PACQUIAO 'PITIES MAYWEATHER', URGED HIM TO READ THE BIBLE 

Manny Pacquiao Monday brushed off Floyd Mayweather’s latest taunts, saying he pitied his American rival as he urged him to read the Bible. Pacquiao also assured fans that he would play a few minutes of professional basketball when the new season opens next month even while he trains for a match in Macau in November against unbeaten American Chris Algieri. Manny Pacquiao Manny Pacquiao Despite calls by boxing fans for the two biggest names in the sport finally to meet, Mayweather has refused to commit to a match but has not refrained from baiting Pacquiao. In his latest jibe, Mayweather – undefeated in 47 fights – recently posted several pictures on his social media account, showing Pacquiao knocked down in his past fights. He added that “Miss Pac Man is broke for a pay day”.

The deeply religious Pacquiao, who has 56 wins and five losses, said: “I’m not affected by it. I pity him and I pray that someday he would change his ways.” “He (Mayweather) should fear God,” Pacquiao said, advising him to heed the biblical passage reading “For what is a man profited if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?”  The 35-year-old Pacquiao, who has held world titles in eight separate weight divisions, has other things to worry about than Mayweather’s insults. Aside from training to defend his World Boxing Organization welterweight title against Algieri, he is also acting as coach and player for the newly-created Kia Motors team in the highly-competitive Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).The 5-foot-6 Pacquiao said he would make training for the fight his main priority, leaving most of his basketball duties to his assistant coach. “I already talked to (boxing) coach Freddie (Roach) that I am going to play in the PBA maybe just two to three minutes. My focus is on my training for the November fight,” he said. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: Pacquiao trainer arrives  

MARCH 27, 2014 PHOTO: Manny Pacquiao works out with conditioning coach Justin Fortune at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Chris Farina/Top RankManny Pacquiao’s training takes up a notch with the arrival yesterday of Australian conditioning coach Justin Fortune, who started working with the Filipino icon yesterday in General Santos City. Fortune, the former Australian power-lifting titleholder and long-time heavyweight campaigner, flew in with Pacquiao’s adviser Mike Koncz from Los Angeles.

Fortune’s arrival came eight weeks before Pacquiao faces unbeaten Chris Algieri in a defense of the world welterweight crown on Nov. 23 in Macau. Koncz said head trainer Freddie Roach is coming in on Oct. 8 and will head straight to training camp accompanied by two sparring partners. Even before Fortune’s arrival, Pacquiao has been reporting to the gym to get ready for the tough grind that Roach is expected to lay down beginning the second week of October. This is the first time Fortune is working with Pacquiao in the Philippines as he had previously spend many times with the fighting congressman in Los Angeles.

Fortune was Pacquiao’s fitness guru from 2003 until 2007 and he made his return only this year as Pacquiao was whipping himself into form for the rematch with Tim Bradley last April. Aside from being a conditioning coach, the 48-year-old Fortune is also a trained chef and is an expert in nutrition and weight management. Pacquiao began showing up in the gym almost three weeks ago after a grueling six-city, two-week promotional tour that brought him to Macau, Shanghai, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Remembering Ali and the ‘Thrilla in Manila’ 

PHOTO: The author with his Muhammad Ali memorabilia “To whom it may concern, for all the world will learn; The greatest fighter of them all; Is Cassius Clay – who makes them fall.”  These poetic lines characterized the style of boxing that “The Greatest” Muhammad Ali had introduced in the world of sports in the 60’s when he was then known as Cassius Clay. Clay would compose a poem where he predicted the round he would knock out his opponents. And the Filipino people were indeed very fortunate to experience the thrill and excitement Ali brought to the boxing world when on October 1, 1975, or 39 years ago, his third fight against Joe Frazier was held at the historic Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, which Ali won by technical knockout in the 14th round. Ali would later describe this fight as “his closest to dying he had ever been.”

Yes, I vividly remember that historic match. It was all because of an equally historic and memorable moment when I had two (2) hours with Ali in his suite at the then Hilton Hotel, now Waterfront Hotel and Casino, along United Nations Avenue in Manila. And my only passport to seeing him was an old scrapbook containing news clippings of his fights dating back in the 60’s when he was still known as Cassius Clay. “Your album is authentic,” Ali said when he saw my clippings. “In other countries, my fans do the collection when they know I’m comin’ but yours is the only one of its kind.”  12345678 Full shot of July 14, 1963 clippings signed by Muhammad Ali on Sept 22, 1975. (Romulo Macalintal)  And to make a long story short, so to speak, Ali autographed seven (7) pages of my scrapbook, mostly those news clippings with his photographs. But that dramatic episode did not end there. We even watched an 8mm film on Lee Marvin Series, “The Lawbreaker,” and stayed with him for two hours with matching juice and biscuits he personally served me. At that time, there was no Betamax, VHS nor CD player yet. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Sugar Ray Leonard wants to see Mayweather-Pacquiao fight  

Count Sugar Ray Leonard, one of the greatest boxers ever, among those who want to see Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao get in the ring together. Leonard, best known for his fights with fellow middleweight greats Thomas Hearns, Marvin Hagler and Roberto Duran, recently gave his thoughts on why Mayweather and Pacquiao should face each other. For him, it’s not about the financial reasons. "It's more than just the money. Because the money will be there. It's the legacy," the 58-year-old Leonard said in an interview with Fox 11 Los Angeles. A fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao remains the biggest one that could be arranged as of the moment, with both boxers set to earn career-high paydays. The bout could shatter existing records for the richest and most-watched fight ever. More importantly, the duel will settle the debate on who’s the best fighter of this generation.

"They should fight," Leonard said. "Now they're leaning more towards Mayweather. Because at first it was 'We don't know who's going to win the fight' – like Tommy Hearns and I, like Hagler and I, like Duran and I.”  Leonard himself beat Hearns once then drew with him, outpointed Hagler, and went 2-1 against Duran. But it was his second fight with Duran in 1980 that came down as the most notable, being known as the “No Mas” bout after the Panamanian quit in the eighth round. He simply fought the best of his era, and now urges Mayweather and Pacquiao to do the same. "I think fans are starving for excitement. Fans are starving for competition, evenly matched fights. But it would be huge," Leonard stressed. Leonard, who retired several times and made comebacks, finally called it quits for good in 1997 after compiling a record of 36-3-1, with 25 knockouts.THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: Versus Algieri on Nov. 23, Pacquiao adviser sees ‘short fight’  

OCT 1 --Results of the latest polls putting him as a strong contender for a Senatorial post in the 2016 elections must have reached Manny Pacquiao. “He’s training right now and he’s having fun,” said his chief adviser Mike Koncz over the phone yesterday afternoon from General Santos City. Pacquiao is in his second week of training for a Nov. 23 clash with unbeaten Chris Algieri in Macau. Results of the latest Pulse Asia survey that came out Monday showed that 31.3 percent of the respondents would want to see Pacquiao in the Senate in 2016. The numbers say that Pacquiao, a second-term congressman in Sarangani, is in 11th to 16th position in the coming Senatorial race. But Koncz, who just arrived from the United States with strength and conditioning coach Justine Fortune, would not prolong the discussion.

“The election year is still a long ways and there’s really no decision yet. Right now he’s focused on boxing,” Koncz said. But in a recent conversation, Pacquiao told The STAR that going for a Senatorial seat is almost like a done deal, and the latest survey can only boost his confidence. “Puwede,” he said. Back to the Algieri fight, Koncz said he expects Pacquiao to win via stoppage. “And as long as he focuses on this fight and stays in shape, having fun at the gym and working hard I believe it’s going to be a short fight,” he said. “With his determination I believe this will be a short fight,” Koncz added.* READ MORE...

ALSO: PSC Commish Garcia wants summit on Incheon Asiad debacle 

INCHEON, South Korea – As the bulk of the Philippine delegation heads home Sunday night, Philippine Sports Commission chairman (PSC) and chef de mission Richie Garcia underscored the need for a summit with all the national sports association (NSA's) to review the country's performance in the 17th Asian Games here. The country's 150-man delegation fell short of Garcia's forecast that this year's delegation could surpass the three won in the last Asiad in Guangzhou, China in 2010. It was more of misses than hits as the gold medal bets fell one after another.

"Medyo it was below expectation. Nakita naman natin na medyo mahirap ang nangyari," Garcia told reporters at the Incheon International Airport here. "Overall, I was happy. Binuhos naman ng ating mga atleta ang lahat ng kanilang makakaya. We thought we should have won more gold. Hindi naman nagkulang ang PSC sa suporta," Garcia added. Garcia pointed out some of those heartbreaking misses in boxing, long jump and weightlifting and even Gilas' disappointing 7th place finish. Only BMX racer Daniel Caluag came through with a gold medal finish on the day Garcia celebrated his birthday. As a reward, Caluag, according to Garcia, will enjoy the perks of being under the priority athlete program with a Php 40,000 monthly allowance plus the same amount for monthly training expenses until the next Asiad. * READ MORE...


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Pacquiao ‘pities Mayweather’, urged him to read the Bible


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GENERAL SANTOS CITY, OCTOBER 6, 2014 (PHILSTAR) by AFP — Manny Pacquiao Monday brushed off Floyd Mayweather’s latest taunts, saying he pitied his American rival as he urged him to read the Bible.

Pacquiao also assured fans that he would play a few minutes of professional basketball when the new season opens next month even while he trains for a match in Macau in November against unbeaten American Chris Algieri.

Manny Pacquiao Manny Pacquiao Despite calls by boxing fans for the two biggest names in the sport finally to meet, Mayweather has refused to commit to a match but has not refrained from baiting Pacquiao.

In his latest jibe, Mayweather – undefeated in 47 fights – recently posted several pictures on his social media account, showing Pacquiao knocked down in his past fights. He added that “Miss Pac Man is broke for a pay day”.

The deeply religious Pacquiao, who has 56 wins and five losses, said: “I’m not affected by it. I pity him and I pray that someday he would change his ways.”

“He (Mayweather) should fear God,” Pacquiao said, advising him to heed the biblical passage reading “For what is a man profited if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?”

The 35-year-old Pacquiao, who has held world titles in eight separate weight divisions, has other things to worry about than Mayweather’s insults.

Aside from training to defend his World Boxing Organization welterweight title against Algieri, he is also acting as coach and player for the newly-created Kia Motors team in the highly-competitive Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

The 5-foot-6 Pacquiao said he would make training for the fight his main priority, leaving most of his basketball duties to his assistant coach.

“I already talked to (boxing) coach Freddie (Roach) that I am going to play in the PBA maybe just two to three minutes. My focus is on my training for the November fight,” he said.

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Pacquiao trainer arrives MANILA BULLETINby Nick Giongco September 29, 2014 Share this:


MARCH 27, 2014 PHOTO: Manny Pacquiao works out with conditioning coach Justin Fortune at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Chris Farina/Top Rank

Manny Pacquiao’s training takes up a notch with the arrival yesterday of Australian conditioning coach Justin Fortune, who started working with the Filipino icon yesterday in General Santos City.

Fortune, the former Australian power-lifting titleholder and long-time heavyweight campaigner, flew in with Pacquiao’s adviser Mike Koncz from Los Angeles.

Fortune’s arrival came eight weeks before Pacquiao faces unbeaten Chris Algieri in a defense of the world welterweight crown on Nov. 23 in Macau.

Koncz said head trainer Freddie Roach is coming in on Oct. 8 and will head straight to training camp accompanied by two sparring partners.

Even before Fortune’s arrival, Pacquiao has been reporting to the gym to get ready for the tough grind that Roach is expected to lay down beginning the second week of October.

This is the first time Fortune is working with Pacquiao in the Philippines as he had previously spend many times with the fighting congressman in Los Angeles.

Fortune was Pacquiao’s fitness guru from 2003 until 2007 and he made his return only this year as Pacquiao was whipping himself into form for the rematch with Tim Bradley last April.

Aside from being a conditioning coach, the 48-year-old Fortune is also a trained chef and is an expert in nutrition and weight management.

Pacquiao began showing up in the gym almost three weeks ago after a grueling six-city, two-week promotional tour that brought him to Macau, Shanghai, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York.

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Remembering Ali and the ‘Thrilla in Manila’ By Atty. Romulo Macalintal, guest contributor (philstar.com) | Updated October 1, 2014 - 3:55pm 2 65 googleplus0 1


The author with his Muhammad Ali memorabilia “To whom it may concern, for all the world will learn; The greatest fighter of them all; Is Cassius Clay – who makes them fall.”

These poetic lines characterized the style of boxing that “The Greatest” Muhammad Ali had introduced in the world of sports in the 60’s when he was then known as Cassius Clay. Clay would compose a poem where he predicted the round he would knock out his opponents.

And the Filipino people were indeed very fortunate to experience the thrill and excitement Ali brought to the boxing world when on October 1, 1975, or 39 years ago, his third fight against Joe Frazier was held at the historic Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, which Ali won by technical knockout in the 14th round. Ali would later describe this fight as “his closest to dying he had ever been.”

Yes, I vividly remember that historic match. It was all because of an equally historic and memorable moment when I had two (2) hours with Ali in his suite at the then Hilton Hotel, now Waterfront Hotel and Casino, along United Nations Avenue in Manila. And my only passport to seeing him was an old scrapbook containing news clippings of his fights dating back in the 60’s when he was still known as Cassius Clay.

“Your album is authentic,” Ali said when he saw my clippings. “In other countries, my fans do the collection when they know I’m comin’ but yours is the only one of its kind.”


March 15, 1973 clippings signed by Muhammad Ali. (Romulo Macalintal)

And to make a long story short, so to speak, Ali autographed seven (7) pages of my scrapbook, mostly those news clippings with his photographs. But that dramatic episode did not end there. We even watched an 8mm film on Lee Marvin Series, “The Lawbreaker,” and stayed with him for two hours with matching juice and biscuits he personally served me. At that time, there was no Betamax, VHS nor CD player yet.

* I never get tired of repeating this one-on-one encounter with the world’s greatest heavyweight champion. And every October 1 is an opportune time to recall that treasured meeting with “The Greatest.” And many boxing enthusiasts remember Ali as a boastful and feared warrior in the boxing ring. But I can say, without fear of contradiction, that deep inside his armor, this “warrior is a child” (a quote from Gary Valenciano’s hit song of similar title). Ali’s wife, Lonnie, perfectly described him as “gentle and caring with a heart purer than any I’ve ever known.”

In 1996, despite his bout against Parkinson’s disease, Ali once again showed his “caring and gentle heart” to his millions of fans when he lighted the 1996 Olympic urn with his right hand while his left hand was shaking. I could only say a prayer for him. But I still look forward to seeing him again – to shake even his “shaking” hand. Ali! Ali! Ali! ROMULO B. MACALINTAL Election Lawyer Las Pinas City

Sugar Ray Leonard wants to see Mayweather-Pacquiao fightBy Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated September 30, 2014 - 2:50pm 20 1 googleplus1 0


Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard says Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. should fight each other for the sake of their respective legacies and the fans. File photo

MANILA, Philippines – Count Sugar Ray Leonard, one of the greatest boxers ever, among those who want to see Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao get in the ring together.

Leonard, best known for his fights with fellow middleweight greats Thomas Hearns, Marvin Hagler and Roberto Duran, recently gave his thoughts on why Mayweather and Pacquiao should face each other.

For him, it’s not about the financial reasons.

"It's more than just the money. Because the money will be there. It's the legacy," the 58-year-old Leonard said in an interview with Fox 11 Los Angeles.

A fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao remains the biggest one that could be arranged as of the moment, with both boxers set to earn career-high paydays. The bout could shatter existing records for the richest and most-watched fight ever.

More importantly, the duel will settle the debate on who’s the best fighter of this generation.

"They should fight," Leonard said. "Now they're leaning more towards Mayweather. Because at first it was 'We don't know who's going to win the fight' – like Tommy Hearns and I, like Hagler and I, like Duran and I.”

Leonard himself beat Hearns once then drew with him, outpointed Hagler, and went 2-1 against Duran. But it was his second fight with Duran in 1980 that came down as the most notable, being known as the “No Mas” bout after the Panamanian quit in the eighth round.

He simply fought the best of his era, and now urges Mayweather and Pacquiao to do the same.

"I think fans are starving for excitement. Fans are starving for competition, evenly matched fights. But it would be huge," Leonard stressed.

Leonard, who retired several times and made comebacks, finally called it quits for good in 1997 after compiling a record of 36-3-1, with 25 knockouts.

Versus Algieri on Nov. 23, Pacquiao adviser sees ‘short fight’ By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 1, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


FRIENDS. Boxing champ Manny Pacquiao sticks to financial advisor Michael Koncz. December 23, 2013Photo by Mohd Fyrol/AFP FROM RAPPLER.COM

MANILA, Philippines - Results of the latest polls putting him as a strong contender for a Senatorial post in the 2016 elections must have reached Manny Pacquiao.

“He’s training right now and he’s having fun,” said his chief adviser Mike Koncz over the phone yesterday afternoon from General Santos City.

Pacquiao is in his second week of training for a Nov. 23 clash with unbeaten Chris Algieri in Macau.

Results of the latest Pulse Asia survey that came out Monday showed that 31.3 percent of the respondents would want to see Pacquiao in the Senate in 2016.

The numbers say that Pacquiao, a second-term congressman in Sarangani, is in 11th to 16th position in the coming Senatorial race.

But Koncz, who just arrived from the United States with strength and conditioning coach Justine Fortune, would not prolong the discussion.

“The election year is still a long ways and there’s really no decision yet. Right now he’s focused on boxing,” Koncz said.

But in a recent conversation, Pacquiao told The STAR that going for a Senatorial seat is almost like a done deal, and the latest survey can only boost his confidence.

“Puwede,” he said.

Back to the Algieri fight, Koncz said he expects Pacquiao to win via stoppage.

“And as long as he focuses on this fight and stays in shape, having fun at the gym and working hard I believe it’s going to be a short fight,” he said.

“With his determination I believe this will be a short fight,” Koncz added.

* Meanwhile, count Sugar Ray Leonard, one of the greatest boxers of all time, as among those who want to see Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao get in the ring together.

Leonard, best known for his fights with fellow middleweight greats Thomas Hearns, Marvin Hagler and Roberto Duran, recently gave his thoughts on why Mayweather and Pacquiao should face each other.

For him, it’s not about the financial reasons.

“It’s more than just the money. Because the money will be there. It’s the legacy,” the 58-year-old Leonard said in an interview with Fox 11 Los Angeles. – With Dino Maragay/Contributor

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PSC Commish Garcia wants summit on Incheon Asiad debacle By Alder Almo (philstar.com) | Updated October 5, 2014 - 8:11pm 0 107 googleplus0 0


Philippine Sports Commission chairman Richie Garcia. Alder Almo

INCHEON, South Korea – As the bulk of the Philippine delegation heads home Sunday night, Philippine Sports Commission chairman (PSC) and chef de mission Richie Garcia underscored the need for a summit with all the national sports association (NSA's) to review the country's performance in the 17th Asian Games here.

The country's 150-man delegation fell short of Garcia's forecast that this year's delegation could surpass the three won in the last Asiad in Guangzhou, China in 2010.

It was more of misses than hits as the gold medal bets fell one after another.

"Medyo it was below expectation. Nakita naman natin na medyo mahirap ang nangyari," Garcia told reporters at the Incheon International Airport here.

"Overall, I was happy. Binuhos naman ng ating mga atleta ang lahat ng kanilang makakaya. We thought we should have won more gold. Hindi naman nagkulang ang PSC sa suporta," Garcia added.

Garcia pointed out some of those heartbreaking misses in boxing, long jump and weightlifting and even Gilas' disappointing 7th place finish.

Only BMX racer Daniel Caluag came through with a gold medal finish on the day Garcia celebrated his birthday.

As a reward, Caluag, according to Garcia, will enjoy the perks of being under the priority athlete program with a Php 40,000 monthly allowance plus the same amount for monthly training expenses until the next Asiad.

* The country tallied one gold, three silvers and 11 bronzes, one short of the 16-medal haul (three golds, four silvers, 9 bronzes) in 2010.

Garcia said there is really a need to sit down with all stakeholders and assessed what happened here and chart the future of Phl sports.

"I was already talking to Cong. Peping (Cojuangco) dito and I said let's have a summit, let's review kung ano ba talaga ang gagawin natin," Garcia said.

The PSC chairman cited neighboring Southeast Asian countries Myanmar,

Singapore and Cambodia who sent a leaner delegation and focused on certain sports only.

Myanmar struck two golds, one silver and a bronze all from Sepak Takraw while Singapore finished with 5-6-13 gold-silver-bronze haul while Cambodia had one gold from Taekwondo.

"Nakausap ko ang ilang mga delegations dito at naka-focus lang sila sa ilang sports like Myanmar, Singapore and Cambodia. Ang Singapore parang pitong sports lang yata sinalihan eh," Garcia said.

Garcia thinks that the Phl has greater chance to win more golds if they channel the resources and focus on potential medal sports.

"Example lang ito ha, tulad sa atin, tutukan natin nang tutukan ang boxing and taekwondo. Gastusan talaga natin, hire foreign coaches, send them abroad for training," he added.


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