Manny Pacquiao won over Oscar de la Hoya, practically forcing the golden boy to consider retirement from boxing. The whole Philippine archipelago stood still and celebrated during the live broadcast. We cheered ourselves hoarse, consumed bottles of beer and what-have-you, twittered about it, raced to put our two-cents worth in our blog, and generally made ourselves proud we are Filipinos. When the euphoria, however, had died down what valuable lessons do we get from this experience? Here are my thoughts about it:
1. Hard work and training pays off. Let’s not drive ourselves silly counting the millions Manny Pacquiao earned during this mismatch of a fight. Think instead of our idol’s humble beginnings and the sacrifices he endured to become a great world boxing champion. We marvel at his abs and awesome fighting form, but let’s also wonder about the toughness of his mind and spirit. That’s a treasure trove waiting to be mined for those of us who want to better our lives.
2. Value of diversification. To secure our future, we must learn how to diversify and reinvent ourselves to adapt to our economic condition. Manny is at the top of his game, but he has a singing career on the side. Not much of a Plan B? Don’t scoff now – he can always renew his interest in politics and make a serious jab at it. What are Oscar’s options? Maybe it’s time he dabbles at blogging.
3. Manny Pacquiao’s English is cool. He’s improved a lot. Even if he has not I can live with it. Okay, there are unconfirmed reports of grammar nazis taken to the hospital to stabilize their blood pressure on account of Manny’s television interviews. Do we even care? Naah.
4. The vice presidency of a country is a perilous, unforgiving and thankless job. I am glad our vice president took this occasion to unwind and become a part of Manny’s groupie. After all, one must maintain a balance between work and pleasure.*evil smirk*
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