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GAB wants boxing reforms, too »

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It was inevitable that the proposal for the creation of a Philippine Boxing Commission has escalated into a tug-of-war between boxing superhero Manny Pacquiao, the main proponent, and the Games and Amusement Board (GAB). GAB, under the Office of the President, has no choice but fight back after the boxing commission bill, filed by Pacquiao in the Senate, threatened to wrest control and supervision of professional boxing from its mandate. In fact,…

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South African calls out Pacquiao »

Chris van Heerden makes his entrance during Premier Boxing Champions bout against Errol Spence Jr. at the Ricoh Coliseum on September 11, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.   Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

For boxers seeking instant international recognition, fighting Manny Pacquiao is a prime option. South African Chris van Heerden, hardly known like Australian Jeff Horn, has joined the line of probable opponents for the Filipino ring icon this year. While Pacquiao, the sport’s only eight-division world champion, has yet to pick from among four candidates proposed by his promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, for his first fight in June or July, Van…

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The lady is a champ »

Gretchen Abaniel (right) tags her Thai foe, Buangern Onesongchaigym, with a left during their 2014 fight in Sydney. The Filipino won by fifth-round TKO for the 15th of her 17 victories. She would lose three straight times before snatching three world titles. —GRETCHEN ABANIEL FACEBOOK

She’s in a sport known as the “sweet science.” But it hasn’t been exactly that for female fighter Gretchen Abaniel. Like many women pro boxers, Abaniel juggles jobs on top of her forays inside the ring to make ends meet. “It’s tough and tiring but I have to do it,” she says in Filipino. “I have three world titles, but there’s really no money in women’s boxing.” Her heroics often come with…

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Pacquiao can’t afford to lose this one »

Manny Pacquiao. AP FILE PHOTO

They’ve stopped wondering whom Manny Pacquiao will fight next, or when. Little do Pinoy adorers of their boxing superhero know that Sen. Pacquiao is engaged in a bigger and more significant battle. Out in the city wet market sports hub, they’ve finally taken note of the Triple G, what kind of an unbeaten warrior Gennady Golovkin is, what stuff he’s made of. It’s of course odd that majority of our boxing…

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Pacquiao guest of honor at Elorde awards »

Manny Pacquiao at the meeting of top-level sports executives on Thursday at Century Park Hotel. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/

Fighting senator Manny Pacquiao will be the guest of honor and speaker when the 17th Gabriel “Flash” Elorde Boxing Awards Banquet of Champions is held this Saturday at Manila Hotel’s Tent City. Pacquiao, the lone 8-division world champion, will also lead the awardees in the event that will honor reigning world kings Marlon Tapales (WBO bantamweight), John Riel Casimero (IBF flyweight) and Jerwin Ancajas (IBF super flyweight) as Boxers of the…

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Arum options for Pacman: Horn, Broner or Crawford »

Manny Pacquiao AP FILE PHOTO

  Promoter Bob Arum still thinks Manny Pacquiao should face Jeff Horn in Australia in his first fight of the year. Horn was Arum’s preferred opponent for Pacquiao on April 23, until Michael Koncz, Pacquiao’s adviser, announced that a more lucrative fight is in the works for the Fighting Senator in the United Arab Emirates. Pacquiao and Briton Amir Khan then tweeted that they have agreed to do battle in May. The supposed deal…

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No contest: Pacquiao a willing victim »

Manny Pacquiao. AFP FILE PHOTO

Promoter Bob Arum did sense right off that Manny Pacquiao was being led to a shameful trap. Upon hearing of the $38 million purse allegedly dangled by UAE negotiators, Arum cried it was wholly insane. Manny Pacquiao would have nothing of Arum’s disapproval. He refused to listen. He also stopped talking to Arum. Arum himself decided to shut up. Meanwhile, the boxing world was left to wonder what the hell was going on. There definitely was…

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