[ Sports… ]

Some sports that I have come to love.

The Philippines has always has glamourized basketball and boxing. Yes, the top 2 sports in this country is that 2 sports. I have nothing against these sports though, I feel they’re limiting us to height and so.
Basketball.

You need height in this game. It may not be everything but it is something. I mean, my height is 5’11” but I am still short in comparison to the players in the PBA. I used to play this game but for some unknown reason, I lost the passion within me.

Boxing.

Well, boxing is being dominated right now by non-other than our own, Manny Pacquiao, you know? But for me, this is a one-man show and it is a bit dangerous sport. Then again, kudos!

Now, for the sports that will seem to topple the 2 mentioned:

FOOTBALL.

Yes! FINALLY! I am getting excited for the sport that I have longed for! I watched when GMA interviewed the Younghusbands when they were just new in the country. Nobody noticed them. I then thought, “Good luck guys. Hopefully you can ignite something for this country’s football” and they did. Them and the Azkals did something great, they have shocked Vietnam at the AFC Cup, and now, they’ll battle Kuwait for WORLD CUP Qualifier! WOWOWOWOWOW! I am not expecting the Azkals at the World Cup yet, but who knows?! We will have something to look forward to!

RUGBY.

I have seen a game on TV when I was young. And I said it might not happen here. BUT I WAS WRONG! It did! We have the Philippine Rugby team! How’s that?! And they are winning games. Like the Azkals, the Philippine Volcanoes are composed of Filipino-foreigners. But who cares? I don’t. At least they have Filipino blood, unlike other countries who converts other nationalities just to be their players.

VOLLEYBALL.

I am a big fan of this sport. I myself has been a volleyball player before and I really love the sound of the ball being smashed by players. We have a national team by the way, they’re the Philippine Cobra. Nice name. It has tenacity and power, and quickness. I have always enjoyed watching volleyball tournaments, especially when it’s the women’s volleyball. They have the grace, finesse and power. I have always admired Leila Barros and the collegiate volleyball players in the country. But if you want force, watch the men’s volleyball. They have tenacity, brute force, smashing power and quickness.

DRAGON BOAT RACING

One of the most exciting race i have found and come to adore. yes, they’re FAST and FURIOUS! and THEY’RE ALL FILIPINO! though i have nothing against Fil-Foreigns, like they say, IBA PA RIN ANG PURO! Go TEAM!

These 4 games are just some of the games that has taken my attention by far. And yes, they’re good. But they need the support of the people. They need financial support for trainings, equipment, people. Heart alone will not suffice.

Go and support your teams.

[ Mayweather’s AFRAID of PACMAN… too much talk, no action. ]

HOLLYWOOD—Boxing pundits were nearly unanimous in praising Manny Pacquiao’s total domination of Joshua Clottey Saturday night.

Floyd Mayweather Jr., however, was unimpressed, claiming that Clottey ‘exposed’ Pacquiao as a one-dimensional fighter when the Filipino ring icon beat him and retained his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown.

“Personally, I think Pacquiao got exposed in that fight for being one-dimensional,” Mayweather told Tom Jenkins of Cagereport.net.

“You can have all [the] offense ability in the world but with no defense you’re not going to last long against a good counter puncher such as myself.

“Look at the way Clottey was getting through. Each time he threw something it landed. Then at the end Pacquiao’s was all busted up. When’s the last time you’ve seen my face all messed up like that? That’s the difference between an amateur and a true pound for pound boxer.”

The unbeaten Mayweather, of course, was deemed to be world No. 1 until he retired and Pacquiao bamboozled the opposition. Mayweather even made his comeback announcement last May 2, the day Pacquiao demolished Briton Ricky Hatton in two rounds. Even when he returned and beat Juan Manuel Marquez last September, however, Mayweather never reclaimed his lofty position from Pacquiao.

Perhaps envious of the success Pacquiao has attained, Mayweather has always found a way to criticize the lone fighter to become a seven-time champion in as many divisions.

This time, Mayweather dared to criticize the way Pacquiao fights, conveniently forgetting that the Filipino superstar is hailed as a livewire and is largely considered as the most exciting boxer ever.

“I think Pacquiao gave the fans a boring fight, he was punching his arms for all 12 rounds. At least when you watch Floyd Mayweather you know you’ll be seeing non-stop action for 30 minutes straight and that’s what you’ll see on May 1st.’’

The 33-year-old Mayweather is slated to do battle with fellow American Shane Mosley on that date for the World Boxing Association welterweight crown. Originally, Mayweather was supposed to fight Pacquiao on March 13, but negotiations fell through when Team Mayweather insisted on Olympic-style drug testing.

Mayweather also downplayed the 50,994 attendance posted by the Pacquiao-Clottey tussle, saying that he had drawn more in the past and generated a (gate) revenue of $2.5 million for one fight.

As to Pacquiao’s immense popularity, Mayweather said: “The only reason why he’s popular is because he’s an ethnic minority and from the Philippines so it’s something special. If he was from Africa he would be just another boxer.”