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Editorial Cartoon: Pacquiaoed

December 17, 2008

pacquiaoed

De la Hoya is not the real loser here.

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Senators scold Atienza for skipping budget hearing for Pacman fight

December 10, 2008

By Christina Mendez Updated December 10, 2008 12:00 AM

Environment Secretary Joselito Atienza caught the ire of senators yesterday for skipping the budget hearing of the P8.1-billion allocation for the Department of Environment and National Resources (DENR) after he chose to watch the “Dream Match” of Manny Pacquiao and Oscar de la Hoya last weekend.

Senators Juan Miguel Zubiri and Jamby Madrigal expressed disappointment over the demeanor of Atienza, who readily defended his actions by saying that attending the Pacquiao fight was his “responsibility” to the RP boxing icon and the country.

During the budget hearing, Madrigal asked Atienza about the connection of the Pacquiao fight to his role as DENR secretary after the latter apparently gave more importance to the boxing match than the ongoing budget hearings at the Senate.

Madrigal wanted to know how Atienza was prioritizing the DENR budget vis-à-vis the celebrated fight.

Sen. Edgardo Angara, who heads the finance subcommittee defending the DENR budget before the plenary, explained that Atienza took the first available flight to return to the country after the fight.

“The visit to Las Vegas is part of a group of Filipinos who want to give moral support to our national idol. We need that kind of boost at this time on the eve of probably one of the worst economic recession that might hit us… and so this victory of our national idol is very much welcome by many Filipinos and number one sports fan like the secretary and many other government officials who witnessed the historic event,” Angara said.

Madrigal also asked the DENR secretary if the Pacquiao fight is part of “a new rescue package of the Philippines – P350-billion knockouts.”

“Maybe not in an economic sense but maybe a spiritual rescue and bailout for many apprising Filipinos,” said Angara.

Angara spoke on behalf of Atienza because it is customary in Senate debates for the finance chairman or his representative to defend the budget before plenary in the presence of officials of the department whose budget is being heard.

“Pacquiao, like Angelina Jolie, will now be coming out and campaigning against global warming,” Angara added.

But Atienza did not make a commitment when asked by Madrigal if Pacquiao – like Jolie – would give up 50 percent of his earnings to charities involving environmental concerns.

Atienza said he can merely use his “persuasive” powers on Pacquiao to help in the government’s environmental campaign.

Madrigal even asked where Atienza had been billeted, to which the secretary revealed that Pacquiao provided for his hotel accommodation.

For his part, Atienza said the department can readily defend the budget even without his presence.

“Our senior officers were ready to defend our budget, I just had to perform also an important task not only as personal thing. It was also for the country,” Atienza said, adding that Pacquiao is “like a son to him.”(PStar)

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My Take:

Baka malaki ang pusta.

Baka lang…

PACQUIAO WINS

December 7, 2008

INQUIRER.net
First Posted 12:44:00 12/07/2008

MANILA, Philippines — Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao stopped Oscar “Golden Boy” de la Hoya in 8 rounds of their “Dream Match” Saturday night (Sunday morning in Manila) before a sellout crowd in Las Vegas, Nevada and the rest of the world.

Pacquiao, 29, and champion of four weight divisions, showed De la Hoya why he has been heralded by many as the best pound-for-pound fighter.

De la Hoya, 35, a six-division champion, and former Olympic gold medalist entered the ring as the favorite because of his height and weight advantage over Pacquiao who has never fought above 135 pounds (61 kg).

De la Hoya’s last fight was against Fernando Vargas at 154 pounds (70 kg) in 2002.

Editorial Cartoon: (Pacquiao Watch) Losing the First Round

November 11, 2008

pkyawKakahiya naman to…

Group denies Pacquiao gave funds to Ilaga

September 25, 2008

GENERAL SANTOS CITY: People’s Champ Movement, the political camp of world boxing icon Manny Pacquiao reacted black propaganda hurled against “Pacman” days after the latter’s departure to the United States in preparation for his December 6 ring encounter with Mexican-boxer Oscar De La Hoya.

Text messages circulating in various Muslim-dominated villages in Sarangani have Pacquiao allegedly financing the “Reform the Ilaga Movement [RIM]” in Central Mindanao.

“Classified information show Manny Pacquiao contributed at least P5 million for the movements of the Ilaga against the Bangsamoro people, please pass, sukran,” the text messages disclosed.

The Ilaga, which was organized by early Iloilo settlers who fought against the Moro “Black shirts” in 1969, is also tagged responsible in the killing of several thousands of Islamic faith believers in Mindanao.

“I vehemently deny such baseless allegations. These are nothing but cheap political gimmickry officiated by those who wanted to discredit Pacquiao among his Muslim supporters in Sarangani,” Mayor Reynaldo Constantino of Malungon, Pac­quiao’s official spokesman told The Manila Times, Monday.

“What I am sure is that Pacquiao sent rice, relief goods and other sort of assistance for the evacuees in the 1st District of Sarangani during the height of AFP-MILF clashes and nothing else,” said Constantino, likewise denying reports that he intended to join the gubernatorial race in 2010.

“I am for Malungon and I will always be here with my people until I retire. These people against the Pacman are speculating something that is impossible. How could I run against Gov. Miguel Domin­guez as we are now in the process of creating the Pacquiao-Domin­guez-Solon [PDS] coalition,” Cons­­tantino explained.

Constantino believe Pacquiao’s political detractors are now doing everything to create some frictions between him and Dominguez in order to gain the sympathy of Dominguez’s supporters in the Sarangani Reconciliation and Reform Organization political party.

Former Governor Prisilla Chiong­bian of Sarangani, mother of incumbent Rep. Erwin Chiong­bian, in a press statement that said she would run again in Sarangani even at the age of 86 during the elections, because “she would not allow the province to go into the wrong hands.”

“I am still strong and I will run again for governor,” Priscilla told reporters in a press briefing the day Pacquiao left for Manila and the US last week.

Rep. Chiongbian, whose term ends in 2010, said he would lead his mom’s campaign to ensure victory against the “Pacman.”

On the other hand, Constantino has admitted that Sarangani, being founded by the late Rep. James Chiongbian, has been under the Chiongbians leadership in a long time. “I do not question what Auntie Precy did while at helm of the Sarangani provincial government. And I thank them all for serving the people, including my people, for such a long time. But I think that time was already enough for them to turn the Sarangan leadership into the new breed of leaders. Rep. Kuya Erwin should have to accept the fact that Mommy Precy is now too old to lead the province,” said Constantino, adding that what Pacquiao have shown the world of giving his own hard-earned money for the poor shall always prevail. “These will never be distorted with lies and other unsavory statement lashed against the Filipino ring idol.”

“What he did in uplifting the plight of my poor people in Malungon will be judged by the people themselves,” said Constantino.

Constantino also downplayed Rep. Chiongbian assertion that all of the six mayors in Sarangani, except for Malungon, have already given their assurance of support for the candidacy of Priscilla Chiongbian.

“I don’t believe that. I am always here in town while the honorable congressman is in Manila. I have more links to my fellow mayors in the province and none of them, even insiders in various camps have told me that none of the incumbent mayors have already signified their support for Pacquiao’s would-be political opponents in 2010,” Constantino said.
— Isagani P. Palma (ManilaTimes)

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My Take:

What? Pacquiao’s spokesperson? A town Mayor?

Whaaaaaaaaaat?

Is this legal?

Just asking.

Editorial Cartoon: Pacquiao Fight

September 2, 2008

He’s training early now.  He even opted to choose his corener: KAMPI.

Longest training for Pacquiao’s ‘greatest fight’

August 30, 2008

By Marc Anthony Reyes
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 04:05:00 08/30/2008

MANILA, Philippines—Manny Pacquiao calls it the “biggest fight of my life.” And because it is such, it will entail the longest preparation by the Filipino ring icon.

Pacquiao will fly to his trainer Freddie Roach’s Wild Card gym in Los Angeles on Sept. 12 to kick off a 10-week training program for the bout against Oscar de la Hoya on Dec. 6 at the MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas—a match that, this early, has been penciled as the world’s next “super fight.”

“This is my greatest challenge,” said Pacquiao at a teleconference Friday, formally announcing the projected $100-million fight. “When I take that walk to the ring to fight Oscar, I will carry all the people of the Philippines—the entire country—on my shoulders.”

De la Hoya, who has spent most of his career hunting down—and often beating—the sport’s biggest names, will also put in a lot of work to prepare against Pacquiao.

“I have to find a way to increase my speed,” De la Hoya said. “We’re three months away, and we have to figure out quick how we’re going to neutralize him. It’s going to be an explosive fight. We’re going to fight in the center of the ring.”

$30-million share

“I have no intention of taking it easy in the gym because this will be the fastest, strongest southpaw I’ve ever faced.”

Pacquiao stands to earn anywhere between $15 to 30 million from his cut of the pay-per-view pie. That, plus a guaranteed purse still being negotiated, will make the match the biggest ever for the reigning WBC lightweight champion.

“I promise I will fight with all of my heart and that I will give everything I have,” added Pacquiao, 29. “I am faster and stronger than him and I’m also younger. He’s bigger in height but I feel I’m stronger and it’s going to be a great fight.”

Known for his relentless boxing style, the current pound-for-pound champion has a string of famed Mexican victims under his belt, including Marco Antonio Barrera, Juan Manuel Marquez and Eric Morales.

Latinos for Pacquiao

In his last fight, Pacquiao dethroned former lightweight king David Diaz, an American of Mexican descent.

That prompted De la Hoya, an American born to Mexican parents, to say that he will be seeking vengeance against the Mexican tormentor.

Interestingly, though, legendary Mexican fighter Julio Cezar Chavez said in an interview with boxingscene.com that Latinos would “go with Pacquiao” in the match. Chavez was hoping to pit his son, Julio Cesar Jr., against De la Hoya.

Pacquiao usually spends eight full weeks of training under Roach, who has earlier promised to map up the sharpest fight plan possible for his ward.

But ranged against the “Golden Boy,” Pacquiao is leaving no stone unturned in his preparations, especially because his foe is not taking him lightly.

“Manny Pacquiao is considered the best fighter in boxing today and I always want to fight the best,” said De la Hoya, who has now suddenly decided not to talk about his planned retirement.

“My focus is on my training and my next fight,” he added. “I’m not going to talk or think about retirement. We’ll see how I feel after this fight. For now I have to focus on my training.”

No farewell yet?

Though he has repeatedly said the Dec. 6 fight will be his swan song, De la Hoya ducked questions about his supposed farewell performance, triggering rumors that he is still hoping to forge a rematch with rival Floyd Mayweather Jr., who beat him the last time they fought.

De la Hoya, who last fought in the agreed 147-lbs catch weight when he downed Arturo Gatti in 2001, is expected to climb the ring at 160 lbs, easily 10 lbs heavier than Pacquiao, who at 5-foot-6 also surrenders a four-inch height disadvantage.

Pacquio is expected to weigh in at 145 and climb the ring at 150.

“I am glad we were able to make this fight happen because while Pacquiao is at the pinnacle of his success and has defeated all of the top fighters he has faced, I am going to show the world that it stops with me,” De la Hoya said.

“Dec. 6 can’t get here soon enough.”

‘Loudest dog in the pound’

True to his warrior nature, De la Hoya even agreed to the use of eight-ounce gloves, something that could work to the favor of Pacquiao, who is known for his relentless hand speed and punching power.

Pacquiao, who has never fought above the 135-lbs rank, is coming off a masterful demolition of Diaz in June.

The jaw-breaking southpaw rose from 108 lbs to win four titles in four different weight classes (WBC flyweight, IBF super bantamweight, WBC super featherweight and currently WBC lightweight). He also won the Ring Magazine featherweight crown after beating Barrera in 2003.

De la Hoya has the distinction of taking on the best pound-for-pound boxer available and was famously quoted: “I want the loudest and the biggest dog in the pound.”

Pay-per-view blockbuster

De la Hoya has won the WBO super featherweight, IBF lightweight, WBC super lightweight, WBC welterweight, WBC super welter, and WBO middleweight titles to dominate the sport in an era devoid of an A-list heavyweight.

De la Hoya (39-5-0, 30 KOs) changed the fight’s stakes on Thursday when he acknowledged he wasn’t sure he would retire afterward.

He had repeatedly said he would quit boxing after this year, but his inability to land a rematch with Mayweather in September might have altered his plans.

“Let’s just say my foot got caught in the door,” De la Hoya said.

Given De la Hoya’s worldwide popularity and Pacquiao’s (47-3-2, 35 KOs) fanatical following in his homeland, the fight seems likely to challenge the pay-per-view records set by De la Hoya’s fight with Mayweather.

“I know some people say that it’s a very easy fight for Oscar, but I always do my job in the ring, and I’ll do my best to give a good fight and to win this fight,” said Pacquiao.

Too quick

De la Hoya claimed he got extra motivation for the fight from Roach, Pacquiao’s longtime trainer who filled in for Floyd Mayweather Sr. in De la Hoya’s corner last year. Roach was eager to see Pacquiao take the fight, saying Pacquiao was too quick for the 35-year-old Golden Boy.

“I felt challenged, especially from an expert trainer like that,” De la Hoya said. “He knows my style, and he knows Manny’s, and for him to say that was a big challenge.”

If De la Hoya remains privately committed to retirement, a fight with Pacquiao isn’t an easy way to go out—but De la Hoya has rarely avoided major challenges in his 16-year-old professional career since winning a gold medal at the Barcelona Olympics.

“I think my legacy is already cemented, you can’t take away what I have achieved in the ring,” he said. With reports from The Associated Press and Reuters

PACQUIAO WATCH: One for the ages

July 23, 2008

Edwin G. Espejo/MindaNews contributor
Tuesday, 22 July 2008 08:41
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It is one match up that will defy boxing logic, at first glance.

For how can you convince boxing fanatics that it would not be a mismatch of great proportion?

Remember, World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight champion Manny Pacquiao started his pro career in boxing at a fragile 106-pounder.

Oscar de la Hoya began his pro career at lightweight after winning the Olympic gold medal in 1992 in Barcelona, but spent most of his Hall of Fame ring exploits at north of 140 pounds.

Pitting these two ring gladiators is like throwing a mouse inside a box where a cat is having his meal.

It would be a My Lai-like massacre.

At 36, de la Hoya maybe way past his prime but he still is the biggest drawer in boxing today.  Time and the wear and tear of squaring off with the world’s bests may have slowed him down, but he still has what it takes to knock out one big careless opponent.

More so “little guys” like the Filipino bomber.

Pacquiao, on the other, hand is now at the peak of his career and has a few more years in competitive boxing.

His record-breaking feats over the last five years have made him one of the biggest attractions of the sports today.  In fact, he is widely acknowledged as today’s best pound for pound boxer following the announcement of the retirement of Floyd Mayweather Jr.

So what will it take to have Pacquiao and de la Hoya face each other inside a ring?

It‘s the money, stupid!

Granting the fight would not turn into one big circus and a blasphemy to the sports, the lure of multi-million dollar pay for Pacquiao is just too tempting to reject and to turn away from.

With his stature and newfound quickness and strength at the lightweight division, Pacquiao may – and that is not a long shot – have more than an even chance of pulling off a great show if not a victory.

This is the one fight where Pacquiao comes out a winner no matter what the outcome is.

Boxing, however, is unlike your weekend golf where handicapping is the norm.

But for the entertainment value and cash consideration, a Pacquiao-de la Hoya fight could very well be arranged.

They are now discussing a catch weight of 147 pounds.

At over 160 pounds now, it will be an uphill fight for de la Hoya to meet the catch weight limit.  He will also be giving up speed and agility against his smaller opponent whose electrifying quickness is his main offense and defense.

All Pacquiao has to do is stay away from the big bombs of de la Hoya – Golden Boy’s devastating left hook, especially.

De la Hoya could no longer keep up with the frenetic pace Pacquiao could bring inside the ring.  He will have to patiently wait for Pacquiao to commit a mistake.

Manny will also have to wear down and frustrate de la Hoya with his speed and hope to land a punch against a fading opponent in the latter round.  He will have to knock out de la Hoya for him to snare a victory.  Otherwise the most he could do is hold de la Hoya to a draw.

So how much should Pacquiao demand for a chance to see what the result would be of pitting him against a great boxer from another era.

They are now speaking of $20 million.  That may be too much.  Perhaps a $10 million guaranteed purse plus a considerable share of the PPV and gate receipts will already do.

Make a good account of his self and Manny will earn the same amount with his first fight next year against Ricky Hatton.

That’s the price of being entertained by a fight for the ages – literally and figuratively.  (Edwin G. Espejo  was former editor in chief of SunStar General Santos City)

Pacquiao to stay overnight at Danding’s mansion in Balbina

July 17, 2008

BOXING sensation Manny Pacquiao is set to arrive in Bacolod City Thursday afternoon from Iloilo and Aklan to hand over his million-peso donation to victims of Typhoon Frank last month.

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Ambassador Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco and wife, Gretchen, is hosting Pacquiao’s visit in Hacienda Balbina in Pontevedra town.

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said it was the request of Cojuangco’s wife, Gretchen, to play host to the newly crowned World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight champion.

“Pacquiao’s donation will be coursed through the Lion’s Club in Bacolod for proper disposition.”

Aside from Bacolod City, Pacquiao will also give a P1.5-million donation to Iloilo City and P500,000 to Aklan, the mayor said.

There will be a motorcade along the main thoroughfares of the city before the ‘Pacman’ will proceed in front of the Bacolod City Hall for a short program where he will be awarded as ‘Bugal sang Bacolod’ as well as for autograph signing.

From Bacolod City Hall, he will proceed directly to Hacienda Balbina.

Leonardia said this is the only time he had asked Pacquiao for a favor. “I asked this (of him) after the last fight. I have not received a single centavo from him except tickets and accommodation. I am thanking him publicly in behalf of Bacolod City.”

Pacquiao’s last stop in Bacolod was on July 17, 2006.(Erwin Ambo Delilan & Gil Alfredo Severino)

Editorial Cartoon: Limos

July 17, 2008

Salamat na rin.  Pero mukhang nagamit lang niya ang sitwasyon.  Tuloy yata ang kandidatura nito para Senador.

Editorial Cartoon: Not the People’s Champ

July 2, 2008

Kampeon ng kuwan…

Pacquiao makes history, wins fourth world title

June 30, 2008

JOT DOWN Manny Pacquiao’s name in the pages of boxing’s history book.

The Filipino ring icon, effectively controlling the match with his right jab, ended David Diaz’s reign with a crisp left shot to win the WBC lightweight belt via an astounding knockout at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao snapped Diaz’s head with a mean right jab, moved in closer to his opponent and unleashed a 1-2 capped by his powerful left that sent the mexican-American down.

Referee Vic Drakulich waved the fight off at the 2:24 mark of the tound.

Leading on the scorecards by a mile (Inquirer had the new champion up, 78-64, entering the ninth), Pacquiao decided to put the pressure on Diaz, who surprised the Filipino with a granite chin that took a lot of beating.

“I gave a lot of power shots and he’s still standing,” an amazed Pacquiao told a television interviewer. “I (was) very surprised that Diaz was so tough. He’s the toughest opponent [I’ve faced].”

Even more amazed was Diaz, who was hoping to stretch the match into the late rounds, where he is more comfortable fighting.

“I was saying ‘he doesn’t hit that hard’ and all of a sudden i was on the floor and what the heck,” a gracious Diaz said.

“He was f****ng fast,” Diaz said. “I didn’t see [the left hand] coming.”

But the left hand was just part of the whole package. In a brilliant show of boxing skills all night, controlled the match effectively with solid, head-snapping right jabs that kept Diaz at bay.

Pacquiao got the surprise of his life after the match when the NBA champions Boston Celtics visited him at the dug-out. Pacquiao had predicted the Celtics to win in six games and the world champions repaid that faith by watching the match and cheering for him.

“I’m his No. 1 fan,” Kevin Garnett, standing beside Pacquiao, said.

With Garnett were Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, the two members of the Big three, and the likes of Rajon Rondo and Sam Cassell.

Pacquiao went to work early, controlling the first three rounds behind the jab before the left started to find its mark starting the fifth.

Diaz was in trouble in the eighth as Pacquiao twice had him reeling against the ropes. The Chicago-raised boxer kept bleeding out of his right eyebrow, but said the cut never bothered him.

“I kept telling the doctors that I could see perfectly,” Diaz said. “At the end of the day, he caught me with a good shot and you just have to say that he was the better man.”

Pacquiao’s lightweight conquest comes after wresting the WBC super featherweight crown from Juan Manuel Marquez last March.(PDI)

PACQUIAO WATCH: On the cusp

June 8, 2008

Edwin G. Espejo
Saturday, 07 June 2008 20:00
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Only WBC lightweight king David Diaz stands in the way of this historical feat that Manny is about to conquer.

No other Filipino boxer, and Asian for that matter, has won world lineal crowns in boxing in four different weight categories.

Manny, incidentally, holds the record of being the first Filipino and Asian boxer to annex three world boxing titles in three different categories. In the same manner, no other Filipino has ever crashed into the elite top ten pound for pound boxers – not in anyone’s list since it became a popular barometer of one’s boxing prowess.

Pacquiao now occupies No. 2 in most of boxing aficionado’s who’s who list.

It is paramount therefore for Manny to register a decisive and spectacular win against heavy underdog Diaz to achieve that unprecedented accomplishment.

But is Diaz really an easy picking for Manny?

Diaz holds a respectable record of 37 wins, 17 of them coming via knockout victories. He has one draw and his only loss was in 2005 against Kendall Halt and in came via an eight round TKO defeat.

Diaz is a slugger and will be a bigger boxer when he climbs the ring against Pacquiao.

Pacquiao will be fighting at 135 pounds officially for the first time in his career.
Manny has been lackluster in his recent fights with only a knockout win over Jorge Solis since 2007.

He, too, was arguably fighting smaller opponents, having outgrown his erstwhile natural fighting weight at 130 pounds.

No doubt, Manny still carries the punch that has sent 37 of his opponents to dreamland.

But against a natural lightweight, will his punch still deliver that thundering impact?

Diaz was handpicked by his promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank, without doubt.
From both financial and match-up point of view, the Diaz fight is tailor-made for Pacquiao. Team Pacquiao believes Diaz is the easiest fight there is in the new division Manny hopes to invade in his soon to end career.

At 30 and going 31, Manny has just a handful of fights left before some young upstarts get the good measure of him. He has been in so many brutal fights that preserving his legacy and reputation as one of the feared boxers to come out this side of the globe will become a priority for him and well-meaning friends.

Diaz is a plodding slugger with defense so lacking he will be easy prey to Manny’s sharp and accurate punches.

But Manny has the propensity to relax and toy against opponents he thinks not in his class.

Manny better be wary against the southpaw Diaz who has also fought heavy handed opponents.

If not, Manny will have wasted his chances of establishing himself as the best Filipino boxer to ever don the mitts.

And who knows, the opportunity of earning more megabucks might just go down the drain. (Edwin G. Espejo is former editor in chief of SunStar General Santos)indaNews)