Pacquiao-Bradley Fight: When Winning Isn’t Everything

Pacquiao Bradley Fight June 2012

Pacquiao Bradley Fight June 2012 (photo from

Manny Pacquiao lost the fight inside the boxing ring. This was according to two of the three judges who scored the fight in favor of Pacquiao’s opponent, Tim Bradley. The controversial split-decision win did not sit well with many people who watched at MGM Arena in Las Vegas or at their television screens. Traditional media and social media erupted with the opinions of almost everyone who viewed the fight. Many thought that Pacquiao dominated the fight, and that he should have retained his WBO Welterweight title.

A day or two after the fight, I see Pacquiao and his wife Jinkee being interviewed on Philippine television. Both were all smiles. The message that Pacquiao gives to his followers is that while he believes that he won the fight, he respects the judges’ decision. This despite loud whispers about a conspiracy theory written here and here, involving Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum. A rematch between the two fighters is scheduled sometime in November this year.

When Pacquiao was first reported to be holding bible study sessions while training in Baguio, I was skeptical. Just an image-building thing, I thought. But it was reported that he continued this practice even in the US. A few days before the fight, I saw him being interviewed by Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church. Warren said that Pacquiao was a bible-quoting maniac. In that short interview, Pacquiao spewed bible verses left and right. He stressed the need to match our words with deeds when it comes to our Christian belief.

And after watching that TV interview where he and his wife seemed very much relaxed, I believe that Pacquiao is serious in his transformation. His calm acceptance of the fight verdict, and his call to supporters to do the same shows this. Pacquiao shows his faith in action. He accepts that in life, you don’t always win. He may have lost this boxing match, but he knows that God has greater things in store for him.

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