By DAVID CASUCO
LOS ANGELES – Gung-ho broadcast journalist and former boxing promoter Pex Aves was not impressed by what I wrote about the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley “non-fight.” The hard-hitting Pinas “dateliner” who moonlights as a religious minister, said there are some young boxers that can beat the “overrated singing congressman,” but the Pacquiao Camp won’t allow that to happen.
â€œTell me, what happens if the Pacman loses?â€ asks Pex, his words dripping with sarcasm.
Aves knows from whereof he speaks, having promoted boxing fights in the Visayas for the great part of his life. And Pex was not the only one bitching either. The fans at the MGM Garden Arena â€“ 16,412 of them â€“ took issue on how the fight went on after the third round. They booed, they snickered, they made catcalls.
Mosley, dodged the bullet saying he did not hear the jeers as he was busy doing his thing inside the ring. Pacquiao, who fights â€œto make the fans happy,â€ did hear the hecklings all right, and blamed Mosley for not engaging toe-to-toe with him.
As for Pex, he is busy snooping the community for anybody â€“ scheming boxing and sports promoters, swindlers, scammers, bad lawyers, fake ministers of the faith, dubious fundraising events, dime-a-dozen community awards, the greatest disaster in the world that is the FACLA, the consulate staff, counterfeit and â€œvinegarâ€ journalists, and any and all irregular movements showing on his radar from his very exalted view on Normandie and Wilshire.
â€œSo, whatâ€™s the update on the Pacquiao-Mayweather?â€ asks another snoop upon learning I write sports.
Now, you heard me.
After the Mavs embarrassed the Lakers, I have moved all the way back East rooting for my No. 2 favorite NBA team, which is the Miami Heat. The reason for my change of heart is obvious. I am supporting Erik Spoelstra, the Filipino face in the NBA. I am hoping Lebron James and Dwane Wade will sustain the fire on the stubborn Bulls. I like what I saw in Game twoâ€¦ Lebron taking the stellar role, closing out the game on the road. If King James can do that in Chicago in front of a hostile crowd, he can very well deliver the victory on his playground in Miami.
There is a caveat to the scheduled Freedom Day Golf tournament at the Westridge Golf Course that stakes a brand new Mercedes Benz car for the first player to score a hole-in-one. If you are planning to play in the tournament, and you do not hit the ball like Vijay Singh or K.J. Choi, be ready with an ample supply of golf balls because the course, notwithstanding the wide fairways and the virtual absence of tree hazards, is an irreverent and unforgiving monster. If your teeshot misses the green, never thought ofÂ doing a Tiger scrambling because you will never see your ball again. Why is that? The grass are thick and tall â€“ make it very thick and very tall. I am entered in the Callaway group of upstarts (read: full handicappers). I have not played golf for the past six months, and I am thinking mulligans.
The highly controversial and highly divisive Reproductive Health bill continues to reproduce and churn in an endless plots and sub-plots among the experts, academics, religious institutions, and major political figures.
Even Mommy Dionisia.
Instead of doing the politically correct â€œI am upsetâ€¦â€ Mommy D was herself spitting raw anger directed at equally ferocious Sen. Miriam Santiago, who she said was belittling the Sarangani congressman. Yes, Mommy Dâ€™s meltdown was played over and over on national TV.
Sen. Santiago, earlier, scored Pacquiao for quoting the bible and interpreting their meaning literally. The champ was quoted as saying: â€œGod said, â€˜Go forth and multiply.â€™ He did not say â€˜Go and have just one or two childrenâ€™,â€ he said.
Pacquiao had lunch with officials of the Catholic Bishopsâ€™ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Tuesday to express his full support for the Church in opposing the RH measure. Pacquiao said he is against artificial contraception because, he claimed, it is against the will of God.
For those who want to know what bible verse Pacquiao misquoted, here it is, Genesis Chapter 1, Verse 27-28: So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them and said to them, â€œBe fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.â€