Boxing: 5 Things You Didn't Know About Manny Pacquiao Before Fight With Floyd Mayweather
Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will fight each other in the biggest bout in recent memory. Boxing experts everywhere are making predictions, and getting prepared for the much anticipated fight. While many Americans know the story of Mayweather's success in the ring, they are some who are unfamiliar with Pacquiao's tale to the top.
Here are five things you may not have known about Pacquiao.
1. Father Ate His Dog
Pacquiao really is a true example of a "rags to riches" story. This man had nothing when he was young growing up, and now he's one of the best pound for pound fighters ever. Before Pacquiao turned pro, he ran away from his home because his father ate his dog. The family was so poor that they couldn't afford meals on a consistent basis. With Pacquiao now on the lamb, he was selling doughnuts for a nickel and living in a cardboard box. Pacquiao currently owns a Jack Russell Terrier, named Pac Man, who runs laps with him every morning.
2. Going For Three in a Row
Pacquiao will face the undefeated Mayweather in his next bout. If Pacquiao can defeat Mayweather, he will end Mayweather's perfect 47-0 mark. As a matter of fact, Pacquiao has the opportunity to end three consecutive undefeated streaks. In his last fight he beat Chris Algieri, who was previously 20-0. Before that, Pacquiao defeated Timothy Bradley, who was 31-0. Now Pacquiao gets the chance to end another undefeated record with the whole world watching.
3. Colonel Pacquiao
Pacquiao is involved in so much outside of boxing as many know. He's made movies, he plays a lot of basketball, he's very involved in politics, and he's even a singer. But on top of all that, Pacquiao is even a lieutenant colonel in the Philippines army reserves. "He can help in the recruitment of patriotic Filipinos to join the reserve force as we endeavor to build the force into one great component of a world-class army that is a source of national pride," Major General Emmanuel Bautista said. So, it's pretty fair to say, Pacquiao has a whole army behind him.
4. Time 100
In 2009 Pacquiao was on top of the world after he defeated Miguel Cotto. As a matter of fact, he was named "Fighter of the Decade" for the 2000s. To add more global notoriety for Pac Man, he was listed in the Time 100 most influential people of the year for 2009. He was the first ever Filipino athlete to hold that honor. He was listed in the "Heroes and Icons" section. It has also been confirmed that when Pacquiao does fight, the crime rate in his native country of the Philippines decreases. Time compared him to having a similar influence of Nelson Mandela with South Africa.
5. Dizon Cordero
Before there was Freddie Roach, Pacquiao's first trainer was Dizon Cordero. After Pacquiao decided to leave his home and pursue a career in boxing, things were very tough for the young teenager. It was extremely hard to get by, and when Pacquiao was 14 years old, he met Dizon Cordero. Cordero was a boxing trainer at the time, and he saw something special in Pacquiao. With Pacquiao and Cordero doing business, the two toured the Philippines entering boxing tournaments, and it was obvious Pacquiao had a gift. From that point on, Pacquiao's career would skyrocket.
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