PACMAN GIVES LAWMAKERS EARLY XMAS GIFTS / VILORIA ON TOP OF BOXING WORLD


[PHOTO -San Juan City Representative Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito posted this snapshot of the watch Manny Pacquiao gave him as an early Christmas present on Twitter.]

MANILA, NOVEMBER 19, 2012 (INQUIRER) By: Karen Boncocan -

Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao gave his fellow lawmakers an early Christmas present on Wednesday.

The boxing champion gave away TechnoMarine watches, which are priced at roughly more than P30,000 each, to his colleagues.

San Juan City Representative Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito and Diwa Partylist Representative Emmeline Aglipay shared photos of their gifts on Twitter.

Pacquiao is an endorser of TechnoMarine.
 

Time for Viloria to join Pacquiao’s elite gang By Recah Trinidad

Brian Viloria (photo) scored a knockdown each with a selection of killer punches-an opening right cross, a rocket-like right straight, a culminating left hook-to stop Mexico’s Hernan Marquez and unify the WBO and WBA world flyweight boxing titles.

It was a tough and very trying assignment as the 31-year-old Viloria had aptly predicted.

But if the bout did at several furious points appear like a mismatch, it was due to the smorgasbord of punches Viloria was able to bring to the table.

Add to that the obvious miscue the referee had committed in ruling a Viloria fall in the fifth round a mere slip.

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Viloria, at points, did succeed in engaging in a fistic feast.

He was dishing out lethal blows, leaving his foe to suck in poison leather, when the referee mercifully ordered a halt.

Of course, it was Marquez’s chief handler Robert Garcia who threw in the towel to signal his man had had enough.

But it was also not surprising that Viloria next admitted “the victory looked bad, but I wasn’t hurt.”

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He was hurt.

The bout was closer than it had appeared on the television screen.

Take it from one seasoned and gifted fight chronicler, who rated the fifth round of the world flyweight unification bout in Los Angeles one for the books, maybe the finest round in all of boxing this year.

Tyson Marquez started the fifth round with evil intent, wrote Mitt McGrain of boxing.com. “Viloria remained cool once more and had great success with a twisting right uppercut to the gut … which already had the look of being the punch to take newfound wind out of Marquez’s sails-when instead the Mexican found a crunching right hand counter that drew an audible sigh from the crowd. Little Tyson then absolutely poured on the hurt, driving Viloria back to the ropes and landing perhaps fifteen unanswered cuffing punches before driving him across the ring and to the canvas in what was questionably ruled a slip. While Viloria did technically slip to the ground it happened in the main because he was being beaten across the ring by a near-possessed opponent.”

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McGrain was direct to the point.

A punch did go in right before Viloria hit the canvas.

This reporter saw that fleeting blow itself.

Anyway, slip or no slip, the brilliant result should help solidify Viloria’s candidacy as certified member of the elite pound-for-pound gang.

The win did not only erase sorry memories of his unstable, fast-fading stands. It also confirmed his newfound grit and maturity.

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By the way, Manny Pacquiao was supposed to have been at ringside to help work the Viloria bout for television.

There were conflicting reports on why Pacquiao had decided to skip it.

Of course, it could’ve helped detect debilitating effects of digging in blindly and taking a shallow crouch while going for a knockout.

But more than that, Pacquiao could’ve also fully appreciated the killer blow, the rocket-like straight, thrown by Viloria safely from atop, that floored Marquez for the second time on Sunday.

The shot was launched from the seat of power down the navel, not unlike a spitfire mantis strike by the immortal Bruce Lee.

Can Pacquiao convert into a thinking typhoon? By Recah Trinidad

Manny Pacquiao, trying to run to the summer when he was only 25, made an unscheduled pause last week to explain he may no longer have to really go back that far.

The 33-year-old boxing superhero, preparing for his fourth bout against long-time nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez, said he must now pace himself and no longer stays on overdrive.

“How do you feel right now,” a friend from GMA News asked.

“I’m 28,” Pacquiao answered, readily adding he felt perfectly fine.

Pacquiao was 28 when he did the unexpected and stopped the great, heavily favored Oscar De La Hoya in his first bout as a welterweight.

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Of course, Pacquiao would’ve done everything and gone full blast—if his body would still allow it.

All for the simple reason that cutting down on training hours doesn’t rhyme with the new theme of his next bout.

The theme: Non-stop aggression.

“Non-stop action,” Pacquiao told Lance Pugmire of the LA Times. “In and out, side by side, speed, hip movement.”

And more “We have Plan A and Plan B. The ploy is to put full pressure, counter him, move my head, a lot of work.”

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Pacquiao has gotten strict orders to go for a compelling knockout.

He has also attached a new dimension to his mission.

He said he will go out to erase “perceptions Marquez is the smarter fighter.”

“I believe I myself am smarter,” he told Pugmire. “You’re going to see that this time it will be different.”

Pacquiao will also be out to dump the stigma that he’s on a career decline.

“I have to prove they’re wrong. I am still young and strong. I slip a punch and respond with rapid fire assault.”

A smart Pacific Storm, in short.

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Meanwhile, out there in Mexico, trainer Nacho Beristain must be relishing all the latest info from the Wild Card Gym.

All for the simple fact that, based on new declarations, Pacquiao would, at best, be doubly stormy come fight time.

Not to say that Mexicans have nothing to fear this fourth time around.

But Beristain must’ve been doubly convinced there would be no need for significant shifts.

“Pacquiao is like a typhoon but will meet a technical-class fighter in Juan Manuel,” Beristain explained in an earlier interview.

Beristain said they would go for a happy ending, possibly a knockout.

Freddie Roach said he would not be pleased with anything short of a KO.

Still, Roach must make sure that, this time, it would not be a shallow, crouching cougar but a thinking typhoon he would be slamming on the sharp, shifty, sly Mexican Puzzle.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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