Boxing: Manny Pacquiao earns kudos for inactivity

The most popular boxer in boxing history is trying to get Duterte’s government caught in a web of legal troubles over allegations of killing and torture. The Commonwealth Games are today in India, just…

Boxing: Manny Pacquiao earns kudos for inactivity

The most popular boxer in boxing history is trying to get Duterte’s government caught in a web of legal troubles over allegations of killing and torture.

The Commonwealth Games are today in India, just a few days ahead of the one in South Africa. Hallelujah and thank you, Bring on the champions. What a wonderful way to finish off the Commonwealth.

Like many boxing fans, a few years ago I watched Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) knock Floyd Mayweather (51-0, 26 KOs) unconscious in what is easily the biggest boxing moment of the last several years. I’ve watched many championship bouts and had a chance to see Pacman in two bouts in the United States, so far.

So I’m thankful for any victory in the ring, no matter how casual it was. That’s the way a sports fan lives in a world where every outcome is not as predictable as we would like it to be. As a story told by NBC Sports’ Dan Rafael sums it up, there’s no such thing as luck in boxing.

Yet Pacquiao himself is the Golden Boy of boxing and is the ring maestro of our time. Here is a man with 62% approval ratings and a new government equivalent in Malaysia (Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad) who is a perfect model for any and all politicians who want to try it.

What hope does Filipinos have that their President will listen to the people if it starts to matter to them? Let’s hope he remembers both Mayweather and Pacquiao.

Now, let’s remember Manny Pacquiao with a smile on his face and not with a cloud in his eye.

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