As I've finished Pacquiao's fight in GMA, with nine rounds spanning more or less two hours, I didn't feel the lightweight championship a lethal combination.
I'm no boxing fan (as perhaps most Filipinos are, but only watch Manny's fights as support for the Pambansang Kamao [National Fist]) yet I noticed even at the start of Round 1 that the outcome will be Manny's victory (despite knowing the true outcome, which really is Manny's victory). Just seeing Round 1 made me pity Diaz' measly attempt to knock Manny out.
By Round 3, hard-hitting blows hasn't fazed Diaz. One commentator even remarked that perhaps Diaz eats steel for breakfast. Hehe.
With the onset of Rounds 4 to 8, I couldn't help but admire Diaz' endurance for despite the fact that he won't be able to beat Manny, he stood firm and strong while taking Manny's power shots. Again, the commentator retorted that Manny might need to use a hammer to knock him down already. Haha. (The commentators were becoming comedians, huh?)
Of course, the anticipated Round 9 came and I was wondering how Diaz would be knocked out after all the endurance he's shown. Then he dropped on the floor. Won't budge. Manny won! What I liked was Manny even tried getting Diaz up on his feet though Manny was stopped by the surge of the people on the ring.
I love watching knockouts but I wasn't so satisfied with this fight because it wasn't as competitive as I expected. From the start, Diaz wasn't at par with Pacquiao, by speed or strategy. Still let's give Diaz an A for endurance. :)
Anyway congrats, Manny! Mabuhay ka! I know this isn't your last fight yet. We've seen you getting better and better each fight. Indeed you've gone a long way and I congratulate you for that more than your victory today. ;)
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