“Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision.” – Muhammad Ali
The usual early mornings of Metro Manila is infuriating because of the heavy traffic and crowded streets. But that usual mornings has been changed by Manny Pacquiao every time he has a fight. I’m telling you, the crime rate is 0% and the streets are unbelievably empty and eerie because all the Filipino people are hooked into their televisions, radios and internet at home; waiting for Manny Pacquiao to yet again bring home the belt.
And last September 8, 2012 (September 9 in the Philippines) is no different. During my Dad’s last vacation in Pinas, he even watched the fight at the SM Cinema near our place o diba?? 🙂 And our parish priest would set up a projector inside the church and 70% in our neighborhood would watch it there, regardless of how much they curse every time Pacquiao has been hit by his opponent! 🙂 It’s fun seeing the country unite and support the Pambansang Kamao and make us all proud. But this time around, the opposite of what we have hoped for has happened. Manny has been knocked out by his opponent Juan Manuel Marquez in the sixth round of their 4th face-off in Las Vegas. The phone lines and social network was like a hurricane and was flooded with status updates, tweets and comments about the recent fight, most expresses their sorrow, rant and support for the People’s Champ for his unexpected defeat.
I wasn’t around to witness the fight because my siblings and I are doing our weekly grocery plus we needed to prepare dinner because our nieces and nephew are coming over to visit. It was a dreadful, dreadful news indeed.. In all of Pacquiao’s fight, the whole country and our kababayans from all around the globe are of course, rooting for him to once again uplift the name of every Filipino. My friend who watched the game in our church, told me that when he was knocked out, everyone was still and quiet. Literally shocked! Who wouldn’t?? I mean, it was unexpected that he was knocked out that way, for more than 12 years after his last knocked down defeat, everyone thought of him as invincible. Are we disappointed? No, more on worried actually. He passed out for a couple of minutes and it was nerve-wracking! I saw the video in youtube, and it’s scaaarrryyy (I decided to post it here), as I watched how he fell down I was fighting my tears back. Especially when I saw his wife, Jinky crying so hard and wanting to get near him to check if he’s okay… The whole country feared for his health because in this kind of sport, every boxer’s health is always at risk and who knows how this incident will affect him in the few years to come. Well, let’s just hope for the best.
There’s been some debate that he lost this fight and got knocked down pretty bad because he abandoned the Catholic Church. I’m a 100% Catholic and I’m saddened by his change of faith but I don’t see him less of a person because of his changed faith, though I can’t help thinking that maybe God is trying to tell him something, you know? But what I do know is that He has mysterious and bewildering ways to communicate with each and every one of us, whether you’re a believer or not. People are telling Manny to retire very soon but I think they’re planning for a rematch, I dunno. Well, if that’s the case, we can’t blame Manny for wanting to fight Marquez for the fifth time because he simply wants to redeem himself. But then again, he has proven himself sooo much already. Come on, eight-division world champion, and so on?? Isn’t that enough? If I were him I’d retire and spend the remaining joyous days of my life with my family and friends and serving the people of General Santos. And besides, he’s a millionaire for pete’s sake, he doesn’t need to fight for money anymore! 🙂
I’m not literally a fan of boxing, honestly. For me, it’s the most brutal and rigorous sport ever (next to UFC argh)! Why would someone wants to be on the ring and be punched right here and there, right?? I bet the person who invented this sport has involved himself into a lot of brawl fight and this is his excuse to make it legal hahaha kidding 🙂 Truthfully, I only watched boxing because of Manny haha And even though I’m not a fan of boxing, I tried it and amazingly I liked it 🙂 Okay, I was really depressed and soooo fat that time and I just needed something to punch my fist into so instead of hurting someone, I’d rather hit the punching bags right? 🙂 hahaha Every minute in the boxing gym is a pain in the ass! But my coach is really patient with me (ang arte ko kaya! lol) and really helped me a lot. I hated doing the foot works and the dodging techniques but what I love the most is when he uses the mitts on me and doing different combinations. My coach wanted me to pursue boxing and encouraged me to try Muay Thai but hell no! I’m too girly for that! hahaha So after learning the basics and combinations from him, I bought my own punching bag and trained on my own in my garage at home 🙂
It may have been a very depressing weekend for all the Filipino people but Marquez fought a fair fight. I saw the HBO 24/7 Pacquiao vs Marquez 4 where they featured how the two opposing boxers rigorously train and man, how Marquez trained so hard and prepared for this fight is really serious. So I hope people will quit judging him and face the fact that Manny is like any other human, he has weak points as well. But Manny, rest assured that you’re still our champion and we hope that you’ll feel better soon, and know that no matter how many times your face would hit the ground, we’ll always be your fans and proud kababayans.
Hail to Manny Pacquiao! 🙂