By Ronald Geronimo
Sike! I initially thought he did but upon reviewing the action-packed 12 rounds it’s clear that the judges were right on the money. Juan Manuel Marquez had a draw at best. It’s hard to call a spade a spade with so much adrenaline and intensity going on in the ring so we have to give them the kudos they rightfully deserve for keeping focus and listing the tabs correctly. People see what they want to see or should I say Floyd Mayweather fans see what they want to see. We can’t deny that Marquez had several moments in his bout against Manny Pacquiao. Having said that though, that’s all they were…moments. Pacquiao had more than enough “replies” to those moments to claim the victory. Controversial? Yes. Wrong? No.
You might think that I’m a “pactard” for reaching that conclusion. I’m not. I’m actually one of the few people who truly believe that Marquez took their 2nd fight back in 2008 so nothing could be further from the truth. I’ve had verbal battles against Pacquiao fans and had to endure their childish rants because of this but I’m on their side on this occasion. I’m just calling it the way I see it based on facts, statistics and ring generalship.
You might wonder though, if Manny Pacquiao clearly won then why are so many people clamoring that Marquez was robbed? It takes some political insight to understand why. They are saying that “pactards” are biased, not using their heads, and full of bigotry. While that may be true for some, if not many, it is actually the opposite in this case. Most people complaining are Mexicans (understandably so) and Mayweather fans. The former group can be excused for their sense of “nationalism” in the same way that Filipinos always root for Pacquiao regardless of who the opponent is. I bet some of the Pinoys even think that Pacquiao is greater than Sugar Ray Robinson. Putting that aside though, the problematic group is the Mayweather fans who call themselves boxing experts and fair judges. Where were they when Floyd Mayweather Jr. threw those cheapshots at Victor Ortiz? Wasn’t that more controversial than Manny Pacquiao’s win over Juan Manuel Marquez? Oh right, they were cajoling and justifying Floyd’s win as completely legitimate and an exemplary display of boxing skill. Victor Ortiz was gonna get knocked out anyway. Yeah, right. By now you must already know the reason why they are so energetic in claiming that Marquez won this fight. They’re not fans of Marquez nor are they boxing fans who really care about fairness as they claim to be. They simply want to discredit Pacquiao and put Floyd up on a pedestal by comparing both of their fights against the same fighter. Never mind that Floyd didn’t even bother to make weight against Marquez at that time. Never mind that Pacquiao demolished Ricky Hatton and Oscar De La Hoya much more convincingly than Floyd did. All of Pacquiao’s wins are against washed up and over the hill fighters, they chant in unison. His only real fights are those that he has trouble with. He can only win against old bums but he better “take the test” against Floyd because no one can possibly be that great. =) So as a neutral boxing fan I ask you this, whose fans are bigots and close-minded, Manny Pacquiao’s fans who are quick to admit that last night’s performance was less than stellar or Mayweather’s fans who incessantly claim that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is greater than Muhammad Ali and the greatest boxer of this era simply because he’s undefeated? Word.
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