Saturday, June 2, 2012

Manny Pacquiao: a Spiritual Awakening

On previous occasions, we've made mention of Manny Pacquiao, a member of the Filipino House of Representatives who is also, in all likelihood, the finest pound-for-pound boxer currently fighting.  (His only rival for the title is Floyd Mayweather Jr.)  Throughout his career, Pacquiao has been a fistic phenomenon, but is also universally regarded as a genuine gentleman.  In recent months, however, something has happened to him: he has become a joyful and radiant Christian.  Rather than describing his journey, it would be best to let him speak for himself.  The following videos are part of a longer interview, the provenance of which I cannot discern, although I believe it comes from a network in the Philippines.  I have omitted those sections of the interview in which he discusses his upcoming bout with Timothy Bradley; neither the interview nor this post are advertisements for that event.  Anyone wishing to see Pacquiao in action can refer to this post,which demonstrates his professional skills.  But his spiritual transformation is much more consequential ... and impressive.



UPDATE:  Contrary to his own expectations, Pacquiao lost a controversial split decision to Timothy Bradley on June 9, 2012.  There is no indication that this shook his faith in his newfound Saviour and Lord, and I'm sure Manny was thankful, as Christians are to be in all things (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

UPDATE: Pacquiao faced Bradley for their long-awaited rematch on April 12, 2014.  When asked how he was preparing for the fight, Manny had replied, "resting and praying." After twelve rounds, Pacquiao won by unanimous decision, reclaiming his championship.
...adley on June 9, 2012.

1 comment:

  1. Praise the Lord that he has new life in Christ and isn't afraid to talk about it! His enthusiasm reminds me of myself as a new Christian. I'm very surprised he had opportunity to be so candid in an interview - if he was living in the USA, sadly, I don't think an interview like that would've even been a consideration.