HAS MANNY PACQUIAO LOST THE “MAGIC?”

May 29th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez

Pacquiao-Bradley Lacks Spark!

BOXING WORLD NOT BUZZING OVER MANNY PACQUIAO-TIM BRADLEY

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!”

Pedro Fernandez

COMMENTS

  1. Those ticket prices are complete and utter bullspit.

    Roderick on May 30th, 2012 at 1:19 AM
  2. Pedro, I somehow think a lot of people r now saying, hang on maybe Mayweather was right about the steroids issue. With Lamont and Berto getting caught, people r more suspicious of Pacquio. This is not helped by the fact that he was offered VADA services for this Bradley fight, and he flatly refused. The question is why, Why isnt he concerned that maybe Bradley is using steroids? People r not fools u know. I am going to say that “The Manny bubble is close to bursting”. Bob cant sugarcoat him anymore. He is nothing but a cheater, a guy who used steroids to enhance his resume, What a pity.

    dave on May 30th, 2012 at 5:12 AM
  3. Pedro, Manny doesn’t have many alternatives but to fight guys with very little recognition, Mr. Bradley is good but no excellent. On the other hand, Mayweather did an excellent job of selecting a guy with a name “Cotto” that brought some risk, but not an eminent treat. The fight between Manny vs Floyd is losing interest.

    Roberto B on May 30th, 2012 at 8:11 AM
  4. Enjoy the site but too many Manny Pacquiao related articles. Overkill, Pedro.

    Wilhelm on May 30th, 2012 at 10:18 AM
  5. Pedro,

    I understand the lack of excitement from the casual fan, but don’t understand why people in boxing are down on this fight. Bradley comes to win, shows determination, and takes chances. The dude earned a shot at one of the best in the sport, and now he gets it. He has a good resume, and beat everyone put in front of him. I think he’s a live dog, and it will be an exciting fight.

    Also, why do people keep referring to him a desert storm veteran? I believe I have read it a few times on this site. He’s 28 years old. He would have been a child.

    eddiero on May 30th, 2012 at 11:42 AM
  6. He’s #1 or 2 in worldwide p4p rayings, has a fight in 10 days!

    Pedro Fernandez on May 30th, 2012 at 11:56 AM
  7. $200 are unavailable but $400 and up can be had easily. This was unheard of this close to Pac’s previous few fights. Bradley is good but why should people get excited when everyone knows there is no chance he could win a decision against Pac, even if he won 9 or 10 rounds? People are fed up with the bullshit decisions. Take your $200+ tix and shove them up your ass, Arum.

    MARLON on May 30th, 2012 at 2:18 PM
  8. Yet another fluff piece on Pacquiao from this site. Obviously you are absurdly biased in Pacquiao’s favor. Try to look at him from more critical angle. I’m sure you could come up with something.

    Jon on May 30th, 2012 at 2:40 PM
  9. props to dave for bringing up the pacman vada testing! lord knows the major media outlets wont talk about it (espn, etc)and i might ad that both jmm and shane both said they would be willing to take random testing as long as pacman did the same and pacman said no to both of them. wat it is pac and his dumm fans are running out of excuses to make for him not wanting to be tested for a fight and its that simple.how lomg is pac gonna get a pass? its time to start asking pac more tough ?’s. its been pac and arum all along who has held up the super fight wit floyd because they both know pacman is as dirty as d-bo’s (from friday) drawers.

    dizzj on May 30th, 2012 at 3:13 PM
  10. Fluff piece? My life has been threatened over my criticism of Pacquaio. Obviously, you are either just trying to start trouble, are an idiot, or have never read the many Pacquiao stories where we have blasted him. Listen to the radio show as well Jon.

    Pedro Fernandez on May 30th, 2012 at 3:20 PM
  11. Inevitably, all fighters, even great ones like Manny and Floyd will one day plateau, then slide. Manny probably will beat Bradley, but he is on the slide, although not the rapid slide like happened to Roy Jones Jr.

    dannyb54 on May 30th, 2012 at 4:16 PM
  12. Dave said “…. With Lamont and Berto getting caught, people r more suspicious of Pacquio. This is not helped by the fact that he was offered VADA services for this Bradley fight, and he flatly refused. The question is why, Why isnt he concerned that maybe Bradley is using steroids? People r not fools u know. I am going to say that “The Manny bubble is close to bursting”. Bob cant sugarcoat him anymore. He is nothing but a cheater, a guy who used steroids to enhance his resume, What a pity.”….

    You are nothing but a Pacquiao hater, nothing more or else. Where is your proof? who offered Pacquiao VADA services? That is nothing but a lie and a fabrication. Pacquiao agreed to a drug test that the scared Mayweather put as hindrance to avoid fighting Pacquiao but then found another alibi not to fight the great Pacquiao. Haven’t you got any other way to defame and libel Pacquiao but to rehash the same, old baseless accusation? If none, then try to invent one cause it is getting to be boring hearing you guys saying the same old baseless accusation over and over again…..

    TruthSeeker on May 30th, 2012 at 4:47 PM
  13. Got bored and finally read the article. Those upper level seats will be completely sold out by fight day. Those same nose bleed seats were being pimped at the Mayweather/Cotto bout for a whopping $600.00. The closed circuit was priced at a staggering $90.00 or so once you included tax and handling fees. And, it didn’t do well on the closed circuit end. I was there that weekend. There was also plenty of lower level seats still available leading up to the day of the event. Not trying to crap on it but just thinking Pedro is reaching a bit with this article. Also not surprising a Pinoy would be complaining about price. They’re notorious penny pinchers. Very thrift with their spending. Anyone know the PPV numbers for Cotto/Mayweather?

    Wilhelm on May 30th, 2012 at 6:43 PM
  14. I would also say the buzz for the Mayweather/Cotto bout wasn’t overly exciting in Las Vegas. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great event but something was lacking. Nothing compared to the mayhem I saw weekend he fought Hatton. Now that was spectacular! The Britts were in full force. lots of drinking, lots of singing, lots of support for Hatton.

    Wilhelm on May 30th, 2012 at 6:46 PM
  15. Dizz says props to Dave for bringing up the random testing but I say if you’re going to bring it up don’t do so like Manny’s been given a full exempt from testing all together. That’s pretty much how the Pacquaio retractors all speak when they chatter up this topic. Its gotten absurd. Its also unfair to expect the man to conform to something hardly any other fighter is doing themselves. The ones who did— well– they were hired hands— they had no choice if they expected to make extraordinary paydays. I won’t argue who makes more money but I know for a fact Manny’s in the top 2 or 3 of highest paid prize fighters. Is there any doubt every Filipino on this earth isn’t a Pac fan? This cat brings a staggering amount of finances to this up coming event yet some of you act like he’s standing on the corner of a Home Depot waiting for some day labor employee to hustle him up. Its like y’all been poisoned with Floyd’s Koo-Aid. Quit it taking sides already! Making y’all look foolish.

    Wilhelm on May 30th, 2012 at 7:02 PM
  16. Dang it! I was hoping Mr. Pacquiao (Manny) would have proudly and most excitingly accepted VADA testing. Manny has to really think about setting up a better bargaining position in a future fight against Floyd. Meaning, Manny should have accepted the VADA testing in order to prove to Floyd that his stamina, foot/hand speed and punching power will have absolutely nothing to do with any steroid allegations because his victory over Tim Bradley will be the result of tough training and clean dieting. If Manny would have taken this route (VADA) and soundly defeat Bradley, then it is possible the public and media would have forced Floyd into accepting a 50/50 split of the purse because Floyd would no longer have any escape routes – too bad. Meanwhile, I shall maintain my excitement and patience for a future Manny vs. Floyd fight. Once again, there are plenty of folks who believe Floyd cannot handle Manny’s punching power, but let’s not forget, Floyd can fricking punch as well – I wonder if Manny can handle Floyd’s punching power. Peace out. E-Man.

    E-Man on May 30th, 2012 at 7:16 PM
  17. Wil,

    Being tested the day of the fight doesn’t count as you can flush your body of most PED’s in a week or less. Please do some research on the subject because your verbiage makes you look and sound like Manny Pacquiao’s proctologist.

    Pedro Fernandez on May 30th, 2012 at 7:55 PM
  18. The Brit’s always party 24-7 while in Vegas, as did the Irish for Barry McGuigan.

    Pedro Fernandez on May 30th, 2012 at 7:57 PM
  19. Mayweather vs. Cotto has sold over 1.5 million pay-per-view buys according to figures released by HBO. These figures make Mayweather-Cotto the second-highest grossing non-heavyweight PPV of all time. The record holder is Mayweather’s 2007 bout with Oscar De La Hoya, which sold over 2.4 million PPV buys.

    Pedro Fernandez on May 30th, 2012 at 8:00 PM
  20. Wil,

    Being tested the day of the fight doesn’t count as you can flush your body of most PED’s in a week or less. Please do some research on the subject because your verbiage makes you look and sound like Manny Pacquiao’s proctologist.

    Pedro Fernandez on May 30th, 2012 at 8:04 PM
  21. Mayweather vs. Cotto has sold over 1.5 million pay-per-view buys according to figures released by HBO. These figures make Mayweather-Cotto the second-highest grossing non-heavyweight PPV of all time. The record holder is Mayweather’s 2007 bout with Oscar De La Hoya, which sold over 2.4 million PPV buys.

    Pedro Fernandez on May 30th, 2012 at 8:05 PM
  22. The Brit’s always party 24-7 while in Vegas, as did the Irish for Barry McGuigan.

    Pedro Fernandez on May 30th, 2012 at 8:06 PM
  23. hey Wil! the blog i wrote about pac has nothing to do wit like, hate , or dislike towards the pacman, …its fact! everything i stated was true, he (manny) turned down random drug testing atleast 4 times, manny has nobody to blame but himself if lots of boxing fan including myself think he is dirty. he has had several chances to put this drug testing thing to rest thing to rest and he has drop the ball on this everytime on this issue. it is wat it is wat it is.

    dizzj on May 30th, 2012 at 10:23 PM
  24. You missed the gist of what I wrote. No where in that post did I pretend to know this and that about PED. My point was Manny is doing some form of testing. He’s following the same guild line as every other fighter in the sport. Up until now he hasn’t tested positive for any sort of substance or PED. I can name a few fighters who have under those same guild lines. Now does that mean he’s 100% clean and not doping? I dunno, can’t say with absolute certainty , but all I am saying is lets not forget he’s doing some sort of testing. You can’t single out one dude all because you have a suspicion or in your case because you have a life long vendetta against his promoter. Make the testing mandatory for the entire sport. If Manny’s still refusing then, well, that’s when I’ll be as fired up as the rest of you bozos are now. For the record; I ain’t even all that big a fan of the guy. In fact, hoping Bradley beats ‘dat ass so he puts a dint in the entire Mayweather/Pac event. Thanx for the PPV numbers. Hadn’t seen them till now. I expected it do well.

    Wilhelm on May 30th, 2012 at 11:42 PM
  25. If Floyd is so concerned for the sport as a whole.. he truly wants to pioneer and revolutionize things how’s about he just donate several million dollars to the cause. Use that money to finance all testing for all fighters for a full entire year. He’s paid. Make it rain for the safety of the sport! That way the commission has no excuse but to implement it.

    Wilhelm on May 31st, 2012 at 12:18 AM
  26. No Latin fighter in the main event and outrageous ticket prices means crappy sales. Did Arum think Filipino fans who barely follow boxing were going to sell out the MGM at those prices? Yeah right. Latin fans are the real boxing fans and there is no reason for them to bother with this one.

    reeves on May 31st, 2012 at 3:32 AM
  27. That Filipino fight fan sounds like a lousy boxing fan. You won’t catch Latin fans slacking off and waiting a week for the HBO replay when one of their own is involved in a big fight. No wonder the MGM is going to be half empty for this one what with attitudes like that from Filipino “fans.” Bradley is a very respectable fighter and any boxing fan worth their salt is familiar with him.

    reeves on May 31st, 2012 at 3:41 AM
  28. The reason the buzz is minimal for this fight is that Bradley is an unknown to casual boxing fans. He couldn’t attract flies if he had shit in his pants. But for true fight fans, we know that this is a good match up of a young, hungry, undefeated fighter vs a world class vet. I think the fight will be more exciting than Floyd vs. Cotto just based on the styles. What also plays into account why the Mayweather numbers for PPV will be better is that Floyd picked a well known fighter in Cotto who has his own following; in addition to that, the under card had a very popular Canelo, fighting a future HOF in Mosley. Both Canelo and Mosley also draw. Bob Arum needs to start having better under cards to drive the PPV revenue. Floyd picked a big name fighter with little or no chance of defeating him like he always does to help drive PPV numbers. Manny is actually fighting a live underdog who has skill, heart, and determination. I think this will be a tough fight for Manny because I believe that he has lost his hunger. And as for a fourth fight against JMM; I’m tired of seeing that. 3 times is enough, if JMM can’t win a clear cut decision against Pac in 3 tries, he only has himself to blame. Stop crying and step up and fight Zab at 140 and see what happens.

    Jrock09 on May 31st, 2012 at 4:48 AM
  29. hasn’t manny agreed to floyd’s testing demands during the last negotiation that the purse split was the only issue that was keeping the fight from happening?

    surely, you must be aware of that. and, if you were an unbiased writer, you would have acknowledged that too. obviously, you have an agenda against pacquiao and selectively desseminate information that only put him in a negative light without taking into consideration other information.

    further, if you are against same day testing because, per your claim, most PEDs can be flushed from the body within days or a week, then you wouldn’t have any issue with manny initial stance of a testing cut off of 14 days then?

    mj on May 31st, 2012 at 11:22 AM
  30. Dizzj

    Gotcha’ but my point stands. Manny tests every time out. He’s following the same guideline as just about every other fighter in the sport. Don’t let that be forgotten. The whole PED debate has become downright silly. Its as if Manny is fighting on such a super inhuman manner. He’s lost numerous rounds , been knocked out, cuts, lost fights, has disputed victories so on and so for. Its his main accuser who fights at a more super natural level so maybe he’s the one doping? Just some silly food for thought back your way….

    wilhelm on June 1st, 2012 at 6:09 PM
  31. Wil, I want to show you respect, but ****, some of the crap you write is just that crap! He refused VADA testing for the Bradley fight. WHY? People have suspected Pac of using since 130 lbs., not before when he was knocked out. You know nothing about “real” boxing, for you’d know that guys in their prime do not put on almost 20 lbs. and not get fat. One excption, Tommy Hearns who was close to 6’2. If he was clean, he’d be publicly “bragging” about his being clean through random testing.

    I fought, worked with Duran, leonard, Benitez, the great ones when boxing was great. With the exception of the Hagler fight, nobody ever thought Ray Leonard had taken anything. Duran moved from 147 to 154 and he got thick.

    In closing, “scheduled” testing is what Manny takes. When you know when you’re being test, you can test 100% clean every time out even if you WERE dirty. The guy’s name maybe Dizzj, but your’s is Ditz!

    Pedro Fernandez on June 1st, 2012 at 7:27 PM

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