MANILA - Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang said the judges’ decision giving the win to American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. wasn't fair.
Catapang, who had predicted a Manny Pacquiao victory, said boxing is a contact sport but Mayweather ran in circles to escape from the more aggressive fighter.
“Boxing was made for you to hit the enemy but if your enemy is just running around, going around circles, Manny will really have difficulty (beating him),” Catapang said.
“I think the decision was not fair. As Manny said, he thought all the while that he was ahead in points. I know the fighters should be careful, but Manny was more aggressive, he was hitting Floyd.”
A Pacquiao bout is a holiday of sorts for battle-weary soldiers and policemen. Different AFP and Philippine National Police units sponsored live viewing in different parts of the country today.
Pacquiao is a reserve Army lieutenant colonel.
Army chief Lt. Gen. Hernando Iriberri noted, “In spite of the defeat, the Phil. Army stands proud of what Manny Pacquiao did during the fight. Manny will always be the icon of the Army troopers' determination and courage. Like a true soldier, he lived up to the Phil Army's core values of honor, patriotism and duty.”
Catapang added, “I think you saw how aggressive Manny Pacquiao was during the fight, and that’s very important. He was always on the offense, so hindi siya natatakot umatake sa kalaban, so I think that’s the message.”
The Philippine National Police (PNP) leadership also agreed.
“Much as we were expecting a stunning victory by Manny Pacquiao, we know that our Pambansang Kamao did his best to provide a good show for sports fans around the world. He fought a good fight, we all wish him well. He is still our People's Champ despite the loss,” PNP spokesman Bartolome Tobias said.