Manny Pacquiao: The Great Filipino Hype?

For years, some members of the boxing media have tried to sell Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) as the greatest fighter in boxing right now, even though the Filipino congressman’s skills and accomplishments don’t match their claims.

The media’s infatuation with Pacquiao has never been because of his abilities, but rather, because of the disdain many in the boxing community have for the sport’s pound-for-pound king, Floyd Mayweather (43-0-0, 26 KOs). “Money” is the biggest villain in boxing right now, and arguably the most hated man in sports today, while Manny is the “company man.”

Simply getting a chance to fight Mayweather is enough to make any boxer an overnight superstar. From Ricky Hatton to Victor Ortiz, a large segment of the boxing community is willing to support anyone who faces Mayweather, out of contempt for the undefeated WBC welterweight champion.

The bias against Mayweather has gotten the best of some members of the boxing media, many who embraced Manny Pacquiao because he emerged as the great hope who would give the “arrogant” Mayweather the beating he deserved.

Many so-called boxing experts made complete fools of themselves, accusing Mayweather of ducking Pacquiao, while defending the Filipino congressman, who has made some of the most absurd excuses in boxing history, ranging from “his fear of needles” (even though he has multiple tattoos) to the cut excuse he used during his last negotiations with Mayweather.

They even defended Pacquiao when he refused to submit to Olympic style drug testing (OSDT) in 2009, something everyone from Michael Jordan to Wayne Gretzky have all done.

Refusing to acknowledge the best boxer in the world right now, the anti-Mayweather/pro-Pacquiao crowd continued grasping at straws, even though Mayweather consistently made fools of them.

Unfortunately, it turns out Manny Pacquiao was the wrong horse to bet on, as Juan Manuel Marquez humiliated him on Dec. 8, knocking him out cold (Manny’s third KO loss). For the first time in Pacquiao’s rivalry against Marquez, the judges weren’t able to save the overhyped Filipino boxer, and the better man finally walked away with the win.

Don’t feel too bad for Manny though, feel bad Marquez whose official record against Pacquiao should be 4-0. Manny has enjoyed a reputation as one of the pound-for-pound best boxers around, while Marquez — who has consistently bested him — is rarely in the conversation.

At least “Dinamita” can be proud that he finally set the record straight, exposing Pacquiao for who he truly is: A great fighter, but a barely above-average boxer who never truly grasped the complicated intricacies of the sweet science.

David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner that has watched and studied MMA for the past 7 years. Follow him on Twitter @davidkingwriter and check out his blog.


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