PACMAN TO BIR CHIEF HENARES: 'PEACE BE WITH YOU ALL'

Filipino boxing hero and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao had nothing but a message of peace for his critics at the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) when he flew in from the United States (US) on Good Friday. “Peace be with you all,” Pacquiao said in his Lenten message to the BIR, particularly to Commissioner Kim Jacinto Henares who has been harping on his tax liabilities from his winnings inside the ring, the most recent one over American Timothy Bradley. “You cannot avoid from paying taxes to the Internal Revenue Services in the United States,” he said, adding that all his earnings in the US passed through IRS scrutiny before he received his net income. “If you paid your taxes in the US they are credited to the Philippines, which is supposed to get 32 percent tax from my income,” said Pacquiao who is a practicing Evangelical Protestant. What’s left for him to do is to show the BIR the documents from the IRS which prove that he had already paid the 35 percent taxes in the US, the lawmaker explained. Pacquiao reportedly pocketed a US$20 million guaranteed prize for reclaiming his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight belt against Bradley during their rematch in Las Vegas, Nevada last April 13. His earnings from the fight are expected to swell once his cut from pay-per view revenues are factored in.

ALSO: Roach eyes Marquez or Mayweather next

Freddie Roach can only think of two names when asked about Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent. They are the old, familiar names: Juan Manuel Marquez and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Marquez has fought Pacquiao four times but may consider a fifth fight. Mayweather, on the other hand, still can’t make one fight with Pacquiao happen. But Roach isn’t closing the door on anything. Pacquiao returned home on Good Friday and took the next available flight to General Santos City to be with his pregnant wife and their four kids. After he defeated Tim Bradley in a rematch, Roach was asked what or who should be next for Pacquiao. “Marquez is a big fight for us,” he said of the 40-year-old Mexican, who knocked Pacquiao out the last time they were inside the ring in December 2012. “If Marquez likes it I want that fight,” said Roach. “And if Mayweather is interested, we’d fight him, too,” added Pacquiao’s trainer. Pacquiao said his line is open 24/7 and all he’s waiting for is a call from Mayweather, the American idol. Mayweather is set to face Marcos Maidana on May 3 at the MGM in Las Vegas while Marquez will be up against Mike Alvarado on May 17 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. READ MORE...

ALSO: Marquez may fight Pacquiao for fifth time

Reports from the boxing hotbed of Mexico City say that Juan Manuel Marquez is starting to realize the magnitude of facing Manny Pacquiao for the fifth time. But Marquez insists that before he begins thinking of a megabuck matchup with his Filipino rival, he should focus on his next fight: a May 17 showdown with Mike Alvarado set to take place at the Forum in Inglewood. Marquez told ace Mexican fight scribe Sal Rodriguez that it is a no-brainer for the public to demand for a fifth fight assuming he gets past Alvarado but the master counter-puncher believes he has to get past Alvarado next month first. Training under the watchful eyes of Hall of Fame trainer Nacho Beristain, Marquez racked up a few rounds of sparring with Alejandro Barrera and Guadalupe Rosales, according to Rodriguez. Rodriguez even quoted Marquez as saying that he was quite impressed with Pacquiao’s recent performance against Tim Bradley in Las Vegas. Marquez said Pacquiao was “strong and fast” but “a little more cautious.” Still, Marquez said that he doesn’t know what the future brings since he has a big fight coming. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao top Mayweather contender

With his clear victory over Timothy Bradley in their grudge rematch on Saturday in Las Vegas, Manny Pacquiao vaulted back as top contender to American Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the latest pound-for-pound rankings of Ring Magazine in the welterweight division. Pacquiao rebounded from seventh to fourth overall in the list, trailing Mayweather, World Boxing Association super middleweight champion Andre Ward, also of the US, and unified heavyweight titlist Wladimir Klitscho of Ukraine. Pacquiao, now back in General Santos City, skidded to seventh overall in the pound-for-pound rankings and fifth among 147-pounders when he got knocked out cold by Juan Manuel Marquez with one second to go in the sixth round on Dec. 8, 2012. When Pacquiao mastered Brandon Rios in his comeback fight last November in Macau, he hardly moved in the standings as skeptics said Rios’ style was tailor-fit for him.READ MORE...
 


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HE’S BACK! — Filipino boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao waves to his adoring fans upon his return to Manila early morning yesterday. (Linus Guardian Escandor, II)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, APRIL 21, 2014, (INQUIRER) by Joseph T. Jubelag - Filipino boxing hero and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao had nothing but a message of peace for his critics at the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) when he flew in from the United States (US) on Good Friday.

“Peace be with you all,” Pacquiao said in his Lenten message to the BIR, particularly to Commissioner Kim Jacinto Henares who has been harping on his tax liabilities from his winnings inside the ring, the most recent one over American Timothy Bradley.

The 35-year-old Pacquiao, who held a press conference here shortly after arriving from the US, stressed that the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) from that country had already deducted 35 percent from his earnings derived from his fight.

“You cannot avoid from paying taxes to the Internal Revenue Services in the United States,” he said, adding that all his earnings in the US passed through IRS scrutiny before he received his net income.

“If you paid your taxes in the US they are credited to the Philippines, which is supposed to get 32 percent tax from my income,” said Pacquiao who is a practicing Evangelical Protestant.

What’s left for him to do is to show the BIR the documents from the IRS which prove that he had already paid the 35 percent taxes in the US, the lawmaker explained.

Pacquiao reportedly pocketed a US$20 million guaranteed prize for reclaiming his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight belt against Bradley during their rematch in Las Vegas, Nevada last April 13.

His earnings from the fight are expected to swell once his cut from pay-per view revenues are factored in.

Earlier, Henares reminded Pacquiao before the Bradley fight to settle his over P2.2 billion tax liabilities he supposedly owes the government from his fight earnings between 2008 and 2009.

Henares even told “Pacman” not to think of her in the ring.

The BIR chief went to the point of telling the media that those betting on Pacquiao’s fights should also pay taxes from their winnings.

Local officials in Sarangani led by Governor Steve Solon organized a hero’s welcome for Pacquiao upon his arrival at the General Santos City airport.

However, the fanfare from past, grandiose motorcades was left out in welcoming the fighting congressman in observance of the Lenten season, the solon said.

FROM PHILSTAR

Roach eyes Marquez or Mayweather next By Abac Cordero, The Philippine Star Posted at 04/20/2014 8:43 PM | Updated as of 04/20/2014 8:43 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Freddie Roach (photo) can only think of two names when asked about Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent.

They are the old, familiar names: Juan Manuel Marquez and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Marquez has fought Pacquiao four times but may consider a fifth fight.

Mayweather, on the other hand, still can’t make one fight with Pacquiao happen.

But Roach isn’t closing the door on anything.

Pacquiao returned home on Good Friday and took the next available flight to General Santos City to be with his pregnant wife and their four kids.

After he defeated Tim Bradley in a rematch, Roach was asked what or who should be next for Pacquiao.

“Marquez is a big fight for us,” he said of the 40-year-old Mexican, who knocked Pacquiao out the last time they were inside the ring in December 2012.

“If Marquez likes it I want that fight,” said Roach.

“And if Mayweather is interested, we’d fight him, too,” added Pacquiao’s trainer.

Pacquiao said his line is open 24/7 and all he’s waiting for is a call from Mayweather, the American idol.

Mayweather is set to face Marcos Maidana on May 3 at the MGM in Las Vegas while Marquez will be up against Mike Alvarado on May 17 at The Forum in Inglewood, California.

Mayweather is tipped to beat Maidana even before they climb the ring while Marquez will be hard pressed against Alvarado.

Marquez lost to Bradley on points in October last year, and his coming fight should weigh heavily on his future plans as a boxer.

If he beats Alvarado, he can ask for the moon for a fifth fight with Pacquiao.

Marquez is not looking ahead of Alvarado. He spoke to Fight Hype a couple days ago, and said he’s not thinking of Pacquiao at the moment.

Marquez sounded like he’s even pushing for Pacquiao vs Mayweather.

“I already have four fights with Pacquiao and a lot of people would prefer to see these two rivals in the ring. I think if we voted on what fight people want to see I’m sure they’d want to see Pacquiao vs Mayweather,” he said.

“There’s talk of a fifth fight but I do not lose sleep. I am preparing to fight against Alvarado and the other (fight) doesn’t interest me,” Marquez added.

FROM MANILA BULLETIN

Marquez may fight Pacquiao for fifth time by Nick Giongco April 20, 2014


If Floyd Mayweather, Jr. refuses to fight him, Manny Pacquiao will be happy to face Juan Manuel Marquez for the fifth time.

Los Angeles — Reports from the boxing hotbed of Mexico City say that Juan Manuel Marquez is starting to realize the magnitude of facing Manny Pacquiao for the fifth time.

But Marquez insists that before he begins thinking of a megabuck matchup with his Filipino rival, he should focus on his next fight: a May 17 showdown with Mike Alvarado set to take place at the Forum in Inglewood.

Marquez told ace Mexican fight scribe Sal Rodriguez that it is a no-brainer for the public to demand for a fifth fight assuming he gets past Alvarado but the master counter-puncher believes he has to get past Alvarado next month first.

Training under the watchful eyes of Hall of Fame trainer Nacho Beristain, Marquez racked up a few rounds of sparring with Alejandro Barrera and Guadalupe Rosales, according to Rodriguez.

Rodriguez even quoted Marquez as saying that he was quite impressed with Pacquiao’s recent performance against Tim Bradley in Las Vegas.

Marquez said Pacquiao was “strong and fast” but “a little more cautious.”

Still, Marquez said that he doesn’t know what the future brings since he has a big fight coming.

Waxing philosophical, Marquez, who sent Pacquiao to dreamland in December 2012, said: “(We) walk before we (start to learn how to) run.”

Marquez will be 41 years old by the time he meets Pacquiao for the fifth time.

Top Rank head Bob Arum, who has Pacquiao and Marquez under contract, said possible sites of a November fight will be The Venetian in Macau or even Las Vegas with the Thomas and Mack Center as site.

Marquez is in the thick of training and while he mainly gets pointers from Beristain, also lending a hand include the celebrated conditioning coach Memo Heredia and longtime assistants Jose Luis Zaragoza, Ernesto Salgado and doctor Ramon de Anda, according to Rodriguez.

FROM THE INQUIRER

Pacquiao top Mayweather contender By Roy Luarca Philippine Daily Inquirer
4:41 am | Sunday, April 20th, 2014


Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr. FILE PHOTOS

With his clear victory over Timothy Bradley in their grudge rematch on Saturday in Las Vegas, Manny Pacquiao vaulted back as top contender to American Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the latest pound-for-pound rankings of Ring Magazine in the welterweight division.

Pacquiao rebounded from seventh to fourth overall in the list, trailing Mayweather, World Boxing Association super middleweight champion Andre Ward, also of the US, and unified heavyweight titlist Wladimir Klitscho of Ukraine.

Pacquiao, now back in General Santos City, skidded to seventh overall in the pound-for-pound rankings and fifth among 147-pounders when he got knocked out cold by Juan Manuel Marquez with one second to go in the sixth round on Dec. 8, 2012.

When Pacquiao mastered Brandon Rios in his comeback fight last November in Macau, he hardly moved in the standings as skeptics said Rios’ style was tailor-fit for him.

But after regaining the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown from Bradley, who was rewarded by incompetent judges with a split decision in their first encounter in 2012, Pacquiao is a hot item once again.

Not only locally, but globally. More endorsements, including Korean giant car maker Kia, and commercials are likely to come for the Fighting Congressman from Sarangani who wants to end his ring career on a winning note.

Good for at least three more fights, Pacquiao said he is willing to face anybody his promoter, Bob Arum, will put in front of him.

The leading contender is the winner between the Marquez-Mike Alvarado tussle on May 17.

Though Marquez initially balked at a fifth fight with Pacquiao, the 40-year-old Mexican changed his tune after being beaten by Bradley in a tactical skirmish last year.

Despite absorbing his first official career loss to Pacquiao, Bradley, on the other hand, slipped just one rung to second among welterweights, but tumbled to fifth from No. 3 overall.

While Pacquiao is repeatedly calling on Mayweather for what could be the biggest fight in history, the flamboyant American has kept his silence.

Pacquiao, the pound-for-pound king from 2009 to 2010, can afford to wait and bask on the adulation of his countrymen and constituents at the moment.


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