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Amateur standout Paras leads Pacquiao boxing challenge winners

He may not ring a bell outside of General Santos City but Vince Paras has already been featured in Al Jazeera and GMA 7 television special.

The next big thing for Gensan boxing.  Vince Paras pounding a makeshift punching bag while being filmed by Al Jazeera.PHOTO BY EDWIN ESPEJO
The next big thing for Gensan boxing. Vince Paras pounding a makeshift punching bag while being filmed by Al Jazeera.PHOTO BY EDWIN ESPEJO

On Friday, December 5, he displayed why he could one day be the toast of boxing world. Like his idol Manny Pacquiao.

Paras of Gensan Team A made a short workout over Franzcar Muyco of Gensan Team B to capture the gold medal in the 48-kilogram junior boys class in the recently concludedManny Pacquiao Boxing Sports Challenge

It did not take very long for Paras to warm up.

By the middle of the first round, he stunned Muyco with crisp and powerful combinations prompting the referee to make the mandatory 8-count.

Vince Paras connects with his right over Franzcar Muyso.Pic by Edwin Espejo
Vince Paras connects with his right over Franzcar Muyso.Pic by Edwin Espejo

In the second round, he stepped up his attacks and sent his taller opponent to the canvass. Soon thereafter, he went for the kill and drove Muyso into the ropes where he pounded his outclassed foe prompting the referee to stop the fight by technical knockout.

Paras also won by stoppages in his preliminary and quarterfinal bouts and added another victim to his reputation has a knockout artist.

Other winners were Karl Joshua Claros of Pacman Labangal Team who won by unanimous decision over Joffer Samar of Cotabato in 38-kg school boys division o the scores of 29-28, 30-27 and 29-28.

The gold medal in the 40-kg division went to Arjay Recopelacion who won by 30-26 on all three scorecards of the judges.

Also earning a similar the same scores in the 42-kg class was Kiths Gerasol of Ctoabato Province over Pacman Labangal’s Dhan Ariel Adolfo.

In the 44-kg school boys division Reymart Alicaba won by unanimous decision over Gerald Samuel of Cagayan de Oro.

Cagayan de Oro’s Francis Jay Diaz avenged his teammate’s losses by decisioning Sajed Huinda of Lutayan Team for the 46-kg junior boys class.

Other winners in the junior boys division were Junil Pamisa of Cagayan de Oro who won over South Cotabato’s Allen Domalogdog in 50-kg class.

In the 49-kg youth boys category, Ken Jordan won by stoppage over Samuel Salva of Cagayan de Oro City.

Capping the 8-team Pacquaio Boxing Sport Challenge winners is Pacman Labangal’s John Paul Bentoso who won over Cagayan de Oro’s Jason Daming by split decision.

Rep. Manny Pacquiao later personally handed the medals and cash reward to all the winners at the atrium of Robinson’s Place where the tournament was held.

Pacquiao Watch: People to miss in Macau

Three longtime fixtures in Manny Pacquiao fights will be sorely missed on November 23 in Macau.

Eminent boxing guru Hermie Rivera says he is skipping this fight in view of advices from his doctors to refrain from strenuous activities. A 13-hour or so flight from LA to Hong Kong or Macau indeed will be stressful for the witty man of boxing sidelines.
Manong Hermie, as I defer to him, Ka Recah Trinidad and me had beautiful moments and exchanges in the media room in Macau last year while we covered the Pacquiao-Rios fight. Unlike in General Santos a few years back (in 2010), however, Manong Hermie and me did not have the luxury of being with the company of the Philippine’s favorite beer –San Miguel Beer and SML – in Macau.

Somebody took this blurred image of us three: Manong Hermie (left) and Ka Recah (right) last year in Macau
Somebody took this blurred image of us three: Manong Hermie (left) and Ka Recah (right) last year in Macau

I however take solace that, with Ed Alinea thrown into the crowd, I was the youngest gatecrasher to the company of sports writing greats.

Another fixture, longtime Pacquiao lawyer Franklin ‘Jeng’Gacal Jr, will also be missed for the 3rd straight fight of the Filipino boxing icon. Gacal suffered a near fatal stroke weeks before the November 25 Pacquiao-Rios fight. I was among the early visitors of Gacal when he was rushed to the intensive care unit at the St. Elizabeth Hospital.

Gacal also failed to watch the Pacquiao-Bradley II fight in Las Vegas.

Before he was admitted to a clinical trial for a medical breakthrough in Arizona, Jeng said he will definitely go to Macau. Many are hoping to see him there for the first time since his medical case. Unfortunately, he had to leave for the US early this month for a 2-month clinical care.

Another permanent figure whose incisive reporting will be sorely missed is Chino Trinidad.

Chino and Pacquiao had a falling out weeks after the Pacquiao-Rios fight in Macau last year. Me and Chino, whose father Recah was the first sports writer I followed when I was growing up idolizing Rolando Navarette and Robert Jaworksi, first personally met in Macau after having been long time Facebook friends.

After that falling out, Chino said he has had enough of anything that has to do with Pacquiao.

Their presence or absence will surely not go unnoticed and unlamented.

With a new coterie of advisers, hangers on and entourage, Pacquiao will obviously not bother his self in missing them.

Pacquiao is slated to make his grand arrival in the Venetian on November 18 and will hold a press conference shortly thereafter along with Chris Algieri. The weigh in will be held at Cotai Arena, venue of the fight on November 22, a Saturday.

Pacquiao will leave on a chartered Philippine Airlines flight on November 17 and will immediately fly home after the post-fight press conference.

Pacquiao Watch: Things not looking good for Algieri

New Yorker Chris Algieri will be a longshot when he goes up against perennial fan-favorite Manny Pacquiao.

Despite being undefeated, Algieri will be heavy underdog against the ‘older’ 35-year old Pacquiao who will be defending his World Boxing Organization welterweight title.

Pacquiao is in deep training for his fight against Chris Algieri in Macau on November 23.Pic by Edwin Espejo
Pacquiao is in deep training for his fight against Chris Algieri in Macau on November 23.Pic by Edwin Espejo

Many boxing analysts say the 30-year might just have enough ring intelligence to offset Pacquiao’s overall ringmanship. And if he uses his decided height advantage, he could inflict Pacquiao another decisively, if not close, loss.

And he might have the tool to do a Morales déjà vu when the Mexican outfought, out-punched and outwitted Pacquiao to score a unanimous decision in their first fight in 2005.

Watching Algieri keeps his opponents at bay with his left jobs reminded me of Morales. He matches it with an above average footwork and the ability to adjust to the situation – round per round.

His main weaknesses are in the power department and relative inexperience. Algieri has only fought 20 times and although he has yet to suffer a loss, he only has stopped 8 of his opponents.

Not an impressive record when you are facing arguably the best ‘small welterweight’ in the planet today.

Until he carelessly got caught by the Hail Mary punch of nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez, Pacquiao ran a string of 21 incredible fights without being sent to the canvass – and those fights are against the heaviest punchers in their respective divisions. That fact does not bode well for Algieri.

Pacquiao also does very well against taller opponents. Ask Oscar de la Hoya and Antonio Margarito who are as tall if not taller than the 5’10” Algieri. Those two are also heavy punchers although not as quick as Algieri. That fact does not augur well against Algieri.

Pacquiao has also long ago solved the Morales jab puzzle when he twice demolished the Mexican in their rematches en route to TKO victories. His main weapon may not be enough to pull an upset. That should worry Algieri.

Algieri may be quick, but not as quick as Timothy Bradley and Shane Mosley to be able to run away from and frustrate Pacquiao. Algieri has kissed the canvass before – against Ruslan Provodnikov, a Pacquiao sparring partner. It could be a short trip to dreamland for Algieri.

Pacquiao, whose last stoppage win was against Miguel Cotto exactly 5 years to this month, may be ripe for another knockout win.