May 13th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez


"Young" Manny Pacquiao

San Francisco, CA- You would have thought I had stuck my hand in a hornets nest, when I was instead stating what is quite obvious to anybody who can spell B-O-X-I-N-G, that is Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather are currently in different boxing stratospheres. And after their last two fights, are the Pacnuts even watching the same two guys?


This is not being written with the intent of disparaging the Filipino Congressman, already the greatest athlete in the country’s history, and who knows, someday might end up holding the Philippine Presidency.


That is not related to Pacquiao the politico, but Pacquiao the professional prizefighter, who like all a lot of greats is at the end of meteoric run in the squared circle of combat. Truth is being on the downslide in boxing, unlike other sports, can be harmful to the participant.


That is where I have been trying to come from when I’ve been saying that unless a Blinky Palermo type, AKA the Mafia were to “certify” the fight with

Brandon Rios as “safe” by making a phone call to the opponent’s manager, Pacquiao is truly attempting to navigate blindly through uncharted potentially shark infested waters.


When fighters are in the “fade” mode as the now 34-year old Pacman is, fans are the last to admit such. Most of us covering the game in 1990 when Mike Tyson was dusted by 43-1 underdog Buster Douglas, knew that Mike was done! After his final fight, Mike admitted he hadn’t performed like “Iron Mike” since 1989 and his blitzing of the recently departed Carl Williams.

Manny Pacquiao In 2011


In the third Juan Manuel Marquez encounter, Pacquiao looked like he was ready to pack it in as you can see in this photograph between rounds. For the sake of Manny Pacquiao the person, not Manny the fighter or politico, I’m hoping that he doesn’t get hurt here. For if something happened to Pacquiao after his December 2012 slumber party with Juan Manuel Marquez, then the blood of the great one will be on the hands of many.

Pedro Fernandez


  1. Nice stuff Pedro! Keep up the good work.

    Alex on May 13th, 2013 at 3:45 AM
  2. I never thought Manny was real in the “First Place”. I just could never buy in to the Catch-weight KING. I never could gauge his skills due to the fact he always fought people who just got knocked out or just loss in their previous fight. Here we are again he is fighting someone who just lost. When was the last time Manny really beat a WINNER? someone that was not already damaged goods.

    James Moss on May 13th, 2013 at 4:21 AM
  3. Pedro – While I agree fully with your take on Manny – he is now being bled for as much money as possible now – I believe the analogy of Tyson is why overblown.

    Mike was not a shopworn fighter like Manny but a product of too much drugs and under training. If most writers knew Mike was “done”, then the proposed odds of his fight with Holyfield in June 1990 would have been far less than 12-1. Mike has plent physically but was slipping from his peak due to his dis-interest and self-destructive behavior.

    Manny is now too old to compete without a serious danger of being hurt in the ring as a result of the wars he suffered. I am surprised they choose Rios because they could have put alot of “agressive” fighters in there with him that are less dangerous. Manny in China is a huge event regardless of the opponent.

    I will say one thing – all of this today makes me marvel even more at fighters like Roberto Duran who suffered from all of those issues and was easily considered “done” in 1982. Then in 1983 – he goes on to a run that ends with a very good challenge of Marvis Hagler which may have ended in a draw or Duran winning after 12 rounds.

    Keep up the good work!

    Larry on May 13th, 2013 at 6:01 AM
  4. ..and no I never won a spelling bee in my life

    Larry on May 13th, 2013 at 6:02 AM
  5. Any time a fighter has been in in a series of tough fights, he loses something each fight, and that KO by JMM may just be the straw that breaks the camels back. I think Pac needs to focus on politics and leave the fight game alone. If you are a fighter you need to be in it 100%; being a fighter/politician/singer/movie actor won’t cut it at the world class level. Pac had his run, and now it’s just about over. The sun will set on all fighters including Pac, and Floyd. The question is; how will you go out? Will you go out as a shell of yourself trying to collect paychecks (like many fighters – Morales, Chavez Sr., Meldrick etc….) or will you leave on your own terms when you realize it’s over. I think Pac either stops Rios or gets stopped. If he wins, I think he will try to take one more crack at JMM and call it a night. Great career, nothing to be ashamed of. Dominated Barrera, Morales, and had 4 great fights with JMM; and stepped up in weight to challenge himself. First ballot HOF, but the sand is running out of the hour glass.

    Jrock09 on May 13th, 2013 at 6:17 AM
  6. Pedro ur being a bit too dramatic. Playing with his life? Yea the guy got put to sleep in a fight he was winning. U always fail to mention it was Marquez who looked to be on the verge of a ko loss? The guy got hit with 2 shots really. And the last one was both he and Marquez doing. He went to rush him the last 3 secs and JMM hit him. That’s pretty much it. I do remember Duran getting put face first be hearns? And the same for hearns against hagler? And they both went on to add to their legacies. To be honest when they mentioned the fight. I wasn’t to interested because this guy is tailor made for the pacman! He may not be all he was but he is still in my eyes top 2 pfp. By virtue of beating Bradley easy without even training properly, and Bradley is a PFPnder. And he was winning handily the Marquez fight until that right hand. I have seen nothing else to deter my opinion. And anything less is just fearmongering!

    Makiveli on May 13th, 2013 at 7:08 AM
  7. Getting motivated for an opponent that U beat 3 times is as hard as fighting your own mother. Bob Arum and Manny’s team should never have accepted a 4th fight with Juanito M.

    Rob H on May 13th, 2013 at 8:48 AM
  8. Sir, MP certainly did not win the 3rd fight. You are insulting the majority who feel he did not.

    Pedro Fernandez on May 13th, 2013 at 11:17 AM
  9. … and I’ll add the first. Maybe he won the second, maybe…

    todaline on May 13th, 2013 at 6:13 PM
  10. Pedro, Gayweather is still scared of Pacman. And now, he has the best excuse not to fight him. Only stupid people buy that alibi. People like you Pedro. And besides, Pacman does not need Floyd, he is already the Greates Boxer of all time. Spanning 8 different weight divisions. No one has ever done that in the history of boxing. Only Pacman. And no one can take away such achievement. Compared to Floyd who cherry picks. Too scared to get hurt. Too coward.

    Carla Real on May 13th, 2013 at 8:00 PM
  11. Carla, Manny couldn’t carry his gym bag. Are you legally blind? If so, I understand your inability to decipher boxing.

    Pedro Fernandez on May 13th, 2013 at 8:41 PM
  12. Carla,
    Let it go. Disparaging Mayweather is not gonna change facts. Paq is on the decline.
    P.S. Go see an optometrist. Paq would take a serious beating now by Mayweather; not just a beating but a serious totally embarrassing beating.

    Carla NOT real on May 14th, 2013 at 12:16 AM
  13. Pacman already in decline since Margarito fight…He dominated the fight but he was very slow and at the receiving end by absorbing heavy blows from naturally bigger fighter in Marg who scaled 165lbs at fight night.Cotto and Margarito took something off from Pacs which was evident that exhaustion got to him and he looked like a beaten fighter although he dominated the fight…Wear and Tear of fighting bigger and stronger fighters …

    Peter_dbest on May 14th, 2013 at 9:02 AM
  14. Pedro, maybe not now but 3 years ago he gives May fits. Still now, he gives him a tougher fite than Guerrero. Lets face it, Mayweather is a very goood talent but, did doge many elite fighters at their prime

    Big Al on May 14th, 2013 at 1:22 PM
  15. @Carla Real: The greatest of all time? You must be joking. You’re just another sycophantic Pactard that understands nothing about boxing or professional sports in general. Listen, I enjoy watching Manny just as much as anyone else, but boxing is a sport with hundreds of years of tradition and it doesn’t start and end with one fighter.

    Evil Genius on May 14th, 2013 at 2:01 PM
  16. He gets knocked out if he tried to win Big Al.

    Pedro Fernandez on May 14th, 2013 at 5:05 PM
  17. Well put Peter!

    Pedro Fernandez on May 14th, 2013 at 5:05 PM
  18. Who has Mayweather beat lately that was note worthy? Slow ass Marquez that couldn’t handle the weight gain, he dodge Coto, Mosley and now Pacnut who are all past their prime. How does these two bums, class ” fighter Ortiz and Guerrero get a shot at Floyd in their prime and not the I ther three? I think you know the answer to that. Those two bums will never be heard from again.

    Juan Marcos on May 15th, 2013 at 10:28 PM
  19. The same Marquez that left Manny Pacquiao snoring on HBO, this after an earlier one punch knockdown. Do you know how lame you appear to be re: boxing?

    Pedro Fernandez on May 16th, 2013 at 8:18 AM
  20. Pedro,

    To be fair to Juan Marcos, JMM did a better job of putting on weight for the Pac fight, than the Floyd fight. I understand that it’s not PBF’s fault, but still… Anyhow, Pac fans really don’t care that he’s using thuggish tactics to win elections either, so…


    SKERGE on May 16th, 2013 at 12:31 PM
  21. True, but come on..Neither can compete on Floyd’s level!

    Pedro Fernandez on May 16th, 2013 at 2:36 PM
  22. Skerge: Watch the documentary by Vice magazine (iI think its on HBO on demand) regarding Philippine politics….you can’t jump in those waters and come out clean….

    1200 Techs on May 16th, 2013 at 4:00 PM
  23. Pedro,

    True, Floyd is the bigger guy. Technically better than Pac, Physically faster than JMM, and stronger than both. They’d have a punchers chance now, and that is not enough to beat Floyd. You have to be strong enough or Technically sound enough to walk through his punches or make him miss & make him pay. Sadly, it looks like no one in the 140 – 147 lb divisions has the ability right now. I’d like to see Floyd vs Erislandy Lara, since I know Floyd won’t fight Martinez (yet, at least). I’ve crapped on Lara for his this resume, but that cuban style surprises many.


    SKERGE on May 16th, 2013 at 4:39 PM
  24. OK, same day weigh in. Shit, in the ring at 154 would be OK with Floyd.

    Pedro Fernandez on May 16th, 2013 at 7:40 PM
  25. @Skerge

    What do you mean by “using thuggish tactics to win elections”, i dont think he needs to use “thuggish tactics” cause i think he run unoppose…..i could be wrong.

    dondon on May 16th, 2013 at 11:22 PM
  26. @1200 tech

    You are 95% right! Majority of those who join politics in the phils just want the people’s money! How sad.

    dondon on May 16th, 2013 at 11:26 PM
  27. @skerge & 1200 tech

    I forgot to mention that, bear with this……Jinky Pacquiao won as a vice-governor! I dont know if pac’s brother won.

    dondon on May 16th, 2013 at 11:30 PM
  28. OK… I don’t think Floyd would hang his whole legacy on beating JMM like you have. Is that it?

    Floyd on the other hand has fought, a past his prime Coto and 2, TWO bums in Ortiz & Guerero that Pacnut would destroy. You know it, I know it, the whole world knows it, even thought we know how you (Pedro) feel about Robert.

    The only big money fights left are Bronner, Canelo, Pacnut or Martinez. He has a better change at beating Martinez, which I personally think that will be his next fight because the does not want any part of Canelo or Pacnut. Floyd was asked point blank about Canelo and he dodge that question. All of sudden, he gave a Pacnut response saying it is up to the boss. Oh wait, did he forget he is the boss? You give him too much credit.

    Juan Marcos on May 17th, 2013 at 12:57 PM
  29. 1200 Tech,
    Yeah, I saw that episode of VICE, pretty crazy stuff. You are assassinated just trying to register to be a candidate.

    Don’t forget that Pac actually lost the first time he ran, and then joined the conservative group to get the much needed win. I think he sold his soul at that point.

    Juan Marcos,
    I disagree, Floyd would have the hardest time with Martinez, becuase Martinez is taller, has 1 punch KO power (especially at 154), and is a lefty. Once Floyd figures Pac’s in and out movement, Pac is done. Pac has a punchers chance though. Canelo is still too green, but did impress with last fight. I think he’d get frustrated with PBF’s elbow, holding and hitting, etc… like most other fighters do.


    SKERGE on May 21st, 2013 at 12:56 PM

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