Manny Pacquiao: Motivated by his people... not hatred for Floyd MayweatherWritten by Joseph Herron
With less than a month remaining until the most lucrative event in boxing history, the overwhelming majority of passionate fight fans have clearly chosen which fighter they respectively plan to root for on May 2.
A genuine sense of disdain is being exuded from both sides of the polarized boxing community, and the emotional supporters of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather will be expecting retribution in just 23 days.
Although seven-time trainer of the year Freddie Roach has insinuated that his fighter indeed possesses an authentic dislike for Floyd Jr., Manny’s feelings towards Money May won’t motivate his will to win on fight night.
‘Lalaban ako para sa mga Pilipino’ has admittedly been Pacquiao’s mantra throughout his eight week preparation for the highly anticipated “Fight of the Century”. The Tagalog phrase seems to drive the eight division world champion during his grueling training regimen.
“Lalaban ako para sa mga Pilipino is the title of this fight,” states Manny Pacquiao. “Translated to English, it means I will fight for the Philippines.”
The Filipino Congressman whole heartedly believes that he is fighting for something much more than personal gain or competitive legacy. The Pacman truly feels that he is fighting for the honor of his beloved country.
“This fight is very important in boxing history,” claims the future Hall of Fame fighter. “We want to leave no question mark in the minds of the fans of boxing."
"They’re really eager to see this fight. It’s been five years of the fans asking the same question, ‘when is this fight coming?’ I’m happy that it’s finally happening.”
“But it’s very important that I win on May 2. I’m fighting for the honor of my country.”
Before leaving his native country, the boxing icon recorded his own entrance music for the upcoming prizefight…once again, titled “Lalaban ako para sa mga Pilipino”. Talented director Ryan Moore is directing the official music video for the patriotic anthem, which should be released during fight week and will include footage of Manny training for the historic bout.
Pacquiao’s sense of obligation and responsibility for his people of the Philippines is very real, and could be the emotional difference he needs to hand Floyd Mayweather Jr. his first loss as a professional. Manny’s ability to fight for and inspire an entire nation has been a big part of his success up to this point. Will Pacquiao's massive legion of fans help him find victory on May 2?
The unscripted drama will reach its natural conclusion in just 23 days.