Manny Pacquiao is one of the greatest professional boxers of all time, but he had a tough childhood. He was brought up in poverty. He was born in the southern Philippines on December 17, 1978. When he was two years old, his family moved to a place called Tango in Sarangani Province. His family lived in a small one-room hut. As a child, Manny was inspired by Bruce Lee. He was amazed by his moves and tried to copy him by kicking a banana tree.
Life was tough for him growing up. Manny had to climb a mountain several times a week to find food and fresh water for his family. Manny wanted to become a Catholic priest when he was younger, but his family was too poor. He decided to be a boxer instead. He started his professional boxing career on a TV boxing show called Blow By Blow. However, he only got paid two dollars for each fight. Perhaps this tough life as a child helped make him into a 10 time world titleholder.