Posts Tagged Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao helps Typhoon victims, helps himself; He offers up Rios as evidence that Pacman is not some historic video game, but still a force in the pound-for-pound championship boxing picture; Mayweather on deck? UPDATE: About Pacman’s speech
Manny Pacquiao, wet with sweat and Brandon Rios’ blood, took not just Leyte and Tacloban, but the entire country of the Philippines and lifted them up high in the ring.
It may not stop pneumonia or dysentery, but anything positive is better than the trickle of aid typhoon victims seem to getting these days.
And Pacquiao boxing victories, the first in two years, have been in short supply.
Now that we have one, we should see Pacquiao/Mayweather now.
Neither can wait, as time, skills, and fan interest all begin to wane.
But now things are spiking as Mayweather talks his pound-for-pound trash with no one better to fight. And Pacquiao is finally back on track.
Both men want/need the money.
Even Promoter Bob Arum was talking it up BEFORE Pacquiao’s Brandon Rios fight.
It’s going to happen.
Pacquiao did show the world he still has enough gas to go 12 top-flight rounds with anyone after his unanimous victory over Rios in Macao.
Rios was a bigger, but a slower opponent, and coming off a disappointing rematch with Mike Alvarado (who in turn was beaten by Pacquiao’s old sparring partner Ruslan Provodnikov).
Pacquiao was coming off a two fight losing streak–one loss where he was clearly robbed (Bradley), and the other , that knockout to Juan Marquez. I just never saw Rios in Pacquiao’s league, but there was that thought was maybe Manny was on the decline. IT was the only way Rios had a shot.
But Saturday showed talk of retirement was premature for the Pacman. He’s got a lot more life than an old video game. The quick Pacquiao dominated Rios in the hit parade, sometimes exchanging at a 3 or 4-1 clip, (3 or 4 Paquiao counterhits when Rios opened up with a punch).
Still, there were some moments where Pacquiao just did not look nearly as confident as he’s been in the past. Even HBO commentator Roy Jones noticed something in Paquiao’s ‘body language.” Mayweather folks may have seen that sort of thing as an edge F Jr. can exploit in a matchup.
Junior is so much quicker than Rios who seemed to land his most effective punches while grabbing Pacquiao. If Mayweather believes he has that kind of edge on Pacquiao, it could be the confidence boost to finally say yes to the fight without setting up all excuses on drug testing and such that have only mucked up negotiations in the past.
Pacquiao could schedule one more fight, a Bradley fight to avenge the grand theft. Or one fight against Provodnikov, which would be a great fight (and far from a sure win for Pacquiao). But it sure wouldn’t be the same pay day for Manny.
He just had to show exactly where he is at this point. Still a good fighter, but no longer one with a “turn-off –the-lights” KO punch.
That’s why I think Mayweather saw the fight Saturday and saw dollar signs.
The Rios fight did nothing more than re-open the negotiations for the fight we all want to see.
I bet it happens now.
On the web, I noticed talk about Pacquiao’s speech (presumably from his post-fight comments in the media), saying that Pacquiao should have a translator. Absurd. Pacquiao’s facility to speak to the people is not the issue. His gift is he speaks like a regular Filipino guy.
In the U.S. we have Joe Sixpack. In the Philippines, it’s Juan Cockfight.
Pac does show poorly if you put him up next to a polished public speaker or a professional pol who graduated from the School of Florid Colonial English with a B.S.
That’s when Paquiao’s fists do the talking.
Pacquiao might benefit from a Henry Higgins-type if Pygmalion were “Pac-malion.” But the major selling point of Pacquiao is his ”man of the people” charm. He’s just like them. A regular guy who climbed out of poverty in the Philippines to achieve wealth and world-wide fame.
A translator? Let him speak the way he does. Pacquiao just needs policy folks around him if he’s really serious about doing more in public life than being the local pol who brightens peoples’ lives and fixes their potholes.
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After the Pacquiao Bradley debacle, I stayed true to my word. Not another pay-per-view dollar from me. Pacquiao Marquez IV to me seemed like Manny’s “Groundhog Day.” Haven’t we been through that before?
But indeed, there was a new scene we didn’t expect.
Manny Pacquiao lying face down on the canvas.
It’s an image we rarely saw–until Saturday.
He stayed down a long time.
But within minutes our champion was back up, on his feet. Just like the Frank Sinatra song, “That’s Life.”
In one of the post-fight interviews in the ring, almost immediately after (the one I saw was with ESPN) Pacquiao was asked the simple question: Was he ready for another?
Pacquiao didn’t flinch. “Why not,” said the Filipino champion. “My job is to fight.”
And with those words, I think I finally saw the truth.
I don’t think he was punch-drunk. Mind you, I was one of those who for the last three Pacquiao fights have suggested that Manny retire with his brains intact. What can I say, I’m an ardent fan of boxing, but I value a man’s brains.
I also recognized the charismatic power of Pacquiao and saw him four years ago as someone who could rally the Philippines and maybe even spark the country with a massive dose of the pride that comes from being a world champion.
Isn’t that a bigger challenge than fisting a boastful Floyd Mayweather into submission?
Beyond the ring, there’s real life. Manny Pacquiao could be the leader of the Philippines.
That idea first came to me when I noticed the power of Manny’s charisma rising at the same time another politician was acting like an international rock star—Barack Obama.
Based on charisma and appeal, I even called him the Philippines’ Obama.
That may have been my dream. And maybe it was Manny’s too, for a brief second, as he did run and win a congressional seat in his Philippine district.
But I don’t think it’s Manny’s dream after his fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez.
Pacquiao-Marquez IV has totally changed my view.
Manny Pacquiao is not the savior of Philippine politics. He is not the statesman, the diplomat, the political leader. He’s not the future of Philippine politics or governance.
He’s a fighter. He’s a guy who works in satin underwear with his name on it.
And hearing him talk from the weigh-in to the post-fight interviews has made me see that all too clearly.
It’s like the knockout blow from Juan Manuel Marquez knocked fans like me to their senses.
I also think it knocked a little reality into Pacquiao’s life.
Pac-man’s passion, his life, and his future is in the ring. Not in the Philippine legislature. Not in Malacanang.
It’s not in movies, nor music, either.
Pacquiao said it himself, repeatedly, even after the most vicious punishment any human could take in a sanctioned athletic event.
“I’m a fighter,” he told ESPN repeatedly. “It’s my job. I’m willing to fight.”
What did we expect after that fight? A cowering Manny? No way.
“I never expected that punch,” Manny said about the right-hand smash from Marquez that Manny walked into squarely in the 6th round. “He got me (with) a good one.”
And then the question came again. Do you want another fight, a rematch?
“Why not?” he answered.
The questioner came back, “Do you want it?”
“Of course,” Manny said. And then he repeated himself, “I’m a fighter. My job is to fight.”
It would have been nice had Manny broken into a bit of diplomatic rhetoric. A line about “what a great champion Marquez is…” would have worked there, too. Marquez, in his post-fight interview talked about celebrating the victory for Mexicans around the world. Maybe Manny could have responded with a message to all the global Filipinos out there, that despite the defeat, they should all keep their chins up. Surely, there should have been some kind of message to those Filipinos ravaged by the recent typhoon in Mindinao. Now that was a knockout blow.
At the weigh-in, even HBO’s Larry Merchant threw Pacquiao a softball on the typhoon to give Manny a chance to enlarge his scope beyond boxing.
Manny showed his concern, but it just wasn’t that rhetorical flourish akin to a jab-straight-hook combo. That’s not who Manny is. But he can do wonders in the ring.
Even after the knockout blow, in his interview Manny knew his business. His true calling.
And you could sense he wanted another round.
Reports indicate that the brutal blow from Marquez may have given Pacquiao a concussion.
But when you are a boxer, concussions are as natural as blood, sweat and spittle. Those punches aren’t love taps to the head.
It’s all part of the world in which Manny belongs and is paid well for being part of. Where else is he going to get a $26 million dollar pay day just for showing up to work. That’s dollars, not pesos. His pay-per-view share, undoubtedly in the millions, is all extra. (You can watch it free this Saturday on HBO).
So I will give up my crusade insisting that Manny quit to save his brains and take on the mantle of being the Philippines’ rock star political leader.
Manny’s role goes beyond politics. He’s above all that. People go from movies and TV to politics all the time. But boxing champions are different.
They are our mythical warriors, cultural heroes. Manny doesn’t need Malacanang. He’s already head datu to Filipinos everywhere. That’s enough burden for one man. He doesn’t need the pettiness of politics. Pacquiao leads from the ring. And when he’s done, he’ll take his role as national folk hero, buddy, and humanitarian. National spirit lifter.
He doesn’t have to be Joseph Estrada.
But why rush things.
Manny turns just 34 on Dec. 17th. He’ll have a good birthday. And I’m sure an even better Christmas.
And, besides, you heard him indicate, he’s not done.
He’s a fighter. So maybe for a change we’ll really see him train like his life depended on it. And dedicate himself to showing the world that the champion can get back up and answer the bell again.
That’s what Pacquiao-Marquez IV has spawned.
Forget Mayweather. Forget the others. The franchise is set and so is the need—for Pacquiao-Marquez V.
SCOTUS and Prop.8 ; Imagining a post-racial, post-same sex marriage debate world: the movie, “In the Family”; and Manny Pacquiao’s “Groundhog Day”
If you’re not sure what the Supreme Court is doing about gay marriage from all the different news reports, then you need a time line.
Like the proverbial egg passing through the snake, the issue is going through the process: In 2008, California narrowly passed a state amendment that banned same-sex marriage, but then a Federal court declared the ban unconstitutional. That ruling was subsequently upheld by an appeals court. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court simply said it would review the lower court’s decision.
Asian American same-sex marriage advocates saw it as a hopeful sign. API Equality-Northern California released this statement: “By granting a review now of the lower federal court’s ruling which held Proposition 8, California’s statewide constitutional ban on same sex marriage, to be unconstitutional, we hope that the U.S. Supreme will not uphold Proposition 8, but instead seek to affirm the lower federal courts’ ruling on this issue,” said Heidi Li, a California family law attorney and Steering Committee member of Asian Pacific Islander Equality – Northern California.
So the end is in sight of this snaky process. Maybe. We hope.
THE POST-RACIAL, POST-SAME SEX MARRIAGE DEBATE MOVIE, “IN THE FAMILY”
Those of you who remember me from my TV days in San Francisco, know that one of the things I did was act as resident film critic for the NBC affiliate (I was the one with the flower in the lapel, in between the convicted pedophile and the gal with the hat fetish).
I saw a lot of films in the ‘70s and 80s. Since then, I’ve been a lot more selective. But around the holidays, I always get the urge to see films (besides “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” for the umpteenth time) because this is truly the season when we are all prodded to the cinema right through Christmas.
But do you really want to flinch at another loud, crash’em up, blow’em up, spectacle in 1,2,3,or 4-D in the 8,14, or 16-plex?
I just saw the new Bond film and already find myself in need of a break. Slow food movement? I’m ready for the slow film movement.
Here’s my answer: “In the Family,” an independent film by Patrick Wang that some are calling a “masterpiece.” That may be a bit grand, but it is a fine antidote to the crashingly commercial. It opens this weekend, Dec. 7 at the Opera Plaza in San Francisco and the Camera Cinema in San Jose, and it’s definitely worth a look.
The film is a quiet tour-de-force. It’s absolutely one of the first post-racial, post-gay, post-hang-up movies I’ve seen ever. Hang up? That is to say it doesn’t get hung up on the obvious and because of that goes deeper. When do you recall seeing a film starring an Asian male, who is gay, in a conflict with his white family, over custody over a Caucasian child? And never once is there a mention of being Asian, or gay? Fish-out-of-water is a Hollywood convention and always played to the hilt. But here, the oddity of a Chinese American gay father in the South? Well, the movie just presumes it’s totally natural, like “Oh sure, there’s a gay interracial marriage and they’re raising a kid, and when the white father dies, the straight sister comes in to take the child.”
Oh, yeah. Like, you’ve seen these movies on Lifetime in your lifetime.
So are you ready for that? In this movie, there’s nothing prurient or tawdry. When in a movie about gays is a kiss ever just a kiss? It is here. When is a movie with an Asian male in it just an excuse to show off some marital arts moves? All the time. But this movie is kung-fu free.
There’s also interesting things going on cinematically here. It’s an indy film so realism is a given, but this film shows off by disdaining the quick edit and letting the camera see and the actors act. It seems like one long take after another. It is a long take. But by letting the camera go, the audience gets to see something amazing in the performance of the actors. They’re creating and letting us in on it. Cutaways? Sometimes. Mostly the camera is still and not moving, set on a wide shot and turned on. The viewer is allowed to see it all unfold as if watching a play (indeed Wang directed live theatre). Wang, an MIT grad naturally, shoots the movie in New York (Yonkers) but sets it in the South, (Martin,TN). And it’s totally believable.
So let’s review: here’s an Asian guy talking like a redneck, kissing his white husband, and raising a little white boy who calls him Daddy. With no karate chopping?
Yes, yes, yes and yes.
It doesn’t always work. In fact, you might feel like a fly in the wall who wants to move in for a closeup. Or land on someone’s nose instead of a backside.
But on the whole the movie works because it gets beyond the political rhetoric of race and gender, and marriage, and just looks at the human situation. There are even scenes that humanize the lawyers, which I actually found to be among the film’s best segments.
By the end, Patrick Wang playing Joey Williams makes perfect sense. It’s an Asian American story in a world where we simply exist. And may even be coincidentally gay, as if that matters. It’s the film after the culture clash. But even after some form of acceptance, there’s still conflict. And that’s where the movie reaches its peak.
Seeing the film reminded me of my days in Texas and Missouri where I spent the early days of my career. People thought I was Mexican and not Filipino. And then they were really confused when they heard my unaccented English and saw that I was dating their daughter.
If you want to imagine a post-racial future free of any race or gender B.S., or want to see a “Gaysian” portrayed in something other than the effeminate gal pal in chick flicks (those are the parts that used to go to Bronson Pinchot), then “In the Family” is a welcome sight.
Opening Dec.7 at the Opera Plaza in San Francisco and the Camera Cinema in San Jose.
“GROUNDHOG DAY” FOR MANNY PACQUIAO?
After losing the debacle known as the Timothy Bradley fight which was so unfair even I felt cheated, Manny Pacquiao has run out of options. The best he can do is repeat himself. And the guy is human, not a machine.
The Mayweather fight is the only thing left, and that’s not happening. So what’s a Filipino super-star pugilist to do? In keeping with this posts’ movie theme, call Marquez-Pacuiao 4, “Groundhog Day.”
Manny answers the bell and it’s Marquez. Again.
No.4.(Four, by the way, rhymes with “whore” if you haven’t noticed). And what are we doing by going to the well another time except for money? I mean, I guess Pac-man shouldn’t dignify Bradley’s “championship” by fighting for the crown that was stolen from him.
So what’s left? Marquez? Again?
If it’s all rigged anyway, let me watch it all a week later when it’s free. So, to pre-empt your question, I’m not watching the fight this week.
I’ll be watching my “24” DVDs all weekend long when I’m not going to Christmas cookie parties.
Pacquiao has been a great champion, but he’s got other things on his mind. And now boxing is his J-O-B.
He’s 2-0-1 against Marquez, who some say beat Pacquiao in at least one of the previous fights. I saw them all. It was close. But Pacquiao deserved the edge. Now, I’m not sure. Both are older and Marquez may get the better of Manny finally. But so what?
Part of me says, who cares about championships and belts, let’s just see a good fight. Marquez and Pacquiao fits the bill. But the other part of me hates to see Manny expose himself to more of boxing’s brutality.
He’s got a future outside of the ring—if he can leave with his brains intact.
It’s funny what people have reacted to in my post-fight post on the Pacquiao/Bradley fight on sfgate.com
I said that the outrageously bogus decision in favor of Bradley could have been “boxing’s affirmative action.”
I found the notion funny.
To me it’s as clear as “why did the chicken cross the road?”
But for those who don’t share my sense of humor, allow me to explain.
Tim Bradley did not deserve to win. The judges inexplicably gave him the fight. This is not good.
The standard anti-affirmative action stance is that affirmative action is often thought to benefit the undeserving. Bradley certainly was undeserving.
If you didn’t get the joke, the joke was on you.
When I support affirmative action it is always about making sure the underserved and underrepresented get a fair chance. But recipients have to be qualified on the merits. They have to be truly deserving. That’s always been the true intent of affirmative action.
By using the phrase in my boxing post, I was mocking the traditional sense of affirmative action used by anti-affirmative action folks.
How else could Bradley be given the championship? It wasn’t because of his great skill to punch air and miss Pacquiao. The stuff of champions? No.
Another reader suggested that I was anti-black and showed I was OK with affirmative action for me, but not for thee.
Once again, my stand in favor of affirmative action in some people’s mind favors blacks and Latinos and hurts Asian Americans. So any criticisim of me on that point makes no sense.
So now that’s cleared up, there’s still this small matter of who won that damn fight.
Glad to see other fighters like Andre Ward chime in that Bradley should give back the belt. That would be interesting.
With their bad decision, the judges are simply reminding us that this is part of the “joy” of boxing–the post-ring debate.
And it goes on because the absolute “truth” can’t really be had unless one fighter can’t answer the bell.
You want certainty, knock the guy out. Until then, if you’ve got eyes, you’ve got an opinion. Box on.
Those who prefer logic bring up Pacquaio’s last fight with Juan Manuel Marquez and say Marquez should have won that. They call the Bradley fight “karma.” B.S. The Marquez fights were actually close, and could have gone either way.
The Pacquiao Bradley fight was not 115-113 close, and certainly not in Bradley’s favor.
In fact, many of the conspiracy theories out there now figure Arum needed to pump up Bradley’s credibility to keep his cash cow Pacquiao boxing until the guy everyone really wants to see Pacquiao fight –Floyd Mayweather, Jr.–gets out of jail. Do we really want to see a Pacquaio Marquez IV? Or do we want to see “Manny’s Revenge”? Arum has a need to keep things interesting. He owns a piece of all the boxers. Conflict of interest is just part of the professional game, which is as close to a monopoly as it gets. The state of boxing smells. And if it didn’t bother us enough before last weekend, maybe we just got used to the smell.
Still, some of us more interested in the sport of boxing try to keep the “sweet science” separate from boxing’s bitter, venal world that commingles high-stakes business and gambling.
This weekend’s suckerpunch was our wake-up call. It can’t be done.
The only thing we can do is act as consumers. Pay-per-view? Not with my hard earned dough.
Also see my pre-fight column where I question if Pacquiao has the desire to fight any longer. His post-fight demeanor has been very “Love they neighbor.” Maybe religion is his calling. Or maybe he figures the “lost brain cell to earned dollar” ratio in boxing is still in his favor. He can roll in the cash until early dementia sets in. He can quit, stay healthy or fight me.
And I know he won’t fight me now, because he knows I can beat him.
I just need the right judges.