17th ASIAN GAMES: INCHEON 2014, FINAL MEDAL TALLY FOR PHILIPPINES 

We have another four years before the next Asian Games, and there is really only one question: what will change?

 

By Bill Velasco: An honest assessment   

OCT. 7 --The Asian Games have once again come to a close, and we are turning away from the sports pages once again wondering why we have not improved on past performances. Aside from the terrible cheating in boxing, many Filipino sports fans did not really know who was competing for the country. Those on the ground in Incheon did a yeoman’s job of trying to get as many Filipinos as possible up to speed on who our contenders were, and how they were doing. Even social media seemed to be at a disadvantage, with friends and family members trying to enlighten the public on the impending achievements of our athletes.

Everybody just jumped on the bandwagon towards the finals of each event, not really a healthy way to support the cause. In this regard, we in the sports media have to make the effort to be less hamstrung about making deadlines and being “newsworthy,” and more geared towards preparing audiences for major sporting events, in basketball, this is a piece of cake with the natural popularity and media pipelines of the PBA and UAAP. It has already become a habit for fans to know (or even independently learn) about players, teams and even changes in rosters, we have to do a better job of educating the public about our own athletes. What have their accomplishments been? How did they prepare for this event? How do they stack up against the field? * READ MORE...

ALSO: Beat Algieri first, Floyd tells Manny 

OCT 3 --There must be something in the water he drank in Moscow that Floyd Mayweather once again expressed openness to face Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather is in a European tour, and the other day the undefeated pound-for-pound champion was at the Russian capital, according to www.boxingscene.com. The great American fighter dropped by a local gym to meet some amateurs. Mayweather faced a ton of questions, from his most recent victory over Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas to his anticipated fight with Pacquiao. After he scored a clear win over Maidana, the 37-year-old Mayweather said he's open to finally facing Pacquiao inside the ring.

"If the Manny Pacquiao fight presents itself, then let's make it happen. I'm not ducking any opponent," said Mayweather a couple of weeks back. Fight fans jumped with anticipation. But as soon as the day after the fight, it seemed that Mayweather tried to avoid further questions about the Pacquiao fight. The flamboyant American boxer went to the extent of saying that the fight will only happen if it would only involve Showtime and Mayweather Promotions. And none of HBO and Top Rank. It's short of saying that Mayweather won't let the fight happen. However, during the short stop at the local gym in Moscow, Mayweather again hinted of the possibility. Pacquiao will defend his WBO welterweight title against Chris Algieri in Macau on Nov. 23. "Let him beat Algieri first, and then we'll talk," Mayweather said in an article written by Yuri Tarantin.THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Vilma Santos, Pacquiao may win in 2016 Senate race - Pulse Asia  

SEPT 19 --Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos and Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao are among the personalities who have a "statistical chance of winning" in the 2016 senatorial race, Pulse Asia revealed on Monday. The latest Pulse Asia survey on the Filipinos' senatorial preferences showed that only 15 of the 57 individuals who are part of the senatorial probe have a statistical chance of winning if the elections were done during the survey period. The survey was done from September 8 to 15 and polled 1,200 respondents. Pulse Asia said all of the probable winners in the senatorial race are either current or former government officials. Leading the race are Senator Vicente Sotto III (51.6 percent) and Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Francis Pangilinan (51.5%).

Both are sharing a ranking of first to sixth places. Close behind them are Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas (47.6 percent) who occupies first to ninth places. Three officials are all ranked first to 10th – Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (47.2 percent), Presidential Adviser for Rehabilitation and Recovery Panfilo Lacson (47.1 percent), and former Senator Richard J. Gordon (45.9 percent). Three other probable senatorial bets are ranked third to 10th places – Batangas Governor Vilma Santos (44.5 percent), Sen. Ralph Recto (44.1 percent) and Senate President Franklin Drilon (42.6 percent). Ranked fourth to 10th places is former Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri (41.5 percent).

Completing the list of probable senatorial winners in May 2016 are former Sen. Jamby Madrigal (35.9 percent, 11th to 15th places), Sen. Sergio Osmeña III (35.4 percent, 11th to 15th places), Justice Secretary Leila de Lima (35.3 percent, 11th to 15th places), Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao (31.3 percent, 11th to 16th places) and former Akbayan Party-List Rep. Risa Hontiveros (30.7 percent, 11th to 16th places). Pulse Asia said only one percent of Filipinos do not support any of the 57 personalities included in the survey. And while there are still about 19 months before the elections, around seven in 10 Filipinos (71 percent) already have a complete slate for the senatorial race, the polling firm added. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Floyd’s dad says Pacquiao in for mismatch vs his son  

OCT 9 --Floyd Mayweather Sr. thinks his son shouldn’t waste his time going for a fight with Manny Pacquiao. And Pacquiao, the elder Mayweather added, should stay away from the undefeated American unless he wants to get beaten badly. Floyd Sr. once again gave his thoughts on a potential fight between his son and Pacquiao – currently still the biggest bout that could be made in boxing – and is again sticking to his belief that his son will emerge victorious in a one-sided manner. “The fight isn’t even worth talking about,” the elder Mayweather told Simon Van Besouw of Tha Boxing Voice. “If they fight, you know what is going to happen to Manny. Even though my son is older now, Floyd is going to take him apart. It would be a mismatch,” he confidently added.

The younger Mayweather took care of business last month when he outpointed Marcos Maidana in a rematch, and in an interesting twist afterwards, declared he’s finally open to facing Pacquiao. But first, Pacquiao must get past Chris Algieri, his opponent this November, in order to keep the Mayweather bout alive. He has always insisted on his willingness to take on the pound-for-pound king to settle the debate on who’s the best fighter of this generation. Floyd Sr., for his part, believes otherwise, stressing that Pacquiao is on it only for financial reasons. “Pacquiao never wanted to fight Floyd. But now that he got knocked out (by Juan Manuel Marquez), he does. He wants to fight Floyd because he needs money,” he continued. The fighting congressman once said he’s willing to fight Mayweather for charity, but Floyd Sr. isn’t buying it. “He knows that if he wants to make money, he needs to fight Floyd. If he doesn’t fight Floyd, he is another poor man you see walking in the streets,” he ended. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Tall sparmates to test Pacquiao  

A couple of tall fighters are set to fly to the Philippines this week to help boxing icon Manny Pacquiao prepare for his upcoming fight with Chris Algieri. According to a report by Philboxing.com’s Rich Mazon, chief trainer Freddie Roach will be planing in to General Santos City with the two sparring partners in tow as Pacquiao goes full gear in training. The report, quoting Roach’s assistant Marvin Somodio, said boxers Stan Martyniouk and Viktor Postol have been tapped to be Pacquiao’s sparmates. Postol, an undefeated Ukrainian light welterweight with a record of 26-0, with 11 knockouts, stands 5-foot-11. Martyniouk, on the other hand, is a 5-foot-10 lightweight from the US.

“Matatangkad sila, lalo na si Viktor, 5’11” ata yung si Viktor Postol. At saka pareho silang boxer, lalo si Viktor Postol, magaling mag-jab yun,” Somodio told Mazon. The two fighters are expected to give Pacquiao a feel of what it is like to face tall, rangy boxer like Algieri, who at 5-foot-10 will be the fighting congressman’s tallest opponent in a while. Pacquiao actually fought and defeated a 5-foot-11 Antonio Margarito four years ago, but the Mexican has limited boxing skills and mobility. Algieri, for his part, is a different specimen with his sharp jab and solid overall boxing skills. Pacquiao has started working out last week under conditioning coach Justin Fortune. He and Algieri lock horns on Nov. 23 at Cotai Arena of The Venetian Macao in Macau, China. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Pacquiao prepares ‘non-stop assault’ on bigger, taller Algieri 

Rep. Manny Pacquiao AFP FILE PHOTO GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines — Saying he was busy training, world eight-division boxing champion and Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao refused to comment on reports that the Supreme Court had ordered him to answer the motion for reconsideration filed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue regarding a freeze in the tax proceedings against him.

The government agency is seeking the lifting of the temporary restraining order on its bid to collect P3.2 billion in taxes from the champion boxer. “I will not comment on that. I’m leaving that to my lawyers. They know what to do,” Pacquiao told the Philippine Daily Inquirer during the brief break of his training here Tuesday afternoon. “Right now my focus is on my training. I will not be distracted by any issue that would crop up along the way,” he added.

Pacquiao has been training for a 12-round non-stop offensive against undefeated American boxer Chris Algieri. He will be defending his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Welterweight crown against a 5’11 Algieri on November 23 at Venetian Hotel in Macau, China. The Supreme Court earlier stopped the enforcement of a Court of Tax Appeal order requiring Pacquiao and his wife Jinkee to post a P3.2-billion case bond or a P4.9-billion surety bond in exchange for the lifting of the warrants of distraint and levy and of garnishment issued by the BIR on the properties. The BIR earlier filed a case against Pacquiao for tax liabilities amounting to P2.2 billion. The required bond included surcharges and penalties. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Pacquiao busy training, leaves tax case to lawyers  

Rep. Manny Pacquiao AFP FILE PHOTO GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines — Saying he was busy training, world eight-division boxing champion and Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao refused to comment on reports that the Supreme Court had ordered him to answer the motion for reconsideration filed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue regarding a freeze in the tax proceedings against him. The government agency is seeking the lifting of the temporary restraining order on its bid to collect P3.2 billion in taxes from the champion boxer.

“I will not comment on that. I’m leaving that to my lawyers. They know what to do,” Pacquiao told the Philippine Daily Inquirer during the brief break of his training here Tuesday afternoon. “Right now my focus is on my training. I will not be distracted by any issue that would crop up along the way,” he added. Pacquiao has been training for a 12-round non-stop offensive against undefeated American boxer Chris Algieri.

He will be defending his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Welterweight crown against a 5’11 Algieri on November 23 at Venetian Hotel in Macau, China. The Supreme Court earlier stopped the enforcement of a Court of Tax Appeal order requiring Pacquiao and his wife Jinkee to post a P3.2-billion case bond or a P4.9-billion surety bond in exchange for the lifting of the warrants of distraint and levy and of garnishment issued by the BIR on the properties. The BIR earlier filed a case against Pacquiao for tax liabilities amounting to P2.2 billion. The required bond included surcharges and penalties. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: Mayweather-Pacquiao tiff will happen, Floyd Sr vows  

PHOTO: Floyd Mayweather Sr. is confident that the much-awaited fight between his son and Manny Pacquiao will happen. File photo MANILA, Philippines – The biggest fight that the world wants to see might happen next year. Floyd Mayweather Sr. told Fighthype.com on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) that his son might have Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao as his 49th opponent in the pro ranks. "Man, I'm pretty sure that if nothing else happen, he's gonna get Pacquiao...it's gonna happen. That fight's gonna happen. Trust me," Mayweather, Sr. told Fighthype.com's Ben Thompson. "You mark my words and we'll see. And it needs to happen. Just like Ali and Joe Frazier, or Ali and George Foreman, something like that, man, it's one of those fights like that," he added.

With two fights left in his Showtime contract, Floyd Jr. has yet to announce his next opponent after disposing Marcos Maidana for the second time. Mayweather, Jr, who currently holds a 47-0-record with 26 knockouts is expected to fight in May 2015. His father believes all signs are pointing to a Pacquiao fight after that provided that the eight-division world champion takes care of his business. The rumored mega fight was all the more fanned by the news of Top Rank and Showtime in negotiation to stage pay-per-view fights together. * READ MORE


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An honest assessment THE GAME OF LIFE By Bill Velasco (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 6, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Bill Velasco

MANILA, OCTOBER 13, 2014 (PHILSTAR) The Asian Games have once again come to a close, and we are turning away from the sports pages once again wondering why we have not improved on past performances.

Aside from the terrible cheating in boxing, many Filipino sports fans did not really know who was competing for the country. Those on the ground in Incheon did a yeoman’s job of trying to get as many Filipinos as possible up to speed on who our contenders were, and how they were doing.

Even social media seemed to be at a disadvantage, with friends and family members trying to enlighten the public on the impending achievements of our athletes. Everybody just jumped on the bandwagon towards the finals of each event, not really a healthy way to support the cause.

In this regard, we in the sports media have to make the effort to be less hamstrung about making deadlines and being “newsworthy,” and more geared towards preparing audiences for major sporting events, in basketball, this is a piece of cake with the natural popularity and media pipelines of the PBA and UAAP.

It has already become a habit for fans to know (or even independently learn) about players, teams and even changes in rosters, we have to do a better job of educating the public about our own athletes. What have their accomplishments been? How did they prepare for this event? How do they stack up against the field?

Particularly when a national athlete is based outside of the Philippines and out of immediate reach of the beat reporters and columnists, our own sports media has to come up with a way to keep the public updated. This will build interest in multisport competitions like the Asian Games and SEA Games, and also train the public to brush up on who is playing what sport on the national team. In the last four years, the fan base of soccer has grown, and a lot of it is propelled by the fans themselves.

We also have to seriously not expect miracles if our athletes are already competing handicapped. If they don’t have the same level of training as their competitors, then how can we conceivably expect the same results? Our parameters would have to drastically change.

We need to know what the rest of the world is doing. If they have adopted certain training techniques and we haven’t, how can we expect to produce the same results? The answer is simple, we can’t. It’s insane to do something differently then expect the same result.

* Research is a primary tool that we are not fully availing ourselves of. Rarely do we see the records of our competitors and our own athletes, unless it is the Olympics where many opponents are world or Olympic record holders. You can’t get from point A to point B if you don’t know where you’re heading. In many disciplines where times and scores are the determinants, this is easier to calculate.

But in contact sports and team sports, this is at best an inexact science. Comparing past opponents would be the next best thing. That’s probably why Daniel Caluag’s gold medal in BMX surprised a lot of us. Some Filipino sports fans have even told this writer that they didn’t know which sports we were even competing in, which is sad.

The system’s foundations have to change, too. There is no synchronicity between tenures among officers of the Philippine Olympic Committee and the Philippine Sports Commission. POC board members are voted into position every Olympic cycle, or every four years.

The loophole is that many national sports associations (NSAs) hold elections every year, which could cause a very unusual situation. A sitting POC board member may not even be representing an NSA for most of his or her term. Meanwhile, the PSC board members, directly under the Office of the President, are in an even more precarious position. They may be replaced at any time.

And even if they are not, out of delicadeza, they submit courtesy resignations to the succeeding Chief Executive. The great majority of the time, they are replaced, no matter the grandeur of their accomplishments or the significance of their programs.

What this means is that there has been a critical lack of continuity in the way our sports have been handled, the way programs are being prepared.

Six years is not really enough time to produce world or Olympic champions. Statistics have shown that 10,000 hours is the yardstick for world-class performance in any field. That’s equivalent to three hours of practice a day for ten years. That doesn’t include diet, coaching, drills and even talking strategy.

Are the athletes getting optimal diet and sleep supervision? Are they full-time athletes, or mentally just part-time, and the rest of the time thinking of how to augment their meager allowances. All of these things matter.

At the end of the day, we have another chance at starting over, at wiping the slate clean, at working with the next generation of athletes. But let’s take a new tack in this.

We have another four years before the next Asian Games, and there is really only one question: what will change?

Beat Algieri first, Floyd tells Manny By Abac Cordero Updated Friday October 03, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0Google +0 0


COMPOSITE PHOTO FROM TSM PLUG, AUG 30, 2014: Fans and pundits have been clamouring for this fight for years now, and with the divisional contenders starting to thin out, it may well be time for Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather Jr. Boxing promoter Bob Arum firmly believes this dream fight will become a reality in 2015, and not just once.

MANILA, Philippines - There must be something in the water he drank in Moscow that Floyd Mayweather once again expressed openness to face Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao.

Mayweather is in a European tour, and the other day the undefeated pound-for-pound champion was at the Russian capital, according to www.boxingscene.com.

The great American fighter dropped by a local gym to meet some amateurs.

Mayweather faced a ton of questions, from his most recent victory over Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas to his anticipated fight with Pacquiao.

After he scored a clear win over Maidana, the 37-year-old Mayweather said he's open to finally facing Pacquiao inside the ring.

"If the Manny Pacquiao fight presents itself, then let's make it happen. I'm not ducking any opponent," said Mayweather a couple of weeks back.

Fight fans jumped with anticipation.

But as soon as the day after the fight, it seemed that Mayweather tried to avoid further questions about the Pacquiao fight.

The flamboyant American boxer went to the extent of saying that the fight will only happen if it would only involve Showtime and Mayweather Promotions.

And none of HBO and Top Rank. It's short of saying that Mayweather won't let the fight happen.

However, during the short stop at the local gym in Moscow, Mayweather again hinted of the possibility.

Pacquiao will defend his WBO welterweight title against Chris Algieri in Macau on Nov. 23.

"Let him beat Algieri first, and then we'll talk," Mayweather said in an article written by Yuri Tarantin.

Vilma Santos, Pacquiao may win in 2016 Senate race - Pulse Asia By Louis Bacani (philstar.com) | Updated September 29, 2014 - 12:27pm 0 9 googleplus0 0


Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos and Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao are among the top 15 senatorial bets. Willy Perez/Jonathan Asuncion

MANILA, Philippines - Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos and Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao are among the personalities who have a "statistical chance of winning" in the 2016 senatorial race, Pulse Asia revealed on Monday.

The latest Pulse Asia survey on the Filipinos' senatorial preferences showed that only 15 of the 57 individuals who are part of the senatorial probe have a statistical chance of winning if the elections were done during the survey period.

The survey was done from September 8 to 15 and polled 1,200 respondents.

Pulse Asia said all of the probable winners in the senatorial race are either current or former government officials.

Leading the race are Senator Vicente Sotto III (51.6 percent) and Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Francis Pangilinan (51.5%). Both are sharing a ranking of first to sixth places.

Close behind them are Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas (47.6 percent) who occupies first to ninth places.

Three officials are all ranked first to 10th – Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (47.2 percent), Presidential Adviser for Rehabilitation and Recovery Panfilo Lacson (47.1 percent), and former Senator Richard J. Gordon (45.9 percent).

Three other probable senatorial bets are ranked third to 10th places – Batangas Governor Vilma Santos (44.5 percent), Sen. Ralph Recto (44.1 percent) and Senate President Franklin Drilon (42.6 percent).

Ranked fourth to 10th places is former Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri (41.5 percent).

Completing the list of probable senatorial winners in May 2016 are former Sen. Jamby Madrigal (35.9 percent, 11th to 15th places), Sen. Sergio Osmeña III (35.4 percent, 11th to 15th places), Justice Secretary Leila de Lima (35.3 percent, 11th to 15th places), Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao (31.3 percent, 11th to 16th places) and former Akbayan Party-List Rep. Risa Hontiveros (30.7 percent, 11th to 16th places).

Pulse Asia said only one percent of Filipinos do not support any of the 57 personalities included in the survey.

And while there are still about 19 months before the elections, around seven in 10 Filipinos (71 percent) already have a complete slate for the senatorial race, the polling firm added.

Floyd’s dad says Pacquiao in for mismatch vs son (philstar.com) | Updated October 7, 2014 - 3:03pm 14 344 googleplus0 0


Floyd Mayweather Sr. insists his son would 'tear Manny Pacquiao apart' if they fight. File photo

MANILA, Philippines – Floyd Mayweather Sr. thinks his son shouldn’t waste his time going for a fight with Manny Pacquiao.

And Pacquiao, the elder Mayweather added, should stay away from the undefeated American unless he wants to get beaten badly.

Floyd Sr. once again gave his thoughts on a potential fight between his son and Pacquiao – currently still the biggest bout that could be made in boxing – and is again sticking to his belief that his son will emerge victorious in a one-sided manner.

“The fight isn’t even worth talking about,” the elder Mayweather told Simon Van Besouw of Tha Boxing Voice.

“If they fight, you know what is going to happen to Manny. Even though my son is older now, Floyd is going to take him apart. It would be a mismatch,” he confidently added.

The younger Mayweather took care of business last month when he outpointed Marcos Maidana in a rematch, and in an interesting twist afterwards, declared he’s finally open to facing Pacquiao.

But first, Pacquiao must get past Chris Algieri, his opponent this November, in order to keep the Mayweather bout alive. He has always insisted on his willingness to take on the pound-for-pound king to settle the debate on who’s the best fighter of this generation.

Floyd Sr., for his part, believes otherwise, stressing that Pacquiao is on it only for financial reasons.

“Pacquiao never wanted to fight Floyd. But now that he got knocked out (by Juan Manuel Marquez), he does. He wants to fight Floyd because he needs money,” he continued.

The fighting congressman once said he’s willing to fight Mayweather for charity, but Floyd Sr. isn’t buying it.

“He knows that if he wants to make money, he needs to fight Floyd. If he doesn’t fight Floyd, he is another poor man you see walking in the streets,” he ended.

Tall sparmates to test Pacquiao By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated October 7, 2014 - 11:16am 6 78 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines – A couple of tall fighters are set to fly to the Philippines this week to help boxing icon Manny Pacquiao prepare for his upcoming fight with Chris Algieri.

According to a report by Philboxing.com’s Rich Mazon, chief trainer Freddie Roach will be planing in to General Santos City with the two sparring partners in tow as Pacquiao goes full gear in training.

The report, quoting Roach’s assistant Marvin Somodio, said boxers Stan Martyniouk and Viktor Postol have been tapped to be Pacquiao’s sparmates.

Postol, an undefeated Ukrainian light welterweight with a record of 26-0, with 11 knockouts, stands 5-foot-11. Martyniouk, on the other hand, is a 5-foot-10 lightweight from the US.

“Matatangkad sila, lalo na si Viktor, 5’11” ata yung si Viktor Postol. At saka pareho silang boxer, lalo si Viktor Postol, magaling mag-jab yun,” Somodio told Mazon.

The two fighters are expected to give Pacquiao a feel of what it is like to face tall, rangy boxer like Algieri, who at 5-foot-10 will be the fighting congressman’s tallest opponent in a while. Pacquiao actually fought and defeated a 5-foot-11 Antonio Margarito four years ago, but the Mexican has limited boxing skills and mobility.

Algieri, for his part, is a different specimen with his sharp jab and solid overall boxing skills.

Pacquiao has started working out last week under conditioning coach Justin Fortune. He and Algieri lock horns on Nov. 23 at Cotai Arena of The Venetian Macao in Macau, China.

FROM THE INQUIRER

Pacquiao prepares ‘non-stop assault’ on bigger, taller Algieri
By Aquiles Z. Zonio |Inquirer Mindanao3:05 pm | Monday, October 6th, 2014


MANNY

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines — World eight-division boxing champion and Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao has been training for a 12-round non-stop offensive against undefeated American boxer Chris Algieri.

Pacquiao will be defending his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Welterweight crown against a 5’11 Algieri on November 23 at Venetian Hotel in Macau, China.

“We are training him for more head movements, more punching combinations and a non-stop assault. We expect a bigger and taller Algieri to run around the ring. We should be ready for that. But, just in case, Algieri decides to mix it up then much better. The fight would end earlier,” assistant trainer and coach Robert “Buboy” Fernandez said in an interview.

Fernandez added that they have been devising a game plan to limit the movement of Algieri inside the ring.

“We will employ non-stop pressure. Our fighting congressman will chase him wherever he goes. Then try to throw three to five punching combinations to the head and body,” Fernandez bared.

Fernandez has been enduring pain on both wrists brought about by the strong punches unleashed by Pacquiao during mitt’s session.

“There was no fracture but the doctor advised me to take a rest for two weeks. I can’t do that at this stage when we’re in the thick of training for the Algieri fight. No matter what would happen, the training should continue,” Fernandez said.

When asked to rate the current conditioning of Pacquiao, Fernandez said: “The way I see it, he’s 88 percent ready at this stage. It’s still a long way to go. My job is to prepare him for a more heavy training when Coach Freddie Roach arrives.”

Roach is slated to arrive here Wednesday (October 8). Pacquiao’s first sparring session was scheduled on Friday.

Canadian match-maker and financial adviser Michael Koncz said Roach would be bringing along with him two sparring mates for Pacquiao.

“We are not taking Algieri lightly. The guy is not a one-dimensional fighter. He has the ability to adjust to an opponent’s fighting style,” Koncz said in an interview.

Koncz, however, praised Pacquiao for keeping himself in shape even without a fight.

“Manny Pacquiao is different from other fighters. He stays in shape even if there’s no fight and his level of enthusiasm remains high even at this stage of his boxing career,” Koncz said.

According to him, the Filipino boxing legend is already in tremendous condition several weeks before the scheduled fight.
“His focus is great and even much better than what I had observed two years ago,” he said.

Pacquiao has been suffering from a stiff shoulder since last week after his conditioning coach Justin Fortune included plyometrics in his training.

“That is a normal effect of plyometrics. After two to three days, muscle stiffness would be gone,” Fortune said.

Pacquiao busy training, leaves tax case to lawyers By Aquiles Z. Zonio |Inquirer Mindanao4:44 pm | Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 0 1 0 58 0


Rep. Manny Pacquiao AFP FILE PHOTO

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines — Saying he was busy training, world eight-division boxing champion and Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao refused to comment on reports that the Supreme Court had ordered him to answer the motion for reconsideration filed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue regarding a freeze in the tax proceedings against him.

The government agency is seeking the lifting of the temporary restraining order on its bid to collect P3.2 billion in taxes from the champion boxer. “I will not comment on that. I’m leaving that to my lawyers.

They know what to do,” Pacquiao told the Philippine Daily Inquirer during the brief break of his training here Tuesday afternoon. “Right now my focus is on my training.

I will not be distracted by any issue that would crop up along the way,” he added. Pacquiao has been training for a 12-round non-stop offensive against undefeated American boxer Chris Algieri.

He will be defending his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Welterweight crown against a 5’11 Algieri on November 23 at Venetian Hotel in Macau, China.

The Supreme Court earlier stopped the enforcement of a Court of Tax Appeal order requiring Pacquiao and his wife Jinkee to post a P3.2-billion case bond or a P4.9-billion surety bond in exchange for the lifting of the warrants of distraint and levy and of garnishment issued by the BIR on the properties.

The BIR earlier filed a case against Pacquiao for tax liabilities amounting to P2.2 billion.

The required bond included surcharges and penalties.

FROM PHILSTAR

Mayweather-Pacquiao tiff will happen, Floyd Sr vows By Alder Almo (philstar.com) | Updated October 10, 2014 - 11:04am 7 616 googleplus0 0


Floyd Mayweather Sr. is confident that the much-awaited fight between his son and Manny Pacquiao will happen. File photo

MANILA, Philippines – The biggest fight that the world wants to see might happen next year.

Floyd Mayweather Sr. told Fighthype.com on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) that his son might have Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao as his 49th opponent in the pro ranks.

"Man, I'm pretty sure that if nothing else happen, he's gonna get Pacquiao...it's gonna happen. That fight's gonna happen. Trust me," Mayweather, Sr. told Fighthype.com's Ben Thompson.

"You mark my words and we'll see. And it needs to happen. Just like Ali and Joe Frazier, or Ali and George Foreman, something like that, man, it's one of those fights like that," he added.

With two fights left in his Showtime contract, Floyd Jr. has yet to announce his next opponent after disposing Marcos Maidana for the second time.

Mayweather, Jr, who currently holds a 47-0-record with 26 knockouts is expected to fight in May 2015. His father believes all signs are pointing to a Pacquiao fight after that provided that the eight-division world champion takes care of his business.

The rumored mega fight was all the more fanned by the news of Top Rank and Showtime in negotiation to stage pay-per-view fights together.

* Pacquiao, who is under Bob Arum's Top Rank promotions, is set to fight American challenger Chris Algieri on Nov. 22 in Macau. If he wins, Pacquiao might finally end up taking a megabuck bout against the unbeaten Mayweather, Jr.

"Well, it might be number 49. Floyd's gonna kick his little ass," added the elder Mayweather, who maintained that his son would pick Pacquiao apart.

The outspoken trainer thinks Pacquiao does not stand a chance to give his son his first loss.

"He's tailor-made to eat the right hand all day long. You gotta remember, Pacquiao is a southpaw. He's a southpaw and Floyd is right-handed, so he'll eat right hands and left hooks all night, and more than likely, he will be going to sleep again. Believe me," Mayweather, Sr. said.

He also defended his son from their detractors that the unbeaten champion is dodging Pacquiao to keep his record perfect.

"Well, a lot of people are going to say, "Floyd was scared of Pacquiao. Floyd was this, that, and the other." Floyd is not scared of Pacquiao, man," Mayweather, Sr. said.

He argued that Pacquiao was knocked down by Juan Manuel Marquez, who his son has toyed around leading to a unanimous decision win last year.

It's all talk as of this moment.

Pacquiao, who recently took a jab at Mayweather, Jr. on Twitter for being “uneducated” and for not fearing God, keeps mum while he is in deep training for his next fight.

The Filipino boxing icon would rather let his punches do the talking.


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