- Hardcover: 280 pages
- Publisher: Da Capo Press (November 2, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 030681949X
- ISBN-13: 978-0306819490
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,808,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PacMan: Behind the Scenes with Manny Pacquiao--the Greatest Pound-for-Pound Fighter in the World Hardcover – November 2, 2010
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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.
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. Honestly, I don't blame Floyd for avoiding a great boxer like Pacquiao at the peek of his career. What bothers me with Mayweather is his claim that he's the best fighter today. No Floyd, you're not the best fighter, but you've shown greatness in avoiding the best fighter.
It's a fun read and it really takes you through the life of a simple hard scrabble dirt poor rag to success story.