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DUTERTE CITES PACMAN IN COURTESY CALL


NOVEMBER 15 -President Duterte raises the hand of Sen. Manny Pacquiao as the latter paid a courtesy call at Malacañang yesterday after clinching the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight crown over Jessie Vargas. Boxing champion Sen. Manny Pacquiao called on President Duterte in Malacañang yesterday, more than a week after his win over Mexican-American boxer Jessie Vargas. The President arrived at the Music Room to meet Pacquiao at around 6:40 p.m. Before the start of the meeting, Duterte raised the hands of Pacquiao and joked that the boxer can become the president. “For President na ‘to ha (This is for the presidency),” Duterte said in jest. READ MORE...

ALSO: Latest Pacquiao fight sold over 300K PPVs, says Arum


NOVEMBER 16 -Manny Pacquiao, right, hits Jessie Vargas during their WBO welterweight title boxing match, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in Las Vegas (Sunday in Manila). | AP Photo/Isaac Brekken
MANILA, Philippines – Top Rank chief Bob Arum says Manny Pacquiao’s fight with Jessie Vargas last November 6 sold “a little over 300,000” pay-per-view units, USA Today reported. Speaking to USA Today’s Mike Coppinger, Arum said he is satisfied with the numbers, especially with the fact that they aired the PPV card themselves. “Why would we need HBO Pay-Per-View going forward?” said the veteran promoter. “What do they add that we weren’t able to do ourselves. I think the fact there was no delay helped the numbers.” READ MORE...

ALSO LOOK: Pacquiao has Mayweather in his coat pocket


NOVEMBER 16 -Manny Pacquiao shows off his coat in this photo uploaded in his Twitter account.
MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao, it appears, can’t get enough of Floyd Mayweather Jr. After inviting his former rival ringside to his title-winning effort over Jessie Vargas at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas last November 6, Pacquiao still has Mayweather in his mind. A photo posted in his Twitter account shows Pacquiao wearing a coat featuring his image on one side, then Mayweather’s on the other. READ MORE...

ALSO: Marquez thumbs down fifth fight vs Pacquiao


NOVEMBER 15 -Referee Kenny Bayless separates Juan Manuel Marquez from Manny Pacquiao after Marquez's knockout in their fourth fight in 2012. | AP
Juan Manuel Marquez said he has no interest in facing Manny Pacquiao for a fifth time and insisted that there’s no need for it. After dominating Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas last November 6, the 37-year-old Pacquiao said he is still willing to take on all comers, including Marquez, with whom he shares an epic rivalry. But the Mexican star, now 43 years old, stressed that he is done with Pacquiao. “I'm grateful that he still has me in mind [for a fight], but I've already said it and I'll say it to the media and I'll say it to you, to everyone – a fifth fight is not warranted,” he recently told Golpe a Golpe, a boxing show aired on ESPN Deportes. READ MORE...

ALSO: Fellow senators file resolutions commending Pacquiao win vs Vargas


NOVEMEBR 2 -VICTORY. Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III files a resolution commending world boxing champion turned senator Manny Pacquiao for winning against Jessie Vargas. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP


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Duterte cites Pacman in courtesy call


President Duterte raises the hand of Sen. Manny Pacquiao as the latter paid a courtesy call at Malacañang yesterday after clinching the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight crown over Jessie Vargas.

MANILA, NOVEMBER 21, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Alexis Romero -  November 15, 2016 - Boxing champion Sen. Manny Pacquiao called on President Duterte in Malacañang yesterday, more than a week after his win over Mexican-American boxer Jessie Vargas.

The President arrived at the Music Room to meet Pacquiao at around 6:40 p.m.

Before the start of the meeting, Duterte raised the hands of Pacquiao and joked that the boxer can become the president.

“For President na ‘to ha (This is for the presidency),” Duterte said in jest.

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“I would like to send (my) warmest congratulations from the Filipino people and the government to the senator for doing us proud,” he added.

Pacquiao handed Duterte a black-gold shirt with the words “fight on”.

Duterte was heard telling Pacquiao that he was right in defending Philippine National Police chief Dir. Gen. Ronald dela Rosa, who is in hot water for accepting free boxing tickets and an all-expense paid trip to Las Vegas.

“What you (Pacquiao) donated is your skill. It is a donation...Your expenses, you can shoulder it. It is commensurate to your wealth,” Duterte said.

“There is no criminal liability,” he added.

The police chief is now being probed by the Ombudsman for possible violation of laws barring government officials from receiving gifts.


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Latest Pacquiao fight sold over 300K PPVs, says Arum By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated November 16, 2016 - 12:50pm 21 2130 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao, right, hits Jessie Vargas during their WBO welterweight title boxing match, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in Las Vegas (Sunday in Manila). | AP Photo/Isaac Brekken

MANILA, Philippines – Top Rank chief Bob Arum says Manny Pacquiao’s fight with Jessie Vargas last November 6 sold “a little over 300,000” pay-per-view units, USA Today reported.

Speaking to USA Today’s Mike Coppinger, Arum said he is satisfied with the numbers, especially with the fact that they aired the PPV card themselves.

“Why would we need HBO Pay-Per-View going forward?” said the veteran promoter. “What do they add that we weren’t able to do ourselves. I think the fact there was no delay helped the numbers.”

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HBO, which has aired most of Pacquiao’s past major fights, passed up on broadcasting the Pacquiao-Vargas card, leaving Arum and Top Rank to take matters into their hands.

And Pacquiao’s longtime promoter said the promotion was a financial success.

“We presented a great show,” Arum said. “We made money. Everybody made money. You don’t hit a home run every time. We hit a single or a double. I’m very pleased.”

Pacquiao routed Vargas to claim the WBO welterweight championship in front of a near-sellout crowd of more than 16,000 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

It was reported that the Filipino icon’s purse for the fight will be taken from a percentage of the card’s revenue, which is in contrast to Pacquiao’s previous bouts where he always had a guaranteed paycheck.


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LOOK: Pacquiao has Mayweather in his coat By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated November 14, 2016 - 2:01pm 16 996 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao shows off his coat in this photo uploaded in his Twitter account.

MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao, it appears, can’t get enough of Floyd Mayweather Jr.

After inviting his former rival ringside to his title-winning effort over Jessie Vargas at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas last November 6, Pacquiao still has Mayweather in his mind.

A photo posted in his Twitter account shows Pacquiao wearing a coat featuring his image on one side, then Mayweather’s on the other.

READ MORE...


View image on Twitter View image on Twitter Follow Manny Pacquiao ✔ @mannypacquiao Like my jacket? 12:37 AM - 14 Nov 2016 987 987 Retweets 2,433 2,433 likes

With Mayweather showing up to personally see Pacquiao rout Vargas, talks that the two boxing stars are inevitably headed for a rematch have gained steam.

The two fighters met last year in what ended up as the richest boxing match in history.

Now, is this another hint that we’re about to see Mayweather-Pacquiao 2?


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Marquez thumbs down fifth fight vs Pacquiao By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated November 15, 2016 - 10:59am 61 1257 googleplus2 0


Referee Kenny Bayless separates Juan Manuel Marquez from Manny Pacquiao after Marquez's knockout in their fourth fight in 2012. | AP

MANILA, Philippines – Juan Manuel Marquez said he has no interest in facing Manny Pacquiao for a fifth time and insisted that there’s no need for it.

After dominating Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas last November 6, the 37-year-old Pacquiao said he is still willing to take on all comers, including Marquez, with whom he shares an epic rivalry.

But the Mexican star, now 43 years old, stressed that he is done with Pacquiao.

“I'm grateful that he still has me in mind [for a fight], but I've already said it and I'll say it to the media and I'll say it to you, to everyone – a fifth fight is not warranted,” he recently told Golpe a Golpe, a boxing show aired on ESPN Deportes.

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Marquez argued that he has nothing more to prove after knocking Pacquiao out cold in their fourth meeting in 2012. Prior to that, he and Pacquiao fought to a draw in their first encounter in 2004, while the Filipino icon escaped with close, disputable decisions in their 2008 and 2011 rematches.

After pulling off the most conclusive result of their rivalry when he sent Pacquiao to dreamland at the end of the sixth round of their 2012 grudge match, Marquez said is finally satisfied.

“It was a victory and everyone saw it as such. If I had beaten him in a close fight or the judges simply handed me the fight – then I would have signed for a rematch, but it wasn't like that,” added the boxer, who hasn’t fought since 2014.

The Filipino was close to stopping Marquez, badly bloodying his foe’s nose, when he ran into a perfectly timed counter right by the Mexican.

Pacquiao, meanwhile, is expected to return to the ring next year, against virtually anyone who would be pitted against him.

But he can already take Marquez out of the picture.

“We won in a very convincing manner and everybody knows that. The way that Pacquiao beat me in the third fight – if I would have won that way [in the fourth fight]. I would have given him that rematch. A fifth fight is not needed,” said Marquez.


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Fellow senators file resolutions commending Pacquiao win vs Vargas Camille Elemia @CamilleElemia Published 2:20 PM, November 07, 2016 Updated 3:44 PM, November 07, 2016

(UPDATED) Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III and Senator Cynthia Villar file resolutions, honoring Pacquiao as the 'only sitting senator' in history 'to win a boxing title'


VICTORY. Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III files a resolution commending world boxing champion turned senator Manny Pacquiao for winning against Jessie Vargas. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – A day after Manny Pacquiao's triumphant return to the ring, two fellow senators filed resolutions commending the world boxing champion-turned-lawmaker for his victory against Jessie Vargas.

Pacquiao, who is turning 38 in December, dethroned 27-year-old Jessie Vargas by unanimous decision. His win comes after a brief retirement to run for a Senate seat during the May 2016 elections.

(READ: Pacquiao pounds Vargas to win WBO welterweight title)

The Filipino boxing icon, who juggled his training with duties as a legislator, also dealt Vargas his first knockdown in his young pro career.

(IN PHOTOS: Pacquiao champ again after beating Vargas)

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III filed Senate Resolution Number 217 congratulating the neophyte lawmaker for defeating Vargas, saying Pacquiao should again be recognized for giving honor to the country.


SOTTO

"Senator Manny Pacquiao's immeasurable achievements and intense desire for boxing have brought honor, pride, and inspiration to all Filipinos anywhere in the world, and have time and again put the country's name in a new light," Sotto said.

Pacquiao, Sotto said, is considered one of the "greatest boxers" of all time, being the first and only 8-division world champion and the first to win the championship in 5 different weight classes.

Senator Cynthia Villar – Pacquiao's party mate at the Nacionalista Party before he joined President Rodrigo Duterte's PDP-Laban – filed Senate Resolution 220.


VILLAR

By winning the fight, Villar said, Pacquiao proved that he can “harmonize his boxing career with his new job as a neophyte senator," making him the "only sitting senator" in history “to win a boxing title.”

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez also lauded Pacquiao's victory, saying he brought glory to the country once more.

"More than this, he has also earned the distinction as the first boxer-senator to win a world title in boxing without neglecting his duties as a lawmaker. Indeed, for all this and his humility and generosity of spirit, he has truly earned the love, trust, and respect of the Filipino people," Alvarez said in a statement.

Other colleagues in the Senate praised Pacquiao for dominating the Vargas fight, adding that he is also dedicated to his work as a senator. Pacquiao earlier vowed he would not be an absentee legislator – a description associated with him when he was a lawmaker at the House of Representatives. Rappler.com


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