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PACQUIAO WATCH: Reasons why it will happen – the Pacman vs Moneyman fight

It is a fight that has been talked about over the last 5 or 6 years.

It almost came close only to vanish in thin air.

As the years went by, prospects of it happening also waned.

Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather could soon be facing each other for a dramatic and compelling fight that will eclipse many marks.FILE FOTO BY EDWIN ESPEJO
Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather could soon be facing each other for a dramatic and compelling fight that will eclipse many marks.FILE FOTO BY EDWIN ESPEJO

But things now appear to be shaping up for what could be the biggest fight – money-wise – in all history of individual sports.

An insider intimated that the Floyd Mayweather Jr-Manny Pacquiao could happen in the fall next year – November.

And it will likely happen at the Madison Square Garden or the 45,000-seat Yankee Stadium in New York – the old Mecca of boxing – where boxing greats are made and unmade.

Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinbson, Henry Armstrong, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Marvin Hagler and even our very own Gabriel ‘Flash’ Elorde all appeared in the best and historic boxing arena ever in the US.

And Rocky Marciano – the guy whose 49-0 professional Mayweather is trying to break – was a favorite of New York although he came from Boston, Massachusetts.

If it happens, and is likely to be announced soon, the fight could potentially break all-time record purses as well as pay-per-view buys and gate receipts.

Compelling reasons

So what made or will make both Mayweather and Pacquiao agree to a possibly US$1-billion boxing blockbuster hit?

For one, it is the most compelling fight that can equal, if not surpass, all great boxing rivalries. No, make that all other fights.

Second, the two have run out of competition. Competitive competition, that is.

Third, it is the biggest money there is out there to make for both of them. And, for that matter, all the rest of sports history in a single event.

Fourth, for the sheer economics of it aside from the individual purses. Over the last 2 years, both fighters have seen their marketability slide over their failure to face each other. Their PPV numbers are down and the PPV carriers, including two of the biggest Cable TV producers, can no longer continue to guarantee their purses without recouping their expenses.

Fifth, time is running out and Father Time is catching up with both fighters. But although they are both past their peak, they still have the competitive juices to make a memorable and unforgettable fight.

Sixth, and the most important, the boxing fans all over the world are still clamoring for it.

And seventh, I need to watch that fight.

Yes, mark that event in your calendar because once it happens, it may never come again.

Even if they fight a couple of more after their first date next year, those rematches could no longer eclipse the drama, excitement and compelling story of a rivalry-that-never-was but is now shaping into a fight that is never-too-late-to-happen that will come in November.

Last night, I received a text from a lawyer-friend telling me to make the necessary hotel arrangements again in the Big Apple!


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: Will Manny pay tribute?

Two significant events will happen on November 23.

It will be D-day for 8-division boxing champion Manny Pacquiao as he tries to re-stock himself for a possible clash with Floyd Mayweather Jr in his last few remaining fights.

Pacquiao returns to the scene where he picked up the pieces after his shock defeat to nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez.

Fighting in Macau for the second time in as many years, Pacquiao will be a heavy favorite against the New Yorker with Argentinian roots Chis Algieri.

Pacquiao (in orange running shoes) does the roadwork to build up stamina.  Image taken during training for his Rios fight.Pic by Edwin Espejo
Pacquiao (in orange running shoes) does the roadwork to build up stamina. Image taken during training for his Rios fight.Pic by Edwin Espejo

As in the past, all media attention will again be focused on him.  Pacquiao, over the last decade, has become a great equalizer when in comes to television viewing – at least for those who cannot afford to pay live cable TV feed. Regardless, he becomes a unifying figure when he fights for his own glory – and country.

One only wishes coverage over his fight will not drown the one inglorious crime in all history of journalism in the world.

On the same day five years ago and practically the same hour he fights Algieri in Macau, some 32 members of the local media here in Region 12 and 26 others were wailing, crying and begging for their lives.

Their cries were forever muted – silenced – with a prolonged staccato of automatic fire.

At least 14 of those journalists had covered Pacquiao.

They were victims of the Ampatuans whose patriarch, Andal Ampatuan Sr, Pacquiao used to play ‘mahjong’ with when the Filipino boxing icon was still a confessed high roller.

That blood-soaked date in Philippine history – November 23 – came days after Pacquiao recorded his last knockout victory against Miguel Cotto.

Pacquiao paid visit to the wake of the General Santos City-based journalists and media workers who lost their lives and console with their families when he returned triumphantly.  He also handed out cash assistance even if some of the victims were sympathetic to the other camp in local politics.  By that time, Pacquiao had already filed his certificate of candidacy.  He was then running for a seat in the Philippine House of Representative.

A lot has changed since then.  Pacquiao is now a congressman, albeit almost part time only.  He is well on his way to further political heights and could one day become senator.

But there are things that have not changed.

Among them, justice continues to elude the victims of the Ampatuan massacre.

On the day the whole nation watches him as journalist pay homage to their departed colleagues, will Pacquiao pay the victims of his former ally and friend tribute and dedicate his fight for them?

Pacquiao has confessed he is a changed man. Will that extend to the way he dedicates his fight?

After all, the media and the press have also greatly created the image he is now cultivating for himself.

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.