My family felt bad when Manny lost to Erik Morales in their first fight. I sadly went to Philboxing.com but its banner energized me "BLOODIED BUT UNBOWED" (taken from the poem Invictus). A sudden surge of pride overcame the sadness that I felt. I knew then that Manny would recover and represent the Philippines in the best possible manner again. Since boxing matches have a long break period usually three months - this is to give the warriors a time to recover - I thought Manny must win all his fights from know on for his importance to the national psyche is positive and immeasurable. Besides three months is such a long period to get over a defeat. My country needs him. He has remained victorious since then - thank God.
(The members of the Filipino intelligentsia scoff at him for his lack of English skills and his FILIPINO face. As you see ladies and gents it is a crime in this country to put a FILIPINO looking person on Philippine Television. It is the reason why most of our actors don't look like the rest of the population but Caucasians. There are handsome FILIPINO-LOOKING actors out there and they are slowly taking over.)