Eduard Folayang: Manny Pacquiao truly cares for the Filipino people

Mark Sangiao, Joshua Pacio, Eduard Folayang, Geje Eustaquio
Mark Sangiao, Joshua Pacio, Eduard Folayang, Geje Eustaquio

Former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 34, in Philippine mixed martial arts is arguably what Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, 40, is in Philippine boxing in terms of influence and popularity. The two sports stars attended the joint National Heroes Day celebration of ONE Championship and Grab Philippines on August 26, 2019 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

“Not only is he a sports icon but Manny is also a terrific human being and an amazing public servant who truly cares for the Filipino people,” Folayang stated during the event. “With what he’s given back to the people, even taking money out of his own pocket to help the poor and underprivileged, it’s more than admirable. It’s inspiring, and it’s motivating.”

“Everyone is in good spirits right now,” Folayang added. “It was such an honor to even be in the same room as Manny. He’s an absolute legend in every sense.”

Folayang was with his Team Lakay teammates former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 30, and reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 23, during the event. Also in attendance were Team Lakay head coach Mark “The Machine” Sangiao, 39, ONE Championship senior executive Victor Cui, 48, and Grab Philippines community members.

ONE Championship and Grab Philippines declared Pacquiao as a national hero during the event. Cui, Sangiao, Folayang, Eustaquio and Pacio presented a beautifully framed ONE Championship world title belt to the boxing legend as a commemorative token.

The Team Lakay members, fans and Grab drivers who all came out to see Pacquiao were treated to a world-class evening program. Pacquiao took the time to make a sizable donation to the Jinkee and Manny Heart Foundation, which gives free heart care for children in the Philippines, and donated 1,000 pesos to every Grab driver in attendance, which ended up totaling 1 million pesos overall.

Meanwhile, watch Pacquiao’s most recent fight here:

Team Lakay founder Mark Sangiao: Manny Pacquiao is hero, inspiration to us all

Mark Sangiao, Geje Eustaquio, Joshua Pacio, Eduard Folayang, Victor Cui, Manny Pacquiao
Mark Sangiao, Geje Eustaquio, Joshua Pacio, Eduard Folayang, Victor Cui, Manny Pacquiao

Team Lakay founder and head coach Mark “The Machine” Sangiao, 39, was with boxing legend Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, 40, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on August 26, 2019. They attended the celebration of the Philippines’ National Heroes Day organized by Grab Philippines and ONE Championship.

“Manny is such an inspiration to us all,” Sangiao said during the event. “On behalf of Team Lakay, I’d like to thank ONE Championship and Grab Philippines for allowing us to be a part of this event.”

Sangiao attended the event with ONE Championship stars and Team Lakay athletes Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 34, Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 30, and reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 23. ONE Championship senior executive Victor Cui, 48, was present, as well.

“Witnessing his career and how he has overcome countless obstacles and constantly defied the odds, Manny motivates us to be the best we can be,” the Team Lakay founder and head coach continued. “He’s a hero for us all. I’m sure everyone at the event was happy to see him there.”

Pacquiao has worked closely with ONE Championship in the past. Along with Grab Philippines, the Singapore-based mixed martial arts organization presented the Filipino boxer with a token of appreciation.

ONE Championship and Grab Philippines declared Pacquiao as a national hero. Sangiao, Eustaquio, Pacio, Folayang and Cui presented a beautifully framed ONE Championship world title belt to Pacquiao as a commemorative token.

A winner of multiple boxing world titles across eight different weight divisions, Pacquiao is has made several records as a boxer. He is the only man in the history of the sport to achieve such a feat.

For the most part, Pacquiao has stayed within the sport of boxing for the majority of his career. He has remained a boxer aside from occasionally dabbling in professional pool, Philippine basketball, acting and even singing.

Moreover, Pacquiao dipped his influence in the sport of MMA on the business end. Watch his most recent boxing bout here:

Keith Thurman beats Manny Pacquiao in Glenn Feldman’s scorecards

Manny Pacquiao, Keith Thurman
Manny Pacquiao, Keith Thurman

Veteran boxing referee Glenn Feldman had a controversial scorecard for the main event of “Welterweight Supremacy” at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States on July 20, 2019. Headliners Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao, 40, of the Philippines and Keith “One Time” Thurman, 30, of the United States fought for the unified World Boxing Association Super Welterweight Championship title.

After 12 rounds, referee Kenny Bayless raised the hand of Pacquiao, who was declared the winner via split decision. Judges Dave Moretti and Tim Cheatam both scored it 115-112 in favor of the Filipino boxer while Feldman had it 114-113 in favor of the American boxer.

Feldman has been serving as a professional boxing judge since 1992. “Welterweight Supremacy” marked the fifth professional boxing bout of Pacquiao with Feldman as one of the judges.

Hailing from Avon, Connecticut, United States, Feldman started his sports career as a sports writer who covered boxing.He published a sports weekly paper called Hartford Sports Extra and became a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch.

Feldman is a member of the WBA, World Boxing Organization, International Boxing Federation and the International Boxing Organization. His career as a boxing judge started when a received a call from a head commissioner of boxing.

“I’ll never forget when I got the call from the president of the World Boxing Union, Jon Robinson, asking me if I could do the George Foreman-Crawford Grimsley fight in Tokyo and leave the following morning,” Feldman told California Business Journal. “I nearly fell down. I almost couldn’t speak.”

Having judged more than 1000 professional boxing bouts, Feldman is aware that judges can be questioned by boxing fans if they do not agree with the scorecards. He told the publication, “We watch fights from a totally different perspective than fans,” he says. “We’re not drinking, and we’re not watching from our couch.”

“For those three minutes, we’re watching every punch, every deke, with great focus and intensity,” Feldman continued. “I’m not saying we’re perfect. We’re not. But we’re well trained and have a goal to produce a fair, honest result.”

Meanwhile, watch the interview with Pacquiao and Thurman prior to their bout at the MGM Grand Arena:

Philippines needs Kai Sotto to complete its 3 Bs, beauty pageant, boxing, basketball

In 2018, Catriona Gray, 25, won the fourth Miss Universe crown for the Philippines. In 2019, Filipino boxing legend Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao, 40, defeated two much younger opponents namely Adrian “The Problem” Broner, 29, and Keith “One Time” Thurman, 30, who are both fighting out of the United States.

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzback, 29, said that the Philippines has are very passionate about three things, beauty pageant, boxing and basketball. With the country currently dominating beauty pageants and boxing, it needs one person to raise its flag in basketball and the first person that comes to mind is Kai Sotto, 16.

Filipino-American NBA player Jordan Clarkson has been playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers since 2018. Meanwhile, Sotto is considered the best chance of the Philippines to have a homegrown talent to enter the NBA.

Aside from boxing, Pacquiao also pursued a career in basketball. In 2018, he played for for the Senate Defenders team in the UNTV Cup Season 7.

On July 20, 20219, Pacquiao and Thurman headlined “Welterweight Supremacy” at the MGM Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. They competed for the unification of the World Boxing Association Welterweight Championship title.

After 12 rounds, Pacquiao was declared the winner via split decision. He improved the professional boxing record of Pacquiao to 62 wins, 7 losses and 2 draws and broke the undefeated record of Thurman, who now has 29 wins and 1 loss.

Including Pacquiao, four Filipino boxers competed at “Welterweight Supremacy.” The other three namely John Leo “The Lion” Dato, 26, Genisis “Cobra” Lagumbay Libranza, 25, and Jay-ar “Hitman” Inson, 28, competed on the undercard.

The MGM Arena was filled with loud and proud Filipinos. One of them was Gray, who was seen literally waving the Philippine flag.

Gray hails from Oas, Albay, Philippines while Pacquiao is from General Santos City, South Cotabato, Philippines.

Sotto is the son of NLEX Road Warrios assistant coach Ervin Sotto. Meanwhile, here is Cleveland Cavaliers player Colin Sotto’s thoughts on Kai’s chances to make it to the NBA: