by Manny Pacquiao with Timothy James
Metro Manila: Anvil Publishing, Inc., 2010. 223p with color photographs.
Softcover $13.75; Hardcover $20.75
This autobiography is Manny Pacquiao’s inspiring rags-to-riches story told in his own words–his personal retelling of a life lived with hope and resilience. Manny Pacquiao was born and raised in an impoverished village in the Philippines. He provided for his family of five in his pre-boxing days by selling practically anything and everything on the streets of General Santos City in Bukidonon. He peddled roasted nuts, fish, ice water, doughnuts and bread to help his family survive.Named Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao at birth, the young Manny dreamed of joining the Catholic priesthood to serve God. But that was just a dream since he never had the opportunity to receive a formal education.
Today he is known around the world as a sports legend. According to the New York TImes, Manny is–pound by pound–the best fighter in the world today. He started with nothing and rose to the top through sheer willpower, determination, devotion to his family and faith in God.
Manny and his wife Jinkee are the parents of four children: Emmanuel, Michael, Princess and Queenie.