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Pacquiao Selfies Banned

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The seriousness of the May 2 fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao went up a notch as the Pacquiao training camp had imposed a ban on selfies taken during training sessions at the Wild Card gym. To avoid distractions during training, the trainors and coaches had started to lock the gym from gawkers and fans. With just a few weeks to go before the fight billed as the greatest in the century, no one from the Pacquiao camp is taking any chances during training.

Even his trainer, Freddie Roach sees the danger of overtraining. According to an interview, the Pacquiao camp publicist said, ?He wants to make sure he doesn?t get overtired. Doesn?t want him to peak too soon. I think they are shocked at how far ahead he is in terms of conditioning, and I think it?s a concern now that he overtrains.?

Despite the ban, celebrities continue to flock to the Wild Card gym to lend support to the Filipino prizefighter. He has taken to Instagram to thank Spike Lee and Tito Mikey for lending their support to him for the coming fight. He also took time out during training to accommodate NBA Legend Karl Malone as the future Hall of Famer paid a visit to the Wild Card gym. There, Malone had boxing gloves signed by Pacquiao while Malone gave him one of his USA team jerseys.

Selfies have become the vestige of this generation?s technology. Millions are created each day and these millions are shared all across the various social media platforms available. In data provided by Samsung to Adweek.com, self photographs account for a third of all photos taken by individuals between the ages of 18 and 24. These photographs are then uploaded to Facebook (48%), WhatsApp (28%), Twitter (9%), Instagram (8%) and Snapchat (5%) respectively. Pinterest rounds up the list with 2% of the total selfies created.

The data, compiled by TechInfographics.com, the most number of selfies are taken in Australia, followed by the United States and then Canada back in 2013. A further revealing statistic showed that of the selfies taken, 14% admit they have digitally enhanced their images and 36% admitted altering their selfies. More men, 34% of the respondents, admit to altering their selfies while only 13% of women alter theirs.

Image courtesy of Creative Commons contributor TheDailySportsHerald.

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