Pacquiao VS Clottey: The Worst Manny Pacquiao Fight I’ve Ever Seen

Harsh? Maybe so but that is how I saw that fight.

You see, I was supposed to write what happens to the Philippine scene whenever Manny Pacquiao fights – the streets become empty, no vehicles moving about, people gathering to the nearest house with cable TV and is open to people; the Philippines just comes together to watch Manny Pacquiao fight in an attempt to bring home another victory – a proof would be the zero crime rate that is reported at the end of the fight day.

But that all changed when the sixth round came.

And this is the first Pacquiao fight, in a long time, that I cared to watch on cable TV. We don’t have cable TV at our house so we just go to my cousin’s place to watch it. Usually, I just stick with the free TV broadcast. Boy, was I disappointed!

Though, I am not a very big fan of boxing. Neither am I a big fan of Manny Pacquiao but I care enough to watch.

The Event started at around 12:30pm here in the Philippines.

During the first round, Manny already started attacking but Clottey wasn’t – he was on his solid defense mode. The scene was about the same during the second round. That didn’t come as a surprise to me. Maybe, he was tryna assess Pacquiao’s strength and was tryna figure out how to fight him.

But when the third and fourth rounds came and the scene was still the same, I was like, “Are you kidding me?! Are you still tryna figure out how to fight Manny?”

I remember him saying something like,

Manny will not attack me. I will attack him.

Where did that go?

I cared to watch this fight as much because I thought that it was interesting enough because Clottey was deemed as a strong fighter but he can also be a dirty fighter.

One of the people on Manny’s side was warning him about Clottey’s tactic of stepping on his opponent’s foot. But that still wasn’t avoided.

Before the seventh round started, if I heard it right, Clottey’s coach told him,

“Let’s take chances. Open.”

I thought that would bring the fight to life.

So, when the seventh round started, Clottey threw a few punches. He started fighting more but, once again, we were all disappointed when he switch back to total defense mode.

When the eight round ended, the round where Clottey did a low blow, and he still wasn’t fighting as much as he should, I already had this thought: “This fight is not gonna end in a TKO victory by either of them. Most probably, this will end in a victory by unanimous decision in favor of Manny Pacquiao.”

Two more rounds came and ended with the scene on the ring being just about the same.

By this time, I already thought, “This guy [Joshua Clottey] is not going for the win. He’s going for survival.”

Before the 11th round started, Clottey’s coach was caught saying,

You know you have the power to knock him out. You have the strength. Take chances, man.

But Clottey did not man up to it. I’m thinking his coach was also tired of watching him stay on the ring in total defense.

When the 11th round ended, there was some sort of commotion. We all thought the fight was already being ended but it went on.

Before the 12th round started, Clottey’s coach was telling him to breathe. Maybe, he was already about to break down.

But just before the fight ended, there was a headbutt. Was that really inevitable?

So, yeah, just as I thought, The Event ended, around 2pm, in a victory by unanimous decision in favor of Manny Pacquiao.

No, I should put it as, the fight ended with Manny Pacquiao trying to give a great show and Joshua Clottey trying to survive Manny Pacquiao.

At least, Manny Pacquiao tried to fulfill what he said in one of the press conferences,

We’ll try to give a great show.

And we all left disappointed.

Update: March 15, 2010
Today, when I was getting some water, one guy from our neighborhood told me that he can’t stand to watch the fight that he’s turned off his TV by the eight round.

I was like, “I bet all those people who paid $700 just to watch that boxing event were dismayed.”

Jolicloud: Netbook OS for the Always-On Generation

“You have been Joliclouded!”

That is what your mail will tell you when you receive your invitation code to test Jolicloud.

Jolicloud is a new operating system optimized for netbooks tagged as “a cool new OS for netbooks.” It is still on alpha, called “robby release”, so download is avaible after getting the code.

But don’t let the “alpha” make you not want it. For an alpha build, Jolicloud knows how to deliver.

The idea of Jolicloud revolves around building a laptop that woud run an Internet operating system that utilizes web alternatives of existing costly software.

Jolicloud has a long list of supported hardware and the list grows as more and more netbooks are tested by the community.

What makes Jolicloud different from most open source OS is that besides its being optimized for netbooks, it is made for the “always online” generation – the ones who don’t seem to shut down as they can always be found online. Jolicloud gives you a gorgeous interface and a set of social features for a more fun experience.

When you boot your Jolicloud netbook, you might say that it is the Netbook remix but it just looks like one. In fact, it is way different.

The “Get Started” icon is the most interesting part of the whole system. This takes you to your Jolicloud homebase. The homebase is divided into four sections: the Dashboard, Applications, Settings, and Lab.

The dashboard is your Jolicloud social networking platform. This is where you can find updates from Jolicloud, both for the apps and the system, and from people you follow. Updating only takes one click on the update button.

Now the Applications tab is the most valuable tab in your homebase. This is the part that makes Jolicloud easy to use. The applications directory gives you a list of all the apps you might need for your netbook – and more. It gives you the “one-click install” feature that Jolicloud is proud to give you.

You just have to click on the “Install” button, authenticate, and the system will start downloading and installing the app for you. If you get tired of the app, the “Remove” button will be there for you. The app directory is also constanly being updating so you are to expect more things.

The Settings tab is also indispensable. It shows you your profile and and other information about your system. If you have another netbook and you want to install Jolicloud on it, too, the system will be there for you to sync both netbooks. Your different subscriptions can also be found here.

The Lab tab is mostly grayed-out.

That is just some of the awesome things that Jolicloud can give you. Right now, it is the OS that can give you all you need and a lot more.

First published at Technorati

Gifts, gifts

I’ve found one more excellent shopping site. This time, the site is a gift shop. Online gift shops are not too common actually. We all hear about online shops but only a rare few can be called gift shops.

The shop includes listings on gifts, invitations, monogramming and embroidery items. Baby’s items are also listed. They have a nap mat for the kids to comfortably sleep in. Back to school items are also up for grabs – I guess it’s what we can give as gifts for kids in these days. Toddler backpacks for the little ones and kids’ backpack for the slightly bigger ones.

So, if you’re looking at gift shopping, I suggest you visit this site.

Jewelry Galore

Do you have a special event to attend? If you are looking for some jewelry shopping, I’ve found the right place for you. This shop is a rather unique online shop. It has links to most, if not all, of the internet shops available – like a world wide web crawl. Most shopping sites will only give you links to internet stores that has paid for placement. That is not the case in ShopWiki. They will give you links to almost all internet shops available giving you a wider array of products.

I tried to look for my own birthstone, and they really do have a long list. 15 Pages of results is already amazing for a shopping site. If you don’t fancy jewelries, they have a really wide range of products that can be found in the homepage. Watches are also included in the jewelry page.

The Sport watches in their catalog is also a wide list. And the results are not just items or products than can be dubbed as disposable. Brands include Nike, Timex, and Pulsar. They even have Disney! So if you are looking to shop for jewelry or watches, you can totally count on this site.

Want some more breeze?

If you are tired of your stand fans and what more space for your home, you’ll need your ceiling fans. And I know of a place where you can find the best of ’em.

Farreys.com offers thousands of unique ceiling fans and ceiling fan accessories from more than a dozen popular ceiling fan manufacturers including: Casablanca, Craftmade, Ellington, Fanimation, Hunter Fan Company, Luceplan, Matthews Fans, Minka Aire, Modern Fan Company, Monte Carlo, NuTone, Quorum and Westinghouse. Visitors may shop by ceiling fan brand or by ceiling fan style. Their ceiling fan customization system assists in configuring and ordering ceiling fans to exact specifications with all accessories – to suit your needs and your wants. The ceiling fan search tool quickly helps find the perfect fan for your application – quick and easy.

Besides that, you are certain of your order with their special services.

  1. 30-day Return Policy
  2. Fast Shipping
  3. Safe Shopping Promise
  4. Volume Discounts

Some of their most famous brands are listed below:

Online Shopping at its Finest

ShopWiki is a revolutionary for shopping site for all you online shoppers – just like me. It is a great online shopping site in a sense that it actively seeks out every store on the internet just like the way Google searches everything on the web. Other shopping sites will only show you stores that have paid for placement or for advertising. ShopWiki doesn’t do that. Instead, it will give a shopper everything whether they earn from it or not.

Here’s how the site works. When you click on it’s Health and Beauty link, it will send you to its Health and Beauty Buying Guide where you can find the categories for the items under Health and Beauty. What if you need some Personal Care items?! You’ll want to click on their Personal Care Guide. Some items are already listed so you don’t have to type in and search – you just have to click on ’em. When you search for an item, the site will search every online store there is and show you what they found.

Here‘s how they find Gatorade for you.