Sunday, January 22, 2006

When A Boxer Unites a Nation

The Filipino nation suddenly paused during the Pacquia-Morales fight last January 22. Between 11AM-1PM, mall stores were half empty, while some cinemas of SM Megamall and Glorietta were filled with boxing fanatics cheering for the well-loved Pacquiao. People were glued to their television sets watching Solar Sports' coverage of the boxing event which was broadcasted locally through the ABS-CBN.

Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao indeed embodies the Filipino spirit. Amidst the political turmoil and social unrest caused by destabilization issues and threats of military uprisings, Pacquiao's triumph was warmly received by the nation. His victory has become the temporary panacea to the hurts and frustrations of the people. Even political squabblings suddenly ceased with administration and opposition political leaders embracing each other in jubilance when they witnessed how Morales surrendered after the 10th round. May we always have boxing champions who can unite the nation and ease socio-political tension.

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