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When Manny fell
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This morning I woke up at 10 AM, just in time to look for a livestream of the Paquiao-Marquez fight for my husband. I found one in a Mexican site.
While waiting for the main event, my dear husband, in turn, grilled the most delicious steak for me.

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After lunch, I had planned a shopping date with my youngest son, so I started to get dressed and was ready to go by 1 PM—only to find out that my husband had taken the car and driver to do an errand in Taguig.
While waiting for them to come back, I went upstairs to check the fight. My husband came back shortly (there was no traffic anywhere). I decided to stay longer and told him to come watch with me in bed.

I was sure Manny would win. Of course what Filipino wouldn’t want that.
When Manny Pacquiao fell on Round 3, I was shocked. My husband, a former boxer told me Manny has to be careful because if he falls a second time, it’s over.
When Marquez fell on Round 5, I thought great, it’s even.
But what happened next was something I didn’t expect. I saw Pacquiao fall face down. I sat up from bed and yelled, “Oh my God it’s over!”

Pacquiao falls
(Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images)

The kids ran to the computer screen and asked us to explain.
I saw Jinkee’s face. I had never seen her cry like this. I felt her pain.

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It reminded me of Talia Shire in Rocky, when Rocky lost and shouted “Adriiiiian!”
I am no boxing expert (as a couple of Twitter followers liked to point out). To me, Manny looked dead.

Pacquiao down

I freaked out. The livestream I was watching went dead for a while. The last image I had was Manny was not moving.
Finally it came back on. Manny had gotten up somehow. We turned it off.
I gathered my son and finally went to the mall, but I couldn’t help but feel profoundly sad and angry.

As I went down in front of Shangri-La Plaza, the doorman greeted me by saying, “Talo tayo.”
Nakakabwiset,” I blurted out. And for the next hour I was in a bad mood and felt like barking at whoever crossed my path.

The first store we went to was a pajama store. Holding Christian by the hand I asked the saleslady to find his size.
The first thing she said: “Pang ilang taon?
Anong ilang taon? Just look at him. Can’t you tell what size? What if I tell you he’s ten and he’s a midget??”

She pulled out the 4-year-old pajamas. The top fit Christian very well, but the bottoms were way too long.
Bakit ang haba?” I complained.
Ganon talaga ang style,” she answered.
Ano ba to, pajama ng Swedish children??”

Laughter ensued, but I was not in the mood to laugh and walked out.
I couldn’t erase the image of Manny falling face down and not moving. I just couldn’t take it.
Somehow I finished my errands. We found Christian’s pajamas and other needs at Mothercare, which has excellent service.
We bought fabric and shades for his Christmas program. At Payless we found the brown sandals for his role as a shepherd boy.
Moving in slow traffic on the way home, I couldn’t help but recall certain images that have stuck to my memory through the years, like when Imelda Marcos was stabbed in 1972

Or when Margie Moran won Miss Universe in 1973. They replayed this on TV several times for days. I didn’t realize how dumb the questions and answers were. You have the sipsip answer (Miss USA) and the honest, boring answer (Philippines). It’s a good think she won.

When Ninoy Aquino was killed (1983)

When Princess Diana died (1997)

When John F. Kennedy Jr.’s plane went missing (1999)

When the second plane hit the World Trade Center (2000)

When white smoke signaled the election of a new Pope (2005)

When the tsunami ravaged Sendai (2011)

When Manny Pacquiao fell (2012)

I’m just really glad he didn’t die.
What did you think when Manny fell? What are the TV moments you can’t forget?

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Awesome article, intelligent blog indeed

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When Meryl Streep won her third Oscar…im such a fan
When Michael Jackson diedWhen Whitney Houston diedWhen Manny ‘died’When Estrada left MalacanangWhen Corona was convictedAnd just recently, when the RH bill passed on second reading. I was jumping in joy

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I didnt watch the game but my father did, ganyan din sya, hanggang gabi mainit ang ulo. Kumakain na kami ng dinner mainit pa din ang ulo. Nagddrive mainit pa din ang ulo. NKKLK!!! 🙂

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happypants2

just like you, we couldn’t forget that fall. we all thought he died.

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ERVF

hi, i was looking for your post regarding the Fatima Prophecy. Care to share the link? Thank you so much.

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Hi, everyone! I am not a boxing expert, but nung paulit-ulit ko pinapanood yung clip ng video ni Pacquiao versus Marquez dito, trying to figure out what went wrong, I noticed something that may have contributed to Manny’s loss! Pacquiao was wearing RED gloves while Marquez was wearing BLACK gloves! If you focus your eyes on Manny’s red gloves, maski gaano kabilis ang mga suntok niya, you can still see his hands. But if you focus on the black gloves of Marquez, kapag mabilis na yung suntok niya, his hands disappear! Could this be the reason why Pacquiao never saw… Read more »

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JAJ JCNTO

“How many Mexicans can take pacquiao. Just JUAN. How many Mexicans had fallen through the hands of Pacquaio. MANNY.”

Pacquiao is still Pacquiao no matter what. He’s already a legend and nothing or no one can change that fact.

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Let’s face it. Marquez was hungry to win. Pacquiao wasn’t. Marquez needed to prove something. With Pacquiao, what is there to prove? Pacquiao got smug.

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njmanang

@ Harris C Is that why I haven’t seen a Mommy D interview lately? She’s usually
all over TFC around fight time. I miss her dancing queen videos : )  I
think Manny has too many things on his plate and though body was in shape and ready the mind was not 100%. We usually have Pacquiao fight potluck and this last fight was so depressing. Me thinks he should have retired 2 fights ago when he was on top.

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Ngayon ko lang nakita yung stabbing attempt kay Imelda. Grabe!
Nangilabot ako!  As for Pacman, your right sobrang nalungkot ako  pero
it’s a good thing that he didn’t die. I’m still proud of him Ü

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Ngayon ko lang nakita yung stabbing attempt kay Imelda. Grabe! Nangilabot ako!  As for Pacman, your right sobrang nalungkot ako  pero it’s a good thing that he didn’t die. I’m still proud of him Ü

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up to this hour, i don’t have the heart to watch that video. picture is enough to make me sad and broken. but i think he needs to retire – not from boxing but from politics.

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karenmendez25

Vanity and a little collagen, that’s one of the reasons why he lost. His face used to be made up of steel, dati kasi parang gulong yung face niya and he certainly can take punches. When you’ve had a little collagen done, if it gets hit, it will be really painful and can go straight to the brain. Anyway, I still love Manny! Haha!

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Up to this time, it still breaks my heart. I first saw a pic from the news site. But knowing Manny’s positive attitude, he will overcome this. 

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Hindi nakaka-iyak and hairdo ni Jinkee!

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It was just surreal. Parang pelikula. Oh, unforgettable TV moment: Kris Aquino/STD expose’. Another surreal TMI moment.

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CVS Reply:

ya, i thought of that too. but you know no footage of it can be found online

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Guest

Who can forget the tragic live coverage of the tourist bus hostage crisis along Quirino Grandstand? 🙁 Dinnertime pa naman nun.

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CVS Reply:

I was in Hong Kong at that time. Terrible.

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TV moments – the death of Princess Di, WTC bombing…when Noli de Castro broke down and really cried on National TV because Ch4 accused Ch2 of faking the coverage of the eclipse – I was in highschool yata.. [Reply]CVS Reply:December 10th, 2012 at 11:00 AMlol. i missed out on Noli de Castro crying. ano yon?? [Reply]Jeffrey Guerra Reply:December 10th, 2012 at 10:31 PMsome people accused Ch2 of faking the coverage.  One segment explained their efforts – transporting their equipment by boat in Zamboanga (unsure) because it will be clearer on that location and me bagyo or hinde yata magandang panahon.… Read more »

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i think manny was not in shape and he isnt prepared to have a true game this time, what irked me is how mommy D reacts and blame the pastor and him embracing christian belief… you believe in one God whether you are a catholic or a christian, what is important is your faith in God, and putting blame on others for mannys loss only shows how mommy D is…

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was with my friends and we were watching the fight. all the girls thought he was dead, he wasn’t moving at all and we’re in shock for a good couple of seconds until they turned him over and we saw his eyes opened. it was devastating, i agree with one of the comments, filipinos could accept a loss by TKO but not that way. it was just unbelievable that the best pound for pound boxer could be knocked out just like that.

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Just as exactly you felt;  I felt the same. I thought he was dead too and I could almost cry with Jinkee when she cried. Honestly, I am so glad he woke up but felt shocked. Yet Manny is still my idol; the only Filipino who made the Philippines  known across the world with a positive image displacing “Filipina domestic maids” image in foreign lands. He is the only fighter in his arena who is the best of all time. His perseverance, his rags-to-riches story, his humility and his great faith showed us that life can be lived that way… Read more »

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sm_yboa

I was shocked and was freaking out when Manny didn’t move after a few seconds, I thought he’s dead. Then when Jinkee was shown, I was shouting, “Umalis kayo jan! Padaanin nyo si Jinkee!”. I truly felt her despair and I was close to tears. Yes, it sucks to lose but I am just glad that Manny is okay.

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Toop1987

I am so in denial that i just kept thinking to myself “at the end of the day, money is all that matters” and it somehow feels better. TV moments i cannot forget: when rico yan died and the last episode of friends where they all left their keys on the countertop 🙂 [Reply]CVS Reply:December 10th, 2012 at 10:28 AMi have never seen Friends. why did they leave their keys? [Reply]dontaskmetosmile Reply:December 10th, 2012 at 2:04 PM It was the last episode and they were leaving the keys that they all had to Monica and Chandler’s apartment because Monica & Chandler… Read more »

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I think Filipinos would be better in accepting defeat had Manny lost by points or even by TKO. BUT NOT LIKE THAT. To see him fall flat on his face, it felt like I  was punched in the stomach that left me gasping for air.

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Yan Guardino Reply:

keep in mind that It only took just one Filipino to take down a number of Mexicans. 

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keep in mind that It only took just one Filipino to take down a number of Mexicans. 

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I don’t like watching boxing in general, and most of the time, I only watch the replays of Manny’s fights when I know he’s already won. I was just passing by the TV at the exact moment Manny fell over. It was scary watching Manny lay there, unmoving. I remember thinking “he can’t be dead, he can’t be dead, please don’t be die.” I’m not even that big of a fan and it was frightening for me, I can’t imagine how scary it was for his team, and for Jinkee, of course. Thank goodness he’s ok… And yeah, no one… Read more »

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gawwdd!!! i felt exactly the same. i was about to leave home for a workout but decided to finish the match then boom! nahulasan ako!! super affected ako wala yata ako sa sarili the whole day

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