Marquez’s last hurrah?

A WIN against Manny Pacquiao that has eluded Juan Manuel Marquez for three fights could be the defining moment to call it a career.

The 39-year-old Marquez, at the twilight of his storied boxing career, could call it quits if he finally gets a win over Pacquiao in their fourth encounter on Dec. 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. (READ MORE)

Marquez: I didn’t expect 4th fight

JUAN Manuel Marquez was doubtful that Manny Pacquiao would ever give him another rematch after a close majority decision loss in their trilogy last year.

The chances of a fourth fight with Pacquiao grew dim after the Filipino superstar lost by a controversial split decision to Timothy Bradley last June, after which both Pacquiao and Bradley sought a rematch late this year. But surprisingly, the 33-year-old Pacquiao picked his arch nemesis Marquez to be his opponent on Dec. 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. (MOVE)

‘Bradley or Marquez’

MANNY Pacquiao’s much anticipated ring return will be finalized by Top Rank this week.

The 33-year-old Filipino boxing superstar is fighting on Dec. 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas but his opponent is yet to be finalized. The deal is expected to be sealed by this week and will be announced next week. (MORE)

Bradley blasts Pacquiao for choosing Marquez fight

IS MANNY Pacquiao scared of Timothy Bradley? It depends on whom you ask. But for World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Bradley, it is a big yes.

“I can’t believe these guys,” Bradley told The Desert Sun. “He didn’t want any part of me. (Juan Manuel) Marquez is an easier fight. He knows that a fight with me and two good legs is going to be hell. I can’t believe it. Any champion who lost his belt, you would want to redeem yourself.” (MORE)

Pacquiao agrees to fight Bradley in June

Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao agreed to defend his WBO welterweight title against unbeaten American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. on June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

ESPN.com said Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz confirmed the report after talking with Top Rank chief Bob Arum and Pacquiao himself. (more)

Arroyo camp to contest arrest warrant

The camp of arrested former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Arroyo said it would start filing appeals against the arrest warrant when courts reopen Monday.

Ferdinand Topacio, lawyer of Arroyo’s husband, Jose Miguel, said he will petition the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday to suspend the arrest warrant and other legal effects of the preliminary investigation jointly conducted by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the Department of Justice (DOJ). (More)

Mayweather beats Pacquiao in pound-for-pound ratings

Manny Pacquiao escaped with a majority decision win against Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez on Sunday (Philippine time) but that “controversial” victory cost the Filipino ring icon his pound-for-pound ranking.

Pacquiao is still in the top spot of the Ring Magazine’s ranking, but came second to undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the ratings of sports websites ESPN and Sports Illustrated (SI). (More)

Low pressure area to bring heavy rains in Visayas

State weather forecasters are keeping a close eye on a brewing tropical cyclone in the Pacific Ocean that is expected to hit Surigao on Tuesday before crossing the islands of Visayas.

But this early, Science Undersecretary Graciano Yumul ruled out the possibility that it will develop into tropical depression “Sendong” given the low pressure area’s proximity to land. (More)

A floral ode to the Sto. Niño

RED and yellow are the colors of the Santo Niño: He was clothed in those colors when Magellan brought Him to Cebu in 1521, who also brought with him the banner of the House of the Hapsburgs, also colored red and yellow with a two- headed eagle as its symbol, adopted by then Mayor Florentino Solon as the official symbol of the Sinulog Foundation in 1981. Now there is a Sinulog flower, the celosia, whose original colors are red and yellow.

At the “Halad sa Sto. Niño Flower” launching late last month, former Cebu city councilor Franklin Seno explained that celosia is popularly known in Holland as “Cupid’s Arrow” or “Flaming Love” for it comes from the Greek word kelos meaning “burned aflame.” (More)

Typhoon “Pedring” damaged 1 bridge in Ifugao

Supporters and relatives who attended and who wanted to attend the burial rites of Representative Baguilat’s father were also stranded at both ends of the bridge.

Crew of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Ifugao First District Engineer Office (DEO) headed by District Engineer Eugene M. Batalao, with the assistance and supervision of Maintenance Chief Engineer Andres B. Dango, immediately closed traffic as of 12: 45 p.m. of September 27.

Batalao immediately reported the calamity incident to the DPWH regional office and coordinated with the Ifugao Provincial Government for quick response.

The DPWH, though, is working on the alternative way for the commuters to cross over. Motorists with light vehicles going to Nueva Vizcaya can pass via Ibulao-Kiangan-Munggayang-Cudog road as an alternative route. (More)