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TIGER WOODS: "I FEEL GOOD BUT NOT GREAT, I'LL NEVER 'FEEL GREAT' AGAIN"


FEBRUARY 9 -Tiger Woods of the United States reacts after playing a shot during the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament at the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai on February 2, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NEZAR BALOUT
 Tiger Woods has admitted the combined toll of multiple operations on his battered body means he doesn’t think he “will ever feel great” again. But the former world number one said he hoped to be able to compete for titles and majors in the future, in an interview for Dubai magazine Vision. “I feel good, but not great,” said Woods, 41. “Granted, I don’t think I’ll ever feel great because it’s three back surgeries, four knee operations.” The 14-time major-winner returned from a 16-month injury lay-off in December and has slumped to 674 in the world rankings. “I am always going to be a little bit sore, it’s just the way it is. But as long as I can function and function at a good enough level then I’m fine with that,” he said. Woods made an ill-fated attempt to play in the European Tour’s Dubai Desert Classic last week, pulling out with back spasms after a birdie-free first-round 77 left him 13 shots off the lead. READ MORE...

ALSO: VIDEO INTERVIEW with Chavit - 'Pacquiao fight in PH may be difficult to stage'
[RELATED: Pacquiao lowers Manila fight price tag from P3B to P2.5B -Tourism chief]


FEBRUARY 11 - WATCH VIDEO INTERVIEW, RELATED,

ALSO: Senator Manny Pacquiao proposes ‘Nat’l Bible Day’ every last Monday of January
[RELATED COMMENTARY: Pacquiao’s selective Christianity]


DECEMBER 2016 -Senator Manny Pacquiao. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE
Neophyte Senator Manny Pacquiao wants every last Monday of January to be declared “National Bible Day,” and a regular holiday. Pacquiao’s proposal was contained in Senate Bill No. 1270 which he filed Wednesday. “As a predominantly Christian nation and the largest Christian nation in the Asia Pacific, this Act recognizes the value of the Holy Bible as the core of Christian faith,” the bill said. “The last Monday of January and every year thereafter is hereby declared as a ‘National Bible Day Act’ and proclaim the same as a national holiday,” it added. Pacquiao said in his explanatory note tothe bill that 93 percent of the Philippine population comprise Christians —the largest Christian population in the Asia-Pacific and the fifth largest Christian population in the world. READ MORE...RELATED,
Pacquiao’s selective Christianity...

ALSO: McGregor an easy fight for Pacquiao, I would love for it to happen; I would give Manny permission – Arum


JANUARY 31 -Top Rank boss Bob Arum said in a recent interviews that he was more than willing to make a fight between Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao and Irish mixed martial arts superstar Conor McGregor. "That's an easy fight for Manny, and I would love for that fight to happen, absolutely," Arum told TMZ. "For sure, Manny Pacquiao would love to fight Conor McGregor in boxing," he added. "Any boxer would like to fight Conor McGregor, because they'd knock him out." McGregor had quipped that he might square-off against Pacquiao if a fight with Floyd Mayweather did not materialize. Pacquiao, on the other hand, had made it clear that he would gladly fight McGregor in a boxing match. READ MORE...

ALSO: Australian bettors give Horn little chance


FEBRUARY 12 -Manny Pacquiao
Australian bettors are practically not giving their very own fighter Jeff Horn a chance to upset Manny Pacquiao should their world welterweight title fight become a reality. The betting line has Pacquiao at -1200 and the unbeaten Horn, a schoolteacher by daytime, at +600. These figures mean that a bettor must put in A$1,200 to win A$120 in the event of a Pacquiao win, while one who picks Horn to win will bring home A$600 for a A$100 bet. Top Rank chief Bob Arum is still in the process of negotiating with Australian stakeholders in bringing the fight to Horn’s hometown of Brisbane, where the 52,500-seat Suncorp Stadium is located. However, the fight could move to the Middle East in the event that Abu Dhabi comes up with a better deal than Australia. READ MORE...


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I’ll never ‘feel great’ again, says Woods


Tiger Woods of the United States reacts after playing a shot during the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament at the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai on February 2, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NEZAR BALOUT

DUBAI, UAE, FEBRUARY 13, 2017 (INQUIRER) Tiger Woods has admitted the combined toll of multiple operations on his battered body means he doesn’t think he “will ever feel great” again.

But the former world number one said he hoped to be able to compete for titles and majors in the future, in an interview for Dubai magazine Vision.

“I feel good, but not great,” said Woods, 41. “Granted, I don’t think I’ll ever feel great because it’s three back surgeries, four knee operations.”

The 14-time major-winner returned from a 16-month injury lay-off in December and has slumped to 674 in the world rankings.

“I am always going to be a little bit sore, it’s just the way it is. But as long as I can function and function at a good enough level then I’m fine with that,” he said.

Woods made an ill-fated attempt to play in the European Tour’s Dubai Desert Classic last week, pulling out with back spasms after a birdie-free first-round 77 left him 13 shots off the lead.

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Woods had missed the cut a week earlier at his first US PGA tour event of the year at Torrey Pines.

He is entered for next week’s tournament at Riviera as he tries to recover form and fitness before a tilt at the season’s first major, the Masters in Augusta in early April.

“The whole plan was to get my body, mind and spirit ready for that first full week in April,” said the 14-time major winner. “You know, I’ve done it (won at Augusta) four times and I’d love to do it a fifth.”

Woods said he would carry on as long as he felt capable of winning, after a painful rehabilitation.

“There were a lot of times I didn’t think I was going to make it back. It was tough, it was more than brutal,” he said.

Woods, who has not won since 2013 and whose last major victory came in 2008, said golf was becoming a different game with the power of the “kids” dominating the world rankings, such as Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy.

“This is the changing of the guard. All these guys can move it,” he said. “It wasn’t important to hit the ball hard, it was more important to hit the ball flush, but now these kids tee it up and just go after it.”

But he still believes he can win again. “My generation is getting older, but if I’m teeing up the goal’s to win it,” said Woods.

“That doesn’t change if I’m injured, coming off an injury, playing well or I’m playing poorly. If I’m in the event, it’s to win the event.”


INQUIRER

Chavit: Pacquiao fight in PH may be difficult to stage INQUIRER.net INQUIRER.net

 
https://youtu.be/YR1H0UqVwYM?t=89

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Pacquiao lowers Manila fight price tag from P3B to P2.5B ABS-CBN News Posted at Feb 03 2017 08:21 PM


TEO

Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo said on Friday that she spoke to Manny Pacquiao recently, and that the senator and world champion boxer offered a lower cost proposal to hold a fight in Manila in November.

"Iyong napag-usapan namin is P3 billion, medyo mabigat sabi ko," Teo said during a press conference. "And the next time I saw him, he said probably P2.5 (billion)."

Teo said an amount that hefty should bring in an opponent of Floyd Mayweather of Juan Manuel Marquez's caliber.

She's setting herself up for disappointment if one went by Internet reports.

Mayweather has shut down talk of a part two with Pacquiao, while Marquez has shown little interest for a part five.

"Pag-uusapan pa namin (ni Pacquiao). Wala pang fixed," said Teo, who has been occupied the past few weeks with the Miss Universe competition. "Within the week, I will be seeing Manny to talk about the fight."


INQUIRER

Senator Manny Pacquiao proposes ‘Nat’l Bible Day’ every last Monday of January By: Maila Ager - Reporter@MAgerINQINQUIRER.net / 03:03 PM December 08, 2016


Senator Manny Pacquiao. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

Neophyte Senator Manny Pacquiao wants every last Monday of January to be declared “National Bible Day,” and a regular holiday.

Pacquiao’s proposal was contained in Senate Bill No. 1270 which he filed Wednesday.

“As a predominantly Christian nation and the largest Christian nation in the Asia Pacific, this Act recognizes the value of the Holy Bible as the core of Christian faith,” the bill said.

“The last Monday of January and every year thereafter is hereby declared as a ‘National Bible Day Act’ and proclaim the same as a national holiday,” it added.

Pacquiao said in his explanatory note tothe bill that 93 percent of the Philippine population comprise Christians —the largest Christian population in the Asia-Pacific and the fifth largest Christian population in the world.

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“The core of Christian belief is grounded on the Holy Bible. Sermons and homilies of Christian churches dwell in the teachings of the Bible. It is the primary source of spiritual manna. It forms and transforms lives of people from generations to generations. It serves as the foundation of spiritual, moral, and social fiber, which molds a socially responsible citizenry and strong nation building,” he said.

The significance of the Holy Bible, the senator said, was also recognized by former Presidents Ferdinand Marcos, Corazon Aquino, and Fidel Ramos in Presidential Proclamation Numbers 2242, 44, and 1067, respectively.

He said the proclamations were in harmony with declaring the last week of January of every year as “National Bible Week.”

“This bill seeks to boldly emphasize the holiness of The Living Truth by allotting a holiday for its celebration on every last Monday of January, which shall be known as ‘National Bible Day,’” Pacquiao said.

“This calls for all Christians to altogether unite and celebrate the Holy Bible as the cradle of the Christian faith,” he added. JE/rga

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RELATED INQUIRER COMMENTARY

Pacquiao’s selective By: Gideon Lasco - @inquirerdotnetPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 12:24 AM February 10, 2017



To his credit, Manny Pacquiao has never claimed to be a saint. He has been very open about his previous life, which included drug use as a teenager (“I tried drugs … many kinds of drugs, all kinds of drugs … and then I realized it’s not good for the body”) and a bacchanalian lifestyle as an international celebrity (“I know how to gamble, I know how to drink, a lot of girls, womanizing, like that”).

By his own narration, it was only after a vision of two angels with “white, long, big wings” that he changed his ways.

His conversion story is certainly compelling—one that has been warmly received by our predominantly Christian (even if majority Catholic) nation. Apart from his boxing fans—who at his zenith included David Beckham and Kobe Bryant—he has gained some admirers for standing up for his professed faith, both here and in America.

Even so, we should be bothered by some of his pontifications, which, far from advancing a true gospel, reveal a “selective Christianity” that not only undermines his evangelism but also betrays a spiritual double standard.

Consider his previous pronouncements on the legacy of Ferdinand Marcos: “No matter how bad a person is,” he said in a mix of Filipino and English, “the most important thing is for us to have forgiveness. Let our good Lord judge everything.” He added: “If we do not have forgiveness … we cannot move on.”

The boxer-senator seems not to see any difference between the Christian notion of forgiveness, which calls for repentance, and the one being invoked for the unrepentant Marcoses. In addition, he sees no contradiction between forgiving and refusing to judge

Marcos and supporting President Duterte’s war on drugs, which involves prejudgment as well as a refusal to forgive suspected drug users.

Pacquiao also invokes the Bible to back the death penalty. Not content in drawing from the Old Testament practice of putting people to death, he cites the example of Jesus as proof that governments have the right to execute criminals. Needless to say, his statement is way off the mark: If anything, Christ’s crucifixion proves that the death penalty can victimize innocent people.

Equally worrisome is his reasoning that just because the Bible allowed the death penalty in ancient Israel, the death penalty bill being considered in the present-day Philippine Congress, with its dubious particulars, should be passed.

In his obduracy he turns a blind eye not only to questions of commensurability and efficacy, but also to pertinent Biblical notions of social justice and redemption.

In many ways, we are all “selective” in our religions, not just in the theological sense of “having fallen short” of the glory of God, but also in the pragmatic sense of filtering what works best for our personal ends. Surely at some point in our lives we have been too quick to invoke the Bible if it’s for our interests, but otherwise we are content with setting its inconvenient truths aside.

But I would like to hold our elected leaders to a higher standard, especially when they invoke a moral standard.

More a Mike Pence than a Donald Trump, Manny Pacquiao seems serious about his claims of hearing the voice of God, and sincere in his convictions, but all this only makes him more predisposed to pharisaical self-righteousness.

I still love Pacquiao the boxer—especially in his dominant wins against Dela Hoya and Hatton, his epic series versus Marquez, and his early, scrappy victories over Barrera and Morales. We as a nation owe him a lot for lifting our spirits, uniting us, and inspiring us to be proud of our nation. To some extent, I also appreciate his openness about his faith.

But our sympathies for the man himself notwithstanding, we cannot tolerate his preaching that flies in the face of reason.

When we are confronted with his selective Christianity, our proper response ought to be selective appreciation—and, when called for, decisive disagreement with his unsound and “unbiblical” policies.

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Gideon Lasco ( www.gideonlasco.com ) is a medical doctor and anthropologist.

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WIKIPEDIA (Bible Gateway -Bible Study)

["Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15). The Bible contains the answers to life's greatest questions—but we can't expect to know those answers unless we look for them. Bible study is an essential tool in every Christian's arsenal.]

FROM A BIBLE STUDY


Every legal system in the world is based upon the Old Testament Law of Moses. The Mosaic judicial and penal system was all encompassing, complex and divinely inspired. We have come to accept jail as a standard method of "corrections" when in fact it has never been God's way. Jails and prisons are man's invention.

Capital punishment was a significant feature in the justice system of Old Testament Israel. Execution was called for in response to extreme civil crimes like murder and rape, as well as for offenses against God’s holiness, like false prophecy and witchcraft.

There were mechanisms in place to avert the death penalty in some situations, and God sometimes spared the lives of people whose actions, legally speaking, would have otherwise meant the death penalty.

The establishment of capital punishment in ancient Israel is often used to argue for the death penalty in modern times—and it seems reasonable to conclude that since God incorporated it into Israelite society, capital punishment is not antithetical to His nature.

The death penalty was never employed arbitrarily or frivolously. In fact, observing the use of capital punishment in the Old Testament actually shows us how precious human life is to God. Because human beings are image-bearers of God, murder was such a serious affront to both God and man that it had to be answered with the blood of the murderer. Genesis 9:6 suggests that this sense of justice is woven into the moral fabric of Creation:

Whoever sheds man’s blood,
his blood will be shed by man,
for God made man in His image.
Genesis 9:6 (HCSB)

Christians are well aware of the atoning power of blood, believing that Christ’s blood—shed at his execution on the cross—spares us from the spiritual “death penalty” that our sins would otherwise merit.

When applying these principles to our modern system of justice, however, we should be aware of the different context we live in.

Ancient Israelite society was unique in that it was a true theocracy—God Himself crafted its laws. God clearly has the authority to save or condemn human lives, but does that authority still exist in a democratic government devised by fallible men and women?

The New Testament adds important context to the topic but doesn’t clearly instruct us one way or the other regarding the death penalty. The apostle Paul acknowledges that wielding “the sword” is a legitimate exercise of government authority—presumably he is referring to its duty to punish criminals, with violence if necessary. On the other hand, many of Jesus’ actions and words, such as his foiling of the execution of the adulterous woman, suggest that mercy and humility should stay society’s killing hand. And of course, no Christian is unaware of Jesus’ own experience with capital punishment: he was the ultimate innocent victim of the government’s sword wielded unjustly.

Because the New Testament’s gospel of grace is held to have fulfilled the Old Testament law, it is worth questioning whether Old Testament capital punishment—a powerful enforcer of that law—is a tool we should use today or whether it was appropriate only within the context of the Old Testament covenant. An over-arching theme of the New Testament is the undeserved forgiveness extended to us by a merciful God. As recipients of God’s grace, we are called to extend grace to others as well. How do we reconcile the need for justice with the importance of mercy and forgiveness? Do the requirements of justice trump the opportunity for mercy, or vice versa?

It would be much easier if God had chosen to clearly state one way or the other whether capital punishment is a moral responsibility for modern representative governments. But for His own reasons, He has not done so—which means we must continue to wrestle with Scripture, prayerfully try to discern the best course of action, and respect other Christians doing the same.

Regardless of our conclusions, Christians must make sure that Christlike values—justice, humility, and grace—motivate us, rather than vengeance or hate; and whether Christians choose to support or oppose capital punishment, we are all called to make sure that it is carried out justly and does not target innocent people. AMEN


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McGregor an easy fight for Pacquiao, I would love for it to happen – Arum Published January 31, 2017 10:57pm By JM SIASAT

MANILA - Top Rank boss Bob Arum said in a recent interviews that he was more than willing to make a fight between Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao and Irish mixed martial arts superstar Conor McGregor.

"That's an easy fight for Manny, and I would love for that fight to happen, absolutely," Arum told TMZ.

"For sure, Manny Pacquiao would love to fight Conor McGregor in boxing," he added. "Any boxer would like to fight Conor McGregor, because they'd knock him out."

McGregor had quipped that he might square-off against Pacquiao if a fight with Floyd Mayweather did not materialize. Pacquiao, on the other hand, had made it clear that he would gladly fight McGregor in a boxing match.

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But while the trio of Pacquiao, McGregor and Arum are seemingly willing to work with each other, UFC President Dana White feels otherwise. McGregor is exclusively signed with the UFC, thus he needs White's approval to compete in professional boxing match.

In an interview with Yahoo, White boldly stated that while he loved Pacquiao, he would rather not have Arum call him. In response, Arum said he was willing to step aside just for the fight to happen.

"I tell you, if the only impediment to Manny Pacquiao fighting Conor McGregor is because Dana doesn't like me, then I won't be around," said Arum.

"I would give Manny the right, the permission to fight Conor McGregor anytime that the money was right for Manny." — DVM, GMA News


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Australian bettors give Horn little chance 30 SHARES Share it! Published February 10, 2017, 12:06 AM by Nick Giongco


Manny Pacquiao

Australian bettors are practically not giving their very own fighter Jeff Horn a chance to upset Manny Pacquiao should their world welterweight title fight become a reality.

The betting line has Pacquiao at -1200 and the unbeaten Horn, a schoolteacher by daytime, at +600. These figures mean that a bettor must put in A$1,200 to win A$120 in the event of a Pacquiao win, while one who picks Horn to win will bring home A$600 for a A$100 bet.

Top Rank chief Bob Arum is still in the process of negotiating with Australian stakeholders in bringing the fight to Horn’s hometown of Brisbane, where the 52,500-seat Suncorp Stadium is located.

However, the fight could move to the Middle East in the event that Abu Dhabi comes up with a better deal than Australia.

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Horn has a 16-0-1 win-loss-draw record with 11 KOs but is a complete unknown outside Australia and New Zealand.

Pacquiao, the record-holding eight-division world champion, soundly beat Jessie Vargas in his last fight in November in Las Vegas.

The Courier-Journal came out with a story two weeks ago saying that New Zealand-based Duco Promotions, which has Horn under its banner, has reached an agreement with Australian government officials to hold the fight Down Under.

But Arum and Team Pacquiao remain non-committal and are waiting for a counter offer from Middle East promoter.


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