Grieving fans cheer selves up with memes ridiculing Mayweather's 'fun run,' 'warm hugs'
Memes and tweets flooding social media networks after Manny Pacquiao's loss ridiculed Floyd Mayweather for running for away from the Filipino ring hero for much of the fight and hugging at every opportunity. Jerome Ascano

EVEN as Manny Pacquiao absorbed one of his most disappointing losses at the gloved hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr, Pinoy netizens turned to humor to soften the agony of defeat.

Faster than one can say "48-0!", Filipinos vented their anger and frustrations online by creating, sharing and re-sharing memes that targeted the object of their ire - the undefeated Mayweather.

Memes and tweets that flooded social media sites in the wake of the loss poked fun at Mayweather and his decision to run away from Pacquiao and hug him at every opportunity during the 12-round fight.

'The Battle for Greatness' also drew its share of comic relief - Jimmy Kimmel as part of Pacquiao's entourage dressed a ala Justin Bieber, Pacquiao doing selfies as part of his ring entrance, the Pacman's trademark Pinoy smile during the faceoff with Mayweather before the match were among the memorable moments that injected humor in an event that was serious- around US$300 million serious.

Other celebrities also weighed in. Jim Carrey tweeted “Big letdown in Vegas. Was that a boxing match or ‘Dancing with the Stars?” while fellow Danny Glover posted “Mayweather has hugged Manny more times than my dad has hugged me my whole life.” 

Internet humor site 9GAG also had a soft spot for the Filipino fighter, posting "Mayweather wins the title. Pacquiao wins the hearts" to its 23 million followers on Facebook.    

Here now is a collection of what's going around the internet and as you can see, it's 'open season' that included a snowman, a dinosaur and a much-maligned Canadian pop star.




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