Sunday, June 29, 2008

in deep prayer

After a gruelling nine rounds of pound by pound blows to the defeated David Diaz, Pacman kneels in gratitude and prayer after a powerful knock down. He sliced and diced Diaz with combination punches, winning a fourth title in four divisions. A boxing legend and Filipino hero, Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao, never fails to thank his maker.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Up Close and Personal :: Pacman

Inside the ring, Pacman's entourage stood between us and our hero. We were still content when they finally agreed to smuggle our gloves right into the queue for his signature. A smile of victory!

We finally made it up close and personal as he exits out of the ring. He clearly has reached rockstar status, as his bodyguards encircled him in locked arms, as in a human chain.

Ana "the Hurricane" Julaton

It was a dream come true for our girl, Cindi, to meet and pose with Ana "the Hurricane" Julaton. A year or two ago we saw her fight at the Bill Graham Auditorium and we were inspired by her strength, agility, determination, and hurricane-like speed. Though encapsulated by a very sweet Filipina smile, her power is formidable, sort of like our Cindi. Sweet smiles, lethal punches. Maria Clara, we've come a long way baby!

Mabuhay to the new Filipina!

Manny Pacquiao - Public Workout Pt Two

Manny Pacquiao - Public Workout Pt One

David Diaz - Public Workout Pt Two

David Diaz - Public Workout Pt One

Freddie Roach

It was worth taking time off from my Saturday morning gym routine if only to get a glimpse of my Philippine boxing hero, Manny Pacquiao. Albeit the gray and misty day, Shawna and I trekked across the silver bridge right into Berkeley's University Avenue to attend the open workout and meet-the-press promo event for the up and coming Pacman vs Diaz fight on June 28, 2008 at Vegas' Mandalay Bay.

At the West Wind Karate gym droves of fans waited in anticipation to watch the skillful display of dexterity, footwork and physical prowess of both David Diaz and Manny Pacman. After patiently waiting with the massive crowd in order to get our gloves signed, I figured we would get nowhere! I led our way towards the groupie backdoor and snuck into the "backstage" until we inched our way inside the ring.

While Pacman was surrounded by his loyal goons and entourage, Shawna and I decided to meet the legendary boxing coach Freddie Roach, currently mentor and trainer of the Philippine's prized fighter, among many of the champions who have gained stardom under his tutelage.

We were star struck, can't you tell? We ultimately made our way towards Pacman's back, as the poor champ was sweating it out with his sharpie pen signing gloves, posters and shirts en masse. A couple of his bodyguards took pity over us and agreed to sneak our gloves in front of the signing queue. We have signed gloves of Pacman, Roach and Diaz! YAY!

Pacman v Diaz :: Open Workout