Against The Ropes
(Maximum Sports Channels – Linda Morgan
) Manny Pacquiao
also known as “Pac-Man”, the congressman from the Philippines is one of the most fascinating people, to me, in the world of boxing. If nothing else, just the fact that he is a politician that literally packs a punch would be enough but he also has something else that I cannot quite put my finger on. Pacquiao is an elected member of the House of Representatives in the province of Sarangani
, located on the southern tip of Mindanao Island
. So many have placed so much faith and trust in him.
JG Puzon, a native of the Philippines was heard to say, “I’m not really into (boxing), but his charisma rallies our nation,” Puzon says. “He has this quality about him — humble and proud at the same time. He is a one-of-a-kind athlete. To me, no one has matched his record, whether in the ring or in his public life. I’m very much aware of what’s happening back home in Congress and how he does his work. No pretensions, just genuine (concern).” Pacquiao says, “I became a politician to serve, not to be served.”
For years, Pacquiao has been dogged by rumor and allegation that he illegally doped in order to achieve greatness, which he denies. “I never have used drugs like steroids for my career”, Pacquiao tells USA TODAY Sports. “Why use illegal drugs — steroids — and ruin your name? You can’t be proud if you are using performance-enhancing (substances) when you’re on top. It’s kind of cheating the people and your opponent. You can be successful without using. If you use, you don’t believe 100% in yourself.”
Check out this Youtube video (HBO PPV: Pacquiao-Marquez 4 – Significance Of 4th Fight). Hear what each fighter has to say and what this fight means to them personally. Pacquiao-Marquez 4 happens Sat., Dec. 8 live on pay-per-view.
Rapper and businessman, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson announced the launch of his latest business venture, SMS Promotions, a boxing promotions company which was recently granted promoters license by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Jackson was approved for a license in New York earlier this year. SMS Promotions has already acquired four top fighters in the industry including former featherweight title holder Yuriorkis Gambia, super middle weight contender Andre Darrell, Australian IBF featherweight titlist Billy Dib and featherweight contender Celestine Caballero. Jackson says, “I love boxing and have always been a big fan of the sport, so it feels especially great for me to be involved with the game at this level. My goal is to build SMS Promotions into one of boxing’s most respected promoters and bring the best fights to audiences nationwide.”
Last Wednesday a federal judge temporarily blocked the sale of a dozen items from Evander Holyfield‘s boxing career during an upcoming auction of hundreds of personal items and memorabilia amassed by the former heavyweight champion. The restricted items include Holyfield’s robes from his first fight with Mike Tyson and his Olympic bronze medal. Holyfield had sought to limit the sale of 20 items during an auction on Nov. 30 that is being organized by Julien’s Auctions and will still feature several robes and other gear Holyfield wore during his fighting career.
Holyfield faces irreparable harm if the items are sold, U.S. District Court Judge Christina A. Snyder ruled, but the former boxer may have to post a bond to keep the items from being sold as he continues to argue his case that the items should be returned. The exact amount will be determined later. “If plaintiff is not granted a temporary restraining order, he stands to lose unique and irreparable objects with significant sentimental value to him that were a part of his well-known and highly respected career in boxing.”