Friday, July 11, 2008

Biking Priest Amado Picardal's Views on Boxing! Manny Pacquiao vs. David Diaz

Manny Pacquiao vs. David Diaz GraphicI read a couple of very interesting reads concerning biking priest Amado Picardal’s views on boxing in ight of Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao's win over David Diaz.And oh! There are some questions I’d like to ask the biking priest.

From the CBCP News:

Redemptorist biking priest Amado Picardal clarified that he will not apologize to the irate fans of Manny Pacquiao who were angry at him because of his comments about boxing as a brutal sport.

Picardal bluntly stated in his blogspot last week that he is not being thrilled about Pacquiao’s victory and he refused to hail him as a hero.

“I am probably one of the few who is not rejoicing over Pacquiao's victory. I am appalled at the sight of two boxers trying to hurt each other and knock each other down. I cannot stomach nor can I glorify violence. I am never impressed by anyone who proves to be a better or more brutal fighter in the ring,” Picardal said.

: Who or what made you watch a replay of the fight in the first place? What was your reason?

”Boxing is the modern day equivalent of the gladiatorial combat in ancient Rome. These fights among slaves were organized by the Emperors to entertain the masses so that they can forget their problems. Of course, boxers don't try to kill each other, but many have been maimed or have even died,” he added.

: What are you trying to imply here? What is the real score with this statement? Is there more here than meets the eye? Please give us a clue. Do give us a hint.

“I believe that brutal sports such as boxing have no place in civilized society. We should stop considering boxers as heroes. If the only thing we can be proud of is our boxers like Manny Pacquiao--shame on us,” he further commented.

I think we are getting a little bit overboard here, sir.

His comments received a lot of insulting remarks from Pacquiao fans for the past days.

“I will not apologize to anyone for expressing my opinion nor will I tolerate any insult or abusive language (in this blog),” Picardal said in his recent post.

Instead, he moderated the comments section.

“Speaking of heroes, we are the only country who considers our boxing champions as heroes. Muhammad Ali, the black heavyweight champion, was never considered a hero in the US, rather it was Martin Luther King, the civil rights leader,” he said.

A parallelism here, if I may. If, and just if, Manny Pacquiao is the Philippines’ Muhammad Ali, who, in your opinion is the country’s Martin Luther King? The answer to this question is the answer to all questions.

“Heroes are not just objects of admiration, they are role models. I wouldn't want our little boys to grow up thinking they can become heroes by using their fists and beating up other boys,” added Picardal.

What could be possible answers to a hypothetical survey on Filipino children’s modern day heroes or role models? And if Manny Pacquiao tops the survey’s results, what would be the children’s reasons for choosing him? Just a few guesses here: Tsampyon si Manny! (Manny is a champion!) Magaling na boksingero si Manny! (Manny is a good boxer!) Matulungin si Manny! (Manny shares his blessings!)

And from GMANews.TV:

Irate fans of World Boxing Council lightweight champion Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao bombarded the blog site of biking priest Amado Picardal, who said last week that Pacquiao should not be considered a hero.

Picardal said that while he will not apologize for his statements, he had to moderate the comments section of his blog to limit the entry of nasty comments.

"I will not apologize to anyone for expressing my opinion nor will I tolerate any insult or abusive language in this blog (so) I am moderating the comments section," he said in his blog (

: And who insulated who in the first place?

He said he was "amused" with the irate reactions of some of the "Pacquiao fans," saying their comments "reveal what kind of person they are." Besides, he said the Philippines is the only country that considers boxing champions as heroes.

What are you trying to say here?

Picardal said US heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali "was never considered a hero in the US." "Heroes are not just object(s) of admiration, they are role models. I wouldn't want our little boys to grow up thinking they can become heroes by using their fists and beating up other boys," he said.

With regards to your Ali statement - Are you sure? Are you really sure? Are you really, really, really sure? Are you so sure that you are willing to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee?

Picardal's decision stemmed from several comments posted on his blog chiding him for being a cynic.

"Shame on you, instead, for being a a time when we, Filipinos, have very little to rejoice about, such small victories by our countrymen, whether in boxing or in other fields should be celebrated without cynicism or even criticism," said blogger xzellenz.

Xzellenz said that comparing boxing to gladiatorial combat is, "to say the least, baseless, misinformed, and unjust (stupid, if i may add)."

"I love the fact that you are voicing out your opinions, but here is what I think — I think before you criticize the sport of boxing, you should first clean your own backyard…the "sins" of boxing are far less than the sins of the Catholic Church… why not blog about those things, eh?" xzellenz added.

Another blogger using the name “rag" said, "comments like yours are really uncalled for. and coming from a priest… geesh!" He chided Picardal for his "crab mentatility."

Blogger “laruku" defended Picardal, telling his critics to "at least show some respect, you can still voice out your criticism in a very constructive way." Blogger “Fallen Scholar" said offered to pray for Picardal.

Picardal, a priest who is also a university professor and academic dean based in the southern city of Davao, became known as the “biking priest" since he started riding long distances on bikes to push his advocacy for peace and good government.

What made you start riding long distances on bikes? To push your advocacy for peace and good government?

Why did Manny Pacquiao go into boxing? What are the reasons that made the Pacman choose boxing as a career? Know more about the man and his past and you will be surprised. Why does Manny Pacquiao continue to fight? For fame? For money? For his family? For the Filipino people? For the country as a whole?

You have a reason for riding. Manny Pacquiao has his reasons for boxing. And for sharing.

I have nothing against the biking priest. The above are questions – just questions. But truth be told, it appears that the biking priest got carried away with his views and all. It’s my opinion – personal or otherwise. And I kid you not!

"The AnitoKid loves boxing!"

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Anonymous said...

This is my take on Manny. When people say that Pacquiao is a hero, some of the luminaries that come to my mind are Jose Rizal and Ninoy Aquino. I can give you several reasons why Pacman is not a hero. I might as well cite 5 valid reasons. First, we all know Pacquiao is fighting for money. Would he fight for free if it is for the glory of the country? I don't think so. In his last interview, Pacman admitted that big money fights are his targets. Second, Pacman is not even a good role model. I guess Filipinos are content with our hero being a gambler, womanizer, and (cough) arrogant. Of course Pacman's discipline is something great. Other than that, good luck. Third, Pacman is associated with dubious people. I remember the author of this blog once criticized Lito Atienza. Well, Atienza is considered as Pacman's closest confidante. And how about Chavit Singson. Tell me who your friends are and I will show you your reflection. Fourth, Pacman is not even the most dominant man in sports. In boxing, I think Mayweather, Pavlik, and Cotto are better. How about Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, and Michael Phelps. I never heard any one of them joining the ranks of George Washington. Finally, I think just don't think that I can explain to my kids that Pacman is a hero. Indeed heroes are emulated and even followed. There are many kids who were enamored by Pacquiao and followed his footsteps. Some ended up badly beaten. Others were never seen alive. I am proud of Pacman's victories inside the ring. But we all know that it takes more than a KO to become a hero

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