MANNY PACQUIAO TO OPEN 'BOXING SCHOOLS' IN CHINA   

Filipino boxing champion and Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao will open boxing schools in China in cooperation with its national government. In a television interview, Pacquiao said that the school would be named the “Manny Pacquiao Boxing Education Institute” and its first campus would be opened in Beijing. Pacquiao said that he would share his knowledge to Chinese boxers, adding that they need to be taught about the basics of the sport. “Nakikita ko na marami silang boxers pero kailangan lang ng knowledge about boxing, and turuan ng basics. I think they can produce also champion boxers,” Pacquiao said.
(I see that they have many boxers but they need to be taught the basics of boxing. I think they can produce also champion boxers.) When asked about the possibility of opening a “Manny Pacquiao Boxing Academy” in the country, Pacquiao said that what Filipino boxers needed was support. “Wala naman tayong problema. Kailangan natin ng support to promote and help young boxers,” Pacquiao said. (We do not have a problem. What we need is support to promote and help young boxers.) The lawmaker also said that the move would foster cooperation between the Philippines and China. Pacquiao is in China for a press tour for his upcoming World Welterweight Championship fight on November 22 against American boxer Chris Algieri. *READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao won’t wait for Mayweather   

With Floyd Mayweather’s repeated disinterest in a fight between him and Manny Pacquiao, life goes on for the Filipino ring icon. Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach have gone tired of waiting for Mayweather to step up and engage in a bout that could go down as the richest in boxing history. Pacquiao himself just turned to humor when faced with the familiar Mayweather question. "Who's that?" he told reporters at The Venetian Macao in Macau, China, on Monday, where he and Chris Algieri graced the first of several press conferences that are part of their two-week worldwide media tour to promote their Nov. 23 fight. Pacquiao is expected to retire from boxing in 2016, and he is prepared to spend his remaining fighting years without the thought of Mayweather. The undefeated American faces Marcos Maidana in a rematch next month, and only Mayweather knows what will happen after that. *READ MORE...

ALSO by Joaquin Henson: How durable is Algieri?   

Chris Algieri may be unbeaten with a 20-0 record but the only test of durability he has undergone came in surviving 12 rounds with the rugged Russian tank Ruslan Provodnikov in Brooklyn last June. Of his 20 fights, only five were scheduled for 10 rounds or more. Six of his victims had more losses than wins, including Jason Jordan who came in with a ridiculous record of 6-27-4, and 11 had fought in less than 12 bouts. Except for Provodnikov, the quality of Algieri’s opposition has been abominable. On Nov. 23, he’ll go up against WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao in Macau and the experts are agreed that he’s about to bite more than he can chew. Algieri is stepping out of his class and into dangerous waters. That’s why Pacquiao is an early 14-1 favorite and despite his pristine record, Algieri isn’t given much of a chance to wrest the WBO 147-pound crown. The fight is set at a catchweight limit of 144 so Algieri, who is the reigning WBO 140-pound titlist, will move up while Pacquiao will move down. A few days ago, Pacquiao showed up at the PBA office for official sizing and weighing. He scaled 151 pounds and was measured 5-6 flat. Algieri shouldn’t find it difficult fighting over 140. After all, he scaled 148 in his pro debut in 2008. But Algieri hasn’t scaled more than 143 1/2 in five years. For sure, he’ll enter the ring weighing less than Pacquiao which isn’t a bad thing – for the Filipino icon. Pacquiao hasn’t scored a knockout since disposing of Miguel Cotto in 2009. That’s eight straight fights where Pacquiao hasn’t halted anyone. Six of those eight fights, Pacquiao won on points and two, he lost to Timothy Bradley by split decision and Juan Manuel Marquez by knockout. *READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao-Mayweather in 2015? Possible, says Arum  

Top Rank chief Bob Arum is confident that a megabuck fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather will happen next year. Speaking to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle, Arum pointed out that the two major fight networks in the US – HBO and Showtime – fully support the fight. “Both networks want this fight to happen,” Arum said. “All signs seem to point to the fight happening early next year.”  Pacquiao’s fights are aired by HBO while Showtime holds the rights to broadcast Mayweather’s bouts. A fight between two of boxing’s biggest stars is expected to rake in record profits and net Pacquiao and Mayweather career-high paydays. But both camps have failed to find common ground during past negotiations, leading some boxing observers to believe that the fight will never happen. Arum, for his part, believes the fight should be staged sometime in the first half of 2015. “There is a sell-by date, where it becomes (after that) ‘Who cares?’ It has to happen by the first six months of next year,” Arum said. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Pangilinan lauds PH 5’s effort in FIBA World Cup 

IN A statement sent to the Manila Standard/Viva Sports, Manny Pangilinan, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president and the major benefactor of the Gilas Pilipinas national team competing in the FIBA Basketball World Cup after an absence of almost 40 years, praised the effort of the national team against mighty Croatia. “The game against Croatia will be told over and over again hereafter and could eventually evolve into a legendary tale. Well done, Gilas. Well done, indeed. You made us all very proud and grateful and, with an element of surprise, impressed FIBA and the global basketball world – including Croatia,” Pangilinan said. He added: “The Filipino heart was on the court for all to see, with no more proof needed that love for country animated our effort and our game. This view simply reflects the sense of the vast majority of our people back home, here in Spain and elsewhere in the world.” Pangilinan believes that “from an historical perspective, it is one small step forward after so many years of neglect, stupor and worse, resignation to our fate asd a basketball doormat because of our size. We’ve injured those dragons yesterday, the task of killing them remains.” *READ MORE...

ALSO: Gilas Pilipinas proves mettle vs Croatia in pulsating OT loss 

Unimaginable. Unbelievable. Unreal. For ages, that had been the case for the Philippines
playing basketball in the world stage until Gilas Pilipinas finally did it, and did it amazingly for the world to see. Absent in the world meet for 36 long years, the Filipinos celebrated their return with a riveting performance, barely dropping a 78-81 overtime loss to Croatia at the start of the 2014 FIBA World Cup at noon here Saturday. Gilas Pilipinas could have pulled the rug from under the European power in regulation play but Jeff Chan missed a contested 15-footer from the right flank to the collective oohs and aahs by the huge Filipino cheering crowd at the Palacio Municipal de Deportes San Pablo.

That was a near upset by the Filipinos against the very team considered the favorite to top Group B competition in this quadrennial conclave among the best of the best across the planet. In overtime, Gilas Pilipinas fought on until Jayson Castro missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer, allowing Croatia to eventually escape with the tough victory. For Gilas coach Chot Reyes, the biggest factor was the technical foul the referees called Castro in the dying seconds of the third quarter. “The refs called a technical foul that I couldn’t believe. The refs said Jason was flopping. The guy is 5-10 and he’s guarding a 6-5, how can that be a flopping?” said Reyes. “That’s the difference. If not for that technical foul, we could have won the game. The game wouldn’t have gone into overtime,” Reyes pointed out. “The refs called a technical, Croatia made the free throws then made a trey at the buzzer. That’s five points and that’s the difference in the game.” * READ MORE...


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Manny Pacquiao to open ‘boxing schools’ in China


Manny Pacquiao. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA
, SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 (INQUIRER) By Aries Joseph Hegina - Filipino boxing champion and Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao will open boxing schools in China in cooperation with its national government.

In a television interview, Pacquiao said that the school would be named the “Manny Pacquiao Boxing Education Institute” and its first campus would be opened in Beijing.

Pacquiao said that he would share his knowledge to Chinese boxers, adding that they need to be taught about the basics of the sport.

“Nakikita ko na marami silang boxers pero kailangan lang ng knowledge about boxing, and turuan ng basics. I think they can produce also champion boxers,” Pacquiao said.
(I see that they have many boxers but they need to be taught the basics of boxing. I think they can produce also champion boxers.)

When asked about the possibility of opening a “Manny Pacquiao Boxing Academy” in the country, Pacquiao said that what Filipino boxers needed was support.

“Wala naman tayong problema. Kailangan natin ng support to promote and help young boxers,” Pacquiao said.
(We do not have a problem. What we need is support to promote and help young boxers.)

The lawmaker also said that the move would foster cooperation between the Philippines and China.

Pacquiao is in China for a press tour for his upcoming World Welterweight Championship fight on November 22 against American boxer Chris Algieri.


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Pacquiao won’t wait for Mayweather (philstar.com) | Updated August 27, 2014 - 11:29am 4 114 googleplus0 0


Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines – With Floyd Mayweather’s repeated disinterest in a fight between him and Manny Pacquiao, life goes on for the Filipino ring icon.

Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach have gone tired of waiting for Mayweather to step up and engage in a bout that could go down as the richest in boxing history.

Pacquiao himself just turned to humor when faced with the familiar Mayweather question.

"Who's that?" he told reporters at The Venetian Macao in Macau, China, on Monday, where he and Chris Algieri graced the first of several press conferences that are part of their two-week worldwide media tour to promote their Nov. 23 fight.

Pacquiao is expected to retire from boxing in 2016, and he is prepared to spend his remaining fighting years without the thought of Mayweather. The undefeated American faces Marcos Maidana in a rematch next month, and only Mayweather knows what will happen after that.

* The fighting congressman insists the ball is still on Mayweather’s court, as Pacquiao has been repeatedly expressing desire to face the pound-for-pound king.

"The possibility to fight with him, you know, the question is not for us," Pacquiao said in a report by news agency AFP. "It's for them because any time we are willing to fight, any time. I think that question belongs to them, their camp."

Mayweather previously tweeted he will be making a “surprise” announcement after his rematch with Maidana, and some boxing observers speculate that it will be about a megabuck clash with Pacquiao.

Roach, for his part, said the waiting game is over for them.

"We can't waste our time waiting for him," the trainer said in the same AFP report. "We've done everything we could to make that fight happen. It's like, we're available if he's interested in it, but again we can't sit around waiting for him."

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How durable is Algieri? SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 27, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Joaquin M. Henson

Chris Algieri may be unbeaten with a 20-0 record but the only test of durability he has undergone came in surviving 12 rounds with the rugged Russian tank Ruslan Provodnikov in Brooklyn last June. Of his 20 fights, only five were scheduled for 10 rounds or more. Six of his victims had more losses than wins, including Jason Jordan who came in with a ridiculous record of 6-27-4, and 11 had fought in less than 12 bouts.

Except for Provodnikov, the quality of Algieri’s opposition has been abominable. On Nov. 23, he’ll go up against WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao in Macau and the experts are agreed that he’s about to bite more than he can chew. Algieri is stepping out of his class and into dangerous waters.

That’s why Pacquiao is an early 14-1 favorite and despite his pristine record, Algieri isn’t given much of a chance to wrest the WBO 147-pound crown. The fight is set at a catchweight limit of 144 so Algieri, who is the reigning WBO 140-pound titlist, will move up while Pacquiao will move down.

A few days ago, Pacquiao showed up at the PBA office for official sizing and weighing. He scaled 151 pounds and was measured 5-6 flat.

Algieri shouldn’t find it difficult fighting over 140. After all, he scaled 148 in his pro debut in 2008. But Algieri hasn’t scaled more than 143 1/2 in five years. For sure, he’ll enter the ring weighing less than Pacquiao which isn’t a bad thing – for the Filipino icon.

Pacquiao hasn’t scored a knockout since disposing of Miguel Cotto in 2009. That’s eight straight fights where Pacquiao hasn’t halted anyone. Six of those eight fights, Pacquiao won on points and two, he lost to Timothy Bradley by split decision and Juan Manuel Marquez by knockout.

* Pacquiao would like nothing better than to halt Algieri if only to prove he hasn’t lost his knockout touch. If Pacquiao is positioning to face Floyd Mayweather in a blockbuster showdown, possibly in May next year, he’ll dramatically upgrade his marketability with a stoppage of Algieri.

A knockout win over Algieri could mean a few more million dollars in the pot for Pacquiao in negotiating a duel with Mayweather.

* * * *

So the question is: How durable is Algieri? Will he be able to withstand the sock in Pacquiao’s punches? Will Pacquiao rediscover the power that flattened the likes of Erik Morales, Ricky Hatton, Marco Antonio Barrera and David Diaz?

Against Provodnikov, Algieri took some serious punishment. In the first round, he was decked by a left hook. Algieri got up but shortly after, took another mandatory eight to stop the Russian’s onslaught by dropping to a knee. By the end of the round, Algieri’s right eye began to swell. At the final bell, the right eye was swollen shut.

Algieri endured the pain and went the distance with Provodnikov to score a split 12-round decision. Judge Max De Luca saw it 117-109 for the Russian but Tom Schreck and Don Trella had it 114-112 for Algieri. The disparity in De Luca’s scoresheet was glaring. Trainer Freddie Roach, who worked Provodnikov’s corner, couldn’t believe the outcome.

Boxing News conceded that several rounds could’ve gone either way but felt Provodnikov had done enough to win. Provodnikov was more aggressive and hit harder but Algieri was busier.

“Algieri’s blows had no power yet he kept pecking away and cleanly hitting the defensively deficient Provodnikov,” wrote Boxing News’ Jack Hirsch. “Provodnikov would catch him with hard blows along the ropes but could never get him in a stationary position for long.

As the sessions unfolded, Algieri boxed and moved. By the fifth, people were lauding his courage that he had lasted long enough to at least be competitive. That Algieri was there at all in the end is a story in itself. He had never faced anyone remotely in Provodnikov’s league.”

* * * *

The win over Provodnikov turned Algieri’s fortunes around overnight. He became the WBO lightwelterweight champion and got a shot at Pacquiao. Algieri has never fought in Las Vegas or a major venue like the Venetian Resort in Macau. All his 20 fights were held in New York and eight of his last nine were staged at the Paramount Theater which has a seating capacity of only 1,400. All of a sudden, Algieri will find himself performing before over 15,000 fans against Pacquiao in Macau.

Algieri, 30, bankrolled $100,000 for battling Provodnikov. Against Pacquiao, he’s been guaranteed $1.5 Million and a share of the upside or net income in pay-per-view sales. It’s a quantum leap forward for Algieri in terms of earning power.

Algieri, whose mother is Argentinian and father is of Italian descent, said he respects Pacquiao but doesn’t think the Filipino can beat him or Mayweather. “I don’t rate anyone on Mayweather’s level,” he said. “Andre Ward is No. 2 but he has had so many injuries that he hasn’t reached his full potential yet.” Algieri said he couldn’t defeat Mayweather if they fought now but eventually, he would as Money’s skills deteriorate with age.

Algieri survived Provodnikov because the Russian couldn’t keep in step. Provodnikov was just too slow to catch Algieri. He lasted the distance because he ran and got away. It will be a completely different story with Pacquiao who’s quick on his feet and hands. Algieri won’t be able to run and hide from Pacquiao who’ll stalk him from pillar to post. Pacquiao will expose Algieri’s supposed durability is a myth.

Pacquiao-Mayweather in 2015? Possible, says Arum By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated August 29, 2014 - 2:48pm 10 2 googleplus0 0


Bob Arum is optimisitic that a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will happen. 'All signs seem to point to the fight happening early next year,' he says. (File photo)

MANILA, Philippines – Top Rank chief Bob Arum is confident that a megabuck fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather will happen next year.

Speaking to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle, Arum pointed out that the two major fight networks in the US – HBO and Showtime – fully support the fight.

“Both networks want this fight to happen,” Arum said. “All signs seem to point to the fight happening early next year.”

Pacquiao’s fights are aired by HBO while Showtime holds the rights to broadcast Mayweather’s bouts.

A fight between two of boxing’s biggest stars is expected to rake in record profits and net Pacquiao and Mayweather career-high paydays. But both camps have failed to find common ground during past negotiations, leading some boxing observers to believe that the fight will never happen.

Arum, for his part, believes the fight should be staged sometime in the first half of 2015.

“There is a sell-by date, where it becomes (after that) ‘Who cares?’ It has to happen by the first six months of next year,” Arum said.

* Mayweather and Pacquiao are booked to face different foes this year, with the American facing Marcos Maidana in a rematch next month and the Filipino taking on Chris Algieri in November. But those fights are nothing compared to both stars finally clashing with each other.

Arum even brought up the possibility of a lucrative rematch.

“And if it happens, there should be a provision with a different percentage for the rematch. So that the winner is rewarded for winning the fight,” added.

“I would love to see these guys fight twice next year,” he continued.

Mayweather himself has previously hinted at making a “surprise” announcement after his fight with Maidana, which some observers believe could be about facing Pacquiao.

But Pacquiao and his trainer Freddie Roach said they won’t waste time waiting for Mayweather, as they had insisted their willingness to fight the pound-for-pound king anytime.

Nevertheless, Arum isn’t giving up on the possibility of the Pacquiao and Mayweather camps settling their differences.

“Now it’s up to the fight camps to resolve the deal,” the promoter said.

FROM THE MANILA STANDARD

Pangilinan lauds PH 5’s effort in FIBA World Cup By MST Sports | Sep. 01, 2014 at 12:01am


The Philippines’ slotman Andray Blatche (right) makes his move against Croatia’s Ante Tomic and forward Dario Saric during the 2014 FIBA World basketball championships’ Group B match at the Palacio Municipal de Deportes in Sevilla. The Croats won, 81-78. AFP

IN A statement sent to the Manila Standard/Viva Sports, Manny Pangilinan, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president and the major benefactor of the Gilas Pilipinas national team competing in the FIBA Basketball World Cup after an absence of almost 40 years, praised the effort of the national team against mighty Croatia.

“The game against Croatia will be told over and over again hereafter and could eventually evolve into a legendary tale. Well done, Gilas. Well done, indeed. You made us all very proud and grateful and, with an element of surprise, impressed FIBA and the global basketball world – including Croatia,” Pangilinan said.

He added: “The Filipino heart was on the court for all to see, with no more proof needed that love for country animated our effort and our game. This view simply reflects the sense of the vast majority of our people back home, here in Spain and elsewhere in the world.”

Pangilinan believes that “from an historical perspective, it is one small step forward after so many years of neglect, stupor and worse, resignation to our fate asd a basketball doormat because of our size. We’ve injured those dragons yesterday, the task of killing them remains.”

* The esteemed businessman-sportsman added: “whilst a great moral vicyory was undoubtedly achieved, it is one game statistically and it goes on the record books as a loss. Let’s remember these, too. To stay grounded and not get lost in the euphoria of the moment. May I paraphrase Winston Churchill referencing the successful Dunkirk evacuation of Allied soldiers in WW 2 by England – wars are not won with feelings or moral victories. They simply must be won.”

FROM PHILSTAR

Gilas Pilipinas proves mettle vs Croatia in pulsating OT loss By Nelson Beltran (philstar.com) | Updated August 30, 2014 - 10:11pm 3 239 googleplus7 0


Gilas Pilipinas' Jeff Chan goes for the ball as Krunoslav Simon of Croatia struggles to keep up in their FIBA World Cup game in Seville, Spain on Saturday. (Photo from FIBA.com) SEVILLE – Unimaginable. Unbelievable. Unreal.

For ages, that had been the case for the Philippines playing basketball in the world stage until Gilas Pilipinas finally did it, and did it amazingly for the world to see.

Absent in the world meet for 36 long years, the Filipinos celebrated their return with a riveting performance, barely dropping a 78-81 overtime loss to Croatia at the start of the 2014 FIBA World Cup at noon here Saturday.

Gilas Pilipinas could have pulled the rug from under the European power in regulation play but Jeff Chan missed a contested 15-footer from the right flank to the collective oohs and aahs by the huge Filipino cheering crowd at the Palacio Municipal de Deportes San Pablo.

That was a near upset by the Filipinos against the very team considered the favorite to top Group B competition in this quadrennial conclave among the best of the best across the planet.

In overtime, Gilas Pilipinas fought on until Jayson Castro missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer, allowing Croatia to eventually escape with the tough victory.

For Gilas coach Chot Reyes, the biggest factor was the technical foul the referees called Castro in the dying seconds of the third quarter.

“The refs called a technical foul that I couldn’t believe. The refs said Jason was flopping. The guy is 5-10 and he’s guarding a 6-5, how can that be a flopping?” said Reyes.

“That’s the difference. If not for that technical foul, we could have won the game. The game wouldn’t have gone into overtime,” Reyes pointed out. “The refs called a technical, Croatia made the free throws then made a trey at the buzzer. That’s five points and that’s the difference in the game.”

* Trailing by 15 points early on, Gilas Pilipinas came alive and put Croatia on pins and needles on a torrid shooting marked by 10 booming three-pointers in the last three quarters.

“We just kept on fighting. We know Croatia is very tough and we just wanted to keep on fighting,” said Reyes.

“This is for the Filipinos who are here and those watching on TV in the Philippines. We’re gonna be better tomorrow,” said Alapag, proud with the tough stand they put up in the game expected by many to be a rout.

Chan fired away four of six 3-point attempts, Andray Blatche rifled in 3-of-4 while Alapag and Ranidel de Ocampo added one each as the Filipinos charged to tie the game at 37-all then fought the Croatians possession per possession and basket for basket to the very end.

“Yung atmosphere parang Pilipinas at parang 2013 sa MOA. Nakaka-enganyo talaga,” said Chan.

“Noong pumasok yung unang 3-point shot ko, ang ganda na ng feel ko. So tuwing open, without hesitation I was taking the shot,” Chan also said.

Blatche was as confident and as deadly, topscoring with 28 points after draining a fourth and final triple that pushed Gilas to within one at 78-79 with seven seconds to go.

Chan then gave up a quick foul, buying time for Gilas.

Alas, Damjan Rudez made both charities then Castro failed to knock in what could have been a game-tying trey.

Nonetheless, the Nationals left the playing court with heads up to wild cheers by the Filipino crowd and the adulation of the international media.

Blatche also came through with 12 rebounds and one steal as against seven turnovers and three fouls in 41 minutes of action. Chan contributed 17 points while Marc Pingris added 10 markers, four rebounds, one assist and one steal.

Forwards Bojan Bogdanovic and Dario Saric led the Croatians with 26 and 10 points, respectively.

Heading to the dugout at halftime, the Nationals were high-fiving and chest-pumping as they kept the Croatians within striking distance at 31-37.

They found their range towards the end of the second quarter, narrowing a 15-point spread with a key run fueled by two three-pointers by Chan and a rare four-point play by Alapag.

Jittery at the start, the Filipinos hit at a miserable 4-of-19 (21 percent) field shooting in the first quarter, including 0-of-4 tries from beyond the arc.

The Croatians nearly got the surprise of their lives when Gilas Pilipinas got into the groove and fought with tremendous guts.

The scores:

Croatia 81 – Bogdanovic 26, Simon 12, Saric 10, Tomic 8, Ukic 5, Markota 5, Rudez 4, Zoric 4, Lafayette 4, Babic 3.

Philippines 78 – Blatche 28, Chan 17, Pingris 10, Castro 6, De Ocampo 5, Alapag 4, Tenorio 2, Lee 2, Fajardo 2, Norwood 2, Aguilar 0.

Quarterscores: 23-9, 37-31, 57-49, 71-71 (Reg.), 81-78 (OT)


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