Philippines, 01 Mar 2015
  Home >> News

 
Search Boxer:
First Name
Last Name


BOXERS                         

CURRENT CHAMPIONS 

FORMER CHAMPIONS   

RATINGS                       

FIGHT SCHEDULES        

FIGHT RESULTS            

NEWS                            

HOUSE NEWS                

FORUM                          

FIGHT GALLERIES        

TRAINERS                     

MANAGERS                    

PROMOTERS                  

BOXING GYMS               

RING CARD GIRLS        


 



Dong Secuya
Web Editor

Rene Bonsubre, Jr.
Contributing Editor

Homer D. Sayson
NBA Section Editor




Ronnie Nathanielsz

Rich Mazon

Eddie Alinea

Epifanio M. Almeda

Anthony Andales

Jason Aniel

Hesiquio Balderas

Sid Bañez

Brett Bonetti

Marlon Bernardino

Winchell Campos

Socrates Celestial

T. Chin-Te

Carlos Costa

Christopher Cruz

Rob Cruz

Jonathan Davis

Dr. Ed de la Vega

Lito delos Reyes

Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Edwin G. Espejo

Dennis U. Eroa

Ron Galarpe

Joaquin Henson

Oliver Iglesias

Dionis Jacobe

Ted Lerner

Salven Lagumbay

Reylan Loberternos

Mike Angel Lopez

Salvador Lopez

Joan Secuya-Medida

Ryan Medida

Rico Navarro

Rod Mijares

Manny Pacquiao

Gerry Peñalosa

Greg R. Penilla, M.D.

Gov. Manny Piñol

Dr. Allan Recto

Hermie Rivera

Emmanuel T. Rivera

Virgi T. Romano

Nicholai R. Roska

Maloney L. Samaco

Sev Sarmenta

Reynaldo Seno

Myron Sta. Ana

Atty. Danrex Joseph V. Tapdasan

Recah Trinidad

Reni M. Valenzuela

Mark F. Villanueva




 
News  


INSIDE SPORTS - PACQUIAO SHOULD LISTEN


PhilBoxing.com




The story that national boxing hero Manny Pacquiao is apparently showing early signs of Parkinson’s disease is a painful reminder of the hazards of the sport even as it hurts us beyond belief to even imagine that this debilitating disease may have affected the man we consider as the greatest Filipino champion of all-time.

The fact that the evaluation was made only by television footage where Manny is said to have shown signs of his hands twitching and slurred speech doesn’t minimize our collective concern because of the fact that the assessment was made by a neurologist – Dr. Rustico Jimenez, president of the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines who is obviously trained to detect signs of the progressive disorder of the nervous system.

It provides no comfort that Manny’s trainer Freddie Roach also suffers from Parkinson’s disease and that the man regarded as the greatest heavyweight champion, Muhammad Ali, is ravaged by the disease.

We have always maintained that the post-fight CTScan taken at a Las Vegas hospital as a requirement by the Nevada State Athletic Commission is at best perfunctory.

That is why we must commend Top Rank promoter Bob Arum who told us after Pacquiao’s crushing knockout at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez last December 8 that he would suggest that Pacquiao undergo a thorough checkup at the Cleveland Medical Center’s Lou Ruvo brain center in Las Vegas which is regarded as the finest in the world.

Not only that, Arum told us then that if a planned fifth fight against Marquez takes place in September he would “insist” that both Pacquiao and Marquez undergo random drug testing prior to the fight.

This should please many people including boxing man, manager of two former world champions Luisito Espinosa and Morris East - veteran broadcaster Hermie Rivera who is concerned if not convinced that Marquez was juiced up for the Pacquiao fight since Angel “Memo” Heredia had worked with the Mexican legend for several months beginning some time prior to his third fight against Pacquiao.

Heredia was responsible for the use of performance enhancing drugs by Olympic sprint champion Marion Jones who was stripped of her gold medals and served a prison term for having lied about her use of performance enhancing drugs.

Heredia himself defended Marquez’ putting on muscle, bulking up and showing remarkable punching power in the Pacquiao fight, attributing it to an honest, rigorous strength and conditioning program which Pacquiao apparently abandoned for the Marquez fight.

But people like Rivera who knows his boxing for sure, don’t believe him. Rivera, in an email said “the entire boxing world was outrageously dumbfounded at his (Pacquiao’s) dethronement by way of a devilishly-contrived program, wickedly employed by JMM’s conditioning coach Angel Heredia, the wily Mexican nay an evil genius.”

Hermie said he couldn’t understand "why this was allowed in the wake of cyclist Lance Armstrong’s banishment after seven years of shocking abuse of power enhancing drugs" even as he mentioned that the Senate committee headed by “Gringo” Honasan would conduct a probe on the issue.

While there is not much such a probe can do to influence the various boxing commissions in the US as well as world organizations to demand that fighters at least in championship battles undergo mandatory random drug testing, it should at least put the world on notice that the Philippines is taking a stand on the use of illegal drugs by boxers.

WBO/Ring Magazine and WBC Diamond Belt champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire has set a fine example by voluntarily initiating random drug testing on himself by the Volunteer Anti-Doping Association headed by the respected Dr. Margaret Goodman who was formerly connected with the Nevada State Athletic Commission which to this day only carries out urine tests after a fight which cannot detect the use of PEDs since they could easily be washed out of a user’s system by fight time.

Significantly, Victor Conte who served a prison term for his Balco clinic peddling of steroids, helps Donaire in terms of his nutrition etc. By undergoing random drug tests Nonito has effectively shown the world that – as Heredia insisted – science shows us the way and we could use the knowledge either for good or evil even as he insisted he shunned any illegal remedies in the Marquez case.

He may be right . Interestingly Pacquiao’s strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza shares the same view, noting that the same accusations of using performance enhancing drugs were leveled at him and Pacquiao some years ago.

However, logically, the surge of power of Marquez as evidenced by his KO of Pacquiao is hard to explain since in their three previous fights he failed to drop Manny even once while Pacquiao dropped him four times in the first two fights and had him in deep trouble in their fourth showdown prior to the stunning right hand that sent Pacquiao crashing to the canvas face down where he lay motionless for some time.

It’s a tough call but in the absence of solid evidence, not circumstantial or speculative, Marquez and Heredia have to be given the benefit of the doubt.

More importantly however is Pacquiao’s physical condition. We fervently hope the neurologist’s assessment was wrong, but that should not prevent Manny from getting a complete brain checkup at the Cleveland Center. He owes it to himself, his family and fans who care for him deeply and continue to stand by him even as some of the leeches who bled him for years have abandoned him after his loss. If the specialists say its time to quit, Pacquiao must heed the call.


Click here to view a list of other articles written by Ronnie Nathanielsz.


Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:

  • TIME TO GET READY FOR SEPTEMBER NOW THAT MAY 2ND IS SET
    By Ed de la Vega, DDS, Sun, 01 Mar 2015
  • DONAIRE ARRIVES SAYS HE’S ‘A MAN ON A MISSION’
    By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Sun, 01 Mar 2015
  • FANTASTIC FRAMPTON STOPS AVALOS IN FIVE
    By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Sun, 01 Mar 2015
  • PACQUIAO HITS L.A.!
    By , Sun, 01 Mar 2015
  • Frampton stops Avalos in five to retain IBF Super Bantamweight title
    By , Sun, 01 Mar 2015
  • OLIVA LOSES BY 5TH ROUND TKO AGAINST NERY IN MEXICO
    By Rich Mazon , Sun, 01 Mar 2015
  • A promise of war from Floyd Mayweather
    By Recah Trinidad, Sun, 01 Mar 2015
  • Oliva fights in Mexico today
    By Lito delos Reyes, Sun, 01 Mar 2015
  • EXCITED PACQUIAO LEAVES FOR WILD CARD AFTER ONE LAST PBA GAME
    By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Sun, 01 Mar 2015
  • PAYPA LOSES BY 1ST ROUND TKO IN OPBF TITLE FIGHT
    By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Sun, 01 Mar 2015
  • NBA -- Knicks outlast Pistons in 2OT thriller
    By Homer D. Sayson, Sun, 01 Mar 2015
  • NBA -- Butler, Noah tame Wolves, 96-89
    By Anthony Rozic, Sun, 01 Mar 2015
  • NBA -- Clips hand Grizzlies rare home loss
    By Mohan Labra Ramchandani, Sun, 01 Mar 2015
  • WHO MADE MAYWEATHER-PACQUIAO FIGHT HAPPEN?
    By Reni M. Valenzuela, Sat, 28 Feb 2015
  • SONSONA SPARS WITH SHANE MOSLEY
    By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Sat, 28 Feb 2015
  • Tickets for Matthysse - Provodnikov Selling-Out!
    By , Sat, 28 Feb 2015
  • STEVENSON vs BIKA LIVE ON CBS APRIL 4
    By , Sat, 28 Feb 2015
  • GOMEZ vs KAMEGAI HEADLINES GOLDEN BOY LIVE ON MARCH 20
    By , Sat, 28 Feb 2015
  • BIG PRESS CONFERENCE TO LAUNCH BLOCKBUSTER ‘PINOY PRIDE 30’ FIGHT CARD
    By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Sat, 28 Feb 2015
  • Sampson Boxing Renews Co-Promotional Agreement with Super Bantamweight Slugger Hugo 'Cuatito' Ruiz
    By , Fri, 27 Feb 2015
  • NBA -- Cavs heating up at the right time
    By Alex Boytan, Fri, 27 Feb 2015
  • NBA -- LeBron's 42 powers Cavs past Warriors
    By Homer D. Sayson, Fri, 27 Feb 2015
  • Zou Shiming: "Expect Me To Be a Champion"
    By , Fri, 27 Feb 2015
  • PACQUIAO: NO COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS FOR MY CLOSE FRIENDS
    By Aquiles Z. Zonio, Fri, 27 Feb 2015


  •  




     
    PhilBoxing.com has been created to support every aspiring
    Filipino boxer and the Philippine boxing scene in general.
    Please send comments to feedback@philboxing.com


    PRIVATE POLICY | LEGAL DISCLAIMER
    developed and maintained by dong secuya
    © 2015 philboxing.com.