Philippines, 01 Nov 2014
  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  


PACQUIAO YEAR-END INTERVIEW: "I FIGHT FOR THE FILIPINO PEOPLE"


PhilBoxing.com




Almost everybody underestimated Manny Pacquiao’s determination and resolve when he battled tough American Brandon Rios in his only fight in the year that past, only a few believed he could win.

Coming from a twin defeats the year prior, the first in his long, 18-year boxing career, including what many perceived a career-ending sixth round knockout in the hands of arch-enemy Juan Manuel Marquez, Pacquiao devastated Rios with an overwhelming 12-round unanimous decision in one of the most remarkable comebacks in boxing history.

And he did it, bouncing back from a knockout loss to deliver a message that he’s far from over as many, including his closest allies, thought.

“That was the darkest moment in my boxing career,” Pacquiao told this writer in Tagalog in an interview on New Year’s eve, referring to year 2013 when, for the first time in his fighting life he bowed to undefeated American Timothy Bradley in a disputed split decision and to the Mexican legend.

“I thought that, indeed, my career was finished. Maraming nagsasabi iilan daw lamang ang nakagagawang bumangon sa pagkatalo ng KO and at my age, (he was nearing 35 at fight night), mahirap na ngang makabalik,” he said. “Pero may mga nakabangon, di ba?“

For that reason and his deep faith in the Almighty, his love for sport, the country and countrymen served as inspirations in entertaining an obsession to come back and live again in a place where he amassed great fortune and fame since climbing the squared ring for the first time on January 22, 1995 when he pounded Enteng Ignacio in Mindoro to win a unanimous four-round decision.

“My only obsession in life is love God and to make people happy. Everybody knows that by now,” he said. “Everything I do, dedicated sa God at sa boxing fans, in particular, and sports fans, in general.”

Since his younger days, he recalled, Aling Dionisia, a single mother to him and five siblings, thought them to believe in God, which Mommy D said is the source of everything.

“Mula pagkabata, natanim na sa isip ko at ng mga kapatid ko na with God, there’s nothing impossible. Na lahat ibibigay nya, basta humingi ka lamang,” Pacquiao narrated. “Yun ang naging panuntunan ko sa buhay. Ang magtiwala sa Kanya sapagkat Siya ang lahat sa buhay ng tao.”

“So when I lost my two fights in 2012, hindi naman ako masyadong nalungkot. Dasal ko kay Lord, Ikaw ang nagbigay sa akin ng ganitong kapalaran, Ikaw din ang hahango sa akin sa balong napuntahan ko,” he related. “Pinangako ko kay Lord, kung anuman ang pagkukulang ko, sa ensayo, sa pagtulong sa kapuwa at serbisyo sa constituents ko, pupunuan ko.”

“Yun din ang sinabi ko sa pamilya ko my wife, our children and even our employes. Ako pa ngang nagsabi sa kanila na huwag malungkot dahil may dahilan ang nangyari na Diyos lamang ang nakaaalam,” he said.

“What saddened my more, besides the thought of ending my career, was if that happen maraming malulungkot, the Pacman said. “Those who, I made happy everytime I fight. Yung mga patuloy na nananalangin sa tagumpay ko, hindi ko na mabibigyan ng kaligayahan.”

An earthquake and a strong typhoon hit the Visayas and part of Mindanao and he told himself that those were the times lend his hands to the sufferings of his countrymen by at least pay a visit to those places.

“I wanted to go there to at least make the people happy with my presence, pero nasa gitna ako ng ensayo at ang ilang araw na mawawala might spell defeat in my coming fight against Rios,” he said.

“Ipinangako na lamang sa mga kababayan natin na bibigyan ko silang muli ng kaligayahan at pagasa na may buhay pa sa kabila ng pagdadalamhati sa pamamagitan ng isang impresibong panalo,” Pacquiao said. “Sabi ko, pagkatapos kung manalo, then I will visit them and help them in their hours of bereavement. “At, tulad nang dati, hindi naman ako binigo ni Lord.”

Pacquiao reminisced that he wanted to fight last April in his desire to bring his career back, but the mid-term elections set a month later prevented him from pursuing his wish.


Click here to view a list of other articles written by Eddie Alinea.


Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:

  • WHY PACQUIAO VS. ALGIERI? PEOPLE POWER IN BOXING CONTINUES
    By Reni M. Valenzuela, Sat, 01 Nov 2014
  • Complete Weights from 'The Homecoming' SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION at UIC Pavilion in Chicago
    By , Sat, 01 Nov 2014
  • Stacked card shaping up for New Legend Boxing on Friday, November 21 at Resorts World Casino New York City
    By , Sat, 01 Nov 2014
  • PhilBoxing's NBA Travels : Pit Stop New York
    By Homer D. Sayson, Sat, 01 Nov 2014
  • Gritty Trivilino confident heading into title bout
    By , Sat, 01 Nov 2014
  • Fight Network Signs Broadcast Deal to Air Takedown Wrestling, USA Wrestling Weekly Programs
    By , Sat, 01 Nov 2014
  • Sergey Kovalev Deerfield Beach Media Workout Quotes
    By , Sat, 01 Nov 2014
  • NBA -- Knicks rain on LeBron's homecoming party
    By Homer D. Sayson, Sat, 01 Nov 2014
  • NBA -- Westbrook could miss up to six weeks with fractured hand
    By Vito Tito Jr, Sat, 01 Nov 2014
  • IN THE GRIP OF GREEN-EYED MONSTER
    By Aquiles Z. Zonio, Fri, 31 Oct 2014
  • SABILLO AND BANAL: THE COMEBACK
    By , Fri, 31 Oct 2014
  • IF YOU WISH TO WRECK A PROJECT DO IT BY COMMITTEE
    By Ronnie Nathanielsz, Fri, 31 Oct 2014
  • Dwayne McRae hopes to stamp ticket to the next level!
    By , Fri, 31 Oct 2014
  • WBO PAYS TRIBUTE TO CALZAGHE AND DE LA HOYA
    By Dong Secuya, Fri, 31 Oct 2014
  • PH LOSES HOSTING OF WBO CONVENTION NEXT YEAR; ORLANDO, FL WILL HOST 28TH WBO CONVENTION
    By Dong Secuya, Fri, 31 Oct 2014
  • Sonny Boy Jaro leaves for DC to challenge for WBC Super Flyweight crown
    By Rich Mazon , Fri, 31 Oct 2014
  • ALGIERI: “I PLAN TO BECOME CHAMPION FOR A LONG TIME”
    By Dong Secuya, Fri, 31 Oct 2014
  • PHOTO: TOP RANK "TRIPLE THREAT"
    By , Fri, 31 Oct 2014
  • NBA -- Bosh, Wade jump start season with 107-95 win over Wizards
    By Simeon Alicante, Fri, 31 Oct 2014
  • TWO MONTHS SHY OF HIS 50TH BIRTHDAY - BERNARD HOPKINS ATTEMPTS TO UNIFY AGAIN
    By , Fri, 31 Oct 2014
  • NEXT THURSDAY! Chris Algieri / Zou Shiming / Roy Jones Jr. LA News Conf
    By , Fri, 31 Oct 2014
  • Unbeaten Vincent chases championship dream
    By , Fri, 31 Oct 2014
  • PACQUIAO IN PERFECT FORM
    By Eddie Alinea, Thu, 30 Oct 2014
  • UNDEAFEATED “PRINCE” ALBERT PAGARA, PREPARED BUT NOT OVER-CONFIDENT
    By , Thu, 30 Oct 2014


  •  



    WBO 27th Convention
    Ceasar's Palace, Las Vegas
    Oct. 27-31, 2014



    NBA 2014-2015 SEASON
    Special Coverage






     
    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
    © 2014 philboxing.com.