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Pacquiao wins more than Mayweather’s millions — Manny’s fight unites Filipino countrymen across the globe

Pacquiao wins more than Mayweather’s millions — Manny’s fight unites Filipino countrymen across the globe

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Rhea Panela

By Rhea Panela
For Northwest Asian Weekly

The Super Bowl is the biggest sports event of the year for Americans, and for Filipinos living in the United States, the boxing matches of Manny Pacquiao have the same effect. Filipino families spend days preparing for the viewing of fights from the comfort of their own living rooms, inviting other relatives and friends to join in what could very well be described as a Filipino holiday. Guests enter a house and are immediately greeted by the mouthwatering aroma of crispy lechon (roasted pig), pancit (traditional Filipino noodles), and of course, there’s a pack of chilled beer for the men, all of which bring them back to their days in the Philippines.

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The big fight (Photo by Alex Wilson)

Pacquiao has been hailed a national hero, and in his most recently released original song, “Lalaban Ako” (“I Will Fight”), he sings in Tagalog, “Kahit maging sino ka man, dukha o mayaman, kung para sa bayan, sabay tayong lalaban.” These lyrics roughly translated into English mean, “No matter who you are, whether you’re poor or rich, if it is for the town, we will fight together.” The lyrics bear a strong, personal message to Filipinos all over the world.

The Philippines has been in turmoil for decades under a government that the citizens have accused of corruption such as embezzlement and graft. This is why many natives choose to immigrate to other countries in pursuit of a better life.

However, the country unites in peace and pride whenever there is a scheduled Pacquiao fight. Even opposing rebel soldiers suspend their battles in the southern war-torn provinces of the country in order to watch the boxing matches and support the nation’s most iconic celebrity. Now he holds additional responsibilities in politics as an elected congressman in the Philippines, hoping to uplift the economic and emotional well-being of the poorest regions of the country.

It is not about the millions of dollars and the pride of winning a title for Pacquiao, but rather the opportunity to represent the Filipino community in mainstream media and share his fighting spirit with them. He is one of the only well-known Filipinos out there on a global stage and for him to lose any match would mean that the superstar of the Philippines could slowly fall off the map of Hollywood-level stardom.

The long-awaited boxing match between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather that took place on May 2 was expected to be the “Fight of the Century.” There was disappointment  not only that Pacquiao lost, but also because there were such high expectations for this specific fight alone that Pacquiao unfortunately was not able to uphold.

There  has been so much pressure on Pacquiao to win his fights because his people have so much pride in him. “Filipino Pride” has been one of the most treasured values carried by any Filipino, whether they live in the Philippines or overseas. Those who do not understand the culture tend to see this pride with a negative connotation, and sometimes Filipinos are referred to as cocky or that they always complain in defense of a fellow Filipino in a competition, such as in the cases of American idol runner-up Jessica Sanchez and Miss Universe 2012 1st runner-up Janine Tugonon who both had massive fan followings from both the Philippines and in the United States.

What I personally see as the reason behind such reactions is that they have such high expectations for a person of Filipino background to make it big in an industry, whether it be pageantry, entertainment, or sports, because they hope that there will finally be a role model for them to look up to and possibly help lift up the reputation of the Philippines. The role model has the honor of representing not only the home country, but also foreign and American-born Filipinos who are minorities in the United States and abroad.

Unfortunately for Filipinos who clasped their hands and prayed for Pacquiao, the people’s pride, to win, Pacquiao lost the match to Mayweather. However, while Mayweather stood on each corner of the ring, pointed to crowd, and shouted out, “I won! I know I won!” the majority of the audience met him with loud boo’s and “Pacquiao! Pacquiao!” Pacquiao fights can  bruise emotionally while the boxer is beaten physically.

What really mattered that night was that the entire world could see how much Pacquiao really meant to his people and his fans. Mayweather may have taken home the money and the winning title, but Filipinos and all Pacquiao fans showed their passion and support for their fighter. No matter what, Filipino pride cannot be shattered thoroughly. That night, Pacquiao won something that his opponent could not take home with him. He had won the hearts of over a million people, and that love carries a deeper value than Mayweather’s $180 million. (end)

Rhea Panela is currently a journalism student at the University of Washington.

Posted in Commentaries, Vol 34 No 19 | 5/2-5/8Comments (2)

Typhoon survivors cheer Pacquiao triumph over Rios

Typhoon survivors cheer Pacquiao triumph over Rios

By Bullit Marquez
Associated Press

Manny Pacquiao (Photo from Manny Pacquiao web page)

TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) – Thousands of survivors of Typhoon Haiyan erupted into wild Read the full story

Posted in Sports, Vol 32 No 49 | 11/30-12/6Comments (0)

Right hand ends Pacquiao’s night

Right hand ends Pacquiao’s night

By Tim Dahlberg
AP Boxing Writer

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Before Saturday night, Pacquiao and Marquez had already met in the ring three times. Now, a fifth may be upcoming. (Photo from Manny Pacquiao)

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (AP) — The idea of Manny Pacquiao being knocked out cold was shocking enough. The sight of him face down on the canvas, unresponsive even as bedlam broke out all around him, was positively frightening. Read the full story

Posted in Sports, Vol 31 No 51 | 12/15-12/21Comments (0)

Manny Pacquiao shows off other talent — singing — on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

Manny Pacquiao shows off other talent — singing — on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

In a screen cap, Manny Pacquiao sings "How Deep is Your Love" with Jimmy Kimmel on "The Jimmy Kimmel Show" last week.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Manny Pacquiao is taking a beating in the center of this ring. He barely knows a word of this Bee Gees song, which is a bit too high and complicated for his singing skills. He’s struggling to read the lyrics off the cue cards — probably because he’s wearing sunglasses in a dark studio. Read the full story

Posted in Sports, Vol 30 No 46 | 11/12-11/18Comments (0)

Pacquiao-Mayweather deadline passes without deal

By Greg Beacham
The Associated Press

Manny Pacquiao reluctantly will look for another opponent for his next bout after promoter Bob Arum’s deadline for a deal with Floyd Mayweather Jr. passed Saturday without a word from Mayweather.

In the latest improbable twist in the torturous negotiations for the most tantalizing prospective fight in boxing, Arum said Mayweather’s camp simply hasn’t responded to a contract proposal with no obvious points of contention.

Pacquiao already has agreed to extensive drug testing and an equitable split of the earnings from what’s likely to be the richest fight in boxing history.

“Floyd, for whatever reason — and I’m sure he has some valid reason — didn’t want to commit,” Arum said.

Although Arum was careful not to criticize Mayweather, saying the fighter who calls himself Money could take the incredibly lucrative offer at any point in the next week or so, Arum plans to open discussions with Antonio Margarito and Miguel Cotto for a fight with Pacquiao in November.

“(Pacquiao-Mayweather) is dead when we conclude a deal for Manny’s fight in November,” Arum said. “Then we’re contractually bound to that fight, and we would look to do a deal with Floyd for next year. If Floyd emerged and said he wanted to do the fight (in November), then there would be nothing opposed to doing the fight.”

Arum claims he couldn’t wait any longer to start the time-consuming process of putting together a fight for Pacquiao, whose personal schedule has tightened up with his election to congress in his native Philippines this year. Arum said Top Rank needs several months to put together television deals and publicity tours for the bout.

Pacquiao and Mayweather are their sport’s top two stars, and a meeting likely would be worth more than $40 million to each fighter. They’ve discussed a bout for several months since Mayweather’s return from a brief retirement, but haven’t made a deal.

Although he hasn’t spoken directly to Mayweather, Arum believes the former pound-for-pound champion might be reluctant because of the legal woes of Roger Mayweather, his uncle and longtime trainer. Roger Mayweather will go on trial in Las Vegas next month on assault charges stemming from an altercation with a female boxer last year.

“It would be a shame if it didn’t happen, but I don’t think (anybody) should be too harsh on Floyd in this situation,” Arum said. “I would have liked him to communicate, but I really believe that this issue with the uncle has an effect. Putting myself in their shoes, I would feel a lot of reluctance going into this big fight without my trainer, and we’re not going to know what the outcome of this criminal situation is for quite some time.”

Arum also gave a little insight into the murky negotiations, which were conducted with much less public grandstanding than in the rancorous talks during the 2009 holidays, which ended with no deal — and with Pacquiao suing members of the Mayweather camp for insinuating he uses performance-enhancing drugs.

Arum said he never spoke directly to Mayweather, his representatives at Golden Boy Promotions or even Al Haymon, Mayweather’s chief adviser. Instead, Arum spoke solely to HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg, who served as a mediator between Top Rank and Mayweather’s camp.

Mayweather’s camp has been silent throughout the negotiations, with Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer even refusing to acknowledge talks were occurring. Haymon never grants interviews or makes public statements about his varied boxing interests.

Mayweather’s official Twitter feed, which usually is overflowing with plugs for his iPhone application, music ventures and charity endeavors, hasn’t been updated since Thursday afternoon.

Although Top Rank informed Greenburg of its deadline — and even tweaked Mayweather by putting a countdown clock on its website — Greenburg and Haymon hadn’t responded by Friday night.

“The fight that we want to do is Mayweather,” Arum said. “We haven’t said anything different, we haven’t acted differently, but Manny has to fight in November. We’re going to proceed with all deliberate speed, but if in the interim Floyd decides that, despite the Roger situation, that he wants to fight Manny, absolutely, that’s the fight we want.”

Pacquiao is unlikely to have much trouble reaching a deal with either of the replacement opponents identified by Arum. since Cotto and Margarito both are fellow Top Rank fighters.

Pacquiao stopped Cotto last November to win the WBO welterweight title in a fairly one-sided fight, but Arum said the rematch would be at super welterweight, where Cotto rejuvenated his career by claiming the WBA title at Yankee Stadium last month. The match also is enticing because Pacquiao could go after a title in his eighth weight class.

While Pacquiao and Cotto would meet either at Cowboys Stadium or in Las Vegas, Arum said Pacquiao might have to fight Margarito in Monterrey, Mexico — which could be a financial boon to both fighters, given Mexico’s lower withholding taxes. Margarito’s suspension in California still hasn’t been lifted after he was caught using illegal hand wraps in a January 2009 bout, essentially making him unable to fight anywhere stateside without an exemption.

Arum scoffed at the notion of matching Pacquiao against Paul Williams, Timothy Bradley or other lesser-known fighters who might be even more deserving of a shot at the world’s best boxers, calling them “free riders” on Pacquiao’s financial muscle.

“Paul Williams is a tremendous fighter, really a great fighter, but he’s never been promoted correctly,” Arum said. “He doesn’t have any following. He can’t sell a ticket. … I’m not going to let anybody have a free ride.”

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Pacquiao marches on as true star of boxing

By Tim Dahlberg
The Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The fight was long over and most of the biggest crowd to see a fight in the U.S. in 17 years had found their way out of massive Cowboys Stadium. Manny Pacquiao was in the shower, where one member of his entourage surely was in charge of selecting his shampoo while another had the task of making sure the towels were just right.

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Column: Pacman don’t need no ’roids, he’s got dynamite!

Column: Pacman don’t need no ’roids, he’s got dynamite!

Mark Lee

By Mark Lee
Northwest Asian Weekly

The Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight has now been called off.  Pacquiao has also filed a defamation lawsuit against Mayweather, his father Floyd Sr., his uncle Roger, and Golden Boy Promotions for allegedly accusing him of using performance-enhancing drugs. Read the full story

Posted in Column: You Talkin' to Me?, Vol 29 No 8 | 2/20-2/26Comments (78)

Manny Pacquiao shows greatness in small package

Manny Pacquiao shows greatness in small package

By Tim Dahlberg
The Associated Press

Boxer Manny Pacquiao (left) poses with his opponent, Miguel Cotto. Filipino Pacquiao won his fight against Cotto on Nov. 14.

Boxer Manny Pacquiao (left) poses with his opponent, Miguel Cotto. Filipino Pacquiao won his fight against Cotto on Nov. 14.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Manny Pacquiao had a hat perched jauntily on his head, a bandage wrapped neatly around his right ear. His real work done for the night, he was heading down the Las Vegas Strip to sing a few songs with his band.

Everyone was invited, but there was a catch.

“Of course, you have to buy tickets for the concert,” Pacquiao said.

Not a problem. Anyone who watched Pacquiao cement his place in boxing lore on Nov. 14 by giving Miguel Cotto a terrible beating would have gladly paid a few more dollars to see him in action again, even if it was with a microphone in his hands.

Across town, his opponent was at the hospital, getting some tests to make sure Pacquiao’s fists didn’t cause any permanent damage. Cotto wasn’t taking any chances, and all it took was one look at his bloody and misshapen face to know it was a wise decision. Read the full story

Posted in Sports, Vol 28 No 48 | 11/21-11/27Comments (3)

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