December 8th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez


Pacquiao Hammers Rios

Pacquiao Hammers Rios

San Francisco, CA– I was thinking about it over the weekend, who has had more of a far greater impact on the world stage of late than undefeated champion Floyd Mayweather? Only one boxer, that being Manny Pacquiao.


Granted, Floyd may have a zillion times the amount of money Manny Pacquiao possesses, but it hasn’t bought or garnered Mayweather the international respect that has been bestowed on Pacquiao as both a boxer and a man.


People don’t know that Floyd does a lot of charitable work that he doesn’t seek credit for. But being an elected Philippine Congressman, that’s hard to top for anybody, let alone the Grand Rapids, MI native Mayweather.


That and Manny had a string of fights, win, lose, or draw, that in the eyes of a good number of fans, Pac’s wins were more entertaining and in two cases more damaging than Mayweather’s wins over notably Miguel Cotto and Shane Mosley.


With American fans, people from south of the border, Asia as a whole, European followers of the sweet science, there isn’t a demographic Manny Pacquiao has not conquered. Mayweather cannot say the same.


While you point out the 475,000 pay Brandon Rios per view buys, compared to Mayweather-Saul Alvarez doing two million two months ago, don’t let that be a gauge on the worldwide feelings towards especially if Pac can put together a string of wins and go out near or at the top.


Although he has gone from Catholic to being “Born Again” via Christianity, the one time cock fighter has abandoned that behavior, San Miguel beer, as well any thirst for flesh outside of the Pacquiao household. Word has it he prays as much or more than three hours daily. The anti-condom platform from which he stands is dangerous period.


There simply hasn’t been a fighter since Muhammad Ali that have made the social impact, meaning outside of the ring than Manny Pacquiao. Granted he might not be Rachel Maddow, a Rhode Scholar, but my hope is that Pacquiao just employs good common sense in representing his people.


With the passing of Nelson Mandela in South Africa, the upcoming funeral and worldwide adulation for the man who spent 27 years in a South African prison, you have to envision Manny becoming the Philippine Nelson Mandela, if he continues service to his people.

Pedro Fernandez


  1. good points pedro. you are right, in the world stage pac is #1. in the end, pacman’s story will be unique and legendary.

    kenny on December 8th, 2013 at 11:11 PM
  2. Pac is a good dude. Humble in defeat and genuinly a great person. His story is amazing, truly inspiring. Just knowing how he helped his childhood best friend Buboy, when he was dirt poor chicle kid from Mexico status says everything you need to know. He ain’t perfect, but definitely has helped more than one can imagine.

    Mayweather had it rough too growing up, and has some goodness to himself and is genuinly charitable. But his vile persona he feeds into is his downfall with people and sometimes its when he comes off arrogant. He definitely has tuned down his a hole behavior IMO as noted in his post fight comments. A true Marketing genius. The man ain’t stupid.

    In the end, these two are the remaining superstars of the sport. Both great fighters.

    1200 Techs on December 9th, 2013 at 1:18 AM
  3. I’ve always respected you for your views, whether we agree or not. You tell it like you feel it should be told. That’s admirable.
    As someone who produced/anchored at times. Manny’s fights on my weekly boxing show “Blow by Blow” and having followed his career through the years, I know he is a good, humble and decent man and an exciting fighter. His greatest asset is his caring for his people and thats what endears him to many of us.
    Thank you Pedro and all the very best.

    Ronnie Nathanielsz on December 9th, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    scot on December 9th, 2013 at 1:44 AM
  5. Hands down, Pedro is right. Pacman has had more impact on the world stage, outside of boxing compared to Mayweather. I remember Pacman being named by Forbes Magazine as one of the most influential people in the world (can’t recall what year, exactly). He has met with Barack Obama. He’s already an elected congressman, will soon became a senator, and maybe, even president of his country, possibilities not realistically open to Floyd. In boxing, Floyd is more accomplished (although that assessment may change the moment he loses his “0″). However, outside the realm of boxing, Floyd is just an ordinary guy and average Joe when compared to Pacman who transcends boxing and is a truly an icon and a cultural phenomenon.

    dekahana on December 9th, 2013 at 2:04 AM
  6. I’d probably vote for him as a senator. As a president, he has to show better qualities as a leader. The company he keeps doesn’t suggest that he has any inkling how to lead a country. The best possibler candidate we have has died (or is there a rumor in the street that he was killed..) while doing everyday job for the current president.

    dyolens on December 9th, 2013 at 2:14 AM
  7. Kudos! Good article. At last, you give Pacquiao his due.

    Ruel de Mesa on December 9th, 2013 at 2:16 AM
  8. Just as our past DILG secretary has said, “it’s not enough that you are a good man, you also need to have excellent qualities to work in the government”. Qualities we sorely miss from our present crop of government people.

    dyolens on December 9th, 2013 at 2:19 AM
  9. Many good people come from boxing.I’m with you Pedro, I hope Manny becomes another Mandela for his people.Another one fighting for his country is Vitali Klitschko.

    John Ross on December 9th, 2013 at 2:41 AM
  10. Pac is easily smarter than rachel maddow.

    Erich on December 9th, 2013 at 2:45 AM
  11. “With American fans, people from south of the border, Asia as a whole, European followers of the sweet science, there isn’t a demographic Manny Pacquiao has not conquered. Mayweather cannot say the same.”..I agree especially in Asia which is the most populated country in the world..What I don’t agree is Manny becoming Nelson Mandela even if he continues to service his people.Ninoy Aquino was more likely if had lived longer.

    pikkon on December 9th, 2013 at 2:52 AM
  12. I thought the author is a pachater..
    Why sudden change? lol..
    Anyways you are right..

    Jcer on December 9th, 2013 at 3:47 AM
  13. Pac is not only popular around the world, but he is also more popular in the US than Mayweather. Imagine Pac being invited in the White House by no less than the US president. Imagine, as a foreigner, Pac changing the outcome of a US senatorial election by helping Senator Reid win the election. Imagine that Pac, a foreigner, has several major enorsements in the US such as Nike, etc. I doubt that Mayweather will ever be invited to the White House nor get an endorsement in his Homeland. His neighbors even hate him to death.

    Barok on December 9th, 2013 at 3:50 AM
  14. This is a sarcastic article, isn’t it?

    Dareyouni on December 9th, 2013 at 3:52 AM
  15. Mayweather is an excellent boxer . Even if he has done a lot of charities most people would just see him as “just an excellent boxer” period. Manny Pacquiao may not be the most skilled boxer but he is a fighter, an ambassador of the sport of boxing, an icon, a humble and great person. He embodies the struggle not only of his countrymen but of people fighting the odds of life. He would not be forgotten easily by his people even long after he retires. I cannot say the same thing about Mayweather.

    Genesis on December 9th, 2013 at 3:55 AM
  16. i agree. win or lose he still is the same person. humble over victory and acceptance of defeat. he truly is an entertainer and make sure that you get your PPV money worth spent, and that’s what the difference between Floyd and Pacquiao.

    5teepees on December 9th, 2013 at 4:21 AM
  17. hi pedro,

    what a way to resurface after going off the grid for quite awhile. nice one and hope to hear a lot from you again…

    emmanuel on December 9th, 2013 at 4:32 AM
  18. Why does Floyd think he can dictate the purse value of a fight between him and Manny? Floyd’s revenues only accounts for US audiences, a majority of them want to see Floyd get knocked freaking out. I think one revenue totally not spoken of when it comes to purse values is the world wide audience only Manny Pacquiao can bring. This is a really big fight because Manny Pacquiao is known the world over just like Tyson was in his heyday. You go to countries in Asia and Africa many haven’t even heard who Floyd is. And certainly if they knew him don’t care a dime for him because he don’t mean anything to them. What inspiration has he given anyone from his antics in and outside the ring? Present and future world wide revenues is much bigger than the American PPV revenues. 2 losses of Pacquiao didn’t even take away buzz from the fight so how can Floyd expect Pac to take a knee with his further lowballing? Pac’s already agreed to a 60/40 or even a winner take all! He’s accepted drug testing. Every demand he’s conceded. He’s even #1 Mandatory to Floyd now and still Floyd is no where near to giving any indication a serious look at the fight. Khan gets the press, Alexander gets a tweet. But no, Pacman just gets insults from his camp. Truly threatened and shocked is the only compelling reason why Floyd shies away from Pac.

    Alan on December 9th, 2013 at 4:45 AM
  19. Pedro giving Pacquiao props?!?! Wow.

    I think the numbers from Pac’s last fight are indicative of no one, outside of us rabid fans, knowing who the hell Rios is.

    Mayweather is great and all, but he really hasn’t had an exciting matchup, or taken a real chance, since he fought Diego Corrales.

    Pacquiao is just a fun fighter to watch, who has taken on some REAL challenges in his career, end of discussion.

    tommyrenob on December 9th, 2013 at 6:38 AM
  20. Pacman was very unpopular on RT few months ago,now he has become popular again .Hope he retires with millions in the bank.Two shysters (Oscar ,glove puppet of Shiffty Schaefer and Bob ’3 faced’ Arum have made millon off his sweat.

    one eye on December 9th, 2013 at 9:55 AM
  21. Pedro, I’m glad that you’re giving Pacquiao his just due. Like any other man, he has his shortcomings (cheating on wife, becoming overly fanatical with his religion, needing improvement with money management, etc.), but his qualities really shine. Not withstanding his incredible boxing talent, he seems to be a humble and giving person. I’m really impressed with his efforts to master a second language. It seems like he really has some intelligence.

    On a totally different note, can Austin Trout come back from 2 straight defeats? Who would win between Canelo and Lara?

    Geoffrey Sadao Prenter on December 9th, 2013 at 1:50 PM
  22. Having watched boxing on and off for about 50 years one learns to see sincere honest people . Manny Paquiao is most certainly a sincere , honest and compassionatte person . He and Nonito Donaire are consumatte gentleman in and out the ring .
    On his best day one would never say that hoodrat Gayweather was ever a gentleman or decent for that matter .
    I never had respect for Ali or Tyson or Hearns . Sugar Ray Leonard was alright . But I gotta say the likes of Ali and Tyson soured me to the sport of boxing years ago . And Manny Paquaio rekindled my intrest in the sport . To be totally honest being a white American I wasn’t aware of Manny Paquiao until I met my wife who happens to be filipina about 7 years ago . After that point PacMan had a new fan !

    Sure I’m American and sure that hoodrat is American . But I can honestly say I’m not proud of the fact that Gayweather or Bronerhead or even Rios are American . I will back Paquaiao and Donaire always before those hoodrats from the USA !

    PACMANUSA on December 9th, 2013 at 1:52 PM
  23. Tommy,

    I would say Mayweather had a real fight, twice, against Juan Castillo, who was a legitimate challenger, seeing as I had him winning the first fight. However, after that, MAYBE Zab Judah???? Otherwise you are correct.

    Richard on December 10th, 2013 at 8:21 AM
  24. Alan,

    Pacquiao at one time had equal if not better standing for a 50/50 split. Blame Floyd and Arum for not getting the fight done. At this point in their careers, though, Manny has to destroy a ton of upper level fighters AND have Floyd lose to get anywhere close to an even cut. Besides, if Floyd fights Khan, you can see where he is headed. 4 more easy fights then run into the sunset, laughing all the way.

    Richard on December 10th, 2013 at 8:25 AM
  25. A skilled boxer vs a fighter, Arrogant vs humble, i’ll take the pacman win or lose
    good article but maybe at after his boxing career is over Paquiao can have some Mandela moments

    Manuel largo on December 10th, 2013 at 9:01 AM
  26. Pedro,
    The WBC is making things interesting by making Pac-man the # 1 Contender to PBF’s WW title. It will be fun to see how it all plays out.


    SKERGE on December 10th, 2013 at 1:44 PM
  27. A few fighters have been moderately competitive with Mayweather for a few rounds.
    Jose Luis Castillo, Victoriano Sosa, Justin Juunko, DeMarcus Corley and Judah come to mind. As we all know, none of these fighters were able to sustain their success against him. Of course, this is testimony to Mayweather’s defensive prowess. Love him or hate him, he is a brilliant, dedicated fighter. In recent interviews, he seems more mellow and mature, but he still has that fire in the ring. I still remember Floyd Sr. fighting the likes of Sugar Ray Leonard and Marlon Starling (twice). The defensive techniques, including the shoulder roll, are evident with both father and son. Uncle Roger always reminded me of a smaller version of Tommy Hearns.

    Geoffrey Sadao Prenter on December 10th, 2013 at 2:54 PM

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