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Is Pacquiao a victim of his own success, with people expecting nothing less than spectacular each time he fights?
That my friends, comes with the territory. You can’t truthfully utter words like “all-time great” about a person, then come up with excuses and alibis for lackluster performances. And doesn’t great power come with great responsibility? Wasn’t that the borrowed mantra Pacquiao himself once quoted from Spider Man?
You don’t get to the top of boxing’s food chain by being mediocre. Indeed, Pacquiao fought his way and earned his place on top, but staying there is a totally different story. What gives?
With his many distractions and responsibilities, and after all the years he has put in the sport and all the sacrifices he’s made, does he even truly still want to do this?
The thing I admire most about Pacquiao is his courage; he was fearless in his conquests, indifferent to the challenges. He made the most out of what he had, defied logic, and courageously overcame obstacles.
Despite his flaws, adversities and the limitations others set for him, he labored on to defy logic, make history, and accomplish feats even great men can only dream of. He has inspired all the underdogs, not just Filipinos around the world, to pursue their passion, goals and dreams, and provided them confidence that they too can make it. That you don’t need to be the best, you just have to have a lot of heart and courage.
But now, that very same courage is being put to the test.
This isn’t quite the same protagonist in the beginning of this epic.
Does Pacquiao have the courage to be honest with himself?
Instead of criticizing and calling out those who felt Marquez should’ve won in their last fight and labeling them “crabs”, does Pacquiao have the courage to admit his shortcomings and make the necessary changes and moves to right his ship?
Does he have the courage to take blame for circumstances that led to his lackluster showing against Marquez, or will he continue to be in denial and suggest that he “clearly won the fight”?
And most importantly, does he have the courage to admit to himself, if he truly still wishes to be a boxer. Boxing has given him so much, and deserves nothing less than 100% from this era’s best fighter. Will he allow his legacy to crumble?
It takes a lot of courage to be true to yourself and disregard what the cling-ons and butt kissers say to your face; their ulterior motives are their true masters. But if Pacquiao wishes to end his career and seal his legacy, he must stay the course and avoid the same mistakes made by other great athletes before him, blinded by money, flatterers, groupies and all the trappings of fame.
Is it in him? Yes. That’s why you expect the best from the best. Not excuses.
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