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PACQUIAO HAVING FINANCIAL PROBLEMS, DENIES HE's BROKE


SEPTMEBR 6 -In this May 6, 2016, file photo, Manny Pacquiao, then running for senator, smiles from a campaign vehicle during a campaign rally in Navotas,north of Manila, Philippines. | AP/Bullit Marquez, File
Sen. Manny Pacquiao recently dismissed claims that he is suffering from financial problems that’s why he is forced to resume his career as a prizefighter. Speaking to Eddie Alinea of PhilBoxing.com, Pacquiao admitted getting amused and at the same time annoyed by claims that he is “broke.” “I've been fighting for the past 21 years and recipient of so many of what I consider as 'jokes' perhaps, to disarm me every time na lalaban ako. But, I'll tell you, itong birong ito ang pinaka-nakatatawa at nakaiinis (this joke that I’m broke is the funniest and most annoying)," said the Filipino icon. Pacquiao even reminded his critics that he was the country’s richest congressman last year with a net worth of nearly P4 billion. "Me, broke? Come on. Last year lang, as member of the Lower House, I was adjudged as the richest congressman based on the statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) I filed for year 2015. How can that happen? Nagastos ko na lahat ang halos P4 bilyon na kinita ko sa panahon ng pagbo-boksing ko (How can that happen? They mean I spent the almost P4 billion I earned from boxing?)” he continued. READ MORE....

ALSO: Pacquiao, Vargas drum up Nov. 5 bout


SEPTEMBER 9 -Manny Pacquiao, left, and Jessie Vargas pose during a news conference in Beverly Hills, California, on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, about their WBO welterweight title fight scheduled for Nov. 5. | AP/Damian Dovarganes
BEVERLY HILLS, California — Manny Pacquiao is determined to fight on, even without Floyd Mayweather across the ring or HBO in his corner. Five months after the fight Pacquiao expected to be his finale, the Filipino senator stood opposite unheralded welterweight champion Jessie Vargas on Thursday (Friday in Manila) and declared his excitement for yet another chapter in what's now a sprawling pugilistic story with a murky ending. Pacquiao is a politician and a father with multiple reasons to walk away, but trainer Freddie Roach believes that Pacquiao's skills haven't sharply declined. Even after repeatedly claiming he would retire into his political career following his win over Timothy Bradley in April, Pacquiao can't deny that fighting is irresistible, both for the competitive rush and the fat paychecks. "It's a big challenge for me to prove I can still manage serving the people and being a boxer," Pacquiao said. "I want to give back to the fans who supported me for all these years." READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao defends picking Vargas - It's a consensus choice


SEPTEMBER 7 -Manny Pacquiao an Jessie Vargas
Sen. Manny Pacquiao defended his selection of WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas as his next opponent, saying the decision is not his alone. “Regarding my fights, well, you yourself naman know that who I will be fighting in a particular encounter has always been decided via consultation among my promoter (Bob Arum of Top Rank) and my team," Pacquiao recently told veteran boxing writer Eddie Alinea of PhilBoxing.com. The Filipino icon made the comment amid criticism by some boxing observers saying Pacquiao should have chosen a more dangerous opponent. The 27-year-old Vargas has been perceived as a safer opponent, as the Las Vegas-based fighter isn’t known for his punching power. Of Vargas’ 27 wins, only 10 came by way of knockout. Additionally, Vargas already got outpointed by Timothy Bradley in their fight last year, losing via unanimous decision. Bradley, of course, has lost twice to Pacquiao. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao reveals retirement anguish as comeback looms


SEPTEMBER 9 -I FELT LONELY Manny Pacquiao says he knew almost as soon as his retirement began that he had made a mistake, revealing that loneliness and love for the sport had drawn him back into the ring. The legendary Filipino icon, who hung up his gloves after what was supposed to be a farewell victory over Timothy Bradley in April, ended his short-lived retirement in early August. The 37-year-old fighter is now targeting a slice of the world welterweight title when he faces World Boxing Organization champion Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas on November 5. Pacquiao had initially planned to focus on his political career after being elected to the Philippine Senate in May. But politics proved to be no substitute for pugilism in the eyes of the Filipino great, who showed he had plenty left in the tank with his stylish win over Bradley five months ago. "First when I hung up my gloves I realized," Pacquiao told AFP on Thursday. READ MORE...

ALSO Young British boxer Edwards: 'Casimero is no Pacquiao'
[RELATED: CASIMERO STOPS EDWARDS IN 10TH]


SEPTEMBER 11 -Johnriel Casimero. BOXINGSCENE.COM
MANILA, Philippines - Charlie Edwards, a young British fighter, knows what he’ll be up against when he climbs the ring against Filipino champion Johnriel Casimero. Casimero vowed to knock Edwards out, keep his IBF flyweight crown and take the first flight home. But Edwards, three years younger and undefeated in eight fights as a pro, is unfazed. The British boxer with boy band looks only knows one thing: Casimero is no Manny Pacquiao. “We have sat down and watched him. He is slow-footed, which I was very shocked at. When I got told about him, a Filipino, I thought he’d be quick, rapid like Manny Pacquiao,” he told Fight News. “But he is very slow-footed. He can punch with both hands but I think what is going to beat him is my awkwardness, my movement. And he’s very one-paced. He doesn’t really have a lot of gears,” Edwards added. READ MORE...RELATED, CASIMERO STOPS EDWARDS IN 10TH...

ALSO: Pacquiao open to fight UFC star Conor McGregor


SEPTEMBER 11 -Manny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor | AP photos
MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao is still ready to take on all comers. That even includes one of the UFC’s biggest names. The Filipino icon said he is willing to fight UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor, but on one condition. “As long as [the fight is under the] rules of boxing,” Pacquiao told reporters in a video by EsNewsReporting.com, which was taken during Friday’s press conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel in California. Pacquiao is in the US to promote his upcoming fight with Jessie Vargas on November 5, and as usual, faced a plethora of questions from curious reporters – from his decision to fight again to what he thinks of Vargas. READ MORE...


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Pacquiao denies he’s broke


In this May 6, 2016, file photo, Manny Pacquiao, then running for senator, smiles from a campaign vehicle during a campaign rally in Navotas,north of Manila, Philippines. | AP/Bullit Marquez, File

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 12, 2016 (PHILSTAR)  By Dino Maragay September 6, 2016 - Sen. Manny Pacquiao recently dismissed claims that he is suffering from financial problems that’s why he is forced to resume his career as a prizefighter.

Speaking to Eddie Alinea of PhilBoxing.com, Pacquiao admitted getting amused and at the same time annoyed by claims that he is “broke.”

“I've been fighting for the past 21 years and recipient of so many of what I consider as 'jokes' perhaps, to disarm me every time na lalaban ako. But, I'll tell you, itong birong ito ang pinaka-nakatatawa at nakaiinis (this joke that I’m broke is the funniest and most annoying)," said the Filipino icon.

Pacquiao even reminded his critics that he was the country’s richest congressman last year with a net worth of nearly P4 billion.

"Me, broke? Come on. Last year lang, as member of the Lower House, I was adjudged as the richest congressman based on the statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) I filed for year 2015. How can that happen? Nagastos ko na lahat ang halos P4 bilyon na kinita ko sa panahon ng pagbo-boksing ko (How can that happen? They mean I spent the almost P4 billion I earned from boxing?)” he continued.

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Pacquiao is fighting again on November 5 in Las Vegas against WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas, claiming he misses boxing which is his primary means of livelihood. The boxer said he uses part of his fight purses to help his countrymen.

"As a congressman, everybody must have already known that I have been helping so many of my constituents in their needs, most of them financial assistance, out of my own pocket," he added.

Apart from earning millions in his storied career, the General Santos City-based southpaw figured in boxing’s richest fight ever – pocketing around $150 million against Floyd Mayweather Jr. last year.

Pacquiao maintained that he has enough money to secure the future of his family.

"All of my wealth, of course, came from boxing na naipon ko at ni Jinkee, my wife. Truth is, an I'm not bragging, sa mga kinita ko at ng mga negosyo, hindi na kamin magugutom sa mga nalalabi pa ng buhay namin (with all my earnings and businesses, my family and I will not go hungry for the rest of our lives)," he insisted.

"The future of our five children have also been secured, including yung mga ipanganganganak pa (even those of my children who have yet to be born)," he even joked. 


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Pacquiao, Vargas drum up Nov. 5 bout (Associated Press) | Updated September 9, 2016 - 10:31am 3 109 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao, left, and Jessie Vargas pose during a news conference in Beverly Hills, California, on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, about their WBO welterweight title fight scheduled for Nov. 5. | AP/Damian Dovarganes

BEVERLY HILLS, California — Manny Pacquiao is determined to fight on, even without Floyd Mayweather across the ring or HBO in his corner.

Five months after the fight Pacquiao expected to be his finale, the Filipino senator stood opposite unheralded welterweight champion Jessie Vargas on Thursday (Friday in Manila) and declared his excitement for yet another chapter in what's now a sprawling pugilistic story with a murky ending.

Pacquiao is a politician and a father with multiple reasons to walk away, but trainer Freddie Roach believes that Pacquiao's skills haven't sharply declined. Even after repeatedly claiming he would retire into his political career following his win over Timothy Bradley in April, Pacquiao can't deny that fighting is irresistible, both for the competitive rush and the fat paychecks.

"It's a big challenge for me to prove I can still manage serving the people and being a boxer," Pacquiao said. "I want to give back to the fans who supported me for all these years."

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Pacquiao showed up to a packed news conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where he has launched all of his recent fights, with a businesslike haircut and a suit befitting a major public figure. He used his time on the podium to diplomatically encourage fans to buy thousands of $50 seats for Nov. 5 at Las Vegas' Thomas and Mack Center, where he will go after the 27-year-old Vargas' WBO welterweight title.

"It's an honor for me to challenge the champion," Pacquiao said. "I respect him because he's the belt-holder at 147 pounds."

Pacquiao held the same belt twice for long stretches, but lost it in his landmark showdown with Mayweather last year. Mayweather appears comfortable and financially healthy in retirement, while Pacquiao openly acknowledges he needs the money he'll make fighting Vargas.

To Roach, it's fairly simple work — at least simpler than fighting dangerous rising star Terence Crawford, the other finalist for the big-money shot at Pacquiao.

"(Vargas) is a good boxer," Roach said. "I don't think he's in Manny's league, but we'll see."

Roach must move to Manila for six weeks to train Pacquiao in the breaks between his senatorial duties. Trainers with a fraction of Roach's success might balk at the strange working conditions, but Roach's 15-year bond with Pacquiao remains unbreakable by any of the weirdness in Pacquiao's unique life.

"I'm not exactly sure how much time I'm going to have with him, so I'm glad it's Vargas instead of Crawford at this point," Roach said. "We'll fight Crawford down the line later, I'm sure, but I want to see exactly how this works. The Senate is more time-consuming, they tell me."

Roach doesn't expect this bout to be Pacquiao's last, either.

"Manny still has a good future in boxing, I think," Roach said. "And I really want him to fight Mayweather one more time, just to shut him up. I know we can fight a better fight. I know Manny can beat him."

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum never claimed Pacquiao's victory over Bradley would be his final fight. After a half-century in promotion, Arum knows a boxer's vows are only as strong as their wills.


BOB ARUM

Arum's biggest project for this bout is putting on the pay-per-view broadcast himself. HBO declined to show the fight, so Top Rank is producing its own telecast.

"It's a historic day, because we're going to take back boxing for the fighters, for the promoters," Arum said. "I really believe this will lead to us forming our own boxing network."

Pacquiao has fought 21 times in HBO pay-per-view bouts since 2003, but the network balked at Top Rank's desire to stage the fight three days before the US presidential election and two weeks before Andre Ward faces Sergey Kovalev on HBO pay-per-view.

Pacquiao wants to fight on Nov. 5 because it fits his schedule in the Senate, allowing him to keep his promise to closely attend to his government duties in his new job.

Vargas watched the Beverly Hills spectacle with a bemused detachment. The matchup is an extraordinary opportunity with little downside for the Mexican-American champion, but he won't be content just to bank his fee for playing a bit part in Pacquiao's saga.

"He hasn't ever fought a fighter like me," Vargas said. "He doesn't know what he's got himself into. It's going to be a coming-out party for me, and I'm looking forward to it."


PHILSTAR

Pacquiao defends picking Vargas: It's a consensus choice By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated September 7, 2016 - 11:19am 9 166 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao an Jessie Vargas

MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Manny Pacquiao defended his selection of WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas as his next opponent, saying the decision is not his alone.

“Regarding my fights, well, you yourself naman know that who I will be fighting in a particular encounter has always been decided via consultation among my promoter (Bob Arum of Top Rank) and my team," Pacquiao recently told veteran boxing writer Eddie Alinea of PhilBoxing.com.

The Filipino icon made the comment amid criticism by some boxing observers saying Pacquiao should have chosen a more dangerous opponent.

The 27-year-old Vargas has been perceived as a safer opponent, as the Las Vegas-based fighter isn’t known for his punching power. Of Vargas’ 27 wins, only 10 came by way of knockout.

Additionally, Vargas already got outpointed by Timothy Bradley in their fight last year, losing via unanimous decision. Bradley, of course, has lost twice to Pacquiao.

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Many in the boxing community prefer Pacquiao to instead face Terence Crawford, Top Rank’s undefeated rising star who is the unified WBC and WBO super lightweight champion.

Pacquiao, for his part, maintained that opting for Vargas has been a consensus decision among his promoter and team.

"Kung sino lumabas sa consensus after considering the pros and cons ng makakalaban, yun na yun,” he added, even as he insisted that he’s ready to take on anyone.

"Never did I pick an opponent. Ako, kahit sino ang iharap sa akin, lalabanan ko. Pilipino ako at wala akong kinatatakutan (I will fight whoever is put in front of me. I am a Filipino and I don’t fear anyone)," said Pacquiao.

Pacquiao and Vargas will collide on November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.


GMA NEWS ONLINE

Pacquiao reveals retirement anguish as comeback looms Published September 9, 2016 10:06am


I FELT LONELY...

Manny Pacquiao says he knew almost as soon as his retirement began that he had made a mistake, revealing that loneliness and love for the sport had drawn him back into the ring.

The legendary Filipino icon, who hung up his gloves after what was supposed to be a farewell victory over Timothy Bradley in April, ended his short-lived retirement in early August.

The 37-year-old fighter is now targeting a slice of the world welterweight title when he faces World Boxing Organization champion Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas on November 5.

Pacquiao had initially planned to focus on his political career after being elected to the Philippine Senate in May.

But politics proved to be no substitute for pugilism in the eyes of the Filipino great, who showed he had plenty left in the tank with his stylish win over Bradley five months ago.

"First when I hung up my gloves I realized," Pacquiao told AFP on Thursday.

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"I felt lonely. And thinking about it over and over, I thought 'Boxing still likes me. Boxing still loves me.' So why stop my boxing career? So that's why I decided to continue my journey as a boxer."

'No surprise'

Freddie Roach, Pacquiao's long-serving cornerman revealed the fighter had made up his mind to scrap his retirement before he had even flown back to the Philippines from Las Vegas following the Bradley bout.

"Before he left for the airport after the last fight, he told me very clearly 'We will fight again'," Roach told AFP. "It was no surprise."

The only surprise, Roach said, was the timing.

"I knew that after he became a senator he would fight again. I just thought it would be next year."

Pacquiao insists that while his boxing career is now firmly back under way, he remains committed to politics, maintaining that he has had a "perfect" attendance record in the Senate since his election.

"I've learned a lot and not only talking about the problems. The most important thing is common sense," Pacquiao said.

The only challenge has been fitting his fitness regime around his duties in the Senate.

"In the morning I'll go for a jog and then rest a little bit, and then start work in the office," he said.

"By 10 o'clock I go to the Senate building and attend committee meetings. And after the committee meetings, attend the full session.

"And after the session I go straight to the gym, which is only 500 meters away from the Senate, and then train. After training, back home and rest."

Hard worker

Roach said he had been impressed by Pacquiao's conditioning after seeing him this week.

"He works out every day. He's in pretty good shape," he told AFP. "He's the hardest worker I've ever seen."

Many commentators have speculated that Pacquiao views his election to the Senate as a stepping stone for a presidential run.

Pacquiao dismissed the suggestion however. "That's not in my mind right now," he said "My focus is to serve honestly, and to pass laws that will help less fortunate families."

In the near-term though, Pacquiao's gaze is firmly fixed on his date with Vargas (27-1 with 10 knockouts) at the 19,000-capacity Thomas and Mack Center.

Mexican-American Vargas says he is aiming to avenge Pacquiao's numerous victories over Mexican fighters during his career.

Pacquiao smiled when asked for his reaction to Vargas's comments.

"This is not a movie. This is not a revenge movie. This is sport. Do your job and I'll do my job," he said.

As part of his determination to return with a bang, Pacquiao also ensured that 7,000 tickets for the fight were made available for the rock-bottom price of $50.

As of Thursday, 2,000 of the tickets had already been sold.

"It's a big challenge for me to get that belt again and prove that I can still manage serving the people and being a boxer," Pacquiao told a press conference on Thursday.

"I want to give back to the fans who've supported me. I'm selling 7,000 tickets for $50. I want to thank the fans who've supported me. It's going to be more action than we have before because Vargas is a champion who loves to fight. And that's the kind of fight I like. So the fans won't be bored." — Agence France-Presse


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Edwards: Casimero is no Pacquiao By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 11, 2016 - 12:00am 0 1 googleplus0 0


SEPTEMBER 11 -Johnriel Casimero. BOXINGSCENE.COM

MANILA, Philippines - Charlie Edwards, a young British fighter, knows what he’ll be up against when he climbs the ring against Filipino champion Johnriel Casimero.

Casimero vowed to knock Edwards out, keep his IBF flyweight crown and take the first flight home.

But Edwards, three years younger and undefeated in eight fights as a pro, is unfazed.

The British boxer with boy band looks only knows one thing: Casimero is no Manny Pacquiao.

“We have sat down and watched him. He is slow-footed, which I was very shocked at. When I got told about him, a Filipino, I thought he’d be quick, rapid like Manny Pacquiao,” he told Fight News.

“But he is very slow-footed. He can punch with both hands but I think what is going to beat him is my awkwardness, my movement. And he’s very one-paced. He doesn’t really have a lot of gears,” Edwards added.

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“I don’t know, I look at him and I just think, ’I’ve got every attribute to beat you.’ That’s why, going into this fight, whatever he’s got, I will do better,” he said.

The fight is in the undercard of the explosive world middleweight title clash between superstar Gennady Golovkin of Kazakhstan and Englishman Kell Brook.

Golokvin is the reigning middleweight champion, and is favored to win the battle between unbeaten fighters. Golovkin is 35-0 with 32 KOs; Brook 36-0 with 25 KOs.

Casimero is one of four Filipino world champions aside from WBO super-bantamweight titlist Nonito Donaire Jr., WBO bantamweight champion Marlon Tapales and newly crowned IBF junior-bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas.

Donnie Nietes vacated his WBO light-flyweight crown two weeks ago, and will make his awaited debut in the flyweight class against Mexican Edgar Sosa in Carson, California on Sept. 24.

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CASIMERO STOPS EDWARDS IN 10TH By Dong Secuya PhilBoxing.com Sun, 11 Sep 2016


John Casimero vs Charlie Edwards PHOTO FROM BOXINGNEWSANDVIEWS.COM

Johnreil 'Road Warrior' Casimero of the Philippines successfully defended his IBF flyweight title by stopping Charlie Edwards of Great Britain in the 10th round at the O2 Arena in England Saturday night (early Sunday morning in Manila) on the undercard of the Gennady Golovkin vs Kell Brook middleweight world title championship.

Casimero (23-3-0, 15KO) was proving to be a monstrous step-up in competition for the upstart Edwards (8-1-0, 3KO) who dominated the Brit the whole night, rocking Edwards with powerful shots as Edwards appeared to be merely holding on.

The end came at 1:57 of the 10th round when Casimero caught Edwards with a huge left hook that sends the Brit to the canvas hard. The referee didn't finish the count after seeing Edwards not fit to continue.


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Pacquiao open to fight UFC star Conor McGregor By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated September 9, 2016 - 5:54pm 18 6034 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor | AP photos

MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao is still ready to take on all comers.

That even includes one of the UFC’s biggest names.

The Filipino icon said he is willing to fight UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor, but on one condition.

“As long as [the fight is under the] rules of boxing,” Pacquiao told reporters in a video by EsNewsReporting.com, which was taken during Friday’s press conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel in California.

Pacquiao is in the US to promote his upcoming fight with Jessie Vargas on November 5, and as usual, faced a plethora of questions from curious reporters – from his decision to fight again to what he thinks of Vargas.

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Then the question about McGregor – who made headlines for catching the attention of Floyd Mayweather Jr. regarding a possible fight – popped up.

Pacquiao said it could happen, but only in the boxing ring and not in the octagon.

“I cannot fight him [McGregor] in MMA,” he said, acknowledging McGregor’s mixed martial arts prowess.

The fighting senator even came up with a creative analogy.

“How can you fight a shark in the ocean? But if you fight the shark in dry land…” Pacquiao told his interviewers, who nodded in agreement.

He likes his chances against McGregor, who outpointed Nate Diaz in their rematch last month.

As long as it is a boxing match.

Video by ESNewsReporting.com

 
https://youtu.be/pZZJb0HYQu8


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