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Making hits and taking the heat
By Dominic Menor, ABS-CBN News, 29 Dec 2004
Impact. The word means “striking of one thing against another, a forceful contact.” In 2004 everybody across the spectrum in Philippine sports made an impact: be it the victorious, the defeated and everyone in between. But ranking those who sent shockwaves with their triumphs, their gallant failures Read Full Story >>>
WHO WILL LEAD THE NEW YEAR???
By Kyle Raymond, Hard Core Boxing, 29 Dec 2004
With the final fight of 2004 coming to a close, one wonders who will lead the sport in 2005. In 2004 we saw fighters like Miguel Cotto, Jermain Taylor, and Rocky Juarez elevate themselves to contender status. We also saw fighters like Diego Corrales, Glen Johnson, and Winky Wright really make a name Read Full Story >>>
4 Pinoy pugs reign as Orient champs
By Proc Maslog, MindaNews, 28 Dec 2004
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- Four Filipino boxers reign as champions while 21 others are listed as challengers in their respective weight divisions in the latest ratings of the Orient Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF).
Rodel Mayol of the Terry Carter Boxing Stable of Cebu City is the Mini Flyweight cha Read Full Story >>>
I’m ready to rumble – Pacquiao
By Nick Giongco, The Manila Bulletin, 28 Dec 2004
Manny Pacquiao has kept his weight under control and will be ready to face Juan Manuel Marquez contrary to fears of some quarters that the Christmas holidays and weeks of inactivity have made him – to exaggerate a bit – a heavyweight.
"Hindi naman ako nagpapabaya dito," Pacquiao said as he headed Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao told: Don’t renew pact with Elorde
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Manila Standard, 27 Dec 2004
Ring Magazine featherweight champion Manny Pacquiao has been advised not to accept an offer dangled by his registered manager Marty Elorde for a renewal of his contract, which expires on Jan. 31, pointing out that he could earn much more from his upcoming fights compared to what his manager was offe Read Full Story >>>
Scene-stealers of 2004
By Ann Corvera, The Philippine Star, 27 Dec 2004
They provided comic relief to a public tired of political bashing. Their quirks entertained some people and annoyed others. Then there were those who made the country proud and offered hope.
Presenting the scene-stealers of 2004:
Who could forget Eddie Gil, the perpetual public office seeker Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao, Rosales lead PSA awardees
The Freeman, 27 Dec 2004
Not all their exploits translated to victories, but their inspiring stories were enough to make an entire nation truly proud of them.
How can one ignore the gutsy stand put up by taekwondo jin Mary Antoinette Rivero and archer Jasmin Figueroa in the Athens Olympics or of Alex Pagulayan, carrying Read Full Story >>>
Tug of war for Pacquiao
By Joaquin Henson, The Philippine Star, 26 Dec 2004
It’s a little-known fact that Marty Elorde, not Rod Nazario, is consensus world featherweight boxing champion Manny Pacquiao’s registered manager. But Elorde’s five-year contract to represent Pacquiao expires on Jan. 31 and he’s wondering if it will be extended.
Elorde isn’t holding his breath. Read Full Story >>>
Manny vows: No ‘extra luggage’
By Nick Giongco, The Manila Bulletin, 26 Dec 2004
MANNY PACQUIAO insists that by the time he arrives at the doorsteps of Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club on Vine St. in Hollywood, California, in the first week of January, he won’t be carrying “extra luggage.”
But those in the know are beginning to express concern regarding Pacquiao’s devil- Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao fuels boxing resurgence
By Joaquin Henson, The Philippine Star, 25 Dec 2004
Consensus world featherweight champion Manny Pacquiao almost singlehandedly put the Philippines back on the global boxing map as the country enjoyed a renaissance in the sport this year.
As 2004 comes to a close, three Filipinos were perched on thrones as world champions although none of their t Read Full Story >>>
Arum warns Muhammad
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Manila Standard, 25 Dec 2004
Top Rank’s Bob Arum has warned international promoter Murad Muhammad about trouble-makers, who had tried to convince him that Ring Magazine featherweight champion Manny Pacquiao’s contract with him had ended and that they could help Arum acquire the promotional rights to the Filipino southpaw.
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Pacquiao to train early
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Manila Standard, 25 Dec 2004
Manny Pacquiao, a hero to millions of his countrymen, realizes what is at stake in his Feb. 26 rematch with the crafty, counter-punching machine World Boxing Association/International Boxing Federation featherweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez, who began training at an altitude of 10,000 feet in pr Read Full Story >>>
Great chance awaits Pacquiao in Cebu
By Salven L. Lagumbay, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 25 Dec 2004
MANNY Pacquiao could avail of championship-caliber sparring not too far from his native General Santos, but he must agree to momentarily break away from his holiday spree.
Pacquiao could fly anytime to Cebu where World Boxing Council featherweight king In-jin Chi of South Korea is currently train Read Full Story >>>
Christmas wish list sure to make boxing fans happy
By Keith Idec, NorthJersey.com, 25 Dec 2004
What's up, big fella? How's my favorite heavyweight? I know, I know, you're extremely busy today. And Saturday is supposed to be all about the kids. But I'm more than willing to wait for some belated boxing gifts, as long as you wouldn't mind delivering them by the end of 2005.
Jus Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao signs deal
By Nick Giongco, The Manila Bulletin, 24 Dec 2004
FACED WITH the possibility of holding an empty bag, Manny Pacquiao relented and signed the two-fight contract presented by promoter Murad Muhammad last week.
After holding out for days, Pacquiao, who is relaxing in his home in General Santos City, faxed the signed documents to Manila yeterday aft Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao, HBO agree on terms of title rematch
By Recah Trinidad, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 24 Dec 2004
AFTER GETTING solid assurance on his purse, Manny Pacquiao yesterday signed his contract to fight WBA/IBF featherweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico again next February.
Pacquiao, the Ring Magazine featherweight champion, quibbled over the terms of an addendum to his mother contract wit Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao inks 2-fight deal with Murad
By Joaquin Henson, The Philippine Star, 24 Dec 2004
All’s well that ends well.
Consensus world featherweight boxing champion Manny Pacquiao yesterday signed a 2-fight deal that sets the stage for his rematch against Juan Manuel Marquez on Feb. 26 and a likely pay-per-view duel with Erik Morales in July.
Pacquiao earlier declined to sign the t Read Full Story >>>
PacMan gets wish for windfall
The Manila Times, 24 Dec 2004
MANNY PACQUIAO got his wish two days ahead of Christmas.
The Filipino boxing champion on Thursday signed his amended contract with promoter Murad Muhammad, guaranteeing him $2.65 million (about P148.4 million) in two big fights—probably against Mexicans Juan Manuel Marquez and Erik Morales—next Read Full Story >>>
Possible Pacquiao foe Chi trains in Cebu
By Salven L. Lagumbay, SecondsOut.com, 24 Dec 2004
If Ring Magazine featherweight king Manny Pacquiao wants some quality sparring, he should fly to Cebu pronto.
This after World Boxing Council featherweight king In-jin Chi of Korea decided to continue his training at the world-class ALA Gym in Talamban, Cebu in preparation for his titular defens Read Full Story >>>
WBC champ trains at ALA Boxing Gym
By Emmanuel B. Villaruel, The Freeman, 24 Dec 2004
World Boxing Council featherweight champion In-Jin Chi of Korea wants that no stone will be left unturned in his title defense next month. Even if it means he will celebrate Christmas away from his loved ones.
This as Chi temporarily left his homeland to train at the ALA Boxing Gym in Nasipit, Tala Read Full Story >>>