Pacquiao needs to dispose Rios

Pacquiao needs to dispose Rios

It has been almost a year since Marquez pulled one of the biggest upsets in boxing history when he floored Manny Pacquiao.  Sitting at ringside, the moment Pacquiao hit the canvas I was up on my feet not believing what I just witnessed.

If only Pacquiao did not fake an attack before going in the round would have ended and Pacquiao in all probability would have won.

If only the bell sounded a second sooner, the fight would have gone on without Manny tasting his worst defeat ever.

I obviously have not gotten over it.  I am not sure if Pacquiao has.

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Could Doliguez be the next Pacquiao?

Could Doliguez be the next Pacquiao?

Jun”Hercules” Doliguez (16-0-1), a Filipino boxer, a virtual unknown in the local boxing scene secretly flew to the United States kicking of a campaign aimed at bringing home a world championship belt. He will face the dangerous Mexican Giovanni Caro (24-13-4). A win against Caro will do two very important things for him.

This bout is scheduled as an undercard of the Timothy Bradley-Juan Manuel Marquez card and a win by Doliguez will be a fitting introduction of himself to his countrymen.

Secondly, and just as important, a win here puts Doliguez directly on target for a shot at a world championship in the 126 lbs division.

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Focusing on the moment

Focusing on the moment

 

Swing right and the Homerun will come

Swing right and the Homerun will come

Success a lot say is a result of huge dreams.  Oftentimes though, we fail to understand that the true measure of  success is not what  have been acheived, but lies in the journey to achieve them.

If  we study the lives of really sucessful individuals, though their goals are clear to them, their focus always lie on the steps made.  The process that they had  to go through. The moments they had to string up to enable them to move toward that goal. 

Nothing is truly crystal clear to anybody.  Even if they think their goal is as clear as a position they want to have, a house they want to buy, an award they want to get, the way to achieve these goals is never ever quite as visible.    Those who are truly succcessful have worked their way through these obstacles by staying, focusing and working through each moment.

The irony as most successful people share is that keeping focus on the goal often prevents them from making the most of their moments…instances that are integral to getting to their goal.   Some even say that their initial failures were caused by how they wanted people to see them  as rather than just simply being themselves.

Take the case of athletes.  Almost all the great athletes started learning their sport of choice at a very early age.  Tiger of golf, Arod or baseball, Lebron of basketball and Mayweather of boxing.  All these individuals had to go through hours and hours of skills training broken down per section, per muscle, per movement.  Everyone had to go through the basics with their coaches telling them to focus on one movement at a time.  To isolate and train that muscle to do exactly what it needs to do.

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Is it Mayweather’s time?

Is it Mayweather’s time?

Just a thought. It would be so apt if it would be Saul Alvarez who would stop the winning streak of the self-proclaimed best boxer in the world.

Personally, it would be cool for Mayweather to keep his record unblemished. But, it seems cooler if, this young Mexican nicknamed El Canelo would be the one to deal Money his first loss.

Oddsmakers are not quite sure about Mayweather’s advantage over Alvarez. Nearing the fight, odds are at 2-1. Nowhere near the 5-1 odds given in favor of Mayweather in his last 3 fights. It seems that Saul provides a string of variables and characteristics that may just do the job.

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How to hit curve balls

How to hit curve balls

Baseball teaches one

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a lot about life. Many times the metaphor of a curve ball refers to the unexpected twists and turns that life offers.

Preparing for it starts with accepting that it will be thrown. Just like a batter standing inside the box, he knows that a curve ball will come.

But just like any good player, there is always a coach behind him who should prepare him for the inevitable.

I have learned that the best coach one can have is one that will give you everything you need to know, unconditionally and without any expectation.

I am glad that God is my coach.

Patience is important

Knowing it will come

Winning is Everything

Winning is Everything

Winning is everything

The objective of playing is to play

TEAMWORK

TEAMWORK

Philippine Habagat Getting Stronger

When the team works, real Teamwork is achieved

 

At the end of a long and gruelling 4 hour practice session with some 11-14 year old boys, I found myself closing the day with a talk about teamwork. It wasnt a planned topic but I had to talk about it because the team only had 5 months to go before their Asia Pacific Regional Baseball Tournament and we were struggling with implementing some of our plays and plans.

Everyone involved with the team know how high the standard of play will be come tournament time. We know the teams from Japan, Taiwan,Korea and China are killing themselves in practice as we are, maybe even more.We do not expect anything less than the best players coming from those countries. More

Farenas carving out his destiny

Farenas carving out his destiny

Gamboa Pacquiao Marquez courage

Farenas all set against Gamboa

When opportunity knocks one must take it.

I believe that this great advice will only be followed by those who have a clear goal in mind.  You see, opportunities are everywhere.  The ability to identify which one to take depends solely on one’s  commitment to his objective. 

Michael Farenas took center stage in the undercard of the Pacquiao-Marquez 4 boxing event.  He was one of three fighters being considered to face Yuyorkis Gamboa whose original opponent backed out at weeks before fight day. 

When he was told of the opportunity, Mike “Hammer Fist” Farenas had a choice.  In fact he was given a choice by his manager and mentor, former world champion Gerry Penalosa.  Penalosa explained to Farenas that fighting Gamboa as part of this megaevent will provide him the experience of performing at the highest level possible in boxing.  It is a chance for him to present himself to the boxing world and that if he did well ensures more fights at this level.  The downside was, Penalosa said, was that he was going to go up against a very talented fighter. In fact,  Mike was told that Gamboa was so much better than him.  Gamboa was coming in undefeated, with outstanding records both in the amateur and professional ranks.  Gamboa hands down was technically superior, physically stronger and had more experience than Farenas. More

Marquez-Single Minded Focus

Marquez-Single Minded Focus

 

Going into the fourth fight, everyone knew that Marquez had what it takes to beat  Pacquiao.  They are each other’s villains to their own personal heroes.  In simple boxing terms, each one can beat the other depending on how fate determines the outcome.

As fate would have it, Marquez knocks Pacquiao outcold in the sixth round of their fourth meeting.  This definitive win comes after three very close battles wherein Pacquiao came out the winner in 2 of them.  Though that might be the case,   many believed that those wins were not conclusive as to who was the better fighter.  Marquez made sure in this last win that that question will be clearly anwered.

But this time, Marquez took control to the point that fate had nothing to do with the outcome.  He showed that night  that if one does  everything right, fate will favor you. More

Juan Manuel Marquez needs this more

Juan Manuel Marquez needs this more

 

Lets put everything in perspective

Pacquiao Marquez 4 is not anymore about the money.  It is definitely not about the title. I don’t even think there is any form of personal animosity between the two.   More than any fight in the past decade,  this clearly is about legacy.  Whoever wins this fight can clearly lay claim that he is better than the other.

Pacquiao edged out Juan Manuel Marquez in their last two encounters. Both wins by very close margins.  The first fight was a draw but if the cards were scored correctly then that should have also gone Pacquiao’s way.  However, the fight was still very close.   Despite the wins,  Pacquiao’s dominance over Marquez is still in question. More