Manny Pacquiao

17 12 2009

Not everyone knows about the diasporas, the Filipino brain drain, or even the recent typhoon “Ondoy” that has been going on. That is very sad as the news doesn’t emphasize many things Filipino or about the Philippines. For the most part, America as a greater nation, doesn’t know much about the Philippines or what he have to offer. Furthermore, neither does the world. But wait, we do have one thing however, one thing Filipino that makes the headlines, one thing Filipino that the world has been tuning in to see. We have one man that can be righteously called the Fighting Pride of Philippines. I first realized the impact of this one man when my non-Filipino friends started greeting me with statements like “Ey! Joey,… Manny Pacquiao man! Filipino Pride.” The man I am talking about is the 7 time world champion in 7 weight divisions in the sweet science of boxing. The man emphatically nicknamed Pac-Man, the philippines’ own, Manny Pacquiao.

The Story of Manny Pacquiao begins in General Santos City, Philippines. He was born on December 17th, 1978. He was born into overwhelming poverty and was forced to work at a very young age after his father left the family for another woman. There were many stories on what he had to work as, these stories ranged from selling bread to selling cigarettes.

Manny Pacquiao worked in the very impovrished streets of General Santos City as a vendor, as the story goes selling anything from cigarettes to bread. Those same streets helped in the development of the tough and relentless Filipino individual we see in the ring today. Manny then, began fighting for a few dollars in the streets. These fights were brutal but soon Manny Pacquiao gained a reputation for being a very hard-hitting fighter, and showing incredible grit and determination when fighting opponents that were much larger than him. Even at a young age Manny displayed the speed and left handed power that has made him one of the most exciting boxers of his era.

Manny Pacquiao’s mother however was not very supportive of his boxing. She was very religious and had hoped her son would join the priesthood. Manny’s popularity increased around the city and people began taking notice of this scrawny kid with a hammer for a left hand. Without permission Manny set off to Manila to pursue his career with hopes of becoming a star in order to help his mother and family. From there the story tells itself. He met the world renound boxing trainer Freddie Roach, along his expert training he was able to rise to great heights in boxing history.

-Jonathan Nolasco

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