Last weekend, I watched a boxing match pitting Oscar De La Hoya against Manny Pacquiao. Initially, I thought it was a mismatch against our shorter kababayan. Nothing could have prepared me for the outcome.
Manny won. Convincingly in 8 rounds.
While I celebrate with all my kababayans with this victory (Yehey!), there is this part of me that feels bad about the loss of the great Mexican-American. It is the same feeling I get when I read about the fall of Rome or the fall of Egypt. It is the same feeling I get when Federer lost to Nadal at Wimbledon 2008.
It’s the feeling I get when great people lose to younger opponents. Maybe this confirms I’m a conservative – that I want to maintain the status quo. I want great people and great civilizations to remain great. Why change greatness if it’s already great.
But of course great people grow old and civilizations fall. Autumn leaves fall to give way to newer Spring leaves.
A few years from now, Manny will suffer a similar loss to a younger up-and-coming boxer. Chances are, I will feel bad for him as well.
But that will not take a way the fact that he is still great.