By Raisinets Vindictus
Recently, an article by Larry Limcangco was published titled “I Lost Respect for Manny Pacquiao”. In the article, Mr. Limcangco told the story of his visit to the Wild Card Gym in an effort to have some stuff autographed by Manny Pacquiao and how he was disappointed when he was only able to get one item autographed by Pacquiao.
Detailing his experience as to how Pacquiao’s security treated the fans, he wrote “Pacman’s security was giving orders as if we were committing a crime.” Yes, the fans were simply fans who were very excited to see Pacquiao, but the security people were also just security people, and it is part of their duties to be intimidating to everyone to protect Pacquiao. What’s the use of having security personnel if they’re not scary enough? What if there’s some crazy guy in the crowd who’s been planning of assassinating Pacquiao or at least causing him harm? Without an intimidating group of security people, these crazy guys won’t have anything holding them back from their malicious plans. We see this type of trait in every security group involved with important people, and they’re required to have it for a very good reason.
“He signed a few gloves and items, but when he got to me he signed my glove but gave me a mean look when I grab his arm and told him “Hoy Manny, can you sign some of my shoes for my family and some more gloves?” I cannot forget the look on his face, he clenched his jaw and you could see his muscles in his jaw flexing, he looked like he wanted to punch me and he looked down on my hand holding his wrist and I got scared and let go.” wrote Mr. Limcangco. Well for starters, it is very inappropriate for people to just grab somebody’s arm to stop them, no matter who the person is. I personally think that anyone whose arm is grabbed, or any body part at all, by some stranger would cause you to think that something is wrong, especially when you’re not expecting anyone stopping you. Also, Pacquiao already signed his gloves. It’s not as if Pacquiao totally ignored him. If I were Pacquiao, I’d be thinking “What’s up with this guy, I already signed his gloves! Now he grabs my arm, stops me, and wants me to sign more stuff from him?” Just imagine what would happen if it’s not just Mr. Limcangco who brought multiple items for Pacquiao to sign. Pacquiao is not a signature factory, he’s a boxer, a politician, and most of all, a human being who also gets tired and has emotions.
“To top it off he signed my glove but it was not even a clear signature, he sign it with like two lines like the number 4. How can I even sell this on eBay? People will not believe it is Manny Pacquiao’s real signature.” continued Mr. Limcangco. Ah there we go, so now we know the reason as to why Mr. Limcangco’s really disappointed. It’s not just the fact that he only got one item signed by Pacquiao, it’s also because Pacquiao’s signature is not “clear” enough for him so it’ll be hard to sell on eBay. Now personally, I don’t see anything wrong with selling signed memorabilia on the net. That’s part of everyday normal life. People love things signed by famous people. Even I have boxing gloves signed by Pacquiao right after his first battle with Juan Manuel Marquez which I dream would be worth a lot in the future, but I never thought about bringing a lot of items for him to sign even though it was quite a tempting idea. Maybe I just don’t have the guts of an entrepreneur and the thought of “don’t be too greedy” prevailed in my mind at that point in time.
In conclusion, I don’t think Pacquiao did anything wrong. He’s just one man who has to face hundreds or even thousands of fans every day, may it be during appointed media and fans days or even unplanned situations. Pacquiao is constantly being hounded by fans for autographs and pictures. He can’t possibly give time for each and every request, otherwise he wouldn’t even be able to go home and rest or go to his appointments. There are times that as fans, we also have to think about how the celebrity thinks and feels. If you were as popular as Pacquiao, how would you feel if people chased you every day requesting for pictures and autographs? What would you think if you already gave in to somebody’s request and they still asked for more? Wouldn’t you be irritated as well and think “Oh my, he’s such a greedy man!”
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