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Mar 28th
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Written by Bobby Reyes   
Saturday, 16 May 2009 10:15
Hi, Bobby: Please add this typo in the ninth paragraph, instead of six, I mistakenly wrote “five”: The Pacman at the age of 30 has already collected six titles in four weight classes. And I added additional comments. Use this one below, instead. Thanks. JGL ====================== Dear JJ: Thank you for plugging my name in your popular column. I would have been more impressed with your column if you mentioned that at the pre-fights of the Pacquiao-De La Hoya and Pacquiao-Hatton bouts, in our small pool (DOM) of straw votings, you strongly favored both De La Hoya and Hatton to beat Pacquiao. You never gave Pacquiao a tiny chance to beat either of them. In fact, you predicted that Hatton would knock out Pacquiao in the first round. Your rooting interests spoke volumes that Pacquiao was not only an underachiever or over-the-hill but also a pipitsugin boxer and that De La Hoya and Hatton were in their prime. Because if you felt that Pacquiao was in his prime and De La Hoya and Hatton were pipitsugin before the fights, common sense dictated that you would have favored Pacquiao to beat both of them during our pre-fight pollings. What your column is telling yourself is that you were trying to cover-up your own indiscretions or mistakes in backing De La Hoya and Hatton and you are lying to yourself. And if you want to be fair to Pacquiao, you should have defined what boxer in his "prime" mean. For instance, what are the criteria of what you mean by “prime” and “over-the-hill.” Will “prime” mean a certain “range” of age, from 20 to 25 years old? And if a boxer lost only one time, like Hatton, is he already “over-the-hill”? Can you name the boxers now in their prime, which you think is better than Pacquiao that Pacquiao should beat? If not, and if and Pacquiao will beat somebody in his prime, you might again be fuming that the said boxer is already “over-the-hill.” Remember that both Flash Elorde and Pacquiao started both in their amateur boxing at the age of 16. Elorde was considered by the WBC in 1974 as the "greatest junior lightweight (130-pound) champion" of the world after defending the title for seven years. Elorde tried to climb up the 135-pound lightweight but he lost twice at the age of 31. Muhammad Ali, who tells the world that he is the greatest, had “three-world” titles in his boxing career. The Pacman at the age of 30 has already collected six titles in four weight classes, yet in your eyes, you are still underrating him as a boxer, who only beat pipitsugins. As you said in your previous column, you ran into a teacher, who gave you very low marks, although, you were in top of the class. This kind of teacher, who is too hard to please, is called a “terror.” I also had some school teachers, who were “terrors,” and both were beautiful ladies. But one died too young, the other did not marry because no men dared to court her because she was very strict. Now she is a loner and a pariah and having a hard time associating with relatives and is looking for friends to live with her. Don’t be a terror to our kababayans, who are trying hard to find a place in the sun. If they succeed, try to give them the credit where credit is due. It will make you and others feel good. Because if they fail, you have all the time in the world to ridicule them. Don’t make it too hard to yourself. Stop fighting yourself. Stop lying to your self when your kababayan makes good. Try to be more charitable with phrase. Tawag diyan sa’yo, buko ka na, iwas pusoy ka pa. If you accept your mistakes, and recognize them publicly in your column and apologize about them, then you will be a more credible columnist. By the way, let me congratulate you for getting it right – Pacman used “left cross” in putting Hatton to sleep. God bless! JGL JOSEPH G. LARIOSA Journal Group Link International P. O. BOX 805072 CHICAGO IL 60680-4112 U.S.A. Telefax No. 773.283.5986 Email:

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