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Pacquiao to grace PSA rites afterall
By Nick Giongco, The Manila Bulletin, 29 Dec 2003
MANNY PACQUIAO is going to be a busy man starting in the first few days of the new year, but the champ is making sure he’ll be around to personally receive his Athlete of the Year award from the Philippine Sportswriters Association.
The reigning International Boxing Federation super-bantamweight Read Full Story >>>
Many Are Culled, but Manny Is Chosen, Ho Ho Ho
By Michael Katz, MaxBoxing.com, 28 Dec 2003
NEW YORK, Dec. 26 - Wait til next year. Why? Not because it figures to be any better than any other year, but because it’s the only year we have. This year is over. Kaput. Gone. It was a year like many others, filled with those events that thrill and disgust us, that make it impossible for us to Read Full Story >>>
Ringing in the New; Pacquiao and the Klitschko's
By Keith Terceira, BoxingScene.com, 27 Dec 2003
Reflection on the past year is a bit like Monday morning quarterbacking, but we did get some insight as to what the new year can bring in the sport of boxing. January will kick off what could be one of the best years boxing has seen in a least twenty. That is providing some of the leaders in the spo Read Full Story >>>
US trip may force Pacquiao to miss PSA Awards Night
By Nick Giongco, The Manila Bulletin, 27 Dec 2003
THERE is a strong possibility that Manny Pacquiao will miss the annual awards night of the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) on Jan. 9 at the Manila Pavillon.
Named as co-winner for the coveted Athlete of the Year plum by the PSA along with World Cup champion bowler CJ Suarez, Pacquiao m Read Full Story >>>
An unforgettable year for RP sports
By Francis Ochoa, ABS-CBN News, 27 Dec 2003
And now the tough part.
With the success of the year pouring out like a bubble gum machine gone haywire, is there more to Philippine sports than just crystal ball statements uttered in knee-jerk fashion after a spate of feel-good stories this year?
That’s tough to tell. Because things have h Read Full Story >>>
SO Trainer of the Year 2003: Freddie Roach
By Paul Upham, SecondsOut.com, 27 Dec 2003
When it came time to select the www.SecondsOut.com 2003 Trainer of the Year, there was very little debate. There was one man who was a part of James Toney’s resurgence back to the top of the boxing world and behind the upset that Manny Pacquiao unleashed on Marco Antonio Barrera. The man who helped Read Full Story >>>
10 Christmas Wishes
By Steve Kim, MaxBoxing.com, 27 Dec 2003
Christmas is upon us. 'Tis the season when retailers across the world make their biggest score, spouses give each other brand new Lexus's to keep their marriages happy (well, that seems to be the message in Lexus commercials, anyway), everyone gets loot, and, oh yeah, I almost forgot, the birth of C Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao's next foe is loaded with 'dynamite'
By Salven L. Lagumbay, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 26 Dec 2003
HE owns a killer left hook and two world titles. He is trained by one of the world's finest in the business. With a fearsome record of 42 wins, two losses and 33 KOs, promoter Bob Arum has a case in claiming he is the world's finest featherweight. Well, outside of Manny Pacquiao.
Who is Juan Manu Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao foe wants rematch
By Salven L. Lagumbay, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 26 Dec 2003
"Recuperate mi sitio." [I will recover my place.] With this statement, former pound-for-pound great Marco Antonio Barrera sent word to his Filipino nemesis, world champion Manny Pacquiao, that he was not ducking a possible rematch after their encounter at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, that en Read Full Story >>>
New $1.5-M contract on its way to Pacquiao
By Nick Giongco, The Manila Bulletin, 25 Dec 2003
IF you think the $1 million offer for Manny Pacquiao to face Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez is already huge, you are terribly mistaken.
Boxing man Rod Nazario told the Bulletin yesterday that another camp is luring the Filipino southpaw to sign above the dotted line for a fight sometime in April.
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By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Manila Standard, 25 Dec 2003
A possible rematch between International Boxing Federation junior featherweight champion Manny Pacquiao and the legendary featherweight Marco Antonio Barrera, who suffered a terrible beating before losing by an 11th-round TKO to the Filipino southpaw last Nov. 15 in San Antonio, Texas loomed yesterd Read Full Story >>>
Marquez a dangerous foe vs Pacquiao
By Joaquin Henson, The Philippine Star, 24 Dec 2003
There’s a reason why International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico is nicknamed "Dinamita."
It’s because he’s such an explosive puncher. He detonates at the sound of the bell. In a pro career that started in 1993, Ma Read Full Story >>>
Year in ring belongs to Lewis, Jones, Pacquiao
ABS-CBN News, 24 Dec 2003
LAS VEGAS - When the year began, Lennox Lewis was considered the true heavyweight champion. Vitali Klitschko wasn’t even thought of as the best fighter in his family.
Six bloody rounds in Los Angeles helped change that, but Klitschko still ended the year the way he began it -- on the outside loo Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao the best of them all
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Manila Standard, 24 Dec 2003
When International Boxing Federation junior featherweight champion Manny Pacquiao bucked overwhelming odds to annihilate legendary “People’s Featherweight Champion” Marco Antonio Barrera, he punched his way into the hearts and homes of millions of adoring countrymen whose pride was given an incredib Read Full Story >>>
The stories that defined the year in RP Sports
By Musong Castillo, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 24 Dec 2003
IT WAS a low-key, almost uneventful year that ended on a high, emphatic and successful note.
With the Philippine Basketball Association struggling to recover its old clout under new commissioner Noli Eala and the sporting community shaken by the failed assassination attempt on outspoken athletic Read Full Story >>>
$1-million purse for Manny still in works
By Joaquin Henson, The Philippine Star, 23 Dec 2003
It’s all about striking while the iron’s hot.
Consensus world featherweight boxing champion Manny Pacquiao is shooting for a $1-million purse in his next fight, said his business manager Rod Nazario yesterday. And if the Home Box Office (HBO) cable TV network agrees to foot the bill, Nazario con Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao wants $1 million to fight Mexican Marquez
By Dominic Menor, ABS-CBN News, 23 Dec 2003
Nothing more than a phone call was all the camp of Manny Pacquiao got from the handlers of Juan Manuel Marquez, belying reports that the Filipino ring hero is all set to fight the reigning People’s Champion.
“Wala ’pang final,” said Pacquiao’s business manager Rod Nazario, when as Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao won’t underestimate Marquez
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Manila Standard, 23 Dec 2003
International Boxing Federation junior featherweight champion Manny Pacquiao said yesterday he won’t underestimate World Boxing Association/IBF champion Juan Manuel Marquez, who is being lined up for a title shot sometime in late March or early April in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao annihilated legendary f Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao fights dual champ Marquez next
By Salven L. Lagumbay, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 22 Dec 2003
IT's green and go for yet another superbattle for the Filipino king of the world's featherweights.
The reigning "people's featherweight champion" and Ring Magazine's featherweight king Manny Pacquiao is slated to battle World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) fea Read Full Story >>>
Manny Pacquiao gears up for a $1-M fight versus Marquez
By Dennis Principe, EastSideBoxing.com, 22 Dec 2003
SUBIC BAY, PHILIPPINES – Despite looming tax woes in the United States, contractual debate with promoter Murad Muhammad and an imminent tug-of-war owing to a salacious HBO television offer, it will be a Merry Christmas after all for Filipino world champion Manny Pacquiao.
This as the universally Read Full Story >>>