Manny Pacquiao is so used to being showered with praise and adoration by his loyal cult followers that even the slightest bit of criticism appears to pierce his thin skin. The man who has spent the latter portion of his career cherry-picking easy, beatable opponents to boost his resume, quickly found that on the Internet -- specifically, Twitter -- few were impressed with his pop star diva act.
After a fake account popped up on Twitter pretending to be the champ in January, Pacquiao opted to take matters into his own hands. He created a real Twitter account with a real name and proceeded to do what countless other celebrities and athletes had done before him.
Unfortunately, Twitter isn’t for the faint of heart. Or the weak minded. Or for celebrities so used to handlers -- I’m looking at you, Bob Arum – who cover up all their wrongs and make them believe that nobody is noticing their money-over-the-fans methodology.
While training for his latest upcoming romp against the in-over-his-head ‘Splenda’ Shane Mosley, Pacquiao took to Twitter to explain why he was shirking his congressional responsibilities during a Filipino Congressional impeachment hearing.
"I vote NO! and I can give my explanation thanks," he said via Twitter.
That, of course, didn’t sit particularly well with individuals who actually, you know, expect their political leaders to do their jobs.
A poster by the Twitter name of @RAndRat said this in response: "to hell with @congmp. Why the [expletive] did you run for congress when you know you'd barely be present?"
Pacquiao, being the little baby that he is, had this retort: "@momblogger e di mag reklamo ka doon sa lolo mo hahahaha thanks" (Go tell it to your grandpa!)
Needless to say, folks didn’t take too kindly to that comeback.
Soon enough, the paper champ realized that nobody could cherry pick his battles on Twitter for him. His account was deleted at 4:20 p.m. on March 23, according to GMANews.