Saturday, May 22, 2010

If you can think it, you can do it.

We have to hand it to Manny Pacquiao. The guy is living proof of the tagline "Impossible is just an opinion." Our jolly 7-division world boxing champion just sets his mind into accomplishing something (anything), and does not stop until the job is done. And yes, he makes it all sound so simple.

Manny's accomplishments so far are mind blowing, especially if we consider where he began. We all know he had to drop out of high school out of extreme poverty. He left their home at 14 because Mommy Dionisia could not take care of him and 5 other children. Yet, he rose out of what seemed like a dead end life to become "The Greatest Boxer of All-Time," a most sought-after endorser, billionaire, real estate mogul, businessman, actor, singer, husband and father of four.

You'd think with all of these accomplishments under his belt, Manny Pacquiao would stop wanting to do anything more. I mean, if I were a 7-division world boxing champion AND a billionaire, I'd wake up at 12 noon, watch TV with the kids to sawa, and just lounge around my pool for the rest of the day.

But this is not the case with Manny, who just can't seem to slow down. No, no, no. While counting his money and possibly shopping for yet another set of diamond studs for Jinkee, he decides, "Well, I think I'd like to become a Congressman." Sure he loses the first time, but he bounces right back and runs again! And now, three years later, he is the "Honorable Gentleman from Saranggani, Manny Pacquiao."

Manny Pacquiao: Winner!

After having been proclaimed winner, Manny again decides, "Well, I think I'd like to take up law." So just like that, he begins taking steps toward this new goal. Did you know, he took the DECS high school equivalency exam and passed, making him qualified to enroll for college? He's been studying Business Management in a University in General Santos City since and apparently has been conferred an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humanities by the Cebu Southwestern University. Now he's "7-time world boxing champ Hon. Manny "The Pacman" Pacquiao, PhD." Unbelievable.  


  1. Wow! Thank you Gladys for this inspiring piece. I love how Manny worked hard to get where he is now. True example of what Dean Consuelo Paz said on my first day of class "It's not the intelligent who pass and graduate, it's the hard-working." Congrats to Manny for being an inspiration to the nation!

  2. wow this is trivia for me. thanks for sharing! :)

  3. P.S. Although, maybe Manny should have thought of studying first BEFORE running for office. Congress isn't exactly OJT. Hmmm.


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