“I Felt Like Ending My Life”: Manny Pacquiao Makes Shocking Confession

Published 09/24/2021, 9:53 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS – MARCH 19: Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines is shown with a cut above his right eye inflicted by Erik Morales of Mexico during the World Super Featherweight Championship at the MGM Grand Hotel on March 19, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Erik Morales of Mexico won 15-13 over Pacquiao by unanimous decision. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)


Manny Pacquiao ranks as an all-time great of boxing. In a career spread over two decades, Pacquiao captured every fight fan’s attention with his out-of-the-box fighting skills and never say die attitude. The budding generation of fighters seeks major inspiration for him and the legacy he’s left behind has surely made the sport even more alluring.

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But, there was a phase in ‘Pacman’s decorated life wherein he felt on ending everything.

Per New York Post, he said, “I was reading this book called ‘[The] Purpose-Driven Life’ and I would read the Bible too,”

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“I felt like ending my life at that moment because I was repenting for my sins. I was alone in my room and I was crying uncontrollably. I asked myself what I should do. ‘Lord am I not worthy?’ If I could just turn back time and undo all I’ve done against you.”

“I felt small. I was on my knees, face to the ground, while I was alone,”

“When I hear the word of God I feel so happy.”

Last month, Pacquiao battled Yordenis Ugas for the WBA welterweight ‘super’ title. This was the veteran’s return to the ring after a long 2-year hiatus. To everyone’s surprise, the Filipino Senator didn’t really perform well, and he ended up losing the fight.

He seemed slow against the lanky Ugas. And, citing his performance and age, ‘Pacman’ announced his retirement a few days back. Now, his focus is rightly set on running for the presidential elections in 2022.

Manny Pacquiao – The biggest inspiration in modern-day boxing

Despite the deepest of adversities, Manny Pacquiao always showed a lion’s heart, and always came back to resurrect his position. With the attitude he possesses, Pacquiao always motivated an upcoming generation of fighters.

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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)

He’s an ambassador of the game in a genuine sense and there’s no one like him.

Although he’s retired from boxing now, Pacquiao will still look ahead to help the budding boxers in every way he can. ‘The Senator’ enjoyed a decorated career and his contributions to the sport of boxing will always be remembered.

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What do you make of Pacquiao’s above comments?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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