By Jorge Conejo
Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao transcends the sport of boxing, when he fights it’s must see TV, and after many years of hardwork and determination he has finally reached the pinnacle of his sport as pound-for-pound king.
I loved watching Manny Pacquiao fight the Mexican legends trio of Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, and Juan Manuel Marquez, but I would have never guessed the little Filipino fireball would be fighting at welterweight or be the huge star he is today.
I remember telling my buddies at work, if they promoted this little guy, people will tune in to watch him fight, he is that exciting to watch, and once Pacquiao got the opportunity to showcase his skills to the world when he fought Oscar De La Hoya, people were amazed.
I am still astonished at Pacquiao’s climb in weight, it seems it was just yesterday that he was fighting at 130 pounds.
The most impressive thing about Manny is the passion he still has for the sport of boxing. Usually when a fighter becomes a huge star making $20 million a fight, they tend to become soft, and start fighting with less hunger, it happens to almost all the rich and famous boxers, they lose the hunger. But what makes Pacquiao special is he is inspired by the poor people in the Philippines, he truly wants to lift spirits through boxing and will die in the boxing ring to give honor and hope to his country.
Manny shows that boxing truly is the gentleman’s sport, he fights like a tiger in the ring, but outside of the ring his heart is filled with compassion and warmth for humanity.
Manny isn’t just a special fighter, he is an amazing human being.
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