The Fighting Pride of the Philippines, Manny Pacquiao, may seem to fit the bill. He's an attentive Congressman on the islands, and when there's a fight looming, no athlete in the world trains as hard as fighters do. But even Pacman can be seen playing darts with his posse, engaging in serious religious group study, and the like. To put it another way, it's not that he doesn't have time to sleep with groupies, drink copious amounts of alcohol, or throw money away at a casino. It's that he chose to spend his time that he previously reserved for that past life, for the things that he currently does now.
So how does affect his choice to fight again?
When Juan Manuel Marquez defeated Pacquiao by knockout on December 8th, his elongated body plunged face-down into the mat, springing laughs, cries, and memes worldwide. After talking heads allowed the shock of the moment pass over, the first question they entertained, as always, is whether or not the beaten fighter will come back to the ring again.
And from there, the possibilities are endless. Is Pacquiao too old to fight again? Does he need to gain a competitive advantage the way Marquez
"You smell like America," my father said.
Merry Christmas Manny. Give your wife, your family, and your country what it needs, but not necessarily what it deserves (obligatory Batman reference whenever possible), and call it a career. Championships in eight different weight classes will defeat any argument that proposes to tarnish your legacy. There is nothing left to prove. By not choosing to fight again, you'll have more of the most precious commodity that you can use for the betterment of a nation that forced my parents to come here in order to give me a better life. You'll have an enormous surplus of the only limitless asset we will ever have: time.