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The Pacquiao Victory Over Oscar Dela Hoya: The Political Factor

December 7, 2008

Manny Pacquiao has now truly become immortal in the hearts and minds of all Filipinos.

Contrary to my own expectations, the National Fist (Ang Pambansang Kamao) gave Mexican ‘Golden Boy’ Oscar DSela Hoya more than he bargained for and quite possibly wrote the initial chapter in the retirement of Dela Hoya.

While your Midfielder still predicts at least a second if not third duel between the two, that return bout will have to now wait till mid 2009 at the earliest.

That’s because Manny appears committed to meet Britisher Ricky Hatton, the legitimate world welterweight champ.

But this is not a sports post but rather a note about how the PacMan’s homecoming from Las Vegas may be shamelessly exploited to dilute the impact of this week’s anti charter change Inter Faith rally where the mobilization now i9ncludes students from Metro Manila’s Catholic schools and the El Shaddai flock, the Jesus Is Lord ministry, and the Ayala-led Makati Business Club.

Key political figures close to the Arroyo regime are open backers of Pacquiao, among them deputy national security adviser Luis ‘Chavit’ Singson and Environment Secretary Lito Atienza.

No less than Vice President Noli De Castro was at ringside today officially representing GMA.

There’s word now that Pacquiao is being convinced to return to Manila on December 11th or even exactly on the 12th for obvious reasons.

I hope Pacquiao will wisen up to the political machinations and not allow himself to be used.

To be fair to him however, Pacquiao does owe a debt of gratitude to the government of the day and continues to nurture political dreams in General Santos City.

He also is a military reservist.

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