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PACQUIAO SHOULD HAVE KEPT QUIET ABOUT SHOULDER INJURY, SAYS FORMER CHAMP ROY JONES


Former four-division champion and HBO boxing analyst Roy Jones has nothing but utter respect for Manny Pacquiao for fighting through his shoulder injury to face Floyd Mayweather inside the ring earlier this month.
That being said, the future Hall of Famer also believes it was wrong for the Filipino ring icon to blame the injury as the reason for losing the fight. "The mistake he probably made is admitting to the public that was the reason that he lost. If you went in with your shoulder like that, you should have been confident to win with your shoulder like that. That's the big problem. You should have never said a word about it, because if you went in there you should have went in to win like that," Jones told boxingscene.com  "Now if you lose you just keep it moving. But if you lose and say 'it was my shoulder,' then people are going to turn around and say 'why did you make me pay for this if your shoulder is messed up.' That's what made it hard for him."  READ MORE...

ALSO: 'Pacquiao was the draw, not Floyd'


Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini Retired boxer Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini believes that people came to see Manny Pacquiao and not Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their much-publicized super fight early this month. Mancini, who ruled the lightweight division in the early '80s, acknowledged that Mayweather is a special fighter with superb defensive skills. But this is also the reason, why Mayweather isn’t such a big draw in boxing, he said. “For me, I’m not paying to see him. He’s got special skills and he’s a special fighter but I’m not paying to see him. On free TV, fine. If not, no. Pacquiao was the draw, everyone knows that,” the former WBA lightweight champion said in an interview with On The Ropes Boxing. But what about Mayweather’s pay-per-view records? Mancini explained that the undefeated American gets big pay-per-view numbers because he partners himself with the more exciting boxing stars. “Usually he keeps bragging that he has the top pay-per-view fights, this fight, the [Oscar] De La Hoya fight and the Canelo (Saul Alvarez) fight. But look who were the stars, Pacquiao, De La Hoya and Canelo,” he said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Should Pacquiao retire? His adviser thinks so


File photo of Manny Pacquiao after his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Sunday, May 3, 2015 in Las Vegas. AP Photo/John Locher 
If it is up to Manny Pacquiao's adviser Michael Koncz, it's time for the Filipino icon to hang up his gloves. "To be honest with you, I already recommended that he retire," Koncz told Snow Badua of Spin.ph. Koncz said that Pacquiao suffering a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder while preparing for his recent fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a sign that the boxer should call it quits. "When you start to have injuries especially at this magnitude, that's an indication to me that the body is starting to wear down," he added. Pacquiao lost to Mayweather last May 3 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, afterwards revealing that he fought with an injured right shoulder which he sustained in training weeks before the bout. Having fought professionally for 20 years, Pacquiao has accomplished a lot in the sport, including winning an unprecedented eight world titles in as many divisions. Many boxing observers believe he has nothing left to prove. Count Koncz among those joining the call for Pacquiao to retire. READ MORE...

ALSO: Mayweather-Pacquiao fight damaged the sport – Hatton


Floyd Mayweather is shown watching Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Atlanta Hawks with a female companion in Atlanta on Wednesday. (AFP)
Former British world champion Ricky Hatton – who was knocked out by Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2007 and Manny Pacquiao two years later – says that the bout between the two last May 2 in Las Vegas did not showcase the fight game properly. “It was damaging for the sport,” Hatton said in an interview with the BBC. “I can’t imagine there is anyone out there saying they loved it. Considering they’re two all-time greats, the money they walked away with, what the fans had to pay, it was all a bit of a letdown. “Then when Manny blamed his defeat on a shoulder injury, it soured it even further. “Boxing has UFC (The Ultimate Fighting Championship) breathing heavily down its neck and it was the first boxing match that had crossed over into the mainstream for a long time, so we needed it to be exceptional. READ MORE...

ALSO: ‘Healthy Pacquiao would have won’


Even if Manny Pacquiao was hampered by a right shoulder injury when he fought Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2, Freddie Roach insists the fight could have gone either way. The seven-time trainer of the year even believes Pacquiao would have stopped Mayweather if he did not suffer a tear on his rotator cuff in the fourth round.
Basically fighting with one good arm onwards, Pacquiao was unable to unleash his usual volume of punches and dropped a unanimous decision. This led Roach into wishful thinking of a rematch and a different outcome. “I don’t hear anything about anyone making a rematch with Mayweather right now, but with two good hands, I think Manny would have knocked him out,” Roach told Herron of Fight Saga during the WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto’s media workout in Los Angeles for his title defense against Daniel Geale at Barclays Center in New York. READ MORE...

ALSO: Arum eyes a Pacquiao fight in November if he recovers fast from shoulder injury


MANNY PACQUIAO 
There is a “slim chance” that Manny Pacquiao might capped his boxing year with a fight in late November. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said yesterday that could very well be possible assuming Pacquiao, recovers fast from a right shoulder operation to repair a torn rotator cuff he sustained against Floyd Mayweather last May 2 in Las Vegas. “I am not a doctor but some people recover fast and rehab faster than others,” said the 83-year-old Arum from Los Angeles. Arum would certainly be pleased if Pacquiao’s doctors report that the 36-year-old Filipino is recovering well and fast. Initially, when Pacquiao came out of the operating room in Los Angeles on May 6, doctors ruled him out of action for the rest of the year and that the earliest possible date for his much-awaited ring return will be in April 2016. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao opposes Sarangani's inclusion in Bangsamoro territory


PACQUIAO IN CONGRESS
Boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao opposed the possible inclusion of his district in the Bangsamoro region in the future because of the opt-in provision included in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). Pacquiao said he is in favor of the passage of a law that will ensure lasting peace and order in Mindanao. However, he said it is not necessary for Sarangani to be included in the areas which could be included in the Bangsamoro territory. “[T]here is no need to include Sarangani in the proposed Bangsamoro region because there is already relative peace and order in the province,” he said in a statement. “[T]he inclusion of Sarangani and other parts of Mindanao may cause instability and further complicate our search for inclusive lasting peace,” Pacquiao added. The revised provision in the approved committee report states that a plebiscite for inclusion in the Bangsamoro area may be held in any local government unit or geographic area outside the jurisdiction of the Bangsamoro. However, the area must be contiguous to any of the component units of the Bangsamoro and within the area of autonomy identified in the 1976 Tripoli agreement signed by the government with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). READ MORE...

ALSO: James Yap leads Star past Pacquiao's Kia as Hotshots snap four-game losing skid


The Star Hotshots ended a four-game losing streak behind the stellar play of superstar James Yap as they defeated Kia, 89-80, on Saturday in an out-of-town contest in Angeles City, Pampanga. Yap scored 23 points, including four three-pointers, to lead the Hotshots. He scored 16 of those in a red-hot first half before putting the finishing touches on the game with two clutch triples in the final minute. Import Marqus Blakely shrugged off some foul trouble to also finish with 23 points as well as makings some big defensive plays in the fourth. Star improved to 2-4 for the PBA Governors’ Cup while Kia dropped to 3-2. READ MORE...


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Pacquiao should have kept quiet about shoulder injury, says Roy Jones

MANILA, JUNE 1, 2015 (GMA NEWS) By JM SIASAT May 26, 2015 10:09pm - Former four-division champion and HBO boxing analyst Roy Jones has nothing but utter respect for Manny Pacquiao for fighting through his shoulder injury to face Floyd Mayweather inside the ring earlier this month.

That being said, the future Hall of Famer also believes it was wrong for the Filipino ring icon to blame the injury as the reason for losing the fight.

"The mistake he probably made is admitting to the public that was the reason that he lost. If you went in with your shoulder like that, you should have been confident to win with your shoulder like that. That's the big problem. You should have never said a word about it, because if you went in there you should have went in to win like that," Jones told boxingscene.com.

"Now if you lose you just keep it moving. But if you lose and say 'it was my shoulder,' then people are going to turn around and say 'why did you make me pay for this if your shoulder is messed up.' That's what made it hard for him."

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Having began his career in 1989, the 46-year-old Jones knows firsthand the ins and outs of the boxing business. He thinks that if Pacquiao had pulled out of the contest against Mayweather, the tables might have turned and accusations of dodging may have been pointed to Pacquiao instead.

"Manny did have an injury and it's hard to criticize him, because if he pulls out of the fight then they are going to say 'oh now you're scared'," said Jones.

"It's been five years [of waiting] and he don't want to give the fight away, and plus who is going to turn down $150 million dollars. How many of us would have said 'my shoulder' [and pulled out]." -- JST, GMA News


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'Pacquiao was the draw, not Floyd' ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 05/26/2015 4:17 PM


Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini

Retired boxer Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini believes that people came to see Manny Pacquiao and not Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their much-publicized super fight early this month.

Mancini, who ruled the lightweight division in the early '80s, acknowledged that Mayweather is a special fighter with superb defensive skills. But this is also the reason, why Mayweather isn’t such a big draw in boxing, he said.

“For me, I’m not paying to see him. He’s got special skills and he’s a special fighter but I’m not paying to see him. On free TV, fine. If not, no. Pacquiao was the draw, everyone knows that,” the former WBA lightweight champion said in an interview with On The Ropes Boxing.

But what about Mayweather’s pay-per-view records?

Mancini explained that the undefeated American gets big pay-per-view numbers because he partners himself with the more exciting boxing stars.

“Usually he keeps bragging that he has the top pay-per-view fights, this fight, the [Oscar] De La Hoya fight and the Canelo (Saul Alvarez) fight. But look who were the stars, Pacquiao, De La Hoya and Canelo,” he said.

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Mayweather defeated Pacquiao via a unanimous decision during their much promoted “Fight of the Century” earlier this month. It raked in at least 4.4 million pay-per-view buys at $100 each.

But the super bout failed to live up to the hype, especially after the American spent most of the time hitting and running rather than engaging the Filipino superstar.

Mancini accused Mayweather of not caring about the paying public.

“I always said that athletes in general and fighters in particular have an obligation to the paying public to give them the best fight possible. He doesn’t care about that and he hasn’t cared about that,” said Mancini.

“He’s a modern-day Houdini, he doesn’t take a lick of a chance, he takes your money and he gets away with it. He doesn’t take a lick of a chance and he gets away with it.”


PHILSTAR

Should Pacquiao retire? His adviser thinks so Updated Wednesday May 27, 2015 - 2:28pm


File photo of Manny Pacquiao after his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Sunday, May 3, 2015 in Las Vegas. AP Photo/John Locher

MANILA, Philippines - If it is up to Manny Pacquiao's adviser Michael Koncz, it's time for the Filipino icon to hang up his gloves.

"To be honest with you, I already recommended that he retire," Koncz told Snow Badua of Spin.ph.

Koncz said that Pacquiao suffering a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder while preparing for his recent fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a sign that the boxer should call it quits.

"When you start to have injuries especially at this magnitude, that's an indication to me that the body is starting to wear down," he added.

Pacquiao lost to Mayweather last May 3 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, afterwards revealing that he fought with an injured right shoulder which he sustained in training weeks before the bout.

Having fought professionally for 20 years, Pacquiao has accomplished a lot in the sport, including winning an unprecedented eight world titles in as many divisions. Many boxing observers believe he has nothing left to prove.

Count Koncz among those joining the call for Pacquiao to retire.

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"Does Manny still have the speed and skills? Yeah. But his injuries are starting to come. But we haven't really sat down and talked about that. But I mentioned it: 'Maybe it's time to retire.' But we'll wait and see," Pacquiao's adviser continued.

Pacquiao's contract with Top Rank runs through 2016, and the General Santos City-based southpaw is expected to fight again once his shoulder heals. He underwent surgery and will rehabilitate for six to nine months.

Showtime Sports executive vice president and general manager Stephen Espinoza recently said they are open to a rematch between Mayweather and Pacquiao, whose first fight ended up being the richest and most watched in history.

But Koncz countered that Pacquiao's recovery is the priority.


MANILA BULLETIN

Mayweather-Pacquiao fight damaged the sport – Hatton by Reuters May 22, 2015


Floyd Mayweather is shown watching Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Atlanta Hawks with a female companion in Atlanta on Wednesday. (AFP)

Former British world champion Ricky Hatton – who was knocked out by Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2007 and Manny Pacquiao two years later – says that the bout between the two last May 2 in Las Vegas did not showcase the fight game properly.

“It was damaging for the sport,” Hatton said in an interview with the BBC.

“I can’t imagine there is anyone out there saying they loved it. Considering they’re two all-time greats, the money they walked away with, what the fans had to pay, it was all a bit of a letdown.

“Then when Manny blamed his defeat on a shoulder injury, it soured it even further.

“Boxing has UFC (The Ultimate Fighting Championship) breathing heavily down its neck and it was the first boxing match that had crossed over into the mainstream for a long time, so we needed it to be exceptional.

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“But there were more negatives than positives.

“If you’d got up at 5 a.m. to watch it in the UK and you hadn’t seen a fight in years, you might not bother watching boxing again.”

Hatton added: “Mayweather is not bothered about pleasing the crowd, he’s bothered about doing what he does and getting paid. He doesn’t have you on the edge of your seat, let’s put it that way.

“As a boxer, I sit there and watch his ability and think: ‘Wow, look at his movement, that’s unbelievable.’

“But a non-boxing person will probably be sitting there thinking: ‘I’ve paid all this money, what the hell am I watching?!’”


INQUIRER

ROACH: ‘Healthy Pacquiao would have won’ Philippine Daily Inquirer 2:25 AM | Friday, May 29th, 2015

Even if Manny Pacquiao was hampered by a right shoulder injury when he fought Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2, Freddie Roach insists the fight could have gone either way.

The seven-time trainer of the year even believes Pacquiao would have stopped Mayweather if he did not suffer a tear on his rotator cuff in the fourth round.

Basically fighting with one good arm onwards, Pacquiao was unable to unleash his usual volume of punches and dropped a unanimous decision.

This led Roach into wishful thinking of a rematch and a different outcome.

“I don’t hear anything about anyone making a rematch with Mayweather right now, but with two good hands, I think Manny would have knocked him out,” Roach told Herron of Fight Saga during the WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto’s media workout in Los Angeles for his title defense against Daniel Geale at Barclays Center in New York.

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Though Pacquiao injured his right arm three weeks before the Mayweather fight, Roach said Pacquiao was throwing the right hook well, minutes before the bout.

Unfortunately, Pacquiao did re-injure his shoulder in the fourth round, making it difficult for him to corner and apply full pressure on Mayweather.

Pacquiao told Roach about the injury, but even then, the Hall of Famer didn’t know the extent of the damage. Mayweather earned the three judges’ nod Roach said most of the fans in the arena told him “we got robbed.” Roy Luarca


MANILA BULLETIN

Arum eyes a Pacquiao fight in November if he recovers fast from shoulder injury by Nick Giongco May 27, 2015


MANNY PACQUIAO

There is a “slim chance” that Manny Pacquiao might capped his boxing year with a fight in late November.

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said yesterday that could very well be possible assuming Pacquiao, recovers fast from a right shoulder operation to repair a torn rotator cuff he sustained against Floyd Mayweather last May 2 in Las Vegas.

“I am not a doctor but some people recover fast and rehab faster than others,” said the 83-year-old Arum from Los Angeles.

Arum would certainly be pleased if Pacquiao’s doctors report that the 36-year-old Filipino is recovering well and fast.

Initially, when Pacquiao came out of the operating room in Los Angeles on May 6, doctors ruled him out of action for the rest of the year and that the earliest possible date for his much-awaited ring return will be in April 2016.

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Before reinjuring his right shoulder, there were already talks circulating that Pacquiao would face Mayweather in a rematch assuming that he won the May 2 match at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Since it was Mayweather who won on a unanimous decision, talks of a second meeting fizzled out although it is beginning to gain ground anew after it was confirmed that Pacquiao indeed fought with an injured arm.

However, it is not possible that Pacquiao could return by Sept. 12, the day Mayweather said he would fight one last time against a foe yet to be named.


GMA NEWS ONLINE

Pacquiao opposes Sarangani's inclusion in Bangsamoro territory By XIANNE ARCANGEL,GMA News May 26, 2015 4:24pm


PACQUIAO IN CONGRESS

Boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao opposed the possible inclusion of his district in the Bangsamoro region in the future because of the opt-in provision included in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

Pacquiao said he is in favor of the passage of a law that will ensure lasting peace and order in Mindanao. However, he said it is not necessary for Sarangani to be included in the areas which could be included in the Bangsamoro territory.

“[T]here is no need to include Sarangani in the proposed Bangsamoro region because there is already relative peace and order in the province,” he said in a statement.

“[T]he inclusion of Sarangani and other parts of Mindanao may cause instability and further complicate our search for inclusive lasting peace,” Pacquiao added.

The revised provision in the approved committee report states that a plebiscite for inclusion in the Bangsamoro area may be held in any local government unit or geographic area outside the jurisdiction of the Bangsamoro.

However, the area must be contiguous to any of the component units of the Bangsamoro and within the area of autonomy identified in the 1976 Tripoli agreement signed by the government with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).

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The petition for inclusion shall be effective when approved by a majority of votes cast in the plebiscite of the political units directly affected. Petitions for inclusion will only be entertained on the fifth and 10th year following the enactment of the BBL.

More areas to be affected?

The 1976 Tripoli Agreement lists the areas of autonomy in Mindanao as the following: Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Lanao del Norte, and Maguindanao— which now comprise the ARMM— and eight other provinces outside the core territory.

These are Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Lanao del Sur, Davao del Sur, South Cotabato, Palawan, and all cities and villages located in those provinces.

But according to Yacap party-list Rep. Carol Jayne Lopez, the areas that will be affected by the opt-in clause would also include Zamboanga Sibugay, which was carved out of Zamboanga del Norte, and Sarangani, which was created from South Cotabato.

Panel chair Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez originally wanted to remove the opt in provision because he agreed with some of his colleagues’ comment that it constitutes “creeping territorial expansion.” Even the Peace Council tasked by Malacañang to review to Bangsamoro bill had recommended its removal.

That clause, however, found its way to the latest version of the working draft on the BBL following Rodriguez’s consultation with committee vice chairpersons starting May 14.

Pacquiao had voted for the approval of the Bangsamoro bill’s preamble when he attended the first day of the section-by-section voting on the measure last May 18. However, he only stayed for 45 minutes, not long enough to cast his vote on other provisions.

He was also absent during the final voting on the measure on May 20. - JJ, GMA News


INTERAKSYON.COM

James Yap leads Star past Pacquiao's Kia as Hotshots snap four-game losing skid InterAksyon.com · Saturday, May 30, 2015 · 7:19 pm Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

The Star Hotshots ended a four-game losing streak behind the stellar play of superstar James Yap as they defeated Kia, 89-80, on Saturday in an out-of-town contest in Angeles City, Pampanga.

Yap scored 23 points, including four three-pointers, to lead the Hotshots. He scored 16 of those in a red-hot first half before putting the finishing touches on the game with two clutch triples in the final minute.

Import Marqus Blakely shrugged off some foul trouble to also finish with 23 points as well as makings some big defensive plays in the fourth.

Star improved to 2-4 for the PBA Governors’ Cup while Kia dropped to 3-2.

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The Carnival trailed by just five points, 79-74, with just three minutes remaining before Blakely, after a split from the free throw line, stole the ball and went all the way to the other end for a layup, 82-74.

LA Revilla hit a three-pointer but Yap came up big for Hotshots, responding with a triple on the other end. Blakely then swatted another long range attempt from Revilla and Yap buried another three to make it, 88-77, with just 22 seconds remaining in the game.

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Basketball and Manny Pacquiao WIKIPEDIA


KIA SORENTO

Pacquiao became an honorary member of the Boston Celtics.

The honorary membership was bestowed on him in a brief ceremony and he was presented with a replica of a green and white Celtics jersey bearing his name and number 1. As a measure of gratitude, on March 10, 2010, Pacquiao delivered each Celtic player a red autographed boxing glove, which was in their locker before their game with the Memphis Grizzlies.

On April 17, 2014, Pacquiao announced his intentions to join the Philippine Basketball Association as the playing coach of Kia Motors Basketball team, an incoming expansion team for the PBA's 2014–15 season Though he can be the head coach of the incoming team, the league's commissioner, Atty. Chito Salud, clarified that all incoming players should join the PBA draft.

Pacquiao plays basketball as cross-training to keep himself in shape. He previously played in the semi-professional basketball league, Liga Pilipinas, for the MP-Gensan Warriors, a team that he also owns. He made his debut in the Smart-Liga Pilipinas Conference II in January 16, 2009.

After the decision, he was criticized by others specifically online by netizens, saying that Pacquiao could not handle boxing together with basketball.

Pacquiao said that even before he started boxing, he was also criticized that he can not be a world champion, but Pacquiao proved them wrong, it served as a challenge for him and he dared his critics to wait until they see him step on to the court. 'It will serve as a challenge for me, they do not know what they are saying, before i have also experienced this before i started boxing, but i proved them wrong.', Pacquiao said.

On July 9, 2014, he submitted his application for the upcoming rookie draft to the commissioner's office. His camp also hopes that the board of governors "respect" his request to be not drafted until Kia's turn.

He got picked 11th overall in the first round of the 2014 PBA draft by the Kia basketball team, being the oldest rookie to be drafted in the Philippine Basketball Association.[169]

Pacquiao also owns a team in the PBA Developmental League (PBA D-League), the MP Hotel Warriors, which debuted in the league's 2014-2015 season.

After his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr., he said he will be focusing in basketball until his recovery from rotator cuff.

He came back from coaching against Barangay Ginebra but they lost on his tournament debut by the San Miguel.

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Political career and his Manny Pacquiao


Manny Pacquiao in Siliman; Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Sarangani's Lone District

Incumbent Assumed office June 30, 2010

Preceded by Erwin L. Chiongbian

Personal details

Born Emmanuel "Manny" Dapidran Pacquiao December 17, 1978 (age 36) Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines

Nationality Filipino

Political party People's Champ Movement (2010–present) United Nationalist Alliance (2012–present)

Other political affiliations PDP-LABAN (2012–2014) Liberal Party (2007, 2010–2012) Nacionalista Party (2009–2010) Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino (2007–2008)

Spouse(s) Maria Geraldine "Jinkee" Jamora

Relations Dionesia Dapidran-Pacquiao (mother) Liza Silvestre-Onding (sister) Domingo Silvestre (brother) Isidra Pacquiao-Paglinawan (sister) Alberto "Bobby" Pacquiao (brother) Rogelio Pacquiao (brother)

Children 2 sons and 2 daughters

Residence Kiamba, Sarangani

Alma mater Notre Dame of Dadiangas University

Occupation Congressman

Profession Professional Boxer, actor, businessman, singer

Religion Evangelical Protestantism; previously Roman Catholicism

Website www.congress.gov.ph

2007 election

On February 12, 2007, Pacquiao officially announced that he would be running for a seat in the Philippine House of Representatives in the May 2007 legislative election, aiming to represent the 1st District of South Cotabato province.

He would run as the candidate of the Liberal Party faction under Manila mayor Lito Atienza that had affiliated with the government of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Pacquiao, who has himself been known to be supportive of the Arroyo government, said that he was persuaded to run by local officials of General Santos City, who hoped he would act as a bridge between their interests and the national government.

But after the Philippine Supreme Court declared null and void all nominations of the Liberal Party faction under Atienza, Pacquiao ran under the Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino (KAMPI), a pro-Arroyo political party. Pacquiao was defeated in the election by incumbent Rep. Darlene Antonino-Custodio of the Nationalist People's Coalition, who said, "More than anything, I think, people weren't prepared to lose him as their boxing icon."

2010 election

On November 21, 2009, Pacquiao confirmed that he would run again for the congressional seat, but this time in Sarangani province, the hometown of his wife Jinkee.

He originally planned to run for congress under his own party, the People's Champ Movement, but has since joined the Nacionalista Party headed by Manny Villar.

Villar said arrangements were made to accommodate Pacquiao’s People’s Champ Movement in a coalition with the Nacionalista Party for the May 2010 elections in Sarangani.

On May 13, 2010, Pacquiao was officially proclaimed congressman of the lone district of Sarangani.

He scored a landslide victory over the wealthy and politically well-entrenched Chiongbian clan that had been in power in the province for more than thirty years.

Pacquiao got 120,052 votes while his opponent for the seat, Roy Chiongbian, got 60,899 votes.

On June 28, 2010, Pacquiao took his oath of office as congressman before Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio in the Provincial Capitol of Sarangani in Municipality of Alabel.

He announced that he will transfer to President-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III's Liberal Party from Nacionalista Party as he wants to ensure the entry of more projects to his province.[177]

2013 election

Pacquiao later moved to the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) led by Vice-President Jejomar Binay.

He took his oath on April 16, 2012 in front of PDP-LABAN President and Senator Aquilino Pimentel III and Secretary-General Joey de Venecia in preparation for the upcoming 2013 elections.

In congressional elections in 2013 he ran unopposed for his second term as congressman.

Additionally, his wife, Jinkee, was also elected as Vice-Governor of Sarangani, while his younger brother, Rogelio was defeated by incumbent Rep. Pedro Acharon of Team PNoy in second district race in South Cotabato which includes General Santos City.


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