Manny Pacquiao fights the good fight
By Bill Tibbs
There are no bouts on the immediate horizon for Manny Pacquiao but the welterweight champion is busy fighting.
In the toughest of fights, legendary champion Manny Pacquiao always remains the undisputed champion.
The boxing world, actually all of sports and entertainment, is on hold while the world works to rid itself of the COVID-19 virus. However, WBA welterweight champion many Pacquiao is busier than ever. He is currently working hard to support relief efforts in his home country of the Philippines doing everything he can to help the poor and homeless. It is important for Pacquiao, himself a victim of child poverty, to show the poor and homeless that they are not forgotten in these dire times. It is just that attitude that has endeared the Philippine senator, and boxing legend, to his fellow countrymen; it is what clearly defines him as an undisputed champion both in and out of the ring.
Pacquiao has made tens, if not hundreds, of millions of dollars boxing. But if there was ever a poster child for a man who has not forgotten where he came from it is Pacquiao, who himself left home as teenager to box professionally to make money. This, despite staggering odds of being able to achieve little more than some local success in the ring. However, it seemed a better option than selling cigarettes and pencils in the streets in his previous career vocation.
Pacquiao, who regularly puts in 16-18-hour days, as a senator, while training also training as a professional boxer, has remained a fearless champion for his home country. His tireless philanthropical efforts began as soon as he saw his profile, and platform, elevated as a massively popular athlete.
And what success he has had. Pacquiao turned pro 25 years ago and in a 71-fight career has captured multiple world titles from flyweight to welterweight and currently reigns as the WBA world welterweight champion. Pacquiao’s list of opponents in a who’s-who of stars from the last 20 years that includes Oscar de la Hoya, Erik Morales, Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosley, Timothy Bradley Jr. and Floyd Mayweather Jr., among others on a long list of champions.
However, long after Manny hears the last bell on his career, he will be fighting for his people. And, it is this giving heart towards these people, many living in impoverished conditions, that has endeared him to his countrymen. It is in times like these where you really see what drives Pacquiao. Yes, he loves to box and is proud of his career, but it is the opportunity to help people that is really his true calling.
Speaking to the Manilla Bulleting recently, Pacquiao made it clear that he is ready to wage war on this global virus and do everything he can for his country.
“If you are a leader, you have to be a front-liner,” Pacquiao said. “You have to lead people and let people see that you are with them. I grew up poor. I know what they feel”, he continued. The deeply committed Christian also said that, “he’s not afraid to die” while trying to help people. Pacquiao also expressed deep concern that “looting will take place if people living in the streets aren’t fed”.
Not all champions wear boxing gloves. This one does, but it isn’t what makes him a champion.