Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao is one of the greatest boxers in the world. Check out how he went from hard partying, womanizing, gambling catholic, to a born~again bible quoting Christian preacher. Praise Jesus.
His new friend Pastor Rick Warren actually calls Pacquiao a “bible-quoting maniac.” Amen.
Manny Pacquiao Is a ‘Bible-Quoting Maniac,’ Says
Pastor Rick Warren was recently invited by world champion boxer
Manny Pacquiao to interview him about his increasingly vocal
faith in God. It was during that discussion last week that Warren
learned Pacquiao was a “Bible-quoting maniac.”
(Photo: Saddleback Church via Christian Post)
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A video of the taped interview was shown duringworship services at Saddleback Church this past weekend. Warren introduced the video by saying Pacquiao was the “world’s greatest boxer. The only guy to win the world championship in eight different weight categories.”
“Manny started out as a young man in a very poor family of six and his mom couldn’t take care of him so she kicked him out at 14 and he lived on the streets of Manila. That’s where he learned to fight,” Warren told his congregation attending Saddleback’s main church campus in Lake Forest, Calif., and an online audience.
“He read Purpose Driven Life and came to Christ. He told me, ‘Rick, the first time I read through that book I cried through every chapter.’ And he said, ‘I’ve given it out to everybody who I know. Now, I’m a Christian, I make all my team … we all memorize Scripture together,’” he continued to say during the introduction of the video.
Warren said the short video segment of his long interview with Pacquiao that he was about to show was a discussion on the importance of “doing the Word, not just studying the Word.”
In the video, Warren is seen with Pacquiao – a Catholic – and the boxer’s wife, Jinkee.
Warren begins the interview by saying, “This guy’s a Bible-quoting maniac. He quoted probably 50 different verses to me in the time we were talking. How important is the Word of God to you?”
Pacquiao answers, “Believing and praying is not enough. In James 2, verses 19 and 20, it says, ‘If you believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that and shudder. You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without action is useless?’ In Luke 6:46 it is says, ‘Why do you call me Lord, Lord and you do not do what I say?’ It’s action again. It’s action again. In Matthew 7 verse 21 it says, ‘Not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord will enter the kingdom, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.’
“So, only the one who does … it’s all in action,” he added. “You have to do it. We believe in prayer … [but] we have to apply it in ourselves.”
When asked by Warren to talk about his training, Pacquiao took the opportunity to tie-in his outlook on his upcoming fight with Timothy Bradley to Christian faith.
“I have the fight on June 9. I believe 100 percent that I am going to win. I have faith that I am going to win. But how can I win if I don’t have faith? Same thing in worship … you have to hear it, but you have to apply it in yourself,” said Pacquiao, near the end of the video segment.
Pacquiao was recently thrust into the public debate about same-sex marriage when the boxer, who is also a Filipino congressman, responded to President Barack Obama‘s endorsement of gay marriage by saying that he stands behind the traditional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman.
A media storm ensued when he was banned from a Hollywood mall where he was scheduled to give an interview.
A five-part series of video on an interview done by boxing promotion company Top Rank, “Pacquiao: A Spiritual Awakening,” includes the boxer talking about how he came to realize that he could not stop from sinning and that by immersing himself in the Bible, and giving himself fully to Jesus Christ, he was able to have a new focus.
Pacquiao’s pastor, also seen in some of the video, is also impressed with the boxer’s uncanny ability to memorize Scripture. The next day after one particular Bible study, he was able to quote four verses back to him, the pastor said.
Pacquiao was asked by the interviewer in the Top Rank video series how he reconciles with being a Christian and a participant in the violent sport of boxing.
“Your fans may be worried that now with your [Christian] faith you may have lost your killer punch. What do you say to them?” the interviewer asks in one segment.
“I have been authorized by my opponent to hit him. I have authorized him to hit me. It’s just our careers,” Pacquiao said.
“This is entertainment. It’s to entertain people,” he continued. “When I hit my opponent it doesn’t mean that I don’t like him. I love him.”
LAS VEGAS – Amid the glitz, glamour and gold of The Hotel at Mandalay Bay, with family and friends swarming around him, boxing champion Manny Pacquiao sits quietly at the breakfast table, head bowed, his left hand within reach of what has become an ever-present Bible.
- By John Locher, The Las Vegas Review-Journal via APManny Pacquiao, who fights Timothy Bradley on Saturday, got the crowd going upon his arrival at the MGM Grand on Tuesday.
By John Locher, The Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP
Manny Pacquiao, who fights Timothy Bradley on Saturday, got the crowd going upon his arrival at the MGM Grand on Tuesday.
This is the new Manny Pacquiao, one who says he is devout, God-fearing, Bible-toting and quoting. Wednesday morning, three days from his big pay-per-view fight against undefeated Timothy Bradley (HBO, 9 p.m. ET), he looks completely relaxed while men scurry to clean the remnants of breakfast off the table in his suite, women work in the kitchen and children run around.
How does he remain calm amid the chaos?
“Because when I die, I know where I’m going,” the future Hall of Fame boxer said with a smile. It has become one of his favorite lines.
Pacquiao is one of the world’s best-known boxers, and his fights are the ticket. But while millions will be watching Saturday night, one very key person will not. Floyd Mayweather Jr. sits in a jail cell a few miles from where Pacquiao sits in luxury. Theirs is the fight the world really wants to see, but the camps cannot come to an agreement. Besides, Mayweather is spending the next few months in jail for domestic violence.
Mayweather Jr. to miss out on Pacquiao pay-per-view
Though boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. might be able to maintain his recent pedicure in his Clark County Detention Center cell, he likely won’t be able to watch Saturday’s pay-per-view WBO welterweight fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley.
“I am not going to say that he absolutely won’t be able to watch it, because it’s in the future,” said Bill Cassell, a spokesman for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, which oversees the jail. “However, nothing special is being done to provide this television program or any other program in the jail. We don’t plan on having pay-for-view in the jail. Now, if ESPN or some other channel runs a repeat, he may be able to view it then.”
Cassell said since there was no television in Mayweather’s cell his only TV privileges would be to watch whatever the rest of the inmates were watching. “I have no idea who holds the remote,” Cassell said.
Mayweather began serving a three-month sentence at the jail Friday. He pleaded guilty in December to reduced domestic battery charges for attacking his former girlfriend in September 2010 while two of their children watched.
-By Jim Halley
“I don’t judge people; I don’t condemn people,” Pacquiao says. “I’m praying for him that everything will be fine and he will realize the truth.”
During an exclusive interview with USA TODAY Sports, Pacquiao discussed his past, present and future, and it has everything to do with God and religion.
“I learned how to obey and follow the manual of your life that is the Bible,” he says.
The new Pacquiao was born after his third fight against Juan Manuel Marquez in November at the MGM Grand. Pacquiao won by the slimmest of margins, but most news media thought he lost. He looked uncomfortable and nervous, and it was later learned that Pacquiao and his wife, Jinkee, were engaged in a 40-minute argument before the main event. There were reports she had come to the fight to ask for a divorce.
Pacquiao said that wasn’t the case, but he agreed his life was spinning out of control. He says he was drinking, cheating on his wife, gambling — he owned a casino in Manila and a large cockfighting operation — and it was affecting his training, his fighting and even his work as a congressman in the Philippines.
“Almost every fight I had family problems like that,” he says. “But we always fixed that after the fight.”
Despite his promoter, Bob Arum, saying Pacquiao had a severe gambling problem, Pacquiao said, “I don’t really gamble. I gamble if I’m not busy, but I’m always busy. What I did in the Philippines was drinking and girls. That was my problems. I’d gamble if I wanted to, but sometimes I didn’t want to.”
Pacquiao, 33, says he “promised God” he would change, and he did. He sold his casino, restaurant and cockfighting operation and says he stopped womanizing and drinking and turned to the Bible.
“The moment came to me that I don’t like cockfighting anymore,” he says. “I don’t like anymore gambling, drinking, girls, stuff like that, because I was reading the word of God.”
He does Bible study and “Bible-sharing” up to two hours a day and says he loves to quote from what he calls his manual for life.
The man who used to put on concerts after his fights even sings a few verses to the reporter.
“God will make our way,
Where there seems to be no way,
He works in ways we cannot see.
He will make a way for me.”
Pacquiao says God led him to a man he calls “Pastor Jeric,” an Americanized Filipino named Jeric Soriano who is a part-time pastor and does commercials. Pacquiao calls him his spiritual adviser. According to Michael Koncz, Pacquiao’s adviser, and Arum, Pastor Jeric has helped keep Pacquiao grounded. Yet almost to a man, those around Pacquiao — and there are many in his still sizable entourage — love the changes in him.
“I’ve been with Manny for eight years, so I know the old Manny and the new Manny,” Koncz says. “And I’m very pleased with the new Manny, specifically for the reason that he seems to be more at peace and content with himself and has devoted much more time with his wife and family, especially the kids.”
His longtime trainer, Freddie Roach, also is happy with his new fighter.
“Yes, definitely. There have been a lot of distractions that have been bad for his career, but he’s got one new distraction that’s a lot more healthy for him and his family,” Roach says. “He’s happy, he comes to the gym every day. He gave up basketball, his favorite sport. (Playing basketball) killed him. He’d work out three hours in the morning, then go play basketball for three hours. He said maybe that’s why he’s getting leg cramps. He’s doing good now.”
Arum says he’s a little concerned Pacquiao, always a devout Catholic, might be leaning more toward evangelism and distancing himself from the Catholic Church.
“He has become consumed with his religious feeling, and in a lot of ways, which I think concerns the church, he has drifted away from Catholicism towards evangelical Christianity,” Arum says. “That’s the deep, dark secret. But I can tell from Jinkee that she is becoming less Roman Catholic and more evangelical.
“On Sunday she went to the church of Pastor Rick Warren, who is an evangelical.”
Arum, who is Jewish, finds himself amazed by the fact Pacquiao’s religious conversion has been swept up even beyond the news media.
“The dialogue on this fight has shifted from left hooks and straight rights, and everybody is engaged in religious dialogue, and this is resonating with the evangelical Christian community,” Arum says.
“When you track these websites, they’re running features on Pacquiao. And there’s the same type of feeling towards Pacquiao as there is toward Tim Tebow. The (New York) Jets have no idea of the tsunami they’re reaping in godless New York with Tim Tebow. So Pacquiao has created this interest in boxing among a group that probably never watched a fight.”
Pacquiao returns to the subject of boxing and says he will continue to fight, at least for a few more fights. Arum thinks maybe three more.
“This is what God guided me to do, in boxing,” Pacquiao says. “I don’t want to be like other guys who retire, then come back. If I retire, no more boxing.”
Will Mayweather be one of those remaining opponents? “I hope so,” says Pacquiao, a smile spreading across his face.
But first, Pacquiao needs to defend his WBO welterweight title against Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs) on Saturday, when they meet at the MGM Grand. Pacquiao is a 4-1 favorite and is guaranteed $26 million, plus upside from the pay-per-view revenue.
Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs), who has titles in a record eight weight classes and has not lost since 2005, expects to have his hands full with Bradley, who says this easily is the biggest challenge of his life.
“This is my moment to stardom, baby,” said Bradley, who appeared so confident that he unveiled a large ticket during their final news conference Wednesday with Bradley-Pacquiao II written on it, a reference to a rematch after Bradley wins. “I gotta win.”
And if he does, that would change everything when it comes to a Mayweather fight. A Pacquiao win means the megamatch remains possible.
So while Mayweather sits a few miles away, he nonetheless looms large over this bout.
Consider that Pacquiao’s son, Emanuel Jr., told his dad he wanted him to retire soon. “But before you retire, I have one request,” Pacquiao said his son told him.
“I said, ‘What is that, son?’
“He said, ‘Fight Mayweather and beat him.’ “