Miss Universe 2014: Manny Pacquiao as judge met with criticism

Miss Universe 2014 judges are revealed and Manny Pacquiao is one of them. Will this work in favor of the candidate from the Philippines, Mary Jean Lastimosa?

Miss Universe 2014 judges

It's one hot topic today the announcement by the Miss Universe Organization (MWO) of the first set of judges for its 63rd Miss Universe finals on January 25, 2015 in Doral, Miami, particulary the inclusion of Filipino 8-division world boxing champion and Congressman Manny Pacquiao in the lineup.

And while most of us here in the Philippines is celebrating for it, still, there are some pageant fans, whether Filipino or not, who are questioning why Pacquiao (who's currently in the US now to negotiate a super fight vs Floyd Mayweather Jr) was chosen to sit as a judge in this world's most popular pageant.

They're questioning his ability to be a beauty pageant judge, and fans of other Miss Universe 2014 candidates are already worried that Pacquiao might be biased on Miss Philippines, knowing how nationalistic the boxer is.

I actually don't see any problem with Pacquiao as Miss Universe judge. His credentials would tell he has many remarkable achievements, deserving to judge a pageant which in the past has featured a diverse set of judges, regardless of race, profession and achievement, whether he or she comes from the fashion or beauty pageant world or not, a sports champion, a politician, a businessman or an actor. Pacquiao isn't the first celebrity coming from the sports world to get invited to judge Miss Universe. There were many already, such as Americans Evan Lysacek and Tara Lipinski in 2010 and 2014 respectively, Ecuadorian Jefferson Perez in 2004, Venezuelan Pablo Sandoval in 2012, Canadian Ron Duguay and Indian Vijay Armitraj in 1994, and more.

I'm sure that Pacquiao also has an eye for beauty, and knows what's beautiful, sexy, elegant or not, that he can comprehend very well the responses during the Question & Answer portion, and can decide who gives the most impressive answer.

Even if Mary Jean Lastimosa would score the highest for Pacquiao (assuming she enters the Top 15), he's just 1 judge and won't prevail if the other judges won't like Miss Philippines.

My only concern actually is Pacquiao also doing a Lea Salonga. The Filipino Broadway star already judged Miss Universe in 2011, but she failed to convince everyone if she indeed judged fairly when she said Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup placed 2nd in her scoresheet behind the winner, Miss Angola. (Many believed then Ms. Philippines was more deserving.) Shamcey only placed 4th then over-all (or 3rd Runner Up).

Manny knows the feeling of getting robbed of a boxing title, so he will certainly judge fairly in the beauty pageant. The pressure is actually on Miss Philippines Mary Jean Lastimosa to work harder in the pageant and prove she's deserving to win Miss Universe 2014, so as to avoid a possible controversy about Miss Philippines being favored to win by a Filipino judge. (Take our survey: Who are your Miss Universe 2014 Favorites?)

Joining Pacquiao in the judging panel are Cuban-American actor William Levy, who was named as Sexiest Man Alive by People En Espanol in 2011, American TV personality Kristin Cavallari, British star Lisa Vanderpump of the American TV shows "Vanderpump Rules" and "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills", English TV host Louise Roe of the American reality show "Plain Jane" and 5 other judges who re yet to be announced.

Levy is familiar to Pinoy viewers as the male lead Juan Miguel in the Mexican telenovela 'Maria de Jesus: Anghel ng Lansangan' ('Ciudado con el Angel'), which was shown here in 2009. (See: Shirtless William Levy)

Performers during the Miss Universe 2014 finale have also been revealed today:

Miss Universe 2014 performers
Latino-American Prince Royce and American Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers (credit to MUO)

Nick Jonas has a got Miss Universe connection for he is the current boyfriend of Olivia Culpo, Miss Universe 2012 winner. - Mykiru.ph

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Mykiru is an entertainment blogger, having been named as one of the Top 10 Pinoy Showbiz Resources in the Philippines. For a decade now, Mykiru.ph has been delivering the latest, the hottest and most trending issues in the country.

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