Monday, December 08, 2008

Pacquiao

How many sermons were shortened because of last Sunday’s Pacquiao bout?

The last time Manny Paquiao defended his title, our preacher unashamedly admitted to the pulpit that he is going to make the sermon a little shorter because of Manny’s fight. I admit I was a little shocked at the thought of Pacquiao’s fight getting precedence over the service on the Lord’s Day. But I understand, or I don’t, or maybe I can’t.

I have nothing against our boxing champion. He acn beat the hell out of all the Mexican for all I care but there’s something surrealistic about the Filipino’s obsession with Manny. Maybe it’s because I am not a boxing guy. I believe the sport is the devil’s sport. (My father was an avid boxing fan and if he were alive today, I think my father would also shorten his sermon.) It’s gambling, violence, sex, and hedonism all rolled into one.

I think boxing is the remnant of the Roman gladiatorial fights. You have two warriors in the ring trying to smash each hurt each other, drawing blood and getting cheers for every punch landed and blood spilled. This sport brings out the animal instinct in us, especially for the men.

But to each his own…But I believe the Filipino youths deserve a better hero to look up to.

5 comments:

Joey said...

I used to be a boxing fan. I got the inclination from Tatay. We watched a lot of boxing match together. But I agree with you. I thought the Pacquiao-Dela Hoya match (and all other prized fight for that matter) was all about money and gambling. I pity the people who naively believe that Manny is the best hero they could have.

George. said...

Soryy late response, nagbakasyon kami ni Myra sa Baguio. Iniwan namin si Bebang sa Cainta. Merry Christmas and a happy new year sa inyong lahat! Namiss namin kayo dito.

George. said...

Soryy late response, nagbakasyon kami ni Myra sa Baguio. Iniwan namin si Bebang sa Cainta. Merry Christmas and a happy new year sa inyong lahat! Namiss namin kayo dito.

Joey said...

Wow! Good for you, alone again! Puwede na palang iwan si Bebang. As the days go by, we think going home become more and more an impossibility. But who knows, God will provide.

Jayred said...

Like you, I also liken today's boxing matches to yesteryears' gladiator fights in the arena. I don't know why some Christians are so much into boxing.

I'm a bit surprised that the preacher in your church opted to prioritize watching the boxing match on TV than 'feeding the Church' with soul food. Something was amiss there....

Ah, Baguio....