On May 2, 2015 (May 3 PH time), the streets of Manila will again clear up, crime rate will be down to almost zero and the entire nation (well, almost) will set aside differences to rally behind our country's boxing champion. Formidable as he is, Manny Pacquiao will be facing his toughest opponent to date in what could be the biggest boxing event of our lifetime.
In a fight against the more polished, more disciplined and more skilled Mayweather, every bit of encouragement helps. And so Filipinos on social media have come together to support Pacquiao via a #SugodManny movement that is now becoming viral. Celebrities and regular juans alike have expressed support by showing their own knock-out moves on Instagram where videos and photos range from enthusiastic to laugh-out-loud funny.
Height 5'6 ½"
Record 57-5-2 (38 KO's)
Record 47-0 (26 KO's)
Looking at the numbers, Pacquiao seems to need every bit of help he can get against Mayweather who has an all-win record. Mayweather is a master in defence and has superior reach which would force Pacquiao to fight close to land a punch. This works to Mayweather's advantage as he is known for his accurate arsenal.
Pacquiao, on the other hand, is known for his relentless and powerful punches which could work if he could wear out the ageing Mayweather. Of course, we can always wish that Mommy Dionisia's hocus pocus will work its magic. But just in case it doesn't, I think the unified support of Filipinos can really make a difference.
No matter the outcome, I am sure that at least one tweet would say that "If the winner could not fulfill his duties, the first runner-up will take over," or something like that and #FilipinoPride would still be trending. But if there is one Filipino that embodies that nation's resilience and ability to rise up to the challenge, that is Manny Pacquiao. His life has practically been an odd kind of fairy tale and this chapter of it at least deserves a victory for an ending. To that we say, #SugodManny!
Pacquiao versus Mayweather will air on all local networks on May 3rd. If you do not have access to a television, you may also watch the fight on mobile through the Viewstream app available for Smart, Sun, and Talk ‘N Text subscribers for only P499 that can be charged to your postpaid bill or prepaid load.