In a country where poverty, violence, and corruption burden the national psyche, Pacquiao’s rags-to-riches story inspires hope and optimism in every Filipino. In marked contrast to corrupt politicians, the PacMan earned his millions through sweat and blood. His life story resonates strongly with ordinary Filipinos, having attained his dreams in a life’s journey marked by difficulties, hunger, and discrimination.
Now, that he has cast his hat in the political arena, Pacquiao is primed to fight his greatest fight: to try to help the Philippines fight poverty and guide it to peace and prosperity. This may be an entirely different fight.