MANNY PACQUIAO NO BIG DEAL AS CAGER  

The novelty of Manny Pacquiao playing in the PBA was well-applauded Sunday, but the world’s only boxer to win titles in eight divisions realized—the hard way— that basketball is one sport he will find hard to excel in as a player. The 5-foot-6 Pacquiao got all the boost he needed from the record opening-day crowd at Philippine Arena here, playing close to seven minutes in starting out at the off-guard spot for newcomer KIA Sorento against fellow rookie team Blackwater Elite. But unlike in his storied fights where he feeds off the crowd’s cheers, Pacquiao never managed to get going. And he can expect much of the same no-VIP-treatment from all of the Sorentos foes from now on. Players, according to a utility personnel of one powerhouse squad, have vowed to make life hard for Pacquiao, who still felt he had free time in his hands that he decided to try playing and coaching in the PBA even with his duties as a prizefighter and Saranggani congressman.

“Our players, especially the guards, have been talking about it (Pacquiao in the PBA) and they promised that he won’t be getting special treatment,” a staff of a popular team told the Inquirer just after Pacquiao led the Sorentos in the traditional parade of teams. KIA had Pacquiao’s wife, Jinkee, as its muse. “They agreed that they will never allow Pacquiao an open shot because it’s their job to stop him,” added the utility man, who asked not to be identified. “If they allow him an uncontested jump shot or layup, fans may cheer. But they (opposing players) will look bad and they will be answerable to our coach.” Pacquiao’s first seven minutes were forgettable, to say the least, as he wound up scoreless while lapsing into two turnovers that led to the Elite zooming to an early 15-6 lead. He had a far better performance during the warm-ups, where, after missing his first 11 attempts, he made four of his last five, including a circus reverse layup after throwing the ball against the backboard. He must be able to do that in games if he—and KIA—hope to keep the novelty of his PBA sojourn going. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Algieri can’t wait to face Pacquiao 

CARSON, California—After his title fight with Manny Pacquiao next month, Chris Algieri wants to play chess with the Filipino ring icon, too. Algieri said his plan is to basically break Pacquiao’s rhythm and that his mental approach to the sport will help him a lot in his bid to wrest the WBO welterweight fight on Nov. 23 in Macau. “Myself and my coaches put up a game plan and now we’re just trying to enact it and now things are going really really well,” said Algieri.

He gave the brief interview at the sidelines of the double world championship fight at StubHub here where Nicholas Walters humbled Nonito Donaire Jr. with a sixth-round knockout for the undisputed WBA featherweight crown, and Gennady Golovkin stopped Marco Antonio Rubio in the second for the IBF middleweight crown. The highly partisan pro-Filipino crowd booed when Algieri was mentioned as among the audience. Algieri, the 30-year-old who is undefeated in 21 fights, said Pacquiao is the gold standard in staccato style of boxing. “He follows a rhythm, he throws punches and then move sideways. (I’ll win) if I could find a way to disrupt that rhythm, like the way (Juan Manuel) Marquez did.” More than his height advantage—he’s easily three four inches taller—Algieri feels it’s his smarts that will be his main weapon. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: Russian sparring partner calls Pacquiao ‘strong’ and ‘tricky’, admires footwork  

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines – The sparring partner of world eight-division boxing champion and current World Boxing Organization title holder Manny Pacquiao has said that the Filipino boxing superstar is not just strong but is also a tricky fighter. Stan Martyniouk, a 5’10 Junior Welterweight, bared that he was baffled by Pacquiao’s blinding speed during the sparring.“He’s so quick, strong and tricky. You can hardly read his punches. No wonder, he’s the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world,” Martyniouk told reporters here Monday.

The Russian-born boxer said that another thing he admired most about Pacquiao was “his amazing footwork.” He claimed that he got tagged several times during the sparring but said, “It was good and I enjoyed it.” Chief trainer and head coach Freddie Roach was satisfied by the performance of his prized ward against Martyniouk. “I’m very happy and satisfied with his performance in sparring. He is strong, moves well and based on what I saw today, I can say he knows how to adjust to the fighting style of Algieri,” Roach told reporters here. Pacquiao and Martyniouk exchanged hard punches for four rounds. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Columnist calls Pacquiao 'arrogant' for putting Algieri fight at risk

Choosing to play in the Kia Sorento's PBA debut last Sunday was an arrogant move by Manny Pacquiao, according to a renowned boxing columnist. In his latest column for Yahoo! Sports, veteran boxing scribe Kevin Iole said Pacquiao put himself at risk by suiting up in the Sorentos' game against the Blackwater Elite in the opening of the PBA's 40th season at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, on Sunday. Iole pointed out that Pacquiao could've injured his ankles by playing basketball, which is the most common injury affecting NBA players. This, in turn, would result in the postponement of his upcoming bout with Chris Algieri on November 23 in Macau.

"It would have also cost Algieri the fight of his life and all of the fighters on the undercard a significant payday," Iole wrote. Pacquiao had an eventful debut, committing two turnovers and a foul in six minutes and 46 seconds of action. He started for the Sorentos, who ended up defeating the Elite, 80-66.

The fighting congressman said afterwards he will sit out the rest of Kia's games to focus on his fight with Algieri, adding that his lack of focus is what led to his dismal first game as a PBA player. Iole, for his part, said Pacquiao shouldn't have played in the first place with the fight just around the corner. "Pacquiao said after the game that he would stick to his coaching duties and not play until after the fight, but it was incredibly arrogant of Pacquiao to even attempt play pro basketball so close to a major fight," he wrote. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Roach sure of KO win for Pacquiao  

Freddie Roach is confident that Manny Pacquiao's knockout drought will finally end against Chris Algieri in Macau this November. In a conference call early Friday, the multi-awarded trainer provided an update on Pacquiao's training in General Santos City with the fight just about a month away. Roach said Pacquiao has been hurting his sparring partners, and based on what he saw, the Filipino icon will be on his way to his first knockout win in five years. "Well, you know, we added some big sparring partners. Mike Jones is really a big, good puncher and so forth, and Manny is doing really well with him. He's hit him with some good shots here. He's hurt him a couple time in training camp already," Roach told reporters

"He's showing good power so far and he's showing the intensity that I want. When he hurts somebody, then he opens up on them and finishes them. I told him if we get rid of a sparring partner, we just get another one. So training camp is going really well," he continued. Pacquiao hasn't scored a knockout since stopping Miguel Cotto in 2009, and Roach wants that slump to end against Algieri on November 23 at the Cotai Arena of The Venetian Macao. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao won't go for KO vs Algieri   

Manny Pacquiao is sticking to what he has learned from his sixth-round knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in December 2012. In that fight, he tried to knock the hell out of Marquez and came close to doing it. Only Pacquiao got careless and ran into a perfectly timed right straight from his Mexican rival, and it was he instead who ended up face down in the canvass, motionless. Pacquiao has since practiced extra caution in comeback wins over Brandon Rios and Timothy Bradley, and he's planning to do the same in his upcoming tussle with American Chris Algieri in Macau.

In a conference call Friday morning to drum up his November 23 fight with Algieri, the Filipino icon reiterated he won't be pursuing a knockout. "We cannot go into the fight thinking about the knockout. A knockout will not change the result of the fight as long as we get the win," said Pacquiao, wary of Algieri's ability to counterpunch like Marquez. It's been five years since Pacquiao registered a knockout victory - the last one against Miguel Cotto in 2009 - and his trainer Freddie Roach would like to put an end to the drought. In the same call, the multi-titled cornerman expressed confidence that his prized ward will knock Algieri out. But Pacquiao is adamant on again exercising caution. For him, when a knockout comes, it comes. "What we are trying to do right now is to get the focus in training and for the fight that people want to see. Chris Algieri is a very dangerous fighter and we are taking nothing for granted in this training camp," he explained. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao vows to play better in PBA after Algieri fight  

Manny Pacquiao rued his lack of focus for his uneventful debut as a PBA competitor. And Pacquiao, with his indomitable spirit, won't stop trying, promising to be better in his return to PBA play after his fight with Chris Algieri in Macau in November. "Sanay naman tayo sa balikatang laban sa probinsya. Medyo hindi lang ako focused dahil nasa isip ko yung Algieri fight (I'm used to fierce basketball competition in the province. I'm not just focused in the game now as I have my Algieri fight in mind)," said the iconic boxing champ. The Sorento banked on LA Revilla's career-best performance as they came from behind to beat the Blackwater Elite, 80-66, before a crowd of nearly 53,000 at the Philippine Arena.

After his appearance in Kia's PBA maiden game, Pacquiao said he would now put his complete attention on his preparation for Algieri. "I'll be back (in the PBA) after the fight," he said. "I know there's nothing to worry about our team since my assistant coaches will be there." Taking the helm is chief assistant coach Glenn Capacio with a battery of deputies, including other former PBA players in Rob Wainwright, Chito Victolero and Mulong Orillosa. Expected to take at least a two-week rest after his November fight, Pacquiao is returning to the PBA already towards the end of the Philippine Cup elimination round. But he insisted he'll be back, unafraid of possible injuries he may suffer playing basketball. "Alam ko papatnubayan ako ng mahal na Panginoon (I know dear God will take care of me)," he said. * READ MORE...


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PBA 40 Opening Kia vs Blackwater 2 - Manny Pacquiao of Kia Sorento tries to stop Larry Rodriguez of Blackwater at the Philippine Arena. INQUIRER PHOTO/AUGUST DELA CRUZ

BOCAUE, BULACAN, OCTOBER 27 2014 (INQUIRER) By Musong R. Castillo—The novelty of Manny Pacquiao playing in the PBA was well-applauded Sunday, but the world’s only boxer to win titles in eight divisions realized—the hard way— that basketball is one sport he will find hard to excel in as a player.

The 5-foot-6 Pacquiao got all the boost he needed from the record opening-day crowd at Philippine Arena here, playing close to seven minutes in starting out at the off-guard spot for newcomer KIA Sorento against fellow rookie team Blackwater Elite.

But unlike in his storied fights where he feeds off the crowd’s cheers, Pacquiao never managed to get going.

And he can expect much of the same no-VIP-treatment from all of the Sorentos foes from now on.

Players, according to a utility personnel of one powerhouse squad, have vowed to make life hard for Pacquiao, who still felt he had free time in his hands that he decided to try playing and coaching in the PBA even with his duties as a prizefighter and Saranggani congressman.

“Our players, especially the guards, have been talking about it (Pacquiao in the PBA) and they promised that he won’t be getting special treatment,” a staff of a popular team told the Inquirer just after Pacquiao led the Sorentos in the traditional parade of teams.

KIA had Pacquiao’s wife, Jinkee, as its muse.

“They agreed that they will never allow Pacquiao an open shot because it’s their job to stop him,” added the utility man, who asked not to be identified. “If they allow him an uncontested jump shot or layup, fans may cheer. But they (opposing players) will look bad and they will be answerable to our coach.”

Pacquiao’s first seven minutes were forgettable, to say the least, as he wound up scoreless while lapsing into two turnovers that led to the Elite zooming to an early 15-6 lead.

He had a far better performance during the warm-ups, where, after missing his first 11 attempts, he made four of his last five, including a circus reverse layup after throwing the ball against the backboard.

He must be able to do that in games if he—and KIA—hope to keep the novelty of his PBA sojourn going.

Algieri can’t wait to face Pacquiao By Marc Anthony Reyes |Philippine Daily Inquirer2:30 am | Monday, October 20th, 2014


ALGIERI

CARSON, California—After his title fight with Manny Pacquiao next month, Chris Algieri wants to play chess with the Filipino ring icon, too.

Algieri said his plan is to basically break Pacquiao’s rhythm and that his mental approach to the sport will help him a lot in his bid to wrest the WBO welterweight fight on Nov. 23 in Macau.

“Myself and my coaches put up a game plan and now we’re just trying to enact it and now things are going really really well,” said Algieri.

He gave the brief interview at the sidelines of the double world championship fight at StubHub here where Nicholas Walters humbled Nonito Donaire Jr. with a sixth-round knockout for the undisputed WBA featherweight crown, and Gennady Golovkin stopped Marco Antonio Rubio in the second for the IBF middleweight crown.

The highly partisan pro-Filipino crowd booed when Algieri was mentioned as among the audience.

Algieri, the 30-year-old who is undefeated in 21 fights, said Pacquiao is the gold standard in staccato style of boxing.

“He follows a rhythm, he throws punches and then move sideways. (I’ll win) if I could find a way to disrupt that rhythm, like the way (Juan Manuel) Marquez did.”

More than his height advantage—he’s easily three four inches taller—Algieri feels it’s his smarts that will be his main weapon.

Russian sparring partner calls Pacquiao ‘strong’ and ‘tricky’, admires footwork By Aquiles Z. Zonio |Inquirer Mindanao4:23 pm | Monday, October 13th, 2014


Rep. Manny Pacquiao AFP FILE PHOTO

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines – The sparring partner of world eight-division boxing champion and current World Boxing Organization title holder Manny Pacquiao has said that the Filipino boxing superstar is not just strong but is also a tricky fighter.

Stan Martyniouk, a 5’10 Junior Welterweight, bared that he was baffled by Pacquiao’s blinding speed during the sparring.

“He’s so quick, strong and tricky. You can hardly read his punches. No wonder, he’s the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world,” Martyniouk told reporters here Monday.

The Russian-born boxer said that another thing he admired most about Pacquiao was “his amazing footwork.”

He claimed that he got tagged several times during the sparring but said, “It was good and I enjoyed it.”

Chief trainer and head coach Freddie Roach was satisfied by the performance of his prized ward against Martyniouk.

“I’m very happy and satisfied with his performance in sparring. He is strong, moves well and based on what I saw today, I can say he knows how to adjust to the fighting style of Algieri,” Roach told reporters here.

Pacquiao and Martyniouk exchanged hard punches for four rounds.

* Pacquiao’s next sparring day will be on Tuesday against a much bigger and taller Mike Jones (5’11 ½).

Both Jones and Martyniouk move and box inside the ring like American boxer Chris Algieri, according to Roach.

The Pacquiao-Algieri fight will happen on Nov. 23 at the Venetian Hotel Resort in Macau, China.

Members of the media were not allowed inside the Pacman Wild Gard Gym during the duration of the sparring session.

According to Roach, Pacquiao is way ahead of schedule as far as preparation for the Algieri fight is concerned.

Roach credited assistant coach Robert “Buboy” Fernandez for taking charge of the training three weeks before his arrival.

The Hall of Fame coach also praised Pacquiao for keeping himself in top shape even during days when he’s not on training.

As an incentive, Roach said he would allow Pacquiao to play for a few minutes during the opening game of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) on Oct. 19 at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.

Pacquiao’s team, Kia Sorentos, is scheduled to face Blackwater Elite in the opening game.

Roach said he would be going with Pacquiao to watch him play in the PBA.

Pacquiao is again expected to make history as the only active professional boxer to play in a professional basketball league.

Roach claimed that Pacquiao agreed to refrain from playing basketball one month before his scheduled ring duel with Algieri to avoid injury.

“He promised me he would just play once in the PBA and that happened more than a week ago during the exhibition game.

This coming Oct. 19, he told me he would focus on coaching. Maybe, I would allow him to play a few minutes for showing a good performance during the first day of sparring,” Roach said.

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Columnist calls Pacquiao 'arrogant' for putting Algieri fight at risk Updated Wednesday October 22, 2014 - 2:26pm 0 0Google +0 0


KIA Sorentos playing coach Manny Pacquiao goes up for a jumper in the warm-up before the team's PBA debut game against Blackwater on Sunday, October 19, at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. Peter Baltazar, contributor

MANILA, Philippines - Choosing to play in the Kia Sorento's PBA debut last Sunday was an arrogant move by Manny Pacquiao, according to a renowned boxing columnist.

In his latest column for Yahoo! Sports, veteran boxing scribe Kevin Iole said Pacquiao put himself at risk by suiting up in the Sorentos' game against the Blackwater Elite in the opening of the PBA's 40th season at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, on Sunday.

Iole pointed out that Pacquiao could've injured his ankles by playing basketball, which is the most common injury affecting NBA players. This, in turn, would result in the postponement of his upcoming bout with Chris Algieri on November 23 in Macau.

"It would have also cost Algieri the fight of his life and all of the fighters on the undercard a significant payday," Iole wrote.

Pacquiao had an eventful debut, committing two turnovers and a foul in six minutes and 46 seconds of action. He started for the Sorentos, who ended up defeating the Elite, 80-66.

The fighting congressman said afterwards he will sit out the rest of Kia's games to focus on his fight with Algieri, adding that his lack of focus is what led to his dismal first game as a PBA player.

Iole, for his part, said Pacquiao shouldn't have played in the first place with the fight just around the corner.

"Pacquiao said after the game that he would stick to his coaching duties and not play until after the fight, but it was incredibly arrogant of Pacquiao to even attempt play pro basketball so close to a major fight," he wrote.

* "A sprained ankle almost certainly would have postponed or canceled the card and would have made a lot of people that he works with in the fight business extraordinarily unhappy," added the veteran writer.

Pacquiao and Algieri will face off at the Cotai Arena at The Venetian Macao in Macau, China. - Dino Maragay

Roach sure of KO win for Pacquiao By Dino Maragay Updated Friday October 24, 2014 - 8:37am 0 9Google +0 0


Freddie Roach predicts that Manny Pacquiao's fight against Chris Algieri will end up in a knockout victory for his ward. File photo

MANILA, Philippines - Freddie Roach is confident that Manny Pacquiao's knockout drought will finally end against Chris Algieri in Macau this November.

In a conference call early Friday, the multi-awarded trainer provided an update on Pacquiao's training in General Santos City with the fight just about a month away.

Roach said Pacquiao has been hurting his sparring partners, and based on what he saw, the Filipino icon will be on his way to his first knockout win in five years.

"Well, you know, we added some big sparring partners. Mike Jones is really a big, good puncher and so forth, and Manny is doing really well with him. He's hit him with some good shots here. He's hurt him a couple time in training camp already," Roach told reporters

"He's showing good power so far and he's showing the intensity that I want. When he hurts somebody, then he opens up on them and finishes them. I told him if we get rid of a sparring partner, we just get another one. So training camp is going really well," he continued.

Pacquiao hasn't scored a knockout since stopping Miguel Cotto in 2009, and Roach wants that slump to end against Algieri on November 23 at the Cotai Arena of The Venetian Macao.

* The bespectacled trainer pointed to Pacquiao being undersized for a welterweight (147-pounder) as the reason he had not registered knockouts in his recent wins. The fighting congressman will take on Algieri at a catchweight of 144 pounds, after which he'll likely to slide down to junior welterweight (140 pounds).

"I would love to see a knockout. The thing is, I think, you know, at '47, maybe he's a little bit smaller than most of the '47-pounders out there. We have to feed him five times a day to make that weight," Roach explained.

"This fight's at '44. I think his punching power will come back and I see a knockout coming for sure," he added.

Pacquiao, for his part, shared his trainer's confidence.

"I'm excited to fight again with a tall opponent like Algieri. I know what I'm doing in the fight," he said in the same media call.

Pacquiao won't go for KO vs Algieri By Dino Maragay Updated Friday October 24, 2014 - 12:54pm 0 17Google +0 0


Manny Pacquiao. AP file photo

MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao is sticking to what he has learned from his sixth-round knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in December 2012.

In that fight, he tried to knock the hell out of Marquez and came close to doing it. Only Pacquiao got careless and ran into a perfectly timed right straight from his Mexican rival, and it was he instead who ended up face down in the canvass, motionless.

Pacquiao has since practiced extra caution in comeback wins over Brandon Rios and Timothy Bradley, and he's planning to do the same in his upcoming tussle with American Chris Algieri in Macau.

In a conference call Friday morning to drum up his November 23 fight with Algieri, the Filipino icon reiterated he won't be pursuing a knockout.

"We cannot go into the fight thinking about the knockout. A knockout will not change the result of the fight as long as we get the win," said Pacquiao, wary of Algieri's ability to counterpunch like Marquez.

It's been five years since Pacquiao registered a knockout victory - the last one against Miguel Cotto in 2009 - and his trainer Freddie Roach would like to put an end to the drought. In the same call, the multi-titled cornerman expressed confidence that his prized ward will knock Algieri out.

But Pacquiao is adamant on again exercising caution. For him, when a knockout comes, it comes.

"What we are trying to do right now is to get the focus in training and for the fight that people want to see. Chris Algieri is a very dangerous fighter and we are taking nothing for granted in this training camp," he explained.

* Pacquiao got solid support from his longtime promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank, who echoed his sentiments.

"Where do I stand on that situation? If someone goes up to the plate to hit a home run, he has less of a chance hitting a home run than a guy who goes up to the plate just to meet the ball. If the knockout comes, the knockout comes," Arum said.

"But to go out and look for a knockout and to ignore other aspects of the fight, particularly against an intelligent fighter such as Algieri would be folly," the promoter continued.

"Now if he gets a knockout, that's great and absolutely increases the marketability, but you don't go out there looking for the knockouts because if you do, you have less of a chance of getting it if you fight your normal fight."

Pacquiao vows to play better in PBA after Algieri fight By Nelson Beltran Updated Monday October 20, 2014 - 2:37pm 0 0Google +0 0

MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao rued his lack of focus for his uneventful debut as a PBA competitor.

And Pacquiao, with his indomitable spirit, won't stop trying, promising to be better in his return to PBA play after his fight with Chris Algieri in Macau in November.

"Sanay naman tayo sa balikatang laban sa probinsya. Medyo hindi lang ako focused dahil nasa isip ko yung Algieri fight (I'm used to fierce basketball competition in the province. I'm not just focused in the game now as I have my Algieri fight in mind)," said the iconic boxing champ.

The Sorento banked on LA Revilla's career-best performance as they came from behind to beat the Blackwater Elite, 80-66, before a crowd of nearly 53,000 at the Philippine Arena.

After his appearance in Kia's PBA maiden game, Pacquiao said he would now put his complete attention on his preparation for Algieri.

"I'll be back (in the PBA) after the fight," he said. "I know there's nothing to worry about our team since my assistant coaches will be there."

Taking the helm is chief assistant coach Glenn Capacio with a battery of deputies, including other former PBA players in Rob Wainwright, Chito Victolero and Mulong Orillosa.

Expected to take at least a two-week rest after his November fight, Pacquiao is returning to the PBA already towards the end of the Philippine Cup elimination round.

But he insisted he'll be back, unafraid of possible injuries he may suffer playing basketball.

"Alam ko papatnubayan ako ng mahal na Panginoon (I know dear God will take care of me)," he said.

* The top draw of PBA Season 40 opening game didn't get the kind of game that he wanted.

He started at two-guard spot for Kia, committing two errors and a foul in just nearly seven minutes of action. He got to touch the ball only thrice, and twice threw it away.

After checking out toward the end of the opening period, Pacquiao, spent the rest of the night helping out call the shots 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.

And for the record, Pacquiao just one-upped Robert Jaworski and Ramon Fernandez, the two PBA greats who lost their first game as playing coaches for Ginebra and Purefoods, respectively.


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