After Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao demolished Jeff Horn’s pretty face and lost the fight many are wondering what the future holds for the Philippine’s boxing hero. Of course, overly concerned kababayans can’t help themselves but give unsolicited advice through social media on what Pacquiao’s next career step should be.
So I posted a question on my wall and my FB friends and followers generously posted their reactions. I am summarizing some of the comments here.
Many of Pacquiao’s fans, who believe that their idol was robbed of a belt, are clamoring for a rematch.
“Rematch here in the Philippines and knockout that bastard Jeff Horn,” said Dolores Aperocho Borres.
Czaldy Garrote also wants Pacquiao to “have a fight in the Philippines and make lots of money.”
Basco Aliño Fernandez’s advice is more forward looking — “rematch, run for president, and retire.”
While there are those who want their champ to enter the ring again, many are also saying that he should hang his gloves and retire.
“Tama na sana, nothing to prove anymore,” said Kim Atienza.
“Retire but help train the next generation of Filipinos champions.” Joffre Balce said.
“Retire with dignity. Put up a Pacquiao Boxing Academy.” urged Marilet Catapang.
Others are saying that Pacquiao, a neophyte senator, should just concentrate in his political career.
“Retire for good from boxing. Develop his statesmanship abilities.” Leonarda V. Capangpangan suggested.
Robert Velhagen advised that Pacquiao should “focus on the job he was elected to.”
This sentiment is shared by Sol Nolasco who said that he should “focus on his political career.”
Of course, there are those who found the opportunity to hit on Senator Antonio Trillanes.
“Asarin na si Trillanes ng husto para sabay sila resign (Piss Trillanes off so they can retire together),” Edwin Alba Empestan jested.
“Bumawi kay (get back at) Trillanes via TKO. #everybodyhappy,” said Low Rain.
Lotlot Texan Gonzaga also suggested that he “knock-out Trillanes.”
Some say that Pacquiao, who is very vocal with his faith, should drop everything off and become a pastor.
Nena Santos said that he can “retire ug mag pastor. Ayaw na politiko. Bilyonayo na siya. Mag ala Bill Gates na lang para mag tulong sa kapwa (Retire and become a pastor, not a politician. He is already a billionaire. He can be like Bill Gate and help others).”
Whatever Pacquiao decides to do, one thing’s for sure, he can do it comfortably with all the money he earned receiving punches.
Here is a link to my FB post after the Pacquiao- Horn fight: