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Fil-Am, Fil-Canadian Pride and gloom over Manny-Floyd outcome

/ 01:00 AM May 05, 2015

Filipino family in Southern California stands for the Philippine National Anthem as Pacquiao-Mayweather fight begins. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

With additional reporting by Mila de Guzman, Cecile C. Ochoa, Cristina Rodriguez-Pecson, Marisa Roque and Rose Paquette.  

LAS VEGAS – A collective sigh of resignation descended upon the dozen or so Filipino-Americans gathered around Pat Mendoza’s kitchen table even before the result was announced.


Used to watching Manny Pacquiao dominate his opponents, this one was a clear loss before Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s hand was raised in triumph.

“He’s not like the Manny Pacquiao of old,” said Cristita Cerezo. “He did not put together a bunch of punches like he used to.”


After feasting on pancit, adobo, lumpia and other Philippine delicacies, the group settled down to watch what was hyped as the “Fight of the Century.”

It turned about to be the “Biggest Disappointment of the Century.”

The pre-fight celebratory mood was replicated in Filipino communities all over he US and Canada. And so were the disappointments besides Pacquiao’s loss by unanimous decision.

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Ronnie Almero just arrived from his monthly drill in time for the fight. From left: Jennifer Almero, Ronald Almero, Brianna Almero, Alyna Almero (With Gloves), Biddie Almero, Ronnie Almero; Dominic Almero,  Gio Almero are in the back.

Mayweather’s town

Urbano Salvati, Mendoza’s neighbor in Las Vegas who joined the fight party, was courteous enough to his host to say, “It was a good fight. But the other guy kept running away and refused to mix it up.”

A townmate of the great Rocky Marciano, Salvati said the unanimous decision was not surprising though.

“This is (Mayweather’s) town and Pacquiao should have done more to beat him.”


It was a sentiment shared by Brelane Mendoza, Pat Mendoza’s grandson.

“Pacquiao has to score a knockout to win,” he said. “If it goes the distance, I’m sure Mayweather will prevail.”

3) MICHElle M

Michelle M from Mullholand Hills, California painted her nails in Philippine flag colors to celebrate her country’s pride. Like other fans, she was downhearted; but she texted families: “Such a bummer, but he didn’t look too bad at the end. We still love him.”

Mayweather is a very smart fighter,” said Benny Montano. “I think Pacquiao did not do enough to win.”

Pacquiao alternated between complaining of a shoulder hurt in training camp to insisting he won the fight, but his fans say he was off his game.

His best round came when he caught Mayweather in a corner and rained blows on him, but the Sarangani congressman often backed off or stopped after not seeing any damage on the American fighter.

At the end of the 12-round bout, the fighters who may have earned a combined $200 million, were both unmarked.


Mayweather tantalizingly left a date in September for another bout (without naming a potential opponent), but a return match with Pacquiao seems out of the question.

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In Laguna Niguel, California, the Gemora family had friends over for food and fight. From left to right, Danny Gonzalez, April Gemora, Wolf Gemora, Honey Angodung, Renzo Aquino, John Aquino, Karole Aquino, Krystle Peralta, Chris Gemora.

Several hours prior to the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight in Las Vegas, reservations poured in at 250-seating capacity The Fort (Mckinley) in South San Francisco, a favorite watering hole of San Francisco-based Filipino Americans.
Barry Picazo, The Fort (Mckinley) owner-manager, said the much-awaited fight of the decade between Pacquiao and Mayweather was aired live at the restaurant, with the event to be covered by various American TV stations. “Seats were all taken because we’re open 24/7,”Picazo said, “and we’re so busy and excited.“

While Filipinos showed overwhelming support for Pacquiao, some community leaders have expressed concerns over the congressman’s opposition to same sex marriage and women’s reproductive rights.

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Like many Filipino American households, the Gemoras had quite a spread for the Pacquiao fight viewing party.

Calling Rep. Pacquiao

Cindy Domingo, chief of staff for King County Councilmember Larry Gossett in Seattle and co-chair of the USWomen and Cuba Collaboration, said that Pacquiao’s ability to forge the Filipino peoples’ national sentiments at home and abroad is unparalleled by any other Filipino personality today.

“Thus,” Domingo added, “it would behoove him to move off of his conservative stances on LGBT and reproductive rights issues and recognize that the people in his country who are trying to achieve social justice include people who make up the LGBT community and women and families who need full access to reproductive rights. That would really make Pacquiao a true ‘world champion’ rather than just a sports figure in history books.”

4) Niagara Falls

Post-fight gloom. In Niagara Falls, Fil-Canadians and friends gathered to cheer on Pacquiao. From left, Raffy Fabregas, Aaron Sanchez (host), Tim Laslo, Warren Ong, Wes Ong. Seated: Desi Laslo, Monique Fabregas, Lisa Sanchez, Pina Ong. Front: Garon Fabregas.

Therese R. Rodriguez, chief executive officer of Apicha Community Health Center in New York, also said that, LGBT people are part of the political and social fabric of Philippine society.

Rodriguez said, “It is incumbent upon Congressman Manny Pacquiao to respect their rights and pay attention to the needs of ALL members of his constituency. Congressman Pacquiao’s continuing opposition to equal rights for members of the LGBT community only serves to alienate a segment of his constituency and deepen division within the country. Pacquiao is revered all over the world. I urge him to use this adulation to bring humanity together rather than stoke the flames of prejudice.


3a) Orange County

Lubricating before the game: Monchet Mateo, Eddie Roces and Ron Calangi of Orange County, California.

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Conrado Abuel’s Facebook post of viewing party in Honolulu.

In San Diego, California Pacquiao party: From left, Dawn Recto, Michael Yockman, Danielle Yockman, Rey Willliams, Beau Freeman, Miguel Recto, Francis Recto, Philippe Recto, Justin Rodriguez, Victoria Recto, Aiden Rodriguez, Ryan Recto.

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