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When pigs fly, could be my answer to that question.

Sunday 15 November, I sat down to watch the Pacquiao Cotto fight, l phoned Dream Satellite and booked the big event well in advance. I asked “What time does the main event starts here in the Philippines?” “8am sir”, the tiny voice responded to my inquiry.

Tagalog Buddy

I’m thinking that can’t be right, as the fight is in Las Vegas, in a different time zone from the east coast. So I adjust and figured 10am or at worst 11am. But alas, I so absolutely wrong, 8am Pay-for-View clicked on, but no fight just filler until 11am and then started with three no name fights prior to the Main Event.

Pay-For-View, great no ten to twenty minute commercial breaks between rounds, and I get to see the Round Card Girls. I can wait, I guess I have to? I also required the sun to be over the yardarm before I had my first canned consumable beverage of the day, I guess Dream Satellite knew that and was looking out for me after all.

So again I’m waiting, and at 12:45pm it starts, the screen is plastered with adverts for Motolite Batteries, KFC, San Miguel Beer, and every other product known to man that’s available in the Philippines, while I’m paying P600.00 to watch a commercial free broadcast. Oh Well!

After all my years in Puerto Rico, I felt somewhat a traitor, as of course I was rooting for Manny, and Cotto’s whose first name being Miguel (as In San Miguel) was a plus for me. Every time a family member would ask my opinion on the upcoming fight, I’d answer “Gonna’ be a good fight!”

Now its 12:30pm, I’m on my second San Mig and still waiting, I won’t even bother to watch the no namers’ go at it. I’m still happy that I had figured out that the 8am time was wrong, and didn’t sit in front of the tube waiting. The kid’s Granddaughter plus nieces and nephews are taking turns riding a bicycle through my dining room, living room and kitchen, but that’s Okay, as it is their job to do stuff like that. I learned this from my unflappable parents, for when I was young and would hit the front door and run through the house, my mother would calmly turn to my dad and say; “Don’t just sit there Bill, the house will be crawling with cop’s any minute!”

Round one, the noise level was at least 135 decibels, my normally sedate Mother-in-Law, is out of her seat yelling at the TV as if Manny could hear her. Maybe he could. I won’t go into a blow by blow of the fight as I know you all saw it. I’m in my living room among 25 family members; the TV is pumped through my stereo system, and you could not hear it at all.

My beer supply was chock-a-block at the beginning of the fight, at the end of the fight, not so much. All food and sodas were consumed with gusto, and a great time was had by one and all. Manny is truly a hero to my family and to the Philippines. And to me also!

When is the next fight? I’ll be ready!

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Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson; has resided in the Philippines since 1993, living close to Subic Bay. I’m married to a wonderful girl named Maria (AKA Mayang).Who is from Gordon Heights in Olongapo where she grew up with her Mom & Dad and seven siblings Our two daughters are both grown up and have left the nest, the eldest married to a wonderful guy named Chris, and they have blessed us with our granddaughter Heather Colleen Our youngest daughter and her husband Cecil have blessed us with a grandson named. Jayden Logan. I’m a retired U.S. NAVY Senior Chief after 22 years of active duty. After retirement from the Navy I lived for 7 years in Puerto Rico as a Night Club owner. Then Hurricane Hugo told me to find a new line of work, I was hired by Military Sealift Command and went back to sea in Asia as a Merchant Seaman for 10 years. After 30 plus years at sea I buried my anchor on a mountain in the Philippines and am now residing in Dinalupihan (or DinBat for short), Roosevelt, Bataan where we built our home. And last but not least, anything I writes will be pure "Tongue in Cheek "If anybody is offended, I'll lose no sleep over it, but here's a quick Mea Culpa in advance!

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David B Katague
11 years ago

Here in Northern Ca the PAY-per-View charged $54. That is too much money for a retiree. So, I just waited the next morning and viola, I had all the boxing actions, I need, till next time. Have a Good Day, Paul!

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
11 years ago

David;
$54.00 for a fight? I agree, it’s way to much money foe anybody! I’ll never complain again about P600.00!

John Reyes
11 years ago

Yours was a steal at $12.79, Paul. We were at my son’s house in Alexandria, VA, the night of the fight. He paid $65 for the Comcast telecast. Floyd Mayweather, undefeated in 40 fights, may be next. Stock up on your beer and pulutan for the next big one…

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
11 years ago

John;
$65.00 on the Right Coast, $54.00 on the Left Coast? Find the airport quick and come home!!! Fight, Food (alot), and beer I spent about $$60.00 for the party. I ain’t ever goin’ back to the U.S..

PaulK
11 years ago

#3(( with the fights; it’s the party that counts!

Of course, like any sport, a participant must sacrifice a lot of time and strength for practicing and training. Am thinking about heading for a “training camp” later this afternoon. Need to work those arms with some 12oz curls. 😆

Larry
11 years ago

Paul
The fight cost us $65 in high def here in the US so you got a bargain. At least the no name fights lasted for more than 2 rounds.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
11 years ago

Paul;
My right arm is huge due to those 12oz curls, left arm not so big, A little lop-sided but happy! The Ref. was refilled the folling day and all was well in my world.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
11 years ago

Larry;
Airport quick, book the flight and go! We’re waiting on ya’! We can only dream about High-Def here, but we do get color.(LOL)

J.C.
J.C.
11 years ago

Hi Paul, I had to work, but my wife kept getting up during the nite and checking on the cumputer of who won the fight.And it was very late or to early in the morning, but she did find out and than she went back to sleep…she’s a big fan…….. J.C.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
11 years ago
Reply to  J.C.

J.C.;
That proves, that when there is a will, there’s a way. Smart Lady!

Neal in RI
Neal in RI
11 years ago

Paul
If I recall it was around 60.00 here in RI, very pricy indeed but the Wife is a big fan, and a wise man keeps the Wife happy.

At first I felt jealous about the cheap $ you paid there for the fight, but after looking over your Beer Supply my jealousy turned to Pity for you. You seem to be missing one thing “Narragansett Beer” Hey Neighbor Have a Gansett. I feel better now. LOL

Neal

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
11 years ago
Reply to  Neal in RI

Neal;
Gansett, Knick, or Black Label, can’t find them here. But when you have an Ice cold SanMig (MaGoo) in your hand you just don’t think about other beers. And a wise wife will keep the beer locker full!

John Reyes
11 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

OMG, Paul, you’re just getting in at 2:00AM from a tagay down at the neighborhood sari-sari store, or you’re just an early riser? 🙂

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