By Marivir R. Montebon
It felt like I was knocked down last night. The defeat of Philippine boxing champ Manny Pacquiao to Juan Manuel Marquez was a personal tragedy and for his legions of fans as well.
One gets shocked at how the formidable Pacquiao fell fast and flat on his face on the sixth round. And gripping fearful when he was totally out for more than a minute. That was horrible!
Athletes have their glory days and tragedies. I feel for Pacquiao, as I feel for a figure skater who miscalculates and lands her body on ice and instead of her feet, or when a gymnast falls from the uneven bars. Despite those unfortunate miscalculations, I still admire the discipline and grace they bear in the moment of defeat. It happens.
If for anything, the Pacquiao-Marquez fight last night was an ego trip and not a title bout. It should give Pacquiao some soul searching as to whether he has to retire as a boxer and concentrate on public service. No easy feat for a man on top of his career. But then, one has to understand the law of Physics, what goes up naturally goes down. Perhaps Pacquiao should have kept his winning title on the third fight with Marquez where he won. As he humbly admits, he did not see it coming.
Overall, I am sympathetic. And I congratulate Marquez who seized the moment.
For us all, the game of life continues.