ORMOC NEWS – They may not be able to afford the ridiculous prices of Las Vegas tickets to watch the world’s most anticipated match in boxing history but boxing enthusiasts and ordinary Filipinos from around Leyte are making serious preparations for tomorrow’s fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.
Alberto Torres, a Manny Pacquiao fan said he does not want to regret not having been able to watch the Pacquiao–Mayweather world title fight even just on his old 24–inch TV screen so that he has already adjusted his TV antennae to get the best reception from local station GMA–7 once the fight begins to air.
“I will not go out to work tomorrow”, said the 47 year old part-time tricycle driver here in Ormoc. Torres said he intend to sit tight in their small sala set with his extended family to watch a game the action of which he said he might be able to tell his future grandchildren.
In Tacloban City, Enrique Chu who is turning 28 said his ability to acquire a much anticipated engagement ring for his girlfriend will depend on Manny Pacquiao’s victory. He has chosen to stake his budget for her girlfriend’s ring on ‘the Pacman’ against a friend who is rooting for Mayweather. Chu is praying for Pacquiao’s success.
Filipinos from all walks of life have made their own adjustments for tomorrow’s fight for the ‘Pambansang Kamao’. Jenny, an employee who usually does her groceries on Sundays after church said she has opted to do her shopping this afternoon so that she too could watch the Pacquiao fight with his husband at home.
Orders for lamang-loob (innards) and pakdol have come for tomorrow’s fight”, said Sally, a meat vendor in Ormoc City’s public market.
Pakdol is a local stew specialty which consists of the lower leg portion of a carabao or cow. It is usually prepared for long drinking sessions in this part of the country.
Andie, a retailer in Barangay Punta, Ormoc of the local coconut wine called tuba told Visayan Business Post that their stocks are now almost out because people have been buying their wine as early as this morning to prepare for the Sunday clash between the world’s only two best pound for pound prize fighters.
“The people are excited and they are expecting a very close and entertaining fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather”, said Andie.