ALGIERI 'WILL GET HURT'; PACQUIAO DISMISSES MAYWEATHER'S TAUNT 

PHOTO: WBO Welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, left, and WBO junior welterweight champion
Chris Algieri. It was only their second day at the gym, but this early, trainer Buboy Fernandez exudes confidence Manny Pacquiao has got what it takes to beat challenger Chris Algieri in their showdown on Nov. 23 in Macau. Handling the mitts with chief trainer Freddie Roach still to arrive, Fernandez said in a television interview Tuesday night that he already felt the power and intensity of the eight-division world champion’s Pacquiao’s punches.

Though the focus is still on conditioning and strategy, Fernandez told GMA 7 that he was hurting and a little bit shaken after the short workout at Pacquiao’s Wild Card Gym in General Santos City. “It’s normal (body pains),” said Fernandez, who has ballooned to over 250 pounds. “May paglalagyan siya (Algieri will be put in his proper place).” Algieri, the reigning World Boxing Organization light welterweight (140 pounds) champion, is moving up to try to wrest Pacquiao’s welterweight crown at a catchweight of 144 lb at Cotai Arena of The Venetian Macao. According to Fernandez, Pacquiao is in fine shape despite the long layoff and will be ready for the seven-week training camp when Roach hits town.*READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao starts light training for Algieri fight 

PHOTO: Manny Pacquiao, with coach Freddie Roach. AP FILE PHOTO. When Manny Pacquiao reported back to the gym Monday, Filipino coach Buboy Fernandez was pleasantly surprised by the eight-division world champion’s demeanor. “He projected a positive aura,” Fernandez told the Inquirer in Filipino. “He was always smiling.”

It was Pacquiao’s first light workout in preparation for his defense of the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown against unbeaten American Chris Algieri on Nov. 23 in Macau. Fernandez is taking charge of Pacquiao’s training until chief trainer Freddie Roach’s arrival on Oct. 6. Pacquiao breezed through the four-round mitts session, shadow-boxed for three rounds, pummeled the speedball and did sit-ups at his Wild Card Gym in Gen. Santos City.
“I didn’t make him skip ropes,” said Fernandez, who arrived in the city on Oct. 3 to oversee the gym setup and synchronize Pacquiao’s hectic schedule.

Having analyzed tapes of Algieri’s previous bouts, including his split decision win for the WBO light welterweight crown over Ruslan Provodnikov last June 14, Fernandez said he is inclined to use Pacquiao’s domination of Antonio Margarito as a blueprint for training. “Algieri is nearly as tall and as long as Margarito,” said Fernandez. “Their only difference is that Margarito counters when cornered in the ropes and Algieri doesn’t.” Fernandez said they can’t afford to take Algieri, who will fight at 144 pounds for the first time, lightly. He said the American of Italian-Argentinian descent, has a strong uppercut and left hook.THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Pacquiao trains through pain, challenges Mayweather again 

Manny Pacquiao complained of body pains in the early phase of his light training yesterday but just like in his TV commercial, the eight-division world champion ignored the discomfort to finish his workout at his Wild Card Gym in General Santos City. Barely four days into the physical conditioning aspects of his preparations for defending the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown against Chris Algieri on Nov. 23, Pacquiao emerged with aching joints and muscles after months of low activity while trying to adjust to the training regimen.

“He’s okay,” trainer Buboy Fernandez told the Inquirer. “It (pain) is normal. He shadow boxed for a few rounds and did light workouts just to sweat it out.” Fernandez, who is taking care of the training until the arrival of chief trainer Freddie Roach, explained that Pacquiao may have over-exerted himself in their training Wednesday afternoon where they went through five rounds each in the mitts, punching bags, speed ball and double-end bags.

Though Pacquiao was supposed to do roadwork Wednesday morning, Fernandez canceled it as Sarangani Province’s lone representative played basketball Tuesday night. Meanwhile, Pacquiao threw down a fresh challenge to Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Thursday, daring the unbeaten American to “fight me” instead of setting terms that could torpedo the dream bout.
“He’s all talk,” Pacquiao told AFP. “Until now he has not yet agreed to fight me. Instead of blabbing he should face me atop the ring.”
Roy Luarca THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: PH set for battle as Asiad opens   

PHOTO: THE COMPACT Philippine delegation, led by flag-bearer Geylord Coveta and Philippine
Sports Commission chair Richie Garcia (behind Coveta), wave small PH flags as they march past the main stands during the kaleidoscopic opening ceremony of the 17th Asian Games at Incheon Asiad Main Stadium in Incheon, South Korea, on Friday. Photo by Nino Jesus Orbeta. INCHEON, South Korea—With a theme that highlighted the diversity of a continent’s culture, the 17th Asian Games officially got going with elaborate opening ceremonies on Friday night at Incheon Main Stadium here.

A 150-strong Philippine contingent will be part of the 9,429 athletes competing in 36 sports here, hoping to better a 3-4-9 gold-silver-bronze haul from the last staging of this quadrennial event in Guangzhou, China.That will be easier said than done, though. The Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee trimmed the calendar of sports, excising Philippine medal possibilities such as billiards, dancesport, dragon boat and chess. For most of this year’s Asiad, a lot will rest on the shoulders of athletes from boxing and taekwondo, plus the celebrated Gilas Pilipinas men’s basketball team. But even with the pronouncement of chief of mission Ritchie Garcia, the chair of the Philippine Sports Commission, that only potential medalists were flown here to compete against Asia’s best, the delegation is blanketed under an air of guarded optimism.

The national boxing federation, for instance, has shielded its athletes from the glare of expectations, promising only its best for flag and country. “We are aware of the expectations,” said boxing association secretary general Ed Picson. “But I don’t want them to weigh heavily on our boxers’ minds. We just propped their confidence level by giving them the best preparation our resources allowed.” “The draw will still be a factor but our boxers are in competitive form,” Picson added. “Kazakhstan is strong and (South) Korea will want to do well, not to mention China, Uzbekistan and Thailand.”
The eight-man boxing team will plane in Saturday along with Gilas Pilipinas (See related story below). Wushu, another discipline counted on to deliver whatever leftover medals are there to scrap for in an event typically dominated by China, South Korea and Japan, opens its bid on Saturday at Ganghwa Dolmen’s Stadium.*READ MORE...


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Algieri ‘will get hurt’; Pacquiao dismisses Mayweather’s taunt

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 (INQUIRER) By Roy Luarca |Philippine Daily Inquirer3:56 am | Wednesday, September 17th, 2014


WBO Welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, left, and WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri of United States pose for photographers during a news conference in Macau, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. The boxers are scheduled to battle in WBO welterweight title match at The Venetian Macao on Nov. 23 in Macau. AP PHOTO/VINCENT YU

It was only their second day at the gym, but this early, trainer Buboy Fernandez exudes confidence Manny Pacquiao has got what it takes to beat challenger Chris Algieri in their showdown on Nov. 23 in Macau.

Handling the mitts with chief trainer Freddie Roach still to arrive, Fernandez said in a television interview Tuesday night that he already felt the power and intensity of the eight-division world champion’s Pacquiao’s punches.

Though the focus is still on conditioning and strategy, Fernandez told GMA 7 that he was hurting and a little bit shaken after the short workout at Pacquiao’s Wild Card Gym in General Santos City.

“It’s normal (body pains),” said Fernandez, who has ballooned to over 250 pounds. “May paglalagyan siya (Algieri will be put in his proper place).”

Algieri, the reigning World Boxing Organization light welterweight (140 pounds) champion, is moving up to try to wrest Pacquiao’s welterweight crown at a catchweight of 144 lb at Cotai Arena of The Venetian Macao.

According to Fernandez, Pacquiao is in fine shape despite the long layoff and will be ready for the seven-week training camp when Roach hits town.

* Fernandez said Pacquiao, who also spent time shadow boxing and hitting the speed balls and double-end bag, will start his roadwork today to build his stamina.

Pacquiao also commented on Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s sideswipe that the reason why he lost to Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez in their fourth bout in 2012 was because Pacquiao’s focus wasn’t on his opponent, but on forging a megabuck fight with him.

Pacquiao said Mayweather, who beat Marcos Maidana anew last Saturday, will get his answer after his 12-round, pay-per-view showdown with the unbeaten Algieri.

In previous interviews, Pacquiao has repeatedly said that he will accede to Mayweather’s terms and demands just to make their long-awaited bout happen.

Pacquiao starts light training for Algieri fight By Roy Luarca |Philippine Daily Inquirer12:03 am | Tuesday, September 16th, 2014


Manny Pacquiao, with coach Freddie Roach. AP FILE PHOTO

When Manny Pacquiao reported back to the gym Monday, Filipino coach Buboy Fernandez was pleasantly surprised by the eight-division world champion’s demeanor.

“He projected a positive aura,” Fernandez told the Inquirer in Filipino. “He was always smiling.”

It was Pacquiao’s first light workout in preparation for his defense of the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown against unbeaten American Chris Algieri on Nov. 23 in Macau.

Fernandez is taking charge of Pacquiao’s training until chief trainer Freddie Roach’s arrival on Oct. 6.

Pacquiao breezed through the four-round mitts session, shadow-boxed for three rounds, pummeled the speedball and did sit-ups at his Wild Card Gym in Gen. Santos City.

“I didn’t make him skip ropes,” said Fernandez, who arrived in the city on Oct. 3 to oversee the gym setup and synchronize Pacquiao’s hectic schedule.

Having analyzed tapes of Algieri’s previous bouts, including his split decision win for the WBO light welterweight crown over Ruslan Provodnikov last June 14, Fernandez said he is inclined to use Pacquiao’s domination of Antonio Margarito as a blueprint for training.

“Algieri is nearly as tall and as long as Margarito,” said Fernandez. “Their only difference is that Margarito counters when cornered in the ropes and Algieri doesn’t.”

Fernandez said they can’t afford to take Algieri, who will fight at 144 pounds for the first time, lightly.

He said the American of Italian-Argentinian descent, has a strong uppercut and left hook.

Pacquiao trains through pain, challenges Mayweather again
Philippine Daily Inquirer3:20 am | Friday, September 19th, 2014

Manny Pacquiao complained of body pains in the early phase of his light training yesterday but just like in his TV commercial, the eight-division world champion ignored the discomfort to finish his workout at his Wild Card Gym in General Santos City.

Barely four days into the physical conditioning aspects of his preparations for defending the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown against Chris Algieri on Nov. 23, Pacquiao emerged with aching joints and muscles after months of low activity while trying to adjust to the training regimen.

“He’s okay,” trainer Buboy Fernandez told the Inquirer. “It (pain) is normal. He shadow boxed for a few rounds and did light workouts just to sweat it out.”

Fernandez, who is taking care of the training until the arrival of chief trainer Freddie Roach, explained that Pacquiao may have over-exerted himself in their training Wednesday afternoon where they went through five rounds each in the mitts, punching bags, speed ball and double-end bags.

Though Pacquiao was supposed to do roadwork Wednesday morning, Fernandez canceled it as Sarangani Province’s lone representative played basketball Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, Pacquiao threw down a fresh challenge to Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Thursday, daring the unbeaten American to “fight me” instead of setting terms that could torpedo the dream bout.

“He’s all talk,” Pacquiao told AFP. “Until now he has not yet agreed to fight me. Instead of blabbing he should face me atop the ring.”
Roy Luarca

PH set for battle as Asiad opens By Francis T.J. Ochoa |Philippine Daily Inquirer1:46 am | Saturday, September 20th, 2014


THE COMPACT Philippine delegation, led by flag-bearer Geylord Coveta and Philippine Sports Commission chair Richie Garcia (behind Coveta), wave small PH flags as they march past the main stands during the kaleidoscopic opening ceremony of the 17th Asian Games at Incheon Asiad Main Stadium in Incheon, South Korea, on Friday. photo by Nino Jesus Orbeta

INCHEON, South Korea—With a theme that highlighted the diversity of a continent’s culture, the 17th Asian Games officially got going with elaborate opening ceremonies on Friday night at Incheon Main Stadium here.

A 150-strong Philippine contingent will be part of the 9,429 athletes competing in 36 sports here, hoping to better a 3-4-9 gold-silver-bronze haul from the last staging of this quadrennial event in Guangzhou, China.

That will be easier said than done, though.

The Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee trimmed the calendar of sports, excising Philippine medal possibilities such as billiards, dancesport, dragon boat and chess.

For most of this year’s Asiad, a lot will rest on the shoulders of athletes from boxing and taekwondo, plus the celebrated Gilas Pilipinas men’s basketball team.

But even with the pronouncement of chief of mission Ritchie Garcia, the chair of the Philippine Sports Commission, that only potential medalists were flown here to compete against Asia’s best, the delegation is blanketed under an air of guarded optimism.

The national boxing federation, for instance, has shielded its athletes from the glare of expectations, promising only its best for flag and country.

“We are aware of the expectations,” said boxing association secretary general Ed Picson. “But I don’t want them to weigh heavily on our boxers’ minds. We just propped their confidence level by giving them the best preparation our resources allowed.”

“The draw will still be a factor but our boxers are in competitive form,” Picson added. “Kazakhstan is strong and (South) Korea will want to do well, not to mention China, Uzbekistan and Thailand.”

The eight-man boxing team will plane in Saturday along with Gilas Pilipinas (See related story below).

Wushu, another discipline counted on to deliver whatever leftover medals are there to scrap for in an event typically dominated by China, South Korea and Japan, opens its bid on Saturday at Ganghwa Dolmen’s Stadium.

* The wushu team begins its campaign at 7 p.m. (6 p.m. in Manila) minus one player after Evita Elise Zamora (women’s Sanda 60 kg) withdrew due to an injured knee. Jean Claude Saclag (men’s Sanda 60 kg), Divine Wally (women’s Sanda 60 kg) and Francisco Solis (men’s Sanda 56 kg) will make up the wushu squad.

A darkhorse here will be the country’s tennis team, which will also kick off its campaign on Saturday.

The women’s tennis team of Dennis Dy and Katharina Melissa Lehnert and the men’s team of Patrick John Tierro, Ruben Gonzales, Jr. and Treat Condrad Huey start their campaigns at 10 a.m. (9 a.m. in Manila) at Yeorumul Tennis Courts.

Although the Filipino women were scheduled to take on host South Korea, the match wasn’t on the official start list yet. The men, however, are officially slated to open up against Mongolia.

The Philippines actually has a chance to medal on Saturday.

Weightlifter Nestor Colonia will compete in the 56 kg category at Moonlight Festival Garden at 7 p.m. (6 p.m. in Manila), hoping his personal best (280 kg) can land him on the podium in an event that features 2012 Olympics gold medalist Om Yun-chol of North Korea and London Games silver-medal winner Wu Jingbao of China.

Kicking off the Filipinos’ exploits here will be shooters Eric Ang and Hagen Alexander Topacio in the men’s trap qualification at 9:30 a.m. (8:30 a.m. in Manila) at Gyeonggido range.

About 40 minutes later at Chungju Tangeum Lake International Rowing Center, veteran Benjamin Tolentino competes in lightweight single sculls while Nestor Cordova and Edgar Ilas go for broke in the lightweight double sculls.

Garcia earlier said the Philippines had made sure that every athlete in the delegation will be competitive in the Asiad.

“Our stringent criteria ensured that only the best entries, only the most qualified athletes will set foot in this village,” said Garcia. “That is why we have only 150 of our best athletes entered here.”

Garcia and a slice of the Philippine delegation paraded into the Incheon Main Stadium behind flag-bearer Geylord Coveta, a world champion windsurfer who is touted to strike gold here. Coveta, however, had himself checked Friday morning due to a swollen hand, an injury he described as something that had been “on-and-off” the past couple of years.

Coveta, who replaced Gilas beanpole Japeth Aguilar for the flag-toting chores, will undergo therapy with the delegation’s medical staff under physical therapist Marlon Dagatan.

Also looked upon to deliver gold in the event that will run until Oct. 5 are BMX rider Daniel Caluag and the country’s national bowlers.

Garcia had earlier told journalists during Thursday’s flag-raising ceremony at the athletes’ village that the country could bag seven gold medals or more.


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