Quijano: A matter of choice

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By Jingo Quijano

Last Round

Sunday, March 2, 2014


I NEVER really liked spaghetti. It probably had something to do with that sour, stale meat sauce that they always splattered on top of the overcooked pasta, but when you’re an elementary kid attending a classmate’s birthday party, you really don’t have much of choice.

I was always partial to that savory salty-sweet accent of a pancit palabok over other carbohydrate offerings, but yes, it always boiled down to choice. And it was frequently not mine to make. It was not my party.

Which is why when I got older, and the discretion was freely given, I indulged my grossly opinionated palate to my heart’s content.

Or was it my stomach? Forgive me, with only a few inches now separating them both, sometimes the distinction is lost on me.

Which brings me to Floyd Mayweather Jr.

CHOICE. To recall, Floyd ran a poll on his website, asking fans to vote on their preferred opponent for him in his next fight.

Marcos Maidana or Amir Khan?

Apparently, Khan won the voting on his website, but other internet outfits sponsored parallel surveys, and Maidana came out on top.

So after a week of suspense, Floyd finally came out with the announcement and Maidana was the lucky dance partner.

So what happened to his survey?

Well, apparently, he did not bother to honor it. Which sits fine with me by the way. I was pining for Maidana to get that shot as I preferred his feral, take no prisoners approach over Khan’s dull, textbook technique.

But the choice was apparently always his to make, and Floyd Jr. probably disappointed a lot of fans who thought he would stand by his promise.

This Last Rounder had no problem with him fighting Khan, as that would have been unprecedented in modern match-making- an opponent determined solely by the fans and it could have been a template to be emulated by other boxing superstars.

But at the end of the day, Floyd pulled a fast one on us.

He clearly had Maidana on his sights, and was probably hopeful that the latter would come out on top.

And he actually did. Just not on Floyd’s own survey,-the one that actually mattered if he was to be initially believed.

Mind you, let me reiterate that I’m not complaining that Maidana got the nod. It just reaffirms my boyhood notion that life is infinitely so much better if the choice is yours to make. In Floyd’s case, if it’s not Manny Pacquiao- what does it matter, right? It’s his party, after all.

Now, where’s that plate of spaghettia I ordered?

JR. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr takes centerstage today as trades mitts with Brian Vera in a rematch to their closely fought duel last year.

In that first fight, Vera lost via unanimous decision, but almost everyone was in agreement that the verdict was controversial, as Vera landed more punches, and Jr got the nod on the strength of boxing pedigree.

In boxing, the best way to settle a score is not to whine about it but to do it one more time. I’m hoping Chavez regains his form so he can suit up for potential bouts against Gennady Golovkin or maybe Andre Ward at super middleweight.

Jr’s main problem has been mental focus and physical conditioning. He has been in a lot of tough and wars and what got him through was that lion heart and iron chin, attributes he can thank his legendary father for.

But at the end of the day, he will need more more than his father’s DNA to get to the next level.

LAST ROUND. It’s on my cousin, Atty Eugene Sumampong who recently celebrated his birthday. Cheers!
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Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 02, 2014.

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