Manny Pacquiao: Boxing's Saviour at His Best

Huwebes FernandezCorrespondent IMay 19, 2009

LAS VEGAS - MAY 02:  Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines celebrates with promoter Bob Arum after defeating Ricky Hatton of England in the second round of their junior welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena May 2, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

All the stories have been told and all articles have been written. Someone said boxing is already dead but look at it right now. It's selling like hotcakes because of this man, who has already achieved his place among the boxing legends and all-time greats.

We are talking about Manny Pacquiao, who we once never cared about or been interested in back in the old days when he was still building his name in the United States of America.

Who could have known that this Filipino Tasmanian Devil would save boxing after Oscar Dela Hoya, the greatest pay-per view king in the history of boxing had retired. Many thought that boxing would drop into the quicksand and be entirely over-shadowed by the emerging success of the UFC, but that is utterly wrong. Boxing once proved again why the sport is here to stay for a very long time.

Thanks to Manny Pacquiao, all the upcoming journalists like me have been inspired to write about boxing and boxing alone. Thanks to him we still cherish that finishing lefthook punch that brought Hatton down to the canvass for almost five minutes, and will go down as one of the most vicious knock-outs any combat sport has ever seen.

Very often we always say that boxing has lost it's glory because of the bad officiating and the governing bodies that always milk money from boxers whenever they put their lives on the line, but it's as if we never learn.

Boxing has been there and done that. No one can ever make boxing go away in this world. It's because of the excitement, the drama behind the fight-scenes and highlight knockout reels that we have always waited for.

Manny Pacquiao is planning to run for a Philippine Congressional seat next year, and the sad thought about that is he is also speaking about his retirement before the elections. I hope that he would not continue his plans on doing that because the boxing world is still not ready for his early departure just when he is making it big in the US.

Boxing fans and writers will surely miss his excitement and knockout reels that he always brings in the ring. He must not leave the sport yet, as he can still do many things and achieve greater glory for him and the sweet science.

As he said, "it's nothing personal, I'm just doing my job"—I hope you can do it just a little bit more Manny, just a little bit more.