If you recall back in July there was a clamor from some, that GRP writers should refrain from writing about sports topics. Which I find ironic since the bar for pinoy sports writers is set so low they might as well spend their research time in the bar with a Weng -Weng or two. They can’t bother to look up the word ‘dugout’ in the dictionary. They also exhibit all the critical thinking of a press release. Let us take the case of the sole pinoy export in terms of sports: Senator Manny Pacquiao.
Chris Mannix covers both the NBA and boxing for Yahoo Sports . He was a guest of the Dan Patrick show (Sept 26 2018) which you can listen to here. At ( 10:13) he said a second Mayweather Pacquiao fight was not worth going to even for a boxing journalist. He also said that Floyd made the announcement on the day of the last big bout between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, just to mess with Oscar De La Hoya who Floyd doesn’t like. Mannix thinks the fight will not happen since Mayweather does not fight outside the US. At (11:12) Mannix said that Manny owes the Internal Revenue Service (U.S . equivalent of our BIR) 32 million dollars based on his sources. Chris then states ” he ( Manny) will never again fight in the US .” Mannix concludes there are too many obstacles to get a fight like this to happen . In other words, KSP is the root of all evil .
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Floyd Mayweather is who he is. He loves money and attention. In this particular instance he seems to be using a certain high profile pinoy who also loves attention. Boxing has always been the theater of the absurd. Pinoy sports writers it seems are too starstruck by Manny to ask critical questions of anything involving Manny . GRP more than any other FIlipino website will never be accused of being starstruck by pinoy superstars. In fact not being starstruck by pinoy basketball seems to be held against us every now and then.
Chris Mannix is already a boxing writer and he does not see much appeal in the rematch. A point echoed by a British news outlet. Pinoy sports writers are too beholden to the one pinoy athlete that non pinoy sports writers cover to question anything he does. Just like their readers, they are addicted to pansin (attention). When Manny finally hangs it up in the year 2035 who knows when the Philippines will conjure up another pansin magnet like him. So why not just worship the goose that lays the pansin eggs? I doubt any of the local writers even have the C word (concussion) in their radar in the context of Manny but GRP does.
Mannix doubts the rematch will go off as stated because Floyd does not fight outside the US and it seems Manny can not fight in the US because of tax problems that seem to be under reported by pinoy media. Wouldn’t that be fair game to report to explain why Manny fights only in Australia or Malaysia now? Manny’s high profile fights were in Las Vegas and in Dallas. Both in a country the Senator is unlikely to return to. According to both Mannix (Yahoo Sports) and Black Sports Online.
Never mind the sports press but should the local press in general report that an elected senator owes millions of dollars in taxes to another country? Isn’t that part of the public’s right to know? If my elected senator’s actions might be compromised by a debt in the millions of dollars, should I have the right to know that? Real journalism is reporting something that somebody does not want reported. BSO even goes as far to say that Manny will continue to fight to earn money for himself and the country. He can’t even pay the taxes of one country and he is talking about all this earning for another country? Since when does somebody declare that they are making money for a certain country? Maybe the first lesson of Nationalism 101 should be pay all your taxes.
Manny Pacquiao is a comet in the Pinoy sports scene. Who knows when the world will ever care about an athlete born on our soil ever again? Well we know pinoy voters do not care about his absentee record. Does Manny’s unicorn status exempt him and his proposed boxing moves from critical scrutiny? If the points brought up by Chris Mannix about the only famous athlete we have (before you say Diaz, I doubt you can name other famous weight lifters from either gender) are new to you then the answer is yes.
Putting a very sharp needle into the balloon known as Pinoy Pride since 2012.