MANNY OFFERS 1,000 TICKETS TO EARLY FANS FOR ESPINOSA BENEFIT

MANILA, October 25, 2005 
(STAR) Boxing hero Manny Pacquiao has pledged P100,000 to the 76-round benefit card organized for former two-time world champion Luisito Espinosa.

Pacquiao will shoulder the tickets of the first 1,000 spectators who will watch two Philippine title fights on Nov. 5 at the San Andres sports complex.

Braveheart Promotion, which hopes to raise P500,000 for Espinosa’s legal battles, said the card has to be moved a week from it original Oct. 29 playdate due to the unavailability of the venue.

"Manny’s gesture will surely go a long way in our desire to help Luisito," said North Cotabato Gov. Manny Pinol, the event’s prime mover.

Eric Barcelona of Bukidnon and Fernando Montilla of Davao will defend their respective RP crowns in a pair of 12-round bouts.

Barcelona risks his RP super flyweight crown against Celso Danggod of Muntinlupa while Montilla stakes his RP lightweight title against Dexter Delada of Cebu City.

Espinosa, who is locked in a nine-year legal battle against former business manager Rodolfo Nazario, is expected to attend the benefit card.

The United States-based Espinosa failed to collect his $150,000 purse following his win over Carlos Rios of Argentina in 1996. His case remains pending at the Manila City Court.

Six eight-rounders and a four-rounder complete the card.

Eight-round bouts pit Mike Farinas of Cebu City against Rod 4K Kevkache, Dennis Juntillano of Kidapawan City against Roger Mananquil of Pasay, Rex Penalosa of Kidapawan against Rommel Bongon of L&M gym, and Tomy Terado of Kidapawan against Danny Linasa of Tanza, Cavite

Pacquiao, Morales drum up rematch By Abac Cordero The Philippine Star 10/25/2005

To further boost interest in their much-awaited rematch, boxers Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and Erik Morales of Mexico will embark on a whirlwind promotional tour next month.

The two fighters who figured in a classic 12-round battle won by the Mexican last March will visit New York, Las Vegas, Mexico City and Texas on the second week of November.

The promo tour that will only last five days will give boxing fans in these chosen areas the chance to catch the world’s finest super-featherweights before they clash anew on Jan. 21.

"Press-con, press-con lang para sa laban," Pacquiao told a bunch of sportswriters whom he met in an authentic Japanese restaurant in Manila recently.

The rematch is set at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas or just a stone’s throw away from the famous MGM Grand Arena where the first fight took place last March 19.

Pacquiao, who is dying to get back at Morales, will leave for the US on Nov. 11. Expected to join him in the trip are his wife Jinkee and probably a couple of his Filipino associates.

His manager Shelly Finkel, promoter Gary Shaw, lawyers Keith Davidson and Nick Khan, trainer Freddie Roach and conditioning coach Justin Fortune will meet Pacquiao in the US.

After the tour, Pacquiao will return home, bringing with him Roach, Fortune and most likely his American manager. He will immediately plunge into training for the Jan. 21 fight.

"Two weeks of training here and that will be the start of my preparations for the rematch" said Pacquiao.

For facing Morales in the rematch, Pacquiao will receive a mind-boggling $2 million or P112 million, a purse which pro golfer Jennifer Rosales a couple of seasons to earn on the LPGA Tour.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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