Originally written on Bush League Chronicle  |  Last updated 10/10/14
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 Manny Pacquiao was the recipient of a knockout punch by Juan Manuel Marquez in the sixth round of their bout on Saturday. Many boxing experts and fans alike were mildly surprised by the outcome of the fight, especially Pacquiao's mother. She stepped up to the mic on Monday and promptly delivered a reasonable explanation as to why her Filipino son lost.From the Phillipine Daily Inquirer:Some, like his mother Mommy Dionisia, blamed his loss to his change of religion. In an interview in General Santos, Pacquiao’s hometown, Mommy D said, “That’s what he gets for changing his religion….Since the ‘Protestant’ pastors came into his life, he has not focus on his boxing.” She does not approve of Pacquiao leaving the Catholic Church. She wants him to quit and become a Catholic again. Many have noticed that in the last two fights which ended in defeat, Pacquiao did not enter the ring with a rosary around his neck as he did before. Like some, will Pacquiao believe that he lost the last two fights because he abandoned the Catholic Church and that God punished him?It's not uncommon for all people to point toward divine intervention when things don't go the way they planned. But blaming the outcome of a sporting event on such probably isn't the right answer.
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