Last May 3, 2015, the whole nation watched with bated breath as one of the most high-profile boxing games in history commenced on pay-per-view (and later on, on local cable). Even non-boxing fans couldn't help but tune in to see if our own Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao would win over self-lauded greatest fighter of all time Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. By now, however, everyone knows that Mayweather continues to be undefeated–insert sad emoji here–but as with every fight we face, there are lessons to be learned. Here, what we have to say about the #MayPac fight.
Guys, it's not smart or witty. It's ignorant and insensitive.
2. Your past doesn't define your future.
Pacquiao lived below the poverty line, but through hard work and extreme dedication, he was able to reach what not even most privileged could. Let his story be an inpisration to us all. Whether you dream of becoming the CEO of your own company, living abroad, or becoming an artist, your future is yours to make. Bank on your talent and believe in yourself
3. There are always two sides to a coin.
Mayweather may not have been popular with the crowd–people complained that all he did was hug Pacquiao and run away–but he still won and he still has his supporters. Likewise, Pacquiao's bashers can say all they want, but most Pinoys will still have his back. Try looking at the fight from two perspectives before you make (or not make) a decision. IRL, this is how you can make better decisions.
4. Be prepared for everything.
We're not even talking about the fight. "I thought walang traffic on the day of his fight, so my family and I left the house late, but we were stuck in Recto for 45 minutes!" says Jane, 28. "As it turned out, there was a public screening at Plaza Miranda." IRL, you can't expect the cards to always fall the same way, especially if you've got something important lined up. Feel like your presentation is up to snuff? Check your USB again. You may have saved the wrong file. Think it'll be easy to catch a cab to the airport just because you have amazing luck? Don't count on it and call a cab early. You don't want to rush through immigration because people on your flight are boarding.
5. Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson couldn't have said it better. Life doesn't always turn out the way you expect it to. Surprise! Even if you gave your presentation your Pacquiao-all, your boss might not, as the judges the night of the match did, give it a thumbs up. When that happens, it's tempting to turn in your gloves and give up, but you can also pick yourself up after, try to improve yourself, and get back in the game.
6. If boxing can unify a country...
Save for a few trouble spots (see number 4), Manila was relatively calm and traffic-free last Sunday. Everyone, rich or poor, was glued to either their TV screens or radios. Walang kahit isang tricycle or jeep in sight during the game. The country's largest rival TV networks also showed a sign of solidarity by airing the fight together. According to Philstar.com, GMA-7 waived its exclusive TV rights for all Pacquiao fights for #MayPac. It just goes to show how finding common ground can bridge even the widest of gaps. Feeling left out of your barkada, your in-laws, or your officemates? Finding something you all can relate to, like, hmm, the #MayPac fight, may help you break the ice.