Manny Pacquiao has already achieved what most of his countrymen can only dream of: lifting himself out of wrenching poverty, securing a future for his children and becoming a figurehead for Filipinos all over the world.
Not content with just winning in the ring, Pacquiao has also set about making his mark as a politician.
Now after his stunning loss to Juan Manuel Marquez at Las Vegas on Saturday, the 34-year-old is facing some of the toughest questions in his remarkable 17-year career - does his future lay in boxing, politics, showbiz, religion, or is there a new challenge on the horizon?
''Being the king of boxing, being the highest paid athlete in boxing ... it goes with the territory,'' boxing analyst Ed Tolentino said. ''For Pacquiao, the fame was too much to handle. There was just too many things on his plate other than boxing.''
The distraction was costly for Pacquiao, who trained for only two months, compared to Marquez's 4-1/2 months.
During that time the Mexican fight...