Winning vs Losing

By Kristine Abante – Dubai

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I have to say I have never heard as many boo’s ever for a winner, than for the “undefeated” Floyd Mayweather.

It was so loud that you can hear it off the TV while he was being interviewed even with the limited audio picked up by the boom mic. It was so loud on social media, all over the world, that you can almost hear the crowd jeering in your ear.  It was surreal, to have a winner be booed for winning a title that by all technical accounts seem to have been his.

I am not a big boxing fan, so I will not pretend to analyze or understand the points system that let Mayweather run away (pun intended of course) with it. All I know is that for all the money he has taken, for all that glittering fancy-title-weights under his belt, at the end of the day, all we could hear were the loud boos.

You can say that boxing is not a popularity contest, and so is life.  In life, bad guys who “don’t do anything” win… but win what, exactly?

Maybe it’s time to ask – what was the prize anyway and to whom does it matter to?

I am not a boxing fan, but I am fan of Manny Pacquiao, and all the Pacquiao’s I know  –  those who come out fighting, those who won’t back into a corner, those who don’t try to earn petty points from someone who didn’t know better, those who can smile at their toughest opponent, those who still see life as only a game, those who can accept  and brush off defeat, those who can sing, or at least try to, those who would rather put on a great gig more than care so much about the money in the jar, those who look up to something bigger than themselves, those who inspire us to be better.

Because at the end of the day, I think those are the real people who matter – who deserve to be in the history books, even if they don’t get written about, even if they lose.

If there’s one thing I take away from the so-called Fight of the Century it is that, no amount of money can buy you respect and legacy. These are things that you earn.

I just hope the Mayweathers of the world have picked up a thing or two from Pacman.

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