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PacMan: Behind the Scenes with Manny Pacquiao--the Greatest Pound-for-Pound Fighter in the World Paperback – November 1, 2011
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“A gem…Just like its hero, the book manages to touch our hearts. I highly recommend it.”\
"Genius deserves genius and Poole has produced a brilliant book on the Pacquiao legend...A masterpiece...insightful, thrilling prose in the tradition of Truman Capote."
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About the Author
Gary Andrew Poole has written for the New York Times, GQ, Wired, USA Today, Time, and The Atlantic. He lives in Los Angeles.
Top Customer Reviews
Manny Pacquiao is depicted in this book as a man who's loyal to his friends, his country and the sport that's led him out of poverty; Boxing. The book really does a great job in showing the relationship of trainer Freddie Roach and Manny. I get a sense though that Manny didn't talk much to the author during his weeks of following Manny around. The author took what he could and was able to come away with a decent vision of Manny's world, both before and after fame. The bouts that Manny built his fame on are all wonderfully laid out in this book. Delahoya, Cotto, Margarito; this book is for boxing fans, but gives enough tabloid fodder to appeal to the gossip seekers also.
After reading this book, I know why Floyd Mayweather, Jr. has chosen not to fight Manny Pacquiao. Floyd is smarter than people give him credit for. He knows the risky odds of being knocked down or out by PacMan are just too high at this time in PacMan's career. He'll catch PacMan after he's slowed down and lost some of his filipino flash.Read more ›
He was born into absolute poverty in the slums of Manila and left school at the age of 10. Through his great skill in fighting, he was able to rise above the poverty and reach the USA with a respectable professional boxing record.
This is where one of the most unique relationships in boxing history took place when he met the famed trainer Freddie Roach. Roach took PacMan from being a left-handed KO artist with limited all-round skills to being maybe the most feared pound for pound fighter today and possibly ever.
This book gives us a fairly comprehensive look at the great man and allows us to witness what he went through. What a life he has led and continues to lead.
Acknowledging that PacMan's career is far from over, we are treated to his life story up until the preparations for the fight with Antonio Margarito.
A good book for the boxing library.
This book covers all the various facets of Pacquiao's complicated life, including: family, training, politics, money, friends, fame, etc. It would've been nice if the book was a little bit longer. But other than that this is an enjoyable read on the life of Manny Pacquiao
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting information about this boxer but the author seems to ramble through most of the book.Published 14 months ago by JB
Excellent behind the scene look at one of the most interesting figures in the 21st century.Published 15 months ago by Brian Henry
My son-in-law couldn't put it down, he gobbled it up with a smile on his face. He's a big fan of Manny's and wants anything Pacman relatedPublished on January 7, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I have just finished another boxing book, this one called PacMan: Behind the Scenes with Manny Pacquiao (ISBN:978-0306-82045-8, Da Capo Press, [... Read morePublished on April 19, 2012 by Antonio Santiago
the author doesn't hold back. a very insightful view into what makes pacquiao tick. it will be interesting to see if he has a future in politics.Published on November 21, 2011 by the obsessed collector
This is a great book to download on your smartphone. Gary Poole brings you his raw perspective on one of the most interesting sports icons of today. Read morePublished on November 16, 2011 by JTB2020
Superb writing... This is a page-turning bio that will appeal to boxing fans and non-boxing fans alike... Most highly recommended.Published on May 25, 2011 by Matthew Algeo