MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao became an Internet sensation after his devastating loss to Juan Manuel Marquez.
Netizens immortalized Marquez’s knockout of Pacquiao in online memes depicting the bout as a video game, and others used used their photo manipulating skills to show Pacquiao “dancing” with Michael Jackson, planking, or sunbathing on the beach.
Despite the memes, Pacquiao’s supporters expressed their loyalty by creating their own graphics.
Fellow boxer Nonito Donaire, Jr., however, said the loss is no laughing matter.
“Got into Houston and got word from Dennis about what happened with Manny. Prayers to Manny that he makes a full recovery,” he said on his official Facebook page.
“And to those who are kicking him while he's down (ie those who are making 'planking' jokes) need to stop! Getting knocked out ain’t a laughing matter. It takes balls to be in that ring and we all pray at the end of the day no one gets seriously injured.”