Tim Smith ducked the
Pacquiao-Clottey press conference
By RYAN ARGUELLES /
Tim Smith, the sports
columnist of The New York Daily News was a no-show at the
Pacquiao-Clottey press conference this week in
at Madison Square Garden.
Filipino mediamen and
press are looking for a chance to get an answer from Tim Smith about
his article on Dec.25, 2009 where he wrote that he has a source
familiar to the talks that a Pacquiao representative asked what
penalties Pacquiao would face if he tested dirty and also if dirty
results could be kept secret so that the integrity of the sport
wouldn’t be ruined in the public eye.
Reporters are also
eager to get some answers from Tim Smith about where did he get his
information that Manny Pacquiao is afraid of needles. There is no
interview where Manny Pacquiao said that he is afraid of needles
except from the press release coming from the Golden Boy Promotion,
where they put words in the mouth of Manny Pacquiao.
A number of Filipino
press, including myself, were looking around if there was a visibility
of the noted columnist of The New York Daily News since the press
conference is in his backyard and he writes for one of the biggest
newspapers in New York City and the United States. Instead, Tim Smith
was nowhere to be found within the surroundings of the WAMU Theatre
where the press conference took place.
Tim Smith, until now,
has not produced facts even with the request and challenge coming from
Manny Pacquiao himself in his own Kumbinasyon column titled, “Innocent
Until Proven Guilty” posted at Philippine Boxing.com. Together with
Teddy Atlas and ESPN, Tim Smith was issued a challenge coming from the
number one pound-for-pound champion in the world – to show facts about
a certain representative from within the Pacquiao camp, to show facts
before you write something false.
afternoon at the Pacquiao-Clottey press conference was the chance for
a respected journalist and columnist like Tim Smith to actually gather
his facts and evidence and SHOW IT, because Manny Pacquiao came to
visit his home territory in
New York City.
Manny Pacquiao was ready to face the facts.
Tim Smith backed down.
Tim Smith didn’t show up for this kind of conference to obtain facts
from Pacquiao himself, instead he relied on a source for his facts.
And what I can’t fathom on this is that Smith writes for a major
newspaper in New York that has a large readership in the tri-state
area. New York
readers deserve to be told the story with the truth accompanied by
Does Tim Smith
underestimate Manny Pacquiao because he came from Philippines and
Pacquiao is not an American, so that’s why he can write things in his
article without facts? Does Tim Smith have the superior ego because he
is a New York sports columnist and that he can write without basis and
facts to a person who is not American like Manny Pacquiao? Are you
trying to bully a Filipino like what the Mayweathers and Golden Boy
Promotion is trying to do to Manny Pacquiao? These are the words from
Bob Arum in his introduction of Manny Pacquiao. Are you a bully Tim
Manny Pacquiao refused
to be bullied as Bob Arum suggested, “Filipinos refused to be bullied
by the Japanese Occupation Forces in World War II”. We also refused to
be bullied by a writer like you Tim Smith, who does not present facts.
He knows writing
against an individual is accepted as long as you present your facts,
what is not proper conduct from a writer is when you do write against
a person without presenting real facts because you happen to write for
the Dailly News newpaper in New York.
Tim Smith could have
all the excuses by not attending the press conference, such as he is
on vacation, he has an important meeting, he has to interview a Jets
player, he is attending another more important press conference, his
dog is sick, it’s too cold to go out, he’s not feeling well on that
day, he had a doctor’s appointment. Whatever it is, he should be right
there in that press conference, studiously and objectively taking
notes from Manny Pacquiao if he still believes in the real value of
journalism. FACTS are required in a career of proper journalism – not
relying on some source that never existed or some fraudulent source
that came from the Mayweather camp.
By not coming to the
press conference of the Pacquaio-Clottey fight, Tim Smith ducked and
avoided to see Manny Pacquaio eye to eye, because he is guilty of
fabrication, like Bob Arum stated. Because if Tim Smith is not guilty
of fabrication, then he could have and should have shown Manny
Pacquiao and the fight fans across the globe, his source and the facts
that are related to it. Tim Smith has failed to do so.