PACQUIAO 'ONLY NEEDS TO FIND HIS RANGE AND TIMING' 

The moment he stepped into the ring for Manny Pacquiao’s first mitts session last week, Freddie
Roach felt that his superstar ward had remained at the top of his game. Pacquiao’s skills and reflexes were as sharp as ever. “No slippage, not even a bit,” Roach told sportswriters after working out with the eight-division world champion Monday afternoon at Pacman Wild Card Gym here.
“He’s happy and still hungry (for training),” added Roach, who expects Pacquiao to win over unbeaten challenger Chris Algieri in their showdown for the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown on Nov. 23 in Macau. “No worries, whatsoever,” added Roach, who has been Pacquiao’s trainer since 2001. They have become so familiar with each other that their relationship transcends that of the trainer and his boxer.

The 54-year-old Roach treats Pacquiao, 35, like his son. In the ring, they are harmony in motion, as if they are just rehearsing what will happen come fight time. Few words are needed. No wonder, Roach no longer sees the need for prolonged sparring sessions that in the past could reach as many as 150 rounds. For the Algieri fight, set at a catch weight of 144 pounds, Roach feels 90 rounds of sparring will be enough for Pacquiao to get into the groove. All that Pacquiao needs is to find his range and timing, according to the six-time Trainer of the Year. Pacquiao sparred for four rounds with 5-foot-10 Stan Martyniouk last Saturday and was scheduled to spar with 6-0 welterweight Mike Jones at press time Tuesday. Another sparring partner, 5-11 light welterweight Viktor Postol, will be coming over soon as training hits full throttle. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Roach allows Pacquiao to play in PBA opener, but…  

Freddie Roach says Manny Pacquiao can play in Kia's PBA debut on Sunday, but only for one minute
and only during the opening day. File photo.
MANILA, Philippines – Freddie Roach has taken a 180-degree turn and is now allowing Manny Pacquiao to see action in the Kia Sorentos’ PBA debut on Sunday, October 19.  Veteran scribe Eddie Alinea of Philboxing.com, who is covering Pacquiao’s training camp in General Santos City, broke the news about Roach giving his prized ward the green light to play in the PBA opener. The bespectacled trainer initially prohibited Pacquiao from suiting up for Kia – which lists him as playing coach – throughout the duration of training for his fight with American Chris Algieri on November 23 in Macau. But Roach has had a change of heart, with the help of Pacquiao’s insistence.

“Yeah, he asked my permission to play in the opening day for the fans, so I told him I'll allow him to see action for only one minute," the multi-titled cornerman told Alinea. And if Pacquiao exceeds the one-minute limit? "Well, I myself will take him out. I'm coming with him to Manila, sit on the team bench and act as the head coach with him as my assistant,” Roach jokingly said. “Nah, of course he can play as long as he wishes, if that's what it will take to make the fans happy,” he continued. Kia will take on fellow expansion team Blackwater to usher in the PBA’s 40th Season this Sunday at the high-capacity Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. Pacquiao wants to celebrate his team’s PBA debut by playing.* READ MORE...

ALSO: Kia sweeps past Blackwater in PBA debut  

OCT 20 --PHOTO: Manny Pacquiao of Kia Sorento rams into John Paul Erram of Blackwater
Elite in the opening game of PBA Season 40 at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.
MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao punched his way to a triumphant debut as Kia playing coach while LA Revilla, dumped by Globalport last season, made a resounding PBA comeback as the Sorento hammered out a come-from-behind 80-66 victory over the Blackwater Elite in the opener of PBA Season 40 before a roaring, record 52,612 fans last night at the Philippine Arena.

Re-polishing his game in the D-League after just three games as a Batang Pier rookie last season, Revilla made a superlative performance with 23 points to carry Pacquiao and their team past the slightly favored Blackwater squad. The Elite topped the Sorento, 88-77, during their tune-up match in Binan, Laguna a few days ago. Rudy Lingganay and Hans Thiele, like Revilla, provided firepower off the bench, sparking a second-half charge after the slow start of Pacquiao, Virgil Buensuceso, Josh Webb, Reil Cervantes and Rich Alvarez. Trailing by nine, 25-34, at the half, the Sorento turned the game around in pummeling the Elite, 38-17, in the third quarter. Revilla, who made only a single basket in three games with Globalport last season, sparked Kia’s third-quarter charge with 2-of-2 triples and 4-of-5 twinners. * READ MORE..

ALSO: PACMAN'S KIA PBA DEBUT UNEVENTFUL BUT....Pacquiao happy to get 80-66 win for his KIA team

Manny Pacquiao’s stats line in his PBA debut raised doubts on whether the boxing icon can really
cope with the pro basketball play. The celebrated eight-division world boxing champ and Sarangani congressman, as expected, came out the top draw in PBA Season 40 inaugural rites but then faced right away a difficult baptism of fire playing with the big boys. Wearing jersey No. 17, Pacquiao started at two-guard spot and played six minutes and 46 seconds where he got to touch the ball only three times and threw it away twice. He committed a foul and checked out after the Blackwater has established a 15-6 lead.

The crowd roared instantly as Pacquiao touched the leather for the first time on a handout by Virgil Buensuceso with a little over four minutes into the game. He spun to wiggle out of the defenses of Larry Rodriguez and Alex Nuyles then dished it off to Rich Alvarez who drew a foul on a way for a layup. Alvarez, however, deprived Pacquiao of an assist as the former Rookie of the Year awardee botched his charities. In their next possession, the Sorento set up Pacquiao for a shot from the right flank, but the boxing star fumbled Buensuceso’s pass. Getting another handoff in their next play, Pacquiao committed another error as, after a defensive switch by Blackwater, he found himself facing the towering JP Erram. Not reflected on his stats was his defensive help on Buensuceso, forcing Alex Nuyles to an error parlayed by Josh Webb to Kia’s first basket in the game. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Revilla sparks Pacquiao-mentored Kia’s PBA debut win over Blackwater

Manny Pacquiao punched a triumphant debut as Kia playing coach as Globalport discard LA Revilla
made a resounding PBA comeback, powering the Sorento to a come-from-behind 80-66 victory over Blackwater Elite in the opener of PBA Season 40 before a record 52,612 screaming fans at the Philippine Arena Sunday night. Re-polishing his game in the D-League after just three games as a Batang Pier rookie last season, Revilla hit it big instantly with Kia, firing away 23 points to carry Pacquiao and their team past the slightly favored Blackwater team. The Elite topped the Sorento, 88-77, during their tune-up match in Binan, Laguna a few days ago. Rudy Lingganay and Hans Thiele, like Revilla, played big off the bench, sparking a second-half charge after the slow start of Pacquiao, Virgil Buensuceso, Josh Webb, Reil Cervantes and Rich Alvarez.

Trailing by nine, 25-34, at the half, the Sorento turned the game around in pummeling the Elite, 38-17, in the third quarter. Revilla, making only a single basket in three games with Globalport last season, sparked Kia’s third-quarter charge with 2-of-2 triples and 4-of-5 twinners. “We made the adjustments, and the result just happened,” said Revilla, backup to Jvee Casio and Simon Atkins during their time at La Salle. RELATED: Pacquiao happy to get win despite uneventful PBA debut “I just played my game and I was overwhelmed by the moment,” added Revilla, drifting with the Cagayan Rising Sun in the D-League after being cut at Globalport. “The team just stayed positive even after our tentative start,” said Kia assistant coach Glenn Capacio. “Sabog ang opensa namin at the start. We first made the adjustment on defense. When it clicked, our offense followed,” said their celebrated playing coach. * READ MORE...

Pacquiao to take break from training to be at PBA debut  

OCT 17 --Boxing idol Manny Pacquiao will fly in from Gen. Santos City at around noontime Saturday then heads straight to Bocaue, Bulacan to make his PBA debut with Kia Motors versus fellow newcomer Blackwater in the opener of PBA Season 40 at the Philippine Arena. “That’s confirmed. He’ll do sparring (Friday) then flies to Manila. (Boxing trainer) Freddie Roach has allowed Manny to play,” said Eric Pineda, the Kia Sorento team manager and business manager of Pacquiao. Though in the thick of his preparation for his fight against Chris Algieri in November in Macau, Pacquiao still follows the training and preparation of the Kia Sorentos for their PBA debut.

“We’re sending him videos and he knows the plays. He has high basketball IQ. His inputs (on plays) are all right,” said Kia chief assistant coach Glenn Capacio. Is Pacquiao playing long minutes? “He’s the playing coach. It’s up to him. He also decides whether he starts or comes off the bench. Of course, we’ll be there to assist him,” said Capacio. Flying in from Gen. Santos City Saturday ahead of the Kia playing coach is his wife Jinkee, who will be the Sorentos’ muse during the traditional parade of teams. * READ MORE...

ALSO: The World’s 10 Richest Boxers

NO. 1: With an estimated net worth of $280 million, Mayweather Jr. is by far the richest boxer in the

world. Even more impressive is the fact that his net worth was made with barely any endorsements. Fortune magazine listed Mayweather Jr. as the highest earner of all American athletes in 2014 with his total income generated standing at $105 million for the year. Following his rematch against Marcos Maidana earlier this year, Mayweather Jr.’s career winnings reached about $420 million.
In the world of professional boxing there’s huge money being thrown around. The best of the best can rake in serious dollars from winning high profile matches, and they can cash in on lucrative
endorsement deals, too.
Moreover, boxing is one of the most popular sports for betting on. Boxing brings in large sums of revenue for boxers, promoters, casinos and cable networks through gambling, pay per view and sponsorship deals. Floyd Mayweather Jr. has generated an astounding $756 million in pay-per-view revenue. Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao have generated $696 million and $661 million in pay per view
revenue respectively.

The September 2013 pay per view between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez had 2.2 million buys which resulted in $15 million in revenue – the largest pay-per-view revenue for a single game of all time. The fight also generated a whopping $20 million in ticket sales. The title of biggest endorsement deal in boxing history goes to George Foreman. Salton was paying Foreman royalties for use of his name on its electric grill: Eventually, the company that makes the George Foreman Grill paid Foreman $137.5 million for use of his name in perpetuity. With the myriad of ways that boxers can make money it stands to reason that a lot of them can become fantastically wealthy.

Our Manny Pacquiao is No. 6, with net worth: $100 million. Like Klitschko, Pac-man is a politician, too. He was elected to Congress in the Philippines, and he reportedly spent $7 million on his election campaign. A proposed fight between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. was predicted to be the highest grossing fight in history, but disagreement between the boxers’ camps meant the fight never happened. He is also a professional basketball player and coach in the Philippine Basketball Association.


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Pacquiao ‘only needs to find his range and timing’


Manny Pacquiao, with coach Freddie Roach. AP FILE PHOTO

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, OCTOBER 20, 2014
(INQUIRER) By Roy Luarca - The moment he stepped into the ring for Manny Pacquiao’s first mitts session last week, Freddie Roach felt that his superstar ward had remained at the top of his game.

Pacquiao’s skills and reflexes were as sharp as ever.

“No slippage, not even a bit,” Roach told sportswriters after working out with the eight-division world champion Monday afternoon at Pacman Wild Card Gym here.

“He’s happy and still hungry (for training),” added Roach, who expects Pacquiao to win over unbeaten challenger Chris Algieri in their showdown for the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown on Nov. 23 in Macau.

“No worries, whatsoever,” added Roach, who has been Pacquiao’s trainer since 2001.

They have become so familiar with each other that their relationship transcends that of the trainer and his boxer.

The 54-year-old Roach treats Pacquiao, 35, like his son.

In the ring, they are harmony in motion, as if they are just rehearsing what will happen come fight time.

Few words are needed. No wonder, Roach no longer sees the need for prolonged sparring sessions that in the past could reach as many as 150 rounds.

For the Algieri fight, set at a catch weight of 144 pounds, Roach feels 90 rounds of sparring will be enough for Pacquiao to get into the groove.

All that Pacquiao needs is to find his range and timing, according to the six-time Trainer of the Year.

Pacquiao sparred for four rounds with 5-foot-10 Stan Martyniouk last Saturday and was scheduled to spar with 6-0 welterweight Mike Jones at press time Tuesday.

Another sparring partner, 5-11 light welterweight Viktor Postol, will be coming over soon as training hits full throttle.

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Freddie Roach says Manny Pacquiao can play in Kia's PBA debut on Sunday, but only for one minute and only during the opening day. File photo

MANILA, Philippines – Freddie Roach has taken a 180-degree turn and is now allowing Manny Pacquiao to see action in the Kia Sorentos’ PBA debut on Sunday, October 19.

Veteran scribe Eddie Alinea of Philboxing.com, who is covering Pacquiao’s training camp in General Santos City, broke the news about Roach giving his prized ward the green light to play in the PBA opener.

The bespectacled trainer initially prohibited Pacquiao from suiting up for Kia – which lists him as playing coach – throughout the duration of training for his fight with American Chris Algieri on November 23 in Macau.

But Roach has had a change of heart, with the help of Pacquiao’s insistence.

“Yeah, he asked my permission to play in the opening day for the fans, so I told him I'll allow him to see action for only one minute," the multi-titled cornerman told Alinea.

And if Pacquiao exceeds the one-minute limit?

"Well, I myself will take him out. I'm coming with him to Manila, sit on the team bench and act as the head coach with him as my assistant,” Roach jokingly said.

“Nah, of course he can play as long as he wishes, if that's what it will take to make the fans happy,” he continued.

Kia will take on fellow expansion team Blackwater to usher in the PBA’s 40th Season this Sunday at the high-capacity Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. Pacquiao wants to celebrate his team’s PBA debut by playing.

* Roach is now fine with that, as long as the fighting congressman takes care of himself and avoids injury.

"Any kind of injury that can postpone or completely cancel his fight can mean the end of his boxing career and all the years he's been in this profession of choice,” the trainer explained.

Roach went on to issue a plea to Pacquiao’s competitors.

“I know how tough and sometimes rough basketball games here are and all I beg his would-be rivals is to please to take care of Manny. You can block his shots, steal the ball away, but please don't hurt him, if you, indeed, treasure him as your boxing icon," he stressed.

After the PBA’s opening day, it will be business as usual for the Pacquiao camp in General Santos City.

“The permit is only for the opening day. We had just shifted training to a higher level and I don't want that interrupted,” Roach said. – Dino Maragay

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Kia sweeps past Blackwater in PBA debut By Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 20, 2014 - 12:00am 0 1 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao of Kia Sorento rams into John Paul Erram of Blackwater Elite in the opening game of PBA Season 40 at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. JOEY MENDOZA

MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao punched his way to a triumphant debut as Kia playing coach while LA Revilla, dumped by Globalport last season, made a resounding PBA comeback as the Sorento hammered out a come-from-behind 80-66 victory over the Blackwater Elite in the opener of PBA Season 40 before a roaring, record 52,612 fans last night at the Philippine Arena.

Re-polishing his game in the D-League after just three games as a Batang Pier rookie last season, Revilla made a superlative performance with 23 points to carry Pacquiao and their team past the slightly favored Blackwater squad.

The Elite topped the Sorento, 88-77, during their tune-up match in Binan, Laguna a few days ago.

Rudy Lingganay and Hans Thiele, like Revilla, provided firepower off the bench, sparking a second-half charge after the slow start of Pacquiao, Virgil Buensuceso, Josh Webb, Reil Cervantes and Rich Alvarez.

Trailing by nine, 25-34, at the half, the Sorento turned the game around in pummeling the Elite, 38-17, in the third quarter.

Revilla, who made only a single basket in three games with Globalport last season, sparked Kia’s third-quarter charge with 2-of-2 triples and 4-of-5 twinners.

* “We made the adjustments, and the result just happened,” said Revilla, backup to Jvee Casio and Simon Atkins during their time at La Salle.

“I just played my game and I was overwhelmed by the moment,” added Revilla, drifting with the Cagayan Rising Sun in the D-League after being cut at Globalport.

“The team just stayed positive even after our tentative start,” said Kia assistant coach Glenn Capacio.

“Sabog ang opensa namin at the start. We first made the adjustment on defense. When it clicked, our offense followed,” said their celebrated playing coach.

After a triumphant PBA debut, Pacquiao said he’ll now focus on his preparation for his coming fight with Chris Algieri. He said he’ll return to PBA play after the fight.

“No problem (with Kia) as our assistant coaches will be there. It’s okay with me even as I don’t play for as long as we keep on winning,” Pacquiao said.

In its maiden PBA game, Kia hit its strides with Pacquiao in the bench.

Paul Artadi, Sunday Salvacion, Alex Nuyles, Larry Rodriguez and JP Erram gave Blackwater an early double-digit lead at 18-8, and the Elite stayed in control until Revilla led Kia’s third-quarter siege.

Revilla also came through six rebounds, one assist and one steal in 21 minutes of action.

Cervantes and Thiele added 13 points apiece while Lingganay contributed 11.

Blackwater was paced by Erram and Juan Miguel Tiongson 10 each.

In its maiden PBA game, Kia hit its strides with Pacquiao in the bench.

Paul Artadi, Sunday Salvacion, Alex Nuyles, Larry Rodriguez and JP Erram gave Blackwater an early double-digit lead at 18-8, and the Elite stayed in control until Revilla led Kia’s third-quarter siege.

Barangay Ginebra, back from a long break after failing to make it past the Governors Cup quarterfinals, whipped Talk n Text, 101-81, in the other game.

Japeth Aguilar marked his comeback from Gilas Pilipinas with a double-double game with 18 points and the same number of rebounds while LA Tenorio came through with his own solid all-around numbers of 10 assists, seven rebounds, four points and three steals for the crowd favorites.

Revilla also had six rebounds, one assist and one steal in 21 minutes of action.

Cervantes and Thiele added 13 points apiece while Lingganay contributed 11.

Blackwater was paced by Erram and Juan Miguel Tiongson with 10 each.

PACMAN'S KIA PBA DEBUT UNEVENTFUL BUT....Pacquiao happy to get 80-66 win for his team KIA SorentosBy Nelson Beltran (philstar.com) | Updated October 19, 2014 - 6:02pm 3 1 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao’s stats line in his PBA debut raised doubts on whether the boxing icon can really cope with the pro basketball play.

The celebrated eight-division world boxing champ and Sarangani congressman, as expected, came out the top draw in PBA Season 40 inaugural rites but then faced right away a difficult baptism of fire playing with the big boys.

Wearing jersey No. 17, Pacquiao started at two-guard spot and played six minutes and 46 seconds where he got to touch the ball only three times and threw it away twice.

He committed a foul and checked out after the Blackwater has established a 15-6 lead.

The crowd roared instantly as Pacquiao touched the leather for the first time on a handout by Virgil Buensuceso with a little over four minutes into the game.

He spun to wiggle out of the defenses of Larry Rodriguez and Alex Nuyles then dished it off to Rich Alvarez who drew a foul on a way for a layup. Alvarez, however, deprived Pacquiao of an assist as the former Rookie of the Year awardee botched his charities.

In their next possession, the Sorento set up Pacquiao for a shot from the right flank, but the boxing star fumbled Buensuceso’s pass.

Getting another handoff in their next play, Pacquiao committed another error as, after a defensive switch by Blackwater, he found himself facing the towering JP Erram.

Not reflected on his stats was his defensive help on Buensuceso, forcing Alex Nuyles to an error parlayed by Josh Webb to Kia’s first basket in the game.

* On two other defensive stands, Pacquiao gave away a basket each to Rodriguez and Nuyles.

At the half, Pacquiao rued their 8-of-36 field shooting and 8-of-18 free throws.

Whether Pacquiao was making the right calls or not, the Sorento, with a big lift from LA Revilla, turned the game around in the second half, pulling off a stirring come-from-behind 80-66 win.

After checking out with four minutes to go in the first half, Pacquiao, spent the rest of the night helping out call the shots for Kia from the bench.

With the game virtually in the bag for Kia with less than two minutes left to play, the crowd egged on Pacquiao to return.

He didn’t oblige.

“Masaya na ako, panalo kami,” Pacquiao said.

Revilla sparks Pacquiao-mentored Kia’s PBA debut win over Blackwater By Nelson Beltran (philstar.com) | Updated October 19, 2014 - 7:03pm 6 1 googleplus0 0


KIA Sorentos playing coach Manny Pacquiao talks to assistant coach Glen Capacio during a timeout in the team's PBA debut game against Blackwater on Sunday in the opening day of the league's 40th season at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. (Smart Araneta Coliseum)

MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao punched a triumphant debut as Kia playing coach as Globalport discard LA Revilla made a resounding PBA comeback, powering the Sorento to a come-from-behind 80-66 victory over Blackwater Elite in the opener of PBA Season 40 before a record 52,612 screaming fans at the Philippine Arena Sunday night.

Re-polishing his game in the D-League after just three games as a Batang Pier rookie last season, Revilla hit it big instantly with Kia, firing away 23 points to carry Pacquiao and their team past the slightly favored Blackwater team.

The Elite topped the Sorento, 88-77, during their tune-up match in Binan, Laguna a few days ago.

Rudy Lingganay and Hans Thiele, like Revilla, played big off the bench, sparking a second-half charge after the slow start of Pacquiao, Virgil Buensuceso, Josh Webb, Reil Cervantes and Rich Alvarez.

Trailing by nine, 25-34, at the half, the Sorento turned the game around in pummeling the Elite, 38-17, in the third quarter.

Revilla, making only a single basket in three games with Globalport last season, sparked Kia’s third-quarter charge with 2-of-2 triples and 4-of-5 twinners.

“We made the adjustments, and the result just happened,” said Revilla, backup to Jvee Casio and Simon Atkins during their time at La Salle.

“I just played my game and I was overwhelmed by the moment,” added Revilla, drifting with the Cagayan Rising Sun in the D-League after being cut at Globalport.

“The team just stayed positive even after our tentative start,” said Kia assistant coach Glenn Capacio.

“Sabog ang opensa namin at the start. We first made the adjustment on defense. When it clicked, our offense followed,” said their celebrated playing coach.

* After a triumphant PBA debut, Pacquiao said he’ll now focus on his preparation for his coming fight with Chris Algieri. He said he’ll return to PBA play after the fight.

“No problem (with Kia) as our assistant coaches will be there. It’s okay with me even as I don’t play for as long as we keen on winning,” Pacquiao said.

In its maiden PBA game, Kia hit its strides with Pacquiao confined on the bench.

Paul Artadi, Sunday Salvacion, Alex Nuyles, Larry Rodriguez and JP Erram gave Blackwater an early double-digit lead at 18-8, and the Elite stayed in control until Revilla led Kia’s third-quarter siege.

Revilla also came through six rebounds, one assist and one steal in 21 minutes of action.

Cervantes and Thiele added 13 points apiece while Lingganay contributed 11.

Blackwater was paced by Erram and Juan Miguel Tiongson 10 each

Pacquiao to take break from training to be at PBA debut By Nelson Beltran (philstar.com) | Updated October 17, 2014 - 1:39pm 3 46 googleplus0 0


PACQUIAO

MANILA, Philippines – Boxing idol Manny Pacquiao will fly in from Gen. Santos City at around noontime Saturday then heads straight to Bocaue, Bulacan to make his PBA debut with Kia Motors versus fellow newcomer Blackwater in the opener of PBA Season 40 at the Philippine Arena.

“That’s confirmed. He’ll do sparring (Friday) then flies to Manila. (Boxing trainer) Freddie Roach has allowed Manny to play,” said Eric Pineda, the Kia Sorento team manager and business manager of Pacquiao.

Though in the thick of his preparation for his fight against Chris Algieri in November in Macau, Pacquiao still follows the training and preparation of the Kia Sorentos for their PBA debut.

“We’re sending him videos and he knows the plays. He has high basketball IQ. His inputs (on plays) are all right,” said Kia chief assistant coach Glenn Capacio.

Is Pacquiao playing long minutes?

“He’s the playing coach. It’s up to him. He also decides whether he starts or comes off the bench. Of course, we’ll be there to assist him,” said Capacio.

Flying in from Gen. Santos City Saturday ahead of the Kia playing coach is his wife Jinkee, who will be the Sorentos’ muse during the traditional parade of teams.

* Still uncertain is whether Roach will also be on the sideline to watch his fighter invade a different arena.

“Not sure. May sakit yung kaibigan natin,” said Pineda.

Pacquiao is expected to play only a few minutes as he did in their tune-up game with the Blackwater Elite in Binan, Laguna a few days back.

Kia is making its maiden appearance in the PBA in style, offering 200 buses to drive to Bocaue then bring back to Manila around 10,000 fans.

In their game, the Sorentos will stake a Kia Picanto as special prize in a half court shootout among lucky fans.

“If nobody gets it in the Kia-Blackwater game, they may extend the shootout all the way to the Ginebra-Talk n Text match,” said PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial.

Despite a lineup culled just from the dispersal draft and the rookie draft, Kia is hoping to get the “Ws” right in its first PBA season.

Ginia Domingo, the team’s alternate representative to the PBA board, said the team would draw inspiration from Pacquiao.

Pacquiao and Capacio will have at their disposal a young team led by former PBA top draft pick and Rookie of the Year Rich Alvarez and other veterans Hans Thiele, LA Revilla, Richard Alonzo, Rudy Lingganay, Reil Cervantes and Michael Burtscher.

The rest are rookies namely Kenneth Ighalo, Eder Saldua, Josh Webb, Paul Sanga, Alvin Padilla and Angelus Raymundo.

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The World’s 10 Richest Boxers Rob Cramer • 10.03.14• 62,505 views• Boxing


NO. 1: With an estimated net worth of $280 million, Mayweather Jr. is by far the richest boxer in the world. Even more impressive is the fact that his net worth was made with barely any endorsements. Fortune magazine listed Mayweather Jr. as the highest earner of all American athletes in 2014 with his total income generated standing at $105 million for the year. Following his rematch against Marcos Maidana earlier this year, Mayweather Jr.’s career winnings reached about $420 million.

In the world of professional boxing there’s huge money being thrown around. The best of the best can rake in serious dollars from winning high profile matches, and they can cash in on lucrative endorsement deals, too.

Moreover, boxing is one of the most popular sports for betting on. Boxing brings in large sums of revenue for boxers, promoters, casinos and cable networks through gambling, pay per view and sponsorship deals.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has generated an astounding $756 million in pay-per-view revenue.

Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao have generated $696 million and $661 million in pay per view revenue respectively.

The September 2013 pay per view between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez had 2.2 million buys which resulted in $15 million in revenue – the largest pay-per-view revenue for a single game of all time. The fight also generated a whopping $20 million in ticket sales. The title of biggest endorsement deal in boxing history goes to George Foreman.

Salton was paying Foreman royalties for use of his name on its electric grill: Eventually, the company that makes the George Foreman Grill paid Foreman $137.5 million for use of his name in perpetuity.

With the myriad of ways that boxers can make money it stands to reason that a lot of them can become fantastically wealthy.

* Benefitting from every money-making trick in the book as some of the world’s biggest names in boxing, the following are the ten richest boxers in the world today.

10. Ricky Hatton, net worth: $40 million


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