(STAR) Alex Pagulayan and Francisco “Django” Bustamante suffered stinging setbacks and dropped out of contention in the 2008 Derby City Classic topped by former champion Larry Price at the Executive West Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky Monday.

Pagulayan’s amazing run of victories ended in the 10th round when he lost to Glenn Rogers and the Fil-Canadian former world pool champion failed to recover from that setback and dropped his match to Efren Reyes’ tormentor Tony Fergerson in round 11 to bow out of the title race.

Bustamante, who rallied with a string of victories after a first round loss, succumbed to Michael Surber, also in the 11th round, as the two RP bets reached only the Final 9 stage of the event which drew some 450 players from around the world.

Price drew a bye in the Final 3 then beat Sylver Ochoa, 5-3, in the first game. Ochoa drew level with a 5-1 rout in Game Two but Price took the third match, 5-2, to regain the lead.

Price then broke out of a 3-3 match in the fourth game, winning a battle of safeties before pocketing the final two balls for the win, his second in six years.

Price earned $10,000 for the victory while Ochoa settled for $5,000.

Meanwhile, Pagulayan, Bustamante and Reyes hurdled their first round assignments in the Derby City Classic One Pocket tournament Monday, also at the Executive West Hotel.

Pagulayan whipped Jack McPherson to arrange a second round clash with Harry Platis; Bustamante won over Jason Miller and will take on Charles Bryant in round 2 while Reyes subdued Dave Biggers and will face Dave Wagner next.

Others winning their first round matches were Jose Parica, who beat Scott Cohen, and Santos Sambajon, who trounced Louis DeMarco Sr.

Hatton will knock Manny’s socks off By Abac Cordero Wednesday, January 9, 2008

If Manny Pacquiao has plans of fighting Briton Ricky Hatton at 140 lbs by the end of the year, he better think again.

“Is he crazy?” master trainer and master rapper Floyd Mayweather Sr. said referring to the Pinoy sensation.

“Hatton will beat the… socks off Pacquiao,” Mayweather, erstwhile trainer of Oscar dela Hoya told

Pacquiao wants three fights this year, one against WBC super-featherweight king (130 lbs) Juan Manuel Marquez in March 15, then against WBC lightweight (135 lbs) champ David Diaz in June or July, and Hatton (140 lbs) in November.

Mayweather said Pacquiao will commit a big mistake if he fights Hatton, a recent loser to Floyd Mayweather Jr.

He said Pacquiao, who plunged into training yesterday in Gen. Santos City, is nothing but a puncher.

“Manny Pacquiao. That guy can’t box. All that guy can do is punch. Pacquiao has been with (trainer) Freddie Roach all these years and he still can’t box,” Mayweather Sr. said.

“They put him on the pound-for-pound, he should be on the clown-for-pound list,” he said without hiding his feelings for Roach, now the one manning Dela Hoya’s corner.

Instead, Mayweather said Pacquiao should consider facing Joan Guzman, the reigning WBO super-featherweight champion from the Dominican Republic.

“Let him (Pacquiao) face Guzman and see what happens. Guzman has too many things for Pacquiao. Guzman will beat them all. Bob Arum doesn’t want Pacquiao to face Guzman,” said Mayweather Sr.

“They say he (Guzman) moves too much. I like Bob Arum (Pacquiao’s promoter) as a person, but all of those things are excuses,” added Mayweather Sr.

Mayweather Sr. is the trainer of Guzman.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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