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The Pacquiao-Mayweather battle

Jess Garcia

By Jesus A. Garcia Jr.

SUNDAY morning (Dec. 14) when I read the headlines of our national broadsheets saying that the much-awaited megabucks world title battle between Filipino boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Floyd “Money” Mayweather will finally push through on May 2 next year. I was not stunned and just shrugged it off the news knowing that Mayweather is full of antics to coax the world scribes and boxing buffs all over the world to make him look like a distinguished ring fighter and make the ballyhooed battle with Pacman very bankable (good for Top Rank and Showtime promotions). But I surmise it will not push through on the said date. If you’re really an avid follower of Mayweather, you should know him well enough.

What I know about his boxing career is his determination to surpass the record of the late undefeated world heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano (49-0 with 48 knockouts) before he fights Pacman.

Mayweather toting 47 wins sans defeat with 26 knockouts is just short of three victories to better Marciano’s achievement, and I believe he can do it since most of his foes are not as good as Pacquiao. So, he will likely demand (again) some ridiculous conditions that will not be acceptable to the Pacquiao camp, especially Bob Arum. And, he will not only be obstinate in his demand to exclude Bob Arum in the promotion of the fight, but will also demand at least 100 million dollars, a demand he made in 2010, not to mention higher share of the pay-per-view revenues. He will ask for Las Vegas as venue for the fight knowing Arum will insist on Macau. He is not nicknamed “Money” if he’s not an avaricious man.

These will be his excuses to delay his encounter against Pacman in order to clinch his 50-0 record before clashing with Pacman. He wants that dream realized badly. He wants to be listed in the world boxing book as one of the greatest boxers or even the greatest boxer of all time! Obviously he knows that Pacman is the only threat to his dream . So, until the contract is signed, I will not believe that the May 2, 2015 encounter will happen. It will happen but it will not be soon. Let’s wait and see.

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I was in Alaminos City last December 15 to watch the second game of the best-of-three championship series of the 2014 Alaminos City LGU Olympics between the teams of Mayor Arthur Celeste’s Red Lions and Vice Mayor Jing Aquino’s Wildcats. The Wildcats narrowly won the first match, 68-65, and duplicated their triumph in their second clash, 87-79, and dethroned the defending champions Red Lions. I failed to see how the former PBA player Jun Marzan accidentally or deliberately elbowed Wildcats key player Randy Saman midway in the fourth quarter that blooded and dislocated two front teeth of the latter. The boos from the big crowd irked veem Aquino, his assistant playing coach Coun. Anton Perez and Aquino’s chief of staff Melchor Raranga. (Coun. Orange Humilde was also there to cheer the Wildcats). Except for that incident, the final match run smoothly. My heartfelt congrats to the organizers. Mabuhay po kayo. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYBODY.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know any man?” And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. LUKE 1: 33-35

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