Sunday, May 3, 2009

Holiday for a Sunday.. :)

I miss my long hair... *Sigh..

Yah, I really do miss my long hair, haha! Good evening everyone!

I guess the entire Philippines exclaims in joy right now as Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao stopped time itself in a decisive knockout win over Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton. It was a complete shocker, given the fact that everyone's expecting for a good fight. Guess Hatton underestimated the Filipino power. Cheers for that!

Since it's quite unrelative if I discuss something else today, let us pass from those "other" things and talk about.. well... boxing and Manny himself, haha!

It's a good thing we have the Solar All-Access channel on our TV. It made us avoid the hassles and the annoyances brought by GMA-7's coverage of the bout.

Here's what I hate about these VHF channels when they cover a big event like this: a bunch of senseless commercials.

I mean, cmon. They eat up the time being spent by the actual fight, plus the fact that it delays big time the supposed-to-be "live" coverage of the event, thus making those who are unable to catch in on an exclusive channel like Solar All-Access and those who can't even afford to watch the fight on a theater/closed stadium/bar/restaurant think that a 36-min. fight lasted over 4 gruelling hours of stupid airtime.

Well, you can't just blame them. Since they are sponsoring Pacquiao for this fight, we're left with no choice but to be patient enough for these commercial ads.

So much for that..

It's a star-studded night for Mandalay Bay Arena as known artists, celebrities, sports figures and even fellow boxers graced the 20,000+ audience for the Pacquiao-Hatton bout.

We can assume that most of them weren't a boxing fan at all, but after Pacquiao made a huge mark on the scene, it just seemed that they were curious enough to see how Manny Pacquiao deals with a fight and why he was able to reach the pinnacle of his boxing career.

The known figures who are present for that bout include Jack Nicholson, Jay-Z, P.Diddy, Mariah Carey, Adam Sandler, Kobe Bryant, and a lot more.

It's also cool to know that WWE superstar and fellow Filipino Dave Batista made it a point to join Pacquiao's entourage prior to his entry to the ring. What's funny was that I thought that Manny asked Batista to join his entourage in order to give Hatton a debilitating Spinebuster, or a Batista Bomb perhaps, haha!

Guess that's how popular Pacquiao already is.

Anyway, what's noticeable is the huge number of Brits that were present earlier for the fight. According to most estimates, almost 25,000 Brits flew over to US for the event. Unfortunately, an estimated 15,000 Brits made it inside Mandalay Bay Arena.

Yup, I know. We are clearly the underdogs in the numbers game.

I guess that simply nails down the fact that most of these Brits have the grands to watch a PPV like this, as opposed to us Filipinos.

Somehow you'll ask yourself, "Grabe, ganito na ba tayo kahirap?"

At least, I know deep inside that even if most of us Filipinos don't have the grands to board a plane for the bout, we'll always find a way to support our hero in a manner that is comparable to a live PPV experience.

That's how strong the Filipino spirit can be.


For those who are unable to catch up the fight, let me post the entire main event here. :)

It's clearly a one-sided affair between two great boxers. No doubt that both of them are talented fighters but that doesn't change the fact that Manny definitely is the greatest fighter of this era. Probably, we can say that he's the best boxer of all time.

From the very beginning of the match, it is quite noticeable that Hatton is up for an unfathomable challenge: He is the weaker of the two. He is much slower, uncoordinated and rough unlike Manny, who just completed the phases of becoming a true boxer.

Let us discuss the factors that brought Hatton to his second defeat:

1. Absence of fight plan for the bout. It seemed that the Hatton who fought against Manny was the Hatton who fought Mayweather and those other fighters before. Nothing's entirely new. He fought the fight his own way, abandoning his 2-month training under Mayweather Sr. If there's a fight plan, surely, we could've seen something unexpected or new from the Hitman, but then again, it all seemed that he did not prepared for Manny.
2. Conflict between Ricky and his trainer. It was reported a day before the fight that Hatton unexpectedly weren't in good terms with Mayweather Sr. That further ignited my point above perhaps. We could theorize that this was caused by differences in some viewpoints regarding their fight plan. This same reason might caused Mayweather Sr.'s bad blood with his boxer son.

I don't need to discuss the factors behind Manny's big time win, haha! I'm pretty sure everyone knows those reasons.

Guess Mayweather Sr. ate up all of his words, haha!

Alright, that's it for this post. Hope you liked this one. Let us celebrate this time for Manny's victory. Cheers everyone!

Three Stars and A Sun!

Till' next time dear bloggers, bye. :)


  1. Nakakapanghinayang lang ung mga ginastos ng kababayan natin para makapunuod ng live, wala man lang atang 10 minuto tapos na eh lolzz, pero ang mahalaga ANGAT NA NAMAN ANG PINOY!!!

    Boksingero ba si Hatton? nyahaha parang hindi eh!!!

  2. Haha! Yah... He doesn't seem like a boxer at all..