Boxing: Pressure Is on Manny Pacquiao to Win

Troy SparksColumnistApril 15, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: (L) Trainer Freddie Roach talks to his boxer (R) Manny Pacquiao at a press conference to promote the fight with Shane Mosley at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers on February 14, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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No one is willing to trade places with Manny Pacquiao right now. There is a lot of pressure on the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter to keep winning.

Not only is Pacquiao fighting for himself, but he's carrying the nation on his back. That is the price Pacquiao is paying for being the champ in a country that adores him.

The Pac Man also added the duties of congressman to his job as a boxer. Now he feels that he can't let people down because they believe in him.

The Filipino Nation need not worry about Pacquiao losing. Shane Mosley, his opponent for their fight next month, doesn't stand a chance to unseat Pacquiao.

It seems at the moment that Pacquiao can handle the increased attention he's receiving. He can face the music and answer questions on whether he will fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. Pacquiao doesn't duck that question like Mayweather. We all know that he will fight Mayweather anytime, any day, anywhere, even in the back of the bus.

Freddie Roach, Pacquiao's trainer, said that his prizefighter is bigger than Michael Jordan was in his prime and Tiger Woods. That's a bit of an understatement. Pacquiao earned every penny as a fighter and deserves his own spotlight, not an unfair comparison to a basketball player and a golfer who had extramarital affairs. 

Thankfully, the Pac Man isn't in that category.

What if Pacquiao lose the fight against Mosley? Will he still be a hero in his native country? If Pacquiao retires, then he will still be a hero in his country.

A cult hero like Pacquiao is representing the people, and that's why the pressure is increasing for him to bring another victory back to the Philippines.