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PACMAN SENATOR PEACEMAKER: A SENATE SCRAP STOPPED


JANUARY 20 -Manny Pacquiao joined the peacemakers during an unpleasant incident on the Senate floor earlier this week. The politician-cum- prizefighter is yet to prepare for his defense of the WBO welterweight belt against little-known Australian challenger Jeff Horn possibly in the Land Down Under this April. As seen from a video that’s turned viral on social media, Pacquiao, boxing’s only eight-division champion and elected senator, along with chamber colleagues, sprang into action to thwart Senators Juan Miguel Zubiri and Antonio Trillanes from coming to blows.
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ALSO Pacquiao: I don’t know Horn


JANUARY 21 -Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn Manny Pacquiao says he has neither heard about Jeff Horn – the Australian prospect being lined up to fight him next – nor does he know how he looks like. In an interview with Fox Sports Australia in his Senate office the other day, Pacquiao admits he is clueless about the 28-year-old Horn, who may well end up as his opponent for his planned April 28 bout somewhere in the world. “I cannot say if he [Horn]’s ready because I didn’t see his style or his face yet, so I don’t know,” the Filipino icon said. Pacquiao sounded like he’s not too keen about risking his WBO welterweight title – and his legacy – against Horn, whose record is 16-0-1, with 11 knockouts. READ MORE...

ALSO: For possible Pacman-Horn fight venue, Queensland eyes $200M earnings


JANUARY 22 -Manny Pacquiao
 The state of Queensland in Australia can end up raking in huge revenue if it bankrolls the planned fight between Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn on April 23. According to a report by Grantlee Kieza of The Courier-Mail, Duco Events, which promotes the Australian Horn, is looking at revenues of $200 million for the local government of Queensland if the bout ends up at Brisbane. Brisbane, Horn’s hometown, is the capital of Queensland and Australia’s third biggest city. It boasts of a massive 52,500-seat Suncorp Stadium, a possible venue for the fight. “Jeff Horn against Manny Pacquiao at Suncorp Stadium can showcase Brisbane to the world,’’ Dean Lonergan of Duco Events said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Reality check on Pacquiao’s next foe


JANUARY 21 -Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines lands a right to the head of Jessie Vargas during their WBO welterweight championship fight at the Thomas & Mack Center on November 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP
For an honest caliber-and-character check on Manny Pacquiao’s appointed next opponent, they ended up crowding veteran promoter Bob Arum against the ropes. Does Jeff Horn beat Manny Pacquiao? “Probably not,” retorted Arum matter-of-factly. “But he’s going to give him a good fight.” For the record, it was Arum who handpicked the unbeaten Horn, 28, despite a loud clamor for Pacquiao to take on sensational Terence Crawford, the reigning world light welterweight boxing king. READ MORE...

ALSO PBA: Pacquiao reactivated by Mahindra, expected to play Sunday, report says


JANUARY 22 -Pacman to inspire slumping Floodbuster Will Manny Pacquiao's presence help Mahindra turn things around? Photo by Mark Cristino, ABS-CBN NewIt looks like Manny Pacquiao will play for Mahindra in its game against Alaska in the PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday. The world champion and senator will wear his basketball playing coach's hat again when he comes off the team's reserve list, replacing Ryan Araña, a report on Fox Sports Philippines said. “Yeah, he’s (Pacquiao) activated, and there’s a high probability that he’ll play tomorrow, and that would be an added motivation for the team,” Mahindra coach Chris Gavina told FOX Sports on Saturday. READ MORE...


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Pacman the peacemaker: Senate scrap stopped

MANILA, JANUARY 23, 2016 (INQUIRER) SOUTHPAW By: Percy D. Della - @inquirerdotnetPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 01:30 AM January 20, 2017 - Manny Pacquiao joined the peacemakers during an unpleasant incident on the Senate floor earlier this week.

The politician-cum- prizefighter is yet to prepare for his defense of the WBO welterweight belt against little-known Australian challenger Jeff Horn possibly in the Land Down Under this April.

As seen from a video that’s turned viral on social media, Pacquiao, boxing’s only eight-division champion and elected senator, along with chamber colleagues, sprang into action to thwart Senators Juan Miguel Zubiri and Antonio Trillanes from coming to blows.

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Now known for the monikers they tagged on each other, Zubiri “The Cheater” and Trillanes “The Rebel” exchanged heated words in the middle of a Senate session over the probe of two immigration officials mired in a bribery case.

The session was suspended as the protagonists engaged in a shouting match. During the break the duo appeared to continue trolling and taunting each other—prompting Pacquiao and the cooler heads to intervene.


SENATE BRAWL STOPPED-- TRILLANES VS ZUBIRI: ONLY IN THE PHILIPPINES. UGH! DISGUSTING!

If the Senate walls could talk they could tell that the sounds they hear today are unsavory—a far cry from the stentorian voices of debating statesmen that have served within their confines.

The walls could also talk about the rise of inept characters elected after the greats were long gone.

Even the gallery must be struggling to embrace a new Senate reality where tempers can be more explosive and fuses shorter.

In the high pressure cooker that’s politics, the senators—24 independent republics—will have to legislate and coexist with President Duterte and his deadly campaign on drugs, his passionate and crude outbursts and his pugnacious style of governance.

But even if some senators resort to name calling, shout abuse at each other and lapse into unparliamentary language and conduct, the chamber has not descended into chaos.

Thank heavens the Philippine Senate remains more civilized than the brawling and chair-hurling South Korean Parliament—ground zero for confrontational and melodramatic politics where sometimes rival parties resort to mayhem to bring opponents to their way of thinking.

The site of Pacquiao’s April match with Horn remains up in the air, while promoter Bob Arum entertains offers in Australia and United Arab Emirates.

Arum has planned a four-fight farewell world tour for the Filipino ring icon, culminating in a bout with two-belt junior welterweight champ Terence Crawford in November or December, not a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr.


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Pacquiao: I don’t know Horn By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated January 20, 2017 - 10:37am 11 97 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao says he has neither heard about Jeff Horn – the Australian prospect being lined up to fight him next – nor does he know how he looks like.

In an interview with Fox Sports Australia in his Senate office the other day, Pacquiao admits he is clueless about the 28-year-old Horn, who may well end up as his opponent for his planned April 28 bout somewhere in the world.

“I cannot say if he [Horn]’s ready because I didn’t see his style or his face yet, so I don’t know,” the Filipino icon said.

Pacquiao sounded like he’s not too keen about risking his WBO welterweight title – and his legacy – against Horn, whose record is 16-0-1, with 11 knockouts.

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Despite being undefeated, the Brisbane-based born has barely fought a recognizable name. Of the 16 boxers he beat, only two stand out – Randall Bailey and Ali Funeka.

Nevertheless, Horn is confident he can defeat Pacquiao in front of his home crowd – Horn’s representatives are working hard to stage the fight in Australia – and even knock the Filipino out.

Pacquiao, for his part, said it’s all talk for now.

“He needs to prove it in the ring. Because in my previous fights many of them are saying they will stop me, they will knock me out and it’s not happening,” added the fighting senator, who last dominated Jessie Vargas to regain the title.

While Horn is the frontrunner to land a career-defining showdown with Pacquiao, the latter confirmed that nothing is in stone.

“We’re not finalizing yet, the fight or a future fight. I didn’t talk to Bob Arum about that yet,” Pacquiao said.

But the prospect of fighting in Australia excites Pacquiao, who said he’s been to Down Under “once or twice but for gambling.”

Pacquiao indeed knows a thing or two about the country.

Unfortunately, he doesn’t know anything about Jeff Horn.


PHILSTAR

For possible Pacman-Horn fight venue, Queensland eyes $200M earnings By Dino Maragay (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 18, 2017 - 12:00am 0 45 googleplus0 0

Manny Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines - The state of Queensland in Australia can end up raking in huge revenue if it bankrolls the planned fight between Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn on April 23.

According to a report by Grantlee Kieza of The Courier-Mail, Duco Events, which promotes the Australian Horn, is looking at revenues of $200 million for the local government of Queensland if the bout ends up at Brisbane.

Brisbane, Horn’s hometown, is the capital of Queensland and Australia’s third biggest city. It boasts of a massive 52,500-seat Suncorp Stadium, a possible venue for the fight.

“Jeff Horn against Manny Pacquiao at Suncorp Stadium can showcase Brisbane to the world,’’ Dean Lonergan of Duco Events said.

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Lonergan claimed that Queensland’s economy will enjoy a $100 million boost in income thanks to tourism generated by the fight. Additionally, the state is expected to enjoy $100 million worth free advertising on the live telecast, which will reportedly reach a billion viewers in 159 countries.

“It is a truly global sporting contest pitting one of the greatest boxers in history against a young clean-cut Queensland kid who is a qualified schoolteacher and a great role model for all young Australians,” Lonergan added.

The promoter cited the successful UFC event headlined by Holly Holm and Ronda Rousey held last year at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium. The event reportedly drew 56,214 paying fans.

Lonergan said they are set to present their plan to hold the fight in Brisbane to Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, explaining the event’s economic benefit to the state.

Palaszczuk, for her part, said she is open to funding the fight.

“If it stacks up for the taxpayer, Queensland will be in the fight for the fight,” she said in the same report.

If for some reason Australia fails to land the fight, other countries such as the United Arab Emirates and the United States are in the running.

Pacquiao will defend his WBO welterweight title against Horn (16-0-1, with 11 KOs), a 28-year-old contender.


INQUIRER

Reality check on Pacquiao’s next foe By: Recah Trinidad - @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:54 AM January 21, 2017


Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines lands a right to the head of Jessie Vargas during their WBO welterweight championship fight at the Thomas & Mack Center on November 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

For an honest caliber-and-character check on Manny Pacquiao’s appointed next opponent, they ended up crowding veteran promoter Bob Arum against the ropes.

Does Jeff Horn beat Manny Pacquiao?

“Probably not,” retorted Arum matter-of-factly. “But he’s going to give him a good fight.”

For the record, it was Arum who handpicked the unbeaten Horn, 28, despite a loud clamor for Pacquiao to take on sensational Terence Crawford, the reigning world light welterweight boxing king.

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The shocking choice of Horn marked the third time Team Pacquiao ducked Crawford.

As for Arum, he said a mouthful, going by how he had expertly dodged truth in several previous deals.

Arum was not exactly candid, but he was honest enough to a point.

“Horn has a very pleasing personality, I thought he was a really rugged guy, he’s a good fighter,” Arum added.

But would Horn, with his inferior fighting style and suspect defense, be able to finish on his feet against Pacquiao?

“Manny will knock him out in three or four rounds, I guess,” said veteran international referee Bruce McTavish from his San Fernando, Pampanga, base.

“It’s a mismatch, it’s a shame, Horn has a good future, but he’s not yet ready for somebody like Pacquiao, he’s too premature” said the 76-year-old McTavish.

McTavish, who judged Horn’s last fight in Australia, said the unbeaten Aussie Hope (16-0, 11 KOs) needs to focus on his jab, but quickly added “I think it’s not going to happen.”

Based on the prognosis of experts who had watched Horn’s previous bouts on video, the Australian aspirant looms as a lead candidate to usher Pacquiao’s first KO win in eight and a half years.

In the case of Crawford, he could only be blamed for being good, fast, strong, tough, and therefore very dangerous for Pacquiao.

Horn, meanwhile, is being applauded at home for landing a bout against Pacquiao because, like it or not, he happens to be the complete opposite of Crawford.


ABS-CBN

PBA: Pacquiao reactivated by Mahindra, expected to play Sunday, report says ABS-CBN News Posted at Jan 21 2017 04:13 PM


Pacman to inspire slumping Floodbuster Will Manny Pacquiao's presence help Mahindra turn things around? Photo by Mark Cristino, ABS-CBN News

MANILA — It looks like Manny Pacquiao will play for Mahindra in its game against Alaska in the PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday.
The world champion and senator will wear his basketball playing coach's hat again when he comes off the team's reserve list, replacing Ryan Araña, a report on Fox Sports Philippines said.

“Yeah, he’s (Pacquiao) activated, and there’s a high probability that he’ll play tomorrow, and that would be an added motivation for the team,” Mahindra coach Chris Gavina told FOX Sports on Saturday.

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Pacquiao hasn’t joined Mahindra's practices because of his hectic schedule as senator, but Gavina is expecting the playing coach to be in good shape.

Gavina said the staff will help to ease Pacquiao into the team's system.

“We always have a contingency plan whenever coach Manny Pacquiao plays,” he said. “We will just try to hold (down the fort) when he’s out there on the court and hopefully, we can use his energy.”

Pacquiao is the only active boxer and senator who has been playing professional basketball.

Mahindra currently sports a 2-6 record and is in danger of being eliminated in the Philippine Cup.


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