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MATEO 28:20

By Manny Pacquiao
PhilBoxing.com
25 Oct 2009



MANILA — Good morning, good afternoon and good evening to all of my fans, friends and all those who read this column, wherever you may be. I hope all of you are fine, healthy and happy. If you are going to ask me how I am, I think I am quite ready to fight next week although there are still three more weeks and a lot of work to do before I step into the ring.

Habang binabasa ninyo ang kolum na ito ay malamang nasa himpapawid na ako patungong Los Angeles, California sa America upang doon ko maipagpatuloy ang pagsasanay at paghahanda para sa nalalapit na laban ko kontra sa welterweight champion ng WBO na si Miguel Cotto. Nakahanda na ang lahat sa November 14, sa MGM Grand Garden Arena sa Las Vegas.

Napapangiti ako habang sinusulat ko ang pagbati sa inyong lahat dahil ngayon ko lang sinimulan sa wikang Ingles ang aking column. Naalala ko kasi ulit ang aking pinanggalingan, at kung gaano na kalayo ang aking narating mula noong sumakay ako sa isang barko patungong Maynila noong ako ay bata pa. Musmos, gutom, walang pera, walang muwang sa buhay at mundo at ni hindi nga ako marunong magsalita ng Tagalog noon. Lakas ng loob lang at tiwala sa Panginoon ang aking armas. Likewise, I could even hardly speak English back then.

Dala na rin ng matinding pagsisikap at tulak ng pangangailangan, ginawa kong puhunan ang aking lakas, katawan, pawis at dugo upang makamit ko ang lahat ng mga biyayang ito. Mula sa aking simulain bilang isang maralitang hindi pinapansin ng karamihan ng aking mga kababayan hanggang sa pagiging sentro ng boksing at pinapanood ng halos lahat ng boxing fans ng buong mundo at halos lahat sa aking bansa, masasabi kong marami na rin ang nagbago.

Kailangan ko ngang hasain muli ang aking English-speaking skills kasi alam kong mapapalaban na naman ako sa mga interview at mga tanong ng international media pagdating ko sa US. Naaalala ko pa, noong mga unang laban ko sa US, kailangan pa na may kasamang interpreter para lang maitawid ko ang aking mensahe at sagot. Ngayon, hindi naman sa pagmamayabang, nakakasagot na rin akong mag-isa kahit na minsan ay nagkakamali pa rin. Gayunpaman, lubos din ang tuwa at respeto ng mga banyagang manunulat dahil nakikita nila ang aking improvement mula noong naging kampeon ako ng IBF super-bantamweight division higit sa walong taon na ang nakakaraan hanggang ngayon.

Sa aking pagbibilang, itong laban na ito ay ang ika-17 na pagsubok sa America at sa dami ng aking pinagdaanan sa kabuuan ng aking career, susubukan ko ring makuha ang isang pambihirang record, ang ikapitong world title sa ikapitong weight class. Mahirap na laban ito pero gagawin ko ang lahat para manalo.

Sinusulat ko itong kolum na ito matapos naming magsanay sa harap ng istatwa ng ating pambansang bayani na si Jose Rizal sa Luneta. Nakakataba ng puso na ako ay tawaging “pambansang kamao” at sa ngayon ay pasan ko ang bawat hangarin ng lahat ng aking mga kababayan sa buong mundo na nasa 90 milyon. Kaya naman siryoso ako sa training upang maibigay at maibalik ko sa inyo ang karangalan. Sana ay palagi tayong magdasal para sa isa’t-isa at sama-sama tayong bumangon at maging isang mas malakas na bansa sa gitna ng maraming pagsubok sa ating mga buhay. Huwag nating kalimutan, ang Panginoon, laging nasa atin, kasama natin palagi, Mateo 28: 20.

Hanggang sa muling Kumbinasyon. God Bless Us All.

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Photo: Pacquiao is being blessed by a priest during a farewell mass held inside at the Gerry Penalosa Gym in Mandaluyong City after Pacquiao's last workout Saturday afternoon. Photo by Dong Secuya.

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