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Why Pacquiao lost to Bradley


LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them…” (Proverbs 1:10, the Holy Bible).

BUT WHY WAS EVERYBODY SMILING AFTER THE FIGHT? And so, many claimed it was a fight that was rigged and manipulated. But why was everybody smiling and seemed at peace with the result? Even Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao was reported to be uncharacteristically affable and amiable with boxing fans, waiving to, and cheering with, them as if he won, right after the fight.

Bob Arum, the boxing promoter, blasted the decision that made Timothy Bradley the new WBO welterweight champion, but Arum was nevertheless unashamedly elated, saying he will now make more money out of the rematch between the two fighters in November. Indeed, the only conclusion from all these is that, the fight was rigged, for very obvious reasons.

But the bigger question here, for me and many more Filipinos, and even for Pacquiao himself, is: was Pacquiao in it somehow? Did he know beforehand he was going to lose, for the sake of a rematch? The answer here is a big no, I hope.

CONNECTION BETWEEN PACQUIAO LOSS AND THE CRUCIFIX: On the other hand, if the fight was for real and was not merely meant to keep boxing alive as an international sport till the rematch in November, another question presents itself for resolution: was there a connection between the stunning loss and Pacquiao’s not having worn the crucifix during the fight with Bradley, and his not having kneeled in prayer before slugging it out with the American boxer?

I am asking these questions because in the last 15 or so fights where Pacquiao emerged victorious, the crucifix was always with him before every fight, and the Filipino champion always made a great show of taking it out before his bouts. Boxing fans however did not see that crucifix before the fight with Bradley, or did I just miss that part of the game?

Then again, I did not also see Pacquiao kneel in prayer before trading punches with Bradley. Why the change in pre-fight tactics? What happened? Did somebody prohibit Pacquiao from glorifying God before the fight with the American boxer, as he did in his previous fights? Did somebody tell him that, first, the crucifix is an image which should not be possessed by a believer, and, second, that praying in public is not good? Oh well…

PUTTING GOD FIRST: Putting God first in any endeavor is a sure-fire formula for success. This is what the Bible says, in many of its chapters and verses. In Matthew 6:33: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all of these things will be added unto you.”
In Proverbs 3:6: “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your path straight.” In Proverbs 3:1-2: “My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years, and bring you peace and prosperity.”
In Joshua 1:8: “… Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful…” In Deuteronomy 28:2: “… All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God…”

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by Atty. Batas Mauricio

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