Aikyatchi: The Pacquiao-Margarito bout, and then some!

More than a week from now, pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao is facing his (literaly) biggest challenge ever: former junior middleweight champion Antonio Margarito (38-6, 27 KOs).


n eight different weight divisions. Stopping Pacquiao and gaining redemption in the process will thus be Margarito’s goal (he lost his boxing license for allegedly using illegal hand wraps).

Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KOs) and Margarito are set to fight each other on November 14 at the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas for the WBA junior middleweight title. If Pacquiao wins, he will be the first boxer in history to win i

Everyone is raving over how exciting the Pacquiao-Margarito match will be. The sports world is abuzz with the preparations of each boxer, the barbs thrown, the speculations, heck, even Pacquiao’s antics outside the ring while Margarito trains his ass off.

I can’t help but wonder if the telecast of the whole thing in the Philippines will be marred by commercial after bloody commercial and everyone would switch to live streaming and the radio. No surprise if everyone knows who won even without seeing it on TV. The good thing about it, though, is that the country will have another day without crime or some other untoward incident (hopefully).

Sports events such as this prove to be a boon for restaurants, hotels, and sports bars all over the country who can show the match live via satellite or through live streaming. All you need to do in most of these places is buy a ticket, avail of their promos, order a dish and a drink or two, and watch Manny and Antonio punch each other. XD

The best part is that come nighttime, bars and other night spots would be filled with drunk boxing fans, all watching the replays, cheering and celebrating Pacquiao’s feats. (I wonder what would happen IF Pacquiao lost though. I shudder at the thought.)

I’d prefer to scout around for good places to watch pay-per-view events like the Pacquiao-Margarito bout instead of just waiting for the results over the internet and radio. I wanted to do this as a blog project before, but because of budget and logistics problems I found that kinda difficult. I don’t even know if I should pursue the project, unless someone invites me to go around.

Next week, I expect restaurants, hotels, and sports bars to cash in on the Pacquiao-Margarito fight. Hopefully by then, I can find a place that will get me in the mood to pay up and watch the match (while having a good chow, of course). Any suggestions? (Malate, Manila doesn’t count since it’s easier for me to go there often anyway.)

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