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SENATE COMMENDS PACQUIAO FOR 'CONVINCING WIN' VS ALGIERI 

Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara has filed a resolution, commending Saranggani Representative Manny Pacquiao for “Winning in convincing fashion against American boxer Chris Algieri and for retaining his World Boxing Organization (WBO) International Welterweight title belt last Sunday (Manila time). In Senate Resolution 1028 filed on Tuesday, Angara said “continually expressing the sense of the Senate for each of Pacquiao’s conquest is never an insignificant exercise.” The senator heads Senate committee on games, amusement and sports. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Pacquiao welcomes Manila Mavericks tennis stars

MANILA, Philippines - PHOTO: Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao welcomed on Thursday night tennis players competing in the Philippine leg of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) this weekend. Pacquiao dropped by the welcome dinner for the players and personally welcomed Olympic gold medalist and two-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray to the Philippines. IPTL Managing Director Mahesh Bhupathi earlier said Murray has been "asking for months" to meet Pacquiao and even play a round of golf with him. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Pacquiao not looking to get lion’s share vs Mayweather

PHOTO: WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri of the US, left, exchange punches during their world welterweight title boxing match at the Venetian Macao in Macau, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. Pacquiao got the big knockdowns he so desperately craved, battering Algieri around the ring at will Sunday on his way to a decision win in one of the most lopsided welterweight title fights imaginable. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) MACAU – The camp of Manny Pacquiao assured Floyd Mayweather that they’re willing to give in to possible demands by the American fighter if that’s what it takes to make a megabuck showdown happen. Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz made the assurance on behalf of the Filipino icon, saying his client would even agree to let Mayweather get the bulk of the money involved in the fight. "We're very reasonable," Koncz said after Pacquiao routed Chris Algieri Sunday at the Cotai Arena inside The Venetian Macao here in a fight that saw the challenger get knocked down a jaw-dropping six times. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Roach claims Mayweather wants rematch clause vs Manny  

PHOTO: Manny Pacquiao and Freddie Roach during a press conference after the Filipino's fight with Chris Algieri at The Venetian Macao in Macau, China. Pacquiao knocked down Algieri six times on his way to a dominant decision. AJ Bolando/Philstar.com MANILA, Philippines – This early, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is already thinking about security, reportedly making sure he gets a rematch in case he loses to Manny Pacquiao. The megabuck showdown between Mayweather and Pacquiao hasn’t even been finalized, yet according to Freddie Roach, the undefeated American is ensuring he gets a chance at payback in the event the Filipino icon defeats him. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Pacquiao to be in Sorento’s ‘corner’ vs Hotshots

PHOTO: World boxing champion and playing coach of Kia Sorrento, Manny Pacquiao (C) reacts during a basketball game against Blackwater at the Philippine Arena in Manila on October 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)--Hardly hurt in his fight against Chris Algieri in Macau Sunday, Manny Pacquiao opts to fly to Manila from Gen. Santos City to re-assume his role as Kia playing coach as the Sorento play the Purefoods Star Hotshots in a key matchup in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo today. The PBA and the venue management have been advised by the Pacquiao camp that the boxing icon is showing up and seeing action in what is virtually a must-win game for the Sorento. Barako Bull (2-6) and Blackwater (0-8), two other teams now fighting for survival, clash in the 4:15 p.m. curtain-raiser. Kia put Pacquiao and Eder Saldua back in the active list yesterday, taking over from Eric Suguitan and Jonathan Parreno who’ve been relegated to the reserve list. READ FULL REPORT...

PACQUIAO BACK, PROVIDES SORENTO INVALUABLE INSPIRATION; KIA LOST 

NOV 27 --PHOTO: Kia almost pulling off the rug from under Purefoods Star Wednesday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo? Credit goes to playing coach Manny Pacquiao for that. The Sorento played inspired ball with their world boxing champion playing coach around, giving the Hotshots quite a scare. Three days separated from his emphatic win over Chris Algieri in Macau, Pacquiao made his much awaited return to the PBA. In the pregame shootaround, the full-house crowd roared everytime Manny took a shot and drained a three. Although in uniform, the Kia playing-coach did not log a single minute in Kia’s 77-88 loss to the Hotshots. Pacquiao explained that he did not enter the game because he still isn’t feeling well. READ FULL REPROT...

ALSO PHILSTAR Review by Joaquin Henson: No KO but who cares?

MACAU – WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao failed to knock out Chris Algieri in retaining his crown by a unanimous 12-round decision at the Cotai Arena here last Sunday but it didn’t really matter to his legion of fans that he hasn’t scored a stoppage in nine fights or since Miguel Cotto was halted in 2009. Algieri took six trips to the canvas in the lopsided fight where judge Michael Pernick saw it a shutout 120-102. It was one of Pacquiao’s most dominant performances ever. Decision victims who were blanked by at least one judge in Pacquiao’s fight history included Sugar Shane Mosley, Antonio Margarito, Joshua Clottey and Oscar Larios. So now, Algieri has joined the Hall of Shame. ....Pacquiao looked like he was 10 years younger in the ring last Sunday. That could be good or bad news for those hoping for a Mayweather showdown. Good because Pacquiao now looms as a dangerous threat to Mayweather, making for a highly marketable fight. Bad because Mayweather may continue to duck the Filipino, knowing he’ll be a formidable opponent in an extremely competitive encounter. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO PHILSTAR Sports from Dean's corner: Three greatest Pinoy fighters 

PHOTO FROM LEFT: PANCHO VILLA, FLASH ELORDE AND MANNY PACQUIAO: There’s a must-read, one-off boxing magazine that just hit the stores and I was lucky to pick up a copy of the 164-page publication – The Annual 2015 by London’s Boxing News – at a bookstore in the Hong Kong International Airport coming home from Macau the other day. Boxing News is the world’s oldest fight publication and has been around since 1909. The late boxing historian Harry Mullan was its editor from 1977 to 1996 then Claude Abrams took his turn up to 2009 when Tris Dixon assumed the position. On a personal note, I’ve been honored to write articles for the London weekly magazine. The Annual 2015’s theme is Icons and the legends of the sport are featured in a country-to-country analysis. For the Philippines, three fighters were named in a four-page sub-section with 12 pictures. They were Manny Pacquiao – the only fighter ever to capture eight world titles in different divisions, Flash Elorde and Pancho Villa. Elorde and Villa are now enshrined in the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York. No doubt, Pacquiao is headed for induction. Another Filipino, promoter/matchmaker/manager Lope (Papa) Sarreal Sr., is in the Hall of Fame. Here’s how Boxing News profiled Pacquiao: “The incredible Filipino southpaw has won titles from flyweight all the way to lightmiddleweight and is one of the greatest fighters of the modern era. READ FULL COLUMN BY JOAQUIN HENSON...


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Senate commends Pacquiao for ‘convincing win’ vs Algieri


WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao celebrates after defeating WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri of the U.S. during their welterweight title boxing match at the Venetian Macao in Macau, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, DECEMBER 1, 2014 (INQUIRER)  Maila Ager @inquirerdotnet - Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara has filed a resolution, commending Saranggani Representative Manny Pacquiao for “Winning in convincing fashion against American boxer Chris Algieri and for retaining his World Boxing Organization (WBO) International Welterweight title belt last Sunday (Manila time).

In Senate Resolution 1028 filed on Tuesday, Angara said “continually expressing the sense of the Senate for each of Pacquiao’s conquest is never an insignificant exercise.”

The senator heads Senate committee on games, amusement and sports.

“In victory as well as in defeat, the Filipino people have celebrated and cried with Pacquiao. In this recent victory, national pride as a Filipino, a key ingredient in nation building, is strengthened; a no small feat in an oft-divided country such as ours,” he said in the resolution.

“Pacquiao has long transcended boxing, and is one of the most recognizable sports icons throughout the world. The ‘Pambansang Kamao’ has brought much inspiration, pride and honor to the whole Filipino nation despite his humble beginning and is indeed a testament to the Filipino and the world the unrelenting spirit of every Filipino to face with ardor and dignity all challenges that come to their lives.”

The resolution also said that in these trying times, Pacquiao has served as a “shining example of courage, strength, and dignity and represents the continuing indomitable spirit of this country, which allows us all to aspire to greatness.”

Thus, Angara said, Pacquiao deserved to be once again commended for being an “icon of sportsmanship, fortitude, perseverance and remarkable humility despite his unprecedented achievements of being an eight-division world boxing champion.”


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Pacquiao welcomes Manila Mavericks tennis stars By Jovan Cerda (philstar.com) | Updated November 28, 2014 - 6:36am 21 110 googleplus0 0


Tennis champ Andy Murray poses with boxing champ Manny Pacquiao. RP Ocampo

MANILA, Philippines - Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao welcomed on Thursday night tennis players competing in the Philippine leg of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) this weekend.

Pacquiao dropped by the welcome dinner for the players and personally welcomed Olympic gold medalist and two-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray to the Philippines.

WATCH: Andy Murray and Manny Pacquiao have a brief chat (Video by RP Ocampo)

IPTL Managing Director Mahesh Bhupathi earlier said Murray has been "asking for months" to meet Pacquiao and even play a round of golf with him. Murray congratulated the Filipino boxing hero for his recent victory against Chris Algieri, and later tweeted a photo of him and Pacquiao, adding that he hopes to see the boxing legend on court soon.

Murray is part of the Manila Mavericks, a seven-man team competing in the inaugural IPTL tournament that will pit tennis legends and current players against each other in games scheduled in the Philippines, Singapore, India and the United Arab Emirates. Joining him in the team are Maria Sharapova, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Kirsten Flipkens, Daniel Nestor, Carlos Moya and the country's very own Treat Huey.

To know more about the Manila Mavericks, visit www.manilamavericks.com.


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Pacquiao not looking to get lion’s share vs Mayweather (philstar.com) | Updated November 25, 2014 - 12:01am 18 1063 googleplus18 0


WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri of the US, left, exchange punches during their world welterweight title boxing match at the Venetian Macao in Macau, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. Pacquiao got the big knockdowns he so desperately craved, battering Algieri around the ring at will Sunday on his way to a decision win in one of the most lopsided welterweight title fights imaginable. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

MACAU – The camp of Manny Pacquiao assured Floyd Mayweather that they’re willing to give in to possible demands by the American fighter if that’s what it takes to make a megabuck showdown happen.

Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz made the assurance on behalf of the Filipino icon, saying his client would even agree to let Mayweather get the bulk of the money involved in the fight.

"We're very reasonable," Koncz said after Pacquiao routed Chris Algieri Sunday at the Cotai Arena inside The Venetian Macao here in a fight that saw the challenger get knocked down a jaw-dropping six times.

"I don't want to throw numbers out because that is going to hurt our negotiation. But we're very reasonable. We're not expecting to get the lion's share and if we have to give a little bit to get the fight, then we'll do it," he added.

Interest about a Mayweather-Pacquiao showdown once again reached an all-time high following Pacquiao’s dominant performance, with Top Rank chief Bob Arum expressing optimism that the super bout can be made in the next six months.

Pacquiao himself declared he wants the fight – and this time he is pressing hard for it unlike before. He called out Mayweather at Sunday’s post-fight presser and prior to that, he even starred in a Foot Locker commercial alluding to a much-awaited clash with Mayweather.

But Koncz stressed everything is still up to the undefeated Mayweather, widely recognized as the top pound-for-pound fighter in the planet today.

"If this fight is going to happen, it's because Floyd wants it to happen," Koncz continued. "It's not going to matter what we want, it's not going to matter what HBO wants, what Arum wants, or what (former Golden Boy CEO Richard) Schaefer wants. The fight is going to happen because Floyd wants it."

"We've been trying to get this fight done for the past six or five years. So until I hear something from Floyd, I don't hold high hopes," he also said.


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Roach claims Mayweather wants rematch clause vs Manny (philstar.com) | Updated November 26, 2014 - 5:20pm 3 508 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao and Freddie Roach during a press conference after the Filipino's fight with Chris Algieri at The Venetian Macao in Macau, China. Pacquiao knocked down Algieri six times on his way to a dominant decision. AJ Bolando/Philstar.com

MANILA, Philippines – This early, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is already thinking about security, reportedly making sure he gets a rematch in case he loses to Manny Pacquiao.

The megabuck showdown between Mayweather and Pacquiao hasn’t even been finalized, yet according to Freddie Roach, the undefeated American is ensuring he gets a chance at payback in the event the Filipino icon defeats him.

“‘My understanding is that Floyd is insisting on the rematch if Manny beats him, which I believe he will,” Roach said in an article by Jeff Powell of The Daily Mail.

The bespectacled cornerman is confident of a Pacquiao victory over Mayweather, earlier predicting that his ward will knock the brash American out. So a rematch is definitely welcome for Roach.

“That’s okay with us,” added the multi-awarded trainer, who guided Pacquiao to a rout of American Chris Algieri in Macau last Sunday.

Pacquiao’s camp earlier expressed their willingness to give in to some of Mayweather’s possible demands just to make the fight happen, even allowing Mayweather to take the lion’s share of the purse.

Mayweather-Pacquiao remains the biggest fight to be made in boxing, and Pacquiao’s domination of Algieri in a bout that included six knockdowns again fueled calls for the megabuck match.

Pacquiao himself has been more vocal about it than ever before.

“I want this fight and it is time now to give it to all our fans. They deserve to see it,” Pacquiao said after his lopsided win over Algieri.

It is now up to Mayweather, and Roach dared him to prioritize facing the best opponents rather than protecting his perfect 47-0 slate.

“Floyd is afraid of losing his unbeaten record to Manny. But that’s not what defines greatness. [Muhammad] Ali lost, [Sugar Ray Robinson], lost [Sugar Ray] Leonard lost, but they’re still all-time greats. What counts is fighting the best of your era,” Roach said. – Dino Maragay


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Pacquiao to be in Sorento’s ‘corner’ vs Hotshots By Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 26, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


PHOTO: World boxing champion and playing coach of Kia Sorrento, Manny Pacquiao (C) reacts during a basketball game against Blackwater at the Philippine Arena in Manila on October 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

MANILA, Philippines - Hardly hurt in his fight against Chris Algieri in Macau Sunday, Manny Pacquiao opts to fly to Manila from Gen. Santos City to re-assume his role as Kia playing coach as the Sorento play the Purefoods Star Hotshots in a key matchup in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo today.

The PBA and the venue management have been advised by the Pacquiao camp that the boxing icon is showing up and seeing action in what is virtually a must-win game for the Sorento.

Barako Bull (2-6) and Blackwater (0-8), two other teams now fighting for survival, clash in the 4:15 p.m. curtain-raiser.

Kia put Pacquiao and Eder Saldua back in the active list yesterday, taking over from Eric Suguitan and Jonathan Parreno who’ve been relegated to the reserve list.

PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial said they have prepared a tribute to Pacquiao for his latest triumph.

And the Sorento hope to ride on Pacquiao’s latest feat, looking to check a seven-game slump. Their lone win came at the expense of Blackwater during the season inaugurals where Pacquiao played for five minutes.

Kia tangles with the Purefoods Star Hotshots who are out to sustain their charge and enhance their bid for a spot in the Top Four.

Having won four of their last six games, the Hotshots are now at sixth place, just a game behind the third-running Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (5-2) and half-game off joint fourth placers the Barangay Ginebra Kings (5-3) and the Talk n Text Tropang Texters (5-3).

The Hotshots are one with the nation in toasting Pacquiao for his triumph. But they stress playing Pacquiao on the hard court is a different matter.


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PACQUIAO BACK, PROVIDES SORENTO INVALUABLE INSPIRATION 10:16 am | Thursday, November 27th, 2014
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Kia almost pulling off the rug from under Purefoods Star Wednesday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo?

Credit goes to playing coach Manny Pacquiao for that. The Sorento played inspired ball with their world boxing champion playing coach around, giving the Hotshots quite a scare.

Three days separated from his emphatic win over Chris Algieri in Macau, Pacquiao made his much awaited return to the PBA.

In the pregame shootaround, the full-house crowd roared everytime Manny took a shot and drained a three. Although in uniform, the Kia playing-coach did not log a single minute in Kia’s 77-88 loss to the Hotshots.

Pacquiao explained that he did not enter the game because he still isn’t feeling well.

“Masama pa yung pakiramdam ko. Masakit pa yung katawan ko so di ko na pinilit. Sinubukan lang natin,” he said.

Being the fighter that he is, the 5-foot-6 Pacquiao also said that he just didn’t force things and opted to play his cards safe, saying, “Di na lang natin pinilit. Kaya natin pero di natin pinilit. Marami pa namang laro eh.”

But his presence alone was a big inspiration to his wards, as the Sorento controlled the game for three quarters before slowing down and giving way in the end. And Pacquiao believes that his players just tired out.

“Maganda yung laro namin. Nag-collapse lang kami, naubusan ng stamina nung fourth quarter,” he said. “Maganda yung pinakita ng players at maganda yung depensa. Yun lang, sa last quarter, naubusan na ng stamina. Yun na lang ang iiimprove namin.” (RL)


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No KO but who cares? SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 25, 2014 - 12:00am 18 3 googleplus0 1


By Joaquin M. Henson

MACAU – WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao failed to knock out Chris Algieri in retaining his crown by a unanimous 12-round decision at the Cotai Arena here last Sunday but it didn’t really matter to his legion of fans that he hasn’t scored a stoppage in nine fights or since Miguel Cotto was halted in 2009.

Algieri took six trips to the canvas in the lopsided fight where judge Michael Pernick saw it a shutout 120-102. It was one of Pacquiao’s most dominant performances ever. Decision victims who were blanked by at least one judge in Pacquiao’s fight history included Sugar Shane Mosley, Antonio Margarito, Joshua Clottey and Oscar Larios. So now, Algieri has joined the Hall of Shame.

Pacquiao was absolutely masterful in trouncing Algieri whose pre-fight boasts of outsmarting, outpunching and outworking the Filipino turned out to be a lot of hot air. Algieri didn’t come to fight. He came to survive and take his money to the bank. From the onset, Algieri was on the race track, the tassles in his boots swaying with every step he took to keep a safe distance away. He was scared of getting knocked out, it showed in his eyes. He was intimidated and had too much respect for Pacquiao’s power.

Pacquiao floored Algieri once in the second, twice in the sixth, twice in the ninth and once in the 10th but couldn’t finish off the 5-10 stylist. Pacquiao gave chase at the start then adjusted his strategy to stand in the middle of the ring, inviting Algieri to show some pride. That switch opened opportunities for Pacquiao to land some heavy bombs, resulting in knockdowns. Pacquiao’s conditioning was evident as he sustained a frenetic pace up to the final bell. He never got tired, he never gasped for air, he never eased the pressure.

Once, Pacquiao glanced at referee Geno Rodriguez wondering when he would stop the fight as Algieri clearly had no chance of winning the one-sided contest. Pacquiao also glanced at referee Laurence Cole when Margarito looked in no condition to continue late in their 2010 bout. Rodriguez never stepped in to halt the carnage because Algieri wouldn’t stay down for good and kept throwing even if not landing. If Algieri showed heart in surviving two knockdowns to beat Ruslan Provodnikov on points, this time, he displayed guts in repeatedly beating the 10-count.

Pacquiao’s win was a total team effort. Pacquiao did his part in executing the fight plan, blasting Algieri with a barrage of punches from all angles. Freddie Roach did his part in guiding Pacquiao throughout the bout, making adjustments and readjustments. Justin Fortune also deserved credit for getting Pacquiao in sharp form. Cutman Miguel Diaz had little to do but his presence was invaluable as was his experience of over 40 years in the business. Buboy Fernandez completed the lineup and contributed to the win by constantly reminding Pacquiao to watch for Algieri’s left uppercut and right straight combination. Since Pacquiao fights for the Filipino nation, it wasn’t just his victory, it was the entire country’s.

Algieri had no antidote for Pacquiao’s speed and power. His skill level was inferior to Pacquiao’s by a mile. Algieri’s left jab was supposed to be his best weapon but he couldn’t throw it consistently for fear that Pacquiao would counter it with an overhand right or a left straight moving laterally. Algieri’s inexperience was also a major handicap.

At the end of the fight, Pacquiao had a slightly reddened bruise on his left temple and a scratch under his left eye. The damage was caused by Algieri’s right hand, not a left jab. Once, Algieri jarred Pacquiao with a right straight to the cheek as he came forward. Pacquiao left himself open for a counter right as he swung his right. That reminded him to be a little more careful. You could count with one hand how many clean connections Algieri had.

Referee Geno Rodriguez wasn’t kept busy as both fighters went about their business without fouls. Pacquiao complained of a few low blows but as soon as Algieri was reprimanded, he immediately apologized. There was no intent to foul. Their heads hardly clashed because Algieri wouldn’t oblige to engage. All the damage was done with fists.

Pacquiao exposed Algieri for what he really is – an average fighter with little power. Ironically, he displayed guts in refusing to lose by knockout but fought scared from the opening bell. It’s not a crime to be frightened or intimidated. In boxing, it only becomes a crime when a fighter refuses to fight because he’s scared – that’s shortchanging the fans who pay good money to watch a battle, not a dance recital.

Pacquiao’s showing puts him back as a serious contender in the Mayweather sweepstakes with his third straight win after those back-to-back losses to Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez. He promised a convincing victory and delivered. Algieri was badly beaten and promoters will take a long, hard look at what the New Yorker can really bring to the table as a crowd drawer before bringing him back in the ring.

At 35, the world is beginning to open up again for Pacquiao who crushed Algieri so severely that everyone’s excitedly talking about how he’ll put the first stain on Floyd Mayweather’s record if and when their rumored trilogy unwraps in May next year, possibly in Las Vegas. Pacquiao looked like he was 10 years younger in the ring last Sunday. That could be good or bad news for those hoping for a Mayweather showdown. Good because Pacquiao now looms as a dangerous threat to Mayweather, making for a highly marketable fight. Bad because Mayweather may continue to duck the Filipino, knowing he’ll be a formidable opponent in an extremely competitive encounter.


PHILSTAR COLUMN

Three greatest Pinoy fighters SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 26, 2014 - 12:00am 0 2 googleplus0 0


FILIPINO BOXING LEGENDS: FROM YOUR LEFT--PANCHO VILLA, FLASH ELORDE, MANNY PACQUIAO

There’s a must-read, one-off boxing magazine that just hit the stores and I was lucky to pick up a copy of the 164-page publication – The Annual 2015 by London’s Boxing News – at a bookstore in the Hong Kong International Airport coming home from Macau the other day.

Boxing News is the world’s oldest fight publication and has been around since 1909. The late boxing historian Harry Mullan was its editor from 1977 to 1996 then Claude Abrams took his turn up to 2009 when Tris Dixon assumed the position. On a personal note, I’ve been honored to write articles for the London weekly magazine.

The Annual 2015’s theme is Icons and the legends of the sport are featured in a country-to-country analysis.

For the Philippines, three fighters were named in a four-page sub-section with 12 pictures. They were Manny Pacquiao – the only fighter ever to capture eight world titles in different divisions, Flash Elorde and Pancho Villa. Elorde and Villa are now enshrined in the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York. No doubt, Pacquiao is headed for induction. Another Filipino, promoter/matchmaker/manager Lope (Papa) Sarreal Sr., is in the Hall of Fame.

Here’s how Boxing News profiled Pacquiao: “The incredible Filipino southpaw has won titles from flyweight all the way to lightmiddleweight and is one of the greatest fighters of the modern era. So popular in his home country that crime stops as everyone comes together to watch him. In May 2010, Pacquiao was elected to the House of Representatives in the 15th Congress of the Philippines.” Boxing News could’ve also mentioned that Pacquiao is the oldest player ever to be picked in the PBA draft and when he’s not busy in Congress or boxing, serves as playing coach of the Kia Sorento professional basketball team.

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Boxing News said Pacquiao’s best win ever was over Oscar de la Hoya in 2008. The Annual 2015 said his strengths are “punching power, hand-speed and conditioning” while his weaknesses is “(he) likes to stand and trade, spends time on the ropes.” Actually, the weaknesses are also his strengths. Pacquiao’s willingness to “stand and trade” is what makes him an exciting fighter and a crowd drawer. Also, when he “spends time on the ropes,” it’s to invite his opponent to come forward and engage, a tactic he employed to lure Miguel Cotto into a slugfest in 2009.

Here’s the profile on Elorde: “Southpaw Elorde nicknamed ‘Flash’ is one of the top boxers to come out of Asia. Made 10 successful defenses at superfeatherweight and was a national hero in the Philippines. The Elorde Sports Center in Parañaque City was dedicated to him in 1983, two years before his death aged 49.” Boxing News said his best win was a 10-round decision over notoriously dirty world featherweight champion Sandy Saddler in 1955. Noting his strengths, Boxing News said Elorde was an “aggressive cute southpaw. As for his weaknesses, it noted that the Flash “suffered from cuts and came on too long.” Elorde’s record was 88-27-2, with 33 KOs. He reigned as world junior lightweight champion from 1960 to 1967.

On Villa, Boxing News said “he was named after the famous Mexican bandit.” Actually, it’s half correct. The flyweight dynamo was born Francisco Guilledo and his manager was Paquito Villa. So his ring name or nom de guerre Pancho Villa was in honor of his manager and to make it more glamorous, Pancho was added in reference to the Mexican guerrilla.

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Boxing News continued, “Villa is arguably the greatest Asian boxer that has ever lived, had a relentless attacking style which endeared him to American fans and will arguably be most remembered for ending Brit Jimmy Wilde’s career…he died tragically young aged just 23.” Villa succumbed to Ludwig’s Angina, a throat-choking disease arising from infected gums.

Villa’s record was 73-5-4, with 22 KOs and 23 no-decisions from 1919 to 1925. Boxing News pointed out that his biggest victory was his seventh round knockout over Wilde to wrest the world flyweight crown in New York in 1923. The Annual 2015 said Villa was “tireless (with) knockout power in both hands” but noted as his weakness, he “could be outmaneuvered.” What was remarkable was Villa logged 82 fights in seven years as a pro. Today, Pacquiao has compiled 64 fights in a 19-year career that started in 1995.

In citing icons from other countries, Boxing News singled out Khaosai Galaxy and Pongsaklek Wonjongkam for Thailand, five-time world amateur female champion Mary Kom for India and Masahiko (Fighting) Harada for Japan. No fighter was named for South Korea or Indonesia. The Philippines is clearly in a class of its own in terms of Asian boxing.


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