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MANNY MUM ON POLITICS, LAWSUITS


Manny Pacquiao ponders his next move – in boxing and politics. ABAC CORDERO
 Manny Pacquiao attended to his congressional duties Tuesday, held a mini-chess tournament that lasted the night in his Forbes Park mansion and steered away from talks on the coming elections and the billion-dollar class suits filed by fans in the United States. A dozen friends, including action star Philip Salvador and former world pool champion Ronnie Alcano, ex-pro Zaldy Realubit played chess with Pacquiao until 7 a.m., according to a Team Pacquiao source. But the eight-division champ talked about basketball, politics and the injury on his right shoulder. The previous day, class action lawsuits totaling 32 were filed one after the other around the United States. Each of the complainant branded Pacquiao’s fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. as “the fraud of the century.” They want their money back. They said Pacquiao should have disclosed his injury before the fight. READ MORE...

ALSO Pacquiao asks House Speaker: Make me chairman of OFW affairs committee


Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao 
Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao met with Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Monday afternoon to ask for the chairmanship of the House committee on overseas workers affairs. The post for the 35-man panel was vacated by former Akbayan party-list Rep. Walden Bello, who resigned from his post several months ago. Pacquiao, now on his second term, is the committee’s senior vice chairman. Former Ilocos Sur Governor Luis “Chavit” Singson and Catanduanes Rep. Cesar Sarmiento accompanied Pacquiao to the closed door meeting. House sources said it was Sarmiento who arranged the meeting upon the request of Pacquiao, who is reportedly "so keen" in getting the panel chairmanship. In an interview with GMA News, Pacquiao said he wants to get the committee chairmanship so he can maximize his assistance to the overseas Filipino workers community. Emerging from the meeting, Pacquiao said the matter is now up to Speaker Belmonte. “Nasa kanyang (Belmonte) desisyon iyon. Sinabi ko naman sa kanyang interesado ako. I believe na malaki ang maitulong ko pag nandiyan ako. Makatulong sa ating mga kababayan,” he said. Should he succeed in getting the post, he will immediately convene the committee and look into the situation of OFWs in various parts of the world, Pacquiao said. He also plans to visit Mary Jane Veloso who is facing the death penalty in an Indonesian jail for drug trafficking. READ MORE...

ALSO Mayweather: Blame Pacquiao for boring fight


Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, celebrates during his welterweight title fight against Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. AP/John Locher 
Floyd Mayweather Jr. responded to disgruntled fans who found his megabuck showdown with Manny Pacquiao to be a lackluster one, saying they should put the blame on the Filipino. In a recent interview with SiriusXM’s Shade 45 Radio, the undefeated American reiterated that he put to good use his superb boxing skills to outpoint Pacquiao last May 3 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Mayweather didn’t need to be exciting in doing it, as long as he gets the win. “Everyone wants to say that the fight didn’t live up to expectations. I did what I always do,” he said. “I’m a smart, defensive wizard. I take my time, I pick my shots. And the thing is this: I’ve been around this sport a very long time, I know what I’m doing when I’m inside that squared circle. Everyone put this guy (Pacquiao) on a pedestal,” added Mayweather, who won on all three judges’ scorecards to win boxing’s richest fight ever. Mayweather curiously outpunched Pacquiao, connecting on 148 of 435 blows for a 34 percent connect rate. Pacquiao, in contrast, landed only 81 blows of the 429 he threw (18 percent), something Mayweather claimed was the result of his defensive prowess. READ MORE...

ALSO: Floyd’s uncle wants Pacquiao rematch for nephew’s legacy


Should Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao fight again? Roger Mayweather thinks they should. AP/File Photo
As far as Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s uncle and assistant trainer is concerned, the undefeated American has unfinished business with Manny Pacquiao. And the pound-for-pound king needs to deal with a healthy Pacquiao in a rematch in order to secure his legacy as one of the greatest boxers ever. Roger Mayweather is all for a rematch between his nephew and Pacquiao, whom Floyd Jr. defeated in boxing’s richest fight ever last May 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. “That’s [rematch] what they [Mayweather and Pacquiao] should do. If you’re going to give the fans a hundred percent of your performance, then you need to do that and go in the ring healthy and produce what you would have produced the first time, a good performance. That’s what boxing’s about,” Roger recently told host Jenna J of On The Ropes Boxing Radio. Floyd Jr.’s unanimous decision victory over Pacquiao has been clouded by the fact that the Filipino icon entered the bout with a shoulder injury he sustained in sparring several weeks earlier. Pacquiao has undergone successful surgery to treat the torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder and is expected to be out for nine months. He said he’d love to have another crack at Mayweather’s perfect 38-0 record next year. Roger Mayweather, for his part, thinks his nephew should give Pacquiao another chance in order to secure his legacy. “Floyd’s legacy is going to be good but he needs to close that legacy with Pacquiao. He needs to go back and him and Pacquiao need to do it again. That’s what I think. To close the door in terms of victory, that’s what he needs to do,” the older Mayweather explained. READ MORE...

ALSO: Mayweather wins $800,000 in gambling


Floyd Mayweather Jr. AP PHOTO
He’s not called “Money” for measly reasons. When Floyd Mayweather Jr. spends money, he gets his money back. During the weekend, the boxing welterweight champion earned $827,000 betting on the NBA Playoffs and the fight between middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and Willy Monroe. Mayweather posted on Instagram his wages where he bet $350,000 on a four-day period. “The last four days have been great. I’m getting paid while watching others perform and entertain me.”  Mayweather pocketed around $180 million after beating Manny Pacquiao in their May 2 mega fight. Not bad for some extra money. RC THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: Fight of century becomes fight in court as fans sue Pacquiao


PACQUIAO AT PRESS CONFERENCE  ABOUT INJURY  LAS VEGAS — Boxing fans across the country or at least their lawyers are calling the hyped-up fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. a fraud. They want their money back, and then some. Some 32 class action lawsuits had been filed through Monday alleging primarily the same thing: that Pacquiao’s pre-existing shoulder injury should have been disclosed to fans ahead of time. The lawsuits from several different states say fans may have decided not to pay $89 or $99 for the pay-per-view fight if they had known the fighter wasn’t in tip-top shape. Same goes for nightclubs and bars who say they spent thousands for the fight. Legal experts doubt the cases have a chance, saying any contractual obligation Pacquiao had was not directly with his fans or pay-per-view buyers. MORE....

ALSO: Arum shoots down Pac-Floyd rematch rumor


ARUM 
Boxing promoter Bob Arum has denied speculations that a negotiation is now ongoing for a Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather rematch. The Top Rank, Inc. executive maintained that any fight related to the Filipino superstar will have to go through him. “Unless they're negotiating with somebody else, it's not me,” said the veteran promoter in Steve Kim’s report to Boxing Scene. Arum said that the amount of potential fight revenue may have fueled speculations of a possible Pacquiao-Mayweather II. The super bout, which was dubbed as the “Fight of the Century,” garnered over 4.4 million pay-per-view buys. It is also expected to breach the $400 million mark in terms of gross revenue, assuring Mayweather of at least $200 million and Pacquiao, $100 million. “There have been no negotiations, what everybody is saying, with the incredible amount of money that they did last time that neither guy can make anywhere near the money fighting somebody else than they could fighting each other,” said Arum. READ MORE...

ALSO UN-BLOGGED: Pacquiao for Senator 2016? A closer Analysis of the Philippines’ votingTrend
[The next time you walked in your precinct to vote for your next leader, keep in mind the long term advantages and not the ‘quick fixes’. It would take one vote at at time to completely change and cure this country from the corruption that has been binding our country from our progress and prosperity.]


Boxing champ and Saranggani Representative, Manny Pacquiao, has expressed intentions to run in the senatorial race for the next elections under the party of VP Binay. Although he failed when he first run for congress, it is more likely that the odds are in his favor this time around. Seen as a living super hero by the masses, most Filipinos would drop everything they needed to do to watch and support the boxing legend on his matches. Considering the previous history of the country’s voting preferences, the support Pacquiao would obtain is going to be massive. Maybe the real question is not whether he would run for senator but if he is going to run for senator or president. A closer analysis of the Philippines’ voting trend  It is not once that our country has called the attention of the international community as having one of the most corrupt governments in the world. The blame usually goes to the citizens voting preferences. Known as the country who elects actors, children of actors and political clans, we are often labeled as ignorant voters by other countries. We would quickly point fingers, telling those who sell their votes to the corrupt and those who are below the poverty line are the ones to blame. And because of this trend, those who vote wisely find it pointless so they abstained from voting. The sad truth is, the majority always wins. A Good Leader, not a Miracle Cure How do Filipinos vote? Some sell their votes straight to the point. Other pose as “watchers” for the party list to make it less obvious. Honest citizens would think they are making clean money by posing as watchers but corrupt candidates would only pay half of their “wage” at the start of the elections and the other half would be given after it. If you were one of their “watchers” you would think you would not get paid(which is oftentimes true) if the party who hired you, lose. To make sure you would get paid, you and your family would vote for them. Sadly, the poorest of poor even sell their votes for a kilo of rice and canned goods. READ MORE...


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Manny mum on politics, lawsuits


Manny Pacquiao ponders his next move – in boxing and politics. ABAC CORDERO

MANILA, MAY 25, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Abac Cordero  - Manny Pacquiao attended to his congressional duties Tuesday, held a mini-chess tournament that lasted the night in his Forbes Park mansion and steered away from talks on the coming elections and the billion-dollar class suits filed by fans in the United States.

A dozen friends, including action star Philip Salvador and former world pool champion Ronnie Alcano, ex-pro Zaldy Realubit played chess with Pacquiao until 7 a.m., according to a Team Pacquiao source.

But the eight-division champ talked about basketball, politics and the injury on his right shoulder.

The previous day, class action lawsuits totaling 32 were filed one after the other around the United States.

Each of the complainant branded Pacquiao’s fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. as “the fraud of the century.” They want their money back.

They said Pacquiao should have disclosed his injury before the fight.

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Pacquiao did not talk about the class suits, and his adviser, Mike Koncz, briefly said that their lawyers are “working on it.”

The Filipino boxing icon was keen on discussing the performance of his team in the PBA – the Kia Carnival, which is off to a 2-1 start.

The Carnival downed champion team San Miguel in its debut game in the Governor’s Cup and then came close to toppling crowd-favorite Ginebra. Last Sunday, they stunned NLEX for a 2-1 record.

Pacquiao sat on the bench when Kia lost to Ginebra but was in crucial meeting in Congress when his team won over NLex.

He accepted the loss to Ginebra.

“Ganun talaga ang laro eh (That’s how the game goes),” said Pacquiao, adding that his absence didn’t really matter in the game against NLex.

“Okay lang basta manalo,” he said.

Kia, an expansion team in the PBA, is leaning on its 7-foot import from Senegal, Hamady N’Diaye, and an ambitious local crew.


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Pacquiao asks House Speaker: Make me chairman of OFW affairs committee By SHERRIE ANN TORRES,GMA News May 18, 2015 5:48pm


Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao

Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao met with Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Monday afternoon to ask for the chairmanship of the House committee on overseas workers affairs.

The post for the 35-man panel was vacated by former Akbayan party-list Rep. Walden Bello, who resigned from his post several months ago.

Pacquiao, now on his second term, is the committee’s senior vice chairman.

Former Ilocos Sur Governor Luis “Chavit” Singson and Catanduanes Rep. Cesar Sarmiento accompanied Pacquiao to the closed door meeting.

House sources said it was Sarmiento who arranged the meeting upon the request of Pacquiao, who is reportedly "so keen" in getting the panel chairmanship.

In an interview with GMA News, Pacquiao said he wants to get the committee chairmanship so he can maximize his assistance to the overseas Filipino workers community.

Emerging from the meeting, Pacquiao said the matter is now up to Speaker Belmonte. “Nasa kanyang (Belmonte) desisyon iyon. Sinabi ko naman sa kanyang interesado ako. I believe na malaki ang maitulong ko pag nandiyan ako. Makatulong sa ating mga kababayan,” he said.

Should he succeed in getting the post, he will immediately convene the committee and look into the situation of OFWs in various parts of the world, Pacquiao said.

He also plans to visit Mary Jane Veloso who is facing the death penalty in an Indonesian jail for drug trafficking.

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“I think makakatulong ako nang malaki pag nandiyan tayo, pag binisita ko sila doon,” Pacquiao said.

Lack of experience

However, former committtee chairman Bello belittled Pacquiao’s capability to head the committee.

Bello said aside from the boxer's poor attendance, the Saranggani lawmaker lacks experience to lead the committee.

But Pacquiao argued that he can lead the committee. “Kung experience lang ang pag-uusapan siguro, hindi naman siguro tayo behind diyan, especially pagdating sa mga OFW,” he said.

In a text message to GMA News, Bello suggested the appointment of any of the following congressmen: Congressman Wesley Gatchalian (Alay Buhay), Roy Seneres (OFW Party), Batangas Rep. Raymond Mendoza, and Luzviminda Ilagan (Gabriela).

According to Pacquiao, Belmonte said he "will consider” the Saranggani solon’s request. In a text message to GMA News, meanwhile, Belmonte said there are “many candidates for the chairmanship.”

He did not say if Pacquiao is among those being considered for the post. - JJ/JST, GMA News


PHILSTAR

Mayweather: Blame Pacquiao for boring fight By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated May 20, 2015 - 4:00pm


Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, celebrates during his welterweight title fight against Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. AP/John Locher

MANILA, Philippines – Floyd Mayweather Jr. responded to disgruntled fans who found his megabuck showdown with Manny Pacquiao to be a lackluster one, saying they should put the blame on the Filipino.

In a recent interview with SiriusXM’s Shade 45 Radio, the undefeated American reiterated that he put to good use his superb boxing skills to outpoint Pacquiao last May 3 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Mayweather didn’t need to be exciting in doing it, as long as he gets the win.

“Everyone wants to say that the fight didn’t live up to expectations. I did what I always do,” he said.

“I’m a smart, defensive wizard. I take my time, I pick my shots. And the thing is this: I’ve been around this sport a very long time, I know what I’m doing when I’m inside that squared circle. Everyone put this guy (Pacquiao) on a pedestal,” added Mayweather, who won on all three judges’ scorecards to win boxing’s richest fight ever.

Mayweather curiously outpunched Pacquiao, connecting on 148 of 435 blows for a 34 percent connect rate. Pacquiao, in contrast, landed only 81 blows of the 429 he threw (18 percent), something Mayweather claimed was the result of his defensive prowess.

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“It’s not my fault that I was able to alleviate anything that he [Pacquiao] was able to do. Whatever you best attribute is, I take it away from you — disarm you,” he explained.

It was later revealed that Pacquiao fought on despite having a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, which he sustained in sparring a few weeks before the fight. But Mayweather brushed off his foe’s injury.

Pacquiao’s revelation prompted some fans to file lawsuits against him seeking damages, claiming they felt cheated by the non-disclosure of the injury.

For Mayweather, if there’s anyone to blame for what was perceived to be a “boring” fight, it should be Pacquiao.

“If people want to be upset, be upset with the guy that couldn’t set the trap for Floyd Mayweather,” he said. “Be upset with the guy that used to throw 1,000 punches but then resorted to throwing 400 punches.”

The Las Vegas-based fighter stressed that boxing is about hitting and not getting hit – and most importantly not about standing in front of your opponent to constantly trade punches.

“The name of the game is boxing, this is not called toe-to-toe battle. It’s called boxing. I’m the best at boxing. That’s what I do,” said Mayweather, who stretched his unbeaten record to 48-0.

“Every move is calculated I take my time and go out there and do what I do best. … When we long gone and people get to talking about this fight or my career they’ll say ‘Floyd beat them all.’”


PHILSTAR

Floyd’s uncle wants Pacquiao rematch for nephew’s legacy By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated May 19, 2015 - 1:01pm


Should Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao fight again? Roger Mayweather thinks they should. AP/File Photo

MANILA, Philippines – As far as Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s uncle and assistant trainer is concerned, the undefeated American has unfinished business with Manny Pacquiao.

And the pound-for-pound king needs to deal with a healthy Pacquiao in a rematch in order to secure his legacy as one of the greatest boxers ever.

Roger Mayweather is all for a rematch between his nephew and Pacquiao, whom Floyd Jr. defeated in boxing’s richest fight ever last May 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

“That’s [rematch] what they [Mayweather and Pacquiao] should do. If you’re going to give the fans a hundred percent of your performance, then you need to do that and go in the ring healthy and produce what you would have produced the first time, a good performance. That’s what boxing’s about,” Roger recently told host Jenna J of On The Ropes Boxing Radio.

Floyd Jr.’s unanimous decision victory over Pacquiao has been clouded by the fact that the Filipino icon entered the bout with a shoulder injury he sustained in sparring several weeks earlier.

Pacquiao has undergone successful surgery to treat the torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder and is expected to be out for nine months. He said he’d love to have another crack at Mayweather’s perfect 38-0 record next year.

Roger Mayweather, for his part, thinks his nephew should give Pacquiao another chance in order to secure his legacy.

“Floyd’s legacy is going to be good but he needs to close that legacy with Pacquiao. He needs to go back and him and Pacquiao need to do it again. That’s what I think. To close the door in terms of victory, that’s what he needs to do,” the older Mayweather explained.

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Roger’s stance might not sit well with his nephew, who earlier declared that the Pacquiao fight won’t defined his legacy. Shortly after beating Pacquiao, Floyd Jr. said he’s open to a rematch with the Filipino after the latter’s shoulder heals.

But he backtracked a few days after, calling Pacquiao a “sore loser" and a “coward” for apparently using the shoulder injury as an excuse for losing.

While he believes his nephew’s legacy is intact, Roger Mayweather insists another win over an injury-free Pacquiao is needed.

“That [another win] would put him [Floyd Jr.] amongst the greatest fighters, but Floyd had a good, long legacy anyways. He will be amongst some of the greatest fighters but he’s got to close the thing with Pacquiao before he ever does that, because that’s one of the known guys that people respect and I think that’s the guy that he’s gonna have to beat or have to show something with,” he added.

As expected, the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout shattered the pay-per-view record, selling 4.4 million PPV units and raking in at least $400 million in revenue. But the fight didn’t live to the hype in terms of action, with some disgruntled fans resorting to filing a class-action suit against Pacquiao seeking damages for failing to disclose his shoulder injury.

This, according to Roger Mayweather, is another reason why both superstars should do it again.

“I think that the people didn’t see the performance they should have seen. Since they didn’t get the performance that they should have seen, I think that Floyd and Pacquiao should do it again and close out what they have in a performance of what the people should have seen. That’s what I think,” he said.


INQUIRER

Mayweather wins $800,000 in gambling Bong Lozada @BLozadaINQ INQUIRER.net 4:59 PM | Wednesday, May 20th, 2015


Floyd Mayweather Jr. AP PHOTO

He’s not called “Money” for measly reasons.

When Floyd Mayweather Jr. spends money, he gets his money back.

During the weekend, the boxing welterweight champion earned $827,000 betting on the NBA Playoffs and the fight between middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and Willy Monroe.

Mayweather posted on Instagram his wages where he bet $350,000 on a four-day period.

“The last four days have been great. I’m getting paid while watching others perform and entertain me.”

Mayweather pocketed around $180 million after beating Manny Pacquiao in their May 2 mega fight.

Not bad for some extra money. RC


INQUIRER

Fight of century becomes fight in court as fans sue Pacquiao Associated Press 2:43 PM | Tuesday, May 19th, 2015


PACQUIAO

LAS VEGAS — Boxing fans across the country or at least their lawyers are calling the hyped-up fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. a fraud. They want their money back, and then some.

Some 32 class action lawsuits had been filed through Monday alleging primarily the same thing: that Pacquiao’s pre-existing shoulder injury should have been disclosed to fans ahead of time. The lawsuits from several different states say fans may have decided not to pay $89 or $99 for the pay-per-view fight if they had known the fighter wasn’t in tip-top shape.

Same goes for nightclubs and bars who say they spent thousands for the fight.

Legal experts doubt the cases have a chance, saying any contractual obligation Pacquiao had was not directly with his fans or pay-per-view buyers.

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Lawsuits pile up over Pacquiao injury Agence France-Presse 9:45 AM | Thursday, May 7th, 2015

LOS ANGELES, United States – Call it the fallout of the century.

More disgruntled fight fans are going to court with their complaints, suing Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao and others for failing to disclose a shoulder injury prior to his “Fight of the Century” against Floyd Mayweather.

A class-action suit filed in US District Court in Illinois not only names Pacquiao and promoters Top Rank but also telecasters HBO and Showtime, who combined to produce the pay-per-view fight program that was sold in the United States for about $100.

The suit also names Mayweather, Mayweather Promotions and cable television providers AT&T, COMCAST and DirecTV, and accuses the defendants of deceptive practices in marketing and advertising the bout.

“Defendants, individually and collectively, deceptively and fraudulently promoted, produced and sold the fight as one between two healthy fighters… expressly misrepresenting the health of Manny Pacquiao to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, all in an effort to maximize and collect pay-per-view revenue,” the lawsuit claims.

At least five such class-action suits have been filed across the United States, seeking millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of those who bought tickets, forked out pay per view fees or bet on Saturday’s fight in Las Vegas, which Mayweather won easily on points.

Pacquiao revealed afterwards that he had been held back by the shoulder complaint.

It did not take long for the lawsuits to come flooding in.

‘Dud of the century’

Two men in Nevada sued on Tuesday, saying the promotion violated the state’s Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

In a similar suit filed in California, plaintiff Howard B. Sirota cites former heavyweight world Champion Mike Tyson as calling the long-anticipated bout the “Dud of the Century.”

Some of the lawsuits point to the pre-fight medical questionnaire signed by Pacquiao for Nevada boxing authorities in which he checked “no” to the question, “Have you had any injury to your shoulders, elbows or hands that needed evaluation or examination?”

Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz, named as a defendant in some of the lawsuits, has said he inadvertently ticked the wrong box.

Daniel Petrocelli, an attorney for Pacquiao and Top Rank, told The Los Angeles Times that he was confident the Nevada lawsuit would be dismissed.

“It claims Pacquiao was injured (immediately) before the bout and that’s not true — he was injured (nearly a month) before the bout, was examined by doctors and cleared to fight,” Petrocelli said. “And he was examined by the commission right before he fought.”

ESPN reported Monday that Pacquiao’s camp expect the fighter to undergo surgery for a “significant” rotator cuff tear.

They say they disclosed the injury suffered in training camp when they cleared the use of anti-inflammatory drugs with the US Anti-Doping Agency and that Pacquiao had improved enough to be cleared by doctors to fight.

Mayweather earned an emphatic, unanimous 12-round decision over Pacquiao in the feverishly anticipated bout that will go down as the richest in boxing history — and by critics as one of the most overhyped.

Mayweather walked out of the MGM Grand Garden Arena with a check for $100 million — just the first installment of a payday that could reach $200 million when all the pay-per-view sales, ticket sales, closed circuit TV viewings and other revenue is totted up and shared out.

Pacquiao is expected to receive more than $100 million.


ABS-CBN

Arum shoots down Pac-Floyd rematch rumor ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 05/22/2015 9:08 PM | Updated as of 05/22/2015 9:17 PM


ARUM

MANILA – Boxing promoter Bob Arum has denied speculations that a negotiation is now ongoing for a Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather rematch.

The Top Rank, Inc. executive maintained that any fight related to the Filipino superstar will have to go through him.

“Unless they're negotiating with somebody else, it's not me,” said the veteran promoter in Steve Kim’s report to Boxing Scene.

Arum said that the amount of potential fight revenue may have fueled speculations of a possible Pacquiao-Mayweather II.

The super bout, which was dubbed as the “Fight of the Century,” garnered over 4.4 million pay-per-view buys. It is also expected to breach the $400 million mark in terms of gross revenue, assuring Mayweather of at least $200 million and Pacquiao, $100 million.

“There have been no negotiations, what everybody is saying, with the incredible amount of money that they did last time that neither guy can make anywhere near the money fighting somebody else than they could fighting each other,” said Arum.

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The fight failed to live up to the hype as Mayweather chose to engage Pacquiao in a tactical match, a strategy that bored many fans.

Arum, however, believes a rematch can still generate a lot of money despite the underwhelming outcome of the May 2 bout.

“Nobody is saying they're going to do the money they did last time,” he said.

But the promoter stressed they will have to prioritize Pacquiao’s health before even entertaining any talk of a possible rematch.

The Filipino boxer underwent a medical procedure for his torn rotator cuff, which he blamed for his loss against Mayweather.

“Why discuss it until we know that the guy can fight again?” Arum earlier told Fight Hype.

“I don't wanna be an alarmist, the doctor's sure that he can and everything but you know it's not a minor operation.”


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Pacquiao for Senator 2016? A closer Analysis of the Philippines’ votingTrend

Boxing champ and Saranggani Representative, Manny Pacquiao, has expressed intentions to run in the senatorial race for the next elections under the party of VP Binay.

Although he failed when he first run for congress, it is more likely that the odds are in his favor this time around. Seen as a living super hero by the masses, most Filipinos would drop everything they needed to do to watch and support the boxing legend on his matches.

Considering the previous history of the country’s voting preferences, the support Pacquiao would obtain is going to be massive. Maybe the real question is not whether he would run for senator but if he is going to run for senator or president.

A closer analysis of the Philippines’ voting trend

It is not once that our country has called the attention of the international community as having one of the most corrupt governments in the world.

The blame usually goes to the citizens voting preferences. Known as the country who elects actors, children of actors and political clans, we are often labeled as ignorant voters by other countries.

We would quickly point fingers, telling those who sell their votes to the corrupt and those who are below the poverty line are the ones to blame. And because of this trend, those who vote wisely find it pointless so they abstained from voting.

The sad truth is, the majority always wins.

"A Good Leader, not a Miracle Cure"

How do Filipinos vote?

Some sell their votes straight to the point. Other pose as “watchers” for the party list to make it less obvious. Honest citizens would think they are making clean money by posing as watchers but corrupt candidates would only pay half of their “wage” at the start of the elections and the other half would be given after it. If you were one of their “watchers” you would think you would not get paid(which is oftentimes true) if the party who hired you, lose.

To make sure you would get paid, you and your family would vote for them. Sadly, the poorest of poor even sell their votes for a kilo of rice and canned goods.

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The younger generation, on the other hand, would likely to base their votes on which candidate has the most catchy campaign jingle. Others on who their favorite celebrities have endorsed. Another superficial reason would be who is the most good looking candidate.

The “well-educated” would base their choice on who went to the best university or who came from a prominent family. Sometimes, character is baseless and education is the only thing that matters.

In a much larger scale, a politician running for elections is like a product being sold to people. TV commercials, billboard ads and publicity stunts are necessities to make it to success. He should have a campaign jingle which would stick well to the voters mind. His TV ads should be all over different TV stations. His campaign tunes should be heard twenty four hours a day by all the people all over the Philippines.

It doesn’t matter if he lacked experience, nor if he is well-educated. It would not matter if he was qualified. What matters is who hired the best campaign manager, public relations or publicist. Like a product, no matter how good it is, it would be ignored by buyers if not well promoted.

Philippines- a patient with Terminal Cancer

It was our national hero, Jose Rizal, first thought of our society as having “cancer”. If you look around, the corruptness, crime and poverty all over the country do seemed like a cancer spreading and killing us. Healthy cells are the citizens who are honest and do their functions well to our society while the cancer cells on the other hand are the ones doing harm to our body and infecting other healthy cells to corruptness.

Ever since our liberty from Spaniards, Japanese, Americans and our own martial law government, our country still has not recovered from this illness. Like the disease itself we have the option to resolve to chemotherapy. It is like a militaristic style of government that would “purify” and “eliminate” crooked politicians. However, just like the effects of chemotherapy, it would also “kill” the healthy cells.

We already know how Filipinos love democracy so a militaristic approach or a chemotherapy treatment would likely kill the whole country.

What, then could be the best treatment?

Some cancer patients try to go on a very strict diet to ‘starve’ the cancer cells to death and in turn making the healthy cells stronger. Although this is still an anomalous cure, we could use the same logic to treat our country’s cancer.

Starve the corrupt politicians by not advocating them and in turn, encourage those who really care for the country to get into the right public offices.

The Right Concept: We are hiring, not buying!

Most Filipinos have the mindset that once we elect an official, it is for keeps. No one could really make a change so we just base our decision on who would benefit us individually, thus the selling of the votes.

However, most voters are not ignorant; they are just uninformed. They should be given educated choices by laying out to them how a candidate is qualified and what are his intentions and plans for the countries. TV ads showcasing catchy tunes and celebrity endorsements should be banned. The campaign period should be all about job interviews.

Unless, we would be successful in eliminating vote buyers and election cheaters, this country would never recover from its near fatal end.

A Good Leader, not a Miracle Cure

If someone promised a quick salvation, do not buy it. Our country is too deep in a hole to miraculously recover overnight. We set our expectations too high but the thing is, we need to choose wisely and then be patient.

A good president would not be able to cure the whole country in six years but a he or she could be a positive leader inspiring change and encouraging honesty and accountability.

The next time you walked in your precinct to vote for your next leader, keep in mind the long term advantages and not the ‘quick fixes’.

It would take one vote at at time to completely change and cure this country from the corruption that has been binding our country from our progress and prosperity.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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