Vol. XX No. 99

December 6, 2000

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Major Developments

"Bakbakan sa Virac" sidelights

Pacquiao not sure of beating Hussein anew

World Boxing Council international superbantamweight champion Manny Pacquiao is uncertain of retaining his crown when he fights tough Australian challenger Nadel Hussein in a grudge rematch in January next year.

Interviewed by the Tribune last Sunday morning at Marem's Pension House, Pacquiao said he is not confident of successfully defending his crown. "Malakas sumuntok si Hussein,' he said, adding that he felt groggy when the Australian decked him in the middle rounds.

He also revealed that he also unsure of fighting in the same weight class as he has difficulty maintaining his weight. In Thailand, he said, two weeks of daily dieting failed to reduce his weight, causing him to lose the crown even before he stepped inside the ring.

Pacquiao also said his training regimen and boxing skills has not been affected by his marriage last year to his wife, who is now seven months pregnant.

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Still a favorite of local boxing fans, Pacquiao said he may be back next year if the plan to match him with former Luzproba champ and Palta Small barangay captain Larry Sarmiento in an exhibition bout is realized.

It should be a good show for the fans as Pacquiao (31 wins, 2 losses) would be tested by Sarmiento, a veteran campaigner in Australia who, despite his seven losses, scored 12 straight KO victories while in RP.

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Pacquaio says some of the local amateur boxers need proper training if they are to succeed. He said that he started boxing at the age of 10 in GenSan, where the local government held

Sunday bouts. Such a program, he opined, could be replicated here.

Local ABAP officials suggest two corner sections of the Virac Sports Center could be used for the purpose, if provided with proper equipment, with at least monthly tournaments where the kids can show off their skills. Is anybody listening?


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Unlike badboy Orlando Villaflor, Pacquiao says he has only two vices - drinking and women. During his two-day stay, a spy said the boxer feasted on "apples" bought near CNHS  in midnight snacks in his bedroom.

The spy says the boxer left out one current passion - gambling. It seems that he has little of his winnings left due to his addiction to billiards, cards, cockfighting and others. He reportedly even dared local billiard kings to sky-is-the-limit matches but refused to come out of his room when the local boys came to Marem in droves.


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At the boxing arena, those at the ringside seats heard something those at the back were not privy to.

During the bouts, the steel-frame boxing ring swayed with the movement of protagonists, creaking and groaning with noticeable force that somebody directly below could have sworn newlyweds were in the ring, not boxers exchanging blows.

Surely, organizers would be able to cure this minor problem before the next boxing festival.


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Politicians were out in force. Would-be congressman Joseph Santiago asked the crowd to join him in regaining the lost glory of Catanduanes as a regional sports champ. As sponsor of the tourney, he also gave free admission to Virac barangay captains and SK chairs as well as giveaways to lucky fans.

Mayor Cito Alberto joined his counterparts from Bato and San Miguel, Bolotoy Templonuevo and Jun Camano, in presenting trophies to the victors. Vice Mayor Hector Sorrera also made an appearance.

Former Gov. and Vice Gov. Severo C. Alcantara was there both as a fan and as a presentor. It seems his interest for active sports has not waned nor his fancy for beautiful young women as he was spotted talking with the round girls.


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If you were observant, you would have noticed a glaring difference between our local amateurs and the imports from Camarines Sur.

Our local boys wore cheap, low-cut canvass shoes totally inappropriate in the ring while the Calabanga fighters had high-cut boxing shoes. Next time, somebody better make sure our combatants are wearing Nikes.


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