I can just hear them now/ “How could you let us down?” / But they don’t know what I found / Or see it from this way around / Feeling it overtake / All that I used to hate / Worried bout every trait / I tried but its way too late / All the signs I don’t read / Two sides of me can’t agree / When I breathe in too deep / Going with what I always longed for
“Same Ol’ Mistakes,” from the new album “ANTi” by Rihanna
The very next line in what is probably the best song on RiRi’s singleless, almost middle-finger waving LP, tells us that she ‘feels like a brand new person’ but yet– still makes the same mistakes willingly. The entire record makes absolutely no attempt to appeal to a pop audience, as the pop star devoted all of her energy toward expressing herself (and her views) her way- whether popular or not, and at the risk of sales.
It is this odd ambiance, or, almost shoulder shrugging insouciance in connection with her utter defiance, that draws a clear correlation with Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao, who, after losing some two million followers on Twitter and getting a pink slip from Nike, stands by his stance against gay marriage while only expressing regret for a lack of tact.
Appearing not the least bit concerned with losing the endorsement of the powerful athletic conglomerate, Pacquiao seemed relieved to have gotten his point across in such an unpopular way globally– even as it may potentially destroy his “final” fight with Timothy Bradley financially on April 9 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand. “Whatever decision Nike makes is its decision and I respect that and its sponsorship of me now only involves my clothes for my fight,” Pacquiao said, as reported by Real Combat Media via The Guardian. “Our contract has already ended aside from sponsoring the boxing.”
Later, when reached by CNN’s Chris Murphy for more clarification on his position, Pacquiao would not take the high road while defending himself and simultaneously remaining on the offensive. “I am not condemning the LGBT. What I am condemning is the act. I’m happier because I’m telling the truth … It’s worse if we will hide the truth. I’m happier that a lot of people were alarmed by the truth.”
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, who has been getting the cold shoulder from Pacquiao throughout the Pac/Bradley III promotion, panned Pacquiao’s remarks as “reprehensible” and is reportedly ‘very frustrated’ over Pac’s controversial stance. Some close to the eight division icon suggest that this is Pacquiao’s way of closing the door on his nearly 15 year relationship with Top Rank, as this is the last fight on his deal with the promotional giant.
“Pac-Man”, who will thus become a free agent after completing the trilogy with Bradley, remains adamant that this will be the final fight of his illustrious career; and that only potential fights with arch nemesis Floyd Mayweather or intense rival Juan Manuel Marquez would lure him back into the ring.