Rico Santotome, Jr.
Manny Pacquiao was a picture of determination days before the ‘Pambansang Kamao’s’ rematch with the erstwhile unbeaten Timothy Bradley, his 2012 tormentor when the two first fought in June of that particular year over at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The controversial first fight which saw judges CJ Ross and Duane Ford handing Bradley the victory in a split decision verdict (Jerry Roth saw Manny winning) over the Filipino ring icon was dubbed as one of the greatest robbery in professional boxing since time immemorial.
This prompted the Nevada State Athletic Commission to review the fight and eventually, Manny was determined to have won the bout. But the damage has been done and for Pacquiao to clearly establish his victory, a rematch was inevitable.
This coming Sunday, the country will once again see Manny Pacquiao fight for pride, honor and prestige atop the boxing ring in another all-important world title fight over at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada against his 2012 tormentor-Timothy Bradley.
At stake is the World Boxing Organization welterweight title which Bradley won two years ago at the same venue courtesy of a highly controversial split decision win which favored Bradley despite Manny seemingly winning the title bout.
Two of the three judges in Duane Ford and CJ Ross saw it 115-113 in favor of the American boxer while a third one-Jerry Roth, had Manny winning via the same score thus resulting in a highly questionable outcome which earned a howl of protest from boxing experts and the ire of Manny’s followers.
The 2014 edition of the Philippine Basketball Association All-Star Game was one helluva match between the Gilas Pilipinas quintet and the PBA All-Star selection with the Nationals winning the game played at the Mall of Asia Arena last Sunday.
To highlight the PBA All-Star Weekend (April 3-6), the highly anticipated match-up pitting the Nationals mentored by Coach Chot Reyes and the All-Star side handled by San Mig Super Coffee bench tactician Tim Cone was played at the MOA Arena a year after the two team’s standoff in Digos City.
This time around, there was nary a free-for-all moment during the All-Star game where every basket was scored with much difficulty in the face of the tough defense put up by the opposition as if it was a Game Seven in a PBA championship outing.
On Sunday over at the Mall of Asia Arena, the Philippine Basketball Association All-Star Game pitting the Spain-bound Gilas Pilipinas and the PBA All-Stars will highlight the 2014 All-Star Weekend which will also have the Greats versus Stalwarts meeting tomorrow.
Mentored by national team head coach Chot Reyes, the Nationals will be spearheaded by starters Jayson Castro of Talk ‘N Text and Meralco’s Gary David, center June Mar Fajardo fo San Miguel Beer as well as forwards Gabe Norwood of Rain or Shine and Marc Pingris of San Mig Super Coffee.
The reserves include naturalized player Marcus Douthit, Jimmy Alapag and Ranidel de Ocampo of TNT, the ROS trio of Paul Lee, Jeff Chan and Beau Belga, Jared Dillinger of the Bolts as well as Ginebra’s Japeth Aguilar and LA Tenorio.
The hardluck Philadelphia 76ers tied the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers for the No. 1 spot in the National Basketball Association list for the longest losing streak after the Sixers lost to Houston at the Toyota Center last Saturday while notching their 26th setback in a row.
And with their backs against the wall, Philly battled the visiting Detroit Pistons (26-47 win-loss) at the Wells Fargo Center in Pennsylvania hoping to snap their 26-game losing skein which they eventually did with plenty to spare in a 123-98 rout of the Motor City squad.
Almost everybody contributed to the Sixers cause during last Sunday’s history-defining match in Philadelphia and fans of the Sixers in the City of Brotherly Love went home satisfied after the home team’s huge 25-point victory against the lowly Pistons.
One of the San Miguel Corporation teams-the Petron Blaze Boosters are reportedly dealing veteran guard Joseph Yeo to the Air21 Express in another trade which is intended for the possibility of landing National University Bulldogs sensation Bobby Ray Parks, Jr in next year’s rookie draft.
Although there’s still no confirmation in this supposed player swap, the possibility of ‘the Ninja’ Yeo’s transfer to the Lina Group is inevitable after Coach Franz Pumaren of the Express showed a huge interest in acquiring Dela Salle alumni members like Ren Ritualo and Mike Cortez in previous trades.
But fans aren’t looking on the Air21 side of improving and boosting the team’s stock. On the contrary, cage aficionados are getting impatient about the way these SMC ballclubs like Pteron Blaze, San Mig Coffee and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel are ‘pirating’ marquee players from other teams just to land the big names in the pro league.
Perennial league whipping boys, the Barako Bull Energy Colas, have been the subject of critical comments by many Philippine Basketball Association followers after the former Air21 Express team got involved in numerous transactions with other PBA ballclubs particularly those San Miguel Corporation ballclubs.
As a matter of fact, the Energy Colas dealt Sean Anthony to Talk ‘N Text for Ronjay Buenafe of Meralco, traded Josh Urbiztondo to the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings, shipped Doug Kramer to Petron Blaze for Dorian Pena and gave away Allein Maliksi to the San Mig Coffee Mixers in exchange for Wesley Gonzales and Chris Pacana.
On Friday, Commissioner’s Cup winners Alaska will be the last Philippine Basketball Association quintet to plunge into action in the Reinforced Conference as the Aces will take their turn in testing the mettle of Globalport over at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.
This after yesterday’s pair of Wednesday PBA matches at the Big Dome were cancelled due to the inclement weather which brought extreme flooding to various areas in Metro Manila as well as the neighboring provinces of Cavite, Laguna and Bataan. The supposed Alaska-Talk ‘N Text and Globalport-San Mig Coffee doubleheader was postponed by the league.
Tomorrow, it will be the turn of the Aces to battle the Batang Pier of owner Mikee Romero and head coach Junel Baculi where Globalport is 1-1 (win-loss) after the league’s newcomer lost by a mile to reigning champion Rain or Shine after beating Air21 by seven points on opening day.
At 6-10, former Western Kentucky player Japeth Paul Aguilar is a welcome frontline addition to the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel lineup following the retirement of Rudy Hatfield as well as the team’s failed bid to land Asi Taulava in the team’s fold.
The 26-year old Sasmuan, Pampanga-born son of former Anejo enforcer Peter Aguilar last played for Globalport Batang Pier in the Commissioner’s Cup this season before he was eventually traded to the Kings for Yousef Taha and a future rookie pick.
Actually, the Gilas Pilipinas mainstay played 14 games for the Batang Pier in the Second Conference after spending the 2011-12 season with Talk ‘N Text where he normed just 6.58 points and 4.12 rebounds in 52 games for the Tropang Texters.
A total of eleven police stations in the 3rd and 4th District of Negros Occidental were inspected last week by administrative personnel of the Philippine National Police in the province to ensure that all personnel are accounted for and that they comply with the various directives from higher headquarters.
The two-day inspection last August 15 and 16 was spearheaded by Police Chief Inspector Rico Santotome Jr, newly-designated administrative officer of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office. The 1st, 2nd, 5th and 6th districts will be inspected in September according to NOPPO.