Manny Pacquiao is a classic zero to hero story, from being homeless in the Philippines to being a world champion boxer.
But just why did he end up homeless?
His trainer, Freddie Roach, spoke to Yahoo Sports! and told them:
Manny ran away from home after his father ate his dog.
He lived on the street, where he bought doughnuts at a doughnut store and then sold each one for a nickel more to survive.Advertisement
He slept in a cardboard box. He fought his way through all this, turned pro at 14, and look at the man he is today.
The Philippines is a poor place, there’s no welfare, no health system and if you don’t have a job or money then you do anything to survive.
To be fair, I think it was out of desperation and not spite, but even so, being a huge dog fan, I can sympathise.
Pacquiao fights Floyd Mayweather this weekend in one of the biggest fights of all time. Personally, I hope that he wins. Even if the fight IS five years overdue.
Unsurprisingly, there isn’t a video of his dad eating the family dog, so here, have some Pacquiao highlights instead.