For a long time now, I have had discussions with family, friends, co-workers or anyone who would listen on whether or not I could beat Manny Pacquiao in a boxing match. After a few split decisions in these much heated arguments, I believe it’s time to get this bout on the fight card, because there is no better time for this fight than now.
With Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s decision to come back from his absence in boxing and fight Victor Ortiz on September 17, and yet again, miss an opportunity to get into the ring with Pacquiao, boxing is losing more ground to the ever-growing MMA following. Boxing desperately needs a spark to get it back on the sports map, and I believe this fight is just the way to do it.
Perhaps the idea for me wanting to fight Pacquiao stems slightly from my childhood hero and boxing hall of fame inductee, Rocky Balboa (and just to be clear, yes, Rocky was a real fighter and really was a two-time heavyweight champion) who gets his big break in boxing after Apollo Creed decides to give an unknown fighter a chance at the title. History could repeat itself if Pacquiao would be willing to extend the same challenge to an unknown fighter like myself.
Now, in these debates that I have had over this fight, you could imagine that the No. 1 reason why people believe Pacquiao would kick my ass in 10 seconds flat is because, well, he is a professional boxer. And I guess that makes sense, but I still think I have a chance.
Fact is, Pacquiao is about 145 pounds, which means I have around 100 pounds on the guy. All I know is that I weighed 145 pounds when I was in the eighth grade and I am pretty sure that I can beat up any eighth grader in the country right now.
Second, he is only 5'6" and I stand at 6'2". Thus, I have a significant height and reach advantage and think I could maintain a good distance during the fight. Perhaps I'll even rope-a-dope him a little like the great Muhammad Ali. Lastly, I will be severely intoxicated for this fight and think I will be able to handle any punches he throws at me. Everyone knows that when you have been drinking, you feel no pain.
Hopefully, someone will read this and give me a shot. God knows there are plenty of reality TV shows out there right now to make this possible, with Pros vs. Joes being the most relevant to this issue. So someone get Don King on the phone and get this fight promotion under way.