Spence-Pacquiao fight not happening on August 21

Marje Pelayo   •   August 11, 2021   •   1805

MANILA, Philippines — The much-awaited Spence-Pacquiao bout this year will no longer happen on August 21.

In a sudden decision, Unified WBC and IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. withdrew from the fight with boxing icon Senator Manny Pacquiao due to an eye injury.

Spence, through his Instagram account announced the sad news saying: “Unfortunately, the doctors found a small tear in my eye and said I need to get surgery ASAP.”

“There is no way I can fight with my eye in that condition. I would like to apologize to everyone and thank you all for the support,” he added.

Pacquiao, meanwhile, tweeted in reaction to Spence saying he prays for the latter’s full recovery.

Manny Pacquiao files COC for president with Lito Atienza as VP for 2022 polls

Robie de Guzman   •   October 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Manny Pacquiao on Friday formalized his bid to seek the presidency in the 2022 national and local elections.

Pacquiao filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for the May 2022 polls with Buhay party-list Representative Lito Atienza as his running mate.

Pacquiao was accompanied by his wife, Jinkee, and Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel when he filed his COC around 8:53 a.m.

 In a press conference after his COC filing, Pacquiao said he and Atienza will run under the PROMDI Party and not PDP-Laban due to infighting with the faction led by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi.

He said the PROMDI Party is included in the MP3 alliance forged with the People’s Champ Movement and the PDP-Laban.

“Sapagkat may problema po ang ating partido na PDP, minabuti na lang po, napagkasunduan po na PROMDI ang gagamitin naming partido,” he said.

Pacquiao also explained on why he tapped Atienza as his running mate for the coming polls.

“More than 50 years ang kanyang pagseserbisyo sa taumbayan, at nakita ko yung sinseridad niya, at eksperto niya at hangarin na makatulong sa sambayanan hindi lamang nung sa Metro Manila nung kapanahunan niya kung paano niya binago ang lungsod ng Maynila,” he said.

Pacquiao and Atienza are the first aspirants to file their COCs for presidency and vice-presidency, respectively for the 2022 polls.

Pacquiao announces retirement from boxing

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Senator Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao on Wednesday (September 29) said he will hang up his gloves for good as he announced his retirement from boxing.

With 62 wins, eight losses, and two draws, Pacquiao has become a boxing legend and has brought pride not just to his family but also to Filipinos.

In a video posted on his Facebook page, the 42-year-old said he has heard the final bell and will bid his final goodbye to boxing.

“It is difficult for me to accept that my time as a boxer is over. Today I am announcing my retirement. Goodbye boxing,” Pacquiao said.

In a statement, the people’s champ said he is grateful for his accomplishments and the opportunity to inspire. He also expressed his gratitude for those who made sacrifices to help him in his boxing journey, especially to Zardo Mejia, who taught him how to box. He also thanked Freddie Roach who has been his trainer for years.

Pacquiao, in his boxing career, earned 12 major world titles in eight different weight divisions. He also holds the record for being the only boxer to hold titles in four different decades, and become the oldest fighter to win a world welterweight title. Out of his 62 wins, 39 were by knockout and 23 by decision.

He thanked boxing for changing his life.

“When my family was desperate, you gave us hope, you gave me the chance to fight my way out of poverty. Because of you, I was able to inspire people all over the world. Because of you, I have been given the courage to change more lives. I will never forget what I have done and accomplished in my life that I can’t imagine. I just heard the final bell. The boxing is over,” Pacquiao said. AAC

 

Villar, Pacquiao among billionaire senators in 2020

Marje Pelayo   •   September 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Cynthia Villar remains the richest senator based on the 2020 Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN).

Based on the SALN released by the Senate of the Philippines, Villar has a net worth of P3.87 billion followed by boxing Senator Manny Pacquiao who has a net worth of P3.18 billion.

Meanwhile, detained Senator Leila de Lima ranked the poorest among senators with a net worth of P9.54 million.

The release of SALNs has been a practice to inform the public of the assets of government officials for transparency.

Though recently, Malacañang has been arguing against it saying President Rodrigo Duterte may opt not to release his SALN and leave the matter to the Office of the Ombudsman.

List of richest, poorest senators based on 2020 SALN:

Cynthia Villa P3,875,696,435
Manny Pacquiao – P3,187,092,600
Ralph Recto – P581,071,657
Juan Miguel Zubiri – P220,736,702
Ramon Revilla – P179,958,909
Juan Edgardo Angara – P150,898,358
Franklin Drilon – P106,862,853
Grace Poe – P101,327,620
Sherwin Gatchalian – 91,213,596
Vicente Sotto III – P85,643,477
Pia Cayetano – P84,891,678
Richard Gordon – P77,569,572
Manuel Lapid – P74,948,572
Francis Tolentino – P59,582,000
Nancy Binay – P59,770,251
Panfilo Lacson – P58,330,268
Aquilino Pimentel III – P37,203,400
Imee Marcos – P36,270,467
Ronald Dela Rosa – P34,383,136
Joel Villanueva – P33,029,725
Francis Pangilinan – P23,941,333
Christopher Lawrence Go – P22,274,508
Risa Hontiveros – P16,720, 359
Leila De Lima – P9,544,111

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