The Philippines have long been known as both a very humble, and extremely sacred nation, led by many who only remain afloat by virtue of their own blood, sweat, and tears. Having such a strong penchant for spirituality, the quest to rise above all else not only serves as a way to help the common man, but in the end, also a way to honor him.
With such an honorary background and a work ethic to support it, there’s no question as to why or how the land of the Philippines recently witnessed the emergence of this young lady who is a true pure Beauty and the Beast she unleashes when it comes to her sport. In America, Basketball has Michael Jordan and Lisa Leslie. Golf has Tiger Woods and Michelle Wie, Tennis has Rafael Nadal and Ana Kournokova, Racing has Mario Andretti and Danika Patrick. But as great as those men and women are, few can argue they are little more than the face of their respective sports.
The Filipino nation, on the other hand, now follows the cadence of a man who serves as the face of his entire country, (Manny Pacquiao). And as we all know, for every true King, there must be a Queen to walk beside him.
The woman who most would identify as the lead for this role aside the sports current P4P champ is none other than Ana "The Hurricane" Julaton. The latest Filipino to take the boxing world by storm, as well as represent a nation that has slowly become very key in the sport. Ana Julaton shocked the female fighting world stage with her seminole moment in the sport, becoming a world champion in only her 5th Professional Win.
When you consider that she had only faced two opponents with more than 10 Professional fights in her Rookie year of 2008, yet conquered a 3 time World Champion who had more than 40 victories and only two losses in past 8 years, there’s no effort that could ever stand out any more than such a performance. And to top it off, it should be duly noted that the woman she conquered is arguably one of the best in the history of the game.
Rarely in life do we ever see a person make history on a platform which they once refused to watch, let alone participate in; but the story of Ana Julaton goes a long way in showing each of us that there are no dreams impossible.
Looking to Manny beating Cotto on the 13th!