HAS MANNY PACQUIAO LOST THE “MAGIC?”
San Francisco, CA– With less than two weeks to go, few people seem even remotely excited about Manny Pacquiao fighting Tim Bradley on June 9. How I acquired this notion was that one Filipino fight fan I know is not throwing a Pacquiao-Bradley party. I thought it might have been an economic thing, but that isn’t the case. “We may watch the fight on Pay Per View, or we might wait until HBO shows the replay one week later.” Say what? The Pinay continued, “Nobody knows who this guy (Bradley) is.” So I posed the question that took her a second or two to respond, “Has Manny lost his magic?”
THE RESPONSE WAS ANTI-CLIMACTIC!
“I don’t know. The situation with Pacquiao has changed, it’s not like we don’t still support him. But the excitement is not what it used to be. Maybe it’s like watching a movie too many times. Pacquiao is too involved with trying to be a politician, his preoccupation with religion. I guess the impression we get is that he’s not acting like this fight is worth watching. I watch Filipino TV, read the Philippine News and other newspapers, nobody seems to talking crazy as they used to with the fight a week from Saturday.”
IS PACQUIAO’S ACT AGING LIKE HIM!
Myself, I’ve read the bits and pieces that “Manny is ready, in great shape, the best shape of his life, yada, yada, yada,” but the response by most fans is precipitated by a loud yawn. Having polled a wide array of fight fans, they really don’t care much about the fight. Some of Pacquiao’s box office steam has dissipated after the so-so fight with Juan Manuel Marquez last November. Tickets ranging from $200, the cheapest ticket available, to ringside seats at $1,200, are still available in bulk!
SMALLEST PAID PACQUIAO CROWD IN YEARS?
There will be no “Closed Circuit TV” sites within the MGM Grand I’m told and unless Bob Arum “papers the house,” the Grand Garden Arena will have plenty of empty seats. In case you don’t know what “papering the house” means, it is a term utilized when promoters, stuck with a “dog” at the gate, give away hundreds, sometimes thousands of tickets. Don King used to invite almost everybody at a local Military base, not only in Las Vegas but also in other venues around the country. Having always kept an eye on Pacquiao’s ticket sales, I think there is a multitude of reasons as to why you can buy an entire section of seats if you had the bucks.
STARTS OFF WITH THE PRICES!
The nosebleed seats are going for $200 clams, an amount that is excessive for two reasons. The first being it is Tim Bradley. Nobody give a spit about Bradley, whose moniker is Desert Storm, not a veteran of that US intervention into Kuwait, who has no fan base, never has before been a fighter that could sell Pay Per Views. In other words, Bradley brings nothing to the dance besides a three-handed offense. I’m talking about his left, his right, oh, and his head! A habitual head butter, don’t be surprised if Bradley’s head does more damage to Manny than either fist.
THIRD MARQUEZ FIGHT MANDATED FOURTH OR MAYWEATHER CLASH!
The second reason this fight is not selling well Is Pacquiao’s last fight against his nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez. The performance Pacquiao put forth was lacking, necessitating his trainer Freddie Roach to tell him he needed a “knockout to win,” before the 12th and final round.
FILIPINOS ARE NOT STUPID!
With a lot of Filipinos feeling he had lost, that and the fact Pacquiao is facing neither Marquez again or Floyd Mayweather. Essentially what I’m saying is much like the old B.B. King song fight fans, “The Thrill Is Gone!”