Pagkatalo ni Pacman, highway robbery – Mayor Lim
This was how Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim described the loss of Sarangani Rep. and Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao to Timothy Bradley, Jr. during their fight yesterday.
Lim was among those who came out of the San Andres Sports Complex highly disappointed over the decision which declared Bradley as the new WBO welterweight champion, stressing how Pacquiao clearly landed his punches on Bradley.
The mayor made the rounds of the city’s various sports complexes yesterday morning to monitor the measures in place for the orderly and peaceful free exhibition of the much-awaited fight.
Lim watched one of the undercard games at the Tondo Sports Complex where he gave the children present some cash to add to their school allowance.
From there, he proceeded to the San Andres Sports Complex, the biggest among all other venues set in Manila for the said fight, where he watched the main event.
Before Pacquiao’s fight began, Lim took time out to give away snacks and school allowances to children and even the elderly who joined the lines.
Just like all others, once the free exhibition was over, Lim expressed dismay over the decision which declared Bradley as the winner in the said fight.
He said though that in a rematch which is expected to follow soon, Pacquiao will surely knock Bradley out.
Lim also said the recent development will not in any way diminish the way Filipinos and even those from other parts of the world look up to Pacquiao as a sports icon.
Each time Pacquiao fights, Lim has never failed to treat the city residents to a free exhibition of his matches live via telecast in the following venues: Tondo sports complex (near Sto. Nino De Tondo Church) District I, Patricia Sports Complex (Flora Street, Gagalangin, Tondo) District II, Rasac Covered Court (Alvarez Street
corner Rizal Avenue) District III, Dapitan Sports Complex (Instruccion Street, Sampaloc) District IV, San Andres Sports Complex (San Andres Street, Malate) District V and Teresa Covered Court (Teresa Street,
Sta. Mesa) District VI.
During such free showing, large screens are installed in the designated venues in order to provide the residents with a good view of the fight and complimentary tickets are given to the residents.
“The free showing will give the residents a chance to see the event unfold as it actually does in Las Vegas. Di na tayo kailangang gumastos ng pamasahe papuntang Las Vegas o kaya ay magbayad ng mahal
sa mga hotel o restaurant para lang mapanood nang live `yung laban,” Lim said.