Do you remember a couple of months ago I had an article where I advocated the Jeepney fares should be determined by the private sector, not dictated by the government? Over the years I have had numerous columns where I pointed out that the Philippine government, in my opinion, gets too involved in matters that really should be private. Also, many Filipinos, in my opinion, look for the government to tell them what to do, to protect them, etc. instead of taking care of their own needs.
So, do you know who Manny Pacquiao is? I have written about him before, and he is quite famous anyway, so I am sure that the vast majority of you know who he is. Manny is a boxing champion who hails from General Santos City, a place where I used to live. Pacquiao is a World Champion, and almost all of his fights occur in Las Vegas, so he is not just a regional fighter, this guy is a world known (and feared) talent.
Manny is currently preparing for his biggest fight of his career. On December 6, he will be fighting Oscar de la Hoya. de la Hoya is much bigger than Manny is, but this fight will pay a huge amount of money for Manny, and I believe that although he is smaller, he still has a chance to emerge victorious – he is that good.
I was rather surprised the other day when I saw an article in a local newspaper about a Philippine Congressman, Rufus Rodriguez from Cagayan de Oro. Congressman Rodriguez is urging the World Boxing Council (WBC) to cancel the fight. He is also urging the Philippine Games and Amusement Board to freeze Pacquiao’s boxing license until after December 6. Why is he seeking these actions? Because he feels that Pacquiao may lose the fight! My goodness! Shouldn’t it be up to Manny Pacquiao to decide if he wants to take the chance of losing?
Congressman Rodriguez has also said that he fears that Pacquiao may get injured in the bout. Isn’t it possible that any boxer could get hurt in any fight that he participates in? If so, maybe boxing should be outlawed? Certainly legislation should not be inacted any time that a Philippine boxer “might lose or get hurt.”
Doesn’t this just glaringly point out that the Philippine Government steps into places where it simply doesn’t belong? I admit, I am conservative, and I tend to push for smaller government in almost every instance. But, in this case, I think that a person of any political persuasion should be able to come to agreement that the Congressman is over-reaching his role by a long, long ways.