June 17, 2012 in Baguio City
By ARTHUR L. ALLAD-IW
BAGUIO CITY — Residents of this city showed their patriotic support to their idol, pound-for-pound boxer Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, by braving the rains at the Abanao road here to view the fight at a giant-wall screen at the Abanao Square.Amidst loud shouts every time Pacquiao hit Bradley, the fans were outraged with what they call unbelievable result after the 12 rounds: Pacquiao lost by split decision against his most punished foe, American Timothy Bradley.
A sportsman explained in an interview that it’s the US-based boxing mafia who decided the result of the 12 round boxing match in order to gain multi-million dollars profit for a future Pacquiao-Bradley rematch come November 10.
“It’s not a saleable rematch when Pacquiao wins in the June 10 bout, as it was very clear on the fight that he won. It’s saleable when he lost in a controversial split decision. It’s already a done deal for the sake of profit for the boxing mafia,” explained Paul Belinan, a karate instructor and union organizer in this city.
With the assured multi-dollars profit in a rematch, the US-based mafia undermined the result of the fight seen worldwide as won by Pacman, explained Belinan. And it happened in the gambling capital of the world – Las Vegas, opined another watcher of the fight.
Pacquiao’s defeat is not an act of God, but it’s the USA’s gambling lords decision, said a vendor who claims to be a devout Christian.
The three judges of the Pacquiao-Bradley bout scored: Judge Jerry Roth gave Pacquiao 115-113 while Judges CJ Ross and Duane Ford gave 115 – 113 in favour of Bradley; a controversial split decision – to the surprise of the new champion Bradley.
In the pre-fight press conference, Bradley told media about a rematch November 10 this year.
In a fair and square scoring, Pacquiao won the fight but failed to get the nod of the two judges, said Ignacio Pangket, a resident of Kias barangay. “Na-mafia ang laban (It’s a mafia decision). It is very obvious that Pacman shook Bradley through his punches,” said Felix Atuban, who is among the avid Pacquiao fan in the city, where the latter always had his practices before his fights in the USA.
“Walang malakas na suntok si Bradley kay Pacman. Halos hindi siya makaporma kay Pacman (Bradley failed to make a strong punches against Pacman. He (Bradley) was not able to have good fight against Pacman),” said Roland Colcol, a chef at the Veniz Hotel fronting Abanao Square where this writer joined them viewing the fight.
But for security guard Mr. Padiernos, that is life in boxing: some one lost the fight but another wins it. It just happened that our man, Pacman, lost the bout.
Hundreds of the viewers founnd safe places from the rain while almost a thousand occupied the half lane of the street of Abanao in Baguio City with their umbrellas. # nordis.net