Pacquiao-Hatton Bout: I Lost. And I Won

Monday, May 4, 2009 ·

Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton must have stayed longer lying in the canvass rather than fighting Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao on May 2, 2009 at the Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada.

The bout, scheduled for 12 rounds, ended abruptly during Round 2 when Pacquiao landed the deadly left hook on Hatton's face, bringing Hatton's body flat to the canvass.

3 days prior to the fight, a colleague suggested that we bet on who's going to win. Just for fun, all of us in the group decided to field in 20 bill each and bet on Pacquiao or Hatton. I placed my name for Pacquiao, however, seeing the list later that only 2 fielded for Hatton, and about 13 going for Pacquiao, I switched to Hatton just to make the betting more interesting. Another one followed on me, thereby sealing the bet at 12-4 for Pacquiao.

And so I lost the fun betting.

But I won as a Filipino.

Stories of triumph such as this should create a positive impact for the Filipino. We, just like Manny Pacquiao, can win battles. We, just like Pacquiao, can turn situations around and change the course of destiny for the Filipino.


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