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Filipino Fans Scream "Robbery" Over Pacquiao's Defeat

The crowd fell into silence for seconds, some wept unabashedly as they stared quietly at a giant screen in a Manila public park after Manny Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight crown on a controversial split decision on Saturday.

Filipinos in cinemas, hotels, public parks and even army bases across the Philippines were shocked, too numbed to react as Pacquiao, winner of eight world boxing divisions, tasted his first defeat since March 2005.

American Timothy Bradley ended Pacquiao's 15-match win streak in the ring, but many Filipinos found it difficult to accept after a fight Pacquiao largely dominated.

“I'm so devastated,” baketball coach Charles Tiu, who watched the fight with his family and friends at a bar.

People at the bar were stunned by the decision. They were speechless for a moment but there was no big simultaneous outcry.

“I'm shocked and disappointed,” Gina Tubo, a 42-year-old mother, said, wiping tears from her eyes.

“The decision was unfair. There was a moment when Bradley was wobbling. How can Pacquiao lose that way.”

Pacquiao was convinced he had done won the fight as the Las Vegas crowd booed the decision, which triggered criticism in the boxing world.

British boxer Amir Khan tweeted that the result was a “robbery” while former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis called it “disgraceful.”

There was also frustration etched on the faces of hundreds of soldiers who watched the fight at army bases across the country.

Filipinos stood behind their Pacquiao, who was immediately offered a rematch by Bradley.

“Manny will remain and will always be our champion,” army spokesman Coloenl Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos said of Pacquiao, a lieutenant-colonel in the reserve force.

“God may have other plans for him” Tubo addded of Pacquiao, a congressman and widely regarded as the world's best pound-for-pound fighter.

Manila's streets were deserted before and during the fight as Filipinos were glued to the television.

Police authorities have said the crime rates drop every time Pacquiao enters the ring.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Gino Ros on 06-11-2012

[QUOTE=rsx03wba;12231755][FONT="Arial Black"][SIZE="7"]pacroid manny got owned[/SIZE][/FONT][/QUOTE] I don't know who you are, but your work is excellent.

Comment by rsx03wba on 06-11-2012

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Comment by miclantecuhtli on 06-11-2012

I'm splitting hairs here but didn't Bradley offer and immediate rematch right after the fight? In fact, Bradley offered a rematch way before the fight. The bottom line is a LOT of filipinos lost a LOT of money on this…

Comment by rsx03wba on 06-11-2012

hey dick noses, what happened to catchweight manny????? why did bradley school him?

Comment by jaestix1 on 06-11-2012

[QUOTE=JibbaJabber;12230066]a real live *******.. see for yourself.. [/QUOTE] lmao.....this can't be real!!!! a real life pac+ard.

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