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PACQUIAO TOO LIGHT FOR WEIGH-IN; ROACH WORRIED


Manny Pacquiao flexes his muscle after training at the Top Rank gym in Las Vegas, Nevada two days before his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. PHOTO BY REM ZAMORA/Inquirer 
Freddie Roach’s belief that Manny Pacquiao should slide back to light welterweight was bolstered Thursday afternoon. With the official weigh-in of Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather Jr. set just a few hours away, the Hall of Fame trainer took Pacquiao’s unofficial weight and was surprised by what he found out: Pacquiao was too light and would be at a great disadvantage if Mayweather does bulk up to 160 pounds on fight night. “ Manny was down to 143 pounds yesterday, so I told him to eat a good meal and then we will do a light workout later today. Tomorrow, he will have breakfast in the morning and then get on the scale.”   Roach is hoping that Pacquiao will climb back to at least 146 pounds in the weigh-in so that he wouldn’t look emaciated when he stands side-by-side with Mayweather, who’s expected to check-in at the exact 147-pound limit. Strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune shares Roach’s concern about Pacquiao’s weight loss. READ  ORE...

ALSO: Will Pacquiao-Mayweather save boxing? Or does the sport need saving?


Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. pose for the media during the final press conference held at the KA Theatre in MGM Grand, Las Vegas Nevada on Wednesday, 29 April 2015. Photo by Rem Zamora/INQUIRER
There was a time in boxing’s history when fighters were treated like kings. Some of the champions of the golden years even flaunted their royalty in public when they were not making newspaper front pages with their brutal artistry. Those days are gone. Floyd Mayweather Jr. flaunts his wealth, but people are more turned off than they are awed by his show of extravagance. Manny Pacquiao makes front pages with every ring victory, but mostly it’s in the Philippines, where he is a national everything to a nation badly in need of heroes. Together, though, they could change boxing’s fate, even for a single night. “It’s going to be the biggest fight in the world,” said trainer Freddie Roach, who will lead Pacquiao’s corner on Saturday, when the celebrated Filipino ring icon battles Mayweather at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Boxing savior For Top Rank chief and Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum, that is hogwash. READ  MORE...

ALSO Pacquiao: Killer instinct back; Roach: He can’t do a good guy vs Mayweather


In this April 12, 2014 file,photo, Manny Pacquiao, right, of the Philippines, trades blows with Timothy Bradley, in their WBO welterweight title boxing match in Las Vegas. This is not Hagler-Hearns or Tyson vs. Anyone. Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the greatest defensive boxer in history, and Manny Pacquiao hasn’t shown knockout power in a while. Expect this fight to go to the scorecards. AP 
—Beware Floyd Mayweather Jr.—Manny Pacquiao’s “killer instinct” is back.
The Filipino champion issued that warning after the American champion said he planned to come out swinging and be the aggressor in their superfight in Las Vegas on Saturday (Sunday in Manila). Working out at Top Rank gym here, Pacquiao jogged in place and began throwing speedy punches before letting out a heavy breath of air and screaming: “The killer instinct’s back, baby!” The thin crowd that milled around the ring during the surprisingly open workout clapped their hands and cheered. From his corner of the ring, Freddie Roach smiled. As Roach drifted away from journalists that descended on Pacquiao while he did a television interview, Roach said to anyone who cared to listen that he needed Pacquiao to be a killer. “He can’t do good guy on the ring against this guy,” Roach said, referring to Mayweather, who battles Pacquiao in a megabout at MGM Grand Garden Arena that’s projected to earn $400 million—three fourths of which the fighters will split. “He can’t trust this guy,” Roach said, smiling. READ MORE...

ALSO: Lawmakers to watch megafight with constituents


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Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and Youth Against Corruption party-list Rep. Carol Jayne Lopez each have tickets personally reserved for them by Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao for tomorrow’s Fight of the Century at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. But both Belmonte and Lopez gave up the hard-to-get tickets, opting instead to watch the historic boxing event on giant screens together with their constituents. The House leader said he has sponsored a free live viewing of Pacquiao’s fight against the undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the Amoranto stadium, which can accommodate up to 15,000 persons on a free-seating basis. “We’re all praying for him,” Belmonte said. Lopez, a close friend of Pacquiao’s, said the world boxing champ also set aside a ticket for her but she asked him to give it to others. “You don’t have to knock Mayweather out. Win or lose, we’re behind you. But of course, we fervently pray that you come out victorious,” Lopez said in her message to Pacquiao. READ MORE...

ALSO: Floyd to strike early; he says he will be the aggressor


Pacquiao, Roach ready against ‘dirty tactics’ – Peñalosa  Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he is going to come out swinging and be the aggressor early against Manny Pacquiao when they meet in Saturday’s super fight in Las Vegas (Sunday morning in the Philippines). The 38-year-old Mayweather, who is putting his undefeated record on the line to fight Filipino icon Pacquiao at the MGM Grand, usually needs a few rounds to feel out and adjust to his opponent’s game plan. “I am going to approach it in a very, very aggressive way and go out there and press the attack early,” he said on Thursday night on the NBA on TNT. “Of course I would love to win by knockout. I am pretty sure he is going to come at me extremely strong. “I am facing one of the best fighters I have ever faced.” Mayweather was on the NBA television show with hosts Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson. Mayweather’s disclosure on Thursday night that he will be the aggressor is welcome news to boxing fans who are being charged a hefty $100 for the pay-per-view to watch the fight in their homes. The 12-round welterweight unification fight is expected to generate a record $400 million in revenue. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacmania fever grips Filipinos


Manny Pacquiao will enter the ring for boxing’s “fight of the century” with an entire country in his corner as the Philippines grinds to a halt to dementedly cheer on its favorite son against Floyd Mayweather.
Streets will be empty on fight day — Sunday morning local time — as the impoverished nation of 100 million cheers its “National Fist” in huge open-air screenings, cinemas, bars and homes. Pacquiao’s image is ubiquitous, emblazoned across giant billboards lining major highways and on shirts, dolls and stamps in stores everywhere. “The world will stop on Sunday. Everybody is excited,” 32-year-old Manila taxi driver Glenn Yago said on yesterday. “There will be mayhem in the streets after the fight,” he said, looking forward to a bumper crop of fares once the bout is over.
The rags-to-riches story of Pacquiao, along with his famously humble manner, has made him a towering national hero. For many of his countrymen the 36-year-old, winner of an unprecedented eight world championships in different weight divisions, symbolizes their hope of escaping the grinding poverty that afflicts one in four Filipinos. Hundreds of cinema screens will show the fight from Las Vegas, displacing the Hollywood smash “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, according to screening schedules. The country’s three biggest networks said they would air it on free television. Giant screens will be set up in covered courts, village halls and military and police camps. On Palawan Island, the electricity utility has even urged its customers to turn off their refrigerators to avoid power shortages that could black out TV sets. In the southern area of Santa Catalina, still reeling from a rebel siege two years ago, hundreds will cram into several houses with pay-per-view access to the fight, said village leader Jimmy Villaflores. READ MORE...

ALSO: Manny Pacquiao, proud to be Kapuso!


Manny Pacquiao (AP Photo/ Vincent Yu) Manny Pacquiao (AP Photo/ Vincent Yu) 
The ultimate fight of the century between our very own Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao, aptly dubbed the “People’s Champ,” and Floyd Mayweather Jr. happens in the US on Saturday (Sunday morning, Manila time) and, without a doubt, people will be glued to their TV sets to watch this historic event.
After all, it’s the much-awaited and long-anticipated bout between two great boxers: Manny, holder of the flyweight, featherweight, junior lightweight and junior welterweight championship belts, and out to win his fifth weight division crown; and Pretty Boy Floyd, who remains undefeated in his boxing career. Anyway, have you noticed that whenever Manny invites viewers to watch his fight with Mayweather, he always mentions GMA first before the other networks as if it was second nature to him? Well, this isn’t surprising considering GMA had the exclusive rights to his previous fights. By the way, this time they admirably waived the rights for the Pacquiao-Mayweather bout. Manny has also done numerous TV shows with the Kapuso Network, including a weekly sitcom and his own game show. He even appeared in a primetime drama. READ MORE...


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Pacquiao too light for weigh-in; Roach worried


Manny Pacquiao flexes his muscle after training at the Top Rank gym in Las Vegas, Nevada two days before his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. PHOTO BY REM ZAMORA/Inquirer/ See more at FRAME

LAS VEGAS, MAY 2, 2015 (INQUIRER) Roy Luarca @RoyLuarcaINQ - Freddie Roach’s belief that Manny Pacquiao should slide back to light welterweight was bolstered Thursday afternoon.

With the official weigh-in of Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather Jr. set just a few hours away, the Hall of Fame trainer took Pacquiao’s unofficial weight and was surprised by what he found out: Pacquiao was too light and would be at a great disadvantage if Mayweather does bulk up to 160 pounds on fight night.

“ Manny was down to 143 pounds yesterday, so I told him to eat a good meal and then we will do a light workout later today. Tomorrow, he will have breakfast in the morning and then get on the scale.”

Roach is hoping that Pacquiao will climb back to at least 146 pounds in the weigh-in so that he wouldn’t look emaciated when he stands side-by-side with Mayweather, who’s expected to check-in at the exact 147-pound limit. Strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune shares Roach’s concern about Pacquiao’s weight loss.

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Aware of Pacquiao’s rapid metabolism, Fortune wants the eight-division world champion to check in at 147 Friday and climb to 151 or 152 come Saturday. According to Roach, he’d been training Pacquiao for the Fight of the Century since the matchup was broached up in 2010.

“I’ve been training Manny for this fight for five years. We know all about him, we have covered all the bases. I think we have the winning formula to win this fight.”

While confident that Pacquiao (57 wins, 38 KOs, 5 losses, 2 draws) will emerge triumphant over Mayweather regardless of the disparity in weight, Roach isn’t discounting the possibility of the Sarangani representative suffering another loss.

“If we were to lose to an undefeated fighter like this (Mayweather), there’s no shame in that,” said Roach. “ Floyd’s a good fighter, but he has picked his opponents. I don’t think he picked Manny. I think he was forced to take this fight.”


INQUIRER

Will Pacquiao-Mayweather save boxing? Or does the sport need saving? Francis T. J. Ochoa; Assistant Sports Editor @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 11:06 PM | Friday, May 1st, 2015


Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. pose for the media during the final press conference held at the KA Theatre in MGM Grand, Las Vegas Nevada on Wednesday, 29 April 2015. Photo by Rem Zamora/INQUIRER

LAS VEGAS—There was a time in boxing’s history when fighters were treated like kings. Some of the champions of the golden years even flaunted their royalty in public when they were not making newspaper front pages with their brutal artistry.

Those days are gone.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. flaunts his wealth, but people are more turned off than they are awed by his show of extravagance.

Manny Pacquiao makes front pages with every ring victory, but mostly it’s in the Philippines, where he is a national everything to a nation badly in need of heroes.

Together, though, they could change boxing’s fate, even for a single night.

“It’s going to be the biggest fight in the world,” said trainer Freddie Roach, who will lead Pacquiao’s corner on Saturday, when the celebrated Filipino ring icon battles Mayweather at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Boxing savior

For Top Rank chief and Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum, that is hogwash.

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“Boxing doesn’t need saving,” said Arum. “Boxing is on a roll now. Boxing is very popular all around the world, in the Philippines, in the UK, in the United States. The ratings that HBO has been getting in fights, they’ve never seen before.”

The perception that boxing is slowly losing is foothold in mainstream sports and pop culture comes from many factors. The heavyweight class, boxing’s marquee division, hasn’t had a certified crossover star since Mike Tyson chomped off Evander Holyfield’s ear. The rise of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) also took the polish off the sport.

“There was a time when we lost in boxing the young Caucasian males in this country because they were more interested in UFC,” said Arum. “In UFC, they saw people that looked like themselves. In boxing, they didn’t. But this country is changing. In this country, the number of Mexican-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, Asian-Americans, African-Americans will soon be a majority. And so as there was a fall-off of young Caucasians, it’s been ameliorated by other ethnic groups that are growing with their fondness for the sport.”

Chance to reinvigorate itself

Veteran sportswriter Steve Carp, who beats deadlines for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, agrees to a certain extent.

“[Pacquiao-Mayweather] doesn’t save boxing,” said Carp. “What it does is it gives it a chance to reinvigorate itself.”

Carp added that the fight will play a huge role in pushing boxing back to the limelight.

“Manny has a point when he says that this fight is very important for the sport,” he said. “More than for Manny or for Floyd, this fight is going to be very important for boxing if it wants to put itself back in the spotlight again.”

And it will push fans to demand super fights, to demand that the best fighters square off instead of dancing around each other for five years, much as what happened with Pacquiao and Mayweather. But again, so much lies on both Pacquiao and Mayweather to deliver for the sport on Saturday night.

Harm the sport

“If this fight lives up to the hype, every boxing fan will demand that every super fight will be staged at this level,” said Nick Giongco, arguably the one of the finest boxing writers in the Philippines.

At a certain level, though, Pacquiao-Mayweather could harm the sport as much as it could do good for it.

“There is that chance that other fighters could be pushed out of the limelight,” Giongco said. “Last week, for example, [Wladmir] Klitschko fought [Bryant Jennings] and very few people seemed to care. And that’s the heavyweight division, supposedly the flagship of boxing.”

And then there is the fact that the sport is relying on two fighters closing in on the 12th round of their careers to give it a boost.

“Of course, it’s a matter of concern that these fighters are nearing the end of their careers,” said Arum. “But look at the fighters waiting in the wings. There’s Terrence Crawford, who is going to be tremendous. There’s [Vasyl] Lomachenko, who is on the [Pacquiao-Mayweather] card. There’s this Puerto Rican kid, Felix Verdejo.

“Look at the tremendous fighters coming out of countries from the old Soviet Union,” Arum added. “Look at Gennady Golovkin. He’s a tremendous fighter. [Sergey] Kovalev. He’s a tremendous fighter.”

“There will be pressure for these fighters to really step up to continue [the momentum],” added Giongco. “Fans have been spoiled by Pacquiao and Mayweather and if they live up to the hype, other fighters will have to step up.”

Carp doesn’t believe that the ages of the fighters being tasked to rescue boxing serve as an indictment of the sport. Pacquiao is 36 and Mayweather is 38.

“This fight was six years in the making,” he said. “If they had fought the first time this was ever brought up, Manny would have been 31 and Floyd 33 and they would have been at the peak of their careers.

“But the fact that they can fight at such a high level tells you more about how special these two guys are than it does tell anything about the sport,” added Carp.

The one thing that is sure, though, is that Pacquiao-Mayweather throws boxing back to those golden days when Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns gripped the world with eight minutes of ferocity, when Muhammad Ali pushed his greatness on the sport with a ferocity that stung like a bee and floated like a butterfly, when guys like Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, and Mike Tyson were kings. Return to royalty

Pacquiao-Mayweather returns the sport to royalty.

And that makes people wonder: Once Pacquiao-Mayweather rejuvenates the sport, where does boxing go when they are gone?

“Boxing was fine when Sugar Ray Robinson retired,” said Carp. Boxing was fine when Ali retired. Boxing was fine when Hagler, Hearns, Leonard and Duran retired. Boxing survived the retirement of [Evander] Holyfield, Tyson and [Lennox] Lewis. Boxing survived after [Julio Cesar] Chavez, [Oscar] De La Hoya and [Felix] Trinidad retired.

“Boxing will survive long after Pacquiao and Mayweather will retire,” he added.

But, like Giongco said, the two fighters who will trade mitts on Saturday night need to put on one hell of a show, not just for “fans who paid a lot to watch it” but also to keep pushing the sport’s momentum going.


INQUIRER

Pacquiao: Killer instinct back; Roach: He can’t do a good guy vs Mayweather Francis T. J. Ochoa; Assistant Sports Editor  @inquirerdotnet  Philippine Daily Inquirer1:25 AM | Saturday, May 2nd, 2015


In this April 12, 2014 file,photo, Manny Pacquiao, right, of the Philippines, trades blows with Timothy Bradley, in their WBO welterweight title boxing match in Las Vegas. This is not Hagler-Hearns or Tyson vs. Anyone. Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the greatest defensive boxer in history, and Manny Pacquiao hasn’t shown knockout power in a while. Expect this fight to go to the scorecards. AP

LAS VEGAS—Beware Floyd Mayweather Jr.—Manny Pacquiao’s “killer instinct” is back.

The Filipino champion issued that warning after the American champion said he planned to come out swinging and be the aggressor in their superfight in Las Vegas on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).

Working out at Top Rank gym here, Pacquiao jogged in place and began throwing speedy punches before letting out a heavy breath of air and screaming: “The killer instinct’s back, baby!”

The thin crowd that milled around the ring during the surprisingly open workout clapped their hands and cheered. From his corner of the ring, Freddie Roach smiled.

As Roach drifted away from journalists that descended on Pacquiao while he did a television interview, Roach said to anyone who cared to listen that he needed Pacquiao to be a killer.

“He can’t do good guy on the ring against this guy,” Roach said, referring to Mayweather, who battles Pacquiao in a megabout at MGM Grand Garden Arena that’s projected to earn $400 million—three fourths of which the fighters will split.

“He can’t trust this guy,” Roach said, smiling.

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Elaborating on this, Roach said Pacquiao can’t do the things he used to do before, like touching gloves with Mayweather during the start of a round or during clinch breaks.

Mayweather has shown he will take advantage of every sign of goodwill, like when he knocked Victor Ortiz out cold while the latter was apologizing for a headbutt.

Mayweather’s dirty tricks

Roach admitted that part of the training for Pacquiao’s bout against the undefeated American centered on prepping him up for Mayweather’s dirty tricks—and how the Filipino ring icon can throw some of his own.

In several open workouts, Pacquiao was seen using his elbow as a defensive tool against Mayweather’s underhanded tendencies.

“I taught (Pacquiao) a few tricks of my own,” said Roach.

Pacquiao trained on what was supposed to be his day off, limbering up for a fight that could make boxing history in so many ways.

In terms of economy, the Pacquiao-Mayweather bout has already made it. Aside from the revenue the fight will make, the bout has greased the wheels of this gambling haven’s casino economy.

Five-star hotels have raised their room rates exponentially—some by as much as 10 times, according to media reports here. And even so, there are very few available rooms left.

A Las Vegas magazine reported that someone was renting a five-room house two blocks off the famous Strip for $5,000 a night. Private rooms in residences have been pegged at $174 a night.

Someone reportedly even posted a tent in his backyard for rent at $24 a night.

Experts have said minimums on casino tables could bottom at $50 or $100. And betting rooms have opened lines for how many pay-per-view (PPV) buys the fight will generate, putting the line at above or below 3.15 million.

The record for PPV buys is 2.4 million, when Mayweather fought Oscar De La Hoya in 2007.


PHILSTAR

Lawmakers to watch megafight with constituents By Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 2, 2015 - 12:00am


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MANILA, Philippines - Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and Youth Against Corruption party-list Rep. Carol Jayne Lopez each have tickets personally reserved for them by Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao for tomorrow’s Fight of the Century at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

But both Belmonte and Lopez gave up the hard-to-get tickets, opting instead to watch the historic boxing event on giant screens together with their constituents.

The House leader said he has sponsored a free live viewing of Pacquiao’s fight against the undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the Amoranto stadium, which can accommodate up to 15,000 persons on a free-seating basis.

“We’re all praying for him,” Belmonte said.

Lopez, a close friend of Pacquiao’s, said the world boxing champ also set aside a ticket for her but she asked him to give it to others.

“You don’t have to knock Mayweather out. Win or lose, we’re behind you. But of course, we fervently pray that you come out victorious,” Lopez said in her message to Pacquiao.

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Lopez is wishing that the boxing congressman will retire after this fight and concentrate on public service.

“The country could do with good people with very good intentions,” she said.

Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone said he will watch the fight in his district in Borongan City, adding that three giant television screens have been set up for this.

Caloocan City Rep. Edgar Erice said he and Mayor Oscar Malapitan have collaborated to put up at least 20 giant screens in various public areas of the city, including several gyms, to allow their constituents to watch the match for free.

The free viewing will also come with free dumplings, he added.

In Marikina City, Rep. Romero Quimbo has partnered with Mayor Del de Guzman to put up giant screens at the City Hall and other covered courts in the city.

Around 6,000 people can be accommodated in all the venues, he said.

“I’ll watch in one of the gyms. But woe to those who’ll be seated beside me,” Quimbo said,referring to the previous Pacquiao fights where his seatmates ended up with bruises on their thighs after he got carried away with excitement.

Quimbo advised his colleagues who will sponsor free viewing not to block the viewing public with so many messages.

“It’s totally all right for your people to know what you’ve done, but if you’re in their faces too much, you’ll be booed,” he said.


MANILA TIMES

Floyd to strike early; he says he will be the aggressor May 1, 2015 10:46 pm by JOSEF T. RAMOS REPORTER AND AFP


Pacquiao, Roach ready against ‘dirty tactics’ – Peñalosa

Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he is going to come out swinging and be the aggressor early against Manny Pacquiao when they meet in Saturday’s super fight in Las Vegas (Sunday morning in the Philippines).

The 38-year-old Mayweather, who is putting his undefeated record on the line to fight Filipino icon Pacquiao at the MGM Grand, usually needs a few rounds to feel out and adjust to his opponent’s game plan.

“I am going to approach it in a very, very aggressive way and go out there and press the attack early,” he said on Thursday night on the NBA on TNT.

“Of course I would love to win by knockout. I am pretty sure he is going to come at me extremely strong.

“I am facing one of the best fighters I have ever faced.”

Mayweather was on the NBA television show with hosts Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson.

Mayweather’s disclosure on Thursday night that he will be the aggressor is welcome news to boxing fans who are being charged a hefty $100 for the pay-per-view to watch the fight in their homes.

The 12-round welterweight unification fight is expected to generate a record $400 million in revenue.

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Mayweather’s longevity in the sport has been attributed to his brilliant defense and counterpunching skills but it also makes for some boring fights.

Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach also on Thursday said he goes to sleep watching some of Mayweather’s title fights.

Mayweather, the world’s highest grossing athlete, said he would spend the next day and half before the fight doing light workouts, watching playoff basketball on TV and trying to stay focused.

“I want to be real relaxed and real calm. I just try to have tunnel vision when I am on my way to the gym,” he added.

Mayweather, who is 47-0 with 26 KOs, told the shows hosts the secret to keeping his unblemished record intact is that he never takes any opponent lightly.

“Even if I am fighting a guy they say is just a regular guy, then I am still going to train extremely hard.”

Mayweather told Barkley he doesn’t watch tapes of his opponents because he learns all he needs to about them once they are trading blows in the ring.

“I never watch my opponent. I feel like you can have a certain game plan, but once you get inside that square circle the game plan changes,” he said.

“Boxers may fight certain guys the same way, but they fight me different.”

Manny’s conditioning will prevail Pacquiao, the reigning World Boxing Organization welterweight champion, said he is looking forward to finally facing May weather in the ring.

“I’m really happy that my fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. will now happen. It is the fight that the people really wanted for a long, long time,” Pacquiao, 36, told The Manila Times. “I challenged him a long, long time and he just made it happened now.”

Before the many world championships that he won, the Filipino boxing superstar, at the age 14, joined the Philippine amateur boxing team where he had a 60-4 win-loss record.

Impoverished, he went to Manila to try his luck in boxing in the early 1990’s.

“When I saw Pacquiao, we already saw his style was not suited for amateur and he was going to be a successful boxer once he goes professional which he did,” said Manny Lopez, former president of Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP).

ABAP was known before as Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines.

In 1995, Pacquiao remembered that he decided to turn professional after the death of his close friend Eugene Barutag, a professional boxer, in the ring.

Nobody thought that Pacquiao would become a boxing star since in his early years, he stood at 4’11 and weighed only at 98 pounds–seven pounds under the minimum weight class.

He worked so hard to become physically strong and fit.

On Sunday, many believe that it is superb conditioning that would become Pacquiao’s edge against Mayweather.

Former world champion Gerry Peñalosa predicted that Pacquiao would defeat the American in later rounds during their scheduled super fight.

Peñalosa, a former World Boxing Council super flyweight and World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight champion, believes that Pacquiao’s fast-paced style would be a major disadvantage to Mayweather, who is undefeated in 47 fights with 26 knockouts.

“Manny’s present condition is getting superb as the fight night approaches,” Peñalosa, 42, told The Times in a phone interview. “It is really unbelievable to see how fast and strong Manny is.”

“Manny and Freddie [Roach] have an effective solution in how to deal with Floyd’s dirty tactics,” said Peñalosa, who ended his career with 55-8-2 record with 37 knockouts. “I’m expecting a late round knockout victory by Manny, that’s all.”

Peñalosa also downplayed the leg cramps issue that hounded Pacquiao in the first week of training in Los Angeles, California. “That’s nothing.

When I ran with him, I was surprised that he never got tired. I didn’t see any leg cramps since then.”

He said Mayweather won’t engage with Pacquiao but that is not a problem.

“Manny will chase him and hit him with volume of power-packed punches. He can run but he can’t hide.”


TRIBUNE

Pacmania fever grips Filipinos Written by AFP and Tribune Wires Saturday, 02 May 2015 00:00



Manny Pacquiao will enter the ring for boxing’s “fight of the century” with an entire country in his corner as the Philippines grinds to a halt to dementedly cheer on its favorite son against Floyd Mayweather.

Streets will be empty on fight day — Sunday morning local time — as the impoverished nation of 100 million cheers its “National Fist” in huge open-air screenings, cinemas, bars and homes.

Pacquiao’s image is ubiquitous, emblazoned across giant billboards lining major highways and on shirts, dolls and stamps in stores everywhere.

“The world will stop on Sunday. Everybody is excited,” 32-year-old Manila taxi driver Glenn Yago said on yesterday.

“There will be mayhem in the streets after the fight,” he said, looking forward to a bumper crop of fares once the bout is over.

The rags-to-riches story of Pacquiao, along with his famously humble manner, has made him a towering national hero.

For many of his countrymen the 36-year-old, winner of an unprecedented eight world championships in different weight divisions, symbolizes their hope of escaping the grinding poverty that afflicts one in four Filipinos.

Hundreds of cinema screens will show the fight from Las Vegas, displacing the Hollywood smash “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, according to screening schedules.

The country’s three biggest networks said they would air it on free television. Giant screens will be set up in covered courts, village halls and military and police camps.

On Palawan Island, the electricity utility has even urged its customers to turn off their refrigerators to avoid power shortages that could black out TV sets.

In the southern area of Santa Catalina, still reeling from a rebel siege two years ago, hundreds will cram into several houses with pay-per-view access to the fight, said village leader Jimmy Villaflores.

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And to ensure uninterrupted viewing free of blackouts, Villaflores said he had rented several generators.

Criminals in on the act

Police expect villains to be just as avidly following the action broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

“Pacquiao has a proven impact on the occurrence of crimes. The crime rate goes down because everybody is holed up watching him fight,” national police spokesman Sr. Supt. Bartolome Tobias told Agence France Presse.

The fight has taken on an epic hue, pitching the modest David of the Philippines against an American Goliath, the brash — and undefeated — Mayweather.

Even God is on the side of the born-again Christian, according to many in Asia’s bastion of Roman Catholicism.

“He is a very prayerful man. He has the spirit, he has the faith,” said Mona Soriano, after she took part in a sparring session in a Manila boxing gym.

The “Pac-man”, who started his career as a fish port worker, is now also a member of parliament, actor, basketball professional and popular singer. His supporters want him to run for the presidency.

“He put the Philippines on the world map... I’m a huge fan. He is the best boxer in the world,” beef-stew hawker Arvel Oquendo said at his sidewalk stall in Manila.

“The whole country may be in disarray, but for a few hours, we will forget all our problems,” said the 26-year-old.

Oquendo said that in November he won P 3,600 betting on Pacquiao — 600 pesos for each of the six times his last opponent, American Chris Algieri, fell to the canvas.

“This time, I couldn’t find anyone who would bet against Pacquiao. Everyone believes he will win,” he said.

Security guard Brando Tachado, 31, is another who sees Pacquiao as a projection of national pride for a country beset by not just poverty but also corruption and serial natural disasters.
“His victory will bring honor to our country,” said Tachado.

But in a nation wearily used to overcoming adversity, Oquendo said he would remain a devoted Pacquiao fan come what may.

The street hawker said: “It’s okay if he loses. We Filipinos know how to handle defeat. We rise from it.”


MANILA BULLETIN

Manny Pacquiao, proud to be Kapuso! by Crispina Martinez - Belen May 1, 2015


Manny Pacquiao (AP Photo/ Vincent Yu) Manny Pacquiao (AP Photo/ Vincent Yu)

The ultimate fight of the century between our very own Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao, aptly dubbed the “People’s Champ,” and Floyd Mayweather Jr. happens in the US on Saturday (Sunday morning, Manila time) and, without a doubt, people will be glued to their TV sets to watch this historic event.

After all, it’s the much-awaited and long-anticipated bout between two great boxers: Manny, holder of the flyweight, featherweight, junior lightweight and junior welterweight championship belts, and out to win his fifth weight division crown; and Pretty Boy Floyd, who remains undefeated in his boxing career.

Anyway, have you noticed that whenever Manny invites viewers to watch his fight with Mayweather, he always mentions GMA first before the other networks as if it was second nature to him? Well, this isn’t surprising considering GMA had the exclusive rights to his previous fights. By the way, this time they admirably waived the rights for the Pacquiao-Mayweather bout.

Manny has also done numerous TV shows with the Kapuso Network, including a weekly sitcom and his own game show. He even appeared in a primetime drama.

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Through Manny’s ups and downs, GMA stood by the People’s Champ and, to this day, considers him as among their biggest Kapuso stars. So even now, when all the other networks are doing their own promotional efforts for the fight, Manny’s loyalty to GMA still shines through.

I believe this just proves the depth of the relationship that Manny has with the Kapuso Network.

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A sunny summer workshop

Shine! DOT Com Tutorial, Enrichment and Music School is set to hold its 8th Summer Personality Development and Performing Arts Workshop. It aims to bring out the best in children and teens, giving them the chance to learn by enrolling in Singing, Dancing, Modeling, Acting, Public Speaking and Social Etiquette classes. Kids aged seven to 17 can join the workshop from May 5 to June 6 at the Shine! DOT Com Tutorial, Enrichment and Music School located at Celebrity Sports Club, Capitol Hills Drive, Quezon City.

The classes will be held Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 2:30 to 5 p.m. The teachers, most of whom come from UP, were carefully hand-picked for their expertise in each field by Atty. Dot Gancayco, the singing lawyer who owns Shine! The culminating activity on June 7 will give students the chance to showcase what they have learned from the workshops.

Shine! DOT Com also provides individual academic tutorials and lessons for all ages in voice, piano, guitar, flute, violin, art, basic makeup and personality development also at Celebrity Sports Club. Shine! DOT Com also has a branch along Scout Torillo St., Kamuning, Quezon City.

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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings, May 2, go to Gov. Raul Daza, Eddie Garcia, Louie Cruz, Jessica Adevoso, Claudia Boehr, Annie Ringor, Aimee Marcos, Felly Borje, Gio Colet Orbos, Dr. Emma Flores, Annabelle Cordon, Johanmavi Y. Cadungog, and Harold Ligon Tabora… May 3: Bela Padilla, Hans Bondoc, Alex Van Hagen, Marlo Brown, Slade Garzon, Carmenchu Carino, Alyana Timbol and Antonio Conejeros… May 4: Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, Stella Marques Araneta, Monique Wilson, Robbie Joseph, Giselle Sanchez, Nona Ricafort, Jopee Rejano, Peter Garucho,Laurie Lam, Dr. Florante M. Muñoz, John Fontanilla and Andrea Torres… Happy wedding anniversary to Col. Mateo and Lita Luga, and Alfredo and Lily Mendoza…


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