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The Pacman Cometh
By Rodel E. Rodis, AsianWeek, Sat, 02 Apr 2005
The Philippines has often been compared to the world of Eugene O?Neill?s Broadway play The Iceman Cometh: a cruel place where despair is a constant presence and relief comes in pipe dreams.
But for one night, March 19, 2005, the despair of poverty and strife in the Philippines was replaced by a d Read Full Story >>>
Lesson from Morales defeat
By Nick Giongco, The Manila Bulletin, Sat, 02 Apr 2005
HAVING REALIZED his mistakes the last time, Manny Pacquiao is considering training away from the madding crowd.
With this mind, Pacquiao is looking at either in Big Bear in southern California with an elevation of 7,500 feet or at the Madison Square Garden Gym in Arizona when he starts preparing Read Full Story >>>
Manny to train in new gym, away from spies
By Jasmine Payo, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Sat, 02 Apr 2005
OTHER than acquire extra skills, Manny Pacquiao yesterday vowed to move out of Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood and train in a new gym to prevent spies from studying his moves.
There will be no more training distractions, Pacquiao said during yesterday's SCOOP Sa Kamayan on Padre Faura, Manila. Read Full Story >>>
Pac Man urged to enter politics
By Eddie Alinea, The Manila Bulletin, Sat, 02 Apr 2005
MANNY PACQUIAO, like many sports heroes who have captured the national imagination, is being urged by his friends to enter politics.
But Pacquiao is not ready to jump into this uncharted water. Not so soon, anyway.
Despite the urgings of his politician friends such as North Cotabato Gov. Mann Read Full Story >>>
Twice a 'victim' of a double whammy?
By L.A. Paradiang, The Freeman, Sat, 02 Apr 2005
For openers? I lately talked to second cousin Gaudencio Calva of Cambayog, Compostela, the hilly neighbor of picturesque Cabadiangan valley. He insists that Dionisia, the mother of Manny Pacquiao, is his illegitimate daughter by Simplicia Librero.
The latter who later married Crispin Bataluna, migr Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao’s handlers now snipe at each other
By Manuel N. Oyson Jr., Sun.Star Cebu, Sat, 02 Apr 2005
THE furor over how and why our own Manny Pacquiao was beaten despite being the pre-fight favorite, should have subsided by now. The Filipino champion is back and is meditating perhaps on how to make another splash in the world of boxing.
Perhaps dreaming of a rematch with his erstwhile conqueror Read Full Story >>>
Bautista captures fancy of US sports scribe
By Rommel C. Manlosa, Sun.Star Cebu, Sat, 02 Apr 2005
BOHOLANO boxing sensation Rey ?Boom-Boom? Bautista never ceases to amaze.
Training at the Wild Card Gym of Freddie Roach, the talent and skills of the youthful Bautista caught the fancy of California feature writer Francisco Salazar, who stopped by at the Hollywood gym to conduct interview with Read Full Story >>>
A big mistake
By Glenn C. Michelena, Sun.Star Cebu, Sat, 02 Apr 2005
After Manny Pacquaio’s heartbreaking debacle to Mexican Erik Morales spawned a nationwide finger-pointing and blame-laying deluge, Pacquiao’s renowned trainer, American Freddie Roach, admitted that the Pacquiao camp also made a mistake when it underestimated Morales.
“I think w Read Full Story >>>
Hamed-Pacquiao: Futuristic Superfight?
By Press Guy, SaddoBoxing.com, Sat, 02 Apr 2005
Intimate sources surrounding the business team of former world featherweight champion ?Prince? Naseem Hamed indicate that Hamed is set to resume his boxing career later this year, only with an intriguing and unexpected twist. The rumors are that
Hamed is set to represent a Middle-Eastern company Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao to train secretly
By Peter Atencio, Manila Standard Today, Sat, 02 Apr 2005
There will be no more distractions for Manny Pacquiao when he resumes training in the United States within the next three weeks.
His trainer Freddie Roach told the 26-year-old Pacquiao to prepare for his next fight in July behind closed doors.
?Para maiwasan na rin ang distractions,? said Pacq Read Full Story >>>
Ronnie Nathanielsz speaks out
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, mannypacquiao.ph, Fri, 01 Apr 2005
Let me state for the record that indeed we advised Manny Pacquiao to sign the addendum to his mother contract with promoter Murad Muhammad after the eminent lawyer and founding secretary general of the World Boxing Council Rudy Salud and his lawyer-son Atty.Chito Salud studied the con Read Full Story >>>
Philippine government shuts down indefinitely
National budget lost in Pacquiao wager
By Dexter Osorio, The Manila Times, Fri, 01 Apr 2005
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has declared a nationwide State of Panic (SOP) as government offices shut down today.
?We have no choice but to declare a nationwide SOP in view of the present fiscal situation, or lack thereof,? the president said.
In her speech at the Malaca?ang Palace th Read Full Story >>>
MORALES, PACMAN, BARRERA AND MORE
By Matthew Sanderson, TigerBoxing.com, Fri, 01 Apr 2005
Morales, Pac, Barrera, Mac & the Great Brian Mitchell
Yes, Morales-Pacquiao was a great fight - Fight of the Year, probably, even though we're not even out of March yet.
Yes, Erik Morales is a great fighter - he?s beaten every opponent he?s ever faced, has been through some tremendous fights Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao leaves for US to tackle tax woes
By Abac Cordero, The Philippine Star, Fri, 01 Apr 2005
Manny Pacquiao will soon leave for the US ? not to train for his next fight but to tie up some loose ends with the IRS.
The Filipino slugger who recently lost to Mexico?s Erik Morales at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas yesterday said he?s leaving before April 15 for a meeting with officials of the US Read Full Story >>>
Roach: 'Pacquiao will beat Morales in rematch'
By Ant Evans, SecondsOut.com, Fri, 01 Apr 2005
We're only three months into 2005 but - unless Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie get it on in a WWE style 'bra and panties match' - the Fight of the Year will be Erik Morales v Manny Pacquiao, March 19, MGM Grand, Las Vegas.
There are already plenty of top-quality match-ups signed for the comi Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao wants kids to be lawyers
By Richard Dy, The Manila Bulletin, Fri, 01 Apr 2005
FILIPINO RING icon Manny Pacquiao received so many inspiring calls after he lost to Mexican Erik Morales, but the one that ?knocked? him out came from his own son, Emmanuel Jr.
While talking to his son over the phone, Pacquiao almost cried when his son told him that he wanted to give Morales a Read Full Story >>>
OPBF kingpin Mayol departs for Japan
By Salven L. Lagumbay, SecondsOut.com, Fri, 01 Apr 2005
Reigning Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation minimum-weight kingpin Rodel Mayol departs for Japan today as he girds for the third defense of his crown against Japanese prospect Takayuki Korogi on April 4 at the Central Gym in Osaka, Japan.
In an interview yesterday, Mayol told this writer tha Read Full Story >>>
Pacquiao told: Accept defeat
By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Manila Standard Today, Fri, 01 Apr 2005
LOS ANGELES (March 30) ? Marco Antonio Barrera, who crowned himself super featherweight champion with a unanimous decision win over bitter rival Erik ?El Terrible? Morales has some sound advice for Ring Magazine and International Boxing Association featherweight champion Manny Pacquiao ? accept your Read Full Story >>>
MORALES EYES JULY RETURN AGAINST PACQUIAO OR BARRERA
By Salven L. Lagumbay, mannypacquiao.ph, Thu, 31 Mar 2005
Mexican legend Erik "El Terrible" Morales is set for a grand return to the ring in July following his hard-earned unanimous decision win over Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Speaking to the Mexican press people, Morales indicated that his last fight again Read Full Story >>>
Nazario, Muhammad Made a Fool of Pacquiao
By Winchell Campos, mannypacquiao.ph, Thu, 31 Mar 2005
LOS ANGELES-When Murad Muhammad said he made miracles happen, Manny Pacquiao believed him all the way. In fact, Pacquiao has recently spun a joke out of that statement: "The guy makes my money disappear."
But previously not known to Pacquiao, his former trusted business manager, Rodolfo "Rod" Na Read Full Story >>>