Taking a long-term view on what is needed for the Philippine sports program to jump forward, one of the critical components for any future success is a new sports complex where the athletes can train at world-class standards. Given the prohibitive price of real estate in big city centers, it would be more practical to build far away from urban centers.
Three years ago, Nonito Donaire Jr. was ranked No. 3 in the Ring Magazine’s world pound-for-pound ladder behind No. 1 Manny Pacquiao and No. 2 Floyd Mayweather Jr. Two years ago, he was No. 6 behind Mayweather, Andre Ward, Sergio Martinez, Juan Manuel Marquez and Wladimir Klitschko. Today, the Filipino Flash is nowhere near the top 10.
The PBA unwraps its 40th season, and it looks like this year will be the year of giving back.
A three-month stint with Gilas Pilipinas took a lot of toll for Talk N’ Text players Ranidel De Ocampo and Jimmy Alapag. Both athletes played heavy minutes in the recent FIBA World Championships and Asian Games, which pushed their bodies to their limits.