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“Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.” — Albert Einstein
Manny Pacquiao defeated Juan Manuel Marquez. It’s time we moved on.
So why am I still writing this?
Well the truth is, and as much as some preach that it’s about time the debating stopped and people moved on to a different issue, a lot of Filipino Pacquiao fans still can’t. And interestingly enough, it’s those who who support the verdict that can’t seem to truly move on; like they have this insatiable need to convert everyone to subscribe to their belief.
Just this Sunday in the Philippines, more than two weeks after the fight, Pacquiao’s home TV network was still selling the idea on how Pacquiao was the rightful winner and even invited a Filipino boxing judge to help preach to the choir.
Pacquiao won. Judges gave him the decision. Be happy that the right man won based on your opinions. But what’s the need for convincing Koreans that kimchi is good?
And before some of you go on your hate rants, hear me out. See this article through.
As far as I can see, I don’t see a lot of Filipinos who felt Marquez won, crying about their stance. Just like myself, I aired my opinion on the fight immediately after, and to this day, I get harassed on the Philippine boxing forums, e-mails and comments box regarding my honest take on the matter.
If you don’t want an honest answer, then don’t ask.
They keep asking me if I’ve seen the replay. If I’ve tried watching it with the volume down. Called me names, labeled me a traitor, a hater, and pretty much every insult one can think of. All because of what? Because I did not share their opinion that Pacquiao clearly won against Marquez? Man, if you like watching TV on mute, then more power to you. I got Bose surround sound. I’m good. Live and let live.
The last time I wrote about this fight was 5 days after the fight on November 17. In that piece titled “‘Why so angry?’: Pacquiao is definitely allowed to win close fights” I wrote:
“I appreciate skills. I appreciate counter-punchers and well executed game plans. I am not an official boxing judge, and respect the final verdict. With that said, my opinion is what it is. It is just an opinion. It has no real value.”
But for some reason, that simply isn’t enough for Pacquiao’s rabid fan base people call “The Pactards”. When I first encountered the term while reading a column by fellow Examiner Michael Marley, I thought it was just another one of his jokes. The guy is a natural-born comedian, so I didn’t really realize what he meant until I felt the wrath of “The Pactards” myself. As it was, Pactards were easy on me, because most of my past articles were favorable to their beloved hero Pacquiao.
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I have written articles about other Filipino fighters like Charly Suarez’s impressive gold medal-winning performance in Indonesia, Boom Boom Bautista, Dodie Boy Penalosa, Jr., Nonito Donaire, Jr., Denver Cuello and Brian Viloria since my last article on my take regarding Pacquiao-Marquez 3, yet the comments on my columns are still filled with Pacquiao supporters who are still livid and mad at me for calling the fight how I saw it.
It’s been more than 2 weeks folks, and last time I checked, you guys were right. Pacquiao won! So why can’t you just accept that some people simply have different opinions, and move on? Doesn’t mean they hate Pacquiao. And those who said Pacquiao won aren’t supposed to be considered “Pactards” either. But for one to keep on preaching and harping on why Pacquiao won, in an effort to try to convince those who felt otherwise or insult their intelligence is flat-out arrogant. If Pacquiao is the shit, man, fans like that are his shit stain.
Why can’t we just agree to disagree? Or better yet, MOVE ON! Especially since Pacquiao won. Let the crybabies cry like Marquez did for years after their second fight.
If you ask me, I’m happy Pacquiao won. I’m a Pacquiao fan, and a Filipino at that. It’s great to know that we can get a close one. But for people to lash out at me when I was simply trying to convey my honest thoughts on the fight, taught me a valuable lesson: I didn’t know my culture and my people as much as I thought I did.
People whom I defended the same Pactards from — the same Pactards that now attack me — were right after all; people like Kevin Iole and several others that have experienced and seen Pactardia’s ugly face. Pacquiao really does have some of the worst, ignorant, emotional and racist fans in the world.
But at least I also proved one thing: Pacquiao does have some of the best, most knowledgable and loyal fans in the world as well. The few bad apples are just more vocal and active than the ignorant ones, especially on the internet forums where they can hide under the cloak of anonymity and multiple handles to promote their ulterior motives.
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I have received nothing but positivity and encouragement from Pacquiao fans, other Philippine boxing personalities, from promoters to fighters like Gerry Penalosa, Nonito Donaire, Jr. and a lot of the clear-thinking members of the Philippines Sports media and international sports media as well.
But it truly is time to lay this one to rest.
Respect each other’s opinions, and instead of calling others traitors, let’s all be mature about it and carry on. It’s still just sports and entertainment after all. On my part, this will be the last time that I will be using the term “Pactard”. I was at fault for even defending myself and lashing back at those who attacked me. One can’t teach what one can’t practice. We all make mistakes, so for that, my apologies.
Don’t hate, appreciate. Thanks for reading!
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