I am a Filipino so you might think that I am biased – please don’t. I am not a boxing fan nor a fan of Manny Pacquiao but I admit that watching him fight with Antonio Margarito recently won my vote for him as the greatest boxer of all time.
I won’t talk about the numerous boxing belts from different weight classes that Pacman holds, those are not the things that had won me over. What made me think that he’s the greatest boxer was the fact that he boxes with his heart.
A boxer showing compassion for his opponent inside the ring is unheard of, even frowned upon by boxing aficionados who wanted to see blood and enjoy watching TKO endings to boxing matches.
Boxing With His Heart
Despite Margarito’s reputation as a hard puncher, it’s obvious that Manny can take his punches and can do a lot of damage to the former if he wanted to0. But true to his heart, Pacman had shown that he really means it when he makes the sign of the cross before and after his fights. Towards the end of the fight, Pacman can be seen signaling to the referee his opponent’s condition and even if continued to fight, his punches were controlled and not really hard anymore to prevent further damage.
Pacman and Margarito may be professional boxers but they are persons after all. Outside the boxing ring, they have families and loved ones who love and care for them just like you do. I can’t imagine the damage Pacquiao could have caused Margarito if he punched at his full power. If I was Margarito’s child, wife or mother, I will be grateful for the compassion shown by Manny.
Thank you Manny for making us proud Filipinos and Christians.