In a word, they were all stunned.
Sports personalities, from national football players to PBA players to NBA stars, all expressed disbelief about what happened to Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao, who got knocked out by long-time Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez in the sixth round of their fourth fight last Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Current Smart Gilas national team head coach Chot Reyes was one of the first netizens to tweet his reaction regarding Pacquiao’s stunning setback:
Reigning pro league MVP and Barangay Ginebra star Mark Caguioa, via his personal account @officialMC47, stated:
Rain or Shine rookie Chris Tiu (@chris_tiu) also echoed Caguioa’s sentiments:
Former PBA center Asi Taulava (@AsiTaulava88), who is never one to hold his tongue, had this colorful tweet:
Oklahoma City Thunder ace forward Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5), who had his picture taken with Pacquiao during last year’s Smart All-Stars exhibition game, also tweeted his view.
Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce, who along with the rest of the Celtics visited Pacquiao in his locker room after he demolished David Diaz in 2008, was equally stunned. To be precise, he was "stunneddddd".
Feel like time has stopped still stunneddddd over this fight— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) December 9, 2012
Azkals defender Rob Gier (@RobDazoGier2), who landed Monday in Singapore with the rest of the Azkals for the second leg of their AFF Suzuki Cup semifinals, also expressed disbelief.
Reserve Ian Araneta (@ianaraneta23) expressed his support for Pacquiao:
Injured skipper Aly Borromeo (@alybor11) was just as shocked, but thinks he may have learned a thing or two from Marquez’s offbeat training techniques.
Fellow boxer Nonito Donaire, who will fight Jorge Arce next week in Houston, was airborne during the fight and wasn't able to watch it, but as soon as he heard, he also took to Twitter.
Donaire also took exception to those poking fun at Pacquiao.