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Pacifism has a mean left hook

Pacifism has a mean left hook

Reuters reports professional boxer and current WBO welterweight champ Manny Pacquiao has cleaned up his partying ways and gone biblical – or at least, started reading the Bible with regularity – with the result that he’s a better, more focused fighter.

“I just want to focus on my career, focus on praying and follow the commandments of God,” the 33-year-old told Reuters while he taped up his hands in a tiny dressing room at the Wild Card Boxing Club.

“No more gambling, no more drinking. Reading the bible is to know the bible, and I believe that the bible is the manual for life.”

For [trainer Freddie] Roach, there has been only one boxing setback since Pacquiao opted to spend more time studying his bible.

“Manny said to me ‘God doesn’t want me to hurt people’, but I told him that God understands that this is a sport, it’s the oldest sport in the world and I think he (God) boxed, too. I might be lying a little bit there, but who knows,” smiled Roach.

A boxer on the verge of becoming a pacifist? I wonder what Pacquiao will do when he gets to the sixth chapter of Luke:

If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also

Here’s some footage of Pacquiao quietly taking in a Bible study a year ago.

[Manny, if you’re reading this, you have a friend in the clergy.]
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Ann Fontaine

Walter Wink talks about turning the other cheek here.

Kraut1701

When have Christians ever taken turn the other cheek seriously? If we did we wouldn’t have standing militaries.

Morris Post

Erik Campano

Maybe by turning the other cheek in boxing matches, he’ll provoke his opponent’s conscience to stop hitting him.

Erik Campano

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