Sunday, May 8, 2011

Manny Pacquiao

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. 

AP Photo/Mark Terrill
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.

1 comment:

  1. Well in the last decade or so this country has had some governors who had some, ahhh,,, hands on experience.

    Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger, an Austrian-American former professional bodybuilder, actor, model, businessman and politician who served as the 38th Governor of California (2003–2011).

    James George Janos[, better known as Jesse Ventura, is a Slovak-America. He is a Navy UDT veteran, an actor, and former radio and television talk show host. As a professional wrestler, he is best known for his nickname, Jesse "The Body" Ventura, and tenure in the World Wrestling Federation as a combatant and color commentator. In 2004, he was inducted into the company's Hall of Fame. In the Minnesota gubernatorial election of 1998, running as a member of the Reform Party, he was elected the 38th Governor of Minnesota and served from January 4, 1999, to January 6, 2003, without seeking a second term.