I used to publish a blow by blow account of Manny Pacquiao’s fights in the past primarily for the post to get crawled by the SERPs, LOL! But honestly, I have always been interested to write about boxing especially so when there’s so much at stake for a fellow General like Manny Pacquiao. It gets even more interesting when he’s up against his rival, Juan Manuel Marquez. There’s always so much to prove for these two men. Their second of the four matches against each other was considered to be an Unfinished Business were Marquez felt he was robbed of victory. So much for sour graping.
Though I failed to watch Pacquiao Vs. Marquez 4 because I wasn’t infront of the boob tube, my Mom and brothers kept updating me via SMS of the game’s result.
I was told that it was a stunning 6th round knockout in a very convincing fashion giving Marquez the emphatic win over Pacquiao.
The defeat was talked about everywhere. I even overheard conversations of disbelief while inside the elevator of SM City Gensan.
For the record, the loss via knockout was Pacquiao’s first since 1999. Reading the blow by blow account of the much talked about fight and the analysis thereafter made my heart bleed. It was sobering to see Pacquiao suffer the greatest loss of his life. The Champion got knocked down and battered. Our Champion got wounded. But what’s striking and admirable here is that he got up and accepted his fate gracefully. That is a heart of a true champion and he deserves respect for that.
My personal take is that all four fights have been genuinely memorable fought by these two champions with excellence. Boxing fans will remember these great fighters forever for always giving consistent bouts that exceeds the fans expectations. No boxer has learned to fight inside the ring overnight. The skill is honed over years of training and practice. Both of them deserves our admiration for the acquired in-ring excellence. In every fight, there’s someone who has got to lose and someone will go home victorious. Like they say, “We win some, we lose some.” When we start accepting defeats gracefully, that’s only the time we can finally move forward. No more sour graping folks, OK?
Paquiao- Marquez is considered to be an epic rivalry. They have always been evenly matched. Rumors has it that Marquez fought for legacy in the last bout against Pacquiao while the latter’s legacy has always been secure hence, he considered the Pacquiao- Marquez 4 match only as a big payday.
So how much is at stake? Hold on to your seats, folks! Forbes wrote and I quote:
Pacquiao is guaranteed $8.6 million for the fight, but his share of pay-per-view revenues will push his paycheck past $20 million. Marquez is guaranteed $3 million, but could snare up to $10 million with a big PPV audience.
Very interesting, ain’t right? The question of whether a fifth fight is in the offing, that still remains to be seen.
As to Manny Pacquiao who has kept us all proud and dignified universally so many times in the past, you’ve fought a good fight. We’re still proud of the man you have become. Good guys are a dime a dozen, but an aggressive fighter like you who has brought so much pride, honor and glory to the entire Filipino nation is always priceless.
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