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Pacquiao sparring partner: Kambosos reaps rewards

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Serving as Manny Pacquiao’s chief sparring partner proved to be very rewarding for George Kambosos Jr. Not only did he become close with the Filipino ring icon and earn some money, he gained ring knowledge and got inserted into the Fight of Champions card on Sunday, July15, here. The ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerJul 11th, 2018

Sparring partner expects to see vintage Pacquiao vs Matthysse

Kambosos had seen it first hand after sparring with Pacquiao for at least 50 rounds throughout the Filipino ring icon's training camp for his duel with Matthysse.........»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Sparring partner expects to see ‘vintage’ Pacquiao vs Matthysse

KUALA LUMPUR --- George Kambosos Jr. said the old, deadly version of Manny Pacquiao will finally show up against Lucas Matthysse on July 15. Kambosos had seen it first hand after sparring with Pacquiao for at least 50 rounds throughout the Filipino ring icon's training camp for his duel with Matthysse. "Come Sunday you'll see a vintage Manny Pacquiao," Kambosos said on Wednesday. "Manny sparred for about 100 rounds. We trained smart and we trained hard so he's ready to go." Pacquiao hasn't fought since yielding the WBO welterweight title to Jeff Horn in a controversial decision a year ago in Brisbane, Australia. Kambosos, whose first call-up to join Pacquiao's camp as a sparring pa...Keep on reading: Sparring partner expects to see ‘vintage’ Pacquiao vs Matthysse.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

Team Pacquiao happy as Manny goes hard in training

With less than two weeks to go before fight night, it looks like Manny Pacquiao is coming along nicely in training.  Tuesday afternoon in fact, the 39-year old former eight division boxing world champion went hard for sparring day, as he gets ready to challenge reigning WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Champion Lucas Matthysse at Fight of Champions in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.  Pacquiao went for eight rounds of sparring Tuesday, five against Australian training partner George Kambosos Jr. and five against Pinoy Jheritz Chavez at the Wild Card Gym in Pacquiao's hometown of General Santos City.  Gloves up and helmets on !for @mannypacquiao ‘s sparring session 👍🏻#PacquaioxMatthysseKL pic.twitter.com/bAyOMBzIBz — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) July 3, 2018 @mannypacquiao unleashing more into the heavy bag right after sparring session. #PacquaioxMatthysseKL pic.twitter.com/aUI1d3fk25 — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) July 3, 2018 Pacquiao after 8 rds of sparring this afternoon . Strong 5 with aussie george kombosos and 3 with Pinoy jheritz chavez . Team Pac very happy #PacquaioxMatthysseKL pic.twitter.com/MJvsgDnkmR — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) July 3, 2018 After getting his reps inside the ring, Manny cooled down for a bit before hitting the bag and the speedball.  Pacquiao done from some rounds of sparring. pic.twitter.com/joi5qIiy1G — Karl Cedrick Basco (@cedrickkbasco) July 3, 2018 Pacman showing power of his punches during his training at Wild Card Gym here in GenSan. pic.twitter.com/2yywDTXqnm — Karl Cedrick Basco (@cedrickkbasco) July 3, 2018 WATCH: Manny Pacquiao during his training at Wild Card Gym in GenSan. pic.twitter.com/gVEY142PuV — Karl Cedrick Basco (@cedrickkbasco) July 3, 2018 Phone’s camera having trouble keeping up with @mannypacquiao ‘s speed 😅😂 #speedball #PacquaioxMatthysseKL pic.twitter.com/gMnXyHGtEH — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) July 3, 2018   Catch Fight of Champions: Pacquiao versus Matthysse at 10:00 AM on ABS-CBN channel 2! Replay at 7:00 PM on S+A channel 23. You can catch the whole card LIVE on SkyCable Pay-Per-View. CLICK HERE for more information!  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

Manny Pacquiao looking at December fight

Newly-crowned WBA (Regular) Welterweight Champion Manny Pacquiao is looking at another fight before the end of 2018. Whether it be a rematch with Jeff Horn, or against other welterweight titans such as former sparring partner Amir Khan, Terence Crawford, or Vasyl Lomachenko, the only eight-division world champion is still unsure of who will he face next in the squared circle. He said in an interview at the ABS-CBN Main Building after his "It's Showtime" appearance that he is looking for another match by December 2. Sen. @mannypacquiao looking at a Dec. 2 fight date, no opponent yet. He also talks about his newly-diagnosed heart condition. @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/sVB3hoQYZ1 — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) July 24, 2018 Despite a diagnosed 'inborn heart problem' after complaining of breathing difficulties before his championship fight with then title-holder Lucas Matthysse, he assured the public that he just underwent a routine procedure and that there's nothing to be alarmed about his condition. "Nag-ECG kami, may nakita ang doktor. So kailangan magpatingin para sigurado na walang problema. Wala namang problema (kay Jinkee) dahil yung doktor naman pag-check up sa akin tinignan yung puso ko, wala namang problema. Healthy naman," the lawmaker said. The 39-year old was even able to insert a cheesy pick-up line for his wife, joking about the medical procedure. "Maganda rin yun noong tinignan yung puso ko, kung ano talaga nasa puso, si Jinkee talaga." He was also satisfied at his MP Promotions' handling of the fight, calling the event successful in promoting and staging the fight card, which saw four championship bouts, though just like any first-time experience, more needs to be polished. "Marami lang mga pagkukulang pero correctable naman sa susunod." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 24th, 2018

People’s Champ

SA edad na 39, ipinakita pa rin ni Senator Manny Pacquiao na hindi pa rin panahon para isabit niya ang kanyang mga boxing gloves. Kahit iniharap sa kanya ang mas batang kalaban na si Lucas Matthysse sa Kuala Lumpur, kitang kita kung papaanong tila ginawa lang niyang sparring partner ito.….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

Pacman gets high marks

GENERAL SANTOS CITY—With just less than three weeks left before his defining fight with WBA champion Lucas Matthysse, Manny Pacquiao’s handlers were pleased with the work ethic shown by the 39-year-old legend.Just moments after Pacquiao displayed his old and fiery form on Tuesday, staggering sparring partner Gherich Chavez with a….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 26th, 2018

Pacquiao floors sparmate

Manny Pacquiao is nearing peak form less than three weeks before he tries to dethrone Argentina's Lucas Matthysse as World Boxing Association welterweight king. On Tuesday in General Santos City, the world's only eight-division world champion staggered sparring partner Gherich Chavez with a single solid straight to the jaw. The 39-year-old Pacquiao then paused briefly to give Chavez a respite. "I would say he is already 85 percent ready but we don't want him to peak too soon," said chief trainer Buboy Fernandez, echoing the observations of strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune. "He is right there where we want him to be right now," said Fortune. Pacquiao challenge...Keep on reading: Pacquiao floors sparmate.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 26th, 2018

Manny Pacquiao 85 percent ready as Matthysse fight draws near

GENERAL SANTOS CITY--With just less than three weeks left before his defining fight with WBA  champion Lucas Matthysse, Manny Pacquiao's handlers were pleased with the work ethic shown by the 39-year-old legend. Just moments after Pacquiao displayed his old and fiery form on Tuesday, staggering sparring partner Gherich Chavez with a single solid straight to the jaw, chief trainer Buboy Fernandez and strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune gave high marks for their champion. Pacquiao had to pause for ten seconds to give Chavez a respite, as old timers recalled memories of the Filipino's single knockout punch that took the lights out of Emmanuel Lucero in 2003 in Los Angeles. "I would say he is 85 already percent ready and we don't want him to peak too soon," said Fernandez, who is leaving no stone unturned in their preparation for "Fight of Champions," the biggest boxing event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia slated on July 15 at the Axiata Arena. Fortune concurred with Fernandez. "He is right there where we want him to be right now," said the Australian coach who is seeing a resurgent spirit of the only boxer in history who has won eight world titles in eight different divisions. Pacquiao challenged himself Monday morning, testing himself to the limit by climbing the steepest route in Maasim, Sarangani province. "It's a sign that Manny is trying to ask himself questions whether he still has it or not. That talks a lot about his warrior spirit," said Fortune. Meanwhile, Matthysse is also doing all he can to match whatever firepower Pacquiao will be bringing to battle. Under the tutelage of Joel Diaz in Indio, California, Matthysse promised to keep his belt at all costs. Matthysse's promoter Oscar Dela Hoya also dispelled rumors that the fight might be cancelled due to financial problems as alleged by Pacquiao's long-time and former promoter Bob Arum of rival Top Rank Promotions. "I feel very, very confident the fight is going to happen, let's put it that way," said Dela Hoya in an interview with boxing scribe Steve Kim. Matthysse is planning to arrive in Kuala Lumpur ahead of everyone to acclimatize for 10 days prior to the match. "I might be there for about ten days, I want to go out there and help Manny promote and do my rounds in Malaysia. I have my plane tickets already. So we're set to go, we have a fight," De La Hoya insisted. - RELEASE.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 26th, 2018

Boxing: Jonas Sultan heads to US for historic world title bout against champ Jerwin Ancajas

With a little over two weeks to go before his historic all-Filipino world title bout against reigning and defending IBF Super Flyweight World Champion Jerwin Ancajas, ALA Promotions rising star Jonas Sultan has made his way stateside.  The 26-year old Zamboanga del Norte native arrived touched down in Los Angeles, California earlier this week.  "Nagpapasalamat ako na nakarating na ako dito sa Los Angeles," Sultan told ABS-CBN News' Steve Angeles. "Excited na ako sa darating na laban. Medyo kailangan ko mag-adjust sa weather so I need more practice here." The upcoming title bout at the Selland Arena in Fresno is the biggest opportunity to date for the up-and-coming Sultan, who boasts a 14-3 professional record with nine wins coming via KO. And while he's riding a five-fight winning streak with wins over former world champions Sonny Boy Jaro and Johnriel Casimero, Sultan is coming in as a heavy underdog against Manny Pacquiao protege Ancajas.  Ancajas will be looking for his fifth successful title defense.  To make sure that Sultan will be primed and ready for his first crack at a world championship, he's being joined in training camp by three-division world champion and ALA Promotions stablemate Donnie "Ahas" Nietes.  Nietes, who just recently announced his move up to the super flyweight division, will be the perfect training partner for the young Sultan.  "Tinutulungan ko si Jonas Sultan mag-ensayo dito, baka mag-sparring din kami," said Nietes.  For Sultan, having Donnie in camp is more than just getting an elite-level training partner. "Masaya ako kasi kasama ko si Donnie," said Sultan. "Inspiration ko kasi siya, world champion siya. Alam ko mabibigyan niya ako ng tips kung paano lumaban kay Jerwin." Nietes, the longest-reigning Filipino boxing world champion could have an all-Filipino world title match in his horizon as well, as the WBO has reportedly ordered a title match for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight World Championship between Nietes and fellow Negrense Aston Palicte.  While there is no official announcement yet, Nietes says that it's better to stay ready and in shape.  "Siyempre para sa akin, dapat reding-ready ako anytime, baka biglang mag schedule na." Before jumping up to 115-pounds, Nietes successfully defended his IBF Flyweight World Championship against Juan Carlos Reveco in Los Angeles last February.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 6th, 2018

Horn enlists Filipino as sparring partner

MANILA, Philippines - If WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao has an Australian strength coach by his side, challenger Jeff Horn has for himself a Filipi.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 29th, 2017

Pacman picks Khan for April 23 fight

MANILA, Philippines -  Manny Pacquiao has chosen, decided and agreed to fight Amir Khan, his former sparring partner and someone he considers his friend, on.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 26th, 2017

Diaz gets help from Mexican boxing stars for world title fight vs Sor Rungvisai

BANGKOK---Mexican challenger Iran Diaz is getting all the help he can get ahead of his world title fight against Thai boxing champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai less than two months from now. After Mexican ring legend Juan Manuel Marquez took the role of adviser, Diaz tapped another one of Mexico's boxing stars in Juan Francisco Estrada to be his sparring partner. "Like what I said before, we will need all the help that we can get to win in Bangkok this coming October," Ernesto Salgado, Diaz's trainer, said. We are happy thatJuanFranciscoEstradareached out to us and spared a little of his time to work withIran." The odds are stacked against Diaz, who will be fighting in his first world...Keep on reading: Diaz gets help from Mexican boxing stars for world title fight vs Sor Rungvisai.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 27th, 2018

'GrabThatFlight: Grab and GetGo partner to bring Filipinos closer to their dream destinations

Grab and GetGo Rewards by Cebu Pacific today announced a new tie-up that will bring more travel opportunities to Grab users. Starting today, Grab consumers can start converting their GrabRewards points to GetGo points. For just 1000 and 4,500 GrabRewards points, members will be able to get 100 and 500 GetGo points respectively, which they can use to redeem for free flights to any Cebu Pacific destination. To mark the partnership between Southeast Asia's largest loyalty program and the leading lifestyle rewards program in the Philippines, Grab and GetGo will roll-out a special rewards promotion. Jetsetter consumers are in for a treat as Grab and GetGo will double the number of GetG...Keep on reading: #GrabThatFlight: Grab and GetGo partner to bring Filipinos closer to their dream destinations.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 6th, 2018

Pacquiao sparmate Kambosos stops Filipino Magboo

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – What he learned from a master teacher, George Kambosos applied in one actual test on Sunday, July 15. True to his word, the 24-year-old Australian, a prime prospect in the lightweight division, made short work of Jay Ar Magboo, stopping the native of Agoncillo, Batangas, in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

Target practice for Pacquiao

Australian conditioning coach Justin Fortune said recently his goal for Manny Pacquiao in sparring to get ready for WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse of Argentina is precision punching, not brawling, and he’ll keep the rounds to a minimum to preserve the Filipino icon for the big fight at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur on July 15......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

Pacquiao does 6 rounds of sparring

Manny Pacquiao capped his first week of sparring by doing six rounds yesterday against a Filipino boxer with a ring record of 24-21-1 and a Greek-Australian at the Wild Card Gym in General Santos City......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2018

PLDT Group launches ‘MVP Rewards’ program

PLDT, Inc. on Tuesday introduced a rewards program for its customers, as well as Smart, TNT, and Sun users. Under the Most Valuable Partner (MVP) rewards system, customers can enroll their PLDT Home, Smart, TNT and Sun accounts on the Web site www.mvprewards.ph, and link all of them to a single rewards wallet. Customers will […] The post PLDT Group launches ‘MVP Rewards’ program appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2018

‘We’re not weak’: Thai trans boxer to blaze trail in France

Wearing red lipstick and a pink sports bra, Nong Rose trades blows with her twin brother in a Thai boxing gym, preparing for a foreign debut that will make her the first transgender fighter to enter the ring in France. A few weeks ahead of the Muay Thai match in Paris, the 21-year-old is training hard in central Thailand's Chachoengsao province, with her brother as sparring partner. Boxing is part of the siblings' DNA -- they learned how to jab, cross and kick from their uncle, a professional Muay Thai fighter, who started teaching them the basics when they were eight. "Since (we were) little ones, we used to fight... but she was always stronger than me," Nong Rose's twin br...Keep on reading: ‘We’re not weak’: Thai trans boxer to blaze trail in France.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 1st, 2018

Donnie Nietes: A Decade of Championship Greatness

The Philippines has produced many boxing legends, from the likes of Pancho Villa and Gabriel “Flash” Elorde to Luisito Espinosa and Gerry Peñalosa, and Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire Jr. However, none of those mentioned above can measure to the longevity of the reign of one Filipino boxing champion, who up to this day remains on top of his game and has never been beaten in a world title fight. His name is Donnie Nietes. For Donnie 'Ahas' Nietes, the journey to greatness started on September 30, 2007, when he defeated Thailand's Pornsawan Porpramook for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) minimumweight title. The victory gave Nietes his first world boxing championship, but nobody knew back then that it was the start of what would end up as the longest reign in Philippine boxing history. Believe it or not, ten years after he became a world champ for the first time, Nietes remains a world champion, only in a heavier weight class that is the flyweight division. Previously, Gabriel 'Flash' Elorde held the record for holding the world junior lightweight title from 1960 to 1967, a period of seven years. Nietes held the WBO minimumweight title from 2007 until 2011, when he was forced to relinquish it after winning the WBO light flyweight crown on October 8, 2011. Nietes held the WBO light flyweight crown until 2016, when he gave it up to move up in weight and challenge for the world flyweight title. From September 2007 until May 2016, Nietes reigned uninterrupted as world champion in two weight categories -- a period of almost nine years, thus making him the longest reigning champion in Philippine boxing history. In April 2017, Nietes added another feather on his cap by winning the IBF flyweight title and becoming the country's third three-division world champ after Manny Pacquiao and, Nonito Donaire Jr. Overall, Pacquiao won an unprecedented eight division titles while Donaire captured four regular world crowns. But here's what sets Nietes apart from Pacquiao and Donaire Jr.: Neither Pacquiao nor Donaire Jr. enjoyed a title reign as long as Nietes.' Also, unlike Pacquiao and Donaire, Jr., Nietes has never been knocked out in a world title fight. Nietes has actually never lost when a world title is at stake as the only loss in his career happened in a non-title bout in September 2009 against Angky Ankota. Nietes is unbeaten in his last 32 fights, with only three fights ending in draws. He answered, “After I lost that fight against Ankota, I trained hard to improve my skills and movement. I stay focused during practice. I give my best and I work really hard. For me, it is very important to always have self-discipline” the humble champion added. Nietes is also the true “Mexecutioner,” as he has never lost to a Mexican challenger. Ahas is 16-0 with one draw against Mexican opponents. Whenever he fights in Mexico, he always gets the rock star treatment that he truly deserves as boxing fans there know very well of his greatness. While he does not get the same adulation here, the good thing is that Filipinos still have a chance to appreciate and cheer for Nietes as he seems to get even better and stronger through the years.  Nietes is a tireless workhorse in the ring, which explains why he remains a world champion to this day despite being already 35 years old. He has no trouble making the weight for his fights which speaks well of his conditioning. When he is asked about his motivation, he answered, “I always get prepared whenever I have a scheduled fight. I want to remain a World Champion and give honour to my family and my team ALA boxing stable”. Nietes also offers an unconventional fighting style that allowed him to stay this long as world champion. On offense, Nietes can box and brawl and owns an overhand right that carries above-average power. On defense, Nietes' penchant to crouch low has made him a hard target to find. Nietes always keeps himself ready for the next fight. On regular days, the Filipino Champion loves to do biking. Sometimes he travels with groups.  span style="font-size: 13px;">Sometimes by himself. But what makes it really special is that his biking group conducts a feeding program for children on those provinces that they visit. “For me its dual purpose, I could stay fit through biking and at the same time I could share my blessings with other people and meet new friends.” /span> Giving back has always been part of Nietes’ goals, as someone who grew up in poverty. He was working as a janitor in the ALA Boxing Gym before taking up boxing. From his modest earnings as boxing champion, Nietes has built two homes, one in Mandaue and the other in his native Bacolod, and financed his siblings' education. He describes himself as a kind, simple and an ordinary person. “I am a boxer who is trusts in God. Before my fight, I always pray because on the ring, there is no one to help me but God.” When asked about his humble beginnings, he says, “In order to succeed, you must listen to the advice of your parents. For me, the number one rule is to honour them and avoid disobedience. They always tell me to do good deeds. We must follow. We may not agree with their decisions but your parents is always thinking on what is good for you” he added. In his most recent interview, an overjoyed Nietes expressed his appreciation for all his supporters and the people behind the success of his career, saying, “I would not have been celebrating my 10th year as a world champion if I weren’t given the chance to box in the first place, so I want to thank my manager, sir ALA,” talking of the ALA Boxing Group’s top honcho, Tony Aldeguer. “I’m very grateful to my promoter, ALA Promotions, our partner TV network ABS-CBN, the local and international media, my family, friends, fans, and of course, God Almighty who made all this happen. It has been a long journey, but nothing beats the happiness I feel being identified as Donnie “Ahas” Nietes, the longest-reigning Filipino world champion” he added. Unbeaten in the last 13 years and a world champion in three weight divisions, Nietes has indeed earned his place in the pantheon of great Filipino world champions. Thankfully, Filipinos can still witness his greatness because the country's longest reigning boxing champion is not done winning yet.  br />   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 30th, 2017

McGregor slams sparring partner for walking out

McGregor slams sparring partner for walking out.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 13th, 2017