Pacquiao then and now

Manny Pacquiao has gone so far already.

He used to box for a measly sum in town fiestas, but now, the whole country and parts of the world go on a standstill whenever he fights. He used to do odd jobs just to earn a living. Compare that to today where he has a documentary about him that features celebrities and athletes lauding him and raving on his skills.

Side by side: Lanky Manny and Pacquiao Time. (Taken from

Side by side: Lanky Manny and Pacquiao Time. (Taken from









Back then, he was a scrawny light flyweight who made his debut in the tv program “Blow by Blow” in his fourth professional fight. Now, he will fight this April 13 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the welterweight division against Timothy Bradley to wrestle back the belt Pacquiao used to carry.













Between those, he has defeated the likes of Marco Antonio Barrera, Juan Manuel Márquez, Érik Morales, Oscar dela Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, and Shane Mosley. Missing in that list is Floyd Mayweather, Jr, a big name boxer who continually evades the eight-division champion.

Before focusing on “Money” though, Manny has to hurdle past Bradley, the controversial winner in their first meeting in 2012. Still undefeated, “Desert Storm” has logged 31 wins, 12 by knockout. His most recent exploits include victories against Ruslan Provodnikov and Márquez.

Pacquiao goes by many names, from “Pacman”, “Ang Pambansang Kamao”, “The Mexicutioner”, to “The Destroyer”. His nicknames describe his fighting style, a tireless machine that goes for the kill. Despite that, the crowd chants only one name when he is on the ring: Manny.

Born in Bukidnon, grew up in General Santos, was adopted by Manila, now resides in Sarangani, and proudly Filipino, Pacquiao has represented our country well in the world stage, and he continues to be an inspiration to everyone else in the world.

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