Pacquiao and the Holy Bible

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By Ver F. Pacete

As I See It

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


THE Holy Week calla thump is over. The Pacquiao-Bradley fever has subsided. Just like the Roman citizens, we look forward to another bloody gladiatorial fight in the near future. We want our icon to show his “killer instinct” to satisfy the “beast instinct” of the viewers and the greed of the gamblers (with exception).

Is Pacquiao having a “killer instinct”? I reviewed the Pacquiao-Bradley fight three times. Our icon delivered several brutal blows to the face and body of his opponent. He was boxing a granite wall. Bradley is just tough to face all those surges. Bradley’s “killer instinct” (if he has) did not work out very well. The Pacman is a fast-moving target . . . and strong like the Molave.

If many want Manny to win by using his “killer instinct,” the pastor friends of Manny want him to use faith (and determination) to defeat Bradley by not necessarily making the sign of the cross. The new-found faith of Manny gives him strength and wisdom (maybe) from God based on the Holy bible as explained to him by the pastors in several sharing sessions on the word of God. Some characters in the Holy Bible could have inspired Manny.

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There is Noah who built the ark out of gopher wood (cypress) to face the biggest challenge of his life (as scripted by God). He faced God’s wrath for the doomed unrighteous. He was able to overcome “mabbul” (the flood). Here comes Moses who led bravely his people out of Egypt. He was not afraid of the Pharaoh and the chariot-riding warriors. His faith in God (alone) saved his people from the bondage of slavery.

Abraham, “the man of God,” could have inspired Manny. Abe strengthened his tribe. God made a promise to Abraham that he will make a great nation. That could be the reason that after boxing Manny will seek a higher position in the political arena so that he can help build a “Canaan” for the Filipinos. Good luck, Manny. Jacob could be the model of Manny. After Jacob wrestled with the Lord’s angel without succumbing, his name was changed to Israel to show he was a new man. With his new religion, Manny wants to show to Mommy Dionisia that he is a new Manny.

Samson is Manny’s minion for strength. Samson’s long hair could have prevented Manny from going to the barbershop. Samson toppled the pillars and brought down the entire house on himself and the Philistines. Samson did not have a “killer instinct.” God gave a gift to Samson. Unlike Samson, Manny should stick to Jinky. Delilah is on her way. Run, Manny, run!

Throwing off his cumbersome armor, David races forward to do battle with Goliath. Moved by the spirit of God, David asked, “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God? (1 Sam. 17:26). David killed Goliath (A.K.A. Giant) with a sling and stone. Manny wants to play “a-David” to become king of his own “Israel.”

I just don’t know if King Solomon inspired Manny. Solomon has an ambitious program that increased the tax burden. Manny is allergic to taxation. Ms. BIR would want to welcome Manny. Solomon imposed head tax, “tributum capitis.” Manny should eat the food of the Holy Bible… lentils, beans, onions, garlic, lettuce, mustard. If he is not eating yet, he should. Probably, he has eaten the mandrake herb. This was long regarded as an aid to fertility. Its forked root resembles the human body; its tuft of leaves, a head of hair. Manny and Jinky have five children. “Go and multiply.”

Possibly (just possibly), the idol of Manny is Jesus Christ. Manny loves to donate. He donates to politician friends. He donates to Yolanda victims. He donates for charity. Manny idolizes Jesus. Jesus heals people before the Sermon on the Mount. He cleanses a leper. He casts out demons. He stills a storm. He raises Lazarus from the dead. He feeds 5,000 people. He walks on water. He causes Peter to net a tremendous catch of fish. He changes water into wine.

This could be our man, Manny. Let us not just look for his “killer instinct.” He could have some other instincts inspired by the Holy Bible. Manny could just be Manny. He is human as we are but he taught us a lesson. He wins. Can we win over our common opponent? Yes, we can win by defeating our pride, our greed, our immorality, and our “killer instinct.”

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on April 22, 2014.

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