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ALA Promotions youthful president Michael Aldeguer who inherited the mantle of his iconic father, Antonio “Tony” Aldeguer, a passionate supporter of boxing, is slowly seeing his dream being fulfilled.
Aldeguer told Yahoo Philippines that over the past five years he had dreamed of making the Philippines the epicenter of boxing in the region, just like in billiards some years ago when some of the biggest tournaments in the world were staged in Manila.
The ALA Promotions top executive told us “We thought why go to Las Vegas when we can bring world class fights into our country.”
He noted that we have “the great eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao, we have the 2012 “Fighter of the Year” and four division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, we have WBO light flyweight champion Donnie Nietes and WBO world minimum weight champion Merlito “Tiger” Sabillo, all world class fighters.” Add to the roster IBF light flyweight champion Johnreil Casimero.
In Michael’s mind the
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- Ronnie Nathanielsz | For The Record – Sun, Feb 23, 2014 1:05 AM PHT
Former world super flyweight champion Marvin Sonsona lived up to his nickname “Marvelous” with a spectacular one-punch, third-round knockout of former Japanese world super bantamweight champion Akifumi “Sugar” Shimoda of Japan before jubilant Filipino fans at the Cotai Arena of the plush Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino in Macau.Read More »from Marvin Sonsona resurrects his career with marvelous knockout victory
The 23 year old Sonsona put an exclamation point to a spectacular Saturday as two other Filipinos fighting under the banner of MP Promotions, super featherweight Harmonito De La Torre (12-0, 7 knockouts) nailed Indonesia’s Yakobus Heluka (7-6, 3 KOs) with an explosive right to the jaw at 2:17 of the very first round. Super flyweight prospect Jerwin Ancajas (17-1-1, 10 KOs) demolished Inthanon Sitchamuang (19-7, 10 KOs), dropping the Thai in the first round and then flooring him at 1:30 of the second round forcing the referee to wave it off.
Sonsona started off cautiously, sizing up Shimoda, the No. 2 world ranked Japanese, before setting him up with a
- Ronnie Nathanielsz | For The Record – Sat, Feb 22, 2014 6:59 PM PHT
When we sat down in an Italian restaurant with former Azkals coach Michael Weiss, who was replaced after three years as Philippine coach despite having turned in remarkable results, it was a time of mixed emotions for the strapping German.Read More »from Mixed emotions for outgoing Azkals coach Michael Weiss
While there was obviously disappointment in his removal, Weiss had the good sense if not the decency not to criticize those who hired him and then effectively fired him, realizing that his is a fairly common happening in the world of football.
Weiss began our conversation by saying “I want to thank everyone who supported me the last three years fantastically. Foremost were the players who have a fantastic character, the coaching staff and also the management even though I must say that 2013 was not so good anymore.”
He noted that “we didn’t have the support we needed to make the team stronger and to prepare accordingly for the Challenge Cup which was my ultimate target.”
The inability to lead the team in the coveted Challenge Cup was unmistakably his
While some boxing writers and commentators fret over the fact that Manny Pacquiao hasn’t won by a stoppage in over three years, Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz believes that undefeated WBO welterweight champion Timothy “Desrt Storm” Bradley may bring back the so-called “killer instinct” in the fighting pride of the Philippines.Read More »from Koncz: Bradley lit a fire in Pacquiao
Koncz believes that’s because of a statement Bradley made straight to Pacquiao’s face on their recent media tour in the United States that Manny was a great person, a great fighter “but you’ve lost it. You’ve lost your power and you’ve lost your killer instinct.”
The adviser told Yahoo Philippines that Bradley’s comments “lit a fire in Manny” even as he disclosed that they discussed it and Pacquiao who wasn’t outwardly peeved knows “this is a very important fight.”
The two clash in an eagerly awaited rematch at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 12 with Pacquiao eager to regain the title he lost after the judges denied Pacquiao a victory that an
Youthful ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer assumed the mantle of running the famed organization after his respected father and esteemed boxing patron Antonio “Tony” Aldeguer stepped aside, realizing that his son had the added dimension of being able to maximize the vision and the planning for what today has become the business of boxing.Read More »from Michael Aldeguer: The future is now
While Michael initially appeared to feel the pressure of stepping into his illustrious father’s shoes, he has sooner than expected embraced the sport and what needs to be done to enhance the Philippines international position in boxing while strengthening its acceptance and impact, nationally.
In this regard ALA Promotions and Michael Aldeguer have found the perfect match in the giant broadcast network ABS-CBN headed by a fan of the sport and a gentleman who knows television inside out, Mr. Gabby Lopez and an able assistant who for years has been the remarkable voice of the network and the former vice president for Sports, Peter Musngi.
- Ronnie Nathanielsz | For The Record – Mon, Feb 10, 2014 3:29 PM PHT
The American trainer who steered Manny Pacquiao to his first world title believes Pacquiao has the right game plan for his rematch with undefeated Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley at the MGM Grand on April 12.Read More »from Former trainer believes Pacquiao has the right game plan against Bradley
Rick Staheli, back in December 3, 1998, helped the Filipino southpaw score a sensational eight round knockout to win the World Boxing Council flyweight title against Thai hero Chatchai Sasakul. More than 15 years later, Staheli believes Pacquiao has what it takes to win a world championship again.
The trainer visited Pacquiao in his hometown of General Santos City earlier this year. He told Yahoo Philippines Sports “I think Manny’s got the right game plan. I think if he’s very aggressive and pushes Bradley, I think Bradley is going to have a tough time with him. You kind of know that Bradley is going to be on the back-foot against Manny, He’s going to be moving his head and trying to use his speed and being tactical. He doesn’t want to stand toe to toe with Manny.”
- Ronnie Nathanielsz | For The Record – Fri, Jan 31, 2014 12:31 PM PHT
It seems only fair that there must be a quid pro quo for the commendable support of the PBA Board of Governors for the Gilas Pilipinas national basketball team that will compete in the World Cup in Spain which begins on August 30 and ends on September 14.
The PBA board and Commissioner Chito Salud responded positively to the requests of head coach Chot Reyes by agreeing to cut short the second and third conferences to enable the national team to begin full-scale practices by July 23 at the latest rather than the previous date in August which would have given the squad probably two weeks of working out together before leaving for Spain.
This effectively means Gilas Pilipinas will have two months of practice as a team which is about the same time defending champions, the mighty United States will begin their own preparation to hold off all challengers to the trophy they won in Turkey in 2010.
It is important to appreciate the PBA's sacrifice if we could call it such because the reasonRead More »from There must be a quid pro quo for the PBA’s support for Gilas Pilipinas
While hardly anybody of consequence in the world of boxing will contest the fact that Manny Pacquiao was robbed of the decision when he lost his WBO welterweight title to undefeated Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley in June 9, 2012, there is a growing consensus that Bradley will be harder to beat – the judges notwithstanding – the second time around when their much-awaited rematch takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 12.Read More »from Bradley will be harder to beat this time around
For one thing, Bradley’s confidence is at a new high following a brutal battle against Pacquiao’s former sparring partner, the Russian beast Ruslan Provodnikov in a fight that was a leading candidate for “Fight of the Year” in 2013.
The Provodnikov fight showed that Bradley could, if he wanted to, brawl with a heavy hitter even though he almost got knocked out for his ill-advised decision to slug it out with the Russian in the last round.
But what drove Bradley to engage Provodnikov was his desire to show fight fans that he could be an exciting fighter
- Ronnie Nathanielsz | For The Record – Wed, Jan 22, 2014 5:44 PM PHT
While Floyd Mayweather stews on how best to answer Manny Pacquiao’s challenge to the pound-for-pound king to be a man and fight him with all income going to worldwide charities, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has praised Pacquiao for his offer.Read More »from Arum says Pacquiao's offer to fight Mayweather for charity 'an incredible statement for boxing'
Arum told Yahoo Philippines that Pacquiao’s offer was “an incredible statement for the sport of boxing” and indicated he was fully supportive of his prized fighter.
While the astute Top Rank promoter conceded “I think money is important” he believes Pacquiao’s offer was unprecedented and a major boost for the sport of boxing.
In fact, Arum told us that should Mayweather accept the offer all revenues generated from the mega-buck fight that boxing fans and the media from around the world have longed to see for the past three years, “could be distributed by representatives nominated by US President Barack Obama and Philippine President Benigno Aquino III.”
Pacquiao came up with what has been widely described as a “master stroke” when he offered to fight
- Ronnie Nathanielsz | For The Record – Sat, Jan 18, 2014 2:34 PM PHT
The final bell has tolled for World Boxing Council president Don Jose Sulaiman who was unmistakably a giant in his time and steered the WBC to new heights under a nearly 34 year stewardship.Read More »from The final bell tolls for Don Jose Sulaiman, a giant in his time
He was 82.
For sure Sulaiman has been subjected to bitter and sometimes mean criticism by some boxing writers for the things he did and the things he failed or refused to do. However, one thing that stands out is his unmistakably sincere affection and respect for the Philippines and its boxers, two of whom – “Fighter of the Decade” Manny Pacquiao and the late world junior lightweight champion Gabriel “Flash” Elorde were among his all-time favorites.
Pacquiao was a particular favorite of Sulaiman who always told us that Manny may have won the belts of other organizations but he would always remember him as a WBC champion whose first title was the famous green and gold belt he won with a spectacular 8th round knockout of Thai hero Chatchai Sasakul on December 3, 1998 on the outskirts of Bangkok.