Fans of Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao across the globe will celebrate today to commemorate the only time their idol ever fought on May 2nd, back in 2009 against Ricky Hatton, because that fight with Floyd Mayweather on the same day in 2015 didn't happen, okay?
Now a national holiday in the Philippines, May 2nd has become a day of blissful ignorance and celebration for fans of the eight-division world champion known as 'Pacman'. We asked one super fan why he and so many others choose to celebrate the boxer on the day of his most famous loss:
"Mayweather did not win a unanimous decision against Pacquiao on May 2nd in 2015. We choose to believe it never happened, and every year we celebrate our right to ignore it by watching the Hatton fight on repeat.
"Even if it did happen, Pacquiao was injured and only had one arm, the judges were paid off, it should have happened in 2010 anyway, and Floyd used an illegal IV before the fight, so it doesn't even count. Just stop talking about it, okay? I'm getting angry. Manny Pacquiao has never lost a fight, period. I don't care if his official record says he has seven losses.
"Today marks the anniversary of the one and only time the great Manny Pacquiao ever fought on May 2nd, when he brutally knocked out Ricky Hatton in the second round. So if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go watch it for the ninth time today."
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