Updated: November 14, 2010, 11:27 EST
Manny Pacquiao has shown what discipline, training, nurturing, mentoring and fast critical thinking can achieve. As a professional boxer he has to be good at his craft – not only does his money depend on it, but his life too. All of this were driven by choices made by Manny. If anything at all, the only choice Manny didn’t make is to be born a Filipino – an accident of birth.
The following sections are a compilation of tweets from twitter.com/antipinoy which I have grouped into different themes.
Proud to be Filipino?
Pacquiao’s success was built on the sports program of a Non-Filipino – you all better thank Freddie Roach – the individual.
That Pacquiao, Pempengco, Banatao.. and OFWs succeed overseas just tells you one thing about the culture of mediocrity in the #Philippines.
An individual can succeed – given the right environment… Pacquaio .. like OFWs have to leave the Philippines to find the right environment 35 minutes ago via TweetDeck
Parental support?.. kung Pinas pa rin ang coaching at facilitiies mo… makiboksing ka na lang sa nanay at tatay mo.. Get real now.
Coaching.. training.. focus.. hard work.. and a winning attitude.. does not have anything to do about being Filipino. Get Real #Philippines
Just because you are a Filipino, does that now make you a great boxer? Is that so? Really? maghunos-dili ka…. guni guni mo lang yan.
Manny owes Freddie Roach big time… not his “Filipino-ness”… susmaryosep.
Hard Work … Not Filipino-ness
Proud to be filipino because Manny is Filipino? am sorry but I can’t for the life of me make that same comment. if Manny were a product of a concerted national sports programs that produced a string of winners for years on end (like China’s figure ice skating team, or the Cuban volleyball team) – that’s something to be proud of.
But for all the talk about Manny being Filipino – Manny started to shine after he was trained by Freddie Roach. Most of his training was in California – not the Philippines.
Without Freddie Roach’ intervention and guidance – Manny would have wind up like Rex Navarette – it had nothing to do with Manny being Filipino at all.
Manny rose above being a Filipino – a mere accident of birth is not something to be proud about.
The Philippine Sports Program
Tontowist Pinoys will rejoice about Manny… seriously.. look at the Philippine sports program and WEEP!!!
Philippine sports program and Manny Pacquiao… one is real.. the other is fantasy… 🙂
Manny Pacquiao wins – eight championships… Philippine Sports Program .. What?. There’s a program?
Manny Pacquiao’s win is diametrically opposite to the loser of a Philippines sports program.
If Pacquiao relied on local coaching and local facilities… hanggang Pilipinas lang siya champion.. afterwards kulelat na .. parang bang mga PBA players.
Boxing Program? Congress will allot budget – 90% goes to Tongressman/Senatong – 7% goes to actual program – 3% to Roach.. not Freddie Roach, but the ipis – cockroach.
Hire Roach to run Philippines BOxing Program? the Philippines don’t pay jackshit. Office of Press Secretary staff payroll delayed by Coloma for 2 weeks.
Where would Pacquiao be without Roach… if Manny trained locally.. he’ll be a has-been in no-time.
Pacquiao and his Groupies
Pacquiao’s was surrounded by roaches and rats.. Tongressmen and Jueteng Lords.. not referring to Freddie Roach – he’s a’ite.
Pacquiao has integrity… Aquino.. is pure fantasy. If Manny doesn’t watch it – he can wind up in la la la land as well.
Pacquio’s millions of dollars worn the hard way…. Aquino and Hacienda Luisita and Lopezes earnd millions the nakawan way.
Philippine Army eyeing new role for #Pacquiao as peace negotiator. – hay naku – papakidnap lang yan ng mga AFP generals.. zarzuela na naman.
Pacquiao tags Margarito with combinations – while Pacquiao surrounded by tongressmen with jueteng combinations.
Margarito has got balls… Aquino aint’ got one.
Pacquio’s millions of dollars worn the hard way…. Aquino and Hacienda Luisita and Lopezes earnd millions the nakawan way
Hoy mga congressman… Pacquiao earned his money fair and square…. samantalang yung mga kasama nya so kongreso… MAGNANAKAW.
Get over it Philippines. Manny is a great boxer – now among the greatest. The Philippines still sucks.. and Pinoys still SUCK.
Manny Pacquiao is a Filipino but Filipinos ain’t a Manny Pacquiao – Intiendes?
I am so proud of Margarito and Pacquiao.. they are human beings 😀
Are you a boxer AND Filipno… one becomes a boxer by choice… do Filipinos have the same dicipline as Manny? hell no they don’t. puro pasaway. LOL.
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He is Filipino – Are you proud to be Filipino?
Manny’s win is an individual achievement – it has got nothing to do with Filipinos. Manny succeeded INSPITE OF the Filipinos around him.
You talk about one Manny Pacquiao in a sea of 90 million Filipinos – what da pacq are the rest of Filipinos doing that Intel had to leave for Vietnam? That Fedex had to go to China. That Ampatuans and Cojuangcos, Lopez, Ayala, LucioTan rule with impunity.
That the Philippines GINI has widened, that its competitiveness has worsened, that it has an idiot for a president.
And after all that – this is all the Pinoy can be proud of Paquiao? I wouldn’t rejoice – I find it PATHETIC.
It’s all about TEAMWORK between Pacquiao, Roach, Ariza, and Fernandez. Pacquiao he can be more than just an accident of birth, more than a Filipino – he did better – became a citizen of the world – personally responsible, disciplined and focused, always learning, and gets things done.
Pinoys we haven’t earned the right to be proud, YET.
If Pinoys want to do a Manny, I suggest start off by thinking with all your might.
Next elections – think about who the pacq you vote for next time around. Treat winnability just like Cotto, de Hoya, Clottey, Barrera, Marquez, Hatton, and Margarito – support a champion – he might be small but he gets the job done unlike a limp dick Aquino.
Going forward, I do not discount the possibility of Manny Pacquaio becoming President of the Philippines – he can waltz through it with his fame. If he takes this path, it will be a slippery slope.
It is still early to say what Manny will achieve as a legislator and after hanging his gloves. Given his track record of dogged determination, Manny is off to a good start. Can he sustain this or will he end up in the belly of the tiger known as Philippine politics.
Good luck Manny, remember who you are fighting for – you are fighting so that people don’t have to rely on jueteng lords for sustenance.