By Erwin Lastimosa
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What do the Mayweather family, Paulie Malignaggi, and Kermit Cintron all have in common? All have accused Filipino boxing great and pound for pound king Manny “Pacman” Paquiao of taking some form of Performance Enhancing Drugs(P.E.D’s)
It seems like a common trend in boxing, pick against the Pacman and discredit him if he wins.
When Pacquiao lost to Erik Morales many Pacman haters said Manny was done, he was exposed as being one dimensional by a washed up fighter. But when Pacquiao came back and beat up Morales two times they made excuses.
Those haters also like to bring up the two close fights he had with Juan Manuel Marquez saying Marquez was robbed, even though the truth was Pacquiao was more likely robbed due to a judges scoring error in the first match up and he recieved a draw, and the second fight was very close and could of gone either way.
They say things like Pacquiao fights drained fighters at catchweights, catchweights have been going on for ages in boxing, but they only seemed to have a problem with catchweights when Pacquiao fought his first one against Miguel Cotto at 145 pounds instead of 147 pound welterweight limit.
Juan Manuel Marquez fought a very drained Manny Pacquiao at 130 pounds in their second fight but yet no one mentions that.
People will say Pacman is hyped up and all other types of things to discredit the man. In reality if you are a true boxing fan you would not say these things about Manny, Manny has brought much needed attention to boxing again so why insult a guy who is shining a positive light back on the sport with his exciting fan pleasing style?
When so called boxing fans do this they not only insult Manny Pacquiao, they also insult and discredit the legends he fought by calling them bums, they unknowingly hurt the sport of boxing with their hatred.
Why hate the humble? The reason many of the Pacman haters give is because his fans are annoying. If that is the reason to hate on Pacman that is one of the most ridiculous reasons I ever heard, that is more of an emotional response and is very prejudice, not all Pacman fans are annoying or throw racist and vulgar insults. Those Pac fanatics annoy me as well but it doesn’t take away from my appreciation of the Pacman.
You must realize Manny Pacquiao acts nothing like those rabid Pacquiao fanatics, so why judge Pacquiao on what his fans say or do? Judge Pacman as the person he is, how exciting he fights and for what he has done for boxing in this long slump, those fans do not speak for him.
Pacquiao doesn’t talk trash outside of the ring, he doesn’t need to hype up the fight with smoke and mirrors like Floyd Mayweather Jr. who promises to deliver fireworks but his talking is more exciting than his fights, Pacquiao is a man of few words and he doesn’t need to talk trash to hype a fight he brings the excitement inside the ring where it matters and any true fight fan can appreciate that.
Pacquiao has time and time again expressed his love for the boxing fans and gives them the exciting fight they deserve since they pay their hard earned money to watch him.
How can you hate on that?
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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.