Hello Kitty!

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By Jingo Quijano

Last Round

Saturday, August 30, 2014

PROMOTER Bob Arum is apparently now singing a different tune when it comes to a potentially lucrative Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao bout, claiming that it can happen next year.

Why the sudden change of heart?

Well, I won’t exactly label it as such. When Arum says negotiations are ongoing—I say, well when has it ever stopped?


Remember that this fight has generated some hubbub as early as six years ago. But every matchup has a shelf life and it seems like everyone seems to be coming around just now that both fighters are now past their respective primes.

Realizing how over-marinated this fight is, everyone now takes umbrage at the fact that this fight is taking too long to get to the grill.

2008. This matchup gained traction back in 2008 after Pacquiao moved up to the welterweight division and disposed off of Oscar de la Hoya in eight rounds.

A year later, Floyd would mechanically breakdown Pacquiao’s archrival Juan Manuel Marquez in 12 rounds, whetting the appetite of fans who were curious about the potential outcome if these two fighters with contrasting styles would ever meet.

Offense vs. defense. Southpaw vs. Orthodox. Pinoy vs. American.

But since then, all we have had was talk and both fighters would go on to make more millions by defeating other opponents over the years.

All this time, both camps were hissing and gnarling at each other in the media, playing the blame game while the fans had to be content with all the posturing.

In Manny’s case, there has not been a fight since 2008 that Floyd Mayweather’s name hasn’t cropped up. “Money” has always been a potential opponent and loomed like a shadow everytime Pacquiao faced a different fighter.

So all these so called negotiations are old hat. The titillation factor isn’t there anymore. So forgive me if I don’t exactly jump for joy at the announcement that “negotiations are ongoing.”

What actually got my heart racing yesterday was the revelation that Hello Kitty is actually not a cat and has never been.
And get this—she apparently is a Scorpio and has blood type A.

Horror of horrors! If Hello Kitty is not a cat, then everything I have come to earnestly believe in is nothing but a terrible prevarication.

Forgive me then Justin Bieber for ever doubting you... You are a god!

And Bob Arum wants me to care about talks between Pacquiao and Mayweather?!

KENDALL GILL. Speaking of Pacquiao, my last article entitled “Manny Pacquiao and Kendall Gill” actually generated a minor buzz especially after retired NBA superstar Kendall Gill got wind of it and actually posted the following message on his Twitter account;

“Wow!! Just found out Manny Pacquiao called me out. Fight Floyd first. Then maybe. Lol nbatv@nba.com.” His tweet contained an attachment to a picture on his Instagram account which screen-captured the title of my article.

I hurriedly tweeted a response to one of my basketball idols to inform him that it was not a challenge and that I wrote about comparisons between him and Manny.

Kendall was nice enough to tweet back saying
“@thelastround. I know it’s not a challenge. Just having fun with it. Great article though.”

That just about made my day. Thanks and Cheers Kendall!

LAST ROUND. It’s on little cherub Robert John Paul Lasala Velasco. Welcome to the Christian world. Cheers!


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 31, 2014.


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