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Maasin boxing fans exited early in latest Pacquiao triumph

By Bong Pedalino

Maasin City (March 15) -- Boxing fans here would have savored every moment of a Manny Pacquaio victory up to the last minute of a post-fight interview.

It was not the case yesterday, March 14. People headed directly to the exit gates of the city gym here after watching the bout live -- in big screen, this time -- courtesy of the local governments of the city and the province.

The Pacman did won, and it was sweet victory just the same. But to any ordinary viewer -- more than two thousand common folks, vendors, tryke and pot-pot drivers -- the 12-round, neck-straining live spectacle was nothing but boring.

The high expectation was to see the Filipino warrior knock out his opponent, or even just pin him with a knockdown, in any of the 12 rounds.

It did not happen. And credit Joshua Clottey for simply hiding behind his gloves, responding with a few power uppercut punches, but most of the time it was more like a sparring session for the man from General Santos.

"Way lami, way ayo (Not good)," murmured the unsatisfied fans as they headed for the exit gates past two in the afternoon, not even waiting to hear the announcement of the winner by iconic ring announcer Michael Buffer.

Of course, they knew the unanimous decision was for the Pacman's favor.

But, hey -- there was a redeeming scene in the fourth round, and this was entertaining enough for the crowd to remember henceforth: it was the first time Pacman, probably bored himself by the lopsided tempo of the fight, "slapped" Clottey with both gloves by the ears.

You can never imagine it can happen in actual boxing sport for this was a common fare in the movies only; Tyson did this by the inhuman act of biting ? Pacman simply made cymbals out of Clottey's left and right ears.

Never doubt about Pacman's speed and strength -- these were no match for an opponent who was only in "survival mode," Coach Freddie Roach declared, whose prediction of a fifth to sixth round glorious finish was also utterly frustrated.

The disappointment was everywhere nobody cared, it seemed, to see the replays of the fight, but more on the next opponent: Mosley or Mayweather.

And if it was another consolation, the local government units will still air the bout live and for free on May 2, that is the Mayweather-Mosley fight.

Pacquaio had said after beating Clottey that Mayweather must win if the Floey wants a Pacman date.

But Mosley wants a Pacman date, too, so he better stop Floey.

Whatever, all the crowd wanted for the next Pacquiao fight should not be similar to a Clottey non-event. (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]

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