Eumir Marcial dominates Algerian rival, advances to the quarterfinals

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 29, 2021   •   641

MANILA, Philippines—Filipino boxer Eumir Marcial showed his determination to win the gold after defeating Algeria’s Younes Nemouchi in the men’s middleweight 69-75kg class of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at Kokugikan Arena on Thursday (July 29).

Marical immediately dominated against Nemouchi and won via referee stoppage during the first round. He advances to the quarterfinals and is one win away from securing another medal for the Philippines.

This is Marcial’s Olympic debut and he has already proven to be an unstoppable force during the men’s middleweight preliminaries round of 16 boxing match. The early knockdown showed why he is among the top-caliber boxers in the event.

Marcial won the gold at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.

Meanwhile, Irish Magno and Carlo Paalam are also set to secure a win. Magno is pitted against Jutamas Jitpong of Thailand in the women’s flyweight quarters. Paalam, on the other hand, will fight against Mohamed Flissi of Algeria in men’s flyweight quarters on Saturday (July 31). AAC

Pacquiao announces retirement from boxing

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Senator Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao on Wednesday (September 29) said he will hang up his gloves for good as he announced his retirement from boxing.

With 62 wins, eight losses, and two draws, Pacquiao has become a boxing legend and has brought pride not just to his family but also to Filipinos.

In a video posted on his Facebook page, the 42-year-old said he has heard the final bell and will bid his final goodbye to boxing.

“It is difficult for me to accept that my time as a boxer is over. Today I am announcing my retirement. Goodbye boxing,” Pacquiao said.

In a statement, the people’s champ said he is grateful for his accomplishments and the opportunity to inspire. He also expressed his gratitude for those who made sacrifices to help him in his boxing journey, especially to Zardo Mejia, who taught him how to box. He also thanked Freddie Roach who has been his trainer for years.

Pacquiao, in his boxing career, earned 12 major world titles in eight different weight divisions. He also holds the record for being the only boxer to hold titles in four different decades, and become the oldest fighter to win a world welterweight title. Out of his 62 wins, 39 were by knockout and 23 by decision.

He thanked boxing for changing his life.

“When my family was desperate, you gave us hope, you gave me the chance to fight my way out of poverty. Because of you, I was able to inspire people all over the world. Because of you, I have been given the courage to change more lives. I will never forget what I have done and accomplished in my life that I can’t imagine. I just heard the final bell. The boxing is over,” Pacquiao said. AAC

 

Olympic medalists Hidilyn Diaz, Eumir Marcial receive awards from AFP

Robie de Guzman   •   August 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Filipino Olympians Hidilyn Diaz and Eumir Marcial, who both serve as soldier-athletes, were conferred military awards on Wednesday, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said.

In a ceremony at the AFP General Headquarters, Staff Sergeant Diaz received the Outstanding Achievement Medal with Second Bronze Anahaw Leaf for her gold-medal performance in the women’s 55kg category in weightlifting at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Diaz also received a plaque of recognition, the Philippine Flag and a simple token from the military leadership.

“What SSgt. Diaz has done was to bring hope and inspiration to millions of our fellow Filipinos, who up until this day continue to battle against the deadly COVID-19 pandemic,” said Lieutenant General Erickson Gloria, the AFP vice chief of staff.

Meanwhile, Sergeant Marcial was awarded the Chief of Staff, AFP Commendation Medal and Ribbon for his bronze-medal performance in the men’s boxing middleweight division.

The AFP also acknowledged other Olympians who also brought great honor to the country; Nesty Petecio and Carlo Paalam who both delivered silver medals in boxing.

As of July 2021, there are a total of 128 military athletes and coaches who compete in various sport events, of which, 23 are from the Philippine Army, 64 from the Philippine Air Force and 41 from the Philippine Navy.

Team PH to fight for gold at Tokyo 2020 Paralympics starting August 26

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 25, 2021

Five Paralympians from Team Philippines will fight for gold beginning August 26 at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

On Thursday (August 26), Gary Bejino will compete at the men’s SM6 200-meter individual medley at the Tokyo Aquatic Center.

Ernie Gawilan and Jerrold Mangliwan will compete on August 27 for men’s SM7 200-meter individual medley, and men’s 400 meter T52, respectively.

Meanwhile, Jeanette Aceveda will compete at the women’s discus throw F11 on August 31; and on September 3, Allain Ganapin will fight at the qualification stage of the men’s K44-75kg taekwando.

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