Thursday, September 25, 2008


Can you believe this news? A congressman asked GAB to revoke Manny Pacquiao's boxing license!

The world's top pound-for-pound boxer Manny Pacquiao is "clearly mismatched" with Oscar de la Hoya. That's why Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez wants his license temporarily suspended by the Games and Amusements Board (GAB).

"I don’t think that Manny can even shake Oscar," Rodriguez told GMANews.TV in a telephone interview on Wednesday. "But I’m afraid that Oscar can hurt Manny very badly."

The reactions from PACLAND or as expected is anger.


If there's anything that needs's the "license" of corrupt individuals to run for government posts just to satisfy their greed for money and to further drag down our country towards hell


This two funny guys, both Mr.Rodriguez and Mr. Buhain would help the other Filipino boxers fighting in Thailand...Not this Dream Match!!! this two m----- just want public exposure!!

Some posters were more collected upon reading the news.


i admire you for being a good swimmer(butterfly) when i was in elementary, till the day you became GAB chair.but i will not agree with you in your actions. only Manny Pacquiao knows the limitations of his body he will not agree on a boxing match just to be a Dead, Disabled/handicapped multi millionaire. if Manny cant carry Oscars punch he will not continue the fight, he has 3 kids and a preggy wife he still thinks of them together. and GAB you should know that Manny possesses extraordinary ability, dont worry too much kumpare. you are a Filipino you should believe in Manny.

Recah Trinidad's earlier Inquirer column about "Boxing Crimes" must have stung some people to extra vigilance. In the column, Trinidad enumerated Filipino boxers who were sent abroad to be slaughtered because of glaring mismatches:

Joan de Guia, 6-8-2, was knocked out by undefeated Chonlatorn Pinyapinyo, 27-0, in Ayutthaya, Thailand, on Aug. 31. De Guia was dropped by a right hook to the head before he was crushed by another left shot to the body in the third round.

The final word goes to another poster in

or maybe they just dont want to be blamed if something bad happens to the bout. maybe they just want to show that they are doing their job. they have done it for filipino boxers fighting in thailand so they might as well do it with pacquiao's. i think it wont prosper. its just a publicity stunt. they are washing their hands this early for any untoward incidents

thats just my speculation

Since the call comes from a politician, people thought of it as another grandstanding or attention-grabbing ploy. It means nobody takes politicians seriously in this country. I can't blame the Filipino people though.

Games and Amusement Board (GAB) is a government body in charge of professional boxing matters (among others) in the country, has reportedly registered its opposition to De La Hoya - Pacquiao match as early as July. However, several mismatches between Filipino boxers and Thai ones happened this month (as reported in that evaded GAB's radar. Why on earth did Joan de Guia and Jason Lyson got to fight in Thailand despite glaring difference in quality is beyond me! It's GAB's inability to prevent these kinds of fights from happening which leads people to question its sincerity regarding Manny's case. Maybe GAB should pay attention to lesser known Filipino boxers who are more susceptible to exploitation and not focus only on a well-known one thereby getting accused of seeking attention. Justified or not, the agency should prove it is really doing its job.

No offense meant to Mr. Eric Buhain, chairman of the Games and Amusement Board. In fairness to him, he decided not to press the matter too much as it might distract Pacquiao in his training. Thank you very much sir for your understanding.


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