For a week, the Philippines has been in a gloomy weather after typhoon Pablo hovered over the country. After the Manny Pacquiao, sixth round knockout loss at the hands of his arch nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez last Saturday, it seems that the dark cloud will stay for quite some time now.
It wasn’t quite a surprise, when the 33-year-old fighter lost to Timothy Bradley last June in a controversial decision. Although it was clearly a Pacquiao victory, however, Manny’s aura of invincibility has slowly diminished.
He wanted to know if he still got it, and decided to fight Juan Manuel Marquez, and got a bold answer in response.
Manny were knocked out cold with his face down on the canvass. It wasn’t the way a Cinderella and from rags to riches story supposed to end. We all wanted to see Manny raise his arms in victory, but it was one way of fate saying that his time is almost up. There was nothing to prove anymore, his legacy has already been etched out on boxing’s rich history. One fight doesn’t tell the whole story. Manny Pacquiao has three more fights left on his Toprank contract, and this is a perfect time to bounce back, heal all wounds and recover. And maybe this is also the time to contemplate about retiring. Walk out the sport whom he loves, while he still can… literally. We have seen how many great fighters became punching bags and stepping stones against young and hungry fighters. It wasn’t how we envisioned Pacquiao’s career would end, and that should never happen.
A fifth fight would Marquez would be a fitting ending to his colorful career. Win or lose he still gets his respect for trying to win back and to end with his fist still swinging.
They say that there’s a silver lining on every dark cloud. We all have to undergo some typhoons in our lives. Hope is not closing our eyes to difficulty or failure. It is all about trust that if we fail now, we shall not fail forever. To fight or not to fight, either way Manny still walks out as the people’s champion.
He will bounce back, like he always does.