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The timing of the second Pacquiao-Bradley fight was fraught with symbolism. As far as I know, this was the first time Manny Pacquiao fought on Palm Sunday (our time), and I thought we’d either get an early Easter or an early Good Friday. We’d either be sent to heights of jubilation or depths of despair.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Even though Mayweather would win


The undefeated Floyd Mayweather has an excellent reason to finally agree to a hundred-million-dollar fight with Manny Pacquiao: The odds are he would win. And Pacquiao has an additional reason to want the fight: The risk of losing is high.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Does Manny Pacquiao deserve tax exemption?

I appreciated Reni Valenzuela’s paean to Manny Pacquiao (“Smarter, stronger, Pacman showed heart,” Letters, 12/18/13). But we might want a more global or balanced presentation.

Posted: December 24th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Smarter, stronger, Pacquiao showed heart

Heart is what makes a man real “conqueror” in victory. Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao’s dominance of the hard-hitting, pressure fighter Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios was awesome. The same “old” Pacman is not only back, he is back smarter and stronger.

Posted: December 17th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Who among Pacquiao’s rivals can dictate on BIR’s big boss?

In our midst and times, it is unfortunately quite easy for most everybody being haunted by a court case, or before the bar of public opinion, to outright shout to the four winds, “Ah, that’s nothing more than political harassment!”

Posted: December 2nd, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Other boxing greats also had bouts with taxman


Manny Pacquiao is now engaged in a fight that he cannot win. Unlike many of the bimbos that he conquered in the ring, the taxman is powerful and merciless in all countries, including the Philippines. The whole country is watching this new fight closely; as in his boxing bouts, the people are cheering him on.

Posted: November 28th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »



All of Manny Pacquiao’s fights have imposed a tremendous burden on him. Each time he fought in the past, I’d worry about him losing. Of course there’s always that possibility in any fight and with any fighter, but such has become our level of expectation, no, of faith, that he would naturally win, I’d dread what would happen if he lost. Other people say, “Death is not an acceptable excuse,” we say, “Defeat is not an acceptable option.” At least with our hearts if not with our mouths.

Posted: November 25th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Wishing very much to be wrong on Manny Pacquiao

Intuitively, the imminent defeat of the Pacman in the hands of Brandon Rios in their forthcoming November fight at Macau appears predictable enough. He could be done in the seventh round.
The odds at this point against Manny Pacquiao are formidable, to wit:

Posted: October 24th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Andy Veneracion on discipline


Sometime in 1999 I wrote about Manny Pacquiao, a young boxer who was the reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight champion. He had a bright future ahead of him but in preparing for his first title defense, he allowed himself to balloon to an unbelievable 133 lbs, or more than 20 pounds beyond the upper limit in his division. Weeks before the fight, he also decided to do a movie and get married to his girlfriend. As expected, he had trouble making the weight limit. The fight went on, but he had weakened himself too much in the attempt to comply with the weight requirement and was in no condition to wage a decent battle.

Posted: August 18th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

President Pacman? It’s just a ploy

The “Manny Pacquiao for president” news reports were just a ploy to generate local and international interest in Representative Pacquiao’s boxing bout with American fighter Brandon Rios this coming November.

Posted: August 12th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »



My first thought was that they were text jokes, and if so the joke was on them since they had just texted someone out of the country. But no, they weren’t jokes at all, they were perfectly serious.

Posted: December 17th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Time for greatness

HE WAS a big lean copper spring, tightened and retightened through weeks of training until he was one pregnant package of coiled venom… And the spring, tormented with tension, suddenly burst with one brazen spang of activity.”

Posted: December 11th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »



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