Whatever happens, no excuses–Pacquiao


PACQUIAO: More aggressive, more punches. Roy Luarca

HOLLYWOOD—Life goes on for Manny Pacquiao regardless of the result of his fourth bout with Juan Manuel Marquez on Dec. 8 (Dec. 9 in Manila).

If he wins by knockout as he envisions, well and good. If he wins by decision again, so be it. An upset would be difficult to accept, but Pacquiao said he can live with that. He won’t whine and complain like what Marquez have been doing for eight years.

“No excuses,” Pacquiao told Manila-based sportswriters at his unit at the gated Palazzo here. “Whatever happens I always praise God.”

Reminded that he’s been promising a knockout to finally silence Marquez’s loud mouth, Pacquiao said: “Praise God kung ganoon (if that happens).”

Of course, the Filipino ring icon is determined to show Marquez, his bashers and doubters that he’s still boxing’s pound-for-pound king.

Coming off a bum decision loss to unbeaten Timothy Bradley last June, Pacquiao also wants to show the world that as he approaches his 34th birthday on Dec. 17, the power and skill that made him the sole eight-division world champion are still there.

Asked what he plans to do to live up to chief trainer Freddie Roach’s promise that a “new Pacquiao” will show up on fight night at the MGM Grand Arena, the Sarangani representative merely smiled.

“Secret,” he said, then refused to elaborate.

Pacquiao did train behind closed doors for seven weeks at Roach’s Wild Card Gym here. Fact is, even the Filipino reporters who usually were given access to the sparring sessions were barred from early entry Saturday (Sunday in Manila).

What the coaching staff, including assistant trainers Buboy Fernandez and Nonoy Neri, openly declares is that Pacquiao will be more aggressive and will be throwing more punches against Marquez than what he unleashed against Bradley. There will also be more combinations to watch out for.

Though the plan was for Pacquiao to continue his morning run at Griffith Park, the occasional drizzle forced its cancellation. Instead, Pacquiao went to church and then took an afternoon nap after lunch.

Famished when he woke up, Pacquiao was munching on a sandwich when he granted the very brief interview at his sleeping quarters.

He then went downstairs to preside over the darts tournament he hosted for Team Pacquiao members. The congressman from Sarangani reportedly shelled out $20,000 for the one-day tournament, with the winner getting $2,500. Nobody leaves empty-handed as the first round losers get $50.

Team Pacquiao leaves for Las Vegas Monday afternoon after a final sparring session and routine exercises at Wild Card. The customized bus, emblazoned with Pacquiao’s image, will lead the convoy of vehicles with Pacquiao and wife Jinkee on their Lincoln Navigator.

The Pacquiaos are slated to return to Los Angeles on Dec. 10 and catch the late evening flight to Manila. They wanted to be present for the birthday celebration of their son, Jimwell, in Gen. Santos City on Dec. 12. Pacquiao’s birthday follows five days later.

On Dec. 19, the whole family will fly to Israel, where they intend to spend Christmas.

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  • RobinsonRaven44

    para ma-justify sana ang mga idinadakdak nitong si Marquez na palaging sya ang panalo sa tatlong beses na laban nila ni Pacquiao na kahit minsan man lang sanang napatumba nya si Pacman, wala e. puro dakdak lang itong si Marquez.

  • Night

    tama yan Manny!! Mabuhay!!! Para sa yo ang laban na to bayan ko!!! 

  • Daniel

    The boxing style and the fighting stance of both sides are perfectly tailored to give the boxing fans their money’s worth. The one who is solidly prepared and more determined to overcome all odds shall prevail.

  • Benjamin

    Di ako makapaniwala na marami ditong mga kababayan na imbes na iboost si Pacquiao ay ibinabagsak pa siya.  Sabagay, mahirap kung minsang intindihin ang ugali ng mga Pinoy. Si Marquez ay dakdak ng dakdak na tinalo niya si Pacman ng 3 beses at may t-shirt pa siya na nakasaad na I beat Pacman.  Alam naman ng lahat na si Pacquiao ay talagang nanalo laban kay Bradley at inimbestigahan pa iyon ng Las Vegas Commission pero hindi na mababago ang decision. Ano ngayon si Bradley, nanalo nga siya pero ang mga tao ay hindi bilib sa kanya. Wala siyang karisma at ang mga tao ay galit sa kanya. I see Pacquiao winning by TKO and I dont care if I pay $59.99 just to watch it here in the States via Pay Per View.

    • for_Prosperity

       Go! Go! Go! I agree!

  • captainramius

    Ganon talaga kabayan….” ito laban ko para sa bayan….” ako  para sa mahihirap.”… “tumakbo ako dahil sa tawag ng masang pilipino ” etc etc

    Yong mga diskarte na ganito nabat natuto na mga tao.  Sila galing lang salita pero pag katapos ng laban or election … yon billions ( sa kanila ) … the rest of the people ?  Mahihirap pa rin.

  • tabalu

    sana wag nyang sabihing para sa bayan ang laban nya, kasi kung may boxing sya sinisingil tayo ng pay per view lalo na yung naka-cable kahit di ka manood may dagdag na bayad sa monthly bill, sino ba ang nagsabing mag-boxing sya? sino ba ang nakikinabang sa panalo nya? sa totoo lang tayo pa ang agrabyado sa kanya dahil isa syang mambabatas na hindi naman pumapasok.

    • Archie B

      looks like hindi mo nakikita ang kagandahan o benepisyo nang bansa natin at ng mga kababayan natin sa pagiging boksingero ni Manny Pacquiao.

      regarding Pacquiao as congressman, even though im not a fan of him being a congressman at palaging wala sa kongreso (to be honest, i don’t like him as a Politician), i still have him on top of almost all of the congressmen. alam mo ba yung ginawa ni Pacquiao kapalit ng pag-endorso niya sa PCSO? yung mga pinagawa ni Pacquiao sa mga nasasakupan niya? sa labas ng nasasakupan niya, etc.? magbigay ka ng isang Congressman na gumawa ng ginawa niya (maliban yun parating wala sa Congress). may mga complete or almost complete attendance tayong mga Congressmen pero tingnan mo naman ang ginagawa sa mga kababayan natin. sana nakikita mo rin iyon.

      again, i’m not a fan of Manny as a politician. but you seeing him as a frequent absent congressman is not that right.

      • D_BystandeR

        I agree with your assessment of how Manny is doing to his constituents to share his graces with the people in  his district. Ignore him – tabalu – I don,t get what he is up to. While it’s true Manny does not have 100 percent attendance in congress but he was able to offset it with what he is doing in the sidelines. Take for example a raffle draw during his birthday celebration where he voided the result of that draw three times because it was his close relatives names coming out as the winner. He only gave his approval at the 4th drawing and gave the prize to an outsider to the loud exclamations of approval by the people who attended the affair. Really, Manny is a guy with a big heart to the people around him despite his being a ferocious boxer inside the ring. Alas, I have come to conclude he is the type of man you only see once in a century!

  • silvershade

    Ever since Manny has changed his religion, from Catholic to JIL, his career was always in a mess.  Sumobra ang bilib ni Manny sa sarili.  First, he ran for congress and he won.  From politics, gusto naman niyang sakupin ang spiritual aspect which he easily achived through JIL, dahil hindi ganun kadali maging preacher sa Catholic.  From being a honorable congressman, to a holier-than-thou personality.  “BANAL NA ASO, SANTONG KABAYO, NATATAWA AKO, HEHEHEHEEEE!”  Dati Manny is making sign of the cross as he enters the ring, and he won with no doubts.  But since the time he did not make sign of the cross, doubtful na, natalo pa.  Scapegoat: it’s God’s will.

    • kaloykoykoy

       Say something more positive, you crab. Don’t lord to other people your paganic practices.  Best you can do now is start a non-stop rosary until Dec. 9 to possibly help Manny win, if you believe it will, instead of saying all the negatives you have just written.

      • silvershade

        Hahaha, disciple of Manny! Kita mo, talo na naman ang panginoon mo.

      • Edward

        u kulto do it pray for manny and we will see…whether manalo yan o matalo..wala kaming paki dyan…dre, TRUTH HURTS….

  • akramgolteb

    No whining? OO katulad ng Bradley-Pacquiao, walang tigil ang dakdak na siya talaga dapat ang nanalo.

  • chikko

    though pacman is an aging boxing icon, he still want to get back to his original form in order to make a truckload of dollar before he retires.  this  boring fight is about how much money he will make, its not about who will win.  if he wins or lose, does he care?  i doubt it as this fight is non-title fight. a lot of people will pay $55 dollars for per per view, but im not at this time.

  • jolly_baby

    If Marquez wins that means Floyd is better because Floyd beat marquez easily.

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