Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto have come a long way before being on the top of boxing’s best pound per pound fighters. Setbacks are part of life and although both fighters have suffered the pain and frustration of having to go down, the manner they tried to get back up and become what they are now inspires a lot of people especially those who are experiencing major setbacks on their lives now.
The November 14 fight dubbed as Firepower is not about the Philippines and Puerto Rico, it’s not about which country has the better fighter it’s all about two fighters trying to inspire their respective country.
The Tropical storm “Ondoy” took hundreds of lives and made thousands homeless in an unexpected flash flood that hit Manila and Northern Philippines. Puerto Rico is no different from the Philippines with the ongoing recession hit the people big time. It is a global phenomenon and no one is spared for that. A former U.S. president once said “There is nothing to fear but fear itself”. The “No fear” sign embedded on each boxer’s outfit represents the dedication and pride that they might go down on every war they fought but they will go down fighting. On times like these we all need some heroes and people to look out to in our lives and Miguel Cotto and Pacquiao served as a great example for this.
Like any baseball player having a slump they have one thing to remember… Whatever happens just keep on swinging… Life goes on and people in the Philippines and Puerto Rico would be proud to have fighters such as Manny and Miguel. The November 14 fight maybe boxing’s most anticipated fight this year and amidst the money and bragging rights Pacquiao and Cotto are fighting for a different fight this year… for pride and for country. Win or lose both fighters will keep on swinging and so are we.