Disappointed Filipinos cry foul as Pacquiao loses

He watched the battle on a giant screen mounted on the back of a flat-bed truck.

'Decision was not fair'

Even the nation's military chief, General Gregorio Catapang, weighed in with emotional comments immediately afterwards.

"I think the decision was not fair. Like Manny said, he thought he was ahead with points. Both fought carefully but Manny was more aggressive. He was hitting Floyd," Catapang said. 

In Cagayan de Oro, the thousands of fans who watched the fight broadcast at the provincial capitol grounds booed when Mayweather was declared the winner.

“Mayweather kept running and he won?” a spectator said in the vernacular.

Crowd reacts as they watched Manny Paquiao connects his punches against Floyd Mayweather at the Misamis Oriental Capitol Ground In Cagayan de Oro City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Crowd reacts as they watched Manny Paquiao connects his punches against Floyd Mayweather at the Misamis Oriental Capitol Ground In Cagayan de Oro City.

Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

“He kept running and ducking and not throwing punches and the crowd booed him, yet he won? The American judges protected Mayweather’s record,” said another, referring to the American boxer’s 47-0 record before the bout with Pacquiao. 

In the southern port city of Zamboanga in Mindanao, loud boos echoed inside an army gymnasium, where thousands of soldiers and their relatives watched Pacquiao given the 6th defeat of his career.

"The decision was unfair. From the start, the commentators were for Manny. Everyone is disappointed," Lieutenant Colonel Noel Precioso said as others nearby expressed similar sentiments.

Cheering crowds inside inside the packed and humid Sarmiento Sports Complex in Sta. Mesa, Manila during the #MayPac bout. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Cheering crowds inside inside the packed and humid Sarmiento Sports Complex in Sta. Mesa, Manila during the #MayPac bout.

Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

In Bacolod City, where thousands watched the fight for free at the BAYS Center, Negrenses believed that because Mayweather’s win was unanimous, it was tainted.

“He was robbed [of victory],” lamented by Edgar Noquillo, 49, a driver. “Manny won. All Mayweather did was hug and run.”

Fisherman Micheal Hugo, 36, said that “the fight was rigged.” He lamented, “I betted P1,000 for Manny.”

“Pacman won. He hit most of the punches when the first round started,” he added.

Government employee Allan Dreyfus believed that Pacquiao won 9 of the 12 rounds while Mayweather only won 3.

A lone Mayweather fan from among the thousands of pro-Pacquiao watching the #MayPac bout in Plaza Miranda in Quiapo, Manila. Photo by Jay Ganzon/Rappler

A lone Mayweather fan from among the thousands of pro-Pacquiao watching the #MayPac bout in Plaza Miranda in Quiapo, Manila.

Photo by Jay Ganzon/Rappler

“Two of the judges were from Nevada,” he said, implying they were biased for their fellow American.

In Cagayan Valley, there was a similar sentiment of frustration and disbelief. 

The silence in a free public viewing at the People's Gymnasium in Tuguegarao City was unusual following loud cheers for Pacquiao during the match.

"Paanong nangyaring manalo ka kung takbo nang takbo at yakap nang yakap? Kalokohan iyan," said Sonnyboy Manggit, a tricycle driver who stopped by the gymnasium for hours to witness, and bet for the People’s Champ.

(How can it be that someone who keeps running and hugging emerges as the winner? That's a joke.) 

Pacquiao fans in Baguio City watch the live boxing match between #MayPac in a makeshift restobar set up by an enterprising businessman in a rooftop laundry area. Photo by Dave Leprozo/Rappler

Pacquiao fans in Baguio City watch the live boxing match between #MayPac in a makeshift restobar set up by an enterprising businessman in a rooftop laundry area.

Photo by Dave Leprozo/Rappler

Si Manny pa rin ang panalo. Siya ang totoong boxer at fighter, sumusugod,”  Manggit added. 

(Manny is still the winner. He is the better boxer and fighter. He attacks.)

Manggit wishes for a rematch, saying Pacquiao embodies "the Filipino dream and hope," and hailed his humility and "exemplary character." 

For Tuguegarao Mayor Jefferson Soriano, people should just respect the decision of the judges. 

While we are still of proud of Manny, we should still accept that he is being judged by no less than those who are knowledgeable of the field of boxing,” he said.

Soriano sponsored the free public viewing in 4 venues in this city.

Filipinos in Staten Island, New York with their Pacman cake during a viewing party are still proud of the People's Champ despite the defeat to Mayweather. Photo by Dominic Rivera

Filipinos in Staten Island, New York with their Pacman cake during a viewing party are still proud of the People's Champ despite the defeat to Mayweather.

Photo by Dominic Rivera

– with a report from Marchel Espina, Bobby Lagsa, Raymon Dullana, and Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com