We’ve heard it over and over from the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr., Juan Manuel Marquez, and Oscar de la Hoya.
As a big fan of the 8-division champion, my initial reaction was violent and brief.
“HECK NO! NEVER! MANNY’S ONLY VICE IS THE LOVE HE GETS FROM FANS!”
But as the age-old saying goes, “when there’s smoke, there’s fire.” After all, these naysayers were literally within striking distance of Pacquiao at one point or another. That being said, they should have noticed something strange, right?
Involuntary muscle movements?
Come on! There has to be something more tangible than “he’s too strong,” “he’s too fast,” and “he’s too skilled!”
The closest I’ve probably heard to a spot on accusation was, “He must be using something! How on earth can he hold a concert immediately after a fight?”
To date, no one has proof. Just allegations and speculations. No matter how many they are, and how frequent they come, they bear no weight in the world of sports. So until rock-solid proof arrives, Pacman’s name stays immaculate in my book.
But to be fair to those who think that Manny’s juicing, now might be the perfect time to bring out the big guns.
In a few months time, Manny will go heads up with Timothy Bradley—a boxer who’ll most likely fall to Pacquiao’s power. And when this happens, you’ll have more “valid” reasons to hate Manny and call him a juicer.