Yahoo Philippines brings back five of its most-read sports stories of the year.
Six years have passed since Floyd Mayweather Jr. fought Manny Pacquiao in the ring, but the two boxing legends are still not done throwing jabs at each other.
The retired undefeated American took a swipe at the Filipino icon after an exhibition match. But Pacquiao refused to back down, saying he fights to challenge the best unlike Mayweather who "fights for money, even if the opponent is not a legitimate boxer."
Pacquiao, who retired from boxing this year after a crushing defeat, has thrown his hat in the political ring in perhaps the biggest fight of his life.
In an eventful year for sports, weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz made history for the Philippines by bagging the country's first Olympic gold medal at the Tokyo Games.
Diaz's winning 127kg clean-and-jerk lift in the women's 55kg division ended the Philippines' 97-year wait for Olympic gold.
Flyweight boxer Carlo Paalam's rise to fame is nothing short of spectacular.
Picking garbage at a sanitary fill when he was young, boxing scouts discovered his talents at a local tournament. And the rest, as they say is history.
Paalam's rousing victories in the Olympics ensured the Philippines another silver medal.
His monumental upset on Olympic gold medalist and world champion Shakhobidin Zoirov of Uzbekistan was his highlight victory at the Games.
Expectations were high on gymnastics champion Carlos Yulo (along with Hidilyn Diaz) to deliver the Philippines' first Olympic gold medal.
But after a dismal outing at the Games, Filipinos quickly turned on the gymnast.
Yulo's Japanese coach Munehiro Kugimiya, however, held himself accountable for the underwhelming performance of the Filipino gymnast.
The Philippine sporting community mourned the death of Jerome Yenson, a rising star in baseball. He was only 24 years old. The Talavera, Nueva Ecija native starred for Adamson University at the collegiate level, where he established himself as one of the brightest young stars in the local baseball scene.
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