Two boys were playfully boxing along a narrow street leading to the Mandaluyong City College (MCC) gym, while another seriously tackled an imaginary enemy by punching the air with all his might.
It was Sunday night because they knew Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao was in the neighborhood and couldn’t help but mimic his moves.
Pacquiao’s presence alone awakens awareness of his sport wherever he goes, and aims to bring the eight-class world champions to the destination of the revived Blow by Blow caravan.
“Blow by Blow will go to the barangays, to the cities, and to reach and give an opportunity to all boxers who want to be Manny Pacquiao,” Pacquiao told the excited crowd that filled the MCC gym on Sunday. See the country’s most respected boxer of all time.
Now retired with tons of success in and out of the ring, Pacquiao took everyone on a journey down memory lane when he mentioned a squeaky 16-year-old from General Santos City, who started a storied professional career at Mandaluyong City’s Blow by Blow. .
“This is where I came to be known,” Pacquiao said, profusely thanking his benefactor, former Mandaluyong City Mayor Senior Benjamin Abalos, while he was still nothing in the sport.
“I owe them (the Abalos family) a debt of gratitude that I will never forget as long as I live. Pacquiao, the organizer of the famous boxing program with Abalos, said, “Thanks to them, I was able to achieve success, help my family and family, honor our country and inspire every Filipino.”
From the klieg lights of Blow by Blow in the mid-90s, Pacquiao became a global force in sports over the next two decades.
Second wind of the show
He later won a senate seat, but lost, before running for Philippine president earlier this year.
Pacquiao is the crowning glory of Blow by Blow, which debuted in 1994 and featured promising boxing prospects before folding in 1999.
Through Pacquiao’s efforts, the show returned in 2015 and was back in the freezer just a little over two years later.
The Sunday night revival paraded several Filipino boxers who could possibly engrave their names on the international scene as former teen amateur standout Criztian Pitt Laurente claimed the vacant Philippine Boxing Federation super featherweight crown.
JR Magboo went in just 25 seconds of the first lap after Laurente saw an opening and hit him with a lightning fast right straight, as referee Danrex Tapdasan counted him.
Laurente, 22, has never lost a game and has won all 11 of his appearances, seven of which were by knockout.
“I’m really excited to be in the presence of these ambitious young fighters. My decision to play Blow by Blow, 43, Pacquiao is long-term and I hope the public will join me in my search for the next Filipino boxing hero.”
There was a bit of nostalgia for Blow by Blow’s comeback with the return of original ring announcer Bobby Mondejar. With the support of veteran matchmaker Art Monis, two-time world champion Gerry Peñalosa helps Pacquiao manage the logistics of the fight.
Next month’s Blow by Blow is penned in Pacquiao’s hometown of General Santos City and will return to Mandaluyong City in January. The fights will be shown each week on Cignal’s One Sports channel.
“I encourage our kids to play sports, especially boxing, because boxing is the best,” Pacquiao said.
Meanwhile, outside of the MCC, as the curtains on the Blow by Blow revival were falling, there were many more kids shadow boxing, punching while muttering Pacquiao’s name.
Truly, no one else can inspire the greatest of the future more than he does. information
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