BOXING JUDGE DENIES DISPUTE BETWEEN PACQUIAO, WBC / TIGER`S MOJO GONE

MANILA, APRIL 16, 2011
(TIMES) BY JOSEF T. RAMOS CORRESPONDENT - REY Danseco, a Filipino licensed boxing judge under the World Boxing Council (WBC), denied there is an ongoing row between pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao and the WBC.

“Pacquiao and the WBC have no misunderstanding, the WBC is very proud of Pacquiao for his achievements” the 38-year-old Danseco told the Manila Times. Danseco became a WBC licensed judge in 2007 when he started arbitrating boxing matches in Mexico and Japan.

Danseco said that Jose Sulaiman, the president of the WBC since 1975 is proud of the Filipino ring icon’s achievements. The Philippines was among the 11 countries that established the WBC in 1960.

Danseco clarified that the supposed dispute came from the payment of sanctioning fees in some of Pacquiao’s previous fights, an issue that was later ironed out by both camps, “The WBC is not after the sanctioning fees. All we want is for the WBC to be treated as a respected boxing body in the World,” he said.

Pacquiao, winner of eight world titles in different weight classes, decided to relinquished the WBC light middleweight belt, which he won from Mexican Antonio Margarito on November 13 last year, because he no longer desire to defend the title.

Saul Alvarez of Mexico captured that belt after he defeated Matthew Hatton of Great Britain last March 5.

Tiger Woods could not win in Augusta, but his aura really gone? By Sam Westmoreland(Featured Columnist) on April 14, 2011
 

(PHOTO - Tiger Woods watches his approach shot on the 11th hole during the final round of the 2011 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10.Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

For two rounds at Augusta National, Tiger Woods was back. He caught fire for 18 holes, the back nine in round two, and the front nine on Sunday, and managed to launch himself into a share of the clubhouse lead at the 2011 Masters.

Or was he really back? Was Tiger's play the last sign that that mysterious aura of invincibility, the one that helped him win 13 major titles, is finally gone for good?

According to GOLF Magazine writer Cameron Morfit, it was just that.

"The aura of Tiger Woods, which was the picture of health and the envy of millions for the better part of 15 years, died peacefully over the weekend at the home of the Masters, Augusta National Golf Club.

The cause of death was ordinary fallibility."

Morfit claims Woods' inability to charge to the top of the leaderboard and stay there is a sign that his mojo is gone for good, finally done in by all of his troubles.

"Woods's putting stroke, which produced ugly misses from four feet at the 12th and 15th holes Sunday, and which hasn't been right for years, performed last rites on the aura. It took its last wheezing breath when Woods, having tied for the lead with a front-nine 31, shot even par on the back and had his doors blown off by Adam Scott, 30, Jason Day, 23, and finally Charl Schwartzel, 26."

Wait, what? How did one of the greatest comebacks in Masters history, in which Woods twice rallied from seemingly insurmountable deficits to vault into contention show us that his aura, his mojo, his spark is gone?

Sure, Woods' putter betrayed him on the back nine, but putting has always been an adventure with Tiger, and never more than it has been the last few months.

(PHOTO - TIGER IN CHINA: U.S. golfer Tiger Woods waves to students of Beijing Sports University in Beijing April 13, 2011. Woods is in China on the "Make it Matter" promotional tour. The tour, which includes South Korea, is aimed at promoting golf in Asia.)

If anything, Tiger's impressive charges showed us that the aura is still alive and well, that he's still capable of striking fear into opponents. For proof, look at the leader at the start of Sunday's final round, Rory McIlroy. The only thing that really changed on the leaderboard from the start of McIlroy's round, which was solid, until he fell apart worse than Terrence Cody's diet at an all-you-can-eat buffet, was Woods.

Suddenly, he was charging. Suddenly, the crowd had a buzz to it. "Here comes Tiger. Rory's toast; Tiger's going to blow by him."

Sure, Woods didn't win the tournament, but we all expected him to win it. Sure, his putter's still wonky, but he's got from now until the U.S. Open to figure it out, because the rest of his game was pretty much flawless.

Plus, Woods has never been good at comebacks in major tournaments. Ever. He's never won one from behind; it's his ability to keep the field at bay on the final day that makes him so scary. How does failing to rally from a five-shot deficit on Sunday mean that Tiger's lost it for good?

Morfit couldn't have been more wrong about the Masters. For Woods, his performance at Augusta National wasn't a funeral, it was a warning. Reminding us all just how close he is to putting it all together, and what his plans are going to be for the U.S. Open. Sending notice that once he fixes his putting (and he will fix it, mind you), he's going to prove just what he can do.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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