FORMER International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight champion Rolando Bohol admitted being flooded with hate mails, mostly from fellow Filipinos, after expressing his belief that Manny Pacquiao may lose against Timothy Bradley again in their April 13 rematch (Manila time) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“I don’t know pero ang dami kong mura na natanggap. Ang daming nagalit sa akin. But my point here is, I am only expressing my opinion, my analysis on the coming fight,” said Bohol in another overseas call to Spin.ph.
The former world champion said he based his predictation that Pacquiao is bound to lose to Bradley again solely on the merits of the fight and not on the involved personalities.
“I even reiterated I have nothing against Manny. Mabait na tao siya. What I discussed was the fight aspect, nothing more, nothing less,” added the 48-year-old businessman, whose story was also carried by the website MannyPacquiao.ph.
Bohol said the rigors of his online shopping site business kept him from watching Pacquiao fights live in the past, but said he will try to adjust his schedule this April to personally witness the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight championship rematch with Bradley.
“Dito lang rin sa Vegas 'yung fight, so I will try my best to watch the fight live. Gusto ko rin talagang makita si Manny in action. He is one of our country’s (sources of) pride,” said Bohol, who has long been based in Las Vegas, Nevada.
As for his haters, Bohol said he has nothing against them as he knows how to respect their opinion.
“Wala akong sama ng loob sa kanila. Nagulat lang talaga ako kasi ang ang bilis ng balik nila. Halos lahat ng account ko Facebook at Twitter, pinuntahan nila. Pero wala sa akin 'yun. I am professional to accept their comments,” said the soft-spoken pride of Murcia, Negros Occidental.
Another former world boxing champion in Gerry Penalosa was quick to jump to Bohol’s defense.
“Ako nagandahan sa sinabi ni Rolly. Kasi mainam na may kumokontra. Pangit din 'yung lahat ng story papuri,” said Penalosa, who said he read the Spin.ph story which came out Wednesday night.
“Sa akin tingin ko hindi dapat masyado magalit ang mga kababayan natin o fans ni Manny dun, kasi parang double purpose ang statement ni Bohol. Constructive (criticism) 'yun kay Manny,” added the former World Boxing Council (EBC) super-flyweight and WBO bantamweight champion who is a close pal of the 35-year-old Pacquiao.
Penalosa believes Bohol intentionally came up with his bold statement on Pacquiao to motivate the Sarangani congressman.
“Being a former boxer, tingin ko may plano si Rolly dun kaya niya sinabi 'yun. And I’m sure nabasa na ni Manny yun. Let’s wait for the positive result,” said Penalosa with a smile, saying he is also friend to Bohol, who owns the internet website, 24hourshopnet.com.