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Why Pacquiao must avoid The Ghost


(NATIONAL SALUTE: Here’s hoping they had offered a prayer for Gonzalo “Lito” Puyat, two-time president of the International Basketball Federation (Fiba) in yesterday’s start of PBA Philippine Cup Finals at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. Here’s also hoping authorities would find it apt to have flags in major basketball institutions, like the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and the Philippine Basketball Association, flown at half-mast in honor of this fiery and dedicated sportsman who never wavered in his clamor for the establishment of a national sports ministry, cabinet level. Puyat, 79, was instrumental in crafting the bill that created the Philippine Sports Commission and had seen the Philippine national basketball team through memorable participations in the 1972 Munich Olympics and the 1974 World Basketball Championship in Puerto Rico. He was the father of youth basketball development in the country.)

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DAMAGED or not damaged, the popular clamor remains that Manny Pacquiao must be made to box again.

How soon?

“It doesn’t matter, but it must be against Juan Manuel Marquez right away,” cries trader and Filipino-Chinese intellectual Peter Tanyao, a Pacquiao devotee who’s endlessly perplexed how his idol could’ve lost his last fight.

Trainer Freddie Roach had said that if Pacquiao should fight again, it must not be earlier than September.

Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum has given his nod but, before everything else, he insisted Pacquiao must have a more thorough head check in the United States.

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Meanwhile, Pacquiao himself has said he wanted to see action as early as April, if possible.

Well, it’s too early to make a pick who Pacman must face after having suffered a shocking lights-out knockout against Marquez in Las Vegas early last month.

Do remember that Marquez was not even on top of the list in that raffle that determined Pacquiao’s foe following his controversial loss to the unbeaten Timothy Bradley last June.

Looking for the possible next foe, this reporter has turned to someone we’ve deemed competent enough to help make a choice and prevent another monumental national heartache.

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The Pacman must make sure he avoids The Ghost?

The ghost of Juan Manuel Marquez?

“No, Robert ‘The Ghost’ Guerrero,” cries international boxing correspondent Anthony Andales.

The US-based aeronautics engineer says Manny Pacquiao would “really be Brenda (brain-damaged) if he decides to face Guerrero.”


“Guerrero is a master boxer who thrives on craft and science,” he explains.” A perfect match for Pacquiao is Brandon Rios, a certified slugger.”

Andales says Pacquiao can easily demolish him, because Rios has “no defense and is tailored for Manny.”

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So who’s Mr. Andales?

It would help to run this message he sent to the Inquirer last Dec. 4, four day’s before Pacquiao fourth encounter with Marquez.

“If Manny will be extremely aggressive as they plan to do, he might get knocked down, or even stopped. Marquez has mastered Manny’s style, kabisado na.”

He added: “In each of their last three fights, Marquez continued to improve, while Pacquiao declined. If we are to graph the performance, I expect Marquez to have a decision or late KO. Especially now when Manny’s heart is not for boxing anymore.”

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Andales put $500 on underdog Marquez and collected $1,200.

He continued to explain: “If you noticed Marquez was the only pure boxer among Manny’s opponents, all the others were pure sluggers who stood in front and were either knocked out or retired by Manny.”

Anyway, after his latest text message, Andales was asked whether he noticed Pacquiao could still hit hard-but could no longer take a big punch.

“Well, they can do something about that,” he said.


“They should take out Freddie Roach or they could give him an assistant who can teach Pacquiao decent defense.”

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  • Eduardo

    Tutoo yong sinabi mo Mr. Almarjo, wala talagang depensa si Pacquiao kahit noon pa at sa tagal nang round nila ni Marquez bale 42 rounds ng naglaban etong dalawa boxer na yan eh alam na alam na ni Marquez yong fighting style ni Pacquiao at hindi hirap si Marquez sa kaliweteng boxer di gaya ni Floyd Mayweather nemesis niya yong mga southpaw boxer at makikita mo yan sa laban niya kay Castillo. Pero sa palagay ko lang dapat na talagang mag-retire ni Manny Pacquiao kasi mahirap nang mapunta pa siya sa kalagayan ni Z-Gorres at saka ano pa naman ang gusto ni Pacquiao sa buhay niya? Ego at pride lang siguro ang nararamdaman niya kasi sa Knock-out loss niya ka Marquez. Mahirap talagang isipin yan kagaya ng ma-knock out niya si Hatton ayon sa balita eh mahigit isang buwan bago nakuhang lumabas ng bahay niya siguro dahil nahihiya sa paraan nang pakatalo niya ganyan din marahil ang nararamdaman ni Manny Pacquiao. 
    Natalo man si Manny “PACMAN” Pacquiao sa mga nakaraang laban niya, para sakin siya parin ang Champion!!! 
    Maraming salamat Manny sa karangalang binahagi mo sakin kasi naging kilala ang mga Filipino sa labas nang bansa natin dahil sa’yo!

    Isa ako sa mga tinatawag nilang “Bagong Bayani” ng Pilipinas, 1980 ako mag umpisang magtrabaho dito!!!

  • almarjo

    Isa pa palang observation mga ka-boxing, kung concentrated siya talaga, the fact na couple of second na lang ayon sa corner niya, di na siya dapat sumugod, at isa pa instead na going to the right pumasok siya sa bandang left, at sumuntok siya gamit ang kanan, kasi kung left niya ang ginamit walang way na masuntok siya ng ganoon dahil salag ang kanan ni Marquez sa kaliwang kamay.  OK ba yon mga kaboxing.  Yon ay observation ko lang naman.

  • almarjo

    Idol ko si Pacman, katunayan halos lahat ng laban niya ay may tape/CD ako, kasi nagsusubscribe ako sa PPV.  Nuong laban niya kay Bradley, napansin ko kaagad na wala yaong  Rosario sa leeg niya, at hindi rin nagsasign of the cross na dati niyang ginagawa.  So nuon pa man hindi na fully concentrated si Manny sa laban.  Hindi ko naman ibig sabihin na naparusahan siya, kundi hindi na 100% and isip niya sa boxing o sa kanyang ginagawa.  Get niyo mga kaboxing.

  • duviz7533

    panay tayo ngawa…senate president nga ayaw magretire dahil sa pera,si manny nakikipagbugbugan para kumita ng pera,pamigay man niya ang iba galing talaga sa bulsa niya,mas kailangan niya ang suporta ngayon.ganon din si nonito at brian,let’s support them.

  • juanito_magallon

    I agree with that! I have said before the paquiao-marquez 4th fight that manny should look for another coach.

  • Jose EJ Flores

    Offer prayers for the dead is alright but honor Gonzalo Puyat for his role in Philippine basketball is improper. Those who could still remember the evolution of local basketball would attest to this. Puyat was an ‘obstacle’ to Philippine basketball.

  • Tolit's

    Pacquiao is the stronger and perhaps the bigger fighter in 1st,2nd,3rd fight but in the 4th fight Marquez which is already 40years old and spent fighting mostly in the lightweight division suddenly becomes the bigger and stronger fighter and I can see how strong Marquez that night when he easily knocked out Pacquiao in the 3rd round…how did he do that is a big question mark? Pacquiao has a tough chin and we saw it against bigger guys! Whatever Marquez is doing it should be closely watched if ever they fight again for the fifth time, especially his conditioning coach is a self confessed supplier of performance enhancing drugs.

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