What made that so glittering a win – the Hatton vs. Pacquiao bout and so many others? Well none is almighty but God alone. Sooner or later a player must grow older and give way to possible defeat.
The glory there was that he acknowledges God by word, prayer and example. He trains hard and fights well and intelligently. Filipinos tended to look for a hero in him, after all, in the Olympics and many international sports Filipinos do not usually reach the golden harvests at the top of the ladder. Maybe for lack of practice or less motivation because of their many other needs in life.
Pacquiao fights clean and honest and makes faith in God part of his life. There’s much to emulate in him. We thank God he has helped raise the hopes of the Filipinos who are struggling hard for their livelihood. We can learn from his trust in God. “All things are possible with God” (Mt. 19:26). He also shows great devotion to the Virgin Mother Mary and the holy rosary.