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Pacquiao relieved Mayweather is open to rematch

Balitang America - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 07:11

LOS ANGELES – After entertaining humanitarian groups in his home Manny Pacquiao was open and happy about a potential sequel to the so-called fight of the century.

On Tuesday morning Floyd Mayweather texted ESPN anchor Stephen A. Smith that he is willing to have a rematch with the Pacman after his shoulder heals.

“Happy naman ako,” said Pacquiao. “Ok naman, siya sa rematch. First, fix ko lang balikat ko. Sabi ng doctor total 100 percent magaling kailangan pahinga four to six months.”

Despite the punch statistics, and the unanimous decision loss Pacquiao, as well as one of his biggest supporters, believe that he had won the fight.

“Panalo naman tayo,” said Pacquiao. “Kung tingin mo iyong fight talo lang tayo sa ink.”

“He won the fight,” said former governor of Illocos Sur Chavit Singson. “He only lost to the judges like what happened to Bradley.

While the team has said they won’t take away credit from Mayweather’s performance, many believe there could have been a difference if Pacquiao, known for his flurry of punches, had full use of his right hand on fight night.

He reiterated there was no injury before the fight and the anti-inflammatory injection which was rejected by the state athletic commission before the fight would have only numbed the shoulder in case of pain.

“Ang sa akin ko naman, kung sa bagay naka wala naman ng sakit ng balikat ko one week before the fight and na wala na, hindi ako malaban na may sakit. Sumakit talaga dun sa maiwasan natin sa matindi action ng 4th round.”

Pacquiao has delayed Wednesday’s return home to the Philippines for surgery to repair his torn rotator cuff at the Kerlan Jobe Clinic.



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Witherspoon, Vegara on their biggest pursuits and taking charge in Hollywood

Balitang America - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 07:01

Two of the hottest stars in Hollywood combine their comedic talents in the comedy film Hot Pursuit.

Yong Chavez chats with Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara about their biggest personal pursuits, challenges, and being strong women in Hollywood.

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Balitang America - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 06:31

Should Manny Pacquiao retire or pursue a rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr.?

55% – retire
45% – rematch

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Fight fans sue Pacquiao over injury

Balitang America - Thu, 05/07/2015 - 04:18

By Agence France-Presse

LOS ANGELES – Two Nevada men filed a class-action lawsuit against Manny Pacquiao on Tuesday, seeking millions in damages because they say he fraudulently concealed a shoulder injury before his defeat to Floyd Mayweather.

It is just the latest fallout from Mayweather’s victory in Las Vegas on Saturday in a unanimous decision, with Pacquiao saying afterwards that the shoulder complaint hampered his performance in the welterweight world title showdown.

The plaintiffs argue that by failing to go public with the injury before the feverishly anticipated bout, the Philippine icon and his camp violated the Nevada Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

The suit filed in a US District Court in Las Vegas names Pacquiao, his manager Michael Koncz, promotional company Top Rank and Top Rank chairman Bob Arum and president Todd duBoef.

According to court documents available online, the lawsuit claims that when plaintiffs Stephane Vanel and Kami Rahbaran — who bought tickets, forked out pay per view fees or bet on the fight — the defendants “knew and had full knowledge and information that defendant Pacquiao had been seriously injured and was suffering from a torn rotator cuff.”

“Defendants further know that such injury would severely affect his performance,” the lawsuit says.

“None of the defendants informed or apprised the public or even the Nevada Athletic Commission about the injury to defendant Pacquiao.”

The clash between Pacquiao and Mayweather at the MGM Grand Garden Arena was billed as the “Fight of the Century.”

It’s certainly set to go down as the most lucrative bout in history, with possible revenue of $400 million.

That could include as many as three million pay-per-view purchases, at about $100 each.

The bout went the full scheduled 12 rounds, Mayweather easily winning on the judges’ scorecards to take his perfect record to 48-0.

After the fight, Pacquiao and Top Rank revealed the 36-year-old had been injured in training camp some three weeks earlier.

They said he’d been cleared by doctors to fight, although they had expected him to be able to take an anti-inflammatory injection on fight night, but the Nevada State Athletic Commission ultimately denied him.

Pacquiao attorney Daniel Petrocelli told The Los Angeles Times that he expects the lawsuit to be dismissed.

“It claims Pacquiao was injured (immediately) before the bout and that’s not true — he was injured (nearly a month) before the bout, was examined by doctors and cleared to fight,” Petrocelli said. “And he was examined by the commission right before he fought.”

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New GOP presidential hopefuls promise diversity, new leadership

Balitang America - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 08:30

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Mike Huckabee is making another run for the White House. The former Arkansas governor made it official Tuesday at his birthplace of Hope, Arkansas, saying, “So it seems perfectly fitting that it would be here that I announce that I am a candidate for president of the United States of America.”

Huckabee sought the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, but lost to Senator John McCain.

So where does this Southern Baptist minister stand on particular issues? On the issue of immigration, Huckabee said President Barack Obama exceeded his authority by issuing executive actions that seek to spare millions from deportation. But he supports the Dream Act, which allows children who were brought to the United States illegally to be given a pathway to legalization.

On the issue of economy, the former FOX anchor said he does not support raising the minimum wage, because it will not bring prosperity and independence to entry-level workers. Rather, he wants to focus on providing people education, training and experience — so they can aim to achieve their maximum wage.

Huckabee has been slammed for his low opinion of the LGBT community. He is against same-sex marriage, comparing homosexual relationships between consenting adults to illegal drug abuse.

Huckabee joins a crowded GOP field that already includes Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio.

Other GOP presidential hopeful s who announced their White House bid on Monday may lack political experience, but they surely bring diversity. One of them is retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, the only African American presidential candidate from either party.

He announced his bid for the White House in his hometown of Detroit. He said, “I’ll tell you. I’m Ben Carson, and I’m a candidate for president of the United States.”

Carson became popular after he declared that Obama’s Affordable Care Act is the worst thing that has happened in America since slavery, because “it makes everyone subservient to the government”.

Meantime, Hewlett-Packard’s former CEO Carla Fiorina is hoping her executive business credentials will match up to the Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s political experience. Fiorina is the first female candidate to seek the Republican Party’s nomination.

In her campaign video, she said, “It’s time for us to empower our citizens; to give them a voice in our government; to come together to fix what has been broken in our politics and in our government for too long.”

But focusing her campaign on her being a CEO could hurt Fiorina. Hewlett-Packard lost thousands of jobs on her watch and she was eventually forced out.

The field of presidential hopefuls is just expected to become even more crowded in the months to come. In terms of candidates who have formally announced their candidacy, the GOP has six and the Democratic party has two.

You may contact Henni Espinosa at [email protected] for more information.

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Voice Awards amplifies support for transgender community

Balitang America - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 07:45

While making beautiful music, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles also aims to make a difference in the world. Yong Chavez tells us all about the choir’s annual Voice Awards in tonight’s Balitang Showbiz.

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Obama vows to fight for young men of color beyond presidency

Balitang America - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 07:26

NEW YORK – With only about a year and a half left in his presidency, President Barack Obama’s post-White House plan is taking shape.

One of his plans is to initiate a non-profit foundation spin-off of “My Brother’s Keeper” – a program created following the controversial death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

During a speech at Lehman College in New York, the president addressed the importance of the initiative.

“Black boys and black men, Latino boys, Latino men, they experience being treated differently by law enforcement, in stops and in arrests and in charges and in incarcerations. The statistics are clear up and down the criminal justice system. There’s no dispute.” he said.

Over a year ago, Obama launched the initiative to address the opportunity gaps in the US with this goal: To improve and increase positive options for young minority men.

The president said, “It’s an idea that we pursued in the wake of Trayvon Martin’s death because we wanted the message sent from the White House in a sustained way — that his life mattered, that the lives of the young men who are here today matter.”

Obama addressed the policing issues in Baltimore, Ferguson and New York.

“That sense of unfairness and of powerlessness, of people not hearing their voices, that’s helped fuel some of the protests that we’ve seen in places like Baltimore and Ferguson and right here in New York. The catalysts of those protests were the tragic deaths of young men and a feeling that law is not always applied evenly in this country,” Obama said.

At the same time, Obama also honored the heroism of a Brian Moore, a New York police officer shot while on duty over the weekend.

“New York’s finest lost one of its own today. Officer Brian Moore, who was shot in the line of dutyon Saturdaynight, passed away earlier today. He came from a family of police officers. And the family of fellow officers he joined in the NYPD and across the country deserve our gratitude and our prayers, not just today but every day. They’ve got a tough job.” he said.

Obama promises to keep working on these issues, while in the White house and beyond. He says that it will remain his mission, not just for the rest of his presidency, but for the rest of his life.

You may contact Don Tagala at don_tagala@abs-cbn for more information.

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Fil-Ams march for Mary Jane, migrant workers on May Day

Balitang America - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 06:38

SAN FRANCISCO – Filipino workers and their advocates joined thousands of others across the world as they took to the streets on International Labor Day.

These kababayans say they march to uphold workers’ rights and to call for an end to wage theft.

They also march for overseas Filipino workers who are forced to leave because of lack of opportunities in the Philippines and victimized by their employers once they arrive in a foreign land.

“We want more jobs in the Philippines so there won’t be so many more of us who have to leave the country but there are no good jobs being offered by the Aquino government,” said Bernadette Herrera of Migrante Northern California.

“We want to say that life is also hard here in America but we are still trying to give money to our families back in the Philippines even though our wages are low,” said Rowena Viray, a caregiver.

These kababayans also march for overseas Filipino worker Mary Jane Veloso who is an alleged victim of human trafficking.

Veloso, now imprisoned in Indonesia, was sentenced to die via firing squad, but was spared after her alleged recruiter surfaced to seek police custody due to alleged threats to her life.

“She’s a victim,” said Viray. “She is struggling. No one wants to struggle. No one wants to be born in poverty.”

“We will continue to fight because we believe is a victim of human trafficking and we hope she will come home from Indonesia to the Philippines so she could be with her family,” said Herrera. “All of us around the world must fight for what’s happening in the Philippines.

Meanwhile in the Philippines, during a proceeding with the Department of Justice (DOJ), Veloso’s alleged recruiter, Maria Kristina Sergio and her live-in partner, Julius Lacanilao, opted not to submit any defense on new charges of human trafficking, illegal recruitment, and estafa filed against them.

Sergio and Lacanilao questioned the validity of their arrest because the charges were brought by the Veloso family, and not by Mary Jane herself.

However the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) maintains that human trafficking charges may be filed by a victim’s kin.

Some of Sergio’s alleged victims surfaced after they were traced and convinced by the NBI to file charges of human trafficking and large-scale illegal recruitment against Sergio.

Follow Rommel Conclara on Twitter @rommelconclara for more information.

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Mayweather wants Pacquiao rematch after surgery

Balitang America - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 05:52


MANILA – Unbeaten American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Tuesday said he is willing to fight eight-division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao again after the Filipino’s shoulder surgery.

Mayweather, in a text message to ESPN’s Stephen Smith, said he is willing to have a rematch with Pacquiao.

“I will fight him in a year after his surgery,” Mayweather said, according to the ESPN report.

Pacquiao, after consulting with a doctor in Los Angeles and having an MRI scan done, has decided to go under the knife to repair a torn rotator cuff that he injured during training camp.

The surgery will take place sometime this week.

Pacquiao suffered the shoulder injury in training camp with three weeks to go before the fight, but still opted to push through and face Mayweather.

Pacquiao said he was able to rest his shoulder in the final weeks of camp, even sending away his sparring partners, and was under the impression that he will be allowed to take an anti-inflammatory shot on fight night in order to numb the pain.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) barred him from taking the injection, however, and the injury was aggravated in the third round, Pacquiao said after the bout.

The “Pacman” threw fewer punches than Mayweather, and he later told reporters that he was essentially one-handed as he could not use his right hand to unload power punches.

Mayweather defeated Pacquiao via unanimous decision in their Las Vegas bout. The superbout, dubbed “Fight of the Century,” left many boxing experts and fans disappointed because of the lack of action because of Mayweather’s style inside the ring.

It was Pacquiao’s sixth career defeat in 65 fights. It was Mayweather’s 48th win.

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Pacquiao to undergo surgery for injured shoulder

Balitang America - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 05:51


MANILA - Filipino boxing legend Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao is set to undergo surgery to repair his injured right shoulder that severely hampered his performance against Floyd Mayweather Jr. last week.

Dyan Castillejo of ABS-CBN News reported Tuesday that Pacquiao, after consulting with a doctor in Los Angeles and having an MRI scan done, has decided to go under the knife to repair the shoulder that he injured during training camp.

The surgery will take place sometime this week, Castillejo reported. earlier reported that Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who has worked with other elite fighters including Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, said that Pacquiao has a “significant” tear in his right rotator cuff.

The boxer is expected to be out for nine to 12 months.

Pacquiao suffered the shoulder injury in training camp with three weeks to go before the fight, but still opted to push through and face Mayweather in the “Fight of the Century.”

Pacquiao said he was able to rest his shoulder in the final weeks of camp, even sending away his sparring partners, and was under the impression that he will be allowed to take an anti-inflammatory shot on fight night in order to numb the pain.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) barred him from taking the injection, however, and the injury was aggravated in the third round, Pacquiao said after the bout.

The “Pacman” threw fewer punches than Mayweather, and he later told reporters that he was essentially one-handed as he could not use his right hand to unload power punches. – Report from Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News.

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Pacquiao may be penalized by Nevada Commission

Balitang America - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 05:50


LAS VEGAS – Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao may be penalized by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for failing to disclose his shoulder injury ahead of his “Fight of the Century” against Floyd Mayweather Jr., the Associated Press (AP) reported.

Pacquiao suffered a shoulder injury in training camp with three weeks to go before fight night, but elected to push through with the bout. He was under the impression that he will be allowed to take an anti-inflammatory injection to numb the pain in his shoulder before the match started.

The NSAC barred him from taking the injection, however, and Pacquiao went on to fight Mayweather anyway. He said he aggravated the injury in the third round, and wound up losing a unanimous decision.

NSAC chairman Francisco Aguilar told AP that the state attorney general’s office “will look at why Pacquiao checked ‘no’ a day before the fight on a commission questionnaire asking if he had a shoulder injury.”

“We will gather all the facts and follow the circumstances. At some point, we will have some discussion. As a licensee of the commission, you want to make sure the fighters are giving you up-to-date information,” he said.

The AP reported that Pacquiao may face a fine or suspension for failing to answer the question accurately. The form was filled out before weigh-in on Friday last week.

A copy of the form was posted on the True.Ink website and showed that it was signed by both Pacquiao and his adviser, Michael Koncz. (Look at the form here.)

In a statement released Tuesday, Pacquiao’s team said they notified the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) – which was in charge of the drug testing protocol for the bout – of the shoulder injury that the boxer suffered, as well as the treatment that the doctors proposed for training and on the night of the fight itself.

“USADA spoke to Manny’s doctors twice, investigated, and confirmed in writing that the proposed treatments, if used, were completely allowed,” Team Pacquiao said. “The medication approved for the fight was a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (Toradol).”

Team Pacquiao said the “Pacman” continued training, and that his shoulder was already improving in camp. “Manny decided to proceed with the fight anticipating that he could receive his pre-fight treatment,” which had been approved by USADA, the team said.

Team Pacquiao further said that in a pre-fight medical form, Pacquiao’s advisors listed all the medication that the boxer used in camp, as well as the medication that he will use on fight night. But as Pacquiao’s doctors began the treatment, the NSAC stopped it saying they were unaware of the boxer’s injury.

Aguilar said after the fight that he was only made aware of Pacquiao’s shoulder injury a couple of hours before the fight.

“This was disappointing to Team Pacquiao, since they had disclosed the injury and treatment to USADA, USADA approved the treatments, and Manny had listed the medication on his pre-fight medical form,” Team Pacquiao said.

The team further said that USADA “provided a copy of its contract with the fighters to the Commission.”

But USADA’s Travis Tygart told AP that the agency was “only a third party to the fight, charged only with testing the fighters for banned substances in training and the night of the bout.”

Tygart said they had no medical information or any copy of an MRI scan or other documents.

“It was not an anti-doping issue,” Tygart told AP. “The real question is why his camp checked ‘no’ on the disclosure.”

“Either they made a terrible mistake not to follow the rules, or they were trying not to give information to the other side. I’m not sure there’s a middle ground,” he added.

Meanwhile, NSAC executive director Bob Bennett said of the situation: “It’s not just the fact that (Pacquiao) didn’t fill out the question completely. It was that he wasn’t honest and they didn’t tell us a month ago when he had the shoulder injury.”

“They’re not obligated to, but two hours before the fight, they wanted a shot that’s a pain-killer in essence. That put us in a very precarious position,” he added.

Some have wondered why Pacquiao did not ask for a postponement of the bout. The boxer told reporters yesterday that it was considered by his team, but eventually decided not to as they did not want to disappoint fans who waited for over half a decade for the bout. Moreover, his shoulder got better in the weeks leading up to the fight.

“As Manny has said multiple times, he makes no excuses,” Team Pacquiao said.

Pacquiao is now set to undergo surgery on his injured right shoulder, which has a “significant tear” on the rotator cuff, according to an ESPN report. He is expected to be out for at least six months.

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Why team hid Pacquiao’s injury

Balitang America - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 05:49

LOS ANGELES – Team Pacman made a lot of changes during its training camp for the Mayweather fight and the official line was that they wanted Pacquiao to focus on what needs to be done. This report tells us why the Pacquiao camp had to keep everything under wraps. 

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Breaking News: Pacman to get surgery

Balitang America - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 11:52

LOS ANGELES – Manny Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz and promoter Top Rank CEO bob Arum have confirmed that the Pacman’s shoulder is injured and will need surgery this week. Pacquiao had re-injured his right shoulder during his bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Pacquiao had been battling an injury he suffered in training camp several weeks ago, but was denied a numbing injection before the fight. Recovery for the surgery will take 9-12 months.

Although Pacquiao says it will take about six months for the recovery and cannot give immediate comment regarding boxing future. He adds that the shoulder injury is part of an athlete’s life.

According to Pacquiao, the injury was originally from a jet skiing accident in 2009. It was aggravated during this past training camp for Mayweather.

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Joint Statement from Pacquiao Camp, Top Rank regarding Pacman shoulder injury

Balitang America - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 07:52


During training, Manny Pacquiao suffered a right shoulder injury. Manny went to see world-class doctors, partners in the prestigious Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Clinic, who performed tests and, in consultation with Manny, his promoter, and his advisors, concluded that with short rest, treatments, and close monitoring, Manny could train and, on May 2, step into the ring against Floyd Mayweather.

Manny’s advisors notified the United States Anti-Doping Agency (“USADA”) of the shoulder injury and the treatments being proposed by the doctors during training and on fight night. USADA spoke to Manny’s doctors twice, investigated, and confirmed in writing that the proposed treatments, if used, were completely allowed. The medication approved for fight night was a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (Toradol).

Manny continued to train and his shoulder improved, though not 100%. This is boxing, injuries happen, and Manny is a warrior. Again, in consultation with his doctors, promoter and advisors, Manny decided to proceed with the fight anticipating that he could receive his pre-fight treatment. That specific treatment had been approved by USADA in writing at least 5 days before the fight.

On his pre-fight medical form filled out earlier in the week, Manny’s advisors listed the medications that Manny used in training and the medications that might be used on fight night. A few hours before he was expected to step in the ring, when Manny’s doctors began the process, the Nevada Commission stopped the treatment because it said it was unaware of Manny’s shoulder injury.

This was disappointing to Team Pacquiao since they had disclosed the injury and treatment to USADA, USADA approved the treatments, and Manny had listed the medication on his pre-fight medical form.

Also, USADA had provided a copy of its contract with the fighters to the Commission. An hour before the fight, Manny’s advisors asked the Commission to reconsider and the director of USADA advised the Commission that USADA had approved the fight-night treatment, but the Commission denied the request.

With the advice of his doctors, Manny still decided to proceed with the fight. His shoulder wasn’t perfect but it had improved in training camp.

However, as Manny has said multiple times, he makes no excuses. Manny gave it his best.

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Pacquiao says shoulder injury led to Mayweather loss

Balitang America - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 07:22

The so-called “Fight of the Century” is over and the people’s champ Manny Pacquiao has lost.

His camp has said that he went through the best training of his career but in the ring his skills fell short against Floyd Mayweather Jr. at least in the eyes of the judges.

And now Pacquiao says he lost because he wasn’t in prime shape.

Dyan Castilleo reports.

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Mayweather camp calls Pacquiao injury just an alibi

Balitang America - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 07:16

The Mayweather camp dismissed team Pacquiao’s explanation that the Pacman’s right shoulder injury affected his performance.

The Nevada Athletic Commission meantime explained why they did not allow Pacquiao to get an anti-inflammatory injection for his injury.

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Boxing experts weigh in on PacMay superfight

Balitang America - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 07:06

Who really delivered a performance that is fit for a champion?

And is it strategy or aggressiveness that makes an excellent fighter?

Boxing analysts weigh in on the outcome of the Pacquiao-Mayweather mega-fight in this report by TJ Manotoc.

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Fil-Am boxing professionals break down PacMay fight

Balitang America - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 07:02

Joining us now here in the studio is co-owner and head coach of the Kennel Boxing Gym in San Leandro is Arvin Jugarap.

And joining us on Skype is Ana “the Hurricane Julaton who was the first to win the women’s WBO and IBA super bantamweight titles.

These Filipino-Americans break down how they scored the fight and if they see a rematch in the future.

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Canadian Pacquiao fans come together despite political background

Balitang America - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 06:53

By Marieton Pacheco, ABS-CBN North America Bureau Vancouver

It had all the makings of a great fight night: hundreds of people, free food, and a free viewing of the most awaited boxing match in history.

But it also had the conservative party’s team colors and posters of local candidates running in this fall’s election.

Kababayan Jojo Quimpo is one of them.

“Yung iba hindi nila kayang magbayad ng pay per view,” said Quimp. “I’m proud that the Conservative truly made an effort na maging part of something, na really big thing for the Fil community”.

“Whether it’s sponsored by NDP or liberal, we will come here because it’s free,” said Tom Avendano, President of the Multi-Cultural Helping House. “To me it makes no difference.

But come game time politics was all forgotten as everyone focused on cheering for the people’s champ.

From round one to the 12th, kababayans prayed and chanted for a win.

But with the loss came disappointment for Pinoy fans.

“Akala ko talaga si Manny nangungun, syempre di naman yan sila magpapatalo, Pilipino at Amerikano,” said Dominica Bagunu.

“Manny, next time you need to be more aggressive again. “young footwork, yung aggressive dapat balik niya,” said Arnold Bonifacio.

“I still congratulate Manny. He represented the Philippines very well. Manny pa rin tayo,” said Laarni Liwanag.

At the end of the night victory may have been Mayweather’s but Pacquiao’s guts, charm and humility brought many people together regardless of race and political party.

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Boxing fans unsatisfied with PacMay fight

Balitang America - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 06:39

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – It was the mega-fight these boxing fans in Jersey City, New Jersey have been waiting for but Saturday night’s Pacquiao-Mayweather mega-bout did not quite live up to the great fight they were hoping for.

“To me I felt it was a draw, said Lamar Haynes of Jersey City, NJ. “I feel like Mayweather…they let him win.”

Fans say Mayweather may have won the mega-fight but he didn’t win the crowd’s heart.

“I’m disappointed,” said Ariel Aggabao also of Jersey City. “He kept running away from Manny Pacquiao. We should have gotten a better fight, a real battle for supremacy. This guy, he’s known for defense, I give him that. He didn’t even engage Manny Pacquiao. He kept running, that’s not a heart of a champion for me.”

“Very disappointed,” said Rolando Lavarro, Council President of Jersey City. “Mayweather proved to be a better technical boxer. Tonight he definitely won the points, but Manny showed the heart.”

In Hayward, California, Filipino fans were waiting for Pacquiao’s devastating knock-out punch that never happened.

“Win or lose he made us proud and that’s what he did so although he took the loss I think he was successful,” said JR Cabauatan of South San Francisco, CA.

In Chicago, boxing fans say, the Pacman may have lost the fight but this Filipino store came out a winner on fight day profits.

“Very busy kami daily sa ‘yo, Manny Pacquiao,” said Rochelle Limjoco. “Marami kaming order: kare-kare, menudo, kaldereta, lechon – ang ating original. Congrats Manny, marami kaming order because of you!”

Back in New Jersey, boxing coach of the Jersey City Recreation Team said, Mayweather beat Pacquiao because of his excellent defensive tactics.

“Mayweather, jab jab jab, hits and leaves, hits and run, if you let him do that then it’s gonna be a tough fight,” said Luis “Mosquito” Gonzales.

While some Pinoy boxing fans are calling for a rematch, Gonzales says, it’s not likely to happen.

“There’s not gonna be a rematch, the match coming in is my kumpadre, my friend Miguel Cotto, that’s the one that’s coming,” said Gonzales.

Some fans say, a rematch may or may not happen but some boxing fans are asking themselves twice if they’re willing to pay big bucks for another game of dodge ball or real boxing.

Follow Don Tagala on Twitter @dontagala for more information.

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