The saga between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao has reached epic proportions, and to think, it's still highly doubtful if they will ever face each other inside the ring. In the meantime, it is the fans that wage the battle on their fighters' behalf. And it's been going on for months now, which very recently intensified in concurrence with the turn of events.
On one side, we have the Pacquiao fans, from aficionados who know damn well what they talk about to the meekest fan who can only second the motions on forums. Very loyal, very proud. When you're in a country stricken by poverty and with only one solid source of hope in the form of their fighter, you can not discredit their fighter and get away with it cleanly. "Pacroids" or "Pactards" as fondly called by militant fans from the other side of the fence, they swarm at any site where the credibility of their fighter is in question.
On the other side, we have the Mayweather fans. In a super power country where boxing sports heroes are diminishing, they will hold on firmly on their belief that their fighter is just doing his usual thing no matter if the rest of the boxing world despise it. "Flomos" as fondly called by militant Pacquiao fans, they are quick in response in defense of their fighter. They cling tight to the bragging rights their fighters' unblemished record has brought them.
In every boxing forum, this is the hottest rivalry. And like I said before, if words are swords, then boxing would be bloodier than it is, and it's all gonna be outside the ring.
I've read articles calling the issue "tire-some and sickening". I've read articles calling the fan rivalry as ridiculous and damaging the sport more than helping it. And I've read articles calling for a cease-fire on the issue. I've read bashing comments about how some writers write articles of the same issue and topic over and over again.
And I beg to disagree.
These writers who so fondly refer to themselves as the rational ones and who call on the move to stop talking about the issue are themselves using the same topic for reads. They complain again and again about the matter...and that's the key phrase: it's about the matter.
They fail to realize that most writers put bread on their table because of the issue. They fail to realize that an aspiring writer find this issue a great opportunity or a good launch pad.
And let's say things as they are: If not for the issue, boxing will lag behind the other contact sports out there.
The heavyweight division is a bore. There are not much noteworthy talents a few notches down the scales of the heavyweight. In the lighter weights, the notable fighters are old and the prospects are still as they are...prospects. Like I said, America's sports heroes are diminishing, and so are the followers of the sport in the advent of UFC.
I say, this issue keep sites such as this buzzing with life. This issue ensures that there will be paychecks in the future, for the referees, the commentators, the venue ushers, the food and beverage servers, the event engineers and utilities persons, the handymen that moves behind the spotlight, and the round card girls. Where would boxing be without em?
Now, before any "elite" columnist or "syndicated writer" or "popular commentator" in any site complain about how annoying some fans get. Or about how their articles get flooded with what they call "trolls", I challenge each of them to widen their perspective, see beyond their "future" and look further...a year, or maybe two years into the future, and think if these fans indeed will be the culprits in the death of boxing...or is it them.
It's very easy to come up with a group name to classify people and describe them as something notches below their level of intellect. But if they're so intellectual as they claim they are, they would have seen the facts and statistics that these "trolls" give boxing the numbers needed to keep it somehow at it's level.
Fans keep boxing alive...no matter how annoying they are. No fans, no fighters.
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