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Manny Pacquiao: The Irony of Being the Best

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By Richie Laguda

When pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao accepted the offer to face Sugar Shane Mosley on May 7, 2011, immediately the Internet was littered with disgust and unpleasant criticism from both media and fans.

They were plainly unhappy and even uninterested to see the eight- division world champion square-off against a three-time ex-champion who not so long ago made a huge statement by knocking out the then-welterweight champion Antonio Margarito.

Two questionable performances later after a unanimous loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. and a disputable draw against Sergio Mora, many people already think Shane Mosley at 39 years old is a limping old duck who wants to play peek-a-boo against a wild lion in Manny Pacquiao.

Ironic as it seems, many people think Juan Manuel Marquez—whose real fighting weight is at lightweight and once made a joke out of himself when he jumped to welterweight only to be trashed by Floyd Mayweather Jr.—actually has a better chance against the fighter who has been destroying opponents from junior welterweight to junior middleweight over the last two years.

But such decision of Manny Pacquiao to choose…

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