Thursday, November 19, 2009


Manny `Pacman’ Pacquiao has defied all odds: the mystery of number 7; weight class; history; traditional wisdom; human nature, and the way of life here on earth.

1. In the mystery of number seven, it is said that you may have all kinds of luck in the world and win each and every big challenge that you face, but on the seventh encounter, expect that the trend must change into the opposite. But Pacquiao has defied the mystery of number 7 not only once but twice already.

The record says that he won all his eleven consecutive fights including the recent one against Miguel Cotto; and that the championship belt of Cotto was the seventh that Pacquiao was gunning to become the first and only boxer on earth to accomplish the great historical feat. He defied the change of trend of the mystery of number 7.

2. It is also the realities of life that no small fighter can beat a big opponent in the level of boxing. But in the case of Pacquiao, he rose from his natural weight four (4) times, if I am not mistaken, intentionally adding at least ten to fifteen pounds to his normal weight form of 130 lbs. in order to fight four champions in different weight divisions and won all of them successively and wrested four championship belts in the process.

3. The history of the boxing world has proven that no man could ever achieve seven titles in seven different weight divisions. But Pacquiao defied this odd to become the first man to accomplish the impossible—defeating opponents bigger than his size and weight. This was only heard very long time ago in the Bible story of David and Goliath.

4. Traditional wisdom, had taught all humans that “It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.” But as to Pacquiao, even weeks before he fought the champion Miguel Cotto, he and his wife Jinky had been in disarray when the latter came to know that her husband had spent the fare and hotel accommodation to his rumored additional girlfriend-- a 20 year old, beautiful innocent looking, sexy actress and a writer in “ for men’s only ” magazine, a counterpart of playboy magazine in the US, and her entire family members to Las Vegas to watch the Pacquiao-Cotto fight; and more than that, Pacquiao had given Php1 million equivalent to 20,000$ for shopping.

The family trouble between him and his wife Jinky could have been a sufficient reason for Pacquiao to be worried and distracted as to lose focus for the fight which could cause his defeat. But in spite of it, Pacquiao still stood victorious.

5. The presence of Pacquiao’s recent girlfriend is likewise sufficient enough to weaken his strength and stamina and could result to his defeat against Cotto as he was in fact seen every now and then coming out of her room a number of times before the fight. Who wouldn’t be after spending millions of pesos on her? But all these odds had been defied by Pacquiao and came out still maintaining his speed and strength and won—wresting the championship belt of Cotto and became the only man on this planet to hold seven titles in seven different weight divisions in Boxing.

What it takes to be great? Research now shows that the lack of formal education and natural talent is irrelevant to great success. The secret? Painful and demanding practice and hard work.What makes Manny Pacquiao, the only man on planet earth to achieve and hold seven (7) titles in seven different weight divisions? We think we know: Each great men was born as ordinary and natural who came into the world with a gift for doing exactly what he ended up doing. You've got it - or you don't.

Well, it's not so simple. For one thing, you do not possess a natural gift for a certain job, because targeted natural gifts don't exist. You will achieve greatness only through an enormous amount of hard work over many years. And not just any hard work, but work of a particular type that's demanding and painful. Manny Pacquiao did nothing throughout his life except boxing and to win every fight he faces.

"Most human beings can access or sense inside of themselves their spirit. This is our true Self. It generates values and brings them into expression through our Body, Speech and Mind. When we encounter the world, we also encounter the resistance to our Divine Expression. Those that buckle under the weight of that resistance betray their spirit. Those that muscle up and work against the perceived resistance, develop not only physical muscle, they develop the spiritual muscles that make them UNBEATABLE. Sometimes, we can be assisted from enemies like doubt by inspirational stories of those that have met the challenge of life. Sometimes, this inspiration gives us a booster rocket to our own efforts or can awaken in us new efforts.” The feat Manny `Pacman’ Pacquiao in person is such an inspiration. Knowing his history can awaken that same inspiring energy within us and if that energy is already awake give the boost of it.

“During your existence on earth, exploit your potentials and all the resources around you as much as necessary, and before leaving this life, contribute as much as possible to the world, and its future generations. The most important fact is not what you will take when you will be gone, because you will take almost nothing, but what you will leave behind.”

I found the life of Manny `Pacman’ Pacquiao to be a road map to pursuing goals and dreams with the confidence, desire and focus that lead to victory. Manny `Pacman’ Pacquiao, the only kind in the world of boxing has shared his riveting personal story with such emotion, passion and mental images that all human beings can feel with him every moment-- facing each obstacle and challenge, internal and external. This is a profound and thought-provoking life where the end becomes the beginning, and where you discover the true identity of The Unbeatable Man.

atty. abeto a. salcedo, jr.

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