Monday, September 2, 2019

Pac tokens

The 40-year-old boxer Manny Pacquiao, who defeated Keith Thurman to win the WBA Welterweight Super Championship in July and is also a Philippine senator, hopes to cash in on his "Pac" tokens, which will allow fans to buy his merchandise and interact with him via social media.

The "Pac" token will be listed on Singapore's Global Crypto Offering Exchange (GCOX) and counts Pacquiao and ex-Liverpool and England soccer star Michael Owen as private investors, along with Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed al-Nahyan, a member of Abu Dhabi's ruling family.

It is the world’s first celebrity cryptocurrency. Tennis ace Caroline Wozniacki, Owen and singer Jason Derulo also plan to launch their own crypto tokens with GCOX.

At Sunday's concert, Pacquiao sang songs from his own album which has sold thousands of copies and covers popular love songs.

"Pacquiao is idolised by many. People will be encouraged to check this innovation," Aaron Baetiong, 38, who attended the concert, said of the "Pac" tokens.

The cryptocurrency is going to list on Global Crypto Offering Exchange (GCOX), the prominent exchange of Singapore who claims to be the best exchange to list the digital assets of celebrities.

The project is not very latest as there has been going a development work from the past year. After being ready to go into the crypto markets, Manny decided to unveil it in a music concert in the presence of his wife on the stage.

The entry of a celebrity in the crypto world is not the first case as the digital currency has attracted many celebrities in its magic web. Jason Derulo, the American singer and songwriter, is also working diligently to launch its cryptocurrency on the same platform, GCOX. Similarly, Serena Williams, a tennis star, recently invested in Coinbase.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Manny Pacquiao for President

The 40-year-old boxer, who remains a hero in his homeland, has even been considered a top contender for the Philippine presidential elections in 2022 by none other than incumbent Rodrigo Duterte, who has announced in the past that he intends to make Pacquiao his successor.

This whole week leading up to his comeback fight Pacquiao has been answering questions about his new life as a senator and support of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, whose ultraviolent war on drugs, affection for extrajudicial killings, affiliations with anti-narcotic death squads, and self-confessed similarity to Adolf Hitler have made him the most-hated man among the international community’s human rights advocates. All the while Pacquiao has been supportive of his old friend, leading the charge in the senate for the reinstatement of the death penalty for drug dealers and ousting the chair of the committee tasked with investigating Duterte’s connection to violent vigilante groups.

Manny Pacquiao has been considered a top contender for the Philippines presidency since he became a member of the senate and talk of him becoming leader of his country has picked up steam again.

Duterte said during Pacquiao’s 39th birthday bash in 2017 that the Filipino icon would make an ideal president. “I told him when we were alone, I want him to become president,” Duterte said in 2017.

“You have brought so much pride and joy to our country for being the world champion in the field of boxing,” Duterte said of the fighting senator.

But even first-term senators devoted to murderous tyrants with a discipline fetish have their limits. And apparently Pacquiao’s came this week, after Duterte’s long nose-thumbing campaign against the United States and President Barack Obama (who Duterte called a “son of a bitch” in September and told to “go to hell” in October) culminated with his calling for the removal of all U.S. troops and military bases from the Philippines and blowing off reports that the U.S. will halt the sale of 24,000 guns to his government’s national police over Duterte’s approach to fighting drugs by calling American leaders “monkeys” and “fools” and saying he’ll just get those guns from someone else, like Russia.

“Being a public servant is different from sports. It’s more on the mind and a lot of problems, thinking about how to solve those problems in the country, and also to provide solution to those problems.”

Just last month, a reporter asked if he would still continue boxing if he became president. Pacquiao replied: “I hope so.”

Friday, July 13, 2018

Pacquiao vs Matthysse

Pacquiao is going for his 60th victory since turning pro in 1995, but despite winning 38 of his first 47 fights by knockout, he has not stopped an opponent in nine years.

"He looks like the old Pacquiao," declared Fortune of the boxer who is also an elected senator in the Philippines and is tipped one day to run for president. "His metabolism is ridiculous. He's a freak."

Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs) paid tribute to Pacquiao but warned that his admiration for one of the world's greatest pound-for-pound fighters would not stop him from taking his belt back to South America.

Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao challenges Lucas "The Machine" Matthysse for the World Boxing Association welterweight belt on Sunday knowing defeat could lower the curtain on one of the greatest careers in boxing history.

Pacquiao is a slight betting favorite at -210, meaning you’d have to bet $210 on him to win $100, while Matthysse is +170. But this ESPN+ fight feels like a 50-50 matchup (though it seems like most fighters who are weighing in on the fight are going with Pacquiao). That said, here are some predictions from those fighters and experts who know these boxers better than most anybody else.

Filipino sports analyst Joaquin 'Quinito' Henson reported last November 2017 that the Chinese government had approached Pacquiao to promote boxing in China, to which Pacquiao agreed.

Henson said that boxing promoters could make a killing even if they get only a slice of the Chinese pay-per-view (PPV) market. "If each pay-per-view subscription sells for $10, with a conservative audience of 100 million, total revenues would amount to $1 billion," he said, higher even than the $400 million PPV gross in the Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather bout.

Prior to his title bout on Sunday, Pacquiao's MP Promotions had welcomed to its training camp in General Santos City nine Chinese fighters.

"There is no good professional boxing trainer in China because professional boxing in the country has only 4 or 5 years history," Tian Ye, boxing coach and matchmaker in China.

China’s most famous boxer, Zou Shiming, lost his WBO flyweight belt when he was knocked out by Japan’s unfancied Sho Kimura in his first defense last year.

When Pacquiao’s plans for China were first announced in 2014, he said that he believed the partnership could help thaw frosty ties between the Philippines and China, who were engaged in a maritime dispute in the South China Sea.

Relations have since improved considerably under current Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Pacquiao Vs Horn

The fact is, Pacquiao is an aging fighter who has been in too many ring wars. Time catches up with all fighters, and it looked for long stretches in Sunday's fight like it finally caught up with him.

In the first fight of the televised card, middleweight Shane Mosley Jr. suffered his second career loss, falling to the (still) undefeated David Toussaint. Mosley is the son of legendary boxer Sugar Shane Mosley, but he now has two losses in his short career. One judge saw it his way on Saturday, as Toussaint took a split decision, but the fight really wasn’t that close. Toussaint faded late and Mosley capitalized, but was unable to score a stoppage and was too far back on the judges’ scorecards.

The second televised bout saw Irish prospect Michael Conlan in his third professional fight and with it, his third professional win. Conlan was an amateur boxing sensation and on Saturday, he looked as professional as it gets en route to a third-round TKO of Jarrett Owen in featherweight competition.

Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn combined for a 12-round war on Saturday, but in the end the fight ended with a controversial decision win for the hometown boy, Horn. The judges scored the bout 117-111, 115-113, 115-113 for Horn, but many had Pacquiao winning the fight.

Pacquiao was heavily favored going into the bout. Horn came into the fight as an undefeated prospect who had never fought anybody at Pacquiao’s level. Pacquiao, though no longer in his prime, was expected to pick Horn apart and score an easy points win.

That’s not exactly what happened. Horn displayed his youth and superior strength early, consistently rushing Pacquiao down and bullying him into the corner or against the ropes. But in these exchanges, Pacquiao was swimming and dodging all the serious shots from Horn and eventually started to put together combos of his own. When Horn slowed down, Pacquiao responded with his signature crisp combos and he opened up a cut that was swelling big time in the later rounds.

It seems like just about everybody on Twitter had some sort of reaction to the controversial Pacquiao-Horn decision, and nobody took the judges’ sides.

Pacquiao also had a couple cuts on his own head, but they weren’t near the eye, so he was good to go. Horn definitely took some of the earlier rounds, and showed signs of life in the 11th round, but Pacquiao put together a couple potential 10-8 rounds in the latter half of the fight. Horn really fought back in the latter two rounds, but most thought Pacquiao did enough to win it.

Pacquiao came into this fight with two wins since his last loss, to Floyd Mayweather, and now will go back to the drawing board again.

Jerwin Ancajas and Teiru Kinoshita faced off in the co-feature on the card, and it was a great fight. Well, it was for a little bit, until Ancajas opened up a cut above Kinoshita’s right eye. From there, Ancajas punished that spot and the swelling became too much. In the seventh round, Ancajas landed a brutal body shot that put Kinoshita on the mat. Kinoshita took his time getting up, and by then his right eye was essentially completely closed. The referee stopped the fight there, giving Ancajas a TKO victory.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Pacquiao vs. Vargas

Now that the Philippine Senate is on a break, the boxing legend says he is finally able to start training in earnest to face WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas.

Three months after ending his brief ring "retirement", Pacquiao is in the final weeks of preparations for the fight on Saturday, November 5.

"It can be very difficult if you are not disciplined. But I feel good," said Pacquiao.

"Every day I was able to run in the morning and then train after the Senate session. The gym is very close to the Senate.

"It is important to win this fight convincingly to prove that I am still there."

Pacquiao's long-time trainer Freddie Roach said the 37 year-old's continued success is a result of the hard work in the gym.

"His work ethic is still the greatest I have ever seen," Roach said. "I am amazed that after 15 years of working together he still has that passion.

"He's beating the mitts and beating his sparring partners. He still has the speed and power. Manny will punch this guy out."

If he gets past Vargas, as many think he will, Pacquiao could be looking at a fight against unbeaten Terence Crawford in 2017.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Kakainin kita ng buhay!

“Alam mo kaya kong kumain ng tao. Talagang buksan ko ‘yang katawan mo, bigyan mo ako suka’t asin, kakainin kita. Oo, totoo.”

President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to do a Hannibal Lecter if he comes face to face with the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf in yet another grim warning against the bandits.

In yet another exaggeration to express his contempt for the notorious ISIS-affiliated terrorist cell who initially claimed but later denied responsibility for the Davao City blast that killed 14 people and injured more than 60 other last week, Duterte told a Filipino community gathering in Laos on Tuesday:

He also pleaded more time from the people to finally eradicate the ASG which is being blamed for the series of kidnappings and beheading of hostages in Mindanao over the past months.

At the same time, he warned Abu Sayyaf: “Sige lang, bomba lang kayo nang bomba. Pagdating ng panahon, kakainin ko kayo sa harap ng tao. I will devour you if I have to erase you.” He added he will stop at nothing until not a single coconut tree is standing in Sulu, the terrorist’s major hideout.

He said there is no other politicians at the moment capable of defeating the ASG other than him.

“Sinong p’wedeng mag-Presidente? Kaya nila ‘yan, kumain ng tao? Oo. Ako, pag galitin mo ako, sa totoo lang. I will eat you alive. Raw,” he said.

[Who else can be president? Can they eat humans too, like me? Yes, if you provoke me, I will eat you alive. Raw.]

The acid-tongued Duterte, known for his profanity-laden speeches and exaggerations, has recently earned the ire of US President Barack Obama whom he vowed to curse at if the latter raises the issue of war on drugs and extrajudicial killings in the ASEAN summit in Laos.

Duterte has since expressed regrets over his “strong comments” against Obama; saying it was not meant as a personal attack on the US leader.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Cong. Pacquiao pledges loyalty to Binay

Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao assured Vice President Jejomar Binay of his unwavering support to his presidential bid despite the entry of his good friend Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in the presidential race.

Pacquiao  made the pledge as he welcomed United Nationalist Alliance standard bearer in his province and accompanied  the vice president in going to Colon, Maasim town where Binay was scheduled to grace the Fourth Council Jamboree of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines.

Duterte filed his certificate of candidacy for president as a substitute to former Quezon City barangay chairman Martin Dino as candidate of PDP-Laban party.,

“May isang salita tayo.  Ang sinusuportahan natin ay mahal na bise presidente at UNA candidate at hindi na magbabago iyon,” Pacquiao was quoted as saying during a press conference held at Saranggani Highlands.

Pacquiao is running as senator for UNA.  He used to be national vice president of PDP-Laban.
Before filing his certificate of candidacy for senator, Pacquiao admitted that he was asked to back Duterte, whom he considers as a good friend.

Pacquiao said his support for Binay should not be misconstrued to spell the end of his friendship with Duterte.

The  eight division world champion said he will strongly campaign for Binay.

repost from Manila Bulletin

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