Manny Pacquiao gets teary-eyed talking about difficult past
ABS-CBN Sports on May 20, 2020 01:58 PM
“Pag makita ko yung tao na nagugutom, sumisigaw ng pagkain, walang matirahan, parang dinudurog yung puso ko kasi naranasan ko ‘yan. My life experience, naranasan ko matulog sa bangketa, matulog sa gilid ng kalye, naranasan ko na walang makain." - Manny Pacquiao
The story of eight-division boxing world champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao is one that has been shared abundantly. A poor kid from Kibawe, Bukidnon, Pacquiao used hard work and talent to excel in boxing and raise himself and his family from hardship.
Now, the 41-year old is arguably one of the biggest names in boxing and is quite possibly the most popular Filipino athlete, ever.
The prizefighter who is now also a Philippine senator, has never been shy about his humble beginnings and makes it a point to let his kids know that what they have now is a result of hard work, not something that was given.
Talking to Martin Nievera on ANC Conversations, Pacquiao shared that he started boxing for just 100 pesos.
“Before kasi, pag manalo ka, 100 pesos, pag matalo ka, 50 pesos. That amount [back in] that day, malaki na yun. Yung kilo ng bigas noon, 6 pesos lang, 6-7 pesos, ganun,” he shared.
Pacquiao then went on to explain that he often reminds his children to always be helpful and humble people because he experienced hard times in the past.
“I always advise them na maging matulungin, and then kinekuwento ko yung buhay namin in the past, na yung pinag-daanan ko na buhay,” Pacquiao said. “Hindi porke’t maginhawa na sila sa buhay, sinasabi ko sa kanila na wag kayong matapobre, dapat tulungan niyo yung mga mahihirap na tao, yung walang makain, walang tirahan, mas yun yung kaawaan natin kasi sila yung kailangan ng tulong.”
Pacquiao himself is known to be a very generous and giving person, which he says is a result of knowing what it’s like to be hungry and homeless.
“Pag makita ko yung tao na nagugutom, sumisigaw ng pagkain, walang matirahan, parang dinudurog yung puso ko kasi naranasan ko ‘yan. My life experience, naranasan ko matulog sa bangketa, matulog sa gilid ng kalye, naranasan ko na walang makain. Alam mo yung mga pulubi diyan na minsan walang maka-kain, minsan makaka-kain, minsan hindi.”
He then went on to share a story of asking for stale, mouldy bread that was supposed to be fed to pigs, just so he had something to eat.
“Minsan nga, ito yung worst experience ko na walang ma-kain, may bakery, yung tinapay nila, yung bread nila may amag na, sira na. May amag na siya, itatapon na siya para ipa-kain sa baboy. Sabi ko wag munang itatapon ‘yan, kasi kakainin pa namin. Aalisin ko lang yung amag, and then iinitin ko, and then kakainin namin.”
Once this COVID-19 pandemic is over, Pacquiao says that the first thing he plans to do is to go back and continue helping those in need.
“Ang unang gagawin ko matapos itong crisis na ‘to, siyempre madami pa tayo dapat na tulungan din, yung mga mahihirap na isang kahig, isang tuka, I’m sure gutom na gutom sila, naranasan ko ‘yan.”
“Naranasan kasi namin yung walang makain, isang araw, dalawang araw na walang makain. Biruin mo, isang araw, hindi kami makakain, tubig lang inumin namin para maka-survive,” he continued.
The future boxing Hall of Famer could not help but get emotional as he explained that he knows how it feels to be shunned by the wealthy when asking for help.
“Alam mo, masakit yung loob ko kasi may mga tao talaga na kaya, pero mas gusto nila na mamatay yung tao kesa na ma-gastos yung pera nila,” Pacquiao said, fighting back tears.
“Pag nakikita ko yung mga tao na nagugutom, alam niyo, naranasan ko kasi rin na ipagtabuyan ako ng mga mayayaman, mang-hingi ka, nangangailangan ka, ipag-tabuyan ka, pandirian ka kasi mabaho ka, naranasan ko rin yan,” he continued.
Catch the full interview below: