Sunday, June 29, 2008

Manny Pacquiao: Gets the Job Done

I'm a fan of Manny Paquiao. Last night in Madalay Bay Las Vegas, Manny Pacquiao had so many reasons to smile Saturday night (Sunday in Manila), he simply kept flashing satisfied grins everywhere.

And everybody could see the smile. Pacquiao’s face was virtually unmarked after knocking out David Diaz with 2:24 gone in the ninth round to claim the World Boxing Council lightweight crown.

Pacquiao was ecstatic foremost because he succeeded in making history as the first Asian to hold four world titles in four weight classes as well as the first Filipino to rule the 135-pound division.

And then there were the little things that made his day.

Diaz got cut below the right and left eyebrows and on the bridge of his nose during the bout that drew 8,362 paying patrons to Mandalay Bay’s Event Center here.

And the sight of Pacquiao unscathed and cracking jokes was a stark contrast to his appearance in the same room on March 15 when he bested Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez for the super featherweight crown.

There were, after all, even more reasons to be happy.

Pacquiao stood to receive $3 million in purse money, but that figure should balloon exponentially once the pay-per-view figures and gate receipts—of which he owns a tidy percentage—roll in.

Watch this video, thanks to franciscokahano for uploading:

I'm proud to be Pinoy!


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