Manny Pacquiao Reveals the Hardest Obstacle of His Life – Opens Up on Rejections

Published 09/07/2021, 9:00 AM 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)


Manny Pacquiao wasn’t born with a silver spoon, neither was it easy for him to reach the absolute top of what he loved doing all his life. His sheer skill, determination, and lion-heart are what kept him moving from failure to success. Now, the only eight-division world champion boxer, Pacquiao, has become a role model to millions, reflecting one of the best rags to riches stories.

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However, he never shies from shedding light on his dark days. Coming across poverty in childhood and teenage, Pacquiao struggled for food quite often. Even after transitioning to the sweet science, he suffered a lot in the initial days.

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While the legend has faced and beaten several adversaries in life and the boxing ring, he has recently revealed the hardest obstacle of his journey. No, it’s not Floyd Mayweather, poverty, political duties, or anything else, it’s rejection.

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Pacquiao took to social media and clarified how he had been rejected on umpteen occasions on his journey to attain success. Still fresh from his latest performance against Yordenis Ugas, Pacquiao’s post is clearly making several fans emotional.

 

“One of the obstacles I took courage to overcome is rejection. I have been rejected many times over, but I did not listen to those who did not believe in me. Instead, I kept eyes focused on my goal of rising above poverty so I can help my family and other people,” wrote Manny Pacquiao.

Manny Pacquiao – A Giant Amongst Men

In an in-ring career of over 20 years, Manny Pacquiao has seen it all, done it all. He is the only boxer to have won world titles in four different decades, and championships in 8 divisions. En route, Pacquiao generated the richest fight in the sport’s history when he faced Mayweather in 2015. So, all of it calls for retirement, especially when he is 42.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 19: Manny Pacquiao in the ring during the WBA welterweight championship against Adrien Broner at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 19, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

In his last fight against Yordenis Ugas, he went down fighting and showed sheer class even in defeat. However, his age came to the fore in the fight as he struggled.

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While Pacquiao has already teased retirement, it’s time to solely look after his political duties. Already a Senator of the Philippines, Pacquiao looks favorable to run for the Presidential election. So, we could have possibly seen the last of this giant among men inside the boxing ring.

Do you think Manny Pacquiao should retire? Or should he remain active?

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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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