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