Made the trip to Macau last weekend to watch Manny Pacquiao's comeback fight against punching bag Brandon Rios. I'm a boxing fan first, Pacquiao follower second, but of course I'd only spend money rooting for my countryman. It was my third time to watch his fight live, but also my first time to be in Macau and, more importantly, the first time that I really didn't know what to expect. If the knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez signaled the end of his dominance, I wouldn't have been surprised to see a lackluster performance from Pacquiao. I've been cheering him on during victories, now I was rooting for him to recover from a savage setback.
Fortunately he looked really good against Rios, who's as fast as my Globe internet connection during peak hours (translation : awfully, hopelessly slow). It was fun to see Pacquiao doing his thing again, and it was fantastic to feel and hear the support of the crowd, which I'd estimate to be 95% pro-Pacquiao. Even the loud and brash Brits - who were against him the last time I watched live vs. Hatton - were now on our side. Everything seemed okay, it was a perfect fight, except for one nitpick : I wanted a knockout win to make his comeback even more dominant. Anyway, we can't have it all, so let's just be happy with it. A win is a win.
I sneaked my Canon EOS M into Cotai Arena to take some photos. I wanted to shoot more of the main event, but after what happened during Pacquiao-Marquez IV, I decided I didn't want to miss a decisive punch while looking at the M's LCD. I wanted to see everything live, so I barely took photos. (Also lost my appetite to shoot after seeing so many people around me recording the fight or taking selfies with their phones and tablets.)
Here's what I was able to shoot, had a little fun with captions and hashtags :
I don't know how many fights Manny has left in him, it seems not a lot. This may very well be the last time I get to see watch him live, unless they can cut the crap and sign the deal for Pacquiao-Mayweather. I think Manny will lose that one, but I'm sure I'll watch that fight.
Let it be!