By Ludwig O. Daza For now, the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn bout is in limbo. Obviously, Bob Arum and Michael Koncz are at odds on who should be the next opponent for Manny Pacquiao and where it should happen. … [Read more...] about Quo Vadis Manny Pacquiao
By Ludwig O. Daza Bob Arum, the long-time promoter of Pacquiao, said that the latter will fight in middle of the ring but offered the idea that, similar to what he did against Miguel Cotto, Pacquiao might lean on the ropes in the first round to test the power of WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas. That is a dangerous proposition, considering that Pacquiao is already at … [Read more...] about Pacquiao and Donaire at the crossroads of their boxing careers
By Ludwig O. Daza The truism that you have to remove a Filipino from his native land to excel can also be true to boxing. Filipino professionals abroad are known to excel in their own field of expertise, especially nurses. Similarly, Filipino boxers only become good boxers when exposed to training regimen abroad with foreign coaches. … [Read more...] about What Is Ailing The Philippines Amateur Boxing?
By Ludwig O. Daza Bob Arum laments on the dismal Pay-Per-View performance of Manny Pacquiao vs. Tim Bradley match. Having been in the business for so long enough to know what the fans want, he presumably thought the match would still sell. When the PPV numbers came out, he knew he was terribly mistaken. … [Read more...] about Pacquiao vs. Bradley 3: The Pay-Per-View Flop
By Ludwig O. Daza The decision Manny Pacquiao officially made to hang his gloves up is not so much about his desire as about his family’s concern and politics. Time will prove that his own desire to continue fighting and the adulation of his countrymen will be too strong to resist, and that his family’s concern should be relegated to the sideways for the time being – while … [Read more...] about Why I Think Manny Pacquiao Will Fight Again, Not Once, But Twice
By Ludwig O. Daza The stakes are getting higher, and the recent wager such as the one made by 50 cent, the rapper, worth millions of dollars will only get bigger as the fight draws near. Manny Pacquiao will be the underdog in this coming bout, but the odds seemed to be leveling in the light of training regimen showing his superb form. Bets are mounting. Publicized bets are … [Read more...] about Mayweather vs Pacquiao – Triumphant even in defeat
By Ludwig O. Daza Are we witnessing a future star? This was the question posed then by Jim Lampley, while commentating on Manny Pacquiao vs Lehnolo Ledwaba bout. Several fights later, Pacquiao would beat Marco Antonio Barrera black and blue, forcing his corner to throw in the towel. That win made Pacquiao a boxing star, a spitfire to be reckoned with inside the ring. … [Read more...] about PACQUIAO: GEN-SAN’S COMET (PART III)
By Ludwig O. Daza Bob Arum predicted that Manny Pacquiao will win every round of the Fight of the Century. This is a bold statement. In fact, I find Arum’s statement ridiculous. Manny Pacquiao is capable of doing that, but not against the calibre of Floyd Mayweather. … [Read more...] about RECKLESS PREDICTIONS: MAYWEATHER VS PACQUIAO
By Ludwig O. Daza Manny Pacquiao gained his first world title at the expense of Chatchai Sasakul of Thailand. Chatchai, out of nowhere, recently popped out at the Wildcard Gym to watch Manny spar. Lance Pugmire of LA times mentioned that it was not the first time Chatchai paid a visit to Manny, the latter saying the first time that whenever Chatchai is in town he should drop … [Read more...] about PACQUIAO: GEN-SAN’S COMET (PART II)
By Ludwig O. Daza The likes of Manny Pacquiao are akin to Halley’s Comet, appearing only after every 75-76 years, or even more. Our generation is lucky to have witnessed this man’s rise from abject poverty in General Santos City (Gen-San) to boxing stardom and to posh mansion of the plush Beverly Hills. Pacquiao’s feat is unlikely to be duplicated by any aspiring fighter. … [Read more...] about PACQUIAO: GEN-SAN’S COMET (PART I)
By Ludwig O. Daza Floyd Mayweather has always been the face of sweet science – which is to hit the opponent and avoid being hit in the process. This skill-set is underpinned by a defensive gem like no other, and no one else uses this defense with ease and grace like Mayweather. In fact, if Mayweather applies a patent for this defensive skill, copy-cats would never worry him … [Read more...] about MAYWEATHER’S SHOULDER ROLL: A GAME-CHANGER
By Ludwig O. Daza All roads lead to Las Vegas on May 2, 2015, but will it be the end of Manny Pacquiao’s boxing career? No one knows when Pacquiao will call it a day but a defeat in the hands of Floyd Mayweather will mean so much for him and his Filipino boxing fans that subsequent wins won’t matter anymore, unless it’s against Mayweather in a rematch. Even a win in the … [Read more...] about PACQUIAO-MAYWEATHER ON MAY 2, 2015 IN LAS VEGAS: NOTHING ELSE MATTERS
By Ludwig Daza Freddie Roach believes that this coming fight with Chris Algieri will be similar to the Oscar De La Hoya vs Manny Pacquiao bout. Pacquiao needs only to get closer to maximize his strength, Roach claimed. But I think Pacquiao’s fight with Jorge Solis more likely resemble this upcoming fight than the De La Hoya fight. … [Read more...] about DOES ALGIERI HAVE A CHANCE AGAINST PACQUIAO?
Donaire, dubbed as the “the Filipino Flash”, entered the ring as the underdog, which is surprising, given the fact that his exploits are near legendary. He started as flyweight and is now fighting as featherweight. He is a four-time champion in different divisions, and his skills are at par or even better than Manny Pacquiao. … [Read more...] about THE DILEMMA OF NONITO DONAIRE
By Ludwig Daza Tim Bradley promised to shock the world when he fights Manny Pacquiao. He delivered after the fight; during the fight he did not. I thought the challenger should take the fight to the champion and convincingly defeat him to get the nod of the judges. Alas, the judges brushed aside that conventional wisdom of judging and made Pacquiao’s path to greatness a bit … [Read more...] about SHOCKED AND AWED BY THE DECISION FAVORING (DESERT STORM) TIM BRADLEY OVER PACQUIAO