Editorial: One fight over-A A +A
Monday, June 11, 2012
WHILE the Filipinos howled in protest and Mommy Dionisia was shown in a photo as having fainted, the man on the ring, Manny Pacquiao simply accepted his defeat and thanked God.
That’s difficult to accept for many of us, but then we were not the ones on the ring who slugged it out, gave as many punches as possible and be declared the loser, so why can’t we not accept the defeat as well?
Rigged! Many shouted. It really looked rigged, if we were to give our own view. Still, Manny is the boxer and is apparently well aware that such is a reality in the world of boxing, and he still has other belts to spare.
One thing we must remember: we are not the ones who are receiving the punches nor having to endure the tough trainings. Let’s leave it to the boxers whether to rise up to the occasion or step down as the judges decided. Let us rejoice for we have seen a good fight and that our boxer is standing up as the real sportsman, and let us not be like vultures waiting for the demise of a boxing legend. In the first place, Manny has received more punches than any one of us, so let him walk away from a fight with nary a cut in the face, even if it means being declared the loser. Anyway, everyone watched the fight and knows what really transpired. Timothy Bradley did not become a better man because of this win.
Should Manny decide to retire after this, let us not sneer at him, for again, we were not the ones who had to ensure all those punches and cuts through more than a decade and a half. Let us instead thank him for the interest he sparked for boxing in the more than a decade that he has hogged the ring. If he chooses to fight again, then let’s rise up and cheer for him because for more than one decade he made us proud. But we can always allow ourselves a couple of jeers for Bradley and be glad it wasn’t our boxer who’s in his shoes. Imagine yourself winning a fight where many don’t believe you’re worthy. Sad and bad.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 11, 2012.