By Ludwig Daza
Scathing words cut deepest, especially when these words were drawn from a figure of speech and thrust innocently like an idea was plucked from nowhere and the object do not have an inkling of what these words mean because such were uttered in a language not of his native tongue, and coming as it does from a person whose deportment in a life is adorn with miscues and preposterous pronouncements. Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is self-aggrandizement personified.
You talk to Manny Pacquiao on the phone then you belittle his mental capacity because he won’t accede to your demands. But this person whom you call as not one of the sharpest knives in the drawer has, all his life, demonstrated extraordinary intelligence enabling him to rise above abject poverty and carved out a life that not even us, mental midgets, can dream of – the exact opposite of the “not the sharpest knife thing” you’re referring to Mr. Money Mayweather.
Life in the Philippines for the poorest of the poor is like being in quicksand. If one is mired in poverty and fails to use his mind properly, and aimlessly moves his body, the vortex of poverty will slowly suck him to death. Manny Pacquiao was able to get out of it quick, and in so short a time, roughly ten years time, has become a billionaire. Manny, I think is the youngest billionaire in the Philippines. Amazingly the exact opposite of what Mayweather is saying.
When Pacquiao was just beginning to conquer the hearts of the fans in the heartland of boxing, which is the USA, Manny knew that his fists will not be enough. He has to learn to speak the universal language to endear himself to English speaking fans, and so he did, trying very hard, even if it twisted his tongue. 10 years henceforth, he now speaks understandable English, with the confidence of a seasoned politician, very calm and collected, and charming.
If Manny Pacquiao lacks foresight, he would not have attempted to learn the English language and would have just been a boxer whose following are mainly concentrated in the Philippines, devoid of worldwide appeal. That he is now a world boxing icon only shows that he has foresight, a mark of intellectual capacity. Hardly the person being depicted by Mayweather as “not one of the sharpest knives in the drawer.”
When they spoke with each other, Manny’s thoughts were probably lost in translation when they were spoken to Mayweather, and the latter mistook his limited English words as the thoughts itself, leading Mayweather to unfairly judge Manny as a blunt knife.
In life and inside the ring, Manny Pacquiao learns quickly and acts accordingly. He won’t dignify such comments of Mayweather. For all we know, Floyd Mayweather is just trying to call attention to his fight with Miguel Cotto, and there is no better way of doing it than by stumping his most formidable foe in the future, in a low blow manner, of course.
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