March 23, 2011
Boxing's pound-for-pound champ is tough as nails in the ring, but he wilted in the toughest arena in the world -- the Internet.
Congressman Manny Pacquiao's affair with social media was a short one. After dealing with a fake account that sprouted up in January, "Pac-Man" decided to try Twitter with a real account in late February.
Pacquiao quickly found out there's no buffer on Twitter. His problems began a few days ago as he watched a Filipino Congressional impeachment hearing from afar. Training for his fight with Shane Mosley in May, Pacquiao tried to ease concerns about his absence from Congress during the major vote. From GMA News:
"I vote NO! and I can give my explanation thanks," he [tweeted] emphatically just a few minutes before midnight [on Mar. 21].
That unleashed a hail of criticism from followers, who wondered why Pacquiao wasn't fulfulling his political duties.
"to hell with @congmp. Why the [expletive] did you run for congress when you know you'd barely be present?" said @RAndRat.
According to GMA News, Pacquiao responded with a personal shot at one tweeter who asked, "Why are you not at the plenary?"
Pacquiao shot back: "@momblogger e di mag reklamo ka doon sa lolo mo hahahaha thanks" (Go tell it to your grandpa!)
More than a few angry Filipinos fired back:
"he shouldn't tweet that way. he is, after all, a billionaire congressman," said @emvisi.
"You may be trying to folksy and humorous, @CongMP, but the matter at hand is too serious to be flippant about," opined @jesterinexile. "because @CongMP is absent, saranggani province has no say in a national issue. that is irresponsible beyond belief," he added.
Pacquiao decided he'd had enough of the people and their unfiltered access. GMA News says @congmp was deleted at 4:20 p.m. on March 23.