DAVAO CITY  —  The Manny Pacquiao Sports Challenge Mindanao 2015 Open Amateur Boxing Tournament is slated on December 4-8 at the Robinson’s Mall in General Santos City.

Ten teams will see action, according to Sannie Sombrio, secretary general of the organizing Association of Boxing Alliances in the Phils. (ABAP) Region 12.

Among those invited were the Davao City Amateur Boxing Club (Dacaboc) of Calinan Barangay Kagawad Renato “Tata” Villafuerte, MP Pacman-Labangal of Kag. Bobby Pacquiao, North Cotabato of Gov. Lala Talino-Mendoza, Sarangani Province and General Santos City.

“This is a truly comprehensive boxing tournament designed to establish a solid structure of camaraderie and closer brotherhood among the different boxing teams under the aegis of ABAP,” said Sombrio.

The categories are the School Boys Mosquito (38-40 kg.) and Junior Light Paperweight (40-42 kg.) for 13 to 15 years old under; Junior Boys Pinweight (44-46 kg.) and Light Flyweight (46-48 kg.) for 15 to 17 yrs. old under; Junior Girls Pinweight (44-46 kg.) and Light Flyweight (46-48 kg.) for 15 to 17 yrs. old below); Youth Boys Light Flyweight (46-49 kg.) and Flyweight (49-52 kg.) for 17 to 18 years old under; and Elite Boys (18-21 yrs. Old) Light bantamweight (52-55 kg.) and Bantamweight (55-58 kg.).

“It will be a knockout system with the top team to be determined by the total number of marks,” said Sombrio.

The final bout winners will earn three marks, semi-final winners with two marks and round-phase with one mark. Only boxers identified and officially invited by the MPSA are allowed to participate in the tournament.

Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded to the top four teams.

“We want to widen the identification and recruitment of potential boxers who will be scientifically trained and molded into highly competitive athletes to represent and bring honor to the country in international competitions,” said Sombrio.  Lolito T. delos Reyes PNA