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Russia Withdraws From Hosting 2018 FIFA World Cup, Endorses Philippines As New Venue


MOSCOW, Russia (The Adobo Chronicles, Moscow Bureau) – The 2018 FIFA World Cup was supposed to be held in Russia from June 14 to July 15, 2018, after the country won the bid to host the quadrennial international football tournament.

But President Vladimir Putin announced today that the Russian government is withdrawing from the hosting opportunity so that it could focus its resources on programs that would uplift the socio-economic conditions of its citizens.

Putin has strongly recommended that the Philippines host the 21st FIFA World Cup, something that he and President Rodrigo Duterte briefly discussed during the latter’s abbreviated state visit to Russia.

“I am very impressed at the ability of the Philippine government under Duterte to successfully host international events.  Its hosting of this year’s Miss Universe Pageant is perfect proof,” Putin said.

Russia had also been host to the international pageant, but no host country in recent history has impressed the Miss Universe organization as the Philippines has.  In fact, there are talks that the next Miss Universe Pageant will again be held in the Philippines.

If selected to host the 2018 FIFA, the games will be held at the Philippine Arena which holds the distinction as the world’s biggest indoor arena.


imageLas Vegas, Nevada (The Adobo Chronicles) – It is a boxing match that will definitely eclipse the ‘Thrilla in Manila’ between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier back in 1975, one that is being touted as ‘Mayhem in May.’

Finally, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. has agreed to fight Filipino champion boxer Manny Pacquiao and the American fighter has even handpicked the date – May 2, 2015.

ESPN first reported that this much-anticipated match is definitely happening after years of ducking, excuses, allegations and counter-allegations between the two camps that have left boxing fans very disappointed and frustrated for a long time now. Money is not going to be an issue, according to the report. This leaves wide open the prize money that awaits either fighter.

The Adobo Chronicles  was able to reach very reliable sources within the Mayweather camp and confirmed that the boxer, who is currently training in Las Vegas, has agreed to finally face Pacquiao on May 2, with only two conditions:

First, that the fight will be shown on Showtime Pay Per View (PPV), and second  that the 12-round bout will happen aboard the International Space Station.

“Having the fight while Pacquiao and I are both experiencing weightlessness will truly make the match even — pound for pound, ” Mayweather reportedly said.

The only remaining detail that  needs to be worked out is what to call the championship contest. Obviously, it can not be called a lightweight, welterweight or heavyweight fight.

Who will be the weightless boxing champion of the world? Or the universe.



London, Great Britain (The Adobo Chronicles) – There have been reported sightings of vampires this week in Wimbledon, the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and widely considered the most prestigious.

This has led tennis legend John McEnroe to spearhead a campaign to rid Wimbledon — and tennis in general — of these blood-sucking creatures as immortalized in the blockbuster ‘Twilight’ movies. image

Among the first to respond to McEnroe’s campaign was Ernests Gulbis of Latvia. In a press conference following his first-round win in the tournament, Gulbis lashed out at vampires in an impassioned plea to cleanse the tennis courts of evil beings.

Here’s a video clip of the press conference in Wimbledon.