CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 22 July 2017

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Beaten by cardinal sin

BRISBANE (SE): Manny Pacquiao fell victim to the cardinal sin of disdain for his opposition at Lang Park’s Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane when he lost his welterweight world title to Australian challenger, Jeff Horn, on July 2.
 
Appearing bored at the pre-fight press conference on June 30, Pacquiao spent his time playing with two mobile telephones, barely even acknowledging the emcee as he introduced him as the greatest boxer ever to step into the ring.
 
A condescending smile cast in the direction of the challenger as the two were asked to face off for the camera told much about the champ, who seemed to think the whole episode was a bit beneath him.
 
He showed no reaction as Horn calmly told the media that he knew how to beat Pacquiao and that was exactly what he would do.
 
Then two days later, he did it.
 
The 55,000 people packed into the rugby league stadium were treated to an afternoon of tough fighting giving the local boy a tremendous ovation when he was declared the winner in a unanimous decision by the three judges.
 
However, Pacquiao may well have been a victim of the cardinal sin in sport, politics and life, underestimating or despising his opposition. Former Australian world champion, Jeff Fenech, who freely admits that Pacquiao is his hero, counselled him to salvage his remaining dignity and hang up the gloves as he has nothing to prove, either to himself or the world.
 
Maybe a sad end to a brilliant career.

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