Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Pacquiao Nation

I’m not sure if a Shalomite approved of boxing but then maybe not because boxing is considered to be a violent sport, in fact, too violent that some sectors want it be abolished.

I’m also not sure if boxing is a good alternative in settling theological debates. I definitely would opt for it rather than a duel because here you might be knocked out but you may not be killed or maimed unless of course you crack your brain or whatever. And if you were not satisfied with the result you can asked for a rematch and hope to do better the next time around. You may lose the fight but perhaps feel better if you managed to land some good punches.

Well, please allow me the indulgence of posting something about boxing. I just can’t restrain myself from doing it. This post is about Pacquiao knocking out Morales in third round knock out in their third meeting. Morales beat Pacquiao on their first meeting and Pacquiao knocked-out Morales in their second fight. However, Morales have many excuses about his lost. But now the whole world knows who the better fighter is.

But this is not just a fight for the PacMan, this is a fight he dedicated to his nation. Some even call our country as the Pacquiao Nation. Here are some of the highlights:

It only took Manny Pacquiao three rounds to prove himself the stronger, faster fighter. In a surprise ending to the two fighter's legendary trilogy, Manny Pacquaio completely dismantled Erik Morales from the very beginning and scored a third round KO victory over Morales.

Manny Pacquiao is more than just a national hero in the Philippines. In a country where turmoil sometimes seems a never ending story, Pacquiao is the only person among 87 million Filipinos with the power to unite the nation. At 5'-6 1/2 , that's a tall order. When Pacquiao fought Erik Morales for the second time last January (and the same happened last November 18 when he beat Morales again), this is what happened in the Philippines:

Police reported a crime rate of nearly zero in major Filipino cities during the hours leading up to the fight and after.

Normally congested streets in every city in the country were deserted.

Politicians who rarely agree on anything, sat side-by-side with adversaries in movie theatres across the country to watch the fight broadcast.

On free TV, the Filipino network which aired the bout broke all existing national records, with virtually 100 per cent of the country's TVs tuned in.

Pacquiao is many things, but he is not a miracle worker. Even a troubled nation returns to "normal" when the glow of a Pacquiao victory wears off. A simple minded senator even said this "it is unfortunate that Manny cannot fight every day."

It may seems ludicrous but Pacquiao have accomplished what the politicians and the church failed to do (at least about crime and the sense of unity).

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