Manny Pacquiao, the world boxing champion and current Senator of the Philippines, has his own touching from nothing to being something story. In short, from rags to riches story you won’t believe actually happened.
PacMan’s deep faith in God and obvious humility is loved by many, even the American celebrities. Here in the Philippines, he is the man!
Manny Pacquiao is a man loved by many, adored by most men in Boxing, and is considered as one of the world’s best boxers. How he got involved into boxing and what made him the greatest boxer of all times in the Philippines history was so touching it made me cry after reading his book.
His story behind his success in boxing is spectacular and you should read it when you are depressed and are thinking of suicide.
The story of Manny Pacquiao is not only about achieving a dream, but mostly about hard work, faith, focus and determination. In the depths of poverty and misery, he had shown people a good way to rise from it.
He practically did not enjoy his childhood, having no money, no decent clothes, no formal education and even not much food to eat. Yes, that is the childhood of the billionaire world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao.
His father dumped her mom for another woman. They have to scrape all means just to get to eat even once or twice a day. It was a very tough life for a growing boy in an unfamiliar new place.
He started with nothing but the will to overcome adversity, and holding to only one thing – his dream! Senator Manny Pacquiao is a simple man who rose from the bottom to the top. His determination to succeed is beyond the ordinary.
His story is focused on faith in God and a dream that was quite impossible to achieve considering his situation. Hardly had nothing to eat but training!
He left for Manila when he was about 14 or 15, and trained as a boxer there. He toiled as he dreamed, but it was a decision made to go beyond the ordinary, including setting foot in a place where he practically knows no one, but just a referral.
His story began in Kibawe…
Kibawe is located in Bukidnon, Mindanao, which is a place known of its full blown bloody tribal wars and internal conflicts. The bloody wars between the Christians and Muslims over a long period created insubstantial political autonomy and socioeconomic grievances and deprivation, that left the people poor and scraping for food.
Mindanao conflict is more on the expressed Muslim armed resistance against the government. The place ultimately suffered from the widespread effects of the ongoing armed struggle. It was the main and the single cause of poverty in Kibawe at that time.
Landless and poor, the family of Pacquiao left Kibawe and went to General Santos City. However, it did not change anything and Manny was expected to help generate some cash for the family.
He moved an assortment of merchandise like bread and ice water on foot around the neighborhood. He also offers services like shining shoes and went to school with a worn-out clothing.
They were regarded as virtual outcasts in the new neighborhood. Eventually, life turned from tough to harsh. His father went to work on a farm far from their home and found another woman.
He missed out dates visiting the family and eventually left them. It was quite a blow and a big one! The family experienced the emotional pain of rejection plus the loss of much needed financial support.
At the age of 13, Manny became the man of the house. He left school so he can support and help his family. They hardly go by a day eating a good, full meal.
He worked full time as a laborer hauling construction materials, and did some side gigs doing laundry. As their situation grew tougher, he participated in boxing matches on the streets and in the peryahan where he won many fights and became an instant celebrity.
The exhibition organizers in the peryahan rewarded him with a small amount of cash for his boxing stunts. He also derived some money working as gardener whenever someone needed his services.
At the age of 14, he decided to become a boxing champion. He worked on heavy bags, engaged in friendly matches on the streets, and spent hours with speed ball and ropes in a decrepit gym. More ring actions followed after that.
He was finally referred to a trainer in Manila and was made to fight as a professional. However, the minimum age was 18 and he was still 15 at that time. The situation was unbearable and he was totally disappointed. Imagine not being able to work in boxing and having no job!
Although life was harsh, he continued working on heavy bags. He sparred and joined many small boxing games. The sponsors were amazed with what they saw and decided to give him a trial fight outside Manila.
His first professional assignment was a fight in Mindoro where a license was not a critical requirement at that time, unlike in Manila. And yes, he won his pro debut! After many official ring fights, Filipinos started to take notice of his sensational wins, which gave him decent viewer ratings.
At 19, he went to Thailand for the WBC Flyweight belt. After 3 years, he won the world championship. His dream came true!
I am sure you already know what happened in the next succeeding years. Now, he is a billionaire and a Senator in the Philippines.
Manny Pacquiao: The Greatest Boxer Of All Time by Hermilando “Ingming” Aberia
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