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Written by Joseph G. Lariosa   
Wednesday, 18 November 2009 17:41


JGL Eye

By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA

  

C HICAGO, Illinois (JGLi) – Basketball is a big sport among the vertically-challenged Philippine natives. But Manny Pacquiao single-handedly relegated the team sport to the sidelines with his individual sport, using the blinding speed of his hands and his agile footwork.

 

And Pacquiao, by winning the improbable seventh title in as many divisions, had elevated in his beloved country the brutal sport over the top all by himself even as he ensconced himself as the greatest boxer in Asia, if not in the world. And hopefully, boxing will be up there to stay for a long time.

 

His convincing technical knockout of Puerto-Rican champion Miguel Cotto 55 seconds into the last and final 12th round of the welterweight championship last Nov. 14 in Las Vegas, Nevada left no doubt that his win was not an aberration either.

 

Manny avenged the two-time loss of Filipino two-time world boxing champion Gabriel “Flash” Elorde in the 1960s to three-time world champion Puerto-Rican Carlos Ortiz.

 

And Pacquiao broke the long-time jinx that any Filipino boxer before him could accomplish by his true grit and his prayer.

 

Even if he retires, Manny Pacquiao will not miss the accolades, the respect and the cheers that defined his spectacular career because he can transition to become an actor, a rock star and/or a celebrity endorser that can serve him well into his old age.

 

His victory was so unbelievable for the camp of his prospective opponent that it is discrediting Pacquiao’s super ability by insinuating that the Pacman might be using enhancing performance drugs, like steroid, to gain an edge in the sport.

 

DRUG-TEST RESULTS

 

I don’t blame the once-estranged father of Floyd Mayweather, Jr., for floating a trial balloon of a drug-use accusation. He should instead demand from the Nevada boxing commission the results of the tests of the previous fights of Pacquiao if they yielded any positive results of the use of banned substances.

 

I’m sure the young Mayweather, who came out of retirement just to reclaim from Pacquiao the accolade as the undisputed best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, would welcome the public-relations stunt pulled by his father if it only put Pacquiao on a defensive.

 

And if I were in the shoes of Team Pacquiao, I will welcome the entreaty of the big-mouthed former trainer of former world champion Ricky Hatton by returning the favor and also demanding from the same Commission the same substance-test results of Mayweather’s previous fights in the state.


I just hope it will not come back to haunt the Mayweathers.

 

The good thing about Pacquiao’s post-fight comment was his own admission that he is not a Superman. He told ring announcer Larry Merchant that his historic seventh title in seven different weight classes is enough for him to put some distance between him and others, who might follow in his footsteps.

 

Pacquiao’s legacy as I have pointed out in my previous column is now secure after he had beaten Cotto.

Pacquiao knows that fighting past his prime like others before him, including Flash Elorde, is not the wave of the future for the sportsmen, like him, if we go by conventional wisdom.

 

He knows that a lot of sports greats, like Muhammad Ali, were attracted by the color of money to continue fighting although they were only shadows of their own selves.

 

An over-the-hill champion will gain nothing in fighting a peaking fighter.

 

MANNY SHOULD LOOK UP TO THE GREAT ALI'S DECLINE

 

A fter his last fight with Joe Frazier in the trilogy, Ali was in decline. Yet, Ali still fought Leon Spinks, only to lose. Ali fought a rematch and retired after defeating Spinks.

 

Doctors later discovered after he hanged up his gloves that Ali had “neurological damage, a short-term memory (loss) and trouble with touching his nose with his hands,” according to boxing writer Tom Donelson.

 

Manny should not wait for this health problem to happen to him.

 

He should quit while ahead. Comebackers like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Brett Favre and George Foreman, had learned they could not stay for long at the top. Reality has a way of forcing these returning athletes to have their feet back on the ground and not on "Cloud Nine."

 

Manny Pacquiao should not wait for his health to deteriorate by fighting more bouts. He should quit while ahead.

 

A fter all, Manny will not be missing the accolades, the respect and the cheers that defined his spectacular career because he can transition to become an actor, a rock star and/or a celebrity endorser that can serve him well into his old age.

 

He can even land jobs as a sports broadcaster or trainer and avoid looking for a job from the bottom of the pile in a crowded job market and relive the back story of his pre-fight days.

 

The human body is not in a position to be in tip-top condition forever. And somehow, the body wears out like a broken car and younger players take over from super athletes, who have no other recourse but to retire.

 

Hopefully, Manny will not lose all his millions to gambling – cockfight betting – and other vices and lawsuits by being picky with his advisers, choices and decisions.  (lariosa_jos@sbcglobal.net)

 

C opyright 2009 The Journal Group Link International. The contents provided in the JGLi may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or otherwise distributed without the prior written authority of the Journal Group Link International.

 

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 18:54
 
Comments (2)
1 Thursday, 19 November 2009 06:47
JGL,

Lolo Bobby was right: You know sports. You're a talented, well-informed sports writer. I enjoyed your story. Cheers.

JJ (Jesse Jose)
2 Thursday, 19 November 2009 06:55
If by "critics" you were referring to those who doubted his pugilistic skills,
well, anybody who disputes the achievements of Pacquiao IN BOXING is an idiot.
Pacquiao appears to be the best in his seven divisions that even the U.S.
Secretary of State declared (whether she was serious or was just pandering to a
host nation) that Pacman will win against Cotto. And Pacquico did. Admirably.

He deserved the adulation, not just of his countrymen but of the world. He put
the Philippines on the world spotlight. The sight of him holding the Philippine
flag before a worldwide audience can - ought to - make any red blooded Filipino
break into prideful tears, at least in spirit if not in actual tears.

But that does not mean Pacquiao is Superman who is super in both mind and body.

Outside boxing Pacman has imperfections that share the spotlight with his
celebrity status. When his popularity is being exploited for political purposes
by others - or by him, himself - criticisms NOT RELATED TO BOXING are bound to
surface since Philippine politics is possibly the most unpleasant facet of
contemporary Philippine society. Voters have often elected people based on
popularity for achievements OTHER than their experience in governance or
management.

When the City of Manila prepared an official welcome for Pacman after one of his
victories abroad he snubbed the preparations just because he was not politically
allied with the then current mayor. And Pacquiao has been reputed to have
girlfriends aside from his pretty wife. There were reports about him having
sired an illegitimate child. Whether those are true or not his fans should not
shelter him from criticsm. That is hypocrisy. It is none of their business, to
begin with.

Speaking of hypocrisy, the apparent toleration of promiscuity of celebrities is
totally contrary to the supposed moral behavior of a predominantly Catholic
population. Even a convicted former president known for his adulteries has still
a threatening popularity.

Anyway it is up to Pacman, and not up to his drooling, fanatic fans (that
include politicians trying to hitch to his popular wagon) to defend himself or
disprove stuff leveled against him. Or he ought to apologize if the criticisms
hold water.

Fred Natividad
Livonia, Michigan

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