Quantcast
Latest Stories

Bare Eye

Protecting Congressman Pacquiao

By

THE ONCE improbable fifth fight has suddenly become almost a certainty.

Bob Arum, prime promoter of all things good and bad for Philippine boxing, said there should be a fifth encounter between Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao, possibly this September.

Pacquiao, serving the mandatory 120-day ban after sleeping on the job during his fourth fight with Marquez on Dec. 8, said he should be able to resume boxing in April.

But hold it for a moment, please.

***

There’s no need to rush.

Pacquiao, groping for an alibi, claimed he became overconfident as he chased the embattled but alert Marquez against the ropes in the sixth round of their fourth encounter.

You’re free to believe that. But before Pacquiao even takes his first comeback step, he should make doubly sure it’s in the right direction.

Or at least, make sure Marquez would still be there because, in a posting yesterday, the Mexican ring hero said he was undecided on whether or not to continue fighting.

***

Pacquiao should, first of all, determine what really went wrong.

He became overconfident?

Pardon this, but a more objective look at that knockout loss would show Pacquiao did not become overconfident.  He honestly became careless!

Now, if to a losing champion race car, Pacquiao may not require an engine change.  But he may have to effect a major overhaul, not only in his feeble defense, but with people and things around him.

***

Advises the philanthropic Dr. Jim Sanchez, who has been waging grim battles for indigent patients, mainly with off-shore hospitals and clinics.

“Manny will fight again. Why? Because of several reasons, to name a few: Pride, redemption, more money, to extend his shattered legacy. Do you think it will be any different the next time around? I don’t think so. He will be working on the same set of mind, same conditions, same environment, same people.”

***

In fairness to the honorable Congressman from Sarangani, Team Pacquiao appears on the verge of a clean-up, if not a serious revamp.

This according to team insider Hermie Rivera, who sends the following exchange, an actual dialogue he labeled faithful and authentic.

Rep. Pacquiao to Michael Koncz: “Take a bath, you Stink.”

Koncz: “I already did, Boss.”

Pacquiao: “When? Last month or last year?”

Koncz, reminds Hermie, is a senior advisor of Manny on hygienic concerns.

***

Koncz, by the way, figured diabolically in the mauling of a noted professional photographer, who tried to take shots of a senseless Pacquiao face down on the floor.

Koncz maybe retained, although he, together with assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez, helped project to the world an image of the Filipino as sore loser.

Of course, Freddie Roach, despite a dismal record of losing all his big bouts the past year, is sure to stay.

But they should at least try to determine if Roach finds overconfidence and carelessness as one and the same thing.

Maybe Pacquiao should also be protected from his trainer?

Based on filmed evidence, Roach had unwittingly guided Team Marquez on the path to the knockout with a vivid demonstration of Pacquiao’s careless offensive, where he was seen leaving his chin uncovered as he tried to stop a sparmate near the ropes. This was shown worldwide in the final HBO episode on the fourth encounter between the grim rivals.

Meanwhile, Hermie Rivera says he’s flying back to Manila after the holidays. He says he would assist Sen. Gringo Honasan in crafting a bill aimed at protecting PH sports heroes, like Pacquiao, from “notorious power enhancers like Angel Heredia.”

Well and fine. But shouldn’t Pacquiao be also protected from himself?

Happy New Year to all.


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


More from this Column:

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.


Tags: Bob Arum , Boxing , Juan Manuel Marquez , Manny Pacquiao , Michael Koncz

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EO4WCVY4ZX67DKINHUIRMLPXVY lariza

    here you are again Mr. Trinidad! just tell us u are a marquez fan period. no more justifications at the expense of pacquiao.

  • Filipinotristar

    I agree to your opinion Mr. Calixto909, sad to say but it is true, crab mentality will never be erased from us Filipinos karaniwang ugali na natin yan!!!

    I am an old boxing fan should I say since our “Great Gabriel Flash Elorde” Carlos Ortiz & Laguna round-robin fights.
    In any sport, carelessness cannot be used as an excuse, it is your weakness, your fighting style and in this kind of style, Manny Pacquiao is been elevated to where he is right now.

    Ironically, the blue print on how to defeat the PACMAn is on the hands of Marquez and their previous fight proves it.

    The situation right now is good for the PACMAN because he will know who are his true friends unlike before these people are all smile to him.

    For me as an avid boxing fan, I am really grateful and proud to be a Filipino.
    Thank you Emmanuel “The PACMAN” Pacquiao for giving me this Pride.



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement

News

  • Romblon mining site collapses; 3 killed
  • South Korea says 295 missing in ferry disaster
  • OFW who returned home from UAE tests positive for MERS-CoV – DOH chief
  • QC cops bear crosses as penance for demerits
  • Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  • Sports

  • China, Taiwan rout foes for 3rd, 5th places in Asian Club volleyball
  • Ginebra’s new import Freeman arrives, makes PBA return vs ROS
  • Fielder ends HR drought, Rangers beat Mariners 5-0
  • Power Pinoys salvage 7th place in Asian men’s volley club championship
  • Knicks prevent Nets from clinching fifth seed
  • Lifestyle

  • Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  • Celebrate Easter Sunday at Buddha-Bar Manila
  • Moriones feast: A slow, steady transformation
  • Weaving ‘palaspas’ a tradition kept alive in Tayabas City
  • Finalists announced for best translated books
  • Entertainment

  • Mommy Dionisia Pacquiao’s greatest hits
  • Deniece Cornejo posts bail—report
  • Miley Cyrus hospitalized, cancels US concert
  • Otaku Summer Jam 2014: Summer’s hottest J-rock/Cosplay event
  • 2NE1 returns to Manila with “All Or Nothing” Tour
  • Business

  • I-Remit teams up with Lakhoo for remittances from Oman
  • Megawide nets P1.4 B in 2013
  • Longer TRO sought on rate hike
  • Make a stylish statement with the all-new Yaris
  • Hearing set in Olarte case
  • Technology

  • Smart phone apps and sites perfect for the Holy Week
  • Tech company: Change passwords or suffer ‘Heartbleed’
  • Filling the digital talent gap
  • SSS to shut down website for Holy Week
  • Another reason to quit social media this Holy Week: your safety
  • Opinion

  • We may never know
  • Couple of things
  • Mommy D’s magic
  • Stop bizarre and bloody Good Friday rituals
  • Holy Week taboos
  • Global Nation

  • Visa-free travel to Japan could boost tourism
  • 2 PCG men ordered arrested over Balintang Channel shooting
  • US Embassy closed on Holy Thursday, Good Friday
  • Relief worker draws inspiration from helping Yolanda victims
  • Philippines says peace pact should hold despite clashes
  • Marketplace