The Inquisition of Manny Pacquiao

By Ezra Salkin on June 21, 2012
The Inquisition of Manny Pacquiao
In spite of supposedly giving up drinking, Pacquiao starred in a Hennessy commercial.

If there’s one conclusion that we’ve always been able to draw about the dynamic Filipino slugger—it’s that status quo bores him…

John Chapter 15:20
Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also…

In an Elie Seckbach YouTube video shot two days after Pacquiao-Bradley, Seckbach took audiences inside the LA mansion of Manny Pacquaio. (In 2010, Freddie Roach had banned the Israeli-born street-style interviewer from the Wild Card gym after Antonio Margarito—along with Brandon Rios and trainer Robert Garcia—mocked Roach’s Parkinson’s symptoms in a video on Seckbach’s channel.) Now within the Pacquiao vestibule, Seckbach, the resilient “embedded correspondent,” had infiltrated an even more multi-faceted sphere of Pacquiao’s life.

The video opens with Seckbach whispering into his camcorder amid singing and soft piano music. It’s the scene of one of Pacquiao’s highly publicized nightly bible studies. The session is being led by Pastor Jeric Soriano. Soriano, who had been introduced to viewers as Pacquiao’s reforming spiritual guide during the 24/7 buildup, stands before a monitor that reads in white letters on a red banner, “God is always right.” He points to a painting on his right of a younger Pacquiao garbed in a red robe and headband, pre-Justin Beiber hair-styling days, his gloved fist raised in victory.

“The decision last Saturday was wrong. That was wrong! Review the tapes,” Soriano says to his rapt audience, a wide-eyed, child-like Manny right and center. He flings a hand back in the monitor’s direction. “No, no, no—God is always right! There’s a better plan…”

Soriano concludes his sermon with a group prayer where, with a bowed head, he soliloquizes that through the fight’s result “the enemy” has revealed his tactics…“to get us into offense.”

With events that came to light starting immediately after Pacquiao’s third fight with Juan Manuel Marquez last November, carrying through the verdict in his bout with Tim Bradley, both Pacquiao’s character and skills have been brought to judgment. Like other idolized personalities, from Mother Teresa to Tiger Woods, under continued scrutiny Pacquiao has become more three-dimensional, his story arc riding as many angles as his punches.

Prior to his “spiritual awakening,” I think most of us thought we knew Manny Pacquiao. With the exception of those who think he’s on steroids, it seemed long ago decided that the Filipino icon—the person, the fighter, the global phenomenon—was of ascendant caliber, worthy of veneration.

For years Pacquiao had been portrayed as a saintly figure, a foil to Mayweather bravado. It was very hard not to like “little” Manny with his “aw shucks” smile to accompany his all-action style. The fact that when he first hit U.S. shores he didn’t speak a lick of English and fight fans had the pleasure of watching his English develop alongside his ever-growing craft under trainer Freddie Roach—barreling through division after division—only made him more endearing.

Pacquiao, who seemed devout in his Roman Catholicism, was a hero to the faithful who’d witnessed the spectacle of his fervent prayer, dropping to his knees as soon as he entered the ring, appearing to go somewhere else and forgetting the thousands of adoring people around him. He always crossed himself at the beginning and end of a round, and even when the ref temporarily broke the action. It didn’t matter whether he was looking lost against Marquez or whether he was battering the golden goose Oscar De La Hoya; this gesture never failed to materialize. It even became easy for me, a secular Jew, to temporarily forget I wasn’t joined to his flock, getting inspired, before I remembered. It’s been stated over and over again on the HBO broadcast that Pacquiao, through some kind of supernatural good will, manages, no less, to halt crime in the Philippines when he fights.

Even Floyd Mayweather at one point was a Pac fan. During Pacquiao’s seesaw knockout victory over Erik Morales in their second bout in 2006, Mayweather can be spotted in the crowd, often on his feet. This of course was before he—or anyone else—could conceive the notion that Pacquiao, the future public servant, would one day rise all the way up to a division where he could challenge him for pound-for-pound supremacy.

During his reign as boxing’s hero, Pacquiao starred in movies and was named “Fighter of the Decade” by the Boxing Writers Association of America. In 2009, he was hailed as one of the world’s most influential people by Time magazine and was included in Forbes’ annual Celebrity 100.

In 2010, Pacquiao was elected to the House of Representatives in the 15th Congress of the Philippines. The same year, he campaigned for Nevada Senator Harry Reid in his reelection bid against Sharron Angle, and in April 2011, he met President Obama while preparing for his bout with Sugar Shane Mosley. Mosley, as hardworking a red, white, and blue-collar fighter as the sport’s ever produced, to his credit tried to mask his own befuddlement and look positively at his Filipino opponent’s luck in earning the honor of a sit-down with the President. (Or was the honor Obama’s?) Then in May 2011, already a multi-platinum artist in the Philippines, he put out a single with Dan Hill, a remake of Hill’s 1977, “Sometimes When We Touch.”

All the while, winning 12 straight fights during that span, Pacquiao never seemed to “lose his humble spirit,” as another pastor said of him in still another Seckbach video. I guess the line is hazy between humility and hubris when you schedule a concert performance directly following a mega-million dollar bout against a future Hall of Famer, as Pacquiao did after his fight with Shane Mosley.

Nevertheless, before his next fight, his third with Marquez, Pacquiao showed grandiose generosity when he bought sparring partner David Rodela a house after Rodela tied his nuptial vow. The house features an autographed poster of Pacquiao in a dark smoky room, donned in a suit and red tie, his eyes hidden in shadow, a slow-burning cigar in hand. The scribbled autograph reads “Pacman, Ninnong,” with the Tagalog translating to “Godfather.”

Finally the controversial third fight with Marquez took place, and what happened there doesn’t need to be revisited. In spite of being awarded the victory, Pacquiao heard something startlingly unfamiliar to his ears: booing.  By his expression, the old sticks and stones adage seemed proven false.

Back in his dressing room, the consummate prayer-uttering Pacquiao experienced something else out of his auditory norm. For the first time in his life, God actually spoke back to him—in a dream. As purportedly witnessed by the innumerable family and entourage surrounding him, the impact of that conversation left Pacquiao supine and wide-eyed, reciting the Ten Commandments…over and over again. Later, Pacquiao would say he was certain if he had died in the last two years he would’ve “gone straight to hell.”

Purportedly in the dream, which parallels if not exactly mirrors a similar encounter of different imagery that took place in George Foreman’s dressing room after he was out-pointed by Jimmy Young in 1974, Pacquiao was walking though a dense forest.  He heard the same booming voice that also purportedly greeted Moses through the undying body of a bush aflame. The voice said to Pacquiao, to paraphrase, “Why are you walking away from me, son?” The talk concluded with the Lord of Hosts telling Pacquiao he should think about retiring soon because “this (boxing) is harmful. You’re famous enough.”

So with some help from the counterpunching prowess of Juan Manuel Marquez, Pacquiao met God, and since then a pilot light has been lit under him. With it have come many revelations regarding Pacquiao’s not-so-Godly personal conduct over the years leading up to the third Marquez fight. More or less, Pacquaio confessed to being a pool playing, gambling, drinking carouser. Of all the deadly sins that those “vices” invoke—all of which, Pacquiao claims to have quit—the most damaging was the one which ironically threatened his own nuptial bond with Jinkee, who was reported to have handed him divorce papers the eve of the Marquez fight, not long after he paid a down payment for his sparring partner’s new home.

In my mind, the most shocking revelation about the “old” Manny Pacquiao was that during all that time he wasn’t actually happy.

2 Corinthians 5:17
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

Now in the wake of the hotbed of controversy that was Pacquiao-Bradley, as Floyd Mayweather sits in jail, what do we know about this “born-again” version of Pacquiao? First, do we even know if that is indeed what he is? Could he still be Catholic, as he continues to routinely cross himself but is now often seen rolling with Pastor Soriano? (He even participated in a brief bible study with Pastor Rick Warren, the celebrity cleric who delivered the benediction at President Obama’s inauguration, in the days leading up to this recent fight.) I’d imagine that, as much as Pacquiao’s near divorce from Jinkee, if he had given up his Catholicism, it would have damaged his future presidential prospects, as the Philippines is a predominantly Catholic nation. But watching him run around that shooting range in a red polo on 24/7 with the “old 1940s gun,” as he called it on Jimmy Kimmel, made it seem like he was doing a pretty good wasp imitation.

We know that he’s given away his cockfighting farm, along with his casino and nightclub. He gave up basketball, but that was more about his calves than amorality. He now also hosts a game show in the Philippines called “Manny, Many Prizes” and in spite of supposedly giving up drinking, he starred in a Hennessy commercial.

When President Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, Pacquiao, not yet far removed from his privileged meeting with the-leader-of-the-free-world, rebuked him; and then in the promotional lead-up to the fight, Bob Arum said he sometimes feels like he’s “promoting Rick Santorum.”

But Lady Gaga still loves him, tweeting after the Bradley fight, “I only watch boxing because of Manny Pacquiao and#MannyPacquiaoIsStillTheBestBoxer!” (Meanwhile, a Filipino Catholic Archbishop as well as Filipino evangelical groups advocated boycotting a Gaga concert that took place there May 21, calling her music “the work of Satan.”)

I’d say we think we know what we pretty much thought we knew before. Manny Pacquiao is a fervently religious, small—but bigger than he used to be—hell of a fighter. His broad smile continues to captivate millions in spite of his being a bit more incendiary outside of the ring than he sometimes is inside as of late. Also, like before, he seems happy.

I’m not sure exactly what happened Saturday June 9th (other than Pacquiao winning the fight) but he did seem more at peace in losing that bizarre decision than he did winning in November. Perhaps that has to do with an added sense of humility to accompany his injection of the Holy Spirit or Ghost—depending on whether or not he is still in fact Catholic.

But then again, that whole aura of humility he embodies is put into question again with his decidedly less than humble behavior of refusing to finish warming up until the end of game seven of the NBA’s Eastern Conference Playoffs, or at least that was what we were led to believe was going on behind closed doors in the less than pure world of boxing.

Maybe he was penitent for November’s decision or maybe there was something refreshing about losing without actually losing, after a nearly unending win streak, transforming him into a boxing martyr. Maybe he envied a certain kind of romance that he projected onto Marquez, watching his Mexican rival carried around the ring a hero after the decision was announced, while Manny just won like he always does. If there’s one conclusion that we’ve always been able to draw about the dynamic Filipino slugger—from the way he fights, his eclectic interests, and personal undoing—it’s that status quo bores him.

Beyond the Bob Arum and Floyd Mayweather conspiracies after the Bradley fight, that toppled message boards like each was its own Tower of Babel, all kinds of other interesting observations have been made around the perplexing decision.

ESPN’s Skip Bayless mentioned the Boston Celtic’s theory, that the judges were maybe miffed at Pacquiao for his unbecoming holdup of events when there were paying customers who had dished out a heavy pay-per-view fee, with Stephen A. Smith contending the possibility of age influencing the judges, one of whom was 74 and another 71.That is, the older judges might have had an ingrained belief about professional decorum and the lack of manners in regard to younger generations and may have taken it out on Pacquiao. I know my 76-year-old dad was sure pissed as the night grew late and all we were left to watch while waiting a chagrinned Max Kellerman trying to make light of the situation.

The following week on the Chavez-Lee telecast, Larry Merchant opined with his characteristic twinkle that Pacquiao “gave up gambling for religion. How do you think that sat with the gods of Las Vegas?”

Later, during Jim Lampley’s “The Fight Game,” Kellerman suggested a “statistical anomaly” in the way those three judges happened to view and interpret the fight, stating that statistical anomalies happen all the time: people winning the lottery or getting hit by lightning—both apt analogies for a prizefight—while the “Dean of Las Vegas judges” and one of the three scoring the fight, Duane Ford, said Bradley was scoring very well to the body in the later rounds and that the “old” Manny would’ve finished Bradley off when he had hurt him early. Bradley said he won the fight.

In the end, only God knows—at least as far as the fans are concerned. But I will say one thing. For a guy who was the beneficiary of a controversial razor-sharp decision in his previous fight, Pacquiao seemed a little cavalier with Bradley, seeming to treat the fight as an exhibition at times, sometimes letting rounds slip by where he mounted his offense only in the final minute, as if he took the decision for granted. What happened to the Pacquiao who didn’t waste a second in his destruction of everyone from the great Marco Antonio Barrera through Miguel Cotto?

If Pastor Jeric Soriano is right about “the enemy” and his “tactics” it may be incumbent on Pacquiao in the rematch, if nothing else, to listen carefully to his spiritual mentor and then do the exact opposite.

“Did you learn something tonight?” Soriano says enthusiastically at the end of the Seckbach video. “I sure did…”

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  1. Pacquiao vs Rios Stream 03:19am, 11/15/2013

    It was not very long ago that the biggest bouts of the year would dominate all discussion for months before fight night

  2. Darrell 12:01am, 01/12/2013

    @Kent, Pac just wasn’t that good against Bradley, got slowed down by bodyshots….

  3. The Thresher 04:33pm, 06/25/2012

    holy moley!!!!!!!!

  4. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo (aka) Gimpel 07:10am, 06/23/2012

    Kent-It appears that you’ve given this some thought.

  5. Kent 05:24am, 06/23/2012

    I am a fan of boxing for many years and still prefer the sweet science over emerging alternatives such as mixed martial arts (MMA and UFC), however, the decision victory given to Bradley over Pacquiao last June 9,2012 dampened my enthusiasm and strengthened my belief that the sport is controlled by organized gambling syndicate/mafia. In connection with this, I would like to present a new and highly plausible explanation on why and more importantly, how the gambling syndicate manipulated the key players and pulled the strings on their “puppet show” to determine the outcome of the match.

    1.    Why was the fight rigged?
    The organized gambling syndicate in boxing monitored the ongoing betting in connection with the fight in its vast network of betting stations – both legal and illegal- above ground and underground within the U.S. and around the world. Days before the fight, the betting figures could have soared to several hundred million dollars. For illustration purposes, we could say that approximately 10,000 bets were placed on Pacquiao by big time gamblers with an average bet of US$100,000 per bet for a total of US$1 Billion with an estimated return of about US$250Million in case of a Pacquiao win. Only around 1,000 big time bets averaging also US$100,000 on the other hand, were placed in favor of Bradley totaling US$100Million with a possible return of US$360 Million given a Bradley win. Given the huge amount of money to be earned, the gambling mafia of boxing decided to pull the strings to give Bradley the decision since they expected to earn US$1Billion from the Pacquiao bets and lose only around US$360Million to pay for the Bradley bets, thus generating a net earning of around US$640 Million- a gigantic amount that is hard to forego as it could even possibly surpass the combined potential earnings of broadcast networks, promotional companies, individual fighters and other beneficiaries of the proposed superfight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
    2.    How the fight was rigged/how were the key players manipulated?
    The gambling syndicate deployed covert operatives to manipulate the key players individually/separately, notably- the three judges and most probably Pacquiao himself with a mix of misinformation, deception, bribe/pseudo-bribe and possibly, even threat.
    2.1   Judges Ford and Ross. For the two judges who scored the bout in favor of Bradley, the operatives may have introduced themselves as members of an underground organization that loves boxing and seeks to keep the sport interesting and continually growing by trying to make bouts exciting and unpredictable and also ensure that new boxing superstars are continually produced. The operatives would (mis)inform the judges that they don’t care if either Pacquiao knocks out Bradley or vice-versa as both scenarios will bode well for the sport. A Pacquiao knock out will lead to a multi-million dollar showdown between Pacquiao and Mayweather, while a Bradley win by knockout or domination of Pacquiao will usher the rise of a new superstar and pave the way for a mouth-watering mega-million round robin among Pacquiao, Mayweather and Bradley. The operatives would tell the judges that their concern is if Pacquiao simply dominates Bradley as this will result to the latter being dismissed as a non-elite fighter and result to a dearth of boxing superstars and a decline of boxing once Pacquiao and Mayweather retire from the sport. The judges were then asked in the scenario of no knockout and domination of Bradley by Pacquiao to score the fight close but in favor of the former. This would not affect the outcome of the match as the two other judges would most likely score the bout in favor of Pacquiao. The “surprise” split decision would create some uncertainty and unpredictability in the sport and spur a continuing plot of controversies which could somehow translate to interest and excitement in boxing while at the same time sanitizing Bradley’s record in paper and “preserving” him as a future boxing superstar who could fill the void when Pacquiao and Mayweather leave the sport. The two judges were therefore tricked into believing that in the event of a no-knockout Pacquiao domination, they would only be playing a “mild” prank that would not alter the outcome of the match, but would help the sport sustain its momentum. On top of this sweet talk and deception, the judges may have also been bribed with six or seven digit figures and may have even been threatened by telling them that there is also a group that has invested millions to make Bradley the future boxing superstar, and that this group could possibly become hostile if their ends are not realized.
    2.2   Judge Roth. The convincing on the judge that scored the bout close but in favor of Pacquiao followed the same pattern as discussed above for the two other judges except that the mild “prank” would involve scoring the bout close but in favor of Pacquiao in case the match turns out to be a Pacquiao domination but without a knockout.
    2.3   Pacquiao. The gambling syndicate may also have employed a mix of deception, misinformation and possibly pseudo bribe, or even threat that had the pound for pound superstar fall victim and participate in the fix. An operative from the syndicate may have introduced himself/herself to Pacquiao as a member of a behind the scenes organization that seeks to promote the continued growth of boxing by ensuring the emergence of future boxing stars that would carry the torch when both him and Mayweather leave the sport. The operatives may have convinced Pacquiao that Bradley is a kind, humble person and a loving family oriented guy who has a similar rag to riches story and could therefore fill in the void when the pound for pound king retires from the sport. Knocking Bradley out will be detrimental to boxing as it will strike out from elite status a possible candidate superstar who could replace Pacquiao. It will curb the momentum of the sport by derailing Bradley’s rise and interfere with the sustaining plot of good vs. evil superstar matchups that had time and again proven to give the sport a boost. Pacquiao may have been asked by the (gambling syndicate) operative to just show his superiority and settle for a victory on points and also not to completely overwhelm Bradley. The deception of not going for a knockout for the future “good” of the sport may have been mixed with a pseudo bribe whereby Pacquiao may have been offered perhaps a few million dollars to be donated to his favorite charity or church organization or to finance projects for his congressional district in case he did not go for the kill or knockout.  The operative may or may not have tossed in or hinted some form of threat by telling Pacquiao that there is a group that has invested millions for Bradley to be the future boxing superstar and they would likely be hostile in case the latter was knocked out.
    Pacquiao may have been deceived by this manipulation and therefore took it easy on Bradley. This can be observed may times during the match. While Pacquiao has been known to dish out a lot of 4 or 5 punch combinations during matches in his entire career, these salvos were sparingly thrown during the match with Bradley. It is also hard to believe that while Bradley injured his ankle and could not fight one hundred percent during most of the match, the pound for pound king still could not finish him. In fact, there were several awkward instances in the fight when Bradley seemed to have lost his footing perhaps due to the injury and had his arms down at the same time, and because of the difficulty of regaining his footing due to the injury, seemed to have frozen for a moment like a sitting duck standing close to and within punching range of Pacquiao, but the latter did not try to throw even a single punch. Also several slow motion clips showed that when Pacquiao fired a combination and connects with a punch that throws Bradley offguard and thus more vulnerable to follow ups, the succeeding punches often miss their mark, possibly thrown by Pacquiao with the intention to miss or overshoot the target. Pacquiao seems to have willingly held off his offense in numerous occasions during the fight.
    3.    Bob Arum. Although I know that Bob Arum is one of the power players of the sport who tries to exert his influence so that things (e.g. money) will play (flow) out in his favor, I cannot say if he was party to the manipulations or if he had prior knowledge of what happened . He may or may not, but I pity him for being tagged outright by some as brains of the fiasco.
    4.    To sum up, the outcome of the fight was cleverly manipulated by the powers that be in boxing. The three judges and perhaps even Pacquiao were individually coaxed, cajoled and tricked into believing that they would only fight or do things a “little different” without really altering the outcome of the match in order to sustain the momentum of boxing. The three had no idea that they were to become puppets in an organized and cleverly orchestrated plot to manipulate the outcome of the match. Pacquiao knew that he was winning during the match but did not know that the judges had been bought. The individual judges on the other hand, thought that each of them were the only one to give a deviant score card which would not alter the outcome of the match. Six or seven digit bribes for the judges and pseudo bribes for Pacquiao in the form of donation to the boxer’s favorite charity, church organization or project for his congressional district, and some degree of threat may have been tossed in the mix to effect the convincing of the key players. Bradley was never part of the fix.
    5.    Other high profile matches and how they were possibly rigged.
    Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Victor Ortiz. Mayweather, possibly in partnership with Golden Boy Promotions could have likely rigged the fight. Victor Ortiz may have been reminded that he should be thankful and gratefully indebted to the organizers for awarding him the fight with the seven digit purse guarantee.  Ortiz may have been told “Welcome to the big league son. It is time for you to know that at the highest level of boxing some matches are rigged to maximize the earnings and sustain the momentum of the sport.” A Mayweather defeat (against Ortiz) will derail the momentum of boxing and dampen the enormous earning potential of a Pacquiao-Mayweather showdown. Participating in the fix would be good for boxing and also for Ortiz who possibly could have been offered additional million dollar bonus which could be recouped by the perpetrators Mayweather/ and GBP by betting on the undefeated superstar. The script will not make Ortiz look bad, furthermore GBP will manage his career well, get him into good fights and make him the next boxing superstar after Pacquiao and Mayweather retire from the sport. With the referee bought to follow the script, Mayweather Jr. was so sure of the outcome and also of Ortiz’s complicity that he had been so arrogant and cocky to hold the latter (Ortiz) by the neck during the stare down session of the official weigh-in for the bout. Mayweather must have in mind that “I can hold and even choke you by the neck because I will be paying you big and you are my puppet.” Ortiz, given the bonus obliged to be the puppet and swallowed his pride by allowing the chokehold hang for quite some time. Mayweather in fact made a pronouncement in one of his interviews that at the highest level, boxing is no longer real anymore.
    De La Hoya vs. Trinidad. Golden Boy Promotions may have approached Trinidad Camp to make the fight competitive in the first nine or ten rounds without anyone going for a knockout. This will make the fight close and pave the way for a possible mega-million dollar rematch or even trilogy. Then De La Hoya ran the few remaining rounds to avoid being knocked out.
    De La Hoya vs. Mayweather. The two camps could have agreed to make the first eight to ten rounds close and competitive without anyone going for a knockout for the same reason as the De La Hoya vs. Trinidad match up. Mayweather however, was not a power puncher so De La Hoya did not have to run but only exercised caution during the last few rounds.
    Mosley vs. Alvarez. The fight was rigged. GBP convinced Mosley to take it easy on Alvarez so that boxing will sustain its momentum with the continued rise of a new darling superstar or future golden boy. Mosley complied with the “noble” intention of giving back to ensure the continued “growth” of the business side of the sport which he so dearly love, notwithstanding that he would in effect be thrashing its very essence of competition. You can observe that during the match with Alvarez, Mosley did not throw even a few powerful over hand rights which had been the trademark of his career. During the early going, Mosley threw a lot of short and slow punches which Alvarez could not even fend off or avoid. The reflex of the upstart was so slow and inexperienced that the whole match, Mosley minimized or did not throw if at all, his vaunted over hand right. A lot of the punches Mosley threw were wide or preceded by cocking the arm so they can be telegraphed or during the few times they were thrown fast, the punches were deliberately made to overshoot the target. Alvarez fought valiantly but did not know that his opponent was holding off his offense.

    Pacquiao vs. Margarito. Pacquiao let Margarito off the hook in the last two rounds because of his compassion, and also because he understands the business side of boxing. Maragarito who was in the same promotional outfit was at that time, being groomed for a multi-million dollar grudge match with Cotto.
    6.    Given these possibilities, I hope the boxing community come together to introduce reforms that will prevent these types of manipulations in order to restore and elevate the sport to its former glory.

  6. The Thresher 04:36am, 06/23/2012

    Seckbach perhaps has an axe to grind. He comes off as a sneak.

  7. bombo913 05:56pm, 06/22/2012

    stupid stupid article….its ok for a boxer who by his own admission was of a terrible morale character cheating on his wife, and other vices, and not by his own admission harbors murderers (GQ magazine article) to be so lovable and endearing because he crosses himself after every round! yes, what a narcissist at its utmost is the person who actually believes that God speaks to him directly, “oh you are famous enough, you should retire”  how stupid is that!...what a load of garbage! what is more apparent is that this so called fighter of the decade has been a recipient of many favorable matches mostly due to shrewd match ups by Trainer Freddie Roach and catch-weight compromises of opponents looking to earn in a sport that rewards more for popularity than for actual skill.  What is so disappointing is the treatment of fighters like Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley how have been robbed of their status and earning potential.  I have never seen to the extent that the overtly biased reporting, and propaganda spread by HBO, Bob Arum, and others in the media be so apparently clear that they are all out for notoriety, by supporting the dubious notion that Pacquiao won the Bradley fight by a rather than be truly unbiased opinionated reporters.  reminds me of those low level movie reviewers who grant a movie 4 stars! just so their name can appear during the movie’s advertising!!!

  8. boxnlife 01:57pm, 06/22/2012

    I thought Pacquiao edged out a win .....I was wrong.

  9. ezdafez 11:37am, 06/22/2012

    I have to agree with the Thresher, even beyond the names he mentioned. He campaigned and mostly dominated a round robin of the greatest eras of featherweights in his fights with Barrera, Morales, and Marquez. In fact, I firmly believe he wouldn’t be close to the fighter he is today without the invaluable experience he picked up those fights. It’s on top of those kind of hearths that the best fighters are forged.

  10. The Thresher 11:33am, 06/22/2012

    Duane Ford is perhaps more hated that John Edwards and close to Sandusky!!

  11. The Thresher 11:08am, 06/22/2012

    It makes no monetary sense for Pac to fight May because they are both making tons of loot without having to do that.

    Pac fights Cotto, JMM, and TB and is still blasted by “Bodyshots” for not fighting prime oppostion. I just don’t get that.

  12. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo (aka) Gimpel 06:34am, 06/22/2012

    That rips it! You would have to reference Joseph….now I can’t get Potiphar’s wife, that horny she devil, out of my noggin!

  13. Rob 04:51am, 06/22/2012

    Very excellent, detailed, and honest article, and thanks for posting.

    Just wanted to mention as a secular Jew, you must understand how God treats the nation of Israel in the Old Testament. They are favored by God, then they lose their focus and forget God, so God punishes them. But in the end, his covenant is still true, and he ‘rights’ the situation in spite of their errors. Examples? How about Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, etc etc.

    I can see some of this in the story of Manny Pacquiao. If he stays true to his God, be interesting to see how it all plays out in the end, like in the OT.

  14. Bodyshots 08:49pm, 06/21/2012

    accurate and almost elegant description of the delusion-illusion that the Arum-directed media contrived for the boxing public. otherwise, i simply see the situation as a still-prime Pacquiao* struggling v. equally-prime and motivated competition. IMO, it’s the level of competition he should’ve been facing all along, like Marquez, but better late than never. i’m just pissed that Mayweather will never be old enough for a still-prime Pacquiao* to take advantae of and Manny* is not interested in facing a still-prime Floyd. not even with “god’s” support.

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