P4P King Manny Pacquiao: Reaping the Harvests of His Hard-Earned Kingdom

victorCorrespondent IJune 8, 2009

HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 30:  Professional boxer Manny Pacquiao attends 'The Battle of East and West', a promotion for the May 2, 2009 World Junior Welterweight Championship boxing match held at the Roosevelt Hotel on March 30, 2009 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

It's no secret that Pound for Pound King and Jr. Welterweight Champion Many Pacquiao of the Philippines earned 13 million American dollars plus 52 percent of the total Pay-Per-View revenues for his less than six minutes of demolition work on Ricky "The Hit-man" Hatton.

He earned so much for so little time of work, which is considerably a leisure as well for the most avid boxers.

It can not be denied either that at his current status, he's in the position to choose his next opponent, and lay the terms for his next fight.

To some, it may be cherry-picking or tilting the playing field his way, or simply getting the most out of the deal.

And yet to some, it's simple royal exercises, reaping the perks of being the king.

Mike Tyson exercised it, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. did, too, when very few can argue that they're on top.

Oscar De La Hoya capitalized on his being a huge draw and got the most out of every deal, no matter how ridiculous it seemed for most of the time.

Whether it's plain destiny to be on top, or fruit of hard labor, they literally fought for it.

Mike Tyson, Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao: their lives had been told on many different occasions.

Dramatic as all of their stories may seem, nothing can be more dramatic than that of Pacquiao.

He sold stolen cigarettes and re-priced doughnuts on the streets of his hometown as a kid.

At free time, he would listen to radio broadcasts of fights of his favorite fighters, then throw punches at an old rubber flip-flop tied to a tree trunk, which serves as a punching bag.

He ran away from home when scarcity turned his pet dog to dinner. 

Their father left the family, and he went to the capital city of Manila to provide food on his family's table, working on construction and taking on other heavy jobs not fit for a young under-nourished teen, while pursuing boxing aspirations at the same time. 

He wasted no time at every opportunity that he was on the ring as a young man on a mission of pulling his entire family out of the proverbial poverty, and he did.

I wouldn't say the rest is history, as he's not quite done yet and bigger things still lie ahead.

The story's been told in many ways, but only one fact remains consistent: he had the toughest past among all top fighters of to date, and not only did he get past through it, he climbed all the way to the top of the entire boxing world, too.

He fought every fight for the entertainment of every fight fan—his or to that of his opponent.

He experienced terrible ring losses, but gracefully accepted each defeat and learned from them and worked his way to the top of the boxing ladder.

He carries an entire nation of more than 90 million people on his shoulders every time he fights, most of which lives in dire poverty as much as he did so in his past, and brings hope to each and everyone who look up to him as an inspiration.

His religion is unbreakable and he prays for his and that of his opponent's safety everytime he fights.

His good-natured character is entirely the opposite of the vicious fighter that he is when he steps in the ring, almost always ready to sign an autograph and pose for a picture with an impatient fan.

His charities is a cause for concern for those who closely witness them, and in the words of Bob Arum, he's his country's one-man social welfare department.

No matter how some people may object, Manny Pacquiao is definitely entitled to his royal perks.

By blood, sweat, and tears, he earned them.

And nobody can deny the king his right to savor his kingdom's harvests any which way he likes.