FACE-OFF? DID NOY AQUINO BEAT PACQUIAO TO THE 3-POINTER?

Malacañang announced on Sunday that President Noynoy Aquino was scheduled to meet with national treasure Manny Pacquiao on Monday (yesterday) “at 1 p.m.”
There was no word on what could be expected from the face-off between the two most important Filipino celebrities—P-Noy as internationally acclaimed anticorruption warrior; Pacquiao the hottest world boxing property to date. Before the meeting was formalized, Pacquiao had been rumored as ready and willing to suit up for Kia Motors in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). In fact, there were reports Pacquiao would opt to wear jersey No. 17 (his birthdate) if and when the PBA stint for the reigning WBO welterweight champion materializes. READ MORE...

(ALSO) Source: PNoy, Pacquiao talk about politics, taxes

Politics and taxes were among the topics of discussion between President Benigno Aquino and boxing icon Manny Pacquiao during the latter’s courtesy call at the Malacanang Palace on Monday afternoon. A Palace source, who spoke to philstar.com on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to divulge the details of the meeting, said President Aquino asked Pacquiao about his future political plans. “The President hailed Manny as an inspiration to Filipinos, congratulating him for winning [against Timothy Bradley]. He also asked him about his political plans in 2016, his ongoing projects in Sarangani and his tax issues with the BIR,” the source told philstar.com. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao's PBA dream faces setback

Fighting congressman Manny Pacquiao’s dreams of making it into the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) hit a snag after the league ruled out direct hires for expansion teams. This means, Pacquiao will have to go through the drafting process if he wants to play for expansion team KIA Motors. “He will be a welcome addition to the PBA,” PBA commissioner Chito Salud said in Karlo Sacamos' report in Spin.ph. “But you will have to enter the rookie draft — you have to go through the process.” The WBO welterweight champion earlier said that there were plans to have him fielded as one of the players of KIA Motors, which is one of the new teams accepted by the PBA. "Hindi pa naman final, pero may planong maglaro ako sa PBA," said Pacquiao, who is known to be a basketball fanatic. The two other expansion teams are Blackwater Sports and Metro Pacific Investments (NLEX). If Pacquiao makes it to the pro basketball league, he will be the first professional boxer ever to play in the PBA. But the PBA ruled on Thursday against direct hires to NLEX, Blackwater and KIA.THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: Is Bradley courting Mayweather? (by Joaquin Henson)

Deposed WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley appears to be posturing for a fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. as it doesn’t seem likely the Desert Storm, fresh from tasting his first defeat, will get a rubber match with Manny Pacquiao. Bradley, 30, admitted he lost to the better man as Pacquiao regained the 147-pound title via a convincing unanimous 12-round decision in Las Vegas two weeks ago. It was in stark contrast to the unpopular split verdict handed to Bradley in their first meeting in June 2012. The outcry was so resounding that Bradley contemplated suicide. He said a “dark cloud” hung over him for beating the “People’s Champion.” A third Pacquiao-Bradley encounter would be a tough sell at the box office. There is nothing left to prove for Pacquiao. Besides, Bradley isn’t a crowd pleaser and not even Pacquiao alone could prop up ticket sales. Asked about a possible rubber match, Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach shot back, “What for?” Bradley’s trainer Joel Diaz, a former lightweight contender in his heyday, recently played the ethnic card in trying to warm up to Mayweather. “They don’t get the credit because they’re African Americans,” he said, referring to Bradley and Mayweather. “They’re great fighters, man. You need to give these guys some credit. The name of the game is boxing. That’s why I love Mayweather and I love Andre Ward. They’re great fighters and great people.” Diaz went a step further by calling Mayweather the best fighter by far in the world. “These African American fighters, they’re the best guys out there,” he said, quoted by Lem Satterfield on ringtv.craveonline.com. “They’ve got their style, which is boxing, and boxing is a sport where you hit and don’t get hit. They’re smart, they’re elusive, they’re very skilful, they use great angles, they give the sport of boxing its name: boxing. A lot of fans, they want to see blood, cuts, knockouts and stuff like that and we see them. But you know, boxing is a sport where you hit and don’t get hit. You want to see a fight, go to a bar.” READ MORE...

ALSO: Fighters line up for crack at Pacman

Manny Pacquiao is one fighter that will never run out of opponents to face inside the ring until the day he retires. Back in the winner’s circle following two consecutive wins, the 35-year-old Pacquiao has people lined up or lining up before him. Even before he defeated Tim Bradley in a rematch last April 12 in Las Vegas, Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, has a couple of names on hand. Arum said there’s already been some form of an agreement that whoever won the recent rematch would fight the winner of the coming battle between Juan Manuel Marquez and Mike Alvarado. Pacquiao said he’s open to face either boxer but said the one fight he still wants to make is the one against Floyd Mayweather Jr., who will be up against Marcos Maidana on May 3. Then Adrien Broner, the former three-division world champion from the United States, said a week ago he’d love to take on Pacquiao – at any weight. Pacquiao is back as a world champion after he took the WBO welterweight crown back from Bradley. Of course, there’s Russian beast Ruslan Provodnikov, another potential opponent for Pacquiao although that should be the final option. READ MORE...


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Did Noynoy Aquino beat Manny Pacquiao to the 3-pointer?


Manny Pacquiao shakes hand with President Benigno Aquino during a courtesy call at the Malacanang Palace on Monday afternoon. Photo from www.gov.ph

MANILA, APRIL 28, 2014, (INQUIRER)  By Recah Trinidad - Malacañang announced on Sunday that President Noynoy Aquino was scheduled to meet with national treasure Manny Pacquiao on Monday (yesterday) “at 1 p.m.”

There was no word on what could be expected from the face-off between the two most important Filipino celebrities—P-Noy as internationally acclaimed anticorruption warrior; Pacquiao the hottest world boxing property to date.

Before the meeting was formalized, Pacquiao had been rumored as ready and willing to suit up for Kia Motors in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

In fact, there were reports Pacquiao would opt to wear jersey No. 17 (his birthdate) if and when the PBA stint for the reigning WBO welterweight champion materializes.

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It, indeed, would be a sure hit, a ready 3-pointer, if Pacquiao sets foot on the PBA hardwood, dribbles, zigzags and pulls up on a lefty jump shot.

Whether it would be a regular twinner or a net-ripping 3-pointer is beside the point. It sure would be a knockout, an anointment of sorts for the PBA.

Now, regarding 3-pointers, going by the quiet clamor out in our chaotic streets, the President would’ve had the chance to score a big basket for flag and country if he, at least, rewarded Pacquiao enough breathing room in his bout against the Bureau of Internal Revenue, which has levied a P2.2 billion tax deficit on the eight-division world title winner, in that scheduled meeting.

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No, this is not to suggest BIR commissioner Kim Henares had been too harsh, if not tyrannical, in her dealings with Pacquiao.

But it must be told here, as voiced by former national sports chief statistician Joseph Dumuk, that the people feel the tax efforts against Pacquiao were also heavily loaded with politics.

Take it from one who mingles with the hardy daily wage-earners, or members of their poor families out in the morning wet market: These people breathe, live, hope and dream Pacquiao day-in, day-out.

In fact, even the poorest of the poor among us, those who scratch barren earth daily for a living, feel Pacquiao had been treated like poor relations by the national tax authorities.

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(NOT AT FAULT: If Pacquiao had been caught in this vicious tax mess, it was not solely his fault. This was the view of this reporter, shared by veteran correspondent Jun Velasco of Dagupan and national cycling great Jesus “Jess” Garcia Jr.

They swear that Pacquiao had allowed his top handlers, namely promoter Bob Arum and adviser Michael Koncz, to darkly meddle with his tax dealings in the United States, where the Filipino superhero ended up with a whooping $18-million tax shortage.

Pacquiao had also allowed Arum to slur our tax officials about doing “the worst kind of politics” during a media exchange after it was reported that the IRS in the US had taken Pacquiao to task over enormous tax payment shortages.

Jess, by the way, was among the fans who predicted early that the Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley championship would go the full 12-round distance, with “Pacquiao a sure winner by unanimous decision.”)

FROM PHILSTAR

Source: PNoy, Pacquiao talk about politics, taxes By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated April 21, 2014 - 6:25pm 3 279 googleplus0 0


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MANILA, Philippines – Politics and taxes were among the topics of discussion between President Benigno Aquino and boxing icon Manny Pacquiao during the latter’s courtesy call at the Malacanang Palace on Monday afternoon.

A Palace source, who spoke to philstar.com on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to divulge the details of the meeting, said President Aquino asked Pacquiao about his future political plans.

“The President hailed Manny as an inspiration to Filipinos, congratulating him for winning [against Timothy Bradley]. He also asked him about his political plans in 2016, his ongoing projects in Sarangani and his tax issues with the BIR,” the source told philstar.com.

Pacquiao, who outpointed Bradley last April 13 in Las Vegas to reclaim the WBO welterweight title, has hinted running for senator in the 2016 national elections. Currently representing Sarangani province in the House of Representatives, Pacquiao is reportedly in the senatorial slate of Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Though still unsure of his political plans, Pacquiao had indicated his desire to continue his boxing career after winning against Bradley.

According to the source, the President, who met Pacquiao at the Music Hall of Malacañang at around 1pm Monday, also jokingly asked Pacquiao for balato or a share of his purse from the Bradley fight.

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President Aquino, the source added, likewise inquired about Pacquiao’s current issue with the Bureau of Internal Revenue, with whom the boxer reportedly owes millions in unpaid taxes. Days before the Bradley fight, reports said BIR commissioner Kim Henares reminded Pacquiao that win or lose, the boxer has to pay to BIR 32 percent of his earnings from the latest bout.

Pacquiao pocketed at least $20 million from the Bradley bout.

The source said the President vowed continued support for Pacquiao and his constituents in Sarangani, despite the fact that the boxing champ belongs to another party.

President Aquino belongs to the ruling Liberal Party, while Pacquiao is from the rival Nacionalista Party.

FROM ABS-CBN

Pacquiao's PBA dream faces setback ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 04/24/2014 11:14 PM | Updated as of 04/24/2014 11:14 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Fighting congressman Manny Pacquiao’s dreams of making it into the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) hit a snag after the league ruled out direct hires for expansion teams.

This means, Pacquiao will have to go through the drafting process if he wants to play for expansion team KIA Motors.

“He will be a welcome addition to the PBA,” PBA commissioner Chito Salud said in Karlo Sacamos' report in Spin.ph. “But you will have to enter the rookie draft — you have to go through the process.”

The WBO welterweight champion earlier said that there were plans to have him fielded as one of the players of KIA Motors, which is one of the new teams accepted by the PBA.

"Hindi pa naman final, pero may planong maglaro ako sa PBA," said Pacquiao, who is known to be a basketball fanatic.

The two other expansion teams are Blackwater Sports and Metro Pacific Investments (NLEX).

If Pacquiao makes it to the pro basketball league, he will be the first professional boxer ever to play in the PBA.

But the PBA ruled on Thursday against direct hires to NLEX, Blackwater and KIA.

FROM PHILSTAR

Is Bradley courting Mayweather? By Joaquin Henson (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 24, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus1 0


BY JOAQUIN HENSON

MANILA, Philippines - Deposed WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley appears to be posturing for a fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. as it doesn’t seem likely the Desert Storm, fresh from tasting his first defeat, will get a rubber match with Manny Pacquiao.

Bradley, 30, admitted he lost to the better man as Pacquiao regained the 147-pound title via a convincing unanimous 12-round decision in Las Vegas two weeks ago. It was in stark contrast to the unpopular split verdict handed to Bradley in their first meeting in June 2012. The outcry was so resounding that Bradley contemplated suicide. He said a “dark cloud” hung over him for beating the “People’s Champion.”

A third Pacquiao-Bradley encounter would be a tough sell at the box office. There is nothing left to prove for Pacquiao. Besides, Bradley isn’t a crowd pleaser and not even Pacquiao alone could prop up ticket sales. Asked about a possible rubber match, Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach shot back, “What for?”

Bradley’s trainer Joel Diaz, a former lightweight contender in his heyday, recently played the ethnic card in trying to warm up to Mayweather. “They don’t get the credit because they’re African Americans,” he said, referring to Bradley and Mayweather. “They’re great fighters, man. You need to give these guys some credit. The name of the game is boxing. That’s why I love Mayweather and I love Andre Ward. They’re great fighters and great people.”

Diaz went a step further by calling Mayweather the best fighter by far in the world. “These African American fighters, they’re the best guys out there,” he said, quoted by Lem Satterfield on ringtv.craveonline.com. “They’ve got their style, which is boxing, and boxing is a sport where you hit and don’t get hit. They’re smart, they’re elusive, they’re very skilful, they use great angles, they give the sport of boxing its name: boxing. A lot of fans, they want to see blood, cuts, knockouts and stuff like that and we see them. But you know, boxing is a sport where you hit and don’t get hit. You want to see a fight, go to a bar.”

Bradley himself said he’ll fight Mayweather any day and any place. Dan Rafael of espn.com, however, said it’s unlikely to happen “because Mayweather is under contract to Showtime and works with Golden Boy Promotions while Bradley fights on HBO and recently signed a contract extension with Top Rank … none of those entities work with each other.” It’s the same reason why sceptics claim the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight will never happen although with money on the table, the opposing parties may set aside differences and swallow their pride.

“At the end of the day, Mayweather is his own boss and if he wants to see me, he can come see me,” said Bradley. “If he wants the fight to happen, then so be it. I will never shy away from the best and Mayweather is the best right now. Everyone is going to want to see the fight but the business side of boxing is totally different and it’s not our fault, it’s just the way it is. It’s not how badly I want to fight Mayweather. It’s how badly Mayweather wants to fight me. Whether or not I fight him, my career is going to go on and my legacy is going to keep on building. Whether he is there or not, I am going to keep on winning against the best opponents out there.”

After losing the WBO title to Pacquiao, Bradley has no bargaining leverage left for a big money fight. He has no belt to dangle as bait. Besides, it may not make commercial sense to pit Bradley against Mayweather because not too many fans will pay to watch a ring version of “Dancing With the Stars.” There will be little action in the fight and even Diaz must admit it will be unexciting, tactical and boring.

Bradley has tried to create an intriguing image by replacing manager Cameron Dunkin with his wife Monica Smoot, publicizing that he doesn’t shower until after the weigh-in, going on a vegan diet, showing off his impressive abs, sparring 10-minute instead of three-minute rounds and disclosing that he entertained notions of committing suicide in the wake of public abuse for defeating Pacquiao. None of that turned him into a media magnet. In boxing, it’s the fists that do the talking and Bradley found that out after losing to Pacquiao two weeks ago.

Fighters line up for crack at Pacman By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 24, 2014 - 12:00am 2 5 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao is one fighter that will never run out of opponents to face inside the ring until the day he retires.

Back in the winner’s circle following two consecutive wins, the 35-year-old Pacquiao has people lined up or lining up before him.

Even before he defeated Tim Bradley in a rematch last April 12 in Las Vegas, Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, has a couple of names on hand.

Arum said there’s already been some form of an agreement that whoever won the recent rematch would fight the winner of the coming battle between Juan Manuel Marquez and Mike Alvarado.

Pacquiao said he’s open to face either boxer but said the one fight he still wants to make is the one against Floyd Mayweather Jr., who will be up against Marcos Maidana on May 3.

Then Adrien Broner, the former three-division world champion from the United States, said a week ago he’d love to take on Pacquiao – at any weight.

Pacquiao is back as a world champion after he took the WBO welterweight crown back from Bradley.

Of course, there’s Russian beast Ruslan Provodnikov, another potential opponent for Pacquiao although that should be the final option.

Now there’s word that Arum and Golden Boy big boss Oscar dela Hoya are in touch for a possible showdown between Pacquiao and Canelo Alvarez.

The 23-year-old Mexican is the former light-middleweight champion. He may be big for Pacquiao but Pacquiao has faced and beaten bigger opponents before.

“Anything’s possible,” Dela Hoya told The Los Angeles Times.

It’s been years since Golden Boy and Top Rank has made a fight happen, and this time could be the right time to break the spell.

“That’s one of the reasons I was extending the olive branch. The fans want to see these kinds of fights,” added Dela Hoya.

Alvarez lost to Mayweather in September last year at a catchweight of 152 lb and perhaps he can drop a couple more pounds to lure Pacquiao in.

Pacquiao has been fighting at 147 lb the past five or six years but has failed to knock anybody out since 2009 when he stopped Miguel Cotto inside 12 rounds.

Pacquiao said he may consider moving down in weight or to about 140. His trainer, Freddie Roach, is open to the idea as well.

But if Alvarez is put in front of him, Pacquiao won’t back down. He said he will fight anybody at 140 or 147 or anywhere up.

“It depends on my promoter,” Pacquiao loves to say.

“I will fight anybody. Basta boxer,” he’d say.


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