In the wake of Manny Pacquiao’s devastating loss to Juan Manuel Marquez, comments have been flooding the net about religion as the reason for Pacquiao’s loss. How did people come up with that? In my opinion, they shouldn’t blame religion for his loss. Everyone is entitled to their beliefs. Whether he has changed his religion is not the reason for his loss. If you have noticed he was on top of his game. He going head to head with Marquez. He was more aggressive than he used to be. A perfectly timed punch by Marquez was the reason for his defeat. Even Pacquiao has admitted that it was his carelessness that has lead to losing the bout.
Somebody commented (I just can’t remember who it was) that if two Catholics were in the ring, who would win the bout? In a yahoo article that I read, retired Lingayan Archbishop Oscar Cruz has said that even though he is now a born again Christian, he has given up his vices and has given up gambling. I think that counts for something. We should respect his beliefs.
In all of his matches, he wears a rosary under his neck and removes it before the match. In this match and the last bout with Bradley, he was not wearing it. Some people say that it his lucky charm and the change of routine is a reason for his loss as well. For some Athletes, they have a routine or custom to wear something that they perceived as lucky during the game. Maybe lucky charms are true. I wouldn’t know because I don’t have any.
Let’s just be thankful that he is not seriously harmed and that will have the chance to get back to the ring.