Huwebes, Abril 10, 2014

Analysis: Pacquiao vs. Bradley II


The following have been my analysis I prepared for GMA-7 TV and Bombo Radyo - Dagupan City and Koronadal days before the Pacquiao versus Bradley rematch in April 13.

The problem with Timothy Ray Bradley, Jr., 30, in his controversial split decision win against Philippine Bible quoting and waving  boxer Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao, 35, was “he punched like a bitch” -- to rephrase  stuttering Coach Freddie Roach just after he was hammered kick on the chest by erstwhile colleague Alex Ariza in Macau, China.
Tim has a pathetic 37.5 % knocked out ratio (KOR) in his 32 fights with zero losses. While the God-fearing Filipino has 61.29 KOR with 55 wins and 5 losses.

                                         VIDEO ANALYSIS: PACQUIAO VS. BRADLEY

What should Bradley do to win the fight against Manny  this weekend?
1.            He should  not punch like a bitch but punch big time  Pacquiao like a beast  just like what Juan Manuel Marquez had done to Manny on their 3rd and 4th outings. I just hope that by minting the hands of the Palm Spring, California native, Tim strength coach could be at the class of Angel “Memo” Heredia (Marquez's conditioning coach) who prepares him for the coup d’ grace (lethal blow, idiot!) against the Filipino.
2.            Tim should not content himself with jabs, ducks, and cat-and-mouse. He should remember that even four of his jabs or pitter-patter lead left punch that landed at Manny's shoulder or face they are no match to a single but jarring blow from Manny that the judges in Las Vegas will favor.
3.            He should emulate how Floyd Mayweather, Jr. exposed and exploited with gusto with power punches the loopholes in the defenses of  Robert Guerrero and Canelo Alvarez.
4.            Tim should imitate Juan Manuel by peppering Manny with 1-2 or 1-2-3 hard counter punches and sliding clockwise to negate the killer left retaliatory punch of Manny.
5.            Whenever Manny turtles shell his head with gloves, Tim hits him with uppercuts on the chin by exploiting the yawning gap between the Filipino Superman(except Superman's handsome face) elbows.
6.            Tim ties Manny as he sneaked some punches on the sides of his torso just like what he did in Round 10 of their 2012 match.
7.            When he ducks Manny’s flurry of punches, he should see to it that he hits the Filipino with some staggering counter-blows and not just impresses everyone with his eel- liked slippery from Manny’s punches. Elusiveness does not win fights, it's punches that win fight.

PMA vs. USMA (West Point) on Honor Code


I thought Philippine National Police chief Director Allan Purisima would be the guest of honor of the Moises J. de Guzman Memorial Lodge No. 161 held on March 27 at the air-conditioned gym of the Narciso Ramos Sports Complex in Lingayen, Pangasinan.  Instead he sent a subordinate, Colonel Raylan Malenab.
It was my first time to witness the meetings and rituals of the masons attended by some friends in the business and police circles.
5 feet 4 inches, Army 2nd Lt. Christy Isis "Ice" Achanzar, a native of Davao,
 made history in May 31, 2008 as the first Filipina to graduate from the male-
dominated United States Military Academy (USMA) in West Point, New York.
 She is also the first female cadet from the country’s premier military school, the
 Philippine Military Academy (PMA) to enter Westpoint. She also earned the
prestigious Superintendent's Award for Achievement, an award of gold wreath
 insignia bestowed to the top 20 percent of cadets who excel in academic, military
 and physical programs of USMA.

Although I was late to arrive, I was “stunned” when I entered the gym seeing a sea of white long sleeves and barong clad guys with apron strapped on their body and calling some of their colleague “kuyang (big brother)”.
I thought I entered the wrong place where there was also a convention for waiters that was going on.
“Dami namang waiters dito!” I told former police provincial director Colonel Sonny Versoza (PMA ’84).
Amused,  he told me they were not waiters but members of the masonry.
Kidding aside, one of the speeches given by  Colonel Malenab to them was that if they want to help the needy they should help silently and not crow in public about it.
In my decades as media practitioner, one thing I lauded on that affair was that it could shame the banquets prepared by politicians in their official and unofficial functions. The masons treat was a bacchanalian feast literally at it’s finest.
Son of a gun, aside from the sumptuous foods like the roasted hogs in a five or six stars hotel proportion, a carabao was roasted and served by real waiters (not those apron sporting masons) to every round table inside the dinner room of the Complex.
Thanks Mr. Gerry Padilla, cousin of former Army chief Major General Restituto Padilla and protégée’ of The Tabako, for inviting me to your affair.
Now I know how delectable is the “lechon na karabao!”

Phil. Military Academy vs. Phil. Nat'l Police Academy


President Benigno Aquino III promised to look into complaints of alumni of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) that they continue to be discriminated in the promotions and assignments in the Philippine National Police compared with graduates of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA).
Cadets of the Philippine Military Academy
Presently, there are only three PNPA graduates—all belonging to PNPA Class 1983—with the rank of chief superintendent, a star-rank position equivalent to brigadier general in the military.
On the other hand, about 150 members of PMA classes 1981 to 1984 are holding the rank of chief superintendent or higher.
“If you look at the police organization, the PMA alumni are the minority in the PNP while the PNPA graduates belong to the majority. But in terms of position, PMAyers hold the highest positions in the PNP,” Rosendo Dial, PNPA Alumni Association Inc. chair, lamented to newsmen.
Although I did not see nowadays favoritism by a higher ranking PMAyer to a subordinate PMAyer at the Police Provincial Office (PPO) in Lingayen, Pangasinan that I used to frequent after I became friends with some top brass there, I did see however an instance of this cliché practice before.
It was the positioning of some police superintendents (Lt. Colonel in the military) for the post of the chief of police of the “lucrative” city police station in Dagupan where the three lobbyists came from the PMA (one) and the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) (two).
I asked the PMAyer that the shoo-in for the post, according to news men, would be the relative of the mayor and the endorsee of the powerful sect Iglesia ni Cristo.
He told me that I prepare my bet of P100 versus the P1 of this PNPA alumnus friend and expect a slum dunk in my wager.
“Alam mo pare, dito sa Pangasinan ang pinaka prestigious na position dito ay PD (provincial director), chief of police of Dagupan City, and intelligence chief ng PPO. Hindi naman ako puweding pabayaan ni PD (a PMAyer) dahil dalawa na lang kaming PMAyer dito”.
To make the long story short, he became the chief of police while nobody challenged my P100 versus the P1 in favor of the PNPA graduate.
I just learned that one reason why PMA alumni scoff at PNPA graduates, except probably PNPA alumni 2004 upward, the latter just attended the Academy for two years after they earned certain units in college.
PMA graduates, according to a general, are molded in military tradition for four years where they grow up there with hazing, seniority, a fear of the Horror, er, Honor Code, and other regimental Spartan education.