Monday, November 20, 2006

Leading Pacquiao

I browsed through the articles on the Pacquiao-Morales fight and compiled a lesson in writing leads. Here are some samples:

The Icon Lead:

From The Guardian written by John Rawling

Manny Pacquiao has already achieved iconic status among his compatriots to the point where he is perhaps the most adored sports star of all time in the Philippines, but he added to his status when he destroyed Mexico's Erik Morales inside three rounds in Las Vegas on Saturday.Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the president of the Philippines, broke off from a summit in Hanoi to say: "My heart beats with extreme joy with another victory for the Philippines. We all gathered around in our homes and places of work, in the streets and farms, to pray for Manny. Manny will always be our hero, the bearer of the Filipino dream of winning the good fight in all fields of human endeavour."

The Quickie Lead

From AP

LAS VEGAS -- A quick, dynamic decision really shouldn't have been much of a surprise in Manny Pacquiao's third fight with Erik Morales.
After all, Pacquiao never has been a man to waste time.
The 27-year-old Filipino phenomenon seems to be blasted from a cannon in his fights, pounding away at his opponents with a tempo and ferocity most can only admire. His interests outside the ring are varied and extensive as well -- from acting to singing, from endorsements to politics.
And in less than 9 minutes Saturday night, Pacquiao (43-3-2, 33KOs) accomplished a stunning amount of work.

The Ho-Hum Lead:

From BBC

Manny Pacquiao stopped Erik Morales in the third round in the third meeting between the super featherweight rivals. Filipino Pacquiao put the three-time world champion on the canvas three times in Las Vegas as he earned his 34th win inside the distance. It was 30-year-old Morales' fourth defeat in his past five fights. WBC International super featherweight champion Pacquiao lost on points to Morales last year but stopped the Mexican in the 10th round last January. Southpaw Pacquaio now has 43 wins, three defeats and two draws. while Morales (48-5) once again failed to arrest the slide in his glittering career.

The Literary Lead

From LA Times by Steve Springer

LAS VEGAS — Erik Morales sat on the canvas, arms around his knees, and stared at his corner, stared at his father, Jose, who was urging him to get up, stared as referee Vic Drakulich counted out the final seconds of his super-featherweight match against Manny Pacquiao.
But Morales never moved, never made an effort to get back up and into a match he knew he couldn't win.
In an overwhelming display of power and dominance against a fighter who was once labeled the successor to Julio Cesar Chavez among Mexican fighters, Pacquiao knocked Morales down three times, the final blow ending the bout at 2:57 of the third round at the Thomas & Mack Center.
"It was futile," Morales (48-5) said of the option of continuing the fight. "There was no point."
This was the same Morales whose nickname is "Terrible," the same Morales who made a career out of swaggering into the ring and never backing down, the same Morales who had never been stopped before his second of three fights against Pacquiao in January of last year.UK

The Manny Who? Lead

From UK Mirror

MEXICAN legend Erik Morales says he may quit the ring after being knocked out in three rounds by arch rival Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines in their super-featherweight clash in Las Vegas.It was the fourth defeat in five fights for the 30-year-old Morales, who lost just one of his first 48. "He was too fast, too strong.'' said Morales. "For the first time in my career, I felt the power of my opponent. Maybe it's getting to that time.'' This was their third meeting and Pacquiao's second win.

The Number Lead

From AFP

LAS VEGAS: Filipino southpaw Manny Pacquiao overwhelmed Erik Morales here Saturday, stopping the Mexican in the third round to claim supremacy in their three-fight super featherweight rivalry.
Pacquiao stopped Morales after two minutes and 57 seconds of the third round, leaving the three-time world champion seated on the canvas and shaking his head, saying he did not want to continue. "I like that he came out early. I had time to knock him out in the early rounds," Pacquiao said. "I'm faster than him. I'm quicker than him. I'm superior to him. Now he can taste my power." Pacquiao improved to 43-3 with two drawn by taking his 34th triumph inside the distance. Morales lost for the fourth time in his past five fights, falling to 48-5. "I did my best. I had all the training. I did everything I could do. Manny was just too good for me," Morales said.

The Hosanna Lead

From Manila Bulletin by Ed Picson

FOR FILIPINOS everywhere, everything was right with the world Saturday evening in Las Vegas (Sunday noontime in Manila). Manny Pacquiao made it right.

A swift, overpowering and precise destruction of Erik Morales was wrought by a visibly stronger, speedier and more resilient Pacquiao.

Never before had the GenSan bomber displayed such blinding hand speed and power that bewildered the Mexican boxing legend. Morales tried gamely to match Manny's fusillade, but he did not count on the new and vastly improved Manny Pacquiao.

From the start, Morales already felt the difference in Pacquiao's movements, but simply could not believe it. So he was sucked into playing the game Manny wanted to play; that of slugging it out toe to toe.

By the second round, the former world champion in three different divisions started to have some doubts and was instantly startled into reality with a big left hook to the ear that sent him to the canvas. He got up and tried to get back at Pacquiao to no avail.

The Artistic Lead

From Phil Star. by Abac Cordero.

Filipino phenomenon Manny Pacquiao wove on the canvas of the Thomas and Mack Center a perfect tapestry of boxing brilliance and flair and turned his "Grand Finale" with Erik Morales into a career-defining victory. The power-hitting Pacquiao pulled off a third-round knockout, knocking down the former three-time world champion two times before ending the final chapter of one of boxing's most enduring trilogies with a searing left straight, with less than three seconds left in the fateful round.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Well, I fill relaz in d 1st place. I did not spik I'm gonna knock him. Maybe is bonus of God. All I say is tanx for the God and to all the pipol around the world 4 boxing, tnx." - Manny Pacquiao

11:50 AM  
Blogger frank said...

Sabi nga ni Rolly, OK na sana. Inalis pa yung mouthpiece kasi at pinagsalita.

1:45 PM  

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