Pac-Man: God in His Corner

By Robert Ecksel on April 19, 2012
Pac-Man: God in His Corner
If God is the gateway to Manny Pacquiao's happiness, we're glad he's in Pac-Man's corner

Has anyone ever heard of Torquemada? Does anybody remember the Crusades? If not, don’t sweat it. That was a long time ago…

“Get me Jesus Christ. I’ll fight him tomorrow.”—Joe Bugner

Has anyone ever heard of Torquemada? Does anybody remember the Crusades? If not, don’t sweat it. That was a long time ago and just a blip on the historical landscape.

Some well-meaning people have expressed concern that Manny Pacquiao, having found God earlier this year, will no longer be the fighter he was once.

“Nothing has changed,” said Pacquiao. “I am still fully focused on training, although now I am happier because I have God.”

Happiness is something we all deserve, and if God is the gateway to Pacquiao’s happiness, we’re glad he’s in Manny’s corner.

“We’re all endowed with certain God-given talents. Mine happens to be punching people in the head.”—Sugar Ray Leonard

But the notion that pacifism and Christianity are synonymous, or that pacifism and any religion are synonymous, is, with rare exceptions, an illusion.

“I’m grateful to God that I can disregard pain.”—Tommy Loughran

The bible is as much history lesson as it is prophecy and a guide to proper living, yet there’s a whole lot of destruction going on in The Good Book.

“It’s a gift from the Gods, it is mystic and moves faster than the eye can see. I do not tell it when to go. Suddenly boom! It lands like thunder.”—Ingemar Johansson

Pacquiao will fight as he always fought because he is a fighter. Whether he’s fighting for pride, money, the people of the Philippines or God hardly matters.

What does matter is he’s facing Tim Bradley, who’s a tough opponent and, like Pacquiao, is coming to win by any means necessary.

“I don’t care who I fighting. I don’t care if it’s God. If I don’t want God to hit me, he’s not going to hit me.”—Pernell Whitaker

And as far as we know, Bradley may also have a personal relationship with God—none of which means the bout, with or without religion, won’t be a barnburner.

“My God, kids today think that the laces are for tying up the gloves.”—Fritzie Zivic

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