MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao may have lost the fight of the century by a unanimous decision, but he did not lose the admiration of many of his long-time fans in the Philippines.
As early as 8 am on Sunday, May 3, 78-year-old Gelonita Baradillo waited at the Rizal High School oval in Pasig City to watch the bout she could not miss in her lifetime, she said.
In a sea of men roaring every time Pacquiao threw a punch, Baradillo sat calmly, praying for the Filipino boxer, believing he could overpower Floyd Mayweather Jr or even knock him out.
But Baradillo rose from her seat when Mayweather appeared to hit Pacquiao in the groin during the big fight.
“Natakot (ako) nung sinuntok siya sa lower part ng katawan niya (I got scared when he got struck in the lower part of his body),” she said.
According to Baradillo, who also hails from Western Mindanao, she has watched every major fight of Pacquiao. She loves the General Santos City native like a son even if she has not personally met him.