Why Manny Pacquiao lost to Juan Manuel Marquez is the same question that is being debated upon by Filipinos today. Mga “haka-haka” kung bakit natalo si Pacman are surely everywhere.
From classrooms to offices to street corners and to Facebook posts and tweets
Below are just some of the points raise why Manny lost:
1. Manny was careless. He should have been patient. “Nanggiigil daw kasi siya maxado”
2. Manny lacked training. Compared to Marquez’s 5 months, Manny only trained 3 months
3. Marquez used steroids. There were rumors even before the fight that Marquez used steroids
to bulk up and one evidence of it is his strength and conditioning trainer’s reputation. Angel Heredia
admitted before that he provided steroids for other athletes like Marion Jones.
4. Manny lacked focus. Because he is a congressman, tv host, bible study leader and a singer he
can’t seem to have that same focus in boxing as before.
5. Manny became a Born-again Christian. He lost because he didn’t wear the usual rosary he wears around his neck before the fight. He lost because he didn’t do the “sign of the cross”
These are just some of the most common reasons why Manny Pacquiao lost, they maybe right or wrong but I think the real question right now is
“What is God’s message in all of this?”
Surely, God doesn’t mean to hurt Manny Pacquaio and all the Filipino people because as stated in
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”
Also, God doesn’t want to show that He is playing “favorites”.
Romans 2:11 “For there is no partiality with God”
Psalm 145:9 “The Lord is good to all he has compassion on all He has made”
It is quite unfair to blame it on Pastors and the new church of Pacman for his lost.
Just look at the Apostle Paul.
Paul was actually a “successful man” before he met Christ. He was very powerful and influential that I think that at that time many people think he is blessed by God but when He met Christ everything changed. He actually was less powerful and was suffering from persecutions and illnesses (2 Corinthians 11:25 “Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea”). One can easily blame his shift from being a Jew to being a Christian as a cause of his suffering but Paul didn’t blame anyone, he even Praised God for it because for Paul a changed life is more important than fame and power.
Romans 5:3 “Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;”
Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
and I believe just as Paul, the important thing for Pacman right now is a changed-life.
God didn’t promised that we will be always “winning” nor we will be problem-free! (read on Job’s life!)
That is not the message of God. His message is:
-To thank and Praise Him for everything
1 Thessalonians 5:18 “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”
-To trust Him all the time
Romans 8:28 “We know that in all things God works for good with those who love him, those whom he has called according to his purpose”
– To follow His will at all cause
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
Manny Pacquiao lost because God has a great purpose for it.
A purpose that is greater than anything and a purpose that will truly bless not only Manny but also us Filipinos.
I know it’s hard to digest the defeat of Manny Pacquiao after all he is our “hero” but now is not the time to point-fingers or speculate on things but rather this is the time to just trust and love God and to show that Love to others (especially to our hero Manny who really needs it right now).
“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”
‘Bhe, baka may purpose si Lord na maghinto ka na sa boxing tsaka mag-focus na tayo sa Kanya. Mag-serve na lang tayo sa Kanya.’ – Jinkee Pacquiao
To God be the Glory.