I never liked boxing. I don’t like watching this kind of sport, it is cruel and bloody! This may sound strange because I live in a country where boxing is more popular than our national sport and where the entire nation stops every time Manny Pacquiao has a match.The only boxing fight that I have watched prior yesterday, as far as I can remember, was the Pacquiao vs Bradley match a few months ago. They had it on pay per view at home and it was so hard to resist because everybody was watching and I was somehow “compelled” to update my Facebook status because some of my friends wanted me to update them as it happened. But to really find a way to watch a boxing match or even view the replay, no way! Don’t get me wrong, I am a sports fanatic. It is just that I don’t get crazy over boxing like I go gaga over a football game or a tennis match.
Yesterday, however, I had no other better choice (like what happened few months ago) but to watch the live coverage of Manny Pacquiao vs Juan Marquez fight (their 4th match). I was in a restaurant where I had to meet a client for a potential project. I was there with my 2 friends, and there’s no way for us to ignore the match as we were seated right in front of the television.
Round 3: Pacquiao got knocked down but he quickly got back to his feet and started punching again. Round 5: Marquez knocked down but got up right away as well but Juan Marquez started to bleed due to the cut on his nose, at this point it seemed that Pacquiao was dominating UNTIL 1 second before the end of Round 6, he received a surprised punch that totally knocked him down! It was sudden and I am sure that many hearts skipped a beat at that particular moment! He was down on the canvas without moving for more than a minute! I mean it was a live coverage and nobody could tell if he can get up or not and the last thing I wanna see or hear is that Manny Pacquiao died in the middle of his boxing match! I could not almost take it (but thank goodness, I am still alive!). I was totally shocked, flabbergasted, dumbfounded, and relieved! No! Wait! Not “relieved” that word only applies to the Mexicans, they are relieved because after a long time they can now undoubtedly claim that Marquez defeated Paquiao. I think the impact to me would not be as hard as this when I only heard it on the news or from someone else, but having seen it with my own two eyes as it happened, it was almost unbearable. Having witnessed that real life incident made me swear from the bottom of my gallbladder that I will never watch a boxing match ever again!
After the match, there’s a buzz around about people talking that this is the end of Pacman Empire, that Manny can never win another boxing match again, but who are they to know? They have not even worn a boxing glove and most of all they don’t have a boxing glove tattoo like that of Manny on his chest! So screw them!.
But I have a message for you, Manny – I want you to know that I am proud of you. You are not just an ordinary boxer, you’re the champion of the world, for how many years! You have achieved great heights where some of us could only aspire. Remember that (although I know you won’t forget this) your defeat does not make you less of a millionaire, (erase) I mean your defeat does not make you less of a person. What I am trying to say is that you are an inspiration and whether you will still fight or not, you have already embedded you story in our mind. I do not know why you are still fighting out there, I don’t know really — was it because you seem too kind not say no to your promoters? or you can’t just give up boxing yet? or maybe simply out of boredom? Whatever it is that motivates you to fight in the boxing arena, I do not have any right to know that but you have already shown more than enough, more than enough to let us believe how an extraordinary athlete you are. It is not just your punches that make you a champion – your unwavering classy attitude in dealing with moments of losses and triumphs separates you from the rest. You may have lost this recent match, Manny, but you have gained one precious fan – ME! Whether you still want to fight or not, rest assured that I won’t be watching your match ever again, but I surely hope (as always) for your victory, Manny……………………..(imagine the ring announcer) ………Pacman…….Pacquiao!
PacMan being interviewed before the match.
To cool us down after the shockwaves hit us!
And more friends came to join the group therapy.
I am thankful though that in spite of what happened there were no other cameras aside from the CCTV that captured our moments unlike what the camera did to Mr. Mitt Romney …..
(photo via twitter @BuzzFeedAndrew) Mitt Romney’s reaction while watching PacMan.