MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – For millions of Filipinos disappointed over the supposed ‘Fight of the Century’ between countryman Manny Pacquiao and American Floyd Mayweather, there is light at the end of the tunnel. The real boxing match of the century is in the offing.
In the north corner: former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas. In the south corner: Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Presidential candidates both.
It all started with a word war between the presidential hopefuls, with Roxas saying that a peaceful Davao City under Duterte was a myth, and the mayor saying that Roxas’ degree from Wharton School of Business (at University of Pennsylvania) was a myth.
Duterte then said that he wanted to slap Roxas for insulting the people of Davao, to which Roxas replied: “Sa dami ng problema na hinaharap ng ating bansa, ikaw nauuwi ka sa kung ano-anong mga kalokohan. Gawin mo nalang kung ano gusto mo gawin. Sampalan? Bakit pa sampalan pambabae yan. Suntukan nalang.” (Of all the problems our country is facing, you only think about ridiculous things. Do what you will. A slapping match? Why a slapping match, it’s for women. How about a fistfight.)
And so the boxing match is set. Both camps are finalizing negotiations with the venue at the Philippine Arena.
President NoyNoy Aquino has already agreed to be the official referee.
The fight will be aired live on CNN Philippines and will be available for viewing around the world via Pay-Per-View.