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Written by Marissa Acierto   
Monday, 11 June 2012 15:46


By Marissa Acierto | SCCPRESS.COM


H OLLYWOOD, CA – It was plain as day prior to the fight slated for June 9, 2012. The media day had a full house for Manny Pacquiao at the Wild Card Gym on May 30, 2012, a Wednesday. Manny projected a shine of resiliency, calmness and tranquility the moment one saw him. He had an inner peace that he was completely ready to tackle the world. For the first time during his training hours at Griffith Park in the morning, he was photographed with his kids and wife Jinkee. The work out turned out like a family affair. Manny even had his dog called "PacMan" with him too. Occasionally retired professional boxer and brother Bobby Pacquiao could be seen running side-by-side with him, too.


At the gym with Manny Pacquiao were retired champion boxers of Filipino descent: Gerry Peñalosa, a former WBC super flyweight and WBO bantamweight title holder; Luisito Espinosa, a former WBA bantamweight and WBC featherweight champion; Orlando "Orly" Villaflor former WBF featherweight kingpin. 


Professional colleagues at the gym were Freddie Roach, trainer and a recent recipient of the International Boxing Hall of Fame Award, which he credits to

Manny Pacquiao; Boboy Fernandez, assistant trainer and longtime friend; Rob

Peters, body guard and head of security; Robert "Bob" Arum, the founder and CEO of Top Rank.


Alex Arriza, the strengthening and conditioning coach of Manny Pacquiao, spoke to this reporter prior to the fight. He said, "Manny will be the smarter fighter and Bradley will make it more like a street fighter."


Special highlights during the bout were two dynamic young Americans of Filipino and/or Mexican descent. Jessica Sanchez, a 16-year-old from Chula Vista and the second-place finalist in the 2012 American Idol, sang the American national anthem. The Philippine national anthem was sung by Kirby Asunto, a 14-year-old from New Jersey. Kirby is a niece of one of Pacquiao's family members.


The world saw a different image on June 9, 2012, because Manny

"PacMan" Pacquiao – according to the judges’ split decision – lost his WBO welterweight title to Timothy Bradley, Jr., AKA "Desert Storm". 


What's up America? Manny has been fighting boxers from all over the world and the moment the Filipino fighter fights an undefeated American fighter, he is downplayed and robbed of his title. This definitely does not speak well of Nevada, Nevada boxing judges, the Nevada Athletic Commission and lastly the sport of boxing.


It is true Manny has made a complete life change and speaks proudly how he has placed God as the top echelon, reading the Bible and having bible studies.  He even encourages the people around him to study too. Last year, before the fight with Juan Manuel Marquez, a 3-time world division champion and who has won 6 world titles in 3 boxing weight classes, Manny prayed out loud and said to the parishioners that he did not want Juan Manuel Marquez to get hurt. This was witnessed by many at the church ceremony before the Manny Pacquiao fight. 


Although the irony is that interim light welterweight title holder Juan Manuel Marquez and his fans felt that he was the winner last year in November. He felt that he was also duped in November by a unanimous-decision loss against Manny but he acknowledged that Manny won over Bradley. However, he did indicate that now Manny will feel what he felt in November.


A fighter’s vision to win is to have a "demolition instinct" but Manny is in the sport to play and pray. Even his opponent is prayed to not be hurt. He prayed for Timothy Bradley.


Timothy Bradley has earned fleeting fame by beating Manny Pacquiao through a split decision that doesn't make sense to the general public but only to the judges C.J. Ross and Duane Ford, who gave identical scores of 115-113 for Timothy

Bradley. Judge Jerry Roth had a score of 115-113 for Manny Pacquiao.


Even HBO unofficial judge, Harold Lederman and scored 119–109 for Pacquiao. Mayweather, Sr., Juan Manuel Marquez, Bob Arum and many boxing professionals and media felt Manny Pacquiao was the winner of the fight.


According to Pacquiao, Bradley never hurt him with a single punch.  See excerpts at  


After the fight, Bradley said, "I want to see the replay and see how I won?"   Meanwhile, the crowds were booing because of the score. However, before the scorecards were released, Bradley said to Arum, "I tried hard but I couldn't beat the guy."


Pacquiao looks forward to a rematch already reserved for November 10th at the MGM Grand for the second meeting of the two Top Rank-promoted fighters. He urges the fans to not hate boxing because of a bad decision and likes fighting at the MGM and Las Vegas. He said that they have been good to him. 


An economic and public-safety trivia info during Manny Pacquiao's fight: It contributes to a rise on total hotel occupancy and taxes. The crime rate is lower.  Many restaurants are busy getting take-out orders like it were the Super Bowl of football game. 


As one fan said, "I like the fight but the decision’s s**ks." # # #

Last Updated on Monday, 11 June 2012 16:01

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