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PBA COMMISSIONER CHITO NERVASA: PACQUIAO NOT REALLY A BASKETBALL PLAYER, HE IS A BOXER


NOVEMBER 23 -PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa: 'Pacquiao not really a basketball player, he's a boxer' “Marketing-wise there’s no question, it’s brilliant, whoever thought of that is brilliant," says PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa of Manny Pacquiao's stint as Mahindra playing coach. "He draws crowds and it’s tremendous, but in terms of basketball excellence you know he’s not really a basketball player he’s a boxer.” Jerome Ascano
PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa tried to explain Mahindra playing coach Manny Pacquiao's absence from a press conference ahead of the league's overseas games over the weekend. He ended up giving a frank assessment of Pacquiao the basketball player. Asked about Pacquiao's absence from the press conference for the Mahindra-Alaska game to the Dubai-based media on Friday, Narvasa, quoted by Gulf News, said the Mahindra playing-coach is a 'personality in himself' and therefore is tied down by numerous engagements. “You have to understand that Mr. Pacquiao is a personality in himself, he has many engagements, and first of all he is not a basketball player, he is a boxer,” said Narvasa of Pacquiao as quoted by Gulf News. “Apparently his interest in basketball led him to the PBA and whatever time he has given, he has managed very well with the PBA, so I think that recognition should also be given to him."  Narvasa explained that Pacquiao was 'feeling under the weather' and asider from that wears many hats being also a lawmaker. But at the same time, the new league chief expressed hope that the global icon will soon realize what he should be focusing on soon. “Again his many responsibilities, not only as a sports icon but also a lawmaker prevent him going full-time into one activity, and the PBA understands the situation, but hopefully, eventually, he will be able to find out what he should be concentrating on very soon,” he said. Narvasa also gave a frank assessment when asked about Pacquiao's foray into basketball. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao scores first field goal in the PBA


FLASHBACK OCTOBER 25 -Manny Pacquiao scores his first field goal in the PBA against Rain or Shine's Chris Tiu. PBA Images
The long wait is over for Manny Pacquiao.
After going 0-of-6 in his rookie season, the Filipino boxing icon finally scored his first field goal as a professional basketball player in Mahindra Enforcers' first game of the 41st season of the PBA. Pacquiao was serenaded by cheers from a good Sunday crowd upon his entry at the onset of the second quarter and he did not disappoint when he hit a baseline jumper against Rain or Shine's Chris Tiu. The crowd and Mahindra bench went delirious when he hit the lefty jumper. Pacquiao's first official basket in the pro league came at the 9:59 mark of the second quarter. He only played four games last season and just registered one point off a split at the line. With his boxing career momentarily stopped by a shoulder injury in his last fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Pacquiao vowed to be more visible at the Mahindra bench. But him suiting up for the game came as a surprise as he was put on the reserve list on the official lineups released during the league's press launch. However, on Friday, Mahindra requested the PBA Commissioner's Office to re-activate Pacquiao in time for their season opener. And it was all worth it for Pacquiao with that jumper that put him on the history book of the league.

ALSO: Joe Lipa suspended by PBA for ignoring Narvasa summon over coach's defense of Pacquiao


NOVEMBER 19 -Joe Lipa suspended by PBA for ignoring Narvasa summon over coach's defense of Pacquiao Former national coach Joe Lipa has been suspended from Mahindra games for failing to honor a summon by PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa. Snow Badua PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa has suspended Mahindra team consultant Joe Lipa for failing to honor a mandatory summon over statements the coaching legend gave to Spin.ph defending playing-coach Manny Pacquiao from 'degrading' remarks made by the league chief.
The former national coach was given a letter dated November 13 ordering him to appear before Narvasa after he came to Pacquiao's defense over statements the commissioner gave to Dubai-based newspaper Gulf News about the Mahindra playing-coach's basketball ability which Lipa termed as 'degrading' and 'uncalled for.' In a second letter dated November 17, Narvasa, who took over as commissioner from Chito Salud at the start of the season, reminded Lipa that a 'non-waivable summon' requires mandatory appearance and failure to do so is 'a serious affront on the authority of the commissioner.' Consequently, Narvasa barred Lipa from the league games, meaning he is prohibited from being at the venue before, during and after Mahindra matches, until such time that he 'shows up at the (PBA) office and explain why you failed to honor the summon.' Sought for comment by Spin.ph, Lipa said he found the wording of the Narvasa letter 'accusatory' and 'condescending.' “I was offended by his first letter. Masyadong strongly worded. It appears that he is demanding me to come to his office ... there are better ways to draft a summon,” said Lipa, who led an all-amateur Philippine team to a bronze medal in the 1986 Asian Games in Seoul, and University of the Philippines to its only UAAP championship in 1986. “Talagang he was demanding me to come to his office and the letter was accusatory. He summoned me dahil sa mga sinabi ko sa inyo tungkol kay Manny Pacquiao,” he said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Narvasa comes under fire for 'uncalled-for comments' on Pacquiao basketball skills


NOVEMBER 9 -Narvasa comes under fire for 'uncalled-for comments' on Pacquiao basketball skills Manny Pacquiao's foray into the PBA as Mahindra playing-coach has been put on the spotlight by comments from league commissioner Chito Narvasa. Jerome Ascano
COMMISSIONER Chito Narvasa's frank assessment of Manny Pacquiao's basketball skills, his role as Mahindra playing-coach and his impact on the league has drawn angry reactions from people close to the global sports icon who felt the PBA chief's comments were uncalled for. Mahindra team consultant Joe Lipa was shocked to read about Narvasa's comments made prior to the PBA games in Dubai and carried by the Gulf News, saying the commissioner overstepped his bounds and put a member of the league family in a bad light. The former national coach pointed out that the job of playing-coach was offered to Pacquiao by one of the PBA's member ballclubs and approved by the league. “That’s something very shocking to come from a commissioner. One, (Pacquiao's appointment as Mahindra playing-coach )is a corporate decision and I am sure that there are valid reasons for them to get Manny Pacquiao,” said Lipa, shaking his head. Explaining Pacquiao's absence from a pre-game press conference in Dubai, Narvasa pointed out that the eight-division world champion wears many hats but expressed hope that "he will be able to find out what he should be concentrating on very soon." Touching on Pacquiao's foray into the PBA, Narvasa said, “Marketing-wise there’s no question, it’s brilliant, whoever thought of that is brilliant, he draws crowds and it’s tremendous, but in terms of basketball excellence, you know, he’s not really a basketball player, he’s a boxer.” Lipa, a former commissioner of the UAAP, said matters raised by Narvasa are for Pacquiao and Mahindra to decide on - and not by anyone else. “Manny is an ultimate athlete. And besides, he should not question the priorities of Manny Pacquiao,” he said. “It (Pacquiao’s schedule) is for Manny to decide. He knows his schedule, he knows what he will do. “An athlete is an athlete and I am sure Manny could say a thing or two about the attitude of an athlete. Basketball coaching could be X and O’s, but coaching is not only limited to X and O's, there are a lot to consider like your physical, leadership and motivational ability,” he said. Lipa said Narvasa should focus on improving the games and not meddle in the decisions of the teams. READ MORE...

ALSO Roach: Pacquiao will KO Mayweather but he must look good, show his shoulder is 100% in April fight


NOVEMBER 22 -On the eve of Miguel Cotto vs Canelo Alvarez in Las Vegas, trainer Freddie Roach faced questions on the possible rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Anywhere he goes, the celebrated trainer is asked about his opinion. Roach believes that the rematch will take place between two of boxing’s biggest stars. When will it happen? As soon as the money is on the table. “I don’t see Floyd – and Manny – leaving all that money on the table,” Roach told the Los Angeles Times before the middleweight clash between Cotto and Alvarez today. Roach trained Cotto for the fight. The American ring mentor said Pacquiao’s next fight, set April 9 in Las Vegas against an opponent they have yet to name, will be very important. “Manny needs to fight, win, come out healthy and show the world his shoulder is a hundred percent. If he does, I think we can get Mayweather,” said Roach. Pacquiao is in no rush to choose his next opponent from among Terence Crawford, Tim Bradley and Amir Khan. The Filipino superstar, who’s turning 37 on Dec. 17, is wrapping up a long vacation with his wife and friends – from Dubai to Athens to Israel. READ MORE...


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PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa: 'Pacquiao not really a basketball player, he's a boxer'


PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa: 'Pacquiao not really a basketball player, he's a boxer' “Marketing-wise there’s no question, it’s brilliant, whoever thought of that is brilliant," says PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa of Manny Pacquiao's stint as Mahindra playing coach. "He draws crowds and it’s tremendous, but in terms of basketball excellence you know he’s not really a basketball player he’s a boxer.” Jerome Ascano

MANILA, NOVEMBER 23, 2015 (SPIN.COM) From: Spin.ph staffNovember 8, 2015 - PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa tried to explain Mahindra playing coach Manny Pacquiao's absence from a press conference ahead of the league's overseas games over the weekend.

He ended up giving a frank assessment of Pacquiao the basketball player.

Asked about Pacquiao's absence from the press conference for the Mahindra-Alaska game to the Dubai-based media on Friday, Narvasa, quoted by Gulf News, said the Mahindra playing-coach is a 'personality in himself' and therefore is tied down by numerous engagements.

“You have to understand that Mr. Pacquiao is a personality in himself, he has many engagements, and first of all he is not a basketball player, he is a boxer,” said Narvasa of Pacquiao as quoted by Gulf News.

“Apparently his interest in basketball led him to the PBA and whatever time he has given, he has managed very well with the PBA, so I think that recognition should also be given to him."

Narvasa explained that Pacquiao was 'feeling under the weather' and asider from that wears many hats being also a lawmaker. But at the same time, the new league chief expressed hope that the global icon will soon realize what he should be focusing on soon.

“Again his many responsibilities, not only as a sports icon but also a lawmaker prevent him going full-time into one activity, and the PBA understands the situation, but hopefully, eventually, he will be able to find out what he should be concentrating on very soon,” he said. Narvasa also gave a frank assessment when asked about Pacquiao's foray into basketball.

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“Well, to me as a commissioner, there are pros and cons. First of all he brings a lot of variety, Manny is a sports icon in himself and whether he goes into the PBA or not he will draw crowds, but the whole concentration of the PBA has to be basketball excellence.

“That’s where I put myself in. I have to look at the interests of the PBA in excelling in basketball. If him coming into the team helps Mahindra do that, then of course we have to show him support and if it does not then I think it could also be detrimental in the long term.

“Marketing-wise there’s no question, it’s brilliant, whoever thought of that is brilliant, he draws crowds and it’s tremendous, but in terms of basketball excellence, you know, he’s not really a basketball player, he’s a boxer.”

As for Pacquiao's playing appearance in a Mahindra uniform, Narvasa said: “No, I think they’ve managed to regulate his playing time and there’s definitely a lot of interest when he plays.”

Follow the writer on Twitter: @spinph


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Pacquiao scores first field goal in the PBA By Alder Almo (philstar.com) | Updated October 25, 2015 - 4:08pm 1 210 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao scores his first field goal in the PBA against Rain or Shine's Chris Tiu. PBA Images

MANILA, Philippines -- The long wait is over for Manny Pacquiao.

After going 0-of-6 in his rookie season, the Filipino boxing icon finally scored his first field goal as a professional basketball player in Mahindra Enforcers' first game of the 41st season of the PBA.

Pacquiao was serenaded by cheers from a good Sunday crowd upon his entry at the onset of the second quarter and he did not disappoint when he hit a baseline jumper against Rain or Shine's Chris Tiu. The crowd and Mahindra bench went delirious when he hit the lefty jumper.

Pacquiao's first official basket in the pro league came at the 9:59 mark of the second quarter. He only played four games last season and just registered one point off a split at the line.

With his boxing career momentarily stopped by a shoulder injury in his last fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Pacquiao vowed to be more visible at the Mahindra bench. But him suiting up for the game came as a surprise as he was put on the reserve list on the official lineups released during the league's press launch.

However, on Friday, Mahindra requested the PBA Commissioner's Office to re-activate Pacquiao in time for their season opener. And it was all worth it for Pacquiao with that jumper that put him on the history book of the league.

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When asked by Sports5 courtside reporter Mara Aquino on his first field goal in the PBA at halftime, Pacquiao humbly said: "Tsamba lang 'yun. (It was just a lucky shot)."

"Nagpa-praktis ako araw-araw at natuwa naman ako na pumasok ang tira ko (I've been practicing everyday and I'm happy that my shot went in)," Pacquiao added.

Tiu, who was guarding Pacquiao, turned into a fan.

"Na-excite rin ako kasi paghawak pa lang niya (Manny) ng bola, buong Araneta nagwawala eh. Enjoy naman, the fact na makalaro mo si Manny sa professional basketball eh kakaibang experience na 'to (I got excited since the moment he touched the ball, the whole Coliseum was in pandemonium. I've enjoyed my matchup with him, the fact that you played against Manny in a professional basketball is already a different kind of experience)," said Tiu, a former national team player.


SPIN.PH

Joe Lipa suspended by PBA for ignoring Narvasa summon over coach's defense of Pacquiao From: Spin.ph staffNovember 19, 2015, 01:06 pm 24/7 SPORTS ACTION IN YOUR NEWSFEED?LIKE US!


Joe Lipa suspended by PBA for ignoring Narvasa summon over coach's defense of Pacquiao Former national coach Joe Lipa has been suspended from Mahindra games for failing to honor a summon by PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa. Snow Badua

PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa has suspended Mahindra team consultant Joe Lipa for failing to honor a mandatory summon over statements the coaching legend gave to Spin.ph defending playing-coach Manny Pacquiao from 'degrading' remarks made by the league chief.

The former national coach was given a letter dated November 13 ordering him to appear before Narvasa after he came to Pacquiao's defense over statements the commissioner gave to Dubai-based newspaper Gulf News about the Mahindra playing-coach's basketball ability which Lipa termed as 'degrading' and 'uncalled for.'

In a second letter dated November 17, Narvasa, who took over as commissioner from Chito Salud at the start of the season, reminded Lipa that a 'non-waivable summon' requires mandatory appearance and failure to do so is 'a serious affront on the authority of the commissioner.'

Consequently, Narvasa barred Lipa from the league games, meaning he is prohibited from being at the venue before, during and after Mahindra matches, until such time that he 'shows up at the (PBA) office and explain why you failed to honor the summon.'

Sought for comment by Spin.ph, Lipa said he found the wording of the Narvasa letter 'accusatory' and 'condescending.'

“I was offended by his first letter. Masyadong strongly worded. It appears that he is demanding me to come to his office ... there are better ways to draft a summon,” said Lipa, who led an all-amateur Philippine team to a bronze medal in the 1986 Asian Games in Seoul, and University of the Philippines to its only UAAP championship in 1986.

“Talagang he was demanding me to come to his office and the letter was accusatory. He summoned me dahil sa mga sinabi ko sa inyo tungkol kay Manny Pacquiao,” he said.

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“I find the letter to connote, to imply a lot and there are connotations of accusing me and secondly, there are implications of superior-and-subordinate relationship. I like to make it clear to him that my superior is Kia management, short of saying na, ‘Hindi kita (Narvasa) kaano-ano.’

“If the letter was less condescending, maybe I could have appeared.”

Lipa, who has previously served as commissioner of the UAAP and NCAA, said he has no regrets defending Pacquiao from Narvasa's remarks, adding he felt duty-bound to do so being the Mahindra team's 'elder statesman.'

“I just said what I have to say. He undermined our playing coach, who is he to do that? I am the elder statesman of the team and it is my obligation to pick up the cudgels for our ballclub,” he said.

“And even if it was not Pacquiao who he degraded, kahit 'yung pinakamaliit na player namin sa team o ballboy, I will also confront him because I know that is wrong. It is unbecoming of a commissioner.

“Alam mo, he is undermining the ability and standing and the image of Manny Pacquiao as a coach and as a player, by saying he is not a basketball player but a boxer. Why did he say that? Dumaan sa draft nila si Manny ah. Inallow nila to participate, suddenly gaganunin nila,” he added.

The fiery coach said he has drafted a letter to respond to Narvasa's summon but decided against sending it; Lipa said he prefers to say what he wants to say to the commissioner face to face.

“Balak ko sanang isulat sa kanya lahat ng sagot ko pati yung mga sinabi ko sa inyo, pero plano ko sabihin na ito lahat sa mukha niya. May sulat ako na sinabi ko na I can discuss this to you, mano-a-mano (face to face),” said Lipa. “Hindi ko na isusulat."

The iconic coach also has one piece of advice for Narvasa.

“He should never approach people with him on a higher plane,” said Lipa.

Follow the writer on Twitter: @spinph


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Narvasa comes under fire for 'uncalled-for comments' on Pacquiao basketball skills From: Spin.ph staffNovember 9, 2015, 03:53 pm 24/7 SPORTS ACTION IN YOUR NEWSFEED?LIKE US!


Narvasa comes under fire for 'uncalled-for comments' on Pacquiao basketball skills Manny Pacquiao's foray into the PBA as Mahindra playing-coach has been put on the spotlight by comments from league commissioner Chito Narvasa. Jerome Ascano

COMMISSIONER Chito Narvasa's frank assessment of Manny Pacquiao's basketball skills, his role as Mahindra playing-coach and his impact on the league has drawn angry reactions from people close to the global sports icon who felt the PBA chief's comments were uncalled for.

Mahindra team consultant Joe Lipa was shocked to read about Narvasa's comments made prior to the PBA games in Dubai and carried by the Gulf News, saying the commissioner overstepped his bounds and put a member of the league family in a bad light.

The former national coach pointed out that the job of playing-coach was offered to Pacquiao by one of the PBA's member ballclubs and approved by the league.

“That’s something very shocking to come from a commissioner. One, (Pacquiao's appointment as Mahindra playing-coach )is a corporate decision and I am sure that there are valid reasons for them to get Manny Pacquiao,” said Lipa, shaking his head.

Explaining Pacquiao's absence from a pre-game press conference in Dubai, Narvasa pointed out that the eight-division world champion wears many hats but expressed hope that "he will be able to find out what he should be concentrating on very soon."

Touching on Pacquiao's foray into the PBA, Narvasa said, “Marketing-wise there’s no question, it’s brilliant, whoever thought of that is brilliant, he draws crowds and it’s tremendous, but in terms of basketball excellence, you know, he’s not really a basketball player, he’s a boxer.”

Lipa, a former commissioner of the UAAP, said matters raised by Narvasa are for Pacquiao and Mahindra to decide on - and not by anyone else.

“Manny is an ultimate athlete. And besides, he should not question the priorities of Manny Pacquiao,” he said. “It (Pacquiao’s schedule) is for Manny to decide. He knows his schedule, he knows what he will do.

“An athlete is an athlete and I am sure Manny could say a thing or two about the attitude of an athlete. Basketball coaching could be X and O’s, but coaching is not only limited to X and O's, there are a lot to consider like your physical, leadership and motivational ability,” he said.

Lipa said Narvasa should focus on improving the games and not meddle in the decisions of the teams.

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“Ang sinabi nyang rason is concerned siya about the PBA, but everybody’s concerned about the PBA. Masakit sa KIA yun, kasi ako I myself am hurt. I think all the things he said, Manny Pacquiao knows it (already) and he is the only person who should decide on that,” said Lipa.

“I think I’ve got to polish the script of his job description. As a commissioner, he should just be concerned about the games,” said Lipa.

Bien Orillo, team manager of the Pacquiao-backed Powervit Philippine Aguilas, also expressed surprise over Narvasa's comments, especially after the ABL team's bid to have the 'Pacman' suit up for the Aguilas was denied by the PBA.

“Bakit ganun? Samantalang last time, sabi nila hindi pwede lumaro sa amin sa ABL si Manny dahil nasa PBA siya. Bigla ngayon ganyan kasakit ang sasabihin niya sa tao. Fair ba yun?” said Orillo.

Narvasa's statement also did not sit well with former PBA forward and Pacquiao’s close friend Zaldy Realubit

“Dapat kung may isyu siya kay Manny, hindi niya sinabi in public. Alam ko opinion niya 'yun, pero kaso, commissioner ka ng PBA, sasabihin mo 'yun sa isang player ng PBA?” said Realubit.

“May nagreklamo na ba sa kanya na player? May sinaktan ba si Manny? Nirerespeto ko opinion niya, pero sana nagtanong na muna siya sa mga player ng Mahindra, kung nasasaklawan na ba sila ni Manny. Kaso hindi eh, mas gusto ng players na andun si Manny. At yun ang hindi alam ni Narvasa,” said Realubit, who is now the head coach of the Aguilas in the ABL.

Meanwhile, Spin.ph columnist and well-known boxing analyst Ed Tolentino said the matters raised by Narvasa in Dubai should have been discussed privately with Mahindra management.

“Commissioner Narvasa might just be trying to imply and he wants to make it known to the fans na, ‘Naririnig ko kayo lalo sa inyong criticism kay Manny Pacquiao playing in the PBA,’ it is a constructive announcement, kaso ang daming varying interpretations ngayon ng tao,” said Tolentino.

“Sana kinausap niya muna 'yung management ng Mahindra in private. Kasi lumalabas, sinuportahan ni Narvasa ang subtle criticism ng tao (kay Pacquiao). Kaya nga may representative to the board yan eh. 'Yun muna sana ang kinausap niya at ipinaabot yung epekto ni Pacquiao, kung may negative man, kesa sa lumabas siya in public with that statement,” said Tolentino.

Follow the writer on Twitter: @spinph


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Roach: Pacquiao must look good, show his shoulder is 100% By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 22, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines - On the eve of Miguel Cotto vs Canelo Alvarez in Las Vegas, trainer Freddie Roach faced questions on the possible rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Anywhere he goes, the celebrated trainer is asked about his opinion.

Roach believes that the rematch will take place between two of boxing’s biggest stars.

When will it happen? As soon as the money is on the table.

“I don’t see Floyd – and Manny – leaving all that money on the table,” Roach told the Los Angeles Times before the middleweight clash between Cotto and Alvarez today.

Roach trained Cotto for the fight.

The American ring mentor said Pacquiao’s next fight, set April 9 in Las Vegas against an opponent they have yet to name, will be very important.

“Manny needs to fight, win, come out healthy and show the world his shoulder is a hundred percent. If he does, I think we can get Mayweather,” said Roach.

Pacquiao is in no rush to choose his next opponent from among Terence Crawford, Tim Bradley and Amir Khan.

The Filipino superstar, who’s turning 37 on Dec. 17, is wrapping up a long vacation with his wife and friends – from Dubai to Athens to Israel.

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Pacquiao, according to the LA Times, will decide on his next opponent early next year, while other reports said it’s coming soon.

Whoever he chooses, Pacquiao must look impressive.

“If Manny looks good, even if it’s $100 million for Mayweather instead of $300 million, that’s a lot of money,” said Roach.

When Pacquiao and Mayweather fought last May, they earned much more than what was originally expected, with over $100 million and $300 million for each of them.

Mayweather, who retired after beating Andre Berto last September, is spending his money like he’s fighting in April or May.

He’s been everywhere in his Gulfstream G-V private jet worth at least $40 million, and just recently he spent $3.5 million on an exotic Bugatti sports car.


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