Last week, it was announced that Manny Pacquiao would not fight on the now shelved April 14 Top Rank debut ESPN-PPV show. However, many theories have arisen as to why the former eight-division world champion decided not to fight.
They're all not good.
“It's an insult to him,” media manager Aquiles Zonio said, referring to Pacquiao’s proposed undercard bout with Mike Alvarado, underneath a Jeff Horn-Terence Crawford main event. “The world knew who won that dirty fight in Brisbane [with Horn last July]. It was the biggest broad-daylight boxing heist.”
We know at least one reason. Pride. The other? Apparently, Pacquiao still owes around $68 million in taxes despite earning around $180 million for his 2015 mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather.
But let's be honest. His tax problem is easy to fix -- if you're a staunch supporter of a man who likens himself to Adolf Hitler.
Leading up to the Philippines' 2016 presidential elections, Rodrigo Duterte promised to suppress crime and drugs by killing anyone connected.
“Hitler massacred three million Jews,” Duterte said. “Now there is three million, what is it, three million drug addicts [in the Philippines]. I’d be happy to slaughter them. At least if Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have [me]. You know my victims, I would like them to be all criminals, to finish the problem of my country and save the next generation from perdition.”
It has not even been two years since Duterte took office and he has already killed 20,000 people. According to a report by an opposition senator in the Philippines, 16,355 homicide cases -- from July 1, 2016, to September 30, 2017, -- have been classified as "under investigation."
The report also said 118,287 "drug personalities" have been arrested and over a million others surrendered to authorities during the same period. And this does not even account for what is happening inside their prisons.
Philippine authorities seized a $121 million meth shipment in 2017. Theoretically, the government could sell those drugs, and payoff Pacquiao's debt. It is unlikely that the Pacman will face any real punishment for his financial struggles.
In the run-up to his November 2016 bout against Jessie Vargas, Pacquiao admitted to past illicit drug use, including marijuana and crystal meth (shabu in the Philippines), the drug of choice for nearly four million Filipino drug dependents.
If Duterte were President in 1993-1994, he would had Pacquiao killed. Think about that for a second. Pacquiao is supporting a man who would have killed him and whose ultimate goal as leader is to commit genocide.
If you recall in 2012, Pacquiao was knocked out cold by Juan Manuel Marquez in the sixth round. His outspoken mother, Dionesia Dapidran-Pacquiao, who is known for her rather strange antics to say the least, claimed that God punished him for switching his religion.
Is this the same God that Pacquiao prayed to during the 2014 rematch against Timothy Bradley where it appeared she was casting a spell?
In that case, this God must be pretty crazy. Last time I checked, Hitler is one of the most excoriated figures in the history of mankind, and for a supposed born-again Christian, Pacquiao should know that the Bible does not advocate genocide.
Anyone who supports Duterte is a criminal, and that includes Pacquiao, who has justified the murders by saying Duterte was chosen by God to "discipline the people."
I am no expert, but it is very difficult to obey rules or a code of behavior when you kill them.
Boxing does not need this kind of attention, and the vast majority of the public are not interested in seeing Pacquiao fight again.