“There is a big possibility [in the rematch] because Floyd is coming back to boxing. He's fighting in December and I’m fighting in January, so there’s a big possibility for next year. After that, we are going to discuss a rematch. My thinking is to have the rematch and to make it a clear decision over who wins the fight. The last one we had, it was not clear who won. He didn't throw a lot of punches, but won the fight. I had a shoulder injury, but if there's a rematch there is no excuses.”
—Manny Pacquiao, via Sky Sports on Monday
In February 2016, Pacquiao may have been the most maligned man on earth. He'd just called gays “worse than animals”, and was internationally excoriated by virtually every major and minor mainstream media outlet imaginable. His experience as pound-for-pound world #1 under the President Barack Obama era was a contentious one, shaped around the Obama's push for an immoral diversity according to Pacquiao's beliefs; earning Pacquiao a Spring 2011 trip to have a little chat with President Obama. In Spring 2012, Pacquiao officially reonounced Catholicism, while pleading with the church to do more about the rampant cases of priest child sexual abuse around the world. Has a little chat with Senator Harry Reid right before his inexplicable loss to Tim Bradley in June 2012 – ( by a decision so full of shit the entire HBO crew was disgusted) Then, out of nowhere in October 2012, Kevin Iole compares the coming out of the closet parody in the pedestrian Orlando Cruz to Jackie Robinson's crossing of the color line in ‘Boxer Orlando Cruz should be commended for revealing he's gay'. It immediately evoked, “Why?”
This was the culture of the entire presidency of Obama, clashing with a very Christian cross bearer of sorts in Pacquiao. With the Philippines and an entire Asian archipelago on his back, politically and spiritually, the Filipino icon would nearly lose his marriage and his actual mind (albeit briefly) against a widely rumored Sci-Fi version of Juan Manual Marquez. In fact, Iole's clairvoyant “Juan Manual Marquez's newfound muscle raises questions about PED use” proved that to be the case. Going back, it's interesting that for the Mayans, the year of 2012 was supposed to be the end of the world and I'll be damned if Pacquiao will tell you they were lying. The truth is, he's flourished under Donald Trump in 2018 and you're naïve if you believe this president doesn't impact boxing in a major, major way. Rebuilt Atlantic City at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino inside of Etess Arena has a Trump goal cachet ring to it; so do international deals negotiating with other world leaders to stage a bout in their “shithole country”, or, other select parts like Japan, where Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was probably very disappointed in Mayweather's decision. Most likely, so was Donald Trump.
No.45 is a player; for over over 40 years he's been rolling dice in the fight game. He's a maverick of asshole flavored brilliance and a longtime fan of Rodrigo Duterte. Know that. Pacquiao has been assisted by Jesuit General Adolfo Nicholas, inspiring women of oppressed dreams to overcome nightmares on the path to championship heights. Mayweather has been assisted to jail. The remainder of Trump's term will be a test to see just how far this man can go without himself, as TBE seeks answers from Money's unrequited love.
Journalism, at its best, is an act of faith in the future with a loyal respect for the past. I believe that. It does not almost tell the truth and neither does karma. Muhammad Ali's stinging butterly was augmented by the militance of Malcolm X graced with creed. For Pacquiao, his brand of violence at twilight will feature a brash elegance with a Trump card in the side pocket. The black ball will probably hope he'll scratch.