Although five-time world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. is heavily favored to win against Miguel Cotto when they clash this May in Las Vegas, Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao feels the Puerto Rican, who he earlier beat via a technical knockout, should not be underestimated.
Manny said Cotto is a very good fighter and physically very strong and it would be unwise for Floyd to take him for granted.
“Remember, he was leading in points after the first five rounds of our fight,” Manny reminded boxing writers.
Manny said he certainly doesn’t mind if Cotto beats the undefeated Mayweather ahead of everybody else. The eight-division world champ believes Cotto is capable of doing it.
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On the other hand, Manny’s trainer Freddie Roach doesn’t think Cotto can beat Mayweather.
He predicts that Floyd Jr. will win this match on points.
Roach also predicted that the Mayweather-Cotto fight will be very boring, “just like all the other Mayweather fights.”
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What exactly happened to Mommy Dionesia Pacquiao in the four months that she disappeared from public view?
The mother of the world’s most popular boxer said she had been very very sick and had been to many doctors in General Santos City, but no one could determine what was wrong with her.
“I was very ill. I was afflicted with strange maladies that are hard to describe. I lost considerable weight, my eyes got sunken, and yet my face was swollen. What was scary is that my stomach grew bigger and bigger,” Mommy Dionesia related on national television.
At first she thought that it might be a tumor growing inside her, but tests proved negative.
Her belly grew to a size like that of a woman six months pregnant, but the doctors could find nothing.
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“Manny urged me to consult specialists, to have myself treated by the best doctors but I refused, I told him this is not a case for conventional physicians, but for the herbolario. My ailment was not physical.”
After doing the rounds of Gen San, Mommy D said she ultimately found a competent healer in Trece Martirez City, Cavite, who confirmed that she was the object of an occult attack.
It took some time and several treatment from the ispiritista but she eventually got well.
“Gumaling din ako sa awa ng Diyos” she said. “I’m raring to get back to work.”
Her next project is a concert with pop queen Imelda Papin.
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While Mommy D says she knows the identity of the person who stuck the pins on the doll with her image, she has no plans to retaliate.
“I have forgiven her, Diyos na lang ang bahala sa kanya.”
She said this person did it out of envy.
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If you happen to come across former PBA import Billy Ray Bates and he presents you with a sad tale about a close relative dying of cancer, think twice before you dig deep into your pocket.
The Black Superman, who everyone thought had reformed since his high flying days and had turned to God, choosing to take the path of the straight and narrow, has been dishing out this sob story to anyone who would care to listen. He has probably repeated the tale to so many people so many times he has injected it with variations because it has become so boring.
Sometimes, it’s his wife who’s afflicted with the Big C, sometimes it’s his mother or his daughter. Cancer seems to run in the family, whether the relation is by blood or affiliation.
To me, he said it was his sister. He insisted on giving me his bank account number, for publication in this column, where good Samaritans can send their donations.
I never published the number.