US comic calls Pacquiao an idiot then says sorry; Pacman is TIME's 20th most influential person in the world
Italian-American radio host Adam Carolla hit pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao below the belt in his podcast uploaded on Youtube.
Carolla called Pacquiao a "f*cking idiot [who prays] to chicken bones" and an "illiterate guy who happens to smash other guys in the head better than other people." This came after Carolla talked to a caller named Erin about the aborted fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. after Pacquiao refused to give blood samples close to the fight as Mayweather demanded.
The comedian didn't spare the Philippines from his not-so-funny tirade. "You know your country doesn't have a lot going for it when everything is about Manny Pacquiao. Get a f"cking life as a country! He's gonna run for Congress in the Philippines. Really? You want some guy with brain damage running your country? Why don't you get your sh*t together? They got this and sex tours–that's all they have over there."
"What happens when he loses? What happens when Floyd Mayweather beats him? The whole country goes into depression? Jesus, you got nothing going."
Carolla earlier said in his podcast, "We don't realize how quietly racist we all are." Carolla is a close friend of TV show host Jimmy Kimmel, who incidentally has had Pacquiao as a guest twice in his show, reports GMANews.TV.
Pacquiao said Carolla is only trying to get attention and he'd rather not add to the controversy, reports 24 Oras. Deputy presidential spokesman Gary Olivar said, "[The Philippines doesn't have to demand for an apology from Carolla] because he is a sick minority. His statements do not carry any weight to any place in any country. He is a minority that deserves to be ignored."
Inquirer.net reported on April 5, 12:17 a.m., that Pacquiao is no. 21 in TIME magazine's annual 100 most influential people in the world list, ahead of golfer Tiger Woods and tennis player Serena Williams. In the 2010 TIME 100 poll, Pacquiao is no. 20 with an average rating of 91 from 6,926 votes as of April 5, 12 p.m.
"An idol in his native Philippines, Pacquiao has become an international sports god, drawing much-needed fans to the fading profession of boxing," writes TIME.
Maybe this was one of the things that made Carolla regret his anti-Pacquiao and anti-Filipino statements. ABS-CBNNews.com reports that the comedian issued an apology to Pacquiao and Filipinos in general via his verified Twitter account. He tweeted: "Read your comments. Sorry if I offended many of u. I don't preplan my commentary. I try to be provocative, funny but I crossed the line & im sorry." In another tweet, he added, "By the way, I think manny is a great fighter."