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Edwin grew up in General Santos City in the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. He is currently a freelance journalist after having been the managing editor of Sunstar General Santos and later Sunstar Business Weekly, both affiliates of the Sunstar Network of Publications (www.sunstar.com.ph). He is also currently a contributor to Sunstar Davao, Mindanews (www.mindanews.com) and was former stringer of Newsbreak (www.newsbreak.com.ph) for its Mindanao online project.

Another controversial outcome

November 13, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Juan Manuel Marquez defied all odds.  Not only did he survive the latest installment of his trilogy with Manuel Pacquiao, he may have won this one but for the judges who again disagreed with him. Many fellow Mexicans who saw the fight believed their countrymen had finally nailed this one. But Pacquiao’s corner gave a face…>

Pacquiao Watch: All right

November 13, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Expect Manny Pacquiao to use his right hand not only as a set-up punch against Juan Manuel Marquez.  It will be a weapon of choice for the Filipino boxing icon to break down the Mexican’s will to fight.   It will be the missing piece of the Marquez puzzle. Pacquiao’s much-improved right hooks and uppercuts have…>

Pacquiao Watch: Slim to none

November 12, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Juan Manuel Marquez is probably the only person who seriously believes he will win tomorrow against arch nemesis Manny Pacquiao, whom he will be fighting for the third time. Even his long time trainer and mentor, Nacho Beristain, is conceding that Marquez is facing a different and a far more polished Pacquiao than the Mexican last…>

Donaire Odyssey: Nonito needs to be hungry

October 22, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

His lofty world ranking notwithstanding, Nonito Donaire is still a hungry fighter. The eight-month layoff in between tomorrow’s fight and Donaire’s last makes him even fiercer.  And with his quest for recognition and honor as motivations, Donaire is a dangerous predator when he faces Argentinean Omar Narvaez for what will be his last fight as…>

Donaire Odyssey: Sonsona is back, will Nonito follow?

October 16, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Former world super flyweight champion, Marvin Sonsona, eked out a lopsided 10-round decision win over tough Mexican Carlos Jacobo to announce that he is back in business and is ready to conquer the world again. Sonsona disappeared from the boxing scene for 20 months following his stoppage loss to Puerto Rican, Wilfredo Vazquez Jr, in…>

Treachery in Vegas

September 18, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Victory tainted. Anything more can you say? True, a fighter must protect himself at all times.  And Victor Ortiz made the biggest mistake of his career by thinking Floyd Mayweather is accepting his second open-handed apology after they were separated by referee Joe Cortez. There was still no signal from Cortez for the two fighters…>

Ortiz will have his moment, but Floyd wins this one

September 17, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Victor Ortiz will have his brief moments but Floyd Mayweather Jr should take this fight very easily and regain a portion of the welterweight crowns in boxing. There is no way that Floyd will place himself in a position where Ortiz can unload his bombs.  I seriously believe Floyd’s strategy will be to frustrate Ortiz…>

Pacquiao Watch: Where Floyd’s greatness is measured

September 16, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Flamboyant American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr has been whining about how he is not getting the kind of respect an undefeated champion deserves. After all, at 41-0 (win-loss), he still considers himself the best ever in his generation, if not of all time. Mayweather has defeated the likes of Genaro Hernandez, Diego Corrales, Oscar de…>

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Filipino beauty Shamcey falls short

September 13, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Miss Universe hopeful Shamcey Supsup made the top five finalists of the annual beauty pageant but failed to become the third Filipina to wear the crown. Supsup, an architect, is from General Santos and was a heavy fan favorite in the online voting, a first-time feature of the Miss Universe contest only this year. But…>

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Pacquiao Watch: Different package

September 11, 2011 - 1 Comments - edwin-espejo

It will be a vastly different Manny Pacquiao that will greet Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez when they meet for the third, and maybe, last time in November. First, he will be facing a comfortable welterweight who no longer had the excess poundage he used to have while fighting as a featherweight. Second, Pacquiao is no…>

Pacquiao Watch: Pacland creator deserves respect

September 3, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

The creator of the website that has become a repository of all articles and links about Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao finally broke his silence over repeated attempts of an American to take control over the popular www.mannypacquiao.ph web account. In a rare editorial posted in the said website, Dong Secuya revealed how he was…>

Pacquiao Watch: Broke or not, there’s more than meets the eye

August 22, 2011 - 1 Comments - edwin-espejo

The reported termination of the services of VisionQwest Resource Group as retainer of Rep. Manny Pacquiao for his financial interests in the US appears to be one of the many impulsive moves of the Filipino boxing champion that continue to puzzle many of his observers. Pacquiao hired the US-based financial advisor group to straighten out…>

Philippine Azkals come crashing down

July 25, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

The Philippine team finally got a taste of what quality football really is as they climb the world rankings. Facing a more experienced and heavily favored Kuwaiti national team, the Philippine Azkals finally saw the end of its six-tie winning streak, bowing to their heavier and faster foes 0-3 early Sunday morning. Tormented by their…>

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Pacquiao Watch: Is Khan his ‘righty’ double?

July 25, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Boxing’s latest toast Amir Khan is showing a boxing repertoire that has uncanny resemblances to that of reigning pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao. The head movement, the lunging straights and the counter hooks… even Pacquiao’s unique pivot is being copied to a T by Khan, now holder of one of light welterweight’s alphabet boxing…>

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Pacquiao Watch: Marquez fooling himself

July 18, 2011 - 1 Comments - edwin-espejo

If Juan Manuel Marquez thinks his one-round demolition of unknown Likar Ramos will boost his stock and confidence when he fights nemesis Manny Pacquiao in November, he is dead wrong. If it was a tune-up fight for the aging Mexican warrior, Marquez got shortchanged.  Or, maybe the other way around.  The people who watched him…>

Philippines blanks Sri Lanka, 4-0

July 3, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

A continuously improving Philippine football team routed Sri Lanka, 4-0, to advance into the next round of the 2014 World Cup qualifying event at the refurbished Rizal Memorial Stadium before a boisterous hometown crowd on Sunday afternoon. Playing in a field that saw their ballhandling skills emerge to their full potential, the Filipinos displayed crisp…>

Pacquiao Watch: Marquez gets his parting shot

June 22, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Juan Manuel Marquez finally gets the third, and safe to say the last, fight he has been moving heaven and earth to have before he retreats to the sunset. There is not much money fight left in him as he approaches his 38th birthday. He has had two memorable and controversial fights with reigning pound…>

Philippines: Another Peñalosa making mark in boxing

June 19, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Former amateur standout Dodie Boy Peñalosa Jr hopes to keep the championship line in the family going when he squares off with Jeffrey Jimenez in only his fifth bout as a professional at the Cebu Coliseum on June 25 in Cebu City. Bantamweight Dodie Boy Jr is so far unbeaten and has stopped all his…>

Pacquiao Watch: The offer that never was

June 8, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

The internet lapped it up when a Mexican billionaire reportedly made Manny Pacquiao an offer nobody in his right mind would ever refuse unless he is Floyd Mayweather Jr. Now, everybody who reported the offer only have red paint splashed all over their faces. Not only was the said offer preposterous and outlandish.  It is…>

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Donaire Odyssey: A stroke of luck

May 20, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

For a while, it looked like Nonito Donaire Jr’s career was hanging in the balance. He was supposed to fight a unification bout against Anselmo Moreno on May 28. Nonito captured the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and the World Boxing Council (WBC) bantamweight crown by knocking out former champion Fernando Montiel in the second round…>

Pacquiao Watch: Where’s the competition?

May 10, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

I will concede that Manny Pacquiao, who just recently dismissed Shane Mosley, is physically in his prime today and is virtually unbeatable among welterweights. Too bad.  Nobody in the horizon can really give him a fight. Until loudmouth Floyd Mayweather Jr suddenly discovers his courage and decides to give the Pacquiao fight a go, we…>

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Pacquiao Watch: The mistake that never came

May 8, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Shane Mosley waited and waited for Manny Pacquiao to commit the mistake that never came. Instead, he found himself making one that changed the rest of his evening in yet another futile attempt to wrest the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight crown from the Filipino boxing icon. Mosley was doing fine with his jabs in…>

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Pacquiao Watch: What if Manny loses?

May 6, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Filipino boxing fans have grown accustomed to seeing Manny Pacquiao win his fights and many see the 2005 loss to Erik Morales as a thing of the distant past. Yet along with Morales and Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosley possesses the skill set that could upend Pacquiao’s incredible winning streak. Pacquiao however is facing a…>

Pacquiao Watch: How much will it sell?

May 2, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Since Manny Pacquiao became a household name in boxing, his pay per view (PPV) appeal has gone from above average to being the top attraction that he is today. He has not gone below the 700,000 PPV sales mark since his breakthrough fight with Oscar de la Hoya in 2008. That career-defining fight introduced Pacquiao…>

Pacquiao Watch: A jab at Mosley

April 28, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Shane Mosley will fight the last big fight left of his storied career next weekend. Might as well describe it as his swansong for, at 39 years old, there is not much fight left in him. Even if he succeeds in defying the odds and scores a monumental upset over Manny Pacquiao, there are no…>

Pacquiao Watch: Fear factor

April 21, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Fear Factor may be Manny’s best psychological weapon against any boxer – the same weapon that is keeping the biggest fight in his era from happening.  Many are dropping his name in the hope of landing the biggest fight in their careers but, deep inside, they know surviving merely the championship rounds already means victory.…>

Pacquiao Watch: Choice of foes gets thinner

April 17, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

The shock defeat of Andre Berto in the hands of Victor Ortiz Sunday further narrowed down the choices of who Manny Pacquiao fights next, assuming that he gets past Shane Mosley early next month. Berto was previously the unbeaten World Boxing Council welterweight champion and was in the conversation mix as a possible Pacquiao opponent.…>

Pacquiao Watch: Will Shane do an Erik?

April 11, 2011 - 1 Comments - edwin-espejo

Erik Morales stunned the boxing world by totally obliterating predictions that he would suffer a humiliating defeat from the hands of Argentinean Marcos Maidana. Instead, he bucked a closed right eye to give his best performance ever since absorbing his second TKO loss to Manny Pacquiao. True, Morales was no longer the Erik who dominated…>

Pacquiao Watch: Mosley has a shot or is already shot?

April 3, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

The hype has begun. US television giant CBS kicked off its high-wire promotion of the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley fight with the first episode of Fight Camp 360 Saturday with a little twist. CBS is no longer selling Pacquiao the fighter. It is selling the fight just as badly as Top Rank’s Bob Arum wants to…>

Pacquiao Watch: Pacquiao and Showtime

March 29, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Top Rank’s Bob Arum says he is lining up several interesting under card fights for the May 7 Pacquiao-Mosley WBO welterweight title fight. Among them are the rematch of the Humberto Soto-Urbano Antillon classic last year and the possible return of Kelly Pavlik against Alfonso Lopez.  The PPV card will also reportedly begin with the…>

Donaire Odyssey: Right or wrong, it was a choice

March 28, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Seeing Yuriorkis Gamboa demolish Jorge Solis inside four rounds makes me wonder whether Nonito Donaire Jr has what it takes to compete in the 126 to 135 pound levels where the next pound for pound king could emerge. Gamboa combined power and speed in knocking down Solis five times before the referee stopped the fight…>

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Donaire Odyssey: In defense of Nonito Jr

March 19, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Nonito Donaire Jr is getting the worst of opinions from fans and sportswriters when it was reported that he has opted to jump ship and sign with Oscar de la Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotion. But nobody has really seen the fine prints of his contract with Bob Arum’s Top Rank, which the later claimed is…>

Pacquiao Watch: Be careful what you wish for (II)

March 18, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

I don’t think junior middleweight champion Sergio Gabriel Martinez is seriously convinced he can get past Manny Pacquiao. But with a Pacquiao victory over Shane Mosley in May, Martinez may get what he wished for – a ring date with the Filipino welterweight champion whose day job happens to be a member of the Philippine…>

Donaire Odyssey: The fun has just begun

March 17, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Success has many fathers. Nonito Donaire’s latest climb to boxing superstardom is no exception.  After he knocked the senses out of Vic Darchinyan in 2007, many thought Donaire’s door would open up.  Instead, it kept him from landing the big fights – out of fear of him.  His then manager Gary Shaw probably saw Donaire…>

Pacquiao Watch: Conspiracy Theory II

March 16, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Several sports scribes are now saying Argentinian Sergio Martinez should be ranked ahead of Filipino boxing icon Many Pacquiao following his stoppage win over Sergiy Dzinziruk over the weekend. While I do not begrudge others for positing their opinion, I cannot help but wonder if there is a concerted effort to downplay Pacquiao’s lofty ranking…>

The Philippine Azkals: A long way to go

March 16, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

The Philippine football team was beaten by the freezing weather and a determined Mongolian team 1-2 in the second leg of their pre-qualifying match, but still progressed to the group qualifying tournament next month in Burma. Although a heavy favorite, the Philippine team was upset by the Mongolians who needed to win by a three-goal…>

Pacquiao Watch: It’s all about (bad) luck

March 4, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, whose day job is a Philippine Congressman, arrived his usual late self Thursday at the A-Montana Resort in Alabel, Sarangani to address provincial legislators who were gathered in a forum to discuss the power situation in Mindanao and in the province. He immediately apologized and pointed to his new haircut…>

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Petalcorin stops Flores to retain crown

February 27, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Randy Petalcorin of General Santos City stopped a game and crowd-pleasing Rogen Flores in the fifth round to retain his Philippine Boxing Federation flyweight crown Saturday at the Lagao Gym in General Santos. The champion was peppering his opponent with combinations when Flores’ corner threw in the towel. It was Petalcorin’s 10th stopped win in…>

Mepranum gets second crack at WBO flyweight title

February 27, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

World flyweight contender Richie Mepranum is reportedly getting another shot at the World Boxing Organization flyweight title in April when he seeks revenge against Julio Cesar Miranda, according to sources. Mepranum lost via fifth round stoppage to Miranda for the vacant WBO flyweight title in Mexico last year due in part to lack of preparation.…>

Donaire Odyssey: The next ‘American Idol’ (in boxing)

February 21, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Newly crowned bantamweight champion and Filipino-American Nonito Donaire could soon inherit the throne as America’s iconic boxing figure following his spectacular knockout victory over tough and durable Fernando Montiel of Mexico. With the demise and fallout of Mike Tyson a decade back and the recent retirement of Oscar de la Hoya, American fans have been…>

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Donaire scores spectacular KO

February 20, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Filipino bantamweight Nonito Donaire punctuated his coming to boxing stardom with a spectacular left hook to the temple that knocked down defending champion Fernando Montiel with 57 seconds left in the second round before finishing him off moments later as the referee waved off the fight with the Mexican helpless and ready to go again…>

Donaire: Under Pacquiao’s shadow

February 19, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Until Nonito Donaire proves he can handle men bigger than he is, he will continue to live under the shadow of his more illustrious compatriot and fellow General Santos City resident Manny Pacquiao. On Sunday, he is challenging Mexico’s Fernando Montiel for the WBC and WBO versions of the bantamweight crown. On the strength and…>

Pacquiao Watch: What it takes to get Floyd out of his shell

February 15, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Flamboyant Floyd Mayweather Jr’s gargantuan ego was repeatedly pricked when world attention turned to Filipino eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao once again during the weekend. Pacquiao and Mayweather are the two top boxers of their generation, and they happen to be fighting in the same weight class.  Despite their failure to agree to a fight or…>

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Pacquiao Watch: The hard sell begins

February 12, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao will tread into several unknowns when he goes up against American Shane Mosley although ‘oddsters’ are making him a prohibitive 7-1 favorite to win, probably by knockout. For one, it will truly be the first time Manny goes up against an Afro-American boxer whose style Bernard Hopkins said will pose problems…>

Pacquiao Watch: Still stuck

February 7, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

My source from California said Manny Pacquiao will leave for the US sometime this month to start promoting his May 7 fight with American Shane Mosley. While in the US, arrangements are reportedly being made for Manny to receive US$ 5 million from Top Rank’s Bob Arum.  Whether the amount represents the remaining balance of…>

Pacquiao Watch: Style and reputation sell

February 4, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

The disappointing numbers watching the Bradley-Alexander fight several days ago reaffirm what many believe – that boxing box-office hits are not just a matter of bringing the top guys in one division together. Both Tim Bradley and Devon Alexander were undefeated before they faced each other.  They were ranked highly.  In fact, along with Amir…>

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Pacquiao Watch: Arum makes hay

January 27, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Top Rank’s Bob Arum continues to surprise everybody and reinvent himself despite turning 79 years old in December last year. He recently announced that Showtime, an affiliate of CBS, is carrying the pay per view side of Manny Pacquiao’s fight against Shane Mosley. On paper, Showtime is the little brother to HBO which, for more…>

Pacquiao Watch: A whole different world (Part I)

January 23, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

(First of three parts) A midnight drive-by along Aparente Street in General Santos City will give a clear clue who is the richest man in this town. When you see a latest model of a dainty white two-door Mercedes Benz Kompressor parked alongside an armored Black Hummer, you know that the hottest couple in town…>

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Pacquiao Watch: It ain’t happening

January 23, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

As much as everybody wanted it, the megabuck fight between arguably the top two boxers today is looking like it definitely won’t happen this year. Perhaps, never will. For the fight to happen this year, Floyd Mayweather Jr will have to sign the deal (virtually next to impossible) and pick a tune up fight before…>

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Pacquiao Watch: No slowing down

January 20, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Top Rank’s Bob Arum says Manny Pacquiao is good for another six fights, which only serves the 79-year-old promoter well until 2013 when politics and age start to nibble away the Filipino boxing champ’s time and focus. And until Arum finds another superstar that will bring him in the money, he will pounce on Manny’s…>

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Donaire’s odyssey

January 17, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Nonito Donaire takes another step towards coming out of from the shadow of his more illustrious fellow Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao when he challenges Fernando Montiel of Mexico for the bantamweight crown next month. One of the most technically gifted and powerful punchers in boxing today, Donaire has been fed mostly easy fights ever since…>

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Pacquiao Watch: Shane ain’t no wine

January 13, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Former three-time world boxing champion Shane Mosley is 39 years old and will turn 40 several months after his fight against reigning pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao. Unlike vintage wines, aging in boxing is a painful and pitiful sight except on rare occasions.  Very few reach their 40s and still remain competitive in boxing,…>

Pacquiao Watch: Why Mosley? Blame Manny

December 25, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

No sooner than it was announced that Shane Mosley will be Rep. Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent, almost all of boxing world were up in arms crying this match up as a highway stick up of sorts although most insiders and jaded boxing observers never really doubted the outcome of the short live wait. Pacquiao of…>

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Pacquiao Watch: Like it or not, it’s Mosley

December 22, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

He might not be the best fight available for Rep. Manny Pacquiao.  In fact, some are now twitting the Filipino boxing superstar for cherry picking his opponents, making him no different from the pretender to his pound for pound king throne. But really, can you make arguments better than that given that Pacquiao has virtually…>

Pacquiao Watch: Signs of the times

December 21, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

You know Rep. Manny Pacquiao has finally arrived. But it took more than a year for Home Box Office (HBO) Sports to at last concede that boxing now revolves around the Filipino boxing superstar. By tweaking the May 7 date to accommodate Pacquiao instead of allowing Golden Boy Promotion to hang on to the date (it…>

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Pacquiao Watch: Windows of opportunity

December 20, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

The failure of Top Rank’s Bob Arum last week to secure a nod from Manny Pacquiao as to who the Filipino boxing star will fight next left many windows of opportunity for anybody who still has the shot at the next Pacquiao fight derby. But anybody who is into the serious business of guessing who…>

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Pacquiao Watch: It’s All About Money

December 19, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Juan Manuel Marquez’ dogged pursuit for a third fight with Manny Pacquiao is nothing but motivated by his love for money. Unfortunately, it is also because of money that he is not getting that fight. Pacquiao friend Wakee Salud said the day after Manny celebrated his 32nd birthday that Marquez was asking for a US$4…>

Pacquiao Watch: Kiss the Mayweather fight goodbye

December 18, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

There is only one way Floyd Mayweather Jr is going to fight Manny Pacquiao. And that way is the imminent threat of a long jail term once it becomes apparent that he will be convicted of the variety of felony charges now filed against him. Otherwise, Mayweather will just go through the posturing but will…>

Pacquiao Watch: With or without Floyd, Manny is made

December 17, 2010 - 1 Comments - edwin-espejo

Sports Illustrated’s Bryan Armen Graham warned that failure to secure a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr will affect Manny Pacquiao’s legacy as one of the world’s greatest fighters (http://edition.cnn.com/2010/SPORT/12/16/boxing.pacquiao.mosley.tax/). Will it? Or should the premise be stated differently and made the other way around? Mayweather’s continued avoidance of Pacquiao is now hurting his image and…>

Pacquiao Watch: Will he or won’t he?

December 17, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

As Rep. Manny Pacquiao celebrated his 32nd birthday yesterday (December 17), the world awaits who he will anoint as his next opponent but insider reports are saying there might be no announcement at all tonight or not until after Christmas. Several reports however are pointing to a Shane Mosley sweepstakes win for very good reasons.…>

Peñalosa enjoying life after boxing

December 17, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Former two time world boxing champion Gerry Peñalosa appeared to be in high spirits as he and his in-laws hosted a dinner for Rep. Manny Pacquiao Thursday evening in the outskirts of the city overlooking Sarangani Bay. Still looking very fit, Peñalosa said he is not going away from boxing and…>

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Pacquiao Watch: There goes the cry baby

December 16, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

For the nth time, Golden Boy Promotion top honcho Oscar de la Hoya is insisting Juan Manuel Marquez is the best of the three fight options for Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent. Lost in translation are Floyd Mayweather Jr (who doesn’t want to fight) and de la Hoya business partner Shane Mosley (who…>

‘Pacman’, the book, now available

December 15, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Authored by Gary Andrew Poole, Pacman, is now available in all National Bookstore outlets nationwide. The 251-page book is a crafty chronicle of the phenomenal rise to fame and fortune of our very own Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Pacquiao. Written with keen journalistic fervor, it offers insights of Pacquiao as a generous and loyal friend even as…>

Pacquiao Watch: When will they see Manny fight live?

December 12, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Amazing but true.  For all the honors Rep. Manny Pacquiao has given General Santos City as a professional boxer, he only fought exactly once in General Santos City. And that fight lasted just a shade under 12 minutes. That lone fight occurred in 1996 against Bert Batiller whom he knocked out in the fourth round.…>

Pacquiao Watch: Hot air

December 11, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

All along, we knew it. Lightweight titleist Juan Manuel Marquez wants to get a piece of Manny Pacquiao not because the Mexican believes he really can beat the reigning Filipino pound for pound king. But he also added a colatilla. Top Rank’s Bob Arum probably leaked the information that Marquez was asking a floor purse…>

Pacquiao Watch: Mosley’s take

December 9, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Aged but still competitive, Shane Mosley believes he has what it takes to beat Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao. I would have believed him if he said that 10 years ago, when he was in his element in defeating Oscar de la Hoya at 147 pounds while Pacquiao was jumping out of the flyweight division…>

Pacquiao Watch: His best weight class

December 7, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Of all the eight boxing titles in as many weight divisions that Manny Pacquiao has won, which among them represents his best? No doubt, his seminal achievement is being ‘crowned’ the best pound for pound boxer in his generation.  And it is his body of work that will be the measuring yard for any boxer…>

Pacquiao Watch: No Mayweather? Martinez could be it

December 6, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Many are expressing disappointment about Top Rank’s Bob Arum leaning towards Shane Mosley as Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent. Include me in that list.  But frankly, without Floyd Mayweather Jr, what challenge is there left for Manny Pacquiao? Even the once dyed-in-the-wool Pacquiao loyalist Michael Marley is now convinced one of the reasons the Filipino boxing…>

Breaking down Donaire and Montiel

December 6, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Filipino bantamweight sensation Nonino Donaire kept his end of the deal and finally sealed a championship fight against reigning World Boxing Council and World Boxing Organization bantamweight title holder Fernando Montiel of Mexico when he knocked out his Ukranian foe last Sunday (Philippine time). Donaire will officially hold a two-inch height advantage as well as…>

Donaire’s boon and bane

December 4, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

In another time and space, Nonito Donaire would have been the toast of Philippine boxing given that not a few world boxing champions are fearfully getting out of his way. At 5’7” Donaire is tall and lanky for his bantamweight class and possesses one of the most powerful left hooks among fighters below the lightweight…>

Pacquiao Watch: Dollars and cents

December 3, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Shrewd businessman that he is, Bob Arum made no mincemeat about what Manny Pacquiao’s fights are all about from here on in. They boil down to the Benjamins.  And in case you are not familiar with them, they happen to be the faces on the dollar bill. Who brings the biggest money to the table…>

Pacquiao Watch: Conspiracy theory

November 29, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Yahoo’s Kevin Iole is one of sport’s better writers and he was within his rights to push for a third fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez after the Mexican’s convincing victory over Michael Katsidis on Sunday (Philippine time). I have problems with his arguments though. A third fight with Marquez is not a…>

Pacquiao Watch: For Golden Boy and Marquez, it’s a money thing

November 28, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Hardly have the welts on his face begun discoloring when Juan Manuel Marquez is again calling out Manuel Pacquiao for a third fight. As if it was not enough, T-shirts have been prepared to taunt Pacquiao into giving in. Marquez was coming off a ninth-round stoppage of Michael Katsidis after hitting the canvas in the…>

Pacquiao Watch: Enjoy it while it lasts

November 26, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao is bidding boxing goodbye, but not before five more fights. Before his adopted province mates and members of the local press, Pacquiao said he sees himself retiring from boxing by 2013. “Those who have not seen me fight, enjoy watching my fights while they last,” Pacquiao said. The eight-division boxing champion…>

Pacquiao Watch: Bringing home the bacon

November 25, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Eight-division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao arrived in his adopted province amid a rousing welcome, and several bonuses to boot for his fellow Sarangans. In a message during the opening of the Munato Festival to mark the 18th Founding Anniversary of Sarangani, Pacquiao announced he was able to get a P200 million ($4.5 million) commitment…>

Pacquiao Watch: $50m more to go

November 24, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

If Manny Pacquiao, now a member of Philippine Congress, sticks to his word that there are three more years left in his boxing life, thank the financial lure of staying on top of the boxing heap. Early reports indicate the Pacquiao-Margarito pay per view (PPV) buys have reached US$64 million in gross receipts.  The figure…>

Pacquiao Watch: Time to cash in

November 20, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Manny Pacquiao has not even slept on his bed back home and yet people are already debating who he should fight next. The more appropriate question could have been will he still fight after demolishing Antonio Margarito? But since Pacquiao himself said he is not ready to retire, we might as well offer our unsolicited…>

Pacquiao Watch: A legend in his time

November 17, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Legends.  They speak of special people in the past.  People who carried out feats worthy of a page in history or folklore. But there are people who became legends long before they are gone. Count Manny Pacquiao among them. In the universal sport of boxing, eras are defined by fighters who stomp their class against…>

Pacquiao Watch: The most entertaining one-sided fight

November 14, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

More often than not, fight fans either troop to the exit before the verdict is announced or shout their displeasure when watching lopsided boxing matches. Sunday’s fight between Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito, however, was not lacking in thrills and excitement even though the fight offered little to suggest competition. Over 12 rounds, Pacquiao peppered…>

Pacquiao Watch: Perfection

November 14, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

LEMLUNAY, Maasim in Sarangani – Except for a moment or two, Manny was perfect from the opening bell, slipping in and out and launching his flurries from all angles to once again disprove a sports theorem that a bigger man pitted against a smaller one will always prevail – especially when the disparity in weight…>

Pacquiao Watch: ‘Catchweight’ champion

November 12, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Some boxing pundits are saying that the insistence of Manny Pacquiao’s camp to fight bigger foes at catch weight limit is watering down his impeccable run at boxing records and history. It gets magnified because Pacquiao is threatening to topple many boxing icons from the hallowed list of all time greats.  In fact, Manny may…>

Pacquiao Watch: Be careful what you wish for

November 11, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

In a recent article in the Los Angeles Times written by Lance Pugmire, Manny Pacquiao bared his future political ambitions, which go beyond Congress (http://www.latimes.com/news/la-sp-manny-paquiao-20101110,0,5255557,full.story). Still riding on the crest of his popularity as the world’s best pound for pound boxer, Pacquiao believes there are no limits to what he can achieve in his now…>

Pacquiao Watch: Images of Duran and Hagler

November 8, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

The way Manny Pacquiao has morphed into a full welterweight evokes memories of Roberto Duran, the Panamanian great who once lorded over the likes of Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns and Marvin Hagler. Duran was a lightweight who moved up in weight, terrifying and subduing opponents with his manos de piedra – hands of stone…>

Pacquiao Watch: Roach’s scenario

November 7, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Coach Freddie Roach, long-time trainer and father figure to Manny Pacquiao, recently offered his thoughts on how to deal with Antonio Margarito’s height and heft advantages over his ward and suggested how to exploit the Filipino’s strengths against the Mexican slugger. Let me add some of my annotations to his already impressive and impeccable analysis.…>

Pacquiao Watch: Weighty issues

November 3, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Manny Pacquiao’s conditioning coach Alex Ariza is worried his ward may be too small against Antonio Margarito, whom the Filipino will fight November 13 (November 14 Philippine time) at a catch weight of 151 pounds. Ariza wants Pacquiao to bulk up and tip the scale between 146 to 148 pounds during the weigh in.   To…>

Fil-Am Lincecum wins World Series for Giants

November 2, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Filipino-American Tim Lincecum pitched magnificently for six scoreless innings before surrendering a home run in the bottom of the seventh inning. But by then, his team, the San Francisco Giants, was already ahead 3-0 on a three-run homer by Edgar Renteria at the top of the decisive seventh frame. For his feat, Lincecum handed his Giants…>

Boxing: More road work for ALA boys

November 1, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Members of the ALA Promotions boxing stable in Cebu are, technically, better boxers.  But it is time to alter and make drastic, if not revolutionary, changes in their training regimen. Many have noticed how ALA boxers are fading late in the rounds and getting winded before they know what hit them. Z Gorres, AJ Banal,…>

Pacquiao Watch: Perpetual motion

October 30, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

While Antonio Margarito is bigger and taller than Manny Pacquiao, he is slow and very hittable. The Tijuana, Mexico native knows only one fighting style. Move forward and look to engage his opponent in a phone booth brawl. His powerful left hooks to the body and vicious right uppercuts are his main weapons when not…>

Fil-Am Lincecum making waves in MLB World Series

October 28, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Filipino-American Tim Lincecum is the ace in the San Francisco Giants pitching staff and, despite a shaky start in the first game of the Major League Baseball (MLB) World Series, he just gave his team a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven championship. He will give Filipinos in the United States something to cheer about while…>

Pacquiao Watch: The (mis)fortune of Margarito

October 27, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Poor Antonio Margarito.  If his fight with Manny Pacquiao happened before he was knocked almost out of the ring by Shane Mosley, he would have been the heavy favorite heading into their fight. He would have received more than the US$3 million that is reported to be his guaranteed purse.  His skills and strengths would be…>

Pacquiao Watch: Hollywood frenzy

October 25, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Manny Pacquiao’s enigmatic pull was again evident Sunday as a horde of sports scribes descended LA airport to get the best quotes and angles from the arriving Filipino boxing champion. Pacquiao, now a member of Philippine Congress, will have a busy three weeks ahead before he climbs the ring against a taller and bigger Antonio…>

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Richie gets a new lease

October 24, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Manny Pacquiao’s adopted town mate Richie Meprnaum gets another chance to hit pay dirt as he is penciled to fight in the undercard of the Pacquiao-Margarito super welterweight championship.  For Richie, this will be a new lease of life for his fledgling boxing career.   In June this year, Richie failed in his first bid to…>

Pacquiao Watch: Will the fire keep burning?

October 23, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Coach Freddie Roach recently told ESPN that he sees Manny Pacquiao retiring earlier than anticipated. More than 15 years after he first fought as a sixteen year old professional boxer, Manny has already reached the apex of his career. On the side, he amassed fame and wealth he never could have imagined even in his…>

Pacquiao Watch: When shorter is stronger

October 18, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

No. This is not about Manny Pacquiao’s height or lack of it against Antonio Margarito. Over the years, Manny has been known for his lunging combinations anchored on powerful left straights.  Of late, however, coach Freddie Roach has successfully developed Manny into a two-fisted monster with a stinging right hook that in itself is a lethal…>

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Gerry Peñalosa: Going out on his own terms

October 15, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Very few boxers can boast that they walk away from boxing on their own terms, especially those who tasted what it is to be in the limelight and earn huge stack of money on the side. More often, boxers overstay their welcome in the sport that makes you old by the time you hit 35. …>

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Pacquiao Watch: Danger lurking

October 13, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Exactly a month from now, Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao will tread into a dangerous territory no other boxer before him has ever done.  And perhaps, will ever do.  For the record, Pacquiao may be the only flyweight to progress into a full welterweight while fighting in a highly competitive quality of boxing in every…>

Pacquiao Watch: Manny’s amateur promise

October 5, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

In two or three years, Manny Pacquiao will walk away from boxing certain that he will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame of boxing five years after his retirement. There will be a handful of hopefuls who will try to follow his footsteps as there are a few who that are now making waves…>

Pacquiao Watch: The bigger they are the harder they fall

October 1, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Mexico’s Antonio Margarito is priding himself as the bigger and stronger man when he fights the Philippine’s lone champion boxer-legislator in November. He is right.  By far the tallest opponent that Manny Pacquiao has agreed to fight, Margarito could, by fight night, balloon into a full blown middleweight. He will enjoy a reach advantage of…>

Pacquiao Watch: Assessing Margarito’s chances

September 23, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

World pound for pound boxing king Manny Pacquiao is a prohibitive favorite against Mexican Antonio Margarito, with whom he will do battle for the alphabet soup World Boxing Council super welterweight crown on November 13 (November 14 in the Philippines). Although Margarito is taller, bigger and arguably the harder puncher, his last two fights suggest…>

Pacquiao Watch: Will the Margarito fight sell?

September 9, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Over the last five years, Philippine Rep. Manny Pacquiao steadily built his reputation not only as a feared boxer but also as a big live gate draw and even bigger pay per view attraction. With the exception of Oscar de la Hoya and Floyd Mayweather Jr, no other boxer has breached the one million PPV…>

Pacquiao Watch: Mayweather digs his own grave

September 7, 2010 - 1 Comments - edwin-espejo

  Floyd Mayweather Jr’s racism-laden diatribes against Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao can only come from a man totally afraid of his own ghost. Like I said, Mayweather needs Pacquiao to make him relevant even if he does not intend to fight the Filipino champion at all. Mayweather likes to pull the rug from under…>

Pacquiao Watch: Quest for 8th title is hollow

August 28, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

I would rather that Filipino lawmaker Manny Pacquiao’s November 13 fight against Mexico’s Antonio Margarito be treated as an ordinary, although intriguing, event.  Not the one hyped as a world title fight even if the World Boxing Council (WBC) is sanctioning it as a super welterweight championship bout. Although the WBC is among the oldest…>

Pacquiao Watch: Floyd in yet another crazy detour

August 25, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

He is sounding more irksome than a broken vinyl record.  Having announced a few months back that he is done with boxing for the year, Floyd Mayweather Jr is now saying he might fight before the year ends against a yet to be named opponent and away from the comfort of his Las Vegas home…>

A 48-hour adventure in Sarangani

August 15, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

With Philippine congressman Manny Pacquiao now officially endorsing his adopted province as a premier tourist destination, it is time to introduce the beauty and splendor of this coastal province at the bottom of the south central region of Mindanao to adventurers. For those who seek a quick weekend hideaway, Sarangani offers both the warmth of…>

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PACQUIAO WATCH: Manny wets his butt

August 15, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

  PACQUIAO WATCH:  Manny wets his butt   With Manny Pacquiao resigned to facing Mexican Antonio Margarito in November, the Filipino world boxing champion took a huge break Saturday to explore the natural wonders of Sarangani along with fellow Rep. Cesar Jalosjos of Zamboanga del Norte and Misamis Occidental Gov. Loreto Leo Ocampo. Manny looked…>

Pacquiao Watch: Running out of marquee competition

August 12, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

While browsing over the rankings of top welterweights and light middleweights, I was disappointed to see that beyond Floyd Mayweather Jr there is no other marquee boxer that could draw enough interest from Manny Pacquiao – money-wise. Among the top five welterweights, Andre Berto and Shane Mosley are about the only fighters with enough name…>

Exploring GSC’s best-kept gastronomic secrets

August 8, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Journalists are trained to expect the unexpected.  They travel a lot, which alone is already a risk.  They go to the remotest places and often find themselves in posh restaurants while doing interviews and being invited to ‘press conferences.’ They are the most wined and dined aside from lawyers, although quite a few journalists prefer to…>

Pacquiao Watch: For his own sake, Marquez should stop chasing Manny

August 2, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

After his dominant win over Juan Diaz Sunday, Juan Manuel Marquez proved he is still the best in the lightweight division. He may have lost a step or two, but against the best in the division, Marquez at 36 years old is still the man to beat. He is the best power counterpunching fighter right…>

Pacquiao Watch: Water under the bridge

July 27, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

The statement of HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg confirming that indeed “negotiations” took place to have the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr happen is all water under the bridge now. It certainly made liars out of somebody. No matter how the Mayweather camp and Golden Boy Promotions insist there were no negotiations, the fact is that the…>

Pacquiao Watch: Bold move (but is it worth it?)

July 25, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

With Floyd Mayweather Jr refusing to put his money where his mouth is, Manny Pacquiao picked up a bigger and more dangerous opponent in Antonio Margarito. Match-up and business wise, the choice of the disgraced boxer from Tijuana, Mexico is both a poor and good choice by Top Rank’s Bob Arum. Except for Shane Mosley,…>

Pacquiao Watch: Time to walk the walk Floyd

July 13, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Floyd Mayweather Jr has every reason to proclaim himself the best boxer in his generation. He has an immaculate record, a fat pay per view appeal, a loud mouth and most of all – he is an American. Now, if he can only walk the talk and agree to fight Filipino energy bunny Manny Pacquiao, lingering…>

Pacquiao Watch: Donaire left to carry torch

July 11, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Nonito Donaire is damn good.  So good nobody wants to fight him and he is left with upstarts and journeymen to keep in shape and busy. Donaire is also too tall and too talented to continue to linger around the flyweight and bantamweight classes which unfortunately are divisions less attractive for pay per view cards.…>

Concepcion no match vs Lopez, Donaire too classy for Marquez

July 11, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

  For a moment late in the first round, Filipino challenger Bernabe Concepcion looked like he would give titleholder Juan Manuel Lopez more than his fair share of the punches. Lopez had Concepcion in deep trouble in the corner when the Filipino suddenly uncorked a left hook that sent the Puerto Rican in the canvass.…>

Concepcion faces tough task vs Lopez

July 9, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Manny Pacquiao protégé Bernabe Concepcion will have his hands full when he goes up against hard hitting Juan Manuel Lopez for the latter’s World Boxing Organization featherweight title. The Puerto Rican champion is undefeated as a professional, knocking out all but three of his 28 opponents, including Filipino multi-title holder Gerry Peñalosa. He enjoys reach…>

The Philippines: What football?

July 3, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Two more games and the World Cup semi-final cast will be completed. The Netherlands booted out pre-tournament favorites Brazil, 2-1, to book the first slot in the semis, which was quickly followed by Uruguay who dealt Africa’s last team standing a sorry loss via penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw. While the rest of the world…>

Pacquiao v Mayweather: A ‘60-50’ split will do

June 24, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

What? A 60-50 split? Yes, a 60-50 purse split could make the megafight between Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and American Floyd Mayweather Jr a possibility. How to do it?  By asking Top Rank’s Bob Arum and Home Box Office (HBO) to underwrite the difference from their shares of the pay per view (PPV) proceeds.…>

Pacquiao Watch: Pacquiao handyman should stop arranging fights

June 21, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

If there is anyone to blame for the succession of Filipino boxers who lost in Mexico, it is Michael Koncz. Koncz, once described by the New York Times as the one who fluffs Manny’s rice, should stay that way instead of sending Filipino boxers to hostile places and acting as their matchmakers. Koncz is taking…>

Pacquiao Watch: The whining Mayweathers

June 21, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Floyd Mayweather Sr cried out loud in protest to the Boxing Writer’s Association of America (BWAA) naming Manny Pacquiao as the past decade’s Best Fighter. He argued that Manny lost once during the period 2000-2009 and therefore did not deserve the award more than his son and namesake Floyd Jr. He went on to ask…>

Pacquiao Watch: The fallout of Manny’s electoral win

June 15, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Manny Pacquiao scored big when he trounced Roy Chiongbian in the congressional race for the lone district of Sarangani. It was nouveau money prevailing over old money as both reportedly spent handsomely in their respective bids.  But news accounts, including insider information, indicated Manny far outspent Chiongbian, whose family was largely, if not solely, responsible…>

Richie Mepranum primed for title shot

June 11, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Stylist counter-puncher Richie Mepranum has been given more than even chance of capturing the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) flyweight title when he goes up against veteran Julio Cesar Miranda Saturday evening, June 12, (Sunday morning Philippine time) in Mexico City. Mepranum, whose lone defeat was a controversial 2007 hometown decision to Denkaosan Kaovichit in…>

Pacquiao Watch: Manny factor in NBA Finals

June 5, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

    Mercurial small forward Ron Artest of the Los Angeles Lakers likened the ongoing NBA championship series into a boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Artest, a self-confessed Pacquiao fan, waxed metaphors when he let loose a scenario in Lakers-Celtics match-up. Depending on who shows up during the championship series, Artest…>

Mepranum gets title crack

May 27, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Sarangani boxing sensation Richie Mepranum finally gets his dream of fighting for a world title. Mepranum will face Mexican Julio Cesar Miranda for the vacant World Boxing Organization flyweight title after former world champion Omar Narvaez moved up in weight and captured the super flyweight title. The bout is slated for June 12 in Mexico.…>

PACQUIAO WATCH: For the love of the sport

May 23, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

The fourth, and probably the last, fight between two great ring warriors Rafael Marquez and Israel Vasquez underscores how boxing as a contact sport can be brutal and unforgiving. While no one underwent life-threatening injuries, there is no doubt one of them came out damaged goods. Marquez and Vasquez own one of boxing’s great trilogies.…>

Pacquiao watch: Iole‘s take

May 22, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Yahoo’s resident boxing writer Kevin Iole drew a ton of flak from Filipino boxing fanatics for putting Floyd Mayweather Jr ahead of Manny Pacquiao in his latest pound for pound ranking. The two top boxers – Mayweather and Pacquiao – incidentally share the same weight division, in the welterweights, and are coming off impressive wins.…>

PACQUIAO WATCH: Sorry for the French leave, Manong Hermie

May 6, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Finally got to meet eminent boxing writer Hermie Rivera who I called Manong rather than the more formal “Sir” yesterday while greeting my “White Gorilla” friend Michael Marley. We had a good chat at Clement Asencio’s Whereelse Bar at the arcade of East Asia Royal Hotel. And boy, what a night it was. As promised,…>

Pacquiao watch: Floyd done with Shane, Pacman next?

May 3, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

It took Floyd Mayweather Jr six rounds to figure out Shane Mosley but not after a scary second round when he was repeatedly tagged by huge right overhands that nearly put him down on the canvas. Mayweather came out from his shell in the third round looking to engage Mosley in a brawl and comfortably…>

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Gensan airport starts upgrade

March 21, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Construction for the P121-million (US$2.5M) expansion and upgrade of the General Santos City Airport has already started nine months after President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo announced in Koronadal City last year that a budget had been set aside for the renovation of the city’s secondary international airport. According to General Santos City Airport general manager Nathaniel…>

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Where art thou Filipino guitarists (Jenny’s story)

February 14, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Young classical guitarist Jenny de Vera recently visited General Santos City for a workshop that attracted more than a handful of musicians and guitar lesson students. A Davao resident but now living in Manila, Jenny awed participants with her depth of knowledge of her craft and silk-like smoothness of her fingers as she performed two…>

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New posh resort to open over the weekend

January 20, 2010 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Pristine white sand beach and scenic view of Sarangani Bay from above several cliffs await guests and visitors Saturday when the newest resort opens in the village of Gumasa in Glan, Sarangani. The resort, owned by fishing magnate Marfenio Tan, boosts of 20 cottages all with own toilet and bath and a restaurant for guests…>

Another controversial outcome

November 13, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Juan Manuel Marquez defied all odds.  Not only did he survive the latest installment of his trilogy with Manuel Pacquiao, he may have won this one but for the judges who again disagreed with him. Many fellow Mexicans who saw the fight believed their countrymen had finally nailed this one. But Pacquiao’s corner gave a face…>

Pacquiao Watch: All right

November 13, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Expect Manny Pacquiao to use his right hand not only as a set-up punch against Juan Manuel Marquez.  It will be a weapon of choice for the Filipino boxing icon to break down the Mexican’s will to fight.   It will be the missing piece of the Marquez puzzle. Pacquiao’s much-improved right hooks and uppercuts have…>

Pacquiao Watch: Slim to none

November 12, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Juan Manuel Marquez is probably the only person who seriously believes he will win tomorrow against arch nemesis Manny Pacquiao, whom he will be fighting for the third time. Even his long time trainer and mentor, Nacho Beristain, is conceding that Marquez is facing a different and a far more polished Pacquiao than the Mexican last…>

Donaire Odyssey: Sonsona is back, will Nonito follow?

October 16, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Former world super flyweight champion, Marvin Sonsona, eked out a lopsided 10-round decision win over tough Mexican Carlos Jacobo to announce that he is back in business and is ready to conquer the world again. Sonsona disappeared from the boxing scene for 20 months following his stoppage loss to Puerto Rican, Wilfredo Vazquez Jr, in…>

Treachery in Vegas

September 18, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Victory tainted. Anything more can you say? True, a fighter must protect himself at all times.  And Victor Ortiz made the biggest mistake of his career by thinking Floyd Mayweather is accepting his second open-handed apology after they were separated by referee Joe Cortez. There was still no signal from Cortez for the two fighters…>

Ortiz will have his moment, but Floyd wins this one

September 17, 2011 - 0 Comments - edwin-espejo

Victor Ortiz will have his brief moments but Floyd Mayweather Jr should take this fight very easily and regain a portion of the welterweight crowns in boxing. There is no way that Floyd will place himself in a position where Ortiz can unload his bombs.  I seriously believe Floyd’s strategy will be to frustrate Ortiz…>

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