WWE's John Cena Talks About Manny Pacquiao Before SummerSlam

John Cena had good things to say about Manny Pacquiao recently. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Before yesterday's WWE SummerSlam event, John Cena was apparently asked some question about Manny Pacquiao for one reason or another (I have no idea):

"I think it would be very quick, and the decision would be obvious," Cena said. "Manny Pacquiao will knock me out in the 1st round." ... "I have a lot of respect (for Pacquiao). He's done so much, not only for the Philippines. His popularity has transcended," Cena said.

What I really like about the article is that wrestling is treated as if it's a legit sport. That's always fun. (I don't mean that as snide as it sounds.) As I've mentioned before I was a big pro wrestling fan growing up, and still sort of keep tabs on what's going on, and I do always enjoy when boxers have some kind of involvement. Pacquiao has in the past been accompanied to the ring by former WWE star Dave Batista (who is half-Filipino), and of course Pacquiao's press rival Floyd Mayweather Jr worked for WWE briefly in 2008. It's fun to see guys take the leap and try their hand with WWE, which is a totally different platform when it comes to being a showman. Even someone as boxing-charismatic as Floyd has issues adjusting to the stage.

Monte Barrett has recently said that he'd like to pursue a WWE career, but he's 40, not particularly charismatic at all, and as much as you might hate wrestling or whatever, it's not easy to do well, and Barrett wouldn't be high on my list of guys who would translate well. Who would, though?

I also feel obligated to post the Butterbean vs Bart Gunn video at WrestleMania XV in 1999, because it was one of the nastiest knockouts I've ever seen (and yes, it was legit):

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