Friday, September 17, 2010

Manny Pacman's Blog - Translated - 17 September 2010

MANILA — Magandang araw po ulit sa lahat ng aking mga tagasubaybay, fans at mga kaibigan mula Jolo hanggang Batanes. Sana ay nasa mabuti kayong kalagayan saan man kayo naroroon saan mang sulok ng mundo.

"Good morning Manila and to everyone who follow my blog: my fans and friends from Jolo through the province of Batanes. I wish that my post finds you all well and in great condition in whichever corner of the world you reside in."

Ako po ay nagsimula nang maghanda para sa nalalapit na laban sa Nobyembre 13 kontra sa Mexicanong si Antonio Margarito para sa bakanteng World Boxing Council light middleweight title. Halos walong linggo ang gugugulin sa ensayo at sobra-sobra pa rin ang panahon para sa paghahanda. Maganda na ring umpisahan ang pagbabalik ng hangin sa ating mga baga para pagdating dito ni coach Freddie Roach ay mas maayos ang simula ng pormal na training.

"I am beginning to prepare for the upcoming November 13 bout against the Mexican Antonio Margarito for the current vacant seat of the: World Boxing Council light middleweight title. It will be almost eight grueling weeks of practice and much more time available to ensure my preparedness. It is a good thing that I have started to bring the air back into my windpipe, into my lungs and workout in preparation for the arrival of my esteemed coach Freddie Roach, hence I will be very much ready for formal training."

Excited na ulit akong lumaban sa magara at malawak na Cowboys Stadium sa Arlington, Texas kaya naman araw-araw na ang aking pagjo-jogging sa umaga upang magkaroon pa ako ng oras na kumain ng marami at magpahinga para sa sessions sa Congress sa hapon. So far, so good naman ang scheduling at nagagampanan ko ang aking tungkulin sa aking mga nasasaklawang kinatawan sa Sarangani province. Masaya ako dahil nagagawa ko ang dalawa sa passion ko sa buhay: ang boxing at ang manilbihan sa aking kapwa.

"I am truly exciting to once again fight at the vast and spacious Cowboys Stadium at Arlington, TX hence I have dedicated each day to my runs and jogging in the early morning so as to have some time to eat well, rest and perform my afternoon functions for the Philippine Congress. So far, so good scheduling while I am able to perform my duties as a representative of the Sarangani province. I am very happy because I am able to fulfill the two passions in my life: boxing and serving my people."

Of course, boxing is my passion. This is my life. This is my first love. Iba ang aking nararamdaman kapag ako ay nasa ibabaw ng ring. Kung ako ay nanonood ng boxing lalung-lalo na noong lumalaban pa ang aking kapatid na si Bobby, ako ay ninenerbiyos at kinakabahan. Pero kapag ako ay nasa ibabaw na ng ring, kakaiba ang pakiramdam. Ang takot ay napapalitan ng excitement at saya dahil ito talaga ang pangunahing pinagmulan ng kung anumang tagumpay at yaman meron ako ngayon. Boxing changes me. Being a congressman and being able to help and inspire other people around me completes me.

"Of course, boxing is my passion. This is my life. This is my first love. There is an ephemeral feeling when I am on the boxing ring. When I watch a boxing match, especially when my brother, Bobby, is fighting, I get nervous and I fear. However, when I am on a boxing ring the feeling is different. The fear is transformed into a form of excitement and thrill since it has been the source of my success and the wealth that I have amassed thus far. Boxing changes me. Being a Congressman and being able to help and inspire other people around me completes me."

Sa pamamagitan ng boksing, ipinapaalala sa akin na kailangan kong kumain ng masusustansiyang pagkain. Kailangan ay balanced diet at dahil kailangan kong magpabigat para sa light middleweight division, kailangan puno palagi ang aking plato. Kung hindi ako kakain, babagsak ang aking timbang at lalaki ang kalamangan ni Margarito sa laki, taas at timbang. Sa boksing, ang pangangalaga sa aking katawan ang pundasyon ng tagumpay.

"By means of boxing I am compelled to eat healthy - a balanced diet. In addition to which I have to make the weight required for a light middleweight division - hence my plate has to always be full. If I do not eat my weight will fall and the advantage of Margarito will increase - I need to increase weight. In boxing, it is imperative that I take care of my body."

Kaya naman nang nalaman kong nagpabaya na at nagpakalulong sa bawal na droga ang aking nakalabang si Ricky Hatton ng England, lubos ang aking kalungkutan sa sinapit ng aking kaibigan. Opo, kaibigan ang turing ko kay Ginoong Hatton dahil sa labas ng ring, alam kong mabait at masayahing tao si Ricky.

"So that when I found out that my former contender, Ricky Hatton of England, disregarded his body and indulged in forbidden drugs I was very much disappointed with this realization. Yes, I do regard Mr. Hatton as a friend, outside of the ring, I know that Ricky is a good man."

Walang maidudulot na maganda ang droga kaya naman ipinagbabawal ang paggamit nito sa kahit na anumang sports discipline. Bukod sa masisira ang pangangatawan, ang pag-iisip ay lubhang maaapektuhan. Hindi ka makakapag-isip ng matuwid at mawawala ang iyong kontrol sa sarili.

"There will never be a good outcome that can stem from drugs therefore it is forbidden within any form of sports. In addition to its debilitating effects to the body, it also affects one's mind - immensely. It hinders one's ability to think rationally as well as is detrimental to maintaining self-control."

Kaya payo ko rin sa lahat lalung-lalo na sa mga kabataan, mahalin natin ang ating sarili dahil dito magmumula ang simula sa pamumuhay na maayos.

"I therefore advise the youth to love one's self since it is the first cause of living a good life."

Sana maayos ni Ricky Hatton ang kaniyang buhay. Don’t tell God that you have a big problem, but tell your problem that you have a great God. Kung ilalagay natin ang Diyos sa gitna ng ating buhay, walang bagay na imposible, walang bagay na mahirap. Gaya ng pag-eensayo at paghahanda ko, kapag nasa gitna ang Diyos, palaging masaya at naitatawid ko ang hirap, kahit na higante pa ang kaharap.

"I wish that Ricky Hatton will get his life back together. Do not tell God that you have a big problem, but let your angst be aware of a great God. If we place God as a centerpiece of our lives there is nothing that is impossible to achieve, there is no difficult feat. As in boxing practice and exercise, when God is in one's core, one would always find happiness and ratify the wrong even if you have to face a Goliath of an opponent."

Hanggang sa muling Kumbinasyon. God Bless Us All.

"Until the next "Kumbinasyon/Combination". God Bless Us All."

Pacman


It's been a few months since my hiatus from boxing overdose, things such as work and other nuances have come in between myself and boxing - the other passion of my life.

Suffice it to say that I will make a great effort to update this blog - vis a vis the San Francisco and Bay Area local boxing scene as well as my homeboy - Manny Pacman's - fights.

Albeit I am disappointed by Pacman's attempt to sabotage Philippine politics by attempting to be a part (and successfully being a part) of the scene. It is not his "mea culpa" as other shallow personalities such as showbiz figures have pursued a political career. An aberration in Philippine politics given the distinguished and educated gentlemen that have led the country out of its servitude from Spanish colonization, Japanese rule and American imperialism - is this the gratitude we as a people reward to our prestigious and unsung heroes? Such a thought deserves a much lengthier discussion of an academic proportion, let us stick to the blog in question.

Let's be honest, leave politics to the distinguished politicians, renaissance academicians, and thinkers that deserve to play the role; and let the warrior be as such - a source of physical power.

So be it ... Pacman is my hero from the standpoint of brawns. [period]

Sunday, March 14, 2010

straight.from.the.heart


What does it take to fight straight from the heart, from the soul, from that gut and substance that we think we are made of?

Definitely without thinking with pure spirit the pride of the Philippine people, Manny Pacquiao, fought tonight straight from the heart - sans malice and trepidation. He wanted Joshua to fight back and give him and the paying public a bang for their buck. Yet Joshua reacted as a wimpy beta male who was unwilling to risk in order to win, he covered himself all throughout the painful and boring 12 rounds.

With all due respect to Joshua, no offense, but he was not ready for this force of the Southern Asian boy, a Malay of the Hispanic and Filipino breed borne out of Lapu-lapu's peoples - a people that have been pillaged in the years of the conquistadores by the Muslims, Spaniard Catholics, Chinese, Americans, Japanese and the rest of them lot.

Yet, defying all of history and its heavy baggage on our shoulders - beyond race and socio-cultural classful society, Manny Pacquiao persevered.

WHY?

...talent and genetic fundamentals were definitely in play. His poverty from being the underdog in the Philippines' socio-economic ladder motivated him - he was from the poor (of the poor) of the economic stratification.

Albeit beyond the personal motivation - moreso in my humble opinon, lies the embedded thought that in every third world person (rich or poor) there is a need to prove over and over again the viability of their race, their country and their specifics.

Back to Pacman ...

He has a lot of money already ... what for?

My challenge for you Manny, which you may not think of, while beyond your capability of thinking, but humor me: why not challenge internally our own peoples into uniting?

Why not challenge the Filipino to: once and for all complete the tasks of the great men that you have been blessed to follow - Lapu-lapu, Bonifacio and Rizal ... to once and for all shake the foundation, and allow our peoples (such as you were) to have a good starting point, to alleviate themselves from their shakles?

You have the key. You are the Cinderella story of our day and age.

Do you have the spiritual balls to take your brawns beyond the boxing ring?

My guess is you and the rest don't; as I.

Unfortunately we are a victim of human folly.

My guess is albeit with all your strength and power, you fail to think and be simple.

My sad guess is that when a human being reach the goal and aspiration, the initial objective is forgotten.

And as I judge you as I judge myself I am saddened by the fact that you and even the greatest of all peoples succumb to the same temptation of earthly rewards, (including a humble being as myself).

It is what it is.

But you are great! Keep on fighting!.