By Erwin Lastimosa
It seems after every fight there is always an excuse as to why Manny Pacquiao wins.
When Manny has two close fights with Juan Manuel Marquez, people say Marquez was robbed and he schooled Pacquiao. In reality they were close competitive fights.
Before the Oscar De La Hoya fight so many picked against Pacquiao, then Manny wins in dominating fashion and Oscar is weight drained.
Before the Hatton fight, Hatton was too big for Manny and undefeated at 140 lbs, then Manny Knocks him out in 2 rounds all of a sudden Hatton was wasn’t the same after Mayweather KO him or he didn’t follow a game plan that is why he was KO.
If Manny loses to Miguel Cotto on HBO pay per view, Nov. 14, he will be thrown even more disrespect such as “I told you he was overrated or Manny was a hyped up fighter who got exposed”. If Pacquiao loses to Cotto, I will give Cotto all the credit in the world, and Manny should get credit as well for taking on the tough Puerto Rican Champion.
All of this discrediting and disrespect for Manny is confusing to me. A man who never talks trash, respects his opponent and tries his hardest in every fight to give the fans an exciting match. Seems no matter who you are or what you do you will always have someone who will just hate on you.
My question to the readers: Why does Manny Pacquiao get discredited so much?
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Erwin Lastimosa is a long time boxing fan and enjoys boxing discussion with his peers. Some of his favorite fighters are Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Marvin Hagler, Muhammad Ali, Flash Elorde, Mike Tyson and Manny Pacquiao.