Pacquiao brings hope to Filipinos
by Susan Ople
First posted in susanople.com
The streets of Metro Manila were eerily quiet like they would be at midnight. Millions of Filipinos were glued to their radio sets while the luckier ones watched the boxing fight live via pay-per-view cable TV in restaurants, stadiums, movie houses, and yes, public plazas where even typhoon victims in the Visayas region gathered to watch.
Filipino boxing champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao entered the Cotai Arena of the Venetian Casino in Macau under the most extraordinary circumstances. Thousands of typhoon victims in Eastern Visayas knew about his fight, and were banking on his victory. Homeless, penniless, and in various stages of mourning, these victims see hope in boxing gloves worn by someone familiar, someone who made it to the top despite all adversities. The fight between Pacquiao and Mexican boxer Brandon Rios was more than just a boxing match. It was a metaphor for their lives.