Yup. It’s definitely PACMAN night!
In case some of you are wondering why I’m cheering for a very old ’80s classic video game, that wasn’t exactly what I’m referring to. I was too cheap (more like too lazy) to grab a picture of the old mother country’s all-time hero, Manny “PACMAN” Pacquiao, on his latest bout challenge against a known former champion and worthy opponent, Joshua Cottey of a Western African country, Ghana.
Ever since the PACMAN’s consecutive victories over seven matches for some years now, somehow the entire country of the Philippines would drop everything from what they’re doing, from their food baskets to their weapons, gather all your friends and enemies, gather around the TV set, and watch the PACMAN utilize his skills (and sometimes his somewhat diminutive size) against the opponent chosen and see if the PACMAN would gain another victory or gain a defeat. Filipinos here in the U.S. (well, the more patriotic ones who still keep in touch with the going-ons in the old mother country that is) would also do the same. Drop everything, gather all your relatives and friends, serve some food, have a ball, and get around the host’s 50″-something HDTV set and watch the bout.
And that, my folks, is the reason why tonight is PACMAN Night here at our house. We got the 50″-something HDTV set, my brother the engineer has the money to order the PPV, and we’re simply ready to go. It’s gonna be seriously happening here tonight whether the PACMAN wins or loses. If the PACMAN loses this fight, at least it was with an opponent who also had humble beginnings as the PACMAN did that got him all the way to where he is now. After watching the previews on TV, Cottey seems to have a lot of things in common with the PACMAN in terms of their background and their beginnings. Though Cottey is slightly physically bigger than the PACMAN, there’s no telling whether size and strength would be the factor over size and speed. The PACMAN already proven several times that strength’s got nothing on speed, but once again, let’s not make any guesses and watch a bout that I hoped to be as well worth watching and discussing as the PACMAN’s last bout with another worthy opponent, former champion Miguel Cotto. To hell with the other matches PACMAN had before Cotto. They were short and disappointing.
I hoped that the PACMAN-Cottey fight would last at least 10 rounds. If it does then I would be satisfied. To me it doesn’t matter who wins and who doesn’t, as long as both sides put up a good fight as long as they can, then I would call that match boxing. I’m not a major expert when it comes to statistics and such. All I care about is seeing a good boxing match, just like how my parents are (though Dad would always think the PACMAN would win regardless. He’s the seriously patriotic one among the family).
Nung una hindi ko kabisado kung tama dapat na mag-takbo siya na maging Congressman sa gobyerno, pero kapag nagba-boxing siya, parang siya na lang ang isang pag-asa sa kapayapaan ng buong bansa. Huh, maybe he should run for government office after all if his presence would only stop the decades of fighting between the government and the rebels down in Mindanao (where the PACMAN was born and raised). Anyway, I’m not counting on it for now. I mean, I still have yet to see his movie, Wapakman. It’s one of these days where my Filipino-ness starts kicking in and begin to crave in watching a Filipino TV show… or a movie even… as long as they’re not those cheesy tearjerkers that annoy my entertainment tastes.
Anyway, enough about that. PACMAN night is only about over an hour left!