Pambansang Kots

Lipa City, Batangas
June 9, 2010
Pambansang Kots

Manny Pacquiao.
You wouldn’t need the assistance of Google nor Wikipedia to know the man. Ask any person living in the remotest place in the country and he or she would know.

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He’s a boxing world champion, the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world in Sportsmaryosep’s book and probably yours. Nevermind that undefeated Floyd Mayweather keeps running away from Pacman.

Let’s talk about his boxing even further (Thanks Google!). He has 56 wins including 38 by knockouts (Send our regards to Ricky Hatton!) and two draws against five defeats. He has beaten practically everybody with exception of scared Money. He is the first and only eight-division world champion, in which he has won ten world titles, as well as the first to win the lineal championship in four different weight classes (Thanks Wikipedia!).
So great Pacquiao is that he has so many monickers. Name it, he has it. From Pambansang Kamao (National Fist) to The Mexecutioner (Mexican Executioner). Heck, some people even calls him Pambansang Ninong (National Godfather).
He’s a Congressman too from this Mindanao province called Sarangani.

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He’s also an actor with several movies in his credit like Lisensyadong Kamao (Licensed Fist), Anak ng Tinapa, I mean Kumander (Son of a Commander), Wapakman (Hmmmmm) and Totoy Bato (Zzzzzz) among others. And probably more.
Who would forget his noontime show at one of the television giant. Forgot the title, it’s something like “Manny Many Prizes” or something to that effect.
He has a sticom too titled “Show Me Da Money,” which was a ripoff from the line of a Tom Cruise movie “Jerry McGuire.”
And yes, he’s a singer. He has his rendition of Dan Hill’s “Sometimes When We Tats, I mean Touch,” which goes something like “You ask me if I love you, and you choke on my reply…” Come on guys all together now.

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And guess what he’s up to now?
He’s now the head coach expansion team KIA in the Philippine Basketball Association. And wait until he applies for the rookie draft late this year and he will join the ranks of living legend as one of the rare breed of playing coaches in the league. A lot of people may frown on this move since he will be in the middle of training in his next fight. But let’s give Pacquiao a chance. This is a democratic country anyway.

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Now how should we call his team? Pambansang Pride.
How about Manny as a coach? Pambansang Kots.
Follow Sportsmaryosep on Twitter: @JoeySVillar

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(Photos courtesy of Manny Pacquiao and The Philippine STAR)

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