[PHOTO - Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao]

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, NOVEMBER 19, 2012 (INQUIRER) The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in Central Mindanao says it is not giving up on its case against world boxing champion and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao for his failure to answer the agency’s summonses and submit his 2010 tax documents.

Although the city prosecutor dismissed the case against Pacquiao on Oct. 12 citing the BIR’s failure to personally serve its summonses, the tax agency has filed an appeal.

Regional Director Rozil Lozares said the agency would “exhaust all legal remedies available just to overturn the decision of the City Prosecutor’s Office in Koronadal City.”

In his motion for reconsideration, Eric Diesto, chief of the legal division of BIR Region XII, assailed the prosecutor’s resolution, saying BIR representatives failed to personally serve the subpoena on Pacquiao because access to him was very limited. All matters regarding BIR transactions were being handled by the boxer’s accountants.

The subpoena was served twice but Pacquiao was not around, Diesto said.

Diesto admitted that in February, Pacquiao sent two lawyers and two accountants to clear up his problem with the BIR.

The BIR said the case it filed in March was not a tax evasion case but simply one of a “failure to obey summonses.”

But Arnold D. Cruz, officer in charge of the Prosecutor’s Office in Koronadal City, threw out the BIR’s case, saying it was “absurd to hold the respondent liable for neglecting to obey a subpoena which he did not receive at all in the first place.” Aquiles Z. Zonio, Inquirer Mindanao

Marquez looking for KO against Pacquiao

[PHOTO -Juan Manuel Marquez shows bulging muscles. Photos: Rafael Soto-Zanfer Promotions]

MANILA, Philippines — Bulging muscles and speedy hands.

Juan Manuel Marquez showed local media and his fans on Wednesday what to expect from him on Dec. 8, when he tangles with Manny Pacquiao for the fourth time at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Already in great shape, Marquez delighted the packed crowd at Romanza Gym in Mexico City when he did his training routines before the observant eyes of legendary trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain and conditioning coach Angel Heredia.

According to Ernesto Castellanos of Mexican sports daily Esto, Marquez said he’s trained even harder and is in much better shape than last year, when he lost to Pacquiao by majority decision in their third showdown.

The fight plan, bared Marquez, who chiefly worked on his speed and strength, is to attack Pacquiao’s body round by round and look for the knockout.

Marquez said he didn’t want the judges to deny him of a victory for the third time, alluding that the judges had a hand in his controversial draw with Pacquiao in 2004 and a split decision loss in their rematch four years later.

After the workout, promoter Fernando Beltran told the media he’s satisfied because Marquez appeared to be “very strong” and all that his fighter needs is “to be very fast.”

Pacquiao, meanwhile, appeared anew as guest in Jimmy Kimmel Live! late Wednesday in Los Angeles. It was the seventh stint for Pacquiao in the show. Roy Luarca

Pacquiao: One final flourish By Sev Sarmenta Philippine Daily Inquirer

If I were to take it from colleague Chino Trinidad’s Facebook entries, Manny Pacquiao seems to tote a different, if not more relaxed, aura in training camp at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood. The pictures Chino posted seemed to manifest just that: That childlike smile of being at home in the boxing environment.

The newfound passion for the Bible seems to have calmed down the kinetic Pacquiao, whose varied past interests and concerns appeared to distract him from his main line of work.

Chino feels that calm has, in effect, brought back the warrior instincts necessary for what will most likely be the last encounter with Juan Manuel Marquez.

Boxing fans may dismiss the upcoming Dec. 8 battle as nothing more than a moneymaking venture for two fighters who have run out of opponents. They can rant and complain but they’ll still watch the fight. Well, that’s the world of professional boxing for you: Promoters will make the best fight possible under the circumstances.

Bob Arum needed a fight for Pacquiao. Timothy Bradley was a dull, listless option despite—and because of—the controversial win over Pacquiao. Floyd Mayweather Jr. is securing the legend of his greatness in his mind. Many are no longer hopeful about Mayweather battling Pacquiao. If it comes, then let’s talk about it. If not, well, so what else is new?

Marquez was viable from a hunger standpoint and the pay-per-view angle. To this day, although not as vocal about it as before, Marquez believes he never lost a single fight against the Filipino champion.

Not the first one where Marquez rallied after being floored three times. Not the second or the third, where Pacquiao escaped with narrow margins. Marquez has one last chance to redeem himself and exorcise all the ghosts of past Pacquiao losses.

For Pacquiao, this fourth installment is perhaps the last chance for one final flourish to erase whatever Marquez claims and what the Pacquiao doubters believe. The buzz inside Pacquiao’s locker room after the third fight where I stood waiting to interview the Filipino champ was that we should accept that Marquez is the contra pelo, the one fighter who can go against anything Pacquiao can throw.

Try telling that to Pacquiao who will probably just dismiss the thought with that killer smile, that deadpan glare or with that new aura Chino is talking about.

This is it for these two rivals. No sense in having one more fight unless nobody else wants a piece of Pacquiao or Marquez. Perish the thought though: A Pacquiao-Marquez 5 would begin to sound like the endless Rocky sequels.

But this fourth installment should have been the one dubbed as Unfinished Business and not the second one. Our champion should end this Marquez business with one final flourish, one unforgettable performance like the ones against Ricky Hatton, Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito.

If Mayweather still refuses to enter the ring after this, then let us all remember Pacquiao-Marquez 4 as the fight Pacquiao gave us to remember for all time.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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