Filipinos prepare a hero's welcome for Pacquiao

Filipinos prepare a hero's welcome for Pacquiao

Manila : Philippines | Dec 10, 2012 at 9:11 PM PST
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The common parlance among Filipinos today after their "national fist" (Pambansang kamao), Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao suffered a surprisingly terrible defeat against Juan Manuel "El Dinamita" Marquez is that in success there is glory but in defeat a real victory.

This is the period of time that Filipinos have unified their thoughts on Pacquiao's defeat; and for all we know, they are still preparing a hero's welcome for their champion. The new-found meaning of real victory uprooted the lingering unhappy emotions among many ordinary Filipinos who felt that they were also knocked out by Marquez in that swift and lightning right cross on the jaw that sent the Pacman on the canvas a few seconds before the sixth round should have ended.

A lot of people around the world never expected that Marquez could mark such a distinctive dot in the face of the one widely known as the finest among Filipino sluggers and a notorious "Mexican terminator". Pacquiao fought many legendary Mexican boxers which include names like Barrera, Morales, De La Hoya; giants like Cotto, Mosley, and Margarito. Notably, one of the knock-outs recorded in boxing history under Pacquiao was that of Ricky Hatton of the United Kingdom which was dubbed as the "West vs. East" fight. The Pacman sent the Hitman down straight on his back with the stunning left overhand cross on the face.

As Pacquiao said during an interview after the fight that he accepted his unfortunate defeat against Marquez and vowed a come-back to training camp after a rest. It was the message that turns the tide of mourning into hopes. It droves the mind of his Filipino fans and probably the world over that the Pacman is aiming for the fifth encounter with his archrival. And with this in mind, many are expecting a more explosive come back from Pacquiao and foresee stunning series of victory as it was before.

Pacquiao suffered the same fate when he was knocked out by his compatriot in the early round of his career as a professional boxer. It was a learning experience and he dotted it with more explosive aggressiveness and vicious punching prowess that brought a series of knock-out victories, and eventually to square with the finest and well-known legends in the boxing world.

Meanwhile, international and local writers and analysts are feasting the stunning performance of Marquez as a champion counterpuncher. He was very consistent with his tactical offensives; his moves were almost the same all throughout his fighting series with the Pacman except this time, he appeared to be more focused and determined to achieve his long cherished win against a nemesis whose luck might turn out his. Even himself was stunted with such a perfect punch, and indeed concluded the most common adage among sports people that the best offense is defense.

Thus, in this particular fight, a lot of boxing principles have been applied and concluded in the eyes of the media, professional boxers and among avid fans of boxing. And I should say that the art of boxing lives on with a flurry of punching prowess from the many other young boxers whose aims are to be like Marquez or Pacquiao one day.

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geopoet is based in San Jose, Central Luzon, Philippines, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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