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Referee Kenny Bayless, left, calls the fight as Juan Manuel Marquez, from Mexico, right, celebrates after he knocked out Manny Pacquiao in December last year. Pic: AP.

Pacquiao Watch: Absence does not make the heart grow fonder

By Wed, Jul 03, 2013 7:03AM UTC 1 Comment Referee Kenny Bayless, left, calls the fight as Juan Manuel Marquez, from Mexico, right, celebrates after he knocked out Manny Pacquiao in December last year. Pic: AP.

In love, absence makes the heart grow fonder.  In sports, it can mean disaster. Since losing a shocking knockout defeat at the hands of perennial nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez in December last year, Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao has not taken a single fight. The lofty worldwide ranking he once held has since slipped from his...

Pacquiao Watch: Winds of change have already blown

By Mon, Apr 16, 2012 8:13AM UTC 24 Comments Manny Pacquiao. Pic: AP.

Two years ago, it would have been unthinkable for a sitting president not to recognize or acknowledge the presence of Rep. Manny Pacquiao at a huge public event.  In fact, during the heyday of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Pacquiao was a preferred guest and attraction, not only for his immense popularity but also as...

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