Pacquiao loss stuns nation still reeling from ‘Pablo’


Referee Kenny Bayless, left, calls the fight as Juan Manuel Marquez, from Mexico, right, rushes from his corner after knocking out Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, left, in the sixth inning of their WBO world welterweight fight Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, in Las Vegas. The punch that knocked out Pacquiao also silenced his nation still reeling from the wrath of typhoon “Pablo.” AP PHOTO/ERIC JAMISON

MANILA, Philippines—The punch that knocked out Manny Pacquiao also silenced a nation still reeling from the wrath of typhoon “Pablo.”

People strode out of cinemas at the Eastwood Mall in Libis, Quezon City, with somber expressions on their faces as if coming out from a sad movie. Before joining what seemed like a funeral procession, the crowd stayed for some 30 minutes after the momentous 6th round in which the national champ was knocked out by an old foe. Unable to accept defeat, they sat stoically while waiting for word from Pacquiao himself.

It came too soon, unexpected, a group from Laguna told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

“What happened?” said one, apparently trying to exact an answer from an older member of the group.

After Pacquiao regained consciousness, the crowd heaved a sigh of relief. Only after cameras panned out of Pacquiao did they slowly move out of their seats.

The only consolation was seeing their idol valiantly stand up from the canvass after what seemed like eternity of waiting.

“It’s bound to happen sooner than later,” was all Aaron Estoque, a visiting Filipino worker in Guam, could say. Estoque watched with his mother in Greenbelt 3, Makati.

A pall of gloom also descended on people outside the cinemas as soon as the bad news spread, with storekeepers, fastfood crews and a few shoppers talking in a hushed tone of the bout that arguably ended Pacquiao’s aura of invincibility.

“We just wasted P700,” said a fast-food crew, when told that the bout abruptly came to an end with devastating result for the national champ.

A stunned Senator Francis Pangilinan said: “Masakit (It’s painful).”

“Yes. This is a painful defeat felt throughout the nation. Manny is still and will always be our nation’s greatest boxing champion. This painful defeat does not lessen in anyway what he has achieved as a boxer, as a Filipino and as a human being. We will always hold him in highest esteem,” said Pangilinan in a text message.

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  • indiosbravos2002

    Reklamo rin ni Roach dati yong ang daming bangaw sa paligid pag nagtetrainng si Pacquiao. Nawawala focus ni Pacmsn. Ngayon nadagdagan pa ng nagpprayover at nagbibible study.

  • Edgardo Mendoza


    • indiosbravos2002

      Sa born again na sya nagpapadasal. Yong mga pastor nga dala dala pa pamilya. All expense paid (plane tickets, food and accomodation) ni Pacquiao. Kapalmuks naman. Baka nanghingi pa ng ikapu kahit talo na.

  • bugoybanggers

    Balik na sa dati ang PILIPINAS. Hintay mo na tayo ng 20 yrs at may sisibol na naman na mashigit pa kay PASTOR Money Pakyaw. Okay atleast napasaya niya ang mga PILIPINO at nai angat natin ang dangal at karangalan ng 8 taon. Sige Pastor Money Pakyaw, matulog ka na, marami kasing hindi makatulog dahil pumusta sa iyo.. TALO! Inang ku po, wala ng pang ulam, ni pang pulutan nga ipinusta pa. Sige, mga kababayan, sa FOOTBALL naman tayo! Larga na! Go AZKALS GO!

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