8 in 8 wrote:
8 in 8 wrote:
el critico wrote: the first step is to win the pactards, no wonder he praises pacquiao
What a smart move by a former boxer now a promoter/businessman.
Junorz responded: How could that be a smart move? Most likely, Barrera, as promoter, is going to feed his wards who couldn't find decent jobs to keep themselves in good shape. He'd be running a shelter instead of a gym. The timing is even bad because Pacquiao's popularity is declining, so as the interest of aspiring Filipino boxers. Soccer is like a religion to Brazil, without Pele, without Ronaldo, it still thrives because the people love the game so much that it has become a big part of their lives. Boxing in the Philippines is a fad, it only grabs huge interest when there's a big star inspiring young, would-be boxers. I don't think Donaire has what it takes to be that star.
Hold your horses, kabayan. I believe you misunderstood my remark. Actually, I was responding sarcastically to el critico's comment that Barrera's "first step is to win the pactards, no wonder he praises pacquiao." (See above). You wouldn't call the people you're trying to sell your product to as imbeciles? Would you? Hence my comment, Barrera as a businessman, praising the pactards would be a smart move. Don't you think so? If not, might as well call Barrera's plan as a scam.
With regard to your comment that boxing in the Philippines is a fad, I think you are underestimating the Filipinos' enthusiasm when it comes to boxing. I suggest you read up more on the history of Philippine Boxing. Filipinos have always been "crazy" about boxing even before Pacquiao and I believe will continue to do so after Pacquiao.
Kabayan, Filipinos love to watch boxing and it could be true with our history. But how many of those Filipinos go to the gym and make a serious career out of it for a long period. Forget Pacquiao, forget Elorde. Most Filipino boxers don't get that far. A lot of them will soon find out that being a boxing pro for a career cannot support a family. They will have to get married eventually and find other means of living free of bruises and constant threat of permanent injury. There are plenty of gyms in the Philippines, some had already shut down, that look and feel like a squalor. I wouldn't call Barrera's plan as scam because he ain't going to hit the jackpot here. In order to maintain a decent gym with great facilities, he has to earn more than what he spends for property maintenance and the grooming of stable boxers. Do you think it's that easy to build up a world class fighter coming off the streets and farflung provinces?
8 in 8 wrote:
Of course, not easy at all. I think Barrera knows that but a risk he's willing to take. Boxing is business and a risky one at that. Only time will tell whether he's right or wrong. As they say, no pain, no gain. Let me ask you. Where did Pacquiao start as a boxer? Didn't he come from a farflung province? Wasn't he sleeping in cardboard boxes in the streets before he hit the jackpot?
Come on now. In my short trip to Philippine boxing history lane, we produced only 3 great fighters, Villa, Elorde and Pacquiao, in one century, 3 to 4 decades apart. Let's pray Donaire takes the mantle from Pacquiao within a decade, from one Filipino great to another. If Barrera thinks he can produce another Pacquiao with his gym, you, two, must be watching American Idol too much.