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Muhammad Ali would know it, Manny Pacquiao is not as dumb as he looks

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By Michael Marley,

You’re not as dumb as you look.”

Often used quip and “lefthanded compliment” said by Muhammad Ali.

All this concern, all this weeping, gnashing of teeth and handwringing about protecting this little lamb named Manny Pacquiao continues unabated.

I mean, are we talking about a dumb prizefighter, a dese and dose guy, who does not protect himself at all times in and out of the ring?

Is the Fighting Congressman from Sarangani really Manny The Moron, some half-wit who needs help crossing the busy streets of Manhattan and Manila?

No, I don’t think so, not by a longshot.

Like archrival Floyd Mayweather Jr., Emanuel Dapidran Pacquiao is not an educated man. As I recall, Pacman made it to about the fifth grade before abject poverty caused him to launch a boxing career which has turned him into a multimillionaire and an international sports icon.

Sure, as a scrawny teenager, he was, as the British put it, “sleeping rough” and using the pavement of Manila as his bed. And he braved Manila’s crazy traffic of cars, buses, motorbikes and jeepneys while peddling cigarettes.
All that is part of the legend and lore of Pacman.

Like I say, Pacman did not go to any fine college or university. But that hardly makes him Imby The Imbecile, either.

Pacquiao’s true “alma mater” is not De Le Salle, it’s the College of Hard Knocks.

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