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Pieces Of A Man: I Am Manny Pacquiao. Are You?


“It’s not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or when the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at the worst if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.” -Theodore Roosevelt

I’ve had a long-standing love affair with the brutal sport of boxing. I love the big fights. I love the small fights. I love the winners and, depending on the fight in the dog, the losers. Before I was married (and later divorced), I even had my bachelor party at “Mickey Ward vs Arturo Gatti 3,” to the chagrin of some of the men that attended. To hell with them. I was never into strippers anyway.

I’ve also had a long-standing love affair with the Internet. AllHipHop.com, my company, was founded in the late 1990s and blossomed in the 2000s. I feel like I’ve seen it all online, from the inside to the outside. The AllHipHop Ill Community is just that—ill. It’s a monster that we created in many ways and it continues as such. But, the Internet has changed in the advent of social media, viral connections and a larger, more sinister monster has emerged. This beast is merciless with yellow teeth and it comprises of millions of collective people that band together in waves, surrounding the epic moments in history. It all started humorously, I believe, maybe even innocently.

Manny Pacquiao in an epic bout by knockout to his long-running rival Juan Manuel Márquez. The dirty ball of jokes and spectator humor traveled downhill rapidly and collected more and more filth as it descended into a full-fledged mudslide. Every fool with a photo app, Twitter account or Facebook page was sharing pictures that only a few people had actually created. People were seemingly getting their rocks off. There were pictures of him laying on the beach, or with Michael Jackson leaning over top him saying “Manny are you okay?” Seriously, these were funny and others, funnier. But, as it went on, these humorous exploits became uglier and more mean-spirited.

I was done with the jokes when one of my Twitter followers (and one-time college classmate) responded to a Pac Man quote I tweeted with “RIP.”

The gem of a tweet said: “It is your response to winning and losing that makes you a winner or a loser.” – Manny Pacquiao.

My blood started to boil a bit at the notion that somebody would find that a fair response to a man the was still very alive and still had a career in this sport should he choose to.

I am Manny Pacquiao.

The quote that began this phenomenal op-ed is one by Teddy Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States. I don’t know much more about Teddy, but I put this quote to memory in the 1990s and it has followed me through every stage of my life. From it I draw a lot of strength particularly when I have gone through trying times with an audience in full view.

Maybe I’m getting sensitive as life goes on, but I felt for Manny. In fact, I was definitively prompted to write this after I saw a picture of a smiling Manny consoling his doting wife, who appeared to be weeping uncontrollably. I felt their pain and then, with the backdrop of callous jokes and sideline commentary, grew angrier. I thought about my recent trials as a single father and as a divorcee. Then I thought about my toil to get where I am now, which as far as I am concerned, is as far from the top as the day I started. Then, I thought about losing my father and other family members and overcoming struggle after struggle after struggle. And, subsequently overcoming each struggle or facing those trials that remain until they crumble in an absolute battle of attrition.
Manny Pacquiao isn’t retiring. He’s a champion beyond the wildest dream of the jokesters and the mean jerks.

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  • Swaggout

    I thought enough was enough when I saw his head superimposed on the deceased body of Lil Jojo. He lost that night because he dared to win. He will dare again. And he will win…

    Sidebar: That is the FORTH fight he had with Marquez and the FORTH time he has lost to Marquez. Only this time, the judges couldn’t steal it from Marquez.

    • Lux vs Calico?

      Oh! Man! EITHER!

      • MiiUziWeighsATon

        Lux bodied Calicoe…it was like watching an angry father beating his son’s and chastising him simultaneous…the shyyt Lux was spitting…damn

      • Payback for jump starting his career?

        He eithered his soul!

  • ray

    It is your response to winning and losing that makes you a winner or a loser.MP

    When he win HE WIN
    When he lose HE LOSE no comments no excuses..PERIOED

    and YES I am a MANNY PACQUIAO not a FAN but as a HUMAN BEING..

    THANK YOU MR AUTHOR AND THANK YOU MANNY PACQUIAO

  • cosign.. it’s not like Pac was ever arrogant or disrespectful..since when is it
    acceptable to kick a respectful family man while he’s down? the internet is full of loud-mouth cowards and followers..that’s what the anonymity of it breeds..but like i wrote earlier on another site, Pacquiao has the love of an entire country whether he wins or loses..how many fighters (or people in any profession) can say that?

    • zdrx

      unfortunately…those were floyd’s fans. they think pacman stole floyd’s shine…so they hate pacman. mostly ignorant, they think pacman as a threat to their idol’s popularity, so they heap abuse on him…hoping pacman disappears. all that their idol did was to hide from pacman or fight pacman with his mouth. now that pacman got KO’d, they gloat…even though it was marquez who defeated pacman. pathetic their cowardice did not stop them to piggyback ride on someone’s victory. we filipinos tried to defend our hero by putting logic into the argument…but what we got in return are racial slurs. this floidiots are nothing but a bunch of ignoramuses …idiots and wannabe thug, cowards. an embarrassment to america.

    • Sorry, but that RIP tweet was funny…..along with the gifs & meme’s.

      ‘Chet, the funniest one was Manny himself:
      “They laugh at my knockout….I laugh at their bank account!”

      Hahahahaa!

      Manny’s gonna be alright!

  • Dog

    Pac will be Back. Rios,Bradley,Marquez,Mayweather,Martinez,Ward,Klitzko. They will be the next victims. Then he will retire.

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  • Ian

    well said, brilliant article.

  • zdrx

    Pacman has been a survivor in life. He was a product of a broken family and as a result, grew up in extreme poverty in rural Bukidnon. At 12, he would skip classes to fight in town fiestas, so he can have prize money he can give his mother to buy food. He quit school because they were too poor to even buy a pencil. A muslim teacher asked him to go back to school…but to no avail, due to his family’s hardships. He left home at 14 to seek opportunities that may help him feed his family…only to end up sleeping on sidewalks, homesick and hungry in the city. He was awed by total strangers…who helped him back to his feet, a generous act that inspired him to this day. He worked as a bakery helper so he can send money home…and as a sidewalk vendor, to save money for a fare ticket to Manila by boat. In Manila, he worked different odd jobs, in constructions, garments etc. He scrimped and saved so he can have money to send his mom. Being a mama’s boy, he would write his mother how he skipped meals so he can be happy sending that money. At 16, he entered L&M gym to fulfill a dream and he came home to his family as a boxing champ. In a tv interview, his proud muslim teacher gushed that her once impoverished student became a very humble self effacing boxing champ. But pacman’s success story did not end there… nor at the loses he suffered for daring to win. He went to America and met Freddie Roach…and hand in hand they conquered the boxing world. Pacman fought so hard and risked his life to save boxing…and became a product of american dream. Now that he’s a multi-millionaire, pacman has not gone far from where he came from. Every time he has no commitments, he would rush back home to war torn Mindanao where he feels safe. Both combatants, soldiers (where he is a ranked reservist)…and rebels loves him very much. They would declare a ceasefire every time he has a fight… to watch the bout, “live” in their camps. Unlike any other boxing champions… pacman has always been soft spoken…that you might think he’s a bore, a nerd, a wimp or even a country bumpkin. Very respectful, he’s a good role model to kids. He shared his money to the poor, to the point that Arum and Roach got worried… and he became an inspiration to the small and the weak. He has shown softness lately…showing concerns on his opponent’s heath and safety…that he avoided destroying them. He views them as like he once was, struggling to make a name, and family men with mouths to feed and bills to pay. Despite the trash talk heaped upon him…he considers them as brothers in profession. And now that he lost in brutal fashion…the world was shocked………….AND IDIOTS LAUGH AT HIM.

    • Part of thr game!

      Mad love for Manny & Floyd, but them pics were He Larry Us!

  • put all those critics of manny in the trash…

    • zdrx

      that includes justin bieber LOL

  • allen riquez

    Manny has said failure is just a part of success.

    • zdrx

      in fact failures are / were his stepping stone to success. he considers every defeats… as treasure trove of lessons to victory. he fell…he got up…he fought…never gave up and one day he woke up as the king of boxing. he must have rubbed off his virtues on marquez, in their previous fights. LOL

  • plsDontreply

    feelings

  • I am Floyd Mayweather

    • zdrx

      if so, pacman thanks you for those kind words on his defeat…at least it helped your image as you can piggyback on that class act. pacman prays for you. LOL

  • Michael Muscadine

    How can anyone dislike Manny he has to most up respect for any fighter in the game and never shit talks anybody but people are mad because what he has done in the game of boxing by beating a lot of Bigger and good fighters he still has done a lot 8 world titles that’s all he needs.He is a good role model for young kids what want to get in to boxing even know he had his ups and downs in the past but we are not perfect everyone fucks up at times.Still mad respect for him

  • Michael Muscadine

    “First and foremost I would like to thank God for keeping Juan Manuel Márquez and me safe during our fight on Saturday night,” said Pacquiao. “I want to congratulate Juan Manuel. I have no excuses. It was a good fight and he deserved the victory. I think boxing fans who watched us were winners too.

    “To all my fans, I would like to thank you for your prayers and assure you that I am fine. I am looking forward to a nice rest and then I will be back to fight.

    “On behalf of Jinkee and our family we would like to wish everyone a joyous Christmas and a happy and healthy new year.”

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