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'PASSION' FOR BOXING FUELS PACQUIAO AS HE EYES COMEBACK


JULY 14 -BOWING OUT IN STYLE Manny Pacquiao celebrates after beating Timothy Bradley via unanimous decision at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night. REM ZAMORA FOR CAFE PURO
Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao has declared he still has the passion for the sport and may come out of retirement, although there are no plans for a fight this year.Pacquiao, 37, a newly elected senator in the Philippines, told AFP on Wednesday night that his top priority was his political career but that his love for boxing had not diminished.“When you put your passion and your dedication in one sport, you cannot say you’re leaving that sport if your passion is there,” Pacquiao said in an interview in his hometown of General Santos.“Boxing is always my passion and I grew up (as a boxer). The Lord helped me (make) a name in boxing history.” Pacquiao added he was still physically fit to return to the ring. “I am still strong. I am still young,” he said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao ‘absent’ in Senate orientation for neophyte solons


June 28, 2016 -So-called “newbies” in the Senate underwent a “briefing” yesterday and were acquainted with officers of the upper chamber’s secretariat and its respective offices and were oriented on its functions to the offices of the incoming members. Two out of the five “neophyte” senators — Senators-elect Manny Pacquiao and Leila de Lima — were “absent” in the said orientation. Their non-attendance, possibly their first exercise of function as upper chamber members, would not affect their performance, Senate Secretary Atty. Oscar Yabes said. Except for De Lima, Yabes pointed out that all “newcomers” are all former congressmen, meaning that they’re knowledgeable already on legislative matter, except probably on matters concerning external affairs and administrative procedures. The three in attendance were Senators-elect Sherwin Gatchalian, Joel Villanueva and Risa Hontiveros. Pacquiao, according to his chief of staff Kit Mercado, was scheduled to attend the orientation but had to cancel on a last minute as he had to fly to General Santos City to attend a meeting with local government officials of Saranggani. “We don’t know the concern but he is supposed to be here. He even confirmed his attendance. We don’t know exactly why he has to fly there for meeting,” Mercado said. Reporters were told that De Lima went ahead of her peers as she had herself and her staff briefed about legislative work, maintenance, salaries and security in the upper chamber ahead of time as the scheduled orientation came into conflict with her. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao planning Senate leave to prepare for next fight—Arum


JULY 12-With the Philippine National flag in background, Filipino boxing great and now Senator Manny Pacquiao stands while a citation is being read to him during ceremony at the Commission on Elections Thursday, May 19, 2016 in suburban Pasay city south of Manila, Philippines. Pacquiao has won a seat in the Philippine Senate based on an unofficial count bringing him closer to a possible crack at the presidency. Pacquiao said he will retire from boxing to become a full-time politician. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) It’s been only a couple of months since his induction to the Philippine Senate, but Manny Pacquiao is already reportedly planning to take a leave of absence for another go in the boxing ring. Top Rank CEO Bob Arum told Boxingscene.com that Pacquiao is looking for another opponent for a possible return fight and is working with Senate President Franklin Drilon to figure out how to can go on a break to train. “He is going to fight. I don’t know what the date is. He is working with the President of the Philippine Senate for an appropriate date where he can leave the Philippines for two or three weeks to prepare for a fight,” said Arum. Pacquiao announced back in April he would be retiring from boxing, after a unanimous decision win over Timothy Bradley, to focus on his political career.
This recent string of events looks as if his retirement was written on sand. READ MORE...


ALSO: Pacquiao - Work as senator is priority


JULY 13 -Manny Pacquiao. AP FILE PHOTO Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao denied reports that he is mulling taking a leave from the Senate to return to the boxing ring. In a statement issued on his official Facebook page, Pacquiao said that his top priority right now is focusing on crafting laws. “There is no truth to media reports that I’m planning to take a leave from my Senate duties just to fight again atop the ring. I want to make it clear–my priority is my legislative works,” Pacquiao, a chronic absentee during his stint as Sarangani representative, said. The boxer-turned-senator said that when he ran and won during the May 9 polls, he vowed to be present in all sessions in the Congress’ upper chamber. “I owe it to the people,” he said. READ: Pacquiao punches way into Senate Pacquiao said that his next fight has not yet been scheduled and should he decide to take on another opponent in the ring, he would not allow it to interfere with his duties in the Senate. “If ever I decide to fight again, rest assured it will happen when Congress is on recess so there’s no need for me to go on leave,” the senator said. READ MORE...

ALSO: By Bill Velasco - What did we expect?


JULY 18 -By Bill Velasco
 Manny Pacquiao is fighting again. What did we expect? Now millions of people are in denial, saying that Pacquiao deceived them, that he had no intention of truly retiring, that it was all a ruse to get votes for the senatorial race. People are now blaming Pacquiao for their own choice, saying they shouldn’t have voted him, he won’t make a good senator, and so on. That last part remains to be seen, and Pacquiao has time on his side to redeem his dismal congressional record. But for those who voted him into the Upper Chamber, let’s not kid ourselves. There are two frail beliefs at play here, two beliefs that pull us like marionettes on threads, leading us to act without proof, and commit when we aren’t certain. First, we believe that everyone we hero-worship, who excels in something we can’t do, who displays admirable traits in one field of endeavor, is at the same high level in all things. Einstein was a high school dropout. MacArthur was rendered useless behind a desk without a war to fight. Athletes do not always prove to be great businessmen. Bands disappear when the lead singer leaves, and so on. This is not to say the belief is 100 percent unfounded. But the odds are that, when you spend so much time developing yourself in one area of proficiency, you tend to sacrifice other qualities. Your life is not balanced. It’s the price you pay, your matriculation. That’s where the stereotype of the dumb jock, the nerd, comes from. That’s why several major sporting figures from Ali to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and so many more have been duped by managers and smooth-talking salesmen. A very large portion of the electorate voted for Manny Pacquiao. A lot of it had to do with name recall. People recognize him more than many other public servants who have toiled in relative anonymity and who are – logic would dictate – more trustworthy and deserving of our votes. Pacquiao though, is a hero, and has inspired tens of millions of us to get back up when life knocks us down, and has inspired not just Filipinos, but the Everyman everywhere in the world. This is where the second fragile faith comes in. READ MORE...


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‘Passion’ for boxing fuels Pacquiao as he eyes comeback


BOWING OUT IN STYLE Manny Pacquiao celebrates after beating Timothy Bradley via unanimous decision at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night. REM ZAMORA FOR CAFE PURO

MANILA, JULY 18, 2016 (INQUIRER) Agence France-Presse 07:51 PM| July 14th, 2016 - New Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao has declared he still has the passion for the sport and may come out of retirement, although there are no plans for a fight this year.

Pacquiao, 37, a newly elected senator in the Philippines, told AFP on Wednesday night that his top priority was his political career but that his love for boxing had not diminished.

“When you put your passion and your dedication in one sport, you cannot say you’re leaving that sport if your passion is there,” Pacquiao said in an interview in his hometown of General Santos.

“Boxing is always my passion and I grew up (as a boxer). The Lord helped me (make) a name in boxing history.”
Pacquiao added he was still physically fit to return to the ring.

“I am still strong. I am still young,” he said.

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Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, said on Tuesday that the eight-division world champion planned to fight on either October 29 or November 5 as a main event bout in Las Vegas.

But while leaving open the option of a comeback, Pacquiao said he had not made such plans nor discussed arrangements with Arum.

Pacquiao retired after winning a unanimous decision in April against American Timothy Bradley.

He said he wanted to hang up his gloves to focus on his political career. After serving two terms as a congressman in the House of Representatives, Pacquiao was elected to the Senate in May.

Pacquiao has previously said he eventually wants to become president.

Yet, after being a senator for just two weeks, Pacquiao wants to win a new title in the ring — a fighting lawmaker.

“The first time in history that a senator is still fighting in the ring. That’s a legacy,” he said.

But after being criticized for rarely turning up to Congress, Pacquiao emphasized he was committed to his duties as a senator.
“What is on my mind right now is to bring good service to the people,” he added.


TRIBUNE

Pacquiao, De Lima ‘absent’ in Senate orientation for neophyte solons Written by Gerry Baldo and Angie M. Rosales Tuesday, 28 June 2016 00:00 f



June 28, 2016 -So-called “newbies” in the Senate underwent a “briefing” yesterday and were acquainted with officers of the upper chamber’s secretariat and its respective offices and were oriented on its functions to the offices of the incoming members.

Two out of the five “neophyte” senators — Senators-elect Manny Pacquiao and Leila de Lima — were “absent” in the said orientation.

Their non-attendance, possibly their first exercise of function as upper chamber members, would not affect their performance, Senate Secretary Atty. Oscar Yabes said.


COMPOSITE PHOTO NEWLY ELECTED SENATORS PACQUIAO AND DE LIMA

Except for De Lima, Yabes pointed out that all “newcomers” are all former congressmen, meaning that they’re knowledgeable already on legislative matter, except probably on matters concerning external affairs and administrative procedures.

The three in attendance were Senators-elect Sherwin Gatchalian, Joel Villanueva and Risa Hontiveros.

Pacquiao, according to his chief of staff Kit Mercado, was scheduled to attend the orientation but had to cancel on a last minute as he had to fly to General Santos City to attend a meeting with local government officials of Saranggani.

“We don’t know the concern but he is supposed to be here. He even confirmed his attendance. We don’t know exactly why he has to fly there for meeting,” Mercado said.

Reporters were told that De Lima went ahead of her peers as she had herself and her staff briefed about legislative work, maintenance, salaries and security in the upper chamber ahead of time as the scheduled orientation came into conflict with her.

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While Pacman was a chronic absentee while he was the representative of Sarangani Province, his younger brother, incoming Rep. Ruel Pacquio, promised to be present in every session of the Lower House.

In a chance interview, the younger Pacquiao said that he will not trod into the footsteps

“For me, part ng obligation yang attendance. Kailangang pumasok tayo, mag-participate sa deliberasyon. Gagawin natin yan (For me, attendance is part of our obligations, will participate in the deliberations. We will do that),” Pacquiao said.

During the 15th and 16th Congress, Pacman and Negros Oriental Rep. Jules Ledesma topped the lawmakers with the most number of absences.

House records showed that Pacman had even absented himself during the orientation seminars for neophyte lawmakers.

“Hindi ko alam bakit di dumalo sa orientation si Pacman. Baka may importanteng pinuntahan o inattenan (I did not know why Pacman failed to attend the orientation seminars. He might have some things to do),” Pacquiao said.

He said that he is going to attend to the duties of a lawmaker.

“As I have said, obligasyon ko yun (na umattend sa session), its part of my job as legislator na kailangang pumasok,” he said.

But while Pacquiao said he will not follow the footsteps of his brother, he vowed to continue with the projects left by his brother for Sarangani.


INQUIRER

Pacquiao planning Senate leave to prepare for next fight—Arum Bong Lozada @inquirerdotnet
INQUIRER.net 06:39 PM| July 12th, 2016


With the Philippine National flag in background, Filipino boxing great and now Senator Manny Pacquiao stands while a citation is being read to him during ceremony at the Commission on Elections Thursday, May 19, 2016 in suburban Pasay city south of Manila, Philippines. Pacquiao has won a seat in the Philippine Senate based on an unofficial count bringing him closer to a possible crack at the presidency. Pacquiao said he will retire from boxing to become a full-time politician. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

It’s been only a couple of months since his induction to the Philippine Senate, but Manny Pacquiao is already reportedly planning to take a leave of absence for another go in the boxing ring.

Top Rank CEO Bob Arum told Boxingscene.com that Pacquiao is looking for another opponent for a possible return fight and is working with Senate President Franklin Drilon to figure out how to can go on a break to train.

“He is going to fight. I don’t know what the date is. He is working with the President of the Philippine Senate for an appropriate date where he can leave the Philippines for two or three weeks to prepare for a fight,” said Arum.

Pacquiao announced back in April he would be retiring from boxing, after a unanimous decision win over Timothy Bradley, to focus on his political career.

This recent string of events looks as if his retirement was written on sand.

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As per Boxingscene.com, Adrien Broner was originally slated as Pacquiao’s opponent but the American asked for a price both Arum and Al Haymon can’t afford.

“I was dealing with Al Haymon on making that fight, Al tried but Broner was asking for crazy money that nobody can afford so he is out and Manny is looking for another opponent,” said Arum.

Top Rank has made a pencil reservation for October 15 at Mandalay Bay Events Center for Pacquiao’s possible return.

Arum added Pacquiao has to train in the Philippines before he goes to the States if a fight pushes through.

“In any event he is going to have to do most of his preparation in the Philippines—you know after he sits in the Senate—so it is going to be an interesting thing but definitely he is looking to comeback and the question is how can we arrange it,” said Arum in the Boxingscene.com report.


INQUIRER

Pacquiao: Work as senator is priority Aries Joseph Hegina @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net 10:12 AM| July 13th, 2016


Manny Pacquiao. AP FILE PHOTO

Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao denied reports that he is mulling taking a leave from the Senate to return to the boxing ring.

In a statement issued on his official Facebook page, Pacquiao said that his top priority right now is focusing on crafting laws.

“There is no truth to media reports that I’m planning to take a leave from my Senate duties just to fight again atop the ring. I want to make it clear–my priority is my legislative works,” Pacquiao, a chronic absentee during his stint as Sarangani representative, said.

The boxer-turned-senator said that when he ran and won during the May 9 polls, he vowed to be present in all sessions in the Congress’ upper chamber.

“I owe it to the people,” he said.

READ: Pacquiao punches way into Senate

Pacquiao said that his next fight has not yet been scheduled and should he decide to take on another opponent in the ring, he would not allow it to interfere with his duties in the Senate.

“If ever I decide to fight again, rest assured it will happen when Congress is on recess so there’s no need for me to go on leave,” the senator said.

READ MORE...

The Filipino boxing champion also emphasized that politics for him is a “vocation, not a means to eke out a living.”

“I want to maintain that belief. I want to keep my dignity intact while in public service,” he said.

Reports quoted Top Rank CEO Bob Arum saying that Pacquiao, a neophyte senator, will take a leave so that he can prepare for his next fight.

“He is going to fight. I don’t know what the date is. He is working with the President of the Philippine Senate for an appropriate date where he can leave the Philippines for two or three weeks to prepare for a fight,” Arum told Boxingscene.com.

Top Rank has made a pencil reservation for October 15 at Mandalay Bay Events Center for Pacquiao’s possible return in the ring.

After his unanimous win against Timothy Bradley last April, Pacquiao announced that he would retire from boxing.
He was constantly hit for his chronic absenteeism when he served as a member of the House of Representatives for two terms.

The 17th Congress, where Pacquiao belongs, is set to convene on July 25.
IDL


PHILSTAR

What did we expect? THE GAME OF MY LIFE By Bill Velasco (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 16, 2016 - 12:00am 0 5 googleplus0 0


By Bill Velasco

 Manny Pacquiao is fighting again.

What did we expect? Now millions of people are in denial, saying that Pacquiao deceived them, that he had no intention of truly retiring, that it was all a ruse to get votes for the senatorial race. People are now blaming Pacquiao for their own choice, saying they shouldn’t have voted him, he won’t make a good senator, and so on. That last part remains to be seen, and Pacquiao has time on his side to redeem his dismal congressional record. But for those who voted him into the Upper Chamber, let’s not kid ourselves.

There are two frail beliefs at play here, two beliefs that pull us like marionettes on threads, leading us to act without proof, and commit when we aren’t certain.

First, we believe that everyone we hero-worship, who excels in something we can’t do, who displays admirable traits in one field of endeavor, is at the same high level in all things. Einstein was a high school dropout. MacArthur was rendered useless behind a desk without a war to fight. Athletes do not always prove to be great businessmen. Bands disappear when the lead singer leaves, and so on.

This is not to say the belief is 100 percent unfounded. But the odds are that, when you spend so much time developing yourself in one area of proficiency, you tend to sacrifice other qualities. Your life is not balanced. It’s the price you pay, your matriculation. That’s where the stereotype of the dumb jock, the nerd, comes from. That’s why several major sporting figures from Ali to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and so many more have been duped by managers and smooth-talking salesmen.

A very large portion of the electorate voted for Manny Pacquiao. A lot of it had to do with name recall. People recognize him more than many other public servants who have toiled in relative anonymity and who are – logic would dictate – more trustworthy and deserving of our votes. Pacquiao though, is a hero, and has inspired tens of millions of us to get back up when life knocks us down, and has inspired not just Filipinos, but the Everyman everywhere in the world. This is where the second fragile faith comes in.

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Somehow, in the back of our minds, we seek some way to reward our heroes while they are still around, some humble way we can give back for the priceless gifts of sacrifice, hope and empathy we have felt with them. They have given us so many intangible benefits, things we cannot grasp, and even when we do all the work, we feel the gratitude for that extra drop of courage, that smidge of courage, that burst of energy that helped us cross the line between losers and winners. What can we possibly give them aside from our loyalty or by paying the price of admission? Our vote. Seems like a fair trade, doesn’t it?

Muhammad Ali fought until he was 40. Ray Leonard, Floyd Patterson and dozens of well-known, respected, fearsome world champions all kept fighting until years beyond when they should have stopped. And let’s not even get started with George Foreman, who, in his prime, once fought five opponents in one night. There is no sunset for a boxer, as long as he feels in his bones that he can compete. He becomes deaf to the call of the next chapter of his life, even when it stares him dead in the eye. He is blind to being just that much slower, that much lazier, that much more content.

No matter what the rest of the world says, the only voice that matters is the one inside that says he can still put his dukes and fight. In the immortal exhortation of amateur boxer and broadcaster Joe Cantada, “You keep punchin’ now, y’hear?”

To be fair, Pacquiao is still a viable, formidable boxer, but no longer at the level he once was. In Frank Miller’s classic, futuristic tale of a post-midlife crisis Batman in “The Dark Knight Returns, the superhero was almost beaten to death by a younger, bigger, stronger villain. Ultimately he realizes his error and sets his own terms for the return bout, saying: “My mistake was trying to fight like a young man.”

Perhaps there is a lesson there for future boxers past their prime, and a growing truth that will help Pacquiao maximize his talent before time erodes it all.

Of course, whether or not Pacquiao intentionally deceived his voters cannot be proven in any iron-clad fashion. He said what he said. That was then. This is now. And the reality is that Pacquiao still has the capability to earn inordinate amounts of money through boxing, to support his family’s lifestyle, fund his projects, send scholars to school, provide medical help to his provincemates, organize sports events, and whatever he sets his mind to.

And these are all noble endeavors, mind you. And being a rookie senator, it may take him a while to navigate the political waters. He still has to learn the mutual back-scratching that makes it easier and faster to get funds, the quid pro quo and horsetrading of his new position.

So how will he more quickly get the vast sums he needs for all these good things he is bent on doing? By fighting. If we give him the benefit of the doubt, it seems a reasonable exchange for a few weeks of missed Senate work, in this writer’s opinion.

What should concern us more is that, after more than 20 years of putting himself in harm’s way, Pacquiao still decides to do so despite his higher political station.

What is disconcerting is that the risk of him getting seriously (or even permanently) injured gets higher and higher. If anything happens to him, he may be kept out of the Senate for a long time. And that is what would plant regret in the minds of those who voted for him, more than a temporary leave to train and fight. For that, he will only have himself to blame.

Choosing to fight was entirely his choice, regardless of how good his reason is. As the saying goes, all excuses are equal.

Manny Pacquiao will fight again, and probably at least twice. And what will we do?

We will cheer for him.

What did we expect?


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