MANILA, Philippines - The Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez fight has seemingly given rise to another bout of sorts, online this time; that is, between Justin Bieber and hordes of netizens who got offended by his recent posts on Instagram featuring the Filipino boxing champ.
The pop superstar posted a few memes on Instagram on Dec. 10 that features Pacquiao's flat-on-the-stomach photo apparently captured after El Dinamita knocked him out in the sixth round of their fourth fight held Dec. 9 (Philippine time).
In the first photo, Pacquiao is made to appear doing the Michael Jackson "lean" -a signature dance move by the King of Pop. Pacquiao's cropped photo was also edited to appear beside the pop icon.
As caption, Bieber wrote, "Pacquiao doing the lean with MJ .. Classic moment." The post has generated nearly 200,000 likes as of this writing.
As expected, the photo page was swamped with thousands of comments, with some netizens lamenting that Bieber was being "rude" and "disrespectful" to Pacquiao.
"Wow Justin. Can't believe you said that. You just lost all my respect. Hope your happy," wrote nerdyhipsta9818.
"well, pacquiao's our national hero. with all due respect to Justin. he's a big star, which makes his every move a big deal. this is just really wrong," said danadalson, who's apparently a Filipino.
The other photo shows Pacquiao knocked out cold inside the ring with a worried baby Simba ("Lion King" character) by his side.
"Dad wake up," Bieber captioned in the photo, which so far has registered more than 100,000 likes and nearly 10,000 comments.
Some girl fans seemingly fell in love with the singer-songwriter even more because of his own brand of humor.
"I hope one day I find a guy that can take and make a joke like you!! I love you Justin," gushed fromhebawithlove.
Bieber's posts apparently became a spark of dismay for others who wished that the "Baby" hit maker would be more sensitive and responsible of his words and actions.
"Yeah, it may be a joke but to some people its not. Pacquiao blacked out. Im sure if jb passed out and someone made fun of him like this you beliebers would get mad. It's the same for other people. Just saying. This is mad disrespectful," audreypicart commented.
Nevertheless, there were those who saw nothing wrong with Bieber's posts. Swagrauhljdb, for one, argued, "You're judging Justin just because of his joke? Guys,i think you should know him first."
It's unclear, however, if Bieber himself created these memes or simply reposted them from another source. What's pretty obvious is that he's a supporter of Floyd Mayweather, Jr.-the boxing fans' dream opponent for Pacquiao.
"He has nothing to gain fighting pacqiao, Floyd has never in his professional career lost a fight and Pacqiao lost his last two fights. If Floyd wins its not that big of a deal Cuz it would be his third loss in a row, and lf he loses he's gonna ruin his legacy either way there's no big win for Mayweather.. Mayweather is boxing," wrote Bieber on a separate Instagram post.