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The heartbeat of an entire nation

History defines the long love affair with the sport of boxing in the Philippines

Updated: April 10, 2013, 12:52 PM ET
By Nigel Collins | ESPN.com

Manny Pacquiao was late, so we all stood around in the courtyard of Manila's colonial-style city hall, listening to the 30-piece band that greeted me upon arrival. The first note was struck the second the van door slid open, but it took a few seconds for me to realize it was part of my official welcome. I shouldn't have been surprised, especially as it was just one of countless surreal scenarios that unfolded during my 11-day stay in the Philippines in 2004.

And it was about to get even ...

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