Manny changes everythingBy Gerard Pareja
Cebu Daily News
“I am just a poor boy/Though my sto-
ry’s seldom told/I have squandered my resistance/For a pocket full of mumbles such are promises/All lies and jests/Still a man hears what he wants to hear/And disregards the rest
When I left my home and my family/I was no more than a boy/In the company of strangers/In the quiet of the railway station running scared/Laying low, seeking out the poorer quarters/Where the ragged people go/Looking for the places only they would know
Lie la lie …
Asking only workman’s wages/I come looking for a job/But I get no offers/Just a come-on from the whores on Seventh Avenue/I do declare, there were times when I was so lonesome/I took some comfort there
Lie la lie …
Then I’m laying out my winter clothes/And wishing I was gone/Going home/Where the New York City winters aren’t bleeding me/Bleeding me, going home
In the clearing stands a boxer/And a fighter by his trade/And he carries the reminders/Of ev’ry glove that layed him down/Or cut him till he cried out/In his anger and his shame/”I am leaving, I am leaving”
But the fighter still remains
Lie la lie”
Mao kini ang “The Boxer” sa folk duo nga Simon and Garfunkel. Mao kini ang romantic notion ni Mickey Rourke. Dili kini mao ang boxer ni Manny Pacquiao. Dili romantic fighter si Manny Pacquiao. Manny is a businessman with both feet firmly on the ground. Gipildi siya ni Bradley? Pikat. Ang duha ra ka huwes maoy nag-ingon niani ug ang tibuok kalibutan wala mouyon kanila. Bisan Si Bradley gaduha-duha. Gipildi siyang Bradley but he gets to keep the US $40 million in the bank. Rematch? Another US $40 million. Manny fought for his meals. Now, Manny fights for political funds. Which is just as well. Wa koy problema niani.
Money, or business, changes everything. Sports figure ra ang boxer sa una ug ang iyang gingharian mao ra ang ring. Not anymore. Kun tinuod nga dunay conspiracy nga nagpaluyo sa iyang kapildihan, maingon ta nga gamay na lang importansya sa away mismo ug ang dakong tumong mao ang pagpangitag mga sunod-sunod nga promotions. Entertainment is all. Keep Manny interesting, keep the money coming.
Manny changed everything. Or at least Manny changed many things. Sa una, kumo ray pasultion sa boxer. Karon ang mga panahum ni Manny mahimo na nga gamitong propaganda sa simbahan. Mahimo nang ibangga sa mga gipanulti ni Barack Obama. Ug nganong dili man? Usa ka politico si Manny sama kang Obama. TV host usab kini.
Ug karon sa iyang kapildihan gipalili kita niya sa politika sa kalibutan sa sports.
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