The one you love

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By Lynde Salgados

Perpley

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


BLEEDING accounts on Manny Pacquiao’s sensational defeat at the hands of Mexican great Juan Manuel Marquez varied from technical to superstitious and even religious belief.

To add to his counter-punching style that he crafted like no other, Marquez spent more time on Spartan-like regimen than Pacquiao that aptly rewarded him a well-chiseled frame and power-tested endurance.

That Marquez camp’s preparation cum strategy prevails after only six rounds is purely technical.

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And, hey, as naysayers and ordinary fans alike would love to further complicate matters, they referred to “luck” as the mystical force that simply intervenes in the fourth sequel of a storied ring rivalry via the Dynamite’s one big right with just one tick left in that fateful round.

In the nick of time jackpot from out of the blue -- jarring right cross to the jaw -- that had Manny’s wife Jinky filled with grief in horrifying state of mind before drowning herself in tears.

Not to be outdone, here comes Aling Dionisia dropping her own loads of bombshell about her son’s new-found faith that allegedly caused the downfall of the eight-division champion.

Boxing and religion?

“You may be right, you may be wrong,” as Billy Joel rants in his classic rock ‘n roll song.

Or it could be boxing and politics as many sports analysts around the world, before that famous Las Vegas fight, are one in believing that the pride of GenSan’s active involvement in politics would eventually negate his greatness atop the squared ropes -- sooner or later.

Asking my opinion on this would tempt me, however, to digress a little. While the combat sport of boxing is replete with something very technical, it can hardly get away from the so-called affair of the heart.

The reason why Pacquiao was enticed to go back to the one he loves: The old weapon, the same ring movement, the execution maximizing his trusted “trailing left hand” that made him famous and billionaire. The patented moves that listed the likes of Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera, Oscar dela Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito and Shane Mosley, among his casualties. And the one familiar attack he used in wild abandon against Marquez in their last three bouts.

Understandably, the brainy counter-puncher Marquez have studied it religiously in his revenge plot.

And Pacquiao knew it by heart before climbing the ring for the fourth time around against Mexico’s own version of the Last of the Mohicans.

That Marquez had his own prepared weapon of “mass destruction” to unleash when opportunity comes for the Filipino to flirt anew with his reliable but readable method of fighting.

But it happened. One second to go. In the sixth round. Boom! By just a blink of an eye.

But who could turn away from the one you love.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on December 11, 2012.

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