For the first time in the history of Philippine boxing, arguably two of the most iconic names in the ring are set to fight back to back against the world’s rising stars in “The Legend Vs. The Champ.” Eight-division champion Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao is set to join WBO Super Bantamweight champion Nonito “The Flash” Donaire in the much-awaited sporting event happening on November 6 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada in the U.S. and to be beamed live in the Middle East, exclusively by The Filipino Channel (TFC) and Top Rank Inc.
In this corner of the world, Pacquiao also called Pacman, is returning to keep the spirit of Philippine boxing in the world arena, alive. Dubbed People’s Champ for bringing pride to the Philippines in his illustrious 21-year boxing career, Pacquiao is set to raise the flag of pride once again as he faces World Boxing Organization (WBO) Welterweight champion Jessie Vargas in the battle fittingly dubbed “The Legend Vs. The Champ.”
For the first time, co-fighting in the main event is four-division champion Donaire, who will face the undefeated Jesse Magdaleno in the title fight in a bid to sustain his WBO Super Bantamweight crown.
According to Top Rank Boxing Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Bob Arum, given the Filipino’s propensity for boxing, it was not long before this idea came to fore and Pacquiao and Donaire were the easy choices. In an interview with Balitang America’s Bev Lorente, Arum said: “We are looking to do something really spectacular for all Filipino people.”
Pacquiao (58 wins-6 losses-38 knock outs), who took an early retirement after his much-celebrated fight versus Floyd Mayweather Jr., sprang back to the boxing area to prove that it is not over until it’s over. Bringing with him courage and speed, he is facing boxing’s rising star Vargas (27-1-10), armed with power and aggression.
In an interview by TJ Manotoc via ABS-CBN Sports + Action, sports analyst Ronnie Nathanielsz said even after having taken a respite Pacquiao still has ‘it.’ “Manny is still good, there is no question about it. He is still an attractive fighter, a heavy puncher, moves very well and he has got charisma,“ Nathanielsz said. Nathanielsz added: “Manny is two punches too hard, moves too hard and has got too much speed for Vargas.“
In an interview with Steve Angeles of “Balitang America,” Arum said that while the Pacquiao – Vargas fight is much awaited, the Donaire – Magadaleno match may steal the show.
Arum explained: “Nonito, we know what a warrior he is. Magdaleno is a hungry fighter, undefeated. I’m proud of that fight. I think it’s going to be a terrific fight. I think every one of these fights is going to be evenly matched but I can see where people are saying Donaire and Magdaleno, two guys that live in Vegas probably will be a barn burner.”
Don’t miss this history-making sporting event on November 6 at 4 a.m. in KSA and 5 a.m. in Dubai, live (with replays) via TFC.tv PPV subscription is at SAR and AED 80. “The Legend Vs. The Champ” is also available via OSN, ELife and Mozaic TV Powered by Ooredoo. For more information, visit emea.kapamilya.com or facebook.com/TFCMiddleEast or follow us on IG at Twitter @KapamilyaTFC (with additional reports from Steve Angeles, Bev Lorente and TJ Manotoc via Balitang America, sports.abs-cbn.com and ABS-CBN Sports + Action. Photos courtesy of Top Rank, Inc.)
Pacquiao at Donaire magsasanib-puwersa para para itaguyod ang bandera ng Pilipinas sa
“The Legend Vs. The Champ”
Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao haharapin si WBO Welterweight champion Jessie Vargas; Nonito “The Flash” Donaire ididpensa ang titulo laban kay Jesse Magdaleno
Sa kauna-unahang pagkakataon, magsasama sa isang laban ang dalawa sa masasabing pinkakilalalang mga manlalarong Pinoy sa larangan ng boksing laban sa rising stars ng worldwide boxing sa “The Legend Vs The Champ.” Muling sasabak sa ring ang eight-division champion na si Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao sa main event kasama si WBO Super Bantamweight champion Nonito “The Flash” Donaire sa pinakaaabangang paghaharap ng mga representante ng kanilang bansa sa November 6 sa Thomas Mack Center sa Las Vegas Nevada, na makikita ng live exclusively sa The Filipino Channel (TFC) sa Middle East, sa pakikipagtulungan nito sa Top Rank, Inc.
Mula sa ating kupunan, susubukin ulit itataguyod ni Pacquiao ang bandera ng Pilipinas matapos ang higit sa dalawang dekada ng laban, bilang patunay na siya pa rin ang tunay na People’s Champ. Haharapin niya ang World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Jessie Vargas sa laban na ipinangalan sa kanila – “The Legend Vs. The Champ.”
Sa kauna-unahan namang pagkakataon ay makikipagsabayan si Donaire na four-division champion bilang featured fighter sa co-main event kalaban si Jesse Magdaleno para sa titulong WBO Super Bantamweight champion.
Ayon kay Top Rank Boxing Founder and Chief Executive Bob Arum, dahil sa hilig ng mga Pinoy sa boxing, hindi malayong mangyaring dalawang Filipino champs ang pagsasamahin sa isang laban tulad nito. At hindi rin mapagkakailang sina Pacquiao at Donaire ang easy choices. Sa interview kay Bev Lorente ng “Balitang America,” sinabi ni Arum na “We are looking to do something really spectacular for all Filipino people.”
Si Pacquiao na tumatayong may 58 wins, 6 losses at 38 knockouts, ay nag-retiro matapos ang laban kay Floyd Mayweather Jr. ngunit ngayon ay nagbabalik para patunayang siya ang masasabing pinaka-celebrated na Pinoy fighter sa kaniyang bilis at tapang. Lalaban siya sa rising star na si Vargas na may 27 wins, 1 loss at 10 knock outs at dala ang malakas at agresibong laban.
Sa interview ni TJ Manotoc sa ABS-CBN Sports + Action, tingin ng analyst na si Ronnie Nathanielsz ay malakas pa rin si Pacquiao. “Manny is still good, there is no question about it. He is still an attractive fighter, a heavy puncher, moves very well and he has got charisma.“ Dagdag ni Nathanielsz: “Manny is two punches too hard, moves too hard and has got too much speed for Vargas.“
Samantala, si Donaire naman na may 37 wins, 3 losses at 24 knock outs ay haharap sa kaniyang pinakamatinding laban kay Magdaleno na may 23 wins 0 losses at 17 knock outs.
Ayon kay Arum sa interview kay Steve Angeles ng “Balitang America,” inaabangan man ang Pacquiao – Vargas fight, maaaring ikagulat ng lahat ang Donaire – Magdaleno fight.
“Nonito, we know what a warrior he is. Magdaleno is a hungry fighter, undefeated. I’m proud of that fight. I think it’s going to be a terrific fight. I think every one of these fights is going to be evenly matched but I can see where people are saying Donaire and Magdaleno, two guys that live in Vegas probably will be a barn burner.”
Huwag palalampasin ang makasaysayang pagsasanib-puwersa nina Pacquiao at Donaire sa November 6, 4 a.m. sa KSA at 5 a.m. sa Dubai, live (with replays) via TFC.tv. Mapapanood ang laban sa halagang SAR at AED 80. Ang “The Legend Vs. The Champ” ay available din sa OSN, ELife and Mozaic TV Powered by Ooredoo.
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