Manny Pacquiao

I want to focus on examples of the good, the bad and the hopeful from this year, which includes issues that are likely to have repercussions for different reasons into next year also
Manny Pacquiao wants to go out a winner when he meets Timothy Bradley Jr. for the third time in a 12-round welterweight fight on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Today, we cheer for Uncle Sardo and take a moment to appreciate. Without Uncle Sardo, there would be no Manny. And tomorrow evening, Manny will make the Philippines stand still for one last time. Today, Uncle Sardo stands an inspiration to others who might be born with less, but whose life is no less precious.
In some sense, Pacquiao is only a product of his upbringing in the same way that we all are. Nonetheless we can consciously change the environment of any upbringing. In doing so, we make wider and more forceful efforts in society at large to collectively foster considerate and mindful approaches to homosexuality, something which is to me necessarily progressive.
The old saying in the sport of someone's '0' has got to go appears to be on it's way back on a more consistent basis than previous years, with the shift in mindset and perception of the professional boxing world waking up once again to what the fans really want to see - good competitive fights.
Boxing is sport in its rawest, most primitive form - two men, in a cage, trying to beat each into next Christmas, until one of them falls down and can't get up. It is a mind numbingly simple equation. Mayweather v Pacquiao didn't offer us much more than that brutality. It's a sign of how boxing has fallen.