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Manny Pacquiao: The greatest
By Teodoro C. Benigno, The Philippine Star, 19 Nov 2003
What makes a great fist-fighter greater? What makes him the greatest? In the case of Manny Pacquiao, it’s so many things put together like Pablo Picasso’s Guernica drawn by the fists of the Filipino. The brutality of war danced wickedly on the canvas, for professional pugilism is war. No mistake abo Read Full Story >>>
ALA Villamor is Pacquiao's inspiration -- Pacman's mom
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel, The Freeman, 19 Nov 2003
CEBUANO Edito “ALA” Villamor, once revered as an icon in Cebu boxing fraternity during his heydays, was speechless for a moment before words of delight and gratitude flowed out of his mouth after learning that he is the biggest influence and inspiration to Manny Pacquiao’s boxing career.
“It’s he Read Full Story >>>
A rematch is a fool’s wish
By Homer D. Sayson, Sun.Star Cebu, 19 Nov 2003
CHICAGO - I got a lot of flak from some readers for picking Marco Antonio Barrera over Manny Pacquiao last Saturday. Apparently, those morons don’t understand how a column works, or that our democracy still guarantees freedom of opinion.
The irony is that while my critics were stewing, Pacquiao Read Full Story >>>
Top fighters want to face Pacquiao
By Salven L. Lagumbay, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 19 Nov 2003
MANNY Pacquiao has suddenly found himself besieged with several offers to fight blue-chip fighters, a situation the Filipino ring idol could have dreamed of only a month ago.
Pacquiao's status as new world boxing sensation got another boost Monday when he was installed No. 9 among the world's be Read Full Story >>>
Espinosa, Barrientos doff hat to Pacquiao
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Manila Standard, 19 Nov 2003
Former Filipino world champions Luisito Espinosa and Rene Barrientos who had both correctly predicted a victory by International Boxing Federation junior featherweight champion Manny Pacquiao over legendary featherweight Marco Antonio Barrera yesterday praised him for his smashing victory, which mad Read Full Story >>>
Erik Morales considers fighting Pacquiao
By Jon Hernandez III, The Daily Tribune, 19 Nov 2003
Two-time world champion Erik “El Terible” Morales, said he will consider a fight with International Boxing Federation superbantamweight champion Manny Pacquiao while saying Mexican rival Marco Antonio Barrera's “inconsistency caught up with him.”
“Right now all I'm thinking about is winning the 1 Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao to fight in heavier division, will drop IBF title
World champ Erik Morales wants crack at RP hero
By Nick Giongco, The Manila Bulletin, 19 Nov 2003
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The problem with Manny Pacquiao now is how to motivate him when he returns to the ring in March 2004.
Two days after crowning himself as king of all the featherweights with an 11th-round technical knockout of Marco Antonio Barrera at the Alamodome in Texas, Pacquiao wondered Read Full Story >>>
Morales open to fight Pacquiao
By Dante Navarro, The Philippine Star, 19 Nov 2003
While stressing that going back to the featherweight class is not option at this stage, two-time world champion Erik Morales has nonetheless signified his intention to make himself available if ever a clash is drawn up pitting him against the world’s newest boxing sensation — Filipino Manny Pacquiao Read Full Story >>>
Criminals stop to watch Pacquiao
By Anthony Vargas, The Manila Times, 19 Nov 2003
Metro Manila’s crime rate went down on Sunday as most of the 82 million Filipinos were glued to their television and radio sets watching the winning bout of the boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, the police said.
Reports at the Philippine National Police Headquarters in Camp Crame indicate the inci Read Full Story >>>
11th round distance was rare for Manny
The Manila Bulletin, 19 Nov 2003
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Overshadowed by the trappings of fame and fortune following Manny Pacquiao’s victory was the fact that the Filipino bomber had never gotten past 10 rounds in his eight year career.
The last time Pacquiao went 10 rounds was in October 2000 in Antipolo when he had to pick himse Read Full Story >>>
Manny’s the man now
By Paul J. Taneo, Sun.Star Cebu, 19 Nov 2003
Like taking candy from a Baby-Faced Assassin, Manny Pacquiao made converts of all naysayers with the persistence of a playboy stalking prey.
Some had foreseen victory for Pacquiao but not the way he dominated the
Mexican legend with sheer energy. The General Santos City Pacman did not even hav Read Full Story >>>
Wukka-Wukka-Wukka – Chomp! Pac Man Makes a Meal of Barrera & Pre-Fight Predictions
By James McDonnell, MaxBoxing.com, 18 Nov 2003
Some nights you wonder if you know anything about boxing at all. Saturday night, as Manny Pacquiao brutally ripped the title of ‘people’s featherweight champion’ from Marco Antonio Barrera in 11 brutal and one-sided rounds, was one of t Read Full Story >>>
News Flash: Morales open to Pacquiao fight!
FightNews.com, 18 Nov 2003
Two-time world champion Erik "El Terrible" Morales has weighed in on the loss of his biggest rival to date, Marco Antonio Barrera. "I think his inconsistency finally caught up with him. There is not much that you can really say, the other guy was much better then he was Saturday night." stated Moral Read Full Story >>>
'Fight of the Year'
By Winchell Campos, The Daily Tribune, 18 Nov 2003
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - With still a full month left in the year, boxing experts and pundits have sounded in unison that Manny Pacquiao's masterful boxing clinic Sunday here could very well be boxing's “Fight of the Year.”
Back home, there is no doubt that Pacquiao's “shock the world” feat could he Read Full Story >>>
In Rusty's Corner; Meet Manny Pacquaio
By Rusty Rubin, BoxingScene.com, 18 Nov 2003
A persons life is like a book, always needing some touching up (editing) and always being flexible enough to either add to or delete from. But there are moments in time (defining moments if you will) that can never be deleted.
It’s much the same as a fighter. He has his defining moments an Read Full Story >>>
‘Ring’ to honor Manny here?
By Joaquin Henson, The Philippine Star, 18 Nov 2003
While none of the alphabet soup governing bodies sanctioned it as a world title fight, there’s no doubt Manny (No Fear) Pacquiao gained recognition as the top featherweight in the globe after halting Marco Antonio Barrera in their San Antonio brawl last Saturday night.
Barrera was previously rat Read Full Story >>>
Hero's welcome awaits Pacquiao
Sun.Star General Santos, 18 Nov 2003
GENERAL Santos Mayor Pedro Acharon Jr. vowed to welcome Manny Pacquiao with a ticker tape parade when the latter returns home after registering a stunning upset victory over highly-touted Mexican featherweight king Marco Antonio Barrera, Sunday.
"Mag-piyesta 'ta (Let's hold a fiesta celebration) Read Full Story >>>
Freddie Roach Knew Pacquaio Deserved Much More Money
By Rey Danseco, BoxingTalk.com, 18 Nov 2003
MANNY Pacquiao showed why he deserved a minimum purse of one million dollars after dominating Marco Antonio Barrera en route to a stoppage win in the eleventh round at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas yesterday.
Televised nationally on simulcast coverage in the Philippines, the merciless Pacq Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao is going to get even bigger
By Dominic Menor, ABS-CBN News, 18 Nov 2003
The only way to illustrate perfectly the magnitude of Manny Pacquiao’s 11-round slaughter of Marco Antonio Barrera is to look at the credentials of his Mexican opponent.
There was the near-immaculate record of 57-3 won-lost; a 15-year professional career without being kayoed; a post-brain surger Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao thrilled at GMA’s call
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Manila Standard, 18 Nov 2003
International Boxing Federation junior featherweight champion Manny Pacquiao who stunned the boxing world with a spectacular 11th-round TKO over featherweight king Marco Antonio Barrera, got what he said was “an even bigger thrill” when President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo called him at his hotel suite Read Full Story >>>