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MANNY PACQUIAO VIRTUALLY ELECTED AS PHILIPPINE SENATOR


APRIL 29 -Philippine boxer and Congressman Manny Pacquiao poses for a picture before President Benigno Aquino delivers his State of the Nation address to lawmakers in Manila, on July 27, 2015 Noel Celis, AFP   In the April 18-20 survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) nationwide, incumbent congressman and senatorial candidate Manny Pacquiao landed in the No.3 spot of the Top 12 list of possible winners in the May 9 general elections. The SWS survey as well as the Pulse Asia survey virtually guarantees Pacquiao a seat in the 24-member senate of the Philippines. In the Pulse Asia poll conducted ahead of the SWS survey, Pacquiao landed in the No.4 spot (4-6). In both surveys, Pacquiao has ranked consistently in the Magic 12 list of possible winners although he was momentarily eased out of the Top 12 list when he got embroiled in a controversy stemming from his statement about same sex marriage. “I’m happy campaigning right now. So many people are shouting, cheering for me. I’m glad with the warm welcome in every rally. I really didn’t expect that,” Pacquiao told AFP on Thursday during a break from the festivities. READ MORE...

ALSO: Philippines' Pacquiao now a political heavyweight; One of most powerful politicians in PH


APRIL 29 -Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao and Senatorial candidate for May 2016 is showered with confetti during election campaigning in San Pablo, Laguna
SAN PABLO CITY: Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao smiles as he soaks up the sounds of adoring fans screaming his name, their cheers heralding a new career as one of the Philippines’ most powerful politicians. After winning his farewell fight against Tim Bradley, the eight-time world champion hit the campaign trail this week in a bid to secure a seat in the Senate when Filipinos go to the polls on May 9. Pacquiao’s rise from desperate street kid to boxing superstar has made him one of the nation’s biggest heroes and, in a nation where celebrities often become lawmakers, he is effortlessly translating sporting success into the political ring. Surveys show Pacquiao is virtually guaranteed to win a Senate seat and his journey through shanty towns near Manila, where he threw caps and other souvenirs to joyous fans holding life-sized posters of him, appeared more a victory lap than an effort to convince sceptical voters. “I’m happy campaigning right now. So many people are shouting, cheering for me. I’m glad with the warm welcome in every rally. I really didn’t expect that,” Pacquiao told AFP on Thursday during a break from the festivities. With constant speculation that another mega-bucks bout against American rival Floyd Mayweather might lure him out of retirement, Pacquiao insisted he was enjoying “retired life” and that he was not thinking about boxing at all. “I’m now a full-time politician. I remember when I dedicated myself to be a boxer and become a champion. It’s my feeling right now,” he said. Pacquiao, who has served two terms as a congressman, is running for a seat in the 24-member Senate as part of a long-term strategy to become president, a not unrealistic ambition given his wild popularity. Pacquiao’s international reputation took a huge hit in February when the devout evangelical Christian described homosexuals as “worse than animals.” Major sponsor Nike immediately cancelled its partnership with him and a host of US celebrities voiced outrage. But the comments had far less impact in the Philippines, with surveys showing his popularity slumping only slightly afterwards then quickly recovering. Boosted by his success against Bradley this month, Pacquiao is now in third place in the Senate race and a near READ MORE...

ALSO: Slot reserved for Pacquiao in PH boxing team


MAY 3 -Manny Pacquiao trains inside the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, California on Saturday afternoon. Pacquiao and Bradley will be fighting for the third time on April 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. PHOTO BY REM ZAMORA
There’s a spot reserved for Filipino ring idol Manny Pacquiao in the Philippine boxing team.  “It’s really up to him if he’s willing to join us,” boxing coach Boy Velasco said in Filipino during Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association forum at Shakey’s Malate.
The International Boxing Association (Aiba) has proposed allowing professional boxers in the Olympics, a move that the world governing body will tackle and possibly ratify in a meeting next month. READ: Is Olympic gold Pacquiao’s ‘destiny?’ The eight-time world champion has shown interest but the representative from Saranggani has been busy in his senatorial campaign lately. “In my opinion, he doesn’t need it. To become an eight-time champion is an achievement far bigger than the Olympics,” said Velasco in the weekly forum backed by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, Accel and San Miguel Corporation. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao back on the campaign trail


APRIL 16 -Manny Pacquiao during the final press conference at the David Copperfield Theater inside MGM Hotel in Las Vegas, April 6, 2016. PHOTO BY REM ZAMORA ONE OF THE biggest election undercards to the main events of the national polls—the presidential and vice presidential derbies—is the senatorial run of boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, who scored a unanimous decision over Timothy Bradley at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas last Sunday.The bankable boxer said his third encounter with Bradley was his last, although many are skeptical, including his Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach and his promoter Bob Arum. Both say they won’t be surprised if Pacquiao changed his mind and decided to fight again. Given the history of unretirements in boxing, many believe that Pacquiao would return to the ring for a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr., who beat him in the so-called “fight of the century” that turned out to be a dud 11 months ago. If he hangs his gloves for good, Pacquiao’s purses and product endorsement fees from a 20-year professional career would total $500 million. Forbes Magazine reports that he would be third in all-time earnings among sports supernovas, behind his archenemy, Mayweather ($700 million) and the NBA’s Kobe Bryant, who retires after this season with $680 million in combined income. The Pacman is back home and out on the hustings again. Voter preference polls before the Bradley fight listed him in the winners’ circle of the Senate contest, with 12 spots available. Pacquiao’s candidacy continues his love feast with the masses and his running feud with voters who say he is unfit to become a senator. His supporters believe that should the Pacman win, he will work for the poor in the Senate. READ MORE..

ALSO: A year later, could Mayweather and Pacquiao do it again?


MAY 3 -Pacquiao vs Mayweather  There are rumblings, however slight, that Floyd Mayweather Jr. (right) and Manny Pacquiao might be persuaded to repeat their match last year. AP FILE PHOTO  LAS VEGAS, United States — They met a year ago this week in a fight that was the richest ever, even if it disappointed most of the millions who watched it. Now there are rumblings, however slight, that Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao might be persuaded to do it again. READ: Pacquiao career earnings close to P24 billion “I would say there is a possibility a rematch happens, yes,” promoter Bob Arum said Monday. “How big a possibility that is, I can’t really measure.” Mayweather helped stir speculation over the weekend by saying in a Showtime interview that he might be persuaded to come out of retirement if the money was big enough. He said he had talked to Showtime and CBS about another fight and that “some crazy numbers have been thrown my way.”  Though Mayweather wasn’t asked specifically about Pacquiao, the Filipino might be the only opponent who can help him reach those numbers.“If I came back, of course, it would have to be a nine-figure payday and probably a championship fight and a nine-figure payday,” Mayweather said.Showtime executive vice president Stephen Espinoza said he is among the minority in boxing who believe Mayweather won’t come back. But Espinoza said he also believes a second fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao would do well.“All of us here would love to see that fight again, or any other fight with Mayweather,” Espinoza said.There wouldn’t seem to be a great appetite among boxing fans for a rematch of the bout that sold 4.6 million pay-per-views, but got lousy reviews. Mayweather won the fight by unanimous decision, and afterward Pacquiao revealed he fought with a shoulder injury.Both fighters are also technically retired, and Pacquiao is in the middle of a campaign for Senate in the Philippines that, if he wins, would make it difficult for him to fight again. READ MORE...


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Manny Pacquiao virtually elected as Philippine senator


Philippine boxer and Congressman Manny Pacquiao poses for a picture before President Benigno Aquino delivers his State of the Nation address to lawmakers in Manila, on July 27, 2015 Noel Celis, AFP

MANILA, MAY 9, 2016 (DIGITAL JOURNAL)  By Leo Reyes Apr 29, 2016 in Politics- In the April 18-20 survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) nationwide, incumbent congressman and senatorial candidate Manny Pacquiao landed in the No.3 spot of the Top 12 list of possible winners in the May 9 general elections.

The SWS survey as well as the Pulse Asia survey virtually guarantees Pacquiao a seat in the 24-member senate of the Philippines.

In the Pulse Asia poll conducted ahead of the SWS survey, Pacquiao landed in the No.4 spot (4-6). In both surveys, Pacquiao has ranked consistently in the Magic 12 list of possible winners although he was momentarily eased out of the Top 12 list when he got embroiled in a controversy stemming from his statement about same sex marriage.

“I’m happy campaigning right now. So many people are shouting, cheering for me. I’m glad with the warm welcome in every rally. I really didn’t expect that,” Pacquiao told AFP on Thursday during a break from the festivities.

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SWS senatorial survey ranking, April 18-20, 2016 SWS via GMA News

Pacquiao's survey ranking got a big boost when he announced his retirement from boxing following his impressive unanimous decision win over Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada last April 9.

In his announcement, Pacquiao said he wants to spend more time with his family after a 21-year boxing career and to pursue his long-term political goal.

During the training for the Pacquiao-Bradley fight, boxing trainer Freddie Roach told Pacquiao he will get more votes if he wins impressively in their trilogy fight.

Roach is hoping to see Pacquiao in the ring when he is elected president after serving as senator.

“I just told him the better he looks in this fight, the more votes he’ll get,” said Roach, “When I told him that he gave me a real big smile. That was a yes,” he added.

"My goal is to see President Pacquiao fight,” said Roach who like Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum wants to see Pacquiao being sworn in as Philippine president during his lifetime.

Pacquiao has seven more days to court the voters as campaign period for national candidates officially ends on May 7, 2016.


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Philippines' Pacquiao now a political heavyweight BY AFP - 29 APRIL 2016 @ 2:14 PM


Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao and Senatorial candidate for May 2016 is showered with confetti during election campaigning in San Pablo, Laguna

SAN PABLO CITY: Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao smiles as he soaks up the sounds of adoring fans screaming his name, their cheers heralding a new career as one of the Philippines’ most powerful politicians.

After winning his farewell fight against Tim Bradley, the eight-time world champion hit the campaign trail this week in a bid to secure a seat in the Senate when Filipinos go to the polls on May 9. Pacquiao’s rise from desperate street kid to boxing superstar has made him one of the nation’s biggest heroes and, in a nation where celebrities often become lawmakers, he is effortlessly translating sporting success into the political ring.

Surveys show Pacquiao is virtually guaranteed to win a Senate seat and his journey through shanty towns near Manila, where he threw caps and other souvenirs to joyous fans holding life-sized posters of him, appeared more a victory lap than an effort to convince sceptical voters. “I’m happy campaigning right now. So many people are shouting, cheering for me. I’m glad with the warm welcome in every rally. I really didn’t expect that,” Pacquiao told AFP on Thursday during a break from the festivities.

With constant speculation that another mega-bucks bout against American rival Floyd Mayweather might lure him out of retirement, Pacquiao insisted he was enjoying “retired life” and that he was not thinking about boxing at all. “I’m now a full-time politician.

I remember when I dedicated myself to be a boxer and become a champion. It’s my feeling right now,” he said. Pacquiao, who has served two terms as a congressman, is running for a seat in the 24-member Senate as part of a long-term strategy to become president, a not unrealistic ambition given his wild popularity. Pacquiao’s international reputation took a huge hit in February when the devout evangelical Christian described homosexuals as “worse than animals.”

Major sponsor Nike immediately cancelled its partnership with him and a host of US celebrities voiced outrage. But the comments had far less impact in the Philippines, with surveys showing his popularity slumping only slightly afterwards then quickly recovering.

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Boosted by his success against Bradley this month, Pacquiao is now in third place in the Senate race and a near certainty to take one of the 12 seats available, according to the latest survey from a major pollster. Campaigning in the bustling city of San Pablo Thursday, there was no sign of rancour. Vendors and tricycle drivers mobbed Pacquiao as he got off a flatbed truck, eager to touch their hero and pose for selfies.

A high school drop-out, Pacquiao entered boxing to feed his family, and he says his political ambitions are anchored in his desire to help the poor. He is promising to increase the salaries of teachers, offer scholarships to poor students and give subsidies to farmers, selling himself as a beacon of hope for millions of poor who have not felt the benefits of stellar economic growth under President Benigno Aquino.

 “I tell them not to be discouraged because our life was worse than theirs. We did not have our own house, our own land and sometimes even food,” Pacquiao said. “I experienced what it was like to sleep on the streets. I want to serve so they will be proud that Manny is for the poor.”

Many in San Pablo said they were drawn to Pacquiao’s message, as they talked about their own hardships. “I hope he gives projects for non-college graduates,” said housewife Jessica Bautista, 29, who only finished grade school. “I hope we get training because the government and companies only prioritise graduates but we have no diploma.”

Bautista’s husband, Julius, a tricycle driver, said he also supported Pacquiao. “He is already rich so he will not be corrupt. I hope he just gives his salary to the poor,” he said. Answering his critics, who say he is not fit to be a senator because he has little education or track record as an effective lawmaker, Pacquiao insisted his rags-to-riches story was enough to qualify him for the job. “God raised me from nothing into something. I think I am the right person, the best person to answer the poor,” he said. --AFP


INQUIRER

Slot reserved for Pacquiao in PH boxing team By: June Navarro @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 04:41 PM May 3rd, 2016


Manny Pacquiao trains inside the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, California on Saturday afternoon. Pacquiao and Bradley will be fighting for the third time on April 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. PHOTO BY REM ZAMORA

There’s a spot reserved for Filipino ring idol Manny Pacquiao in the Philippine boxing team.

“It’s really up to him if he’s willing to join us,” boxing coach Boy Velasco said in Filipino during Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association forum at Shakey’s Malate.

The International Boxing Association (Aiba) has proposed allowing professional boxers in the Olympics, a move that the world governing body will tackle and possibly ratify in a meeting next month.

READ: Is Olympic gold Pacquiao’s ‘destiny?’

The eight-time world champion has shown interest but the representative from Saranggani has been busy in his senatorial campaign lately.

“In my opinion, he doesn’t need it. To become an eight-time champion is an achievement far bigger than the Olympics,” said Velasco in the weekly forum backed by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming
Corporation, Accel and San Miguel Corporation.

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Just the same, the Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines (Abap) has reserved a slot for Pacquiao, who can compete in the 64kg division.

READ: ‘Pacquiao just fine and safe for the Olympics’

Once he bites the bait, Pacquiao will take over the spot of light welterweight Dennis Galvan.

Velasco, who coached his siblings Onyok and Roel to Olympic medal-winning performances, said Pacquiao would be forced to adjust to the amateur style of fighting which gives premium on points and speed.

“But of course, he’s Manny Pacquiao. His mere presence could intimidate his opponents,” said Velasco.


INQUIRER

Pacquiao back on the campaign trail Percy D. Della @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 10:28 PM| April 15th, 2016


Manny Pacquiao during the final press conference at the David Copperfield Theater inside MGM Hotel in Las Vegas, April 6, 2016. PHOTO BY REM ZAMORA

ONE OF THE biggest election undercards to the main events of the national polls—the presidential and vice presidential derbies—is the senatorial run of boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, who scored a unanimous decision over Timothy Bradley at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas last Sunday.

The bankable boxer said his third encounter with Bradley was his last, although many are skeptical, including his Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach and his promoter Bob Arum. Both say they won’t be surprised if Pacquiao changed his mind and decided to fight again.

Given the history of unretirements in boxing, many believe that Pacquiao would return to the ring for a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr., who beat him in the so-called “fight of the century” that turned out to be a dud 11 months ago.

If he hangs his gloves for good, Pacquiao’s purses and product endorsement fees from a 20-year professional career would total $500 million.

Forbes Magazine reports that he would be third in all-time earnings among sports supernovas, behind his archenemy, Mayweather ($700 million) and the NBA’s Kobe Bryant, who retires after this season with $680 million in combined income.

The Pacman is back home and out on the hustings again. Voter preference polls before the Bradley fight listed him in the winners’ circle of the Senate contest, with 12 spots available.

Pacquiao’s candidacy continues his love feast with the masses and his running feud with voters who say he is unfit to become a senator.
His supporters believe that should the Pacman win, he will work for the poor in the Senate.

READ MORE...

Detractors rue his lack of experience and education for senatorial duties and his chronic absenteeism as a solon from Sarangani.

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Aristeo Valdez is challenging the incumbent, Ericson Singson, for mayor of Candon City, Ilocos Sur, in the May 9 elections.

A 60-something businessman, Valdez is the voice of people clamoring for change in my adopted hometown.

He faces an uphill climb to unseat the youthful Singson, a medical doctor and scion of the dynasty that has controlled politics in the province’s second district for the last 42 years.

* * *

“We are not grading ourselves,” retorted Ed Picson when pressed for a performance report on elite boxers trying to nail slots to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

The executive director of the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (Abap) says “we’re optimistic about getting four to five qualifiers for the Brazil Games.”

And Abap president Ricky Vargas “has bowed to provide all the tools necessary for them (qualifiers) to do well in Rio,” according to Picson.

A training camp in the United States is planned for Brazil-bound boxers. It’s similar to the California camp 14 fighters attended before the recent Asia-Oceania qualifiers in China.

Two out of six Abap boxers who competed in Qian’an—Charly Suarez and Roget Ladon—made it to the Olympics.

Irish Magno and Josie Gabuco will get the chance to qualify at the Women’s Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan, on May 19 to 27.

London Olympian Mark Anthony Barriga banners the boxers competing in the APB-WSB qualifiers in Sofia, Bulgaria, in late June and the Aiba world qualifier in Baku, Azerbaijan, on June 14 to 26.


INQUIRER

A year later, could Mayweather and Pacquiao do it again? Associated Press 08:24 AM| May 3rd, 2016 New


Pacquiao vs Mayweather There are rumblings, however slight, that Floyd Mayweather Jr. (right) and Manny Pacquiao might be persuaded to repeat their match last year. AP FILE PHOTO

LAS VEGAS, United States — They met a year ago this week in a fight that was the richest ever, even if it disappointed most of the millions who watched it.
Now there are rumblings, however slight, that Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao might be persuaded to do it again.

READ: Pacquiao career earnings close to P24 billion

“I would say there is a possibility a rematch happens, yes,” promoter Bob Arum said Monday. “How big a possibility that is, I can’t really measure.”

Mayweather helped stir speculation over the weekend by saying in a Showtime interview that he might be persuaded to come out of retirement if the money was big enough. He said he had talked to Showtime and CBS about another fight and that “some crazy numbers have been thrown my way.”

Though Mayweather wasn’t asked specifically about Pacquiao, the Filipino might be the only opponent who can help him reach those numbers.

“If I came back, of course, it would have to be a nine-figure payday and probably a championship fight and a nine-figure payday,” Mayweather said.

Showtime executive vice president Stephen Espinoza said he is among the minority in boxing who believe Mayweather won’t come back. But Espinoza said he also believes a second fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao would do well.

“All of us here would love to see that fight again, or any other fight with Mayweather,” Espinoza said.

There wouldn’t seem to be a great appetite among boxing fans for a rematch of the bout that sold 4.6 million pay-per-views, but got lousy reviews. Mayweather won the fight by unanimous decision, and afterward Pacquiao revealed he fought with a shoulder injury.

Both fighters are also technically retired, and Pacquiao is in the middle of a campaign for Senate in the Philippines that, if he wins, would make it difficult for him to fight again.

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But Pacquiao could be tempted by a chance to avenge his defeat. And Mayweather could be lured back into the ring not only by a big payday but a chance to break Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record and win fight No. 50 in his pro career.

“Obviously he’s coming back,” Arum said of Mayweather. “And I can’t see him making the kind of money he’s talking about with anybody other than Manny.”

Both fighters have fought once since the big fight, with Mayweather beating Andre Berto last September and Pacquiao defeating Timothy Bradley last month. Both fights were pay-per-view busts, with sales in the range of 400,000, a tenth of what they sold in the ring together.

Arum said the tepid box office performances were largely a result of a hangover from last May’s fight. Many fans who spent a record $99.95 to buy the fight at home felt they got taken by a lackluster bout that didn’t come anywhere near living up to its hype.

Arum said it will be hard for either fighter to move forward without the other.

“If they fight anybody else there’s going to be that hangover,” he said. “If they fight each other, people will be attracted to the fight. It won’t do what the last fight did, but it might do 50 percent of the last fight.”

That would be enough to make Mayweather his nine-figure purse. It would also be enough to give Pacquiao a huge payday, if not the $100 million or so he took from the Mayweather fight.

And, as proven in the first fight between the two men that grossed some $600 million, anything can happen in boxing if the money is right.


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