By Erwin Lastimosa
I am a Filipino boxing fan, and I strongly support Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao is my countryman and he is a positive example of a Filipino, he carries himself with class and knows that he has a responsibility as a person of stature to try and be a role model to the younger kids.
I’ve had some critical words of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and like many other boxing fans, I think he doesn’t carry himself in positive manner and picks and chooses his fights.
I believe Floyd Mayweather is a good guy at heart, but he is misguided and hangs around the wrong people. I watched Floyd Mayweather when he was a young 130 pound fighter, and in all of his interviews, he never used a single curse word or came off as a jerk. He was smiling and was always full of life and positive energy. Floyd was a good kid, his father disciplined him at an early age, but also deprived Floyd Jr. of a childhood, which he is now living out as an adult.
Many times when a child grows up sheltered, they will try to make up for that lost childhood by acting wild and uncontrollable as an adult. The type of people Floyd surrounds himself with are not the type of people who truly care about his best interests. They are ‘YES’ men, just around there to get paid an allowance by Floyd and they will continue to kiss his butt, because if they tell him he is acting out of line, they will be kicked out of his posse and won’t get any money.
A true friend would have stopped him from going over to his ex-girlfriend Josie Harris’ home and told him that he will get in trouble and could face a long prison sentence if he laid his hands on her or threatened her. Floyd could be locked up for over 20 years if he gets convicted of the 8 charges against him, and the Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather super fight will never happen.
As for those who are enjoying that Mayweather is suffering and got himself into a bad predicament, I think those people are sick individuals. Why would you get enjoyment from someone who happens to be at his lowest moment in life? It is Mayweather’s fault, but no one is perfect.
People make mistakes in life and make bad choices, I just hope Floyd Mayweather Jr. can find a positive balance and make the right choices in the future. This is just a learning experience for him and hopefully he learns from this and grows.
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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.