Bare Eye

Brenda or not brenda; to quit or not to quit?


There’s every reason for Manny Pacquiao to feel displeased at that prescription for him to undergo an extensive brain check following the frightening knockout he suffered against Juan Manuel Marquez early last month.

Reports said Pacquiao, obviously feeling fouled and slurred, was mulling charges against Dr. Rustico Jimenez, a neurologist who said he had noticed signs of Parkinson’s disease after watching Pacquiao’s hands “twitching” on television.

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Hysterical, Pacquiao fanatics readily cried in defense of their legendary idol.

Of course, promoter Bob Arum himself advised his top money earner to report to the Cleveland Clinic (in Las Vegas) to undergo extensive check-up “from the neck up.”

Pacquiao was supposed to have been cleared after that shocking stoppage, first in Las Vegas and then at Cardinal Santos Hospital upon coming home.

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So was Dr. Jimenez’s observation merely meant to defame?

The neurologist, by the way, was quick to clarify he had never checked on Pacquiao.

In short, he was not offering a diagnosis but instead making an honest recommendation.

As we went to press, there was nothing clear if Pacquiao would take action against Dr. Jimenez or not.

What has become alarmingly clear, though, was the fact there are Pacquiao devotees out there who feel their idol is indestructible.

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Pacquiao was fouled, cried Josef, owner and chief mechanic at a bicycle repair shop on J. Catacutan Street, Vergara, Mandaluyong.

He claimed Marquez stepped on Pacquiao’s foot to mount that numbing knockout shot.

The driver of the jeepney which this reporter took from the San Felipe Neri Church yesterday morning swore the Mafia was behind Pacquiao’s unbelievable fall.

Out there at a wedding reception in Davao City last Dec. 14, one Pacquiao follower wondered if it’s true his idol was merely trying to test his toughness when he freely took that right shot to the temple in the third round of the last encounter with Marquez.

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Meanwhile, United States-based Filipino boxing specialist Hermie Rivera, swearing Marquez could not outbox Pacquiao on any given day, has been making moves to pin down nutritionist Angel Heredia for allegedly giving Marquez “illegal power enhancers.”

There, indeed, are many more outrageous fanatical claims going the rounds.

This only showed how seriously Pacquiao’s epic reign as pound-for-pound king and winner of titles in eight different world divisions has robbed fans of their usual objectivity.

But is it not about time they checked if Pacquao should also be protected from himself?

Why? His pronouncement after his shocking knockout loss—that he merely became overconfident, repeat overconfident—could only mean one thing:

Pacquiao continued to believe he was not beaten but rather he lost to Marquez.

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That’s not easy to explain.

But in reality, Pacquiao lost, was beaten mindless and convulsing on the floor after he became careless.

Now, a closer, more honest look would show Pacquiao dropped his guard before the end of the sixth round visibly due to weariness.

Maybe this was not the sort of involuntary twitching observed by Dr. Jimenez before he made a recommendation for Pacquiao.

Just the same, they may need to heed the good neurologist who only wanted to make sure Pacquiao would not end up brain-damaged—a Brenda in local colloquialism—if and when he squares off a fifth time with the incredible Mexican bandido Juan Manuel Marquez.

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  • pasaway008ako

    Knocked-out si Pacquiao, iyan ang totoo. Naalog ang kanyang utak, iyan ang totoo. Mapapasinungalingan pa ba iyan? Kitang-kita ninyo na tulog na tulog siya at hindi alam ang kanyang mundo nung magising, mapapasinungalingan ninyo ba iyan? Tama na kayo…. 

  • Denzel Boksingero

    Brenda sentence of Recah: “Now, a closer, more honest look would show Pacquiao dropped his guard before the end of the sixth round visibly due to weariness…” Remember, Granville Ampong of Examiner. Recah writes like Ampong. 

  • Denzel Boksingero

    Like some Filipinos who fail to see Manny Pacquiao’s valuable contribution to our nation, Recah is being disrespectful to Pacquiao by using the term Brenda. It’s a term more appropriate for Miriam Santiago and Recah Trinidad, not Manny Pacquiao who has brought glory to the Filipino nation. The man is down, and some Filipinos are mocking him just for the fun of it–clearly, these few Filipinos are the ones having Brenda. 


    Just the first name of the doctor -Rustico- inevitably drew the ire of Pacquiao. It reminds him of his disastrous first loss and a KO at that against who else, Rustico Torrecampo.

  • maypakialamako

    kaya natalo si manny paksiw e dahil sa kapupuyat gawa ng bible study ek ek! mag-asawang gunggung ayon nabola at nauto ng mga born gainst pastors! tiba tiba na sina pastor, kasama pa hanggang amerika, libre pahotel at ticket sa laban ang buong pamilya nina pastor, kapalmuks talaga! belat talo naman, buti nga!

  • droccu

    Dr. Jimenez’s “observation” may not have been meant to defame Manny but it already did. Coming from a neurologist, his public pronouncements may have already cost Manny millions of potential earnings or at the very least lost leverage in any upcoming negotiations by making a a diagnosis via “remote control” (from afar)- though admittedly he NEVER examined Pacquiao.  He was already offering a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease based only on observed hand “twitch/es” (?) watching Manny in a TV show (?) without the benefit of a thorough examination or diagnostic tests. Dr. Jimenez is very careless at the very least doing this and so unprofessional. Is there a PMA (Philippine Medical Association) violation here somewhere?

    • Estee Muri

       NADA !  Manny  was never been a patient of this Physician. There was no doctor-patient relationship. It is a free country and one can say  what  he thinks  what he sees.  Mas masahol pa ang magsabing ” P-ta ang Ina Mo ”  na wala namang  katibayan ang nagsabi!

      • droccu

        I agree that we have “a free country and one can say  what  he thinks  what he sees”. But the statement (diagnosis) of  Dr. Jimenez as a Professional Neurologist goes beyond free speech as it defames and even imperils Manny’s  livelihood WITHOUT any proof of formal medical and diagnostic examination. Take note that his public diagnoses was even picked up by foreign press! True that there was no doctor-patient privilege broken but what’s worse is that there was NO doctor-patient relationship in the first place as basis for the public diagnosis. 

    • Eduardo

      Concern lang si Dr. Jimenez kay Manny, kagaya ko din gusto na rin siyang mag retiro, wala nang dapat pang patunayan siya sa larangan ng boksing!
      Papaano na-defame si Pacquiao sa mga sinabi ni Dr. Jimenez?
      Pangalagaan na lang natin PACMAN kesa gumawa tayo ng kung anu-ano kabalbalan sa mga media site.

      • droccu

        Dr. Jimenez can convey his “concern” directly and privately to PACMAN if he is sincerely concerned and not make a PUBLIC pronouncement that can only be interpreted by everyone as as true DIAGNOSIS from a Neurologist without actually examining the patient. He is not an ordinary citizen giving a concerned opinion because he identified himself as a NEUROLOGIST.

        How can you NOT defame someone when technically, from your professional opinion, you are saying that he is NOT FIT TO WORK since he has Parkinson’s disease?

  • sorbetero

    Keep all those unsolicited advise to yourself, Manny knows what is best for Manny.

    • Estee Muri

       REALLY ? REALLY,REALLY ? MANNY KNOWS WHAT IS MONEY, KAYA  hayun kahit  the inevitable na mangyari sa kanya  na magkaroon siya ng Parkinson’s disease, if he will  not stop now, sigue pa rin siya ng sigue kahit  talunan na  just because of  MONEY,MONEY AND MORE MONEY. The Good Lord   does not want people who are  greedy of money! Kaya I am surprise  as to why these so called BORN AGAIN PASTORS ( Pito ba sila  na nakitulog  ,  nakikain and  nakiligo na sa  bahay ni Manny in the guise of Bible Study KUNO , what  kind of leeches and vultures and HYPOCRITES THESE SO- CALLED BORN AGAIN PASTORS ARE ! Tama si Aling Dionisia.
       And No, hindi ako na-i-ingit  kundi   na-awa ako kay Manny dahil  he is surrounded by VULTURES   who only thinks of themselves  and not the welfare of Manny.
      MANNY DOES NOT KNOW  NOW WHAT IS BEST FOR HIM , kaya  iyong  the rest of us  whose brain ay hindi nalalamog sa suntok at  hindi naging parasites kay Manny, ay nagsa-sabing, Tama na Manny. You already have the  fame , money and fortune,  ! Ano pa ba  ang gusto mo !. Does anybody show  the  comments of this column to Manny , para   naman sana  he can  give himself  a time to ponder  ?

      • sorbetero

        All the chest  beating, all the noise, all the pretencious concern… these are still UNSOLICITED advice and Manny does not, repeat..does not need them for Manny knows what is  best for himself…. so lay off…May sariling pagiisip at pagsusuri yung tao, alam niya kung ano ang masama at mabuti para sa kanya, di niya kailangan ang mapagkunwaring payo ng iba.salamat…..

      • Eduardo

        Si Pacquiao kabayan ay maituturing nang isang kayamanan ng bansang Pilipinas at lahat ng karangalan ay binigay niya sa atin. Matuwid lang na pagmalasakitan siya ng kanyang mga minamahal na kababayan. Sa palagay mo ba si Z Gorres alam niya na malakas yong suntok ng kalaban? Si Pretty Boy Lucas na hanggang sa ngayon sariwa pa rin ang operasyon niya sa ulo meron ba tayong naitulong sa kanya? Si Rolando Navarette kamusta na kaya siya? Diba pinagtatawanan na lang siya ng marami sa mga kababayan natin.

        These great Filipino boxers gave pride and honor to us but we when the darken days of their career comes, what we gave them? Nothing!!!

        In the situation of Manny Pacquiao, he still okay sa ngayon papaano kung maulit uli yong ganoong knock-out?

        Isa lang ako sa mga nagmamalasakit sa ating pang bansang KAMAO!!!

        Siyanga pala, isa ako sa mga tinaguriang “Mga Bagong Bayani” OFW po ako mula pa noong 1980, tagal na no?


      • sorbetero

        Kabayang Eduardo, sa ganang akin, malaki ang pinagkaiba ng nagmamalasakit sa nanghihimasok o nakikialam. Magtiwala ka sa kakayahan nya na gumawa ng pansariling desisyon kung talagang masugid kang tagahanga.Yun lang yun.Salamat…..

  • Estee Muri

    To all Pacquiao fans out there, if you really care  for our hero , please  convince MANNY PACQUIAO to quit now. In the first place he is  still very way ahead of any boxer out there including Juan Manuel Marquez whose strength  and  physical body structure is very questionable no matter what  and plus  this doper ANGEL HEREDIA ( in the Philippines Demonyong Heredia), What else  does Manny wants to rpove? He already has  the eight Titles champion under him plus he already  has  fame and fortune which  is  the main reason  as to why he chose  to box. Unless  GREED IS NOW EATING MANNY PACQUIAO   and those people  or fans does not realize that  Boxing is A VERY DANGEROUS SPORT, If not DEATH,HOSPITAL, IF NOT HOSPITAL  the lifetime  being INVALID   A just the likes of Muhammad Ali and even infront of MANNY  PACQUAIO   in  the form  of his trainer  FREDDIE ROACH. Manny  should listen  to his mother. Mother knows best. Huwag maging  tulad sa kantang ANAK, naging matigas and iyong ulo, at ang  payo nila’y sinuway mo!

  • Constantine

    Yap,Pacquiao should proceed immediately to the Las Vegas Clinic and undergo intensive tests for his brain condition. If he refuses to go to the US, it only means that he is scared to know the truth! 

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