Manny Pacquiao’s crazy life & angry wife responsible for poor showing in 3rd Marquez fight?

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Manny Distract-iao: Divorce Papers Lead to Sleepwalk Performance Against Juan Manuel Marquez?

News broke late last week indicating that it was the culmination of myriad distractions that led to a less-than-elite performance by Manny Pacquiao last November against Juan Manuel Marquez, and not perhaps what was perceived as diminished skills.  According to trainer Freddie Roach, the demands of a lifestyle such as the one Manny leads—which included a cockfighting farm, along with casino and nightclub ownership—were contributors in a perfect storm of distraction that caused the usually unflappable focus of “Pac Man” to veer astray.

Still, the biggest bombshell that Roach dropped was of potential marital discord between Pacquiao and his wife Jinkee due in part to the demands placed upon Manny which included, as per Roach, “girls and everything that goes with it.”  Allegedly, the two have reconciled due to Manny changing his ways and engaging in daily Bible study together, months removed from the champ being served with divorce papers just prior to the bout with Marquez.

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Both Roach and Manny insist that the fighter is in better spirits and a sounder frame of mind with Timothy Bradley looming on the horizon.  By eliminating the outside influences and distractions—including, oddly, an excessive devotion to playing basketball—Roach assured the media that Pacquiao is back to his old self and will be ready to hand Bradley the first loss of his professional career.  While there’s no real reason to doubt both Roach and Pacquiao, the true assessment of where Manny is at this point in his career can only be made on fight night, June 9th.

If a focused Pacquiao puts Bradley on the canvas—as is Roach’s game plan—it will be hard to claim that the distractions weren’t what caused the hiccup in the Marquez bout.  Anything less, though, may bolster the arguments of those who believe that today’s Manny isn’t the same one that rose to superstardom in recent years.

What do you think?  Admittedly, the distractions identified by both Roach and Pacquiao are huge and would drive lesser men to the brink of insanity, let alone allow them to properly focus on their profession.  At this level of greatness, is Manny showing the trappings of many an iconic figure in that the biggest potential threat to his dominance is really just himself?

Further, why would the Pacquiao camp choose now—slightly under four weeks until opening bell—to address these issues?  Does the fact that a Floyd Mayweather engagement for 2012 appears to be off the table play any role in this?  What already seemed to be an exciting fight this June has now taken on unexpected layers of nuance that have made Pacquiao-Bradley a must-see bout for all boxing fans.

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7 comments

  1. It’s always something. “I was distracted.” “I was getting over the flu.” “I hurt myself, even though I can’t produce even a doctor’s note to prove it.”

    Excuses like this are as old as boxing, although this is the first time I’ve ever seen Pacquiao claim it. Until it appears in some future, authoritative and independent biography, I take it all with a grain of salt.

  2. Agreed, Rich. Nothing feels right about this. I keep coming back to the timing of it all, too. What’s the purpose of making excuses for how you fared in a fight six months ago … that he won. Very unusual for Manny’s camp.

    • gossip-like, unfounded write-ups like this, including a marital dicord, surely contribute to distractions to pacquiao, ingiosi.
      have you been in their bedroom? have you heard them arguing very private matters regarding disunity in their marriage?

      the unmistakeable palpability of malicious joy in your piece reduces you to a laughing hyena who’s about to attack its prey. obscene!
      that’s the way you feed you family?

  3. My position is that Manny can only be really be distracted by issues that have to do with his wife Jinkee. It’s an excuse. Roach happened to mention that to stress on the character of a changed Manny Pacquiao.

  4. It’s always a part of the game or business as a whole in order to attract more PPV and gate fees.The only factor that will confirm comes fight night if what these people were talking about were correct or not!EXCUSES is also a part it!!

  5. Well issues like these are for the media and the opinionated bunch. As always, I see what is so as what is so. Life is a comedy. If you’re a regular guy like me, just enjoy the show and adopt a wait-and-see attitude. Much horrible things had happened in the past. Boxing is just another sport to watch.

  6. Pacquiao had an affair w/ the hottest filipina celebrity while he was in training for the preparation of JMM fight.This woman was his leading lady in his movie called wapakman.This hot woman has been w/ Pacquiao since he trained in Baguio city Philippines until he lands in L.A..I saw this hot actress riding w/ Pacquiao on his luxury car when he once gone into wild card gym.Pacquiao has been involved in different woman before.I think his wife has reach his boiling point that forced her to file a divorce paper the night before he fights Marquez.It’s obvious that Pacquiao never followed the game plan of Coach Roach.His mind was occupied of something else.I hope he will be 100% focus at Bradley’s fight.If you really want to know of who’s that woman,search it on youtube.Her name is Krista Ranillo.

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