A quick post to say CONGRATULATIONS to Manny Pacquiao for a spectacular win over Hatton in today’s fight. This places Pacquiao in the history books as the only fighter to have won the belt in four different weight categories (is that right?). And for less than 20 minutes in the ring (though hundreds of grueling hours of preparation and practice), he takes home some $12million + other revenue, less tax. Bravo! But I can’t help but wonder what type of society we have all evolved into when two boxers (in an airconditioned arena in the middle of a gambling haven) slugging it out can earn some PHP1 billion plus for 20 minutes, when it would take a local college graduate in the Philippines earning say PHP200,000 a year 125 lifetimes to make the same amount of money. A bit warped are the sense of priorities, no? Not to take away from Pacquiao, who deserves every single accolade and dollar earned, but the reality is a bit disconcerting. And now, the next step? Manny for Congress in 2010 as he has indicated, then who knows, maybe President? Yikes. On the one hand he knows the value of hard work, perseverance and excellence. But on the other hand, um, you know? :) Then again, with the track record of sitting congressmen, can it get much worse?