Manny Pacquiao: The Irony of Being the Best

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Manny Pacquiao: The Irony of Being the Best
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When pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao accepted the offer to face Sugar Shane Mosley on May 7, 2011, immediately the Internet was littered with disgust and unpleasant criticism from both media and fans.

They were plainly unhappy and even uninterested to see the eight- division world champion square-off against a three-time ex-champion who not so long ago made a huge statement by knocking out the then-welterweight champion Antonio Margarito.

Two questionable performances later after a unanimous loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. and a disputable draw against Sergio Mora, many people already think Shane Mosley at 39 years old is a limping old duck who wants to play peek-a-boo against a wild lion in Manny Pacquiao.

Ironic as it seems, many people think Juan Manuel Marquez—whose real fighting weight is at lightweight and once made a joke out of himself when he jumped to welterweight only to be trashed by Floyd Mayweather Jr.—actually has a better chance against the fighter who has been destroying opponents from junior welterweight to junior middleweight over the last two years.

But such decision of Manny Pacquiao to choose Shane Mosley in the absence of a more meaningful fight against the semi-retired, semi-scared, semi-controversial Floyd Mayweather Jr. earned Pacquiao all sorts of sour publicity to such extent as calling him a “cherry-picker.”

People seem to have run out of good words to say for Pacquiao’s achievement that fighting bigger opponents and destroying them in a dominating fashion is no longer the barometer to acknowledge ones talent. In Mosley, it’s now all about his last few performances that made him unworthy to even consider he has a chance against Pacquiao.

After the failed attempt to secure a third fight against Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez, the people’s consensus as the rightful opponent for Pacquiao outside of Mayweather Jr, has expressed interest to face the future hall of famer Eric “El Terible” Morales as his next opponent.

Talks to make this fight happen by GBP have been underway since weeks ago. But guess what? There have been no stones or a single rotten tomato cast against Marquez for such a bad choice when people have been clamouring that he face Andre Berto or Amir Khan. Is this a more lucrative choice business-wise, like in the case of Pacquiao facing Mosley? Obviously not!

So what then makes this matchup more acceptable to the media and fans? Is Mosley far more damaged goods compared to Eric Morales? Let’s examine their records. In their last 10 fights, Shane Mosley was able to compile (7-2-1) W-L-D with 4 KOs as against Eric Morales’s (5-5-0) with only 1 KO and was twice KOed by Pacquiao.

The irony of being Manny Pacquiao is that being the best, the public has set so much expectation that they want to push him to his limits because he is just so good against the rest and they won’t budge for anything less.

Unfortunately for us, the only fighter out there that would satisfy our high standard is not available for Manny, and honestly I doubt if he will ever be.

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