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How did one kid with practically nothing and hardly any education, rise from the poverty that gripped his country, and become one of the most influential figures in its entire history?
What is it about 8-division World Boxing Champion Manny Pacquiao that has transcended him into a cultural icon, and one of the most beloved persons by his nation?
As a boxer, he has accomplished feats that rank amongst the best that’s ever done it. His rag-to-riches story, though not new in the world of boxing and sports, never fails to inspire.
There’s plenty to rave about Pacquiao and the way he carries himself draws admiration from both his peers and followers.
“I like how he carries himself outside the ring. He’s not arrogant, he’s not boastful; at least that’s how he portrays himself outside the ring,” undefeated heavyweight rising star Seth Mitchell told me when I asked his opinion about Pacquiao.
For women’s boxing champ Ana Julaton, Pacquiao has provided an added source of motivation.
“One thing I definitely have learned from Manny since being around him from 2006 is that Greatness can come from anybody. You just have to believe even when others just want to judge a book by its cover. With all the things, the barriers that is frustrating in my sport, Manny continues to inspire me to believe that just like him, I just have to continue to work hard and be humble and always remember the people who support me and ignore the people who don’t believe in me,” Julaton once told me in an interview.
Truly, Pacquiao is an illuminating source of encouragement to his struggling country’s countless sorrows.
When he fights, Manila’s bumper-to-bumper traffic vanishes, as the streets are emptied with everyone tuned-in on the tube to witness their hero’s next conquest.
Civil wars call cease fire, rebels revel, and all of a sudden peace on Earth isn’t such a foreign objective– for a couple of hours at least.
But times are changing. Something seems to be off. This isn’t your uncle’s Manny Pacquiao.
Even his innocent and jovial smile abandoned his face in his last fight against his old nemesis.
Taking a closer look, this is after all a whole new different person.
Pacquiao, the boxer, is now Pacquiao the actor, celebrity, TV show host, singer, politician etc. in his country. The only thing that may surpass his riches is his ever-growing popularity.
His entourage that once consisted of a few friends and fellow fighters, has turned into a small community of politicians, businessmen, high-rollers, sycophants, leeches and whoever else that’s determined enough to latch on.
Inside the ring in his last fight, and as much as it was because of the guy in front of him, Pacquiao didn’t quite seem like his old self. He claimed he was cramping– again! But for whatever reason, the offensive dynamo appeared to be a little less than his usual self.
You can play catch-up and train like a machine in camp, but at the end of the day, Pacquiao is still human. Sooner or later, things will catch up to him.
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