By Freddy Fresco
It takes a very disturbing and sick minded individual to hold any type of hate in their heart for someone as humble and caring as Manny Pacquiao. I admit at one point I was rooting against Manny Pacquiao and that was when my favorite fighter Miguel Cotto was going up against him. After Manny beat him I realized that one of the greatest fighters of all time just beat my favorite fighter fair and square, and I became an instant fan of the Pacman.
Here is a list of the types of people who tend to hate on Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and the reasons why they discredit his wins every chance they get. (In no particular order)
1.) The ones that bet big against Manny Pacquiao and lost a lot of money. I don’t blame them, imagine if you bet a couple thousand against Pacquiao and lost it all, how would you feel? I would feel angry too.
2.) The ones whose favorite fighters were beaten up badly by the Pacman. Many of the diehard fans of Ricky Hatton, Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Oscar De La Hoya, and Miguel Cotto were left with a bitter taste in their mouth after Pacquiao defeated their favorite fighter, so everytime the Pacman fights they root against him out of spite.
3.) Floyd Mayweather fans. The diehard Mayweather fanboys dislike anyone else who is a threat to Mayweather and gets positive media attention and praise, while their role model Money Mayweather gets blasted. The Floyd fans will never like Manny Pacquiao, or any other fighter for that matter. These Floyd fanboys even talk like him, and believe everything Floyd and his family says like it’s the gospel truth, they insult other fighters like they are bums and always mention how Floyd is undefeated and the cash cow of boxing. They’re bitter that Manny Pacquiao is destroying bigger guys and getting nothing but love from the mainstream media for his positive image, while their hero Floyd gets put on blast for assaulting women, throwing temper tantrums, flashing his money, and going on racist rants on UStream. These are some real haters, don’t hate on Manny just because your boy is messing up. No one is out to get Floyd, he just needs to learn how to carry himself out in public instead of whining about being mistreated by the media.
5.) Nostalgic boxing fans that cannot let go of the past and don’t like new school fighters being placed above their old school fighters. These boxing fans hate anything new school and can’t move on from the past. To them the new school aren’t as great as the old school fighters. They will say things like, Manny Pacquiao couldn’t last with Henry Armstrong, Julio Cesar Chavez, Sugar Ray Leonard or Roberto Duran, but fighters like Chavez, Leonard and Duran all consider Pacquiao among the greatest of all time and would be a tough fight for any old school fighter in his division.
6.) The closet Racists or Xenophobes. It could be a black power person who believes that boxing can only be dominated by skilled black fighters and that an Asian (Filipino) fighter like Manny Pacquiao being placed alongside great fighters like Armstrong and Sugar Ray Robinson is an insult to blacks boxers. The Xenophobes, are the ones who dislike anything foreign or had a bad experience early in life that caused them to hate a certain group of people like an Asian person was rude to them or never smiled at them and these people couldn’t let go of that and secretly hate anything Asian because of that bad experience, or those that lost a job to an Asian person and believe Asians are taking their jobs.
These types of Pacquiao haters will tell you they don’t hate Manny Pacquiao, they say this so it doesn’t make them look biased. They will also say they are fans of the sport of boxing and just don’t like how the media hypes up Manny Pacquiao for fighting weak opposition, yet they never make videos or articles on the other cherry pickers in boxing.
You never see these people attacking other fighters consistently, they only attack Manny Pacquiao on a consistent basis and call to boycott his fights even they never order his fights anyway. They only had a problem with catchweights when Pacquiao decided to have one, they never had a problem with Mike Tyson fighting far weaker opposition than Pacquiao did or the recent catchweight bouts with other fighters, and what about Andre Berto being overpaid, why don’t they make multiple videos blasting him? Why is it only Pacquiao’s opponents come into question?
Don’t be fooled by these people, they are not fair and they think by saying they don’t hate Manny Pacquiao it doesn’t make them look like a hater, yet they constantly write negative things about him and call to boycott his fights. Don’t pretend that you don’t hate Manny Pacquiao because you ain’t fooling anyone.
My advice to the Pacquiao haters is don’t hate on greatness, appreciate it while you can because fighters like Manny Pacquiao don’t come around that often.
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