Monday, August 8, 2011

Manny Pacquiao is the heir to Bruce Lee


I saw Manny Pacquiao's stunning combination of blazing speed and crushing power against David Diaz and conjectured that Pacquiao in that fight was the closest thing to Bruce Lee had Bruce entered the professional boxing ranks after being a schoolboy boxer and street fighter in Hong Kong.

In improving upon his destruction of David Diaz, Manny Pacquiao totally annihilated Oscar De La Hoya. This was the greatest beatdown of a bigger white guy by a smaller Asian guy since Bruce Lee murdered Chuck Norris in Return of the Dragon. De La Hoya-Pacquiao was a total slaughter, and Oscar's corner had to stop the bout for the sake of his safety.

Almost from the beginning, the fight had signs of a Pacquiao-administered butt-kicking, as Pacquiao landed lead left after lead left to stun Oscar in the first two rounds.

Soon, Pacquiao was mixing up his leads, throwing jabs and lead hooks. And as he warmed up, Pacman landed combination after combination. By the seventh round, he had Oscar in the corner and against the ropes, and absolutely started teeing off, and after the same happened in the eighth, the fight had to be stopped.

For the first time in 35 years, an Asian fighter has captured the heart and spirit of the global mainstream. While Bruce Lee was toiling at seminars and sparring sessions at the equivalent stages in their careers, Manny Pacquiao has had his entire journey documented by the cameras at HBO. And now, with the entire world watching, Pacquiao dismantles a bigger, taller Oscar De La Hoya, who is the boxer with the most crossover appeal ever.

It was mentioned during the HBO pay-per-view broadcast that Manny Pacquiao is beloved not only in the Philippines, but also in the United States and Latin America as well. In the Philippines, Pacman is God, with his burgeoning career in the movies, music, politics and philanthropy. He may not be God outside of the Philippines, but by virtue of being boxing's undisputed pound-for-pound king, Manny Pacquiao has become a household name around the world.

Bruce Lee did not live to see the fruit of his labor. Another Asian fighter that Pacquiao has been compared to, Genghis Khan, spread Asian terror throughout the world. However, Pacquiao, by virtue of being super talented, a terror inside the ring but a gentleman outside, and being at the right place at the right time, joins Bruce Lee and Genghis Khan as the baddest Asian fighters of all time - 10 days before his 30th birthday.

Thankfully, for Manny Pacquiao and us fight fans around the world, Pacquiao is a true ambassador of boxing, and alive and well. Here's to you, Manny.

More Manny Pacquiao!
Defensive fighting & counterpunching next step for Manny
With highlights of Manny whooping Oscar

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