The People’s Champ

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“I was just doing my job in the ring and doing my best to make people happy” – Manny Pacquiao

DAY 5 – I was reading some news in the internet when I saw this article saying that Manny Pacquiao was showing signs of Parkinson’s disease, a disorder of the nervous system. Manny, of course, denied it and said, “I’m fit and OK.”

Manny Pacquiao started his boxing career as an amateur in Manila when he was just 14 years old. He entered this sport to support his mother and siblings back in General Santos City. At the age of 16, Pacquiao fought his first professional bout. He won via unanimous division against a Filipino opponent. He then would go on and win 10 more before going down on the third round of another fight against a Filipino. Manny’s second defeat and knockout would come after four years against a Thai boxer in 1999. He then would win 13 fights before losing again. Pacquiao was now world-renowned when he suffered his third loss in 44 bouts in the hands of Mexican boxer Erik Morales. Manny Pacquiao would then win another 15 fights before losing his last two. The latest against his ‘rival’, Juan Manuel Marquez via a 6th round KO that shook not only Pacquiao, but also the whole world.

Some fans say that Manny should retire now before something bad happen to him. Some say he should fight once more against Marquez. Some say he has nothing to prove anymore. Some say he needs to prove that he is still the Pound-for-Pound King.  Some say he should fight Marquez, defeat him, then fight Floyd Mayweather to end the speculations once and for all.

Manny just turned 34 last December. Here comes me again saying that he is not getting younger each day but it’s true. Unlike what I said about basketball players on my last entry, boxers who are past their prime would have this increasing risk for their lives because of getting hit in the head thousands of times. Aside from Parkinson’s disease, there is this disease that almost have the same symptoms and boxers are its usual victims. It is called Dementia Pugilistica or just dementia. It is a common disease among boxers because it is usually caused by repeated blows to the head that could cause multiple concussions. Same as Parkinson’s, boxers suffering from dementia may have speech and motor problems.

Manny Pacquiao, just like all the other boxers, is not safe from these diseases may it be Parkinson’s or dementia. No matter how healthy their bodies are or how intense their conditioning is as long as they are there on the ring, fighting and punching each other, they are not safe.

So I think this decision would rest on Manny’s conscience. Would he be willing to sacrifice his life to earn more money, more respect, more pride? Or would he remove those gloves, return to his family and enjoy the rest of his life with them.

For me, as a ‘kababayan’, I think Manny should stop now. Money is not important to him anymore. And in contrary to what his critics say, I think Manny does not have anything to prove to us anymore. He already showed us how great he is and I think those 54 wins could prove it.

ECONOMICS

  • In Philippines, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said that the increase in the prices of liquor and tobacco products because of the sin tax bill won’t affect inflation. BSP Governor Amando Tetangco added that it wouldn’t have an effect because liquor and tobacco is just a small part of the consumer price index. – Higher prices of…. on ABS-CBN News
  • In America, Federal Reserve officials said the the Fed is starting to think of ending the purchase of assets. One official said the a decrease in the unemployment rate could be a substantial reason for the Fed to think of stopping the purchase of Treasury bills and other securities. – Fed officials sugg…. on Yahoo

Sources used for the article: Wikipedia, ESPN, Yahoo

The Black Mamba

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“I don’t want to be the next Michael Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant” 

DAY 4 – I was watching the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers on t.v. when I saw THIS. I suddenly asked myself, “How old is Kobe again?” Then I realized that he’s already 34. 34 years old guys! I know. Some of you would say that 34 is not that old but can you find another person today that could still do that at 34? I don’t think so.

About 10 years ago when this friend of mine approached me at school and asked me if I knew who Kobe Bryant was. I said, “Kobe who?” After that he left me and never talked to me again. Actually no, he returned because he asked for his ballpen. Then he never talked to me again. Anyway. There. So when I went home I searched for “kobe” in the internet. The results were all beef, can you believe that? I was puzzled so I tried searching for “Kobe Bryant” instead and there, this Los Angeles Laker wearing number 8 came out on the screen. I started watching some of his games including the games that brought Kobe his second straight championship. Of course, the Lakers would go on to win the championship on the next season completing a rare 3-peat. And then would win again on seasons 2008-2009 and 2009-2010.

Kobe Bryant achieved mind-boggling feats as his career went on. In 2003, in a game against the Seattle Supersonics (now Oklahoma City Thunder), Kobe made 12 3-point field goals to tie Donyell Marshall as the only players in NBA history with the most 3-point field goals made in a game. In 2006, Kobe scored 81 points in a game against the Toronto Raptors. It is the second highest output in a game in NBA history. The highest is 100 points by Wilt Chamberlain. As of now, Kobe holds the record for the youngest player to reach the 20,000-point and 25,000-point barrier. And just recently, Kobe became the youngest to eclipse the 30,000-point mark. In a game against the New Orleans Hornets December last year, needing 13 points to reach 30,000, Bryant scored 17 in the first half and finish with 29 in the game to achieve the feat.

Some would say that Kobe is the best player. I think no, he is not, but he is on his way to being one. For me, Michael Jordan is still the best player ever to step on the hardwood. I think that for Kobe to beat MJ as the best, he needs to overtake, if not, at least match everything Jordan did including those six rings and those six MVPs but he needs to hurry up because he is already 34 and he is not getting any younger each day.

For you guys, who do you think is the best player to ever grace the court?

ECONOMICS

  • In UK, the CIPS/Markit PMI for services went down from 50.2 to 48.9, surpassing the 50-point mark which separates economic expansion from contraction. Services sector accounts for three-quarters of Britain’s economy. The 48.9 mark is the lowest in two years. Economists say that if this continue, UK’s economy might go on a triple dip recession and they may lose their triple-A credit rating. – UK service sect…. on The Guardian
  • In America, after a series of ups and downs this past week, one of the three major stock indices closed at a new bull market high. S&P 500 index closed at 1,466.47 points, 4.6% higher than the previous close last December 28. Dow Jones closed at 13,435.21 while NASDAQ closed at 3,101.66 up 3.8% and 4.8%, respectively. – Stocks: S%P 500…. on USA Today
  • In Philippines, investors are preparing for a much greater year for real estate. In the latter part of 2012, revenue from real estate increased by almost 19% making it the fastest growing industry in our country. Real estate companies are pointing out two reasons for this real estate boom. The first one is the continuous increase of BPOs in our country that boosts the construction of commercial buildings. The second one is the increase in the number of OFWs buying condominiums for investment. – Banner year for…. on Yahoo

Sources used in the article: NBA, ESPN, Wikipedia