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2016 PARAOLYMPICS: TABLE TENNIS PADDLER JOSEPHINE MEDINA COPS BRONZE IN RIO


SEPTEMBER 13 -Josephine Medina wins the bronze medal in the women’s individual table tennis – Class 8 at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. Photo from ITTF website Josephine Medina secured the bronze medal in the women’s individual table tennis – Class 8 at the 2016 Rio Paralympics in Brazil on Monday (Tuesday Manila time) The 46-year-old swept Germany’s Juliane Wolf, 11-5, 11-6, 11-7 to finish at third place. Medina, who was also the country’s flagbearer for the Games, bested her fourth place finish in the 2012 London Paralympics. “I have been praying to God that one day, the Philippines would win a medal. The last time in London, I came so close I finished in fourth place,” she told the ITTF website. “Here, the competition is really tough, but when I beat Aida Dahlen and qualified for the main draw, for God nothing is impossible.” READ MORE...

ALSO: ‘Early rounds will be crucial in Pacquiao-Vargas fight’
(Commentator Col. Bob' says it will be Pacquiao by decision)


SEPTEMBER 18 -Manny Pacquiao shadow boxing while his son plays around the ring. Photo from Pacquiao's Instagram page.
The early rounds of the WBO welterweight title match between fighting Senator Manny Pacquiao and the reigning champion, Jessie Vargas will be a crucial stage in the bout, according to longtime boxing commentator “Colonel” Bob Sheridan. Sheridan described the Mexican-American champion as a good fighter, who will be having the “Superbowl of his fighting career” when he faces Pacquiao on November 5. “I think this is a good fight, especially in the early rounds of this fight,” said Sheridan in On The Ropes Boxing. “I will be very anxious to see what happens with the young Jessie Vargas and how he handles the experience of the great champion and future Hall of Famer, Manny Pacquiao.” Sheridan saw what Pacquiao did against Timothy Bradley in their rubber match where the Filipino champion overwhelmed the American en route to a unanimous verdict. If that version of Pacquiao shows up at the Thomas & Mack Center on fight night, it will be a long night for Vargas, said Sheridan. READ MORE...

ALSO: Arum’s stroke of genius


SEPTEMBER 3-TOP Rank promoter Bob Arum isn’t someone you take lightly when it comes to hyping a fight card. Sensing the less than enthusiastic response to the World Boxing Organization welterweight title fight between champion Jessie Vargas and eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas on Nov. 5, Arum pulled off a masterstroke that suddenly fired the imagination of fight fans, especially Filipinos, who didn’t seem too excited about Pacquiao’s return to the ring against a champion.
Most boxing pundits, writers and columnists felt Vargas wouldn’t prove to be a challenge for Pacquiao similar to what Terrence Crawford, a legitimate banger at 140 pounds would have provided. Arum, in as stroke of genius, decided to add five-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire to the card, which surely will excite both Filipino and American fight fans since Nonito, who spent most of his years in the United States has quite a following among the hip hop crowd in America. There is a certain flair about Nonito that is bound to complement the charisma of Pacquiao who, according to his former strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza, is not what he used to be as a fighter and that he has lost his allure in recent years, especially after the loss to Ariza’s new-found boss, Floyd Mayweather Jr. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao foe training hard to build stamina


SEPTEMBER 14 -Jessie Vargas (Manila Bulletin) Jessie Vargas (Manila Bulletin)
Jessie Vargas is taking to the skies to prepare for his defense of the world welterweight crown against Sen. Manny Pacquiao on Nov. 5 in Las Vegas. Less than two months before putting the World Boxing Organization 147-lb title, the 27-year-old Vargas has been making regular trips to the 11,900-feet Mount Charleston near Las Vegas.  “There is no way I will let this go. I will be victorious by any means necessary,” said Vargas in his social media account of the scheduled 12-round battle with the Filipino legend at the Thomas and Mack Center. High-altitude training benefits fighters building on stamina and Vargas knows that he will need plenty of that when he rumbles with the soon-to-be-38-year-old Pacquiao.

ALSO: Pacquiao says Mayweather rematch 'very exciting'


SEPTEMBER 15 -Manny Pacquiao reacts during his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas last year. | AP
Philippines – Manny Pacquiao again stressed that he wants another crack at Floyd Mayweather Jr.  That is, if there’s clamor from boxing fans. “I can still fight at 140-147. I'm willing to fight anybody," Pacquiao recently told Omnisport. The Filipino icon is set to fight Jessie Vargas on November 5, eyeing no less than a victory, which perhaps will convince the retired Mayweather to fight again. READ MORE...

ALSO: Vargas trainer - Pacquiao ‘still a beast’


SEPTEMBER 13 -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 November 5. | AP/Damian Dovarganes
Jessie Vargas’ trainer does not think Manny Pacquiao is already a wash-up fighter. Dewey Cooper says he is preparing the WBO welterweight champion for the best version of Pacquiao on November 5 in Las Vegas. “Pacquiao's still a beast and all in this time frame but however, the knockout loss to [Juan Manuel] Marquez, he started to be a little more patient since that fight which is not a bad thing,” Cooper recently told Steve Kim of boxingscene.com. Pacquiao hasn’t scored a knockout since 2009 against Miguel Cotto and at 37 years old, many boxing observers believe the Filipino icon is already on the decline. READ MORE...


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Paddler Josephine Medina cops bronze in 2016 Paralympics


SEPTEMBER 13 -Josephine Medina wins the bronze medal in the women’s individual table tennis – Class 8 at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. Photo from ITTF website

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 19, 2016 (INQUIRER) By: Randolph B. Leongson @RLeongsonINQ September 13th, 2016 - Josephine Medina secured the bronze medal in the women’s individual table tennis – Class 8 at the 2016 Rio Paralympics in Brazil on Monday (Tuesday Manila time).

The 46-year-old swept Germany’s Juliane Wolf, 11-5, 11-6, 11-7 to finish at third place.

Medina, who was also the country’s flagbearer for the Games, bested her fourth place finish in the 2012 London Paralympics.

“I have been praying to God that one day, the Philippines would win a medal. The last time in London, I came so close I finished in fourth place,” she told the ITTF website. “Here, the competition is really tough, but when I beat Aida Dahlen and qualified for the main draw, for God nothing is impossible.”

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She posted a 1-1 record in the group stages, losing to eventual gold medalist Mao Jingdian of China, 3-11, 2-11, 6-11, before punching her ticket to the semifinals with a come-from-behind victory over Norway’s Aida Husic Dahlen, 11-5, 3-11, 7-11, 11-2, 11-8.

Medina would then bow to eventual silver medalist Thu Kamkasomphou of France in the semifinals, 5-11, 8-11, 9-11, before securing the podium finish against Wolf.

Still, it was an emotional victory for Medina, who dedicated the triumph to her late father, who previously played for the national team and coached Royal Saudi Air Force before passing away in 2004.

“My father was in the national team. I was sick as I was a polio victim and table tennis is my therapy. I used to compete with able-bodied athletes and qualified for the national team, but they told me you cannot be in the national team for the able-bodied as you are disabled,” she said in the interview. “The rejection has become my inspiration and I train hard and I just want to prove that disability is not a hindrance in achieving your goal. It’s just an instrument in reaching success in your life.”

“I dedicate this to my father. I didn’t have the chance to tell my papa that I was playing internationally. It is quite sad, but I know he believed in me. I know he is still near me.”

Athletes in table tennis – Class 8 are suffering from physical impairments in their arms or legs.

Medina became only the second Filipino to cop a medal in the Paralympic Games, following the footsteps of powerlifter Adeline Dumapong’s bronze medal finish in the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games.


ABS-CBN

‘Early rounds will be crucial in Pacquiao-Vargas fight’ ABS-CBN News Posted at Sep 18 2016 12:03 AM

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Manny Pacquiao shadow boxing while his son plays around the ring. Photo from Pacquiao's Instagram page.

The early rounds of the WBO welterweight title match between fighting Senator Manny Pacquiao and the reigning champion, Jessie Vargas will be a crucial stage in the bout, according to longtime boxing commentator “Colonel” Bob Sheridan.

Sheridan described the Mexican-American champion as a good fighter, who will be having the “Superbowl of his fighting career” when he faces Pacquiao on November 5.

“I think this is a good fight, especially in the early rounds of this fight,” said Sheridan in On The Ropes Boxing.

“I will be very anxious to see what happens with the young Jessie Vargas and how he handles the experience of the great champion and future Hall of Famer, Manny Pacquiao.”

Sheridan saw what Pacquiao did against Timothy Bradley in their rubber match where the Filipino champion overwhelmed the American en route to a unanimous verdict.

If that version of Pacquiao shows up at the Thomas & Mack Center on fight night, it will be a long night for Vargas, said Sheridan.

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He added that the Filipino champion doesn’t show signs of slowing down, although he said the Vargas bout could expose an ageing Pacquiao.

“Pacquiao is always in terrific physical condition to fight and if that’s the case against Jessie Vargas, at some stage he’s got to start showing his age and whether this is the fight, there’s just no way of knowing that, and that’s what the fight is all about,” said Sheridan.

When asked to pick between the two, the commentator took the side of the fighting senator.

“Based on what I saw the last time Pacquiao fought, and until I see him really defeated, I’m going to stick with Pacquiao. I think that he will most likely win a decision over Jessie Vargas,” he said.


MANILA STANDARD

Arum’s stroke of genius posted September 03, 2016 at 12:01 am by Ronnie Nathanielsz

TOP Rank promoter Bob Arum isn’t someone you take lightly when it comes to hyping a fight card.

Sensing the less than enthusiastic response to the World Boxing Organization welterweight title fight between champion Jessie Vargas and eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas on Nov. 5, Arum pulled off a masterstroke that suddenly fired the imagination of fight fans, especially Filipinos, who didn’t seem too excited about Pacquiao’s return to the ring against a champion.

Most boxing pundits, writers and columnists felt Vargas wouldn’t prove to be a challenge for Pacquiao similar to what Terrence Crawford, a legitimate banger at 140 pounds would have provided.

Arum, in as stroke of genius, decided to add five-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire to the card, which surely will excite both Filipino and American fight fans since Nonito, who spent most of his years in the United States has quite a following among the hip hop crowd in America.

There is a certain flair about Nonito that is bound to complement the charisma of Pacquiao who, according to his former strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza, is not what he used to be as a fighter and that he has lost his allure in recent years, especially after the loss to Ariza’s new-found boss, Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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With Donaire facing unbeaten Jessie Magdaleno on the Las Vegas fight card, Arum has upped the interest and the expectation of boxing fans both in the United States and the Philippines and may find it easier to attract a pay-per-view audience, even though HBO Sports had earlier decided not to cover the Pacquiao-Vargas showdown, essentially taking a break after years of covering Manny’s fights which used to draw anywhere between 1.2 to 1.3 million pay-per-view subscribers at the height of his popularity when Manny simply ran through what may well be considered an honor roll of champions past and present.

Donaire brings in a different dimension if not aura to the Nov. 5 fight card. Nonito has his own following, moves around with a certain flair and talks well, which is why the American media consider him a star in his own right.

The 2012 “Fighter of the Year” and Manny Pacquiao, the “Fighter of the Decade” should prove to be a deadly combination that should spark a surge in both interest and ticket sales because both colorful Filipinos are going up against truly talented Americans with a Mexican heritage.

Magdaleno’s constant problem has been making the super bantamweight limit where Donaire holds the WBO world title.

Should Magdaleno make the weight and Donaire’s 122-pound title is on the line, it would certainly enhance interest in the bout.

With Pacquiao becoming the first Senator to figure in a world title fight in Las Vegas, it adds another flavor to the evening.

One other element that should drive the public interest and the opportunity to hype the card is the fact that Donaire, over the past few years, had been dreaming of fighting side by side with the hero to millions of Filipinos—Manny Pacquiao.

That wish has finally been realized and we personally expect Donaire to want to put on a show of his own after being given the opportunity to fulfill his longtime dream.

Both fighters are bound to be inspired by the competitive spirit not just among themselves but against two Americans who have vowed to shock the world with their performance.

As we assess the fight card we cannot help but be struck by the inherent genius of Bob Arum, with some prodding from the Donaires Nonito and wife Rachel. The promoter extraordinaire surely deserves his billing as the best in the business.


MANILA BULLETIN

Pacquiao foe training hard to build stamina by Nick Giongco September 14, 2016 Share2 Tweet1 Share0 Email0 Share15


Jessie Vargas (Manila Bulletin) Jessie Vargas (Manila Bulletin)

Jessie Vargas is taking to the skies to prepare for his defense of the world welterweight crown against Sen. Manny Pacquiao on Nov. 5 in Las Vegas.

Less than two months before putting the World Boxing Organization 147-lb title, the 27-year-old Vargas has been making regular trips to the 11,900-feet Mount Charleston near Las Vegas.

 “There is no way I will let this go. I will be victorious by any means necessary,” said Vargas in his social media account of the scheduled 12-round battle with the Filipino legend at the Thomas and Mack Center.

High-altitude training benefits fighters building on stamina and Vargas knows that he will need plenty of that when he rumbles with the soon-to-be-38-year-old Pacquiao.

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Although Pacquiao, an eight-division champion, is no longer the same fighter who dominated almost everyone, he remains a livewire foe for a youngster like Vargas.

In fact, Pacquiao put on a show of force in his last fight against Tim Bradley last April just before he announced his short-lived retirement.

Pacquiao, meanwhile, is also in the thick of training in a gym near the Philippine Senate building.

Pacquiao in fact showed up for training hours after arriving in Manila from a whirlwind promotionalin tour in the US.


PHILSTAR

Pacquiao says Mayweather rematch 'very exciting' (philstar.com) | Updated September 14, 2016 - 1:45pm 4 951 googleplus1 0


Manny Pacquiao reacts during his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas last year. | AP

Philippines – Manny Pacquiao again stressed that he wants another crack at Floyd Mayweather Jr.

That is, if there’s clamor from boxing fans.

“I can still fight at 140-147. I'm willing to fight anybody," Pacquiao recently told Omnisport.

The Filipino icon is set to fight Jessie Vargas on November 5, eyeing no less than a victory, which perhaps will convince the retired Mayweather to fight again.

READ MORE...

Pacquiao came up short against Mayweather in what turned out to be the riches fight in boxing history. Although the bout was a commercial success, it was a critical failure as Mayweather was content to outbox an injured Pacquiao on his way to a unanimous decision win.

Pacquiao fought on a bum shoulder, and many in his camp believe the Filipino would’ve fared better had he been healthy.

Mayweather, however, already retired from the sport and so far plans on staying retired.

But Pacquiao stressed he’s open to a rematch with the undefeated American, saying it will be an exciting affair.

“If [Mayweather] wants and the fans want to have that fight again, then why not? That can be a very exciting fight. There's no reason why [it cannot happen],” he said.

Do you want still to see Mayweather-Pacquiao 2? Please tell us why in the comments section!


PHILSTAR

Vargas trainer: Pacquiao ‘still a beast’ By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated September 13, 2016 - 2:55pm 5 772 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 November 5. | AP/Damian Dovarganes

MANILA, Philippines – Jessie Vargas’ trainer does not think Manny Pacquiao is already a wash-up fighter.

Dewey Cooper says he is preparing the WBO welterweight champion for the best version of Pacquiao on November 5 in Las Vegas.

“Pacquiao's still a beast and all in this time frame but however, the knockout loss to [Juan Manuel] Marquez, he started to be a little more patient since that fight which is not a bad thing,” Cooper recently told Steve Kim of boxingscene.com.

Pacquiao hasn’t scored a knockout since 2009 against Miguel Cotto and at 37 years old, many boxing observers believe the Filipino icon is already on the decline.

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He showed some flashes of brilliance though when he floored Timothy Bradley twice in their fight last April, but still failed to finish him off.

Nevertheless, key personalities in Pacquiao’s camp, including trainer Freddie Roach and promoter Bob Arum, are convinced that Pacquiao can still duke it out for a few more fights.

Count Vargas’ cornerman among those who still believe in Pacquiao.

“So Pacquiao's still great, he still has his speed, he still has power, he's still really into fighting. He has the passion for it,” Cooper added.

“So in our minds we're facing the 2009, 2010 Manny Pacquiao and that's how we want it because we want the best Manny Pacquiao.”


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