ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Nov. 14, 2010) Roads were virtually deserted as locals watched on cable television Sunday’s bout between Filipino boxing superstar many Pacquiao and Mexico’s pride Antonio Margarito in Texas.
Pacquiao won by a unanimous decision over Margarito and snatching the Mexican’s WBC super welterweight belt in the 12-round fight at the packed Cowboys Stadium.
“Manny, Manny,” was all the locals chanted during the entire fight. “He is the best. Manny is the greatest and first round of the bout, I knew it, I knew Margarito will go down,” said Pacquiao’s fan, Maritess Fernandez, who watched the fight broadcast live on cable television with her family.
Even motorcycle taxi drivers stopped plying their routes to watch the fight on roadside restaurants while bigger diners charged customers as high as P300 that also comes with a plated meal to watch the bout on cable television.
As usual, many villagers bet on their favorite boxers with some siding with Margarito, saying, he was big and fast only to lose to Pacquiao’s diehard followers.
Pacquiao now holds 8 international boxing titles and is considered by many sports magazines as one of the world’s best.
But while many celebrate Pacquiao’s victory, others were disgusted with how another Filipino boxer Juan Martin Elorde fought over Angel Rodriguez. The young fighter, who uses his grandfather’s alias “Flash (Gabriel) Elorde” lost in the 4-round bout.
Two other Filipino boxers Richie Mepranum ang Dennis Laurente who also fought in the undercard bouts won. (Mindanao Examiner)