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Tuesday, 09 November 2010 09:31

 

By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA

Journal Group Link International)

    

C HICAGO (jGLi) – Can boxing legend Manny Pacquiao push the envelope on Saturday, Nov. 13?

 

His trainer Freddie Roach has expressed some doubts that his celebrated ward will keep his winning streak alive when he faces Mexican champion Antonio Margarito for the vacant WBC junior middleweight title on Saturday at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

 

Mr. Roach suggested that it may not be to Manny’s liking but Manny’s midnight dalliances to promote the fight in the middle of his training could take a toll on the Filipino boxing sensation’s performance in the ring.

 

As a congressman and entertainer, Manny had run into numerous commitments that he barely had time to workout while Margarito is shrouded in anonymity while deep in his training.

 

When asked by CBS’s Bob Simon if Manny’s numerous commitments could affect Manny’s ability to prevail over Margarito, the multi-awarded veteran trainer said, “if you are a boxer walking at 2 in the morning, you can lose if you will always be on the street.”

 

Manny, who was featured for about 13 minutes on prime time Sunday (Nov. 7) in CBS’s long-running “60 Minutes,” an award-winning American investigative television news magazine, has been swamped with invitations that cut into his training at Roach’s Wild Card gym in Los Angeles, California.

 

Editor’s Note: To view the Bob Simon 12.9-minute interview with Manny Pacquiao, please click on this link, What's Next For Manny Pacquiao?

 

D uring the program, Manny narrated how he kept a secret from his mother, Dionesia, his training in boxing that she did not want him to do.

 

In one of those early professional fights, Manny was supposed to weigh 105 pounds. But because he wanted to earn 100 pesos ($2.00), Pacquiao, who was weighing 98 pounds at that time, said he loaded his pocket with some heavy objects so he could come up with the 105-pound limit. One of six children, Manny’s only other means of income during that time was to sell cigarette on the street.

 

When Simon asked him how much Manny now makes, he broke into smile, saying, “Millions.”

 

Manny left his General Santos City home at the age of 14 to try his luck in Manila by training in boxing gym by night.

 

Until he went to Wild Card gym and met Freddie Roach, who was convinced at the first round of training that Manny had what it takes to be a champion, the rest is history.

 

During the segment, Manny’s promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, talked of how the Philippine Congress tried to stop Manny from facing boxing Golden Boy Oscar de la Hoya, who was four inches taller and much heavier than Manny.

 

“A bill in Philippine legislature was proposed to ban the fight to prevent Manny from leaving the country because he was going to be annihilated by De La Hoya,” Arum said. But movie clips showed how Manny made ugly the pretty face of De La Hoya, which Manny described as “part of the game.”

 

Clips also showed Manny playing in his favorite billiard game where he was betting $30,000 during the play.

 

Also shown was Manny’s foray into politics last May, when he emerged winner as Representative of his wife Jinky’s home province of Sarangani.

 

Also featured in the same program was President Obama, who analyzed the impact of his Administration’s loss of the majority of the House of Representatives.

 

When asked if he harbors ambition to become President of the Philippines, Manny demurred, saying, “it is still too far away,” a statement interpreted by Simon as being spoken by a politician.

 

In the same interview, Mr. Arum also disclosed that he ranks Pacquiao so high that he believes Manny is greater than Muhammad Ali, who, in his heyday, had claimed that he was the greatest.

 

Arum said Ali is a one-handed boxer but Manny shocks his foes with his both hands.

 

When Simon asked Manny, whom he considers the greatest boxer of all time, Manny asked, if “including me? Of course, me.” # # #

 

Editor’s Note: To contact the author, please e-mail him at:  (lariosa_jos@sbcglobal.net)

 



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Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 November 2010 23:44
 

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