[A videograb from the documentary film featuring champion boxer and congressman Manny Pacquiao (center) and Cecilia Flores-Oebanda (left)]

MANILA, MAY 27, 2013 (PHILSTAR) By Camille Diola - Boxing champion and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao promoted on Friday the encore airing of CNN's full-length documentary The Fighters featuring a woman's fight against sex trafficking in Manila.

The documentary, a result of two years of undercover work in the capital city's red light district, was first shown over CNN International Channel last May 17 and 18, but will return on June 1 and 2 in 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. airings.

Pacquiao, whom the film features as among the lawmakers who sought a stronger measure against sex trafficking, urged his Twitter followers to watch the 80-minute documentary made available in full online.

"Please watch. It is important," he said.

Teaser of CNN documentary 'The Fighter'


The Fighters looks in-depth at the Manila trafficking industry following the life and advocacy of Visayan Forum Foundation executive director Cecilia Flores-Oebanda, a warrior against sex slavery, and the girls and women she rescued.

Omebanda tapped Pacquiao's help to champion the cause against trafficking as "the toughest fight that he will wage in his entire life," she said, adding that unlike boxing, the war to stop sex trade especially of minors lasts "beyond 12 rounds."

Journalist Leif Coorlim, executive director CNN Freedom Project that produced the film, called the phenomenon of trafficking and cyber sex in the country "scary," "sickening" and "incredibly hard for law enforcement to stop."

"In a country like the Philippines, nothing ever is as it seems," Coorlim said in the video, citing a district in Makati where "many trafficking victims wind up."

The government has said that there are currently 800,000 people involved in the illegal sex industry, about 100,000 of which are children and minors.


Roach: Pacquiao in twilight of his career Posted at 05/24/2013 8:11 PM | Updated as of 05/25/2013 6:20 PM

MANILA – Manny Pacquiao will have only a couple of fights left whatever the outcome of his fight against Brandon Rios, according to his boxing trainer Freddie Roach.

Roach admitted that his prized ward is nearing retirement as the Filipino boxer gives more time to his political career.

“I hope he becomes president of the Philippines or something like that, you know that's his dream I'm sure,” the boxing trainer said in an interview with Fight

Pacquiao got re-elected as congressman of Sarangani province in the May 13 elections.

It is also evident that he wants to stay in politics for sometime since he even encouraged his wife Jinkee to also join politics.

Jinkee won as Sarangani vice governor in the mid-term elections.

Roach said he keeps a close eye on Pacquiao and looks for signs during their training sessions.

“Once I see him slow down or start to not train so hard, I'll make him retire. But at this point, he's very focused on where he wants to go.”

The boxing coach added that there aren’t many opponents left at Pacquiao’s level.

The Filipino boxer chased elite boxers like Juan Manuel Marquez and Floyd Mayweather Jr., but both fighters want nothing to do with the Filipino superstar.

This is why Pacquiao's camp ended up taking a bout against Rios, who is a risky fight with relatively lower reward.

“I want Manny in an action fight and this will be a tough one... it's a little bit dangerous of course,” said Roach.

“Win or lose, Manny has only a couple of fights left in him.”

Analyst: Many interesting fights left for Pacquiao Posted at 05/22/2013 6:09 PM | Updated as of 05/22/2013 6:14 PM

MANILA, Philippines – There are still plenty of fights left for Filipino boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao should he succeed against Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios this November, according to an ESPN analyst.

Pacquiao will return to the ring on November 24 against Rios in Macau, in what will be his first fight since being knocked out by rival Juan Manuel Marquez last December.

In a Sports Nation chat, ESPN’s Brian Campbell said there are still some fighters on Top Rank’s roster that Pacquiao could face if he beats Rios.

“I hear a lot of people saying that Manny has no one left to fight and, at least for me, I couldn’t disagree more,” he said. “A Rios fight is appointment viewing, and is going to be a war. I’d love to see him a fifth time against Marquez, or in a showdown with (Mike) Alvarado.”

Campbell said he will even watch a rematch between Pacquiao and unbeaten American Timothy Bradley, who defeated the Filipino icon via a controversial split decision in June 2012.

“The combination of Bradley becoming more of an action fighter and Pacquiao potentially slipping just a bit could make their rematch compelling,” Campbell said.

“Top Rank’s cupboard in that coveted 140-147 area (the light welterweight and welterweight divisions) is definitely small, but the fact there’s five guys who could all fight each other a few times makes things interesting,” he added.

What Campbell knows for sure is that a bout between Pacquiao and Argentine fighter Lucas Matthysse is highly unlikely, as Matthysse is handled by promotional rival Golden Boy.

Matthysse is the latest hot commodity in boxing after his sensational knockout of Lamont Peterson, and Campbell said a “mythical” bout between Matthysse and Pacquiao in his prime would be “absolutely ridiculous.”

“They are the exact same height. I favor prime Pacquiao and think he wins, but he would have to endure a war unlike any he has been in,” Campbell said.

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