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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

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Pacquiao vs Henares

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) expects Sarangani Rep. and boxing icon Manny Pacquiao to have learned from his tax battle with the bureau, and accurately settle and report his taxes in connection with his much anticipated bout with Floyd Mayweather, Jr. in May.

BIR Commissioner Kim Henares said Pacquiao should properly and accurately report to the BIR the taxes he will be paying the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and submit supporting documents authenticated by the Philippine Embassy in the US.

Henares also reminded Pacquiao to withhold taxes from salaries and other payments he makes to his employees and staff.

Pacquiao and the BIR are in a legal battle in connection with his alleged deficiency income tax and value-added tax (VAT) assessments for taxable years 2008 and 2009 amounting to P2.2 billion.

Pacquiao will meet Mayweather in a mega-fight in Las Vegas on May 2.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Richest Fight in History

If not the biggest boxing event of all time, it sure will be the richest with a reported $250 million being split $150m to Mayweather and $100m to Pacquiao in a single fight deal. Some industry pundits say these figures could be a little exaggerated with the purse more likely to be $200m, split $120m and $80m respectively by Mayweather and Pacquiao.

The current record for pay-per-view buys is 2.5 million for the Mayweather/Oscar De la Hoya fight, while the current record for the most pay-per-view revenue in a boxing fight is $150m for the Mayweather/Canelo-Alvarez fight. This fight will likely eclipse both these records in a rare joint PPV split between the Showtime and HBO networks. The pay-per-view TV charges are expected to be somewhere around $85 on HD.

In addition to the rich TV rewards, there will be a $40m gate at Mayweather’s favourite stomping ground, the MGM Grand. Ticket pricing hasn’t been confirmed yet, but it won’t come cheap. With the $350 to $2000 tickets for the Mayweather/Canelo-Alvarez fight selling out in less than 24 hours, it is expected that there will be a significant increase on these prices.

Stephen Espinoza, the General Manager of Showtime Sports, said in a statement: “Everyone involved, including Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, knows this fight simply had to happen. All of us are thrilled to be able to deliver this event to boxing fans around the world.”

The fight should put an end to the speculation about who is the greatest boxer in this era, and also stop the taunts that Mayweather has faced about ducking the fight in order to protect his undefeated status. Of all the possible fights talked about for the last five years, boxing fans around the world are most looking forward to the Mayweather/Pacquiao pairing. If the fight itself turns out to be as spectacular as they all hope, May 2nd 2015 will be a great day for the sport.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Binay described the surge in Pacquiao's survey rating as "good news."

Binay, who is chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and a leading bet for the presidency in 2016, had said last August that Pacquiao was in his wish-list of personalities he will tap to be in his United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) senatorial lineup when he guns for the presidency in 2016.

Pacquiao won a second term as Sarangani representative under the UNA banner but maintains a local party called People’s Champ Movement.

Asked if his presence at the airport to welcome the Vice President was a "show of support" for the beleaguered Binay who is facing corruption charges, Pacquiao skirted the issue and said that it was just his “duty (as Sarangani congressman) to welcome the second highest official in the land.

From the airport, Binay and Pacquiao went to the General Santos Public Market where they partook in a boodle fight with market-goers.

On the other hand, Binay described the surge in Pacquiao's survey rating as "good news."

A Pulse Asia survey conducted from Sept. 8 to 15 this year showed Pacquiao's chances of winning a senate seat improving to 31.3 percent from 25.6 percent in a June survey, putting him in 11th to 16th places.

The Vice President had earlier said that he would love to have Pacquiao, as well as Senator Ralph Recto, in his senatorial lineup.

Should they agree, they would join a powerhouse UNA senatorial slate that would include to the Buhay Partylist Rep. Lito Atienza, Senator Tito Sotto, and Valenzuela Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian as Binay's senatorial bets.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Pacquiao pledge to help typhoon

“I will send help to those who need it the most and I enjoin all of you to pray for our country and people in these trying times.”

Pacquiao, who defeated Rios by unanimous decision to take the WBO international welterweight title, has dedicated his comeback fight to storm victims and promised to visit Tacloban and outlying regions that the storm had turned into a corpse-strewn wasteland.

When the bell rang to signal the end of the 12-round match, many spectators in Tacloban threw their baseball caps, shirts and pieces of cardboard into the air, even before the result was officially announced.

Tacloban city folk, Nebasa said, would gladly await the visit of Pacquiao, who rose from poverty to become one of the world’s highest-paid athletes.

In Macau, the 13,000-seat arena at the Venetian casino was packed. Many in the audience were Filipinos who either lived and worked in Macau or nearby Hong Kong, or made the one-hour flight from the Philippines.

Some waved Philippine flags, and frequently chanted, “Manny, Manny.”

The much-needed victory of the national boxing hero of the Philippines, Manny Pacquiao was celebrated by the Filipino victims of super typhoon Yolanda which left hundreds of thousands homeless and jobless particularly in the heavily-affected Samar and Leyte provinces.

Filipino boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao dedicates his title match against Brandon Rios to the Filipinos who suffered the onslaught of super typhoon Yolanda that hits Visayas on November 8. Pacquiao’s inspiration are the Filipino victims but according to the victims, Manny’s victory lift their spirits and served as inspiration for them.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Mayor earns ire of village leaders on ‘job orders’ issue

A village official recently spoke up against the uninformed inclusion of his relative in the list of job order appointments of the City Government.
Councilmen’s League of Angeles City (CLAC) Executive Vice President and Barangay Cutcut official Roy Ogurida, in a radio interview, said the inclusion of his sister’s name in the list of the City Government’s job order employees, along with the names of the relatives of other barangay officials, was done without their knowledge.
“Ito ang tunay na mga ‘ghost employees’ ng City Hall. Nakalista ang mga pangalan nila sa payroll pero kung hahanapin mo sila ay hindi naman talaga nagtatrabaho dahil ni hindi nila alam na nakalista pala sila bilang mga job order,” Ogurida said.
Ogurida said that during the CLAC emergency meeting held in November 27, the barangay officials refuted all 40 names listed as job order appointments in the PhilHealth Program under the Office of the Mayor.
He said these people are not actually working for City Hall and are not even aware that they are listed as job order employees and they have not been the ones collecting their supposed salary.
Ogurida also said that they made a computation of the supposed salaries of these JOs, which is listed as P500 per day or P11,000 a month and they discovered that within the appointment period from July to October 2012, the salary allotted for the 40 people in the PhilHealth Program amounts to P1.7 million.
Asked about where the names of their relatives could have been taken from, Ogurida surmised that the list must have been taken from the Personal Data Sheets (PDS) submitted by barangay officials.
Earlier, David expressed resentment over the situation after learning that the name of his wife, Irene David, was also included in the list of job orders without their knowledge.
David said his wife does not work at the city hall and collect her supposed salary.
On October 19, 2012, graft and corruption charges were filed before the Office of the Ombudsman against Pamintuan, City Accountant Wilfredo Tiotuico, City Budget Officer Fe Corpuz, City Treasurer Juliet Quinsaat and and other department heads by local newsman Robledo Sanchez in relation to the 2,506 job order employees of the City Government.
Sanchez also called Pamintuan out for having several relatives of barangay officials listed as JOs under the City Government.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Pacquiao updates

His pretty face was battered and bruised as Pacquiao, with blinding hand-speed and remarkable movement cut De La Hoya to ribbons, nailing him with punches from all angles and darting in and out with such dexterity that De La Hoya couldn't catch him, laying to waste his boast that he would knock Pacquiao out because the battle was "personal."

During a courtesy call at the Philippine Consulate in Chicago prior to Manny Pacquiao's showdown with "The Golden Boy" Oscar De La Hoya, astute Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said "speed kills."

While Pacquiao's speed didn't take the life of De La Hoya, the Filipino southpaw pulverized one of the biggest names and certainly one of the most glamorous fighters in the history of the sport, forcing him to quit seated on his stool at the end of the 7th round.

It obviously had to do with Pacquiao accepting $250,000 following a dinner with De La Hoya in Los Angeles and then signing a promotional contract without realizing that under the terms of an existing contract with Top Rank's Bob Arum, he couldn't break away.

In the end Pacquiao light-heartedly blamed his lawyer, Atty. Franklin "Jeng" Gacal for the ill-advised decision, returned De La Hoya's money and signed a new contract with Arum.

That contract, for the record, was recently extended to December 2014 with reports that Pacquiao got a $1 million signing bonus.

The 2014 deadline provides an insight into Pacquiao's career path. By then Pacquiao would be 35 years old and would wish to concentrate on his political career. It also leaves enough time for him to entice undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr to step into the ring against him in a fight the world has clamored for but is unlikely to do so, for much longer.

Pacquiao has bent backwards to accommodate Mayweather's demands including taking a smaller purse and agreeing to random drugs tests. As one boxing columnist pointed out, the only thing Pacquiao didn't offer to do was to drive Mayweather to the venue of their fight.

With the possibility of a rematch or even a trilogy provided they are able to agree on the first fight, then the 2014 contract extension fits nicely into Pacquiao's plans.

Right now however, his plans are centered on shutting up Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez who has continued to irritatingly claim that he won their three previous fights and was robbed of the decision by the judges.

If at all, Marquez could make a case for a truly controversial split decision victory by Pacquiao in their third encounter but there is no way he won the first after being dropped three times in the opening round which ended in a draw after judge Burt Clements admitted he made a mistake scoring the first round 10-7 instead of 10-6 which the two other judges did based on the three knockdowns.

In their rematch Pacquiao dropped Marquez once again with a perfectly-timed left hook to win a majority decision.

But after the controversial third fight and Marquez's posturing, celebrated trainer Freddie Roach wants nothing less than a knockout to erase the doubts over their previous battles and to effectively prove who is the better fighter.

Roach has made it clear "It has to be a knockout" which is what they have worked on in the gym, hammering out a strategy that would accomplish the goal.

Legendary Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez, Sr.  told Pacquiao's strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza that reflecting over Pacquiao's recent fights "the problem with Manny is he thinks too much and when he does some thing he gives Marquez time. But when Manny loosens up and lets it go, Marquez looks lost. He didn't know what to do at times. That's Manny Pacquiao."

Chavez added: "You don't know what he's doing when he throws so many punches. You don't have time to figure and set up counter punches because it's 'boom, boom, boom and its coming from. everywhere."

Chavez, Sr. believes Pacquao must let his hands go, and go after Marquez because when he does there is nobody who can deal with that. In short, Manny must return to being a street-fighter ready to rip Marquez' head off.

From all accounts after two weeks preparation at the Wild Card Gym following two weeks of solid training in his hometown of General Santos City with childhood friend and Filipino trainer Restituto "Buboy" Fernandez which even drew a surprised look on Roach's face to see Pacquiao in such good shape and commendation from Ariza, Pacquiao appears to be returning to the fiery fighter he once was — the same devastating puncher who mauled De La Hoya, separated Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton from his senses in two rounds and ripped Miguel Cotto to score a 12th round TKO.

As Pacquiao himself has said the challenge is to put on a performance that will "put this fight into history."

In the assessment of Ariza, who normally likes to back off from making the mistake of painting a glowing picture of where Pacquiao is at and how well he's doing, the old fire is back in the belly of Pacquiao.

Six sparring sessions have demonstrated the sharp focus and the relentless pursuit of a goal by Pacquiao which was set for him by Roach. Nothing short of a knockout would suffice when he clashes with Marquez for the fourth time at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 9 (Manila Time).

As he finished his second week under the watchful eye of Roach and wound up on Saturday with eight rounds of sparring, Ariza couldn't help but sound elated in a conversation with Yahoo! Philippines. "He was simply amazing," said Ariza after eight rounds of sparring.

To him it's clear that Manny wants to be the old Manny Pacquiao who, when he hurt an opponent he would pursue him and when he threw punches it was with the intention of hurting the man in front of him.

The resiliency is there and he's relentless throwing flurries of punches and putting them together effectively.

To the strength and conditioning coach who began his association with Roach and took over Pacquiao's conditioning from former heavyweight contender Justin Fortune, "It's a different Manny Pacquiao, just like the old times."

The normally conservative Ariza didn't back off when asked what he thought of Pacquiao with four weeks to go before fight night He conceded that "on a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give him a 10!"

But he quickly threw in a conditionality stating that he hated making such assessments "because I don't want to set myself up since I don't know what's going to happen over the next two weeks."

If all goes as planned then Freddie Roach may well  get his wish as well as Pacquiao's mother, Dionisia Pacquiao, who has made it clear she wants her son to finish Marquez "in one or two rounds."