Senator-boxing fighter Manny “Pacman’ Pacquiao’s easy dominance over Cincinnati, Ohio’s boxer Adrien Broner in their WBA Welterweight championship fight at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas last Sunday, serves as another source of pride and inspiration for Filipinos.
The easy win by unanimous decision (117-111, 116-112, 116-112) has amply demonstrated the Filipino fighting spirit to prevail over stiff opposition even under challenging circumstances. It is noteworthy that Manny is 40 years old while Broner is in his prime at 29. The will to win spells the difference.
Thus, more significant than the P500 million purse Pacquiao bagged when he subdued Broner is the shining honors he won for the Philippine flag, the Filipino people and our country. He comes home shortly with his WBA welterweight championship belt which Broner obviously salivated for. The American challenger publicly announced before their fight that he will take it from Manny and send him home “beltless.”
Even after Manny’s victory was announced by the referee, however, Broner defiantly insisted he won the fight. “I beat him. Everybody out there knows I beat him. I controlled the fight, he was missing. I hit him clean more times. I beat him,” he declared, despite being on the run throughout the encounter.
As a consequence, Broner lost five-fold in that encounter: he lost the fight; he lost the belt he was obsessed with; he lost the respect of the audience which booed him; he lost his contact with reality. Unknowingly, he even lost his self-respect.
Mabuhay si Manny! Mabuhay ang makabayang damdaming Pilipino!!!