Monday, July 7, 2008

Pacquiao vs Diaz

Hey everyone, quite an odd time to write my next entry, just after the Ateneo -La Salle game. There's just so many things i want to write about from the time i wrote my last entry until now. I guess I'll start with the events that happened this past week before I share my thoughts about the game.

Pacquiao vs Diaz - This is the one fight I really wish I could experience LIVE. I've been to Manny's last two fights in Vegas (thanks of course to GMA7 and Manny for the tickets) and it was real crazy! Very similar to Ateneo, La Salle games except that the Filipinos and Mexicanos are not divided into two sides. Beer is also allowed in the arena so don't be surprised to see a lot of first fights in the stance between drunkies. I was lucky enough to get close up seats so i could clearly see and 'feel' the blows being taken by Manny, especially in the fight against Marquez. I remember getting leg cramps just while standing and sitting because of the excitement and the nervousness I guess.

Pinoy Records actually asked me to do some features in LA after supposedly watching Manny's fight this time around against Diaz but my schedule did not permit me to leave. It was just a week before the opening of the UAAP and I would have to miss practices and battle jetlag. I would have loved to go this time around! Imagine you get to watch a fight and at the same time, you get to see almost the entire Boston Celtics who just won the NBA championship! PLUS, the entire US Olympic Basketball team was also in town and checked in at the Wynn in preparation for the Beijing games.I'm so jealous because my friend Joanna was actually able to see, take photos and get autographs of the different NBA stars like Kobe, Lebron, CP3, Dwight Howard, etc. AND this is actually a historical victory for Manny being the first Asian to win 4 weight class divisions. Oh well, priorities first :)

What's sad is that I wasn't even able to watch the match on TV live. We were in the middle of our team building session in Subic that weekend and MVP (Sir Manny Pangilinan) just received a text and announced to us that "Pacquiao knocks out Diaz in 9th round" and everyone started cheering! Luckily, my mom taped the match so i was able to watch it when i got home. The fight was too one sided though. Manny was just too explosive and fast for Diaz. He controlled the entire fight. He attacked whenever he wanted without having to worry about counter punches. Diaz just stood his ground and took the hit.

One of the very rare occasions were we can cheer for our country. I mean we don't have anything like the World Cup where in the entire nation stops just to watch a match. The closest thing we have is probably the Olympics but then again it is not very accessible to all. When there's a Pacquiao fight, everything just seems to stop! Everyone's just glued to their TV sets or radios. You can really feel the people coming together, cheering for a common cause and celebrating a joint victory for all! How often do we feel that sense of pride for our country?! I think that's exactly what we lack. Everybody is trying to bring each other down for one's own ambition. I have to say... Manny is truly a national hero!

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

wow... you're awake after that game... rest well! :P

sunshinegirl said...

Oh well, priorities first :)

Aww...natuwa naman ako sa sinabi mong yun. I'm glad you chose the team over the boxing match. Though sayang nga. hehe.

-Meg

Nica said...

Wow! 3posts agad! Woot-woot!

Yeah, Manny Pacquiao is a national hero! He's making every Filipino proud =)

NicaNY said...

PS: We always have a Filipino gathering everytime Manny has a fight. THere's this 1 famous Filipino resto here in NY and everytime Manny has a fight, it's always full and even NYPD cops go there and bet for Manny. HAha! I really love that story when owner told us that. (If you visit NY again Chris, you gotta visit that Filipino resto!)

My family just stay @ our other Filipino friend's house and have a mini-party with pizzas and drinks here and there. I love Manny Pacquiao's fights! The feeling of get-together with fellow Filipinos is just so overwhelming esp the pride you feel when he wins.

christina said...

pacman is truly a national hero. i just love how literally peaceful our country is whenever he has his games. i met him before, i must say he really is so humble. you're so lucky to have watched some of his games live!

nurse jane said...

Pacquiao is really a good person...
I mean he's not greedy enough to keep his blessing to himself...
I heard that aside from donating 3M Pesos from his pocket, he'll be doing a fund raising project for the Victims of Bagyong Frank...
I guess that's the reason why he's always blessed...
You two are good people...
Keep inspiring the Filipinos!..^o~

btw, Manny said he'll be doing e new show too!
Did you guys received same offer?...
just curious...:)

eYnah said...

yeah i agree..manny is a hero...
just imagine the zero crime rate whenever he has a fight..:)

sharleein said...

manny is really impressive. just like you. i'm sure he's proud of you too now that he's able to watch your game against dlsu live!