From abject poverty to becoming a ten-time boxing world champion, congressman, and international icon, Manny Pacquiao is the true definition of a Cinderella-man story.
In the Philippines, he first entered the ring as a sixteen year old weighing ninety-eight pounds with the goal of earning money to feed his family. Now, almost twenty-years later, when he fights, the country of 100 million people comes to a complete standstill to watch and the army and the rebels cease-fire. There are no cards in the street. There is zero crime. An entire country becomes united.
Regarded for his ability to bring people together, Pacquiao entered the political arena in 2010. AS history’s first boxing congressman, Pacquiao now fights for his people both inside and outside of the ring. Now at the height of his career, he is faced with maneuvering an unscrupulous sport and maintaining his political duties, while still supporting his family and sustaining a personal life. The question now is, what is the bridge to far for Manny Pacquiao to cross?
This is an amazing story about Manny Pacquiao, a boy that grew up in poverty in the Philippines and without a father, forced to work at a young age to support his mother and siblings, only to become an eight-time world champion in boxing. As Liam Neeson, the narrator says, “Boxing is the cruelest sport because it takes so much from a man. No other sport asks a man to sacrifice himself so deeply.” The human side of Manny, despite his strong faith in God, is displayed as he believes he hears from God in a dream that he needs to forsake his partying and being unfaithful to his wife and draw close to Him. Manny clearly says he believes he has achieved what he has because of God’s goodness in his life.
Manny’s discipline in training and hard work and his love for his family is inspiring. We are pleased to award this inspiring documentary our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages 12 and over. “Manny” has also earned 5 Doves, our best rating for quality.