Manny Pacquiao Is the Boogeyman

Clayton HollowayContributor IIIFebruary 23, 2010

Boogeyman: A legendary “ghost-like” monster.

Wikipedia states: The Boogeyman has no specific appearance and conceptions of the monster can vary drastically even from household to household within the same community; in many cases, he simply has no set appearance in the mind of a child, but is just an amorphous embodiment of terror.

Boogeyman can be used metaphorically to denote a person or thing of which someone has an irrational fear. Parents often say that if their child is naughty, the boogeyman will get them, in an effort to make them behave.


As a child, I definitely remember my mom telling me about the Boogeyman . “Clay, knock it off or the Boogeyman will get you!” We are taught about this mythical monster to put fear in us. The same as Santa Clause…if you're naughty, Santa wont get you anything for Christmas. But Santa is loved more than anything…just like Manny Pacquiao.


For these past two years, Manny Pacquiao has been the Boogeyman of the squared-circle. With four straight knockout victories, he has been terrorizing the sport and has become the most beloved name in the sport today.


Critics and fans even think, that Manny Pacquiao (50-3-2, 38 KO) has become so scary, that Floyd Mayweather Jr (the former No. 1 Pound for Pound Champion upon retirement) is even afraid of him.


But there is one problem with all of this…the Boogeyman does not exist.


As we get older and wiser, we realize that the Boogeyman and Santa Claus are fictitious characters that we once feared and adored as children. We were young and naïve.


This all applies to Manny Pacquiao. The majority of his fans are naïve. They think Manny Pacquiao is unstoppable…which is not the case.


Bob Arum, Freddie Roach, and Team Pacquiao are like the parents of Pacquiao’s fans. They created a monster. They are making you believe, that Pacquiao is so dominate and scary now, that he can beat any fighter they put in front of him. But the reality is, his last four opponents are nothing more than average. Opponents that suit Pacquiao’s style perfectly…


David Diaz, an overrated former lightweight champion.


An old, dehydrated, non-defensive Oscar De La Hoya. The same Oscar De La Hoya that Mayweather already beat at Oscar’s normal weight. Pacquiao beat De La Hoya at a 145 pound catchweight; De La Hoya hadn’t weighed that since 1997.


An overrated, non-defensive Ricky Hatton. Floyd Mayweather already knocked out Hatton and gave him his first loss.


And of course, the best of the bunch, Miguel Cotto. Who was the welterweight champion at 147 pounds…but for some reason, in order for the “champion” to get a fight with Pacquiao, it would have to be at a 145 pound catchweight. That’s odd.

Not to mention Miguel Cotto barely survived a beating from Joshua Clottey a few months prior to his fight with Pacquiao. If eyes are opened and biases set aside… people will see what is going on here.


Pacquiao supporters and naïve fans believe, that the fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr (40-0, 25 KO) didn’t happen because “Mayweather is scared of Manny Pacquiao.” 

Let’s be real people. You really believe that Team Mayweather and Golden Boy demanded the random drug testing to “back out” of the fight with Pacquiao? What, they knew Manny Pacquiao wouldn’t accept the random drug test, so they knew they could get out of the fight? Come on…be realistic. Stop nit-picking.


The potential fight with Mayweather didn’t happen, not because Mayweather is scared. It simply didn’t happen because the two fighters could not come to an agreement or a compromise. Mayweather agreed to an enormous weight limit penalty. Pacquiao didn’t agree to a 14 day cut off period for the blood test. It’s that simple.

My opinion? I still think the fight is going to happen. Too much money for boxing and its two most prized fighters to lose for it not to happen.


The reality is...the Boogeyman is fictitious and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is real. And how do you get rid of the Boogeyman as a child? You wake up and realize it’s not real. You’re old enough to know and accept you were scared of nothing. As for Manny Pacquiao’s die-hard supporters, your reality will be Floyd Mayweather Jr. when they do potentially meet up.


Mayweather will turn on the lights, open the closet door or he’ll look under the bed and show you the Boogeyman is not real. In other words…he will beat Manny Pacquiao and end his reign of terror.