Will Manny Pacquiao's political ambitions be the straw that breaks the camel's back? (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
Manny Pacquiao has shown his political prowess and aspirations by becoming a legislator in his native Philippines. Now he is eyeing bigger offices with more time commitments according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.
"Being a legislator isn't hard work." Mr. Pacquiao said. "But an executive position is 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I feel I'm better suited to that. I feel I can do many things for my province."
In this instance, Pacquiao is referring to becoming Governor of his native province of Sarangani. If he says that being a governor is a 24/7 type of job, it doesn't sound like he could continue to be a professional boxer and complete his duties for in being a governor.
It seems that these types of distractions are becoming a normal occurrence in Manny Pacquiao's life. His political ambitions are just another distraction on top of his tax case, his newfound Christianity, and potential charges relating to the housing of a known criminal. Of course, distractions are nothing new to Manny Pacquiao as every episode of 24/7 has taught us. He likes to be constantly busy, with a multitude of people pulling for his attention.
Arguably it has never bothered Manny Pacquiao until his last fight, where he put in a substandard performance against Juan Manuel Marquez. Bad Left Hook scored this fight 115-113 for Marquez and my personal scorecard for the fight was 116-112 live, revised to 115-113 after a second glance.
Personally, I think Manny Pacquiao is starting to drift further and further away from boxing. His last fight with JMM was an indication of what kind of fight Manny Pacquiao becomes when he isn't fully focused on the task at hand. I expect Pacquiao to be tentative against Bradley, albeit in a slightly different way than the JMM fight. I think that Bradley's style is going to give Manny trouble, even though that style has been tailor made for Manny in the past. One step slower and one foot outside of the ring is going to make all the difference in this fight. Of course I could be totally wrong as well, and that's what the comment's section is for.