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A heavyweight secret the Philippines can't afford
By Recah Trinidad, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 23 Mar 2005
LAS VEGAS, Nevada, United States of America -- There's a wonder-of-the-world sleeping place inside the vast MGM Grand gambling kingdom that's fit only for the richest among the rich.
It's royal price tag -- $20,000 a night -- could make even Imelda Marcos, during the height of the dictatorship, t Read Full Story >>>
Pinoys bet P110M in Vegas fight
By Abac Cordero, The Philippine Star, 23 Mar 2005
LAS VEGAS — There’ll be no names named because in this gambling capital of the world, there’s an old saying that goes: "Whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas."
A very reliable source who knows the ins and outs of Vegas said possibly as much as $2 million (P110 million) in bets were placed by Read Full Story >>>
Marquez eyed as Manny’s next foe
By Nick Giongco, The Manila Bulletin, 23 Mar 2005
LAS VEGAS — A rematch is in the works for Manny Pacquiao. And it could be Pacquiao against Juan Manuel Marquez, not Erik Morales sometime this year, a Top Rank executive told the Bulletin early Sunday morning at the lobby of the MGM Grand.
"You know what? That’s (Pacquiao-Marquez II) more likely Read Full Story >>>
By Conrado de Quiros, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 23 Mar 2005
FIRST off, it's a lesson for local TV. Next time it covers a blockbuster sports event, it has to do it in real time. The days when networks can be a little avaricious and air those things "on a slightly delayed basis" to crowd in commercials are over. Well before the Pacquiao-Morales fight was shown Read Full Story >>>
Morales open to Pacquiao rematch
By Dante Navarro, The Philippine Star, 23 Mar 2005
Three days after he demolished the myth in Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas, Erik Morales said he is open to a rematch with the Filipino ring idol, whom he described as a very tough opponent whose movement gave him most trouble during their 12-round fight over the weekend.
"If the people want me to f Read Full Story >>>
Las Vegas calling
By Joaquin Henson, The Philippine Star, 23 Mar 2005
Where were you when Manny Pacquiao fought Erik Morales in Las Vegas last Sunday morning (Manila time)?
Solar Entertainment set up a private live viewing on a big screen–reportedly measuring 10 feet by 12 feet–at the Palm Beach Restaurant in the Fort, Global City. Solar’s sports marketing directo Read Full Story >>>
PACQUIAO VS. MORALES REMATCH & THE GREAT FILIPINOS
By Pedro Fernandez, RingTalk.com, 22 Mar 2005
AFTER SEEING THE TAPE, FORGET ANY REMATCH!
When I finally got to see the Erik Morales-Manny Pacquiao fight on Tivo, I must say that the right hand of Morales was most impressive. Utilizing his advantage in height, reach, and with the proper positioning of his lead (left) foot on the outside of M Read Full Story >>>
Bloody but unbowed
By Gail Ilagan, MindaNews, 22 Mar 2005
DAVAO CITY -- Defeat, more than triumph, is a better measure of character.
Manny Pacquiao fought a good fight, taking punches that could have felled a horse. He tried to give as good as he got, and in the process he got bloodied, blinded and bruised. But at the end of it the man was still standin Read Full Story >>>
BoxingScene Exclusive, Erik Morales Interview
By Sammy Rozenberg, BoxingScene.com, 22 Mar 2005
BoxingScene was in full force in Las Vegas for the Manny Pacquiao vs. Erik Morales super fight. The noise level in the arena was so loud that at various times during the event you couldnt hear the person sitting next to you talking.
Erik Morales, coming in to the fight as an underdog, pulled a f Read Full Story >>>
LENNY DEJESUS: WRECKING CREW'S CUTMAN EXTRAORDINAIRE!
braggingrightscorner.com, 22 Mar 2005
Congratulations to Lenny DeJesus of Wrecking Crew Boxing for doing such a wonderful job of keeping Manny Pacquiao in the fight for 7-1/2 more rounds despite what could have been a fight ending cut caused by a head butt in the forth.
The Pac Man may not have won the fight but the fight didn’t en Read Full Story >>>
Morales Too Much For Pacquiao
By Jack Welsh, BoxingScene.com, 22 Mar 2005
Erik Morales, impossible to deny, took warrior-hood to a new echelon that left southpaw Manny Pacquiao valiantly in his wake while dramatically winning a close 12-round decision Saturday in the MGM Grand Garden.
It was another spellbinder that had a sold out crowd of14,623 delirious from bell to Read Full Story >>>
Donelson: A Few Thoughts
By Tom Donelson, BoxingScene.com, 22 Mar 2005
Highlights on Three Journalists
I found myself sitting next to Pedro Fernandez last fall during the Judah-Spinks fight. Pedro jokily told me that I maybe shouldn’t get too close “in case any stray bullets aimed for me hit you by mistake.”
Pedro is boxing muck racking journalists, whose repor Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao To Undergo Plastic Surgery
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, BoxingScene.com, 22 Mar 2005
Ring Magazine and IBA featherweight champion Manny Pacquiao was scheduled to motor to Los Angeles today for a 3:00 p.m.,appointment with an eye specialist who was to perform plastic surgery to repair the nasty gash suffered during his epic war with Erik "El Terrible" Morales at a jampacked MGM Grand Read Full Story >>>
Filipinos Unite in Hope Then Grief Over Pacquiao Loss
By Al Jacinto, Associated Press and Arab News, Al Jazeerah, 22 Mar 2005
MANILA/ZAMBOANGA CITY, 21 March 2005 — President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, rebel groups and common street folk found unity yesterday as they cheered for Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao, then collectively grieved over his defeat to Mexico’s Erik Morales.
All three judges declared Morales the wi Read Full Story >>>
By Editorial, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 22 Mar 2005
MANNY Pacquiao fought a good fight, but he lost to a taller, smarter, more experienced boxer. Still he deserves our applause for his courage and fighting heart. He gave the fight his all, but it was not enough to defeat Erik Morales, much less to knock him down.
People will be talking about the s Read Full Story >>>
That warrior spirit
By Editorial, Sun.Star Cebu, 22 Mar 2005
Filipinos have found a nugget of gold or two in the loss of boxer Manny Pacquiao to Mexican Erik Morales.
“Bloodied but unbowed,” screamed Pacland, a website dedicated to the Filipino superstar. “Manny Pacquiao displayed the Filipino’s true fighting spirit,” said presidential spokesman Ignacio B Read Full Story >>>
A good fight
By Editorial, Sun.Star Manila, 22 Mar 2005
DESPITE a cut on the right eyebrow caused by an accidental headbutt, we take our hats off to Filipino world boxing champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao for putting up a good fight.
Sa kahit anong laban, may nananalo, may natatalo (In any contest, someone wins, someone loses), so goes a Tagalog sayin Read Full Story >>>
Manny in crossfire of warring factions
By Joaquin Henson, The Philippine Star, 22 Mar 2005
The war isn’t over in Las Vegas. In Manny Pacquiao’s camp, it’s just beginning as the battle lines are drawn to demarcate who’s on which side of the fence.
Trainer Freddie Roach is on one side and he’s backed up by Pacquiao’s new manager Shelly Finkel while New Jersey promoter Murad Muhammad is Read Full Story >>>
Why Pacquiao failed to win
By Bong Pedralvez, The Manila Times, 22 Mar 2005
A VICTIM of his own hype. A failed game plan made worse by a nasty cut from an accidental head-butt. A proud and wily opponent who obviously studied the style of his foe in detail. And too many off-the-ring distractions.
These things and more apparently led to the defeat of Manny Pacquiao, who Read Full Story >>>
'Day of mourning'
By Al S. Mendoza, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 22 Mar 2005
WE LOST and that's it, we lost.
I mean we all lost, the entire nation lost, and that's why the nation is in a state of mourning. If the flag be put at half-mast all week, I would have no objection.
I say this because, just days before the fight, Rudy Salud, the former Philippine Basketball Ass Read Full Story >>>