MANNY PACQUIAO SECOND TO MUHAMMAD ALI
LOOKING AT THE “BIG PICTURE” FOLKS
San Francisco, CA– I was thinking about it over the weekend. Who has had a greater impact on the world stage than undefeated champion Floyd Mayweather (47-0, 26 KO)? Only one boxer: Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KO).
LIKE THE BEATLES FLOYD “CAN’T BUY ME LOVE”
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. Especially not the latter.
LET ME BLOW FLOYD’S HORN, PLEASE
People don’t know that Floyd does charitable work that he doesn’t seek credit for. But being an elected Philippine Congressman is hard for anybody to top, let alone the native of Grand Rapids, MI, Mayweather. Even with that undefeated mark and a thousand championship belts, a lot of people scorn Mayweather and I don’t think the Pope would see him but he probably would make himself available for Manny.
“WATER COOLER” TALK CREDITS PACMAN
Manny had a string of fights, win, lose, or draw, that in the eyes of a good number of fans were more entertaining, and in two cases more damaging, than Mayweather’s wins. Manny destroyed both Miguel Cotto and Shane Mosley, while Floyd won decisions.
PACQUIAO HAS ALL THE DEMOGRAPHICS
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. His Pay Per View numbers are on what some say is a steep decline and Showtime loses money with each of his fights.
NUMBERS INDICATIVE OF CANELO TURNING PPV CRANK
If you compare the 475,000 Pacquiao-Brandon Rios pay per view buys to Mayweather-Saul Alvarez doing close to two million two months prior, you’d think Mayweather really is king when it comes to popularity. But don’t let that be a gauge as Canelo was responsible for the majority of buys.
MANNY TRIPS HEAVY ON GOD
Although he has gone from Catholic to being “Born Again” via Christianity, the one time cock fighter has allegedly kicked his gambling habit, quit drinking San Miguel beer, and no longer has 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 and I wrote a separate story about that a while back that I will link below.
PACMAN IMPACT SANS BOXING
There simply hasn’t been a fighter since Muhammad Ali that have made more of a social impact, meaning outside of the ring, than Manny Pacquiao. Granted he might not be MSNBC’S Rachel Maddow, a Rhode Scholar, but my hope is that Pacquiao continues to utilize the good common sense he has thus far in representing his people.
PACQUIAO THE PINOY MANDELA?
When the passing of Nelson Mandela occurred in South Africa, the thought came to me that Manny is on his way to becoming the Philippine Nelson Mandela. Whoever is the next elected Philippine President, he or she will undoubtedly be the predecessor to Manny Pacquiao.