And we were all calling for Margarito’s blood.
By now, everyone should know that the Philippines is not only a basketball country but is hooked on boxing not without great deference to probably the World’s Greatest Fighter and the Pound for Pound King, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.
And we were all shouting for his name egging for him to win (well, not literally speaking as our voices wouldn’t carry over to the TV set but you get my drift ;)).
Sunday afternoon and most of the neighborhood gathered around our neighbor’s yard with a 34″ TV set up under the oppressive heat of the sun. Lucky for us, they gathered enough sacks as makeshift tents so we wouldn’t baked under all that heat. But with Pacquiao fighting, heat is downright inevitable.
Rounds 1 and 2 were easily the “dance with me part” where both fighters were still sizing each other up and exchanging some jabs but nothing serious. But in round 4 when Margarito sustained that first gash, it was evident that Pacquiao is gonna win. And I’m not saying this with conceit because I’m Filipino but because Manny Pacquiao is really just one terrific fighter surprising you all the way through 12 rounds (that actually makes his every fight something to watch out for because you just don’t know what exactly’s gonna happen).
However, in all fairness, I’d like to applaud the Tijuana Tornado for not giving up despite the severe mash up he received from the Pinoy boxer. For me, Round 5 was his as his punches made more than several contacts with Manny’s face, shoulders and head. He did his country proud for not backing down that easily.
But my hats off to my countryman Pacquiao for not losing his head in the game, for giving it his all and more and more importantly, for remaining to be a true sportsman despite several opportunities of knocking down Margarito. In an after-game interview, he was quoted saying: “I told the referee get a doctor. Boxing is not for killing each other. I sacrificed a lot. Trained hard. That’s why I’m only 145 lbs.” (from www.plixi.com) And people from the world over are just overwhelmed from this great victory. Even the 2001 World Nine-Ball Champion and honorary Filipino, Mika “The Iceman” Immonen, is quoted saying on his fb: “Manny Pacquiao wins his 8th World title! Too amazing. PAC-MAN re-writes history.” (and yes, he and I are friends on fb..hehehe)
But perhaps one of the characteristics I like about Manny Pacquiao is his asking for God’s grace before and after every fight, surrendering everything to the Almighty while doing the best that he can. Despite winning all those titles, he is still humble enough to ask for guidance. One of the commentators was even saying “Well, what do you know? A couple of Catholics in this game” when Pacquiao and Margarito were caught on film making the sign of the cross upon entering the Cowboys Stadium in Dallax Texas. As that scene was playing, I asked my sister this: “Who prayed the hardest? And whose prayer is gonna be answered tonight?” Even before the 12th bell sounded, everyone knew already who was taking the crown home.
Well, dear readers, there you have it. My comments about one hell of a game that just rocked the entire world. Hope Mayweather will respond to the challenge soon (or throw in the towel early..hehe) so we can all witness one of the most anticipated fights of the century.
Would love to hear about how the game was for you, too. Don’t hesitate to post your comments. 😉
These crisp images of the fight are courtesy of Jigz Godinez. Thank you so much, Jigz. As in ultimate pabaga jud because we don’t know each other but I asked him if I could upload the pics. Hehehe Salamat kaayo! 🙂