Yes Manny Pacquiao is quite popular here in the Philippines. Sometimes when you go abroad people would associate you with Manny and it’s a good start for a lengthy conversation. Long before Manny was an icon here in the Philippines there was Luisito Espinosa, The Penalosa brothers but no one came close to what Manny has accomplished and what he has done to the sport of boxing.
Many people saw Manny as a God here in the Philippines but we have only one God and Manny only served as an inspiration for a third world country who is struggling against corruption and poverty. When Pacman fights the streets are almost empty. The MILF rebels and the Military cease fire. There are no politics, there are no wars… The cinemas, plazas and living rooms are filled with laughter’s and cheers.
Pacquiao tried politics but the people strongly disagree to see Manny stained his name with corruption.
I remember Manny’s blow by blow fights, his knockdown from an unheralded Rustico Torrecampo and his defeat from the hands of a Thailander foe. His rags to riches story represent a hope for every state where into a silver lining for every darkest cloud.
The fight against Oscar might be one of the toughest fight for Manny but come Dec.6 the streets would be empty again there would be cease fire the Filipinos are united and for an hour the Philippines are once again at peace.