Lainy who comes from the same hometown as Manny Pacquaio sent me this question over Viber last weekend.
What do you think of the lawsuits (against Manny)?
Despite knowing how Lainy roots for the pride of General Santos and the rest of the Philippines, I gave my answer without fear or favor.
Here was my answer.
It is serious. They’re class action lawsuits.
In my opinion, it’s time for Manny to hang up his gloves.
I think he has lost the bludgeoning flurry of punches of his peak that he used to vanquish many opponents during his best years.
More opponents are increasingly aware of his style and are able to last the full bout as compared to Manny’s early years when opponents did not know how to cope with his unorthodox style of receiving blows from him in all directions.
It’s clearly a criminal breach of trust by making a false declaration about his physical condition.
All it takes is for one court to judge in favor of the aggrieved plaintiffs. The other lawsuits will follow suit and be judged the same way. And Manny is going to be jailed and/or lose tens of millions in settlement and legal fees.
Manny also faces disciplinary sanction from the U.S. Boxing Association. That could mean a ban from boxing in the U.S. and it will hurt his future income and no where is the boxing booty bigger than in the U.S.
The U.S. Judiciary isn’t corrupt. So tell me what are his chances to be acquitted?
And because boxing is legally a gaming sport in the U.S., the courts are not going to allow mitigation because it will set a precedent for other grave infractions to escape penalties let alone bring the sport into disgrace and hurt the image of sports in America.
With a seriously impeded pre fight injured arm, Manny is being alarmingly reckless to hide it and engage in a fight with an opponent who has never lost or drawn in his boxing career.
Call it bravado, call it stupid, call it anything. But unfit boxers have been physically maimed or died as a result of what is a brutal sport when they could not effectively defend themselves in the ring.
For that, Manny is likely to lose the respect from his once upon a time die hard fans and he might not live up to the iconic grandeur that he enjoyed before.
For sure, Manny is no more a myth that his past victories made him out to be.
Today, spurred by greed and over rating his ageing ability, he has shown that he is mortal and reduced himself to defacing his title as a legend.
As it is with incorrigible wives who nag their husbands till it kills their marital life, so too it is with boxers who refuse to call it a day and hang their gloves until they destroy themselves and alas! one fight too many.
Manny should ride into the sunset of his boxing career by reviving the diminishing interest in eating “balut” in the Philippines.
He should therefore establish an all nation balut francise with balut factories that offer jobs (to his countrymen).