Manny Pacquiao, popularly known as "Pac-Man" is the first and only eight-division world champion with 10 world championship titles to his name. He hails from an in-disposing family of Southern Philippines and has fought his way up, from a very tender age.
Over the years he has proved himself so much so that some virtuoso's themselves describe him as the finest and the most applaud-worthy boxer of all times; even better than the legend Sugar Ray Robinson.
Also, very few folks know these staggering facts about his life as a child that I'll be talking about today! This legendary boxer and his struggle is going to move you. Mark my words.
Manny was born in a poverty-stricken town of Kibawe located in Bukidnon, Philippines. After he turned 2, his family shifted to a very isolated place named Tango in Sarangani Province, where they resided in a one-room hut.
There were days when Manny had to climb mountains in search of food and water. He says "there isn't a machine in my modern gym that compares to the trek through the wilderness of my childhood".
He had his first fight when he was nine with a group of school boys who were bullying his younger brother, Bobby. He won that fight.
While growing up under the influence of so much poverty and hunger, his first dream as a child was that of a "table of bowls overflowing with food and his family smiling as their stomachs were content for an entire day".
His nickname "Pac-Man" is NOT derived from the Japanese arcade game Pacman, but it's a combination of his first (Man from Manny) and last names(Pac from Pacquaio).
He did his first job at the age of 6, as an assistant to an old fisherman. He was given a share of the day's catch, out of which he kept two for his family and sold the rest for 50 pesos (monetary unit of the Philippines) per piece.
As a child, Manny dreamed of becoming a catholic priest but had to resort to boxing due to financial crisis
At 7, on seeing a cockfight, he learned the two most important rules of winning a fight: persistence and being quick on the feet.
At 13, he became a "one man traveling grocery store" and sold bread, peanut, water, donuts on the hot streets of General Santos.
This experience as a child gave him a lot of upper body strength which turned out to be useful in his boxing career later.
Inspired yet? Stay tuned for more stories about Manny. They'll be worth the wait, I promise!