If you joined us for the UFC on Fox 6 live discussion on Saturday, then you most likely watched the sad end of the BJ Penn era, after he was outmatched and exhausted by our favorite fighting hipster, Rory MacDonald. But some people believe that the real end of an era came later that night, when Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manual Marquez reignited their incredible rivalry for the fourth time in front of a fiery Las Vegas audience. Marquez delivered a stunning knockout blow to Pacquiao in the 6th round, securing the WBO “Champion of the Decade” belt and a barrage of “Is this the end of Manny?” headlines.
Lost in the shuffle is also a hilarious Internet uproar caused by none other than Floyd Mayweather’s No. 1 fan, Justin Bieber, as Canada’s crown prince of pop apparently made fun of Pacman on Instagram, and that didn’t sit well with the fighter’s fans. What really blows me away is that Pacquiao has a considerable amount of fans worldwide, as they flocked to Bieber’s Instagram account to defend their fallen hero. There you have it, folks – boxing’s biggest star being made fun of by this guy…
This would be a sad way for Pacquiao to go out, as he has now lost two consecutive fights for the first time in his incredible 17-year career, but it’s not like any of us should feel bad for him. After all, he’s got a nice gig in politics back home in the Philippines already, and he also has more money than the Philippines, too.
Either way, it’s probably safe to say that Mayweather would want to fight Pacquiao now more than ever, but it’s probably even safer to say that Pacquiao would want to go out with a cupcake fight (I’m willing to be that man for $40 million, by the way). But until he makes any decision regarding his future, Pacquiao is going to be the butt of many jokes, and that started right away on Saturday night with a windfall of memes and photoshops, including a few of my own, as well as some that support him.