• Pacquiao provides hope to Pinoys


    MANNY Pacquiao has provided hope for those who failed to come back stronger.

    For the first three months this year, Pacquiao had accomplished to avenge his loss against erstwhile-unbeaten American Timothy Bradley and seize back the World Boxing Organization welterweight belt.

    On the 12th of April, the eighth weight division world titleholder gave Bradley his first defeat in 32 fights via unanimous decision win in their rematch in Las Vegas, USA.

    Pacquiao (56-5-2 win-loss-draw card with 38 knockouts) is looking forward to complete the year with a remarkable performance by winning convincingly against undefeated challenger Chris Algieri on November 22 in Macau, China.

    “Retiring isn’t in my mind yet. I can still fight competitively and there is more energy left in my tank, so why retire? I want all of you to be happy,” Pacquiao told reporters during a recent a press conference in Makati City. “I fight for my country.”

    Although Pacquiao is now involved in basketball, the former world’s pound-for-pound king assured his chief trainer Freddie Roach, Top Rank promotion head Bob Arum and his fans that boxing is still his top priority.

    Pacquiao, 35, is now KIA’s playing head coach in the Philippine Basketball Association.

    “I’ve already talked before with Bob [Arum] and coach Freddie [Roach]. I told them that I can manage both [basketball and boxing]but I will prioritize boxing since it’s my real job,” added Pacquiao, also a representative of Saranggani province. “It’s only time management.”

    Algieri, who won the WBO junior welterweight title via split decision from Pacquiao’s Russian sparmate Ruslan Provodnikov is confident that he can beat the Filipino champion.

    Algieri, 31, is unbeaten in 20 fights with eight knockouts.

    Pacquiao’s business partner and former world boxing champion Gerry Peñalosa, however, believes that Algieri’s dream of winning in that 12-round fight is farfetched since his prowess as a boxer is not at par with that of Pacman’s.

    “Algieri has a good jab, but overall he is not in Pacquiao’s boxing level – not even close. I’m expecting a knockout win by Manny. If not, Manny will surely dominate the American round by round,” Peñalosa told The Manila Times.

    “Everybody knows what Manny can do. His rapid punches and quickness will always be his great assets that’s why he is dangerous.”

    Although there are doubts if Pacquiao still has his punching knockout power there is no doubt that the Filipino ring icon is ripe with experience.

    In June 2012, Pacquiao (56-5-2 win-loss-draw card with 38 knockouts) absorbed a split decision loss to Bradley followed by a sixth round KO loss to his Mexican archrival Juan Manuel Marquez in December.

    Some boxing fans thought that it was the end of Pacquiao era but others hope that that the Pacman would make a comeback.

    After resting for almost a year, Pacquiao returned to the ring and scored a one-sided majority win against Mexican-American Brandon Rios in Macau in November 2013.

    And then he beat American Bradley to recapture the WBO welterweight belt.

    Pacquiao’s back-to-back victories have inspired Filipinos particularly the survivors of the super typhoon ‘Yolanda’ (Haiyan) in the Visayas.

    The People’s Champion made them believe that there is hope and they can rise again.

    In his upcoming fight in November, Pacquiao is ready to inspire Filipinos once again.

    “It’s been a long time since I won by knockout. I think this is the time and I feel it,” Pacquiao said said.

    If Pacquiao hurdled Algieri, big things await boxing fans.

    Arum’s Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotion Oscar Dela Hoya are arranging a Paquiao-Danny Garcia bout next year if ever the much-awaited super fight between Pacman and unbeaten pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. would not push through.


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