyard with them, or kick a soccer ball, or throw them in the air.”

Particularly difficult is when Giovanna reminds her father of how handsome he is, but then innocently asks him what happened to his hair, eyebrows and lashes.

“You try to keep things on a need to know basis, which is not easy when dealing with curious kids,” said Charles.

While Charles might look like the kind of guy that things have often come easy to, the reality is that his beginnings were far from auspicious. But, he says, his often challenging Chicago childhood blessed him with the steely resolve that has helped him so much during the arduous journey he is now on.

“I had it pretty rough growing up,” he explained. “I remember the lights and the heat being shut off and eating mustard sandwiches. I went to work at 13 and always had insecurities about the future. But I always expected and saw the best in people, so when I got sick, never once did I say 'Why me?”

Since taking a leave of absence from Shobox, the outpouring of support from the boxing community has warmed Charles’s heart. For a guy that is battling for his life, he actually considers himself fortunate to be surrounded by so much goodness in both his personal and professional lives.

“I always hear that boxing people are ruthless, but I couldn’t disagree more,” said Charles. “I’ve probably received about 1,000 e-mails, and people are always following in sending their best wishes. From the relatively unknown people in boxing to many of the more famous people, there has been an outpouring of true affection.”

Charles said that the Top Rank organization has been exceedingly kind and gracious. He was touched beyond description when he learned that officials in Oklahoma got special permission to have a seamstress sew “Keep Fighting Nick” onto their sleeves. He chokes up when talking about cut man Stitch Duran giving up an endorsement opportunity so he could put Charles’s name on his outfit. He never tires of hearing shout-outs from fighters on television.

Charles has always been a people person with an inordinate faith in the goodness of his fellow man. Battling this illness has only made his already strong faith in humanity even stronger.

“Adversity is a great teacher, and it really teaches you who your genuine friends are,” said Charles. “I have a lot of friends.”

He also has a remarkable wife, Cory, a CNN producer to whom he has been married for 11 years. She is the daughter of an electrician, a self-made woman who exudes all of the warmth of her native Brooklyn. She has reinforced her husband’s spiritual base by her love, optimism and strength of character.

“If I get down, she reminds me to not get too caught up,” said Charles. “I believe in eternity, and that has put me pretty much at peace.”

More than anything else, Charles wants to get himself back behind a microphone sooner rather than later, and hopefully on Shobox. He is the first to admit that viewers “don’t watch the series to see Nick Charles,” but he is proud of the fact that he was “part of the identity” of such a popular show.

“And people love comeback stories,” added Charles. “That’s the message I’m getting from the people out there.”

In boxing the word “champion” is often overused because it pertains only to winning belts and receiving worldwide recognition for being the best at your craft. The reality is that life’s real champions have other qualities, such as the innate ability to treat people well and always make them feel better about themselves, especially when the recipients of the goodwill are in no position to give them anything back.

By that standard of measure, Charles is as much, if not more of a champion than all of the boxers he has covered during the nine years that Shobox has been on the air.

I know I speak for scores of others when I say, “Happy New Year, Champ. We hope that you are the comeback story of the year in 2010.”

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No One Is Leaving This Stage Of Negotiations Looking GOLDEN

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Early in his political career, the young Lyndon Baines Johnson served as a congressional aide to Rep. Richard Kleberg, the wealthy owner of the King Ranch who was elected to seven consecutive terms in the House of Representatives, at least in part because he often ran unopposed.

One year an upstart rival politician we'll call Joe Bob had the temerity to challenge Kleberg in the Democratic primary, resulting in the convocation of the Texas congressman's staff to plot an election strategy. Several ideas were kicked around before Kleberg himself came up with a brainstorm.

“Why don't we start a rumor that he [copulates with] sheep?” proposed the politician.

This was a bit over the top, even for Lyndon Johnson. The future president leapt to his feet and said, incredulously, “But you know Joe Bob don't [copulate with] sheep!”

“Yeah,” replied the congressman, “but watch what happens when the son of a bitch has to stand up and deny it!”

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Events of the past week or two have seen the Floyd Mayweather camp adopt a similar tactic with regard to Manny Pacquiao.  But if introducing what would appear to be a red-herring issue — the debate over drug-testing procedures — to the negotiating process was intended as a negotiating ploy, it would appear for the moment to have backfired.  The idea might have been to force Pacquiao to go on the defensive, but Pac-Man instead responded with his stock in trade, the counterpunch — in this case the multi-million dollar defamation suit he filed against the Mayweathers, pere et fils,, with the U.S. District Court in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

In boxing even more than in life, you never say never, but you'd have to say that Pacquiao-Mayweather is a dead issue right now, at least in its March 13 incarnation. Bob Arum says Pacquiao is prepared to move along to another opponent, and Mayweather is supposedly looking at Matthew Hatton in England.

We'll believe that when we see it, for at least three reasons: (1) There would hardly seem to be enough money in that one to make it worth Floyd's time, (2) He's going to have to put so much into preparing a defense to this lawsuit that he mightn't have time to train and (3) He'd get a better workout if he stayed in Vegas and boxed one of Uncle Roger's girl opponents.

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Colleagues on this site have already done a good job of dissecting this process. Ron Borges is absolutely correct in noting that in the midst of all the posturing that's gone on, you'd be a fool to accept at face value anything coming out of any of the parties' mouths. And Frank Lotierzo is spot on in noting that if you had absolutely no desire to actually get in the ring with Manny Pacquiao but were still looking to save face, you'd do pretty much exactly what Mayweather has done. Which is to say, talk tough while you get others to run interference with a series of actions seemingly calculated to ensure that the fight doesn't come off.

But left almost unscathed in all of this heretofore has been the convoluted role played by Golden Boy — by CEO Richard Schaefer, by the company's namesake Oscar the Blogger, GBP's subsidiary enterprise, The Ring, and at least a few of the lap-dogs and lackeys whose favor GPB has cultivated elsewhere in the media.

In late March of 2008, Shane Mosley and Zab Judah appeared at a New York press conference to announce a fight between them in Las Vegas two months later. As it happened, the BALCO trial had gotten underway out in California that week. That day I sat with Judah and his attorney Richard Shinefield as they explained that they intended to ask that both boxers agree to blood testing in the runup to the fight. Citing Mosley's history with BALCO and its products The Cream and The Clear (which Shane claimed Victor Conte had slipped him when he wasn't looking), Shinefield and Zab, noting that Nevada drug tests were limited to urinalysis, proposed that the supplementary tests be administered by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Want to know what Richard Schaefer's response to that was?

“Whatever tests [the NSAC] wants them to take, we will submit to, but we are not going to do other tests than the Nevada commission requires,” said Schaefer. “The fact is, Shane is not a cheater and he does not need to be treated like one.”

But the fact is that Mosley had a confirmed history as a cheater. Manny Pacquiao does not. Yet in the absence of a scintilla of evidence or probable cause, less than two years later Schaefer was howling that the very integrity of the sport would be at risk unless Pacquiao submitted to precisely the same sort of testing he had rejected for Mosley.

And you thought it was Arum who was famous for saying “Yeah, but yesterday I was lying. Today I'm telling the truth!”

Schaefer, by the way, defended his 180-degree turnabout by saying he is now better educated on the issue. He couldn't resist aiming a harpoon at the media by adding that many sportswriters “don't know the difference between blood and urine testing.”

Don't know how to break this to you, Richard, but sportswriters, who have had to deal with this stuff for the past twenty years, probably know more about drug-testing procedures than any other group you could name.

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Now, the reasonable assumption would be that by assuming the role of the point man in this unseemly mess, Schaefer was insulating his boss (De La Hoya) and his fighter (PBF) by keeping their fingerprints off it while he made a fool of himself publicly conducting this snide little campaign.  

And yes, Money would have stayed out of the line of fire had not a two-month old, expletive-filled rant in which he described the Philippines as the world's foremost producer of performance-enhancing drugs not exploded on the internet at the most inopportune moment. That the lawsuit was filed less than 24 hours after “Floyd Meets the Rugged Man” overtook the Tiger Watch probably wasn't a coincidence.

And we're assuming that this Dan Petrocelli, the lawyer who filed Pacquiao's suit, knows what he's doing, because if there were an even one-zillionth chance that somebody could credibly link Manny to PEDs, then it was a pretty dumb thing to do. You could ask Roger Clemens about that.  Clemens' transformation from Hall of Famer-in-waiting to nationwide laughingstock didn't come from the Mitchell Report. It came from his wrongheaded decision to file a lawsuit against Brian McNamee, which in turn threw everything open to the discovery process.

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De La Hoya, in the meantime, was playing both sides of the fence. He let Schaefer play Bad Cop as he distanced himself from the negotiating process, but simultaneously was sniping away at Pacquiao from his First Amendment-protected perch as a Ring.com blogger.

“If Pacquiao, the toughest guy on the planet, is afraid of needles and having a few tablespoons of blood drawn from his system, then something is wrong…  I'm just saying that now people have to wonder: 'Why doesn't he want to do this?' Why is [blood testing] such a big deal?' wrote Oscar the Blogger. “A lot of eyebrows have been raised. And this is not good.”

Ask yourself this: Exactly what caused those eyebrows to be raised, other than the innuendo coming straight from Oscar's company?

Providing De La Hoya with a forum from which to dispense propaganda  only begins to illustrate the hopelessly compromised position from which The Ring continues to operate. They might as well give Schaefer a column, too, while they're at it.

Nearly seven months have elapsed since we last visited the Ring/Golden Boy relationship, and at the risk of winding Nigel up, it might be useful here to note that in the midst of last June's discourse, The Ring's editor offered a laundry list of the magazine's covers since the De La Hoya takeover as a demonstration of Golden Boy's restraint.

After listing them, Nigel Collins wrote “that's 28 covers over the course of 21 issues, of which Top Rank had 12 fighters, as opposed to eight for Golden Boy and eight for other promotional entities. Obviously, The Ring has shown no bias to Golden Boy when it comes to magazine covers.”

It had never even been suggested that the conflict of interest extended to the magazine playing favorites in choosing its cover subjects, but since Nigel brought it up it is probably worth noting now that of those eight covers given over to “other promotional entities,” two were of David Haye, whose promoter was properly listed as “Hayemaker,” but who had also signed a promotional deal with Golden Boy in May of 2008. (Just last month GBP issued a release in De La Hoya's name in which it described itself as “Golden Boy Promotions, the United States promoter of World Boxing Association Heavyweight World Champion David Haye.”)

And even more to the point, in four other issues Nigel Collins offered in evidence the cover subject was Floyd Mayweather (Independent), although what has transpired with regard to the Pacquiao fight doesn't make Money look very independent at all, does it?

We don't regularly keep track of these things, but in making sure we didn't misquote  Oscar's Blog we also came across a representation of the January 2010 issue on The Ring's website.  The picture on the cover of the Bible of Boxing is of the Golden Boy himself, and the cover story “De La Hoya: The Retirement Interview.”

Wow! Now there's a hot topic for crusading journalists.

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