One small problem I have living here is the fact that I’m not much of a basketball fan. There’s an old joke that they should just give each basketball team 80 points and let them play for two minutes—this is kind of the way I look at hoops. Filipinos are basketball enthusiasts, and they follow their own teams (college and pro) as well as the NBA. This is something that I cannot relate to in terms of sports.
I’ve been a boxing fan for a while, so this is something I can definitely enjoy with my Pinoy friends. I became a “Pac Man” fan a few years ago when I watched his first match with Morales. I was impressed with his heart, even though he lost the match. I enjoyed watching him redeem himself through two impressive wins. I remember seeing a replay of his first match against Barrera. Manny’s conditioning and skills were clearly superior. After seeing that, I wasn’t at all surprised that Manny won today.
I also enjoy the way the whole country just gets behind Manny. He takes his role as a national hero quite seriously. I look forward to seeing his next match.
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