Boxing commission? No need -- Aguilar

November 30, 2018
National Press Club
URCC president Alvin Aguilar and PTTFI head Ting Ledesma pose with officers of TOPS at the National Press Club last Thursday. Photo by Genie Villota

NO WAY.

This was the prevailing sentiment in the Mixed Martial Arts community against the soon-to-be created Philippine Boxing and Combat Sports Commission (PBCSC).

“Ayaw namin. Kung tatanungin kami, sasabihin naming hindi na ito kailangan dahil maayos naman ang aming kalagayan sa ilalim ng Games and Amusement Board (GAB),” said Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) founding president Alvin Aguilar during his appearance at the weekly  Tabloid  Organization in Philippine Sports  (TOPS) “Usapang  Sports” at the National Press Club Bldg, in Intramuros, Manila last Thursday.

“Sabi nga, why rock the boat when everything is alright in MMA,” added  Aguilar, who also serves as spokesman of the various MMA stakeholders set to be affected by the creation of the new commission by July next year.

Aguilar,also the president of the Wrestling Federation of the Philippines (WFP), said the MMA community is satisfied with the performance of the GAB, headed by Chairman Abraham “Baham” Mitra.

“The MMA movement is working closely with GAB  for the professional conduct of the sport since 2003. Wala kaming problema. They (GAB)  are working hard to ensure the safety of both the fighters and promoters,” explained Aguilar during the weekly session supported by the NPC.

“All concerns regarding the fighters, promoters, managers and even the ring announcers are being monitored completely by the GAB. Maayos naman lahat,” added Aguilar.

The PBCSC is a brainchild of world boxing champion Sen. Manny Pacquiao.

It is already expected to take effect next  year following the approval by the Senate of the bill calling for the creation of such body with an an initial budget of P150 million..

Two resolutions – House Bill No. 6158 authored by  Rep. Rogelio D. Pacquiao and House Bill No. 8257 authored by Rep.Enrico Pineda – are also up for approval in the Lower House.

Both resolutions are aimed at creating a new government agency tasked to strengthen the boxing industry and promote the safety and welfare of Filipino boxers.

The sport of mixed martial arts was added to the commission upon the prodding of several lawmakers, who initially refused to support the bill if it’s only for one sport -- boxing.

“Malaki ang respeto namin kay  Sen. Pacquiao, lalo na sa mga nagawa niya sa boxing. Naging tagapagtaguyod din sya ng maraminn MMA events. Pero naniniwala kami na hindi na kailangan pa ang PBCSC  dahil nandyan na ang GAB,” explained Agular.

Aguilar even recalled  that GAB under Mitra was  awarded as “Commission of the Year” in 2017 by the World Boxing Council (WBC) for its good job in  professional sports.