Manny Pacquiao

Below is an entertaining compilation video of one of the most exciting fighters in recent history, Manny Pacquiao

Pacquiao’s success is obviously impressive, but it is even more impressive when you consider the impoverished world that he lived in as a youngster.

As quoted from a past LA Weekly article:

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“The floor of his house was made of dirt. The walls were thatched. His entire family of seven squatted in the house, small as a prison cell, sleeping on cardboard boxes…

Pacquiao dropped out of elementary school to sell doughnuts, ice water and fish he caught from the sea. One day in 1990, watching television, he saw the invincible Mike Tyson fall to James “Buster” Douglas, and fell in love with boxing. The underdog can win, he learned. He punched a rubber flip-flop tied around the trunk of a palm tree. He imagined himself a champion. He was 11 years old.

At 14, he ran away from home, from sleepy General Santos City in the lawless southern tip of the Philippines, a rusty, run-down town lost in time. He stowed away on a ship bound for the megacity Manila. Before boxing training in the afternoon, he welded steel at a factory, then used his weekly pay to buy flowers, which he would sell on the streets for twice the price. At 16, he turned pro, a gangly 106 pounds. He fought like a mad dog, wild and out of control.”

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If there was ever a rags to riches story in boxing, Manny Pacquiao’s name should be at the top of the list.

16 comments:

  1. His speed always amazes me.

    When are Manny and Pretty Boy Floyd gonna throw down? That’s a fight EVERYBODY wants to see. The moneys probably not right, but what about fight history? Who really is the best?

    Pacquiao story is beautiful. What an inspiration.

  2. More impressive than his meteoric rise despite abject poverty is his recently acquired 40 million dollar aversion to randomized blood testing within a week of a fight.

    But lets ignore that, his ridiculous contractual demands, his unprecedented weight gain and subsequent KO percentage, and his inability to face fighters outside of the Arum stable. Its simply more enjoyable to focus on the dramatic, no matter how panglossian. Just ask Bud Selig.

  3. I am fortunate to have witness Manny Pacquiao fight as a nobody and now an icon in the sport of boxing.

    “Don’t tell God you have a big problem, but tell your problem you have a big God.” -Manny Pacquiao

    Mabuhay ka Manny Pacquiao! Thank you for the moments that you made not just me but all the Filipino people and All people who loves boxing happy with the great heart and intensity you displayed on all your fights!!!

  4. Awesome. I love watching this guy. He’s got one of the best game faces I’ve ever seen. I hope him and Floyd get in on in 2011, they’re both starting to age a bit and it needs to happen sooner rather than later.

  5. Leejuan,

    im not positive, but i don’t think that little adage originated with Manny Pacquiao. on second thought, i am positive.

  6. Love Pac but if he fights Floyd he’ll get picked apart in the same way that Mayweather dismantled JMM.

    IMO Floyd Mayweather is the P4P king and one of the most skilled boxers the world has ever seen.

  7. Pac’s weight gain isn’t as incredible as the haters believe. Even when he was fighting in the 120’s, he regularly walked into the ring 10 pounds heavier.

    It’s not hard to go up in weight when you are used to sucking down. Pac cut for years and is now at a more natural weight where he eats whatever he wants.

    Go look at any pro fighter who retires and you can be sure he’ll gain weight afterward by living normal and not actively cutting.

    No one knows if Pac is clean or not. I’m guessing that blog comments from anonymous posters are not going to hurt his feelings too bad tho. He’s doing well sitting on millions while an anonymous no-name feels good about himself for talking junk. Go on with your bad self. Keep living your meaningless life to the fullest.

  8. In regard to Pac’s weight, no, the weight gain isn’t out of the ordinary. The subsequent rise in KO percentage while ascending weight classes is, however. Additionally, his ability maintain <10 percent body fat levels is also an aberration.

    No one knows if Pac is clean or not? I'm close to positive that Manny knows if he is clean or not. And there's no need to apologize for the ad hominem attack. It's always the last ditch effort of a person unwilling to face facts.

    Also, if you'll recall, Manny would rather sue people (Roger, Floyd et al) who question his 40 million dollar aversion to randomized blood testing. He explained that the integrity of his accomplishments in the eyes of the public was of the utmost importance to him.

    Feelings obviously were hurt. That's right. Your Filipino talisman would rather forgo the opportunity to vindicate his name in the ring in order to sue those who make alleged defamatory remarks about him.

    That's the sign of a champion. A champion whose legacy is accentuated by fans too committed to vicarious living to recall that the last time Pac submitted to a blood test, he lost. Erik Morales.

  9. Rick, you’re correct its not an original Manny Pacquiao, but i just quoted him say this on one press conference.

    …not included on Pacman book was that he trained for the National Team but never made the cut. Then for a while he would assist on setting up the ring during regional tournaments so he could stay(sleep) in the Gym(ring) of the National Team.

  10. @Southern – You are welcome to debate, but please refrain from the personal attacks. The insults will not be tolerated here. Thank you in advance.

    As for the topic of Pacquiao and drug testing, I’m sure I speak for everyone in saying that I’d like to see him take the tests. If there is nothing to hide, prove it. I’m still hoping he and Floyd can come to terms, but I’ve lost hope that it will ever happen.

    As for Pacquiao’s power, what many call a sudden increase in punching power is in many ways has to do with masterful matchmaking. Don’t get me wrong, Pacquiao obviously has an incredible life story, with several dominant performances. With that said, his recent wins (post David Diaz) include De la Hoya, Hatton, Cotto, Clottey, and Margarito.

    De la Hoya was a part time fighter when they fought. He also came in at a weight that he hadn’t seen in over 10 years. The average fan doesn’t realize how significant a few pounds can be. Pacquiao is eating whatever he wants, while many of his opponents are draining themselves to reach the catch weight. This means that their training camp takes place in a depleted state. A drained fighter will always have his hands full with a fresh (well fed and well hydrated) fighter who also has fast hands. Pacquiao’s hand speed is even more of an advantage against a larger, drained fighter.

    Even in the gym, many smaller fighter do quite well with bigger men due to the hand speed. This is magnified exponentially when one fighter is drained while the other is fresh.

    As for Hatton, he was just in over his head. As for Cotto, he wasn’t the same after Margarito (and also had to come in at a catch weight). Margarito was also tailor made for Pacquiao. Clottey came in at a more natural weight and also happened to go the distance. No surprise there IMO.

  11. Manny Pacquio’s handspeed, punching power and the ability to sustain and build on that momentum throughout his fights especially his recent ones, is just amazing.The guy never seems to rum out of steam! He has phenomenal conditioning.Kudos to his trainers!What a great rags to riches story.Guys like Pacquio make boxing exciting to watch.

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