Las Vegas, 2 May, 2015; Manny Pacquiao was one half of the richest sports event in history. His reported net earnings for 36 minutes of boxing was $120M – $55,555.55 per second, to be precise.
But let us call this the top and call Manny ‘One in Seven Billion’, who started from the bottom. Manny was born in a country where, today, 28 Million people survive on less than $1.25 per day.
Tomorrow, Manny Pacquiao is set to fight for the very last time - an encore bout to draw the curtain on a most remarkable career. His real-life Rocky story, illuminated by unyielding persistence, prodigious courage, and equitable talent that lead him to dominate on the biggest stage.
This is about an opportunity for children to dream big or to dream small. Just an opportunity to dream.
To start from the bottom and, if they desire it so, to strive to become teachers, doctors, leaders, achievers – an opportunity to dream in colour. To give anything less than opportunity is not good enough. For us to permit anything less is to deprive our world of nature itself.
Tomorrow, Team Pacquiao will cheer for their champion – for their 'One in Seven Billion'. Team Bradley, for theirs.
Today, we cheer for Uncle Sardo and take a moment to appreciate. Without Uncle Sardo, there would be no Manny. And tomorrow evening, Manny will make the Philippines stand still for one last time.
Today, Uncle Sardo stands an inspiration to others who might be born with less, but whose life is no less precious.