After two consecutive losses, the Filipino champ Manny Pacquiao had once again gained the victory during his recent match held at Macau,China against Brandon Rios. The 8th Division World Boxing Champion won via unanimous decision dedicating his victory to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.
The old and the new Manny
It is so amazing how God moved into his life. Before, Manny was involved in gambling, cockfighting and other vices. There were also reports that he cheated on his wife which had put their relationship on the rocks. However, everything has changed when he surrendered his life to Jesus. Manny Pacquaio now reads the Bible every day, share God’s word to many people, attends church services and Bible studies. Even in his gym, Bible verses can be seen everywhere to motivate him. He became faithful to his wife and they were even teased by reporters to be one of the sweetest couples. As a matter of fact, Jinkee, Pacman’s wife, is pregnant with their 5th child. The old has gone, the new has come.
The Highs and Lows
However, people were questioning his new found faith when he lost twice in a row, the latter of which he had been knocked out breaking his record. They say, his aggressiveness vanished because of pity to his opponent. But Manny never listened to what the people said. He believes that God knows His plans and He has a purpose for everything. He didn’t blame God nor question Him for not answering His prayer of triumph. He accepted his loss without hard feelings and his faith became stronger and deeper. He is now used by God to inspire and encourage people through sharing his own testimony.
After the fight, he was able to show the world and prove everyone that he still has the strength to be called The Champ despite negative comments that he must end his career if he will lose the battle for the third consecutive time. Critics also were somehow disappointed why he wasn’t able to knock-out Rios. Calmly, Pacquiao believed, “Boxing is not about killing each other, it’s all about entertaining people.”
He had shown us that we all go through highs and lows in life. It doesn’t matter how many times we fail and fall down. What matters most is standing up and facing life taking with us all the lessons we have learned from experiences. “We will rise up,” Manny said, which he did.
So to all boxers aspiring to beat him and end his career, just a little reminder, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao is back!