LOS ANGELES - Boon or bane?
It is our nature to put the blame on anything and everything, and make the lamest excuses, for every bad break that befalls us.
Take the case of Manny Pacquiao, who has admittedly lost a step and has fallen a notch from being the ferocious and aggressive fighter the world once knew.
May mga nagsasabi na ang pagiging reliyoso o maka-Diyos ng natatanging eight-division world champion ang isa sa mga dahilan kung bakit nawala ang bangis ni Pacquiao.
But what has religion, or God for that matter, got to do with Manny's ongoing battle against Father Time?
It was due to Manny's own failing that he has shown signs of slowing down in his past two fights.
That is why he has challenged himself to rekindle his old fire as he faces his eternal nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez for the fourth and, hopefully, final time.
Baka nga dapat magpasalamat pa tayo dahil kundi sa kanyang renewed faith ay baka hindi na nagsubok pang hanapin ni Manny ang aggression na nagbigay ng pangalan sa kanya sa mundo ng professional boxing.
As the Pinoy hero winds up the Los Angeles phase of his training, he insists he only has God to thank for giving him a newfound "inner strength."
"I know I have the strength. But the strength that I have now is not from my own but from God," Pacquiao said after his training on a rainy afternoon at the Wild Card Gym. "He gave me the strength. Everything that I have comes from above."