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WBO review says Horn won 'Battle of Brisbane'

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(Photo from Instagram | @mannypacquiao)


MANILA — Now it can be told that Australian Jeff Horn really won the "Battle of Brisbane" last July 2.

This as the World Boxing Organization (WBO), after review of the fight of Horn with world boxing icon and Philippine Senator Emmanuel "Manny " Pacquiao, affirmed the Australian slugger's victory.


In a statement reported by Agence France Presse, the WBO stated: "Upon the analysis, the findings stated that Pacquiao won the 3rd, the 8th and 9th by 100 percent; the 5th round was won by 80 percent; and the 11th round by 60 percent."


"Horn won the 1st, 6th and 12th rounds by 100 percent; rounds 2, 4, and 7 by 80 percent; and then, the 10th round by 60 percent," WBO stated.


"From the results, it can be established that Pacquiao won five rounds while Horn won seven rounds. Based on this analysis, Jeff Horn was the winner of the bout," WBO concluded in the statement.


There was no immediate response from Senator Pacquiao and Team Pacquiao.


But Top Rank's Bob Arum, in a television interview on GMA, claimed that the WBO review did not settle anything, but showed that the Horn-Pacquiao battle "was a close fight."


"Well it doesn't settle anything. It was a very close fight. It could have been scored either way. I had Manny winning the fight by one point, but you know when it gets that close, the fight can go either way," Arum said on GMA news.


"First of all they didn't [rule] that Jeff Horn clearly won the fight. They (WBO) had five judges scoring the fight: three had Horn winning narrowly, one had it at draw, one had Pacquiao winning," Arum told the network in live interview.


Despite his statements, Arum said Pacquiao should accept the decision and "move on."


"Manny has to decide what he wants to do in the future and we'll take it from there," he said.


Arum said that after two weeks, he may travel to the Philippines to determine from Pacquiao himself if he would want a rematch with Horn.


"I will see whether he really wants to do a rematch, whether he wants to continue boxing, or whether because of his senatorial duty, he is unable to continue," he said.


Arum said he would support any Pacquiao-Horn rematch, especially if Pacquiao decides later to fight Horn again.


Arum said a decision is a decision and all must respect the decision.


Horn's father, Jeff Horn Sr., in another GMA New interview, welcome the WBO review decision made by five judges or boxing experts.


He said that despite the pronouncements of Pacquiao regarding the outcome of the fight, their camp respects the Filipino as a boxer.


"Manny Pacquiao is just a great warrior and we respect him tremendously for what he has achieved in boxing," he said.


He said Pacquiao was a "great warrior" and "respect him" especially for his achievements in boxing.


Horn Sr. said he supports a rematch of his son with Pacquiao, saying Pacquiao is a natural welterweight.


He assured that his son, who is now the wBO welterweight title holder, will be more than 20 percent better for the rematch.


The review was sought by many and supported even by the Philippines' sports agency, the Games and Amusement Board (GAB).

The WBO was triggered by claims by many, including Pacquiao, that the results could have gone the other way or a draw at best .


Horn stunned the Filipino legend—who has won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions—with his ultra-aggressiveness to earn a unanimous 12-round decision.


The WBO—which does not have the power to reverse a decision unless fraud or law violations are proven—set up a panel of five independent judges who were asked to watch the bout without sound and determine who won each round.


The results were tabulated to show clearly the rounds each fighter won using an average scale based on 60, 80 and 100 percent, with three of the five officials needing to be in agreement, AFP reported.


Earlier, the Philippines' Games and Amusements Board (GAB) welcomed the World Boxing Organization (WBO) decision to review the fight.


“It’s good that WBO has acted on our request for review,” said GAB Chairman Abraham Kahlil “Baham” Mitra.

Pacquiao lost his WBO world welterweight title to Horn by a unanimous decision from the three judges -- Waleska Roldan (117-111), Chris Flores (1150-113) and Ramon Cerdan (115-113).


"I assure you that the Officials who participated in this fight are all professional, distinguished, honest and honorable human beings," said Varcarcel.


Valcarcel, however, said that "WBO does not have jurisdiction in the first instance to revoke any decision, as that would correspond to the Australian National Boxing Federation."



Lead Warriors ace player Steph Curry hoists the 2017 NBA Championship trophy won by his team the Golden State Warriors from the Cleveland Cavaliers.


OAKLAND — Fans and supporters of the National Basketball Association (NBA) 2017 Champion Golden State Warriors were transformed to a sea of humanity when they  flooded the major streets of Oakland City as the city honored the cagers with the team’s victory parade and rally after trouncing the Cleveland Cavaliers.


Under the searing heat of the sun in a glorious day, the estimated crowd of about 500,000 to 1 million men and women, from as young as two months old to those in their 80s, in all forms and shapes of different races and colors packed patiently the parade route and the rally venue at the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center with children playing cards, people dancing to the beat of the music playing while still others ate food and drank water as they await the parade to pass in front of them.


Some celebrities spotted in the parade held on June 12 aside from the Warriors players and front office top officials and staff were City Mayors Ed Lee of San Francisco and Libby Schaaf of Oakland and California State Assemblymember Rob Bonta.


Many Fil-Ams like San Jose executive execuive Anthony Rivero also joined the celebration and parade. 

“I am here to support the Warriors who have something special because they bring the community together whether you are from Oakland, San Jose or from San Francisco as much as they play with teamwork in mind. It is the one key thing we can learn from the Warriors and let my kids here with me learn that perseverance and teamwork wins in the end early on in life,” Rivero shared.



South San Francisco Warriors diehard Maria del Mundo-Ingco (right) spent quality bonding time with daughter Lexy (left) when they watched the championship game the Warriors had with the Cavaliers.


Probably one of the oldest Filipinos in the parade, Sam Mendoza, 74, from Dagupan Pangasinan and Alameda City, still walks five miles a day to keep fit. He came to the celebration with grandsons.


“Kevin Durant was a big help in both offense and defence for the Warriors this year. If he did not transfer, the Warriors may have had a harder time to win. I had no doubt we will win even after the fourth game loss,” Mendoza considered. “If players stay with the Warriors and not transfer to other teams, we may stay champions for a long time.”


South San Francisco Warriors diehard Maria del Mundo-Ingco always had watching Warriors game, either on TV or at the Oracle Arena, as a quality bonding time with daughter Lexy.



A close family friend brought along this poster of Kimberly Nuestro, a ardent fan of Steph Curry and the Warriors who mysteriously died last month during a basketball game in Santa Clara. Dad Ramir is certain that Kimberly is very happy with the Warriors winning the NBA championship.


“Last summer, Durant knew that he may serve as the missing piece to the puzzle after a heartbreaking loss last year. And he definitely is - on and off the court. Our guys have a lot of passion and he brings even more of it. It's so transparent how much he loves the game and he works hard to achieve his goals. He fits in with the team (and the Bay Area) seamlessly; it's just so fun to watch! I really hope he retires with the Warriors, he's an exceptional player,” del Mundo-Ingco noted. “It was just the cherry on top of an amazing season to win the title on our home court. I was there at Oracle that night and it was electric. Seeing my daughter with tears in her eyes when KD was announced as the MVP (who she's been a fan of even when he wasn't on our team) was really special.”


Eugene dela Cruz of Pleasant Hill, who also came with wife Cathy, daughter Angel and a son at the 2015 victory parade, was optimistic that the Warriors will regain the championship this year with eventual Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) Kevin Durant who solidified Warriors’ claim to history.


“Kevin Durant has a huge impact guarding Lebron James, becoming the focal point of the Warriors. He is the go-to-guy and also freed up Curry to do what he had to do. I did not think they will have a repeat lost of the championship just like last year. I expected a good game from the Cavaliers as they were champions too. They are going to come up fighting as what top athletes do,” dela Cruz believes.


Gladys Salenga of Richmond who works at an office in downtown Oakland was somewhat disappointed together with co-workers that they had to do their celebration within their office room looking down at the parade grounds.


“It is each of these hardworking Warrior talents that was the key in becoming the NBA 2017 champs! The 3-0 was a sign to bring out the Broom (sweep) however I loved the fact that the win game was at home. Was that intentional? I don't know but it makes winning much sweeter and special,” Salenga mused.


Speaking for his daughter Kimberly Nuestro, an ardent fan and follower of Steph Curry, dad Ramir Nuestro intimated that Kimberly became more excited when Durant went to Warriors and was sure that the Warriors will be champions again.


“She told me before she died that the Warriors will be 16-0 in the playoffs and the finals. She was also certain that Durant will be the finals MVP. I don't know if is coincidence that Kimberly turned 16 on April 21 and after 16 days she died,” Ramir curiously pointed out on the role of number 16 in Kimberly’s last days. “And on this day of the Warriors victory parade that falls on Kimberly's 40th day, our family thanks the Warriors for winning the championship. My daughter will be so happy right now in heaven, I just wish I could bring her back to life to celebrate the championship with us. Again thanks to Steph for signing my daughter’s shoes.”

Justin Bieber concert set at Philippine Arena

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(Photo from Instagram | @justinbieber)


It's official. The Philippine Arena, touted as the biggest indoor arena in the world, will host a concert of Canadian singer and songwriter Justin Bieber on September 30.

The show is being promoted as the biggest live performance at the biggest indoor arena in the world!


Concert promoter MMI Live confirmed the show of the global superstar who once visited and extended help to victims of supertyphoon Yolanda (international code name:Haiyan).


According to Facebook posts of 55,000-seater Philippine Arena at the Ciudad de Victoria in Bocaue, Bulacan, the Bieber show is to be presented by Smart Communications and produced by AEG Live. The concert is part of his Purpose World Tour 2017in support to his fourth studio album “Purpose” that produced hits “What Do You Mean?,” “Love Yourself” and “Sorry.”  

Bieber will be at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on August 5 and the AT & T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on July 29 before visting the Philippines again for his Sept. 30 concert.


This early, preparations are underway to ensure the success of the concert, according to organizers who assured ample parking for the 80-hectare Ciudad de Victoria and improved traffic system through the North Luzon Expressway. There will be three entrance and exit points (NLEX, Duhat, and Sta. Maria), they announced.


To ensure public safety, there will be 1,000 traffic enforcers patrolling the grounds and officers from the Philippine National Police and local government units will be present inside and outside the venue.


While waiting for the event proper, Bieber fans can also enjoy The Arena’s other facilities and activities such as biking, Zumba classes, food stalls, bazaar, inflatables, Kid Zone and local live band performances inside the premises.


Transportation to Philippine Arena will not be a problem as 50 Point-to-Point (P2P) shuttle buses will be available to all concertgoers. Concert goers may check bus schedule and pickup points at strategic locations. 


Planning to have a “staycation” during the Bieber fever weekend on September 30? Philippine Arena also offers more than 400 housing units to have that full Bieber experience all have been waiting for. 


For reservations, check the website at, or Official Philippine Arena on Facebook, or call (+63) 917-937-2870.


Beliebers Fan Club can purchase tickets before the general public. Smart users will also have a chance to be a part of the exclusive pre-sale at all SM Tickets outlets nationwide.


Tickets went on sale to the general public starting Sunday, July 9, and can be purchased at all SM Tickets outlets or visit www.smtickets.comor by calling 470-2222. 


According to the announcement, the tickets will be: VIP Standing - P17,850,Lower box A Premium - P15,750, Lower Box A Regular - P12,600, Lower Box B Premium - P10,500, Lower Box B Regular - P8,400, Upper Box A - P5,250, Upper Box B Premium - P4,200, Upper Box Regular - P3,150 and Upper Box Sides - P1,575.




(Photo from Instagram | @bmauwrob)


After Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, another Filipino-Germany beauty is in the limelight. 


She is Maureen Wroblewitz, who has turned 19, who has just won "Asia'sNext Top Model."

Wroblewitz, who stands at 5'6," became the first Filipina to win the popular modeling search. She won over Malaysia's Shikin Gomez and Vietnam's Minh Tu Nguyen in the finals.


Although she was born and grew up in Saudi Arabia, Wroblewitz, pronounced “Robol-weetz," her German family came from Golina which is part of Germany. 


"I was born in Saudi Arabia, where I grew up, and our family moved to Germany when I was 12, one year after my mom died in Saudi Arabia. I have three siblings; we are all girls, I’m the third. We live with our dad who is with Ramcar,” the new beauty titlist said in an interview with showbiz authority Ricky Lo.


Maureen admitted to Ricky Lo that she has no boyfriend.


Hours before she was proclaimed winner, all three finalists donned costumes that represented their country for their final shoot. 

According to a report, Wroblewitz stunned in a sparkling white mestiza gown she accentuated with pearls


"That image is exactly what I wanted to see from you at the end of this competition," Cindy Bishop, a professional model who is one of the judges for this season, told Wroblewitz. 


"You delivered that quiet confidence, which showed that you have been soaking up everything we've been telling you, that you've been taking everything in and just completely laid it all out for us. And I am so, so happy to see that," she added. 


The finalists also had to walk the runway for the show one last time, representing "goddesses that had come to life."


With her win, Wroblewitz took home the coveted contract with London-based Storm Model Management. She will also be on the cover of Nylon Singapore's online edition, in addition to being featured in other high-profile fashion campaigns. She also won a Subaru Impreza car.


Before her win, Wroblewitz said during the episode that she dedicated all her efforts in the competition to her mother, who passed away when she was 11. "She would have been so proud," she shared. 


Her journey to the title was far from smooth sailing. In one of the earlier episodes, Wroblewitz had to endure what many thought of as a form of bullying when her fellow contestants, led by Indonesia's Clara Tan, labelled her as just a "pretty face with no skills." 


Wroblewitz then opened up about her insecurities, saying that she tends to overthink every pose. Fueled, however, by her determination to prove her doubters wrong, she went on to capture best photo.

Addressing her feud with Tan, Wroblewitz wrote on Twitter: "It's hard to hate Clara actually, at least for me! She can be really annoying but you get used to it." 


Wroblewitz later admitted that she nearly gave up on the competition when her fellow Filipina Jennica Sanchez dissed her for being "just a pretty face" early on in the show. 


"That really brought me down, especially in the start and I was trying to grow more confident," Wroblewitz recounted to television host Boy Abunda in ABS-CBN's "Tonight with Boy Abunda" show.

 "By that time, I was feeling like I wanted to give up," she revealed.


"But then the next week, she (Jennica) actually got eliminated and that's when I knew I'm the last Filipina and now I have to fight," she added. 
She later said that Jennica Sanchez apologized to her. 


American host and former model Tyra Banks is all praises for Maureen Wroblewitz.


Banks, creator of "America's Next Top Model" from which the Asian franchise of the competition was based, called Wroblewitz a "Pinoy Queen" on Instagram.


"Pinoy Queen! Mama TyTy is so proud of you!" Banks wrote in a comment on Wroblewitz's Instagram post on her Nylon magazine cover.


“My mom was a fighter,” Maureen Wroblewitz replied when asked what inspired her during the highly-competitive Asia’s Next Top Model (AsNTM). “Before she died, she would always remind my three sisters and me, ‘Believe in yourselves; you can do it!’”


Being the shortest (at 5’6”) and the youngest (at 18) among the hopefuls from all over Asia, Maureen first thought she didn’t stand a chance and was the most surprised when she bagged the title.


The Philippines's candidate to the search two years ago, Katarina Rodriguez, finished second runner up. This year, Katarian was crowned 2017 Bb. Pilipinas-Intercontinental.


Ricky Lo wrote that he and the Philippine Star team caught Maureen at a Makati City studio while being photographed by Sara Black for the #WhyWeFight campaign of the ICanServe Foundation, a breast cancer advocacy group that promotes Awareness and Early Detection. The flagship program, “Ating Dibdibin,” a community-based breast cancer screening program, is the first of its kind in the country and partners with local governments to provide access to affordable diagnostics and timely cancer treatments. ICanServe is also a founding member of Cancer Coalition Philippines which is working for Congress to pass an Integrated National Cancer Prevention and Control Act.


Maureen’s Filipina mother, Mariefe, succumbed to breast cancer, explaining why she’s supporting the foundation.


“Maureen’s mom Mariefe used to be an ICanServe volunteer because she was a cancer patient,” shared Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala, a breast cancer survivor who is the founder of the foundation. “She passed away in 2009. Mariefe was a kind, strong, nurturing person. That’s why it was easy for Maureen to embrace this advocacy. So I knew Maureen since she was a little girl. Her dad and my uncle also work together.”


One of the judges in the contest was 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach. Ricky Lo asked how much weight did Pia’s vote count?


“Pia was a guest judge and she was very fair to every candidate. Her comments were very fair. She wasn’t biased at all. Besides, it was not just her who was making the decision; there were other judges from other Asian countries,” Maureen promptly answered.

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