Pacman: Irreplaceable gem

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 19: Manny Pacquiao celebrates after defeating Adrien Broner by unanimous decision during the WBA welterweight championship at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 19, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Christian Petersen / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

October 1, 2021

Manny Pacquiao was given up for dead after bowing to Jeff Horn in Australia in 2017.

But there was one guy who didn’t take it as gospel truth.

Sean Gibbons admits he came into Pacquiao’s life and career pretty late but his entry proved to be a master stroke.

“I came into the Senator’s last chapter of his storied career after he was written off and done losing in Australia,” Gibbons told Daily Tribune yesterday.

“And that was the farthest thing from the truth.

Upon his arrival into the scene, Gibbons put up MP Promotions, a fast-growing entity that now represents the vast majority of Philippine boxing’s finest talent.

“I am honored to have the last three years with the Senator and along with Al Haymon, wrote the final chapter and became the oldest welterweight (champion) in history and to experience things that others in boxing only dream about,” Gibbons said.

While Gibbons shed a tear after watching Pacquiao’s pre-recorded video message, the longtime boxing man is looking forward to seeing greater things down the road.

“This may be the end of boxing but the beginning of the Senator’s true calling — to lead his people in the Philippines,” he added.

Another esteemed friend, two-division world champion Gerry Peñalosa, like Gibbons, could not help but get teary-eyed.

Pacquiao and Peñalosa used to spar with each other back in the day when the former was a promising flyweight and the latter an established world champion at super-fly.

“I feel like crying because it was very hard to think that this was all going to end,” Peñalosa, now 49, told this paper.

Peñalosa insists Pacquiao’s eight world titles will never be surpassed, let alone matched it.

“I doubt if somebody’s going to pull that off. Imagine, starting his career a light-fly, winning his first world title at 112 and going up all the way to 154. That’s incredible.”

Both Gibbons and Peñalosa share the same sentiment.

There’s not going to be another Manny Pacquiao.

Not even in a million years.