SENATOR Manny Pacquiao and the Philippine Sports Commission have put together a boxing competition that seeks to discover new talents from all over the country.
Dubbed as the PSC-Pacquiao Amateur Boxing Cup, the youth and juniors competition will have several preliminary tournaments in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao before a culminating national championships where the best of th best converge.
Pacquiao said those potential boxers from the tournament will be supported by him and the PSC.
“‘Yung mga mananalo at may potential, tutulungan namin at susuportahan namin ng PSC. ‘Yun ang pinaka-goal ng PSC-Pacquiao Amateur Boxing Cup,” said Pacquiao during a press conference on Tuesday at the PSC Athletes’ Dining Hall.
The competition will have junior boys and girls (15-16), and youth boys and girls (17-18) division with eight weight categories each.
PSC chairman William Ramirez said the discoveries in the competition will hopefully be able to compete for the Philippines in the 2024 Paris and 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.
“Pang-France and LA ito. Aabot sila ng tatlong cycle,” said Ramirez.
The PSC-Pacquiao Amateur Boxing Cup begins with the Mindanao preliminaries on December 16-17 in General Santos. Sorsogon will host the Luzon preliminaries on January 27-18, while Bago City will be the site for the Visayas preliminaries.
Quarterfinal action will be held in Kidapawan on February 10-11, Ormoc on February 17-18, and Lucena on February 24-25. Semifinals will be on March 3 in Cagayan De Oro, March 10 in Antique, and March 17 in Pangasinan.
The Mindanao finals will be on March 24 in Davao City, Visayas finals on March 31 in Maasin, and Luzon finals on April 7 in Baguio City.
The national championships begin with the preliminaries on April 14-15 in Mandaluyong City, followed by the quarterfinals on April 21-22 in Tagbilaran. The semifinals will be on April 28 in Tagum, while the finals will be on May 5 in General Santos City.