‘All I Wanted Was a Chance’ – Manny Pacquiao Takes a Trip Down Memory Lane With an Iconic Photograph

Published 04/27/2021, 1:00 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 09: Manny Pacquiao celebrates after defeating Timothy Bradley Jr. by unanimous decision in their welterweight championship fight on April 9, 2016 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


Despite achieving it all in boxing, 42-year-old Manny Pacquiao remains relevant in the active roster and is eyeing a return against WBC and IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr.

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After 26 years of active boxing, most fighters would choose to simply retire. However, ‘Pac-Man’ hasn’t hung his gloves and looks forward to advancing his glittery record of 62-wins, 7 losses, and 2 draws. The only octuple world champion of the sport has walked down a long path.

Pacquiao is also the Senator of the Philippines. However, he has not allowed this responsibility to take away his love of boxing, and even today, he revels in the beginning of his journey. Manny Pacquiao recently posted an iconic picture of his early days and left an inspiring message for all his fans.

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“20 years ago all I wanted was a chance. A chance to prove myself on a big stage and make my dreams come true. Always prepare hard so that when the opportunity comes, you are ready!”

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When Pacquaio made his professional debut, he was often overlooked by his contemporaries, He was considerably shorter than most of his opponents. Thus, many didn’t see him as trouble. However, Pacquaio’s sheer speed, footwork, and jabs turned out to be one of the deadliest armors ever in the sport. His last title win came in 2019 against Adrien Broner and Keith Thurman for the WBA 147 lbs strap.

Relying on his hard work and integrity, ‘Pac-Man’ faced the very best boxers of the era and turned himself into one of them. While he further deployed his time for social service as a politician, Pacquiao’s rags to riches story can inspire millions of people around the world.

Manny Pacquiao–Boxer, Political, Idol

‘Pac-Man’ saw extreme poverty as a child and did boxing just to earn some bread. But his raw talent and impeccable dedication soon turned him into a local hero. Then he opted to box professionally, and after sideling several hurdles, Pacquiao made it to the ring and became a pro in 1995. It was a fairy tale journey from then. Manny Pacquiao earned enormous fame, money, glory, and success from his boxing career.

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES – MAY 19: < Manny Pacquiao poses for a portrait during a training session at the Elorde boxing Gym on May 19, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

He became one of the greatest ever in the sport, before becoming a politician in his home country. Now he severs for the people, as the Senator, and has several more charitable works under his belt. Pacquiao’s tough childhood seems to have retained him to the roots. And he continues his good work inside and outside the ring.

Where would you rank Manny Pacquiao in the list of All-Time GOATs?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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