Donaire hailed as 2012 BWAA Fighter of the Year

Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire will receive the coveted “Fighter of the Year” award otherwise known as the Sugar Ray Robinson Trophy from the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA).

Donaire, the reigning WBO superbantamweight champion, is the second Filipino to receive the prestigious award after Manny Pacquiao who bagged the BWAA Fighter of the Year award thrice in 2006, 2008 and 2009.

Donaire’s rivals for this award include Danny Garcia and Robert Guerrero of the U.S., Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico and another Pinoy, Brian Viloria.

The 30-year-old Donaire (31W-1L, 20 KOs) had four notable wins in 2012 against Wilfredo Vasquez Jr. of Puerto Rico(SD12), Jeffrey Mathebula of South Africa (UD12), Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan (TKO 9) and Jorge Arce of Mexico ( KO 3).

The BWAA Fighter of the Year Awards started in 1938 and was renamed after boxing great Sugar Ray Robinson, who won Fighter of the Year in 1950.

This marks the fourth time in the last seven years that a Filipino boxer has been honored by boxing journalists in the United States.

Way to go Donaire!!!

Sunday shocker

Timothy Bradley scored a split decision over Manny Pacquiao that his fans deemed shockingly bizarre.

The unbeaten American, outfought and outgunned by Pacquiao throughout much of the 12-round bout, took a surprise decision and snatched the WBO welterweight crown from the Filipino superstar before a dejected predominantly pro-Pacquiao crowd at the MGM Grand.

Bradley, who hurt his ankle early in the fight and ended up in a wheelchair after the bout, couldn’t have made it without the help of two of the three judges whose minds, critics believed, were perhaps somewhere else, far outside the arena packed with a lively crowd of 14,206 on Saturday evening here and millions more all over the world.

Pacquiao, fighting like the vintage champion that he was in search of a convincing win after a lackluster performance the last time out, put the pressure on Bradley and was ahead for fans and fight experts’ scorecards.

But the judges saw it otherwise.

Jerry Roth gave it to Pacquiao, 115-113, but C.J. Ross and Duane Ford handed it to Bradley, 115-113, for the split decision.

“It is so bizarre. It is unfathomable,” said Top Rank chief Bob Arum in the post-fight press conference.

Upon hearing the decision, the eyes of the ageless promoter almost popped out of his head. He faced the press box, his arms spread on the ropes, wide-eyed.

Arum was surprised like he’s never been in his life, and it looked like he wanted to leave the ring as soon as possible.

“I have never been ashamed to be associated to the sport of boxing as I am tonight. This is ridiculous. This is absurdity,” he also said, adding that as stipulated in the fight contract, there will be a big rematch. The date already set for Nov. 10.

“I want a rematch. I want a rematch,” said Pacquiao.

Even the winning score for Pacquiao was questioned and contested because it was hard to believe that the fight was really that close.

After ring announcer Michael Buffer read Roth’s winning score for Pacquiao, there was a hush from the crowd. Then Buffer read the scores of Ross and Ford, and after brief pause, he announced Bradley as “the new” welterweight champion of the world.

The crowd, mostly Pacquiao fans, instantly reacted with boos that must have been heard along the famous Strip. Those inside the arena, except for the judges, were stunned, even American mediamen who had Pacquiao winning convincingly.

Pacquiao fans froze from their seats.

“This is the worst boxing decision I’ve seen in my life,” said the former mayor of Manila and one of Pacquiao’s biggest supporters Lito Atienza, on his way out of the arena.

Pacquiao dominated the fight that lasted 12 rounds, giving away more than a couple of rounds at most. He had Bradley in trouble at times, like in the fourth round when the American staggered. But he failed to bring Bradley down even once.

Still, it doesn’t mean that Pacquiao had no right to win the fight. The punch stats were all for the Filipino fighter who hadn’t lost a fight in seven years and three months, when he dropped a bloody decision against Erik Morales in the same MGM ring.

Bradley said he got his second wind in the sixth round, and started to move more, landing occasional punches to Pacquiao’s head and body. In the last three rounds, Bradley became more aggressive because he said that’s what his trainer asked him to do.

He also said he sprained his left ankle as early as the second round. He showed up for the post-fight presser on a wheelchair, and had to leave early to be taken to the hospital for X-Rays.

“I was told by my corner that if I win the final round I would win the fight,” said Bradley, who remained undefeated in 29 fights. He was the WBO junior-welterweight champion, and moved up to challenge Pacquiao.

On his wheelchair, Bradley said he was still “shocked” and didn’t know what to say. But felt that he deserved the victory.

“What do you want me to do?” he replied to one question. “There were judges and two of them felt I won the fight. I’m the new champion. We did it baby. I’m the new champion. Let’s do it again.”

The 33-year-old Pacquiao took only his fourth loss in his career (54-4-2) and how this loss would affect him will be worth watching. He fought a good fight, and was so much in control he often challenged Bradley to come in. He smiled a lot inside the ring.

Pacquiao just couldn’t believe it.

“I don’t know what happened,” he said in an interview inside the ring. “I did my best but my best wasn’t good enough I guess. I have no problem with the rematch. I will be ready.”

Pacquiao said Bradley never hurt him during the fight, because most of those punches he was able to block with his arms.

Did he feel he won the fight?

“No doubt,” he said.

Manny Pacquiao’s 3rd fight with Marquez

Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez VS Manny "Pacman" Marquez

This November 12, 2011 another interesting fight will happen. It is the Pacquiao VS Marquez 3 fight at Chelsea Pier New York. The two boxers will match again after their 2 fights which already won by Manny Pacquiao. The Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez are still on his way in getting back from his lost from his fight to Manny Pacquiao. He is not convinced about their 2nd fight because he believed that he won that fight against Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. To remind you, their 2nd fight is a very tough fight that everyone was eager to watch that fight.

Before the press conference starts at the North America kick-off international Media tour Manny Pacquiao performed the song at a press conference in Las Vegas ahead of his title fight against Juan Manuel Marquez. But many was shocked when someone ask Pacquiao about his song, and Pacquiao said: “I will tell you now, I’m not a good singer but I can sing and I love to hear songs,”

Manny Pacquiao vowed that his third fight against Juan Manuel Marquez will be very different than their previous bouts. Marquez is proudly to say that he ready to face Pacquiao in their third fight. “I’m not saying it’s going to be an easier fight but I have to train hard,” said Pacquiao. He told ESPN’s Sports Center the main difference will come from his improvement as a fighter. “I have had a lot of changes. I’m stronger now compared to years ago,” said Pacquiao. “I learned more techniques and strategy for my style, and I’ve improved my right hand,” he added.

Pacquiao and Marquez figured in 2 closely fought matches in 2004 and 2008. In 2004, the Filipino boxer decked Marquez 3 times in round 1. The Mexican, however, rallied in the following rounds to escape with a draw. In their 2008 rematch, Pacquiao hammered a split decision against the Mexican by scoring a knockdown in the 3rd round. The Filipino boxer said he will post a more convincing win this time now that he’s fighting in a higher weight division. “I’m very comfortable moving up to the higher division,” said Pacquiao.

Manny is guaranteed to have $22 – $30 million USD in the said fight that depends upon the pay-per-view sales.

Fighting Congressman Manny Pacquiao of Sarangani province is seeking a higher government position in 2013. He said he will be retiring by 2013 in his boxing career. “By 2013 I am running for governor and it’s going to be hard for me to continue my boxing career,”

And on their 3rd fight on this coming November, many sports enthusiasts and experts that said that it will really a smart and a full of heart fight by the both boxers because of their determination in winning this fight.

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Donaire hits Montiel with a Flash.

Sunday, February 20, 2011 – at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas. Another honor has been brought for the Philippines by Nonito “the Flash” Donaire for his win against the undefeated Mexican fighter Fernando Montiel.

Montiel who holds a 44-2-2 (win-loss-draw) record, 34 of this won via knockout, the defender. And Donaire who’s the challenger, has a 25-1 and 17 KO’s.

Some are saying that this 12 round fight is going to be tough for Donaire, because his opponent is known to be very competitive and a courageous fighter inside the ring, so this is really a chance for the Filipino Flash to prove that he has the qualities alike of the fellow Filipino 8th Division title holder Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.

Montiel and Donaire seems to have a good friendship on their weigh in, but as they enter the ring and their fight started, both of them became fierce and fearless to conquer each other, hungry as wolves for the title WBC/WBO bantamweight.

shots taken from Donaire-Montiel fight

In the first round, Donaire move his way aggressively on Montiel. While the Mexican fighter didn’t move any further to take on Donaire. A left drive to the face stunned Montiel and a shot to the body made him grimace from overwhelming stunts given by his opponent. Donaire is noticeable to be more confident on the second round as he continued to dominate the game, but Montiel stood his ground and started to find the range with his left. A great left hook to the face stopped Donaire in his position and focus. Montiel tried to defend his self against the Filipino boxer as he stepped in closer to engage, but Donaire gave out a counter left hook that beat Montiel on his face made him lie down unconscious and dumbfound in seconds, also made him like electrocuted by the blow given by Donaire. Filipino’s and fans at the ringside started to cheer as the Filipino boxer also started to jump seeing the coming end of this fight. Montiel tried struggling to stand and get back on his momentum; however the Flash executed another batch of punches on the Mexican fighter that made the game end. With this knock-out win fight against undisputed Fernando Montiel.

Nonito Donaire became the second superstar of the Asian nation today, and now also named as the no.3 pound-for-pound boxer by the Ring Magazine. Donaire really made his name way up there after this fight, and proved himself to everyone that he had the qualities of a special boxer.

PHOTOS: mannypacquiao.ph, boxnews.com.ua, montielvsdonaire.com

Pacman invites Obama on his Mosley Fight

BY: KRIS JOHN ENCOMIENDA

Congressman Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, eight-division world champion goes to US for a multicity promotion tour of his next fight. He and his wife travelled the roads of Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York City to visit the United States President Barack Obama at the White House.

Cong. Pacquiao and U.S. Pres. Obama

Cong. Pacquiao and U.S. Pres. Obama

Manny Pacquiao restrained all the people of Los Angeles, California, New York City and Washington D.C from their works whom waited hours and hours to see him. Fans of the boxer cheered and started yelling the name of the sports icon as he crosses along the streets up to entrance of the White House. All of the people were so busy and thrilled to take photos of the Boxing champ using their phones and camera lens during that time.

Sarangani’s Congressman had an exchange of talk with the US President Obama about basketball and of course boxing and some side talks of business and political matters. After that conversation, the two men took some pictures, on this moment the boxing champ said “this is an unforgettable experience in my life” (Manny); they doing boxing and different poses in the Oval office.

Pacquiao received grocery bags full of bags of blue M&M’s chocolates with the presidential seal and a watch also decked with the presidential seal from the World’s one of the most powerful men, President Obama.

the meeting

the meeting

Also one of the purposes of Manny going to the office of the President Obama is to invite him to watch personal on his upcoming battle against the American fighter Shane Mosley on May 7, 2011 at MGM Grand, Las Vegas. But the president answered this with an “NO” for the reason that he probably be doing so much that day, but then he promised to watch their fight on TV.

This remarkable day meeting of the two of the most influential people is made possible by Sen. Harry Reid, whom Pacquiao helped during his senatorial campaign.

Pacquiao is set to generate over a P600M, which will absolutely get higher based on the amount that will be earned from pay-per-views.

Pacquiao vs Mosley

Pacquiao vs Mosley

PHOTOS: pinoyambisyoso.com, pinoyambisyoso.com, pacquiao-vs-mosley-update.blogspot.com

Floyd Mayweather Jr. will retire again, Pacquiao vs. Cotto Plan B.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. can retire if he wants to and Manny Pacquiao will just end up fighting whom he wants to.

Amid reports that the American superstar has “retired” a second time, Pacquiao watched as Miguel Cotto stopped Yuri Foreman yesterday to crown himself as the new WBA super-welterweight champion.

Bob Arum had said that if Cotto wins, and the fight with Mayweather doesn’t push through, then he might push for a second match between Pacquiao and the new super-welterweight champion from Puerto Rico.

That’s Plan B, as far as Arum is concerned, even if the Top Rank president reportedly isn’t buying Mayweather’s retirement episode, which came out of The Examiner the other day, hook, line and sinker.

Michael Koncz, Pacquiao’s chief adviser, talked to www.insidesports.ph yesterday about the possibility of a rematch between Pacquiao and Cotto, who was stopped inside 12 rounds by the Pinoy icon last November.

Koncz talked about a “minor discussion” within Team Pacquiao just as they left the Yankee Stadium after the Cotto victory. The Canadian adviser to the world’s greatest fighter said they’re going “to see what happens.”

A rematch with Cotto should give Pacquiao a crack at the “Eighth Wonder,” an eighth world title in eight different weight classes. So far, he’s the only fighter in history to have seven world titles in differnt weight classes.

Still, it’s the fight with Mayweather which everybody’s been hoping to see in November.

For one, facing Cotto at 154 lb may put Pacquiao at a disadvantage.

While Pacquiao had faced Oscar dela Hoya, Cotto and Joshua Clottey at 147 lb, he’d never weighed in heavier than 142 because his handlers feel that’s as far as he can go, and climb the ring at around 149.

Cotto must have climbed the ring way over 160 pounds against Foreman.

“Mabigat na masyado ang laban sa 154 (A fight at 154 would be too heavy),” a Team Pacquiao insider said was how Pacquiao had reacted.

Mayweather said in a videotape that he wants another “year or a couple of years off boxing” and if he does then it should dash all hopes that the superfight between him and Pacquiao would ever happen.

Aside from Cotto, also lining up for a shot at Pacquiao are former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito and Juan Manuel Marquez.

Home is the champ: Pacquiao arrives with wife Jinkee

Newly-crowned World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and his entourage – led by wife Jinkee with whom he shared a much-applauded kiss – arrived in Manila early Friday morning to begin a long day filled with interactions with an adoring public, including a mass at Quiapo church, a mall press conference, and a motorcade.

The Pacman arrived on board PAL Flight No. PR 103 from L.A. at around 5:20 a.m., marking yet another triumphant return from yet another victory overseas (over Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico), this feat placing him in the record books as the first-ever seven-division champion in boxing.

Accompanying the 30-year-old Pacquiao in his flight, aside from his better half, were his parents Dionisia and Rosalio along with his good friend Deputy National Security Adviser Chavit Singson and other members of his training team. Rosalio, who had long been separated from the champion’s mother, was in Las Vegas to see his famous son fight for the first time at ringside.

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Pacman’s magnificent seventh

LAS VEGAS – On a cold Saturday evening, Manny Pacquiao put on the hottest performance of his life, winning an unprecedented seventh world title in different weight classes, and this time making sure that he’ll be remembered forever as the greatest of them all.

It was nine degrees outside when the 30-year-old Filipino superstar waged war against the bigger Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico at the MGM Grand. The fight looked one-sided even if it wasn’t, and in the end, after almost 12 rounds, Pacquiao was declared winner via technical knockout.

Referee Kenny Bayless stepped in and waved his hands to put an end to the fight, a bloody one for Cotto, when the 29-year-old underdog took a big left to the head and looked ready to fall for the third time, pinned on a neutral corner. The end came in the 55-second mark of the final round.

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Pacquiao to face ‘best Hatton ever’ on May 2, says ‘Hitman’

MANILA, Philippines – As he sets out to Las Vegas to wrap up his training, Ricky “Hitman” Hatton claimed that he is in the shape of his life now and insisted that he would shock Filipino pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao with a dominating performance come May 2.

“It’s the best shape I’ve ever been in this far out,” Hatton, interviewed by Sky Sports in London prior to his departure on Sunday (Monday in Manila), said.

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Arum seeks Pacquiao’s yearend foe

MANILA, Philippines—With divergent opinions as to whether or not Floyd Mayweather Jr. would make the perfect yearend foe for Manny Pacquiao. Top Rank chief Bob Arum has decided to look at yet another face—and possibly, in another weight division.

The 80-year-old American promoter said Pacquiao could be ranged against junior middleweight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. late this year in what could be another classic Philippines-Mexico clash.

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