Espinoza: Boxing is business

UNLIKE in the olden days, boxing today is all about business. In his heyday, Gabriel “Flash” Elorde won several fights here and abroad but he never made it to the very rich status of the present crop of boxers like Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. In the more recent fight, while he was magnanimous in accepting defeat [...]

Espresso: Fixing Manny

THE loud boos said it all: it was a “robbery” in Las Vegas — though it happens all the time in the casinos – as Manny Pacquiao’s winning streak ended in a controversial split decision in his bout against American Timothy Bradley. It is by far the most questionable conclusion in boxing history, even as [...]

Malilong: ‘Surambaw’

THE shock defeat of Manny Pacquiao in the hands of Timothy Bradley Jr. also exposed an inadequacy in the English language. It has no equivalent to the Visayan word that best describes the decision. “Travesty” or “rip-off” is close but it is not as colorful as, nor does it capture the nuance or essence of, [...]

Cabaero: Late Pacquiao

WHERE is Manny Pacquiao?” “Ang tagal naman.” “Pacman! Pacman! Showtime!” These were the impatient Twitter messages before the fight. The reason Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao lost in his fight Sunday was because he let the judges wait for close to 20 minutes before he climbed up the ring. He came on the so-called Filipino [...]

Quijano: Manny’s ultimate sacrifice

I HAD it 117-111 for Manny Pacquiao. I have scored hundreds of fights-not officially of course, but more often than not, I am corroborated and sustained by better analysts/ writers. In this case, the Associated Press shared my tally. But admittedly, scoring rounds is a subjective activity and so it could perhaps be reasonably argued [...]

Wenceslao: Pacquiao at the crossroads

WE watched Manny Pacquiao’s bout with American Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas, Nevada on pay-per-view last Sunday in the comfort of our home. One thing good with PPV is that the coverage of the event is continuous. That gave me and my wife Edizza a chance to observe without distraction Pacman’s demeanor when he entered [...]