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Friday, September 27, 2013

The best of all prayers: Lord’s Prayer

"This, then, is how you should pray: 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’" (Matthew 6:9-13)

The Lord’s Prayer, the one Jesus taught to his disciples (Matthew chapter 6 verses 9 to 13), is the blueprint by which all prayers must be patterned. You can recite it the way it is, verbatim. Or you can substitute it with your own words to best fit with your present situation or needs. It is a complete prayer.

Before you could even start to say a word of your prayer to God, He already knows what it is. So what’s the use of a prayer? What’s the point of telling it all to Him when He knows everything in the first place? What is your definition of a prayer? How do you pray? Why would you pray and to whom? Is it really effective? These are but just few of the questions the answers may vary from person to person.

You can pray any way you like any time of day, it is all up to you. But see to it though that when you pray, don’t forget to praise God, to thank Him for everything, to ask for His blessings and forgiveness, and for protection. Make it as private as possible.

To pray is to talk to God. To pray is to make your own person humble before the Lord. To pray is to glorify God’s name. To pray is to invite God into your life. To pray is to show how dependent you are to God.

The effectiveness of a prayer depends much on the sincerity of a person praying and not in its length. The best prayer is one that is short and direct to the point. It is not always expecting so much from Him to answer your every prayer but if you are righteous enough, to quote from the Holy Bible in the book of James chapter 5 and verse 16, your prayers will be heard.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Mayweather puts Alvarez to boxing school

Mayweather connects with a right to Canelo. Photo source: Google.
In what was one of Mayweather’s finest performances in his fight against Canelo Alvarez, he was able to put the young Mexican to boxing school. Canelo is simply being just outclassed; Mayweather is too much for him to handle. But what is to be appreciated from the Mexican fighter though was his toughness as he remained standing for the whole 12 one-sided rounds in favor of Mayweather.

Mayweather is, at least, no doubt this generation’s Sugar Ray Leonard or could also be a combination of two or more great fighters of the decades past. But while there is a Leonard, there could also be a Hagler or a Duran or a combination of these two fighters this generation has produced. He is no other than the Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao.

These two fighters must fight each other. They are the best that this sport has produced for this generation and seeing them facing each other inside the squared circle will be one of the biggest and richest events in the history of boxing. It’s a fight everyone wants to see.

With Pacquiao’s two consecutive losses, Mayweather now tops boxing’s pound-for-pound list again. Pacquiao is scheduled to face Brandon Rios in November in Macau. A convincing win against Rios would once again bring Pacquiao back to the spotlight and a fifth fight with arc nemesis Marquez would be possible or a fight that everybody wants to see--a superfight with the undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. That would all become possible next year.

Unless Mayweather faces Pacquiao and beat him, then I would say he's truly one of the greatest boxers of all time. His unbeaten record is only because he knows how to pick a fight where he knows he'll surely win. But against the Pacman, through his honest assesment, he will have to expose the risk of getting beaten.

Canelo Alvarez is overrated although he has an impressive record, too. But against Mayweather he's just not ready to face him yet. All these people thinking he is the one who could give Mayweather his first loss are just exagerrating. 

Pacquiao is the only one who could beat Mayweather. And Mayweather knows that, that by the moment he will give Pacquiao a chance to fight him, his record will no longer be unblemished. That's why he has to do everything to avoid a Pacquiao fight. Or perhaps I was just wrong.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Mexican Canelo Alvarez battles Floyd Mayweather Jr. in The One tonight

Mayweather and Alvarez during the weigh in. Photo source: Google.
Can the young Mexican fighter Canelo Alvarez pulls out one of boxing's greatest upsets by giving Floyd Mayweather Jr. his first loss? Although Canelo should be considered a legitimate threat to Mayweather, it would end up just another boring fight with Mayweather proving once again his excellent display of sweet science prowess--hit and don't get hit. The Mexican fighter Canelo--the young hungry lion--would be then reduced into a desperate brawler which Mayweather would take advantage of by making him a standing target for precision punching and perfectly-timed combinations. But, still, I hope I was wrong and the fight would have lived up to every boxing fanatic's expectations.

The fight titled The One will be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather will be earning a guaranteed purse of $41.5 million for this fight not to include the pay-per-view shares he would be earning which will also be in millions of dollars while Canelo will be paid a guaranteed $5 million plus pay-per-view shares. Both Canelo Alvarez (42-0-1 30 KOs) and Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0 26 KOs) are undefeated. The two will be fighting at a catch weight of 152 pounds, just two pounds short for the junior middle weight limit. 

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been boxing’s top pound-for-pound until Pacquiao dethroned him for quite a time but with Pacquiao’s devastating sixth round knockout loss to Marquez last December of 2012, Mayweather tops the list again. One of boxing’s biggest fights ever, if that would ever happen, will be Mayweather to fight the Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao. It will not only be the biggest, but perhaps the richest fight in the history of the sport. But it’s a fight that would remain a dream fight unless the two camps--the Mayweather and the Pacquiao camps--would finally settle their differences out and start negotiating. Boxing needs that fight and it’s the fight every boxing fanatic would like to see.

Pacquiao will be fighting Rios in November in Macau while the Mexican dinamita Marquez will be facing Timothy Bradley in October. A fifth fight with Marquez and a possible Pacquiao-Mayweather encounter will be the big things to watch out for in the sport next year. Once these fights happen, boxing wins. The fans win as well!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Asia’s premier Latin city under siege

Philippine troops on guard. Photo by Reuters.
It was reported as of this writing that there are already 4 people dead, 14 hurt, and 220 civilians held hostages in Zamboanga siege. At least 100 heavily armed MNLF (Moro National Liberation Front) rebels, a group founded by former University of the Philippines professor Nur Misuari in the 1960s to fight against the Marcos regime which became one of the world’s longest rebellions and one that has already taken more than 150,000 lives, stormed the coastal barangays of the city at dawn of Sunday, September 8, 2013, to declare independence.

MNLF Nur Misuari had once signed a peace pact under the administration of the then president Fidel Ramos in 1996 and became the governor of the (ARMM) Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao. The ARMM was a failed experiment as it not only failed to remedy poverty but the peace and order situation as well worsened. The present administration of Benigno Simeon Aquino now recognized the MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front), a breakaway group of MNLF founded by Hashim Salamat in 1977, to become the front runner of the peace and development in the ARMM.

The MNLF leader, Misuari, may have had an ill feeling for having him set aside by the Aquino admistration and the attack of Zamboanga might be just his own way of getting attention. Still, he can’t just violate the law of the land and get away with it. It’s about time (although I would personally suggest this should have been addressed and done a long time ago) the government must decide what to do with him and his rebellion. Enough has been done and a lot has already been sacrificed. If the government has already given all the options but still it wouldn’t work, then why not destroy the subject once and for all?

Zamboanga city or Ciudad de Zamboanga in Spanish is Asia’s premier Latin city located in the southwestern part of Mindanao island, southern Philippines. It’s a beautiful city with Hispanic influences and culture could still be seen today. For the Moro rebels to just destroy it at will is what we all cannot allow to happen.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Political solution, not military action in Syria

The world wants peace in Syria. Photo source: Google.
The US military strike in Syria, if it pushes through, will be the beginning of a much larger conflict to come by which to include the powerful countries of the world. The Syrian dictator Assad has warned the US to refrain from getting involved in his own war or face the bitter consequence of retaliation.

Syria has been on its second year of civil war that has already taken the lives of over a hundred thousand of people mostly of which were civilians consisting of women and young children. It’s a civil war that went ugliest and should have been intervened by the UN for human rights violations and other war crimes committed by both the rebel fighters and the Syrian army.

It was only after the chemical attack on civilians that killed more than a thousand of people as reported last month that the US expressed the desire to intervene by way of a military strike against Assad’s regime. Based on the sample taken from the blast site, it was confirmed that a “sarin” nerve gas has been used. But the question as to who fired that lethal gas is still to be confirmed although there are speculations already blaming Assad for the attack but as well the rebels.

The Syrian civil war has become a complicated one as it evolved to become a proxy war for those with personal interests in mind to device a need to get involve, sectarian, and the combined military-political adventurism of the powerful few. The US should have learned the lessons of the past that military actions do not always solve problems; it will only, in the case with Syria, worsen the situation.

The US will have nothing to gain from this, not unless it will bring this case to be discussed and negotiated between these quarreling people and offer solutions. Regime-change in some of the Middle-Eastern countries, as what the US has been known best of doing through the work of its CIA, has never been helping scrape the very core of the problem.

At least 60% of Assad’s opposition, according to a report, is composed of terrorist groups linked to Al Quaida. If the US strikes Assad’s regime, it helps these terrorists to gain power in Syria—the same terrorists responsible for the 9/11 attack on American soil a little over a decade ago. But Iran, which is Syria’s important ally in the region, is Uncle Sam’s enemy so he will have a hard time weighing up his thoughts as to whose camp he will be siding with. 

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