So, yesterday, Sunday, was fight day. Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton. I wrote an article on Friday in anticipation of the bout, and although it was a very short match, it certainly lived up to my expectations. I was a little worried for Manny, maybe he had not taken the “Hitman” seriously enough, but he proved me wrong, knocking out the Brit in just the second round of the fight!
What a fight it was too. Very short, but also thrilling. The day was somewhat comical here, though.
First, I had heard about so many sites where the fight could be seen over the Internet, so I decided to give it a try. During some of the fights in the undercard, I started surfing around to see if I could find any live feeds of the boxing. Quickly, I found a site, and told a few friends about it. I watched three matches streamed live on the Internet, very good quality, and I was excited for the main event to get going. Then, about 30 minutes before the Pacquiao Hatton fight every feed that I could find had gone dead! Oh well, what can you expect.
So, with no way to see the fight live, Feyma and I sat down in front of the TV and tuned in to the Pay per View channel for the fight. The signal was scrambled, but you could listen to the audio, though, which was interesting.
After the fight was over, we switched over the GMA TV network from Manila. They had the rights to the fight, and would be playing the fight on a delayed basis. About 3 hours after the fight had ended, it came on GMA. We knew the outcome, but still wanted to see the blow by blow action. So, as the fight came on we started watching, and they would show about 30 seconds of actual fight related stuff, then 5 minutes or more of commercials! As a matter of fact, while the Philippine National Anthem was being played, they would show pictures of Philippine Airlines planes flying, and obvious commercial for Philippine Airlines during the National Anthem! Unbelievable.
Anyway, it took over an hour for all the pre-fight activities to finish and then the actual fight started showing on free local TV. What a thrilling outcome! At the start of round 1, Hatton was looking quite strong, but about half way through the round, Manny really took charge and he never looked back again.
Now, the question comes, who is left for Manny to fight? Of course, the logical choice would be Floyd Mayweather Junior. He has been in retirement, but is said to be coming out of retirement in anticipation of a fight against Pacquiao. Mayweather was previously the only person to have defeated Hatton. It would be a logical choice, no doubt, and I hope to see it happen.
Manny Pacquiao has said many times that following the Hatton fight, he would fight only one more time and then retire. Will it happen that way? Well, one reason why this may happen is because Manny is really set on entering the Political ring next. He wants to run for Congress, or some other office. He ran in 2006 for Congresman from South Cotabato Province, but was roundly defeated. One reason given for his defeat is that he is too popular. Huh? Well, people voted against him because they didn’t want to see him leave boxing! It’s hard to say what will happen, but I think that Manny could fight for a couple more years, make a ton more money in the boxing ring, and then move on to some other career, or just relax and enjoy life. I personally hope that he will stear clear from Politics, I believe it can only tarnish his good name.
Congratulations to the PacMan! I hope we’ll see a number of more fights from Manny, and that he is successful on any future fights that he engages in.