I’m not usually a huge sports fan — I’m one of the few Asian American bloggers who didn’t weight in on Linsanity (or Linsanity, part 2) because I don’t watch basketball. But, I make an exception for boxing, which I’ve been into for a few years. Those of you who are boxing fans (and perhaps all of you who are Filipino/Filipino-American, whether or not you watch boxing) are aware that this weekend is a big date in boxing: Manny Pacquiao, a major athletic figure turned Filipino congressman, is scheduled to stage a comeback this Saturday.
Those of you who followed Pacquiao’s recent rise to boxing stardom — Pacsanity? — which culminated in him being named Ring Magazine‘s pound-for-pound best fighter in 2009, (temporarily displacing boxing superstar and anti-Asian racist Floyd Mayweather) might also remember Pacquiao’s more recent fall from grace. After a controversial scorecard defeat at the hands of the talented but unknown Timothy Bradley last year, Pacquiao suffered a second and unprecedented total knockout in his fourth match-up against Juan Manuel Marquez — a fight that most fans thought would be tough victory for Pacquiao but one that would erase the bad memories of the Bradley loss.
The question foremost on all our minds on the night of Pacquiao-Marquez 4 was: is this the end for Manny Pacquiao in boxing?