Pacquiao's Prayers Didn't Work Last Night

New York, NY— Stop me if you think you’ve heard this one before, but Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) just isn’t that good. Pacquiao, who will be remembered as the greatest Filipino boxer to ever live despite being a contemporary of Nonito Donaire (30-1, 19 KOs), got a taste of his own medicine last night when Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs) avenged his stolen victories with a knockout that left Pacquiao cold on the canvas for almost a minute. With Pacquiao’s career dead—finally, mercifully— boxing is ready to once again thrive.


Last night’s was a spectacle for the ages—six rounds heavy on the drama, with several knockdowns, a rapidfire pace and an audience adorned with the brightest gems in America’s pop culture repertoire (well, ok, just Mitt Romney). Had his chin, indisputably Pacquiao’s best quality as a boxer, come through for him, he could have won this match. He, too, put Marquez down. But not hard enough, not as often, and certainly not with the force that Marquez finished the fight– a victory he dedicated to new Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto.


Americans think they don’t care about boxing, but when boxing gives them good reason, the nation collectively cranes its neck to take a look. Within seconds the news of Pacquiao’s demise was all over Twitter; subverting the nefarious work of the PPV crowd, casual fans trading animated GIFs of the perfect knockdown. Interest in our sport peaked last night to a level that it had not seen in at least a decade among people who otherwise wouldn’t bother with the safe, predictable, corrupt racket boxing has become (or always been). That all it took was Pacquiao (and his massive payday) taking a fall tells you all you need to know about the state of the sport today.


We have arrived at a point in our sport’s history where the interests of the fans are directly adverse to the interests of the promoters, to the point that we cheer whenever an industry favorite goes down. Who cares that no one really knows who Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KOs) is? He tore down both Miguel Cotto’s (37-4, 30 KOs) and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s (41-0-1, 30 KOs) big payday, and for that he is a hero. He tore asunder the plans of the people who thought they could charge $60 for a Floyd Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs) ballet recital and expect the sport to thrive. Marquez, after three tries that got so close to victory someone in the Pacquiao camp should have vetoed a fourth, did the same on a much more astronomical scale. That he has repeatedly said he isn’t even particularly interested in continuing his career after making amends for his defeats with Pacquiao makes his victory even more admirable, whether he carries through with that promise or not. Knocking out Pacquiao is like tearing down a million dollar dam in between talented boxers and the fans who want to see them—it forces promoters back to the drawing board.

Pacquiao fighting a giant crab in the action film "Wapakman"


It forces Pacquiao back there, too. He may have started something he couldn’t finish with this “being the best boxer in history” business, but he will, no doubt, return to the ring to be humiliated like every other champion that has went to sleep before him. But Pacquiao was always too big a fish in too small a pond as a boxer, stealing oxygen away from fish that were actually good at swimming. Pacquiao was a mediocre boxer with a huge personality who, with some PR skills and a little bit of physical “help,” enthralled a nation. He has been his nation’s flagbearer at the Olympics; their best action star; their pop star; their wisest statemen; their most popular game show host; their finest comedian (if you have not seen Pacquiao try his hand at sketch comedy with Jimmy Kimmel, you have not seen Pacquiao’s finest performance). Pacquiao is a charming man with a charmed life who has the world at his feet: why waste time getting his head beaten in for another few years when he can make even more money and be ever as popular conquering the greater media world?

Frances “The Fight Chick” Martel


  • @1200 tech
    yes, the fight chick is telling us that JMM has a 1-1-2 record against a mediocre fighter, with a “stolen draw” in the first fight.

  • @mike
    pac losing the 3rd marquez fight is just your opinion, it was a close fight that could go either way, and the judges saw pac as the winner. So, it is still 2-1-1 pac, it could have been 3-1 had that one judge in the first fight did not err in scoring round 1.

  • Jerry the snake, did you conveniently snob Emmanuel Stewart and hit Larry Merchant instead? You may hate PacMan for whatever reason you may have but Emmanuel Stewart was not a HBO shill, was he? Having followed Manny Pacquiao even before he became a champion at 106 lb….Emmanuel Stewart was right in every aspect – Manny Pacquiao is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, boxer of his generation. I’ve seen him beaten via TKO when he was still not a champion….and I’ve seen him beat Miguel Cotto and Margarito….I am well convinced that indeed he is the greatest boxer of his generation..

  • Merchant tells it like it is.

  • I disagree with you Jerry. Lampley? Yes!

  • Truthseeker how can you think anything Larry Merchant says about boxing is the Holy Grail he is nothing but a Bob Arum and HBO shill just like Jim Lampley.

  • No StickItin, that’s not true. The most glorious day will be the one you stop leaving comments here.

  • Dec 8 2010 officially marks the most glorious day Ringtalk.com has ever experienced (specifically Fernandez and Martel)

  • “Fight Chick” if you really want to be credible as a boxing writer or a serious writer at least or if you want to be taken seriously.

    I have one advice: be knowledgeable in your field, study your subject and be fair.

    Saying Pacquiao is a mediocre boxer while Emmanuel Steward and Larry Merchant once said he is one of the greatest boxer of his generation – just make me think of you more as a joke than a serious writer.

  • Lets all be real here, Pacquiao has now lost 3 fights in a row and should retire. An all time great? i dont think so. He and Bob Arum have been running from Mayweather for 2 years and thought another Marquez fight would be an easy win, wrong. He has now lost to Marquez in fight number 3, Bradley, and Marquez in #4. Why do you not step up and fight Mayweather? because you will get knocked out again. And Pedro i would concider you a boxing analyst being you have a boxing background and can also write. Oliver you sound stupid…

  • I DIDN’T write the article oliver. Over the years i have come to understand why you don’t spell your name Oliver. Simple mind! Go back to Mickey D’s!

  • And would you consider yourself as a true sporting analyst pedro? or even a true boxer maybe?

  • If someone asked me how to describe Manny Pacquiao, it could be done with one word. Fighter. And one loss ends his career(Forget the Bradley joke)??? Why was Marquez fighting?? He has lost plenty. Lewis got KO’d, sure glad he didn’t take your advice. Klitscho, Cotto, heck, everybody should quit. Instead of shoveling dirt on a guy who carried boxing, perhaps you should find the next guy, cause Ward isn’t gonna cut it….

  • there was also a Filipino named Ceferino Garcia. Take a look at his credentials. Both were better than Manny.

  • The best Filipino fighter ever to live?? Did you ever hear of Flash Elorde. Six ounce gloves, 15 round title fights and MUCH tougher competition. Do your homework before you make statements like that.

  • This article is terrible. It’s full of hatred and shows a complete ignorance of the sport and disrespect for one one of its finest fighters.

  • Just because you lose doesn’t mean your all of the sudden a crappy fighter…. Thats the problem with boxing , as soon as you lose , the media tears them down … Look at UFC , they don’t do that … All their top guys have multiple losses … If you fight enough top guys in their prime eventually you will lose… Unlike Floyd

  • Fight chick wouldn’t know a left hook from a justin beiber hook and by saying Pacquiao isnt that good, Marquez must not be crap either by your logic! If Donaire wants recognition and to be compared to anywhere what pacquiao has done, he would be taking on the best featherweights by now at this junction of his career. Him and Pacquiao started off around the same weight class and taking on the likes of Marquez, bareera, and morales, that’s what made him great. Like the late great Emmanuel Steward said, pac made his noise at 126 and below and IS an ATG.

    Back to donaire. Its not his fault if the Mares fight dont get made but if he ducks Rigo, then Idk…

    good point regarding back to the drawing board though which is good for the boxing game. but at least try to give credit to pac for bringing attention to this beloved sport of ours. after all, how many boxers or atheletes for that matter have a presidential candidate watching them fight (or play)??

  • Boxer, true boxer? No, a banger yes.

  • Not a pactard but I think Pacman was better than a mediocre boxer. He is one of the biggest stars of the 2000s. He can retire now.

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