Go-For-Gold to be revived

Inquirer Libre - Davao - - SPORTS - By June Navarro

THE COUNTRY’S boxing icon will brush the dust off a shelved classic that helped launch his career—this time with the aim of unearthing the fighter who will help the country achieve Olympic glory.

Sen. Manny Pacquiao, the world’s only eight-division boxing champion, and the Philippine Sports Commission will revive Go-For-Gold Boxing, the most successful grassroots program in amateur boxing.

Believing that boxing can win the country’s first gold medal in the Olympics, Pacquiao bared that he was a product of the famed Go-For-Gold, the program of the old Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines that catapulted him to national fame.

“(PSC) Chairman (Butch Ramirez) and I have been talking about reviving the program,” said Pacquiao in Filipino during the consultative meeting organized by the PSC yesterday among top sports leaders at Century Park Hotel.

Go-For-Gold was the brainchild of former Abap leaders, Mel Lopez and son Manny, before it was shelved when the group of businessman, Manny V. Pangilinan took over the leadership of the amateur boxing association in 2009.

“I fought there a couple of times before I turned pro. I remember that we produced a lot of boxing talents at Go-For-Gold,” said Pacquiao.

Boxers who fought at Go-For-Gold represented their town, club, city or province in an Olympic-style competition.

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