Philippine boxing hero, Manny Pacquiao, whose conquest of Bam Bam Rios in Macau in November debunked claims of doomsayers that his career is going south, is known to be a machine in continuous motion.
Where does he get all that energy for that daily long haul that starts at the crack of dawn? Manny is a natural-born athlete whose body, some people say, adjust to whatever demands it is subjected. to Add to this his stern focus, commitment and dedication to his sport and adoring fans whose belief in him did not falter in two instances of temporary setbacks. His strength comes from a deeper source bordering on the spiritual.
On hindsight, his many conquests made people think how he was able outbox them and made them kiss the canvas given the obvious disparities in physical attributes. Like his last bout, Rios who boasted to make “a mince meat out of him” was obviously bigger. And this goes too with his other opponents.
Pacquiao draws energy from his deep spirituality and from the people around him.
Barely hours after arriving in Los Angeles to train for his upcoming bout with Tim Bradley on April 12 in Las Vegas, he was already with California-based “Team Pacquiao” in sort of a reunion that visibly energized him. He was overheard by a friend as saying “happy was to meet all of them again”.
Manny has grown in his Christian life and takes the opportunity and is “not ashamed to confess his faith”. Inside the boxing ring he wears specially tailored gloves in his powerful hands. In private, the hands that hit their targets with precision are the same hands that leaf through the pages of his favorite Bible to the exact passages for his spiritual nourishment.
While his ring conquests showed visible marks of the power of his fists after rounds ordeal, his Bible also shows the marks to particular passages that answer his spiritual queries in his spiritual growth outside of the ring.