Million Dollar Manny
I am rooting for Manny, simply because despite his success, it seems that he has remained unassuming and, from the various accounts from media, compassionate. Stories have it that whenever he wins, he would allocate a substantial lot of his million dollar earnings to charity (church and hospice-building, going to orphanages) and generally doling out money to those who come to him for help. I also personally think he should get rid of his promoter, the flamboyant Murad Muhammad who has the makings of another Don King, but still it doesn't make him any less a great boxer. Just hope he doesn't go the way of past sports heroes whom we heaped mounds of accolades on only to learn that they became criminals later on in life. One actually was jailed for rape! (Remember "the Bad Boy from Dadiangas", Rolando Navarette?) Or become comedians like other fallen sports heroes - somehow it doesn't go down history that well...
I don't really enjoy contact sports that much. Boxing never held much of an attraction. Wrestling was something else, though, especially during college. I would regale my friends with tales of the latest grudge match between Kerry Von Erich and Ric Flair and countless cage clashes....but I digress. Taekwondo and those other martial arts variations do nothing for me. Seldom do I get excited over the prospect of one of our fighters going up to test his mettle in an international arena. Manny Pacquiao is one such rarity. So, tomorrow at 10am, tune in to watch our boy try his darndest to outspar his nemesis in the superfeatherweight showdown in Nevada. May the Filipino banner waive high and proud at the end!
For those of you with a taste for carnage (claymation, that is), try: http://www.mtv.com/onair/deathmatch/