There is an excellent article from British boxing writer Gareth Davies in the Telegraph about Manny Pacquiao and a BBC Documentary. One quote from Manny in particular caught my eye: “I love the Filipino people and I’m not only doing this for myself, for family, but I’m doing this also because of the honour of our country and the honour of the Filipino people.” Discussing his fears before a fight he said, “My fear is if I forget to pray to God – that’s my fear. But as I always pray to God and believe in God, I don’t have fear. I live my life like every day’s the last.” The article also has some interesting things to say on a topic that I’ve been following — the perception of Manny abroad, and how that is evolving.
Here’s the first paragraph of the article and a link to read it at the Telegraph site, which I urge everyone to do:
by Gareth Davies. Like your correspondent, Mike Costello a friend and colleague from the BBC, and the corporation’s go-to boxing man, has a healthy fascination for Manny Pacquiao, the Filipino fighter and now Congressman. I have always found Pacquiao compelling, and have travelled to several of his fights. I believe he is under-exposed in Western media. Mike concurs, and travelled there for the World Service last month, where Pacquiao was preparing for his next contest. Read the full article in The Telegraph