Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao is right all along. That it is the unbeaten World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. who has been ducking him.
This, the American holder of a 42-0 win-loss record, admitted to broadcaster Bob Costas in an NBC show interview last week where he cited reason of health and self- preservation as reasons why he has been evading all and every attempts made the past three years for him and the World Boxing Organization (WBO) 147-pound belt owner have been aborted.
And why the expected mega-buck fight might not happen. At least in the immediate future.
“Look at the Ali situation. Fans pushed him to get into fights at the end of his career that he didn’t wasn’t to get in. If Ali could trade it all in for his health, he would,” Mayweather told Costas during the interview in reference to “The Greatest” encounters with fellow legends and heavy punchers Joe Frazier, George Foreman and Ken Norton, to mention a few. Mayweather, who is scheduled to serve an 87-day sentence in jail and has a pending oral defamation suit filed by Pacquiao, even reaffirmed an earlier statement that he doesn’t need Pacquiao, saying “with or without Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather is okay. Floyd Mayweather fights for Floyd Mayweather. At the end of the day, Floyd Mayweather has to be happy and comfortable.”
If one is to recall though, it was Pacquiao who, as early as two years ago, was first to pronounce that even if he retires today he had already set in place a legacy which the boxing and the entire sports world will never forget in the decades to come and beyond.
Having been named “Bible Ambassador” recently by the Catholic hierarchy, the 33-year-old fighting Congressman (a born again Christian) from Sarangani Province would not want to have those words spoken again.
Why, Pacquiao, a recipient of some derogatory statements from the bad-mouthed American, who has named him a coward, a gay, a punk and an idiot, even said he would pray for him than answer the insults Mayweather has been throwing in his direction.
In a conversation with this writer during the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Awards Night last Saturday night, Pacquiao, again, quoting excerpts from the Bible, also said that as he already set aside all the vices he had involved himself in, he has also stopped judging and condemning people.
“As I said, I am already a changed man,” he assured. “Others might not believe me yet, but really, I have changed my life. Kung noon, lagi akong nagdadasal bago gumawa at pagkatapos gumawa ng isang bagay, dinagdagan ko ngayon yan ng pagbabasa ng bibliya. In the Bible, you can learn how to conduct your everyday life, including how you will treat your fellowmen.”
“Before, I seldom answered the bad words directed at me by everyone. Now, I will not totally respond to whatever evil things said of me and instead pray for them, forgive them rather than judge and condemn them,” Pacquiao said.
“If we forgive kasi, we will be forgiven. If you give, God will reciprocate by giving you more than what you had given to somebody,” Pacquiao added with a wide grin. “Sabi nga ng Golden Rule, do unto others what you want others do unto you. Hindi ba? Yun din ang utos ni God.”
“You know, to tell you honestly, mas Masaya ako ngayon. Mas maluwag kong tanggapin ang lahat ng sinasabi laban sa akin pagkatapos kong ipagdasal sila,” Pacquiao said. – source: Philippine News Agency