Coming from Manny Pacquiao himself who lost to Timothy Bradley, courtesy of the judges, you would come to admire Manny Pacquiao more not only because he showed class in accepting defeat but he showed character. It’s as if this is nothing new and that this kind of “robbery” happens not only in this dirty sport but more so in a broken world where corruption is the name of the game.
To say that he understands and knows this sport is an understatement for boxing was his ticket to fame, honor and riches.
He knew in his heart that he won. It’s already logical for him to expect to be announced as the ultimate winner in this fight. And victory could have been sweeter because it’s the first time that his sons watched him live. Yup, they were there to witness how their dad won… supposedly.
But Manny was a professional and good sport. He even respected the decision and gave credit to his foe.
And there’s so much more that many did not expect. Even in defeat, Manny Pacquiao gave thanks to God.
Yup, win or lose, Manny Pacquiao gave thanks to God for keeping him safe and his declaration was witnessed by millions of viewers globally.
For the Bible says, “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thesallonians 5:18)
That Pacquiao lost was a fact. But it was clear as day that Manny Pacquiao was the real winner. And that’s the truth.
And truth is always higher than fact.
But this is just boxing. Even the “victim” himself, Pacquiao, was not discouraged from what most people call, “a robbery verdict”. He admonished everyone not to be discouraged about boxing. Because there’s more to life than this sport.
Manny is already secure with his place in the history of boxing.
But more than that, Pacquiao knows his identity in Christ. Win or lose in boxing, he has already achieved victory in Christ Jesus.
Thus, Manny Pacquiao is the real victor here because of his renewed faith.
That explains Pacquiao’s positive attitude.