Fans and ordinary citizens waved flags of different sizes, colorful handkerchiefs and streamers as they gave boxing champion Manny Pacquiao a hero’s welcome when he arrived at Manila City Hall yesterday to join the flag-raising ceremony. Read Full Story >>>
His victory alone
By Editorial, ABS-CBN News, 25 Nov 2003
Even as we write this editorial, the motorcade of Manny Pacquiao should be wending its way around the city of Manila -- hopefully to cheers of crowds. Working against that happy prospect are the flat layout of the old city and the reluctance of Filipinos to put themselves out to demonstrate anything Read Full Story >>>
A hero’s welcome
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Manila Standard, 25 Nov 2003
Thousands of adoring Filipinos lined the streets of downtown Manila and the heart of Makati’s financial district to give returning hero Manny Pacquiao a fantastic welcome yesterday.
At Malacañang Palace, Pacquiao offered President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo his belt as “The People’s Champion,” a VHS Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao gets hero's welcome from grateful nation
By Joel Francis Guinto, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 25 Nov 2003
BOXING champion Manny Pacquiao was given a hero's welcome on Monday as he was feted with a motorcade that took him to the cities of Manila and Makati.
Confetti rained on Ayala Avenue as the motorcade made its way through the heart of Makati's financial district.
Office workers jostled with Read Full Story >>>
President awards Pacquiao with medal of merit
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 25 Nov 2003
WORLD boxing champion Manny Pacquiao capped a day full of tributes to him by paying a courtesy call Monday to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in Malacañang where he received the Presidential Medal of Merit.
Video footage aired on state-run NBN-television showed Ms Macapagal congratulating a Ba Read Full Story >>>
Carlos Hernandez To Pacquiao: “Let’s Do This!”
By G. Leon, BoxingTalk.com, 25 Nov 2003
Over the weekend, Boxingtalk.com spoke to IBF junior lightweight champ, Carlos “El Famoso” Hernandez to see what he’s been up to and see what he thought about Manny Pacquiao’s masterful performance against Marco Antonio Barrera. You won’t want to miss what the junior lightweight champ had to say.
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Elaborate welcome awaits Manny in General Santos
By Edwin G. Espejo, Sun.Star General Santos, 25 Nov 2003
AN ELABORATE welcome awaits boxing hero Manny Pacquaio when he arrives here Tuesday, said city hall sources.
Mayor Pedro Acharon Jr. had ordered a hero's welcome for Pacquaio, in tribute to the latter's knockout victory over highly-rated world featherweight king Marco Antonio Barrera last Novemb Read Full Story >>>
Who’s next for Manny?
By Joaquin Henson, The Philippine Star, 25 Nov 2003
I never saw the contract that Manny Pacquiao signed to fight Marco Antonio Barrera but the newly-crowned consensus world featherweight boxing champion’s business manager Rod Nazario said there’s a provision for a return bout in case the Filipino won.
Barrera insisted on the clause in case of a P Read Full Story >>>
After rousing welcome, champ gets P1M, condo
By Nick Giongco, The Manila Bulletin, 25 Nov 2003
IT WAS a different crowd Manny Pacquiao faced this time. Just a week ago in Texas, inside the Alamodome, over 10,000 screaming fans where asking for his blood. Back in his homeland, Pacquiao was greeted by a shrieking, clapping, shouting mass of humanity who turned out to welcome their boxing champi Read Full Story >>>
HBO budgeted $.7M as Pacquiao purse
By Salven L. Lagumbay, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 25 Nov 2003
HAS someone's bank account fattened other than that of Manny Pacquiao's?
Reports reaching the Inquirer have it that HBO, pioneer of the pay-per-view concept, actually paid a whopping $700,000 dollars (about 38.5 million pesos) as purse of Pacquiao for his conquest of Mexican featherweight great Read Full Story >>>
Manny Pacquiao to stand by GMA's corner
ABS-CBN News, 25 Nov 2003
International boxing champion Manny Pacquiao said Monday that he is ready to support the presidential bid of President Arroyo, should she ask for it, in return for all the help that she had given him.
Pacquiao told reporters after he received from the President the Presidential Medal of Merit an Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao torn between FPJ, GMA
By Ma. Theresa Torres, Reporter and Mer Layson, The Manila Times, 25 Nov 2003
THE boxing champion Manny Pacquiao is torn between President Arroyo and the presidential aspirant Fernando Poe Jr. about whom he would help in next year’s campaign.
Pacquiao said that if President Arroyo needed his help, he would support her campaign for another term.
“I am willing to help t Read Full Story >>>
Boxiana Salutes Pacquiao And The New Guard
By Alan J. Sorkowitz, BoxingTimes.com, 25 Nov 2003
"Alamo" is Spanish for "cottonwood tree." The area around the Alamo fortress and its host city of San Antonio is, like the cottonwood trees that gave their name, scenic, charming and gentle. It is a delightful break from the usual harsh Texas terrain. It is only by virtue of a bloody battle in 1836 Read Full Story >>>
Avoid Pacquiao parade route, motorists told
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 24 Nov 2003
MOTORISTS are advised to avoid the route of the victory motorcade set Monday in Manila for International Boxing Federation (IBF) superbantamweight champion Manny Pacquiao.
A press statement from the Manila City Hall asked motorists to take alternate routes to and from their destination.
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HBO dangles $25m at Manny
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Manila Standard, 24 Nov 2003
HBO Sports, the unquestioned leader in boxing on television and pay-per-view events has dangled an unbelievable offer — a $25 million (P1.4 billion) six-fight contract to International Boxing Federation junior featherweight champion Manny Pacquiao.
The giant cable network also indicated its desir Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao in hunt for ‘Fighter of the Year’
By Nick Giongco And Dennis Principe, The Manila Bulletin, 24 Nov 2003
MANNY PACQUIAO will be a solid contender for Fighter of the Year honors when US newspapers, magazines and websites review boxing year 2003.
Pacquiao will be lined up alongside world-renowned fighters like Roy Jones Jr., Shane Mosley and Ricardo Mayorga during the balloting, but this early Freddie Read Full Story >>>
Success has many fathers, mothers
By Ding T. Marcelo, The Manila Bulletin, 24 Nov 2003
WHEN MANNY Pacquiao left for the United States nearly a month ago, the guy was practically a lonely figure. No one bade him goodbye, no one wished him luck.
Who would? He was up against an “assasin,” a baby-faced one, but an assasin nevertheless. Like James Bond, Marco Antonio Barrera Read Full Story >>>
Larios wants Pacquiao’s hide
By Dante Navarro, The Philippine Star, 24 Nov 2003
Oscar Larios, the hard-hitting Mexican holder of the WBC (World Boxing Council) crown, challenged Filipino IBF (International Boxing Federation) champion Manny Pacquiao to a unification bout for the super bantamweight title moments after scoring a 10th round TKO win over Napopol Kiattisakchocchoi at Read Full Story >>>
Hussien wants another crack at Manny
By Grantlee Kieza, The Daily Telegraph, 24 Nov 2003
Manny Pacquiao, a wild swinging party animal from the Philippines, had to climb from the canvas to win a highly controversial cut eye stoppage over Nedal in Manila three years ago in Hussein's only defeat in 32 pro fights.
Last weekend Pacquiao climbed from the canvas in the first round to stop M Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao takes a breather
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Manila Standard, 24 Nov 2003
Manny Pacquiao, the country’s exciting sports hero, decided to relax and catch his breath after a rousing airport welcome Friday. He also looked forward to a mammoth motorcade and ticker tape parade through Manila and Makati highlighted by a courtesy call on President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo at Mala Read Full Story >>>