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CRAWFORD STOPS MOLINA IN DOMINANT WIN, WANTS PACQUIAO SHOWDOWN


DECEMBER 13 -Terence 'Bud' Crawford is declared winner over John Molina Jr. after a WBO junior welterweight boxing bout at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016. Crawford won by TKO in the eighth round. | AP Photo/Nati Harnik
Unbeaten world champion Terence "Bud" Crawford stopped John Molina in the eighth round on Sunday to end a dominating performance and a dominating year. Crawford retained his WBO and WBC junior welterweight titles. Molina didn't make the 140-pound weight Friday, and had Crawford been upset, the titles would have been vacated. The fight was Crawford's first since his lopsided win over former WBC champ Viktor Postol in Las Vegas. In the fight before that, he knocked out Hank Lundy in New York. Now Crawford is poised to be named fighter of the year for a second time in three years. "I think I should get a lot of credit for what I did this year, especially tonight," Crawford said. "I showed I could be a finisher." READ MORE...

ALSO: Crawford wants to fight Pacman next


DECEMBER 14 -Manny Pacquiao. (Wendell Rupert Alinea ) OMAHA—Champion Terence Crawford easily defended his WBO and WBC belts by stopping brawler John Molina in the eighth round of their junior welterweight title fight on Saturday. Crawford dominated the fight from the opening bell landing precision head shots and bruising body blows through the first seven rounds then taking out the challenger with a series of rights late in the eighth round. “I showed everything in this fight,” said Crawford, who improved to 30-0. “Give credit to John Molina because he came to fight.”  The 29-year-old Crawford was rarely tested in his third fight of 2016 in front of his hometown fans as he landed 109 punches through eight rounds compared to just 22 for Molina. The 2014 fighter of the year said he wants his next fight to be against Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao. “I would love to fight Pacquiao, but it is a business. Right now I want to fight anyone with a title. I want them belts. “If I can’t get Pacquiao, I want the belts.” READ MORE...

ALSO Mayweather not keen on fighting again: My health is more important


DECEMBER 17 -Floyd Mayweather Jr. | AP file photo
Floyd Mayweather Jr. stressed that keeping his faculties intact is a priority. That’s why he’s not pressed to end his retirement to score another hefty paycheck, and more importantly, stretch his unbeaten streak to 50 wins. “I think it's very valuable that I left boxing in great condition, and I left boxing on my own terms,” Mayweather, currently at the World Boxing Council convention in Florida in the US, said in a boxingscene.com report by Miguel Rivera. “I did what wanted to do and in one night I got a check for $100 million. But you know what, my health is more important,” added the undefeated American. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao, Duterte share limelight in Cambodia state visit[RELATED: Cambodians await Pacquiao during Duterte state visit]


DECEMBER 14 -President Rodrigo Duterte hasn't forgotten Manny Pacquiao's knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012. He still remembers the lone casualty of his outburst."Nasipa ko pa yung TV kong maliit sa bahay. Hindi naman nabiyak pero nasira talaga," Duterte said on Tuesday night during an official trip to Cambodia, where he was joined by Pacquiao and other government officials."Naka-tsamba lang yun si Marquez. Totoo. Tsamba lang. [Pero] hindi naman sa lahat ng panahon ibigay naman ng Diyos sa'yo. Maybe God also wants you to learn defeat so that you'd [learn] how to value the blessings of life. Pero after that, sige na naman siya sa panalo. Sa totoo lang, disgrasya lang yun (the Marquez win)."(I kicked the small TV at home. It didn't break in two, but it got really busted. Marquez was lucky. It's true. Pure luck. But God's not going to give you everything all the time. After that, Manny went on to win again.)Duterte's full speech in Phnom Penh can be viewed here. He starts mentioning Pacquiao at 56:00.There's no question that in his state visits, all eyes naturally train on Duterte, whether they're those of Filipino OFWs or the local citizens.READ MORE...RELATED, Cambodians await Pacquiao during Duterte state visit...

ALSO Rody tells Pacman: You will be president


DECEMBER 11 -President Rodrigo Duterte raises the hand of Sen. Manny Pacquiao as the latter paid a courtesy call at Malacañan after clinching the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight crown over Jessie Vargas. The STAR, File
President Rodrigo Duterte predicted Saturday night that neophyte senator and boxing champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao would become president and even gave him an advice in the event that he occupies Malacañan. In a freewheeling speech delivered during Pacquiao’s 38th birthday celebration in General Santos, Duterte referred to the senator as “president-to-be.” “I asked permission from President-to-be Manny Pacquiao. Ako, nagbitaw na ako ng salita, oo, klaro na ’yan (I already said my piece. It’s clear),” the president said, drawing applause from the audience. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao, Hidilyn Diaz seek to save Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
[EARLIER REPORT: PH SENATE PAYS TRIBUTE TO OLYMPIC SILVER MEDALIST HIDILYN DIAZ]


DECEMBER 14 -Filipino athletes are not happy with the Manila government's confirmation that it's throwing in the towel and turning the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex into a shopping center.
Citing its importance to the local sports community and its historical value, Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz and Senator Manny Pacquiao agreed that it would be "a waste" to convert the site into a mall. "Lahat kaming mga atleta sobrang sad kami sa news na yun . . . talagang lahat nag-share na hindi pwedeng [gawing mall] kasi importante talaga ang Rizal Memorial sa aming mga atleta," said Diaz, who started her weightlifting career at the sports center more commonly known as "the Rizal." "Noong 2004 hanggang sa naging silver medalist ako [doon ako nag-eensayo], tapos dito ako nagkaroon ng kaibigan, dito ako lumakas. Ang dami kong memories dito, tapos bigla na lang gagawin into a mall itong Rizal Memorial Sports Complex." (All of us athletes are really saddened by this news. We all share the same feelings that the Rizal Memorial cannot be converted to a mall because it is really important for athletes. From 2004 until I won the silver medal, I trained there. That's where I met friends, where I became better. I have a lot of memories there, then just like that they'll convert it to a mall.) READ MORE..., RELATED, EARLIER NEWS REPORT
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Crawford stops Molina in dominant win, wants Pacquiao showdown


Terence 'Bud' Crawford is declared winner over John Molina Jr. after a WBO junior welterweight boxing bout at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016. Crawford won by TKO in the eighth round. | AP Photo/Nati Harnik

OMAHA, NEB, DECEMBER 19, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Eric Olson (Associated Press) December 11, 2016 -  Unbeaten world champion Terence "Bud" Crawford stopped John Molina in the eighth round on Sunday to end a dominating performance and a dominating year.

Crawford retained his WBO and WBC junior welterweight titles. Molina didn't make the 140-pound weight Friday, and had Crawford been upset, the titles would have been vacated.

The fight was Crawford's first since his lopsided win over former WBC champ Viktor Postol in Las Vegas. In the fight before that, he knocked out Hank Lundy in New York. Now Crawford is poised to be named fighter of the year for a second time in three years.

"I think I should get a lot of credit for what I did this year, especially tonight," Crawford said. "I showed I could be a finisher."

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Crawford was in control all the way and finished off Molina moments after Molina raised his hands as if to ask for more as the champion landed a flurry of punches. A shot to the midsection backed Molina into the neutral corner, and Crawford then unloaded repeated shots to the head and body, causing Molina to go down. Referee Mark Nelson stepped in to stop the fight at the 2:32 mark.

"The key to beating him was feeding him nothing but lefts, straight lefts, underneath with the left, left to the chest," Crawford said. "We wanted him to walk into the left, and that set everything up."

The 29-year-old Crawford (30-0, 21 knockouts) came out in an orthodox stance but quickly switched to southpaw. Molina was on defense early, with Crawford landing a left to the head and then a right that staggered him. Molina walked into a right to the head in the second.

Crawford went mostly untouched, but Molina did land a hard right to the head in the third. From there Crawford mixed in his jab while connecting often with punches to the head and body.

"He's a great fighter; he's very fast," Molina said. "He was very good at evading my punches."

Crawford continues to hold out hope that he gets a shot at Manny Pacquiao before the latter retires.

"Yeah, I'd like to fight him. I'm not chasing him," Crawford said.

The 33-year-old Molina (29-7, 23 knockouts) upset Ruslan Provodnikov in his last fight but had been just 5-5 in his previous 10.

The fight against Crawford lost much of its luster when Molina weighed in at 143.4 pounds on Friday, disqualifying him from winning the titles.

In the co-main event, former world title contender Ray Beltran knocked out Mason Menard 51 seconds into the seventh round to win a pair of regional lightweight titles.

Beltran (32-7-1, 20 knockouts) began asserting himself after the second round. Beltran left Menard (32-2, 24 knockouts) woozy with a flurry at the end of the sixth. His left to the right cheek laid out Menard, and Nelson stopped the fight.

Menard, who had won 30 straight fights, stepped in for the injured Juan Diaz on the card. Beltran had won twice since stopping Takahiro Ao in May 2015, but that fight was changed to a no-decision after he failed a post-fight drug test.


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Crawford wants to fight Pacman next posted December 11, 2016 at 09:01 pm by AFP


Manny Pacquiao. (Wendell Rupert Alinea )

OMAHA—Champion Terence Crawford easily defended his WBO and WBC belts by stopping brawler John Molina in the eighth round of their junior welterweight title fight on Saturday.

Crawford dominated the fight from the opening bell landing precision head shots and bruising body blows through the first seven rounds then taking out the challenger with a series of rights late in the eighth round.

“I showed everything in this fight,” said Crawford, who improved to 30-0. “Give credit to John Molina because he came to fight.”

The 29-year-old Crawford was rarely tested in his third fight of 2016 in front of his hometown fans as he landed 109 punches through eight rounds compared to just 22 for Molina.

The 2014 fighter of the year said he wants his next fight to be against Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao.

“I would love to fight Pacquiao, but it is a business. Right now I want to fight anyone with a title. I want them belts.

“If I can’t get Pacquiao, I want the belts.”

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Molina showed determination and big heart but he was no match for the quick hands and smooth footwork of Crawford who was the heavy favourite coming into the fight at CenturyLink Center arena.

Crawford pinned a defenseless Molina in the corner, then landed three straight right hands before the referee stepped in and stopped the slaughter as the challenger slumped to the canvas.

Crawford started 2016 with an impressive fifth-round knockout of Henry Lundy in February and followed it up five months later with two knockdowns while cruising to a one-sided decision over Viktor Postol to unify the titles in Las Vegas.

The 33-year-old Molina dropped to 29-7. He earned a shot at the titles by upsetting former champion Ruslan Provodnikov in June.

But Molina did not come close to making the 140-pound weight for his title shot so he would have been denied the belts if he had done the impossible and won.

Meanwhile, Anthony Joshua paved the way for a fight against Wladimir Klitschko next year by making quick work of Eric Molina in a third round win on Saturday.

The Briton successfully defended his IBF world heavyweight title for a second time with another brutal demonstration of his power-punching to claim an 18th stoppage win from as many professional bouts at the Manchester Arena.

Joshua forced the stoppage in two minutes, two seconds of the third round after first flooring American Molina with a right.

Klitschko, the former world No 1 who lost three titles on points to Joshua’s fellow Briton Tyson Fury last year, was ringside to check on Joshua and could not have failed to have been impressed.

Klitschko -- 41 in March -- and Joshua are being lined up to meet on April 29 at Wembley Stadium in London, and the Ukrainian will be a big step up in class to Molina.

“I was patient and we move on. This is not the end of the story,” said Joshua in the ring.

“You will realize what I’m all about now. Klitschko wants his belts back and may the best man win. I will worry about myself and training.”

Klitschko then got into the ring and promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed Joshua’s next fight would be against the Ukrainian.

“You want a big fight and you’ve got it,” said Klitschko to the crowd.

Joshua, the 2012 Olympic gold medallist, made a measured start against Molina and was content to take his time behind his jab in the first two rounds, before unleashing his power punches early in the third.

Molina, 34, looked comfortable for most of the first round, except for a ramrod jab that rocked him back on to his heels.

Joshua, 27, boxed cautiously in the second round as well, catching Molina at close range with a left uppercut but he did give the challenger anything to be concerned about until the third round.

Joshua unloaded with more venom in the third and then caught Molina flush with a right to the jaw in the American’s corner.

Molina only just beat the count and when the action resumed Joshua landed a quick flurry of punches which was enough for referee Steve Gray to call the fight off.

Molina lasted nine rounds with Deontay Wilder, who holds the WBC version of the world title, before his fellow American knocked him out last year.

But Joshua got the job done quicker and only two boxers have managed to take the north Londoner beyond three rounds.

Molina, who had only been drafted in as an opponent at less than six weeks’ notice after Klitschko decided not to box Joshua, suffered his fourth career defeat in his 29th fight.

British heavyweights Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora settled their domestic dispute, which came close to being scrapped earlier in the week, with Whyte winning a controversial split points decision.

Whyte won by 115-114, 115-114 to 115-113 in an the eliminator for the WBC world heavyweight title, held by Wilder.

Briton Khalid Yafai lifted the vacant WBA world super-flyweight title unanimously on points after flooring Panama’s Luis Concepcion in the tenth round with a left hook.

Concepcion lost his WBA world super-flyweight title on the scales when he failed to make weight on Friday for a first defence against Yafai who earned scores of 120-108, 119-108 and 117-110.


PHILSTAR

Mayweather not keen on fighting again: My health is more important (philstar.com) | Updated December 14, 2016 - 3:44pm 0 145 googleplus0 0


Floyd Mayweather Jr. | AP file photo

MANILA, Philippines – Floyd Mayweather Jr. stressed that keeping his faculties intact is a priority.

That’s why he’s not pressed to end his retirement to score another hefty paycheck, and more importantly, stretch his unbeaten streak to 50 wins.

“I think it's very valuable that I left boxing in great condition, and I left boxing on my own terms,” Mayweather, currently at the World Boxing Council convention in Florida in the US, said in a boxingscene.com report by Miguel Rivera.

“I did what wanted to do and in one night I got a check for $100 million. But you know what, my health is more important,” added the undefeated American.

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Mayweather was referring to the huge payday he got in fighting Manny Pacquiao last year, a match that went down as the richest ever in boxing history.

But since he retired, many pundits believe the lure of more big purses will be hard to resist for Mayweather, not to mention the chance to go beat heavyweight great Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record.

Speculations of a Mayweather comeback intensified when the retired boxer attended Pacquiao’s recent fight with Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas.

The two superstars will not earn a higher purse fighting anyone else, making a rematch a sound financial move.

Pacquiao has always declared his willingness to engage Mayweather for a second time, eager to redeem himself from a loss to the slick, defense-oriented fighter.

Mayweater, however, doesn’t have the same itch.

“This is a dream come true, the way I handled my career. For many years my name will be inscribed there in the Guiness Book of Records and that is because I was blessed by my talent, but also with having a great team,” he said. – Dino Maragay


ABS-CBN

Pacquiao, Duterte share limelight in Cambodia state visit ABS-CBN News
Posted at Dec 14 2016 07:36 PM | Updated as of Dec 14 2016 08:47 PM

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte hasn't forgotten Manny Pacquiao's knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012. He still remembers the lone casualty of his outburst.

"Nasipa ko pa yung TV kong maliit sa bahay. Hindi naman nabiyak pero nasira talaga," Duterte said on Tuesday night during an official trip to Cambodia, where he was joined by Pacquiao and other government officials.

"Naka-tsamba lang yun si Marquez. Totoo. Tsamba lang. [Pero] hindi naman sa lahat ng panahon ibigay naman ng Diyos sa'yo. Maybe God also wants you to learn defeat so that you'd [learn] how to value the blessings of life. Pero after that, sige na naman siya sa panalo. Sa totoo lang, disgrasya lang yun (the Marquez win)."

(I kicked the small TV at home. It didn't break in two, but it got really busted. Marquez was lucky. It's true. Pure luck. But God's not going to give you everything all the time. After that, Manny went on to win again.)

Duterte's full speech in Phnom Penh can be viewed here. He starts mentioning Pacquiao at 56:00.

There's no question that in his state visits, all eyes naturally train on Duterte, whether they're those of Filipino OFWs or the local citizens.

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But in Cambodia, the attention was split between the commander-in -chief and the senator with a world boxing championship.

Pacquiao drew a booming reception from the Filipino community that hosted Duterte's entourage at the Sofitel hotel in the capital city of Phnom Penh.

The audience roared and broke into applause when Pacquiao walked on the stage and again when Duterte called his name as the president introduced accompanying Philippine government officials seated with him on the platform.

"Idol nating lahat," Duterte said referring to Pacquiao. "Mahusay na mag-boxing, mautak pa." (Great boxer and a smart man.)

Duterte also looked back during the days when Pacquiao was a young man living in Davao and far from the household name that he is now.

"Alam mo si Manny noon, a long, long time ago, nakikita ko sa Davao 'pag bababa ako ng gabi andun sa bilyaran alas-kwatro ng madaling araw. Kaibigan ko talaga siya. Manny, wag ka ma-offend," Duterte said."
(You know, Manny back in the day, a long, long time ago, I used to see him in Davao when I'm out at night, he's at a billiards hall playing at 4 a.m. I'm a good friend of his. Manny, don't be offended.)

Duterte said he might not have been able to see Pacquiao fight or attend events that he hosts, but that's not how their friendship is measured.

"Every time na mag-birthday siya at saka may fight siya sa Las Vegas, [sabihin ni Pacquiao] 'Sabihin mo kay mayor, Bong [presidential aide Bong Go] may ticket siyang dalawa. Ako naman kasi magastos [pagpunta dun], ipagdasal na lang kita always.
(Every time he celebrates his birthday or he has a fight in Las Vegas, he would say, 'Bong, tell the mayor I have two tickets for him. To me, going there is expensive, so I just tell him I'll pray for him.)

"Birthday niya maraming tao, hindi ako pumupunta kasi inuman. Iwas putok ako dun. But nung natalo siya kay Marquez tapos birthday niya, sabi ni Bong, 'Niyaya ka ni Manny.' Sabi ko, 'Ngayon, Bong, magpunta ako.' Ipakita ko sa kanya na kaibigan mo ako even if you're down," Duterte said.
"Ngayon nanalo na naman siya, birthday niya, marami na namang magpupuntahan."
(During his birthday parties, I don't go because people drink. But when he lost to Marquez and it was his birthday, Bong told me Manny was inviting me to the party. I said, "I'm going." I wanted to show him that I was his friend even if he was down. Now that he's won again and it's his birthday, expect a lot of people to attend his party again.)

"Kasi ngayon syempre presidente na ako, proud siya, proud din ako," Duterte added. "It's a mutual admiration."

CAMBODIANS AND PACMAN

Cambodians have a similar sentiment for Pacquiao.

On Wednesday, Pacquiao met with Cambodian tourism minister Thoang Khon and several local boxers in Phnom Penh, a Reuters report said.

Pacquiao was handed a bouquet of flowers when he was greeted by the tourism minister, who is also the president of the Cambodian Boxing Association, and several local boxers waited in a large hall to meet their boxing idol.

Pacquiao is hugely popular in Cambodia.

Prior to Pacquiao's arrival, Vath Chamroeun, the secretary-general of the Cambodian National Olympic Committee, said the country was looking forward to the world champion's visit.

"We see that it is an honor for our country, because in our country, most people are fans and supporters of Pacquiao," he said in a story posted on the Cambodia Daily. "They will be very excited at the arrival of the world's king of boxing."

The news website also reported that Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen was outraged by the result of the Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather fight, saying the result was biased.

"Those of us watching couldn't give a point for Floyd, but the three judges unanimously decided that Floyd won,” Hun Sen said.

"I send a message to American judges to provide an explanation for why Floyd won. Floyd was just running around — blocking and avoiding — while Pacquiao repeatedly threw more and more punches, punching him to lie against the ropes."

A later report said Hun Sen bet $5,000 on Pacquiao, but clarified it was 5,000 riel ($1.25).

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Cambodians await Pacquiao during state visit By: Leila B. Salaverria - Reporter / @LeilasINQ
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 04:14 AM December 14, 2016


Philippine's boxer Manny Pacquiao, center, listens his President Rodrigo Duterte, unseen, during a meeting with the Filipino community, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. Duterte on Tuesday arrived Phnom Penh on his two-day official to Cambodia. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Philippine’s boxer Manny Pacquiao, center, listens his President Rodrigo Duterte, unseen, during a meeting with the Filipino community, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. Duterte on Tuesday arrived Phnom Penh on his two-day official to Cambodia. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

PHNOM PENH—Sen. Manny Pacquiao will join efforts to foster closer ties between the Philippines and Cambodia through sports cooperation during President Duterte’s state visit here, according to Philippine Ambassador to Cambodia Christopher Montero.

Pacquiao, who is part of the President’s official delegation, is hugely popular in Cambodia, and Prime Minister Hun Sen is one of his big fans, Montero said.

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The Philippines and Cambodia are expected to sign agreements on sports, transnational crime, tourism and labor during Mr. Duterte’s two-day visit.

Sports cooperation

The agreement on sports cooperation would involve an exchange between the two countries of the best practices on sports management and training, and an exchange of sports officials.

“We’d like to highlight sports as a means to foster people-to-people exchange,” Montero told reporters.

Cambodian sports officials have sought a meeting with Pacquiao in preparation for their hosting the Southeast Asian Games in 2023, he said.

The first thing that comes to Cambodians’ minds when they meet a Filipino is Pacquiao, who has won titles in eight divisions, Montero said.

Pacquiao is so popular here that some 50 Cambodians tried to register for Mr. Duterte’s meeting with the Filipino community on Tuesday night where the world boxing champion is expected to be present, Montero said.

Their request was turned down because the event was exclusively for Filipinos, he said.


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Rody tells Pacman: You will be president By Alexis Romero (philstar.com) | Updated December 18, 2016 - 2:17pm 2 48 googleplus0 0


President Rodrigo Duterte raises the hand of Sen. Manny Pacquiao as the latter paid a courtesy call at Malacañan after clinching the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight crown over Jessie Vargas. The STAR, File

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte predicted Saturday night that neophyte senator and boxing champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao would become president and even gave him an advice in the event that he occupies Malacañan.

In a freewheeling speech delivered during Pacquiao’s 38th birthday celebration in General Santos, Duterte referred to the senator as “president-to-be.”

“I asked permission from President-to-be Manny Pacquiao. Ako, nagbitaw na ako ng salita, oo, klaro na ’yan (I already said my piece. It’s clear),” the president said, drawing applause from the audience.

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Duterte’s advice to Pacquiao came after he chided his critics for supposedly trivializing the drug menace in the country.

“Look. Ito ha. Man, magpulitiko ka. Man, magiging presidente ka rin, tingin ko eh, totoo. (Manny, you are a politician and I think you will also become a president),” Duterte said.

“Sundan mo lang ang linya mo at ganun lang ang ugali mo — ‘yang style mo, stay humble. Mababa lang (Follow your lines and retain your style. Stay humble),” he added.

Pacquiao is one of the allies of Duterte in the Senate but he was part of the senatorial ticket of former Vice President Jejomar Binay during the 2016 polls.

In an interview last May, Pacquiao claimed that he has always been supportive of Duterte’s advocacies and that he is not affected by criticisms that he is a political turncoat.

Duterte also teased Pacquiao about seeking the presidency during their meeting in Malacañan last month.

During the meeting, Duterte raised Pacquiao’s hands and said: “For President na ‘to ha (This is for the presidency).”

Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum also believes that the boxer turned politician would eventually seek the highest electoral post in the land.

 
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Pacquiao, Hidilyn Diaz seek to save Rizal Memorial Sports Complex ABS-CBN News
Posted at Dec 14 2016 08:17 PM


Filipino athletes are not happy with the Manila government's confirmation that it's throwing in the towel and turning the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex into a shopping center.

Citing its importance to the local sports community and its historical value, Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz and Senator Manny Pacquiao agreed that it would be "a waste" to convert the site into a mall.

"Lahat kaming mga atleta sobrang sad kami sa news na yun . . . talagang lahat nag-share na hindi pwedeng [gawing mall] kasi importante talaga ang Rizal Memorial sa aming mga atleta," said Diaz, who started her weightlifting career at the sports center more commonly known as "the Rizal."

"Noong 2004 hanggang sa naging silver medalist ako [doon ako nag-eensayo], tapos dito ako nagkaroon ng kaibigan, dito ako lumakas. Ang dami kong memories dito, tapos bigla na lang gagawin into a mall itong Rizal Memorial Sports Complex."

(All of us athletes are really saddened by this news. We all share the same feelings that the Rizal Memorial cannot be converted to a mall because it is really important for athletes. From 2004 until I won the silver medal, I trained there. That's where I met friends, where I became better. I have a lot of memories there, then just like that they'll convert it to a mall.)

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WBO welterweight champion Pacquiao pushed for the preservation of the historic complex.

"Sayang naman, maraming na-establish na magagaling na atleta [doon sa Rizal Memorial Sports Complex]. Personally, maganda iyon na ma-preserve, iyong training facilities at base ng sports,” he told ABS-CBN News.
(It would be a waste because many great athletes established their names there. Personally, it would be nice to preserve it, the training facilities and the sports bases.)

According to Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, the local government has partnered with the Razon group to build "a commercial center, a mall, a cinema and others" on the sports complex site.

The City of Manila owns the land, Estrada said, and when construction begins the athletes who currently train at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex will be transferred to facilities in Clark, Pampanga.

Aside from Diaz, sports legends such as Lydia de Vega, Elma Muros, Caloy Loyzaga and Onyok Velasco launched their careers at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.

It was also the site of the 1934 Far Eastern Games, the 1954 Asian Games and three Southeast Asian Games.

A Change.org petition launched by sports fans and conservationists to save the Rizal Memorial Sports garnered at least 7,444 supporters as of this writing. -with reports from TJ Manotoc, ABS-CBN News

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PH SENATE PAYS TRIBUTE TO OLYMPIC SILVER MEDALIST HIDILYN DIAZ By Eddie Alinea PhilBoxing.com Thu, 18 Aug 2016


The Philippine Senate paid tribute to the newest Filipino sports hero, weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, who brought honor to the country by stashing away with the silver medal in the women's weightlifting event in the on-going Games of the XXXI Olympiad in the Brazilan city of Rio.

Acting on a resolution authored by boxing icon-turned Senator Manny Pacquiao and subscribed to by six of his colleagues through separate resolutions, the Upper Chamber honored the pint-sized Zamboanga City girl who ended up second to eventual winner Hsu Shu-Ching of Chinese Taipei in the 53-kilogram discipline in weightlifting.

During its 12th session held Wednesday, the Senate, likewise, approved a motion of its past President Franklin Drilon awarding the 25-year-old Diaz of a bonus the amount of which will be decided by Senate President Koko Pimentel and taken from the Chamber's savings.

Pacquiao, for his part, gifted Diaz a check, also of undisclosed amount from his own pocket in his office after the recognition ceremony.

Joining Pacquiao in filing separate resolutions that was incorporated to that of the Sarangani solon's were Majority Floor Leader Tito Sotto, a former national athlete like the eight-division champion, Diaz, and Senators Jayvee Ejercito, Nancy Binay, Sonny Angara, Loren Legarda, Joel Villanueva and Migs Zubiri.

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"For 20 long years, we'd been starved of an Olympic medal of any color. In this year's Games, Hidilyn gave us reason to celebrate by gifting the country enormous honor in the form of a silver medal in weightlifting in the 2016 Rio Olympics," Pacquiao declared in his sponsorship speech.


OLYMPIC SILVER MEDALIST DIAZ

He was referring to a similar silver medal finish fashioned out by boxer Mansueto "Onyok" Velasco during the Greatest Show On Earth's 1996 Centennial Celebration held in Atlanta.

"Hidilyn, alam kong hindi naging madali ang iyong paglalakbay upang marating mo ang inyong kinaroroonan ngayon. Hinarap mo ang mabibigat na hamon at muntik ka nang sumuko (Hidilyn, I know it had not been easy for you to reach where you are now. You faced the challenge and you almost surrendered)," Pacquiao remarked.

"Ganoon pa man, nagbunga ang lahat ng iyong paghihirap. Simula sa Zamboanga, patungo sa Houston, Texas, kung saan pinarangalan mo ang Pilipinas sa pagwawagi ng tatlong bronze medals sa IWF world Championships hanggang marating mo ang Rio Olympics (Your sacrifices reaped their fruits when you won three bronze medals in the World Championships in Houston to reach the Rio Olympics)," he said.

"Hidilyn, You are he first female athlete and the first weightlifter from our country to win a medal in he Olympics. With this, I personally congratulate you for being triumphant in the Olympics, the Philippines is very proud of you," the only man on earth to win world title from flyweight to junior middleweight asserted.

"Ngayon, ikinagagalak ng ating Senate President, at ng aking mga kapuwa Senador, at ng buong Pili[inas, narito ka bilang isang world-class athlete (Our Senate President, my fellow Senators and the entire country are glad with your presence here as a world-class athlete)," Pacquiao said.

Diaz was accompanied in the Senate by her personal coach Elmer Atilano, national mentor and Zamboanga City councilors, John Edding and Meng Agan.

Photo: Filipino weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz visits the Philippine Senate where she was recognized and honored for bagging the silver medal at this year's Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.


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