The Daily Star adds to the legend of the Mexicutioner by uncovering his inspiration for becoming a boxer. Pacquiao was born a poor, black boy in the Philippines but he didn’t start boxing to feed himself or his family….well, directly. He ran away from home after seeing his father eat his dog.
Trainer Freddy Roach described the experience as being too much for the future world champion.
“That’s why Manny ran away from home and became a boxer. He saw his dad eat his dog.
“The Philippines is a poor place, there’s no welfare, no health system and if you don’t have a job or money then …
“Manny was 14. He was very upset and that’s why he ran away from home. He ran away to Manila and ended up in a boxing gym.”
One can see how “Get at me, dog” could be heard as “Get at me dog” especially if the listener is hungry like Manny’s dad, Rosalio was when he went after his son’s dog. Little did he know he created a killer who strikes more fear in the hearts of Mexicans than the combination of El Guapo and the chupacabra.
It’s not too long ago that Manny Pacquiao was beating Oscar de la Hoya like he owned him. Most think he beat Goldie down for the money but there might have been something else behind it. There’s more to Pacquiao than meets the eye and the two are more similar than one might think.
Pacquiao, who is immensely popular back in The Philippines, is a bit of a showman and a potential future president**. He named his daughter Queen Elizabeth and attempted to seek her approval in person when in England promoting his May 2 fight against Ricky Hatton.
In addition to giving his kid a stupid name, Pacquiao has a one-man 70s style variety show as well as a music career that would make de la Hoya jealous. You might remember Goldie’s attempt at a music career. Here’s a reminder in English and Spanish in case you didn’t know or tried to forget. Manny is not impressed.
Let’s hope that pictures of Pacquiao in fishnets turn up on the internets soon so he can complete his Single White Female eclipse of de la Hoya. Maybe he’ll even take the wife and Golden Boy Productions like when James Woods stole Peter Griffin’s life.
** Freddie Roach could also be president of the Philippines. He polls a close second in popularity behind Pacquiao.
Chances like the one this past Saturday don’t come around that often. You could have had the Philippines for the price of a small mercenary army provided by a reputable outfit such as DynCorp International.
“Tigil muna siguro ang military offensive pero habang nanonood, mga armalite nasa tabi. Mahirap na, baka malusutan (Military offensives will be suspended, but our guns should be on our sides because some groups might take advantage),” Philippine Army spokesman, Lt. Col. Romeo Brawner Jr. said.
Military camps and headquarters were converted into theatres so soldiers and their families could watch the fight. Chimp and I should have motivated and launched a Tet-style offensive with a bunch of South Africans instead of getting housed and watching the fight. There’s no college football of consequence on Saturday so email us if you want to go after the Central African Republic or Vanuatu. Let’s shoot for the morning. I’d like to get it done by 8 so I can go to a show but it all depends on what I get into Friday night.