I recall that my first column on boxing champion and now Congressman Manny Pacquiao was his endorsement of Sen. Harry Reid’s re-election campaign in the State of Nevada.

This week, a columnist from the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Rina Jimenez-David in her column “Pacquiao’s transitions” wrote:

“Which is why, if I may return to a refrain echoed in this space, I hope Pacquiao decides to retire soon. Not just for the sake of his wife, children and especially his mother, but also for all of us who it seems are no longer able to ‘take’ a possible Pacquiao defeat. Given the odds, it seems impossible for Pacman to continue his winning streak for very long. So, step down from the throne before the inevitable happens.”

After all, Pacquiao has a new cause to champion — his fight against poverty in his impoverished countrymen in the Philippines.

Even the editorial of a local Fil-Am newspaper joined the chorus for Pacquiao to retire while he’s ahead and instead concentrate on his newfound quest to serve his constituents, and if he succeeds he may aim for a higher position in the Philippine Government.

At any rate, he has a long way to go to seek a higher position.

The present Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines mandates that candidates for President and Vice President must be at least 40 years old on Election Day.

Pacquiao’s next scheduled fight is on Nov. 12 this year at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas against Juan Manuel Marquez.

If the dream fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. does not materialize, there is no rhyme or reason for Pacquiao to fight against lesser known opponents.

Even if he still has fire in his belly to pursue his boxing career, it would smack of greed on his part.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church in explaining the Tenth Commandment provides that the Tenth Commandment forbids greed and the desire to amass earthly goods without limit.

It forbids avarice arising from a passion for riches and their attendant power.

Query: Will Pacquiao go on fighting for the almighty dollar or will he follow the mandates of the Tenth Commandment of his Catholic faith not to desire amassing U.S. dollars without limit?

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