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MANNY PACQUIAO MIGHT HANG UP HIS GLOVES AS IF ROACH SUGGESTS

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By Ashley White

In his recent interview, Freddie Roach, Manny Pacquiao’s trainer since the start of the Filipino’s career, said that he has spoken to his fighter about retirement. According to Roach, Manny Pacquiao is keen on following his trainer’s advice because he knows ‘trainers know best’.

Roach said, “The thing is, we’ve talked about that (retirement). Manny’s asked me ‘When I start showing signs of slippage and I need to retire, will you tell me?’ and I said ‘I’ll be the first one to tell you’ Manny. And I said ‘When I tell you, will you retire?’ and he (Pacquiao) said ‘Of course I will. Because most guys won’t (contemplate retirement when needed). We have a good relationship and I know he’s coming close to the end of his career.”

It should be noted here that Roach has been Pacquiao’s trainer for more than 10 years now. It is because of Roach that Pacquiao has been able to understand his real strength and skills. Recently, Pacquiao spoke about his retirement. He said that he will retire probably after his fight with Timothy Bradley, but his family is insisting him to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. before he hangs up his gloves. Some days later, Pacquiao changed his retirement plans and is now looking forward to beat Floyd.

 

Read more: http://blogs.bettor.com/Manny-Pacquiao-might-hang-up-his-gloves-as-if-Roach-suggests-Boxing-News-a141465

Allies come to Pacquiao’s defense

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By Cathy Yamsuan
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Is the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) harassing Saranggani Representative Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao because, unlike 188 of his colleagues in the House of Representatives, he did not sign the articles of impeachment against Chief Justice Renato Corona?
Senator Joker Arroyo raised the question Friday after learning that Pacquiao was not among the 188 members of the House who signed the impeachment complaint against Corona on December 12 last year.
“One disturbing aspect is that Pacquiao did not sign the articles of impeachment against CJ Corona. Can there be any connection?” the senator asked in a phone interview with Inquirer.
“You look at the articles of impeachment. Pacquiao’s name is not among those who signed,” Arroyo said in English and Filipino. “When I first read the news that he is being investigated by the BIR, I immediately checked with the Senate officers who have a copy of the complaint. He was not a signatory. Probably he was absent that day or whatever.”
‘Ridiculous’
House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte said Arroyo’s suspicion was ridiculous. “Some [lawmakers] did not sign [the articles of impeachment] even if they were there. And it’s okay,” he said in a text message to the Inquirer. “Pacquiao was not there at all during the signing.”
Pacquiao texted the Inquirer and confirmed that he was not there. But he said that he hoped the case that the BIR brought against him was not related to his failure to join the House majority in impeaching Corona.
Pacquiao, who holds world titles in eight boxing divisions, was training for his bout with Mexican Juan Miguel Marquez late last year, when the BIR demanded to see his tax returns after its regional office in Central Mindanao filed a complaint against him for failure to submit complete tax records for 2010.
Pacquiao could face up to two years in prison for the omission. He beat Marquez in a lackluster performance that lasted all of 12 rounds.

Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/169905/allies-come-to-pacquiaos-defense

A new Manny Pacquiao

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By Ronnie Nathanielsz

WHEN pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao asked one of his aides to get a chair and have us sit next to him at the 12th Annual “Flash” Elorde Awards Banquet of Champions, we were pleasantly surprised. Not too long ago, he was visibly upset by our comments after his last fight against Juan Manuel Marquez and our condemnation of his indiscriminate ways and the leeches, who surround him.

But then, it seemed so long ago and time and circumstance have combined to change it all in a blessed way.

After we sat down, Manny proceeded to ask us about our favorite passage in the Bible and we answered Psalm XXIII — “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.”

Sufficiently impressed when we told him, the psalm says it all, Manny recited several excerpts from the scriptures, chapter and verse, in amazing fashion. We couldn’t believe how much he had memorized and the ease with which he quoted the Bible and reflected on the meaning of the passages he cited. This was certainly a new Manny Pacquiao, far removed from the wild and wooly individual, whose lifestyle brought untold pain to his charming wife and threatened to wreck his family.

 

Read more: http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/2012/03/30/a-new-manny-pacquiao/

Manny Pacquiao Persists in Claim of Lost Endorsements

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By Charles Jay

Manny Pacquiao may be an elected member of Congress in the Philippines, but he seems uncomfortable these days in being treated, by some of the current powers-that-be, more like a public official with responsibility to a certain degree of transparency than an athletic icon who can more or less write his own rules.

But he has enlisted what is being termed a “battery of attorneys” in trying to enforce the latter for a little while longer. One of those attorneys , Artemio Tuquero, a former Justice Secretary is also one of the lawyers for Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the former President of the Philippines, who is facing criminal charges of electoral fraud.
It looks he will sue on a “graft and corruption” basis, alleging, among other things, that he is being singled out for political reasons.
Not to get too complicated about it, but Pacquiao was a favorite of the Arroyo administration, and is not such a big favorite of the current administration of President Benigno Aquino III. He made a call to Aquino in an attempt get Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to fire official Rozil Lozares for having the unmitigated gall to file a criminal complaint against him. Pacquiao is being charged with failure to produce documents that are necessary for the BIR to determine how much he owes in taxes.
Pacquiao has also tried to steamroll another man he perceives to be his adversary – journalist Edwin Espejo – who published stories related to a fugitive car-jacker that did not put the boxing champion in a positive light.
Pacquiao’s position is that his name is being damaged by the BIR investigation to the extent that he is losing endorsements, because the BIR is painting him as a tax evader.

Read more: http://www.boxinginsider.com/columns/manny-pacquiao-persists-in-claim-of-lost-endorsements/#ixzz1qhAkiLUp

Manny Pacquiao vs Tim Bradley: Famed Trainer Says Pick’em Fight

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By Richard V. Powell

Sometimes a pair of fighters provide such an compelling style match-up it’s hard to favor one fighter over another.

According to some insiders, the match-up between Timothy Bradley (28-0, 12 KO) and Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KO) falls into that category. And while insiders have various points of view most agree Pacquiao vs Bradley will be explosive, action-packed ‘must see TV’ on June 9th.

When asked for his opinion on Pacquiao vs Bradley, famed trainer and former WBA light heavyweight champ Eddie Mustafa Muhammad found himself in a quandary. After watching Manny Pacquiao annihilate almost every fighter he’s been in the ring the last six years, Eddie holds Manny’s skills in high regard. Yet, while watching footage of Timothy Bradley he saw a fighter who won’t take ‘No’ for an answer with the conditioning and heart to overcome almost any obstacle.

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Bob Arum Lost De La Hoya, Mayweather, Cotto, and now Pacquiao?

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By Shawn Craddick

Bob Arum is slowly losing his grip with his key fighters. Bob Arum has become the new Don King of the 20th Century. At one time Bob Arum signed Oscar De La Hoya to a Toprank contract. This worked for a little while but Oscar became wise and left because the contracts were not right. He knew he could make more money on his own. It wasn’t the prettiest split but it happened. Now Oscar has a multi million dollar company called Goldenboy Promotions.

Next Superstar to leave was Floyd Mayweather. Arum had him on lock until Floyd picked up Al Haymon. Floyd constantly praises Al for his wisdom and knowledge of the game. Floyd was tired of not making the money he thought he deserved. Floyd bought out of his contract for $700,000. There are reports floating around that Floyd sued Bob Arum and it’s being reported that Arum still owes Floyd millions. Nevertheless, Floyd went on to start Mayweather Promotions. Floyd keeps a majority of the money from his fights now instead of sharing it with Bob Arum and Toprank.

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http://www.boxingsocialist.com/profiles/blogs/bob-arum-lost-de-la-hoya-mayweather-cotto-and-now-pacquiao

Bradley not intimidated by Pacquiao

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Undefeated American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. is not in awe of his June 9 opponent, Filipino boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, who is widely regarded as the top pound-for-pound boxer in the world.

Bradley said he is not intimidated by the hype surrounding his fight against the Filipino superstar.

“It doesn’t matter. Manny Pacquiao is the biggest name in boxing, next to Floyd Mayweather. But it’s a name,” Bradley said.

“He’s a fighter. He’s a human being. He has skill; I have skill. I’m not like in awe when I see Manny Pacquiao,” he added.

Bradley claimed that their upcoming welterweight match-up will be “just another fight” to him.

“Take away all the cameras, all the attention, the media, put us in the ring and it’s a fight. It’s a fight to me,” he said.
But even if he is not in awe of the Filipino star, Bradley believes fighting Pacquiao will force him to be at his best.

“For Manny Pacquiao, I’m going to have to bring my ‘A’ game. It’s going to come out. It has to come out,” he said. Continue reading “Bradley not intimidated by Pacquiao” »

Pacquiao Eyeing Governorship—and Maybe More

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Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao is looking for a job he can sink his teeth into – and it’s not in the ring, nor even in the country’s Congress. It’s the governorship of his home province in the impoverished southern Philippines.

Mr. Pacquiao, 33 years old and reckoned by many to be the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, has been preparing for a post-boxing career for a while. He has twice run for Congress, losing in 2007 and securing a seat in 2010. But Mr. Pacquiao feels he isn’t cut out for sitting around in the Philippines’ legislature and is now eyeing a job where he can get out in the field and do what he describes as real work.

Enter next year’s contest for the governorship of Sarangani.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Pacquiao said he feels he is better fitted to an executive role.

“Being a legislator isn’t hard work, it’s kind of light,” Mr. Pacquiao said. “But an executive position is 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I feel I’m better suited to that. I feel I can do many things for my province.”

Building up some executive experience, too, would be useful if he one day plans to run for a higher office: the presidency.

Mr. Pacquiao is often rumored to be looking at a tilt at the presidential elections in 2022, when he will have passed the constitutional 40 year old age requirement on running for the Philippines’ highest office.

READ MORE: http://blogs.wsj.com/searealtime/2012/03/29/pacquiao-eyeing-governorship%E2%80%94and-maybe-more/

 

Mabuhay at Mabuting Balita! Month of Saint Joseph

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Mabuhay at Mabuting Balita!
Month of Saint Joseph
Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent
The greatest mercy of God is not to let those nations remain in peace with each other who are not at peace with God.  - Saint Pio of Pietrelcina http://origin.ewtn.com/Devotionals/inspiration_03mar2012.asp#30

First Reading:  Jeremiah 20:10-13
Psalm 18:2-7:   In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.
Gospel: John 10:31-42

The Jews picked up rocks to stone Jesus.
Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from my Father.
For which of these are you trying to stone me? “
The Jews answered him,
”We are not stoning you for a good work but for blasphemy.
You, a man, are making yourself God.”
Jesus answered them,
”Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, ‘You are gods?’”

If it calls them gods to whom the word of God came, 
and Scripture cannot be set aside,
can you say that the one
whom the Father has consecrated and sent into the world 
blasphemes because I said, ‘I am the Son of God?’ 
If I do not perform my Father’s works, do not believe me;
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To Pacquiao and family and friends

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 To Pacquiao and family and friends. Mula sa halos dalawang semana na pag bakasyon sa aking lalawigan ng Western Samar, muli narito ako sa aking home church sa Bulihan, Silang, Cavite, ang sugo ng Dios. At sa mga sandaling ito ay nanonood ako ng interview ni Karen Avila kay Manny
Pacquiao sa TV screen.

THE AMBASSADOR FOR CHRIST =Part 1 Continue reading “To Pacquiao and family and friends” »

Wednesday March 28, 2012 A PRAYER FOR TODAY

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Created to Thrive TODAY’S SCRIPTURE “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full”
(John 10:10)

So many people today are living in “survival” mode. They have a mentality that says, “If I can just make it through…” or “If I can just get by…” Of course, there are some seasons that are more difficult than others. Sometimes it’s challenging to get a vision for the future. But if you are constantly living with a survival mentality, you are missing out on God’s best.

Scripture doesn’t say, “Jesus came so you could survive.” No, it says that He came to give you a full, abundant life!
If you are living in survival mode right now, I believe that today can be your turning point. If you’ll take a step of faith and begin to declare, “My days of survival are over; my days of thriving have begun,” then I believe God will meet your faith. Continue reading “Wednesday March 28, 2012 A PRAYER FOR TODAY” »

Bradley may use Marquez’s tricks vs Pacquiao

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American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. may add some of Juan Manuel Marquez’s tricks to his arsenal when he faces Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao for their welterweight fight on June 9 in Las Vegas.

In an interview with RingTV, Bradley said he learned many lessons from the third bout between Pacquiao and Marquez last November in the MGM Grand.
Although Pacquiao walked away the winner via majority decision, Marquez gave him a much tougher fight than was expected, with the Mexican legend once again confusing Pacquiao with his superb counterpunching. Continue reading “Bradley may use Marquez’s tricks vs Pacquiao” »

Bradley inks deal with Nike for 1 year

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Then Cathedral City boxer Timothy Bradley signed a one-year endorsement deal with shoe giant Nike in early March, he knew it was really an audition.

Bradley will fight boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao on June 9, and will be the subject of the HBO series “24/7” in preparation for the fight.

Bradley said an HBO crew will be in town next week to begin shooting but wasn’t sure if it was for “24/7.”

Nike will provide apparel for Bradley, including his robe, trunks and training gear.

“Tim Bradley’s visibility is about to increase tenfold,” said Lucia McKelvey, executive vice president of marketing for Top Ranks in a Sports Business Journal article. “With ‘24/7′ following him around, he’s going to be in the public eye all the time. So why not be polished with his look?”

In addition to Bradley, his entire team will be wearing Nike gear in his corner. And Bradley said he’s excited to sport the swoosh.

“They’ll make it for everyone, the whole team,” Bradley said. “We’ll sport Nike. We’ll bleed Nike.”

READ MORE: http://www.mydesert.com/article/20120328/SPORTS03/203280316/Bradley-inks-deal-Nike-1-year?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Frontpage|s

Pacquiao squares up to tax man

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World boxing champion Manny Pacquiao says he intends to fight criminal charges that he failed to submit the proper tax documents for his earnings from boxing matches and his many commercial endorsements.

The eight-time world champion, who is also a politician, could face up to two years in jail if found guilty, but officials from the Philippines Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said the matter could be easily resolved if Pacquiao submits the proper documents. Continue reading “Pacquiao squares up to tax man” »

‘BIR failed to follow due process in Pacquiao tax case’

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Navotas Congressman Toby Tiangco said the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has denied his fellow congressman, Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, due process in relation to the boxer’s tax case.

Tiangco has filed House Resolution No. 2309, denouncing in the strongest terms the agency’s alleged failure to observe due process in the case filed against Pacquiao.

The Navotas lawmaker noted that “the service of the subpoena duces tecum as well as the letter of authority by the BIR failed to comply with its own revenue memorandum order prescribing the procedure for a valid service of subpoena.” Continue reading “‘BIR failed to follow due process in Pacquiao tax case’” »

Tuesday March 27, 2012 A PRAYER FOR TODAY

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Prosper in All You Do TODAY’S SCRIPTURE — “He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper” — (Psalm 1:3)

Large trees represent power, majesty and stability. Have you ever noticed the difference between a tree planted by the water and a tree far away from water? The tree next to the water is much more healthy and vibrant. Its fruit and blossoms are the most beautiful.

In the same way, when you are “planted” in the Word of God, your spirit is fed and you grow strong just like the tree by the water. You’ll bring forth fruit at the proper season. In other words, you’ll be in the right place and the right time.

You’ll be productive and fruitful. And notice the end of today’s verse. It says that whatever you do will prosper! Do you want to prosper in your relationships? Seek God’s Word regarding relationships. Do you want to prosper in your health? Seek God’s Word about healing. Continue reading “Tuesday March 27, 2012 A PRAYER FOR TODAY” »

Mabuhay at Mabuting Balita! Month of Saint Joseph

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Mabuhay at Mabuting Balita!
Month of Saint Joseph
Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

So blind are we in this mortal life, and so unaware of what will happen, so uncertain of even how we will think tomorrow, that God could not take vengeance on a man more easily in this world than by granting his own foolish wishes.  -

St. Thomas Moore http://origin.ewtn.com/Devotionals/inspiration_03mar2012.asp#28

First Reading:  Daniel 3:14-20, 91-92, 95
Daniel 3:52-56:   Glory and praise for ever!
Gospel:  John 8:31-42 Continue reading “Mabuhay at Mabuting Balita! Month of Saint Joseph” »

I mean…. I’m just sayin… Hmmnnnn…. BIR misses 8-mo target

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The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), the government’s main revenue collecting agency, missed its collection target from January to August by 1.2 percent, it reported yesterday.
The BIR said it collected P619.71 billion during the eight-month period, lower by P7.40 billion compared to the target of P627.11 billion.
Nevertheless, BIR collections continue to register year-on-year growth.
Compared to collections generated during the same eight-month period last year, which totaled P546.37 billion, the BIR’s cumulative collections expanded by P73.34 billion. Continue reading “I mean…. I’m just sayin… Hmmnnnn…. BIR misses 8-mo target” »

Pacquiao Not Giving Up On Mayweather Fight

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While Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao is contemplating to finally hang his gloves, the boxing icon somehow remains uneasy when the subject of retirement was raised at the sidelines of a sports event Sunday night.

“Can we not talk about it for the meantime?” Pacquiao said late Sun
day night when the Manila Bulletin fielded that question at the 12th Elorde Boxing Awards and Banquet of Champions at a hotel in Makati City. Continue reading “Pacquiao Not Giving Up On Mayweather Fight” »

Tuesday March 27, 2012 A Prayer For Today

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The Narrow and Wide Gates
13″Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

“Lord in heaven, thank You for Your goodness in my life. Thank You for preparing the path for my life and making my crooked places straight. Thank You for restoring my soul and life and for guiding me in everything I do. I submit every area of my life to you today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!”

“…And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written,”How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”…Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message!
However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”b]— the things God has prepared for those who Continue reading “Tuesday March 27, 2012 A Prayer For Today” »

Taxman Counter Punches Pac-Man

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Manny Pacquiao’s iconic status in the Philippines will not spare him from the tax man.

Government officials made this clear in Manila on Tuesday but denied they were harassing the superstar.

The eight-time world champion, who is also a member of parliament, faces a criminal case for obstructing a tax investigation into his earnings. Continue reading “Taxman Counter Punches Pac-Man” »

Philippines stands firm in Manny Pacquiao tax situation

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World boxing champion Manny Pacquiao’s iconic status in the Philippines will not spare him from the tax man, the government said Tuesday, but denied it was harassing the multi-millionaire sportsman.

The eight-time world champion, who is also a member of parliament, faces a criminal case for obstructing a tax investigation into his earnings, in a case that he says has cost him millions of dollars in endorsements. Continue reading “Philippines stands firm in Manny Pacquiao tax situation” »

Boxing’s Good Humor Man Bert Randolph Sugar dead at 75

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By Boxing Examiner (Michael Marley)

“I would rather be a good liver than have one.”-Bon vivant Bert Randolph Sugar

He was boxing’s Original Cat In The Hat and now Bert Randolph Sugar is gone.
The fight game’s most prolific writer, a Good Humor Man always in a sport filled with megalomaniacs and other misfits, is dead at age 75.
The author of 80 books and the former editor of The Ring magazine, Sugar was rarely seen in public in recent months.
Sugar was never seen in fistic circles minus his fedora and his constantly lit and well chewed cigars. He also had the sartorial audacity to show up at ringside wearing pants emblazoned with drawings of whales.
Evidently, Sugar battles cancer and went into cardiac arrest on Sunday. Sugar lived with his family in Chappaqua, Westchester County, and he liked to tell a perhaps true story of being swarmed over by Secret Service agents when he drunkenly stumbled across the lawn of Bill and Hillary Clinton, his neighbors.

One of my favorite verbal pearls of wisdom that flowed from Sugar’s lips was his description of boxing’s world governing bodies and how they generally conduct business.
“They take the money under the table, they take it over the table and they take it behind the table,” Sugar would growl. “Eventually. they just take the whole damned table.”
Some in boxing “work at” being a colorful character. Sugar did not have to, he was a genuine character, a throwback to an era when sports journalists spent more hours in saloons than at a health club.
In fact, when he ran The Ring, Sugar customarily received vistors at O”Reilly’s, an Irish bar on West 30th Street in Manhattan.
The magazine had fiscal problems and many writers, including myself, got Ring checks that bounced like an NBA regulation basketball.
I made a call to Sugar demanding my literary compensation.
“Your $300 check bounced?” Sugar said to me. “How about I write you one for $500?”
I had to laugh.
Some years ago, Sugar lost a noticeable amount of weight. He told everyone he was only drinking martinis.
“It’s the Drinking Man’s Diet,” Sugar would say. “So far, I’ve lost three weeks.”
Somewhere, in my Cape Cod garage, I have a rare historical photo, one I took myself at the Astroworld Hotel in Houston before the Jimmy Ellis-Muhammad Ali fight.
It’s a photo of Mr. Bert Sugar, sans hat and sans any hair on his head.
Instead of peddling it on Ebay, if I can find it I will donate it to the International Boxing Hall Of Fame.
Boxing and baseball historian, always amusing raconteur and a guy who could write a book seemingly in one afternoon, Sugar’s absence will be felt most in the media center at the upcoming Mayweather and Pacquiao bouts.
That’s where Sugar felt most at home, spinning yarns about Irish Billy Conn or his hapless hometown Washington Senators baseball team. When the press center closed for the night, Sugar would shift his tall tales and witticisms to the nearest bar.

Sugar will get the traditional ringside 10 count.
I personally plan to toast him in the MGM Grand lobby bar where he did so much of his best “work.”
Rest in peace, gentleperson and boxing maven.

Mabuhay at Mabuting Balita! Month of Saint Joseph Tuesday

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Mabuhay at Mabuting Balita! Month of Saint Joseph Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

We should love God because He is God, and the measure of our love should be to love Him without measure.  - St Bernard  http://origin.ewtn.com/Devotionals/inspiration_03mar2012.asp#27

First Reading:  Numbers 21:4-9
Psalm 102:2-3, 16-21:  O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to you.
Gospel:  John 8:21-30

Jesus said to the Pharisees:
”I am going away and you will look for me,
but you will die in your sin.
 Continue reading “Mabuhay at Mabuting Balita! Month of Saint Joseph Tuesday” »

Khan must avoid distractions on Philippines training trip to defeat Peterson

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If you were sitting down to plan the perfect training camp for Amir Khan for his rematch with Lamont Peterson, jetting around the world and back again wouldn’t be top of your suggestions.

But that is what Khan is doing as he tags along with Freddie Roach and Manny Pacquiao on their global tour. Continue reading “Khan must avoid distractions on Philippines training trip to defeat Peterson” »

Manny Pacquiao States, “I shall fight this case to the finish”

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Manny Pacquiao, widely regarded as the world’s best pound-for-pound boxer, said on Monday he would fight charges filed against him by the Philippines’ main revenue agency and that the case had affected his training for his next fight.

Pacquiao, who has won world titles in eight different weight divisions, is facing contempt charges for what the Bureau of Internal Revenue calls his refusal to provide documents relating to his sources of income and tax payments.

“I shall fight this case to the finish, until the last and final round,” Manny Pacquiao told a news conference in Manila. “I cannot train hard with this excess baggage.”

Manny Pac-Man Pacquiao is scheduled to fight Timothy Bradley on June 9, 2012 at the Mgm Grand Garden Arena, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao States, “I shall fight this case to the finish”” »

Manny Pacquiao denies allegations

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Manny Pacquiao says a criminal complaint against him by the Philippine tax bureau is “plain and simple harassment” and he has never shortchanged the government.

The Philippine congressman and pound for pound best fighter on the planet dismissed media speculation Monday that he may follow fellow boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. to prison, saying “I would rather see him inside the ring, not in a jail.” Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao denies allegations” »

Manny Pacquiao Is NOT Nervous to fight Tim Bradley

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Whatever writer would insinuate that Manny Pacquiao is nervous to fight Timothy Bradley on June 9, 2012 at the MGR Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, does not know Manny Pacquiao very well. Nor does this writer follow what Manny Pacquiao has said for years.

Manny Pacquiao has stated, “Because of his faith in God and because is faith is 100% in God, he is not nervous for any fighter.”

He believes that if God wants him to win he will win and if he is nervous he is stating he does not really have faith in God. Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao Is NOT Nervous to fight Tim Bradley” »

Mabuhay at Mabuting Balita! Month of Saint Joseph

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Mabuhay at Mabuting Balita!
Month of Saint Joseph
Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
How sweet it has been to me to be deprived of the delights of a frivolous world! What incomparable joy have I felt after a privation once so dreaded.  - St. Augustine http://origin.ewtn.com/Devotionals/inspiration_03mar2012.asp#26

First Reading:  Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10
Psalm 40:7-11:  Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
Second Reading:  Hebrews 10:4-10
Gospel: Luke 1:26-38
The angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin’s name was Mary.
 Continue reading “Mabuhay at Mabuting Balita! Month of Saint Joseph” »

Alex Ariza Talks Pacquiao

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Alex Ariza has stated, “Manny Pacquiao wants to go back to the plyometrics  and strength conditioning which he told me after his last fight… I think he’s got it in his head this is the way he wants to train for this fight.”
Ariza added that Pacquiao’s new-found religiosity could even work wonders in their training camp.

He said that Pacquiao will have more energy in training if he stays away from excessive partying and other vices.

“It is always a big deal. He probably will have more energy and have more time to recover from the harder workouts that I give him,” said Ariza. Continue reading “Alex Ariza Talks Pacquiao” »

Manny Pacquiao will take this training camp very serious

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Manny Pacquiao has told the Bulletin that he is a bit bothered about his weight not because he has gained excess baggage the last few months but for the reason that he is actually underweight.

Less than three months before he meets Tim Bradley on June 9 in Las Vegas, Pacquiao said that even if he is on vacation and eating what he likes without hesitation, he doesn’t add up extra weight like many active fighters do when they’re not in training.

“I can still make 135 lbs (lightweight),” said Pacquiao, who now campaigns at 147 lbs (welterweight) and whose World Boxing Organization crown will be on the line at the MGM Grand.

Of course, it would push Pacquiao to the limit to make 135 but the fact that he weighs in the low 140s during training the last three years is testament to his being a naturally small guy and not the beast that his knockout victims have portrayed him to be.

“Right now, I am about 150 lbs,” said Pacquiao, implying that as soon as he goes into training mode, his weight would drop a few pounds.

In the coming days and weeks, Pacquiao would be teaming up with conditioning coach Alex Ariza in preparing him for the start of training camp proper in Baguio City on April 16.

 

Will Timothy Bradley Defeat Manny Pacquiao on June 9?

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WBO light welterweight titlist Timothy Bradley says he will defeat WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, when the pair lock horns on June 9.
“I’m going to expose some things other fighters haven’t done yet against Pacquiao.
“You know every fight I say ‘Imma win, Imma win,’ even though everybody says I’m going to win, (the) difference is I have a plan.
“With me and my team man, we roll together man, Pacquiao will be dethroned that night and I do have a great plan man,” Bradley said. Continue reading “Will Timothy Bradley Defeat Manny Pacquiao on June 9?” »

Saturday March 24, 2012 — A Prayer For Today

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No More Limits — TODAY’S SCRIPTURE -“They turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel” -(Psalm 78:41)
God is a god of increase. He wants to take you to new levels and higher heights. But sometimes, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut and just settle for status quo. Sometimes we think, “Well, I’ve reached my limits. I’ve gone as far as I can go.

This is as happy as I’ll ever be.” But if we’re going to continue to increase and really experience God’s best, we have to align our thinking with God’s thinking.
It’s interesting that in this scripture, the people limited the Holy One of Israel. Think about that. You and I can actually limit the all-powerful, Creator of the universe. How?

By our thinking. What we believe either opens the door for God to move or it closes the door. God is limited in our lives by what we believe. So many people don’t even realize that it’s their own wrong thinking that keeps them in mediocrity.
Today, why don’t you take the limits off by choosing to believe God?! Feed your faith by studying His Word. Keep an open heart and mind before Him. Allow Him to work in your life and watch Him open up doors of blessing that you’ve never seen before! Continue reading “Saturday March 24, 2012 — A Prayer For Today” »

Mabuhay at Mabuting Balita! Month of Saint Joseph

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Mabuhay at Mabuting Balita!
Month of Saint Joseph
Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent
Humility has been regarded by the Saints as the basis and guardian of all virtues.  - St. Alphonsus Liguori  http://origin.ewtn.com/Devotionals/inspiration_03mar2012.asp#24
First Reading:    Jeremiah 11:18-20
Psalm 7:2-3, 9-12:  The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.
Gospel:  John 7:40-53
Jesus moved about within Galilee;
he did not wish to travel in Judea,
because the Jews were trying to kill him.
But the Jewish feast of Tabernacles was near.

But when his brothers had gone up to the feast,
he himself also went up, not openly but as it were in secret.

Some of the inhabitants of Jerusalem said,
”Is he not the one they are trying to kill?
And look, he is speaking openly and they say nothing to him.
Could the authorities have realized that he is the Christ?
But we know where he is from.
When the Christ comes, no one will know where he is from.”
So Jesus cried out in the temple area as he was teaching and said,
”You know me and also know where I am from.
Yet I did not come on my own,
but the one who sent me, whom you do not know, is true.
I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.”
So they tried to arrest him,
but no one laid a hand upon him,
because his hour had not yet come

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Pacquiao: God told me to retire — Not so Fast!!

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Like St. Augustine’s prayer “God make me chaste - but not yet,” Filipino fighter Manny Pacquiao’s personal conversation with God may not lead to his retirement anytime soon.
Pacquiao said in a radio interview on Monday he had a dream in which God had told him to hang up his gloves, fueling speculation he may back out of a long-anticipated fight with American Floyd Mayweather.
“I will not stay long in boxing because He said: ‘You have done enough. You have made yourself famous but this is harmful’,” he told Manila’s DZMM radio.
However, his team say retirement is still a long way off.
From sports pitch to political arena Continue reading “Pacquiao: God told me to retire — Not so Fast!!” »

Manny guest speaker in Elorde Awards

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Boxing icon Manny Pacquiao will be the guest of honor and speaker as he joins 2011 world, international and regional champions in the 12th Gabriel “Flash” Elorde Boxing Awards/Banquet of Champions tomorrow at the Dusit Thani Hotel.
Pacquiao, the pound for pound king who held titles in a record eight divisions, will receive a special award – A Man for Others – for his humanitarian efforts outside the ring.
The current WBO welterweight champion, who defended his title twice in 2011 – against Sugar Shane Mosley in May and against Juan Manuel Marquez in November – will lead an elite roster of 2011 world champions that include WBC/WBO bantamweight ruler Nonito Donaire, WBO flyweight king Brian Viloria, WBO light flyweight champion Donnie Nietes and WBO female super bantamweight queen Ana Julaton.
“It is just proper that we also give recognition to his program of alleviating poverty which is a mark of a true champion,” said Da Flash’s wife Laura, who is presenting the event in cooperation with Cobra Energy Drink, PCSO, Smart, Colgate, Sanicare, Procter & Gamble and Rep. Mark Aeron Sambar of the Pwersa ng Bayaning Atleta party list.
Pacquiao is expected to deliver an inspirational message to his fellow boxers, among whom are 19 Philippine champions and 46 international and regional Continue reading “Manny guest speaker in Elorde Awards” »

Larry Holmes thinks Mayweather Jr. is scared of Pacquiao

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When interviewed by the Gulf News, former heavyweight boxing champion Larry Holmes (69-6-0) said some interesting things about his thoughts on the topic of recent Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42-0-0) and Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2) back and forth drama. (http://gulfnews.com/sport/other-sports/holmes-sceptical-over-pacquiao-retirement-talk-1.997230)

“I think Pacquiao and Mayweather will still fight. It may take a little more time and a little more money but I think it will still happen. These latest comments are just to raise suspense,” stated Holmes. Despite various rumors of Pacquiao’s impending retirement, most people share Larry’s belief that the fight will most likely happen, and sooner rather than later. Continue reading “Larry Holmes thinks Mayweather Jr. is scared of Pacquiao” »

Manny Pacquiao Still has Years Left To Fight and Remain On Top

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Speaking to Manny’s closest confidants he will keep fighting for the next few years. Manny Pacquiao is very eager to start his training camp in Baguio on April 16, 2012. He is expected to have the best training camp in years. Amir Khan has already arrived in Manila to help the champ get read for battle.

That battle will be taking place against Timothy Bradley on June 9, 2012 at the MGM Grand Hotel In Las Vegas Nevada. Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao Still has Years Left To Fight and Remain On Top” »

Manny Pacquiao has stated, “God Told Me To Retire.”

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Boxing superstar and Sarangani Congressman Manny Pacquiao was hosting radio station DZMM recently, and said,  that in a dream he had, God told him to retire from boxing.

“I will not stay long in boxing because he [God] said: ‘You have done enough. You have made yourself famous but this is harmful.’” Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao has stated, “God Told Me To Retire.”” »

Monday March 19th, 2012 — A PRAYER FOR TODAY

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Direction and Protection — TODAY’S SCRIPTURE -“For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless” (Psalm 84:11)
God has many ways of pouring out His favor and goodness on our lives. Scripture says that He is your sun and shield. What does the sun do for us? It lights our way, keeps us warm, and nourishes the plants of the earth so that we can have food. Think about that for a moment.

The earth is sustained by its relationship to the sun, and God wants to sustain you through your relationship with Him. He wants to give you direction and be your shield of protection against all the fiery darts of the enemy. Continue reading “Monday March 19th, 2012 — A PRAYER FOR TODAY” »

Manny Pacquiao Online Store- MP8 Sale!!!

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Good news! -MP8 Shop has a sale item. — Buy 1 Silver Star shirt get the 2nd one Free.

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In Order To Receive Your Free Silver Star Tee Shirt- Please send a note with your order the color (white or black) and the size.

This offer expires March 25th 2012. Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao Online Store- MP8 Sale!!!” »

Julaton, four others honored as Elorde boxers of the year

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(The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines - World Boxing Organization super bantamweight champion Ana Julaton is the lone woman honoree as boxer of the year 2011 as she joins boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and three others in the 12th Elorde Boxing Awards/Banquet of Champions slated March 25 at the Dusit Thani Hotel.

Julaton retained her WBO junior featherweight title with a 10-round unanimous decision over Francesca Alcanter of Kansas City at the Craneway Pavilion in Point Richmond, California on Feb. 25, 2011.

On Sept. 30 of the same year, The Hurricane retained her WBO super bantamweight title also with a unanimous win over Mexican Jessica Villafranca in Yucatan, Mexico.

This is the second straight year Julaton, from Daly City, California, will be accorded Philippine boxing’s highest honor, given to Filipinos who held world boxing crowns during the previous year.

Also with her as recipients of the Boxer of the Year award during the rites held in honor of the 77th birth anniversary of Flash Elorde, one of the world’s greatest boxers in the 60s, are WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, WBC/WBO bantamweight titleholder Nonito Donaire, WBO flyweight king Brian Viloria and WBO light flyweight champion Donnie Nietes.

Manny Pacquiao, who will receive a special citation for his humanitarian contributions, will be the guest of honor and speaker during the formal ceremonies which will also honor international and Philippine champions.

Others to be awarded are the most promising boxer, best fight, best promoter, manager, trainer, judge and referee, sports patrons who contributed to pro boxing and former champions who passed away in 2011.

On hand to present the awards are the Elorde clan, led by Flash Elorde’s wife Laura.

Sponsoring the event are Cobra Energy Drink, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, Colgate Palmolive, Smart, Sanicare and Procter and Gamble.

Pacquiao deserves better treatment from tax bureau: Philippine lawmakers

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By Gilbert P. Felongco

Manila: A Senator and House member defended Manny Pacquiao from apparent persecution by the revenue bureau in connection with alleged non-payment of taxes in his fights in the United States.
In separate statements, both Senator Ralph Recto and Representative Amado Bagatsing said that Pacquiao, 33, deserves better treatment from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), which they said is portraying the Sarangani Representative as a “tax evader.”
“How much goodwill and pride has he given to the country? Manny deserves a better treatment,” Recto, who co-chairs the Joint Oversight Committee on the Proper Implementation of the National Internal Revenue Code said.
Pacquiao was recently charged by BIR collection for failing to “obey the summon” of the BIR to explain discrepancies in his declared income.

The wealthy Sarangani lawmaker was also ordered to show tax records in 2010 as owner of the Pacquiao Group of companies.
For his part, Rep. Amado Bagatsing, House Games and Amusement Committee chair, said that the issue concerning Pacquiao’s declared revenue involves earnings he made in his million dollar fights in the US.

The lawmaker said that the Philippine government will be committing “double taxation” on Pacquiao’s winnings and earnings outside the country.
Just like Recto, Bagatsing said that the government should have given consideration to the honour given by Pacquiao to the country instead of going after him for perceived tax evasion.
Recto stressed that Pacquiao’s earnings from his fights in the US should no longer be taxable since he has already paid for it with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
“His income was not generated from here and he has already paid his taxes in the US. That would be double taxation,” Recto said.

Similar to OFWs Recto and Bagatsing said Pacquiao’s case is similar to that of overseas Filipino workers.
“OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) earnings which are derived from working abroad are not subject to tax. I think the same principle should also apply to Pacquiao, who may not be a true-blue OFW but still our very own ‘Overseas Fighting Worker’,” Recto said.
The senator said he was appalled on how Pacquiao is being treated here compared to the “respect and adulation” that he enjoy before the global sporting community.
He said Pacquaio’s wealth is borne out of hard work and not a mere inheritance from affluent relatives or from lotto winnings.
“Why don’t they try getting clobbered in the ring to see for themselves the beating Pacquiao experience everytime he fights,” he said as he referred to the BIR. “Why are they doing this to him?” he added.
He said even the people running after him would not be able to equal the amount of taxes that he paid in recent years, which had made him as one of the consistent top taxpayers.
He said the BIR could only run after Pacquiao’s earnings from commercial endorsements and other local income-generating activities.
“It seems personalities who clobbered poverty and became successful are now natural suspects for tax evasion and ill-gotten wealth,” Recto said.

Khan not expecting to spar with Pacquiao

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By ESPN staff

Amir Khan has revealed he does not expect to spar with Manny Pacquiao ahead of his light-welterweight rematch against Lamont Peterson.

Khan, like Pacquiao, is trained by Freddie Roach, and has worked closely with the welterweight Filipino ahead of their previous fights. However, the Bolton fighter insists this time things will be different - noting that the individual styles of Peterson and Pacquiao’s next opponent, Timothy Bradley, mean the duo would gain little from working against one-another in the ring.

Khan is nevertheless preparing to fly out to Pacquiao’s gym in the Philippines next month, where he will work closely with Roach on a gameplan to avenge his controversial defeat to Peterson at the end of last year.

The intention not to spar might hint that both fighters are preparing for a possible meeting in the ring at some point down the line - although Khan dispelled that theory by acknowledging he would go a few rounds with Pacquiao if asked to.

“We’ll train together for the first part of April,” Khan confirmed. “Manny’s bought his own gym in Manilla, so they want us to train over there with him. I have to go and follow wherever Freddie goes.

“The main camp, I’ll be running with Manny in the morning. But I don’t think that we’ll be sparring because we’re facing different styles and opponents.

“But if he wants to spar, then we’ll spar.”

Khan was speaking at the weigh-in for Matthew Macklin’s title fight against middleweight Sergio Martinez, which takes place on Saturday. Both fighters made the weight with ease, and Khan is hopeful his friend can cause an upset after enduring a narrow points defeat in his last bout.

“I’ve known Matthew Macklin for about five or six years, so for me to be here is an honour, and I’m going to be supporting him 100 per cent,” Khan said. “He should already be the world the champion, because that fight in Germany [against Felix Sturm], that was his fight.”

Sampson Lewkowicz plans to bring Pinoy fighters in the States

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By Rich Mazon

New York - Sampson Lewkowicz took a look at a young and raw Manny Pacquiao more than a decade ago and recognized that he has a superstar in his presence. The rest is history. He struck gold again when he discovered the now middleweight king of the world and number 3 pound for pound fighter in Sergio Martinez. The amiable Uruguayan matchmaker, adviser and now promoter is in town with Martinez who will fight Irishman Matthew Macklin tonight at the Theatre of MSG. I asked Lewkowicz about his recent trip to the Philippines earlier this month where he presented newly crowned IBF light flyweight champ, Johnriel Casimiro his belt. “Cebu is a lovely city. I love the Waterfront Hotel. I enjoyed the casino and I enjoyed my stay there and everything that Cebu offers to tourists,” said Lewkowicz.

I inquired if he took a look at local fighters while he was there, of which he replied “Oh yes, Actually I worked very close with Marvin Sonsona, with Froilan Saludar and few others.” Both Sonsona and Saludar are fighting separate opponents tonight at the Hoops Dome in Lapu Lapu City, Cebu. Lewkowicz is hoping that both fighters will win their respective matches tonight and foresees good things for them in the future.

I then asked him if he plans to bring Filipino fighters in the United States to fight, just like when he helped Pacquiao when the now Filipino sports icon was searching for a promoter and for fights some ten years ago. “ Very soon.” was his immediate reply. I tried to make him divulge names of his Filipino prospects but the 60 year old matchmaker was mum about details. “ Very soon.” he repeated. “ And it will be good news.” he reassured me with a big smile on his face.

Lewkowicz is now also a promoter and handles the careers of recent Light heavyweight title contender Gabriel Campillo who lost a controversial decision against IBF champ Tavoris Cloud last month. Another ward of him fights in the undercard of Martinez- Macklin, undefeated Russian heavyweight Magomed Abdusalmov who has a record of 13 -0 with as many knockouts as his wins. Lewkowicz is also upbeat about a new project of his, featherweight Javier Fortuna. “It took me almost 10 years from 2000 to 2008 to bring another great fighter after Manny Pacquiao ( referring to Martinez), so I believe that now it’ll be shorter than 10 years. And I have one in Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna. “ he stated. “ You will see him very soon on HBO and Showtime under the hands of (trainer) Pablo Sarmiento. He will be the next superstar.” he confidently added. Lewkowicz believes bringing in “new blood to the industry” to sustain its growth.

There is no questioning Lewkowicz’s eye for boxing talent. The proof lies in his discovery of Pacquiao and Martinez. Here is hoping that he has them set on one of our Filipino pugilist.

BUDDY MCGIRT: MARQUEZ SHOWED THE SCRIPT ON HOW TO BEAT PACQUIAO

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By: Ashley White

Former two-division titleholder Buddy McGirt claimed that during his prime time he could have defeated Manny Pacquiao, the current WBO welterweight champion. He further stated that Juan Manuel Marquez gave out the script to beat Manny Pacquiao during all their fights.

Juan Manuel Marquez fought Pacquiao thrice, however he never won a single fight. The first fight between both the top-notch pugilists ended in a controversial draw, the second fight was won by Pacquiao through a split decision and Manny won the last fight as well through a majority decision. Even though Marquez was never successful against Manny, McGirt thinks that Marquez was successful to a certain extent. On the other hand, Marquez feels that he won all three fights and that there were irregularities in the judgements.

In his recent interview, McGirt stated, “Marquez showed the script on how to beat Pacquiao. A guy like Pacquiao, guys like that, you’ve got to punch when they punch. You’ve got to throw them off their rhythm. Once a guy like Pacquiao gets his rhythm going, you can forget about it. I just felt that if you keep your hands going against a guy like him, and you punch when he punches, and you give him different angles, that you can beat him.”

He went onto to comment how it would have been if he had faced Pacquiao during his prime time. He stated, “I would make the adjustment, baby. Me and Pacquiao, early, I think that it would have been a chess match. But once I figured him out, then it would be in my favor.”

According to him, Pacquiao is a fighter who relies on his speed and agility, which if interrupted would end up devastating Pacquiao. McGirt has been an outstanding pugilist throughout his career. He is considered among the best fighters that have stepped into the ring. Today, McGirt is 48 and he is training Matthew Macklin who will be facing Sergio Martinez sooner or later. Macklin challenged Martinez on HBO Saturday, but he has not received a response from Sergio to date. If the fight happens, it will be an opportunity for Macklin to prove his mettle.

Mapping Out Manny Pacquiao’s Path to a Fight vs. Floyd Mayweather in 2012

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By Alex Groberman

Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will not fight until, at the soonest, late 2012. More likely than not, though, their ongoing drama will live on through 2013 and beyond. The question at this point is: what path could both fighters take in order to eventually meet? That’s what we aim to figure out in the analysis below.

Pacquiao’s next fight will be against Timothy Bradley on June 9th of this year. Before he and Mayweather gave us the attention-whoring song and dance that captivated our world in late 2011 and early 2012, that’s the fight most envisioned him accepting. It’s generally presumed that the Filipino champion will have no problems taking out Bradley, an athletic talent with zero in the way of knockout (KO) power. The odds reflect that belief. But where does Pacquiao go after his bout versus Bradley?

The rumored non-Mayweather opponents this latest time around were Miguel Cotto, Juan Manuel Marquez and Lamont Peterson. Of that group, Cotto and Peterson each have fights scheduled that very well could jeopardize their standing as potential contenders to fight Pacquiao. Meanwhile, Marquez will likely win his next fight – but his age and Paquiao’s wariness of his style makes this possible showdown questionable.

Peterson is slated to fight Amir Khan on May 19 in a rematch of the pair’s controversial Dec. 10th dance. Cotto is set to go against Mayweather on May 5. Whereas Khan vs. Peterson could go either way, Cotto doesn’t have a shot at handing Mayweather his first loss. And in that spirit, there is also no shot of Pacquiao agreeing to fight Cotto after he has just lost to Mayweather – so that takes Cotto out of the sweepstakes.

Marquez, meanwhile, is slated to take on Sergey Fedchenko on April 14. Should he win this showdown, his name would once again be floated in a possible Pacquiao vs. Marquez IV bout; but there are questions about how much the Filipino champion would actually want to participate. It seems like he’s more or less come to terms with the fact that Marquez will always give him trouble. So, with that in mind, rather than risk a loss versus Marquez – wouldn’t it make more sense to simply agree to fight Mayweather? Slightly larger risk for a substantially greater reward. (Presuming Mayweather offers a fair split.)

Pacquiao has three legit options in terms of his late 2012 opponents, not including Sergio Martinez (despite him saying that he’d come down in weight) and Khan (who Freddie Roach doesn’t want him to fight). The options are: Peterson (if he beats Khan), Marquez (if he beats Fedchenko) and Mayweather. Should the first two options lose their next bouts – the prospect of Pacquiao vs. Mayweather to close out the year becomes very likely.

On the other side of the equation, Mayweather will find himself in a similar predicament following the Cotto fight. Outside of Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Khan – there is really nobody else for him to square off against in late 2012 either. Alvarez will likely remain a strong option for Mayweather come year’s end, but a fight versus Khan is contingent on a.) Khan’s showing versus Peterson and b.) whether Mayweather feels risking a loss to Khan is worth sacrificing a certain amount of the purse to Pacquiao in that potential showdown. There is no way Mayweather would fight Khan if he was coming off a loss to Peterson. At the same time, Khan is also a formidable enough a foe to make Mayweather wary of risking his undefeated mark against him either way.

It would make sense for Pacquiao and Mayweather to find themselves in a scenario around the middle of this year where they realize they have no choice but to fight one another.

Whether or not that actually results in them fighting a whole different story, though.

Pacquiao Watch: Double taxation, no way

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Senator Ralph Recto recently defended Rep. Manny Pacquiao’s earnings from professional boxing in the US against taxation by the Philippine government.

Recto said Pacquiao’s income in the US is already subject to withholding taxes by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), counterpart of the Philippine’s Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

The Filipino boxing champion’s income tax became an issue after the BIR filed criminal charges against him for violation of Article 266 of the National Internal Revenue Code, ostensibly for failing to comply with summons. The BIR said Pacquiao failed to present his book of accounts including copies of his fight contracts and other endorsement deals for 2010 despite formal order from the tax bureau.

The BIR purportedly found a sharp drop in Pacquiao’s income tax payments in 2010 after paying more than P100 million for the years 2008 and 2009.

But is it fair for the Philippine congressman to be exempted from paying taxes just because he earned his income in the US where all his fight purses and other incomes are automatically subject to at least 30 per cent withholding tax by the IRS?

I believe all his legitimate income in the US should be subject to Philippine tax laws but subject to certain exemptions and appropriate deductions.

Pacquiao can always deduct whatever taxes he paid in the US, including all training and incidental expenses, from his income as part of the expense column when he files his personal income tax returns in the Philippines. Or he could demand rebate from the US government by citing taxes he is paying to the Philippine government out of his fight purses, subject to presentation of certificate of payments and receipts which I think should be another process.

Remember, Pacquiao’s fight contracts are only known to him, his promoters and the IRS and, far from what is reported in the press, purses stipulated in the fight contracts are significantly less than any announced guaranteed pay. Somewhere, it was reported that the purse when Pacquiao fought Juan Manuel Marquez was only US$6 million.

It is when the proceeds of the pay per view (PPV) sales are counted that Pacquiao’s income shoots up, which is only known several months later after subsequent accounting. But there is no escaping the IRS whose agents are always on the lookout in cases like Pacquiao’s. No wonder many former world boxing champions ended up being chased by the IRS because they failed to pay the appropriate taxes of their subsequent incomes other than what is stipulated in the fight contract.

Pacquiao could always ask Floyd Mayweather Jr how difficult life is if that happens to him. Mayweather, too, is having his share of problems with the IRS.

Senator Recto coming to the defense of Pacquiao was right. But he may have missed some points.

The senator should instead look into how our professional boxers are being paid and made to pay taxes when they fight in foreign soil and from thence look into how their cases should be dealt with.

For Recto, it was good copy but it did ndot address the issue on whether Pacquiao or Filipino professionals who earn their living abroad should be subject to Philippine tax laws because their cases are unlike Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW).

RING TALK: Pacquiao In Trouble Over Taxes?

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By Simon Mwale -

BROWSING through the internet this past week, I came across a piece titled: ‘Manny Pacquiao may face jail over taxes!’ and it got me worried that the most anticipated fight between him and his nemesis five-time world and current World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr would be thrown into further jeopardy.

The potential mega-fight is on hold until a blood testing feud (for doping) is resolved. It will be resolved if Pacquiao can agree to both the urine and blood tests demanded by the Mayweather camp.

Writing for Maxboxing.com, Pedro Fernandes, says about seven years ago Manny was up to his ears in tax trouble. American promoter Bob Arum didn’t bail him out, Phillipine agent Michael Koncz didn’t lend any help either, and at that point, his current promoter Oscar De La Hoya wasn’t yet getting a percentage of Pacquiao’s earnings.

Word had it, Fernandez says, the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was going to drop the ball on Manny and attach his next purse. Pacquiao, an uneducated Phillipine prize fighter, was in deep trouble.

And then along came Shelly Finkel, boxing’s most successful manager for the last quarter century. A former rock music promoter, Shelly ‘Sheldon”Finkel sprang to boxing prominence after signing most of the 1984 US Olympics team.

He worked out a deal for Manny with the IRS, but Manny allegedly spurned the offer of help and caned the American promoter.

Somehow, Manny escaped the intricate workings of the American IRS, but now, the Phillipine Internal Revenue is after Manny and its spokesperson Roil Losers is reported to have filed a criminal complaint suit against Pacquiao last March 1, this after the Congressman (Pacquiao) allegedly ignored three mailed notices and a subpoena from his office.

Pacquiao, ranked as the 24th highest paid athlete in 2010 by Forbes Magazine, faces up to two years in jail if the prosecutors think they can prove their case by indicting him for tax fraud related issues.

If convicted, Pacquiao, thought to be a potential presidential candidate in 2016, might face up to two years in jail. Fernandez wonders whether Pacquiao can call Finkel now to mend fences and adds: “after the way you s****d him over, I don’t even think he’ll take your phone call.”

While the prospect of a jail sentence is looming for Manny on one hand, Mayweather actually has an actual date with prison on June 1.

Mayweather, who was scheduled to enter Clark County Detention Centre on January 6 to begin serving a 90- day sentence for a misdemeanour domestic battery instead received a continuance to June 1.

The case stemmed from a hair-pulling, punching and arm-twisting argument with Josie Harris, his girlfriend and the mother of three of Mayweather’s children, and threats to beat their sons in an argument about Harris dating another man.

Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa, who gave Mayweather the January 6 sentence, was the same one who overturned her own decision and allowed the elite American prize fighter until June 1 to serve his jail sentence, thus allowing Floyd to fight on May 5 as scheduled against Victor Ortiz who he knocked out in four rounds to take the WBC crown.

Lem’s latest: Khan talks Martinez-Macklin, Pacquiao-Bradley

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by Lem Satterfield

In December, Amir Khan lost his IBF and WBA junior welterweight belts to Lamont Peterson in the winner’s hometown of Washington, D.C.

Khan (26-2, 18 knockouts) spent Tuesday and Thursday of this week in London and Washingon, D.C., respectively, promoting his rematch with Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KOs), which will take place on May 19 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas — and will be in Los Angeles on Monday doing the same.

Today, Khan attended the weigh-in for Saturday night’s fight at Madison Square Garden between THE RING’s No. 3-rated middleweight Mathew Macklin (28-3, 19 KOs), and RING champion Sergio Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KOs).

Martinez weighed 157.6 pounds compared to 158 for Macklin, who was last in the ring in June, when the Irishman lost a controversial split-decision to THE RING’S No. 2-rated contender Felix Sturm in the WBA beltholder’s native Germany.

“I’ve known Matthew Macklin for about five or six years, so for me to be here is an honor, and I’m going to be supporting him 100 per cent. He should already be the world the champion, because that fight in Germany, that was his fight,” said Khan.

For the undercard bout, super middleweights Don George (22-1-1, 19 KOs) and Edwin Rodriguez (20-0, 14 KOs) weighed in at 166 pounds each. For a clash of unbeaten heavyweights, Mogamed Abdusalamalov (13-0, 13 KOs), of Russia by way of Oxnard, Calif, weighed 221 compared to rival Jason Pettaway (11-0, 8 KOs), of Huntington, W.Va.

KHAN TO TRAIN WITH STABLEMATE MANNY PACQUIAO IN THE PHILIPPINES

Khan shares five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach with WBO welterweight beltholder Manny Pacquiao, who defends his title against WBO junior welterweight titleholder Tim Bradley on June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Khan said that he will leave early next month to train alongside Pacquiao in the Philippines.

“We’ll train together for the first part of April,” said Khan. “Manny’s bought his own gym in Manilla, so they want us to train over there with him. I have to go and follow wherever Freddie goes.”

Khan said he expects Pacquiao and himself to be joined by WBC middleweight beltholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and former two-time titleholder Venezuelan-born Jorge Linares, who are also trained by Roach.

“Manny’s his man first, and then, I’m second. Then it’s Linares and then it’s Chavez Jr.,” said Khan. “So they have to follow him also, or if they don’t want to follow, then they’ll have to go their own way.”

Khan said that he does not expect to spar with Pacquiao, as he has in past camps.

“The main camp, I’ll running with Manny in the morning,” said Khan. “But I don’t think that we’ll be sparring because we’re facing different styles and opponents. But if he wants to spar, then we’ll spar.”

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: I AM VERY DANGEROUS FOR MANNY PACQUIAO

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By: Ashley White

There is still time for Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley to meet in the ring, however both the fighters have already started lashing out on each other. Even though there is a line of respect between Pacquiao and Bradley unlike most situations, still neither of them leaves the chance of lashing out on the other to pressurise him.

Recently, in an interview, Timothy Bradley came up with the most surprising comment for Manny Pacquiao. He said, “They know that I am willing to go through hell to win this fight…I am very surprised that this fight is actually happening. Honestly, I think that a lot of people feel that this is a very dangerous fight for Manny.”

Manny Pacquiao, the current WBA welterweight champion, will have his title on the line against Bradley. If he is loses, he will not only lose his title but also the respect he has garnered in all these years. Pacquiao stands with 54 wins, 3 losses, 2 ties and 38 knockouts in his portfolio, whereas Bradley has 28 wins, 0 losses and 12 knockouts to date. Manny is way more experienced than Bradley, but he is getting old. Bradley is a young American fighter who has remained unbeaten to date. The bout between both the pugilists is scheduled for 9 June at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It is the same venue where Floyd Mayweather will meet Miguel Cotto.

Manny Pacquiao has repeatedly said that he is in his best form and can easily take on Bradley. However, most former fighters and analysts are of the view that Manny has lost his venom but his trainer Freddie Roach says he is still in the best of his shape. Even though Freddie Roach previously said that, he is worried about Manny Pacquiao’s future just when Manny announced he is embracing his religion completely and dropping out any activities that are forbidden. He even gave up cock fighting and his casino shares for the sake of his religion.

Keeping this in mind, most analysts are of the view that Manny will lose to Bradley.

Friday (March 16): “Which commandment is the first of all?”

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To love our neighbor in charity is to love God in man. — St. Francis de Sales http://origin.ewtn.com/devotionals/inspiration.asp#16
First Reading: Hosea 14:2-10
Psalm 81:6-11, 14, 17: I am the Lord your God: hear my voice.
Gospel: Mark 12:28-34
One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him,
“Which is the first of all the commandments?”
Jesus replied, “The first is this:
Hear, O Israel!
The Lord our God is Lord alone!
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul,
with all your mind,
and with all your strength.
The second is this:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
There is no other commandment greater than these.”
The scribe said to him, “Well said, teacher.
You are right in saying,
He is One and there is no other than he.
And to love him with all your heart,
with all your understanding,
with all your strength,
and to love your neighbor as yourself
is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
And when Jesus saw that he answered with understanding,
he said to him,
“You are not far from the Kingdom of God.”
And no one dared to ask him any more questions. http://usccb.org/bible/readings/031612.cfm
Video Reflection: http://www.usccb.org/bible/reflections/
Reflection: What is the right and sure way to peace, happiness, and abundant life? The prophet Hosea addressed this question with his religious community - the people of Israel. Hosea’s people lived in a time of economic anxiety and fear among the nations. They were tempted to put their security in their own possessions and in their political alliances with other nations rather than in God. Hosea called his people to return to God to receive pardon, healing, and restoration. He reminded them that God would “heal their faithlessness and love them freely” (Hosea 14:4). God’s ways are right and his wisdom brings strength and blessing to those who obey him.
How does love and obedience to God’s law go together? The Pharisees prided themselves in the knowledge of the law and their ritual requirements. They made it a life-time practice to study the six hundred and thirteen precepts of the Old Testament along with the numerous rabbinic commentaries. They tested Jesus to see if he correctly understood the law as they did. Jesus startled them with his profound simplicity and mastery of the law of God and its purpose. What does God require of us? Simply that we love as he loves! God is love and everything he does flows from his love for us. God loved us first and our love for him is a response to his exceeding grace and kindness towards us. The love of God comes first and the love of neighbor is firmly grounded in the love of God. The more we know of God’s love and truth the more we love what he loves and reject what is hateful and contrary to his will.
What makes our love for God and his commands grow in us? Faith in God and hope in his promises strengthen us in the love of God. They are essential for a good relationship with God, for being united with him. The more we know of God the more we love him and the more we love him the greater we believe and hope in his promises. The Lord, through the gift of the Holy Spirit, gives us a new freedom to love as he loves (Galatians 5:13). Do you allow anything to keep you from the love of God and the joy of serving others with a generous heart? Paul the Apostle says: hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us (Romans 5:5). Do you know the love which conquers all?
“We love you, O our God; and we desire to love you more and more. Grant to us that we may love you as much as we desire, and as much as we ought. O dearest friend, who has so loved and saved us, the thought of whom is so sweet and always growing sweeter, come with Christ and dwell in our hearts; that you keep a watch over our lips, our steps, our deeds, and we shall not need to be anxious either for our souls or our bodies. Give us love, sweetest of all gifts, which knows no enemy. Give us in our hearts pure love, born of your love to us, that we may love others as you love us. O most loving Father of Jesus Christ, from whom flows all love, let our hearts, frozen in sin, cold to you and cold to others, be warmed by this divine fire. So help and bless us in your Son.” (Prayer of Anselm, 12th century) http://www.rc.net/wcc/readings/mar16.htm
Saint of the Day: St. Abban
Abbot and Irish missionary. An Irish prince, Abban was the son of King Cormac of Leinster. He is listed as the nephew of St. Ibar. Abban founded many churches in the old district of Ui Cennselaigh, in modern County Wexford and Ferns. His main monastery is Magheranoidhe, in Adamstown, Ireland. This monastery’s fame is attributed in some records to another Abban, that of New Ross. Abban is also associated with Kill-Abban Abbey in Leinster, serving as abbot there until March 16, 620. He is revered in Adamstown, which was once called Abbanstown. http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=516
More Saints of the Day
· St. Aninus
· St. Dentlin
· St. Eusebia
· St. Finian Lobhar
· St. Finian Munnu
· St. Hilary
· Bl. John Amias
· Bl. John Cacciafronte
· St. Julian of Antioch
· St. Megingaud
· St. Patrick of Malaga
· Bl. Robert Dalby
Let me be the change I want to see. Even if I am not the light, I can be the spark.

Manny Pacquiao gives $140 million fight offer to Floyd Mayweather Jr

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Manny Pacquiao has dares Floyd Mayweather Jr with an irresistible offer to fight him. If Mayweather still decides not to fight his bête noir, he may further lose respect in the eyes of boxing fans who have already criticized him for not taking on Manny.

The Filipino boxer has suggested that instead of dividing the proceeds from the fight 50-50 as was being offered earlier, he is ready to divide it 70-30 (seventy for the winner and thirty percent for the loser). If Mayweather was sure of his success, he would have grabbed the opportunity with both hands. Experts believe that the fight is expected to fetch at least $200 million and would have made him richer by a whopping $140 million in case he wins.

But Bob Arum according to Bleacher Report has denied the report saying there was no possibility of a 70-30 percent split of the proceeds. Arum was quoted by Bleacher Report as saying, “People who talk about possible revenue splits for a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight besides having no authority to do so are all amateurs”.

Meanwhile the former boxing great Mike Tyson has said that he would have imprisoned both Manny and Mayweather for not agreeing to fight, had he been the president of the United State. While talking to the media he said, “Listen if I was president I would throw them in jail if they didn’t fight. I’d have them arrested. You can’t do that but that’s what I would try to do. I’d be like, ‘These guys need to get locked up and find a new profession until they get their heads clear.”

In the meantime people seem to have lost interest in the talk of the two greatest present day boxers taking on each other. “These two need to stop moaning and get on with it. Why should any man get $140m for one fight? Both of them are in trouble with the law, they should agree to this fight and give the money to charity. Neither of them is going to be worried about where there next meal is coming from or how they are going to pay the next bill. How much good could $200m do, says an agitated reader.

MATTHEW HATTON WANTS TO BEAT AMIR KHAN AFTER KELL BROOK

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By Ashley White

Former Commonwealth and World title challenger and the current European Champion, Matthew Hatton wants to take on Amir Khan once he beats Kell Brook. Hatton is scheduled to fight Brook for the WBA Inter-Continental and IBF International welterweight titles at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on Saturday.

Matthew Hatton is currently at the acme of success. Many analysts are of the view that Matthew is following the footsteps of his brother Ricky Hatton, former champion.

In his recent interview, Matthew Hatton said that he is currently at the top of his career and that it is the right time for him to set his eyes on bigger fishes such as Amir Khan. His exact words were, “He is eyeing a move up to the welterweight division, so a clash with the winner of this fight is natural.”

Praising Khan’s fighting skills, Hatton added, “Amir is a fantastic fighter, he is somebody I respect a lot. Even though I stepped up in weight and gave away a lot of size on the night of the fight - Alvarez was 10lbs heavier than me - looking at what he has done to his opposition before and after our contest fills me with confidence. Alvarez did not hurt me - and I didn’t really feel outclassed - I just couldn’t cope with the size difference. I got a lot of respect from that fight but I still lost. That experience has made me even hungrier to succeed - and even more confident.”

He further added that now he has come down to his natural weight and that he has always aimed to become the world champion at the welterweight level. He further said that if he beats Brook in his upcoming fight, he would get the opportunity to fight Khan.

If Hatton is able to beat Brook, it will be his career’s 50th victory. On the other hand, Amir Khan is currently scheduled to face Lamont Peterson on May 19 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. Things will get even better for Hatton if Khan beats Peterson to grab the IBF and WBA super lightweight titles.

Julaton all set to defend women’s 122lb title against Argentine foe

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Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton is confident and determined to defend her World Boxing Organization (WBO) women’s super bantamweight belt opposite Yesica “La Leona” Marcos on Friday (Saturday PHL time) in San Martin, Argentina.

GMA Network will air the bout, dubbed “Laban ng Lahi Giyera sa Argentina: Ana Julaton vs. Yesica Marcos” on Sunday at 11:00 AM.

Three-time world champion Julaton, recalling reigning interim International Boxing Federation (IBF) light flyweight titlist Johnriel Casimero’s post-fight experience in Argentina, said she was saddened when an angry Argentinian crowd attacked the corner of the Ormoc City-born fighter.

“It was a surprising and terrible incident that unfortunately resulted in a dark reflection of Argentina. However, I need to treat this as an isolated case as it happened in an area different from where my fight against Yesica Marcos will be held. As a champion, I cannot let this incident distract me from my responsibility of keeping my title,” said Julaton, who vowed to put on her strongest performance.

Marcos, 25, holds an immaculate 18-0 record with six knockouts against Julaton’s 10-2-1 win-loss-draw card (1 KO). Still, the 31-year-old Filipino-American fighter remains unfazed by her opponent, who, as an amateur became a three-time Golden Gloves champion.

“The competition is fierce but I naturally train and perform well under such circumstances. I have fought other world champions with more experience than me and Marcos’ record doesn’t faze me,” Julaton said.

“I have learned to treat all my fights with the same attention and intensity. I expect to fight under extreme circumstances and have endured such,” she added.

Julaton is fresh from a unanimous decision victory against Mexican Jessica Villafranca

MAURICIO SULAIMAN REBUFFS RUMOURS OF STRIPPING OF MAYWEATHER’S TITLE

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By Ashley White

Rumours of the WBC planning to strip of Mayweather’s title have been in the air for long. Earlier today, Mauricio Sulaiman, Secretary General to the World Boxing Council, brushed aside all the rumours saying Mayweather is a capable fighter and he is and will remain the champion until any of his opponents beats him down.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. currently holds the WBC welterweight championship. He grabbed the title from Victor Ortiz by defeating him on September 17 with a knockout. He is an unbeaten American boxer who currently holds 42 wins and 26 knockouts in his portfolio. Mayweather had earlier said that he will be moving up to 154-pounds in order to have a bout with Miguel Cotto for the WBA championship currently being held by the latter. The bout is scheduled for May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. During all this transition of Mayweather, rumours emerged of the WBC stripping Mayweather’s title since his title defence bout has been long due and now he has moved up in weight.

When asked, Mauricio Sulaiman said, “There was miscommunication. Floyd Mayweather holds a record for winning the most WBC titles in five weight divisions. Mayweather has an eleven year history with the WBC. He is the most loyal fighter and we are in full support of him and his career.”

He added, “The WBC’s concept of interim-titles is still in the rules. The interim-title was created many, many years ago and specifically for situations like this one. The reason [we rarely use] the interim concept, is because it was abused tremendously - especially by other organizations and it created so much confusion all over the world with the boxing fans. We do still have in our rules the possibility of accepting the interim championship. It will only be done in very, very special circumstances like this one.”

As of now, Mayweather is going to face Miguel Cotto, but it will not be a title defence match for Mayweather. Mayweather will then go to jail to serve his 90-day jail sentence. After his sentence his over successfully, Mayweather will have the chance to go for a title defence match.

Prodigal Sonsona’s comeback trail is re-proving grounds

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By RYAN SONGALIA

It’s hard for boxing promoter Sammy Gello-ani to stifle his excitement over the return of his prodigal son—former World Boxing Organization (WBO) super flyweight champion “Marvelous” Marvin Sonsona.

Gello-ani, the Cebu-based boxing promoter who also boasts of recently-crowned International Boxing Federation (IBF) interim light flyweight champ Johnriel Casimero, said Sonsona is still on the comeback trail five months after ending a 20-month long ring absense with a unanimous decision victory over Mexican trialhorse Carlos Jacobo.

He is hoping that the 21-year-old prodigy that he guided to a world title at a young of 19 is back for good—finally leaving behind all the distractions, the late nights out of doing ‘who knows what’ and the broken promises.

“I think he’s right now on the right direction, but he needs to be proven more,” said Gello-ani at a press conference at Makati City’s Greenbelt 2 on Wednesday afternoon. “I need more time. I will not be making this easy for Marvin already by giving him a big fight. I have to make sure that everything is on schedule and he has to prove it to me.”

Sonsona (15-1-1, 12 knockouts) of General Santos City will face the second test of his comeback on Saturday, when he meets Carlos Fulgencia (19-5-1, 12 KOs) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic at the Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, Philippines in the 122-pound division.

Fulgencia, is riding a four-fight win streak, but has been knocked out in all five of his defeats.

Sonsona, who two years ago suffered a demoralizing fourth-round KO loss to Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., has faced superior opponents. He defeated Puerto Rican Jose “Carita” Lopez in 2009 to gain the belt, only to lose it on the scales less than three months later in a draw with Alejandro Hernandez of Mexico.

Sonsona is saying the right things, sounding remorseful for rebelling against Gello-ani and international matchmaker Sampson Lewkowicz. Sonsona admits that he gave into the trappings of success after making a total of US$75,000 (P3,192750) in his first two title bouts.

“I was too young, too immature. I treated boxing as if I’m only playing,” said Sonsona. “I was not too serious about it. If I had listened to my parents before, I can say that I would have been world champion until now. I was so popular before, then suddenly my popularity went down. Based on that experience, right now I’m more mature and I know how serious boxing is.”

Sonsona says that while much of his income was squandered, but some went to assets like eight hectares of land in General Santos City, which he left to his father to farm durian, bananas and coconuts with. He also bought himself a car, as well as motorcycles for his brothers.

“Admittedly I was a little bit stunned by the amount of money,” said Sonsona. “I wasn’t able to maximize and manage the money fully.”

“The biggest reason that I came back after two years of thinking and soul searching is that I realized that I have no other career that I can succeed in; only boxing. If I don’t box, then I’ll just be a bum and and go out with my friends. My family is not wealthy, we are a poor and I need to help them. There is no other way for me to help my family, except for boxing.”

Sonsona has been training dutifully with Celso Epanto away from his hometown distractions in Gello-ani’s newest compound in Mindanao’s Misamis Occidental province. Still a growing young man, Sonsona says that he was 150 pounds just a month ago as he slims down to 122lbs.

A May 13 bout in the Philippines has already been scheduled, though Gello-ani wants to assess Sonsona’s performance before choosing a next opponent for his southpaw fighter.

According to Gello-ani, the plan after May 13 is to relocate Sonsona to Oxnard, California to train with Gabriel Sarmiento, the Spaniard who has led fellow southpaw Sergio Martinez to middleweight stardom. As far as Gello-ani is concerned, the farther away Sonsona is from GenSan, the better.

“When he went home after his family’s house was partially burned last December, with the environment in GenSan, I was worried he would be back with friends, they would be coming to the house and bring him somewhere,” said Gello-ani. “I thought that things are getting in the wrong direction again. In fact I told him that he has to come back immediately to Cebu, but there was another happening in the family when his grandmother died. He was very close to her, so I allowed him to stay there for a few more weeks.”

“With that I was scared again, ‘Oh, he might turn his back again and get carried away with some friends and some people there.’ The environment is not suitable for him. I warned him, ‘If you’re not coming back, that’s the end of everything. I will not help you anymore and that’s it. Good bye.’ And the next day I heard from him, ‘Sir, you send me tickets and I will fly to Cebu.”‘

For now, things are looking up for Sonsona. Gello-ani has seen Sonsona excel when he’s doing the right things. It’s what happens when Sonsona isn’t that keeps Gello-ani up at night.

Mares vs. Morel for WBC super bantamweight title on 4/21

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By Jim Dower

Unbeaten former IBF bantamweight champion Abner Mares (23-0-1, 13 KO’s) will be facing former WBA Flyweight Champion Eric Morel (46-2, 23 KO’s) on April 21st for the WBC super bantamweight title at the Don Haskins Convention Center, El Paso, Texas. This will be an all Golden Boy Promotions, which had previously been talked about taking place in Mexico.

The 26-year-old Mares and 36-year-old Morel will be fighting for the WBC title that previously belonged to champion Toshiaki Nishioka, who according to RingTV, can’t defend the title due to personal issues. Nishioka will be elevated to the Champion Emeritus, meaning that as soon as he’s available to fight, he’ll get a shot at whoever emerges as the champion from the Mares-Morel fight.
Mares recently vacated his International Boxing Federation bantamweight title last month after having captured it with a 12 round decision win over champion Joseph Agbeko in August of last year in Showtimes’ bantamweight tournament. Mares defended the title once beating Agbeko by a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision in their rematch last December.

Morel previously held the WBA Flyweight Champion from August 2000 to December 2003, losing the belt to Lorenzo Parra.

Markes should come out ahead in this fight because he’s a lot younger than Morel and in his prime of his career. Morel is still a good fighter, but he’s done little since 2003 for some reason. He defeated Gerry Penalosa in February 2010 to capture the interim WBO bantamweight title but then didn’t do much.

Rios vs. Gamboa Clash: Implosion Need Not Be Fatal

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by Cliff Rold

First there was the good news.

April 14, 2012. Featherweight Yuriorkis Gamboa was moving up two weight divisions to face hard charging Brandon Rios. Gamboa is one of the game’s most physically gifted athletes; Rios one of its premiere young pressure fighters. Both get hit more than is healthy. Rios gets better as fights progress and can punch all night. Gamboa can struggle after early bursts behind questionable concentration and a just as questionable chin.

Early ticket sales were brisk. Buzz was strong.

The neat thing about it was how quickly it came together. It had a hint of serendipity. This didn’t need years of trash talk or ‘slow cooking.’ A year ago, Brandon Rios was just weeks into a reign as WBA titlist at 135 lbs. and Gamboa was gearing up for Jorge Solis at 126.

When Gamboa issued a challenge to Rios, a light bulb went off. ‘Hey, yeah,’ said the faithful boxing fan. ‘Damn the scales. That fight rocks right now.’ Two fighters with superstar possibilities were putting their 0’s on the line in the sort of match capable of getting them to the next level.

R.I.P Gamboa-Rios, March 14, 2012.

This one is heading to court, or at least eventual binding arbitration. Gamboa’s attorney has issued a statement to the affect that Gamboa’s contract with Top Rank is invalid. Top Rank has sued for breach. Fans are looking for refunds and laments of a potentially great fight evaporating are real and heartfelt. Boxing fans look forward to the red meat and were treating this one like a fine filet.

If they feel like they’re now left with a homemade burger on white bread, who can blame them?

History leaves some room to remain optimistic. No, not right now. The fight is dead for the moment. However, recent legal scraps over Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire saw Top Rank’s claims of valid contracts contested.

Top Rank won.

If they win again on Gamboa, perhaps Rios-Gamboa can be resuscitated in the next year or so. Given Rios’s struggles to make Lightweight, it might have to happen at 140, but it’s still there.

That’s one avenue for optimism.

Another is the evidence that past implosions of hotly anticipated clashes have not always meant the fight never comes together.

Sometimes, we even get something that may have been better in the long run.

Thomas Hearns and Marvin Hagler were supposed to face off in May 1982, just a year after Hearns epic first loss at Welterweight to Sugar Ray Leonard. A hand injury, and sound management, saw Hearns cancel the fight. It took three years to bring them back together.

Fans got the 1985 Fight of the Year and one of the greatest Middleweight title fights of all time. That’s not all they got. Between May 1982 and April 1985, both going their separate ways, fans were treated to seeing each man defeat Roberto Duran as well as Hearns-Wilfred Benitez. Maybe those fights happen anyways but, had Hearns lost to Hagler in 1982, it changes the trajectory of history.

And history worked out well as was.

What of the implosion of Evander Holyfield-Mike Tyson?

Twice.

In 1990, Tyson looked headed towards a June showdown with the former Cruiserweight king and unanimous sanctioning body mandatory. Buster Douglas busted up the plan. They got back to it in signing for a November 1991 superfight, this time with Holyfield playing the role of defending king.

Tyson suffered a rib injury doing sit-ups, the news announced during a TVKO pay-per-view broadcast of Ray Mercer-Tommy Morrison. It cast a pall, the first of two ugly Heavyweight knockouts on the evening. Tyson was going to trial for rape and it was recognized that, if convicted, there was a chance the fight would never happen.

Fight fans wouldn’t realize it until years later, but hindsight says the boxing world got lucky. Tyson’s replacement, Bert Cooper, almost upset Holyfield in a savage battle still found in ample replay loop on ESPN Classic. With Tyson ultimately incarcerated, Holyfield found a rival in Riddick Bowe and gave the world the best Heavyweight trilogy since Ali-Frazier.

Cooper? He parlayed the Holyfield fight into a minor career rejuvenation that included a five round barnburner with eventual Heavyweight king Michael Moorer. It may have been the best pure action fight in the division since George Foreman-Ron Lyle. And of course Foreman’s upset of Moorer for the crown provided its own memorable rewards both to the victor and the fan.

And then, with some prognosticators openly fearing for his life, Holyfield defeated a paroled Tyson for a share of the Heavyweight crown in 1996.

No matter what, a Holyfield-Tyson clash in 1991 would have precluded some if not a lot of that from happening. Holyfield winning would have changed the landscape at least in terms of Cooper. If Tyson had pulled off the win and taken the crown to prison, it very well could have ruined what ended up being one of the great Heavyweight decades.

Now, of course, one doesn’t want to be too optimistic. Top Rank’s quick trigger was a stark contrast with their failure to put together Yuriorkis Gamboa-Juan Manuel Lopez when it was hot. After two brutal losses to Orlando Salido, and with Gamboa headed up the scale, Gamboa-Lopez may very well be lost for all time. Let’s not even get into that other fight that everyone has wanted to see for going on three years to no avail.

Rios-Gamboa feels different. It still feels vital, and possible. For now, at the least, we wait.

The wait might end up worth it.