|A Pacman must be Born Asian, But Made in America
By Johnny Benz, Doghouse Boxing (Sept 22, 2008) DoghouseBoxing.com
It was 1980 and the world was about to be invaded by a tiny pale yellow circle with a triangle missing for a mouth. It looked like a Pizza missing a slice. This little yellow beast wanted .25 cents of your money at a chance to wing the little hero down narrow hallways in search of pellets while avoiding Ghosts. The Ghosts needed to be avoided at all costs until snacking on a Golden power pellet. After snacking on a Golden power pellet, the yellow beast if fast enough could eat the ghosts before time ran out. The more Ghosts he ate, the more points he got.
Pac-Man, was an Arcade game developed by Namco and licensed for distribution in the U.S. by Bally / Midway. It was first released in Japan on May 22, 1980. It would go on to become immensely popular in the United States, and remains popular to this present day. According to the Davie Brown Index, Pac-Man is the pound for pound king in the Video gaming industry with the highest brand awareness of any video game character among American consumers. In fact 94 percent of American's recognize Pac-man. According to Ring Magazine ( a trusted source), Pacquiao is the pound for pound king of Boxing... it kind of seems fitting.
To take the name Pacman as a nickname, you better damn be good....you better damn well be famous too. Manny Pacquiao is all that. In fact, I think to take the name Pacman, you should have some Asian blood in you too.... you should be able to come from an Asian country and take America by Storm. Manny Pacquiao truly is and has done all that.
Pacman the video game was released in Japan first only to garner a lukewarm reception. It wasn't until the game was released on the American public that it shot to overnight fame and popularity. Once Pacman dominated USA, the world quickly fell in line. Pacman became an instant hit, an instant icon, an instant symbol of the 80's. What got it's fame in America, was quickly then appreciated by the world over.
Manny Pacquiao has always enjoy decent support from his nation of the Philippines... but until he made it big on American soil, he was not appreciated the way he is now. Pacquiao has made a name for himself worldwide. After fighting in America, Pacquiao has become an instand hit the world over. And let's not kid ourselves, as much as the good Filipino people have always liked and supported Pacquiao, that love and support became ten fold after Pacquiao came and conquered America.
In many ways, if ever there was a person who deserved the nickname Pacman.... it's Pacquiao.
Like Pacman of the 80's, the video game icon, Pacquiao wasn't fully appreciated until he proved himself in the American market. It seems as so often the case, you can't make it big until you make it big in America.
Of course there are other athletes who have gone by the name Pacman, but for the reasons mentioned above and the brief history on Pacman the Video Game... none deserve the nickname more than Pacquiao. If you thought he was Pacman just because of a play on his last name Pacquiao... think again. It means so much more.
On December 6th Pacquiao faces off against Oscar De La Hoya. De La Hoya who goes by the nickname "Golden Boy", could in all actuality become the next Golden pellet Pacman chops down on. This Pacman could make a Ghost out of De La Hoya... because this Pacman deserves the name.
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