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Clash in Cotai II: Survival Kit



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It’s that time of the year once again.

For the past six years, a Manny Pacquiao fight has been the ultimate pre-Christmas holiday for us Filipinos. Whenever a Pacquiao fight is scheduled, it most surely becomes the definitive time for family or friend reunions. It’s also been reported that crime rates go down every time a Manny Pacquiao card is on.

Manny fought a who’s who list of superstars and future hall-of-famers as seen in this list during this season:

2008-12-06Oscar dela HoyaWin (RTD – 8th 3:00)
2009-11-14Miguel CottoWin (TKO – 12th 0:55)
2010-11-13Antonio MargaritoWin (UD)
2011-11-12Juan Manuel MarquezWin (UD)
2012-12-08Juan Manuel MarquezLoss (KO – 6th 2:59)
2013-11-24Brandos RiosWin (UD)
2014-11-22Chris Algieri???


December 8, 2012 was one of the darkest moments in Philippine sports history as Pacquiao rival Juan Manuel Marquez scored a “lucky punch” knockout (KTFO) victory. A year later, Pacquiao returned to the ring and was able to recover from that devastating loss with victories over Brandon Rios and Timothy Bradley, the latter a “justice” victory.

Now, Manny Pacquiao will face the unbeaten, self-proclaimed King of New York, Chris Algieri. Together with Pacquiao, (technically) two Filipino fighters are in the Clash of Cotai II card. Super Flyweight and Cavite native “Pretty Boy” Jerwin Ancajas will go against Tanzanian Fadhili Majihi while half-Filipino Indonesian Espinos Sabu faces off against Chinese rising star “The Wonder Kid” Rex Tso.

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Here are the results for the weigh-ins for the 3 fights:

Preliminary Card:


Super Flyweight (115 lbs) bout:
Fadhili Majiha (Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania) 116.3 lbs vs. Jerwin Ancajas (Cavite City, Philippines) 116.3 lbs.

Super Flyweight (115 lbs) bout:
Espinos Sabu (Manado, Indonesia) 115.6 lbs vs. Rex Tso (Hong Kong, China) 114.8 lbs 

Main Event:
Pacquiao Cotai 2
WBO World Welterweight (147lbs) Championship: Catchweight 144 lbs
Chris Algieri (New York, USA) 144 lbs vs. Manny Pacquiao (Sarangani Province, Philippines) 143.8 lbs

*Algieri was 0.2 lbs overweight. He was able to make weight in his second attempt.

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Tale of the Tape

Espinos Sabu vs.Rex Tso
115.6 lbsWeight114.8 lbs
n/aReach66 ½”


Espinos Sabu, according to the Mr. Ronnie Nathanielsz, has a Filipino father. At the young age of 25, Sabu has 13 fights under his belt. He won his first 11 fights before losing to Thai boxer Rusalee Amor in Thailand last April 18 by unanimous decision. He lost again via unanimous decision against Filipino Warlito Parrenas in Batangas last October 4.

Tomorrow, the former #1 prospect in the Indonesian boxing scene looks to regain his momentum in defeating the #1 Chinese prospect, the unbeaten 14-0 Rex Tso.


Rex Tso is a knockout machine- winning nine of his fights by way of knockout. Moreover, Sabu’s reach may not be documented, but Tso has a visible reach advantage over the half-Filipino. Tso will jab his way in the initial rounds then go for the kill by the 6th round.

Tso wins via TKO in the 6th round

Tale of the Tape

Jerwin Ancajas vs.Fadhili Majiha
116.3 lbsWeight116.3 lbs
66 ½”Reachn/a


Jerwin Ancajas’ only loss came from Mark Geraldo two years ago by a razor-thin decision. Then, Ancajas went on a rampage! He won his next eight fights by stoppage. Ancajas has been called one of the top young prospects in the country today. He looks to continue his streak against Tanzanian Fadhili Majiha.

Moreover, Ancajas has got to have one of the most active Facebook accounts in boxing today. Here are some of his posts:

Ancajas kidAwww

PacAncajaCustomary selfie with the People’s Champion

Pretty Boy is just too damn good nowadays. Majiha will be overmatched in this contest. However, the iron chin Majiha won’t be knocked-out in this fight.

Ancajas wins via UD

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Pacquiao vs. Algieri

All of you might have read all the technical breakdowns of the match-up and how Pacquiao is the overwhelming favorite to win the bout, especially since Pacman does really well against opponents who are taller than him. So let’s do something different- here are three scenarios that boxing pundits think will most likely happen, might happen, and is least likely to happen and the outcome of each for Pacquiao’s career.

Most likely to happen: Pacquiao wins via Unanimous Decision




What might happen: Pacquiao wins via KO in the 5th or 6th round


Least likely to happen: Algieri wins via a flash knockout (ala Pacquiao vs. Marquez 4)


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Mixed Martial Arts

ONE Championship pledges to help Global Citizen in fight against poverty



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During the pre-fight showdown between the fighters main evening ONE Championship: Global Superheroes, the biggest mixed martial arts promotion in Asia also forged a partnership, Monday afternoon.

ONE, through chief executive officer and chariman, Chatri Sityodtong vowed to help Global Citizen in its fight to end poverty.

“It is with great excitement that I announce ONE Championship’s partnership with Global Citizen, an NGO with the goal of ending extreme poverty across the world by the year 2030,” said Sityodtong. “Just like Global Citizen, ONE Championship aims to inspire the people of the world to come together to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges.”

“We are thrilled to be joining forces with ONE Championship to bring Global Citizen to Asia. ONE Championship reaches millions of young people around the region and together we will engage them on issues that impact the entire world,” expressed Global Citizen co-founder Wei Soo. “Since we launched Global Citizen in 2012, over 13 million actions have been taken, and we are excited to drive more actions and increase our impact for the world’s most marginalized people through this partnership.”

Headquartered in New York with offices in Canada, Australia, Germany, and the United Kingdom, Global Citizen was founded in 2012 with the goal of building the largest platform where people can learn about issues, take action on what matters most, and join a global movement working to end extreme poverty by 2030. Since then, millions of Global Citizens around the world have taken over ten million actions, which includes millions of emails, tweets, petition signatures, and phone calls targeting world leaders to end extreme poverty by 2030.

To date, the actions by Global Citizen’s global community, along with its high-level advocacy efforts and various partners, have resulted in 130 commitments and policy announcements from leaders, including financial aid valued at over US $35-billion, that is set to affect the lives of over 1.3 billion people.

Also present in the launch were ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon Vera, ONE Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee, and former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang.

The partnership launching at ONE’s upcoming event in Manila, Philippines on Friday, January 26, will harness the power of ONE’s platform to engage millions of martial arts fans around the world to support initiatives and find solutions to the issues associated with extreme poverty.

Global Citizen and ONE will collaborate across 24 live ONE events scheduled in 2018, and various outreach activations throughout Asia. Fans will have the opportunity to take action and engage with specific policy areas including, education, food security, hunger and nutrition, global health, gender equality and empowerment.

“Our ONE Championship athletes embody the spirit of perseverance and many have risen through poverty through martial arts, inspiring millions of people around the world with their journey,” Sityodtong added. “Through our collaboration across all 24 of our live events scheduled in 2018, ONE Championship and Global Citizen aim to affect positive movement in our society.”

The first action ONE fans can take will be centred on global education. Fans will be able to call on donor countries such as Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and India, to attend the Global Partnership for Education’s replenishment conference in Dakar, Senegal on February 2, 2018, and make a commitment to GPE to support better education for all. Currently, 264 million children around the world are missing out on an education.

Over half are girls, and over 75 million have had their schooling disrupted by conflict or natural disasters. At the replenishment conference, the GPE will raise much needed funds that will allow it to continue to support quality, inclusive education to hundreds of millions of children around the world.

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Unscathed Altas on another plane, hands Chiefs first loss



Eighteen straight sets won

NCAA Men’s Volleyball powerhouse University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas showed no signs of letting up and crushed fellow erstwhile undefeated Arellano University Chiefs in just three sets, 25-14, 25-22, 25-17, to notch their sixth consecutive victory, Tuesday afternoon at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

Skipper Jun Taneo scattered his quiet 13 points throughout the match to lead the Season 91 champions. Rookie Joebert Almodiel finished with 10 spikes.

The Altas edged out the opposition in all scoring skills and dominated them in the non-scoring ones to bag the win. Nonetheless, it was the uncharacteristic 34 errors from the Chiefs that ultimately caused their doom.

With expectations minimized at the start of the season, head coach Sammy Acaylar shared his pride on how his wards have been playing so far.

“Sabi ko nga, hindi ako satisfied sa team ko kasi maraming nawala. Pero dinaan ko sila sa force, sa discipline, sa training. And I always motivate them na everything will come into place,” the seasoned mentor shared.

Acaylar was pleased that what they trained on showed up in the game. “Nakita ko ‘yung galaw nila, almost perfect,” he ended beaming.

The now 6-0 Perpetual will try to seal another semifinals appearance as they battle fellow day winners Mapua University (3-2) on Tuesday, January 30.

John Cabillan rallied the tribe with 10 markers.

The Chiefs (5-1) and the San Beda College (4-1) will figure in an all-important battle on Friday.

The Scores:

UPHSD 3 – Taneo 13, Almodiel 10, Rosales 8, Ramos 6, Muhali 3, Solamilo 1, Catipay 0, Kalingking L.

AU 0 – Cabillan 10, Dela Paz 8, Segovia 5, Lapuz 4, Liberato J 3, Liberato K 1, Arellano T 0, Soriano 0, Domingo 0, Arellano K 0, Blanco L, Esguerra L.

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Tireless J-Jay Alejandro heads from D-League game to Gilas training



Former NU Bulldogs captain J-Jay Alejandro was at the Pasig Sports Center Monday afternoon, making his debut for the Go for Gold Scratchers. After their 75-68 win over Gamboa-St. Clare Coffee Lovers, he immediately packed his bags and headed for the exit.

Why was he in a rush? He did not want to be late for Gilas later on.

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“Sayang, malapit na ako eh. Pasig lang. Walang showbiz-showbiz, malapit lang talaga,” shared Alejandro, who had five points, five rebounds, seven assists, and two steals for Go for Gold. “Wala rin akong gagawin kasi.

“Tsaka minsan lang magpa-tawag ng practice, every Monday lang, so sayang ‘yung chance makapag-practice.”

The 6-foot-2 combo guard was a much-needed body by the pool of Gilas as only eight players suited-up for Monday’s session. Besides helping out the seniors team, the 22-year-old is looking at the sessions as a way to not just improve but also get in touch with his former collegiate foes.

“Well, ganoon talaga eh. Player, mapapagod at mapapagod ka talaga,” said the All-UAAP team member.

“Pero nakakasama ko sila Arvin Tolentino, sila CJ Perez, tsaka ‘yung ibang mga PBA players, siyempre experience ‘yun eh, tsaka learning process din sa akin.”

Moreover, he knows that being under the tutelage of coach Chot Reyes will only do wonders for him, especially with the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft just months away.

“Mas pisikal talaga sa PBA. ‘Yun, kung paano mo gagamitin ang utak mo pati ‘yung katawan mo sa tamang posisyon sa laro, makukuha ko yun rito,” he said.

“Well sa akin kasi, ‘yung mapabilang ka sa Gilas, mapabilang lang ang pangalan mo sa Gilas, sobrang fortunate na ako, sobrang blessed na ako,” Alejandro added.

“And siguro sa akin, may opportunity na nag-open, so iga-grab ko na lang — either PBA or Gilas.”

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Loaded Wangs-Letran wallops AMA in debut



Armed with new recruits, the Wangs Basketball-Letran Knights embarked on its new chapter with a rousing 93-75 rout of the AMA Online Education Titans, Tuesday afternoon at the Pasig Sports Center.

Everyone clicked for the Couriers with Bong Quinto spearheading the blowout with 19 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists.

Newcomer Bonbon Batiller added 15 markers, five boards, and three dimes in his debut, while starting point guard JP Calvo chipped in 12 points, eight rebounds, and two assists.

Christian Fajarito also registered 11 markers and nine boards, while Alex Mandreza had 10 points for Wangs-Letran.

Despite the promising showing, coach Jeff Napa said that he still wants to see more from his Couriers moving forward.

“Masaya kami syempre dahil nanalo. Pero marami pa rin kaming kailangang gawin,” he said as he wanted more from the Knights after outrebounding the Titans, 57-44.

Quinto and Calvo triggered Wangs-Letran’s second quarter pullaway to establish the 38-26, lead which grew to as high as 22 points, 81-59 in the payoff period.

Michael Cañete topscored AMA with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Kris Porter had 13 in the defeat.

Wangs-Letran will have vengeance on their minds on Monday, January 29 when it takes on NCAA tormentors Che’lu- San Sebastian Revellers. AMA, on the other hand, will have a tough assignment when it takes on the Zark’s-Lyceum Jawbreakers on Thursday, January 25.

The Scores:

Wangs-Letran 93 — Quinto 19, Batiller 15, Calvo 12, Fajarito 11, Mandreza 10, Trinidad 8, Publico 6, Vacaro 4, Balagasay 3, Ambohot 3, Muyang 2.

AMA Online Education 75 — Cañete 20, Porter 13, Escalambre 11, Casiño 10, Antonares 6, Manalang 6, Garcia 4, Ng 3, Parcero 2, Bragais 0, Carpio 0, Paras 0, Raflores 0, Salonga 0.

Quarterscores: 16-13, 44-35, 67-52, 93-75.

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