Pacman is of course our very own world boxing champ and Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao. It is a moniker aptly applied to him for easy name recall when he started campaigning abroad and winning boxing bouts one after another.
The original Pacman is a snapping mouth in a famous Japanese game controlled by a player through a maze, eating pac-dots and avoiding being terminated by the ghosts.
Pacquiao as Pacman has been super(bly) brilliant as a boxer. He is the first and only boxer to win world titles in eight different weight divisions. Certainly, that is not an easy fate to do.
But nothing seems to stop Pacquiao from doing something else.
He has entered the realm of politics, religion, acting and singing, while still active in boxing.
He has now recently added basketball in his lists of trade.
Not only has Pacquiao been named the head coach, no, make that playing-head coach of Kia Motors in the next PBA tournament, but he has also confirmed that he has been having talks with the Chinese government, obviously in partnership with some Chinese businessmen here, about putting up boxing training schools in China called the ‘Manny Pacquiao Boxing Institute’.
The plan, according to Pacquiao, is to start it first in Beijing and then expand to other major cities in China later.
Well and good.
But, promoting sports as business is one thing and commitment to public service is another.
There is no balancing to it as the former forces you to travel and the latter needs focus.
It is one or the other.
These recent events alone will show that Pacquiao’s pleasure, penchant and persuasion is really geared towards sports and business and not public service or the other trade that he has been trying to master, but unable to.
If Pacquiao’s devotion is towards sports, as can be clearly gleaned now, what business does he have running for political office in the country when he can barely devote his time attending sessions in Congress?
‘Delicadeza’ or the sense of propriety should tell Pacquiao that he should relinquish politics so others who are more competent can ably and religiously attend to the needs of his constituents.
Whether for own country or for others, what is needed is Pacquiao’s selflessness – not in terms of letting his billions work for him in corrupting the people and the politicians who want him in politics to take advantage of his popularity, but in a manner that will allow others to practice true humanitarianism by showing their earnest presence and concern as leaders in serving the interest of the country and the welfare of the people.
Pacquiao seem to have missed understanding this noble objective and has become himself selfish and more ambitious.