It’s been reported that the legendary WBA World Welterweight champion Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao’s eye was injured by Adrian “The Problem” Broner. I didn’t see Broner land enough punches so it was probably a foul in one of the clinches he caused.
When you see some of the outfits like those Broner and Warren entered the ring in you had to think “what would those fighting in the 50’s be thinking? Hector “Macho” Camacho was one of the first to come into the ring with those “partial skirts” to my memory.
“Pac Man” has given his fans of which I have always been one of them many good memories when he entered the ring and his comments afterwards. I being at a sports bar-restaurant couldn’t hear any comments but when I read Broner said he won the last seven rounds I thought “how those head shots must have confused him!” Having scored it 11-1 in rounds for the “Pac Man” you wonder did he just come in “for a pay day?”
Then those shots showing Mayweather thinking “I know I have been fighting amateurs the last two fights I wonder if I could have enough left to beat “Pac Man”?
We’ve watched “Pac Man” in his first US appearance back in 2001 defeat the South African Lehlo Ledwaba for the WBA World Super Bantamweight title and new there was something special about him.
Then came his unification bout with WBO champ Agapito Sanchez ending in a technical draw. His trainer told him how the two promoters had ripped both fighters off and get away from them as he did.
“Pac Man” blew through his next four opponents and then came Marco Antonio Barrera, a real champion in his own right. Defeating him the way he did right up until the stoppage was something to see. Next was his “rival” in Juan Manuel Marquez. Then all have one of those opponents that give him trouble and Marquez was his one we saw in their split decision draw.
After another blow out came another tough one in Erik Morales. It couldn’t have been any closer and when all three judges have the same scores especially in Vegas one has to wonder. “Pac Man” bounced back with a win and in the rematch with Morales he stopped him!
After taking out Diaz the “Pac Man” took out the “Golden Boy” and then Hatton, Cotto and Clottey as he moved up in weight. When he shut out Margarito you just couldn’t believe who could stop him? He all but shut out Mosley but then his nemesis came again in Marquez. He won a majority decision and you hated to see a loser that night since they put on such a battle.
The loss to Bradley could only happen in Vegas. What were the judges watching? Sitting with a boxer who was his roommate at Northern Michigan even he said “no way Bradley won that fight!”
Again with Marquez and it had to be his most defining loss getting knocked out! He was ahead on all score cards by a point with both already hitting the canvas going into the sixth and final round.
“Pac Man” would go to China and get some respect back beating Rios and revenge with Bradley even in Vegas! Algeri had no chance being a “warm up” for Mayweather. It was 30 days with millions on the table when he knew he couldn’t keep his injury without the pain relief so he shut his mouth and fought with one arm for the most part losing that one and the respect of many who paid he would win.
Than the “Pac Man” had the third one with Bradley for some reason and the outcome was predictable. When he beat Horn up and got robbed of a “home town” decision and many in the press clippings said “he was through” I thought through? If he was through then Horn should retire not the Pac Man! You knew he would never get a rematch.
“Pac Man” took a year off and did his job as a senator in the Philippines and found himself in tax problems you knew he had to fight again. Lucas Martin Lumatthysee was a puncher and they usually do not do well against the “Pac Man” and this was no exception.
When he signed for the Broner fight you knew when Broner talked the talk he wasn’t going to walk the walk or should I say “run, run run!” Even the most one-sided fans of Broner had to be disgusted with his showing of rarely engaging in swapping punches with the “Pac Man” doesn’t he know how embarrassing his showing was?
To then come out and for Broner to say not only he thought he won but took the last seven rounds running like Canelo did in the first GGG fight you had to hold your breath until you heard the scores. After all they were in Vegas and what happens in Vegas is always a wonder. Yes, when the scores were announced and we thought “they got this one right!” No, he didn’t have the speed but at 40 who does? He certainly had enough to out speed Broner.
A rematch with Mayweather would have to be in “Money’s” back yard of Vegas and you know “Money” don’t lose in Vegas! They could mark the score cards ahead of time. I could just see Adalaide Byrd as one of the judges and her husband as the referee. You knew the “Pac Man” would need a knockout and the way Mayweather fights defensively one would doubt that would happen.
So after fighting from 1995 to 2019 and turning 40 could he go on like that New England quarterback is doing and come back with another “miracle” defeating Mayweather? Thurman holds the bigger WBA belt is coming back after a two year layoff could be a possibility. Porter could certainly be another possibility. Spence and Garcia would have it tough and if Garcia wins he could even have it tougher.
So “Pac Man” you have earned you day in the sun to give your country and your family the time away over the years. You have given us more pleasure than we could have ever expected since coming to the US in 2003. Please do not go to the well one more time like too many great boxers do on a regular basis. Tunney, Marciano and a couple others knew when they didn’t still have it so go out a winner!