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Manny Pacquiao is the favorite to wrest the World Organization (WBO) welterweight (147 pounds) championship from American Timothy Bradley Jr. in their highly-anticipated rematch on Sunday (Manila time), but the Filipino ring icon is far from being an overwhelming pick because a lot of things have happened since they first…

Peter Cariño

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It’s only a few days before Manny Pacquiao squares off for the second time against Timothy Bradley who claims he deserved the decision win awarded to him in their first bout on June 9, 2012. While I will not debate that Pacquiao won their first meeting, it was obvious that…

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War is the prime stimulus in the development and refinement of man’s fighting skills. In the evolution of martial arts, it is good to note that spiritual and philosophical components usually progress during peaceful times while the creation of pragmatic fighting skills took place in the horrid conditions of the…

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There is an American heavyweight boxing prospect who is lately receiving a lot of media mileage for his eye-popping ring record. The boxer’s name is Deontay Wilder, and if you have problems pronouncing his first name, you can dispense with the matter and just zero in on his record which…

Peter Cariño

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As Floyd Mayweather Jr. prepares for his match-up against Marcos Maidana this coming May 3, the old question as to who can beat “Money” still remains unanswered. The ending of the Mayweather-Maidana fight is a no-brainer: The American will dominate the Argentinean over 12 rounds or send him to dreamland.…

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How do you tame a dangerous ‘Tiger?’ Keeping him inside a cage is arguably a good move to suppress his roar. Mexican Francisco Rodriguez, Jr. did just that when he recently challenged Filipino Merlito ‘Tiger’ Sabillo for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) minimum–weight (105 pounds) championship at the Arena Monterrey,…

Peter Cariño

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There was no way Hector Velasquez would have put up a decent fight against Michael Farenas in their match during the last weekend. With his record showing 20 losses, with six coming by way of knockout or stoppage, prior to fighting Farenas, there was no other way for the Mexican…

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The term tactical means relating to military use. The tactical application of the Filipino martial arts (FMA) has a long and colorful history. It was used by Filipinos in precolonial tribal conflicts and against invaders namely the Spaniards, the British, the Dutch, the Americans and the Japanese. Today, the blade…

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New York Knicks owner James Dolan finally made a good decision by bringing in Phil “The Zen Master” Jackson recently as president of the franchise.  This is a breath of fresh air for millions of Knicks fans who have seen the team turn from a perennial powerhouse to the resident…

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) announcement that the match between middleweight champion Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort will take place on May 24, 2014, stirred excitement among mixed martial arts (MMA) fans in Brazil. It seems like the trend in the UFC now is to pit All-American fighters vs. the…

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