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23rd April 2016
Magsayo stops Avalos in 6th round
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on April 23, 2016, 11:19 pm

(By Roy Luarca, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 23 April 2016, 11:19 PM)

Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo. FACEBOOK PHOTO

CEBU CITY--- Mark "Magnifico" Magsayo recovered from a third round knockdown to stop Chris Avalos in the sixth and capture the WBO international featherweight crown  before a huge crowd at the Cebu City Sports Complex last night.

Pouncing on a groggy Avalos, who was saved by the bell in the fifth round, Magsayo was landing a flurry of punches when Referee Danrex Tapdasan stepped in to stop the carnage at the 1:55 mark.

True to their word, Magsayo and Avalos went after each other every round, with the Boholano staggering the Mexican-American in the second with two hard lefts coupled with bunches of punches.


19th October 2015
Maasinhons dismayed over Pagara fight but congratulated the boxers
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on October 19, 2015, 9:56 am


October 19, 2015

MAASIN CITY – Mayor Malone Samaco and Maasinhon fans of the Pagara brothers were dismayed over the non mention of Maasin City in the eagerly awaited match of the Pagara brothers in the Pinoy Pride 33: Philippines vs the World at StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Glued to their TV sets, fans here were dismayed when ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. mentioned Cebu City as the place where Albert Pagara come from when it’s always Maasin City as his resident in all the previous fights of the younger Pagara who is from Lib-og village this city.

Nonetheless the fans congratulated the Pagara brothers’ TKO wins over their Nicaraguan opponents in the Pinoy Pride 33 held on October 18.

Samaco said that, “we will just wait for Albert Pagara’s explanation over the residency issue but we will still honor them a hero’s welcome when they arrive here in the city.”

But in his Facebook account Albert said, “Salamat kaau sa manga fans ug sori kaau sa taga maasin city kai dli jd ako ng botang ato sayop lang to mayor MaloneyChona Samaco sori kaau sila rai ng bout ug botang ato sori.” (Thank you my fans but I’m very sorry to all Maasinhons I was not the one who put (Cebu City) it. Sorry Mayor Malone Samaco they were the one who put it).

The younger Pagara started his boxing career under Maasin City Sports Council.

Jason Pagara and his brother Prince Albert were given a heroes’ for their victory in Pinoy Pride 32:  Duel in Dubai 2 at the Dubai World Trade Center on August 7.

Twenty one years old Pagara knocked out his Nicaraguan opponent 34-year-old power hitter William Gonzalez on the 6th round for the vacant WBO Intercontinental Junior Featherweight title.

The Maasin native rise to 25-0 with 18 KOs. While Gonzalez fell to 25-6, 23 KOs.

Older Jason, 23, disposed of Nicaraguan Santos Benavides at the 2:53 mark of Round 2 in their light welterweight tussle.

Three other Filipinos, Donnie Nietes beat Mexican Juan Alejo by lopsided unanimous decision to lead fellow ALA stalwarts Jason Pagara, Mark Magsayo and Albert Pagara to a sweep of their foreign opponents in ALA promoted Pinoy Pride 33: Philippines vs the World at StubHub Center in Carson, California.


19th August 2015
FEATURE: Maasinhons, netizens greet, praise victorious Pagara
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on August 19, 2015, 7:22 pm

By Marcelo M. Pedalino

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, August 17 (PIA)  --  The slight drizzle on Saturday nearly spoiled a parade meant to celebrate the coming home here of a rising star in professional boxing many had hoped to be the next Manny Pacquiao.

But the rain droplets fizzled out, and so the grand hero’s welcome for International Boxing Federation (IBF) Champion Prince Albert Pagara pushed through, adding yet another festive color for this year’s fiesta celebration and Ajonay festival.

Riding atop a blue pick-up with City Mayor Maloney Samaco by his side, the native from barangay Lib-og this city gamely smiled and waved to adoring fans, his championship belt in gold and red prominently displayed by a young aide up front, while the vehicle inched its way on the street behind the last ajonay dancing contingent.

Teen-ages swooned, shouted, shrieked to the top of their voices on seeing the 21-year old boxing sensation in person, who can easily pass as a showbiz star than a boxer by his looks.

Many could not contain their excitement they struggled to take selfies in handy mobile phones, and sophisticated cameras clicked non-stop as the vehicle barely moved on, the crowd simply enjoyed, relished the moment at hand, obviously with a mixed feeling of pride and awe.

The sense of euphoria overflowed into the cyberworld seconds after PIA posted photos of the motorcade in its facebook page (timeline pia-southernleyte)  --  the very first photos uploaded  --   with facebook user Atom Zyper apparently realizing that “aw Southern Leyte diay na cija?” (So he is from Southern Leyte?)

“So proud of him for putting Maasin City in the international arena,” commented Almira Leonor Miras, a feeling evidently shared by everyone.

“Proud jod ta ani nija kay Maasin City ang gidala nga lugar sa iyang international fight,” said Tabada Lee Yu. (We are proud of him because he carried Maasin City in his international fight.)

That fight happened in Dubai on August 7, 2015, Dubai time, where Prince Albert Pagara demolished Mexican Jesus Rios before the first round was over with a solid left upper cut, sending Rios to the floor.

The win improved Albert’s record at 24 wins, zero defeat, 17 victories by knockout.

Also on the same fight, dubbed Duel in Dubai 2, Albert’s elder brother, Jason Pagara, also won by a technical unanimous decision in the eight round of his match against Ramon Alcaraz, another Mexican, and the victory improved Jason’s record to 37 wins, 2 defeats, 22 victories by knockout.

“A technical unanimous decision means the referee stopped the fight because of an accidental injury, so the judges’ scorecards were read,” Mayor Maloney Samaco, himself a sports buff, explained when PIA sought clarification.

So it was not just one but two Pagaras who should have been in the street limelight?  “Jason was still nursing his wound caused by the accidental head butt so he was not able to come,” announcer Zaldy Olita blurted in bisaya through the public address unit perched on top of the blue pick-up vehicle, answering the puzzled faces of onlookers who expected to see not one but two Pagaras.

“Ang next Manny Pacquiao kay taga Maasin,” wrote facebook user Denver Che.  (The next Manny Pacquiao is from Maasin,) The experts and the street smarts in boxing also have that same vision.

The next question is, who among the two Pagaras will fill in the Pacman’s shoes?

For now, they will still be wearing their own shoes in their next bout on October 17 in California, USA, reportedly the last rung of the ladder to catapult them in more international fights for their professional boxing careers should lady luck be on their side.

Will there be another hero’s welcome?  Only lady luck, fate, and faith can answer that, too.

Or is it just destiny waiting to happen?  (mmp, PIA8-Southern Leyte)


10th November 2014
Indon pug vows KO vs Aguelo in 4th round
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on November 10, 2014, 1:00 am


November 10, 2014

MAASIN CITY – Indonesian pugilist Elly Ray has promised to knock out Maasinhon Asian Boxing Federation (ABF) titlist Adonis Aguelo Singwangcha in fourth round.

Ray will challenge the ABF lightweight crown of Aguelo Singwangcha on November 11 at the Maasin gym at 6:00 p.m.

It would the first title defense of the Maasinhon who ABF lightweight last year in Talisay Cebu.

“I’m prepared much for this title. I promise you I will knock him out on the fourth round,” said Ray as interpreted by his lady manager Rose Corano during a brief press conference before weigh-in held at the bus terminal here on Monday.  

Rose, who manages two other Filipino boxers, said, “I believed my boxer even if he lives and trained in Bali and I believed he will knocked out the Filipino.”

Both have almost even records with Aguelo’s record of 24 fights 12 by ko’s and 10 losses and two draws against Ray’s 25-14-11. Aguelo said most of his losses were fight outside the country. “Those losses I got were from my fights abroad. Even if I win some of those fight, I lost because of hometown decision,” said Aguelo, who is from mountain village of Matin-ao in Maasin City. He is now based in Thailand. He started his boxing career in the city at the helms of Maasin City Sport Council.

Maasin City Mayor Malone Samaco, who brought many boxing bouts in the city including the championship bout of Pagara brothers, who are both from the city against Indonesians including this one said he will continue to bring big fights to the city.

“We want to continue to inspire our athletes here by bringing fights like this. We will hone-up our boxers in their amateur days and recommend them to big promoters thereafter. But they have to finish their schooling first.”

The mayor was forced to answer he will be running for vice-mayor next election when asked whether his expertise in training athletes be brought to the province when he should intend to move up to the province after he finished his term on 2016.

“I will not move up. I will remain in Maasin and run for vice-mayor. That’s my frank revelation.”

Meanwhile, Aguelo’s handler, Naris Singwangcha, who co-promote the championship, said “I love the Philippines and the Filipinos and I love Maasin.” He added that he loves boxing very much. “I don’t take anything from my boxers.”



4th January 2013
Pacquiao Showing Early Signs of Parkinson's Disease
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on January 4, 2013, 5:44 pm

(By Efren B. Chavez, The Daily Tribune, 4 Jan 2013)


A neurologist on Thursday said he has observed early signs of Parkinson’s disease in Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao.

Dr. Rustico Jimenez, president of Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, told The Daily Tribune that among the early signs of the disease in Pacquiao include stuttering and hand twitching.

Jimenez urged the Filipino champion to retire from boxing to avoid what happened to Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) and award-winning trainer Freddie Roach who were both afflicted with the progressive disorder of the nervous system.


9th December 2012
Pacquiao Stunned in Sixth Round
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on December 9, 2012, 3:35 pm

(By Greg Bishop, New York Times, 9 Dec 2012)

Juan Manuel Marquez stood over Manny Pacquiao as he fell to the canvas after taking a knockout punch in the sixth round.
Photo: Steve Marquis/Reuters

LAS VEGAS --- Manny Pacquiao never saw it coming. He never saw the punch that snapped his head back Saturday and dropped him to the canvas and left him sprawled there momentarily, face down, while his wife sobbed uncontrollably and the packed crowd at MGM’s Grand Garden Arena rose to its feet in shock.

With that, a rivalry known for its lack of a definitive triumph suddenly had the most definitive ending of them all.

Juan Manuel Marquez threw both arms skyward, as blood dripped from his nose. Bedlam ensued all around him, but Marquez said little. His face said it all.

His face summarized four fights between two men, two scored in favor of Pacquiao, another one a draw. His face summarized the release of nearly a decade of frustration. For the moment that Marquez waited for and obsessed over, for the moment he set the record straight.

“I threw the perfect punch,” he said.

LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 08: (R-L) Juan Manuel Marquez lands a right to the face of Manny Pacquiao during their welterweight bout
at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 8, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


11th September 2012
Manny Pacquiao could be in for a fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on September 11, 2012, 2:56 pm

(By Kevin Cole, 11 Sep 2012)

 Promoter Bob Arum is trying to work out contracts to pit Manny Pacquiao against Juan Manuel Marquez on Dec. 8 in Las Vegas, leaving the man who defeated the Filipino congressman in June out in the cold. Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez could fight for a fourth time on Dec. 8. (AP)

Pacquiao lost a highly controversial decision to Timothy Bradley on June 9 in a bout that most felt Pacquiao won handily. Pacquiao initially said he would exercise the rematch clause, but ultimately opted instead to go for a fourth fight against Marquez.

"We are hopeful we can work out deals with both guys and come to terms for a fight on Dec. 8," Arum told Yahoo! Sports on Monday, but insisted contract terms hadn't been reached. "If they had been, I would tell you."

Earlier Monday, Arum said no decision had been made and said that Pacquiao was planning to fly to the U.S. on Thursday to meet with him to discuss his plans.


10th August 2012
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on August 10, 2012, 12:41 am

(By Cedelf Tupas, Philippine Daily Inquirer. Friday. 10Aug 2012, 12:41 am)

GOOD NEWS FROM KALAMAZOO Forget the forgettable Philippine campaign in the London Olympics. Manila softbelles wave the Philippine flag and whoop it up after winning the 2012 Big League World Series Softball finals at Vanderberg Park in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on Thursday. PHOTOS COURTESY OF KALAMAZOO GAZETTE

The team that almost did not make it to the tournament for lack of funds ended its campaign in a blaze of glory.

And in a tribute to its compatriots back home, the team said it was dedicating its victory to the tens of thousands of Filipinos suffering from the onslaught of devastating floods.

Conquering challenges both on and off the field, Team Manila captured the Big League Softball World Series title on Wednesday (Thursday morning in Manila) with a powerful 14-2 victory over the United States-West bet, Westchester, California, at Vanderberg Park in Kalamazoo, Michigan.


4th July 2012
No crime in Bradley's win over Pacquiao, Nevada rules without interviewing judges
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on July 4, 2012, 8:01 am

(By Kevin Iole, Sports Yahoo! News, 4 July 2012)

Manny Pacquiao reacts after losing to Timothy Bradley Jr. (Getty)

LAS VEGAS --- Many believe that Timothy Bradley's victory over Manny Pacquiao in their June 9 bout for the World Boxing Organization welterweight title was a robbery, but the Nevada attorney general said Tuesday it was not a crime.

Catherine Cortez Masto, the Nevada attorney general, wrote in a letter to Top Rank's Bob Arum that "there do not appear to be any facts or evidence to indicate that a criminal violation occurred."

That pleased Bradley manager Cameron Dunkin, who said, "I'm not surprised at all." However, it did little to soothe the feelings of Arum, who in the immediate aftermath of the majority decision favoring Bradley was blamed by the public for somehow influencing the result.


25th June 2012
Pastors swarming Pacquiao for money
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on June 25, 2012, 9:56 pm

(By Cebu Daily News and The Inquirer, 25 June 2012)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY --- Protestant pastors have been coming in droves to Manny Pacquiao ‘s mansion here. And their number is increasing each day.

One day, seven of them coming from different religious factions arrived. The next day, the number rose to 10. They take a bath, sleep and eat right there as if it is their own house.

They are the new phantoms of the boxing icon. They follow him wherever he goes ---  from here to Baguio and even the United States.

They started stalking the Filipino ring idol after the Pacquiao-Marquez fight in November 2011, when the world’s eight-division boxing champ decided to change his lifestyle and began holding daily Bible study with his family, friends and supporters.


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