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Does Boxing or The Philippines Need Manny Pacquiao More?

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Brandon Taylor

There are two sides to Manny Pacquiao: The Pound for Pound best fighter in the World and The Congressman who wants to help his fellow Filipinos who are struggling. At some point the two sides are going to clash. Does boxing need him to stay and dominate or should he devote more time to helping his people? Where is he needed the most?

Pacquiao the Congressman

Manny Pacquiao was elected to the House of Representatives in the 15th Congress of the Philippines, representing the Sarangani Province. Pacquiao has a very strong desire to help improve the lives of his countrymen and women, a lot of whom are living in extreme poverty. Pacquiao feels their pain because he has experienced the same struggles these people have. It’s well documented that Pacquiao had a very rough childhood, being homeless and hungry, not knowing when would be the next time he had a good meal.

It’s the memories of those rough years that leads me to believe that he genuinely doesn’t want his people to go through those same experiences. I believe Pacquiao when he says that he hopes to help create more jobs so people can take care of their families. I believe him when he says that he wants health care improved and free schooling.

The severely impoverished people in the Philippines need help, and if Manny Pacquiao is determined to do his part to make sure people will have better lives, I think he should be applauded for that. The main question is whether Pacquiao should devote his time totally to boxing while still in his peak years and I will address that question later in the article.

Manny Pacquiao is boxing to average fans. He’s the only boxer you see in commercials, compared to many football, basketball, and baseball players. He’s the only boxer who consistently is in…

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