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MANILA, Philippines – Veteran sportscaster and Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) president Ed Picson died on Wednesday, April 19, due to a lingering illness. He was 69.
His alma mater Letran and former employer Sports Radio 918 – now Radyo Pilipinas 2 – confirmed his death. He reportedly died from liver cancer complications.
Picson rose to prominence as commentator in the PBA from the 1980s to early 2000s and in Blow by Blow, a boxing show in the 1990s that featured the early fights of Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao.
He then transitioned into sports politics and joined ABAP.
Picson served as ABAP secretary-general for several years, a period highlighted with the country bagging two silvers and a bronze in Tokyo Olympics boxing courtesy of Nesthy Petecio, Carlo Paalam, and Eumir Marcial.
That boxing haul allowed the Philippines – led by the golden performance of weightlifting star Hidilyn Diaz – to carve out its best Olympic campaign.
Picson then took over as ABAP president in November 2021, succeeding Ricky Vargas.