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Koncz: Donaire’s remarks below-the-belt

The scathing remarks made by Nonito Donaire regarding Sen. Manny Pacquiao’s political ambitions didn’t sit well with the fighting lawmaker’s camp. “Those statements were unprofessional, inappropriate and disrespectful,” said Pacquiao adviser Mike Koncz yesterday after Donaire told a boxing website that he won’t vote for the Filipino legend in the event he runs for the presidency. Koncz was aghast by Donaire’s words, saying the Fil-Am fighter had long been jealous of the achievements of Pacquiao. Donaire told fighthype two days ago that he “probably wouldn’t (vote for Pacquiao)” in case he vies for the presidency, stressing that Pacquiao “hasn’t presented himself well as a politician (but) presented himself as a celebrity.” “In order for him to get my vote, he has to commit,” said Donaire, who is actually fighting underneath Pacquiao’s Nov. 5 showdown …

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PSC advises POC to end NSA squabbles

The Philippine Sports Commission said yesterday that the Philippine Olympic Committee has not been acting decisively to discourage leadership fights involving national sports associations and suggested that it may even be encouraging them. “In a way, the POC tolerates it,” said PSC chairman William ‘Butch’ Ramirez yesterday after he noted that the perennial problem of officials vying for control of an NSA. A recent example is Philta, whose leadership is being contested by Salvador Andrada and Randy Villanueva. The association will hold an election early next year. Another NSA that is still experiencing a similar problem is the volleyball association headed by POC first VP Joey Romasanta, whose leadership is being challenged. Ramirez agreed that the POC has full control over the affairs of NSAs under the rules of the International Olympic Committee which …

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Vargas taps Heredia, eyes knockout win vs Pacquiao

Jessie Vargas is getting help from the same man immortalized for bringing Juan Manuel Marquez back from the dead. Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach revealed Tuesday night that conditioning coach Angel Heredia has been spotted giving a hand to Vargas as the Mexican-American gets ready to rumble with Manny Pacquiao on Nov. 5 in Las Vegas. Barely 12 hours after arriving in Manila, Roach was back in the gym alongside Jose Ramirez, who has been tapped to serve as Pacquiao’s chief sparring partner the next four weeks. “I saw a picture of Vargas and he looks big,” said Roach, his eyes lighting up and using his hands to show that Vargas is beginning to bulk up. But Roach didn’t sound at all bothered that Vargas has decided to hook up with Heredia, whose …

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Pacquiao, Roach start preparation

Hall of Fame Freddie Roach flew into town yesterday morning, sounding over eager to get things done when he starts working with Manny Pacquiao. Roach arrived from Los Angeles with Jose Ramirez, a 5-foot-10 fighter who could mimic the moves of Jessie Vargas, the Mexican-American who is defending the world welterweight crown against the Filipino icon on Nov. 5 in Las Vegas. Roused from his sleep, Roach was all set to head to the nearby gym from his hotel room within the vast Mall of Asia grounds. “It’s going to be work, work, work in the next few weeks,” said Roach, who had dispatched conditioning coach Justin Fortune last week to check on Pacquiao’s progress. Late last week, Pacquiao kicked off the sparring phase of the buildup and the training will take a notch …

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McIlroy, Jason Day in $2-M exhibition in Pampanga course

They are calling it “Jason vs Rory” as promoters feel that its sheer simplicity is enough to send the heartbeat of diehard golf fans racing. Jason, of course, is Jason Day, the Australian with Filipino lineage and reigning world No. 1. Rory is Rory McIlroy, soon-to-be-world No. 2 from Northern Ireland. Day and McIlroy are all set to engage in a shootout (18-hole stroke play) when Pradera Verde Golf and Country Club in Lubao, Pampanga, hosts the world’s leading golfers on Nov. 29. While their duel is just an exhibition whose proceeds will go to charity, event organizer Salvador Zamora insists the competitive juices of the two players will prevent them from treating the showdown as a mere goodwill game. Both players are assured of $1 million each (P48 million) for coming over to test …

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Romero pushes for sports body to develop grassroots

Party-list Rep. Mikee Romero of 1Pacman is a man in a hurry. Romero is considering the creation of a national coordinating council that can immediately put in motion the country’s grassroots development program since the proposal to establish a Department of Sports is still in the pipeline. “Since we are still waiting, we have to form a national coordinating council first to address the grassroots development problems in the country,” said Romero, noting that preparations for the next Olympics in Tokyo four years from now should begin. “The Philippine Sports Commission and the Department of Education are not well coordinated when it comes to grassroots program we have to establish the NCC,” said Romero. A bill has been filed by Romero in Congress and Romero feels that House Bill No. 287 will address various …

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Is Vargas bound to become a punching bag?

Multi-awarded trainer Buboy Fernandez feels Jessie Vargas will assume the role of a human punching bag when he meets Manny Pacquiao on Nov. 5 in Las Vegas. Using his right hand as props, Fernandez made the traditional No. 1 sign by flashing his pointer to describe Vargas. Fernandez simply suggested with his hand signal that Vargas was easy to hit and Pacquiao won’t find it hard to rain punches on the 27-year-old reigning World Boxing Organization welterweight king at the Thomas and Mack Center. “He’s just like this,” said Fernandez, lifting his pointer to emphasize Vargas’ tight stance and posture. Asked if Vargas has the flexibility to dance away from trouble, Fernandez stared at the scribe long enough to let him know that Vargas wasn’t capable. “He is straight as an arrow,” said Fernandez as …

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Pacquiao still very fast, says sparring partner

Lightweight Leonardo Doronio described the punches that he took and dodged Thursday night as being fast and furious. You can’t fault Doronio for going a bit overboard as the guy throwing leather was no other than eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao, who is preparing to challenge Jessie Vargas for the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown on Nov. 5 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. “Hindi ko makita ang mga suntok,” said Doronio, 27, who assumed the role of a human punching bag during a four-round sparring session at the Elorde Five-Ecom in Pasay City. As Pacquiao eagerly awaits the arrival of Freddie Roach, who is bringing along chief sparmate Jose Ramirez, the 37-year-old Pacquiao began the next phase of his reparation by having Doronio serve as a substitute. Roach and Ramirez are …

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Despite diminished clout, POC embraces PSC initiatives

The Philippine Olympic Committee is embracing the plan of the Philippine Sports Commission to take an active hand in the training, disciplining and monitoring of national athletes even if these moves leave the POC a bystander in sports development. POC President Jose Cojuangco Jr. said he welcomes the PSC’s intervention and believes this will ultimately lead to winning the country’s first Olympic gold medal in Tokyo in 2020. “It looks like I will be able to finally realize what I have been dreaming and working for the past several years,” said Cojuangco yesterday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig. By accepting PSC’s lead, Cojuangco has practically admitted that the POC has run out of ideas to turn Philippine sports around under his leadership during which he oversaw six Southeast Asian Games, three Asian …

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POC sees PSC as partner, not rival, in helping sports

The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) is willing to work closely with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) in its plan to play an active role in the affairs of the national sports associations, two leading POC officials said yesterday. POC First Vice President Joey Romasanta and POC Chairman Tom Carrasco expressed support to PSC Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez’s hands-on approach in monitoring the training and recruitment of athletes bound for international competitions. “We share the same vision and chairman Butch Ramirez is right when he said the PSC has visitorial powers,” said Romasanta, noting that since the PSC is financing the NSAs’ overseas trips and training, it has right to dip its fingers in their affairs. While the POC is not contesting the PSC, Romasanta maintains that it would be better for the two …

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