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Monday, December 8, 2008

Gobbling Up the Golden Boy

I had expected the bout to be  close to the 2003 Mosley-De La Hoya brawl, so I was shocked to  watch the Golden Boy not having  any metal on him as the Pac-Man munched on him through those eight rounds. By taking on Manny Pacquiao, Oscar DLH hoped to get off the boxing stage with a flourish but  instead found himself outclassed, outshone by a brown underdog.


What we can admire about DLH is that he was at least magnanimous in defeat by giving our "National Fist" the credit due him (monetarily, however, I believe Manny should get the lion's share).  And, as DLH sustains his charitable projects or as his fans continue to tell of his admirable character and the inspiration he has  cast on the world, he will always be a hero to many.


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Manny's discipline in his training sessions is something that some of our promising boxers in these highlands should emulate. There have been powerful Igorot boxers who could have done a Manny Pacquiao, but  sadly, many of them were downed not by a Sunday punch in the ring, but by their addiction to gin in some dimly lit folkhouse in Baguio.


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"The Best Pound-for-Pound Boxer" title flits over many a boxer's head through the years.  It was once DLH's in the 90s, and it's now arguably Pacquiao's.  Less than a decade from now, it will be claimed by another. Ah, the temporality of fame and fortune!


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Speaking of fame, it is funny how politicos once again jostle their way to be with Manny and Freddie Roach on the crest of the Pac-Man tidal wave.  Some of them are praying mighty hard that Manny will be drawn to the whirlpool of politics and be sucked up into the World Under where these traditional politicians need much light from the one who had just snatched the cosmic glow from the Golden Boy.


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And speaking of fortune, DLH's balloon of glory might have exploded but his purse has gotten fatter.  And so are the purses of promoters, bettors and advertisers (Ginebra San Miguel, LBC, Clear, Purefoods, Revicon, etc.)


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When Manny fights, issues about him surface. And, apart from talks about her mom's "dramatics," fans talk about his morals.  Funny how we commonly we shed the spotlight not only on the face of a hero but also on the nooks and crannies of his house, and how we habitually deplore an idol's moral lapses as much as we adulate his athletic prowess.

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