Pacquiao enters 2010 with fight for justice
MANILA, Philippines – World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao vowed to carry on his fight for justice as he welcomed the New Year after a sensational 2009.
“Parurusahan at papapanagutin ko si [Floyd] Mayweather sa korte at maging sa ibabaw ng ring kung sakali mang kami ay magkakaharap,” he wrote in his Dec. 31 “Kumbinasyon” column on PhilBoxing.com.
Pacquiao sued Floyd Mayweather, Jr., his father, and some members of the American’s team for alleging that he was taking performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs).
His defamation complaint, which was filed in a federal court in Las Vegas, Nevada on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila), named Mayweather, his father, Floyd Sr., and uncle, Roger Mayweather, as defendants. It asked for damages in excess of US$75,000.
He added: “Dahil din sa mga kasinungalingang isiniwalat ng mga executives ng Golden Boy Promotions na may pakana ng marami sa gulong ito, aking patutunayan sa takdang panahon na hindi natutulog ang hustisya. Abangan!”
Pacquiao was pertaining to Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer and President Oscar de la Hoya.
“Hindi pa nakuntento si Floyd Mayweather Jr. at idinamay pa ang aking bansa sa paratang ng kanilang angkan! Ayon sa kaniyang tatay, ako raw ay gumagamit ng steroids. Noong Oktubre, si Floyd Jr. naman ay naglahad ng kaniyang masamang pananalita na lubos kong ikinagagalit,” he continued.
“Hindi ko palalampasin ang kasalanang ito ni Mayweather, ang pag-aakusa sa bansa dahil sinabi niya na sa Pilipinas daw nagmumula (at ginagawa) ang mga magagandang steroids.”
Meanwhile, Pacquiao took the time to look back on his remarkable achievements in 2009. He cemented his status as the world’s best pound-for-pound boxer after knocking out British superstar Ricky Hatton in the 2nd round of their May 2 fight.
He went on to defeat Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto by technical knockout in Round 12 of their November 14 bout. He made boxing history with his win over Cotto because he won his 7th title in 7 different weight divisions.
“Gaya ng sinabi ko at uulit-ulitin ko, walang tatalo at papantay sa lakas na ibinibigay ng ating Panginoong Diyos sa ating lahat sa pang-araw-araw at hindi kinakailangang mandaya upang matamo natin ang pinakamataas na karangalan na maaaring igawad sa isang atleta,” Pacquiao noted.
He is slated to fight Mayweather on March 13 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. However, the blockbuster bout is in limbo because of the fighters’ disagreement on blood testing.
His promoter, Top Rank Promotions head honcho Bob Arum, named possible opponents should the Pacquiao-Mayweather negotiations cave in. They are former International Boxing Federation (IBF) light welterweight champion Paul “Paulie” Malignaggi and World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight champion Yuri Foreman.