Why both Mayweather
and Mosley can’t beat Pacquiao
Mayweather’s neighbor says Shane Mosley is old
By ALEX P. VIDAL / PNS
February 15, 2011
LAS VEGAS, Nevada –
At 39, Shane Mosley is past his prime and is not anymore as quick as
when he was world welterweight champion 10 years ago.
This was the
assessment made recently by Freddie Dawson, a veteran boxing analyst
and neighbor of Floyd Mayweather Jr. (41-0, 25 KO’s) in
Dawson, 62, said he
wasn’t excited to hear that Mosley, who beat 1992 Barcelona Olympics
golden boy Oscar De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KO’s) twice in as many
confrontations during his prime, will fight Manny Pacquiao on May 7 at
the MGM Grand.
“Mosley is old and he
won’t last the distance with Pacquiao,” said Dawson, who predicted the
32-year-old eight-time world champion Filipino to demolish the black
American speedster in five to six rounds. “He doesn’t have the stamina
that he used to have.”
Dawson, a registered
nurse and retired army, said Pacquiao’s advantage is he is quicker and
younger. Mosley (46-6, 39 KO’s), he said, can’t take the Filipino’s
strong punch as “he has never fought anyone that has put a lot of
pressure on him.”
Dawson cited Mosley’s
two back to back losses to the late Vernon Forrest in 2002 where
Mosley got buried from Forrest’s avalanche of punches on several
occasions and was nearly counted out if not for his footwork, en route
to losing a decision on January 26, 2002.
In their rematch on
July 20, 2002, Dawson observed that Mosley “obviously didn’t fight
toe-to-toe with Forrest for fear of being knocked out.”
Forrest (41-3, 39
KO’s) had been pulverized by heavy hitting Hispanic Ricardo Mayorga
(29-7, 23 KO’s) and was shot dead in a robbery in
on July 25, 2009.
But Dawson credited
Mosley for nearly stopping Mayweather in the second round in their
title fight on May 1, 2010. “Mosley, of course, could still punch
hard as manifested by his brutal annihilation of Antonio Margarito and
his near upset knockout win over Mayweather,” Dawson pointed out.
from the second round ambuscade and outslicked Mosley for a 12-round
unanimous decision win.
Mosley from fighting toe-to-toe with Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KO’s) saying
his best chance to beat the best boxer pound-for-pound is to “stay
away from Pacquiao and avoid his left.”
Dawson believed that
Pacquiao’s best weapon is his left straight although the hard-hitting
lefty, who was elected congressman in the Philippines before beating
Margarito in Arlington, Texas last Nov. 13, 2010, has developed his
right punch and is now believed to be equally destructive.
Dawson said Top Rank
needed to tap Mosley to fight Pacquiao because Mosley has a large
follower in California and Las Vegas “and this means a lot of money.”
In agreeing to fight
Pacquiao, Mosley believed to have severed his ties with his former
promoter, Golden Boy Promotion.
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum
considers the Pacquiao-Mosley fisticuffs as “boxing’s version of the
Dawson also predicted
that the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight will push through.
“I think Mayweather is
only waiting for Pacquiao to get older and slower because he knows
that, by that time, he can beat Pacquiao,” he stressed. “If Mayweather
will fight Pacquiao today, Pacquiao will knock him out in the third
“Every great fighter
has trouble with another fighter,”
explained. “Muhammad Ali always had trouble with Jose Frazer. Pacquiao
will always have trouble with (Juan Manuel) Marquez. Mayweather will
have trouble with Pacquiao.”
Dawson worked in the
emergency room of the West Anaheim Medical Center in Anaheim,
California for 15 years and has watched and analyzed with his late
father, Luther, the epic heavyweight title clashes between American
Floyd Patterson and Sweden’s Ingemar Johansson as well as the bloody
wars of Jersey Joe Walcott and Dick Tiger, among other prominent
pugilists in the 50’s and 60’s.
He rates Muhammad Ali
as the greatest fighter of all time followed by Joe Louis and Sugar
Ray Leonard. “Pacquiao would be no. 3 or 4,”
Meanwhile, Mosley has
expressed confidence of beating Pacquiao. In a recent press conference
to kick off the promotional tour in
Las Vegas and New York, the three-time world champion gushed: “I think
it’s very hard but styles make the fight. Being that he’s a very
exciting fighter and likes to bring it, that leaves openings for me.
We’ll see when we get to the fight. It’s not the African-American
style that will beat him. It’s my style that will beat him. Everybody
fights differently and styles make the fight and in this fight you
have two guys engaging and I think I have what it takes to get the job
“I don’t know what the
odds are for this fight. I’m not a betting man. I definitely won’t be
on the losing end. I think it should be even. We are two similar types
of fighters. We both like to battle. He throws punches more rapidly
than I do but my punches are heavier. I don’t know what the over-under
is. It won’t go the distance. This is the type of fight that would
never go the distance.”
Top ranking CPP
personality nabbed by the Army’s 34IB
By CMO Battalion, 8ID PA
February 16, 2011
Catbalogan, Samar – With the serious and continuous implementation
of the government’s Internal Peace and Security Plan “Bayanihan”, top
personality of the Communist Party of the Philippines’s Central
Committee fell into the hands of the Army’s 8th Infantry Division in
the vicinity of Brgy Bay-ang, San Jorge town in the province of Samar
around 10:00 a.m. of February 13, Sunday.
Initial reports that
had reached to this headquarters disclosed that a platoon from 34th
Infantry Battalion under Second Lieutenant Jacob Madarang was
conducting their routine security patrol when they intercepted a
certain Ericson Acosta who was about to board a pump boat towards the
municipal proper after acting suspiciously.
said that he (Acosta) gave conflicting and confusing answers to simple
and routine questions and later appeared nervous until attempted to
draw hand grenade from his pocket.
immediately grabbed Acosta’s arm and grasped the explosive to preempt
more serious occurrence that might follow.
Acosta who is 37 years
old was later identified by an informant (identity was personally
requested to be withheld for security reasons) and further revealed to
be from Cubao, Quezon City and working under the Instruction Bureau of
the National Education Department of the CPP-NPA-NDF’s Central
The informant further
revealed that Acosta also masquerades as August Lim in the underground
movement. He also said that he (Acosta) was sent by the CPP to
facilitate the production of various propaganda materials such as “Ang
Bayan” newsletter intended to shoot propaganda to the people. Troops
also recovered from Acosta one (1) laptop notebook with complete
accessories and spare battery, an external hard drive, Globe tattoo
(USB globe broadband), one (1) unit Nokia 3530, 6 pcs SIM cards, a
cash amounting to Four Thousand Eight Hundred pesos (P4, 800) only and
his personal belongings.
General Mario Chan, 8ID’s commander assured the public that the rights
of Acosta were respected during and after his apprehension.
“Acosta was treated
very well by the apprehending troops. As we’ve done so in the past,
we assure our people that we will always be observant of human rights.
Acosta will be accorded his right to counsel and be given his day in
court,” the good general adds.
As of 10:00 a.m. this
morning, criminal charges have already been filed against Acosta at
RTC Branch 41 – Gandara under criminal case # 11-0501 and he is now in
the custody of Gandara Municipal Police Office.
With the capture of
alias August Lim, the legal front of the CPP and its allied
organizations are expected to stage propaganda activities in order to
deny the affiliation of Acosta in their mother organization.
The 8ID remains focus
on their mandate to pursue the IPSP Bayanihan for the enormous gain
towards peace and development if being stormed with propaganda issues
just to free their ally especially that the result is now clear and
the people have already embraced its worth.
City policemen hone
skills in public speaking, writing
By ALICE NICART, PIA Samar
February 15, 2011
CATBALOGAN, Samar –
After finishing their special modules in learning how to write
technically and speak effectively in public, some 29 members of the
Catbalogan City Police Station can now better perform their duties as
thankfulness to the training initiative afforded of them, PO1 Allester
B. Estonilo said that the training has equipped them with the much
needed skill for them to be able to write and talk more credible and
reliable investigative reports.
“It has also boosted
our self-confidence, because we are now better speakers and writers”,
All 29 are thankful to
the three police officers from New Zealand who were sent by the United
States under the International Criminal Investigative Training and
Assistance Program (ICITAP) with SPO1 Bernard D. Briones as instructor
of ICITAP Philippines.
Asked why they chose
Catbalogan City policemen in the entire Samar island, PInsp Dana
McDonald could not share any information except that they were just
sent to the place by the US Department.
Meanwhile, PInsp Jhon
Price had so much to appreciate about the warmth and hospitality
showed to them by the Catbaloganons.
“Thank you for the way
you received us here, you people are warm and so kind-hearted”, Price
said during the closing program. He also expressed hope that the newly
trained policemen would be able to apply their new skills in the
performance of their duties.
Recognized for their
excellence in the training and active participation are the following:
PO2 Agustina Sison, SPO3 Samuel Rosales and PO1 Carlo Merida for
Public Speaking Awards and PO1 Michael Beduya, PO1 Allester Estonilo
and PO1 Joanne Nayanga for Technical Writing.
As guest speaker,
PIA shared them some practical tips on effective public speaking and
some phoneme drills.
perform 196 free major operations
By NINFA QUIRANTE, PIA Samar
February 14, 2011
Samar – Over a thousand estehanons received free medical attention
during the Diocese of Borongan’s 7th Medical Mission that extended
from January 31 to February 11, 2011.
According to Eden
Cidro, the mission’s volunteer coordinator, the doctors from the
United States and Canada operated on 209 patients.
“Most of these were
major operations, only 13 were minor,” Cidro said.
Some of the major
operations done during the medical mission were thryoid surgery,
mastectomy and nasal polyp surgery.
The patients had the
operations, free of charge.
According to Dr. Grace
Quinto, a patient would normally spend around P70,000 for a
In a separate
interview, Commission on Social Action’s Head Fr. Juderick Calumpiano
said that the parish priests were the ones in charge of referring
patients to the medical mission.
From the name of the
program, “Bulig Kablas,” the medical mission aimed to make medical
attention available to indigents.
The word “kablas” in
Waray means impoverished.
The medical mission
was done in partnership with the Diocese of Joliet Illinois and the
local government unit of Eastern Samar.
Pacquiao-Mosley fight promotional tour
My power is natural –
By ALEX P. VIDAL / PNS
February 14, 2011
LAS VEGAS, Nevada –
Insisting he never used illegal substance in his entire fistic
career, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao on February 12
told boxing fans at the MGM Grand here “my power is natural” during
the Las Vegas leg of the kick-off press conference of his May 7 fight
against Shane Mosley.
“You have to believe
me that my power is natural,” the 32-year-old Pacquiao declared in
answer to the question of a male boxing fan during a press conference
at the Grand Arena which was opened to public.
“I never used any
medicine because my power is natural,” he reiterated. “I am strong.”
Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38
KO) and Mosley (46-6, 39 KO) hit this city, known as gambling capital
of the world, for promotional tour of their mega fight to be held in
the same arena which will end in New York February 14.
assured boxing fans there will be no distractions in his preparations
against Mosley despite his schedules in Philippine Congress.
He also nixed reports
he is planning to run for Philippine president. “My job is to continue
boxing and attend to my responsibilities in Congress and I have no
plan to run for president,” he said.
dismissed reports that he would hang up his gloves soon.
“I will not yet retire
after my fight with Mosley,” he promised.
Even before his fight
against Mosley, promoters were already starting to negotiate for his
possible showdown versus Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Mosley, for his part,
said his fight against the Filipino best boxer pound-for-pound “will
make me shine and I will shine again.”
The former protégé of
the Golden Boy Promotion owned by his one-time victim, Oscar De La
Hoya, refused to make predications but claimed he is unfazed by being
tagged as underdog.
The two-hour press
conference was arranged by Top Rank chief Bob Arum who announced that
the May 7 event will be distributed at SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View.
“As everyone knows
we’ve been in the land of Cowboys for our last two fights, but I live
in Las Vegas and I thought it was time to come back to the place which is the capital
of boxing. I think boxing needs
Las Vegas and Las
Vegas needs boxing. This is like boxing’s version of the Super Bowl,”
Some 3,000 fans
watched the press conference and about 20 of them were allowed to ask
DOH-Samar opens new
Schistosomiasis control unit
By ALICE NICART, PIA Samar
February 14, 2011
CATBALOGAN, Samar –
With a total package costing some P500,000, the newly rehabilitated
Schistosomiasis Control Unit of Samar province was inaugurated Monday
with Father Arnold Sison, who blessed the building and its
Terazona, Medical Specialist IV and Provincial Department of Health
Representative (DOHREP) informed that the building in shades of yellow
paint will serve the public here with Malacology and Paracetology
specialists treat the disease-bringing snail while the Paracetologists
treat the human stool for infectious organisms,” Dr. Terazona said.
He further reported
that nine municipalities and one city in the province are schisto
endemic, thus the need for the center: Basey, Sta. Rita, Catbalogan,
Tarangnan, San Jorge, Gandara, Pagsanghan, Sta. Margarita, Pinabacdao
and Calbayog are under the list, however, the doctor assured that not
all barangays in the towns mentioned are affected with the dreadful
Asked how could the
public prevent such a disease, the 51 year-old doctor mentioned about
their control program which includes mass treatment cum deworming
which is done to 6 to 65 year-old group of people. Also, massive
information campaigns continue for people to avoid stagnant waters and
submit whenever possible for stool examination and treatment, even the
strike of the disease.
It is because once the
larva enters the human body, the health officer informed that it is
hardly irreversible except when major organs have not yet been
“But otherwise, we can
only control the further spread of the granola and lengthen the life
span of the patient, thus, it is important to detect the early stage
of the schisto in the body”, he added.
Team which comprise also the technical team from the Rural Health Unit
here is responsible in providing the health service needed by the
Dr. Terazona warns the
public to be alarmed and submit for medical help when an unusual
stomach pain is felt added to bloody stool and fever, but a regular
check up is still better, he said.
rehabilitated Schisto Control Unit was financed by the Department of
Health, Eastern Visayas.
DOLE deploys 170
nurses to Eastern Samar towns
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE, PIA Eastern
BORONGAN, Eastern Samar –
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Provincial Chief Alexi
Abellar confirmed today that 170 nurses have been deployed to all 23
municipalities in Eastern Samar under the Registered Nurses for Health
Enhancement and Local Service (RN HEALS) Program.
The nurses went
through an orientation on Friday and Saturday to prepare them for
Wevina Cainday, one of
the nurses under the program, got ready as early as 3:00 AM because
she had to take a four-hour trip to her assignment. Although Cainday
is from Borongan, her assignment is in San Policarpo town.
Abellar, in earlier
interviews, said that although ideally the nurses are to be assigned
to the town where they are from, some applicants from Borongan and
Guiuan were assigned to other towns that had few applicants, or some
Cainday and the other
nurses in the program were promised an P8,000 allowance from the
Department of Health (DOH) monthly for the whole year in the RN HEALS
Program. The DOH also confirmed that it has encouraged the local
government units where the nurses are assigned to add P2,000 to the
Abellar said that the
nurses will also be enrolled under the Phil Health.
Towns under the
Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), like Jipapad and Maslog,
will have 10 nurses assigned to the rural health units.
hopes to make basic health services more accessible through the
assignment of the nurses to RHUs under RN HEALS.
Zamboanga hosts the
country’s first observance of “World Interfaith Harmony Week”
February 8, 2011
ZAMBOANGA CITY – The
city’s different religious leaders, Christian constituents and Muslim
women leaders and peace advocates hailing from Luzon, Visayas and
Mindanao, including those from the islands of Sulu, Tawi-Tawi and
Basilan, gathered together for an Interfaith Harmony Solidarity Dinner
held at the Garden Orchid Hotel to observe the UN-declared “World
Interfaith Harmony Week”.
Amina Rasul, the
President of the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID), a
non-government and non-profit organization, revealed that 2011 is the
first celebration of World Interfaith Harmony Week, which takes place
every first week of February, after the passage of a UN General
Assembly resolution in October last year, sponsored by King Abdullah
“There are over 45
events that have been scheduled worldwide to celebrate World
Interfaith Harmony Week. Our Interfaith Harmony Solidarity Dinner is
one of many events and the only event in the
which is known as a champion of interfaith dialogue, in the world,”
she disclosed further.
Rasul said interfaith
dialogue is important to strengthen Muslim-Christian relations
strained by persistent conflicts in Mindanao.
In his welcome
message, Mayor Celso Lobregat of
thanked the organizers for choosing his city as the venue for the
Interfaith Harmony Week celebration. “Our population is a good mixture
of Christians, Muslims and Lumads who co-exist with great respect for
and tolerance for one another despite religious differences.”
Religion of Peace
Dr. Aboulkhair Tarason,
vice-president of the National Ulama Conference of the Philippines,
encouraged fellow Muslims to emphasize that Islam is a “religion of
peace, compassion, forgiveness, moderation and harmony, and not a
religion of lawlessness, kidnapping, violence and terrorism.”
Valles of the Archdiocese of Zamboanga, appreciated the initiative and
was grateful for the many efforts of interfaith dialogues in the
Philippines. He added, “It was not easy at the beginning to convince
people of other faiths that the Catholic Church is sincere in
promoting interfaith dialogue, but we continue to promote dialogue and
help many in the Church to believe that this is the way to be faithful
to our mission.”
Reverend Ira Lee
Rosalita revealed he feels at peace and secure in the company of
Muslims and has never experienced being harassed while passing through
Muslim communities in Lanao and Maguindanao.
Bartolome Madriaga of
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, urged Zamboangeños to
strengthen their individual resolve to be “doers of the word and not
hearers only” when it comes to promoting peace and harmony in this
city and beyond.
From the RVM
Congregation, Sister Maria Niña Balbas, Directress of Pilar College,
said that peace is recognized as one of the highest values to be
sought and defended. She stressed that, “by bringing harmony among the
different faiths in the world, we then are able to contribute to the
healing of our wounded planet.”
d’Ambra of the Silsilah Foundation, said that “harmony” is a very good
synthesis one can apply to one’s faith. He pointed out that despite
many efforts and initiatives in peace-building, trouble still exist
which tells us that “we need to work more.”
Muslim peace advocates
in Zamboanga are active in sowing peace and harmony among the
followers of different faiths according to Prof. Ali Yacob, head of
Golden Crescent Consortium of Peace Builders. “We continue what our
past traditional leaders have started – spearheading peace-building
efforts to strengthen Muslim-Christian relations on which we enjoy the
fruit,” he added. He disclosed that the city is relatively peaceful
where Muslims and Christians have love and respect for one another.
More than 180
participants attended the event hosted by the PCID, Magbasa Kita
Foundation and the NUCP.