Know when to quit, says Aquino


HIT YOUR target, but know when to quit.

This was President Aquino’s unsolicited advice to reigning WBO super bantamweight champ Nonito Donaire Jr. on the eve of title defense against Jorge Arce of Mexico.

The President said, in a nutshell, that everybody was given a chance to shine for a given time.

“The skill is not actually in the acting itself, but knowing when to leave,” said the President, when interviewed Thursday night in Malacañang.

“So when he achieves that, he gets out of the game safely, he has the foundations of a good family,” said the President, hoping that the “Filipino Flash” would achieve his dreams both in and out of the ring.

Mr. Aquino had earlier advised Manny Pacquiao to hang up his gloves and enjoy the fruits of his legendary boxing career, but was not heeded by the pound-for-pound king, who went to suffer a humiliating knockout loss to Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez last Sunday.

During a freewheeling chat with reporters late Thursday, Mr. Aquino saw a parallelism in the sterling rise of Donaire and regrettable fall of Pacquiao.

“He (Donaire) really strikes me as somebody who has a good soul, a good spirit. He has provided a role model, but hopefully, after he achieves his success, he also … knows when to step off,” said Mr. Aquino.

He advised Donaire that once “you’re on the top,” the Fil-Am boxer should not “gamble” his future, especially his health, and know when to quit.

The President said that he, too, was looking forward to stepping down on June 30, 2016, so that he could attend to personal matters such as finding his bride and raising a family.

The President appreciated Donaire’s public devotion to his mother, the late President Corazon Aquino, as the boxer had dedicated his previous fights for the late icon of democracy.

For his fight with Rafael Concepcion of Panama for the Interim WBA Superflyweight title, Donaire had requested the boxing equipment company Everlast to provide him with a yellow robe with the inscription “I. M. O. (in memory of) former President Cory Aquino.”

Donaire won the bout via a unanimous decision.

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  • Satchi Anikko

    Pnoy is not in the position to comment like that. Manny’s personality is way to high compare to him

    • Marshall

      gunggong…walang comparison  kahit saang mataas na level ang presidente at si Pakyaw …wala ka sa hulog ,,boy..

  • Satchi Anikko

    The President Knows nothing, Did he realize ho greatly many inspire a lot of Pinoy,  Do you mean that Manny should have retired so as not to lose that way. Common Man up, thats sports, Manny was dominating the fight before he was caught by the Punch (I call it “Lucky Punch” since Marquez never had that kind of power)

    The lost was not humiliating actually, he was not punished in the fight (just one punch from not a knock-out artist), And to say that he Lost was Manny’s fall, was WOW (sign of great insecurity)Manny can still fight and win. He can still inspire a us, Infact did you saw him how he handled the lost. Do something better man. Honestly, most Filipino doesnt care about you, Manny touches peoples heart, how bout you? 

    • abner

      None sense.

      • Ogie Samonte


    • alfredo

      well said bro..keep it up..i agree with you

    • anu12345

       You did not vote for him?

      FYI, Manny’s family and even Chavit wanted him to quit right after the Bradley fight. What do you think of them?

    • joshua kings

      mind you, anikko, i’m not inspired by your idol…so do not generalize, please…
      and i do not envy those who are inspired by someone who is bff to a proven wife-beater, a gambler, cheater, attempted murderer, womanizer, etc…by someone suspected of using PEDs, etc…

  • Winda Santos Yambao

    masyado nga daw maka-dikit sa mga Pacquiao ang mga pastor kahit hanggang madaling araw. ito reklamo ni nanay Dionisia. bawal na bawal sa isang boksingero an magpuyat daw kahit walang laban….ps kahit naman hindi ka boksingero eh hindi maganda ang napupuyat ah.

  • ethan ralph siapuetco

    “parallelism” ?…
    im gonna tattoo this on my skin 0(‘-‘)0

    abstract ! o kaya tribal 0(‘-‘)0

  • lagalag

    Just dont join the burn again christian Donito or you will end up like Pacquio. Whatever is your religion stick to it, religion will not save you, its your FAITH.

    • Marlou Wang

       “Burn Again” he he he, ayaw ko ngang masunog!

      • lagalag

        Yes, i intentionally put Burn instead of Born 

    • slim6744

      Absolutely…I agree with you 100%…What will save each of us is FAITH…..none other. And remember…..the Catholic Church……..does NOT have a MONOPOLY…….on ACCESS to GOD…..and HEAVEN. Like they would like you to BELIEVE. 

      Read your CHRISTIAN  BIBLE….instead.  The word RELIGION is not really referred to as a DENOMINATION……it is more like……”A relationship with CHRIST” that becomes a BETTER description. 

      To “get closer to GOD”…there is NO NEED to  CONDUCT  a  LOT of HOCUS POCUS,…… magic,….. smoke and mirrors  and “Outward Manifestations”  designed to IMPRESS  the IGNORANT. 

      In the BIBLE…..the story of the Pharisee and the PUBLICAN….makes this very CLEAR. The PHARISEE …standing before the altar of GOD…made a “Big to do” about how GOOD he was at TITHING, obeying RULES, praying to GOD constantly…and telling GOD HIS RELIGION was the RIGHT PATH to GOD’S KINGDOM.

      The PUBLICAN……in all HUMILITY…..just asked GOD to forgive him….”GOD….be MERCIFUL to me…….a SINNER!”

      Hence…..ALMIGHTY GOD……looked more in favor…towards the PUBLICAN. 

      • lagalag

        Amen to you Bishop Slim 6744. I dont need to attend the mass today,I got a sermon.Peace

      • Winda Santos Yambao

        @lagalag no he belongs to another group probably

      • alfredo

        and whats your problem with that

  • shots_fired

    Ang bobo naman ng writer nato, anung humiliating? is that a fact or one of your opinion that the KO was humiliating? 

  • Paul

    Mr. writer.. Sir, I think Pacquiao did not suffer a what you call “humiliating knockout”, he was knocked-out because of his bravery.  The performance of pacman either was not humiliating/declining, because he was ahead in all the scorecards and punch stats before he was KOed.

    For PNOY, pacquiao put the philippines on top of the sporting world.  It benefited the Philippines and the Filipino people around the world.  We’ve been known because of Pacquiao.  

    PACQUIAO will not quit because the “Filipinos are worth dying for!”

    • xrisp

      Yes it was just over confidence on the part of Manny and Marquez surely knows that because he was on the brink of a KO loss should that uneventful moment not struck Manny. It was Manny’s over-confidence that defeated himself!

    • abner

      100 percent humiliating, and that knockout will book in the history of boxing. Done.

  • etomacq

    Noynoy Aquino should know when to stop smoking… You should know when to quit! 

    • Adam_d_langgam

      Naunahan mo ako kabayan. Me sayad talaga. Dapat talaga busalan Ito dahil palaging nauuna ang bibig bago mag register sa utak

    • john mendoza

      lol, pnot, este,pnoy, basag! quit agad? nagpi-peak pa lang halos ang career ni donaire, pagku-quitin na ni yosi boy, hahaha, quit smoking yun ang tama!

  • PCD_2012

    Nonito be careful because Marquez’ PED buddy is on Arce’s side too! If you don’t want to retire early stay away from his deadly counter punches!  

    I hope you could  revenge Manny’s defeat!

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