Thursday, December 11, 2008

Fair Play: Bet against Pacquiao? katching

WONDER how the Pinoys who placed bets for Oscar de la Hoya felt last Sunday. Every punch Manny Pacquiao must have carried that “teet-teet-teet” sound the cash register makes when it starts to tally the items we bought.

In Rounds 7 and 8, it must have been one continuous bleep before they hear that inevitable, katching, and the cashier says,
“That’s ____ sir.”

For those who bet a hundred or two, or dinner for two, turning a180 degrees, cheering for Pacman and forking over the payment would have been easy.

But what about those who wagered their Christmas bonus? Or a million or two? That katching must have been deafening. I think it’s safe to assume that not a few of them were thinking if they’ve just been taken for a ride.

If I was keen on betting, I would have bet against Manny and it would have been the easiest pick to make. Bigger guy against a smaller guy. Based on what the experts said, it was easy money to make, like taking candy from a kid.

Except last Sunday, that kid sure whupped the bigger man.

This 2008, Manny Pacquiao has sure tore apart the weight divisions, as if weight classes don’t apply to him.

He beat Juan Manuel Marquez for the 130-pound title last March, knocked out David Diaz for the 135-belt last June before climbing two weight classes against de la Hoya.

Now, a few boxing experts are already saying that the Fighter of the Year award is now a cinch for Pacquiao.

I do agree, but, just don’t bet the house on it.

Speaking of experts, a lot were wrong by a mile, and for sure, most of them are now thinking, “how could I be that wrong?”

Experts deduce a fight’s outcome based on what they know and what they think are important factors in a fight—that’s why
they are called experts. They stumbled and they may be forced to rethink the way they evaluate future fights.

Though what the experts have to say now are interesting, I’m more interested in what a certain expert congressman, who rode on the issue and wanted the Games and Amusements Board to stop the fight, will say now.

“Sorry Manny?”

CONSPIRACY THEORY. While I was waiting for the main event, I got a text from a friend who was in Manila. She was watching in one of the cinemas that offered PPV yet she was worried since they were showing replays.

“They are doing replays! Wa pa nagstart ang Manny vs. Oscar fight? Or tapos na daw and talo si Manny?”

When I told her that the fight hasn’t started yet, and what she was seeing was really live, she was relieved but added that the people there were getting impatient and thought Manny has already lost.

I was supposed to watch the fight at one of the hotels, but I woke up late and I knew I couldn’t get to the venue on time. So I watched the fight the way I’ve always watched previous Pacquiao’s fights in 2007, through Internet live streaming.

It’s free and save for the occasional glitch when the audio gets out of synch it’s worth it. Also, you get the telecast that has the US-based commentators. No offense to the Pinoys providing the commentary, but I don’t like hearing commentators spew out 100 words per minute.

SUPER-DELAYED TELECAST. When I left the house at around two, GMA’s telecast of the fight has just started and when I got to the office after a 30-minute ride, it was still Round 4. What a bummer.

It used to be during Pacquiao fights, the free telecast ends an hour at the most after PPV, now it’s two hours or more. Worse, aside from the ads in between rounds, there are ads during the fight.

What’s next? If Pacquiao fights Hatton, would they make a teleserye out of it? Abangan kung ano mangyayari sa huling sampung segundo ng Round 1.

I’m no expert but don’t you think there is something wrong with your marketing strategy if people curse your product when they see your nth advertisement between rounds—or between national anthems?

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