In advance of his highly anticipated bout with Floyd Mayweather tonight I wanted to share an interesting insight into the mindset of Manny Pacquiao as described in Sam Sheridan's The Fighter's Mind.
According to his trainer Freddie Roach, "Manny, he's been KO'd and he just says, 'There's always a winner and a loser, tonight just wasn't my night'. ..It didn't hurt Manny. It made him better. He learned from it, he knows it could happen, and most guys don't think it could ever happen.
This brings to mind of instructor Ricardo Liborio thoughts on accepting that loss can happen. When one can accept the possibility of loss Liborio believes they release unneeded pressure. Sheridan noted something durable about having a fatalistic understanding, which Roach attributed to his upbringing in the Philipines.