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Mayweather vs. Cotto – Press Conference in the Legendary Apollo Theater [PHOTOS]

The next big boxing match will be between Mayweather and Cotto. Who will you be rutting for? Check it out on pay-per-view May 2nd! In the meantime, check out the photos below from their exclusive press conference in the legendary Apollo theater in Harlem.

Photos by Ralph Vargas.


WWE® announced today that Edge, Mil Máscaras and the Four Horsemen will be among the 2012 class of inductees into the WWE Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place Saturday, March 31 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, the evening before WrestleMania® XXVIII.

Throughout his storied career, Edge, known as the “Rated-R Superstar™,” held every major title in WWE. He is a former WWE Champion, World Heavyweight Champion, Tag Team Champion and King of the Ring®. His final match took place at last year’s WrestleMania in Atlanta, where he defeated Alberto Del Rio™ to retain the World Heavyweight Championship in front of a sold-out crowd of more than 71,000 fans. One week later, in an emotional speech on Monday Night Raw®, Edge was forced to retire due to a neck injury. Outside the ring, Edge is a New York Times bestselling author.

Since the early 1900s, Mexican luchadores have been revered as idols in their home country, but the masked sensation known as Mil Máscaras was the first of them to translate his regional success into international stardom. Athletic, colorful and explosive in the ring, “The Man of 1,000 Masks” established himself as a major attraction in the United States, Japan and other corners of the globe in the 1970s and paved the way for the future success of Mexican competitors like Rey Mysterio®, Eddie Guerrero® and his nephew Alberto Del Rio.

The Four Horsemen, consisting of Ric Flair, Arn Anderson™, Tully Blanchard™, Barry Windham™ and manager J.J. Dillon, were the most dominant group of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) in the 1980s, transcending the world of sports entertainment into all avenues of pop culture. This grouping was the first of its kind, paving the way for the likes of the NWO®, Evolution® and DX®. While the Four Horsemen would undergo many transformations over the years, none would ever be as paramount as Flair, Anderson, Blanchard, Windham and Dillon.

Additional inductees will be announced on WWE programming over the coming weeks.

Tickets for the 2012 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony are on sale now and are available through the American Airlines Arena box office,, Ticketmaster outlets or by calling Ticketmaster Charge By Phone at 1-800-745-3000.


HBO Sports unleashes an explosive middleweight twin bill on St. Patrick’s Day when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: SERGIO MARTINEZ VS. MATTHEW MACKLIN AND EDWIN RODRIGUEZ VS. DONOVAN GEORGE is seen live SATURDAY, MARCH 17 (10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT) from the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, exclusively on HBO. The telecast will be presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.

The consensus 2010 Fighter of the Year, Sergio Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KOs), originally from Buenos Aires and now living in Oxnard, Cal., comes into this 12-round, 160-pound showdown as one the sport’s top performers, having displayed a willingness to fight any challenger and the ability to dominate the competition. The 37-year-old slugger will face talented 29-year-old Birmingham, England native Matthew Macklin (28-3, 19 KOs), who is fighting on American soil for the first time since 2005.

Martinez’s profile has soared significantly since his stunning KO victory over Paul Williams in round two of their 2010 rematch. Outside the ring, Martinez has advocated civic responsibility in the community and spoken out against bullying among children and teens.

In the ten-round, 168-pound opening bout, Edwin Rodriguez of Worcester, Mass. (20-0, 14 KOs) seeks to extend his undefeated streak against Chicago’s Donovan George (22-1-1 19 KOs). The engaging Rodriguez, 26, has scored victories over James McGirt, Aaron Pryor Jr. and Will Rosinsky. George, 27, is a crowd-pleasing knockout artist who has had tremendous success in the division.

The executive producer of WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is Rick Bernstein; producer, Dave Harmon; director, Marc Payton.

Check out the latest news and updates, share favorite moments, get sneak peeks, view compelling video content and more, all in Spanish, by following HBO Latino on Facebook (, YouTube ( and Twitter (

MIAMI: Here Comes Wrestlemania!






Don’t miss your chance to see the most anticipated match in history when The Rock faces off against John Cena at WrestleMania XXVIII at Sun Life Stadium in Miami on Sunday, April 1, 2012.  Watch:


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Victor Cruz: Football Star, Super Bowl Winner…MODEL? [ @TeamVic ]

With NFL success, comes endorsement deals and other money-making ventures. And so it is that Victor Cruz, a wide receiver for the Super Bowl-winning New York Giants, has just been signed with IMG Worldwide, an agency specializing in sports, fashion and media.

IMG, which also represents Gisele Bunchen, aka Mrs. Tom Brady, announced the Cruz deal the day after his team’s victory against Brady and the New England patriots.
“I’m very pleased to be represented by IMG,” Cruz said in a statement Monday. “They have a great reputation around the world. They have represented some of the most iconic athletes across a myriad of sports and I am honored to be among them.”

Cruz, a 26-year-old ex-star athlete at the University of Massachussetts, celebrated the Super Bowl win with his signature salsa dance moves at the end zone. During this past season with the Giants, Cruz scored 1,536 yards and 82 receptions, in addition to the Sunday’s first touchdown on NBC’s top-rated telecast. He joined the team as an undrafted free agent in 2010.

According to the IMG, the company’s clients division will rep Cruz for projects including endorsements and licensing, fashion strategy, speaking gigs and literary opportunities, among other branding endeavors.

“We are very excited to represent Victor,” said IMG vice president Carlos Fleming. “In addition to being one of the most talented and exciting players in the game, Victor is a great person, a fan favorite with enormous opportunities ahead of him. Our job will be to deliver them to him.”

NY Giants Victory Parade TOMORROW!

The New York Giants will have their 21-17 victory celebrated tomorrow with a parade starting at Battery Place & Washington Street at 11am, traveling uptown along the Canyon of Heroes, stopping at Worth Street. The team will be presented with a key to the city by Mayor Bloomberg. This is a ticker-tape event, and tickets are unfortunately no longer available.

But don’t fret — the sidewalk lining of the parade will be open to the public while the ceremony at City Hall Plaza will be for ticket holders only. In February 2008, the Giants had their Super Bowl over the New England Patriots. An additional celebration will be held in MetLIfe Stadium in East Rutherford for Big Blue, as tweeted by NJ Gov. Chris Christie.

NJ Transit will also be beefed up during AM and PM rush hours, as possible attendees are encouraged to take mass transit.


HBO Sports’ flagship boxing series presents an all-action affair when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: ERIK MORALES VS. DANNY GARCIA AND JAMES KIRKLAND VS. CARLOS MOLINA is seen live SATURDAY, MARCH 24 at 10:15 p.m. (ET)/7:15 p.m. (PT), from Reliant Arena in Houston, exclusively on HBO.  The telecast will be presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.

The 12-round main event showcases all-time Mexican great Erik Morales (52-7, 36 KOs) defending his super lightweight title against unbeaten 23-year-old Philadelphia native Danny Garcia (22-0, 14 KOs).  Morales, 35, had a strong 2011 and looks to add to his Hall of Fame-caliber resume this year.

In the opening bout, one of boxing’s most compelling fighters makes his 2012 debut as Austin resident James Kirkland (30-1, 27 KOs) squares off with Chicago’s Carlos Molina (19-4-2, 6 KOs) in a ten-round junior middleweight bout.  Kirkland, 27, fired up the boxing world last month with a sixth-round KO of Alfredo Angulo in one of the year’s top slugfests.  The 28-year-old Molina, a native of Patxcuaro, Mexico, has displayed formidable skills in battling Erislandy Lara to a draw and scoring a win over Kermit Cintron.

Originally scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 28, this HBO Sports presentation was postponed due to illness.

The executive producer of WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is Rick Bernstein; producer, Dave Harmon; director, Marc Payton.

Check out the latest news and updates, share favorite moments, get sneak peeks, view compelling video content and more, all in Spanish, by following HBO Latino on Facebook (, YouTube ( and Twitter (

@TeamVic — Sneak Peek of our EXCLUSIVE interview with @VictorCruz !!


by: Ray Monell
Once overlooked, overlooked no more. No one
would select Paterson, N.J. native Victor Cruz
in the 2010 NFL Draft, and now every team
save for the New York Giants is regretting what
ignorance cost them: one of the most explosive
wide receivers in professional football.
“I knew that I had it within me to be a great
athlete and a great individual person,” Cruz, 25,
told LatinTRENDS on Monday, Dec. 19 during
his cover shoot at The Copacabana in midtown
Manhattan. “I just needed the time to go out
there and prove myself [on] the real stage, in a
real game, where it counted, so I could come up
and make some huge plays.
“I got that opportunity this year, and I made the
best of it.”
Cruz, signed by the Giants in the summer of
2010, had a three-touchdown performance vs.
the New York Jets in a preseason game shortly
after joining Big Blue. The UMass graduate’s
prodigious athletic talent was obvious then, but
he’d injure his hamstring in October of last year
and missed the rest of the season. He entered
2011 fully recovered, made the team and has
since compiled—over the first 15 games of the
2011-12 campaign—76 catches for 1,358 yards
and eight touchdowns.

@TeamVic CRU-UZ! The Giants are going to the SUPER BOWL!

Michael Kelliehan
NYG Are going to the super bowl after a exciting nail bitter against the San Francisco 49ers. The New York Giants again proved their resilience, after an O.T victory in San Francisco 20-17 in the National Football Conference championship game Sunday night.
NYG Lawrence Tynes sealed the deal for “The Big Blue’ in the damp Candlestick Park with a 31 yard field goal in what was a long battle for both San Francisco and New York. Tynes, who also kicked a game-winning field goal to send New York to their previous Super Bowl, split the uprights after the Giants had gained a decisive turnover in San Francisco territory after a fumbled punt return by back-up receiver Kyle Williams.
Tynes saying “I was so nervous today before the game just anticipating this kind of game,” Tynes spoke reporters while still fired up from the game saying “I’m usually pretty cool but there was something about tonight that I knew I was going to have to make a kick.”
Jacquian Williams who force the late game fumble by the 49ers and was recovered by Devin Thomas caused NYG Coach Tom Coughlin to rejoice and praise his team for a job well done Coach Coughlin went on to say,
“That play at the end of the game was unbelievable, just to give us a chance of winning,” Coughlin said after the Giants’ fifth straight victory on the road.

“Otherwise it was a defensive struggle and no team was able to really move the ball.”
Now the Giants set there sights on the championship Where they’ll be going up against Q.B Tom Brandy and the N.E Patriots. I’m sure where Q.B Tom Brandy will be looking for N.E revenge after losing out a chance at his championship four years ago.
But win lose or draw at least 49th street remains just 49th street after Mayor Bloomberg Placed a bet against San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, terms being if the 49th Street in Manhattan will be renamed 49ers Street for one day, and Bloomberg will have to send a dozen bagels from Bagel Oasis in Queens to San Francisco. If the Giants won Lee will have to outfit a Powell Street cable car with the team’s blue and red flags, and also send Boudin sourdough bread to the Big Apple, according to the mayor’s office. Maybe next time San Fran.

“Run for Teens” is warming up for the 2012 ING NYC Marathon

It’s hard to believe, but Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center’s ING New York City Marathon Team “Run for Teens” is already recruiting members to be part of the 2012 squad.

Last year, “Run for Teens” helped raise approximately $25,000 for the Center!

This year, we have received another 10 open slots to fill and are asking that our runners be committed to raising a minimum of $3,000 in support of Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center. We will provide your entry fee and registration with the New York Road Runners and will also set up an online link where supporters can make contributions in your honor.