Mayweather, Don King: Let's get it on (Translated into English)
Sun, 08 Aug 2010
MANILA -- Magandang araw po ulit sa lahat ng masusugid na tagasubaybay ng kolum na ito. Sana ay nasa mabuti kayong kalagayan saan mang panig ng mundo kayo naroroon. Kung ako po ang inyong tatanungin ay nasa mabuting kalagayan naman po ako.
(Good day again to all avid followers of my column. I hope you are doing well wherever you are in the world. If you are asking me, I am also doing well.)
Halos tatlong buwan at isang linggo na lang bago dumating ang pinakahihintay at pinaka-aabangan ng karamihan sa inyo. Napakabilis ng panahon at hindi natin mamamalayan at sasapit na ang Nov. 13. Sa petsang ito ako nakatakdang lumaban at medyo excited na akong bumalik sa ring at mag-ensayo. Nami-miss ko ang amoy ng gym at ang paghahanda sa laban pero gayunpaman, nag-eenjoy naman ako sa Congress kahit na maraming trabaho ang nakatambak.
(In just 3 months and 1 week from now before the most anticipated event you all have been waiting for will happen. Time really flies, before we know it, November 13 is here. I am slated to fight in this date and I am very excited to return to the ring and start training. I miss the smell of the gym and the preparations for a fight. But I also enjoy being a congressman although there is so much work piling up.)
Hindi naman po nangangahulugan na tinatalikuran ko na o mapapabayaan ko ang aking responsibilidad bilang isang Kongresista sa panahon ng paghahanda sa laban. Sa tingin ko, ang pag-aayos lang ng aking work schedule ang susi para mapadali ang lahat. Mahirap man, wala namang problema at kaya kong magampanan ang aking mga tungkulin sa abot ng aking makakaya. Inspirado akong ipakita sa lahat ng aking nasasaklaw na kahit na ako ay isang bagitong Congressman, kaya kong tuparin ang mga pangakong aking binitawan noong panahon ng kampanya para sa eleksyon.
(But it does not mean that I will be turning my back or will renege on my responsibilities as a congressman during the time I am preparing for the fight. I think all it takes is arranging my schedule. It is the key to expedite things. Although it is hard, there would be no problem and I can do all my duties in the best of my abilities. I am inspired to show my constituents that in spite of being only a junior congressman, I can deliver all the promises I gave during the election campaign.)
Namo-monitor ko ang mga kaganapan sa aking distrito at hindi rin naman ako nagpapabaya sa aking kalusugan kahit na dumami ang aking trabaho.
(I can monitor whatever is going on in my district and I will not be negligent regarding my health despite my increasing workload.)
Kahit na busy ako, nasasagap ko pa rin ang pinakasariwang mga balita, gaya ng napipintong pagsasama diumano ni Floyd Mayweather Jr. at ng batikang promoter na si Don King. Ikinagagalak kong malaman na nagbabalak silang magtulungan para sa kanilang kinabukasan. Natutuwa ako dahil baka naman ngayon ay magbabago na ang ihip ng hangin at biglang magdedesisyon si Mayweather na labanan akong bigla.
(Although I am very busy, I am updated on the most recent news, including the reports that there is an impending partnership between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and the esteemed promoter, Don King. I am so glad to learn that they plan to work together in the future. I am happy, since this time, there might be a change where the wind blows and Mayweather may suddenly decide to fight me.)
Kahit na hindi pa final ang pagtatambal nina Mayweather at King, nakikinita ko na ito ay maganda para sa isa't-isa. Sana ay magkasundo sila sa lalong madaling panahon.
(While the Mayweather and King partnership is not yet final, I can see that this will be good for everyone. I hope they can come to terms as soon as possible.)
I hope Mayweather is serious enough in doing business with Don King and is not doing this only to save face. I hope Don King does the same in return, that he can make miracles happen. I say this to both these men: Let's Get It On. Fight like warriors and brave men. I am the champion, I have the belts and I should not be the one challenging you. I should not even be the one trying to make this fight happen. But Pacquiao vs Mayweather is what everyone wants, that's why I am calling out your names. My promoter Bob Arum will be waiting for your call and will be very glad to hear what you have to say. The sooner, the better...
Marami pang mangyayari sa loob ng tatlong buwan at kung talagang hindi duwag si Mayweather, kailangan niyang patunayan ito sa ibabaw ng ring. Nagbigay na ako ng mga palugit at tinanggap ko ang ilan sa mga requests ni Mayweather para lang matuloy ang laban. Sa ngayon, si Antonio Margarito ng Mexico ang matunog na kapalit ni Mayweather sa November 13 pero para sa akin, walang kasing-gandang balita kung magpapalit ng isip ang kampo ni Mayweather at siguradong lahat ng boxing fans o kahit na mga sports fans ang tututok sa labang ito.
(A lot of things can happen within three months and if Mayweather is not really a coward, he needs to prove himself in the ring. I gave in more than what is necessary and I accepted some of the requests that Mayweather asked for just to have this fight go through. For now, Antonio Margarito of Mexico is the likely replacement of Mayweather in November 13, but for me, there is nothing more beautiful news if the Mayweather camp will change its mind. And I am sure boxing fans or any other sports fans will follow this very closely.)
Sigurado ako, itong laban na ito ang pag-uusapan ng lahat sa susunod na tatlong buwan. Tiwala ako na kakayanin ng mga promoters na maisaayos ang lahat sa loob ng panahong ito at lahat ng mga dapat na kasali sa pagtataguyod ng laban na ito ay kikilos para lang matupad ang laban na ito.
(I am absolutely sure that this fight will be the topic everyone will talk about the next three months. I am confident that the promoters will be able to handle all the arrangements within this period of time. And everybody who has anything to do to support this fight will take actions just to make this fight happen.)
This is the only way for Mayweather to save face. Make the fight happen in November and stop using Mr. Don King for publicity stunts. He claims he is the best. He says he is No. 1. There is only one way to prove his greatness and that is to face me. I should be ready by November.
Kung hindi naman, handa pa rin akong labanan ang kahit na sinong maihaharap sa akin ng aking promoter. Sa ngayon, wala pa akong final na balita sa negosasyon tungkol sa Margarito fight at hinihintay ko pa ang mga bids na nagmumula sa iba't-ibang sites.
(If he is not ready to fight me, I am more than ready to fight whoever my promoter lines up against me. For now, there is no final word in the negotiations for the Margarito fight and I am still waiting for the bids coming from the different sites.)
Sa ngayon, ang Abu Dhabi, Dallas sa Texas, Monterrey sa Mexico at Las Vegas sa Nevada ang mga posibleng lugar kung saan kami maghaharap ni Margarito. Kung hindi kikilos si Mayweather ngayon, marami pa ang mawawala sa kanya.
(As of now, Abu Dhabi, Dallas, Texas, Monterrey, Mexico and Las Vegas, Nevada are the possible sites where the Margarito and I will face. If Mayweather will not act now, he will lose a lot more.)
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Tagalog translation to English in italics. This is an unofficial translation by Greg R. Penilla, M.D. of Philboxing.com
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