Reports | May 08, 2013 16:15

Philippine boxing champ to play chess

ABS CBN News reports that boxing icon Manny Pacquiao has added his name to the Asian Continental Chess Championship scheduled on May 18 to 27 at the Midas Hotel in Pasay City. Grandmaster Eugene Torre, who is co-organizing the event, graced the PSA Forum at Shakey’s Malate to announce the staging of the nine-round Swiss System tournament to be known as the Manny Pacquiao Cup. A total cash prize of $100,000 will be up for grabs in the event that serves as the last qualifying tournament for the 2013 World Cup in August in Norway.

Manny Pacquiao | Photo Wikipedia

Emmanuel "Manny" Dapidran Pacquiao, PLH is a Filipino professional boxer and politician. He is the first eight-division world champion, in which he has won ten world titles, as well as the first to win the lineal championship in four different weight classes. He is also the second highest paid athlete in the world. More at ABS CBN News and Wikipedia.

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Anonymous's picture

ahn... it seems he will add his name to the competition, like a sponsor. I'm not sure it means he will play as well...

Ian.A's picture

That's a very good thing for Chess in the region though , Manny "Pacman" s very famous across the world , personally , i have a lot of respect for him , he's a truly remarkable boxer , that's a positive thing that he associates his name to Chess in my opinion

Richard Fireman's picture

Yes...he'll join Lennox Lewis and the Klitschkos in this tradition, if he is a player as well as a sponsor. Speaking of which, does anyone know if Lewis ever played chess against either of the Klitschkos? From what I understand, all 3 are roughly expert level, or at least tournament strength players; but as far as I know they never played each other. Chessboxing, anyone?!

knighk's picture

Klitschko vs Pacquiao ChessBoxing :D

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