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PACMAN TO RUSH HOME AFTER VARGAS FIGHT
[RELATED: Arum predicts KO finish in Pacquiao-Vargas tussle]


OCTOBER 25 -Manny Pacquiao will not stay any minute longer here in the United States after his clash with Mexican-American Jessie Vargas on Nov. 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Pacquiao said he will rush home to perform his duties as a senator. “Uuwi agad ako after the fight,” he said here Sunday. Pacquiao said he will board the first plane out of Vegas the day after the fight so he lands in Manila in the morning of Tuesday (Manila time) and attend the Senate session in the afternoon. READ MORE...RELATED, Arum predicts KO finish in Pacquiao-Vargas tussle...

ALSO: Pacquiao better than Rocky – Stallone


OCTOBER 31 -Photo shows Pacquiao with ‘Rocky Balboa’ after the training session. David Sisson
LOS ANGELES – Sylvester Stallone, the greatest boxer in the movies, paid Manny Pacquiao a visit at the Wild Card Gym Saturday. It’s not the first time that Stallone, who starred in the “Rocky” movie series, had come to watch Pacquiao train. But each visit is regarded as special. “He’s a long-time friend. He always visits me in training,” said Pacquiao. Close ad X Stallone, now 70, arrived at the gym as Pacquiao sparred with Mexican Rey Beltran. It was supposed to be a closed-door session. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao focused on dethroning Vargas
[RELATED: PACQUIAO, ROACH AND ARUM FIRST DAY OF USA TRAINING CAMP Q & A]


OCTOBER 26 -Manny Pacquiao is out to dethrone Jessie Vargas in their WBO welterweight tussle on Nov. 5 in Las Vegas.
Jessie Vargas is Manny Pacquiao’s sole focus as the Filipino legends spends the last few days of training camp in Los Angeles. “I’m not taking this fight lightly,” Pacquiao told fightnews two days after his arrival in the US from Manila where he trained for six weeks under the guidance of Freddie Roach. Pacquiao attempts to dethrone Vargas as World Boxing Organization welterweight king on Nov. 5 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. To say that Pacquiao is looking past Vargas as he eyes a return match with Floyd Mayweather in 2017 is not right and proper. READ MORE...RELATED,
PACQUIAO, ROACH AND ARUM FIRST DAY OF USA TRAINING CAMP Q & A...

ALSO: Pacquiao takes a break from politics for boxing
[RELATED: Senator Pacquiao supports probe on Yolanda funds irregularities]


OCTOBER 26 -In this file photo, Sen. Manny Pacquiao gives his first privilege speech at the Senate. | Wendell Rupert Alinea LAS VEGAS —
Up until last week, Manny Pacquiao was concentrating on trying to get the death penalty restored in the Philippines. Now he's focusing on something not nearly as controversial — his return to the ring for a November 5 fight with Jessie Vargas. "Working in the Senate is not easy while you're training," said Pacquiao, a freshman senator in the Philippines. "You manage your time and that's what I did in training for this fight." Pacquiao won't have to juggle two jobs for at least a few weeks, with the Senate now out of session. He arrived in Los Angeles over the weekend, eager to finish final preparations for yet another fight in a pro career that has stretched 21 years. READ MORE...RELATED, Senator Pacquiao supports probe on Yolanda funds irregularities ...

ALSO: Roach likes energy of Pacquiao
[RELATED: Vargas - I’ve got Pacquiao all figured out]


Boxing superhero and reigning Fighter of the Decade, Senator MANNY "Pacman" PACQUIAO, arrived in the U.S. Last Saturday, October 22. EIGHT-DIVISION world champion and Philippine senator Manny Pacquiao skipped training Monday afternoon in the Wild Card Gym of trainer Freddie Roach, but had “a good, hard run” at Griffith Park in the morning. Longtime adviser and confidant Michael Koncz informed the Manila Standard that he “canceled training in the afternoon because he wanted Manny to rest due to jet lag,” from the long and tiring flight from Manila to Los Angeles on Sunday night. READ MORE...RELATED, Vargas: I’ve got Pacquiao all figured out...

ALSO: Manny Pacquiao not taking Jessie Vargas lightly - 'Never underestimate a world champion'
[RELATED: Arum warns Donaire: Magdaleno trains like a ‘beast’]
(Donaire will face the undefeated American Magdaleno (23-0 win-loss record with 17 knockouts) in one of the undercard bouts of the Manny Pacquiao vs Jessie Vargas fight on November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada).


OCTOBER 26 -Manny Pacquiao does his early morning jog in the company of a big entourage. Photo by Jhay Otamias
A world champion is still a world champion, and no way is Manny Pacquiao going to look past Jessie Vargas, who stakes his welterweight title on the line against the Filipino pride two weeks from now at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. The 37-year-old Pacquiao said he prepared hard against Vargas in the same manner he did against any of his past opponents. And even though he’s busy training and doing his work in the Senate at the same time, the boxing great didn’t remiss in making sure he will be in tip-top shape come the night of Nov. 5 (Nov. 6, Manila time) when he makes his ring return following a brief seven-month retirement. READ MORE...RELATED,
Arum warns Donaire: Magdaleno trains like a ‘beast’...


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Pacman to rush home after Vargas fight

LOS ANGELES, OCTOBER 31, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Abac Cordero October 25, 2016 – Manny Pacquiao will not stay any minute longer here in the United States after his clash with Mexican-American Jessie Vargas on Nov. 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao said he will rush home to perform his duties as a senator.

“Uuwi agad ako after the fight,” he said here Sunday.

Pacquiao said he will board the first plane out of Vegas the day after the fight so he lands in Manila in the morning of Tuesday (Manila time) and attend the Senate session in the afternoon.

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Session resumes Monday, and there’s no way for Pacquiao to be there, unless he knocks Vargas out in the first round, takes a quick shower and heads to the airport to catch an evening flight -- if there’s any.

WILL MISS FIRST SENATE SESSION

Pacquiao said he will miss the first session on Nov. 7 after the Senate recess.

“One day absent ako. Hindi na siguro masama ang isang araw (I think one day missed it not too bad),” said Pacquiao.

The former congressman who was elected to the Senate last May had vowed never to miss any session in the Senate.

As a congressman, he was severely criticized for his absenteeism, and when he ran for the Senate he promised never to be absent on the Senate floor.

When he announced his retirement after his victory over Titothy Bradley last April, he said he wanted to devote his full attention to the Senate.

According to his public information officer, Aquiles Zonio, the eight-division champion has so far kept a perfect attendance as a senator.

Even when he had to train for this coming fight, Pacquiao made sure he was at the Senate for the afternoon sessions.

Pacquiao said there’s an important Senate deliberation on Tuesday.

“Budget deliberation,” he said.

Normally, Pacquiao stays a couple more days in Los Angeles after each fight, either to attend to some obligations, enjoy some time with his family or rest.

This time, he heads home the day after.

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Arum predicts KO finish in Pacquiao-Vargas tussle ABS-CBN News Posted at Oct 26 2016 12:14 PM


Senator and boxing champion Manny Pacquiao trains inside the Elorde gym in Pasay City last September 28, 2016. Romeo Ranoco, Reuters

MANILA, Philippines – Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum won't be surprised if the November 5 clash between Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao and up-and-coming foe Jessie Vargas ends in a knockout.

Pacquiao has not won by knockout since 2009, and the 27-year-old Vargas is not known for being a knockout artist either. Of Vargas's 27 wins, only 10 have come via knockout.

Yet Arum believes a knockout may occur because of Vargas' fighting style, which is a direct contrast from many of Pacquiao's previous opponents.

"The fighters that Manny is fighting, because he is so powerful and he throws so many punches, and he throws them in bunches and he hurts guys – they tend to fight in defense," Arum explained in a conference call.

"Any fighter or trainer will tell you that if that happens, it is very difficult to knock somebody out," he pointed out.

Vargas, however, will not be content with simply going on the defensive. Arum fully expects Vargas to be on attack mode all throughout their 12-round welterweight showdown.

"Jessie Vargas… is an offensive fighter who is going to go after Manny," Arum said, adding that the younger boxer will be looking to knockout the Filipino icon.

"I think you will see, one way or another, a knockout in this fight," the promoter predicted. "And it's a lot because Jessie will be fearless, and some people say reckless, and he will be going after Manny, to try and knock Manny out."

"And when that happens, it's easier for the other to knock that guy out," he added. "You know that."


ARUM AND PACQUIAO

Pacquiao himself refused to promise a knockout victory. He noted that even in the welterweight division (147 pounds), he often gives up a weight advantage to opponents, as his natural weight is 140 pounds and can even go down to as low as 135 pounds.

"My opponent is tough and bigger than me, but I am still trying to do my best to get a knockout in the fight," he said. "I am not saying what I am predicting for this fight, but if the knockout comes, it will come. It is the bonus for all your sacrifices in training."

His trainer, Freddie Roach, meanwhile simply said that the Filipino star has been very aggressive in training camp, and is back to throwing the flurries and combinations that helped him become the No. 1 pound-for-pound boxer in the world during his prime.

"If he carries that over into the fight, he will knock somebody out," Roach said. "He hasn't knocked out any 147-pounders in a while, but again, they are much bigger guys and they can take better shots."

"But I feel that with the combinations and the way he has been training, he has been very close to knocking guys out in the gym," he added. "I am very impressed with him in the gym workouts so far."

Pacquiao is now in Los Angeles for the final stretches of his training camp. The "Pacman" spent the first few weeks of camp in Manila, where he juggled his workouts with his duties as a senator.


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Pacquiao better than Rocky – Stallone By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 31, 2016 - 12:00am 0 1 googleplus0 0


Photo shows Pacquiao with ‘Rocky Balboa’ after the training session. David Sisson

LOS ANGELES – Sylvester Stallone, the greatest boxer in the movies, paid Manny Pacquiao a visit at the Wild Card Gym Saturday.

It’s not the first time that Stallone, who starred in the “Rocky” movie series, had come to watch Pacquiao train. But each visit is regarded as special.

“He’s a long-time friend. He always visits me in training,” said Pacquiao.

Stallone, now 70, arrived at the gym as Pacquiao sparred with Mexican Rey Beltran. It was supposed to be a closed-door session.

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Hollywood superstar Sylvester Stallone watches Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao spar with Mexican Rey Beltran during a visit to the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles last Saturday. David Sisson

After the sparring session, Pacquiao came up to Stallone, and they posed for pictures.

Stallone took videos of Pacquiao on his mobile phone as the 37-year-old boxer sparred with Beltran like it was an actual fight.

The Hollywood superstar spoke briefly to ABS-CBN and said Pacquiao just never fails to amaze him.

“He’s the best fighter in the last 60 or 70 years. Period. For real. He’s better than Rocky Balboa,” added Stallone, a regular ringside fixture in Pacquiao fights.

“He’s the best fighter ever,” he said.

Move over Rocky.


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Pacquiao focused on dethroning Vargas by Nick Giongco October 25, 2016 Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share6


Manny Pacquiao is out to dethrone Jessie Vargas in their WBO welterweight tussle on Nov. 5 in Las Vegas.

Jessie Vargas is Manny Pacquiao’s sole focus as the Filipino legends spends the last few days of training camp in Los Angeles.

“I’m not taking this fight lightly,” Pacquiao told fightnews two days after his arrival in the US from Manila where he trained for six weeks under the guidance of Freddie Roach.

Pacquiao attempts to dethrone Vargas as World Boxing Organization welterweight king on Nov. 5 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.

To say that Pacquiao is looking past Vargas as he eyes a return match with Floyd Mayweather in 2017 is not right and proper.

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“Vargas is the champion and I won’t underestimate him…I’m not thinking about any fights in 2017. One at a time. I can’t say ‘yes’ right now. Let me finish this fight first!”

Vargas, 27, is also in the final stages of his preparation in Las Vegas and is aching to finally get it on with the eight-division champion.

Reports of a Mayweather rematch has been doing the rounds lately but Pacquiao, who turns 38 on Dec. 17, doesn’t want to look past the rugged Vargas.

Vargas is a huge underdog but Pacquiao insists he is the type of fighter not be messed around with.

You can’t simply fault Pacquiao for not taking about Maywetaher since a loss next month is sure to send that mouth-watering match down the drain.

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PACQUIAO, ROACH AND ARUM FIRST DAY OF USA TRAINING CAMP Q & A PhilBoxing.com Wed, 26 Oct 2016



FREDDIE ROACH: It was a pretty tough schedule in this camp but he held up really well. The sparring days were really good and it’s the best I’ve seen Manny in a long time – he is a lot more aggressive than I have seen him in the past and there was a lot of the old Manny Pacquiao coming out and he really, really looked good. We trained right up until Saturday morning before our flight out to Los Angeles and he boxed 10 rounds and he looked great and he’s in great shape, I know it’s been a very difficult camp with the Senate and so forth. Manny has always been a busy person but because of the Senate he seems to be a lot more serious than anything else he has done. He is in Senate sessions on some nights until 7:30 or 8:00 at night and when he is done we go right to the gym.

MANNY PACQUIAO: Hello everyone and thank you Bob and Freddie and the people who are all part of this conversation.

Q: Because of all the work you are doing in the Senate does that mean you are less distracted, being committed to work in one form or the other?

MANNY PACQUIAO: I can say that working in the Senate is not easy, especially, along with training. You need to manage your time and that’s what I did in training for this fight while I am working in the office. I don’t have time really for any other activities – all of my time is with working and training.

Is it a problem for you to be away right now when there are problems with the president?

MANNY PACQUIAO: My work is my work and whatever the comments from the President are – he has a lot of advisors and we know what his statements are. My work is for the people and that is what my job is, to help the people.

What is the most difficult part of trying to do both jobs?

MANNY PACQUIAO: That’s a good question. The most difficult part is trying to control my time and to manage and discipline myself. The most difficult part of training in the past has always been when I do a bad job of managing my time. This time I managed my time and disciplined myself from going to my work to my training and that’s what I did in the Philippines. I don’t have any time to spend with my friends – just time for hard work.

How is it to have you, the most famous Philippine boxer, and now the second most famous Philippine boxer, Donaire on the same card and how come you think it has never happened before?

MANNY PACQUIAO: This is a good boxing card because not only am I fighting on the card but also my fellow Philippine boxer Nonito Donaire, who is the “Pride of the Philippines.” I think it is a good present for us and for the Philippine people for us to fight on this card together.

Do you support your President’s stand against the US and the call for closer relationship with Russia and China?

MANNY PACQUIAO: Clarifying the issues and I think there is nothing wrong to clarify everything. He has clarified everything about the relationship between the United States and the Philippines and it is a healthy relationship. We all respect his statement and he clarified it already.

MANNY PACQUIAO: The bond between the United States and the Philippines is one of longstanding and there is a great kinship between the people of our two countries.

How did you feel in the last Bradley fight - can you tell us about it?

MANNY PACQUIAO: I felt very good in that Bradley fight. It is not the reason I continued to fight though. I came back because I felt lonely, not training with my friends and I felt empty and I realized that I could still train and work so that’s why I decided to fight again.

FREDDIE ROACH: I thought it was a good performance I thought he fought very well. He was accurate a lot more than usual. In this training camp he has been using his speed and his combinations, not just single-punching and he has looked very good and it is probably the best training camp he has had in a long time. I look forward to Manny fighting in this style.

In looking at Vargas’ opponents we don’t see a murderers row, is it difficult to take this fight seriously?

MANNY PACQUIAO: Vargas is a world champion so in no way can I underestimate him. You can never underestimate a boxer who is a champion. He is good. I just have to make sure that I am 100% ready for the fight.

BOB ARUM: No murderers row of opponents but when he fought Bradley he had Bradley out on his feet and because the referee got mixed up he stopped the fight ten seconds too soon so who knows how that would have ended. And he fought Sadam Ali to win the title and Sadam Ali is a terrific fighter – he was a member of the US Olympic Team, he was undefeated and certainly not a tomato can and he entered the fight a big favorite over Vargas and Vargas dominated him and eventually knocked him out. I think that victory alone qualifies Vargas for top level of fighters and opponents for Manny.

I agree on the Ali fight, but Bradley was way ahead on scorecards when Vargas had Bradley out on his feet in the 12th round…

BOB ARUM: We can agree on that but what if he had him out on his feet in the earlier rounds or in the 11th round – the fact that he could put Bradley out on his feet is I think the operative statement.

Have you given any thought to how many fights, if you win, that you may have in 2017?

MANNY PACQUIAO: I don’t know yet. Right now my focus is on this fight. Then I go back and do my job then I could think about 2017.

Will you fight again?

MANNY PACQUIAO: I don’t know yet. One fight at a time. I take them one at a time. I cannot say yes right now. First I think about this fight. Today, Jessie Vargas is the most important fight of my career.

BOB ARUM: Let’s take it one at a time. If Manny comes in and dominates this fight and looks like the old Manny, and wants to continue fighting, there will be certain opponents that will be considered. If he decides that it’s too much juggling two careers then he shouldn’t continue. If he is determined to continue and his performance suffers because of his work in the Senate I would have to look in the direction of somebody else for an opponent. So to jump now about names and so forth, who knows? Manny may look so good in this fight and may have such senatorial presence in the fight that we may be looking for Golovkin next. And if he doesn’t vote right in the senate I think some of his constituents may be urging him to fight Golovkin.

MANNY PACQUIAO: Bob, I hope you are joking about. Golovkin!

Do you have expectations of how the fight will do?

BOB ARUM: We are very optimistic. What’s happened here is – how do you know? Why are you optimistic? We are optimistic because our ticket sales are tremendous at the gate – that is one indication and secondly, our closed circuit operations – the bars and chains and mom-and-pop bars, are doing sales reminiscent of Manny Pacquiao of a couple of years ago. They are being blown away by the response, so the Gagliardi family (closed circuit sales team) are chortling, “Happy Days are Here Again.” So then how does the pay per view do? We think it’s going to really do very well and the reason for that is we are marketing it in a lot of different ways. We are not spending the money on the shoulder programming that is seen only on HBO – we are spending that shoulder money on a new series called “ALL IN” which starts today and will be seen all over the internet – on Facebook, Twitter and on the stuff the young kids are watching. We will be reaching many more millions of people than we reached by the previous shoulder programming. We think it’s the way to go. We think by reaching a tremendous audience with views of the fighters and interviews with Manny and Jessie and pictures and vignettes of the other fighters fighting in the championship fights and telling everyone that they are not going to see one or two world championship fights on the telecast, but FOUR. Every single fight is a world championship fight and every single fight is competitive. We think we are going to do very, very big pay per view numbers. Do I know that for a fact? No. The others I know for a fact because the pay per view numbers -- we really won’t get a handle on until the week of the fight. Am I optimistic? Off the charts. Off the charts optimistic. Listen, you can say what you want about Pacquiao and Vargas, I think it’s competitive – certain people don’t and that’s their opinion. Jessie is the kind of guy that can make it a real interesting fight. But everybody says that Nonito Donaire vs. Jessie Magdalena is a competitive, very good and interesting fight. The new featherweight champion Oscar Valdez against the No. 1 contender from Japan is a shootout – it’s a terrific fight. And Zou Shiming has a rematch against Prasitak Papoem of Thailand for the vacant title which will be a very interesting fight – wait till you see the Prasitak – it will look like Shiming is fighting a miniature Manny Pacquiao because this kid is a dead image of Manny Pacquiao. So it will really be a great night of boxing and we think the pay per view is going to be terrific.

Manny, you haven’t won by knockout since 2009, does that matter to you?

MANNY PACQUIAO: Remember my minimum weight is – I can still make 135. I can still make 135 and my natural weight is 140. When I move up into the higher weight divisions it changes my preparation – I eat a lot to make 147. Where I may gain a pound of two between the weigh-in and the fight, my opponent may be a lot heavier. I am not saying that I cannot do that, but what I am trying to do in every fight I try to do my best. It just so happens that my opponent is tough and bigger than me. But I am still trying to do my best to get a knockout in the fight. I am not saying what I am predicting for this fight but if the knockout comes, it will come – it is the bonus for all of your sacrifices in training.

MANNY PACQUIAO: My opponent is bigger than me but that doesn’t matter – I am not disappointing the fans that I have and I did my best. I work hard in the fight and in training and I have proven that to the fans.

BOB ARUM: There is another factor. The fighters that Manny is fighting, because he is so powerful and he throws so many punches and he throws them in bunches and he hurts guys – is that they tend to fight in defense. Now any fighter or trainer will tell you that if that happens it is very difficult to knock somebody out – very difficult. I think with Jessie Vargas, who is an offensive fighter who is going to go after Manny, whose goal is to knock Manny out – I think you will see, one way or another, a knockout in this fight. And it’s a lot because Jessie will be fearless and some people say reckless, will be going after Manny to try and knock Manny out. And when that happens it is easier for the other to knock that guy out – you know that.

Freddie, you have said Manny has been hurting you – do you think he is back to the old Manny?

FREDDIE ROACH: He has been very aggressive in his sparring – throwing combinations and he seems to be getting back to the old Manny – really quick combinations, in and out, flurries and very hard punching. He has been hurting me while on the mitts. My shoulder is a little messed up. Buboy’s hand and shoulders are messed up. We’ll hang in there … but holding the mitts for Manny is not the most fun thing in the world to do – it’s hard, hard work. If he carries that over into the fight I think he will knock somebody out. He hasn’t knocked out any 147-poundersin awhile but again they are much bigger guys and they can take better shots, but I feel that with the combinations and the way he has been training he has been very close to knocking guys out in the gym and so forth. I am very impressed with him in the gym workouts so far.

I have seen some clips where the workout had to end early…

FREDDIE ROACH: We have never ended a workout early. We never end a workout early. That just doesn’t happen. Manny Pacquiao comes into the gym and he works his ass off every day no matter how late we started. When he is in session -- if we begin at 8 p.m. -- we work out until the workout is over. We have not taken one minute off because of that. He is a Senator and he works very hard to do all of the stuff he has to do at that job. He is busier than usual but he always likes a full plate and he has a full plate right now.

Correct me if I am wrong but wasn’t he sick for a few days in training camp?

FREDDIE ROACH: Was he sick in training camp? No. There was a couple of days I told him to stay home and get some rest when sparring days were the next day and he didn’t listen to me and he shows up anyway. Manny Pacquiao is still the most dedicated fighter I have ever seen. I did get him to take one day off because I told him sparring is more important, so I did get him to take one day off, yes.

How is the process of being a Senator and going to training camp?

FREDDIE ROACH: It has worked pretty well for us so far. We are on one end of it and he’s on the other. We are the ones that have only one job to go to and he has two jobs to go to. It depends on how Manny feels and he looks great. The workouts are good and he is disciplined 100%. He comes in the gym every day no matter what time his Senatorial duties are over and he does a full scheduled workout. I do think he will fight again. And this is the best Manny Pacquiao I have seen in training camp in a long time.

What is the most important legislation you are pushing right now?

MANNY PACQUIAO: Right now I am pushing for the establishment of a boxing commission in the Philippines to focus on boxing that is close to being approved and also sponsoring the restoration of the death penalty.

Are you enjoying the boxing – is it a relief for you – after the Senate?

MANNY PACQUIAO: Absolutely, I am still enjoying boxing that is why I am continuing my career and I am also enjoying my time in the Senate while I am doing my job. I am enjoying both.

Does boxing serve as stress relief after a full day in the Senate?

MANNY PACQUIAO: NO! They are both hard. At the of the day in the Senate I am exhausted mentally and when I get to the gym and have to work hard and after that I am exhausted physically so I have to rest.

Bob, what has it been like working with Manny Pacquiao?

BOB ARUM: It made a tremendous difference to me emotionally. In 1985 I co-promoted a fight in Manila and I spent a lot of time in the Philippines and walked away from the people in the Philippines and in the interim years I had met so many Filipinos who had come to the United States and found them to be charming delightful people and with my association with Manny I have had an opportunity to meet thousands of Filipinos and have spent a lot of time in the Philippines and to meet somebody as dedicated to man kind as Manny Pacquiao. To me Manny Pacquiao symbolizes the best of the Philippine people. Somebody who cares for other people and somebody who dedicates his life to doing good. I think that that has had a great influence on me in my later years. To me when I think about it, made everything that I have accomplished and done in boxing worthwhile because I have had that experience with Manny and the Philippine people.

In Closing . . .

BOB ARUM: Looking forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday at Manny’s media day. I am really excited about this fight. My job is to get people interested and sometimes it is very hard because I have to get myself interested. In this event I really believe – Pacquiao and Vargas I can’t wait to see that fight and the other three title fights are absolutely great and to be able to do an event like this involving fighter from countries all over the world is something special, naysayers who cover the sport, who always talk about boxing being dead, and boxing being this and boxing being that, in negative terms will see, that on November 5 boxing is on the cusp of real greatness. In the 51 years I have been in the sport I have never seen the quantity of terrific fighters that I see today – not only from the United States but from all over the world. From the four corners of the world – from New Zealand, to Kazakhstan, to Russia, the Philippines, China, Brazil, to Ireland – all over the world. We have a great global sport and we will celebrate that sport on the evening of November 5 with a great card of four world championship fights.

FREDDIE ROACH: Manny is in great shape and he’s really looking good and I’m looking forward to this fight and many more to come after that.

MANNY PACQUIAO: I can’t wait for November 5.


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Pacquiao takes a break from politics for boxing By Tim Dahlberg (Associated Press) | Updated October 25, 2016 - 11:36am 3 140 googleplus0 0


In this file photo, Sen. Manny Pacquiao gives his first privilege speech at the Senate. | Wendell Rupert Alinea LAS VEGAS —

Up until last week, Manny Pacquiao was concentrating on trying to get the death penalty restored in the Philippines.

Now he's focusing on something not nearly as controversial — his return to the ring for a November 5 fight with Jessie Vargas.

"Working in the Senate is not easy while you're training," said Pacquiao, a freshman senator in the Philippines. "You manage your time and that's what I did in training for this fight."

Pacquiao won't have to juggle two jobs for at least a few weeks, with the Senate now out of session. He arrived in Los Angeles over the weekend, eager to finish final preparations for yet another fight in a pro career that has stretched 21 years.

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What remains to be seen is how eager boxing fans are to see him against a relatively unknown boxer who isn't given much of a chance to beat him.

"You can say what you want about Pacquiao and Vargas," promoter Bob Arum said. "I think it's competitive, other people don't. That's their opinion."

Pacquiao joined Arum on a conference call Monday to discuss the latest reinvention of the fighter-turned-politician. The talk veered from boxing into politics, and to Pacquiao's two biggest goals as a freshman senator — forming a boxing commission in the Philippines and restoring the death penalty eliminated in the country 30 years ago.

"I'm enjoying working hard in the Senate while performing my job as a boxer," Pacquiao said. "I'm enjoying both."

Pacquiao, who was dropped by Nike earlier this year after saying people in gay relationships were "worse than animals," is an ally of new Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, who has suggested recently that his country might be better off without its close alliance with the United States.

Pacquiao seemed unconcerned that the comments might cost him some fans in the country where he has made millions of dollars.

"Everything is fine," Pacquiao said. "He has clarified everything about the relationship between the US and the Philippines."

Trainer Freddie Roach said everything is also fine with Pacquiao's boxing career, which was on hold after a temporary retirement last year. He was impressive in April in dominating Timothy Bradley in their third fight, and Roach said he has spent weeks training in the Philippines for Vargas.

Most of those training sessions were at night, as Pacquiao fulfilled a campaign pledge to be in the Senate each day it was in session.

"This is the best I've seen Manny in a long time," Roach said. "He's been a lot more aggressive. The old Manny Pacquiao is coming out."

Pacquiao's star has faded some since he lost in boxing's richest fight ever to Floyd Mayweather Jr., and putting him in the ring with Vargas is a tough sell. Arum has added three title fights to the undercard and is going on his own in trying to sell it on pay-per-view.

As part of that sales job, Arum is holding out the possibility that Pacquiao will fight unbeaten Terrence Crawford next spring should he beat Vargas.

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Senator Pacquiao supports probe on Yolanda funds irregularities By Aquiles Z. Zonio
PhilBoxing.com Wed, 26 Oct 2016

LOS ANGELES – Senator Manny Pacquiao has joined the call for the conduct of a Senate inquiry to unveil the reported irregularities in the disbursement of Yolanda funds by the previous Aquino administration.

“The Senate should conduct a probe to ferret out the truth. This should not be construed as plain and simple muckraking or political persecution. Those who were involved must be punished if proven guilty of mishandling the funds,” a visibly dismayed Pacquiao said.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy Taguiwalo revealed on Monday that there were around 200,000 beneficiaries of post-Yolanda emergency shelter assistance who did not receive any financial help.

“Imagine, instead of helping, they wrought further havoc to the lives of Yolanda typhoon victims. How could they be so cruel? An investigation is but right and proper to know the truth and to hold responsible the personalities involved,” Pacquiao added.

In December 2013, Pacquiao personally visited the Yolanda-hit areas in Eastern Visayas to distribute more than P10-million worth of relief assistance.

The relief goods were transported over land by eight 10-wheeler trucks all the way from General Santos to Samar and Leyte provinces.

There, Pacquiao was appalled and moved to tears by the sheer magnitude of devastation.

Pacquiao borrowed from friends the P10-million funds used in purchasing relief goods for Yolanda victims.

It can be recalled that during those times the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) ordered a freeze on Pacquiao’s properties and bank deposits due to his pending tax case.

This, however, did not prevent him from extending help to the disaster victims.

“Corruption in the distribution of aids to calamity victims must be stopped. Biktima na nga, kinakawawa at inaabuso pa,” Pacquiao bemoaned.

Pacquiao hailed the DSWD, NDRRMC including other government agencies involved in mapping out plans to cushion the impact of super Typhoon Lawin which battered last week several places in Northern Luzon.

“The preparation and the response made by DSWD and other government agencies were commendable. You see, the number of casualties was minimal despite the fact that Typhoon Lawin was stronger and expected to be more devastating compared to Yoanda,” Pacquiao said.


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Roach likes energy of Pacquiao posted October 26, 2016 at 12:01 am by Ronnie Nathanielsz


Boxing superhero and reigning Fighter of the Decade, Senator MANNY "Pacman" PACQUIAO, arrived in the U.S. Last Saturday, October 22.

EIGHT-DIVISION world champion and Philippine senator Manny Pacquiao skipped training Monday afternoon in the Wild Card Gym of trainer Freddie Roach, but had “a good, hard run” at Griffith Park in the morning.


Eight division world champion, "Fighter of the Decade" and Philippine senator Manny Pacquiao skipped training on Monday afternoon in the Wild Card Gym

Longtime adviser and confidant Michael Koncz informed the Manila Standard that he “canceled training in the afternoon because he wanted Manny to rest due to jet lag,” from the long and tiring flight from Manila to Los Angeles on Sunday night.

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The future Hall of Famer arrived in LA on Monday evening to complete the final two weeks of training at the Wild Card Gym.

Although the Filipino boxing legend will turn 38 years old in December and is currently juggling Senatorial duties with the rigors of intense training, seven-time trainer of the year Roach is amazed at how energetic his superstar has appeared in camp.

Roach recently told Top Rank Boxing: “I like what I see. I told him, this is how you win big, big fights...like the old Manny Pacquiao. I don’t know what did this, but he looks terrific right now. His bounce, his distance, his speed, his power...I said to keep that going, just like that, and don’t let anyone change your mindset. His mindset is perfect right now.”

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Vargas: I’ve got Pacquiao all figured out Published October 29, 2016, 10:00 PM Share it! by Nick Giongco


Jessie Vargas (Manila Bulletin)

Jessie Vargas believes he is on the cusp of stardom and Nov. 5 is going to be his coronation night and a sad ending to Manny Pacquiao’s legendary career.

Speaking from his training camp in Las Vegas, site of his scheduled 12-round defense of the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown, Vargas insists he has the fight in the bag.

“We do have Plan A. And Plan B is to follow plan A. And Plan C is to make sure Plan A works. And it will work. It’s just about playing it smart and being the smarter fighter inside that ring. The right moment and the right time and looking for the opening and creating the openings,” said the 27-year-old heavy underdog.

Dewey Cooper, Vargas’ trainer, maintains that his fighter has actually morphed into a more dangerous puncher.

“We have added even more explosive power, more athletic agility, more speed and more total IQ we have added since the last fight we had together. We have more synergy in this training camp and guys, I keep saying in every interview I do don’t forget who the champion in this fight is and don’t forget who the challenger in this fight is and that’s exactly who we are viewing this guy as – we are viewing him as our opponent, the challenger and we are going to conquer him on November 5th,” said Cooper, a former fighter who also dabbled in MMA.


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Manny Pacquiao not taking Jessie Vargas lightly: 'Never underestimate a world champion' From: Gerry RamosOctober 26, 2016, 08:34 pm

Manny Pacquiao does his early morning jog in the company of a big entourage. Photo by Jhay Otamias

A world champion is still a world champion, and no way is Manny Pacquiao going to look past Jessie Vargas, who stakes his welterweight title on the line against the Filipino pride two weeks from now at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.

The 37-year-old Pacquiao said he prepared hard against Vargas in the same manner he did against any of his past opponents.

And even though he’s busy training and doing his work in the Senate at the same time, the boxing great didn’t remiss in making sure he will be in tip-top shape come the night of Nov. 5 (Nov. 6, Manila time) when he makes his ring return following a brief seven-month retirement.

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“Vargas is a world champion, so in no way can I underestimate him. You can never underestimate a boxer who is a champion,” said Pacquiao during a question and answer portion four days upon arriving in the US, the transcript of which were provided to international media, including SPIN.ph

“He (Vargas) is good. I just have to make sure that I am 100 percent ready for the fight.”

Long-time trainer Freddie Roach and Top Rank promoter Bob Arum joined the Filipino southpaw during the 30-minute session.

Vargas, 27, and a native of Los Angeles, carries a ring record of 27-1, with only 10 coming by way of knockouts.

But don’t be deceived by numbers, according to Arum.

Vargas won the WBO version of the 147-lbs. title which Tim Bradley relinquished after opting to fight Pacquiao for a third time, by scoring a ninth round TKO of Sadam Ali last March, an opponent who is a legitimate title contender as per Arum’s standard.

“Sadam Ali is a terrific fighter, he was a member of the US Olympic team, was undefeated, and certainly not a tomato can,” said the 82-year-old promoter. He entered the fight a big favorite and Vargas dominated him and eventually knocked him out.

“I think that victory alone qualifies Vargas for top level of fighters and opponents for Manny.”

And lest be forgotten, Vargas almost knocked the wind out of Bradley in their June 27 title bout last year.

Bradley won the match by unanimous decision but was on the verge of going down in the final seconds of the 12th round when the referee stepped in and signaled the end of the fight after mistakenly thought the 10-second warning was the final bell.

Although Bradley dominated the bout, it was a puzzle what would have been the outcome had the referee not stepped in prematurely.

“The fact that he could put Bradley out on his feet is I think the operative statement,” Arum pointed out.

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Arum warns Donaire: Magdaleno trains like a ‘beast’
BY JOSEF T. RAMOS, TMT ON ON OCTOBER 29, 2016 SPORTS


Nonito Donaire shadow boxes in the ring during an open media workout on October 15, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. AFP PHOTO

Top Rank boss Bob Arum warned World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. that his challenger, Jessie Magdaleno, is training like a “beast.”

Donaire will face the undefeated American Magdaleno (23-0 win-loss record with 17 knockouts) in one of the undercard bouts of the Manny Pacquiao vs Jessie Vargas fight on November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Nonito is confident and in good shape, but Magdaleno is training like a beast. I’m looking for a good fight” Arum told The Manila Times via overseas call on Friday. “I’d never seen Magdaleno trains like that before, he’s very inspired.”

“Magdaleno, I think, is very determined to win this fight too.”

Donaire (37-3 win-loss record with 24 knockouts) is practicing under hi s new Cuban trainer Ismael Salas, who replaced his father in August. Nonito Sr. quit as his son’s trainer because of personal reason.

Arum said that Donaire has a good rapport with his new trainer.

“It seems they’re getting well with each other.”

The veteran promoter added that Donaire’s fight against Magdaleno would serve as a test if the “Filipino Flash” is still a force to be reckoned with in boxing.

“It is a very good fight for him and there are bigger fights awaiting down the road if he can beat Magdaleno,” Arum added.

Magdaleno, 24, is coming off back-to-back knockout victories against two Filipino boxers namely Rey Perez and Vergel Nebran.

Donaire, who is nine years older than Magdaleno, is riding the momentum of a four-fight winning streak – three of them by knockout. He scored technical knockout victories against William Prado of Brazil last March 2015 and French Anthony Settoul last July 2015.

Donaire recaptured the vacant WBO super bantamweight belt in December 2015 by beating Cesar Juarez via unanimous decision in Puerto Rico. He then scored a technical knockout win against Zsolt Bedak of Hungary in April 23 in Cebu City.


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