“He Knew What He Was Doing”: Manny Pacquiao’s Face-off With Ring Girl Sparks Wild Reactions

Published 03/10/2023, 4:30 PM EST

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Former eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao is widely regarded as one of the best boxers of his generation. The Filipino boxer led the sport for the better part of two decades pushing the limits of what it means to be a world champion. Pac-Man has won championships in eight weight classes, a record that is still to be broken. Moreover, off the ring, Pacquiao was an idol to many coming from poverty and becoming one of the richest boxers ever.

However, there were moments of lapses even for Pac-Man as he was involved in a minor goof-up in one of his weigh-ins before a fight. One such moment came before his welterweight title bout against Brandon Ríos back in 2013. Pacquiao won the fight via unanimous decision and took home the vacant WBO International welterweight title. Despite this, he did manage to do something silly at the weigh-ins.


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TopRank recently released a video of the weigh-ins of the fight. However, instead of facing off with Rois, Pac-Man accidentally faces off with a ring girl who was present on the stage. The two then laughed it off as Pacquiao was trying to communicate his thoughts. Moreover, the fans were also quick to share their thoughts on the video as it drew in some wild reactions.

 Manny Pacquiao accidentally facing off with a ring girl draws in wild reactions

A user named @whiskeykidwinfield stated that Pacquiao was street-smart at the time. “Manny was in the streets back then,” he wrote.

Another user named @lxxrynotluxury claimed that the Filipino legend was aware of what he was doing. “Nah he knew the vibes!” he wrote.

Moreover, a user named @harleybennofficial also thought that Pacquiao knew that the ring girl was standing next to him. “He knew what he was doing,” he wrote.

A user named @emiliordqz claimed that Pacquiao would have knocked the ring girl out. “Manny tryna knock somn else out,” he wrote.

A user named @lokoxx hilariously pointed out how the former champion tried to give excuses of a language barrier. “Language barrier excuse lol,” he wrote.


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Lastly, a user named @jen_mateo stated that she would never forget this hilarious incident. “ Lol I’ll never forget this incident” she wrote.

The fans seemed to enjoy seeing the Filipino Legend in this avatar where he joked around and had fun. However, in the ring, he was as ruthless as they come which is necessary for a brutal sport like boxing.

Meanwhile, there is news floating around on the internet that Manny Pacquiao is set to make a comeback from retirement as a bout with Conor Benn is currently being negotiated. However, many boxing fans are not eager to watch that fight.


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Sahil Sood

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Sahil Sood is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication, and holds a keen interest in the 'sweet science'. His journey towards following boxing began when he first saw the highlights of Mike Tyson as a teenager, and then closely followed the rise of Floyd Mayweather.