Weekend Review: Manny Pacquiao Beats Joshua Clottey, LT Hits Broadway And Bracket Time Is Here Again


Cowboys Stadium sets the world record for largest screen to show Manny Pacquiao's face.

March Madness is in full effect. NBA and NHL teams are jockeying for playoff position, NFL free agency is in full swing, and NCAA brackets are printed and ready to be distributed via your local copy machine. Ahh, it's great to be a sports fan.

The Cleveland Browns have quite the QB carousel going on these days. First they released former Pro Bowler Derek Anderson, then they inked Jake Delhomme to a two-year contract and now they've traded Brady Quinn to the Broncos for Peyton Hillis and future picks. The Browns must be looking to update Milton Bradley's classic game into Guess Who: The Cleveland Quarterback Edition.

To no surprise, the Browns weren't the only team testing the free-agent waters this weekend. After wooing him all weekend long, the New York Jets signed LaDainian Tomlinson to a two-year deal. LT will likely share carries with second-year back Shonn Greene, but more importantly he'll be able to show all of Gang Green how to read the defense, wave to their mom's and move their hips towards another six.

In what must have been a case of mistaken identity, the Dallas Mavericks had their 13-game win streak come to screeching halt in front of their home crowd on Saturday at the hands of the New York Knicks. The Knicks 128-94 rout of the Mavs was likely revenge for the Dallas' 50-point trouncing of New York just two months ago in the Garden. And speaking of revenge, the Cavs beat the Celtics 104-93 on Sunday just weeks after Shaq sustained a controversial thumb injury in Boston.

Meanwhile, the Mavs and Knicks weren't the only ones doing battle in Texas on Saturday night. Manny Pacquiao defeated Joshua Clottey in 12 rounds by unanimous decision in front of 50,994 people at Cowboys Stadium. The sellout crowd marked the third-largest indoor crowd for a U.S. boxing event. Jerry Jones must be chomping at the bit at the possibility of hosting a Mayweather-Pacquiao bout.

And capping off the weekend, was the exciting conclusion to Championship Week. While Ohio University, the University of Houston and New Mexico State all received unlikely automatic bids, the theme of this weekend was definitely big-time players hitting big-time shots. Player of the Year Evan Turner started things off with a half court heave on Friday to beat Michigan 69-68 in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tourney. Then, just two days after beating Cincinnati in the Big East quarterfinals with a buzzer-beater, West Virginia's Da'Sean Butler sunk yet another game-winner in the Big East title game against Georgetown to give the Mountaineers their first Big East Championship in school history. Taking a cue from Butler and Turner, Kentucky's freshman duo of John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins hit their own pair of clutch shots to beat Mississippi State 75-74 in overtime of the SEC final, giving the Wildcats their 26th SEC Championship and earning them a No. 1 Seed in the Big Dance.

It was an amazing weekend of sports and with the NCAA tournament just days away, we can only imagine what lies ahead. Enjoy the Madness that is March and start filling out your brackets!