Pacquiao lost to Marquez in the 6th round with 1 second remaining. We see the value of 1 second in this unbelievable scenario. It is truly a sad day for Filipinos. But a great fight indeed! Marquez fought hard for the victory.
When a hero falls, what is our first reaction? Do we encourage or criticize? When you are on top, people idolize you; but when you are down, they can be hard on you. There are already tweets and comments telling Manny that he needs to hang up his boots and retire; some are saying bad things about him.
It is quite sad but seeing where Manny is today, when he publicly declared his faith in Christ, his source of fulfillment doesn’t rely anymore in boxing. It is dependent on his relationship with God.
Manny says he will go back to training, and he will go back to fighting. I believe he will! The Bible says:
Proverbs 24:16 NIV
16 for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again,
And rise he will. As his identity now lies in God, and not just in boxing; even in defeat, Manny has won. You can see the lives of famous people who took a nosedive when failure hits them. Their life revolves around their careers.
For Manny, his newfound faith has enabled him to shift the focus from boxing to his self-worth outside boxing. His post fight interviews say a lot. Manny said: ”It’s sports. Somebody has to win, somebody has to lose.” “That’s boxing. Sometimes you get hit.” You can glorify God in defeat as much as in victory.
I can’t wait for Manny to prove the word of God to be true. The righteous always rise up, no matter how hard they fall.