Pacquiao and the lesson of good politics

Editorial cartoon by Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 20 2019 05:49 PM

Pacquiao and the lesson of good politics

Whatever the result is of Senator Manny Pacquiao's bout against American Keith Thurman, it's time the Philippines' boxing hero heeds the call of his loved ones, especially Mommy D and wife Jinkee, as well as many of his fans, to again hang up his gloves for good. 

The Pacman has nothing more to prove after 70 fights, and he will surely be inducted in boxing's Hall of Fame. 

Boxing isn't like non-contact sports, which does no damage to the brain. The longer Pacquiao, 40, fights, the higher the risk to sustaining brain injury. 

Doctors say too much hits to the head could leave long term chronic brain problems. The late Muhammad Ali and maybe even Pacquiao's long-time trainer Freddie are cases in point. 

It's time for Pacquiao to stop winning the hearts of the Filipino people by giving them a good fight and risking brain injury. He should instead concentrate on serving the Filipino public through good politics. 

The viral work being done so far by the likes of Manila Mayor Isko Moreno and Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto proves that the Filipino people also want to see good politics. 

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