Manny Pacquiao beat the crap out of Shane Mosley in a twelve-round boxing match in Las Vegas last night. I don't follow boxing closely, but Pacquiao seems to be a latter-day Muhammad Ali when it comes to power and skill. He does not, however, display the same self-serving braggadocio that Ali once did.
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From afar, I like Pacquiao. He is a congressman in the Philippines and uses significant portions of his winnings to support the poor and underprivileged. I try to think of a single pasty-faced congressman in my country who might put his body and ego on the line and then funnel his winnings to anyone other than himself. I am willing to imagine that Pacquiao is party to his own share of self-serving manipulation -- that's politics, right? -- but there is no faking it in the ring. You put your ass, your face, your body on the line.
Manny Pacquiao is good at what he does, but not so good as to forget what is important and deserves his support. From afar, he looks like a good man.