Manny Pacquiao now Lt. Col. in reserve force

October 16, 2011

Sarangani congressman and People’s Champ Manny Pacquiao can add another feather to his cap after the Office of the President granted his commissionship in the reserve force of the Armed Forces with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

The Army Chief public affairs office said Pacquiao was commissioned in the Reserve Force of the AFP with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel effective September 21, 2011. The document was signed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa under the authority of the President.

“Congressman Pacquiao’s commissionship was based on the provisions of Section 44 of the Republic Act 7077 which provides that elected and appointed officials can be commissioned in the service if they are degree holders,” said Major Harold Cabunoc, the acting Army Spokesperson.

Col. Regidor dela Cruz, commander of the NCR Regional Community Defense Group, endorsed Pacquiao’s nomination to Brig. Gen. Alex Albano who personally transmitted the recommendation to Army Chief Lt. Gen. Arturo Ortiz.

Recognized as a hero among soldiers and the Filipino people as a whole, Pacquiao’s nomination easily passed through the military bureaucracy within a year.

“I am very glad that the President has finally approved the recommendation that I initiated last year. I am considering this as one of my notable accomplishment as RCDG commander,” said dela Cruz who is retiring by the end of this month.

Dela Cruz will also recommend to the Army leadership for the formal donning of rank upon Pacquiao’s return following his highly anticipated fight against Juan Manuel Marquez on November 13.

On June 30, 2011, Pacquiao was given military honors by Ortiz for successfully defending his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight belt against Shane Mosley.

“I am proud that Congressman Pacquiao has finally been commissioned as an officer. He is a leader and a man of influence in his own right making him as one of the first examples of heroism and love for the country,” said Ortiz.

Pacquiao was enlisted in the Reserve Force of the Philippine Army in the rank of Sergeant on April 27, 2006.

His becoming Army Reserve Enlisted Personnel was courtesy of then Col Alexander B Yano who was still a Brigade Commander in Sarangani when the young boxer was starting his boxing career.

He was later on promoted to the rank of Technical Sergeant on December 1, 2006. On October 7, 2007, he was promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant for giving distinct honor, not only to the Army and the AFP, but the entire country after defeating Antonio Barrera.

He was then elevated to the rank of Senior Master Sergeant on May 4, 2009 as a tribute to him as the World’s No.1 pound-for-pound boxer.

Jinkee Pacquiao offers reward for proof of her husband’s ‘infidelity’

September 22, 2011

Probably exasperated over rumors of late that her husband Manny Pacquiao is again being romantically linked to another celebrity, Jinkee Pacquiao offers a reward to anybody who can show her proof.

“Kailangan ko ng proof. Ibigay mo sa akin, any time, anywhere. O, ‘di ba? Nandito lang ako, 24/7,” she declared on “24 Oras,” Sept. 20.

She even offered a “reward” to anyone who can give her such proof.

Asked what the reward could be, Jinkee snapped, “Hermes, gusto niyo?”

Jinky shared that her relationship with the pound-for-pound king has changed drastically.

“Happy ako na confident. ‘Yung dati na hindi niya ginagawa, parang iba na ngayon,” she said on “TV Patrol” the same evening.

Manny, on the other had, has been very critical of what she wears, she says. In fact, he gave a thumbs down to her pictorial for a billboard where she’s clad in a swimsuit.

“’Ito ba? Ito ba dapat? Ay naku ‘pagka lumabas ito magpapasa ako ng bill na lahat ng mga billboard na mga ganyan hindi na puwede ‘yan!’ Dapat daw hindi gano’n. Tapos, ‘Ikaw, buti kung dalaga ka, eh may asawa ka na!’” she said.

“Tapos tsine-check niya kung ano ang suot. ‘Bakit ganyan?’ Minsan ‘pag lipstick… ‘pag ano…’Bakit ano, bakit red?’

Jinkee is thankful that nothing was lost when their house in Los Angeles got burglarized recently.

As a precaution, “siguro higpitan ‘yung security and then magpalagay ako ng gate kung i-allow ng village namin doon.”

Jiny shared that next year, she and her family plan to move into their new house in an exclusive village in Makati.

“Siguro sa birthday ko or birthday ng anak ko magpa-bless na kami,” she said on “TV Patrol.”

Although she supports Manny’s political career, Jinkee feels he should run as congressman , not as governor. In a recent interview, the boxing champ said he’s eyeing the gubernatorial seat of Saranggani.

“Para may time siya sa mga bata dito sa Manila. ‘Pag governor, parang hands on ka ata sa lugar mo. So ‘yung time… kasi dito masaya kami ‘pag nandito siya, Monday to Wednesday. Minsan hinahatid niya sa school ang mga bata.”

She related how disappointed Manny was with Floyd Mayweather, Jr.’s recent fight with Victor Ortiz.

“Tinawagan niya ako. ‘Napanood mo ba ‘yung laban ni Mayweather?’ Sabi niya, ‘madaya grabe,’ parang nagtu-tweet siya kumbaga. Parang loser talaga na parang ‘yun na lang ‘yung strategy niya para manalo.”

“Nilinaw ni Jinkee na hindi pa magre-retire ang Saranggani congressman. Balak pa ni Manny na sumabak ng mga dalawang laban pagkatapos kay Marquez,” the “TV Patrol” report said.

Floyd Mayweather will regret not fighting Manny Pacquiao – Roach

September 22, 2011

Not fighting Manny Pacquiao will be a decision that Floyd Mayweather Jr. will regret, says Pacquiao’s coach, Freddie Roach.

Roach believes that even if Mayweather retires undefeated, his record will be in question because he did not fight the Filipino boxing icon.

“They will say, why didn’t you fight Pacquiao?” Roach said. “He’s undefeated, but he never fought Manny Pacquiao.”

In the press conference after his 4th round knockout victory over Victor Ortiz, Mayweather had insisted that he did not need to fight Pacquiao.

Roach, however, disagrees.

“He never fought the best fighter of his era, and that will haunt him for the rest of his life,” Roach said.

Pacquiao will fight Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez on November 12.

Donaire to use pink gloves in next bout

September 21, 2011

Matapos ang hindi makakalimutang knockout win ni Filipino Flash Nonito Donaire laban sa Mexicanong si Fernando Montiel noong Pebrero, naghahanda na ulit si Donaire para sa pinakahihintay niyang pagbabalik sa boxing ring.

Makakalaban niya ang Argentinian na si Omar “El Huracan” Narvaez sa darating na October sa New York.

“We’re truly excited to have Nonito Donaire back on HBO, after his knockout victory over Montiel, he is now what we call ‘must-see-television,’” sabi ni Cary Davis, HBO vice president.

Gaganapin ang sagupaan sa prestihiyosong Madison Square Garden sa New York.

Hawak ng 28 anyos na boksingero na tubong GenSan ang bantamweight world championship belt.

Sumusunod daw siya sa mga yapak ng kababayang si Manny Pacquiao.

“As you know, Manny Pacquiao is the best fighter around right now. To be compared to Manny and to be (touted) ‘the next Manny Pacquiao,’ i mean what else can you say, you know?” sabi ni Donaire.

Pero sa kauna-unahang pagkakataon, ang Filipino Flash ay magsusuot daw ng pink na boxing gloves sa darating na laban nito dahil gusto raw niyang ipakita ang kanyang pagsuporta sa breast cancer awareness.

Ito raw ay bilang pasasalamat sa lahat ng biyayang natanggap nito bilang boksingero.

Arum: Floyd knows Manny Pacquiao a difficult fight

September 21, 2011

Floyd Mayweather Jr. knows he will have a difficult time solving Manny Pacquiao’s fighting style.

Top Rank’s Bob Arum said this is the reason why Mayweather continues to elude Pacquiao despite being offered a lot of money for the fight.

“Manny knows styles,” Arum said in Sports Illustrated.com. “So does Floyd. That’s why Manny thinks Mayweather is not a difficult fight and Floyd knows Manny is a difficult fight.”

The veteran boxing promoter said Mayweather may have become accustomed to handling easy opponents that he is avoiding a tough challenge like Pacquiao.

Arum said Mayweather’s defensive style may not be enough to stop Pacquiao’s volume punching.

“Not saying Mayweather thinks he can’t beat Manny. But it’s a very difficult fight. It’s the one style that Mayweather, with his style, cannot, or shouldn’t face. That’s the only reason,” he said.

Arum added that Mayweather’s reasons for refusing the fight is merely a smokescreen.

“Everything else is bull—-. The first time around, we got involved in this insane discussion about blood testing. That was an ego thing. As soon as we realized that was an ego thing and who gives a sh–, then we agreed to unlimited testing,” said the promoter.

“That was a year and a half ago and this guy is still prattling ‘take the test,’” Arum added.

Manny Pacquiao blasts Mayweather for ‘poor sportsmanship’

September 19, 2011

Manny Pacquiao made sure he’d catch the fight on TV. He didn’t like what he saw.

“Very poor sportsmanship,” said the Filipino pound-for-pound champion in the aftermath of Floyd Mayweather’s controversial knockout of Victor Ortiz in Las Vegas yesterday.

Pacquiao said he didn’t’ see anything illegal with what Mayweather did because he thought that the referee, Joe Cortez, had already ordered the fight to continue.

“It was not illegal,” he said.

Still, Pacquiao, a clean fighter, felt it was unsportsmanlike.

Freddie Roach talked to The STAR right after the fight, and felt it was a “cheap shot” from Mayweather.

“Yeah,” he said over the phone.

“The referee was still talking to someone at ringside. And I didn’t see him said ‘box’ like they always do. I think he lost control,” said Roach.

Pacquiao’s adviser, Mike Koncz, felt the same way, too.

“Poor sportsmanship,” said Koncz who watched the fight with Pacquiao.

“I feel the same way. Floyd just took advantage of the inexperience of the young fighter like Ortiz. I agree that it was a cheap shot,” he said.

Koncz was asked if Pacquiao ever talked about the possibility of fighting Mayweather as they watched the fight on TV.

“No. We’re not concerned with Floyd right now. We’re working on the (Juan Manuel) Marquez fight (on Nov. 12),” said Koncz.

“Ortiz was too trusting. It was his fault. But Floyd showed he is not a sportsman in its true sense,” said Pacquiao’s legal adviser, Franklin Gacal.

“It was very clear Cortez was still talking to somebody when Floyd threw the cheap shot at Ortiz. That punch hurt not Ortiz but the sport of boxing,” Gacal added.

Mayweather stretched his unbeaten record to 42 and became the new WBC welterweight champion when he caught Ortiz with two solid punches with just a second left in the fourth round.

It was a clear knockout except that Ortiz wasn’t protecting himself because Cortez appeared to be talking to someone at ringside, maybe the commissioner or one of the judges.

The referee’s eyes were not on the boxers.

That’s why when Mayweather landed the first blow, Cortez looked stunned, his eyes and mouth wide open. Yet, when Ortiz fell to the canvas he was so quick to give him the count.

Cortez defended his actions.

“Time was in. The fighter needed to keep his guard up. Mayweather did nothing illegal,” Cortez firmly said after the fight.

Prior to the knockout, Ortiz pinned Mayweather on the ropes, and banged away at the undefeated American. Then he must have been carried away, and lunged at Mayweather – with his head.

Ortiz was deducted a point for the intentional headbutt that opened a cut on Mayweather’s chin.

“I got hit with a dirty shot,” Mayweather told HBO analyst Larry Merchant inside the ring.

Mayweather insisted that Ortiz should have protected himself at all times.

“Meaning even though it appeared that he wasn’t protecting himself…. That you unfairly took advantage of it,” Merchant continued.

But Mayweather evaded the question, and instead thanked everybody who bought the fight on pay-per-view and those who came out to Las Vegas to watch.

“We’re not (here) to talk about what he did dirty or what I did dirty. I was victorious. If he wants a rematch he can get a rematch,” Mayweather said.

Merchant got into Mayweather’s nerves, and soon after the flamboyant and cocky American was right in the face of the 80-year-old boxing expert.

“You don’t ever give me a fair shake. So I’m gonna let you talk to Victor Ortiz, alright? I’m through. Put somebody else up here to give me an interview. HBO needs to fire you because you don’t know (expletive) about boxing. You ain’t (expletive),” Mayweather ranted.

“If I was 50 years younger, I would kick your ass,” was Merchant’s reply.

Then he turned his back on Mayweather.

Mayweather’s victory makes Manny Pacquiao look good: analyst

September 19, 2011

A Filipino boxing analyst on Monday said Floyd Mayweather Jnr’s controversial victory over Victor Ortiz makes pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao look even better in comparison.

In an interview, sports analyst Al Mendoza said Mayweather’s “unsportsmanlike” behavior in the ring is very different from the behavior of Pacquiao in his past bouts.

“I have 2 views about Mayweather. One, he didn’t violate any rule. The fight was on so his intention was to knock out his opponent. What he violated is the rule of being a sportsman,” he told radio dzMM.

“How can you beat someone who wasn’t even protecting himself? (Ortiz) wasn’t even looking. Talagang hindi maginoo. He is no gentleman.”

In comparison, he said Pacquiao tried to help up lightweight champ David Diaz after knocking him down in their June 2008 fight for the World Boxing Council belt. Pacquiao won that match via TKO in the 9th round.

“Helping up an opponent is disallowed but Pacquiao forgot it because he’s a gentleman at heart. When he beat up Antonio Margarito, he wanted the referee to end the fight. He even said: ‘Boxing is not about killing.’ Unfortunately, I don’t think Mayweather can use that line,” he said.

Mendoza said Ortiz made three mistakes in his loss to Mayweather. The first one was when he tried to head-butt Mayweather, which cost him a point deduction in the 4th round. Ortiz’s second mistake, Mendoza said, was when he apologized to Mayweather for the headbutt.

But his biggest mistake came when he tried to apologize again and then dropped his guard.

“Ortiz asked for an apology. One apology was fine. If he didn’t apologize again, that would not have happened. He was too complacent with Mayweather, that after apologizing he would then be allowed to set up to fight. Mayweather didn’t give him that opportunity,” he said.

He said Ortiz was hit by a left from Mayweather, which surprised the boxer but did not drop him. He looked questioningly at referee Joe Cortez but was dropped with a right hand from Mayweather.

“When Ortiz was about to complain to the ref, Cortez was entertaining a question from one of the ringside judges on the point deduction. That’s why he wasn’t looking,” he said.

Mendoza said Cortez clearly made a mistake in the fight after failing to keep an eye on the two fighters.

“The mission of the ref is to protect the interests of both boxers at all times. He should never let the 2 boxers out of his sight,” he said.

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