All eyes on the Pacquiao-Solis fight

People around Mindanao and the rest of the country would be glued to television again for the anticipated Pacquiao-Solis fight Saturday night (Sunday morning in Davao) at the Alamodome, in San Antonio, Texas, USA.

header_blaze.jpg It’s the same venue where Pacquiao defeated Marco Antonio Barrera in an 11th round technical knockout on November 15, 2003.

From the focus on the fight between government forces and the rebel New Peoples Army, Filipinos, especially in Southeastern Mindanao where recent encounters erupted , can shift attention to this match where the fighters pit for honor for their countries.

So from the countryside to the ring, its a clash between the Philippines and Mexico. At least, I’m sure we could use a breather!

It should be a fresh respite from armed fighting which officials already pitched for unity amid a divided people en route to elections.

Of course there is the risk that mileage could be used by politicians, including the Pacman who is a candidate himself, to win votes barely a month before polling day.

I hope both the AFP and the NPA will make an undeclared truce a reality not only for the fight.

Although, honestly, I doubt Pacquiao’s victories are enough to bridge the country’s divides. At least for a day or two, right? That’s fine.

After all, its really a ferocious game of two men under the spell of some weird and wise people making money from fistfight to put up a show for the rest of the world to see even for a fee.

After the fight, some guys get richer and the rest will find out they paid for some fantasy that will quickly surface as mere entertainment. Far from sublime.

(GMA TV Network and Solar Entertainment will air “Blaze of Glory” live on Sunday, 9 a.m., Philippine Time.) Post Script (as of 8:20p.m: TV coverage started at 10:00a.m.. Pacquiao on the ring at 12:39p.m. Davao time. Round 8 stopped at almost 1:30p.m.)


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A Journalist from Mindanao

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