Thursday, June 18, 2009

number six

Who would have thought that a skinny teenager would make it to one of the world's highest paid athletes? Such is the story of Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao who is hailed by Forbes as number six highest paid athlete of the world. I remember the nights when my father watched Pacman's boxing bouts. He was a nobody then, skinny and young but determined with flawless TKO record. At the time Papsy used to talk to the television and said that young man (while pointing at the television screen) will go places in boxing. I did not know then his words would be prophetic. Who would think a teacher would know how to pick out a great boxer? He did though and every time Pacman wins I know he is happy and proud because long before celebrities fly to the US to watch Pacman's game, my father watched his amateur bouts at home on his sister's old black and white television set even if it was way past his bedtime. Not caring that he had to make his lesson plan for the next day. He used to brag that one day that unknown teenager will be successful and he is right. He is still a fan who watches Pacman's games but now on a colored television with better reception courtesy of his satellite dish, lol. I am sure he will be thrilled when I tell him about this news. As a Filipino I am proud. After all, it is not everyday that a fellow Filipino gets to be included on Forbes' list :)

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