Manny Pacquiao is wrong about same-sex marriage

Last night, after taking dinner and surf on the net via Facebook, my newsfeed pooped up with a video with Manny Pacquiao being interviewed by the TV5 and asked whether he is for same-sex marriage or not. He said that it is “common sense” that a male should have romantic or sexual relations with a female and vice versa for humans and then he elicited that same-sex relations for humans are worse than animals. Netizens are divided with the his sentiments based on comments posted under the comment section of the FB video using religious and scientific grounds.

Obviously, he doesn’t know the history that human homosexuality and same-sex marriage have had predated Christianity because of our human affection to attach with someone else regardless of his gender and if he and everyone carefully history, homosexuality and same-sex marriages had already been present in ancient civilizations in Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, China, or even in Mesoamerica. In regard to same-sex marriage, it was already recorded in Ancient Egypt history that Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum, two royal servants during the Fifth Dynasty of the pharaohs around 2400 BCE, became couples despite of having already families respectively and when both of them died, they were buried together and their tomb was discovered in 1964. The most famous same-sex marriage in the ancient times happened during Roman Empire era where one of the infamous emperors, Nero, married a freedman named Pythagoras in a public ceremony. Homosexuality and same-sex marriages had been frowned upon for almost 2000 years because of global predominance of Abrahamic regions particularly Christianity and Islam and have only gained their modern acceptances in the 20th century due to the emergence of the concept of equality and affirmative action.

Also, he doesn’t know the fact about animal science or zoology that homosexuality is not uncommon within the animal kingdom because animal hormones are designed to make sex with whosoever they meet and since they are not sapiens unlike humans, they are not clouded with any certain moral norms and could do sex with their fellows freely. The argument about animal sexuality was cited by the American Psychiatric Association and other groups to argue for the removal of remaining sodomy laws in the United States in 2003 over the landmark case of Lawrence v. Texas which paved way for legalization of sex-same marriage in Massachusetts, a year later, and eventual legalization throughout the United States in 2015  over the landmark case of Obergefell v. Hodges.

I understand his religious and social beliefs, but expressing those in public especially this election campaign season would get an ire or ridicule from citizens who have understood the imperfections of current marriage laws which have been based from certain misinterpreted verses of the bible. I think we need to reassess our judgments or sentiments regarding this issue because we tend to think irrational if we discuss issues that affect our moral and religious beliefs because social irrationally hinders long-term development of our culture and society in general through repressing beliefs of someone which are considered “heretic” by the society.

I rather have him lose the upcoming elections and stick with his basketball coaching career and preaching Christian doctrines as minister in order to save the country from further ridicule and degeneration of our current rotten political system because if he wins as senator, his presidency would be inevitable given the fact that most electorates, unless there are systematic political reforms, elect candidates who are already well known for years instead of electing someone who is capable and qualified for certain elected posts. His future presidency would be disaster because of his erratic decision-making tendencies during the height of his boxing career and have persisted throughout his current political career and I don’t see him to correct his tendencies not because of him per se but his political and religious advisers who are expected to be part of hypothetical Pacquiao’s presidency in 2022 or 2028.

Manny Pacquiao lost

Juan Manuel Marquez punched Manny Pacquiao's right chin that brought the latter to a humiliating defeat.

Juan Manuel Marquez punched Manny Pacquiao’s right chin that brought the latter into a humiliating defeat.

After eight years of frustration, Juan Manuel Marquez was able to defeat Manny Pacquiao through a counter (a lucky punch if you ask the others) right punch into Pacquiao’s right chin that brought the surprise defeat of Manny Pacquiao.

After losing the previous two and drawing one in three fights, the bigger and stronger Marquez prevailed this time.

I did not expect that Juan Manuel Marquez could able to knock Manny Pacquiao out from the right side as the fight progressed, Pacquiao was able to counter some powerful punches of Marquez during the third and fourth rounds that brought the former of being knocked down during at the middle of the third round.

That fight before the end of the sixth round was similar with other three wherein there were no convincing victory for both sides and could have been repeated with that fight had Marquez never released his powerful right punch into Pacquiao’s right chin. I was projecting with a draw before the powerful punch by Marquez because both sides were able to exchange punches to each other as Marquez experienced bleeding in his face while Pacquiao as the fight progressed by, was starting to lose coordination and strength as the result of series of counter punches by Marquez.

That fight won through accuracy by Juan Manuel Marquez of finding the loopholes of Manny Pacquiao like weak defense beyond the latter’s face as Marquez found timely execution of his powerful punch into Pacquiao’s right chin. Manny Pacquiao could have continued the fight until the end and maybe won had he maintain his coordination and strength that he regained during the fifth round.

After that fight, I realized that it is the time for Manny Pacquiao to throw his towels in order to preserve his legacy in boxing and focus in other fields where he could flourish like preaching.

Why Bradley’s victory over Pacquiao was a sham

Timothy Bradley just won the fight in order for the promoter, Bob Arum to enrich himself more in a hypothetical rematch between them.

Yesterday, a surprise decision came out during the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley’s fight in favor to the latter. That decision came out when two out of three judges gives their favor to Timothy Bradley with the score of 115-113 and the other judge gives with the same score for Manny Pacquiao.

The decision was controversial for right reasons as the fight shows, it was really Manny Pacquiao who dominates the 2/3 of the fight and releases more punches to Bradley over Bradley did to Pacquiao. The fight reaches to 12 rounds as Timothy Bradley shows his defensive strength of this game and bothers Manny Pacquiao many times at the last part of the fight however during the early part, Timothy Bradley cannot penetrate himself and nearly knock outed by Manny Pacquiao at the third round and had to hug himself with Manny at the middle of the ring to cushion himself from imminent defeat.

Manny Pacquiao cannot able to release his combination of punches to Bradley or able to knock out him directly because of his declining athletic and punching speed that was the prime strength of Manny for past years as a boxer due to reduced time for practice for other non-boxing commitments such as being a representative of his province at the House of Representatives, show businesses commitments, and last of all the lists was that he turned himself to be more firm of his Christian beliefs by acting practically like a minister of a Protestant Church.

That factors really affected the way Manny fighting at the ring not just this recent fight but also to other previous fights. That personal changes of Manny Pacquiao really affects the perception by his boxing fans here in the Philippines but also to the boxing community in the United States where the fight was held.

However, in spite of Pacquiao’s lapses, he gave a good fight not just to Bradley but also to his fans by showing that he is still the Pacman as we know it even though his speed and quickness were significantly reduced. He also showed his humility in front of his fans that in spite of being defeated in a shammy way, he gladly accepts the judges decision for a mean while.

What I, boxing fans and analysts, and ordinary audience cannot accept was the way the judges on deciding the game of disregarding the spirit and fairness of the game for financial purposes of the promoter of that fight in the person of Bob Arum of Top Rank promotions. That judges’ decision was purportedly done in order to appease what the promoter wanted that is to use Manny Pacquiao and the pay-per-view viewer as a source of income of his promotion company through rigging the results of the fight. We have to know that boxing matches were mostly about financial purposes as gaining more viewers means more money not just to the boxers but also to the promoters of a fight and more boxing matches means more money to circulate.

This kind of rigging the boxing matches for purely financial purposes must be stopped in order to preserve the spirit and integrate of the sport of boxing and also not to lose the remaining boxing fans who some of them get disgruntled of some boxing matches.