By Larry Limcangco
There is a saying that pride comes before a fall, the meaning is that someones arrogance or overconfidence can lead to something bad happening to them such as losing a fight, to show them that they are not as great as they think they are, it’s a humbling experience.
Manny Pacquiao was boasting and almost to the level of showing off his new found faith, and so confident that he was going to beat Timothy Bradley that he didn’t even bother putting on powerful muscle for this fight and he only boxed the last 30 seconds of each round, doing enough in his mind to win.
People need to wake up! Manny Pacquiao’s arrogance and boastfulness is what coast him the fight. He made the people and the judges wait an extra 45 minutes so he could finish the Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat basketball game, his Celtics lost that game, and after that he went running on a treadmill for 20 minutes before finally coming out to the ring.
Also, when Pacquiao started talking non-stop about religion it wasn’t proper. This is boxing, you shouldn’t make it a religious war. A person who is truly a Christian will not boast and brag 24 hours a day about being a Christian, and do multiple bible studies a day while the cameras are filming. I noticed the really pious and religious people are those who are so secure and confident in their faith that they don’t have to constantly boast and brag to people, they pray and attend church, and they live by example letting their actions speak not their words.
Pacquiao has to be careful and realize he shouldn’t align himself with boastful preachers, but go back to his humble ways when he would pray for the health and safety of the fighters in the ring, and to have the strength to give a good fight to the fans. Pacquiao is more of a politician than a boxer, his image as “Mr. Nice Guy” is more important to him, he could have finished Timothy Bradley a few times in the fight, but he chose to back off, Pacquiao wanted to look compassionate by letting Bradley go the distance, while still winning on the cards, but the thing is you cannot leave the fight in the judges hands, and Pacquiao vs. Bradley is proof of that because the judges have a mind of their own and coming out late to a fight could also make them agitated at you and make them biased toward the other fighters punches instead of yours.
For all the fighters, don’t get a big head like Manny Pacquiao, let this be a lesson to always train hard and never be cocky and overconfident the way Pacquiao was against Bradley, and don’t be lazy like Pacquiao was against Juan Manuel Marquez, study tape and come up with a strategy to defeat your opponent — remember boxing is about using your brain, don’t be like Pacquiao, and make sure to use your brain in and out of the ring.
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