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FORTUNE: PACQUIAO IN BETTER SHAPE THAN HE WAS FOR BRADLEY


SEPTEMBER 27 -Manny Pacquiao with strenght and conditioning coach Justin Fortune in this file photo. Manny Pacquiao’s strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune is so far impressed with the Filipino icon’s shape with still over a month left of training for his fight with Jessie Vargas. Pacquiao, Fortune said, is in even better condition today than he was while training for Timothy Bradley last April. "I've been on the job for only a week, but this I can tell you, Manny has improved a lot since we last worked together last April for the Timothy Bradley fight," the Australian conditioning guru recently told Eddie Alinea of PhilBoxing.com. Pacquiao looked great in defeating Bradley, knocking him down twice en route to a unanimous decision win. On November 5, he will challenge Vargas – interestingly a Bradley victim – for the WBO welterweight title. Fortune, meanwhile, is in Manila to supervise Pacquiao’s workouts at a gym in Pasay City. And he loves what he sees so far. "He [Pacquiao]'s lot stronger now and faster," he said. – Dino Maragay THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Why Donaire won’t vote for Pacquiao as president


SEPTEMBER 29 -Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire Jr.
– They may share the same trade and distinction as world-class Filipino boxers, but Nonito Donaire Jr. isn’t a fan of Manny Pacquiao the politician. And if Pacquiao, currently a senator, decides to go for the highest public office in the land someday, he won’t have Donaire’s vote for now. “Honestly, I probably wouldn't [vote for Pacquiao as president],” the Filipino-American boxer said in a video posted by Luis Sandoval of fighthype.com. Video by fighthype.com NONITO DONAIRE RIPS PACQUIAO'S POLITICAL CAREER; WOULD NOT VOTE FOR HIM FOR PRESIDENT CONTINUE READING BEFORE WATCHING VIDEO...

ALSO: Floyd Sr. nixes rematch between son and Pacquiao


SEPTEMBER 28 -Floyd Mayweather Sr. isn't interested in seeing his son, Floyd Jr., and Manny Pacquiao fight again.
Floyd Mayweather Sr. would advise his son against fighting Manny Pacquiao again, saying there’s no point in doing so. In an interview with On The Ropes Boxing, the elder Mayweather said he didn’t like what he heard from Pacquiao – particularly his injury – after the Filipino icon lost to Floyd Jr. in boxing’s richest fight. “If I was my son, I wouldn’t even give him another fight because he said lies about how my son won the fight,” said Floyd Sr. “Talking about his arm, something wrong with arm, weren’t nothing wrong with his arm. Floyd clearly beat him, everybody saw that and everybody knows that,” he continued. The Mayweather-Pacquiao bout in May 2015 was such a huge commercial success that a rematch financially makes sense for both fighters. READ MORE...

ALSO: Philippines' Pacquiao 'not sorry' for drug use
("I was addicted." "It's up to the person if he really wants to have a fresh start." He added: "God gave all of us a brain to discipline ourselves." Pacquiao also likened Duterte's crackdown to a parent's tough love to his children.)


SEPTEMBER 30 - Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao is a national hero and elected senator in the Philippines and a high-profile endorser of President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal war on crime that has left more than 3,000 people dead (AFP Photo/Stan Honda)
Manila (AFP) - Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao insisted Friday he owed his fans and countrymen no apology after admitting to having used illegal drugs. Pacquiao, a national hero and elected senator, is a high-profile endorser of President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal war on crime that has left more than 3,000 people dead. But the 37-year-old shocked the sporting galaxy this week when he admitted in an interview he had used narcotics in his youth. "I'm not hiding the fact that I sampled those, but I was young, maybe 15 or 16 years old," he told reporters Friday as he trained for a November 5 Las Vegas fight against World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Jessie Vargas. "I used marijuana, I used shabu," he said, elaborating on the time period and the nature of his drug use. READ MORE...

ALSO: COMMENTARY - Senator Pacquiao’s juggling act


OCTOBER 1 -There’s a new juggler in town and only time will tell how long his act could last in the frenetic worlds of politics and sports. And Sen. Manny Pacquiao, boxing’s only eight-division world champion, is turning out to be quite a sensation. He is earning plaudits in the most exclusive club in the islands for his common-sense queries during a recent hearing of the justice and human rights panel. The Pacman also courted controversy for his motion, eventually voted 16-4 by himself and colleagues, to oust the committee’s chair, Sen. Leila de Lima. He readily agreed with fellow members of the super majority that De Lima—while questioning a self-confessed assassin who implicated President Duterte in extra judicial killings while mayor of Davao City—has ruined the country’s worldwide reputation. The boxer is settling in well as senator of the realm and appears happy with his job. He does not need any more media mileage and yet Pacquiao in action on the Senate floor is on local television, on YouTube, on Facebook, all over the Internet. But a day in his life as a senator has changed since deciding to return to the ring to challenge unheralded American Jessie Vargas for the WBO welterweight belt in Las Vegas on Nov. 5. And the Vargas fight won’t be a one-shot deal either, since Pacquiao’s 15-year coach and trainer Freddie Roach is saying his ward can still box at an elite level because he looks fiercer than usual. READ MORE...


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Fortune: Pacquiao in better shape than he was for Bradley


Manny Pacquiao with strenght and conditioning coach Justin Fortune in this file photo.

MANILA, OCTOBER 3, 2016 (PHILSTAR) September 26, 2016 - Manny Pacquiao’s strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune is so far impressed with the Filipino icon’s shape with still over a month left of training for his fight with Jessie Vargas.

Pacquiao, Fortune said, is in even better condition today than he was while training for Timothy Bradley last April.

"I've been on the job for only a week, but this I can tell you, Manny has improved a lot since we last worked together last April for the Timothy Bradley fight," the Australian conditioning guru recently told Eddie Alinea of PhilBoxing.com.

Pacquiao looked great in defeating Bradley, knocking him down twice en route to a unanimous decision win. On November 5, he will challenge Vargas – interestingly a Bradley victim – for the WBO welterweight title.

Fortune, meanwhile, is in Manila to supervise Pacquiao’s workouts at a gym in Pasay City. And he loves what he sees so far.

"He [Pacquiao]'s lot stronger now and faster," he said. – Dino Maragay


PHILSTAR

Why Donaire won’t vote for Pacquiao as president By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated September 28, 2016 - 11:20am 29 1518 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire Jr.

MANILA, Philippines – They may share the same trade and distinction as world-class Filipino boxers, but Nonito Donaire Jr. isn’t a fan of Manny Pacquiao the politician.

And if Pacquiao, currently a senator, decides to go for the highest public office in the land someday, he won’t have Donaire’s vote for now.

“Honestly, I probably wouldn't [vote for Pacquiao as president],” the Filipino-American boxer said in a video posted by Luis Sandoval of fighthype.com.

Video by fighthype.com NONITO DONAIRE RIPS PACQUIAO'S POLITICAL CAREER; WOULD NOT VOTE FOR HIM FOR PRESIDENT

CONTINUE READING BEFORE WATCHING...

 
https://youtu.be/7W9X1SiGX4c
NONITO DONAIRE RIPS PACQUIAO'S POLITICAL CAREER; QUESTIONS HIS WORD AND WOULD NOT VOTE FOR HIM FightHype.com FightHype.com Subscribe114,943 Add to Share More 3,734 views 63 12 Published on Sep 27, 2016 "If I become a politician, there's too many things that get taken from me...honestly, I probably wouldn't...depends on how he is going to be...he's not presented himself well as a politician...he is the most absentee in the congress," stated WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire, who made it clear that although he supports Manny Pacquiao inside the ring, he has no intention of supporting his political career if he hopes to become President of the Philippines.

Donaire is in Los Angeles to promote his WBO super bantamweight title defense against Magdaleno, which, interestingly, will be held in the undercard of Pacquiao’s fight with Jessie Vargas in November 5.

After taking the dais and talking about his upcoming fight, Donaire spent some time talking to reporters, even about things other than boxing. He was then asked about his thoughts on Pacquiao running for Philippine president in the future.

Donaire pointed out that Pacquiao lacks the commitment at this point.

“In order for you to become the president, you have to take the words of the people, you have to be there, you have to have the time,” he said.

Pacquiao is known to wear different hats, and in fact, has chosen to hold his training for Vargas at a gym near the Senate office in Pasay City after sessions.

Some observers believe Pacquiao has set his sights on the presidency, with the senate as his springboard. He had been congressman representing Sarangani province, and was noted for his absences, which Donaire also singled out.

“He's not presented himself well as a politician. He's presented himself as a celebrity,” said Donaire. “For once, he is the most absentee in the congress."

"But in terms of becoming the president, you have to put your effort, your mind,” he added.

Pacquiao’s commitment to his duties as a public servant has again been put in question when he decided to resume fighting just five months after announcing his retirement. After defeating Bradley last April, Pacquiao said he is hanging up his gloves to focus on politics.

The Filipino then quickly changed his mind, announcing his fight with Vargas. And Donaire has called him out for it.

“Sometimes you gotta be true to your word. I love Manny, he's a great friend of mine, but I'm looking at it as a man who wants the country to become better,” said Donaire.

“In order for him to get my vote, he has to commit. If he says 'I'm retired', then you stay that way.”


PHILSTAR

Floyd Sr. nixes rematch between son and Pacquiao (philstar.com) | Updated September 28, 2016 - 1:53pm 4 225 googleplus0 0


Floyd Mayweather Sr. isn't interested in seeing his son, Floyd Jr., and Manny Pacquiao fight again.

MANILA, Philippines – Floyd Mayweather Sr. would advise his son against fighting Manny Pacquiao again, saying there’s no point in doing so.

In an interview with On The Ropes Boxing, the elder Mayweather said he didn’t like what he heard from Pacquiao – particularly his injury – after the Filipino icon lost to Floyd Jr. in boxing’s richest fight.

“If I was my son, I wouldn’t even give him another fight because he said lies about how my son won the fight,” said Floyd Sr.

“Talking about his arm, something wrong with arm, weren’t nothing wrong with his arm. Floyd clearly beat him, everybody saw that and everybody knows that,” he continued.

The Mayweather-Pacquiao bout in May 2015 was such a huge commercial success that a rematch financially makes sense for both fighters.

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Pacquiao is fighting again on November 5, challenging WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas, and has repeatedly expressed his desire for a rematch with Mayweather.

Mayweather, meanwhile, has stayed retired for now and does not seem inclined to lace it up anytime soon.

There’s no point for a Mayweather-Pacquiao 2, according to Floyd Sr., as the result would likely be the same.

“If they fight again, his [Pacquiao’s] arm gonna be hurt again, OK,” said the elder Mayweather, referring to Pacquiao’s right shoulder which he injured while training for Floyd Jr. – Dino Maragay


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Philippines' Pacquiao 'not sorry' for drug use AFP•September 30, 2016


Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao is a national hero and elected senator in the Philippines and a high-profile endorser of President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal war on crime that has left more than 3,000 people dead (AFP Photo/Stan Honda)


Manila (AFP) - Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao insisted Friday he owed his fans and countrymen no apology after admitting to having used illegal drugs.

Pacquiao, a national hero and elected senator, is a high-profile endorser of President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal war on crime that has left more than 3,000 people dead.

But the 37-year-old shocked the sporting galaxy this week when he admitted in an interview he had used narcotics in his youth.

"I'm not hiding the fact that I sampled those, but I was young, maybe 15 or 16 years old," he told reporters Friday as he trained for a November 5 Las Vegas fight against World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Jessie Vargas.

"I used marijuana, I used shabu," he said, elaborating on the time period and the nature of his drug use.

READ MORE...

"Shabu" is the local name for the cheap and highly addictive crystal meth stimulant that Duterte says is the drug of choice of the majority of up to 3.7 million Filipino drug dependents.

Pacquiao, who was elected to the Senate in May, is one of the most prominent backers of Duterte's anti-drug crackdown, which has drawn global condemnation for alleged extrajudicial killings.

He also supports Duterte's call to restore the death penalty for drug traffickers in the mainly Catholic nation.

- 'I was not addicted' -

The grade-school dropout ran away from home in his youth and took up boxing to escape poverty, turning professional at 17 on his way to winning an unprecedented eight world titles in different weight classes.

Pacquiao said he did not need to apologise for his previous drug use.

"Why should I say sorry to them? I did nothing wrong," he said.

"Also, I was not addicted. I just experienced it," he said when asked if he became drug dependent.

Pacquiao said his experience should inspire Filipino drug users who wanted to avoid getting arrested or killed in the crackdown.

A convert to a conservative Christian sect, Pacquiao said he used sheer willpower and turned to sports to wean himself away from substance abuse.

"Everyone knows that I drank, I gambled and had many women, but realised these were all sins so I stopped. I'm sure what I did for myself was an inspiration to all."

"It's up to the person if he really wants to have a fresh start."

He added: "God gave all of us a brain to discipline ourselves."

Pacquiao also likened Duterte's crackdown to a parent's tough love to his children.

"When you discipline your children it really hurts at first, but it has to be done in order to instill discipline."

"People are used to doing whatever it is that they want to do, even if it's against the law. But now you can't do that in this administration."

"Let us all help our president instead of putting all the responsibility (on him). Change should come from within because the president will not be able to change you," he added.

Asked to give advice to those wanting to kick their drug habit, Pacquiao said they should engage in physical activity.

"One proven strategy to avoid (drugs) is to make yourself busy through exercise."


INQUIRER COMMENTRY

Senator Pacquiao’s juggling act By: Percy D. Della @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer
04:41 AM October 1st, 2016

There’s a new juggler in town and only time will tell how long his act could last in the frenetic worlds of politics and sports.

And Sen. Manny Pacquiao, boxing’s only eight-division world champion, is turning out to be quite a sensation.

He is earning plaudits in the most exclusive club in the islands for his common-sense queries during a recent hearing of the justice and human rights panel.

The Pacman also courted controversy for his motion, eventually voted 16-4 by himself and colleagues, to oust the committee’s chair, Sen. Leila de Lima.

He readily agreed with fellow members of the super majority that De Lima—while questioning a self-confessed assassin who implicated President Duterte in extra judicial killings while mayor of Davao City—has ruined the country’s worldwide reputation.

The boxer is settling in well as senator of the realm and appears happy with his job.

He does not need any more media mileage and yet Pacquiao in action on the Senate floor is on local television, on YouTube, on Facebook, all over the Internet.

But a day in his life as a senator has changed since deciding to return to the ring to challenge unheralded American Jessie Vargas for the WBO welterweight belt in Las Vegas on Nov. 5.

And the Vargas fight won’t be a one-shot deal either, since Pacquiao’s 15-year coach and trainer Freddie Roach is saying his ward can still box at an elite level because he looks fiercer than usual.

READ MORE...

So how will the senator pull off a double life, and not run the risk of being a parliamentary no-show again, starting with his preparation for Vargas? It is in the congressional record books that until his short-lived retirement, Pacquiao was chronically absent as a congressman from Sarangani.

“The key is discipline and time management,” says Aquiles Zonio, Pacquiao’s Senate press aide and staunchest ally.


Aquiles Zonio @mindanawnewsboy A Mindanao journalist. One of the three survivors of the gruesome Nov. 23,2009 Ampatuan Massacre. General Santos City.PHOTO FROM TWITTER

The boxer’s daily routine starts with jogging in the morning, attending marathon sessions and hearings until 3 p.m. and going up to his office to sign papers and receive a variety of visitors—constituents, dignitaries and sports personalities.

Zonio says the Pacman does his homework and receives regular briefings from his chief of staff and legislative officer.

“At the hearings and sessions, the boss has no pretensions. He speaks through his heart and mind,” according to Zonio.

From work, the senator goes to the gym for rigorous mental and physical training.

Pacquiao wants to lead a new life as an elected official. His priority this time around is his Senate duties, says his trusted lieutenant. “He does not want to sacrifice his legislative duties.

Team Pacquiao will fly to Los Angeles on Oct. 22 to wind up training at Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Hollywood.

His purse for his forthcoming fight is unknown. If you believe Zonio, the whole point of Pacquiao’s comeback against Vargas is not so much to make money but to chase history.

“Once he succeeds in dethroning Vargas, Pacquiao will be the first senator to win a world title,” Zonio says. “No other human being has ever achieved this feat.”

After the bout at the Thomas and Mack Center in Vegas Nov. 5, the senator, win or lose, will fly back to Manila the next day.

The Senate will be on recess from Oct. 19 to Nov. 7.


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