Thursday 23rd November 2017,
Sports Alchemist
Spotlight

Manny’s first

It was Manny Pacquiao’s victory party when a quiet Edmund “Enting” Ignacio was standing nervously in front of some of the Philippines socialite circles.

It was 14 years ago when a thin and light-footed Enting fought at the 106 lb. division he was up against a new comer in boxing. Having a record with 1 win and 1 loss Edmund is confident that he will bring the two-fight experienced against an untested boxer from General Santos. But as the fight progresses Enting couldn’t find its range as his lanky opponent scored points by points on his guard. Edmund survive their four-round encounter and was in awe as the fighter known as Kid Kulafu was dominating him with ease. The young fighter was later known as Pacman and went on to dominate the world.
Edmund went downhill after their encounter while Manny went on winning battles.
Having a dismal record of only 8 wins with 24 losses and 1 draw Edmund hanged up his gloves while he is still in one piece. Edmund and Manny both experienced strings of failures but unfortunately for Edmund he was not that fortunate…
His many losses against his wins made him rethink of his career luckily he was able to save up and build up a small bakery in return.

After years of not seeing Manny, Edmund is excited and a bit hesitant; 14 years is such a long period of time and maybe Manny with all the fans and faces he encounters everyday could easily forget him. When both fighters saw each other Manny right then and there shook Edmund’s hands and the two fighters exchange greetings. Edmund was excited to share about his bakery business and ended their conversation by a firm handshake.

We never forget our first kiss, our first date and even our first love and neither would Manny forget his first professional fight. Edmund would forever cherish his bout with Manny and inspite of his unlucky career he is still fortunate to be Manny’s first.

Jess Matthew Beltran

Jess has contributed a thousand plus articles to various international and local sports sites. He is still finishing up an e-book which talks about basketball and life. Message him at [email protected]

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Jess has contributed a thousand plus articles to various international and local sports sites. He is still finishing up an e-book which talks about basketball and life. Message him at [email protected]