Philippines / Sports

ABAP chief Ed Picson passes away

By Ivan Stewart Saldajeno 

ABAP president Ed Picson (Photo courtesy of Picson’s FB)

MANILA – Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) president Ed Picson passed away on Wednesday. He was 69.

Quinito Henson and Bill Velasco, Picson’s former colleagues during their PBA coverage in the 90s, confirmed the news, citing liver cancer as the cause of his death.

“You were always articulate, level-headed, and spoke your mind,” Velasco said in a tribute post to Picson.

Henson revealed that Manny Pacquiao offered Picson to return to sportscasting and call the bouts in the revived boxing program Blow By Blow only that he declined.

Picson became ABAP president in 2021 after serving as secretary-general to Ricky Vargas, who would become the national sports association’s chairman.

ABAP has yet to make a statement as of posting, although Vargas also confirmed the development. (PNA)

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