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Could Pacquiao’s political aspirations bring his boxing career to a halt?

March 8, 2012

Recent article” Manny Pacquiao for president in the Philippines?” published in the Wall Street journal talked about super star boxer’s political aspirations and a possibility of him running for the presidency of Philippines in 2022. His political career and rising popularity and influence is a true Cinderella story. Manny Pacquiao got into politics to help his people and they responded by electing him a congressman in 2010.

Currently young congressman makes a living in the boxing ring, pretty good living. Pound for pound king of sweet science has been quoted contemplating retirement recently. Fans all over the world are holding their collective breath for a miracle match up between Manny Pacquiao and undefeated American star, Floyd Mayweather. Considering all that have transpired between these two in the past several years it would take a real miracle for them to finally get into the ring. For now, Pacquiao is scheduled to face another undefeated American fighter, Timothy Bradley. They are to meet in the squared circle on June 9th, 2012 at the Mecca of boxing, MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

“Timothy Bradley has the hand speed. He has the foot speed. He has the game plan to be very competitive with Manny Pacquiao,” said Manny’s promoter Bob Arum at the Los Angeles press conference last month:” That’s why we made this fight, because fans are going to be tremendously entertained.”

Pacquiao’s trusted coach, and confidant, Freddie Roach shared the same sentiment about Bradley while making a sly dig at Floyd Mayweather.

“It’s nice to be fighting a fighter who is undefeated,” said Roach who recently turned 52:” And not worried about loosing that zero on his record that’s willing to challenge us. This is going to be a very good fight. Timothy is a very tough opponent. I have watched him fight many times. He is very aggressive and very strong and we are going to be at our best to beat him. We are going to train our asses off and get ready for this one.”

Rest assured Timothy Bradley will be ready for the biggest opportunity of his life and his boxing career. The question is if Manny Pacquiao, with one foot out of the door, could still focus on the task at hand.

“Please watch our upcoming fight on June 9th,” said Pacquiao who recently turned 33:”It’s going to be a good fight because Timothy Bradley is a strong fighter. He likes to fight toe to toe and he is undefeated. I think it’s going to be a lot of action in the ring, so what we are going to do is we are going to train hard. We are going to have at least ten weeks of training for this fight.

I hope it’s the same with Timothy Bradley that he will train hard so we can give a good fight in the end for all the people who are going to watch the fight on June 9th. Thank you to all of you for your support and to all boxing fans, and of course, above all, I thank god for everything.”

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Freddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao v. Timothy Bradley is “All We’ve Got”

October 11, 2011

Sometimes it feels like Manny Pacquiao and Bob Arum take a poll of which fighter fans want the Filipino champion to fight next – and then do the exact opposite.

For days now, rumors have circulated that Timothy Bradley is likely the next fighter to get a shot at Pacquiao after they both make quick work of their November 12 opponents. Pacquiao, of course, is fighting Juan Manuel Marquez that night and, Bradley, for his part, will star on the undercard in a bout versus Joel Casamayor.

The speculation only increased when Bradley officially inked a long-term deal with Arum’s Top Rank group. With the move, Bradley essentially brought himself into the fold and, theoretically at least, made himself the most viable candidate to get dibs on a main event showdown against Pacquiao.

Given Arum’s longstanding history of giving his golden goose a fight against other Top Rank fighters, Bradley’s move makes sense.

Recently, Freddie Roach talked to Ring TV and pounded home the notion that Pacquiao vs. Bradley will likely be on the agenda in 2012.

“Bradley is a tough kid,” Roach said. “But I guess that if you have to mention Tim Bradley, then I’m like, ‘Is that all that we’ve got? Tim Bradley?’ Since Bob Arum has signed him, that’s what everyone is assuming – that Manny Pacquiao is next for Tim Bradley. So maybe I will have to assume that too.

“Tim Bradley ducked one of my guys, Amir Khan, and he would get knocked out by my other guy, Manny Pacquiao.”

Roach’s reaction is hilarious on a number of levels. Everything from his dismissive tone regarding Bradley’s shot at standing toe-to-toe against Pacquiao to repeatedly saying that he’s “all we’ve got” to, best of all, calling him out for ducking Khan is classic. It’s vintage Roach – brutally honest and basically saying what everyone at home is thinking.

Too bad the other geniuses that hover around Pacquiao don’t share Roach’s common sense approach to life. And just in case anyone was starting to doubt whether Roach still understood the fans like he did back in the day, he dropped this little tidbit:

“Everyone still hopes that the fight is out there with Mayweather, I’m sure. I’d rather see Mayweather against Manny than Tim Bradley against Manny. But is Pacquiao-Mayweather going to happen? We just have no idea,” Roach said. “I guess if Floyd Mayweather doesn’t come to the table, then that is all we’ve got, Tim Bradley.”

There is nothing more that needs to be said – Roach said it all for us.

No one wants to see Bradley get whipped by Pacquiao because, at the end of the day, that’s precisely what would happen. He’d get whipped in boring beatdown. And yes, a fight against Mayweather would be ideal, even after all of the pitfalls and annoyances that everyone has experienced over the last two years.

If only Roach would comment on Sergio Martinez’s challenge.

Then the man who runs Wildcard Gym in Hollywood would officially be the greatest man in the world.

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2011 NBA Playoffs Schedule

April 16, 2011

Bulls vs. Pacers
(1)        Chicago
(8)        Indiana
Game 1: at CHI, Sat. April 16, 1 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 2: at CHI, Mon. April 18, 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3: at IND, Thu. April 21, 7 p.m. ET, NBA TV
Game 4: at IND, Sat. April 23, 2:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 5: at CHI, Tue. April 26, If Necessary
Game 6: at IND, Thu. April 28, If Necessary
Game 7: at CHI, Sat. April 30, If Necessary

Heat vs. 76ers
(2)        Miami
(7)        Philadelphia
Game 1: at MIA, Sat. April 16, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC
Game 2: at MIA, Mon. April 18, 7 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3: at PHI, Thu. April 21, 8 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 4: at PHI, Sun. April 24, 1 p.m. ET, ABC
Game 5: at MIA, Wed. April 27, If Necessary
Game 6: at PHI, Fri. April 29, If Necessary
Game 7: at MIA, Sun. May 1, If Necessary

Celtics vs. Knicks
(3)        Boston
(6)        New York
Game 1: at BOS, Sun. April 17, 7 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 2: at BOS, Tue. April 19, 7 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3: at NYK, Fri. April 22, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 4: at NYK, Sun. April 24, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC
Game 5: at BOS, Tue. April 26, If Necessary
Game 6: at NYK, Fri. April 29, If Necessary
Game 7: at BOS, Sun. May 1, If Necessary

Magic vs. Hawks
(4)        Orlando
(5)        Atlanta
Game 1: at ORL, Sat. April 16, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 2: at ORL, Tue. April 19, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV
Game 3: at ATL, Fri. April 22, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Game 4: at ATL, Sun. April 24, 7 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 5: at ORL, Tue. April 26, If Necessary
Game 6: at ATL, Thu. April 28, If Necessary
Game 7: at ORL, Sat. April 30, If Necessary

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Spurs vs. Grizzlies
(1)        San Antonio
(8)        Memphis
Game 1: at SAS, Sun. April 17, 1 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 2: at SAS, Wed. April 20, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV
Game 3: at MEM, Sat. April 23, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 4: at MEM, Mon. April 25, TBD
Game 5: at SAS, Wed. April 27, If Necessary
Game 6: at MEM, Fri. April 29, If Necessary
Game 7: at SAS, Sun. May 1, If Necessary

Lakers vs. Hornets
(2)        Los Angeles
(7)        New Orleans
Game 1: at LAL, Sun. April 17, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC
Game 2: at LAL, Wed. April 20, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3: at NOH, Fri. April 22, 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 4: at NOH, Sun. April 24, 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 5: at LAL, Tue. April 26, If Necessary
Game 6: at NOH, Thu. April 28, If Necessary
Game 7: at LAL, Sat. April 30, If Necessary

Mavs vs. Blazers
(3)        Dallas
(6)        Portland
Game 1: at DAL, Sat. April 16, 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 2: at DAL, Tue. April 19, 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3: at POR, Thu. April 21, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 4: at POR, Sat. April 23, 5 p.m., TNT
Game 5: at DAL, Mon. April 25, If Necessary
Game 6: at POR, Thu. April 28, If Necessary
Game 7: at DAL, Sat. April 30, If Necessary

Thunder vs. Nuggets
(4)        Oklahoma City
(5)        Denver
Game 1: at OKC, Sun. April 17, 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 2: at OKC, Wed. April 20, 8 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3: at DEN, Sat. April 23, 10 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 4: at DEN, Mon. April 25, 10:30 ET, TNT
Game 5: at OKC, Wed. April 27, If Necessary
Game 6: at DEN, Fri. April 29, If Necessary
Game 7: at OKC, Sun. May 1, If Necessary

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/basketball/nba/04/13/playoff.schedule.2011/index.html#ixzz1JgyaJAv4

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Pacquiao extends stay in typhoon ravaged Baguio

October 20, 2010

BAGUIO CITY – Whatever Manny wants, Manny gets.

Even in the matter of going back to Manila from his almost one month of altitude training here, its Manny Pacquiao’s wish that prevailed.

To the consternation of trainer Freddie Roach whose decision to leave Baguio City yesterday was again overruled by the seven-division champ’s desire to stay one more day here for reason only he knew.

Team Pacquiao will instead leave Thursday after another day of sparring at the Shape Up Boxing Gym at the Cooyessan Hotel.
If it’s any consolation though, Roach said the postponement can also benefit Pacquiao as it will give him the opportunity to box with Amir Khan for several more rounds.

“That’ll more than make up for lost time brought about by bad weather that cancelled at least two days of roadwork,” Roach said by way of consoling himself.
Khan, the World Boxing Association junior-welterweight kingpin, also cancelled his flight to the United States. He will join today’s trip to Manila instead and probably also join the team’s flight to Los Angeles Saturday.

Khan tests Pacquiao’s mettle anew in another four-round skirmish in, including another seven-round against regular sparmates Glen Tapia and Michael Medina, serves as his last in this, the country’s summer capital.

Counting the 68 rounds had earlier done, the reigning WBO welterweight titleholder will end his Baguio training with a total 79 rounds.

Roach told the Manila Standard he will be scheduling 60 rounds more to round out his sparring in his Los Angeles’ Wild Card Gym where the team will stay before proceeding to Texas for the Filipino icon’s 12-round date with tough Mexican Antonio Margarito.

The “Pacman” and the “TijuanaTornado” battle November 13 (Nov. 14 in Manila) for the vacant World Boxing Council junior-middleweight crown at the multi-million-dollar Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

Despite his disappointment in not leaving for Manila yesterday, Roach expressed elation with the way his ward did the mitts and shadow-boxed yesterday.

He was, in fact, all smile and was exchanging jokes with Pacman after the day’s session.

“It was a good two days,” he murmured in reference to yesterday and Tuesday sparring that saw Pacquiao and Khan wowed all those admitted inside the gym with their speed and punching power.

For the second straight day, Pacman’s wife Jinkee watched her husband workout yesterday.

Pacman’s latest showing in the gym came as a stark contrast to Saturday and Monday sessions that failed to impress Top Rank top honcho Bob Arum, who, incidentally left for Manila yesterday following a five-day stay here.

 

Source – philboxing.com

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The Mind Behind Manny Pacquiao: Freddie Roach

September 3, 2010

In the coach-athlete relationship, it’s always touching to see the athlete undergo a transformation into an even better athlete under the coach’s guidance. As I have watched Pacquiao’s boxing career in the last 5 years skyrocket into boxing fame and prestige, there has been one notable man right in his corner – Freddie Roach. As the skilled and savvy boxing trainer that has gone up against such trainers as Nacho Beristain, Roger Mayweather, and Floyd Mayweather, SR, Roach stands above everyone else because his fighter Pacquiao wisely listens to the man in his corner with a clear objective – to box and win.

As far as I can see, there is something genuine and kind about the Pacquiao – Roach boxing relationship. The partnership has met with its challenges, especially since Pacquiao’s focus has increasingly ventured outside of the ring. Pacquiao is a true multi-tasker and with his current political success back in the Philippines, Roach remains busy. As the Mayweather – Pacquiao mega-bout buckled in contract negotiations and hearsay, it’s been considered what will happen to the Hall of Fame Roach and what are his prospects? Can he or will he find another Pacquiao like fighter in the current boxing pool of talent?

Even as Roach suffers from Parkinson’s, he shows no signs of resting or settling down from boxing. Physically, his body may resist, but mentally, Roach is there for his fighters. More importantly, boxers and MMA fighters seek Roach to help improve their boxing. He will continue to train as long as he can. It’s a true testament to his physical and mental will to battle a disease that can only get worse. He is a living and breathing example that if mentally and physically motivated, you can defeat anything. Roach is a true fighter even outside the ring.

If and when he should decide to retire, Roach has always made it clear that his fighter Pacquiao calls all the shots. But it’s not as if he doesn’t have a say either. I’ve never been quite clear just how much influence Roach has on Pacquiao, but he’s always been adamant about training and protecting Pacquiao by choosing fighters that he knows he can beat. There is no doubt that Roach has made Pacquiao into a better fighter by showing diligence with analyzing Pacquiao’s opponents so perfectly that he has been able to predict that his boxer will come away as the winner.

In his last two bouts, Pacquiao had a tendency to test his opponent and not necessarily as a form of strategy. Against Cotto, Pacquiao wanted to test his body by physically taking shots and biting the jab. And, against Clottey, Pacquiao did the same thing in the opening rounds. Roach brushed this aside and set Pacquiao back into boxing. Pacquiao listened and won both bouts. But it does reveal a moment that a fighter is breaking free from his trainer to a degree – knowing his own ability, but for a brief moment stepping independently and showing everyone else what he can really do. Roach does not tolerate such independence, but instills his fighting will and pulls his fighter back to settle to the immediate task – to box and win.

As Pacquiao is a living and boxing result of Roach’s training, I’d also like to mention that there is something about Roach that makes him a trainer that a fighter that can trust. I believe that Roach genuinely cares and cultivates his fighter to be not only the best fighter possible, but the best person as well. Roach is an obvious man of integrity. Even as the Pacquiao steroid accusations were being thrown around by the Mayweathers, Roach did not hurl back any insults except to maybe challenge Floyd Mayweather (JR or SR) himself and put the fight to the ring where it belongs. Roach has a level of grace and kindness that works with his fighters and the success rate is obvious. Roach works his fighters hard and I always thought it was motivating for Pacquiao sparring partners to accept his $1,000 challenge to knock his fighter out. I don’t think he’s had to make good on that bet just yet.

Since Roach’s boxer Pacquiao has met with such great success over a period of time, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum and Golden Boy promoter Oscar De La Hoya should really look to the Hall of Fame trainer to work with their young prospects. As Roach helped train De La Hoya in his bout against Mayweather, JR., he knows firsthand how motivating Roach can be. Although the partnership ended with a loss for De La Hoya, Roach does know how to take a boxer’s assets and turn them into powerful boxing weapons. But enough about his past, Roach’s future imprint remains steady as he has now worked with some established and talented boxers.

Roach currently offers training assistance to world class champion and female Filipina fighter, Ana “Hurricane” Julaton, 7-2, 1 KO. Julaton became the current WBO Women’s Super Bantamweight titleholder when she defeated Maria Elena Villalobos,
7-4, 3 KO’s back in June. Even as Julaton suffered a loss and a bad cut against Lisa Brown, 17-4, 5 KO’s in March, she came back stronger to earn the WBO belt. I’m sure she’ll continue her winning ways

Golden Boy fighter and talented champ Amir Khan, 23-1, 17 KO’s, shows definite championship potential to dominate at light welterweight. But it’s a division that is filled with potential challengers. It won’t be easy for De La Hoya to match up Khan because I’m sure it’s also a matter of who will be the challenging fighter for Khan, but at the same time be financially rewarding. With Roach, Khan showed a good jab and power cross combination with a cultivated lead hand. In his last fight against Paul Malignaggi, 27-4, 5 KO’s, I observed that Khan didn’t necessarily beat the animated Magic Man from Brooklyn. Khan defeated Malignaggi with an 11th round TKO and defended the WBA Light Welterweight title.

As Roach helped Pacquiao through the various weight divisions, he does have training experience with heavyweight and cruiserweight fighters. He is the former trainer of James “Lights Out” Toney, now MMA fighter (I guess – insert wink emoticon here). He has also trained Michael Moorer. In August, Roach was in the corner of Nigerian Cruiserweight Lateef “Power” Kayode, 13-0, 12 KO’s. Kayode, 27 years old, stands at 6’3, and defeated Puerto Rican fighter Alfredo Escalera, JR, 18-3, 12 KO’s with an 8th round TKO. MMA fighters such as Dan Hardy, Arlovski, and Anderson Silva have all sought boxing (or stand up) assistance from the Hall of Famer Trainer

There is also one possibility that wouldn’t be a bad decision for Roach. It would be okay that once Pacquiao hangs up his gloves, Roach may consider retirement (in the Philippines) as well. And this is one fortunate option that isn’t necessarily a bad one. But as I can tell, Roach has no such intention and will always be in the ring with his fighter supporting and cheering his fighter to be only the best and come away as the winner. It’s the only option Trainer Freddie Roach truly knows.

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Venus Raj BB Pilipinas

September 3, 2010

For those who don’t know Venus Raj, she is a child born out of wedlock. She was born in Doha, Qatar and after birth her mother take her to Bato, Camarines Sur in Bicol Region, Philippines. Her aunt registered Venus as a Philippine-born child to Roman Catholic parents.

The early life of Venus Raj was not the usual cozy life some enjoys, she lived in a nipa hut made of wood, bamboo and anahaw leaves with no electricity in the middle of a sprawling rice field in the rural Bato town for more than twenty years. She allegedly used rice paddy dikes for her early training where she eventually developed her distinct catwalk.

Venus started to join beauty contests at the age of 17 as well as other contests like oratorical and public speaking. She trained well in Englis and won major contests when she participated in.

Her greatest achievement is winning the Bb. Pilipinas Universe in 2010. However, like her childhood life the Bb. Pilipinas Charities did not make it easy for her. They stripped her off the crown after the alleged inconsistencies between her birth certificate and the personal account of her birth. The organizers failed to understand the situation she was in.

Venus Raj and her fans never surrendered despite what happened and after months of campaign online and offline, she was reinstated to the title of Bb. Pilipinas Universe and was allowed to compete in the Miss Universe 2010.

Venus Raj holds the record as the first-ever dethroned Binibining Pilipinas to have successfully attempted for a reinstatement of a Binibining Pilipinas crown. This had been her biggest problem and also her biggest triumph.

She might not have answered the question well but her accomplishment is far greater than anyone could have imagined. This is Miss Philippines Venus Raj’s major major problem and major major triumph.

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Covet Affairs Cast

August 23, 2010

Main cast

* Piper Perabo as Anne Catherine (“Annie”) Walker: a 28-year-old CIA trainee who is suddenly promoted to field operative in order to help capture her ex-boyfriend, but the cause of her promotion is unknown to her. She speaks seven languages, including English, Russian,[3] Spanish,[4] Turkish, Hebrew, German,[5] and Portuguese, which she says is her favorite.[6]
* Christopher Gorham as August (“Auggie”) Anderson: a CIA military intelligence/special ops officer who was blinded while on a mission in Iraq. He guides Annie through the paces at her new job. He has four older brothers.[5]
* Kari Matchett as Joan Campbell: a senior officer who heads the Domestic Protection Division (DPD); Annie’s supervisor and Arthur Campbell’s wife.
* Anne Dudek as Danielle Brooks: Annie’s older sister, who is married and has two children, and in whose guest house Annie lives. She is unaware of Annie’s real career, knowing only Annie’s cover—that she is a curator at the Smithsonian Museum.[3]
* Sendhil Ramamurthy as Jai Wilcox: a CIA officer who replaces Sheehan. His family has a long history with the CIA; his father Henry was formerly the DCS.