I struggle to debate boxing with Manny Pacquiao fans, mostly because they have no interest in boxing.
They just enjoy the gossip.
They like arguing and picking on people. They enjoy the rumours. They like the solidarity they get by jumping on to the top guy's bandwagon.
It's like watching fans of the WWF, or WWE as they now call it after a few Pandas complained—school-kids, believing that The Undertaker actually did "screw Shaun out of a win" with his illegal use of an aluminium chair.
If you go on wrestling boards, those are the sorts of heated arguments you read.
"No way Brett Hart would have beat Triple-H," you'd read. "Brett ducked out of the fight in 1999 and fought Doink the Clown instead. He then faked injury after a chair shot, and then set up Triple-H with an ambush in a parking lot that put him in the hospital for 18 months"
I was reading one "boxing fan's" comments on an article, and in his 100-word rant, I didn't see one claim based on fact. Everything he was getting heated-up about was off of a Pacland message board/fan site, and was actually false.
You have to laugh. How can you argue with people using facts when they're using fan-created rumours off of Pacland sites?
Wake up call, Paclanders: 90 percent of fan site writers don't spend their entire working life writing about Pacquiao, as they don't find writing on the same subject six times a day stimulating.
They write this rumour-driven, speculative crap that you don't see on any legitimate sports sites because there are a lot of people in Asia, and writing this stuff drives a lot of traffic to the web page, making them a lot of money.
Examiner.com writers, for instance, literally get paid for every 10,000 people they can drive to the site. Most boxing fan sites work the same.
Fans with IQs of about 55, realise this: Paclanders think that Floyd Mayweather officially retired seven days ago, and ESPN just hasn't picked up on the fact yet.
Boxing debate used to be quite stimulating. There used to be discussions about Roberto Duran against Hagler (one of the great losing performances) and how great Oscar de la Hoya was at his peak in the 1990's. Now, it's just 20 million Backstreet Boys fans flooding sites with as much hate, bile, and childish rumour, mongering as they try and hit out at the N'Sync followers.
"No way is Justin hotter than Nick!"
"Justin is a liar who hates his fans and doesn't appreciate their support!"
"Nick loves his fans and does charity work, and appreciates where he is from. Justin Timberlake is a coward who cheats on his fans and sleeps around with celebrities and has no respect for women."
See what I did there? Sure, you've read that somewhere before.
I have a solution—In the 18th century, the British would send certain to live citizens to their colony on Australia because it was 10,000 miles away, and they needed that distance between the intelligent citizens and the idiots to feel content with life.
If you've ever read Oliver Twist, The Artful Dodger gets that treatment at the end of the book.
The fundamental issue is that Paclanders aren't happy talking boxing—at their own level—with their fellow fans. They are only in this game since they jumped on the bandwagon to be on the side of the guy with the most fans so they can argue, bicker, bully, and annoy.
Manny Pacquiao was only selling 400,000 PPVs against Marquez less than two years ago. Fan sites were nice, civilised places, where real boxing fans who loved the sport debated.
He beats an old, shot de la Hoya, and you have 1.2 million people suddenly deciding that they are the sport's biggest fans and talking their collective garbage on every fan site on the planet.
Pacquiao has some good fans. Really knowledgeable. But 60 percent of them are just phonies, let's be honest.
That explains why the guy's fight with a peak Marquez can barely even make PPV, and 18 months later he has 70,000 bandwagoners wanting to watch him live versus Joshua Clottey.
People who want to debate boxing as a factual sport, with no "Justin is hotter than Nick" bickering, should get their own site.
Paclanders who want to spread false rumours they read off fan sites to annoy people, as they secretly know that Pacquiao would probably lose royally to Mayweather, can go to a web version of "Australia."
Why the hate? Why all the one-way, non-stop Mayweather bashing?
1. He's unbeaten.
2. They know he probably couldn't lose to anyone currently fighting.
3. They know that there's no one on Pacquiao's resume that would even push the guy, let alone take a win.
Basic jealousy. Go to any country, with any sport, and you'll have the vast majority of fans hating the sport's most dominant team.
Manchester United. The New York Yankees. The Pittsburgh Steelers. The New England Patriots.
You always have fans of the lesser teams boo-hooing about how lucky they are, how much they cheat, and how boring they are.
Mayweather is the New York Yankees.
I guess when you're probably not going to lose more than three rounds to anyone within two divisions on either side of your weight, they don't have much more to go on except:
"You don't appreciate your fans"
"Nick is hotter than Justin"