GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/13 Nov) — Manny Pacquiao won the judges’ nod but not the viewers.’
“Klaro pildi man si Manny. Daug na man hinoon siya” (It is clear Manny lost, but he won), Judy Pitallar of Maon, Butuan City, said of the 12-round match between Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico.
For government driver Dodong Salvador of Sandawa Homes in Kidapawan City, “tigulang na si Manny. Wa na kaayo kusog ang iyang kamao. Dili na siya ang Manny sa una” (Manny is old. His fist doesn’t have much strength anymore. He is no longer the Manny of yesteryears).
Ice cream vendor Toto Tudtud, 54, of Pawayan I in Surigao City said Marquez showed all his skills and techniques, stepped back when Pacquiao moved forward, and threw his punches to avoid being knocked down or knocked out but “I think Marquez won the fight, and via majority decision at that.”
“It was more controversial than the first two fights between them. I was surprised that Marquez was more competitive at the higher weight. Maybe Team Pacquiao failed to anticipate that. Perhaps the judges gave it to Pacquiao, a resident welterweight. than to a transient visitor like Marquez,” said Bronx Hebrona, Southwestern Mindanao governor of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industries.
Guiamel Alim, a member of the Council of Elders of the Consortium of Bansamoro Civil Society said, “I can’t believe the decision. This will put the Filipinos in a a bad light.”
Photojournalist Rene B. Lumawag said “Dinaya tayo. Dapat talo tayo!” (We were cheated. We should have lost).
Brig. Gen. Rey Ardo, chief of the 6th Infantry Division, said “iba pagtingin ng judges” (the judges viewed it differently).
Kidapawan Bishop Romulo dela Cruz said Marquez could have gotten the nod of the judges if he had been more on the offensive. Manny was more like the challenger. We have to admire Marquez for the improvement he has shown. But I like the decision.”
Brig. Gen. Alan Luga, chair of the Ad Hoc Joint Action Group for the government peace panel, said, “well, we are just laymen when it comes to boxing. There are just things professional judges see which we cannot. Pacquiao was the more aggressive though Marquez was more accurate.”
An official of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) who requested not to be named. said he watched the 12-round match and believes “Marquez won the fight.”
Lawyer Carlos Isagani Zarate of the Union of Peoples Lawyers in Mindanao said “it was a $22-M lackluster fight of Pacman. He was lucky but he was obviously not in his best elements! While still the champion, he should seriously consider hanging his gloves NOW! “
Kaloy Manlupig of Balay Mindanaw said he “watched live and cheered for Manny alone here in Tanzania” and that while he is happy for Pacquiao, “I think Marquez is his contra pelo.”
For government worker Gelo Mark Dagale of Surigao City, Marquez “could have won the fight. It is glaring that Marquez was much improved., better fighter this time.”
Jong Mayuno, 26, a driver of a habal-habal (commercial motorcycle) in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, said “walay klaro, dapat midaug si Marquez kay tanan nga round iyaha. Daghang solid nga sumbag si Marquez” (Marquez should have won because all the rounds were his. Marquez had solid punches).
Reynafe Momay-Castillo of Isulan in Sultan Kudarat said she was “not satisfied” because Pacquiao’s victory was “not convincing.”
In Malaybalay City, Harold Casinabe, 47, a returning Overseas Filipino Worker from Dubai and a printing executive, said Pacquiao did not deserve his victory. “He won it by decision. It was Marquez who won it in the boxing ring.”
Casinabe said Pacquiao did not really show his boxing power. He said this was the same reaction he heard from about 200 who watched the fight in a restaurant that collected P175 for a pay-per-view seat with free lunch.
The bigger disappointment was in the free screening sponsored by the Malaybalay City government in two areas.
At the unfinished second floor of the Malaybalay City Public Market, there were more “ahhhhhs” expressing disappointment than cheers for Pacquiao.
“Kabo!” “Kabo” (cheat, cheat), young Maranao vendors who lived near the public market said.
“If he could have knocked down Marquez, it could have been believable,” said laborer Nestor A, who brought his family to the public viewing area.
“I thought we could accept Pacquiao’s defeat. The decision is just not fair,” said Allan, a janitor.
Those who watched from the Malaybalay City covered court, where four TV sets were set up, echoed the same reactions.
“We did not see Manny the pound for pound fighter there. We saw Manny the fighter who could have lost,” Jerome, a salesman of a department store said. (Allen V. Estabillo, Roel Catoto, Alden Pantaleon, Carolyn O. Arguillas, Paulnazer Lontua and Walter Balane/MindaNews)