Blog Posts by Ronnie Nathanielsz

  • Pacquiao's epic journey worth sharing

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    After Manny Pacquiao suffered a crushing sixth round knockout at the hands of Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez on December 8, 2012 most boxing writers and columnists suggested he would never recover from the loss and that it signaled the end of his career.
    But like we said then, even before his comeback fight against former world lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios on November 24, 2013 in Macau after an eleven  month layoff, it was far too soon to write off the fighting pride of the Philippines who has, on several occasions in his storied career,  overcome adversity both inside and outside the ring.
    Pacquiao proved his indomitable courage when he gave Rios a clinical beating to win the WBO International  welterweight title which promptly saw the WBO as well as the World Boxing Council recognize his performance and install him as the numer one contender.

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    Pacquiao, in an exclusive interview Yahoo Philippines as he went through the relentless training grind for the much awaited

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  • Manny Pacquiao vows to finish Timothy Bradley

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    The fighting pride of the Philippines Manny Pacquiao is now in Las Vegas before putting on what his millions of fans believe will be a devastating performance that would once again install him among the roster of elite fighters of today and force undefeated pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. to finally buckle under public pressure and engage in a mega-fight.

    A Mayweather fight may be three years too late but is one fight fans would still like to see, no matter what.
    However, it all depends on how Pacquiao performs in his eagerly-awaited rematch with unbeaten Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley who virtually robbed Pacquiao of his WBO welterweight pound title in June 2012 when judges Cynthia Ross and Duane Ford inexplicably scored the fight 115-113 for Bradley while the third judge, Jerry Roth had Pacquiao winning by a similar margin.

    Of course, its not Bradley’s fault that, as Top Rank promoter Bob Arum pointed out,  the judges were “three blind mice.”

    Bradley initially began to

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  • Donaire determined to win fifth world title with his dad in his corner

    Nonito Donaire after winning against Vic Darchinyan (Chris Farina/Top Rank)

    Four division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire is determined to win a fifth world title with his father/trainer Nonito “Dodong” Donaire Sr. in his corner when he battles WBA featherweight champion Simpiwe Vetyeka of South Africa at the classy Cotai Arena inside The Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino in Macau on May 31.

    The 31 year old Donaire has a record of 32 wins against two losses with 21 knockouts while the 33 year old Vetyeka has a record of 26 wins, 16 by knockout, with two losses.

    Donaire provided us an indication of his serious intentions when after a television interview for an ABS-CBN pre-fight special at the sprawling Elorde Gym at the Home Depot in Ortigas for which he arrived one hour ahead of schedule. Donaire began his first workout in the sweltering heat, telling us he plans to use every opportunity to train before his father arrives on April 12 to officially begin their training camp at the Elorde Gym along Sucat Road in Paranaque.

    Considering he

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  • Training camp harmony bodes well for Manny Pacquiao

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    The general consensus is that, in some of his past fights, Manny Pacquiao was bothered and distracted by rivalries in his training camp and indiscretions he himself was responsible for.

    That now appears to be a thing of the past.

    His obsession with Bible studies and engaging in praise and worship has driven away the debilitating influence of wine, women, marital infidelity, big-time gambling at casinos in the U.S. and the Philippines, and cockpits at home.

    A totally reformed Pacquiao when not training for his upcoming rematch against WBO welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” spends time playing three games of basketball back-to-back-to-back to stay in top shape and spends the rest of the time with wife Jinkee who is expecting their fifth child – a boy – in May and his two other sons and two daughters.

    The home-front completely stabilized the only pending problem concerned bickering among members of Team Pacquiao which centered around differences between former strength and

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  • Pacquiao: My time is not yet done

    GENERAL SANTOS, PHILIPPINES: Manny Pacquiao throws a jab at the double-end bag. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)


    To those who envision closing the final chapter of the storied career of eight division world champion and Manny Pacquiao, it's time to re-think their plans.

    That’s because Pacquiao, in an exclusive interview with this reporter prior to leaving for Los Angeles for the final grind leading to his rematch with WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley, confidently predicted “my time is not yet done.”

    The two-term congressional representative from the lone district of Sarangani told us he is focused on what he needs to accomplish in the ring which is, in his mind, “to bring back the aggressiveness and to perfect my timing, speed and movement.”  

    With a  month to go before he enters the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, he explained “what I am trying to do this time around is to bring back the young Manny Pacquiao and to prove that I am still young and an elite fighter.”

    Yahoo Philippines spent a couple of days in General Santos City, the hometown of Pacquiao, to watch him train and to

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  • ALA Promotions: A Dream Fulfilled

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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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  • Marvin Sonsona resurrects his career with marvelous knockout victory

    Marvin Sonsona scored a marvelous third-round knockout over Akifumi Shimoda (How Foo Yeen/Getty Images)

    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.

    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

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  • Mixed emotions for outgoing Azkals coach Michael Weiss

    Outgoing Azkals coach Hans Michael Weiss. (Photo by Bob Guerrero)

    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.

    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

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  • Koncz: Bradley lit a fire in Pacquiao

    NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 06: Manny Pacquiao (L) and Timothy Bradley stand for photos during the press conference to promote their upcoming WBO welterweight champtionship rematch at New World Stages on February 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)



    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.

    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

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  • Michael Aldeguer: The future is now

    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.

    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.


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