By: Jaime A. Gavina Jr.
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If you think of all of what’s going on in the much awaited boxing match of the decade between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. you have to be amazed on how the mind games have played out between the two camps.
Yet all these amazing tactical strategies they put out before the bout had somewhat its share of what really is happening on their minds, I call it the doubt of one’s self.
There’s something in their mind that may happen that scared them. It is not the fight itself because they are used to fighting in their whole life but the idea of greatness and fame and how they can salvage their legacy.
Let’s get into the mind of Floyd Mayweather Jr.; He is used to the attention that he is getting before and no one will surpass that or even come at close until Manny Pacquiao comes along and did something spectacular that the whole world gets awe in amazement .
With Floyd’s character and the competition of fame in his vein will not allow that Pacquiao would gain more popularity in his homeland the US than he can ever imagined. Floyd will not be fighting for his legacy or greatness but the fame he has endured for the past few years. Because we all know he fights for his safety first before anything else.
Now facing the opponent that can put his perfect record in jeopardy give this doubt in his mind if it’s really worth it a shot. Because not all money can put you in the stardom, you may have all the money in the world and still you will not get notice by people.
He is thinking if he lost that bout the shining star that he has will fade away and turn into dust. With his confident sleek cocky character if that happens and lost in devastating way his world will never be the same. No one would ever listen to him and care on what he has to say and that would scare him big time.
In case of Manny Pacquiao he is not afraid of fighting anybody or afraid of losing his greatness and fame because he doesn’t have such when he started out. All he cares before is to have something to give for his mother and be out of poverty.
Now he is just protecting his legacy, the legacy that he made out of hard work, pain and sacrifice. The doubt that all of those years of hard work he had put through would soon vanish in the blink of an eye because of an honest mistake.
I don’t think Manny Pacquiao is cheating or doing something illegal but what if he had taken of what he thought a vitamin or supplement that he doesn’t even know that is banned by NSAC, that I call an honest mistake.
But that would tarnish his legacy that he is protecting all his life. Because even if that test would only capture once and be retested again and comes out clean the damage is done and you can’t change the perception of people anymore that you once took a banned substance.
With different culture and different upbringing both this fighter has different mindset and takes on certain things. They have different phobia to deal with and different view of what they believe works and don’t work. So they should respect each other’s take on different issue.
A character of pushing yourself to the limit is more important than any material things this world can offer and that is the only thing that can make a man satisfied.
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