Mayweather deserves an apology, he deserves his victory.

I admire Pacquiao, how he helped his family from rags to riches. I even wanted him to win, until I read how Mayweather was criticized, judged, hated and even cursed by the viewers and Pacquiao’s fans.

Some misconceptions about the so called Fight of the Century were as follows:

1. Boxing was expected to be a bloody combat and not a sport.
What happened to sportsmanship? Why do viewers have to boo at Mayweather? Why can’t Pacquiao’s fans accept being defeated by Mayweather? Both worked hard and even have strategized well enough to win. But only one should be declared as the winner. What’s wrong with Mayweather’s defensive tactic? Aren’t we supposed to realize that being defensive is necessary to survive and even win? Shouldn’t we just be thankful that the boxers weren’t severely injured?

2. The fight was seen as a war against US and the Philippines.
Mayweather was seen as the American fighter while Pacquiao as the Philippine hero. Nationalism has nothing to do with it. No one has the right to criticize others on patriotism especially in the world of globalization. Sad to know how some talk about patriotism, while eating in McDo, drinking Coca Cola, using Apple or Microsoft, driving Toyota, wearing Prada and dreaming of living in America.

3. Pacquiao was declared as the good, while Mayweather as the evil.
The religious extremists condemned Mayweather as evil while Pacquiao as the good one. Why do they have to find faults even dig to Mayweather’s past just to put him down? Are you a flawless saint to judge?

Mayweather was judged as materialist.  Who are you to criticize him of being materialist when you even prefer signature clothes, updated gadgets, branded things, can’t live without a car or comfortable house?

At the end of the day, Mayweather will enjoy his wealth happily with his team, his family and loved ones, while Pacquiao’s obsessed fans will have grudges, hatred in their hearts and might even think of wicked ways to destroy Mayweather or others.

Hope these verses will somehow be enlightening.

JUDAISM
“Don’t judge your fellow human being until you have reached that person’s place.” Pirkei Avot 2:4.
“Do not favor the poor or show deference to the rich; judge your neighbor fairly…You shall not hate your kinsman in your heart. Reprove your neighbor, but incur no guilt against your kinsfolk. Love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.” 19:16-17

CHRISTIANITY
“Do not speak against one another, brethren He who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks against the law and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge of it. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you who judge your neighbor?” James 4:11-12
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:1-5

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29

ISLAM
Allah says: “O you who believe! If a wicked person comes to you with any news, ascertain the truth, lest you harm people unwittingly, and afterwards become full of repentance for what you have done.” Surah al-Hujurat: 5

BUDDHISM
“If we find fault with others, we ourselves are also in the wrong. When other people are in the wrong, we should ignore it, for it is wrong for us to find fault. By getting rid of this habit of fault-finding, we cut off a source of defilement. When neither hatred nor love disturb our mind, serenely we sleep.” Sutra of Hui Neng 2

HINDUISM
“Why should you try to mend, the failings of the world, sirs? Correct your bodies first, each one of you! Correct your minds first, each one! Lord Shiva does not approve of
those who shed crocodile tears to their neighbor’s grief.” Basavanna, Vachana 24

For this, Mayweather deserves an apology, he deserves his victory. May love and peace reign over hatred, war and wickedness.  Let’s just all be happy.

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