What constitutes Manny Pacquaio's success? A lot of other boxers can punch harder, a lot of other boxers are more agile, a lot of other boxers are faster and a lot of other boxers have better skills. So what makes Pacquaio one of a kind?
For one, Emmanuel Pacquaio has one hell of an attitude when it comes to training. Countless athletes train hard but only a few trains a hard as Manny Pacquaio. I even saw a news clip about his coach, Freddie Roach, giving up and wanting to rest while Manny is still up and asking for a couple of more minutes to sweat. When you've got high level skills and couple it up with a huge amount of training, you'll be one awesome athlete.
So much about the physical part. As what I've said in the opening lines, there are a lot of other boxers who does have skills and spent countless hours in the gym. One thing Manny has that some of them don't is an excellent trainer.
Trainers and fighters are like tango dancers. It takes two to dance tango. A hard, strong punch can only get you so far. Knowing how and when to throw them effectively is a different story. This is where Freddie comes in Pacquiao's life. Behind every strong army (Pacman) is a smart general (Roach). It's difficult to understand how Manny was able to beat Oscar so convincingly.
The reason why a lot of people, including myself, doubted Pacman's chances against Dela Hoya was because we didn't know what Roach knows. Roach's ability to read the opponent is, by far, the best in the business. I am not taking anything away against Nacho Beristain and Mr. Dundee. They were, and still are among the best minds in world boxing. But their team up with Dela Hoya isn't that effective against the team up of Pacman and Roach.
Pacquiao is strong and have the great Roach as his coach (I like the way it sounds). Ok, now let's go to the intangibles. What makes Pacman more fearsome is the weight of his fists. Manny doesn't only fight for himself, family or friends. He doesn't only fight because he wants to be the best there is. He doesn't only fight because he loves the sport. The major reason why he fights and gives his all is his country. For the honor and glory of this country.
This is also the reason why Manny is regarded as a living hero in the Philippines. Each and every one of his punches contains the anguish, difficulties, sorrow and hope of the Filipinos all over the world. He, wholeheartedly, accepts the challenge of uplifting the spirit of his countrymen with every fight. Title bout or not. Knowing that defeat will mean additional hardships for his fellow Filipino (emotionally).
Not so many brave men are willing to take such risks. And finally, what make's Manny so much positive in his life and confident, but not conceited, with his fists is because of his faith in God. Prevailing against a boxer who is way bigger and heavier is nothing less than a work of God.
To sum it up, Manny Pacquaio's success is not about the belts he won. It's not about the number of boxers he forced to retire. It's not even about the billions of money he earns every fight. Manny Pacquaio's success is about giving hope to people (not just Filipinos), making his country proud and giving glory to God.
That is why he would rather be called the People's Champ instead of a World Champ.
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