Pacman: A Story of Hope, Resilience and Never-Say-Never Determination is Manny Pacquiao’s first ever autobiography after more than a decade’s worth of chivalry and challenges inside and out of the ring.
Pacquiao of course has had a long history with boxing, coming from his childhood days as a prized fighter in the province of GenSan all the way to headlining massive stadiums in Las Vegas and Texas.
More than that however is his foray into everything else other than sports – actor, singer, concert artist, politician, and overall celebrity.
Many times have we seen Manny on TV and print, but even that Pacquiao: the Movie is just a chip off a mountain he calls his life.
Pacman: A Story of Hope, Resilience and Never-Say-Never Determination will be available in all branches of National Bookstore, Powerbooks, and NBS Express right around Manny’s anticipated return to the country, which should be very soon.
But just to give you a short recap of what to expect, here are a few excerpts from the book, blunt words that came out from the people’s champion himself:
On how he motivates himself inside the ring:
“(But) as I later learned, hard punches are not enough. I realize that I not only need to knock out my opponents, but also need to get hit myself, even if I don't like it.
The reason? I need to create a war inside the ring. A war is far more exciting than a one-sided rout. I want to suspend the audience and captivate them‹something to keep them on the edge of their seats.
This is excitement. This is suspense. This is how I became someone people talked about.”
On where he got his rock hard legs:
“Back then, my legs were the only mode of transportation I had. Climbing a mountain several times a week was a hardy workout for all of us, especially for my mother. The trails were covered in rock‹dangerous and very steep.
Now, when I look back, I realize that there isn¹t a machine in my modern gym that compares to the trek through the wilderness of my childhood.
That is where I first developed my strong calves. Even today, I don¹t have to work on my legs very much‹as they have remained rock hard since when I was a boy.”
On the Oscar dela Hoya fight:
“In the end, Oscar (dela Hoya) didn¹t come out of his corner for the ninth round. My idol had quit on me and I had an odd mix of feelings. It was as if I had called for Superman and he arrived, only to put his cape between his legs and walk away.
I was disappointed and even a little sad for Oscar, but overall I was happy I¹d won. It was what I considered to be the perfect fight.
I had put on a good show for the fans and for my friends who made the long journey to America. It still amazes me that these friends came all that way just to watch me punch someone.”
WORDS BY MIKEY AGULTO