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PRAYERS FOR MANNY PACQUIAO: It is two to three days to go before the Manny Pacquiao-Miguel Cotto November 15, 2009 fight in Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, USA as I am writing this, and the stage seems set for Pacquiao’s clinching his historic seventh world title in as many divisions, but I continue to be hounded by a prediction that he is going to lose this one.
I am praying that the prediction will not come true, but I remember having received it right after Pacquiao’s sensational second round knock-out of Ricky Hatton from a listener of mine in my radio program “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas” over station DYMS Aksiyon Radyo of Catbalogan City, which prompted me to write an article about it on May 6, 2009.
The listener did not give any reason for his prediction but, just so Pacquiao, his trainers, handlers and advisers will take heed, I am reproducing that article here, together with other articles I wrote about Pacquiao, in the spirit of fraternal concern. Here are those articles:
“PACQUIAO TO LOSE IN HIS NEXT FIGHT: PREDICTION: Even as Manny Pacquiao and all Filipinos continue to revel over his sensational second round knock-out victory over Ricky Hatton Sunday, his advisers and trainers must take pains to ensure that the Filipino boxer remains strong in his faith in God in the days to come.
“This is so because, as talks of his next fight start to hog the headlines once again, there is a Filipino from Catbalogan City, Western Samar, who is saying that Pacquiao is going to be defeated in his coming ring assignment.
“This Filipino is a regular listener of mine over DYMS Aksiyon Radyo in Catbalogan City, at the program “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas” which is aired daily from Mondays to Fridays, at 11 in the morning (Philippine time), and simulcast worldwide through www.samarnews.com.
“In one of his text messages to me, the listener said: `mark my word…Pacquiao is going to lose in his next fight, whoever his opponent will be…’
“I found it eerie that the text message came to me right after I wrote in this column that Pacquiao is sure to be defeated in his succeeding fight, whoever he will be up against, if he stops displaying his faith in, and reverence for, God.
“By the way, that column was prompted by reports giving Pacquiao all the credit for his stunning victory over Hatton and his previous opponents, sidelining God’s role in those victories….”
“PACQUIAO’S GIVING GLORY TO GOD CLINCHED THE FIGHT FOR HIM: To those who scoffed at what I wrote here in this column that God is going to favor Manny Pacquiao in the famed `Battle of the East and the West’, because, as between him and Ricky Hatton Pacquiao publicly honored God more with his actions and statements, God has proven you wrong.
“Pacquiao is no longer just a prized fighter, no longer just the best pound for pound fighter the world has seen, but, even more important, he is a fighter who is not ashamed to glorify God and the Virgin Mother with his thoughts, words and deeds, and God has returned the compliment, as it were.
“Manny is going to soar even higher, not only in boxing but in other things as well, if he continues to give glory to God and to the Virgin Mary in whatever he thinks, says or does.
“Deuteronomy 28:1-2 of the Holy Bible says: `If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all His commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God…’ ”
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