P4P Sweepstakes: Beat The Pac, Head The Pack

victorCorrespondent IJune 10, 2009

LAS VEGAS - MAY 02:  Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines celebrates after knocking down Ricky Hatton of England in the second round during their junior welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena May 2, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Nobody shook the boxing world and turned everything up-side-down quite like the current P4P King and "Baddest Man On The Planet" Manny Pacquiao.

The monicker's usually tagged to the fighter who's so good in being bad in man-handling his opponents.

But Pacquiao as a person is the exact opposite of how his opponents perceive him when he does his thing; and so, BOTP doesn't really fit to him well.

He doesn't seem to look dangerous at all, when he's not on the ring.

Without his gloves on, it's very easy to make the mistake of underestimating Pacquiao, and his past opponents can testify to that.

Pacquiao was a late replacement for Ledwaba's opponent who came in to the fight in two weeks notice.

He was supposed to be the "kinda notorious" single-dimensioned brawler Marco Barrera will intellectually handle well and eventually dismantle to add glittering touches to his impressive record on their first encounter.

Similarly, Pacquiao was supposed to be the bad little man Oscar De La Hoya will punish to polish his fading career.

Ricky Hatton thought of himself as too big for Pacquiao, and can not be defeated at Jr. Welterweight.

Nobody ever thought that Pacquiao thrives by being underestimated.

No wonder big names who are big draws in their own right are lining up to hop aboard the Pacman train, from different weight levels, too.

Each week since after his last fight, a new challenge is being issued to him directly or through the media.

From challengers as far low as from the bantamweight level to middle-weighters who pound the ground at as much as 160lbs. when not in action.

From challengers who's as tall as he is, to those who he'd look like a hobbit with.

Conventional boxing sport no longer exists since Pacquiao conquered it.

Here we are witnessing a sport where every thing that used to be definite are mere terms that are negotiable.

Though ratings committee are yet to decide on how to rate the conqueror in the event that Pacquiao is disposed off from the top post, the mere act itself is a great accomplishment.

Pacquiao had accomplished so much in life and not just in boxing that most challengers perceive a Pacquiao conquest as a feat of epic proportions.

Interestingly, most of the challengers lining up for the opportunity are themselves respected and accomplished fighters, but yet feel the need to assert themselves more or feel the lack of satisfaction on their own records.

Who wouldn't?

Here we have a king who used to be a slave to life's hardships, but literally fought his way to greatness.

Defeat the king, assume his prominence.

Coming out short wouldn't matter.....cash....remember?


Just a thought:

The punishment for Antonio Margarito seems to be too light. Isn't going into a fight with a loaded handwrap quite similar to having every intention to maim an opponent or worse, kill him?