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Boxing controversy, world record surfing, flying Frenchies: world’s most-watched sports videos

(Relaxnews) – Living boxing legend Manny Pacquiao escapes Vegas with a controversial win, extreme surfer Garrett McNamara rides a 90-foot wave, and adrenaline pursuing Frenchmen fling themselves from tightropes in videos charting November 16, 2011.

A weigh-in on YouTube received over 1 million views and 11,000 comments, not for the content of the video, but for the fight that followed.

Dailymotion screenshot: 'I Believe I Can Fly' trailer - skylining ©All rights reserved - Dailymotion / Seb Montaz

Filipino congressman Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (33) beat fellow boxer Juan Manuel Marquez (38) in a controversial judges’ decision on November 12.

Off the coast of Portugal, Garrett McNamara was investigating the potential for a surfing competition when he found himself atop a 90-foot behemoth and, soon enough, he was carving a passage down one of the world’s biggest waves.

In southeastern France, Paris, and Norway, Seb Montaz and chums have been exploring what they call “skylining” — a combination of tightrope walking and skydiving. Their trips led to the documentary I Believe I Can Fly, sales of which will fund further adventures.

YouTube’s most watched sports videos of the week, November 16
(All-time views in parentheses)
1) Manny Pacquiao vs Juan Manuel Marquez 3 Official Weigh-in (1,206,218 views)
2) Garrett McNamara rides 90 Foot Wave! New World Record (963,333)
3) ‘It had to happen’ – Lingerie Football League slip-up (891,769)

Tudou’s most watched sports videos of the week
1) Student sprint race: handstand start (164,416)
2) China lose World Cup 2014 qualifier: six provocative questions (164,308)
3) MMA: Shaolin style Yi Long KOs rtd Police Officer Shea Ealey (131,785)

Dailymotion’s most watched sports videos of the week
1) Ukraine v Germany (98,339)
2) Uraguay too hot for Chile (54,961)
3) ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ trailer – The ‘Flying Frenchies’ skylining documentary (67,620)

Nicovideo’s most watched sports videos of the week
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1) Arm-wrestling monster: Denis Cyplenkov dominates Andrey Pushkar (55,827)
2) SoftBank Hawks fly through Pacific League Series baseball (61,940)
3) Borussia Dortmund v Wolfsburg: spotlight on Shinji Kagawa (66,172)

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