The many sides of Manny


The Mayweather, Pacquiao fight was one of the most talked about sporting events in the past 50 years. The fight was held on May 2, with Mayweather keeping his title by a unanimous decision after 12 hard fought rounds.

After the fight, many people began to take to the internet to express their opinions on the fight. Many were unhappy calling the fight “boring” with “not enough action in it”. Whether you are a boxing fan or not, everyone has an option on the fight.

Like most people I took I went on social media, Twitter, to see what everyone had to say about the fight. I saw arguments for both sides saying who the better fighter was. However, something caught my attention when I was searching my time line. Someone said that Pacquiao was a governor in another country, I had to find out the truth.

After a little digging, I discovered there is more about Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao than, a pair of fast hands.

At the age of 32, Pacquiao was elected to the Philippine House of Representatives.

Pacquiao is now serving his second term as representative of the district of Sarangani, a poor province popular for being one of the country’s largest producers of tuna. During his first term, he was vice chairperson of three committees Millennium Development Goals, Poverty Alleviation, and Youth and Sports Development.

“I had no clue he was involved in the government,” said Senior David Meyer. “It’s pretty cool to think he is more than just a fighter,”

Manny breaks the stereotype of athletes being ignorant, uneducated robots. Pacquiao is a prime example that if you work hard enough anything is possible.

One might think that being a fighter, and a Representative in the Philippines might be enough for Pacquiao to keep occupied, but you would be wrong.

Outside of the rink, Manny likes to dabble in the world of acting as well. Yes that’s right, the 5’7”, 144 lb Filipino is an actor as well.

Now Pacquiao is not in any major mation pictures, nevertheless, he is on the big screen. Some of the movies he stars in include Wam Bam Pac’s The Man. A film released on December 25, 2009 as an entry to the 2009 Metro Manila Film Festival that starred Manny Pacquiao as the super hero Wapakman, hero of the Philippines.

Regardless of the outcome of the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight, Manny Pacquiao is an inspiration for millions around the world.