Manny Pacquiao: Rapper Royce Da 5'9 Responds on Pacquiao Verse in Song Lighters

King J@@KingJ323Senior Writer IAugust 2, 2011

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 07:  Boxer Manny Pacquiao reacts at the end of his WBO welterweight title fight against Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena May 7, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao retained his title by unanimous decision.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Last week I had written a now popular article on rapper Royce Da 5'9 and his use of Manny Pacquiao in one of his rap lyrics on the hit song Lighters, a song that also has Eminem and Bruno Mars on the track. This article quickly gained several thousand reads and thousands also voted on whether or not Royce Da 5'9 was giving Pacquiao love or dissing him by using his name and catch weights in the same line.

Here is the exact verse by Royce Da 5'9:

"Every hour, happy hour now
Life is wacky now
Used to have to eat the cat to get the (expletive)
Now I'm just the cats meoww, ow
Classic now, always down for the catch weight like

By Saturday morning the article had obtained about 7,000 reads and 1,400 people had voted on whether the verse was dissing or giving Pacquiao props.

At that time about 56% thought Pacquiao was getting props in the song, where about 20% thought he was getting criticized a bit, and the remaining about 20% thought he was getting straight up dissed.

I had attempted to contact Royce Da 5'9 via Twitter several times through out the week hoping that he could shed some light on the debate. Obviously fight fans as well as rap fans had their mixed opinions on whether or not Pacquiao was getting love or getting dissed in the song, but the source, the rapper, the writer himself would be the only one able to settle the debate once and for all.

Saturday morning I noticed Royce Da 5'9 was active on his Twitter making numerous tweets to his fans and followers.

So I attempted to obtain a comment on the subject of Pacquiao in his song. I wrote the following Tweet verbatim to him:

King J @ so almost 7,000 reads, 1,500 votes Was your verse in Lighters dissing Pacquiao? Yes or No? 30 JulFavoriteReplyDelete

About a few minutes later Royce Da 5'9 responded via Twitter with the following tweet verbatim:

TheGUCC I don't know why people think that everything that comes out of my mouth in the booth is a diss to someone.. IM NOT SUBLIMINAL


So based on his response it appears Royce Da 5'9 was saying that the verse about Pacquiao was not a diss and there was no subliminal meaning behind it after all.

Unfortunately I misread his tweet for I read it too fast and thought he was saying that he does do the opposite and it was a diss and he did intend for it to be subliminal so I replied with this verbatim tweet:

King J @ So thats a YES? You were dissing Pacquiao for the catchweights? 59% out of 1400 said you were giving him love on the track?

So for the record it appears that rapper Royce Da 5'9 was not dissing Pacquiao and did not intend for the verse to have a hidden subliminal message after all based upon his response to me via Twitter.

I want to thank Royce Da 5'9 for replying to me via Twitter and for shedding some light on the debate. As many of the writers and fans here at the Bleacher Report Boxing Community informed me Royce is also quite a boxing fan and has been known to use other boxing stars names as metaphors in his rap lyrics as well.

I also want to congratulate him on his new success with his career and for having hit songs already under his belt.

King J is a Featured Columnist and Community Leader for Bleacher Report's boxing section. All quotes were obtained first-hand from his personal Twitter account from Royce Da 5'9.

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