After the twelve-round Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito fight on Saturday, Pacquiao, the winner and a Filipino congressman, couldn't sign autographs, because he couldn't hold a pen. Margarito, a head taller, was hospitalized with a broken right eye socket. He's having surgery on Tuesday.
You could call this a brutal sport, or you could embrace its primal nature and wax philosophical, as boxers like to do.
"You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life," said Rocky Balboa. "But it ain't about how hard you can hit; it's about how hard you can get hit and keep movin' forward."
Theo watched some of Pacquiao's 2009 fight with the bigger Miguel Cotto, which brought Pacquiao his 7th world title. He asked, "Why do they always keep their hands up?"
Because the hits are gonna keep coming, Son. You have to be ready.