Originally Posted by phook
Well know people who did not even make it at the Olympics and never faced international competition and had 100% staged careers like their professional career was a Hollywood movie enjoy mad respect and stuff in the American lists!
So let's say Manny is an American man from a minority background(Asian American,Mexican,African American,which automatically means NONE IN THE MEDIA OR FAN BASE would dare to make so racist jokes against him or his race, cause there would be riots ala L.A. 1992 or OJ Simpson case,Oprah calling Obama (LOL) etc) where does he rank in All time great lists right now?2 probably?Maybe to some even 1?
IMO I think the way he carries himself professionally in and out of the ring is what boxing truly needs today. If he were an American, he would definitely be more of a likeable person and many Americans would greatly overrated him, maybe even rank him higher than some of the all time greats like Armstrong or Ali. Americans are always looking for a new hero, and had Manny been an American, he would be considered the best American athlete today, better than Lebron or Kobe. Because Pacquaio broke records that has never been done before.
America is a Nation populated by ALL nationalities and ethnicities.
Only the Native America was here when WE, from everywhere came here with the dream of Freedom and Happiness.
There's millions of American-Pilipinos and money makes Manny American, so to answer you question. NO, HE would be exactly where He is.