Distraction to Destruction

Human beings normally tend to lose focus often due to a number of reasons.

Once in a while, human beings get caught up by their emotions or tend to be swayed by the events happening around them. However, while it may sound normal to many, the price paid by some for losing attention and focus has been crippling or worse, fatal. Unfortunately, it happens to the worst and even the best of them. 

Last week, the country’s “Pambansang Kamao” Sen. Manny Pacquiao lost a controversial unanimous decision to Australian Jeff Horn. It became even more controversial as famous personalities claimed a robbery happened in Brisbane following the announcement of Horn as the winner. The statistics during the fight supported the claim of some social media users as Pacquiao landed more punches. But while he appeared to have won the fight, he noticeably lost steam during the Championship (last three rounds) rounds after pounding Horn during the 9th.  

The Manny Pacquiao we saw in the last fight was clearly not the same Pacquiao who was throwing 5 punch combinations during his hay day. Age may have finally caught up with him but the distractions outside of boxing may have contributed more to his detriment as a fighter. Aside from being a boxer, he is also a Senator, Professional Basketball Head Coach/player, Billiards player, commercial endorser, and a whole lot of things you can think of. 

Manny Pacquiao has been trying to multi-task to very minimal success in recent years. A couple of years ago, with his involvement in a lot of vices, Juan Manuel Marquez delivered a near fatal knockout blow to him during their third fight. Clearly, he has not learned his lesson and the reason is understandable- money. But while he is milking the cow in boxing, he may also be milking out his luck from destruction.

Please don’t get me wrong about my opinions about Manny Pacquiao. He continues to serve today as a great lesson to us. Sadly, in this chapter of his life, it is teaching us to not chew more than what we can handle. He inspires us to do things differently as we age. Unlike Pacquiao, we must modify our lifestyle and become more disciplined with what we do as we age. Unlike Pacquiao, we must not push ourselves beyond our limits. Unlike Pacquiao, we must learn how to specialize instead of trying to be a jack-of-all-trades. 

There is indeed a hefty price to pay for a lack of attention and focus on the things that matter. Manny Pacquiao suffered defeat at the hands of a mid-card fighter due to ageing and fatigue brought about by distractions outside of boxing. 

Distractions can lead to destruction- of careers, relationships and even lives. We cannot allow ourselves to be distracted and expect to get away with it all the time. While Manny Pacquiao remains relatively luckier than others who have suffered much worse fortunes, his is an accident waiting to happen. Instead of distraction, we must live our lives with a sense of direction.


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About the Author
Mr. Aaron Benedict De Leon is currently a Business Development Practitioner in a private consulting firm. He has more than six years of professional experience in leading and managing political and non-government organizations, specializing in organizational management, policy development and program management. He has had stints with notable political/socio-civic organizations, serving in various capacities as: Secretary-General of the Centrist Democratic Party of the Philippines (CDP) [2013-2015], Founding Chairperson of the Centrist Democratic Youth Association of the Philippines (CDYAP) [2012-2014], Philippine Representative to the International Young Democrat Union (IYDU) [2011-2012], Chairperson of the Christian Democratic Youth [2011-2012], Secretary-General of YOUTH Philippines [2010-2011], and Spokesperson/Communications Director of the GT2010 Gilbert Teodoro Presidential Campaign [2009-2010].
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