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WHEN HARRY MEETS MANNY


Prince Harry, Pacquiao
MANILA, JANUARY 12, 2015  (PHILSTAR) By Abac Cordero - Manny Pacquiao is going to London – not to visit the Queen but to chat with her grandson Prince Harry. Organizers of the meeting, however, said there’s a chance that the Filipino boxing idol will get to meet Queen Elizabeth II, after whom Pacquiao and his wife Jinkee named one of their two daughters. Pacquiao’s younger daughter is nicknamed Queenie while the elder one is named Princess. The boxing champion himself broke the news on GMA’s “24 Oras,” saying the trip, to be highlighted by dinner at Buckingham Palace, would take place later this month. “Naka-schedule ako pumunta sa (I am scheduled to go to) London to have dinner with him,” Pacquiao said, referring to Prince Harry. Reports say the meeting could take place on Jan. 22. READ FULL REPORT...

BoxRec: Pacquiao vs Floyd on May 2


Manny Pacquiao (right) and Floyd Mayweather Jr. MANILA, Philippines - The super fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. has got everything on it – except the contract signed by both fighters. The betting lines opened more than a month ago, putting the unbeaten Mayweather a 3-1 favorite over the surging Pacquiao. Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, has dedicated an entire page for the fight, the most talked about boxing contest that has yet to happen. Yesterday, www.boxrec.com, the most extensive boxing website carrying the updated records of professional boxers, both active and retired, fanned the fire. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Pacman should be in lower division, not in land of giants


MANILA, Philippines - If Bob Arum thinks Manny Pacquiao should stay at 147 pounds, the Filipino boxer and his adviser seem to be looking the other way. According to a recent report, Arum said that if the Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight doesn’t take place soon, Pacquiao should stay and compete at 147 pounds. But Mike Koncz said he and Pacquiao have long talked about moving down to 140 after an extended stint at the welterweight class. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Kia mulling options on trading 2015 pick, wants big man


KIA Sorentos playing coach Manny Pacquiao talks to assistant coach Glen Capacio during a timeout in one of the team's PBA games. Alder Almo/file photo Game Sunday (Smart Araneta Coliseum) MANILA, Philippines – Kia Motors team manager Eric Pineda said they’re studying their options on their first round pick for the 2015 PBA Rookie Draft as they have received “feelers” from another team expressing intention to acquire their draft right through a trade deal. An internet report said Talk n Text is willing to give away Jayson Castro for that Kia draft pick which could give the Tropang Texters a shot at players like Bobby Ray Parks, Kiefer Ravena or Moala Tautuaa. “We’ve got feelers at pinagiisipan namin (We’ve got feelers and we’re thinking about it),” Pineda told The STAR. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Manny Pacquiao will judge Miss Universe pageant


Manny Pacquiao has good reason not to trust judges. But apparently, organizers of the Miss Universe pageant believe he will make a fine one. The boxing superstar, who told local media just last Monday that he was still mulling over the invitation, has been announced as one of the five judges who will choose the 63rd Miss Universe winner on January 25 in Doral, Florida. Pacquiao will score the competition alongside reality television stars Kristin Cavallari and Lisa Vanderpump, actor William Levy, and fashion writer Louise Roe. READ FULL REPORT...


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When Harry meets Manny


Prince Harry, Pacquiao

MANILA, JANUARY 12, 2015  (PHILSTAR) By Abac Cordero - Manny Pacquiao is going to London – not to visit the Queen but to chat with her grandson Prince Harry.

Organizers of the meeting, however, said there’s a chance that the Filipino boxing idol will get to meet Queen Elizabeth II, after whom Pacquiao and his wife Jinkee named one of their two daughters.

Pacquiao’s younger daughter is nicknamed Queenie while the elder one is named Princess.

The boxing champion himself broke the news on GMA’s “24 Oras,” saying the trip, to be highlighted by dinner at Buckingham Palace, would take place later this month.

“Naka-schedule ako pumunta sa (I am scheduled to go to) London to have dinner with him,” Pacquiao said, referring to Prince Harry.

Reports say the meeting could take place on Jan. 22.

Pacquiao said he’s not sure yet what the topic would be when he meets Prince Harry although there’s a wide range of issues they could work on.

They both have a military background.

The 30-year-old prince is a captain in the British Army. It was reported that he was once secretly deployed in Afghanistan.

It was also reported that Prince Harry helped troops in Gurkha repel an attack by Taliban forces, and did patrol duty in hostile areas.

Pacquiao is a lieutenant colonel in the Philippine Army Reserve and just recently he was promoted to honorary commodore in the Philippine Coast Guard.

Of course, they can talk about sports, boxing in particular.

Prince Harry is into polo, skiing and motocross, and loves football and rugby. But he sure knows Pacquiao, the only boxer in history to win world titles in eight different weight classes.

They can talk about the elusive Floyd Mayweather fight.

Pacquiao had been to the White House in 2011 to meet President Barack Obama. A couple of times, he also came to meet former US President Bill Clinton.

But it’s the first time Pacquiao will meet a member of the royal family.

Prince Harry is the second son of Prince Charles of Wales and the late Princess Diana. He is fourth in the line of succession to the British throne behind his father, his brother Prince William and Prince George.

The second-term congressman from Sarangani has also been invited to sit as one of the judges in the Miss Universe pageant in Florida on Jan. 25.

Pacquiao said he has yet to formally accept the invitation.

The reigning WBO welterweight champion may be torn between the Miss Universe pageant and the dinner at Buckingham Palace.


FROM PHILSTAR

BoxRec: Pacquiao vs Floyd on May 2 By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 7, 2015 - 12:00am 17 1445 googleplus2 1


Manny Pacquiao (right) and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
MANILA, Philippines - The super fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. has got everything on it – except the contract signed by both fighters.

The betting lines opened more than a month ago, putting the unbeaten Mayweather a 3-1 favorite over the surging Pacquiao.

Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, has dedicated an entire page for the fight, the most talked about boxing contest that has yet to happen.

Yesterday, www.boxrec.com, the most extensive boxing website carrying the updated records of professional boxers, both active and retired, fanned the fire.

BoxRec posted yesterday morning (Manila time) the schedule of Mayweather vs Pacquiao on May 2, 2015. It’s got the venue, too, and it’s the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Boxing observers jumped on it and slowly, word spread.

The post was deleted a couple of hours later.

The question being asked now is: What made BoxRec post the fight schedule when no announcement had been made yet?

Or is BoxRec privy to the “ongoing” negotiations between Pacquiao and Mayweather representatives?

Has the fight been sealed?

BoxRec, which draws no less than 50,000 visitors and around a million page views each day since 2008, holds the record of 17,000 active and 345,000 non-active boxers in its database.

It has a massive reputation to hold.

“Anyone in boxing who says he doesn’t use BoxRec is either a complete imbecile or lying,” boxing promoter Lou DiBella once said.

But it may not be the first time BoxRec did it because someone (@boxingadvocate) tweeted that BoxRec once posted a Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight for March 13, 2010.

“Remember when BoxRec listed Mayweather-Pacquiao...for March 13, 2010?” was the tweet.

Around that time, the fight came close to happening.

But it didn’t.

Pacquiao fought Joshua Clottey on March 13, 2010 in Texas.


FROM PHILSTAR

Pacman should be in lower division, not in land of giants By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 6, 2015 - 12:00am 2 11 googleplus1 0

MANILA, Philippines - If Bob Arum thinks Manny Pacquiao should stay at 147 pounds, the Filipino boxer and his adviser seem to be looking the other way.

According to a recent report, Arum said that if the Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight doesn’t take place soon, Pacquiao should stay and compete at 147 pounds.

But Mike Koncz said he and Pacquiao have long talked about moving down to 140 after an extended stint at the welterweight class.

“Manny and I have talked about it a few months now,” said Koncz.

“People keep criticizing that, ‘Oh, Manny has gotten old and has lost his power,’ but what people don’t really understand is that he’s fighting at a weight much higher than his natural body weight,” he said.

A few times, Pacquiao admitted he’s more comfortable at 140, saying he can even fight at 135.

“Kaya ko pa (I still can). Maliit naman talaga ako (I’m really small),” he said.

Koncz said that at 147, Pacquiao is in the land of the giants.

“These guys are bigger. These guys are stronger. They are used to the power punches. Anytime we fought in the welterweight division we’re giving away 15 to 30 pounds,” he said.

Pacquiao won the 140 lb title by knocking out Ricky Hatton in May 2009. Then six months later, he fought as a welterweight and stopped Miguel Cotto in the 12th round.

That was the last time Pacquiao scored a stoppage.

“I think the biggest we gave away was 30 pounds to (Antonio) Margarito. We also fought Oscar dela Hoya. These are big guys and they’ve been to wars. They can take the shots,” said Koncz.

It was the primary reason why Pacquiao insisted at a catchweight of 144 pounds when he fought the taller Chris Algieri last November and knocked the American down six times.

Koncz said prior to the Algieri fight, Pacquiao had to train hard and eat all day just to get near 147.

“It’s getting harder for Manny to eat seven times a day and force himself. That takes away a lot of his focus and concentration in training.


FROM PHILSTAR

Kia mulling options on trading 2015 pick, wants big man By Nelson Beltran (philstar.com) | Updated January 9, 2015 - 2:28pm 49 795 googleplus0 0


KIA Sorentos playing coach Manny Pacquiao talks to assistant coach Glen Capacio during a timeout in one of the team's PBA games. Alder Almo/file photo Game Sunday (Smart Araneta Coliseum)

MANILA, Philippines – Kia Motors team manager Eric Pineda said they’re studying their options on their first round pick for the 2015 PBA Rookie Draft as they have received “feelers” from another team expressing intention to acquire their draft right through a trade deal.

An internet report said Talk n Text is willing to give away Jayson Castro for that Kia draft pick which could give the Tropang Texters a shot at players like Bobby Ray Parks, Kiefer Ravena or Moala Tautuaa.

“We’ve got feelers at pinagiisipan namin (We’ve got feelers and we’re thinking about it),” Pineda told The STAR.

“Sa amin, kung makakatulong why not. Pero mas maganda sana kung samahan nila ng big man (For us, if the deal would help us, why not. It would be more viable if they add a big man on what they offer),” Pineda also said.

Pineda said they would assess everything as they’re determined to improve on their 11th place finish in the Philippine Cup in the coming Commissioner’s Cup where they will be reinforced by 7-foot-3 Puerto Rican behemoth Peter John Ramos.

“All I can say is he’s ‘mamang-mama.’ Panoorin na lang nila,” said Pineda of Ramos who has arrived and now practicing with the team.

Ramos, 29, was a member of the Puerto Rico national squad that pulled the rug from under the US team bannered by NBA players, 92-73, in the preliminary round of the 2004 Athens Olympics. He played for the Washington Wizards in the NBA.

After playing over 20 players in the Philippine Cup, Pineda said they now have a core group, including free agent acquisition Mark Yee.

Boxing icon and Kia playing coach Manny Pacquiao intends to be more active on the bench and on the playing court in the coming PBA mid-season tourney.

“Magbabago lang yon (that will change only) if the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight is set,” said Pineda.


FROM INTERAKSYON.COM

Manny Pacquiao will judge Miss Universe pageant InterAksyon.com January 9, 2015 · 1:17 pm


Manny Pacquiao.

Manny Pacquiao has good reason not to trust judges. But apparently, organizers of the Miss Universe pageant believe he will make a fine one.

The boxing superstar, who told local media just last Monday that he was still mulling over the invitation, has been announced as one of the five judges who will choose the 63rd Miss Universe winner on January 25 in Doral, Florida.

Pacquiao will score the competition alongside reality television stars Kristin Cavallari and Lisa Vanderpump, actor William Levy, and fashion writer Louise Roe.

The eight-division world champion and Saranggani congressman will be the seventh Filipino to judge the pageant, after Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz and diplomat Carlos P. Romulo (1974), fashion designer Josie Natori (1989), singer Kuh Ledesma (1991), media mogul Emilio Yap (1994), and singer Lea Salonga (2011).

Before flying to Florida for the pageant, Pacquiao will be in London on January 22 for a dinner meeting with Prince Harry of Wales.

Like Pacquiao, who is a native of General Santos City and Saranggani, the Philippines’ candidate, Mary Jean Lastimosa, is from Mindanao. She was born and raised in Tulunan, North Cotabato and finished her degree in Computer Engineering at the University of Mindanao in Davao City.


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