Manny Pacquiao dedicates fight to Pinoys



After losing to Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez last year, Manny Pacquiao hopes to bounce back as he dedicates his fight to the Filipino people devastated by super typhoon Yolanda last November 8.

The eight-division world champion, who has become a symbol of Filipino unity, is all set to become champion again as he eyes for the vacant WBO international welterweight title against Brandon Rios of the U.S.  at The Venetian in Macau on Sunday.

“I feel like I am 25 years old and training that way,” Pacquiao announced on his website. “I feel very good. My stamina and my quickness and power are there, and I am very excited about that. “The year off has been good, and I am very excited to get back into the ring and fight and to do it for the fans. I feel very fresh, strong and fast.”

“I want to prove to everyone that I still can fight like the old Manny Pacquiao,” he said. “I need to restore the public’s confidence in me and my abilities. It’s important that this be an impressive victory,” he said.

Shakey’s V-League donates P.2M to Yolanda victims

The Shakey’s V-League and the organizing Sports Vision raised some P200,000 from the staging of the first-ever Shakey’s V-League All Star Weekend powered by Smart which will be donated to the victims of super typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan).
“We thank all the sponsors and backers of the event and all the V-League fans for raising these funds for the Yolanda victims. In our little way, we’d like to do our share to assist our brothers and sisters severely hit by this recent calamity,” said Sports Vision president Ricky Palou.
The funds will be coursed through the Kapuso Foundation of GMA-7.
The Shakey’s All Star Weekend, sponsored by Shakey’s Pizza, Smart Communications, Accel Sportswear, Mikasa Volleyballs, generated P174,610 from gate receipts.
TV panel members Sev Sarmenta, Noel Zarate, Mozzy Ravena, sisters Ivy and Anne Remulla, Noreen Go and Reena Villamor also donated their combined talent fees to the pool while a volleyball, signed by all the stars who played in the All Star Game, was auctioned and sold at P4,000.
The actual funds raised from the two-day event, which included a clinic and volley camp Saturday, was P188,610 with Sports Vision adding P11,390 for a total of P200,000.
The All Star Game, meanwhile, will be aired on Sunday (Nov. 24) on GMA News TV (Channel 11) All Sports Program from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Team Smart turned back Team Shakey’s in five to rule the All Star Game, which capped the league’s banner 10th season.(pr)