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KOBE BRYANT ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT VIA PLAYERS' TRIBUNE


Dear Basketball, From the moment, I started rolling my dad’s tube socks
And shooting imaginary Game-winning shots, In the Great Western Forum
I knew one thing was real: CONTINUE READING...

ALSO: ‘Pacquiao more than qualified for Senate’


Rep. Manny Pacquiao.  PROPONENTS of income tax cuts have found a champion in the country’s top individual taxpayer and richest congressman—boxing icon Manny Pacquiao. The Sarangani representative, who has announced his plan to run for senator next year, said he was in favor of moves in Congress to lower individual income taxes. AP FILE PHOTO INQUIRER FILE By Rey E. Requejo SARANGANI Rep. Manny Pacquiao is more than qualified to run for the Senate than most politicians despite his absenteeism in the House of Representatives, Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta party-list candidate Mark Sambar said Friday. “I can tell you right now that Congressman Pacquiao has more projects than most politicians, and many of his projects came from his personal funds and not from taxpayers’ money,” Sambar said. “Also, don’t forget the pride and glory he brought to our nation as a boxing legend.” Sambar made his statement even as Pacquiao and his wife Jinkee asked the Supreme Court to permanently restrain the Bureau of Internal Revenue from garnishing his assets to pay more than P3 billion in taxes that he allegedly owes the government. The Pacquiaos also asked the high court to set aside the Court of Tax Appeals’ order requiring him to deposit P3.2 billion in cash bond or P4.9 billion in surety bond to stop dunning him over his alleged deficient tax payments. Sambar said he suspected that the petition filed against Pacquiao was part of the black propaganda intended to derail his run for the Senate. “The petition is suspect. How can a Makati resident allege that Manny Pacquiao did not adequately represent Sarangani?” Sambar said. “There is nothing in our election laws or even in our Constitution that prevents Manny Pacquiao from seeking a Senate seat. Just let the people decide if Manny deserves the position or not. Besides, I think that he is sincere enough when he said that he will retire from boxing and focus on his job as a public servant.” Another PBA party-list candidate, Koko Nograles, said there was no question that Pacquaio’s agenda in running for the Senate is due to his genuine desire to help the people and give back to the public the many blessings that he achieved as an international boxing superstar. FULL REPORT FROM MANILA STANDARD.

ALSO: Pacquiao’s Inherent Rights


WE were truly sorry to have missed my good friend Peter Musgni’s very entertaining and informative show “Teka Muna” on dzMM Teleradyo last Saturday, when we were scheduled to be a guest on a phone patch from San Pablo City. The topic was a very interesting one, which we care about. And that is, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao’s bid for a Senate seat in next May’s presidential elections. There are some, who see nothing wrong with Manny’s desire to win a seat in the Senate, while there are others who are critical of his bid for various reasons, including his absenteeism from the House of Representatives, while serving a second term as congressman from the lone district of Sarangani province. We feel this issue of absenteeism must be placed in its proper perspective. To begin with, it is a well-known fact that many congressmen attend the roll call, get recognized and then leave which effectively fools —or tries to fool—many of us. This is why there have been so many instances of the house’s failure to tackle important legislation because of the lack of a quorum, most significant being the BBL no less than President Aquino himself considered important. While Manny may have not been present for the roll call a number of times, the undeniable fact is that he was given permission to absent himself for instance, while he trained for the “Fight of the Century” against Floyd Mayweather Jr. It was a privilege granted to a fighter, who redeemed our country’s stature in the fiercely competitive arena of international boxing and earned us the respect that we had lost for many years due largely to corruption in government and rising criminality. As Pacquiao captured eight world titles, an unprecedented achievement, we as a nation stood up and cheered a national sports hero of epic proportions. That he is seeking a Senate seat surely must be considered a just reward for all he has done. Besides, we know of nobody in Congress, who has spent so much of his time and resources in helping the poor and teaching them the values of hard work, discipline and dedication. Manny doesn’t brag about how he has helped the poorest among the poor. He just goes out and does it. He has learned his lessons the hard way and we honestly believe he can use these lessons to help shape a better life especially for his disadvantaged countrymen. One does not necessarily have to be a legal luminary or an intellectual to be able to serve. What is required is a concern for others and a good heart. Pacquiao is endowed with both. READ MORE...

ALSO Away from the maddening scene of politics: Pacquiao told to train abroad


Training camp details haven’t been discussed but Mike Koncz said yesterday that Manny Pacquiao will have to spend the entire buildup for his comeback fight set April 9 away from the maddening scene of Philippine politics.
Pacquiao is seeking a Senate seat during the May 2016 elections and Koncz believes he can’t afford to set up camp in the Philippines. “I will urge him not to train here (in the Philippines),” said Koncz as Team Pacquiao is finalizing the contract for his much-awaited ring return. By the time Pacquiao starts his preparation by February, the election fever will be at its peak as national candidates like the 36-year-old Sarangani representative are given the go-signal to embark on campaign sorties. That’s something a fighter like Pacquiao can’t afford to do, Koncz said. Even though the identity of his next foe remains under wraps, one of three – Amir Khan, Terence Crawford and Tim Bradley – will eventually be named by promoter Bob Arum. THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO Floyd Sr. on Pacquiao’s legacy: He’s the fighter who chased my son


Floyd Mayweather Sr. When he’s done fighting, Manny Pacquiao will be remembered as the fighter who kept going after Floyd Mayweather Jr. for a megabuck showdown. "That’s how Floyd Mayweather Sr. said he’ll summarize Pacquiao’s brilliant boxing career once the fighting congressman hangs up his gloves. In a recent interview with Jenna J of On The Ropes Boxing, the elder Mayweather minced no words in downplaying Pacquiao’s ability, insisting that his son had an easy time defeating Pacquiao in boxing’s richest fight ever last May. I’ll look at him [Pacquiao] like a man that was chasing Floyd for years to fight, a fight that was an easy fight for Floyd. I told everybody that the fight was easy,” Floyd Sr. said. “I don’t care how long they waited, when the fight took place, Floyd did what he said he was gonna do and I don’t think nobody was wrong in this situation for picking Floyd,” he added. Mayweather said he isn’t impressed with Pacquiao’s biggest victories – fights that will inevitably tow the Filipino icon to the boxing Hall of Fame someday. “I’m gonna be honest with you, when you get to telling the truth about things, the truth is the one thing that’s gonna set you free. I truly believe that pretty much all of those fights that Pacquiao was winning, he had a way he was winning, it wasn’t looking that good the way he was winning fights,” he continued. READ MORE...


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Kobe Bryant Announces Retirement via Players' Tribune Poem


KOBE BRYANT AP Images

MANILA, DECEMBER 7, 2015 (THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER) Dear Basketball,

From the moment
I started rolling my dad’s tube socks
And shooting imaginary
Game-winning shots
In the Great Western Forum
I knew one thing was real:
CONTINUE READING...
I fell in love with you.
A love so deep I gave you my all —
From my mind & body
To my spirit & soul.
As a six-year-old boy
Deeply in love with you
I never saw the end of the tunnel.
I only saw myself
Running out of one.
And so I ran.
I ran up and down every court
After every loose ball for you.
You asked for my hustle
I gave you my heart
Because it came with so much more.
I played through the sweat and hurt
Not because challenge called me
But because YOU called me.
I did everything for YOU
Because that’s what you do
When someone makes you feel as
Alive as you’ve made me feel.
You gave a six-year-old boy his Laker dream
And I’ll always love you for it.
But I can’t love you obsessively for much longer.
This season is all I have left to give.
My heart can take the pounding
My mind can handle the grind
But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.
And that’s OK.
I’m ready to let you go.
I want you to know now
So we both can savor every moment we have left together.
The good and the bad.
We have given each other
All that we have. 
And we both know, no matter what I do next
I’ll always be that kid
With the rolled up socks
Garbage can in the corner
:05 seconds on the clock
Ball in my hands.
5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1
Love you always,
Kobe
KOBE BRYANT /
KB_Black_Signature

MANILA STANDARD

‘Pacquiao more than qualified for Senate’ posted October 24, 2015 at 12:01 am by Maricel Cruz

By Rey E. Requejo


Rep. Manny Pacquiao.  PROPONENTS of income tax cuts have found a champion in the country’s top individual taxpayer and richest congressman—boxing icon Manny Pacquiao. The Sarangani representative, who has announced his plan to run for senator next year, said he was in favor of moves in Congress to lower individual income taxes. AP FILE PHOTO INQUIRER FILE

SARANGANI Rep. Manny Pacquiao is more than qualified to run for the Senate than most politicians despite his absenteeism in the House of Representatives, Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta party-list candidate Mark Sambar said Friday.

“I can tell you right now that Congressman Pacquiao has more projects than most politicians, and many of his projects came from his personal funds and not from taxpayers’ money,” Sambar said.

“Also, don’t forget the pride and glory he brought to our nation as a boxing legend.”

Sambar made his statement even as Pacquiao and his wife Jinkee asked the Supreme Court to permanently restrain the Bureau of Internal Revenue from garnishing his assets to pay more than P3 billion in taxes that he allegedly owes the government.

The Pacquiaos also asked the high court to set aside the Court of Tax Appeals’ order requiring him to deposit P3.2 billion in cash bond or P4.9 billion in surety bond to stop dunning him over his alleged deficient tax payments.

Sambar said he suspected that the petition filed against Pacquiao was part of the black propaganda intended to derail his run for the Senate.

“The petition is suspect. How can a Makati resident allege that Manny Pacquiao did not adequately represent Sarangani?” Sambar said.

“There is nothing in our election laws or even in our Constitution that prevents Manny Pacquiao from seeking a Senate seat. Just let the people decide if Manny deserves the position or not. Besides, I think that he is sincere enough when he said that he will retire from boxing and focus on his job as a public servant.”

Another PBA party-list candidate, Koko Nograles, said there was no question that Pacquaio’s agenda in running for the Senate is due to his genuine desire to help the people and give back to the public the many blessings that he achieved as an international boxing superstar.


MANILA STANDARD

Pacquiao’s Inherent Rights posted November 07, 2015 at 12:01 am by Ronnie Nathanielsz


 by Ronnie Nathanielsz

WE were truly sorry to have missed my good friend Peter Musgni’s very entertaining and informative show “Teka Muna” on dzMM Teleradyo last Saturday, when we were scheduled to be a guest on a phone patch from San Pablo City.

The topic was a very interesting one, which we care about. And that is, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao’s bid for a Senate seat in next May’s presidential elections.

There are some, who see nothing wrong with Manny’s desire to win a seat in the Senate, while there are others who are critical of his bid for various reasons, including his absenteeism from the House of Representatives, while serving a second term as congressman from the lone district of Sarangani province.

We feel this issue of absenteeism must be placed in its proper perspective.

To begin with, it is a well-known fact that many congressmen attend the roll call, get recognized and then leave which effectively fools —or tries to fool—many of us.

This is why there have been so many instances of the house’s failure to tackle important legislation because of the lack of a quorum, most significant being the BBL no less than President Aquino himself considered important.

While Manny may have not been present for the roll call a number of times, the undeniable fact is that he was given permission to absent himself for instance, while he trained for the “Fight of the Century” against Floyd Mayweather Jr.

It was a privilege granted to a fighter, who redeemed our country’s stature in the fiercely competitive arena of international boxing and earned us the respect that we had lost for many years due largely to corruption in government and rising criminality.

As Pacquiao captured eight world titles, an unprecedented achievement, we as a nation stood up and cheered a national sports hero of epic proportions.

That he is seeking a Senate seat surely must be considered a just reward for all he has done. Besides, we know of nobody in Congress, who has spent so much of his time and resources in helping the poor and teaching them the values of hard work, discipline and dedication.

Manny doesn’t brag about how he has helped the poorest among the poor. He just goes out and does it.

He has learned his lessons the hard way and we honestly believe he can use these lessons to help shape a better life especially for his disadvantaged countrymen.

One does not necessarily have to be a legal luminary or an intellectual to be able to serve. What is required is a concern for others and a good heart. Pacquiao is endowed with both.

READ MORE...

We have seen many brilliant men fail miserably to lead our nation out of the depths of poverty primarily because they often lost their sense of integrity and fell into corrupt ways.

Pacquiao has remained above it all and we pray he will continue on this path, guided by his deep down religious faith.

We, as a people, need to recognize Pacquiao for who he is and what he has done.

Reports out of Dubai and Abu Dhabi the past couple of days clearly demonstrate the outpouring of respect and affection for Pacquiao, both by overseas Filipino workers and the Arab population.

As Gulf News staff reporter Ashley Hammond wrote when discussing the possibility of a Pacquiao fight in Dubai: “Arab fans love him as well so that’s another bonus, so why not Dubai? Rashid Al Kamali, the manager of sports events at Dubai Sports Council, was also at the airport with Saeed Hareb to welcome Pacquiao, and added: “Dubai is the best place to have the fight due to the large Filipino expatriate population.”

Indeed, Pacquiao’s charitable instincts know no boundaries. As the UAE newspapers reported: “In another demonstration of his charitable side, Pacquiao will reportedly walk and cycle around Yas Marina Circuit on Saturday to support Rahma, a new charitable service in the fight against cancer.”

Beyond all else as long as Manny meets the constitutional requirements of being a natural-born Filipino and of age to seek a Senate seat he, just like anybody else similarly qualified, has the privilege of seeking a seat in the Senate.

Surely, we cannot deny him his inherent rights.


MANILA BULLETIN

Pacquiao told to train abroad by Nick Giongco December 1, 2015 Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share6

Training camp details haven’t been discussed but Mike Koncz said yesterday that Manny Pacquiao will have to spend the entire buildup for his comeback fight set April 9 away from the maddening scene of Philippine politics.

Pacquiao is seeking a Senate seat during the May 2016 elections and Koncz believes he can’t afford to set up camp in the Philippines.

“I will urge him not to train here (in the Philippines),” said Koncz as Team Pacquiao is finalizing the contract for his much-awaited ring return.

By the time Pacquiao starts his preparation by February, the election fever will be at its peak as national candidates like the 36-year-old Sarangani representative are given the go-signal to embark on campaign sorties.

That’s something a fighter like Pacquiao can’t afford to do, Koncz said.

Even though the identity of his next foe remains under wraps, one of three – Amir Khan, Terence Crawford and Tim Bradley – will eventually be named by promoter Bob Arum.


PHILSTAR

Floyd Sr. on Pacquiao’s legacy: He’s the fighter who chased my son (philstar.com) | Updated December 1, 2015 - 3:47pm 17 384 googleplus0 0

 

Floyd Mayweather Sr.

MANILA, Philippines – When he’s done fighting, Manny Pacquiao will be remembered as the fighter who kept going after Floyd Mayweather Jr. for a megabuck showdown.

"That’s how Floyd Mayweather Sr. said he’ll summarize Pacquiao’s brilliant boxing career once the fighting congressman hangs up his gloves.

In a recent interview with Jenna J of On The Ropes Boxing, the elder Mayweather minced no words in downplaying Pacquiao’s ability, insisting that his son had an easy time defeating Pacquiao in boxing’s richest fight ever last May.

I’ll look at him [Pacquiao] like a man that was chasing Floyd for years to fight, a fight that was an easy fight for Floyd. I told everybody that the fight was easy,” Floyd Sr. said.

“I don’t care how long they waited, when the fight took place, Floyd did what he said he was gonna do and I don’t think nobody was wrong in this situation for picking Floyd,” he added.

Mayweather said he isn’t impressed with Pacquiao’s biggest victories – fights that will inevitably tow the Filipino icon to the boxing Hall of Fame someday.

“I’m gonna be honest with you, when you get to telling the truth about things, the truth is the one thing that’s gonna set you free. I truly believe that pretty much all of those fights that Pacquiao was winning, he had a way he was winning, it wasn’t looking that good the way he was winning fights,” he continued.

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In the same interview, Mayweather found another opportunity to score Pacquiao’s longtime trainer Freddie Roach, whom he has been fondly calling as “The Joke Coach”.

“He [Pacquiao] was hitting but he didn’t do nothing when he hadn’t done nothing. It is what it is, and Freddie ‘The Joke Coach’ Roach, he’s still talking about how he wants Manny Pacquiao to fight Floyd again. Come on man, he needs to go sit down somewhere. Freddie Roach is the joke,” he further said.

Mayweather trained his son for the Pacquiao fight, and with Floyd Jr. outpointing his rival, his father sees it as a personal victory for him too over Roach.

“My son beat him as a fighter and I beat him as a trainer. It was easy for me to beat him. He’s the one that hasn’t won no damn fights this year, everybody whooped his boys’ ass,” said Floyd Sr., referring to the fact that Roach also trained Miguel Cotto, who recently lost to Saul Alvarez in this year’s other big fight.


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