Monday, May 4, 2009

Pacquiao Creams Hatton, Carries the Weight of the Philippines

I have a confession to make. I hate watching burly, sweaty men engage in repetitive, seemingly senseless attempts to beat the living daylights out of each other. That’s why I was never a boxing (and basketball) fan. But thanks to the perpetual advertisements, the amusing arguments by congressmen for trips to Las Vegas and the endless barbs thrown at each other by patriots and traitors to the Filipino race, I was finally hypnotized into standing still with the rest of the nation--- for two whole rounds.

Well that was a whole lot of… How could Hatton disappoint us so? He broke even the hearts of some Filipinos, not the ones who were cheated out of twelve rounds of beer and oily grub (they went on consuming their cholesterol/hypertension feasts while watching the replays) but the ones who really looked highly at Hatton.

I had high expectations of Hatton. I thought that he would finally be the one who could send Filipinos spiraling into hopelessness and reduce a national hero to a 15-minute footnote in history. I felt so bad that he went down so easily and so quickly. By Hatton’s own admission, he got depressed over his loss to Mayweather. I can only imagine how devastated he is right now.

What’s next for Hatton?

I have another confession to make. The hype has taken over my consciousness so deeply that I stayed up till midnight to watch the Pacquiao-Hatton 24/7 documentary special. From the stark contrast between East and West, I’d say Pacquiao will have even tougher challenges to face than Hatton. At least the Hitman can return to his “quiet” (compared to Pacquiao’s) English life. Pacquiao has the tremendous burden of once more having to take upon his shoulders the weight of the hopes and dreams of a long suffering nation. He’d have to carry his cross all the way to Mayweather or (gasp! God forbid) all the way to congress!

Defeating Mayweather or the crocodiles in congress will mean he’ll have lifted us a few inches higher in our own esteem.

16 comments:

  1. with that documentary, i thought of Hatton to be indestructible opponent. but after the fight i was convinced that it was all about Mayweather's blabber creating the image of Hatton.

    i pity Hatton, but not mayweather sr. and if there is someone to blame for our collective frustration over hatton's performance, it will be the old black man.

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  2. that is so true totomel. i think hatton made a bad choice to get mayweather sr. i wish he never dumped his old coach.

    i really, really feel sorry for him

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  3. happy mothers day mommy grace! :)

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  4. thanks my friend :)

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  5. This is also the first time I've decided to sit down and witness a match through and through, for I always thought boxing too heartbreaking to watch. When it was over, I asked Papa, "So that's it?! Human na? Kato ra?" Haha...

    After all the blogs that I've read after the match, this is the one that shares my exact sentiments in all aspects.

    Missed your posts, Ma'am! I hope the day sickness eased up.

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  6. thanks for still visiting traveling minstrel. i haven't been posting a lot lately because of well... the morning sickness. huhuhu

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  7. I thought mayweather sr. is an ok coach. His good w/ defense, the shoulder roll, and hand speed especially with large fighters.

    The problem is Hatton, who doesn't learn and will never learn -- if you watch his fights on youtube. As he admiited himself, "The old heart ruled the head."

    I really don't buy all the hype and blabber by Mayweather Sr. He once admitted that he's really good w/ Fred Roach. He just did his thing to hype all the matches of his fighters. And all of us who felt bad by mayweather's antics got played a bit. Well, that's beside the proclivity of the mayweathers to stir controversy -- Floyd Jr. and Roger. :-)

    Now, Grace, i'm not keeping myself posted. When is the due date? I smell birth by ... internet. Hehehe.

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  8. hahaha. parang less painful yang birth by internet ah. hehe. sa october pa doctor, pero ang layo pa halos feeling ko mamamatay na ako. what a difficult time this has been for me

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  9. shax..

    akala ko finally matatalo na si Paquiao..

    Disappointed tlga ako. :(

    ahahahahahaha.

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  10. oo nga webster. akala ko talaga si hatton na makakatalo sa kanya

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  11. well, sad to say hatton wasnt the right man. may isang sekreto lang si pacquiao kung bakit invincible sya sa gitna ng ring: VITWATER. now you know! i mean, NOW WE KNOW.hehehe. Inom Na!

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  12. ahahaha. natawa talaga ako don totomel! baka with alaxan yung vitwater nya :)

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  13. at datu puti!

    grace, i'm pioneering the birth by internet method. ask me. :-D

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  14. haha. o sige nga dr. daily idiot. kaso parang nakakatakot ha. :)

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  15. Tindi talaga pala ni Pacquiao. Maligayang kaarawan ng mga Ina sa iyo Sirok. Lam kong huling-huli na ang bati ko..sensya na.Pagpalain ka at ang buo mong sambahayan!!!

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  16. uy kauste, napadaan ka! na miss na kita. salamat kaibigan :)

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