25 April 2011

The 13-day theory

Thirteen days before Manny Pacquiao beat Antonio Margarito for the World Boxing Council (WBC) super welterweight championship, а Cebuano held his daughter hostage for about an hour. It turned out that the 32-year-old man has been suffering from a mental illness and was brought to the Cebu City Hospital right after.

Thirteen days before Manny Pacquiao succeeded to defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title from Joshua Clottey, an 8.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Chile. It killed 122 people, twisted buildings, and sent tsunami waves.

Thirteen days before Manny Pacquiao reclaimed WBO welterweight championship from Miguel Cotto, the rest of the world commemorated the dead.

Thirteen days before Manny Pacquiao knocked Ricky Hatton twice, the Legacy Group of Companies collapsed. It affected more than 12,047 police and soldiers lost P317,556,356 million worth of pre-need plans.

Thirteen days before Manny Pacquiao embarrassed Oscar De La Hoya before a packed house at the MGM Grand, three Cagayenos drowned from the flood brought about by continuous rains in the province.

So in his bout against Shane Mosley, it is possible that Manny Pacquiao will take home his welterweight belt again. There had been a landslide in Pantukan, Compostela Valley yesterday. The Light Rail Transit (LRT) suffered a glitch, too, at the Libertad station in Pasay City, as well as the and Metro Rail Transit (MRT) in Mandaluyong.

"May problema tayo lately sa gate dahil naubusan tayo ng spare parts para maayos ang regular na maintenance. Ang ginawa natin ngayon hinuhulog nila sa box ang card para mabilis ang exit nila," Hernando Cabrera, LRT Administration spokesman, was reported saying.

(We have had problems with the stiles because we ran out of spare parts. For now we let the passengers drop their cards into a box and let them leave via a regular gate.)

Since medieval times, some people developed triskaidekaphobia (from Greek tris meaning "3", kai meaning "and", deka meaning "10" and phobia meaning "fear"). After all, there were 13 people present during the Last Supper. Witches' covens also have 13 members. Scandanavians already have 12 demigods when another one joined and cast evil. The number 13 signifies death in a Tarot deck, too.

But “The Great,” “The Destroyer,” “The People’s Champ,” “The Pacman,” has been winning, title after title, for every disaster happening 13 days before his bout. Currently, he holds the WBC Flyweight title (1998), the IBF Super Bantamweight title (2001), the WBC Super Featherweight title (2008), the WBC Lightweight title (2008), and the IBO Light Welterweight title (2009).

He also has the Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) Flyweight title (1997), the WBC International Super Bantamweight title (1999), the WBC Super Featherweight International title (2005), and the RING Super Featherweight title (2008).


1 comment:

Renzo said...

Superstitious much? Just so all of you know. There are alot of disasters, kidnapping, hold-ups, and robberies happening everyday. EVERYDAY. This 13 day theory of yours is not real nor coincidental. Things are happening everyday. But most of these are not being put attention upon. In the Philippines, there are alot of crimes and disasters happening. Almost everyday there is a fire. How about a one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve day theory? 13 is not really a bad luck number. For others it is also lucky. I don't believe in the supernatural and I'm not superstitous. But for me the things happening 13 days after Manny Pacquiao's fights are highly, HIGHLY exaggerated. But, if I were you, I wouldnt worry to much about 13.