Time for the Pacman to Hang Up His Gloves
by Henry Liao for philippinebasketball.ph (11/14/2010)
Quit the world of professional boxing while the quitting is good.
This is the best time for our Pambansang Kamao to hang up his gloves. He no longer needs another Mexican as his meal ? Zorro will never unmasked just to face him anyway.
No longer does he also need to fight America?s biggest coward, Floyd (Pretty Girl?) Mayweather Jr. All that the sissy-like Mayweather knows is to beat up his wife anyway.
Pacquiao has already done so much for the country by way of his world-renowned boxing exploits.
Time and again, the 31-year-old Pacquiao has made Filipinos everywhere proud.
He has tried so hard to raise the Philippines? international stature even when, for so long a time, all that our hypocritical and corrupt government officials have been doing was to bring us shame and humiliation before the international community.
Pacquiao has lifted the spirit of his downtrodden countrymen many times over.
They can dream big only because he used to be among their ranks. The poor can?t trust the ?trapo? or traditional politician who talks big but does nothing to uplift their financial conditions.
In contrast, the poor can easily identify themselves with Pacquiao for his humility, honesty and big heart.
Moreover, the ordinary folks can readily accept the fact that the Pacman got his millions because of his diligence and hard work as a pro boxer over the last 15 years.
He may not be perfect in some aspects in life but his money surely was earned cleanly. Talk of their pork barrel allocations and astounding perks, and I can?t say the same thing about our national executives, or even our city officials.
Pacquiao is a truly a national treasure, perhaps the country?s lone legitimate hero (outside of entertainers like Lea Salonga, Arnel Pineda and Charice Pemgpenco).
He is a legend of his time.
However, it?s also now the time for Pacquiao to walk away from the cruel sport of boxing and concentrate on his ?real? job as the House Representative from the impoverished province of Sarangani.
Forget about boxing. His niche in professional boxing is already carved in stone ? the world?s No. 1 pound-for-pound boxer during his era and the only boxer ever to win titles in eight weight divisions.
Pacquiao does not need to fight again. I certainly would not want to see him getting hurt in a future bout, assuming he desires to continue to fight. The Pacman no longer needs to do anything for his country inside the ring.
The time has come for Pacquiao to work his ?magic? in Congress. Let his star shine there and be the example of what truly a public servant is.
The Pacman has the personality to be the champion of the masses. And in the near future, he may just make the Filipino a proud race once more before the eyes of the world community.
I wait for that day to happen. Like Pacquiao, I believe this transformation can be effected in each one of us Filipinos.