PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE: Since 1997 © Copyright (PHNO) http://newsflash.org


SPORTS NEWS THE PAST WEEKS
CLICK HERE TO READ ONLINE
(Mini Reads followed by Full Reports below)

PRESIDENT DUTERTE DECLARES SEN. PACQUIAO “PRESIDENT –TO-BE” ON HIS 38th BIRTHDAY


DECEMBER 19 -The highest person on the land President Rodrigo Roa Duaterte declared fellow Mindanaoan Senator Manny Pacquiao “President-to-be” during this 38th birthday celebration in General Santos City. He also told Pacquiao “Presidente na ito (This is already president)” during his courtesy call at Malacanan after the victory over Jessie Vargas last month. It is obvious that Prez Digong would want another president from their beloved region Mindanao to continue the gains of his administration particularly the battle on illegal drugs, criminality and corruption, and the peace process with the Muslim and Red rebels, and the development of Southern Philippines. Senator Pacquiao has been very supportive of Duterte’s programs particularly the restoration of death penalty and federalism. And most importantly, Sen Manny has the resources to wage a nationwide campaign. READ MORE...

ALSO: Potential Pacquiao foe Crawford says he's the best fighter of 2016


DECEMBER 22 -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
MANILA, Philippines – WBC and WBO super lightweight champion Terence Crawford claims he is the best fighter of the year. The 29-year-old rising star took to Twitter to express his desire to be named the 2016 Fighter of the Year. Follow Terence Crawford ✔ @budcrawford402 Terence Crawford 2016 Fighter Of The Year!!!! Yeah that sounds about right to me. What you think? 1:21 PM - 20 Dec 2016 143 143 Retweets 526 526 likes Crawford (30-0, with 20 KOs) is banking on three impressive wins this year. He opened 2016 by stopping Henry Lundy in five rounds in their February fight. He followed that up by outpointing Viktor Postol, a former sparring partner of Manny Pacquiao, in July. READ MORE...

ALSO: Does Pacman want ‘TC’ too?


DECEMBER 14 -Terence Crawford. Pennington/Getty Images/AFP
Lead Fighter of the Year candidate Terence Crawford, with his vast edge in skill and power, could’ve turned his third fight this year into a clinical punching picnic. He instead opted to thrill the home crowd in his native Omaha and banged it up with overmatched challenger John Molina. The entertainment could’ve lasted longer, until the overweight Molina left his mid-section open midway in the eighth. A precision left to the belly crushed Molina’s guts, and Crawford drummed in blinding combinations to head and body. The referee jumped in to rescue Molina who had sunk in the neutral corner. Crawford was an awesome 14-1 prefight favorite, but he refused to be fancy. He got tagged hard several times but still played it bold and raw, thereby unwrapping a great facet in his arsenal. READ MORE...

ALSO: Roach wants Pacquiao to fight Crawford at 140


DECEMBER 24 -38-yr-old Manny Pacquiao and 29-yr-old Terence Crawford
Stressing that his ward doesn’t back down from challenges, Freddie Roach has welcomed a showdown between Manny Pacquiao and undefeated rising star Terence Crawford. Speaking to Ryan Burton of boxingscene.com, Roach said Pacquiao – who currently campaigns at the welterweight division (147 pounds) – can slide back to junior welterweight (140 pounds) to make the fight happen. And Crawford, who holds the WBC and WBO junior welterweight championships, is considered the best fighter in the division. “I like the fight at 140 but he (Pacquiao) hasn't fought at 140 in a long time. I think he will be a bit quicker and a bigger puncher but he's been at 147 for so long so we will see,” said Roach. READ MORE...

ALSO:  By Joaquin Henson - Big story in 2016, Manny back on top


DECEMBER 24 -By Joaquin Henson
The big story in Philippine professional boxing in 2016 was Sen. Manny Pacquiao’s return to the throne as WBO welterweight champion. After losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the sport’s richest fight ever last year, Pacquiao came roaring back to win twice – first, over Timothy Bradley for the vacant WBO International welterweight crown last April and second, over Jessie Vargas to regain the WBO diadem in the 147-pound division last month. Pacquiao, now 38, is tipped to fight twice more next year before hanging up his gloves. Undefeated WBO/WBC superlightweight champion Terence Crawford has been mentioned as a possible opponent but it appears likely that Pacquiao will end his career with two “payback” bouts against Juan Manuel Marquez and Mayweather. Pacquiao will only fight when the Senate takes a break so the schedule could be Marquez in June and Mayweather in November. Those are legacy battles for Pacquiao who’d like to end his career with a bang. But win or lose both fights, it’s certain Pacquiao will retire as one of the greatest fighters who ever lived. READ MORE...


READ FULL MEDIA REPORTS HERE BELOW
OR CLICK HERE TO READ ONLINE

PRESIDENT DUTERTE DECLARES SENATOR PACQUIAO “PRESIDENT –TO-BE” ON HIS 38TH BIRTHDAY

MANILA, DECEMBER 19, 2016 (PHILBOXING.COM) By Maloney L. Samaco PhilBoxing.com Sun, 18 Dec 2016 - The highest person on the land President Rodrigo Roa Duaterte declared fellow Mindanaoan Senator Manny Pacquiao “President-to-be” during this 38th birthday celebration in General Santos City.

He also told Pacquiao “Presidente na ito (This is already president)” during his courtesy call at Malacanan after the victory over Jessie Vargas last month. It is obvious that Prez Digong would want another president from their beloved region Mindanao to continue the gains of his administration particularly the battle on illegal drugs, criminality and corruption, and the peace process with the Muslim and Red rebels, and the development of Southern Philippines.

Senator Pacquiao has been very supportive of Duterte’s programs particularly the restoration of death penalty and federalism. And most importantly, Sen Manny has the resources to wage a nationwide campaign.

READ MORE...

The young Manny started to learn the basics of boxing from his maternal Uncle Sardo Mejia when he stayed at his house at the age of ten. His uncle was first reluctant of his nephew because he was so skinny and had no muscle.

He first fought in open air amateur fights in General Santos City where he was awarded a prize of P100 for a win. The boy persevered despite his mother Dionisia’s vehement objection.

Mommy D wanted Manny to become a priest. But because of extreme poverty Pacquiao continued boxing and even ran away from home to find his fortune in the sport which made him one of the richest athletes in the world.

* * *

It was a sad exit for Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins, now almost 52-years-old when he was knocked out of the ring by the reigning WBC international light heavyweight champion Joe Smith, Jr. It was definitely his last fight when he was interviewed after the encounter.

It was a rare boxing scenario where a fighter was punched out of the ring and was given twenty seconds to climb back but was not able to do so allegedly because of injuries. The Executioner was “executed” for the first time as it was his first ever KO loss in his storied 28-year boxing career.

Hopkins had his pro debut on October 11, 1988 when his last foe was not yet born because Smith saw the light of this world on September 20, 1989.

* * *

Before the fight was stopped and the TKO was declared, the 27-year-old Smith was leading on two of the three cards at the time of the stoppage.

In seven rounds of action, Thomas Taylor scored it 69-64 and Tim Cheatham had it 67-66 for Smith. Pat Russell saw it 67-66 for Hopkins.

Hopkins, whose age was almost double to that of Smith, had victories over big names such as Roy Jones, Jr., Kelly Pavlik, Antonio Tarver, Felix Trinidad, Keith Holmes, Carl Daniels, and his present promoter Oscar de la Hoya. Despite the ungraceful exit, his legacy was already in place and was considered a Future Hall of Famer.


PHILSTAR

Potential Pacquiao foe Crawford says he's the best fighter of 2016 By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated December 21, 2016 - 1:47pm 6 69 googleplus0 0


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

MANILA, Philippines – WBC and WBO super lightweight champion Terence Crawford claims he is the best fighter of the year.

The 29-year-old rising star took to Twitter to express his desire to be named the 2016 Fighter of the Year.

Follow Terence Crawford ✔ @budcrawford402 Terence Crawford 2016 Fighter Of The Year!!!! Yeah that sounds about right to me. What you think? 1:21 PM - 20 Dec 2016 143 143 Retweets 526 526 likes Crawford (30-0, with 20 KOs) is banking on three impressive wins this year. He opened 2016 by stopping Henry Lundy in five rounds in their February fight. He followed that up by outpointing Viktor Postol, a former sparring partner of Manny Pacquiao, in July.

READ MORE...

But the Omaha, Nebraska-based fighter’s best performance came just this month when he knocked John Molina Jr. out after eight one-sided rounds.

He later called out Pacquiao for a fight sometime next year.

Crawford’s amazing year, however, took a minor setback when he was sentenced to 90 days in jail for his involvement in an altercation at a car repair shop in April. His conviction came just five days after he defeated Molina.

The boxer was freed on a $10,000 bail later that same day.

Crawford is one of two Top Rank young stars being groomed to face Pacquiao, who plans to fight twice next year. Ukrainian sensation Vasyl Lomachenko can likewise get a crack at the Filipino icon.

Pacquiao has yet to name an opponent for his first fight of 2017.


INQUIRER

Does Pacman want ‘TC’ too? By: Recah Trinidad - @inquirerdotnet 12:15 AM December 14, 2016


Terence Crawford. Pennington/Getty Images/AFP

Lead Fighter of the Year candidate Terence Crawford, with his vast edge in skill and power, could’ve turned his third fight this year into a clinical punching picnic. He instead opted to thrill the home crowd in his native Omaha and banged it up with overmatched challenger John Molina.

The entertainment could’ve lasted longer, until the overweight Molina left his mid-section open midway in the eighth. A precision left to the belly crushed Molina’s guts, and Crawford drummed in blinding combinations to head and body. The referee jumped in to rescue Molina who had sunk in the neutral corner.

Crawford was an awesome 14-1 prefight favorite, but he refused to be fancy. He got tagged hard several times but still played it bold and raw, thereby unwrapping a great facet in his arsenal.

READ MORE...

Said Crawford beating his chest: “I showed I could be a great finisher.”

He hoisted his WBO and WBC junior welterweight title belts, visibly absolving himself from the cloud of an uncharacteristic run-run finish in a previous win over hard-hitting Viktor Postol.

In the next breath, the unbeaten Crawford (30 wins, 21 KOs) blurted out a long-time wish to be given the chance to box Manny Pacquiao next.

“Yeah, I’d like to fight Manny Pacquiao,” Crawford stated.

Crawford indeed wanted to fight Pacquiao badly; but he has also started to get frustrated.

Crawford said they would not lose sleep chasing after Pacquiao.

Normally, the dare from Crawford should’ve merited a firm reply from the Pacquiao camp.

Sorry, but Pacquiao appeared engrossed in other pressing commitments.

He was yesterday set to accompany President Duterte in an official state visit to Cambodia.

Here’s hoping Sen. Pacquiao would find time to make a categorical reply to Crawford. The boxing world is anxiously waiting.

Or does the lone world boxing champion senator in the world still dream of avenging a comprehensive loss to the firmly retired Floyd Mayweather Jr.?


PHILSTAR

Roach wants Pacquiao to fight Crawford at 140 By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated December 24, 2016 - 3:34pm 5 0 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao and Terence Crawford

MANILA, Philippines – Stressing that his ward doesn’t back down from challenges, Freddie Roach has welcomed a showdown between Manny Pacquiao and undefeated rising star Terence Crawford.

Speaking to Ryan Burton of boxingscene.com, Roach said Pacquiao – who currently campaigns at the welterweight division (147 pounds) – can slide back to junior welterweight (140 pounds) to make the fight happen.

And Crawford, who holds the WBC and WBO junior welterweight championships, is considered the best fighter in the division.

“I like the fight at 140 but he (Pacquiao) hasn't fought at 140 in a long time. I think he will be a bit quicker and a bigger puncher but he's been at 147 for so long so we will see,” said Roach.

READ MORE...

Indeed, the last time Pacquiao fought as a junior welterweight was in 2009 when he knocked out Ricky Hatton to become the king of the weight class. The Filipino icon, however, immediately left the division to pursue bigger fights up north.

But Roach has insisted that Pacquiao’s best weight is at 140 pounds, and a duel with Crawford would be the most appealing bout in the division.

The 29-year-old Crawford boosted his case for a clash with Pacquiao when he impressed in his most recent fight against John Molina Jr. early this month, scoring a lopsided TKO win.

Roach, for his part, was among those impressed by Crawford, saying the young fighter will likely get a shot at Pacquiao if Floyd Mayweather Jr. decides to stay retired.

“(Getting a win) always puts you closer to a Manny Pacquiao fight. Manny wants to keep fighting and if we don't get the Mayweather fight, we want to fight the best guys out there,” Pacquiao’s longtime cornerman added.

Pacquiao is expected to fight twice in 2017 but has so far not named anyone other than Mayweather as his preferred opponent.

Roach said his ward only wants the tough fights.

“We don't want easy fights. We will fight anyone. We want to fight anyone in the top 10,” he said.


PHILSTAR COMMENTARY

Manny back on top By Joaquin Henson (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 24, 2016 - 12:00am googleplus (First of 2 parts)


By Joaquin Henson

MANILA, Philippines - The big story in Philippine professional boxing in 2016 was Sen. Manny Pacquiao’s return to the throne as WBO welterweight champion.

After losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the sport’s richest fight ever last year, Pacquiao came roaring back to win twice – first, over Timothy Bradley for the vacant WBO International welterweight crown last April and second, over Jessie Vargas to regain the WBO diadem in the 147-pound division last month.

Pacquiao, now 38, is tipped to fight twice more next year before hanging up his gloves.

Undefeated WBO/WBC superlightweight champion Terence Crawford has been mentioned as a possible opponent but it appears likely that Pacquiao will end his career with two “payback” bouts against Juan Manuel Marquez and Mayweather.

SENATE SCHEDULE- 2 PAYBACK FIGHTS?

Pacquiao will only fight when the Senate takes a break so the schedule could be Marquez in June and Mayweather in November. Those are legacy battles for Pacquiao who’d like to end his career with a bang. But win or lose both fights, it’s certain Pacquiao will retire as one of the greatest fighters who ever lived.

READ MORE...

Last year, Filipinos saw action in 19 world title fights, posting a win-loss-draw record of 6-12-1.

FILIPINO WORLD TITLES IN 2015

There were only four Filipinos who held world titles when 2015 came to a close – WBO lightflyweight king Donnie Nietes, WBO superbantamweight ruler Nonito Doniare, IBO lightflyweight champion Rey Loreto and interim WBA lightflyweight titlist Randy Petalcorin.

In 2016, Filipinos figured in only 13 world championship bouts, registering a 9-4 mark. As the year nears its end, the reigning Filipino world titleholders are Pacquiao, interim IBF lightflyweight champion Milan Melindo, IBF superlfyweight ruler Jerwin Ancajas,

WBO bantamweight king Marlon Tapales and Women’s International Boxing Association/Global Boxing Union minimumweight queen Gretchen Abaniel.

Three Filipinos relinquished their world crowns voluntarily during the year – Loreto as IBO lightflyweight champion, Nietes as WBO lightflyweight titlist and Johnriel Casimero as IBF flyweight ruler.

Not a single Filipino saw action in a WBA or IBO world title fight this year.

There were six fights sanctioned by the WBO, four by the IBF and two by the WBC. Only two fighters were engaged in two world title bouts. One was Casimero who stopped Thailand’s Amnat Ruenroeng for the IBF flyweight throne in Bangkok last May and halted England’s Charlie Edwards to retain the belt in London last September.

The other was Donaire who trounced Hungary’s Zsolt Bedak in Cebu last April and bowed to Jessie Magdaleno on points in Las Vegas last November.


DONAIRE, MAGDALENO

Donaire, 34, has called out Magdaleno for a rematch and a chance to regain his WBO title. But Magdaleno, who initially showed a lot of respect for Donaire after their fight, has changed his tune and lately accused the Filipino Flash of ducking him twice before agreeing to the mandatory defense. Magdaleno had earlier assured Donaire of a rematch to repay him for the title crack.

The latest development is Donaire has been lined up for a box-off to fill the WBC throne vacated by Japan’s Hozumi Hasegawa who recently retired. The WBC has ordered No. 1 Rey Vargas of Mexico to face No. 2 Gavin McDonnell of Great Britain for the vacant title. Two other box-offs are in the works – No. 3 Hugo Ruiz of Mexico against No. 5 Anselmo Moreno of Panama and No. 4 Julio Ceja of Mexico and No. 6 Donaire. The winners of Ruiz-Moreno and Ceja-Donaire will slug it out for the right to challenge the winner of Vargas-McDonnell.

It’s not certain what route Donaire will take but his plan is to fight thrice in 2017 against “the best out there.” He won’t back down from a rematch with Cuba’s Guillermo Rigondeaux or a showdown with the winner of the Carl Frampton-Leo Santa Cruz duel for the WBA featherweight crown in Las Vegas on Jan. 28. His priority is to take on Magdaleno again but if that’s not possible, he’ll do whatever it takes to bring him back in the world title mainstream.

Donaire was one of only four Filipinos to lose in world title fights this year. The others were Jetro Pabustan, Jonathan Taconing and Richie Mepranum. Pabustan lost on a seventh round technical decision to defending WBO bantamweight champion Panya Uthok in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, last February.

The fight was stopped due to a cut on Pabustan’s left eyebrow inflicted by an accidental headbutt. At the time of the stoppage, Uthok was ahead by a mile in the three judges’ scorecards which were identical at 70-63. Pabustan, a southpaw from Sarangani now based in Cagayan de Oro, lost to Edison Berwela in his most recent outing in Benguet last month and now has a record of 27-4-6, with 8 KOs.

Taconing bowed to Mexico’s Ganigan Lopez on a 12-round unanimous decision for the WBC lightflyweight crown in Mexico City last July. The Zamboanga del Norte fighter was deducted a point for an accidental headbutt but it didn’t matter as the scorecards showed Lopez comfortably on top in the end, 119-108, 119-109, 115-112.

It was Taconing’s second loss in a world title bout. In 2012, he lost to Thailand’s Suriyan Satorn in a WBC lightflyweight title match by a majority technical decision in the fifth round in Buriram, Thailand. Taconing, 29, has a 23-3-1 record, with 19 KOs, and is the reigning Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) lightflyweight champion.

Last April, Mepranum was decisioned by Mexico’s Carlos Cuadras in a WBC superflyweight title fight in Sinaloa, Mexico. It was the Sarangani southpaw’s third loss in a world title fight.

In 2010, he was stopped by Julio Cesar Miranda for the vacant WBO flyweight crown and four years later, surrendered to Juan Francisco Estrada at the end of nine rounds in a WBA/WBO flyweight title fight. Mepranum, 29, suffered the three setbacks in Mexico. His record is now 31-6-1, with 8 KOs.


CONTINUE TO >> NEXT SPORTS BEAT PAGE (coming next week)

GO TO >> HEADLINE NEWS PAGE

GO TO > > BUSINESS & ECONOMY PAGE


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

© Copyright, 2016 by PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE
All rights reserved


PHILIPPINE HEADLINE NEWS ONLINE [PHNO] WEBSITE