Boxing analyst, sportsman Mike Ochosa passes away

Mike Ochosa, known for his role as a boxing analyst while also helping in the development of youth baseball, died of a heart attack Monday, April 26. He was 55.

Broadcast colleagues were among the first to confirm and pay tribute to Ochosa, who had either worked on the booth or as studio analyst in numerous fights of Manny Pacquiao and other Filipino boxers.

A short profile in his regular column for the Manila Standard said he has been called Pacquiao fights at ringside 14 times.

He is also the president of Punchout Boxing Club, a fitness gym in Makati City that specializes in boxing.

Ochosa was an ardent baseball enthusiast and is the president and program director of the Philippine Habagat, a team composed of kids aged 11 to 14 years old.

The Habagat made numerous appearances in the PONY Asia-Pacific Regional competitions since their inception.

Ochosa wrote his final column which came out last April 25 titled “Sports news is good news,” 

In his piece, Ochosa listed a number of Filipino athletes who are successful in their stints abroad, including Hidilyn Diaz, Kai Sotto and Alex Eala.