Manny Pacquiao: "Every Time I Step into the Ring, I Risk My Life and My Future"

Leo ReyesAnalyst IJanuary 9, 2011

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Upon return to the Philippines from a two-week rest and recreation with his family in Japan and Australia, Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao has resumed his regular dialogue with fans through his column at Philboxing, a popular boxing website in the Philippines.

Among others, Pacquiao talked about the quality time he spent with his family, who have endured his absence due to his work as a boxer and as an elected public official.

In his column written in Filipino, Pacquiao who has just been voted "Fighter of the Decade" by the prestigious Ring Magazine, said he enjoyed the quality time he spent with the family.

Pacquiao also talked about the on-going projects he has initiated as a congressman of Sarangani province in the Philippines.

Among others, he has secured funding for the construction of a provincial hospital as part of his commitment to his constituents during his campaign in the last congressional elections.

Turning to his upcoming fight with Shane Mosley, Pacquiao said he will soon start promoting the fight in the US and then start training in the weeks after his return to the Philippines.

Pacquiao also took shots at a popular and influential writer who does not believe in the capability of a small Filipino boxer.

The writer, who he said has not even experienced fighting and who does not know how to put his gloves on, earlier called for the boycott of the fight.

On his upcoming fight with Shane Mosley, he said, "There is never an easy fight. Every time I step into the ring, I risk my life and my future. I had to find ways to negate the advantages in size of Diaz, De La Hoya, Hatton, Cotto, Clottey and Margarito. I have stepped up to face men easily bigger and taller than me."

"To say that every fighter I face in the ring does not deserve attention talks about ignorance. How can a fight be easy when I have been working my hardest efforts every single time? I am no superman."

"When I get hit, I pretend I did not get hurt so as to frustrate my opponent. That's part of the sacrifice! Funny, these same writers who ask for a boycott almost always cover my fights, anyway."

"When I fought Antonio Margarito in November, many people did not know it was one of my most difficult fights. When I got hit, I felt the power of the former champion who has a five-inch reach and 17 pounds advantage over me," Pacquiao said.

"In my view, the upcoming fight with Mosley, who is a former world champion, is much more difficult since he has the speed and talent in the ring.

"And because my pound-for-pound rating is at stake, I am sure my opponent will train very hard to strip me of the title, Pacquiao added.

Meanwhile, Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum said the Filipino champion will soon fly to the US to kick start the press tour for the upcoming fight.

Arum also said he has made arrangement for Pacquiao to be presented as guest in the US Senate during the Washington leg of the press tour.

A possible meeting at the White House between Manny Pacquiao, who is a neophyte congressman in the Philippines, and US president Barack Obama, is being worked out, Arum added.

Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley will clash on May 7 at MGM Grand Garden arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

At stake is Manny Pacquiao's WBO welterweight crown.

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