Friday, December 01, 2006

Business, politics, and family pressure for Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao's victory versus Erik Morales still gives so much awe to fans who at first had their bet with Morales.

As Manny returned to the country with a grand welcome and all, he is back to the usual relationship management of contacts for the boxing champion.

First issue is the one with Oscar De La Hoya who is planning to sue Pacquaio's advisers for influencing the boxing champ in backing out from his agreement with Golden Boy Promotions. Some believe that is not the right thing to do.

Second concern is the handling of offers and endorsements. Take the case of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency who is recruiting Pacquiao as its celebrity model to influence people to stay away from drugs. Then there's this politician try to convince this boxing champ to run as vice-mayor to boost a Mayor's son chance of winning in the 2007 election. Of course, this causes a lot of concern among observers and warning Pacquiao from being abused by people who are just exploiting his popularity.

Of course, there's the question as well whether Pacquiao should move to a higher weight category rather than compete Marco Antonio Barrera.

Not to mention as well Manny's younger brother, Bobby, who uttered harsh statements and blaming all the people around him for his poor boxing performance instead of himself first. This has also put Manny in a very uncomfortable situation. Perhaps it is time for the Pacquiao family to consider in just having one boxer in the family. Despite Bobby's clarification, envy and peer pressure can be seen all over him. Not only in words but in body language as well.

Another interesting situation is when Manny's mother requested for a car, saying it in national television, after he won the fight. Why does she have to do that?

There's also another former boxer who waited for Pacquiao in the Manila Hotel lobby on the 2nd day of arrival (Manny didn't go out then due to sore throat) whose intent is to ask for money so he can buy a house. It is unbelievable to see people who will go out of their way just to literally ask for money from people who don't know them at all. In this case, this boxer admitted that Pacquiao doesn't know him.

Actually, these outrageous developments after Manny wins a fight and upon arrival in the Philippines, during the 2nd fight versus Morales, made me stay away from watching the coverage in detail on this latest one. It is just crazy and scary.

I think if we really care about Pacquiao, the media has to tone down its coverage and should know where to draw the line. Else, they would be inviting unwanted attention to Pacquiao from people who just want to abuse him. Of course, it is also possible that the local media is actually exploiting him already.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Arum-Dela Hoya Legal Battle Over World's #2 Pound for Pound Fighter

Since Manny Pacquiao defeated Erik Morales last Saturday (US time), his ranking in the pound for pound list escalate to #2.

On the other hand, Rudy Salud cautioned Pacquiao to honor the contract he signed with Golden Boy two months ago. This despite Arum's claim that - Manny was under contract not to sign with any other promoter. Pacquiao renounced the Golden Boy signing and given back the money. But Golden Boy refused to accept and all indications point to a legal battle between Arum and Dela Hoya.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Manny Pacquiao Won and Destroys Morales!!!!

Manny Pacquiao won the fight versus Erik Morales by knockout. Mexican boxer Morales shook his head and gave up in round three, after going down twice. (Fightnews)

After so much talk, the Morales versus Pacquiao issue, as to who is the better man, is settled. It is great to see that Pacquiao maintained his cool and humility despite all the trashing that Morales has been throwing to his camp.

Mabuhay ka Manny Pacquiao!

We look forward to Manny's fight versus Marco Barrera. But since they both belong to the same camp, I wonder how will that materialize.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Pacquiao on final phase training

Manny Pacquiao is now at the final leg of his training and expected to pushed harder by his coach. I hope that Filipinos will be a major crowd in this fight. For sure, the boxing machinery is enjoying the influx of income from this population minority who a lot has not paid money to watch boxing fights like this.

It is good that Manny can focus in this fight with his case versus an ex-lover decided upon by the court. The Bob Arum issue is something that needs to be get over with soon.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Pacquiao vs. Morales: who will win?

Mixed feelings of excitement and uncertainty on Manny Pacquiao's chances of winning in his forthcoming boxing match with Morales.

Some say that Morales will be a surpise to Pacquiao as he is preparing hard for it. Some say that the People's Champ might get relaxed and be over confident in this forthcoming fight. Although some of this fellow boxers believe otherwise.

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Saturday, October 07, 2006

The Trials and Tribulations of Manny Pacquiao

Ronnie Nathanielsz wrote an interesting piece in Manila Standard about Manny Pacquiao being close to his coach Freddie Roach and his recent deal with Oscar de la Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions.

Despite the closeness and opportunities, Roach expressed content for just being Pacquiao's trainer.

Oscar de la Hoya even called Nathanielsz to clarify the issue on Bob Arum's threat to sue, telling Filipinos not to worry.

Tracking Manny Pacquiao

Like most Filipinos, I'm amazed as to how Manny Pacquiao's career has soared. This blog, I hope, will allow me to share news published about him and track how his career is evolving.