Sunday, June 29, 2008

Pacquiao's Professionalism, Patience and Prayers

The euphoria created by Manny Pacquiao's sensational triumph over the courageous David Diaz, may have concealed a little known peril that the Filipino prizefighter must have sensed, even before he walked into the ring: an ambush that would have robbed him of the title and disappoint the 81 million countrymen he carries on his shoulders each time he lays his life on the line. There may have been attempts to extract a bigger payoff by scoring the bout in favor of the 4 to 1 underdog if the fight went the distance. The official ring physician is from Nevada, the referee also from the same state, as with the 3 judges at ringside. Pacquiao knew he may be walking into a trap, but it was too late to turn back.

It was Pacquiao's professional maturity as a pugilist that overcame whatever threat may have been intentionally laid out against his quest. He was focused and determined to end the fight with no questions nor doubts about its outcome. He followed the strategy zealously, crafted by his handlers after an excellent scouting and study of his opponent. The raging bull, who at times would surge with misdirected flurry of punches when hurt, became a matador who was scientific, methodical, and clinical. He gave the badly outclassed Diaz a painful boxing lesson by executing punches with deadly accuracy, landing 180 power punches that used his opponents' face for pinpoint target practice. The lion in Diaz, a big cat with intense ferocity, lost one life for each stage of the savage 9 round battering.

A closer scrutiny of the actuations of the ring physician in the 4th and 6th rounds gives an uneasy feeling. The swabs used to apply the petroleum jelly to stop bleeding was swallowed by the wound itself, indicating the depth of the injury and the danger it would pose for the fighter. Pacquiao himself slowed down in the 7th, picking his punches patiently and even looking at the wounds he inflicted. He asked the referee if the fight would continue, apparently realizing it should be stopped. But he was dismissed. There may have been hopes that Diaz could get a lucky punch or get away with a headbutt and last the distance, enough to call the fight at least a draw. The referee would be slow in breaking clinches as if giving Diaz the chance to strike. But Pacquiao guarded himself well. His prayers carried him through.

Pacquiao made history with this win. He is the only Asian, only Filipino, and only one of nine boxers to win championships in 4 different weight divisions. It has been a history soaked in blood. To his credit, Diaz kept the tricks away from the main stage, although he managed to pull off an elbow into Pacquiao's face a couple of times. Pacquiao poured it on in the 8th, and finished it off in the 9th with a perfectly timed and positioned left hook to the right face of Diaz on a downward trajectory. The blow sent Diaz head turning in 3 directions before falling like an empty sack to the canvas. Yet, Pacquiao returned to lift him up after the count fearing he may have harmed him too much in the process; before running to his corner to kneel in tearful prayer of thanks for his victory.

The brutality of this sport is enough to consider it unfit for a civilized society; yet the lust for blood while watching two human beings rearrange each other's face, break each other's bones or crack the opponent's skull, and tear up their internal organs, is taken as fun and entertainment. But the worst are those who continue to manipulate results by nonchalantly gambling with the lives of others and expect to profit from it. A vicious portrayal of man's inhumanity to man.


Photos courtesy of Getty Images and Yahoo Sports- AP


Jena Isle said...

I agree with your observation Durano, very much so.

We call the people during the Roman Empire as barbarians when they allowed gladiators to fight inside an arena.

Isn't that what boxing is all about too? We cheer two people who beat themselves to death and enjoy the show? and we call ourselves civilized people.

If one closely observes people watching a boxing match, one could easily witness the diabolical glee on their faces when they see their man packing the punches.

Well, they call it a sport, but....

Anyhow, congrats to Manny Pacuiao!

Thanks for sharing.

SheR. said...

We have seen displays of such fighting from dogs to humans..

This is indeed not so comprehensible for womenfolk because our maternal instincts teach us to love and nurture instead of to fight till the end for honour or not.

Look at all the wars that are fought throughout history. I would say the very reason for starting all of them are senseless..

K1 fighting, a pretty popular sport in Croatia where fighters can be trained in Muay Thai, kickboxing, etc.. but the concept is the same. Fight, man, fight.

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hi Jena Isle,

Every time I watch Pacquiao fight, I always wish him well and that no debilitating damage is inflicted on his person, win or lose.

I do congratulate his victory and the historical significance of this latest accomplishment, but this "sport" and its spawn the UFC which uses all available parts of the body to strike the opponent(knee, feet, elbow, head, and almost bare hands)are feeding the lust for gore.

The practice of Las Vegas odds makers and big time gamblers of "fixing" fights by buying off a fighter to deliberately lose, or the judges and referees to be blind to foul tricks to defeat another, has not waned. All boxing afficionados know this, as with sports writers. Amateur events in the Olympics fall prey to fixing too for political purposes, in any event - but more so in boxing.

It is just Divine intervention that would make a fighter, facing all odds, come out ahead. Perhaps Pacquiao should thank the 81 million Filipinos for praying for him.

Having all officials from the same state is a strong sign of something bad. If Pacquiao got a headbutt, the Physician could declare it dangerous and the judges could score the fight a draw, or if they allowed it to go on, they could score the next round in favor of Diaz. Anything can happen and Pacquiao can't do anything about it - except a knock-out - which is indisputable.

This is the only fight where the Pacman was serious even in pre-fight interviews, during the weigh-in and in his locker room prior to facing Diaz. Not a single smile whatsoever. He wanted to focus and concentrate to get his plan going and score a knock-out, and he did.

Off the record with our own local sports casters like Chino Trinidad, Recah Trinidad, and Ronnie Nathanielsz; an affirmation that such an attempt was set up may be obtained. :-) --Durano, done!

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hi Sher,

Yes, I agree. All wars are senseless. Truth is not obtained and justice is further eroded. Wars are the most destructive (physically, economically, morally, emotionally,and psychologically) and heinous horrors man can inflict on civilization and its people.

Sports that involve physical blows that can maim and kill like boxing and all other like contests are the same as wars - though fought individually.

It stokes the barbarian in everyone and raises the caveman instincts we have taken millions of years to bury from our psyche'.

The winner only proves he is the better brute between them. Is that even a compliment?

Certainly, boxing has its skill sets and science, but in the age of advanced technology, such science ought to be relegated to obsolescence. :-) --Durano, done!

Kim said...

congratulations to Pacquiao..
he certainly has a winner's spirit and determination..
I'm just relieved that my son never considered boxing as a career...much like football...
I think he's much safer swimming with sharks..haha..
have a grand day Durano :)

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hello Kim,

The win is for his countrymen, but Pacquiao did us all proud when he delayed his victory yell to the crowd and chose instead to lift his fallen opponent. He found common cause with the suffering and defeat of Diaz.

He then went to his corner to kneel in prayer, then to the crowd.

Speaking of your son, let him not graduate to riding the sharks, that's a totally different game! LOL! Take care. :-) --Durano, done!