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PACQUIAO UNFAZED BY RATINGS DROP


MARCH 4 -Boxer, congressman and senatorial candidate Manny Pacquiao on Thursday is unfazed by the drastic dip in his ratings based on the latest senatorial preference survey of pollster Pulse Asia.
Pacquiao, a candidate of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance, recently came under fire for his "insensitive" comments on the same-sex marriage issue in which he called those engaged in homosexual relations as "worse than animals (masahol pa sa hayop)". His controversial statement drew flak not just from the lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender community but from various sectors here and abroad. Athletic brand Nike immediately dropped the eight-division champion boxer as its celebrity endorser. HBO, the pay-per-view rights holder of his upcoming fight with Timothy Bradley, also issued a statement Wednesday condemning his statement. Pacquiao has since apologized, but the controversy continues to resonate. READ MORE...

ALSO: Toughest day at Wildcard gyn - Pacquiao goes full blast in training


MARCH 11 -Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao went full blast in training yesterday, sparring nine rounds against two different boxers and doing an additional eight rounds with the mitts with head trainer Freddie Roach.
It was the toughest day at the Wild Card Gym in General Santos City for Pacquiao since training camp started over three weeks ago. With less than a month to his April 9 showdown with American Timothy Bradley, the comebacking Pacquiao seems to be picking up his timing and speed. His power, according to Roach, remains. Pacquiao is gearing up for his first fight since his record-breaking clash with Floyd Mayweather Jr. last May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. He has never fought since because it took him months to recover from the torn rotator cuff on his right shoulder, an old, recurring injury that needed surgery to heal. The Bradley fight is being advertised as Pacquiao’s farewell fight. Pacquiao will fly to Los Angeles tomorrow to resume training in Roach’s own Wild Card Gym. The number of sparring rounds should hit the maximum number of 12 this week or next. He normally spars on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and if he is to fly to Los Angeles this coming Saturday then he should spar against Canadian Ghislain Maduma and American Lydell Rhodes in his preferred gym in Manila. THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Pacquiao leaves for last training phase in LA


MARCH 13 -Manny Pacquiao talks to his trainer Freddie Roach and strength and conditioning coach Justine Fortune inside the Wild Card gym after his training on Thursday, 23 April 205. Photo by Rem Zamora
Manny Pacquiao left for Los Angeles Saturday night to continue preparations for his third showdown with Tim Bradley on April 9 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Not wanting to waste time, Pacquiao still sparred for 10 rounds and went through the gamut of exercises at Pacman’s Wild Card Gym in General Santos City Saturday before boarding Chavit Singson’s private plane for Manila. Head mentor Freddie Roach, assistant trainers Buboy Fernandez, Nonoy Neri and Haplas Fernandez, as well as sparring partners Ghislain Maduma and Lydell Rhodes were also with the group.
Pacquiao will take a break on Sunday before resuming his training at Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Hollywood on Monday. Roach is expected to field in new sparmates for Pacquiao as they intensify their training for what’s supposed to be the Sarangani representative’s last fight. Roy Luarca THE FULLL REPORT.

ALSO: Teddy Atlas says Pacquiao unaffected by injury against Mayweather


MARCH 10 -Boxing trainer Teddy Atlas says injury did not affect how Manny Pacquiaoc fought Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their showdown last year.
Manny Pacquiao’s shoulder injury has been a central issue in his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. last year. Pacquiao and his camp believe that the bout could have ended differently had the Filipino icon not injured his right shoulder in training.
Mayweather defeated Pacquiao, who said he was hampered by the torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. But Teddy Atlas, Timothy Bradley’s trainer, disagrees. In a promotional release from Top Rank Inc., Atlas said the way Pacquiao fought Mayweather had nothing to do with the injury. “I didn't see any influence from injury in the Mayweather fight,” said the renowned cornerman. Atlas is busy preparing Bradley for his third clash with Pacquiao on April 9 in Las Vegas (April 10 Manila time), and he likes what he sees in his ward so far. Bradley, for his part, once disclosed that he will go for Pacquiao’s shoulder, which was already treated with surgery. Pacquiao claimed the injury prevented him from throwing right hooks against Mayweather, something that could have spelled the difference in their fight. Atlas, however, saw things differently, even adding that age hasn’t slowed down the 37-year-old Pacquiao. “When he [Pacquiao] had to throw that hand, he did without wincing or discomfort. As for age, I haven't seen any dissipation and I don't expect any now,” Atlas added.FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Roach belittles Atlas


MARCH 10 -ROACH
It is as clear as day that Freddie Roach doesn’t like Teddy Atlas. And vice versa. A TV interview that’s making the rounds has gone a bit viral when the rival trainers traded not just verbal jabs but below-the-belt remarks in the lead up to the April 9 showdown between their fighters Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley. In the first segment of the spliced interviews, Roach came short of saying that his rival cornerman would be better applying in Hollywood. “Teddy is an (boxing) announcer on ESPN. I guess he’s a good coach. He’s a good story-teller,” said Roach. It sounded harmless but Roach had a stinging followup. “He knows he’s on TV. And he knows when the red light is on him. I think he likes acting,” added the 56-year-old Roach, who has trained Pacquiao the last 15 years. But Atlas, who was one of Mike Tyson’s early trainers, responded in kind. “I don’t care what he thinks. I have been in business for 40 years. I’ve been in this business longer than him,” said Atlas in the classic New York drawl. READ MORE...


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Pacquiao unfazed by ratings drop

MANILA, MARCH 14, 2016 (GMA NEWS) Published March 4, 2016 - Boxer, congressman and senatorial candidate Manny Pacquiao on Thursday is unfazed by the drastic dip in his ratings based on the latest senatorial preference survey of pollster Pulse Asia.

Pacquiao, a candidate of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance, recently came under fire for his "insensitive" comments on the same-sex marriage issue in which he called those engaged in homosexual relations as "worse than animals (masahol pa sa hayop)".

His controversial statement drew flak not just from the lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender community but from various sectors here and abroad.

Athletic brand Nike immediately dropped the eight-division champion boxer as its celebrity endorser.

HBO, the pay-per-view rights holder of his upcoming fight with Timothy Bradley, also issued a statement Wednesday condemning his statement.

Pacquiao has since apologized, but the controversy continues to resonate.

READ MORE...

The Pulse Asia survey was conducted from Feb. 15 to 20 or at the height of the controversy.

According to Pulse Asia, Pacquiao's ratings dropped from 46.9 percent to 34.8 percent.

From being in the 8th to 10th place in the senatorial rankings in January, Pacquiao was dragged to 11th to 14th in February.

Political analysts earlier said Pacquiao is now in a 'dangerous position' after the ratings plunge.

In a statement, Pacquiao said he continues to be thankful for having remained in the "Magic 12".

"Nagpapasalamat ako sa tiwala at suporta ng mga kababayang Pilipino. Katulad ng sinabi ko noong nahalal ako dito sa Sarangani ay hindi ko sila ipapahiya at makakaasa sila na kahit piso o anumang halaga hindi ko ipagpalit ang tiwala nila sa akin," he told GMA News. — APG, GMA News


PHILSTAR

Pacquiao goes full blast in training By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 11, 2016 - 12:00am 1 46 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao went full blast in training yesterday, sparring nine rounds against two different boxers and doing an additional eight rounds with the mitts with head trainer Freddie Roach.

It was the toughest day at the Wild Card Gym in General Santos City for Pacquiao since training camp started over three weeks ago.

With less than a month to his April 9 showdown with American Timothy Bradley, the comebacking Pacquiao seems to be picking up his timing and speed.

His power, according to Roach, remains.

Pacquiao is gearing up for his first fight since his record-breaking clash with Floyd Mayweather Jr. last May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

He has never fought since because it took him months to recover from the torn rotator cuff on his right shoulder, an old, recurring injury that needed surgery to heal.

The Bradley fight is being advertised as Pacquiao’s farewell fight.

Pacquiao will fly to Los Angeles tomorrow to resume training in Roach’s own Wild Card Gym. The number of sparring rounds should hit the maximum number of 12 this week or next.

He normally spars on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and if he is to fly to Los Angeles this coming Saturday then he should spar against Canadian Ghislain Maduma and American Lydell Rhodes in his preferred gym in Manila.


INQUIRER

Pacquiao leaves for last training phase in LA SHARES: 1290 VIEW COMMENTS@inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 01:22 AM March 13th, 2016


Manny Pacquiao talks to his trainer Freddie Roach and strength and conditioning coach Justine Fortune inside the Wild Card gym after his training on Thursday, 23 April 205. Photo by Rem Zamora

Manny Pacquiao left for Los Angeles Saturday night to continue preparations for his third showdown with Tim Bradley on April 9 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Not wanting to waste time, Pacquiao still sparred for 10 rounds and went through the gamut of exercises at Pacman’s Wild Card Gym in General Santos City Saturday before boarding Chavit Singson’s private plane for Manila.

Head mentor Freddie Roach, assistant trainers Buboy Fernandez, Nonoy Neri and Haplas Fernandez, as well as sparring partners Ghislain Maduma and Lydell Rhodes were also with the group.

Pacquiao will take a break on Sunday before resuming his training at Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Hollywood on Monday.

Roach is expected to field in new sparmates for Pacquiao as they intensify their training for what’s supposed to be the Sarangani representative’s last fight.
Roy Luarca


PHILSTAR

Atlas says Pacquiao unaffected by injury against Mayweather By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated March 10, 2016 - 3:05pm 4 208 googleplus0 0


Boxing trainer Teddy Atlas says injury did not affect how Manny Pacquiaoc fought Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their showdown last year.

MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao’s shoulder injury has been a central issue in his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. last year.

Pacquiao and his camp believe that the bout could have ended differently had the Filipino icon not injured his right shoulder in training.

Mayweather defeated Pacquiao, who said he was hampered by the torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder.

But Teddy Atlas, Timothy Bradley’s trainer, disagrees.

In a promotional release from Top Rank Inc., Atlas said the way Pacquiao fought Mayweather had nothing to do with the injury.

“I didn't see any influence from injury in the Mayweather fight,” said the renowned cornerman.

Atlas is busy preparing Bradley for his third clash with Pacquiao on April 9 in Las Vegas (April 10 Manila time), and he likes what he sees in his ward so far.

Bradley, for his part, once disclosed that he will go for Pacquiao’s shoulder, which was already treated with surgery.

Pacquiao claimed the injury prevented him from throwing right hooks against Mayweather, something that could have spelled the difference in their fight.

Atlas, however, saw things differently, even adding that age hasn’t slowed down the 37-year-old Pacquiao.

“When he [Pacquiao] had to throw that hand, he did without wincing or discomfort. As for age, I haven't seen any dissipation and I don't expect any now,” Atlas added.


PHILSTAR

Roach belittles Atlas by Nick Giongco March 10, 2016 Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share2


ROACH

It is as clear as day that Freddie Roach doesn’t like Teddy Atlas. And vice versa.

A TV interview that’s making the rounds has gone a bit viral when the rival trainers traded not just verbal jabs but below-the-belt remarks in the lead up to the April 9 showdown between their fighters Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley.

In the first segment of the spliced interviews, Roach came short of saying that his rival cornerman would be better applying in Hollywood.

“Teddy is an (boxing) announcer on ESPN. I guess he’s a good coach. He’s a good story-teller,” said Roach.

It sounded harmless but Roach had a stinging followup.

“He knows he’s on TV. And he knows when the red light is on him. I think he likes acting,” added the 56-year-old Roach, who has trained Pacquiao the last 15 years.

But Atlas, who was one of Mike Tyson’s early trainers, responded in kind.

“I don’t care what he thinks. I have been in business for 40 years. I’ve been in this business longer than him,” said Atlas in the classic New York drawl.


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