May 25, 2019

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Rags to Riches Story of Amazing Filipino Hero – Manny Pacquiao and what we can learn from him

The 2019 Philippines general election was conducted on May 13, 2019. I had a good discussion with my teacher to gain more knowledge about the Filipino Politicians. Among many Politicians out there, I am super impressed with the Senator named Manny Pacquiao. He is immensely popular in the Philippines. Everyone knows about his amazing boxing and politician career. However, what makes him impressive to me is his rise from poverty to worldwide fame. Today, I would like to share with you on his remarkable story. If you were not born with silver spoons in mouths but still want a rich life, here is the blog for your soul.

Poverty childhood didn’t stop the resilient boy to overcome a series of daunting obstacles.

Manny Pacquiao lived with his family in a single-room shack in Tango. His childhood was spent in a rugged landscape of coconut groves, dense jungle, and coastal mountains. His family was poor even by the wretched standards of other villagers in Tango. They ate only bananas, root crops and just once a day. For years, his family wore ragged clothes.Manny-Pacquiao-Childhood-Story-Plus-Untold-Biography-Facts

Instead of playing as other boys did, he dared to leave his home to Manila for a street nomad life since young. He did many jobs to earn the little money for food. Sometimes he didn’t hesitate to eat garbage to keep himself alive. Pacquiao tried desperately everyday to survive. All when he was only 14 years old.

I can’t help but thinking “When I was at the same age as him, I could still go to school and had enough food everyday. I had a better starting point than Pacquiao but I didn’t try hard enough!” The definition of successful was still vague to me at the moment. Shame on me! What about you? If you are not satisfied with yourself at the moment, do not hesitate. You can change your life! I believe it’s never too late to start again. If you don’t know how to start, the following path taken by Pacquiao will be an ideal guide for you.

Step 1: Set up a clear goal

In an interview, Manny Pacquiao said that “I don’t know about boxing but I heard that when you fight, even when you lose, you have money. I turned to boxing as a way out of poverty”


You can see that before starting, Pacquiao set up his goal very clearly. Like Paulo Coelho- a Brazilian author who is best known for his novel The Alchemist had written “When you want something; all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it” and now you saw a living example from Pacquiao . He was not familiar with boxing but he needs to do it as his goal and he succeeded. His success teaches us a lesson that setting a goal is the first important thing you should do before going further. I know this part is hard, but you can try to make it easier by writing down all your concerns on paper. You also can try to list down what you want to improve in life or who do you want to become in the next 3 to 5 years. Then you can analyse your advantages and disadvantages.  Once you make it clear on paper you can make an idea easily to set a goal. When you have a goal, the whole universe will help you to achieve it. After setting up your goal, go to step 2!

Step 2: Self-discipline matters!

Have you ever questioned yourself why there are some people who could succeed but some not?All of us have 24 hours each day. God is fair when it comes to the time on hand. The answer lies in the self-discipline.

“Pacquiao practiced boxing all the time and he would get up at 4am to go for his early morning training every-day” Yes, you heard it right. He did it every day. Other boys spent all their time playing while Pacquiao spent all his time practicing and following a strict training schedule. His self-discipline is amazing. Have you ever tried hard like that? If the answer is yes, congratulation, your success is almost ascertain in the future. And if you didn’t, what could I say? To control ourselves from fascinating in temptations outside is very difficult, I know. It obviously takes us a lot of effort. However, sometimes we really need to be brave to do it. But if you know that success will only happen if you try hard enough, why don’t you dare to try? Pacquiao is a good example of this. If you have a clear goal, you are disciplined to do it continuously, then nothing can stop you from being successful


Heroes are made, not born

Pacquiao won his first 11 fights but lost on fight No.12. Why? The temptations that money brings – gambling and alcohol – got to him. He is no God, just like the rest of us. He was lost once, lost in his own success.

Shocked by his stumble, he vows to take the sport seriously again. After picking himself up, he won the next 12 fights (11 by knockout) to set up a shot at a respected WBC flyweight champion Chatchai Sasakul.


Sometimes when you have a clear goal, you are also disciplined enough but you could still fail! Please don’t worry too much much. I hope you understand that humans make mistake. Success will come eventually when you don’t give up. Some people failed hundreds of time but they didn’t give up. At that stage, you have no choice but to be successful. So, just move on. I really admire Paquiao’s effort, nothing seems to be able to stop him from trying. If he didn’t pick himself up at his first failure, or became satisfied with that little money or fame he made, he would not become a hero that we know of today. He is now a role model in the whole country, not just for his career achievement, but his attitude toward success. Let’s look back at his inspiring story again.

Good attitude be it whether he has nothing or when he has everything

When he had nothing at the young age, a boy teased his younger brother for being “poorer than dirt”. Pacquiao floored this boy with a single left jab. He told us he didn’t regret it because he knew that was the right thing to do to protect his brother.

Then when he became rich and famous, he built 200 houses and buys rice, groceries as gifts for the poor families.

When Typhoon Yolanda shattered the city of Tacloban in 2013, Pacquiao brought rice, water, and sardines to the victims. Pacquiao himself pulled three of the dead out of the wreckage.

A few years ago, as a member of the Philippines House of Representatives and a national hero, Pacquiao went back to the mountains and met with the still-embedded rebels. He asked them to lay their guns down and brought peace to the region.


This is what Pacquiao does, again and again, he keeps his life humble and fights for the right things.That’s why all Filipinos love him. Incumbent president Rodrigo Duterte announced in December 2016 and December 2017 that he intends to make Pacquiao his successor in an election in 2022. He is a very good example of Rags to Riches stories. I am so inspired by his life story.

According to Forbes, he was the second highest paid athlete in the world as of 2015. It’s hard to imagine that he is so rich and famous today – it is like a dream and luck but look back at his career path, you will see the result today is from his effort. There is no miracle. What about you? Regardless of your problem, do you intend to make your life to become a remarkable story?

Manny Pacquiao is just one among thousands of successful people who started from poverty. They prove that everyone could be successful if they work hard enough. I hope the story will inspire you every time you’re in tough situations. And if you are successful, please also inspire others in the same way. I hope to hear about your stories and please stay tuned for more sharing on my blogs.

See you soon!



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