Monday, March 15, 2010

Toying With

Perhaps frustrated at Joshua Clottey's turtle technique, Manny Pacquiao threw a double punch that Da King, Fernando Poe, Jr., would've been proud of.

[Credit: AP Photo/David J. Phillip on]

Lots of people (including me) are disappointed that the clearly overmatched Clottey survived twelve rounds. A Pacquiao win by decision—even a unanimous one like yesterday's—just doesn't cut it anymore. Manny has spoiled us so.

Actor Marlon Wayans' Tweet about Journey vocalist Arnel Pineda:
The dude that sang the phillipian anthem look like he was in the middle of a sex change and they were like "hey we need u 2 sing"

For lack of a better thing to do (other than to cuss Clottey out for refusing to mix it up), people speculated which famous person Pacquiao's opponent most resembled.

I'd smile like that, too, if win or lose I'll get a multi-million dollar paycheck.
[Credit: AP photo from Yahoo! Sports]

Some said it was the NBA player Emeka Okafor.

[Photo credit: Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images from Yahoo! Sports]

Some suggested singer Akon, he of the hit song "Smack That," which is exactly what Manny did to his hapless opponent.

[16 March 10 Edit]

Here's an article from The Sweet Science about Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach's thoughts on what everyone is calling as Manny's "pompyang punch":
THE KIMBALL CHRONICLES: Roach Wonders If Mole Infiltrated Wild Card
By George Kimball

Oh, yes. About that “Thunderclap” -- a/k/a “Pop Goes the Weasel” -- Pacquiao effected in the fourth round, drawing a stern admonition from referee Rafael Ramos when he slammed his fists against both of Clottey’s ears at once. Roach chalks that one up to, well, a case of Manny being Manny.

“He does it in a gym all the time,” said Roach. “I don’t think there’s been a guy he ever sparred with he didn’t try it on, and Steve Forbes, in this camp, was the first guy who’d even retaliated. When he talked about doing it in a fight I warned him ‘Manny, don’t even think about it, because they’ll take a point away if you do.’”

“No they won’t,” replied  Pacquiao. “The first time I do it they’ll just warn me.”

In gym sparring, or in amateur bouts, the technique can be downright dangerous, since catching an opponent wearing tight-fitting headgear on both ear-holes at once could easily rupture an eardrum, “but I frankly don’t understand why it should be illegal in a professional fight,” said Roach. “I’ve asked a bunch of people and never gotten a good answer.  Think about it: all you’re doing is throwing two punches at the same time. I can’t think of any rule that says you can’t do that.”

Full story …
"No they won't," replied Pacquiao. "The first time I do it they'll just warn me."

This, ladies and gentlemen of Sarangani Province, is the man who would be your congressman. Aren't you just thrilled?

[Hat tip to Fire Quinito.]

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