I saw parts of the Pac-Bradley fight, but even before I started watching it on local tv, I’d already seen the surprised Facebook statuses saying Bradley had won. I saw more posts saying Pacquiao accepted the loss well and that he showed great character. When I watched his interview by Mario Lopez, I couldn’t help but be proud of him. He said he believed he won the fight, but he respected the decision. He thought Bradley was a good fighter.
I have gone through tough times wherein I had many questions in my heart, questions that went unanswered. I would feel cheated, robbed, dismissed, rejected, devalued. I would get angry and think that it was just unfair. But during my most recent battle with this, God gave me one word to deal — HONOR. Honor those who have authority over us, even when we do not agree with them. Honor them even if they misunderstand or wrongly judge us. Honor them even if they do not give us what we think is due us. Honor them even when we are right and they are wrong.
I am sure there was a battle going on in Manny’s mind and heart when he heard the announcement. Maybe thoughts of rejection and discouragement came to mind. Maybe anger threatened to surface. He must have experienced a strong pang of disappointment. I am sure he questioned the decision and he definitely disagreed with it, but he CHOSE TO HONOR it anyway.
He chose to honor the judges. He chose to honor his opponent. He chose to honor God. He could have fought for his title, or demanded his right as world champion (don’t really know if they can actually do that but you know what I mean) to contest the fight. But he didn’t. He didn’t use his position to manipulate anything. He did not show an ounce of entitlement. No bad mouthing his opponent or the entire boxing federation (or whatever you call it), or even looking upset and arrogantly annoyed. Talk about HUMILITY!
A man’s pride will bring him low, but a humble spirit will obtain honor. Prov 29:23NASB
Because Manny is a man of humility, God will bring him honor.