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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Pacquiao: Rebounding from KO losses made my career



HOLLYWOOD—Manny Pacquiao doesn't think he needs a fight against Floyd Mayweather to validate his place in boxing history.

It's not so much what he says, it's more in how he says it.

Manny Pacquiao really means it when he says calmly and serenely that he will be content to ride off into the boxing sunset without fighting the mouthy Mayweather.

When you're sitting across a dinner table in Nat's Thai Restaurant and Pacman repeats this assertion it is quite different than just auditing it on an international media conference call.

“I don't need him, I don't need Mayweather now,” Pacquiao said late Monday night. “I am fine with what I have done in my carrer, I am happy with that.”

Don't take that to mean Pacquiao is not striving for more great nights in the ring, starting with his March 13 bout against Joshua Clottey in Dallas.

He expects more benefits from his arduous training and preparation but repeated that he needs no comparisons to the undefeated American fighter.

“As far as my career, this all comes from God and the people who support me, the fans, I know that,” Pacquiao said. “This is just my time.”

While Mayweather mocks Pacman's early career problems, including two KO losses, Manny thinks handling such wicked professional adversity set the stage for his brilliance against Ricky Hatton, Oscar de la Hoya and lastly Miguel Cotto.

He doesn't expect Mayweather to understand.

You Pacman trivia buffs know that it was fellow Pinoy Rustico Torrecampo who iced Manny in the teenager's 12th pro bout (1996) and Medgoen Sinsurat of Thailand who also scored a KO 3 over Pacman in a world flyweight title bout in 1999.

You might say the little fella has been on something of a roll since that loss (see video below) in Thailand and I do not mean a spring roll.

“I stopped boxing for six months at one point,. I was just so down and so depressed. But I came to realize that losing can be beneficial because when you lose a fight, you learn more, more about boxing, more about yourself.

“Those losses caused me to improve more, they caused me to wake up to the meaning and purpose of my life,” Pacquiao said.

“It turned out that those losses were really a big thing for me and my boxing career.”

Like any great artist, Pacquiao likes to admire his handiwork upon completion. That's Ricky Hatton taking an unplanned nap (AP Photo)

Pacman said he was no time for Mayweather's ranting and raving and demeaning of opponents.

“He does all this trash talking which is really not good. It's not good for the sport of boxing and it's a bad example to the young kids who are coming up, I couldn't do this or say things like that.

“My success comes only from God and only from the support of the people who love boxing. Without the fans there to support you, what do you have? You have nothing.”

Pacman is currently pushing his new energy drink known as “Pacq.”

It is 100 percent natural ingredients and does not cause those who imbibe it to turn into raving, garbage spewing lunatics or even someone pretending to be one.

Author: Michael Marley

Source: examiner.com

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