Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Repost From ANN (Asian News Network)

Millionaire Pacquiao earns another $25M

Hollywood (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Already a multi-millionaire, Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao has at least another US$25 million coming for battering Mexican Antonio Margarito into submission in Texas last weekend.

That is before the taxman lops off a big chunk of it. But for all intents and purposes, boxing's pound-for-pound king no longer needs to work for the rest of his life, unless he overindulges and blows it all away.

For his 12-round, 36-minute work in the ring with Margarito, Pacquiao earned an estimated $25 million, equivalent to 1.1 billion pesos. This translates to $694,000 or 30.5 million pesos per minute.

All in all, Margarito landed 135 power punches during the bout - which meant that for every one of those punches Pacquiao took, the Filipino idol earned $135,000 - or 8 million pesos.

What the Pacquiao-Margarito fight failed to generate at the gates it drew from pay-per-view (PPV).

Figures show the Pacquiao fight stands to be one of the most watched ever in boxing history: as many as 1.5 million PPV hits.

"Numbers say we're going to hit 1.4 to 1.5 million," Pacquiao's Canadian adviser Mike Koncz told Manila-based sportswriters on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). "From all indications and the early tracking, we can even get 1.5 million."

If the bruising fight indeed hit 1.5 million PPV buys, it would eclipse the 1.4 million PPV buys posted by the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Shane Mosley bout in May and confirm Pacquiao's status as PPV's most bankable boxer at present.

Pay-per-view share

With each buy costing $54.95, Pacquiao-Margarito PPV hits of 1.5-million translate to $82 million.

From total PPV sales, Pacquiao stands to get about 12.5 percent of the projected $82-million revenue, or $10 million. This is on top of his guaranteed purse of $15 million for the fight that earned him an unprecedented eighth world title in as many weight classes.

According to Mike Taffet, HBO senior vice president for sports, Pacquiao's last four fights in the United States averaged one million PPV hits, with his bout against Oscar De La Hoya in 2008 netting 1.25 million PPV sales and his showdown with Miguel Cotto posting 1.2 million hits.

Pacquiao's second-round knockout of Briton Ricky Hatton chalked up 900,000 buys while Pacquiao's 12-round domination of Ghanaian Joshua Clottey posted 750,000 hits.

$67M in four fights

A check of previous Inquirer reports showed Pacquiao earned $20 million from his clash with De La Hoya in December 2008, and $15 million from his May 2009 fight with Ricky Hatton of the United Kingdom.

Pacquiao got $17 million from his bout with Miguel Cotto in November 2009 and earned another $15 million when he tangled with Clottey in March 2010.

Those four fights brought him $67 million altogether. That does not include the estimated $25 million he earned from his fight with Margarito.

Ranged against those amounts, Pacquiao's gross pay as a congressman about 75,000 pesos ($1,715) a month, according to lawmakers - would seem like only loose coins for him. While he is also entitled to an annual country wide development fund of 70 million ($1.6 million), that money is intended for projects in his congressional district.

Fortune in PPV

Though a big crowd of 41,734 fans trooped to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday, it did not surpass the 50,994 attendance when Pacquiao fought Clottey in the same venue in March.

Koncz, however, explained that gate sales is the least source of revenue in a fight promotion, with the PPV buys still the main source of revenue.

Pacquiao, he confirmed, could earn $10 million from his PPV shares.

There were many factors that boosted PPV sales for Pacquiao-Margarito, Koncz said.

"The people wanted to see how Manny was going to handle boxing and, being a congressman at the same time, his training in the Philippines raised a lot of suspicion on his readiness, and the style of both fighters," he said.

PPV king

Koncz said that economics, with the United States still in a slump, also was a major factor as most people preferred to watch the fight in groups at home rather than see it live and pay for tickets that went as high as $700.

De La Hoya, whom Pacquiao sent into retirement with an eighth round TKO in their showdown, is regarded as the PPV king with his bout against Mayweather Jr. chalking a record 2.5 million buys.

Veteran promoter Bob Arum has seen it all in a career spanning almost half a century and he unwaveringly believes Pacquiao has become the best fighter of all time.

Arum has worked with giants of the ring such as Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler and Roberto Duran but none of them, in his opinion, ever dominated with both fists in the manner of the diminutive Filipino southpaw.

Reposted From ANN (Asian News Network)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A Repost From ABS-CBN News

'Harry Potter' star a big Pacman fan

'Harry Potter' star a big Pacman fan

LONDON, United Kingdom - "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe joins A-list international celebrities who idolize Filipino boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.

The 21-year old British actor is busy promoting the 7th "Harry Potter" movie, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1."

British actor and 'Harry Potter' lead Daniel Radcliffe during an exclusive one-on-one interview with ABS-CBN's Danny Buenafe, during the promo run of the 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1' in London, November 14, 2010. (ABS-CBN News)

Radcliffe could not hide his excitement when Pacquiao was mentioned during the brief one-on-one interview with ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau.

Like many Filipino fans, Radcliffe believes the Pacman can easily destroy Floyd Mayweather Jr. should this dream match ever happen.

"I'm a huge fan of Manny Pacquiao, and I can't wait for the day when he destroys Floyd Mayweather (Jr.) on the ring," Radcliffe said.

Radcliffe loves boxing and he's hoping that someday he would meet his boxing hero.

"Hello, Manny Pacquiao! I think you're fantastic and you seem to be an absolute gentleman as well as being an absolute warrior. And I'm pleased to be able to speak to you even if through a camera," he said.

He joins former US President George W. Bush, former California governor Arnold Schwarzenneger, and action stars Mark Wahlberg, Steven Seagal and Jean Claude Van Damme in supporting Pacquiao.

Given a good storyline, Radcliffe would be happy to do a movie in the Philippines. The same would be echoed by his co-star Emma Watson.

British actor and 'Harry Potter' star Emma Watson during an exclusive one-on-one interview with ABS-CBN's Danny Buenafe, during the promo run of the 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1' in London, November 14, 2010. (ABS-CBN News)

Both Radcliffe and Watson have heard so much beautiful things about the Philippines.

"The Philippines is an amazing, amazing country, and [after the films] I hope to come someday. And yeah, maybe... My family's been, actually, but I've never been, so maybe one day," Watson said.

"Absolutely. If a film took me to the Philippines, and if the script was one that I would like to do, and I knew that I was going to work in the Philippines, and if the script was good enough, that would certainly be an added attraction," Radcliffe said.

The blockbuster "Harry Potter" movies, released by Warner Brothers Pictures, enjoy a massive following all over the world including the Philippines.

Writer J.K. Rowling is the author of the best-selling "Harry Potter" books, which have sold more than 400 million copies worldwide, and distributed in over 200 territories and translated into 69 languages. Danny Buenafe, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau

Reposted From ABS-CBN News

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Repost From ANN (Asian News Network)

Philippine President's ratings dip but still high

Manila (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Philippine President Benigno Aquino III's approval and trust ratings slid but remained at high levels, according to results of a nationwide survey conducted late last month.

Pulse Asia Inc. reported that eight in every 10 Filipino adults approved of Mr. Aquino's performance and had faith in him.

His approval rating last month declined 9 percentage points to 79 percent from that in July, while his trust rating slid 5 percentage points to 80 percent.

Fresh from his trip to Japan, the President said the drop was expected because his administration faced many challenges, including the Aug. 23 hostage fiasco in Manila, since he took over on June 30 from the Arroyo administration.

"Of course, that might have something to do with the Quirino Grandstand issue," Mr. Aquino later told reporters, referring to the hostage crisis that left the hostage-taker and eight Hong Kong tourists dead. "Of course that can't be said when we had the typhoon."

The noncommissioned Pulse Asia survey was conducted from Oct. 20 to 29 using face-to-face interviews. It covered 1,200 respondents across the country and had a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.

To maintain the relatively high rating, his administration must show that it has a direction in governance, Mr. Aquino said.

Penchant for bad news

On the eve of the release of the survey results, Mr. Aquino, while still in Yokohama, Japan, slammed the media for what he said was its emphasis on reporting bad news over good ones in the country.

"It's possible that you don't get all the news about what's happening in the country," he told some 1,000 Filipinos who gathered at the Futuba high school auditorium on Sunday night to hear him speak.


Mr. Aquino, who visited Japan to attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, said most of the time news items on television, newspapers and online websites were negative and carried twisted opinions.

"What is happening is that in order to get more attention, they tend to scrape tiny scratches," he said.

But he said these tiny scratches that the media were scraping were being felt by Filipinos at home and abroad.

Issues magnified

Because of this penchant for magnifying issues, the good news is not being reported and thus, is not known by the people, especially those based abroad, Mr. Aquino said.

"It's natural for anyone to lose the drive to work if what one gets is all bad news," he said.

He said he was in Japan to tell Filipinos "that your families in the Philippines are in good hands."

Mr. Aquino said he was traveling abroad not to brag, otherwise his late parents - martyred Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. and former President Corazon Aquino - would surely make him feel their disapproval.

"What we want to achieve is simple: Many goods things are happening in our country. We will not fail Filipinos. We are taking care of our countrymen. You're still my boss. This is the kind of news that you should get," Mr. Aquino said.

Reposted From ANN (Asian News Network)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

A Repost From PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal)

President Noynoy Aquino reveals interest in stylist Liz Uy

President Noynoy Aquino reveals interest in stylist Liz Uy
Slideshow: Showbiz Photos

Sa unang pagkakataon ay inamin ni Pangulong Noynoy Aquino na nagde-date sila ng kanyang stylist na si Liz Uy.

Ayon sa SunStar, ginawa ni PNoy ang pag-amin sa harap ng media na nagku-cover ng Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit sa Yokohama, Japan.

Pero mas naging bukas si PNoy ng kanyang nararamdaman para sa 28-year-old stylist sa panayam sa kanya ng TV5 news anchor na si Jove Francisco kahapon, November 13.

Ayon sa 50-year-old bachelor president, na-realize niya ang kanyang nararamdaman para kay Liz bago ang kanyang state visit sa U.S. noong September.

"Noong kampanya, wala pa," paglilinaw ni PNoy.

"I was in a relationship. I was focused on the campaign. I was focused on trying to make that relationship work also."

Ang tinutukoy na "relationship" ni PNoy noong nasa U.S. siya ay ang sa kanila ng ex-girlfriend niyang si Shalani Soledad, kasalukuyang konsehala sa Valenzuela City at kasalukuyan ding co-host ni Willie Revillame sa Willing Willie.

Tungkol kay Liz, ito ang naging pahayag ng Pangulo: "We had a conversation and I discovered how beautiful a person she was. I am impressed how she could engage in a conversation."

Inamin din ni PNoy na hindi nawawala ang komunikasyon nila ni Liz.

Ang huli raw nilang pag-uusap ay bago siya lumipad patungong Japan. Nagte-text din daw sila sa isa't isa habang nandoon siya.

Si Liz ay dating girlfriend ng sikat na aktor na si John Lloyd Cruz.

Reposted From PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal)


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