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WE ARE 110% BEHIND PACQUIAO - UNA


MARCH 1 -Manny Pacquiao at the Makati City Hall for a courtesy call with Mayor Jun Binay and VP Jejomar Binay. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO
The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of Vice President Jejomar Binay is “110 percent” behind its senatorial candidate Manny Pacquiao despite an election official’s warning that the world boxing champion could be disqualified from May’s national elections if he goes ahead with his fight against Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas on April 9. “All the fights that Congressman Pacquiao faces, UNA [supports] him 110 percent and we are confident he will be able to answer and face all of these,” Rico Quicho, a spokesperson for Binay, told reporters on Monday. Election Commissioner Rowena Guanzon warned Pacquiao on Sunday that the showing of his fight against Bradley on television in the Philippines would give him publicity in excess of the limits set by the Fair Election Act. ‘Just statements’ “He can, of course, box. That is his privilege. But if he shows his boxing match (on television) here, in my opinion, it will have consequences on his candidacy,” Guanzon said. Quicho said Guanzon’s statements were just statements and it was best to wait for the official statement from the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Former Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello, who is also running for a Senate seat in the May 9 elections, has asked the Comelec to compel Pacquiao to postpone the fight so that the champ would not get publicity beyond the limits allowed by law. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao fight not a partisan political activity – lawyer


MARCH 7 -Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal yesterday insisted that there would be no violation of election laws even if boxing champion and senatorial candidate Manny Pacquiao pushes through with his scheduled fight with Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas next month.
Macalintal said contrary to the opinion of former Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Sixto Brillantes, the Pacquiao-Bradley fight cannot be considered as a form of personal campaign for an elective post. “Even if the overseas voting for Filipino votes abroad starts on April 9, the very day of the fight, there would be no violation because it is as clear as the light that the fight is not a partisan political activity,” he said. Macalintal said Brillantes appeared to be “stretching too far” the definition of partisan political activity or personal campaigning. “It is true that the Overseas Absentee Voting Law provides that personal campaigning and the use of campaign materials shall be governed by the laws and regulations applicable in the Philippines. But to say that an international boxing event staged abroad where, like Manny Pacquiao, one is a candidate in the Philippines, is a form of personal campaigning is to stretch its definition to the point of absurdity if not an overbreadth interpretation of the law,” Macalintal said. The poll lawyer added that to prohibit the promotion of the fight because Pacquiao is a candidate would be tantamount to violating the rights of Bradley and the foreign promoters of the boxing match. “It is not only Pacquiao who will participate in this event. A lot of stakeholders would take part in this historical boxing match which might mark the retirement of Pacquiao who is undoubtedly one of the world’s best fighters of the decade,” Macalintal said. FULL REPORT. RELATED, Poll exec warns Pacquiao [TV SHOWING OF FIGHT UNFAIR–GUANZON]...

ALSO WATCH: Pacquiao begins training for Bradley


FEBRUARY 19 -Manny Pacquiao jogs at the start of training camp for his upcoming fight against Timothy Bradley. Photo from Pacquiao's fan Twitter account
Manny Pacquiao’s social media team shared a video of Day 1 of the boxer’s training camp in General Santos City. Pacquiao kicked off his training in the last week of January. The Filipino icon will take on Timothy Bradley for the third time this April at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Check out the video below! ......

ALSO: ROACH on Manny's training so far - "NOT SO GOOD ..."


GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- "Not so good ... but not bad either." This was how Manny Pacquiao's chief trainer Freddie Roach assessed his prized pupil's past two weeks of preparations for his coming fight with American former tormentor Timothy Bradley set April 9 at the MGM Grand in the gambling city of Las Vegas.
"We have a little bit of catching up to do in this coming week, particularly in the sparring aspect of our program," Roach told this writer Sunday during a dinner hosted by long-time friend Rey Golingan. If need be, Roach said he might ask Top Rank Promotion, through Pacquiao's business consultant Michael Koncz, for another dance partner to help Congolese Ghislain Maduma in preparing the eight-division champion in his training program. He said Maduma though is doing well, so far," but just in case, it would be better if we have two sparring partners before we leave for Los Angeles," he reasoned out. Team Pacquiao is scheduled to depart on or before March 15 for the U.S. where Pacquiao will resume training at the Roach-owned Wild Card Gym. Roach, who will turn 56 this coming Saturday, was blaming the cancellation of at least one sparring session Thursday last week in what could have, he said, set the stage for a higher frequency regimen in that department. READ MORE...

ALSO: PACQUIAO - "I WILL POSTPONE MY RETIREMENT TO FIGHT IN THE OLYMPICS"


MARCH 2 -For nearly a century, since sprinter David Nepomuceno became the first Filiino to wear the country's colors in the Olympic Games, the Philippines has continuously been in quest for the elusive gold medal in the biggest gathering of athletes on the planet. That long 92-year wait could end in this year's 28th staging of the quadrennial conclave among the world's best and brightest athletes with ring icon Manny Pacquiao no less receiving invitation from the International Boxing Association to take part in the August 5-21 Games set in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
AIBA's Taiwanese president, Dr. Ching Kuo Wu himself extended the world boxing governing body's invitation to the Filipino eight-division champion during the world amateur boxing championships held October last year in Qatar where Pacquiao was one of the special guests. "Why not? For as long as it's for the country!" Pacquiao exclaimed when asked whether he is amenable to carrying the country's flag in the Games during one of his training sessions at the MP Wild Card Gym in General Santos City last week, where he is in deep preparation for his coming fight with American Timothy Bradley. "Kahit walang bayad, lalaban ako sa Olympic Games alang-alang sa bayan at sa ating mga kababayan. Para mabigyan na natin ang Pilipinas ng kanyang kauna-unahang gintong medalya na matagal-tagal na rin naman nating pinapangarap" Pacquiao, who is considering the Bradley fight as the last of his 21-year pro career, said his eyes beaming with pride. Pacquiao added though he is still studying the matter. Kung walang malalabag na regulasyon or rules, for that matter, I'm in. Even to the extent of postponing my planned retirement, it's okay with me." "It's a big honor to be invited to this landmark event that will give small countries like the Philippines chances of winning Olympic medals. Good for us, good for boxing. Good for sports in general," the Congressman from Sarangani province who is seeking a senate seat in the coming May elections, pointed out. AIBA's invitation to Pacquiao has asssured the 37-year-old Filipino sensation a wildcard ticket, allowing him passage straight into the main draw without having to undergo several Olympic qualifying tournament for the purpose of making it to Rio. READ MORE... RELATED, WBC PRESIDENT SULAIMAN BLASTS AIBA MOVE TO INCLUDE PROFESSIONAL BOXERS IN RIO OLYMPICS...


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Manny Pacquiao at the Makati City Hall for a courtesy call with Mayor Jun Binay and VP Jejomar Binay. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, MARCH 7, 2016
(INQUIRER) @inquirerdotnet March 1st, 2016 - The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of Vice President Jejomar Binay is “110 percent” behind its senatorial candidate Manny Pacquiao despite an election official’s warning that the world boxing champion could be disqualified from May’s national elections if he goes ahead with his fight against Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas on April 9.

“All the fights that Congressman Pacquiao faces, UNA [supports] him 110 percent and we are confident he will be able to answer and face all of these,” Rico Quicho, a spokesperson for Binay, told reporters on Monday.

Election Commissioner Rowena Guanzon warned Pacquiao on Sunday that the showing of his fight against Bradley on television in the Philippines would give him publicity in excess of the limits set by the Fair Election Act.

‘Just statements’

“He can, of course, box. That is his privilege. But if he shows his boxing match (on television) here, in my opinion, it will have consequences on his candidacy,” Guanzon said.

Quicho said Guanzon’s statements were just statements and it was best to wait for the official statement from the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Former Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello, who is also running for a Senate seat in the May 9 elections, has asked the Comelec to compel Pacquiao to postpone the fight so that the champ would not get publicity beyond the limits allowed by law.

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Pacquiao has said he is willing to postpone the fight if it would really violate election rules, but he is proceeding with his training for the bout.

2007 fight

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said the commission would take up Bello’s petition today.

Jimenez said the Comelec was studying whether its decision to impose a partial restriction on the showing of a Pacquiao fight in South Cotabato in 2007, when the champion was running for the House of Representatives, could be applied to his fight against Bradley in April.

Jimenez was referring to Pacquiao’s fight against Mexican boxer Jorge Solis on April 14, 2007, which was also held a month before the elections.

Pacquiao at the time was challenging Rep. Darlene Antonino-Custodio for the seat of South Cotabato’s first district in the House.

The Comelec allowed the showing of Pacquiao’s prefight sparring sessions and the actual bout in South Cotabato, but prohibited the showing of full prefight sessions and documentaries before the actual fight.

The Comelec explained at the time that it could not impose a total blackout on the bout because Pacquiao was a person “of national interest.”

“But remember, that time Pacquiao was running for a lower elective post different circumstances might have different solutions,” Jimenez told reporters on Monday.

“[That] was 2007 and the circumstances were different, so it does not necessarily bind the commission. And this commission will have to come up with its own set of rules and justification for how it will treat this new case,” he said.

Who is promoting the fight and where it will be held are among the factors that the Comelec will consider in making a decision, Jimenez said.

Last week, election lawyer Romulo Macalintal said Philippine election laws could not be applied to the Pacquiao-Bradley fight because it would be held in Las Vegas.


PHILSTAR

Pacquiao fight not a partisan political activity – lawyer By Mayen Jaymalin (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 7, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines – Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal yesterday insisted that there would be no violation of election laws even if boxing champion and senatorial candidate Manny Pacquiao pushes through with his scheduled fight with Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas next month.

Macalintal said contrary to the opinion of former Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Sixto Brillantes, the Pacquiao-Bradley fight cannot be considered as a form of personal campaign for an elective post.

“Even if the overseas voting for Filipino votes abroad starts on April 9, the very day of the fight, there would be no violation because it is as clear as the light that the fight is not a partisan political activity,” he said.

Macalintal said Brillantes appeared to be “stretching too far” the definition of partisan political activity or personal campaigning.

“It is true that the Overseas Absentee Voting Law provides that personal campaigning and the use of campaign materials shall be governed by the laws and regulations applicable in the Philippines. But to say that an international boxing event staged abroad where, like Manny Pacquiao, one is a candidate in the Philippines, is a form of personal campaigning is to stretch its definition to the point of absurdity if not an overbreadth interpretation of the law,” Macalintal said.

The poll lawyer added that to prohibit the promotion of the fight because Pacquiao is a candidate would be tantamount to violating the rights of Bradley and the foreign promoters of the boxing match.

“It is not only Pacquiao who will participate in this event. A lot of stakeholders would take part in this historical boxing match which might mark the retirement of Pacquiao who is undoubtedly one of the world’s best fighters of the decade,” Macalintal said.

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Poll exec warns Pacquiao SHARES: 12.2K VIEW COMMENTS By: Carla P. Gomez @inquirerdotnet Inquirer Visayas 01:29 AM February 29th, 2016



TV SHOWING OF FIGHT UNFAIR–GUANZON

BACOLOD CITY—Just like any movie star barred from making films while seeking elective office, Manny Pacquiao will also have to refrain from entering the boxing ring during his campaign for a Senate seat in the May elections, Election Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said on Sunday.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) official said Pacquiao may have to face the consequences if he violated the Fair Election Act.

Pacquiao, a senatorial candidate under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of Vice President Jejomar Binay, is set to fight Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas on April 9, exactly a month before the May elections.

The Sarangani representative has said he is willing to postpone his fight with Bradley if it would infringe on election campaign rules, but he is nevertheless continuing his training for the much-awaited event in Las Vegas.

“They say he’s going to have a boxing match. He can, of course, box. That is his privilege, but if he shows his boxing match (on television) here, in my opinion, it will have consequences on his candidacy,” Guanzon said.

“I don’t want to preempt the commission. In my opinion, it will have consequences. Let’s see if he will decide to have a match and air it here,” she added.

Guanzon said the media exposure Pacquiao would get from the fight would unfairly boost his candidacy.

She compared the boxing champ with movie actors running for office who she said were not supposed to show their movies during the campaign.

“That’s unfair,” she said. “Newscasters, if they run, they go on leave because that would be unfair to the other candidates. That is the intent of the law.”

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The Comelec earlier said it would look into the possible violation of election rules should the Pacquiao-Bradley match push through.

But Comelec Chair Andres Bautista said he preferred to act on complaints filed against Pacquiao rather than having the poll body act unilaterally on its own on the matter.

Last week, independent senatorial candidate and former Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello asked the Comelec to compel Pacquiao to postpone the fight.

Bello filed a seven-page petition saying Pacquiao’s extensive media exposure from his fight would give the boxer undue advantage over the other candidates.

In the latest Social Weather Stations survey conducted from Feb. 5 to 7, Pacquiao and former Justice Secretary Leila de Lima were tied in eighth place.

Below the belt

Bello said advertisements during the fight alone would give Pacquiao exposure that exceeded the allowed airtime of 120 minutes in every television station and 180 minutes in every radio station, as provided for by the new implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 9006, or the Fair Elections Act.

Comelec Resolution No. 10049, or the IRR of RA 9006, prohibits showing publicly in a theater, through a TV station, or any public forum any movie, cinematography or documentary, including concert or any type of performance, portraying the life or biography of a candidate.

The resolution also prohibits any radio, television, cable TV station, announcer or broadcaster from allowing any program or any sponsor to favor or oppose any candidate or party by repeatedly mentioning his name or his party.

Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal, however, has argued that Pacquiao’s match against Bradley cannot be a ground to disqualify the champ as a senatorial candidate.

There is no provision in election laws that justifies any complaint to disqualify Pacquiao because of his fight, he said.

If there is any election offense defined under Philippine laws, it could not be invoked against Pacquiao because the fight will be held in Las Vegas, Macalintal said.

Training goes on

There was no indication that the controversy had affected Pacquiao’s preparations for the upcoming bout, although the training went roller-coaster last week.

He sparred for the first time against Canada-based Congolese Ghislain Maduma on Tuesday. Unfortunately, a glancing blow by Maduma in the third round grazed Pacquiao’s left eye. Pacquiao rubbed his eye with a towel, irritating it with excess petroleum jelly, which is used to make the face slippery.

With his eye reddish and stingy, Pacquiao was unable to train on Wednesday and Thursday. He resumed his morning run on Friday and did gym work with chief trainer Freddie Roach in the afternoon, wearing dark shades to protect his eye from the sun’s glare.

Reinvigorated, Pacquiao sparred for five rounds with Maduma on Saturday. Originally set to leave for the United States on March 5, Pacquiao had requested Roach to move his departure to March 15.

Pacquiao and Roach will resume training at Wild Card Gym in Hollywood and will head to Las Vegas on April 3 for his third showdown with Bradley on April 9 (April 10 in Manila) at MGM Grand. With reports from Roy Luarca and Inquirer Research


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WATCH: Pacquiao begins training for Bradley (philstar.com) | Updated February 19, 2016 - 12:40pm 1 11 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao jogs at the start of training camp for his upcoming fight against Timothy Bradley. Photo from Pacquiao's fan Twitter account

Manny Pacquiao’s social media team shared a video of Day 1 of the boxer’s training camp in General Santos City. Pacquiao kicked off his training in the last week of January.

The Filipino icon will take on Timothy Bradley for the third time this April at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Check out the video below!

 

Video from Pacquiao's YouTube channel


PHILBOXING.COM

ROACH on Manny's training so far: "NOT SO GOOD ..." By Eddie Alinea PhilBoxing.com Mon, 29 Feb 2016

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- "Not so good ... but not bad either."

This was how Manny Pacquiao's chief trainer Freddie Roach assessed his prized pupil's past two weeks of preparations for his coming fight with American former tormentor Timothy Bradley set April 9 at the MGM Grand in the gambling city of Las Vegas.

"We have a little bit of catching up to do in this coming week, particularly in the sparring aspect of our program," Roach told this writer Sunday during a dinner hosted by long-time friend Rey Golingan.

If need be, Roach said he might ask Top Rank Promotion, through Pacquiao's business consultant Michael Koncz, for another dance
partner to help Congolese Ghislain Maduma in preparing the eight-division champion in his training program.

He said Maduma though is doing well, so far," but just in case, it would be better if we have two sparring partners before we leave for Los Angeles," he reasoned out.

Team Pacquiao is scheduled to depart on or before March 15 for the U.S. where Pacquiao will resume training at the Roach-owned Wild Card Gym.

Roach, who will turn 56 this coming Saturday, was blaming the cancellation of at least one sparring session Thursday last week in what could have, he said, set the stage for a higher frequency regimen in that department.

READ MORE...

Pacquiao hurt his left eye in his first sparring session with Canadian-based Maduma last Tuesday, forcing Roach to cancel the next session. The Hall of Fame trainer actually gave the fighting Sarangani Congressman a two-day respite because of that eye injury, including Wednesday's workout.

The hurting eye evidently affected Pacquiao in the following skirmish Saturday when Roach gave him only five rounds instead of at least seven under the graduated program he prepared.

The session, in fact, had to be stopped a few times in the fourth round Saturday to wipe out the sweat from entering the injured eye and Pacquiao appeared frustrated in his inability to give it all out as he was expected to.

"It's really frustrating because I saw Manny really trying to step up but couldn't," Road noted, adding though that the day did not go for naught. "At least Maduma gave Manny an opportunity to display his capability to cut the ring in Maduma's effort to evade his attacks which we expect Bradley to do come fight night," Roach said.

"One thing I learned from Pacquiao is he's relentless. He's so alert that he expects every move a make," Maduma himself said. "He's a real champion. He's always ready despite his handicap."

Pacquiao and Maduma sparred for fours rounds the first time they met Tuesday.


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PACQUIAO: "I WILL POSTPONE MY RETIREMENT TO FIGHT IN THE OLYMPICS" By Eddie Alinea PhilBoxing.com Wed, 02 Mar 2016



For nearly a century, since sprinter David Nepomuceno became the first Filiino to wear the country's colors in the Olympic Games, the Philippines has continuously been in quest for the elusive gold medal in the biggest gathering of athletes on the planet.

That long 92-year wait could end in this year's 28th staging of the quadrennial conclave among the world's best and brightest athletes with ring icon Manny Pacquiao no less receiving invitation from the International Boxing Association to take part in the August 5-21 Games set in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

AIBA's Taiwanese president, Dr. Ching Kuo Wu himself extended the world boxing governing body's invitation to the Filipino eight-division champion during the world amateur boxing championships held October last year in Qatar where Pacquiao was one of the special guests.

"Why not? For as long as it's for the country!" Pacquiao exclaimed when asked whether he is amenable to carrying the country's flag in the Games during one of his training sessions at the MP Wild Card Gym in General Santos City last week, where he is in deep preparation for his coming fight with American Timothy Bradley.

"Kahit walang bayad, lalaban ako sa Olympic Games alang-alang sa bayan at sa ating mga kababayan. Para mabigyan na natin ang Pilipinas ng kanyang kauna-unahang gintong medalya na matagal-tagal na rin naman nating pinapangarap" Pacquiao, who is considering the Bradley fight as the last of his 21-year pro career, said his eyes beaming with pride.

Pacquiao added though he is still studying the matter. Kung walang malalabag na regulasyon or rules, for that matter, I'm in. Even to the extent of postponing my planned retirement, it's okay with me."

"It's a big honor to be invited to this landmark event that will give small countries like the Philippines chances of winning Olympic medals. Good for us, good for boxing. Good for sports in general," the Congressman from Sarangani province who is seeking a senate seat in the coming May elections, pointed out.

AIBA's invitation to Pacquiao has asssured the 37-year-old Filipino sensation a wildcard ticket, allowing him passage straight into the main draw without having to undergo several Olympic qualifying tournament for the purpose of making it to Rio.

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After seeing action in 22 editions of the Summer Games, Filipino athletes have so far brought home a pair of silver medals, both in the sport of sweet science -- Anthony Villanueva in 1964 in Tokyo and Mansueto "Onyok" Velasco in 1996 and seven bronze medals, three of them, also in boxing.

Anthony's father Jose "Cely" went home with a bronze from Los Angeles in 1932, a feat duplicated by fighters Leopoldo Serantes in 1988 in Seoul and Onyok's brother Roel in Barcelona in 1992.

Other Filipino Olympic bronze medal winners are swimmer Teofilo Yldefonso, twice in 1928 in Amsterdam and 1932 in Los Angeles, high jumper Simeon Toribio, also in 1932 in L.A. and hurdler Miguel White in 1936 in Berlin.

The Philippines had, actually, won a gold medal in demonstration sport bowling in 1988 in Seoul. Taekwondo jins Bea Lucero and Stephen Fernandez, too, took home a bronze each in 1992, also in Barcelona where their sport was held as demonstration event.

In Olympic boxing, there are only 10 weight categories, compared to 17 in the pro ranks. If Pacquiao fights in Rio, he’ll enter either the light-welterweight (64 kilogram limit or 140 pounds) or the welterweight (69 kilogram limit or 147 pounds) division.

AIBA will vote within three months on the proposal, which according to Wu are "absolutely possible" even amidst widespread opposition from the professional boxing world, including former Olympics and world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis and current World Boxing Council president Mauricio Sulaiman.

Top Rank's bossman Bob Arum, Pacquiao's promoter, likewise, expressed apprehension on the idea of allowing pros, particularly his client, to fight in the Summer Games.

Boxing is the only Olympic sport where professionals are not allowed to compete.

Dr. Wu reasoned out that "it’s the International Olympic Committee's view to bring the world’s best athletes to the Olympics as reason for AIBA'S proposal. Basketball welcomed NBA players to the 1992 Barcelona Games, signaling the start of the open era in Olympic hoops. Dr. Wu said it’s time to do the same for boxing.

“We want the best boxers to come to the Olympics,” said Dr. Wu. “It is AIBA’s 70th birthday and we want something to change, not after four years but now.”

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WBC PRESIDENT SULAIMAN BLASTS AIBA MOVE TO INCLUDE PROFESSIONAL BOXERS IN RIO OLYMPICS By Ronnie Nathanielsz PhilBoxing.com Wed, 02 Mar 2016


Photo: WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman (R) and Manny Pacquiao.

World Boxing Council president Mauricio Sulaiman has blasted the plan of AIBA, the international amateur boxing organization, to include professional boxers in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio some four months from now.

Sulaiman said the move shows “great ignorance and lack of information of what has happened in amateur boxing in recent years, which has positioned amateur and Olympic boxing and its world structure at its worst level.”

Assailing the system to determine boxers who could qualify for the Olympics, Sulaiman said “The so-called World Series of Boxing has been an embarrassment, showcasing very low-level fights and dangerous mismatches. So, now AIBA is attempting to include fully developed professionals to compete in the Olympic games.”

AIBA has threatened expulsion or suspension of several countries from international tournaments, up to and including The Olympics, if that country does not accept to be ruled only by the exclusive authoritarian imposition of AIBA rules and regulations. In doing so, AIBA has sought to intimidate and abuse its power, in order to establish a monopoly on professional boxing as well, even by eliminating the word “amateur” from its own name, meaning that for AIBA, amateur boxing no longer exists. ”

The WBC president stressed that “ Boxing cannot be considered without keeping separate amateur and professional boxing, for the most basic principle of safety, by avoiding such dangerous mismatches between experienced professional fighters and amateur boxers. This is something AIBA is not able to understand, because it seems their leadership does not have a clue of what boxing really means and represents. AIBA’s priority appears to be the commercial and business aspects of the sport. Boxers are obligated to sign commercial contracts with AIBA and its affiliates, which positions AIBA in an undeniable and clear conflict of interest.

For example, by matching amateurs against professionals and eliminating headgear, AIBA is showing that it does not seem to care about the physical well being of the fighters or the correct practice of the sport around the world. How can multi-day boxing be conducted in tournaments safely and fairly without headgear? The youth of the world deserve to have the options and opportunities in amateur boxing. ”

The AIBA president set aside the demand for a qualifying tournament for eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao and said he could enter the games, directly. But unbeaten, former pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr who beat Pacquiao last May 2 in the “Fight of the Century and won a bronze in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics has turned down the quest for gold emphatically saying “absolutely not.”

Sky Sports in Britain reported that the International Olympic Committee sanctioned the change made by AIBA.

The move was “rubber-stamped by the IOC on Tuesday when they said it was up to AIBA to apply its own rules. But the IOC said there was no discussion of Wu’s separate proposal to allow professional boxers to compete in the Olympics.

Dr. Wu has called a special AIBA meeting in May to vote on his proposal which has received mixed reactions in boxing circles but has been bitterly criticized by the leading pro organizations such as the WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF.


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