On Saturday night, Manny Pacquiao steps into the professional ring for the 60th time, but for the first time in a while he has some searching questions to answer.
Not least of these is the question of motivation. Already a multimillionaire, feted around the world as an icon of the poor and disenfranchised, the darling of talk shows and of show business glitterati and the chosen political representative of the folks back home in the Philippines, Pacquiao has an awful lot on his plate.
Timothy Bradley is about to add his own peculiar brand of fistic brilliance to Pacquiao's "to do" list.
Congressman Pacquiao last swapped pugilistic barbs with Juan Manuel Marquez last November, and was widely felt to have lost that argument against the sharp and pointed ripostes of the Mexican, even if he walked away with two of the three judges' votes that counted on the night. This scribe didn't share the almost feverish criticsm that greeted Pacquiao's victory that night (I had Marquez up by a ro...