Manny Pacquiao and African-American Boxers

Joel Jonathan CameroCorrespondent IJuly 9, 2009

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

You tell me one African-American fighter he’s (Pacquiao) fought. I mean, you can check the record. We don’t care about African fighters. We said African-American fighters. And I had a lot of fans like…“Well name any African-American fighters that are big enough to make a fight with him.” That’s not true. That’s not true. There’s been many fighters that were big enough to make a fight with him, but at the end of the day, it is what it is. The record says what it says.”Nate Campbell

In the Era of Change, bannered by electing the first black President of the US of A, an African-American boxer named Nate Campbell uttered the most racist statement addressed to the Pound for Pound King, Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao.

As if saying "His Pacness" avoided top fighters of his time. Ducking top boxers is what they're accusing Pretty Floyd of all these years. The problem with this argument is that it is being peddled by boxers and promoters who wanted to share the money cake.

Of course, Box Office Kings Dela Hoya, Mayweather, and Pacquiao cannot fight any boxer who challenges them. It's their prerogative to choose who among those challengers is worth sharing their millions (in Pacman's case, billions). 

Now back to Nate. Although it's true that Mega Manny never fought a great African-American boxer, it is not his fault. There is no decent black fighter to fight in the first place.   

Let me remind all the readers that "His Pacness" never backed down in a fight, from Pinoys, Latinos, Half-Americans, to all the greatest fighters of his former and current division. From the up-and-coming boxers to the most seasoned, from top ten P4P contenders to the future hall of famers, from boxers in their prime to the overhyped patsies, he fought them all.

Yes, Pacquiao experienced defeats, but we never heard anything from him. Everybody's blaming the judge who mis-scored in the first Marquez fight, but he kept his silence. Everyone's blaming the accidental cut in the first Morales bout as the culprit in his loss, but he showed the crowd how gallant he is in refusing to surrender. He fought with one blind eye and accepted his defeat afterwards.

Earlier in his career, he was dethroned outside the ring for not making weight. He also suffered a knock out, and while he could have used a valid excuse of being dehydrated, he chose to suffer in silence. He went home, humbled, and nobody bothered to welcome him.

No one offered him another title shot. But he continued to fight. He filed KO upon KO, fighting unknown boxers hoping that someday, somehow someone would discover and polish him.  

These experiences makes Pacquiao who he is right now: the King of Boxing. You can accuse him of anything, but don't accuse him of ducking any boxer, no matter the color.

The question of Pacquiao refusing to fight Juan Manuel Marquez for the third time is not a question of Pacman being afraid of JMM; Mega Manny just outgrew Marquez.

There's more money in fighting the likes of De La Hoya, Hatton, Cotto, and Mayweather than making a trilogy with JMM. Of course, Marquez would make it to the Pacman Sweepstakes if he beat the other money man Pretty Boy Floyd.

Again back to Campbell—all of this talk was aimed to force Pacman to fight him. Nate should learn from Mosley's experience that no cheap talk would force the King to concede. (ano uto-uto?) 

Has Nate Campbell earned his ticket to "His Pacness" money train?

Campbell who?