Manny Pacquiao is that star up in the sky, he's that mountain peak up high.
While the Cubs and Phillies were busy being eliminated from the postseason--and the Yankees were investigating the feasibility of releasing a swarm of rats upon the Indians in Game 3 of the ALDS--there was a boxing match at Mandalay Bay on Saturday night. The Philippines' Manny Pacquiao shut the door on Mexico's Marco Antonio Barrera (best pronounced with a series of obnoxiously rolled R's) in a unanimous, "You Got Served"-like decision. Barrera's career is done. And given Pacquiao's insane popularity in his homeland, the outcome was more than just another notch on the ringpost.
Which brings us to your Motivational Youtube Video of the Week. Nike--in addition to oppressing the Filipino people in sweatshops--crafted this beautiful commercial before the fight. That would be the Philippines' national anthem serving as the soundtrack.
And for those uninitiated into the cult of the Pacman, here's a rundown:
1. Pacquiao runs for congress in the Philippines (and thankfully, one has to assume, loses).
2. Pacquiao has an askmen.com page--the truest sign of male celebrity--and it features the following insight: An aggressive southpaw with fists of steel, Pacquiao is generally considered, pound-for-pound, the hardest hitter in professional boxing. So, where does all of his tremendous power come from? According to Pacquiao, it starts with his chiseled calves. “My calves are naturally like that,” he explains. “It’s a very difficult thing to develop the calves, and that’s where my power comes from.” Pablog agrees.
3. A pair of absurd Pacquiao boxing shorts similar to the ones Pablog bought (except these are in white, not red). They say "Pacman" on the back, if you were wondering.