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PACQUIAO-KHAN FIGHT NEXT YEAR A POSSIBILITY - ARUM


Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan. File photos
- After missing out on a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr., former two-time world champion Amir Khan could get the big bout he badly wants against a different opponent in Manny Pacquiao. The potential fight could happen next year somewhere in the Middle East, as per the Filipino boxing icon’s promoter Bob Arum. “This kid Amir Khan keeps shooting his mouth off about Manny Pacquiao. I can arrange for Khan to fight Pacquiao,” Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter, told The Telegraph.
“Amir Khan has been begging Mayweather for a fight and now he can get a major fight. I’m not a hard guy to deal with. I’m not going to mess them around,” said Arum. Arum also took a swipe at Mayweather for choosing Andre Berto as is next opponent on Sept. 12 in what the pound-for-pound king has insisted to be his farewell fight.
“That’s a farce. Mayweather should have fought Khan next. It would have been an interesting fight.” READ MORE...

ALSO: Manny’s miraculous recovery


by Joaquin Henson
Manny Pacquiao, the only fighter in history to win eight world titles in different divisions, raised his right arm upward and showed no discomfort in appearing to have fully recovered from a torn rotator cuff suffered during his fight against Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas last May.
“No problem,” said Pacquiao displaying full vertical extension on his arm during a break at the 2019 FIBA World Cup bidding event in Tokyo last Friday. “I’m fine. It’s God’s work. I never saw a doctor. I never did rehab. All I did was to swim in the sea as often as I could. The salt water healed my wound.” Pacquiao’s business manager Eric Pineda, who was also in Tokyo, called it a miraculous recovery. “Manny has strong faith,” he said. “God did it. And all that swimming in the sea helped. Now, there’s talk of his comeback fight.” Pineda wouldn’t divulge what’s in the oven but a news report came out yesterday quoting Top Rank promoter Bob Arum conjuring visions of a Pacquiao bout against UK Olympic silver medalist Amir Khan in Dubai or Las Vegas. Arum is supposedly meeting with Khan’s team in London this weekend to discuss the possibility of a match in March next year. Arum said Khan should’ve been given a crack at fighting Mayweather on Sept. 12 and said it’s a “farce” that The Best Ever is facing shop-worn, easy-to-hit Andre Berto. Khan has been bypassed as an opponent at least twice by Mayweather who seems to think the Englishman of Pakistan descent is a risky proposition. Arum said if Mayweather isn’t inclined to give Khan a chance, Pacquiao is. READ MORE...

ALSO: Khan wants fight with Pacquiao


Briton Amir Khan will fight Manny Pacquiao anywhere the Filipino superstar wants.And Khan believes the fight will happen, just like promoter Bob Arum.“Yes, I think the fight can happen,” Khan told Sports Tonight show on Dubai Eye 103.8. “If it makes sense financially for both of us, then I think the fight will definitely take place.”
Arum said he will meet with Khan’s representatives to try to forge a deal.If ever, however, the duel between the former stablemates is held outside the United States, Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates can stage it, according to Arum.“I think it makes sense for both of us to take it,” added Khan, who was snubbed by Floyd Mayweather Jr. in favor of Andre Berto for the undefeated American’s “final fight” on Sept. 12. “Manny Pacquiao and I used to train together and we had the same trainer, Freddie Roach, so we know a lot about each other.”Khan added: “Fighting-style wise, Manny wasn’t at his best against a defensive Mayweather, but with me I’m a totally different fighter. We both like to fight, move and both have tremendous hand speed.” Roy Luarca THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Pacquiao wants to fight Floyd
[Manny Pacquiao Pacquiao, who lost a lopsided decision to Mayweather last May 2 in Las Vegas, says he will focus on his job as a politician in 2016 and aim for a rematch.]


Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao wants another chance at Floyd Mayweather and the Filipino star assures everyone he will put on a much better performance if given the opportunity. “I’ll show a better performance against him than in the first encounter,” said Pacquiao in an interview with fightnews in Tokyo where the fighting congressman joined hands with Filipino sports VIPs in bidding to win the rights for the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Manny Pacquiao Pacquiao, who lost a lopsided decision to Mayweather last May 2 in Las Vegas, says he will focus on his job as a politician in 2016 and aim for a rematch. Pacquiao, 36, injured his right rotator cuff during the Mayweather loss and had it operated on a few days later. Mike Koncz, the Canadian adviser of Pacquiao, believes the best time for his boss to return to the ring will be February or March of next year. Mayweather is slated to face Andre Berto on Sept. 12 in Las Vegas in an attempt to run his unblemished record to 49-0. There are rumors circulating that the Berto clash won’t actually be Mayweather’s final fight as he is being groomed to headline the opening event for the inauguration of the soon-to-be-completed $350-million MGM-AEG Arena, a 20,000-capacity venue that is due for completion in April, 2016. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Knowing more about Manny


A young boy on Leyte Island in the Philippines with a pair of boxing gloves that an American soldier had given him. PINTEREST  
Just when you think you know nearly everything about Manny Pacquiao from hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, TV bios and even movies, you find out there’s more to learn in a story written by the daughter of a dear friend.
Makati Medical Center medical director Dr. Benjie Alimurung was in Tokyo for the 2019 FIBA World Cup bidding event last week and during a lull in the proceedings, I saw him ask Pacquiao to autograph a framed copy of a L.A. Weekly magazine with the fighter on the cover. It was the March 12-18, 2010, issue of the publication and Dr. Alimurung’s daughter Gendy, a UCLA graduate, wrote the cover story “The Fight of His Life.”  “She put much research and interest into the Pacquiao article,” said Dr. Alimurung. “She went to (Freddie) Roach’s L. A. gym many times to get a good feel of the team and individuals.” Could I get a copy of the story? Dr. Alimurung said he would send it when we got back to Manila. A few days later, I had it in my hands. The story is one of the best I’ve read about Pacquiao. It’s five years old but still a good, relevant, well-written read. Here are some gems from Gendy: • Pacquiao was 11 years old when he took a liking to boxing, inspired by James “Buster” Douglas’ upset knockout win over Mike Tyson in 1990. “The underdog can win, he learned. He punched a rubber flip-flop tied around the trunk of palm tree. He imagined himself a champion.”  • When he left General Santos City to find fame and fortune in Manila at the age of 14, Pacquiao did odds jobs before training in the gym in the afternoon. “He welded steel at a factory then used his weekly pay to buy flowers which he would sell on the streets for twice the price. At 16, he turned pro, a gangly 106 pounds. He fought like a mad dog, wild and out of control.”  READ MORE...

ALSO Five stars opted out of smart Gilas: MVP sad but says thanks


MANNY PANGILINAN -Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny V. Pangilinan expressed sadness yesterday on the decisions of several players opting out of the national training pool for the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship on Sept. 23-Oct. 3 in Changsha, China.
“Sad day for Phil basketball. But thank you to the team which helped the national cause. Laban Pilipinas. Puso,” said Pangilinan on his Twitter account @iamMVP. Pangilinan bared his feelings as another Gilas veteran Marc Pingris formally begged off from joining the team that will vie for an Olympic berth in the coming Asian meet. Pingris finally showed up in the Gilas practice at the Meralco Gym yesterday afternoon to inform coach Tab Baldwin of his decision. “Mahal ko yung Gilas, kaso may mga bagay na ‘di natin control (I love the national team but there are things that are out of my control),” a teary-eyed Pingris told sportswriters. “It’s a tragedy. Ping has great passion for the country; that’s clear to me. But he won’t be in the team,” rued Baldwin. READ MORE...

ALSO: Gilas to size up Asian foes in Jones Cup


Gilas coach Tad Baldwin
Gilas Pilipinas will get to size up three Asian rivals, including FIBA Asia title holder Iran, in the 2015 William Jones Cup basketball tournament in Taipei on Aug. 29-Sept. 6. Team Phl will also be able to test its mettle against Japan and Chinese Taipei in the nine-team event also featuring club teams from Korea, Russia, New Zealand and the United States. Gilas Pilipinas makes a return appearance in the Jones Cup after a two-year absence, using the invitational meet as one of its three warm-up tourneys for the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship slated Sept. 23-Oct. 3 in Changsha, China. The Filipinos failed to defend their Jones Cup crown in 2013 when tournament organizers cancelled their invite to Team Phl due to the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman in disputed waters near Batanes. In 2014, Gilas Pilipinas turned down an invitation for a Jones Cup return, with coach Chot Reyes opting to bring the national team to Europe in preparation for the World Cup in Spain. But the Filipinos and the Taiwanese have since improved their strained relationship. READ MORE...


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Pacquiao-Khan fight next year a possibility, says Arum


Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan. File photos

MANILA, AUGUST 17, 2015 (INQUIRER) By: Mark Giongco @MGiongcoINQ  August 11th, 2015 - After missing out on a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr., former two-time world champion Amir Khan could get the big bout he badly wants against a different opponent in Manny Pacquiao.

The potential fight could happen next year somewhere in the Middle East, as per the Filipino boxing icon’s promoter Bob Arum.

“This kid Amir Khan keeps shooting his mouth off about Manny Pacquiao. I can arrange for Khan to fight Pacquiao,” Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter, told The Telegraph.

“Amir Khan has been begging Mayweather for a fight and now he can get a major fight. I’m not a hard guy to deal with. I’m not going to mess them around,” said Arum.

Arum also took a swipe at Mayweather for choosing Andre Berto as is next opponent on Sept. 12 in what the pound-for-pound king has insisted to be his farewell fight.

“That’s a farce. Mayweather should have fought Khan next. It would have been an interesting fight.”

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Arum cleared that a Pacquiao-Khan duel won’t happen anytime this year with the eight-division champion still recovering after undergoing surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff last May.

“Manny’s not going to fight this year,” he said. “He’ll fight early next year and probably in the Middle East. Vegas is a possibility, but more likely in the Middle East. It won’t be in Dubai but it will be in the Middle East. If not, we’ll do it in Vegas.”

Arum believes Pacquiao will beat the 28-year-old Khan, who scored a unanimous decision over Chris Algieri last May 29 in New York.

“It’s a good fight. Manny beats him, though, in my opinion. Manny is getting up in age, so you never know what’s going to happen. But I think he hits too hard for Khan.”

Pacquiao and Khan go a long way. Khan was a former sparring partner of Pacquiao and used to be under the same trainer in Freddie Roach before the British boxer had a falling out with the Hall-of-Fame coach.

“We’re not dangling (an offer for Khan like Mayweather did). I want to go in and make a deal with the guy. I’m happy to have lunch with them and discuss the situation.”


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Manny’s miraculous recovery SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 12, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


by Joaquin Henson

Manny Pacquiao, the only fighter in history to win eight world titles in different divisions, raised his right arm upward and showed no discomfort in appearing to have fully recovered from a torn rotator cuff suffered during his fight against Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas last May.

“No problem,” said Pacquiao displaying full vertical extension on his arm during a break at the 2019 FIBA World Cup bidding event in Tokyo last Friday. “I’m fine. It’s God’s work. I never saw a doctor. I never did rehab. All I did was to swim in the sea as often as I could. The salt water healed my wound.”

Pacquiao’s business manager Eric Pineda, who was also in Tokyo, called it a miraculous recovery. “Manny has strong faith,” he said. “God did it. And all that swimming in the sea helped. Now, there’s talk of his comeback fight.”

Pineda wouldn’t divulge what’s in the oven but a news report came out yesterday quoting Top Rank promoter Bob Arum conjuring visions of a Pacquiao bout against UK Olympic silver medalist Amir Khan in Dubai or Las Vegas. Arum is supposedly meeting with Khan’s team in London this weekend to discuss the possibility of a match in March next year.

Arum said Khan should’ve been given a crack at fighting Mayweather on Sept. 12 and said it’s a “farce” that The Best Ever is facing shop-worn, easy-to-hit Andre Berto. Khan has been bypassed as an opponent at least twice by Mayweather who seems to think the Englishman of Pakistan descent is a risky proposition. Arum said if Mayweather isn’t inclined to give Khan a chance, Pacquiao is.

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Khan, 28, has a 31-3 record, with 19 KOs, compared to Pacquiao’s 57-6-2, with 38 KOs. Pacquiao will be 37 if and when they meet next year. Khan has won his last five outings while Pacquiao is 3-3 in his last six. Khan’s last five victims were Carlos Molina, Julio Diaz, Luis Collazo, Devon Alexander and Chris Algieri. Only Molina didn’t go the distance with Khan. As for Pacquiao, his last three victims were Brandon Rios, Timothy Bradley and Algieri. His last three tormentors were Bradley, Juan Manuel Marquez and Mayweather.

Arum welcomed a Pacquiao-Khan battle and said it will be a test for both fighters. He picked Pacquiao to win because Khan wouldn’t be able to withstand the power of his punches. Khan has been stopped twice, by Breidis Prescott in the first round and Danny Garcia in the fourth. He lost a split decision to Lamont Peterson. Khan was decked by Willie Limond and Diaz before winning in two close calls. Since Khan has taken a lot of trips to the canvas, the consensus is he won’t last long with Pacquiao.

Arum said another fight he’s arranging is WBA superbantamweight champion Scott Quigg against Nonito Donaire, Jr. That could be staged in Dubai or somewhere in England before the year ends. Donaire has no preference as to where to face Quigg. His goal is to become a world champion again and Quigg is his ticket to achieving that aim.

A possibility is for Pacquiao to fight Khan in Manila but that would depend on sponsors putting up the money to make it happen. Arum will evaluate the money involved in staging Pacquiao’s comeback fight in Manila, Dubai and Las Vegas before making a recommendation.

Pacquiao readily agreed to join the Philippine delegation in Tokyo. The two other Congressman who made the trip were Rep. Robbie Puno of Antipolo and Rep. Rey Umali of Oriental Mindoro. The other elected government officials in the delegation were Sen. Sonny Angara and Mayor Monico Puentevella of Bacolod.

“It’s not easy to convince Manny to take a trip,” said Pineda. “There has to be a cause involved, something he’s supporting. He wanted to show his support for the Philippine bid to host the World Cup.” Pacquiao went to Tokyo with wife Jinkee and a party of 10.

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At the sidelines of the bidding event, Pacquiao and retired NBA player Yao Ming were mobbed by media. They obliged the press by answering questions of any variety. In a press conference, Pacquiao said the Philippine bid was anchored on the Filipinos’ passion for the game.

“More than 100 million Filipinos will be supporting the World Cup if ever we host it,” he said. “The impact will be major. As a boxer, I love basketball. Our objective is to be able to show the world not only our passion for the game but also our ability to host a major sporting event.” The Philippines, however, lost to China in the bidding by a vote of 14-7 from the FIBA Central Board.

While Pacquiao was focused on backing the Philippine bid, it didn’t stop media from bombarding him with questions about boxing. Someone asked if he thought Berto has a chance of beating Mayweather. Pacquiao nodded, saying, “yes, he has a chance.” He didn’t elaborate. Another asked if he’d like to face Mayweather in a rematch. Once again, Pacquiao nodded, saying, “yes,” nothing else. Clearly, he didn’t want to take attention away from the Philippine bid. It was why Pacquiao was in Tokyo after all.

Regarding Pacquiao’s arm, Arum was quoted as remarking that the recovery is unbelievable. Apparently, Pacquiao has sent images of extending his arm to Arum who in turn showed them to doctors. Arum said the doctors were amazed at the recovery. Pacquiao just never ceases to amaze.


INQUIRER

Khan wants fight with Pacquiao @inquirerdotnet 01:59 AM August 14th, 2015

Briton Amir Khan will fight Manny Pacquiao anywhere the Filipino superstar wants.
And Khan believes the fight will happen, just like promoter Bob Arum.
“Yes, I think the fight can happen,” Khan told Sports Tonight show on Dubai Eye 103.8. “If it makes sense financially for both of us, then I think the fight will definitely take place.”

Arum said he will meet with Khan’s representatives to try to forge a deal.
If ever, however, the duel between the former stablemates is held outside the United States, Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates can stage it, according to Arum.
“I think it makes sense for both of us to take it,” added Khan, who was snubbed by Floyd Mayweather Jr. in favor of Andre Berto for the undefeated American’s “final fight” on Sept. 12. “Manny Pacquiao and I used to train together and we had the same trainer, Freddie Roach, so we know a lot about each other.”
Khan added: “Fighting-style wise, Manny wasn’t at his best against a defensive Mayweather, but with me I’m a totally different fighter. We both like to fight, move and both have tremendous hand speed.”
Roy Luarca


MANILA BULLETIN

Pacquiao wants to fight Floyd by Nick Giongco August 8, 2015


Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao wants another chance at Floyd Mayweather and the Filipino star assures everyone he will put on a much better performance if given the opportunity.

“I’ll show a better performance against him than in the first encounter,” said Pacquiao in an interview with fightnews in Tokyo where the fighting congressman joined hands with Filipino sports VIPs in bidding to win the rights for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Manny Pacquiao Pacquiao, who lost a lopsided decision to Mayweather last May 2 in Las Vegas, says he will focus on his job as a politician in 2016 and aim for a rematch.

Pacquiao, 36, injured his right rotator cuff during the Mayweather loss and had it operated on a few days later.

Mike Koncz, the Canadian adviser of Pacquiao, believes the best time for his boss to return to the ring will be February or March of next year.

Mayweather is slated to face Andre Berto on Sept. 12 in Las Vegas in an attempt to run his unblemished record to 49-0.

There are rumors circulating that the Berto clash won’t actually be Mayweather’s final fight as he is being groomed to headline the opening event for the inauguration of the soon-to-be-completed $350-million MGM-AEG Arena, a 20,000-capacity venue that is due for completion in April, 2016.


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Knowing more about Manny SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson (Associated Press) | Updated August 16, 2015 - 12:00am 1 0 googleplus0


A young boy on Leyte Island in the Philippines with a pair of boxing gloves that an American soldier had given him. PINTEREST

Just when you think you know nearly everything about Manny Pacquiao from hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, TV bios and even movies, you find out there’s more to learn in a story written by the daughter of a dear friend.

Makati Medical Center medical director Dr. Benjie Alimurung was in Tokyo for the 2019 FIBA World Cup bidding event last week and during a lull in the proceedings, I saw him ask Pacquiao to autograph a framed copy of a L.A. Weekly magazine with the fighter on the cover.

It was the March 12-18, 2010, issue of the publication and Dr. Alimurung’s daughter Gendy, a UCLA graduate, wrote the cover story “The Fight of His Life.”

“She put much research and interest into the Pacquiao article,” said Dr. Alimurung. “She went to (Freddie) Roach’s L. A. gym many times to get a good feel of the team and individuals.”

Could I get a copy of the story? Dr. Alimurung said he would send it when we got back to Manila. A few days later, I had it in my hands. The story is one of the best I’ve read about Pacquiao. It’s five years old but still a good, relevant, well-written read.


Manny Pacquiao pictured as a teenager in a boxing gym in Manila before he became a global superstar FROM THE DAILY MAIL UK

Here are some gems from Gendy:

• Pacquiao was 11 years old when he took a liking to boxing, inspired by James “Buster” Douglas’ upset knockout win over Mike Tyson in 1990. “The underdog can win, he learned. He punched a rubber flip-flop tied around the trunk of palm tree. He imagined himself a champion.”

• When he left General Santos City to find fame and fortune in Manila at the age of 14, Pacquiao did odds jobs before training in the gym in the afternoon. “He welded steel at a factory then used his weekly pay to buy flowers which he would sell on the streets for twice the price. At 16, he turned pro, a gangly 106 pounds. He fought like a mad dog, wild and out of control.”

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• In his early days in Los Angeles, Pacquiao had an entourage of one, Buboy Fernandez. “(They) pound the pavement for half an hour every day, from their rented apartment on Sunset Boulevard and Van Ness Avenue, under the 101 freeway, to the gym at Santa Monica and Vine. They can’t afford a car. Eventually, Pacquiao befriends a Filipino taxicab driver who shuttles them around town for free.”

• In 2001, Pacquiao went to the US in search of a trainer, moving from gym to gym because everyone turned him down for being too small until he discovered Roach. “There is no money in the lower weight divisions. Boxing is obsessed with giants like Tyson and Evander Holyfield, heavyweights who lumber around the ring like ogres.

Pacquiao climbs the stairs to the scruffy Wild Card, his second-to-last stop before heading home in defeat. He works one round of mitts with Roach who has always believed the little guys make better fighters. Roach once fought as a little guy, too, long before the Parkinson’s set in, before the Botox injections to the neck, before the daily pills and discussions of brain surgery. ‘Usually, it takes time to get to know somebody because timing is a little bit different, a little awkward,’ the coach recalls. ‘But me and him, it was like we’d been doing it our whole lives.’ In that instant, Roach found his ideal student, Pacquiao, his ‘master of boxing.’”


Pacquiao pictured as a 17-year-old in the LM Gym in Manila when mega-fights, like the one against Floyd Mayweather, were just a dream DAILY MAIL UK FACEBOOK

• Gendy recounted how Pacquiao won his first fight in the US, stopping Lehlo Ledwaba to wrest the IBF superbantamweight crown in 2001. “Pacquiao stepped in on two weeks notice as a last-minute replacement against Ledwaba. By round three, Ledwaba’s gloves were slippery with his own blood, his white shorts stained pink. Elated, Pacquiao brought home the title. One by one, the greats dropped to their knees before him. Pacquiao left Erik Morales sitting dumbfounded against the ropes like he’d had a very bad day at the office. He used David Diaz’ head as target practice. Oscar de la Hoya, he dismantled. Left him perched on a stool, humiliated, stunned, a deer caught in headlights.”

• Gendy said Pacquiao does 1,400 crunches, takes in 7,000 calories and burns more than 5,000 calories a day during training. “Pacquiao wakes up at the crack of dawn, then runs four miles in Griffith Park, all of them uphill. The only creature who can keep up with Pacquiao, who can match his boundless energy, is Pacman, the pet Jack Russell terrier with whom he shares a name.”

• Gendy knocked in some golden quotes from Roach: “My gym has become a tourist attraction. I don’t want (Manny) performing for (the visitors). I want him to perform for me. Boxing is 95 percent mental. Sure, everybody gets in shape. We’re all the same. We get in condition. It’s who can pull it off. Who’s the smart one.”

• Near the Wild Card Gym, Pacquiao patronizes Nat’s Thai Restaurant. Gendy spoke with restaurant owner Tasanee Sridakun. “He changed my life,” said Sridakun. “If I don’t have Manny Pacquiao, I don’t know what happen to me. Maybe, I live on the street. He like a Jesus.” Gendy said the restaurant earns enough in two months of Pacquiao’s training camp to pay a year’s rent as he spends $700 a day to feed his team. “Pacquiao has been eating there since the beginning. His entourage grew so big, people now have to eat standing up or in the kitchen or scrunched beside the cash register.”

• Gendy had her moments with Pacquiao. “When he fights, it is said that violence and crime plummet in the Philippines. Killers stop killing. Thieves take a break from stealing. A nation stops to watch. It pulls together, despite itself. ‘If that’s true, I’d fight everyday,’ says the boxer. When he was poor, no one was ever as generous to him as he is with people now. ‘Because I never asked,’ he says. ‘I worked.’”

Gendy was with L. A. Weekly for eight years from 2006 to 2014. A multi-awarded journalist, she is now a free lance writer and according to her proud father, is writing a novel.

By Joaquin Henson
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Five stars out of smart Gilas: MVP sad but says thanks By Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 16, 2015 - 12:00am 1 0 googleplus0 0


Manny V. Pangilinan

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny V. Pangilinan expressed sadness yesterday on the decisions of several players opting out of the national training pool for the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship on Sept. 23-Oct. 3 in Changsha, China.

“Sad day for Phil basketball. But thank you to the team which helped the national cause. Laban Pilipinas. Puso,” said Pangilinan on his Twitter account @iamMVP.

Pangilinan bared his feelings as another Gilas veteran Marc Pingris formally begged off from joining the team that will vie for an Olympic berth in the coming Asian meet.

Pingris finally showed up in the Gilas practice at the Meralco Gym yesterday afternoon to inform coach Tab Baldwin of his decision.

“Mahal ko yung Gilas, kaso may mga bagay na ‘di natin control (I love the national team but there are things that are out of my control),” a teary-eyed Pingris told sportswriters.

“It’s a tragedy. Ping has great passion for the country; that’s clear to me. But he won’t be in the team,” rued Baldwin.

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The current pool has no representative from the powerhouse ball clubs of San Miguel Corp. in San Miguel Beer, Barangay Ginebra and Star.

During his recent vacation in France, Pingris had said he’s making himself available to the national pool upon his return to the country.

But then came his agent Ed Ponceja telling sportswriters that the 6-foot-4 forward is opting out of the national pool so he could concentrate with his PBA mother ball club now under a new coach in Jason Webb.

LA Tenorio had begged off earlier while Junemar Fajardo is out due to a foot injury.

Pingris, Tenorio and Fajardo were all key members of Gilas Pilipinas that punched a ticket to the FIBA World Championship in Spain last year.

Now also out of the Phl team to the world joust are Rain or Shine’s Jeff Chan and Paul Lee.


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Gilas to size up Asian foes in Jones Cup By Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 16, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Gilas coach Tad Baldwin

Gilas Pilipinas will get to size up three Asian rivals, including FIBA Asia title holder Iran, in the 2015 William Jones Cup basketball tournament in Taipei on Aug. 29-Sept. 6.

Team Phl will also be able to test its mettle against Japan and Chinese Taipei in the nine-team event also featuring club teams from Korea, Russia, New Zealand and the United States.

Gilas Pilipinas makes a return appearance in the Jones Cup after a two-year absence, using the invitational meet as one of its three warm-up tourneys for the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship slated Sept. 23-Oct. 3 in Changsha, China.

The Filipinos failed to defend their Jones Cup crown in 2013 when tournament organizers cancelled their invite to Team Phl due to the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman in disputed waters near Batanes.

In 2014, Gilas Pilipinas turned down an invitation for a Jones Cup return, with coach Chot Reyes opting to bring the national team to Europe in preparation for the World Cup in Spain.

But the Filipinos and the Taiwanese have since improved their strained relationship.

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The two teams figure in two interesting showdowns in their respective buildups for the Asian championship that doubles as regional qualifier for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. They square off Aug. 30 in the Jones Cup then meet in a rematch during the MVP Cup set Sept. 11-13 in Manila.

Gilas’ complete Jones Cup schedule will have the Nationals taking on South Korea on Aug. 31, Spartak-Primorye of Russia on Sept. 1, Japan on Sept. 2, Iran on Sept. 3, the Wellington Saints of New Zealand on Sept. 4, a US team on Sept. 5 and Chinese Taipei-B on Sept. 6.

The games against the Japanese and the Iranians are Gilas’ most exciting Jones Cup assignments, considering they’re in the same bracket in the preliminary round of the FIBA Asia Championship.

Gilas is with Palestine, Kuwait and Hong Kong in Group B while Iran and Japan are in Group A with India and Malaysia. The top three from each group will later be pooled together in Group E.

Iran still features old familiar star players Hamed Haddadi, Samad Nikkhah Bahrami, Mehdi Kamrani, Hamed Afagh and Oshin Sahakian but under new coach Dirk Bauermann from Germany.

Winner of three of the last four FIBA Asia Championships, the Iranian squad includes young players Mohammad Jamshidi, Sajjad Mashayekhi, Arsalan Kazemi, Arman Zanganeh and Bahnam Yakhchali.

Also an interesting tiff for the Filipinos is the one against the Taiwanese.

Chinese Taipei created a big stir in Manila in 2013 with its upset of Gilas Pilipinas during the prelims and its reversal of China in the quarterfinals.

The Taiwanese have improved a lot since their acquisition of naturalized player Quincy Davis. Among Chinese Taipei’s homegrown stars are Liu Cheng, Tsung-Hsien Chang, Tai-Hao Wu and Lu Cheng-ju.

In the last Jones Cup, South Korea, Chinese Taipei-A, the United States and Egypt finished with identical 5-2 win-loss records after the one-round-robin tourney. South Korea emerged champion upon the application of the quotient tiebreak system.


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