By Charlie Knoxville
It’s pretty embarrassing to be a fan of Floyd Mayweather Jr. these days, the guy doesn’t fight much, he gets into legal trouble, he got dropped from the Ring magazine top ten pound-for-pound list due to his inactivity, and he is basically semi-retired.
Manny Pacquiao has come under a lot of heat lately for his less than stellar performance against Sugar Shane Mosley on May 7th, but you can’t blame Manny for that fight. Mosley admitted he felt Manny’s power and began running to survive. If anyone is to blame for the fight being horrible it’s Shane Mosley for giving the paying public the false impression that he was going to trade punches with Manny Pacquiao not put his track shoes on.
I guess when you are Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and you always deliver action packed fights, people expect every single fight to be exciting, but it takes two to tango and Mosley never showed up to fight, he felt the power and didn’t want to wind up like Antonio Margarito with a broken eye socket or other Pacquiao victims who ended up in the hospital after they fought the Pacman. Manny Pacquiao was right when he said on Fight Camp 360 that “every time he fights people expect a lot from him,” he has to carry the sport of boxing on his shoulders and an entire country on his back every time he steps into the boxing ring.
Along with the Floyd Mayweather fanatics, and Pacquiao haters, you have guys like ESPN’s Teddy Atlas on a crusade to discredit Manny Pacquiao’s achievements in boxing. Atlas has been nothing but negative towards Manny Pacquiao, and now he shares the same mentality of the Floyd fans — let Manny continue fighting bigger guys just to see him lose and discredit him afterwards if he wins.
During a segment of Friday Night Fights where Kendall Holt vs. Julio Diaz was the main event, Atlas told Brian Kenny that if Manny Pacquiao was so great he should climb up another weight and fight middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, I guess Atlas must have forgot that Pacquiao already capped off in weight and found his ceiling, he already climbed 8 weight classes.
In the video below, Brian Kenny makes Teddy Atlas dumbfounded when he asks Teddy “Who has Pacquiao missed?” when Atlas was bashing Pacquiao for his choice of opponents, the question left Atlas stuttering, and later on Atlas came up with a name he called Sergio Martinez as the guy Pacman should face. Atlas says he would bow down and call Manny the best around should he fight Martinez, which I highly doubt he would, he would find more excuses if Pacman won or put Pacman down calling him exposed if he lost.
Later on in the show Sergio Martinez the guy that Atlas said Pacquiao should fight was interviewed, and Sergio Martinez said, “It would be very difficult to fight Manny Pacquiao because of the weight difference because it would have to be at least 154 pounds and I haven’t made 154 in over two years, so it would probably be easier to make the fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.”
Watch the interview of Sergio Martinez on ESPN “Friday Night Fights” HERE
What always baffles me is why are Floyd Mayweather Jr. fans always so quick to play matchmaker for Manny Pacquiao? Why don’t they get mad at Floyd for not fighting and demand he fight Sergio Martinez since Sergio called him out and said he wants Floyd Mayweather and not Pacquiao because Manny Pacquiao is too small for him?
I know why they want Manny Pacquiao to fight a bigger stronger guy like Sergio Martinez, it’s because they know it wouldn’t be a fair fight and Manny would probably lose the fight from the sheer size alone, but if Manny somehow proved these haters wrong again, and beat Martinez they would continue discrediting his wins saying the fights were fixed or Manny is on steroids and he would need to fight a guy at 168 or 175 pounds weighing only 145 to prove he is great.
It’s a never ending cycle from Pacquiao haters.
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I am an avid fan of boxing and video games. My first fight of memory was watching Prince Naseem Hamed destroy Kevin Kelly. I enjoy all aspects of the sport. My favorite current boxer is Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. My favorite boxing match is Diego Corrales vs. Jose Luis Castillo 1. I love watching boxing on Pay-Per-View more than being there live because you can really enjoy and watch the action from the best view.