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Pacquiao launches bid to unearth Chinese boxing stars

Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao hopes to unearth the next Chinese world champion and help grow the sport with an academy in the largely untapped country. The 38-year-old, who controversially lost his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title to Australian Jeff Horn in July, was in Beijing this week. He and Chinese sports-development firm Dancing Sports held a signing ceremony that included plans to build a Manny Pacquiao International Boxing Academy in the capital, the company said. Zhou Wenxin, chairman of Dancing Sports, said their tie-up would deepen Chinese-Philippine relations in boxing and beyond. The academy will draft in coaches from abroad to help develop ...Keep on reading: Pacquiao launches bid to unearth Chinese boxing stars.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerDec 7th, 2017

Pacquiao launches bid to unearth Chinese boxing stars

Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao hopes to unearth the next Chinese world champion and help grow the sport with an academy in the largely untapped country. The 38-year-old, who controversially lost his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title to Australian Jeff Horn in July, was in Beijing this week. He and Chinese sports-development firm Dancing Sports held a signing ceremony that included plans to build a Manny Pacquiao International Boxing Academy in the capital, the company said. Zhou Wenxin, chairman of Dancing Sports, said their tie-up would deepen Chinese-Philippine relations in boxing and beyond. The academy will draft in coaches from abroad to help develop ...Keep on reading: Pacquiao launches bid to unearth Chinese boxing stars.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 7th, 2017

HEADS UP: 10 sporting events to watch out for in 2018

2017 has come and gone, and it delivered some exciting sporting moments that has every sports fan clamoring for more. Worry not, though, as 2018 looks primed to satisfy even the most die-hard Pinoy sports aficionado with its bevy of local and international sporting events. Let's welcome the upcoming year with 10 of the most exciting sporting events to watch out for this 2018.   NCAA 93 & UAAP 80 VOLLEYBALL The cagers are out, and the spikers are in. Volleyball season begins this January 4 with NCAA season 93, followed by the 81st season of the UAAP this February. NCAA volleybelles are once again ready to take center court, and the defending women's champion Arellano University Lady Chiefs, led by heavy hitters Jovie Prado and Regine Arocha are banking on their undisputed team play to propel them to another title. Playing inspired volleyball throughout the season, the Lady Chiefs stunned the thrice-to-beat San Sebastian Lady Stags in the Finals last year, ultimately ending Grethcel Soltones' collegiate career with a dud. Rising stars like San Beda's Ces Racraquin, JRU's Karen Montojo also make the upcoming NCAA volleyball season worth waiting for. UAAP volleyball begins a month later the NCAA tournament, but expect the field to be even more tumultuous. With no clear-cut number 2 team to challenge the two-time defending champions DLSU Lady Spikers, it will be a toss-up against basically the other seven schools to step up. Dangerous squads include the much-improved Adamson Lady Falcons, last year's pleasant surprise UST, the dynastic Ateneo Lady Eagles, and the intact NU Lady Bulldogs and FEU Lady Tamaraws. NBA ALL-STAR GAME & 2018 NBA FINALS The annual showcase of the NBA's brightest stars just got a major revamp. That's right, the league has done away with the traditional East-West teams, and will now have a playground-type pool selection of players between its two captains when the exhibition tips off in Los Angeles. This raises a lot of interesting questions: Will the captains pick their teammates or will they go with a more controversial pick and select a rival? Will we able to know the order of the draft? Will this actually work in making the game better? While answers to those questions might not be answered until a few months, one thing's for sure, the NBA Finals, the spectacle that actually counts, will be epic. Will we be treated to Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Pt. 4? Or will another squad swoop in to spoil the party? The league has indeed improved, with surprising teams like the Milwaukee Bucks, the Indiana Pacers, the Detroit Pistons out in the East already staking claim to playoff spots, and the Wild, Wild, West staying true to its monicker. The Houston Rockets and the perennial powerhouse San Antonio Spurs are still the favorites to pull the rug under the Warriors, while the Oklahoma City Thunder is right behind. Either way, with months of hoops already invested in it, the NBA Finals will surely be another explosive one, as it always is.   HOMECOMING QUEEN Alyssa Valdez spent the majority of 2017 overseas, spreading her wings in Taiwan with volleyball club Attack Line. This 2018 though, The Phenom plans on staying in the Philippines, armed with two year’s worth of international experience to focus on her home club team in the Creamline Cool Smashers.  "Next year, I'm planning to focus sa Creamline. Just this year, I travelled a lot talaga. They supported me throughout, esepcially doon sa National Team stint ko. They sacrificed a lot for me talaga. I think I have to focus sa team ko talaga,” she said last week.Alyssa Valdez just got scarier.   PINOY HOOP DREAMS: REMY MARTIN, KOBE PARAS  Two proudly Pinoy ballers based in the U.S. set out this 2018 to continue shooting for our island nation’s humble hoop dreams. Kobe Paras is still serving residency this 2017-2018 season with the California State University-Northridge Matadors, but his development is sure to be a joy to watch. The 6’6” Pinoy swingman accomplished a tour of duty with Gilas Pilipinas earlier in the year, and many Pinoys saw why we should all be excited about high-flying forward. Remy Martin, a 5’11” point guard dazzled in his first few games with the Arizona State Sun Devils, with his athleticism, explosiveness and feisty defense. The Filipino-American cager is proud of his roots and hopes to represent flag and country with Gilas Pilipinas in the future.   WHO (OR WHAT) IS NEXT FOR MANNY PACQUIAO? The never-ending saga of what’s next for Manny Pacquiao looks like it'll seep into 2018.  Following a rather controversial loss to Australian boxer Jeff Horn, Pacquiao has been “courting” the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr. for a rematch, even taking to Instagram to ”greet” MMA superstar Conor McGregor before finally admitting that he’s been in talks with the Irish fighter’s camp. Whether he actually retires from boxing for good, or takes on another foe in the squared circle, one thing’s for sure: we’ll all have our eyes on Manny Pacquiao’s next move.   2018 WORLD CUP RUSSIA™ After four years, the best of world football will once again converge, this time in Russia to crown the Kings of the beautiful sport. The stage is set, the groups are finalized, and the 32 squads are promising the best 30-day football extravaganza in the hopes of dethroning defending champions Germany this June. Some group stage clashes to look out for are Germany vs Mexico, England vs Belgium, Portugal vs Spain, to name a few. June couldn’t come soon enough.   CHRISTIAN STANDHARDINGER'S PBA DEBUT No PBA rookie has probably come into the league as pro-ready as the Filipino-German standout Christian Standhardinger. The 6’9” big man was the consensus top overall pick of the 2017 PBA draft, and was also at the center of the controversial trade that sent Kia Picanto’s rights to the number 1 selection to the already-dominant San Miguel. While the trade did go down, so did former commissioner Chito Narvasa. Standhardinger’s entry to the PBA has come at a cost, but San Miguel is more than ready to wait one more conference to bulk up their already stacked squad. Seeing Standharinger play alongside 6’11” center and reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo, versatile forward Arwind Santos, and the Beermen’s bevy of guards in Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter, and Chris Ross, is definitely a sight to see, just look at how he's tearing it up in the ASEAN Basketball League.    2018 ASIAN GAMES INDONESIA The Philippines’ less than stellar performance at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games was met with widespread flak. Not directed at our athletes however, but aimed at our sports development and governing body for its subpar work in getting our sports representatives ready. While the 2018 Asian Games isn’t so far away, a handful of Pinoy medalists from the SEA Games are going into the continental meet with high hopes. After dominating the SEA Games’ triathlon event, our Filipino endurance athletes, led by gold medalists Kim Mangrobang, and Nikko Huelgas, are once again primed to take home hardware. Marathoner Mary Joy Tabal, and boxers John Marvin, and Eumir Marcial, all gold medalists at Malaysia, are all bright spots that could soon unravel into full-fledged stars come 2018.   GILAS PILIPINAS IN THE FIBA WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS It’s official, basketball is coming home to the Philippines this 2023 by way of the FIBA World Cup, but Gilas Pilipinas will first have to try its luck in the 2019 meet. After dealing with Chinese Taipei and Japan this 2017 for a perfect 2-0 slate in the qualifiers, Gilas Pilipinas still has to face the Japanese anew, and the powerhouse Australian team early in 2018. A good showing against these squads will help Gilas strengthen its bid to international basketball’s biggest stage before we actually host the event in six years’ time.   UAAP 81 BASKETBALL UAAP season 80 just came to an end, but the next season just got way more interesting. Aside from the title defense of the intact Ateneo Blue Eagles and their ongoing rivalry with La Salle, a certain move by a coach has shaken up the league. With Aldin Ayo reportedly accepting the job as the new head coach of the struggling University of Sto. Tomas, we might just be witnesses to the rebirth of the once proud basketball program under the fiery mentor. That, and the way the DLSU Green Archers can adjust from the departure of Ayo and former two-time MVP Ben Mbala, key cogs to their season 79 championship run. The tight race for the MVP award will also be one to watch, with Mbala gone, it’s up to the local stars to step up to the challenge......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 31st, 2017

LOOK: Pacquiao stars in NBA s Filipino Heritage Night

MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao took the spotlight as the NBA and the Los Angeles Clippers celebrated Philippine culture with the Filipino Heritage Night on Tuesday, January 8 (Wednesday, January 9, Manila time) at the Staples Center.  Prior to the Clippers' game against the Charlotte Hornets, boxing's only eight-division world ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 9th, 2019

2018 s most memorable bits of boxing

The sweet science is always a source of headlines in the sporting world, especially in a country that's full of fight fans like the Philippines. Over the last twelve months, we've seen comebacks, championships, and even a little controversy.  Here are some of the best bits of boxing from 2018!    PAC BACK ON TOP 2018 saw Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao once again claim world championship gold following a bitter and controversial loss to Jeff Horn in 2017.  Fighting in Asia for the first time since 2014, Pacquiao challenged reigning WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Champion Lucas "La Maquina" Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia back in July.  Billed as a durable, heavy-hitting brawler, Matthysse was supposed to be the one to threaten Pacquiao with a KO finish.  Instead, looking like the Pacquiao of old, it was the Filipino star who came out aggressive, landing bombs until finally scoring a seventh-round TKO finish, his first since 2009.  Just months shy of his 40th birthday, Pacquiao was a world champion for the eleventh time in his storied career.    THE BREAKUP Prior to Pacquiao's win over Matthysse, the Filipino boxer made headlines the world over after a split from long-time trainer and head coach Freddie Roach.  In April, months before Pacquiao's return to the ring against Matthysse, reports surfaced that Pacquiao, for the first time in over 15 years and 34 bouts, would not be working with the Hall of Fame trainer. According to various sources, the split stemmed from a disagreement between Pacquiao and Roach following the loss to Jeff Horn back in 2017.  Taking Roach's place as head trainer was Pacquiao's best friend, Buboy Fernandez, and judging from the result of the Matthysse bout, it paid dividends.  Still, the split didn't last too long.  Soon after Pacquiao's first WBA title defense against Adrien Broner was announced, both Pacquiao and Roach have confirmed that they will be working together once again.  This time however, Roach will be serving more of a consultant role, guiding Fernandez who remains as Pacquiao's head trainer.    CONTROVERSY SURROUNDS CANELO-GGG 2 In 2017, middleweight stars Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez went to an exciting 12-round draw that warranted a rematch in 2018.  In January, it was announced that the two warriors would square off once again in a Cinco de Mayo rematch. The rematch was put in jeopardy however, when Canelo tested positive for a banned substance in March. By April, the fight was off after the Mexican star decided to withdraw from the highly-anticipated rematch.  The fight eventually pushed through in September, with Alvarez picking up the majority decision win to hand Golovkin his first career loss, and more importantly claim the WBA (Super) and WBC Middleweight World Championships.  Three months later, Canelo would stop British boxer Rocky Fielding in the third round to capture the WBA (Regular) Middleweight World Championship as well.    ALL-FILIPINO For the first time in 92 years, two Filipino boxers faced off for a world championship when reigning IBF Super Flyweight World Champion Jerwin "Pretty Boy" Ancajas defended his title against Jonas "Zorro" Sultan in California.  In the historic meeting, it was Ancajas who emerged victorious, defeating Sultan via unanimous decision as the reigning IBF 115-pound champ continued his run of dominance with five successful title defenses. Four months later, Ancajas would retain his world championship once again, but this time after figuring in a split draw against Mexican Alejandro Santiago.    DONNIE NIETES MAKES THE JUMP Speaking of all-Filipino bouts and going to a draw, Donnie Nietes and Aston Palicte experienced both in just one bout.  Following a spectacular albiet short-lived run at Flyweight, which saw him capture and retain the IBF's 112-pound title, Nietes made the decision to move up to the 115-pound super flyweight division, where he'll be in the same pool as the big names like Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Juan Francisco Estrada, and compatriot Jerwin Ancajas.  Nietes' debut bout at 115 however, would be against fellow Negrense in Palicte, and it would be for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight World Championship in September.  In what many believed as a win for Nietes, the 12-round bout went to a controversial split draw, that denied Nietes of the distinction of joining Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire Jr. as the only Filipinos to capture four world titles in as many divisions.  Nietes still has the chance to do that before the end of 2018 however, as he gets another shot at the title on New Year's Eve when he meets Japan's Kazuto Ioka in Macau.    BUD MOVES UP Following years of dominance at junior welterweight, Terence "Bud" Crawford also made the jump up to a heavier weight class, and immediately made a splash.  Facing off against WBO Welterweight World Champion Jeff Horn, Crawford announced his arrival at 140-pounds with a dominant TKO win over the Australian in June.  Four months later, Crawford successfully defended the title against Jose Benavidez Jr. with a 12th-round TKO victory.    FLASH FORWARD Nonito Donaire Jr's 2018 didn't start off as well as he would have wanted.  The Filipino Flash lost his April bout to Carl Frampton for the WBO Interim Featherweight World Championship, prompting questions regarding the former four-division world champion's future.  In a surprising move however, Donaire announced that he would be going back down to super bantamweight and would be taking part in the World Boxing Super Series' super bantamweight tournament.  Matched up in the quarterfinal round against Ryan Burnett back in November, Donaire scored what many consider an upset, winning via TKO after the Irishman suffered a back injury. As a result, Donaire advanced into the next round of the tournament with the WBA (Super) Bantamweight World Championship around his waist.  Up next for Donaire will be WBO Super Bantamweight World Champion Zolani Tete of South Africa in the semifinals.    WILDER AND FURY GO TO WAR In one of the most talked-about heavyweight bouts in recent history, WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury put on a 12-round war that ended in...surprise, surprise, a split draw. Fury used his movement and technique to dictate the pace over Wilder throughout the 12-round bout, but the reigning champion dropped the British challenger in the final round that led to the draw decision, setting up what could be another highly-anticipated rematch in the future. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 26th, 2018

As its reach grows, NBA wants to continue working with other sports leagues

NBA athletes, usually at the receiving end of praises from millions of people, are no exceptions to being fans and having fans. There are opportunities for NBA players get to interact with other sporting icons outside of basketball, especially when the league travels to different countries for its regular season games or other events. When the NBA visited London, stars from the Premier League like Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Alvaro Morata, and Hector Bellerin got to mingle with their basketball counterparts. And who could forget when the constellation of Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, and James Harden paid their respects to boxing icon Manny Pacquiao in 2011. ...Keep on reading: As its reach grows, NBA wants to continue working with other sports leagues.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 25th, 2018

Erotic thriller zeroes in on mental illness

The erotic film "Double Twisting Double Back" tackles how sex could affect a person's athletic performance, explained director Joseph Abello.   Joseph cites as an example boxing icon Manny Pacquiao. "I heard that he doesn't have sex months before a fight; that's why his wife Jinky gets pregnant after every fight," he said.   Another interesting topic being tackled by the Cinema One entry, which stars Tony Labrusca and Joem Bascon and is being shown till Oct. 21, is the mental disorder called dissociation. "It's a medical term for people with a split personality," explained producer Shandii Bacolod. "However, there's much more to the film than the illness." &n...Keep on reading: Erotic thriller zeroes in on mental illness.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

Manny Pacquiao s PAC blockchain token launches late Q4 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Even Manny Pacquiao is getting in on the blockchain action as the boxing senator prepares to launch his own cryptocurrency: PAC tokens.  The main use? PAC tokens are aimed at fans. With the tokens, fans will be able to buy merchandise, participate in meet-and-greets, and bid for ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 11th, 2018

LOOK: Manny Pacquiao and Lucas Matthysse share a moment after fight

Manny Pacquiao and Lucas Matthysse went to war, Sunday at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  The two welterweight stars traded punches and tried to knock each other out for seven rounds, but in the end, it was the Filipino eight division world boxing champion that came out on top as Pacquiao stopped Matthysse in the seventh round to become the new WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Champion.  And while inside the ring, their mission was to take each other out, it was nothing but respect between the two warriors afterwards.  Pacquiao and Matthysse, in fact, shared a photo after their title encounter.  After a gruelling 7 rounds match... here’s a pic of these 2 warriors. @LucasMatthysse @mannypacquiao @GoldenBoyBoxing #welterweightwarriors #FightofChampions pic.twitter.com/t2MLLRqSlN — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) July 15, 2018 It was Manny's 60th win in 69 professional fights and his first knockout win since 2009.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

Manny Pacquiao says players involved in Gilas-Australia FIBA brawl should apologize

Eight-division boxing world champion Manny Pacquiao is no stranger to throwing punches on the biggest stages in the world.  That is, after all, what made him a household name all over the world.  The thirteen players involved in the ugly brawl that ensued during the Gilas Pilipinas versus Australia FIBA World Cup Qualifiers match at the Philippine Arena however, had no business throwing hands at all.  The fight, which of course went viral within minutes of happening, left four Australians and nine Filipinos ejected from what was an otherwise non-bearing game.  Australia went on to win, 89-53, by default, and the FIBA will be reviewing the incident and most likely, sanctions will be handed out.  When asked about the fiasco, Pacquiao said that the players involved should have done a better job of keeping their emotions in check, especially the boys in blue, being that the Philippines was the host for the night.  "Para sa akin, tayo dapat ang mag-control sa sarili natin because tayo ang host eh." Pacquiao told ABS-CBN News' Dyan Castillejo. "Kumbaga, dapat ipakita natin yung magandang, yung passion natin para sa kanila, yung pag-papakumbaba natin para makita ng buong mundo na mapag-kumbaba tayo." Pacquiao, who once owned a team and even played in the PBA, added that while the mounting tension in a very physical contest was understandable, it should not have escalated the way it did.  Instead of jumping in the melee, the other players should have tried to pacify the situaiton.  "Hindi naman natin maiiwasan yung mga ganung pang-yayari pero, yung ibang mga sumali, naki-gulo, dapat hindi na nangyari yun. Dapat between them lang, yung naglalaro, yung dalawang players, ang pangyayari. Dapat ang away nila, awatin nila." "Nakakahiya kasi host tayo eh." Pacquiao continued.  Sen @mannypacquiao ‘s insight re AUS vs PH “ dapat tayo ang magcontrol dahil tayo ang host, dapat ipakita natin ang passion at pagpapakumbaba. hindi naman maiiwasan ang mga ganyang gulo. #FIBA #PacquiaoMatthysse pic.twitter.com/WFfVEAUHmJ — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) July 3, 2018 While many have their opinions on Pacquiao in and out of the ring, one thing that can be said about the "Pambansang Kamao" is that he's always been gracious, whether in victory or defeat.  The boxing Hall of Famer and Philippine senator agreed that the players who figured in the physicality should offer up an apology.  "Yung mga players na naki-halo sa gulo, especially yung mga nasa bench lang na humalo, naki-gulo, ganun dapat." "Ang gulo, madali pasukan, anytime, pwede ka mag-hanap ng gulo. Ang problema dun, yung record mo, yung panglan natin." Sen @mannypacquiao thinks that the players involved should apologize. He adds “ ang gulo anytime madali yang pasukan, anytime pwede ka maghanap ng gulo pero ang importante dun ah ang record, ang pangalan natin. #FIBAWCQ #FIBAWC #PacquiaoMatthysse pic.twitter.com/6vqMhHb707 — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) July 3, 2018 A day after the incident, players involved such as NBA player Thon Maker and Gilas stars Japeth Aguilar, Andray Blatche, and Gabe Norwood have also offered apologies for the mess.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

From humble origins in GenSan, Manny Pacquiao s MPBL is now a nation-wide league

With the second season of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League kicking things off, Tuesday evening, its steady rise to popularity continues Following a successful inaugural season with ten teams, the playing field has expanded exponentially in the second season, now with 26 teams vying for the title of MPBL National Champion, as well as a very, very valuable piece of hardware. (READ ALSO: MPBL: National Champions to get trophy worth ten million pesos) And as the semi-professional league continues to grow, it’s amazing to think that it all started with a ‘pa-liga’ in General Santos City. The brainchild of eight-division boxing world champion-turned Philippine Senator and avid basketball enthusiast Manny Pacquiao, the MPBL wasn’t always a nation-wide league. “Itong MPBL kasi, the original name is Manny Pacquiao Basketball League, and we piloted it sa GenSan,” Pacquiao explained during the opening day of the 2018-2019 MPBL Anta Datu Cup, Tuesday at the Araneta Coliseum. “Nag-pilot kami ng ten seasons, parang pa-liga ko lang doon tapos open siya and maraming sumali. Nagkaroon kami ng 18 teams, hanggang ten seasons yun, ang premyo namin ay 1 million.” After seeing that the league had potential, Senator Manny decided to take it to another level. “Maganda naman yung resulta, tapos pinag-aralan ko ng mabuti kung ano yung mga dapat gawin, yung titignan natin, and then nung na-complete ko yung ten seasons, in-apply ko sa national.” “[Pwede na ‘to] sa national, i-apply ko, ila-live ko sa TV.” Pacquiao added. After two years of brainstorming and preparation, the MPBL as we know it now was born. Pacquiao added that he decided to replace “Manny Pacquiao” with “Maharlika Pilipinas” so as not to stir anything up, given his political status. From a simple league in General Santos to a nation-wide league that features 26 teams from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, all bannered by former professionals, collegiate hoop stars, and homegrown talents, the MPBL is definitely living up to what Pacquiao envisioned it to be: a platform for even more FIlipinos to showcase their basketball skills at a high level. "Nagsimula lahat sa isang pangarap, na mabigyan ng pagkakataon ang mas maraming Pilipino na makapaglaro ng basketball sa professional level..." Sen. @mannypacquiao speaking at the opening of the 2018 MPBL Datu Cup. @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/7PjRARV0bU — Santino Honasan🎈 (@honasantino) June 12, 2018   You can catch the exciting MPBL action on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

Waiter-turned-MMA fighter Richard Corminal hopes to be an inspiration to Filipino youth

It's an all too familiar story, especially in the Philippines.  In search of greener pastures and a better life for one's self and family, many Filipinos have decided to take their chances far away from home. Richard Corminal is one such Pinoy who has been able to find better opportunities overseas. "Kasi yung buhay sa atin, medyo mahirap, kaya kailangan magtrabaho sa ibang bansa." Corminal shared with the media during the pre-fight press conference of ONE Championship: Immortal Pursuit in Singapore.  (Life back home is hard, that's why I needed to find work in a different country.) Corminal is one of two Filipinos fighting on the card, Friday night at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. And while he'll be flying the Tricolor come fight night, Malaysia has been home for Corminal for the last six years, where he works as a children's MMA and Muay Thai Instructor.  The Novaliches-native however, hasn't always been about the fight life. Before making a living out fighting and teaching kids, Corminal waited tables back home, and even when he moved to Malaysia.  "Nagtuturo na ako ng mga bata sa gym, pero dati waiter lang ako. Ngayon nagtuturo na ako ng mga bata ng Muay That at MMA." (I teach kids Muay Thai and MMA, but I used to be a waiter.) Corminal says watching Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao sparked his interest in combat sports, but when he got to watch mixed martial arts, he fell in love with the sport.  In Malaysia, Corminal found his way to Muay Thai, and it just grew from there. When the opportunity to make a living out of it came, he felt it was the right time to do so.  " p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; color: #454545} Siguro dahil nabigyan ako ng oras. Siguro ito na yung timing para sa akin, kaya sinungaban ko na." Corminal said. "Nagsimula ako sa Muay Thai, tapos paunti-unti sa boxing, jiu-jitsu, wrestling." (When the opportunity came, I felt that it was the right time for me, so I grabbed it. I began with Muay Thai, then eventually got in to boxing, jiu-jitsu, and wrestling) Now at 35 years old, Corminal is no longer an up-and-coming young prospect. While he does hope to someday reach the heights of Pinoy MMA stars like Eduard Folayang and Eric Kelly, at the end of the day, he hopes to be an inspiration, especially to the Filipino youth.  "Gusto ko lang maging inspirasyon sa kabataan, lalo na sa atin, iwas sa masamang bisyo, ganun." (I just want to be an inspiration for the kids, especially back at home, and draw them away from vices.) While a career in combat sports isn't always lucrative, Corminal says that his decision to move has paid off.  "Medyo nakaluwag-luwag na nag kaunti, nakakasuporta na sa pamilya. Guminhawa na ng onti yung buhay natin." (Things are better now, I can already support the family. Life has gotten a bit more comfortable.) Friday night, Corminal welcomes French standout Arnaud Lepont back to the ONE Championship cage. A win over an established name like Lepont will surely give the Pinoy some exposure, and as long as he keeps finding success, the more he'll be able to provide, and the more he'll become a source of inspiration.     Legends collide as Ben Askren defends his ONE welterweight championship against former ONE lightweight champion Shinya Aoki at ONE: Immortal Pursuit.  Catch the exciting MMA action LIVE on Friday, November 24th, 8:30 PM on S+A channel 23! .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2017

'Landslide' vs. 'The Situ-Asian': Folayang vs. Nguyen is a battle of unique MMA monickers

As much a part of an athlete's persona is the nickname given to him or her, if any.  'King' James. 'Air' Jordan. 'Pacman' Pacquiao.  These monickers have been synonymous with sports excellence. While nicknames aren't as prevalent in basketball or football, or other team sports, it's a staple in combat sports such as mixed martial arts and boxing.  Top stars, past and present, all have had catchy aliases, from 'Iron' Mike Tyson to Floyd 'Money' Mayweather, Georges 'Rush' St-Pierre to 'Funky' Ben Askren, and everyone in between.  On November 10th in Manila, two reigning world champions will collide, when ONE Championship lightweight king Eduard Folayang puts his belt on the line against ONE Championship featherweight titleholder Martin Nguyen in the promotion's first-ever champion-versus-champion superfight.  Beyond the magnitude of this historic showdown however, is that this will also be a battle of two of the most unconventional monickers in MMA history.  'The Landslide' versus 'The Situ-Asian'.  You can't get more unique and more specific than that.  Folayang explains that his monicker came from sheer dominance and geographic influence.  em>'Nanggaling yung nung nasa URCC pa ako, kasi nanalo ako by a landslide,' /em>Folayang explained em>. 'And siguro dahil din dun sa Baguio, pag tag-ulan, laging nag-lalandslide, so siguro hindi lang dahil sa landslide na panalo, pati na din sa place namin, sa environment.' /em> em>(That came from when I was fighting in the URCC, I won by a landslide, and maybe because in Baguio, there's always a landslide when it's raining, so maybe it's not just because of the landslide win, but also the place where I'm from, the environment.) /em> As for Nguyen, the Aussie's ultra-unique monicker was born from a tweaked pop-culture reference.  em>'It was a joke, I was a 77-kilo fighter back when I first started my MMA career. I won two tournaments, and my coaches decided that I had to cut weight down to 70 kilos. When I cut down to 70-kilos, I started showing a bit of abs, more flabs but a bit of abs.' /em> Nguyen explained. em>'At the time, there was this American TV show called Jersey Shore, and there was this guy on the show called ‘The Situation’, he was obsessed about his abs, so they called me ‘The Situation’, and then when I dropped down to featherweight, that’s when I actually had abs and they were calling me ‘The Situation’ /em> While Nguyen was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, his roots are very much Asian. He was born to Vietnamese parents.  em>'I was like no, I don’t want to be called ‘The Situation’, if you’re gonna call me ‘The Situation’, at least call me ‘The Situ-Asian’, and it just went on from there, and everyone stuck with it.' /em>Nguyen added.  A couple of one-of-a-kind nicknames for a pair of one-of-a-kind warriors.  Come fight night however, monickers and nicknames won't matter inside the cage.  The only title they'll be concerned with on November 10th will be 'ONE Lightweight World Champion'.    strong>Eduard Folayang defends his ONE Championship lightweight world title against reignign ONE Championship featherweight world champion Martin Nguyen in the main event of ONE: Legends of the World on Friday, November 10th at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.  /strong> strong>Catch the action LIVE on S+A channel 23!  /strong> .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 13th, 2017

Manny to promote boxing in China

BRISBANE – WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao said yesterday he has been invited by the Chinese government to co-promote a major fight card, possibly i.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 29th, 2017

Stars celebrate Pacquiao’s win

MANILA, Philippines — A number of celebrities on Sunday expressed support to boxing champ Manny Pacquiao and celebrated his win......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 6th, 2016

Pacquiao adds spice to 2016 PBA All-Stars

MANILA, Philippines – Boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao, listed as playing coach of the Mahindra Enforcers in the official PBA roster, is lending his presence.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2016

Pacquiao’s Longevity Still The Benchmark In Geje Eustaquio’s Own World Title Reign

    Watching Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao dominate Adrian Broner and defend his World Title at age 40 only gives ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio more fuel in his  own reign with ONE Championship.   Although in a different sport, the 29-year-old Eustaquio hopes to replicate Pacquiao's longevity, finding inspiration with how the eight-division World Champion manages to stay in tip-top shape for every bout.   "Manny is still a world class boxer at 40 years old. He is very inspirational, because when we age our speed and endurance would deteriorate. He still has those," said Eustaquio.   "If God permits, I wish to compete in mixed martial arts at 40 years old like what Manny does in boxing. I believe that mixed martial arts is not as severe as boxing."   The outspoken Filipino superstar will be going through a huge hurdle in his short reign as a World Champion when he looks to end his trilogy with Adriano "Mikinho" Moraes in the main event of ONE: HERO'S ASCENT on Friday, 25 January at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.   "I am motivated to successfully defend my belt as well like what Manny Pacquiao did.”   The key for Eustaquio is getting the right people behind him, something that Pacquiao had in his illustrious career which continues to stretch for more than two decades now.   Having a great support group is one similarity that Eustaquio has with the boxer-turned-senator, with his band of brothers in Team Lakay backing him every step of the way.   "Manny Pacquiao has the right people backing him. I think that's one of the factors for a successful career. In my case I have Team Lakay as my family so I think I'm in a good spot......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News39 min. ago

‘Politicizing’ a sports event: The party-list that paid to be seen at Pacquiao-Broner bout

The party list that made headlines after its logo showed up on the boxing ring of the recent face off between Senator Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner is privately owned and not related to the Department of Tourism. The government agency was the first to make the clarification, emphasizing that it is not in any […] The post ‘Politicizing’ a sports event: The party-list that paid to be seen at Pacquiao-Broner bout appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated News22 hr. 25 min. ago

Ringside fans agree Pac-Man has what it takes for Mayweather 2

  LAS VEGAS---Manny Pacquiao's unanimous decision victory over the weekend convinced fans that their beloved sports icon cum politician should still have a few more fights, especially with Mayweather.   The Pac-Man won yet another boxing match and retained his WBA Welterweight Championship, but this fight was a big deal for both The People's Champ and his legions of followers. Can he still deliver the blows as well as absorb them?   "It's not a matter of age," Dave Tiu, a local supporter who saw Pacquiao's fight against Adrien Broner on pay-per-view (PPV) tells the INQUIRER.net. "I don't care that he's already 40, the man is obviously passionate about bo...Keep on reading: Ringside fans agree Pac-Man has what it takes for Mayweather 2.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2019

Manny Pacquiao meets Steph Curry, Floyd Mayweather Jr. in LA

Manny Pacquiao is enjoying his time in the U.S. after defending his WBA Welterwight title against Adrien Broner.  The eight-division world champion watched the Golden State Warriors rip the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center, and got to meet some fellow sports stars as well. A day after his LA residence was reportedly broken into, Manny and family apparently met Warriors star Stephen Curry in the dugout, as captured by Joe Vardon of The Athletic. Steph stopping to say hello to Pacquiao and family pic.twitter.com/4zTAmSuXC9 — Joe Vardon (@joevardon) January 22, 2019 The 40-year-old boxer also shared a moment with former rival Floyd Mayweather Jr., who was watching courtside before they dapped each other up.          View this post on Instagram                     A post shared by Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) on Jan 21, 2019 at 11:32pm PST The Pacman has been vocal about wanting Mayweather to come out from retirement for a rematch of their blockbuster bout last 2015. Aside from meeting fellow athletes, Manny was treated to a show. Klay Thompson went off for 44 points, going 10-for-10 from deep to start the game en route the Warriors' comfortable 130-111 win over the Lakers......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2019

Buboy Fernandez wants 3 more fights before Pacquiao hangs gloves

LOS ANGELES, Philippines – For Buboy Fernandez, there's nothing left for Manny Pacquiao to accomplish in the ring. Though the clamor is for Pacquiao to have more fights, following his domination of American challenger Adrien Broner Saturday night, January 19, (Sunday, January 20, in Manila) in their World Boxing Association welterweight title duel, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2019