Manny Pacquiao Should Leave them Cocks Alone
By Johnny Benz, Doghouse Boxing (Oct 17, 2011) Doghouse Boxing
Photo: Manny Pacquiao
By Johnny Benz, Doghouse Boxing - It is in my opinion that Manny Pacquiao should refrain from talking about his love for cock-fighting (Rooster fighting). In November's Playboy Magazine edition, an interview with Pacquiao is one of the main features. Yes, naked women too, but this is about Pacquiao, so I'll refrain.

You remember Michael Vick? Of course we all do. His dog fighting antics in the past really put a dent in his popularity as a NFL Superstar quarterback. Quick refresh.... Vick was implicated in an illegal interstate dog fighting ring that had operated over five years. In the summer of 2007, Vick pleaded guilty to federal felony charges and served 21 months in prison, followed by two months in home confinement.

On his hobby of raising fighting roosters in the latest Playboy edition, Pacquiao states: "I like the sport. I like the roosters. It's like boxing -- the rooster has to be in shape. He has to train for the fight and he has to have so much fight in his heart."

Ok, now as far as I know, Pacquiao isn't doing anything illegal in his home nation of the Philippines. Looks like cock fighting is a national past time in his country. That being said, I think Pacquiao is walking a slippery slope when discussing his love for the animal blood sport, cock-fighting... especially when speaking to an American audience. The last thing Pacquiao wants riding on his popularity is PETA. (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Americans are not very forgiving about what they deem is animal abuse (see Michael Vick)... and let's face it, cock-fighting is anything but non violent.

PETA is no stranger to the world of Boxing and earlier this year the organization teamed up "Sugar" Shane Mosley. PETA recently had an ad which features Mosley with the caption "I Choose to Fight. Dogs Don't. Dogfighting is for Cowards." Can't the same be said about Cock-fighting? Obviously it can.

Look, all I am saying is this... if Team Pacquiao doesn't want to feel the wrath of Animal lovers, then maybe he shouldn't be talking about cock-fighting so open in public and making it sound like it is a great thing. That being said, Pacquiao is way too popular for him not to end up being the target of PETA.

Smarten up Pacquiao! At this level of the game, you don't need bird-shit on your shoulders.

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