MANILA, Philippines -- Having used to watching Manny Pacquiao's opponents stumble after a few rounds, most in the crowd at a cinema in the SM Megamall were dissatisfied with the game.
In the second round when the African-American Shane Mosley fell after a strong blow from Pacquiao, the audience grew wild, and many threw their fists up in the air in truimph.
But during the succeeding rounds, the crowd was unusually silent, many with their hands propping up their chins as though watching a regular film.
?If Pacquiao had used his energy up to the hilt, he could have finished the fight after a few rounds,? Noree Reyes, 51, a housewife, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
She was accompanied by her daughter who was giving her a "nice treat" on Mothers' Day.
?Normally, we are just content watching the fight at home through the late telecast. But it's better without the commercials, isn't it?,? Reyes said glancing sideways at her daughter.
There were people doing their own commentary while the fight was ongoing. One woman was overheard commenting Mosley's knees weakened and wobbled after Pacquiao's first punch in his face.
Many in the audience jeered when Pacquiao fell in the 10th round. "It was deceiving. (Mosley) shoved him. Look at Pacquiao, he was still smiling after that," a man in the audience said.
?The previous fights were more exciting, now was quite boring because Mosley didn't do much,? Patricia Tolentino told the Inquirer after the fight. She claimed she was not a boxing fan but she decided to join her family at the cinema on a Sunday.
Others thought the taller and the older Mosley was able to stand until the 12th round because he had cleverly eluded Pacquiao's punches.
?Manny was more reserved perhaps because Mosley was a friend. If Mosley was just a Mexican, he would probably knock him down,? a yellow-clad man who asked that he be identified only by his family name Chua.
?Puro yakap lang ang ginawa ni Mosley (Hugging was the only thing that Mosley did),? the disappointed Rodolfo Gador, 82, said. ?The undercard fight (between Mexican Jorge Arce and Puerto Rican Wilfredo Boxes) was more exciting though.?
?Nonetheless, we got what we paid for,? Gador said referring to the P750 ticket, which came with a food bundle.
Most of the crowd came in small groups, seemingly like families enjoying the weekend and coincidentally, Mothers' Day, at the mall.