Manny Pacquiao’s unanimous win against Timothy Bradley on Sunday (in Manila) goes to show that the eight-time division world champion is still far from being “over-the-hill”.
Yes, he’s 35, but his power and speed are still evident, stinging Bradley during his 12-round unanimous win en route to wresting the WBO welterweight crown.
The last two years have been trying times somehow for Pacquiao, considering that some sectors thought he’s all done and that his best years are already behind him.
The low point in Pacquiao’s “fistic” career happened on December 10, 2012 when he lost via a fourth round knockout to long-time Mexican nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez.
The journey back to the top wasn’t easy as he dealt with detractors and critics, but the “Pac-man” sure knew how to shut himself from the “voices” that say he’s done boxing.
Instead, he chose to keep his focus on his relationship with God as well as get back to tip-top shape.
Having followed Pacquiao’s professional fights for years, I believe we could all relate to the ups and downs that he has gone through.
There are days in our lives that we feel like we got knocked down, or worse, “knocked out” by the difficulties we face in life.
In all honesty, it is difficult to get up when you get knocked down by discouragement, negative words or problems.
But here’s an interesting quote by the 35-year-old “Pinoy Pride” during one his talks with www.bleacherreport.com while distributing relief goods to his kababayans that were hit hard by super typhoon Haiyan (local codename: Yolanda).
“It’s very important, the relationship to God,” Pacquiao said. “Now it’s most important, because they really have to look to God and ask for his help, and know that we still have faith regardless of what has happened.”
For sure, Pacquiao battled through doubts, discouragement and frustrations. But because the “Pac-man’s” faith is now deeply rooted in God, he learned to re-align himself – from just looking inside for strength, to moving outside and drawing strength from God Himself.