Sunday, November 14, 2010

Philippines celebrates historic Pacquiao victory

By Mynardo Macaraig, Agence France-Presse

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines on Sunday united to celebrate boxing hero Manny Pacquiao as he won an historic eighth world title, with soldiers, slum dwellers, and farmers hailing him as the greatest ever.

Pacquiao's pummeling of Antonio Margarito in Texas to capture the World Boxing Council super welterweight title caused a familiar upsurge in pride for the impoverished Southeast Asian nation's 94 million people.

"Pacquiao is the greatest boxer ever," said Aliudin Sumael, 43, a Muslim farmer who rushed to a cultural center in the strife-torn southern province of Maguindanao to watch the bout.

"I hope he can share his millions with us poor Muslims."

Pacquiao's rise from poverty to the top of world boxing has been one of the few enduring success stories in the Philippines over recent years, as society has struggled with grinding poverty, corruption and natural disasters.


Pacquiao defeats Margarito for 8th crown

By Cedelf P. Tupas, Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE 2) Underscoring his tag as the world's best pound for pound fighter, Filipino ring hero Manny Pacquiao bucked a size disadvantage to outclass Antonio Margarito of Mexico and claim the WBC super welterweight crown, his eighth weight crown, at Cowboys Stadium in Texas Saturday night (Sunday here).

“I got hurt once one round I recovered right away I really trained hard for this fight. I sacrificed a lot for this fight,” said Pacquiao after the fight.


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Filipino Superstar Pacquiao Fights for Eighth Title

Boxing, Political and Singing Star Fights Mexico's Antonio "Tornado" Margarito Tonight

Filipino boxing sensation, platinum-selling recording artist and new congressman  Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao  will make a bid for the World Boxing Council's crown tonight when he takes on Mexico's Antonio "Tornado" Margarito in Dallas.

A seven-division world champion, 31-year-old Pacquiao is a bona fide megastar in the Philippines: In May of this year he was elected to the country's House of Representatives, he has two platinum albums under his belt and has acted in eight feature films. Tonight he is looking for his eighth title, which he will seek in front of a crowd of 50,000 fans at Cowboys Stadium.

This is the largest match that Pacquiao will play since he was elected to public office in March, and his entire country will be watching with baited breath.


Friday, November 12, 2010

Passing at weigh-in: Pacquiao 144.6 lbs, Margarito 150

Filipino boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny" Pacquiao and his opponent Antonio Margarito on Saturday passed the weigh-in for their Sunday morning (in Manila) bout in Texas.

Radio dzBB reported Pacquiao weighed in at 144.6 lbs., six pounds under the “catch" weight of 150, and nearly 10 pounds under the maximum weight for the welterweight division.

Margarito weighed in at 150 pounds, the catch weight for the division.

Pacquiao, whose camp vowed to pummel Margarito on Sunday, said he will concentrate on speed, following his rigorous two-week training.


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Roach on Margarito caper: It ain't funny

By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star)

DALLAS – Antonio Margarito tried to wash his hands Wednesday after a video of him and his training partner mocking Freddie Roach, who has Parkinson’s disease, appeared on the Internet.

“He was making no fun of it (Roach’s Parkinson’s),” said Top Rank’s Ricardo Jimenez as he stood beside Margarito and served as translator for the 32-year-old fighter who faced the media.

In the short video, taken a few weeks back in Oxnard, Margarito and Brandon Rios were shown, apparently or otherwise, mocking Roach who shakes uncontrollably at times because of the disease.

“When I was shaking my hand I was saying I’m really scared of Manny Pacquiao. And people misunderstood that. It was a misunderstanding. I respect him as a great trainer,” said Margarito.

The video was all over the different boxing websites, and Roach said he didn’t like what he saw.

“I didn’t like it,” he said during the final press conference for Saturday’s big fight.

“I had trouble sleeping last night. I want to fight all those guys myself, but I’m too old. I’ll never talk to any of those guys again,” he was quoted by the Los Angeles Times as saying.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

'Totally ready' Manny hits Dallas in style

By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star)

DALLAS – Manny Pacquiao went out for a run on a cold, damp Monday morning, sparred four rounds in the afternoon then closed the book on his training at the Wild Card Gym.

By 10 in the evening (Dallas time being two hours ahead of Los Angeles), he was inside his suite at the Gaylord Texan Hotel. It’s fight week, and in just a few days, it’s fight time.

“Totally ready na tayo sa fight,” said Pacquiao, who took a chartered two-and-a-half-hour flight from LAX to this city known for its great barbecue and as home of the Cowboys.

Pacquiao’s chief trainer, Freddie Roach, has put the writings on the wall that Pacquiao is all set to face Antonio Margarito this coming Saturday and score a big knockout.

Pacquiao said he can’t doubt what Roach said.

“Hindi naman magsi-sinungaling ‘yan eh. Siya ang mapapahiya at tayo (He won’t lie because he’s putting his name and ours on the line),” said the Filipino icon.

“The hard work’s done. He knows how to win this fight,” Roach said the other day.

Pacquiao’s delegation of 188 packed a Boeing 757, which the boxer rented for more than $100,000, and outnumbered his entourage of 140 for the Joshua Clottey fight last March.

On board the plane were Pacquiao’s immediate family, his team members, fellow boxers Amir Khan, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Gerry PeƱalosa, some mediamen and a lot of friends.

The size of Pacquiao’s entourage that flew out of LA before 5 p.m. is almost the size of 10 baseball teams.


Uppercuts will be the key, Manny Pacquiao says


MANILA, Philippines — Talk to the hand.

Seven-division champion Manny Pacquiao, who is gunning for yet another shot at history with a possible eighth division conquest against Antonio Margarito this coming Sunday, seems to have issued this warning against the biggest opponent he’ll ever be facing in his 15-year boxing career.

“I need to be ready for whatever will happen on top of the ring. My style will depend on what he’ll (Margarito) do early in the fight,” said the 31-year-old Pacquiao, who also serves as a congressman for the Sarangani province in Mindanao, in an article by Mark Vester of Boxing Scene.

“When he comes in, I’ll meet him with uppercuts left and right,” Pacquiao reveals.

Pacquiao, who carries a 51-3-2 win-loss-draw slate with 38 victories via stoppage, is looking to continue his 12-fight winning run (including nine knockouts), which dates back from September 2005 when he snatched the vacant WBC super featherweight international title against Hector Velasquez via a sixth round technical knockout victory.