Mayweather to wear $25k mouthguard for Pacquiao fight

BRIGHT SMILE. Floyd Mayweather Jr will wear a $25,000-worth mouthguard for his fight against Pacquiao to 'preserve his smile.' Laura Rauch/EPA

BRIGHT SMILE. Floyd Mayweather Jr will wear a $25,000-worth mouthguard for his fight against Pacquiao to ‘preserve his smile.’ Laura Rauch/EPA

MANILA, Philippines – Floyd Mayweather Jr is living up to his “Money” persona once again as he will wear a $25,000-worth mouthguard for his much-anticipated bout against Manny Pacquiao on May 2 (May 3 in PH).

According to a report by entertainment news outlet TMZ, the unbeaten American boxer tapped Dr. Lee Gause to do a custom-made mouthpiece that has gold flakes, diamonds and real $100 bills inside it.

“My career’s gone on 19 years and I’ve been able to preserve my smile,” Mayweather quipped.

Gause, a dentist based in Manhattan, New York and owner of the Iceberg Guard performance mouth-wear line, has a long list of clients in professional sports, including former welterweight champion Andre Berto, NBA player Amar’e Stoudemire and retired NFL linebacker Christopher Borland.

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Aside from Gause, Mayweather acquired the services of Chef Q to prepare his meals as he trains for his heavily-hyped showdown with Pacquiao at the 16,800-seater MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mayweather reportedly assigned the expensive cook to handle all his meals that cost $1,000 per plate. –

The Buzz airs final episode on Easter Sunday

After almost 16 years, ABS-CBN’s weekly entertainment news and talk show The Buzz aired its final episode on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015.

Asia’s King of Talk, Boy Abunda, who successfully steered the multi-awarded show with the help of co-host Kris Aquino and several others in between, including Toni Gonzaga, did not disclose the real reason why they have to go off the air.

He just said the people behind the program as well as its viewers have evolved. Citing changes in the composition of the show’s staff, Abunda emphasized that they have agreed to cease from airing “temporarily.”

Photo credit: The Filipino Channel
The Buzz, which featured local celebrity gossip and news, premiered in 1999.

After more than one and a half decade, is it safe to say that the show was cancelled because it was overtaken by social media and emerging online showbiz news sources? Is it the reason why The Buzz needs to be replaced by the rumored show to be hosted by the Gonzaga sisters, The Toni Alex Talk Show?

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: New Windy City Playhouse opens with 'End Days'

Windy City Playhouse is the newest theater performance space in Chicago to entice audiences with something new.

The intimate and elegant venue at 3014 W. Irving Park Road not far from Wrigley Field offers something, that at this moment, doesn’t exist anywhere else in Chicago theater.

Patrons not only can enjoy a sophisticated bar and plush seating surrounding the performance area, but there is also server service and tables with all of the seats, along with a complete menu of delicious offerings from small bite plates and desserts to custom craft cocktails and a wide variety of wine and beer.

The Playhouse is led by John Morris, who has had distinguished careers in both professional theater and architecture, along with Artistic Director Amy Rubenstein.

In 1986, he founded a Chicago architectural firm, where he designed several residential and commercial projects. He headed the firm’s theater design division, leading design teams for several adaptive re-use and new construction on theater projects, including the new home for the internationally known Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Other Morris-designed spaces that enhance Chicago’s off-Loop theater districts include Lookingglass Theatre at Chicago Water Tower Pumping Station, the Beverly Art Center, Raven Theatre and the Chicago Center for the Performing Arts.

It should come as no surprise that guests are wowed the moment of arriving in the lush lobby, with chandeliers, fireplace and rich decor.

There are two distinct seating types, each one a comfortable way to experience live performance:

Top Shelf ($30 – $45, depending on performance day) — The top shelf seats are swivel lounge chairs close to the stage separated by contemporary side tables. Top Shelf is a great option for small groups as it allows you to turn in and socialize with friends.

House ($15 – $25, depending on performance day) — The house seating is a slightly more traditional rowed-style seating, but still extremely comfortable. These movie theater seats are a bit wider and more plush than most, and best of all, they have cupholders and a small shelf to hold drinks and snacks.

The inaugural production opening this space is a run of the play “End Days” by Deborah Zoe Laufer and directed by Henry Godinez and playing through April 26.

Running two hours and 20 minutes, which includes a 20-minute intermission, I wasn’t as impressed with this convoluted and contrived play as I was with this new opulent space of future artistic opportunities.

The cast includes the capable Keith Kupferer and Tina Gluschenko, who always rank as two of my stage favorites. He plays the long suffering, depressed out-of-work husband opposite her role as a wife and mother who has recently become a reborn-Christian and is convinced the end of the world is just days away and it is up to her to save her family, which also includes her downer daughter, overplayed by Sari Sanchez and her goofy Elvis-obsessed friend, really overplayed by Stephen Cefalu Jr.

Add to all of this cameo figment-of-the-imagination appearances by Jesus and wheelchair genius Stephen Hawking, played with a cardboard performance by Steven Strafford, with the result being, even before the first hour was over, I was already looking at my watch.

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