By Tan Wang
How can the Pac-Man Manny Pacquiao be a boxing superstar and congressman without having a personality?
I don’t get it, and, I don’t understand it. The majority of boxing stars throughout history, either had looks or personality to appeal to the masses, Manny Pacquiao has neither.
I watched the presser’s for the Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley fight and it was very boring, but what was embarrassing was Manny’s new hairdo, what type of congressman, would show up to the White House, looking like he just woke up and came out of a 1970’s time machine.
Manny was sporting a 70’s Kung-Fu hair style and had an unruly Fu-Manchu goatee thing going on as well. He looked more like a stoner than a congressman.
Maybe Pacquiao is trying to make up for his lack of charisma and personality with gimmicks like that unruly hairdo he was rocking.
As an Asian-American, I am embarrassed by this, this is a step back because we fought so hard to prove these stereotypes wrong but how can other people look at us seriously when the most famous Asian sports star is a stereotypical one?
I grew up around a lot of Filipinos in the Bay Area, and, many of my Filipino friends laugh when they see Manny on Television because they say he reminds them of their Filipino relatives who arrive “fresh off the boat” as they put it.
Manny Pacquiao and his family remind me of The Beverly Hillbillies TV show, he got rich fast, but he never changed and still keeps some of those third world tendencies or stereotypes that Asian’s have fought so hard to avoid.
Some examples are his mismatched clothing style, eating food with his hands, sleeping in an apartment with over 25 people, buying a lot of things at the 99cent stores, and his broken English, if he wants to be taken serious as a congressman he needs to work on his English and overall speaking ability. Politicians are supposed to be dynamic speakers, but Manny answers questions with the same basic answers, “Good fight to the fans,” “Just doing my job,” “Yes,” “No,” etc. I’ve also noticed he says “To” a lot when he should say “For”.
Here is a YouTube video of a Filipino comedian imitating Pacquiao’s accent:
I am very disappointed in Manny Pacquiao’s team for not giving him good advice on how to carry himself in public and around dignitaries. I have nothing against Pacquiao, because in his heart he truly cares for his people, but I wonder if his people care for him? If they did they would help him look more presentable to the millions of people watching around the world. If you are an ambassador for the sport of boxing and a congressman you have to carry yourself in a certain way.
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