Can one of the finest boxers ever to step into the ring be the leader of a country?
I think so.
I do not really know what Manny Pacquiao knows about politics, government,
international affairs or public policy.
Nevertheless, this outstanding fighter, who may be the best boxer ever, has a lot of
the qualities which enable a person win an election and to lead a nation.
I have coached a number of many boxers, wrestlers and martial artists. I do not think
I have ever seen any fighter who with the footwork, power and ring skills like I see when
I watch Pacquiao.
As far as mental toughness goes, the diminutive fighter shows great courage, leadership, focus, resiliency, energy,creativity and a willingness to take calculated risks. He knows about having a battle plan, and yet, he is able to respond creatively and spontaneously when he needs to.
Pacquiao is also wealthy, famous, quite charismatic and a national hero in his
He is a self-made man who knows what it is like to overcome adversity and poverty
and elevate one’s life through hard work and dedication. He can be an outstanding
role model for the emerging world.
He is already a member of congress in his country and he is now an athlete and a
man who has transcended his sport and he is positioned to move on to other challenges, if
he decides that being a leader of his homeland is what he wants to do.
I suspect he will have a few more fights. Perhaps he will step into the ring against
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
I believe the champ who now has won eight titles will beat Mayweather who seems
reluctant to fight him and who is somewhat distracted by his pending domestic violence
case in Las Vegas.
I think Pacquiao would handle Mayweather quite easily. His foot speed, punching
power and command of the ring will be too much for Mayweather to overcome. Also,
Manny has been actively fighting and training and Mayweather has been somewhat idle.
Pacquiao looks like he is a lock to be the head of his native land and I think we will
see him in this office in the near future.
Jay P. Granat, Ph.D. is a Psychotherapist and The Founder of www.StayInTheZone.com. He has developed mental toughness programs for top athletes in many sports.