From Kibawe (and the Grand Rapids) all the way to the bank

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Karen Kunawicz

Karen Kunawicz

Ladies and gentlemen, here we are awaiting the next blockbuster, the event you’ve been waiting for, the ”Fight of the Century,” the “Biggest day in Sports History,” the highest grossing fight ever. Yes boys and girls, we are looking at $300 million upwards in revenue so give it up for Pacquiao-Mayweather!

Most of the seats at the 16,800 MGM Grand Arena were distributed to Team Pacquiao, Team Mayweather, producers, sponsors and the like. The average price of the remaining 500 tickets that went on sale: $10,000 (P440,000—just short of half a million pesos); and the secondary price for a ringside ticket: $180,000 (P8 million).

It costs $100 (P4,400.00) to watch this on pay per view in HD in the US, and P2,500 here ($57).

This definitely goes up there with Oberyn and The Mountain (Game of Thrones), Roc-ky Balboa vs. Apollo Creed (Rocky), Allies vs. The Nazis (Escape to Victory), The Mighty Ducks vs. The Hawks (The Mighty Ducks), etc.


While I understand little of boxing rules, jargon, technique, and the possible (cough) mafia involvement behind the sport, the pop culture aspect of it has been very “in your face.”

Posters are everywhere; news about it is everywhere; it’s being discussed on Facebook and on television. Even if you’re normally not interested, you’ll get curious because everyone’s talking about it.

Still, there are people who don’t care about it—who care so little about it, they won’t even make the effort to say they don’t care unless you prod them. They just do know it’s hard to avoid event. There are Filipinos who actually do want Manny to lose (maybe he’ll be less of an absentee congressman and we’ll all get some kind of reality check).

For those unable to grasp the sporting side of this whole event, there’s still the ‘cinematic’ side to it: Manny Pacquiao’s rise from poverty to superstar status, and Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s bad boy story

For those unable to grasp the sporting side of this whole event, there’s still the ‘cinematic’ side to it: Manny Pacquiao’s rise from poverty to superstar status, and Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s bad boy story

For those unable to grasp the sporting side of this whole event, there’s still the “cinematic” side to it: Manny “Pacman” Pac-quiao, a man born in the “second class municipality of Ki-bawe, in the province of Bu-kidnon in the Philippines” rises from very humble beginnings to become the first and only eight division world champion in boxing. He gets visits from Mark Wahlberg, Sylvester Stallone and Ronda Rousey while he trains in Los Angeles. He is “religious and family oriented.” And to millions, he carries the hopes and dreams of Filipinos everywhere. No traffic will be on our streets Sunday morning.

In the other corner is Floyd “Money” Mayweather—cur-rently undefeated as a professional and five-division world champion. Just like Manny, he’s an amazing athlete with 10 world titles.

He’s also got a long history of abusing women—his partners (the mothers of his children), and even their friends. Perhaps a few would like to see him put in his place?

Whichever way this goes, one thing is certain: some pockets and bank accounts are sure to be flushed with dollars on Sunday. Both men are likely to laugh their way to the bank.

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