TEAM PACQUIAO ON TRACK  / A HORSE NAMED PACQUIAO

BAGUIO CITY, APRIL 7, 2011 (PHILBOXING.COM) By Eddie Alinea PhilBoxing.com - With no sign of tiring down from the long 15-hour trip from Manila to Los Angeles, WBO world welterweight and pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao opened his last five weeks of preparation Monday and Tuesday on the road to meeting “Sugar” Shane Mosley next month in Las Vegas with his crown on the table.

And if chief trainer Freddie Roach is to be believed, the eight-division owner of 10 titles, is, indeed, on track in making himself in tip-top shape in his quest to become the first man to knock Mosley in their scheduled 12-round encounter May 7 at the MGM Grand in the Sin City Las Vegas.

“No sign of slowing down despite having a few hours of rest since we arrived here Saturday. Just like when we were in Baguio, he’s been serious in all we’ve been doing since we started here (Wild Card Gym) Monday (Tuesday in Manila). The Pacman worked six rounds of sparring Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila), according to the 51-year-old Roach, against Shawn Porter and Karim Mayfield.

“Excellent,” he said of what he saw in the resumption Pacquiao’s sparring regimen consisting of three rounds each against Porter and Mayfield. His other mate, Rashad Halloway was on standby. David Rodela who was in Baguio along with Porter, is still in London and will be arcing next week.

The four-time ‘Trainer of the Year’ honoree said they will gradually increase the frequency of three days in-a-week sparring as the need arise in the coming days until they reach the maximum 140 rounds a few days before fight time. The next sparing is on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) with, probably, Halloway joining Porter and Mayfield in testing Pacquiao’s wares.

Pacquiao himself expressed satisfaction at the way his preparations are going, saying he has never been happy in what transpired since starting working out a little less than a month ago.

“Ganadong mag-ensayo as usual. Pero mas inspired ako ngayon,” he told Malaya Business Insignts in a chance conversation after yesterday’s workout using Roach’s cell phone. “nakasama ko kasi ang pamilya ko bago kami lumipad patungo dito sa Amerika.”

“We started with conditioning last Monday and everything went well. Maganda rin ang sparring kanina, six rounds at me mga na-gain ako kay Porter at Mayfield sa power punching. Tuloy-tuloy na ito, hopefully,” Pacquiao said. Pacquiao’s bout with Mosley, a three-division kingpin, will be his second as a Congressman representing the province of Sarangani following his decision conquest of Mexican Antonio Margarito November last year in Dallas.

Pacquiao never really had a perfect rest since arriving in L.A., the reason he said why he left the airport immediately after their Philippines Air Lines flight touched down.

“Pagod na pagod ako sa napakahabang biyahe. Kaya humihingi ako ng pasensya sa mga fans na naghintay sa akin sa airport. Alam ko namang maqiintindihan nila ako dahil mahal nila ako,” he said.

“Mas mahaba at mas mabigat ang kagiging paghahanda ko dito at lahat ng oras na kailangan kong magpahinga ay sasamantalahin ko.” His fans, however, had a chance of seeing him in last Sunday’s mass at the Christ the King Church presided over by Msgr. Paul Montoya, which he attended along with some members of Team Pacquiao

Horse named Pacquiao SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin Henson The Philippine Star Updated April 06, 2011 12:00 AM 3 comments to this post Zoom

Australian horse trainer John O’Shea has beaten everyone to the punch by naming one of his thoroughbreds Pacquiao. O’Shea is a noted stable master who employs the highest ratio of staff to horse in Sydney. He is also known never to compromise on veterinary assistance.

O’Shea is in the record books for producing several Group One winners, including Racing To Win, Private Steer, Charge Forward and Son of Thunder.

Last Jan. 13, his three-year-old gelding Pacquiao broke away to a 7 1/2 length win over 1,200 meters at Gosford. The Australian trade paper “World of Boxing” reported that “Filipino ‘flash’ Sarangani Congressman Manny Pacquiao is like grease lightning around the boxing ring and he can run faster than the wind on a thoroughbred racetrack.”

Under the rules of The Jockey Club which controls the sport in North America (including Canada and Puerto Rico), written permission must be given by a person whose name is to be used for a horse. When she was First Lady, Barbara Bush allowed a filly to carry her name via an official White House letter. It’s not certain if the world’s No. 1 pound-for-pound champion gave his permission or if it was even asked. Note that the name Manny Pacquiao was not used for O’Shea’s gelding, only Pacquiao.

In the Gosford maiden handicap, Pacquiao was ridden by 56.5 kilogram jockey Christian Reith and brought home prize money of Australian $16,000. According to the “World of Boxing,” it paid $3.20 on the New South Wales tote for the win and $1.20 for the place.

Curiously, Pacquiao the fighter spent 10 days in Sydney with his family during the Christmas holidays.

O’Shea’s Warwick Farm stable counts on over 40 horses and Reith is one of his top riders.

A week after Pacquiao’s victory at Gosford, he was back on the track at Warwick Farm. Pacquiao and stablemate Freyberg, with Nash Rawiller on board, went neck-to-neck in the early going. Then, Pacquiao stormed ahead with about 500 meters to go only to falter down the stretch. Pacquiao came in third as Mirjulisa Lass and Next The Universe galloped to swamp O’Shea’s pride.

There was no word if other Australian trainers had horses named Mayweather, Mosley, Margarito or Marquez.

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Former Northern Consolidated star and naturalized player Jeff Moore is living in Guadalajara, Mexico, staying active in the game he loves. Moore, 50, was coach Ron Jacobs’ protégé at Loyola Marymount University and even lived with his family in Seal Beach, a Los Angeles suburb, during his year with the NCAA Division I varsity. Jacobs piloted Loyola in 1979-80 and was named West Coast Athletic Association Coach of the Year that season.

In 1980, Jacobs moved to Manila on Ambassador Danding Cojuangco’s invitation to coach the national squad. With Moore playing small forward, Jacobs steered the Philippines to the 1986 Asian Basketball Confederation (now FIBA-Asia) title – the last time the country ruled the conclave. Moore was also a mainstay on Jacobs’ teams that won the Jones Cup in 1981 and 1985 and the PBA Third Conference in 1985.

When the Philippines captured the FIBA-Asia crown in 1986, rules allowed two naturalized players to suit up for a country. Moore and Dennis Still were Jacobs’ pair. Chip Engelland, another naturalized player, would’ve been eligible to play for the country starting in 1987 under the principle of residency. Moore, Still and Engelland, however, played on the same San Miguel Corp. squad that beat coach Gene Keady’s US All-Stars in overtime in the 1985 Jones Cup finals. In the Jones Cup, there was no limitation as to the number of naturalized players. FIBA later restricted the use of naturalized players to one per country with no residency requirement.

Moore said from the Philippines, he went to play in Argentina and Venezuela before settling in Mexico. He has two children – a boy, 15, and a girl, 12. Moore said he keeps in contact with Engelland, now a San Antonio Spurs assistant coach, and Still who lives in Kansas. He also stays in touch with several of his former Filipino teammates, including Franz Pumaren.

Moore said he conducts basketball clinics and coaches in Mexico. He’ll always have a special place in his heart for Cojuangco, Jacobs and Filipino basketball fans. One of his hopes is to be able to get tapes of his games with the national team, Northern and San Miguel.

In his facebook, Moore wrote a piece entitled “The Man In The Glass.” Here’s what he said: “Something to think about...the man in the glass...when you get what you want in your struggle for self and the world makes you king for a day, just go to the mirror and look at yourself and see what that man has to say. For it isn’t your father or mother or wife whose judgment you must pass, the fellow whose verdict counts most in your life is the one staring back from the glass. Some people may think you a straight shootin’ chum and call you a wonderful guy. But the man in the glass says you’re only a bum if you can’t look him straight in the eye. He’s the fellow to please, never mind the rest, for he’s with you clear up to the end. And you’ve passed your most dangerous and difficult test if the man in the glass is your friend. You may fool the whole world down the pathway of life and get pats on your back as you pass. But your final reward will be heartaches and tears if you’ve cheated the man in the glass.”


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