Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Dela Hoya, Arum, Elections Hounds Manny Pacquiao

The Manny Pacquiao vs. World Boxing Council featherweight champion In Jin Chi of Korea fight won't be televised through HBO as Golden Boy Promotions Oscar Dela Hoya sent the network a legal letter threatening them for possible inclusion in a lawsuit should the pursue any partnership.

It seems that the boxing fight will be staged in the US rather than Macau as there is no suitable venue where the fight can be done. In addition, both boxers popularity in China is uncertain that it won't be commercially feasible to set the fight there. These concerns made Pacquiao uneasy in deciding whether to pursue the fight or not.

Should it proceed, Rod Nazario is confident that the fight won't go beyond the 7th round favoring the Philippines boxing champion. Nazario is the former business manager of Manny Pacquiao.

With the election fever setting in the Philippines today, Pacquiao recently applied for the gun ban exemption claiming that his family is in danger amidst kidnapping threats. Popularity and wealth really has its price as the boxing champ gets a Z status.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Manny Pacquiao's dilemma almost over?

Manny Pacquiao's year-ender and new year starter shows how the pressure, overwhelming attention, and confusion catched up with him. He was recently confined for stomach problems and it's good that doctors gave him a thumbs up signal for his overall health.

Talks about his next fight with WBC featherweight champ In Jin Chi in Macau, scheduled for April 28, is almost final according to Bob Arum. That is assuming they'll be able to talk soon. It is great to see Manny once again fight an Asian fighter. It tends to get tiring seeing the Mexican fighters too much, as if they are all ganging up on him. (or the other way around?)

Manny Pacquiao's recent fight exposure and pressures is taking a lot on him to the point that some boxing trainer is predicting that his skill and stamina will wind down in 2 years. For now, he is seen as boxing's savior.