Filipinos disappointed, believe Pacquiao won PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 May 2015 14:09

Filipinos grunted in disbelief Sunday on the loss of boxing idol Manny Pacquiao to American foe Floyd Mayweather Jr. via unanimous decision in what was billed as the “Fight of the Century.”

For this boxing crazy country, Pacquiao was the winner in the  12-round clash where Mayweather is criticized as using dirty tactics to beat the Filipino fighter.

“Mayweather fought dirty. He hugged Manny every time he was being attacked. and worst he hit Pacman as they are locked in embrace,” said a local hotel employee.

Screams and cheers broke out from people jampacked in three big venues offering free live screening of the fight in two universities and college in this city as the fight progressed round by round. The scenes were repeated in homes, cafes and restaurants with live cable coverage of the bout.

The streets were almost empty as residents glued to the screens to cheer Pacquiao. But the noise stopped and silence took over as the two ring announcers blurted out the decision of the three judges.

“The three judges were fixed by the Mafia,” opined a retired club musician.

For many Filipinos, Mayweather fought sans courage, often avoiding Pacquiao in most of the rounds insteado f engaging in full confrontation.

“Mayweather you won for your cowardness. You know you’re not the winner dude... that’s not a performance of a champ,” said Jenny Sanson in her facbook account.

“Mayweather the ‘runner’ and ‘hugger’ won by unanimous decision? He did not deserve to win this fight at all Pacquiao, who was clearly the aggressor throughout the fight, threw more punches and landed more punches, and won majority of the rounds, and yet, the judges by unanimous decision scored for Mr. Runner and Mr. Hugger? This does not make sense at all. This is plain and simple crazy!! The least that I expected from the biased judges was a draw. Anyway, in our hearts, Pacman is still the people’s champ. We are all proud of you. Congratulations Manny,” commented a businessman.

The rest of Pacquiao’s countrymen thought the fight was boring and lacks excitement.

From Gino Españo’s facebook post: “Who won? The fight was so boring that I fell asleep.

“Did  I watch boxing or ballroom dancing?” asked Allan Cajucom, a medical worker, in jest.

“Ikaw pa rin Manny. Sa puso, isip, at panaginip (Manny you are still in our hearts, minds and dreams,” posted John Unson, a journalist in his facebook account.

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the loss had not diminished Pacquiao’s standing in the Philippines.

“Pacquiao is truly the People’s Champ. He fought for respect, not points. He won the hearts of the world,” Lacierda said in a statement.

Sadness and disappointment gripped Filipinos after Manny Pacquiao’s defeat in his much-anticipated fight against American Floyd Mayweather Jr. but they still considered the boxing icon a national hero.

Herminio Coloma, a spokesman for President Benigno Aquino III, said “the country still holds its head high in the admirable fight of our National Fist.”

He said Aquino thanked Pacquiao, who is also a congressman, for being “an inspiration to every Filipino who is struggling with life’s challenges to achieve a bright future.”

Some fans said Pacquiao should retire from boxing while others demanded a rematch. For thousands at a plaza in Marikina city, part of metropolitan Manila, the party mood was dampened not just by his loss but also a sudden downpour.

Roland Purificacion, a 45-year-old pedicab driver who watched the fight on a huge television screen outside the Quiapo Church in central Manila, was disappointed but spoke for many of his compatriots when he said Pacquiao “is still the people’s champ. He is still our hero.”

“I can’t accept that he lost. I now regret it,” he said, referring to his bet. “He cannot retire yet. Let’s have a rematch.”

In Pacquiao’s hometown of Kiamba, a fishing and farming town in southern Sarangani province, which he represents in Congress, passenger mini-buses brought villagers who have no television to watch the fight in the town’s 2,500-seat gymnasium.

Vice Mayor Bogi Martinez said the municipal government roasted a calf and pig to be served to the crowd.

Winning or losing, Pacquiao’s fights with the world’s top boxers often lifts the spirit of Filipinos amid troubles brought by corruption scandals, a decades-long separatist insurgency in the south, and natural disasters such as the November 2013 super Typhoon Haiyan that killed more than 7,000 people a month after a killer earthquake struck the same region.

Jose Luis Nepomuceno, a 62-year-old retired congressional liaison officer, brought along his wife to watch the fight at the San Andres Sports Complex, one of nine public venues the city government set up for the public to watch the bout, partially funded by a popular department store.

“We may not be in Las Vegas, but our hearts are there for him,” Nepomuceno said.

Louis Tinsley, a 25-year-old tourist from Manchester, England, and his fiancée, Jade Broadhurst, were among the early birds at San Andres eager to support Pacquiao.

“In the eyes of Filipinos he is a role model ... a very humble man, which is not usual for a boxer. That’s his most endearing quality,” Tinsley said.

At the Manila branch of the country’s biggest mall operator, SM, the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight was shown in six of its 12 theaters.

Cinema manager Rico Ramos said ticket sales were three times bigger this time than Pacquiao’s previous big U.S. fight against Juan Manuel Marquez in December 2012.

Hundreds of soldiers and civilian employees and their families watched the fight at the grandstand inside the armed forces headquarters. The fight also was shown in camps throughout the country as a morale-booster.

Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang, congratulated Pacquiao, a lieutenant colonel in the army reserve force, despite his defeat because the boxer “gave his best, and (that is) what is important to us.”

“He gave us a good fight. Unfortunately his opponent kept on running around,” he said. — With Reuters report