15 Jan 2019

Here’s to You, Manny Pacquiao

It wasn’t the first big fight I went to, but it certainly was one of the most impressionable events of my young life. Dad was regularly comped fight tickets at the MGM, and this time we flew to Vegas to watch “The Dream Match”. Of course, there’s nothing like that

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05 Dec 2018

The Wild and Bizarre Boxing Utopia Called Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan is the wild west in a way. There I was, riding in a Hummer down a dirt road chauffeured by the undefeated champion Kanat Islam’s brother with a heavyset man named Zhumabek riding shotgun. Islam’s brother, Erzat, didn’t speak any English. Zhumabek, speaking broken English at best, informs me

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An overflow crowd of residents from Tondo, the most dangerous slums in the Philippines, catch of glimpse of their hero, Manny Pacquiao, as he takes on Floyd Mayweather in the Fight of the Century.
15 May 2018

Life Goes On in Philippines as Manila Slums Dispel the Cult of Manny Pacquiao

Author’s Note In A Requiem For a Nun, the great American author William Faulkner once wrote, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past”. To me, it just feels like yesterday, but three years ago this month, I traveled to the most dangerous slums in the Philippines called Tondo

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