Manny Pacquiao—Fearsome Fighter, Pop-Culture Punchline

04 April 2015

By Will Leitch

Even when their lives are often anything but, boxers are afforded an undeniable dignity. At least in our popular culture. Our admiration for boxers is as profound as our fear of them, and we treat them accordingly. Jake LaMotta, some dumb palooka from the Bronx, is given a deeply respectful, almost regal treatment by the most serious filmmaker of our time. Muhammad Ali is the closest thing we have to an American saint. Heck, Mike Tyson: Even when you’re playing along with him on Jimmy Kimmel, you do it out of a certain terror; part of the excitement of watching Tyson goof off is the sense that he could explode and start decking everybody in sight any second. The great punchline of The Hangoverisn’t “In the Air Tonight;” it’s when, after Tyson floors Alan with one punch, Stu can’t help but be impressed: He’s still got it, man. They are granted warrior status, for life.

And then there is Manny Pacquiao.

Read on…

Posted in pacquiao, showbiz, sports

8 Responses to Manny Pacquiao—Fearsome Fighter, Pop-Culture Punchline

  1. April 5, 2015 at 12:38 am

    this is a rorschach test for how you see him. i dont blame people who choose to laugh at manny for the things he does.

    but that is a CHOICE. its not the only way to see. to allege so is the same arrogance we decry in most men.

    “But watch that Ferrell-Pacquiao segment again. You tell me: Is Pacquiao in on the joke? Is he sending up or exaggerating some aspect of himself? Or is he singing sincerely while Ferrell and Kimmel and the audience have a big chuckle at his expense? Isn’t everybody just laughing at him?”

    i’m not laughing at him. he’s just a guy trying to have fun. to laugh at him is evidence at what kind of person YOU are.

    angela, take the test. do you laugh with pacquiao? or at him?

    • April 5, 2015 at 1:27 am

      i’m embarrassed for him when he does stuff that he doesn’t do well but gets away with because the world humors him, being pacquiao the great boxer. no laughter from me, either way.

  2. April 8, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Pacquiao is laughing all the way to the bank. And so is Mayweather

    • April 8, 2015 at 9:34 pm

      haha yes absolutely! such is life.

  3. April 8, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    No, I won’t laugh at Pacquiao, now or ever. But I was laughing all throughout the whole time I was reading this article. And I laugh some more after reading the last sentence.

    • April 8, 2015 at 11:57 pm

      yes, a crab, no less!

  4. April 10, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    real and down-to-earth people have no sense of humor. They just act to appear funny and socially acceptable maybe to satisfy their amor propio.

  5. April 18, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    kimmel sang pacquiao’s song. so, is he mocking pacquiao? or is he genuinely tickled by pacquiao?

    do the answers as to how kimmel thinks about pacquiao affect how we should perceive that bit (bit=humorous routine)?

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