By Jamal Dicky
One of my friends sent me a description of the 2006 movie titled Pacquiao: The Movie on the fighters early childhood and rise to stardom, he told me I would find something in there interesting. I read the description of the movie, and this part stood out:
In Thailand, Manny is the Flyweight champion, he lost to Medgoen Singsurat. There, he became addicted to drugs. After that, he changed and never used drugs again (Source)
Upon further research, I looked at the Pacquiao movie (you can watch it on YouTube) the movie was pretty bad, over the top acting, the actor who played Manny was always crying, and actor who played Freddie Roach was overweight and looked nothing like him, he just got the role because he was white. The movie does show Manny battling with drug abuse, having a child out of wedlock and his wife Jinkee confronting him about it, while Manny tries to lie it off. After watching Pacquiao: The Movie, you really feel bad for his wife Jinkee, no woman should have to put up with a husband lying and cheating on her like that.
I heard from other Filipinos that Manny was indeed using drugs back in the day, something called Shabu or Methamphetamine so Roger Mayweather’s assumption that Pacquiao could be on A-side meth could have stemmed from a Filipino telling him about Pacquiao: The Movie. If this was not true, why would Manny Pacquiao produce or have his name associated with a movie that mentions him taking drugs? Manny gave the green light and even attended the movie premiere with his trainer Freddie Roach.
This really confuses me. How come the media bashes Floyd Mayweather and his family for requesting Manny Pacquiao to take random drug tests during training camp when Manny has a history of drug use in the past? I think after finding out about this part of Manny’s life it will wake up a lot of uninformed people and further justify Floyd’s demands of Olympic Style Drug Testing.
If any other athlete refused to take random drug tests with no cut-off date, they would look guilty or suspicious but not Manny Pacquiao, he can reject Olympic Drug Testing an instead of attacking him, the media attacks Floyd Mayweather Jr. as a coward.
Boxing is not a game. This is a very dangerous sport, and, many fighters die from the damage received in fights, so if someone is using steroids or loading their gloves they are dishonoring this sport and attempting murder. What Mayweather is requesting is nothing out of the ordinary, and many employers will ask their employees to take drug tests. This should have never been an issue in the first place, and I hope more people see Floyd Mayweather’s side and not feed into the biased mainstream media’s love of Manny Pacquiao.
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