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Bacolod City, PhilippinesTuesday, June 12, 2012

A ‘wake’ after the fight


In the past years, Ninfa and Perla and I never missed watching the most-awaited fight of the year, so at around 10:30 a.m. Sunday, we entered the La Proa Hall of the L’Fisher Hotel that was already full of aficionados of boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao.

As shown on TV, the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, was fully-booked, with Filipino fans waving the Philippine flag all the time.

Filipino-American Kirby Asunto sang beautifully and correctly our Philippine National Anthem, while American Idol runner-up Jessica Sanchez sang the “Star-Spangled Banner” of the United States. Our very own Mayor Bing Leonardia held our flag. We prayed and cheered everytime Pacquiao hit Bradley. We clapped and yelled, and when they announced that Bradley won, none of us could believe it.

Those who were very affected by the result of the fight apparently lost their appetites and refused to take their lunch, and decided to go home; while those who stayed, ate without gusto. Unlike the previous fights, no noise or loud conversation could be heard among the lunch crowd – it was like a wake for someone dead.

I take my hat off to the way our Manny Pacquiao reacted to the decision. No bad reaction, except for asking for a rematch in November. We watched our Pacman leave the MGM walking and smiling, with his family, while Timothy Bradley in wheelchair, was an irony. We enjoyed the reaction of other TV viewers. Ha ha ha!!!

Remember: Wise people don’t just admit wrongs; they strive to avoid a repeat performance. A song in your heart puts a smile on your face.*

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