Well it’s a somber day for Pinoys everywhere it seems — and from the lack of activity (outrage) on my newsfeed I can see why. Last night Manny Pacquaio–who for nearly a decade stood undefeated–faced his second loss to Juan Marquez. And I mean literally faced–like face-planted, planked, knocked out, etc.
You get the picture.
But does this K.O. spell the end of Manny Pacquaio’s legendary career?
According to the “expert” opinions of my father and uncles (who shelled out cash for this HBO exclusive): this is literally the end of Manny Pacquiao. In fact, many believed he was at the end of his career after his
controversial loss to Bradley this past summer and had few hopes for the outcome of this match. Already Manny’s fans have faced the mourning process of rage over the supposedly rigged Bradley match, and now with the results of the Marquez match, many fans have come to quietly accept that maybe the Pacman should hang up his boxing gloves and pursue that political career he’s been talking about.
“Even the best fall down sometimes” has become a sort of rallying call, somberly accepting this K.O. defeat and the fact that the Pacman just isn’t as invincible as we all hoped he would be. After all, there are those fans (like me) still smitten with Manny’s rags-to-riches story. We truly hoped that Marquez would be a turning point, that Manny would recover from his loss and legitimate his legendary title as one of the greatest boxers.
But the results are clear — after six grueling rounds Marquez won with a rather phenomenal right punch. I mean okay, I’m a Pacquaio fan, but you’ve got to appreciate the opening he had there and then how he took it – bam. That’s the kind of opening that a fighter looks for, and after three losses to Manny, this is an amazing end to their rivalry.
And honestly, there’s nothing to do but to give kudos to a clean, decisive punch like that.
Of course, Pacquaio fans believe that this is the kind of punch that breaks fighters, that this might be the last we hear of Manny. But, whether he retires now or later (some people also speculate he’ll do some sort of “redeeming” match to end on a high note), it might be safe to say that this is the end of his boxing career. Still, this will never the end of the legend that he built up.
Whether you like him or not, Manny Pacquaio has become a sort of star recognized by fans the world over. From the Mayweather nonsense, to the scandal, from the 2008 Summer olympics when he proudly carried the Philippine flag, or to the ways way he inspires people, or how he gave hope to a little-known archipelago hanging out in the Pacific — we might not hear much of him on pay-per-view, but we still have the legend.