KIA EYEING PACQUIAO-JAWORSKI TEAM-UP?

Robert “Sonny” Jaworski may find himself working side by side with Manny Pacquiao if PBA expansion team KIA Motors reaches a deal with the former Ginebra coach. KIA Motors’team manager Eric Pineda told Spin.ph’s Snow Badua Jaworski’s name has been mentioned by management. “Napag-usapan 'yan pero wala pang definite,” said Pineda. He, however, has yet to clarify the post to be offered to the “Big J” after KIA Motors agreed to have Pacquiao as playing coach. “But I repeat, the name [of Jaworski] was already mentioned by the management of KIA and it is already there [on the table],” said Pineda. KIA Motors is one of three PBA newcomers. Pacquiao is reportedly eyeing former GlobalPort coach Glenn Capacio as one of his assistants. The team, however, still needs to address the league’s drafting procedures. Based on PBA rules, Pacquiao will have to go through the Rookie Draft if he wants to play in the PBA. Thus, he may not end up with KIA Motors since other teams can draft him first. “Ang batas ng PBA na ginawa noong 1975 pa is that, sa salita ni Commissioner Chito Salud, all rookies must have passed through the draft system,” sports columnist Al Mendoza earlier explained. “Si Manny Pacquiao ay considered na rookie pagpumasok sa PBA. ‘Pag coach walang ganun, okay kaagad 'pag coach ka. Pero kung maglalaro ka, dadaan ka pa rin sa rookie draft system ika nga.” THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Boxing still tops for Pacquiao, pol, singer, preacher, etc.

First, there was boxing. Then he went into politics, getting himself elected to Congress. He also tried singing, attempted to break into the movies and also preached the Bible. Now, he wants to go into professional basketball. In spite of his varied interests, eight-division champ Manny Pacquiao in an interview on Thursday assured his diehard fans that boxing—not basketball—remained his top priority.
“They have nothing to worry about. I’m more of a boxer than a basketball player. I will play basketball but not to the extent of risking my bread and butter, which is boxing,” Pacquiao said in the vernacular. Fair and square --Despite the glories that he has reaped as a boxer, the 35-year-old Pacquiao also indicated that he was concerned about his responsibilities as a lawmaker. “I’m aware of the institution where I am in,” the Sarangani representative said. “As a lawmaker, I have to make sure that the dignity of the institution I’m representing is protected. I’d like to show to the world that even as a boxing icon and a lawmaker, I can play fair and square in a competitive game, like in the PBA (Philippine Basketball Association).” Pacquiao’s love for boxing is understandable.READ MORE...

ALSO: Marquez dominates Alvarado, paves way for Pacquiao rematch

Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico won a clear unanimous decision over Mike Alvarado on Saturday night (Sunday Manila time), dominating in his return to the Forum ring for its first boxing card in 13 years. Marquez (56-7-1) dismantled Alvarado with 12 rounds of technical brilliance and vicious power, knocking down Alvarado in the eighth round and bouncing back from his own ninth-round knockdown to finish strong. "I wanted to give the public here a gift," the four-division champion said afterward while a pro-Marquez crowd roared its approval. "A gift that dignifies the history of this event and the history of the Forum. I wanted to make this fight a gift for the fans." Marquez staggered Alvarado right before the final bell, punctuating another for the 40-year-old four-division champion. The win sets up Marquez for a fifth fight with Manny Pacquiao later this year in Macau, if Marquez wants it. His knockout victory over Pacquiao in December 2012 was the crowning moment of his career, but the money might compel him to add a fifth chapter to their rivalry.


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KIA eyeing Pacquiao- Jaworski team-up?



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MANILA, MAY 19, 2014 (ABS-CBN) Robert “Sonny” Jaworski may find himself working side by side with Manny Pacquiao if PBA expansion team KIA Motors reaches a deal with the former Ginebra coach.

KIA Motors’team manager Eric Pineda told Spin.ph’s Snow Badua Jaworski’s name has been mentioned by management.

“Napag-usapan 'yan pero wala pang definite,” said Pineda.

He, however, has yet to clarify the post to be offered to the “Big J” after KIA Motors agreed to have Pacquiao as playing coach.

“But I repeat, the name [of Jaworski] was already mentioned by the management of KIA and it is already there [on the table],” said Pineda.

KIA Motors is one of three PBA newcomers.

Pacquiao is reportedly eyeing former GlobalPort coach Glenn Capacio as one of his assistants.

The team, however, still needs to address the league’s drafting procedures. Based on PBA rules, Pacquiao will have to go through the Rookie Draft if he wants to play in the PBA. Thus, he may not end up with KIA Motors since other teams can draft him first.

“Ang batas ng PBA na ginawa noong 1975 pa is that, sa salita ni Commissioner Chito Salud, all rookies must have passed through the draft system,” sports columnist Al Mendoza earlier explained.

“Si Manny Pacquiao ay considered na rookie pagpumasok sa PBA. ‘Pag coach walang ganun, okay kaagad 'pag coach ka. Pero kung maglalaro ka, dadaan ka pa rin sa rookie draft system ika nga.”

FROM THE INQUIRER

Boxing still tops for Pacquiao, pol, singer, preacher, etc. By Aquiles Z. Zonio Inquirer Mindanao 2:14 pm | Thursday, May 15th, 2014
 


Timothy Bradley, left, and Manny Pacquiao. AP FILE PHOTO

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines—First, there was boxing. Then he went into politics, getting himself elected to Congress. He also tried singing, attempted to break into the movies and also preached the Bible.

Now, he wants to go into professional basketball.

In spite of his varied interests, eight-division champ Manny Pacquiao in an interview on Thursday assured his diehard fans that boxing—not basketball—remained his top priority.

“They have nothing to worry about. I’m more of a boxer than a basketball player. I will play basketball but not to the extent of risking my bread and butter, which is boxing,” Pacquiao said in the vernacular.

Fair and square

Despite the glories that he has reaped as a boxer, the 35-year-old Pacquiao also indicated that he was concerned about his responsibilities as a lawmaker.

“I’m aware of the institution where I am in,” the Sarangani representative said. “As a lawmaker, I have to make sure that the dignity of the institution I’m representing is protected. I’d like to show to the world that even as a boxing icon and a lawmaker, I can play fair and square in a competitive game, like in the PBA (Philippine Basketball Association).”

Pacquiao’s love for boxing is understandable.
In his classic rematch with American boxer Timothy Bradley on April 12, the Filipino ring idol earned $20 million in 36 minutes—not exactly the kind of money he would earn if he spent his entire life as a basketball player.

Coach for KIA

Pacquiao confirmed that he would play basketball when the team KIA joins the PBA tournament in October.

“I thank those who expressed concern over my decision to play in professional basketball. I understand the game. I will focus more on coaching rather than playing, especially during crucial games,” Pacquiao said.

He said he planned to give more playing time to other players, particularly if the game got highly physical.

Some fans have expressed concern that Pacquiao’s status as a boxing icon and even as a lawmaker might be demeaned if, during a game, an opponent threw an elbow at him or block or stole the ball from him.

What matters most

“That’s part of the game. To me, what matters most is humility even amidst derision as well as grace and sportsmanship amidst defeat,” he said.

Pacquiao said the KIA management’s goal was to bring the team to the championship finals within three years.

Pacquiao also spoke of boxing’s future in a separate interview with Malaysia’s New Straits Times during a visit to Malaysia with a business delegation.

Mental toughness

Pacquiao told the Times that Asian prizefighters needed greater support and more discipline if they were to become world-beaters.

“We have a lot of good talent in Asia, especially in our country, where there are a lot of young ones who can do the country proud,” he said.

“Fighters need to have good coaches, trainers and facilities. It is also important to educate them about what it takes to be a good boxer and how a boxer’s life should be,” he added.

Pacquiao said that Asian fighters also needed to toughen up mentally.

“I did not have a lot of chances to fight as an amateur in Asia. I had already turned pro when I was 16, so I did not get to compete in [events] such as the Asian Games or even the Olympics,” he said.

“To become a professional is not easy. My advice to those hoping to make it is to love their job, focus, believe in God and, most importantly, stay disciplined.”—With a report from AFP

FROM PHILSTAR

Marquez dominates Alvarado, paves way for Pacquiao rematch By Greg Beacham (Associated Press) | Updated May 18, 2014 - 2:21pm 1 2 googleplus0 0


Juan Manuel Márquez, of Mexico, celebrates with championship belt after his victory over Mike Alvarado in the tenth round of a WBO welterweight title boxing match at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., Saturday, May 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

INGLEWOOD, California — Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico won a clear unanimous decision over Mike Alvarado on Saturday night (Sunday Manila time), dominating in his return to the Forum ring for its first boxing card in 13 years.

Marquez (56-7-1) dismantled Alvarado with 12 rounds of technical brilliance and vicious power, knocking down Alvarado in the eighth round and bouncing back from his own ninth-round knockdown to finish strong.

"I wanted to give the public here a gift," the four-division champion said afterward while a pro-Marquez crowd roared its approval. "A gift that dignifies the history of this event and the history of the Forum. I wanted to make this fight a gift for the fans."

Marquez staggered Alvarado right before the final bell, punctuating another for the 40-year-old four-division champion.

The win sets up Marquez for a fifth fight with Manny Pacquiao later this year in Macau, if Marquez wants it. His knockout victory over Pacquiao in December 2012 was the crowning moment of his career, but the money might compel him to add a fifth chapter to their rivalry.

"We'll relax first," Marquez said. "I don't know at the moment, but any decision we make will be good for me, good for my family and good for the Mexican fans."

Alvarado (34-3) never got rolling in his second straight defeat, struggling to land any major shots beyond the right that sent Marquez to the canvas.

"It was a bad experience being in there with a legend," Alvarado said. "I was warming up a little bit too much before I started getting off. It was on me, but it was a great fight."

Marquez, who made $1.4 million, showcased the roots of his success against Alvarado, whose apparent fear of Marquez's famed counterpunching left him waiting for Marquez to clobber him.

Marquez outlanded Alvarado in 11 rounds, connecting with 44 percent of his 627 punches. His power shots were even more devastating, landing 57 percent to just 34 percent for Alvarado.

Marquez was in charge from the opening rounds. With Alvarado sitting back and waiting, Marquez pounded him to the body and pulped the left side of his face, opening a cut under his eye in the middle rounds.

"That's the kind of fighter I am. I like wars," Alvarado said. "That's how he exploited me, but that's how I fight."

Marquez knocked down Alvarado with a counter right hand in the final seconds of the eighth, sending Alvarado sliding under the ropes and nearly off the canvas into the photographers.

Alvarado recovered after the bell, and he knocked down Marquez with a double right hand early in the ninth, stunning the crowd. But the shot only seemed to enrage Marquez, who landed big combinations for the rest of the round.

Alvarado's face was swollen with damage under both eyes in the final rounds. Alvarado wobbled Marquez again in the 11th round, but Marquez kept his feet and finished to a standing ovation.

Marquez took a split-decision loss to Timothy Bradley last fall in his first fight since his victory over Pacquiao, but he was back on top in the heralded return of boxing to the Forum, the former home of the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Kings. The Forum was a boxing hotbed for 30 years, hosting Muhammad Ali's second fight with Ken Norton along with dozens of fight nights promoted by the late Lakers owner Jerry Buss.

"It was a very entertaining fight, and the thing that really thrills me is it's a great fight to come back to the Forum with," Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said. "So many years ago, there were so many nights at the Forum when we had fights like this."

Alvarado hadn't fought since Ruslan Provodnikov stopped him last fall. Alvarado moved away from his native Denver to the Los Angeles area in preparation for this bout, determined to avoid the pitfalls lurking in his hometown.


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