Please let me state categorically that the Philippines is not an influential country. We are not strong militarily nor financially. Whatever strength we had in culture or national identity was lost when we became a Spanish colony in the 16th century. Then for good or bad we became a commonwealth of the United States of America. We are the only Christian ( predominantly Catholic) country in Asia. We are in truth the only Latino country in our continent. A lot of Filipinos live in poverty. That is why a lot of them make the decision to work in foreign countries for the sake of even the remotest chance of a better life for their families.
We are forever living in peril and subject to horrific treatment by foreigners because we are Filipinos. I know the difference because now I am an American citizen and people abroad treat me different when I merely approach their counter as compared to if i speak to them in English and present my passport.
Based on this disadvantages Juan Manuel Marquez’s claim that he has been robbed in all three fights is just sour grapes to the extreme. In the first fight he was knocked down 3 times in the first round and was the beneficiary of one judge scoring that round 10-7 instead of 10-6. What he should admit is he should have lost. Remember back then Pacquiao was a relative nobody. The excuse was he did not know that a 10-6 score was allowed. Where did they get that judge. In the second and third fights the scorecard favored Pacquiao. Probably because Marquez ate too many punches with his face. The punchstats bear evidence to the truth of this statement. All the Filipino can do is pray. We do not have the political clout to influence boxing results fought in the United States. We do not have the money to buy judges. We do not have people in the boxing governing bodies. All we have is our fists, our blood, our sweat and our tears.
I know that boxing is sometimes an unfair sport because of the element of human judges. I however am in total disagreement to the fact that Don Juan cannot as a gentleman acknowledge defeat and claims robbery when he in this last fight headbutted his opponent and stepped on his nemesis’ foot constantly. Just like the judge who cannot count may I please remind you and your handlers that stepping on an opposing boxer’s foot is a foul.
For those of you wishing to make a couple of million dollars and think you can do it in the ring listen to my advice. Find a way to fight with Pacquiao or any top contender for the top money. It is only good business sense. Then If you lose whine and complain about the judging totally disregarding that in its purest form boxing is a one on one man to man sport. In the event of a loss as declared by the judges just claim you were robbed and under no circumstances admit defeat. Then last but not the least listen to your trainer who never fails to say that you are winning a bout because in his eyes you can do no wrong. Then collect the millions and prepare to receive your Hall of fame credentials. There it is as simple as that.