KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Pacquiao win engineered? Congrats, DZBB! PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 November 2011 14:43

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves...” (1 Peter 2:15-16, the Holy Bible).
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PACQUIAO WIN “ENGINEERED”? I certainly do not like the insinuations, going around boxing circles worldwide, that the third fight between Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao and Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas, USA, was engineered to make Pacquiao win, at all costs.
If we read news reports about the bout more carefully, we cannot fail to see that many of them are saying, even if only between the lines, that Pacquiao had to be declared a winner in his third fight with Marquez because if the Filipino boxer lost, that would have meant not only a US$10 million loss for Top Rank promoter Bob Arum but, also, losing the chance to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr., in a bout already touted to be the biggest match in boxing history.
As far as I am concerned, Pacquiao won that third match, even if I merely listened to a live radio account of the event courtesy of GMA Super Radyo DZBB, through the superb annotation of anchors Orly Trinidad and Manny Vargas. It was clear Pacquiao outclassed Marquez, because it was Pacquiao that brought the fight to his challenger all throughout.
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CONGRATS, GMA DZBB, FOR SUPERB RADIO COVERAGE: Indeed, Filipinos who listened to DZBB’s coverage of the fight have a lot to thank Orly and Manny for. As I said, their annotation of the fight was superb, giving a clear picture of what was happening by their verbalization through the airwaves of the combatants’ every punch and move.

Surely, by what Orly and Manny did, I did not need to watch the fight through television. Congrats, GMA Super Radyo DZBB, congrats Orly and Manny. It is this  kind of clear, crisp, and level-headed broadcasting that proves to all and sundry that radio continues to be an important medium for information even in this age of visual communications.
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PACQUIAO WON, FILIPINOS LOST: That having been said, I clearly understand the feeling of loss many Filipinos experienced even if Manny Pacquiao was declared the winner. Surely, our countrymen have been hyped too much about Manny’s boxing prowess, with many being led to believe that he has become a hero who could knock out each and every opponent presented to him.

Consequently, many expected Manny would floor, knock out, and send to the canvass Marquez in their third face-off. In fact, many took on bets that the Mexican would be finished off by the Filipino boxer within three rounds from the start of the fight.

When the fight dragged on till the 12th round, not only was the myth of superiority of Manny shattered—Filipinos worldwide also lost heavily on their bets that the fight would last only until the third round. This is the reason why many Filipinos suffered a sense of loss, even if Manny clearly won.
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FILIPINO NON-BELIEVERS MUSHROOMING: Christian believers, and other Filipinos who believe in God, regardless of religion, must be made aware that there are now many Filipinos who no longer believe in God, and in His Bible (or any other Holy Book). Proof of this is the existence of Internet and Facebook groups where, everyday, these non-believers lambast God and the Bible. Something must be done about this, don’t you think so?