“I Thought It Was Just a Dream”- Manny Pacquiao Recalls Turning His Dream into a Reality

Published 05/12/2021, 10:00 AM CDT
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)


When Manny Pacquiao first laced up his boxing gloves, several people overlooked the future octuple world champion. Coming from a poverty-driven childhood, the young man had big dreams in his eyes. However, it was never a simple path.

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Going through several adversaries in his life and boxing career, Pacquiao reached the absolute top. His rags to riches story remains one of the most inspiring tales ever in the sports world. Meanwhile, ‘Pac-Man’ is now the Senator of the Philippines. Hence, he is an absolute role model, both inside and outside the ring.

While he is also an active boxer, Manny Pacquiao often inspires people to push their limits. Hence, the boxer, who has recently looked back at his childhood to reflect on his long-walked journey, posted a picture from the past to send chills amongst his fans.

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In the caption, he wrote, “Apparently I thought it was just a dream, but it came true.” (translated by Instagram)

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There’s no denying Pacquiao has had a fairy tale journey in his life. After becoming a professional boxer, he never had to look back again. In an active career of 25+ years, the Filipino star won world titles in eight different divisions. En route to a 62-7-2  record, he beat several elites.

What’s next for Manny Pacquiao?

Pacquiao spent a year away from the ring and was stripped of his WBA title. As boxing has resumed in earnest, Pacquiao can return. Per several media reports, he wants to regain his championship status by facing either Terence Crawford or Errol Spence Jr. on his return.

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LAS VEGAS – NOVEMBER 14: Manny Pacquiao celebrates his 12 round TKO victory against Miguel Cotto during their WBO welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 14, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The welterweight division is full of elite boxers. Moreover, a few months back, lightweight Interim champion Ryan Garcia expressed his desire to fight ‘Pac-Man’. So, it’s evident the Filipino legend wouldn’t struggle in finding a big name to box against.

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Who do you think Manny Pacquiao should return against?

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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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