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Pacquiao will eat Rios’ lethal bombs

“He can have heart, he can hit harder and he can be stronger, but there’s no fighter smarter than me.FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR.



By Alex P. Vidal

There are facts that belittle the chances of unheralded Brandon Lee “Bam Bam” Rios against superstar Manny Pacquiao.
Most startling of all the disparities is a poignant reality that Rios, 27, pales in comparison to Pacquiao, 34, in terms of experience and quality of opponents.
The seniority did not end in Pacquiao’s commercial contracts, money, fame and glory against Rios’ relatively obscure background.
When Pacquiao (54-5, 38 KOs, 2 draws) held Juan Manuel Marquez to a 12-round split draw in thier first meeting for IBF featherweight and WBA super featherweight titles on May 5, 2004, Rios had just signed a contract for his first professional fight two months later against Raul Montes, whom he blasted in three rounds on July 23, 2004 in Oxnard, California.


A month before Pacquiao kept his WBO welterweight diadem by 12-round unanimous decision over Joshua Clottey at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on March 13, 2010, Rios captured his first major title by knocking out Jorge Luis Teron in 3rd round for vacant NABF lightweight crown in McAllen, Texas on February 6, 2010.
Rios (31-1, 23 KOs, 1 draw) seized his first world crown on February 26, 2011 with a 10th round TKO over Miguel Acosta for WBA lightweight championship at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, three months before Pacquiao exposed Shane Mosley as a fading senior citizen with a 12-round unanimous decision at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 7, 2011.
Despite his 69.7 knockout percentage and age advantage, Rios does not pose a serious threat to Pacquiao’s bid to rebound from back-to-back defeats to Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez.


Rios’ duel against the 8-division champion from General Santos City in Mindanao on November 24 in Macao will be his first in the 147 pounds division.
His last two rumbles versus Mike Alvarado were in the WBO light welterweight division or 140 pounds.
After disposing off Alvarado in 7th round in a bloody duel for vacant WBO Latino light welterweight bauble in Carson, California on October 13, 2012, Alvarado avenged the loss with a 12-round unanimous decision for WBO welterweight belt at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on March 30, 2013.
Pacquiao, who is no stranger to Goliaths at 5 feet and six inches, will eat Rios’ punches. The hard-hitting Filipino lefty doesn’t think Rios, who stands five feet and eight inches, can hit as hard as Ricky Hatton and can unload as many bombshells as Bradley.


If he could swallow Miguel Cotto’s lethal howitzers, Pacquiao thinks he can chew away Rios heavy bombs. Aside from his tattoo, handsome Rios doesn’t have an intimidating personality like Joshua Clottey, Serikzhan Yeshmagambetov and Lehlo Ledwaba. Rios is more of a matinee idol than a nose buster.
The congressman from Sarangani province will collide head-on against the young orthodox fighter, whose trainer, Roberto Garcia, helped plot the destruction of Vic “The Bull” Darchinyan from the hands of Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. in their rematch recently in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Pacquiao knows his career is on line against the Texas-born Rios, who has never been floored in nine years of professional boxing. A third successive loss would justify deafening calls for Pacquiao’s retirement, which started when he destroyed his tallest rival, Antonio Margarito, for WBC light middleweight crown at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Nov. 13, 2010.


Top Rank CEO Bob Arum knows Rios is not a dangerous customer for a comebacking protege, who recently announced he would dedicate his first fight since being put to sleep in 6th by Marquez in their fourth meeting on December 8, 2012, for victims of super typhoon “Yolanda” in Central Visayas.
Arum knows Rios would not end up a bust if he loses to Pacquiao. A defeat from the most celebrated and charismatic fighter in the world today is not a source of shame, but a badge of pride especially if Rios survives full route. A win would be another story. There’s no substitute for victory–especially if registered against a Manny Pacquiao.
Pacquiao is eyeing an explosive victory in his first and only fight this year to cap Donaire’s 9th round disposal win over Darchinyan and raise again the flag of the Philippines in world map.
Rios knows the Pacquiao fight is the peak of his career. An upset win will bring him more lucrative contracts under the tutelage of Top Rank, the outfit that made Pacquiao one of the richest paid athletes in the world.


He has logged 150 rounds in sparring and trained for five months compared to Pacquiao’s less than three months of training in a secluded place in Mindanao.
“I want to fight the best and Manny Pacquiao is one of the best in boxing today. I need to beat him to get where I want to go. I am younger, can fight hard at center ring, can take a punch and I am ready, focused. Pacquiao years ago was in the same situation I am today,” Rios recently announced.
“When the first bell rings, Pacquiao will not be charging right at Brandon,” trainer Garcia said. “Pacquiao will want Rios to come to him and exchange. We know it that’s the way its going to be.”
The 12-round battle for WBO international welterweight title will be held at the Cotai Arena inside the Venetian Macau.
Ring officials are: referee Genaro Rodriguez, judges Lisa Giampa, Michael Pernick, and Manfred Kuechler.

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Don’t blame God for ‘Yolanda’ — Bugoy

“Religions are many and diverse, but reason and goodness are one.” ELBERT HUBBARD


By Alex P. Vidal

God has perfected everything in this world. It was man who destroyed His creation. Man, therefore, should not blame God for natural calamities like super typhoon “Yolanda” because He is not a sadistic God.
Thus was the assertion recently made by retired Population Commission (Popcom) Regional Director Vicente “Bugoy” Molejona, a theologian and former professor of philosophy and logic.
When God made the world after seven days, He gave us the responsibility to take care of His creations. God turned over the world to the people for them to live and take care of it. But we abused and destroyed our environment, Molejona lamented.
“He is not the God who allowed the house of (the late) Cardinal Sin in New Washington, Aklan to be destroyed by typhoon. He is not the God who allowed the people in Tacloban, Cebu, Masbate, Iloilo to suffer and die,” explained the 63-year-old Molejona.


“The God we worship is the same universal God being worshipped by Muslims, Israelites, and Christians. God is just and does not play favorites. It is our faith that brings us closer to Him, not our religion.”
Molejona’s view about God and faith brings us to the fundamental misunderstandings about the “differences” between religions where it becomes easier to grasp when one awakens to the fact all religions essentially preach the same core tenet.
In Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, for instance, where Jesus declared: “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even to them.”


The Buddha gently counseled his devotees: “Hurt not others with that which pains yourself.”
Confucius impressed upon the minds of his followers: “What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.”
The Qur’an of the Muslims admonishes, “No one of you is a believer until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.”
In Judaism the Torah instructs, “And thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”
The Hitoppadesa of the Hindus proclaims, “Good people proceed while considering that what is best for others is best for themselves.”


Quoting Genesis 2:2 “Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.” Molejona said the term “rested” means “completed.”
“God completed His creation after seven days,” he mused. “The word ‘rest’ did not mean literally He stopped so He could proceed again with His creation. He is not a government employee who will rest on Saturday and Sunday.”

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US aid moves fast to ‘Yolanda’ devastated areas

“Desperate times call for desperate measure.”
quote from LIFE LONG


By Alex P. Vidal

Relief assistance from different corners of the globe has been pouring in with alacrity and dispatch these past days amid reports that the Philippine government appeared to be slow in delivering relief goods to areas affected most by super typhoon “Yolanda” that devastated Central Visayas last November 8.
Foreign journalists from Canada, US, Europe, Japan, Israel, to name only a few, also arrived to give the globe the glimpse and ringside account of the extent of damage wrought by history’s strongest typhoon.
Jim Garamone of Albany Tribune reported that countries around the world are responding to the Typhoon Haiyan-caused devastation in the Philippines, and aid is rushing to the island nation with the U.S. Navy leading the way.
Meanwhile, although the death toll from the typhoon disaster in the Philippines is still uncertain, Anthony Kuhn and Audie Kurnish, reporting for npr, stressed that it is known that hundreds of thousands of people are homeless, lacking food, water and even basic shelter. “Just over a week after Typhoon Haiyan struck, the U.S. aid effort has now kicked into higher gear with the arrival off of the carrier USS George Washington and its support ships off the coast of the worst hit area, the island of Leyte,” they observed.


Garamone reported that “Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Navy’s chief of information, discussed the U.S. military’s humanitarian aid and disaster relief effort, dubbed Operation Damayan, during a discussion at the Defense One Summit here November 15.”
Here’s the complete report: “Kirby told Al Jazeera’s Jamie Tarabay that the military is working in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development, which is leading the U.S. portion of the effort.
“The aircraft carrier USS George Washington and three other U.S. vessels arrived in the Philippines yesterday, and sailors and Marines began delivering food, water and shelter to those affected by the storm. Philippine officials said that more than 4,000 people were killed by the storm, thousands more need medical attention, and millions are without the basics of life.
“The Philippines is a U.S. treaty ally, Kirby said, noting that exercises and operations that U.S. and Philippine service members have conducted together in the past have aided the relief effort.


“‘(The Defense Department’s) rebalance to the Pacific is all about partnerships and trying to find ways to better understand one another and operate together,’ Kirby said. ‘We’ve had a terrific relationship with the government of the Philippines for a very long time, … but when you have an emergency like this, this is not the time to try to build a relationship. At a time like this, you want to leverage the relationship we’ve had for so long, and that’s what we’re seeing here.’
“About 300 U.S. Marines are currently on the ground aiding relief efforts in the Philippines today. Another 900 Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit based on the Japanese island of Okinawa are deploying aboard the USS Germantown and USS Ashland, and are expected to arrive in the Philippines next week.
“Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft have been flying missions in the Philippines, and more of those aircraft are on the way.”

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