Boxing (impromptu at that and for kids only) is one of the attractions of the Pantok Lenten Sports Festival. By Big Berto
I’m not a boxing fan, but Filipino Manny Pacquiao is very interesting. I first heard of him in this excellent GQ article, and he’s now in the news for beating Antonio Margarito and literally breaking his face. He has essentially beat everyone in his weight class and is moving on up, still beating everyone. The Cotta fight is especially powerful. The article by Andrew Corsello is well-written and hilarious, especially since the initially quote from Manny is simply “Yaaah.” As Corsello sums it up, “I think about how Manny Pacquiao’s life is a cyclone of madness and dysfunction and karaoke and tango dancing and fucked-to-death lions and grown men vying to fluff his rice and cut his meat and massage his thighs and sing harmony parts on Beatles songs.”
Some money quotes:
YOU THINK THAT WHEN you talk about Manny Pacquiao, you’re talking about just an athlete? You’re not. You’re talking about a man born to Dickensian tin-shanty poverty in General Santos City, a dry-baked scab on the Philippine nation’s equatorial bottom. You’re talking about a man who spent every hour of his childhood stomach-hungry, shoeless, and stinking. A man whose father abandoned the home when he was a toddler, stayed away for many years, showed up one day for several hours, just long enough to cook and eat his son’s dog, then vanished again…
[from a member of the entourage] “I have twelve tiger. When I home, I swim with them every day. But now I want to make liger, yes?” The product of a lion and a tiger. “So I bring lion in, and he do this, yes?” The Governor made a fucky-fucky motion with his right index finger and his closed left fist. “And he do, and he do. No liger. And so I make him do, and do some more. And then…acchhhhh!”
Corsello also wrote a small poem to Pac-Man after what amounted to about a 10 minute interview:
The great I AM.
Because he is Pacquiao.
God is Love.
Cogito, ergo sum.
Here he is singing ‘Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You’. He’s also a Filipino congressman.