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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

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.