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Timing

Timing
Ronald Roy

“I just want Manny Pacquiao to win, sir. Miguel Cotto at fight time will easily outweigh Manny by five pounds, and that’s supposed to be a huge advantage for him. I hope Manny wins because he is a Filipino. We’ve been ravaged so ruthlessly by calamities—both at the hands of nature and Gloria Arroyo’s corrupt shebang—it’s only fair we get a breather and a little reminder from above we’re still cared for,” Cindy Olondriz exhorts, adding she hates Arroyo “to the bone marrow”. Cindy desperately needs an assurance it’s not the end of our race, so Pacquiao must win.
Well Cindy, I promise you the Pacman this coming Saturday will become the greatest pound-for-pound boxer of all time via a knockout in the middle (5th to 8th) rounds. The reason for my optimism is a mix of science and Manny’s own destiny. Cotto may be “huge with a heavier punch,” but Manny is faster with steely legs and a wallop powerful enough to put away any heavyweight. It’s a fallacy that a heavyweight’s brain is impervious to a lighter fighter’s punch.
Irrespective of the protagonists’ weight disparity, their brains are of the same size. Even a bantamweight can kayo a heavyweight with a well-timed bomb on the button. That’s the key: timing. Timing is a key factor in all physical sports, like tennis, swimming, fencing, taekwondo, marathon, archery–you name it.
In boxing, timing comes chiefly from the optic ability to read and anticipate the opponent’s movements. I suspect Manny has an enormous dose of this extraordinary gift more than any other pugilist the sport has ever seen. This unique ocular advantage allows Manny to launch offensives with relative ease, and employ agile defenses whenever needed. Haven’t you noticed how usually unmarked his face is after a match? My God, it is as if anything within his sight were moving in slow motion!
I sense the making of history on November 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, where the Pacman will be going for the Puerto Rican’s WBO welterweight belt. Perhaps it is the adventurous in me that predicts a jubilant uprising of Pinoys atop the ring the moment Manny’s hand is triumphantly raised. I’ve always been partial to such classics as The Count of Monte Cristo and Robin Hood where the principal characters usually end up living happily ever after, and Manny’s quest for an unprecedented 7th crown in different weight divisions has been so excitingly climactic that his entire boxing career has got to have a dramatically happy ending. Hmm, this confirms the corny romantic in me.
Does that mean Manny is unbeatable? Of course not, Cindy, and don’t be influenced by the ongoing psycho war between the two camps. That Manny will win is irrefutable, based on empirical data. But he can lose in any of a number of ways. He can get knocked out by a lucky punch. He can lose on cuts. He can lose to a fixed decision, especially where the underdog pro-Cotto bettors can make a killing in the world’s gambling capital. He can also be made to lose to pave the way for what could be the richest-ever return bout in boxing history. Anything is possible with money, and how well we know this to be so in our own country.
I hate to say this, but racial discrimination seems to be a common foible of mankind. The colored look up to ”white gods”, and Caucasians look down on the colored. In this country alone, the fair-skinned Visayans tend to disparage Ilocanos, and America is no exception, save in those cases where talent produces black celebrities in the genre of Lena Horne, Jesse Owens, Martin Luther King, Serena Williams, and now Barrack Obama.
Well, Manny is not black, but he still is colored, and this is what probably brought American boxing trainer Angelo Dundee to show his “ contempt for this Filipino “ who had then shown his vast superiority over all comers from the proud boxing country of Mexico. Adding to Dundee’s pique perhaps is the well-known fact that Pacquiao is a native of an obscure city from a still-undeveloped country. He’s just lucky, eh Mr. Dundee? Well, we’ll see about that. In Tagalog, Pacquiao (pakyaw) means to win or garner all the choice medals and honors in a sport’s contest.
So, banish your fears, Cindy. The world will soon behold a historic happy ending of not only Manny’s but every Filipino’s quest for global glory. Manny’s very surname destines him to give his countrymen the greatest gift within his reach. Against the backdrop of an ongoing socio-political horror, already the law of compensation has preordained a burst of joy and pride that will forever throb in the hearts of all his fans around the world. (Email: arnydolor@yahoo.com, cell # 09186449517, landline # (02)7106701)

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