15 Inspirational Life Lessons Manny Pacquiao Has Taught The World

We can all learn a lot from him!

15 Inspirational Life Lessons Manny Pacquiao Has Taught The World
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Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao (known in short as Manny Pacquiao), is a professional Filipino boxer who has won various world boxing titles in eight different weight divisions. He is also a politician who is currently serving as the Senator of the Philippines. As far as Manny's career is concerned, every boxing fan in the world would undoubtedly agree that Manny Pacquiao is one of the greatest boxers of all time.

Humble, mild mannered and a true gentleman by nature, Manny instantly transforms into a fighting machine once he steps inside the boxing ring. He has such a positive influence on others that many have said that when a Manny Pacquiao fight is on, all crime ceases in certain parts of Manila in the Philippines.

In celebration of the positive influence that Manny Pacquiao has on the world, let's take a look at 15 inspirational life lessons Manny Pacquiao has taught us all.

1. Always believe in yourself 

1. Always believe in yourself 

According to biography.com, "[w]hen he was a teenager, Pacquiao left his family and boarded a ship to Manila, Philippines, in hopes of training as a boxer and launching a career in the sport. Not long after, in January of 1995, his goals gained some traction; at age 16, he stepped into the ring for his first professional bout, against Edmund Ignacio. Pacquiao won the fight in four rounds, in a unanimous decision. The victory propelled him on a successful boxing run that would encompass the better part of two decades." Without the faith he had in himself at a very tender age, Manny would never have been able to be a success and make things work. If you believe you are the best, you shall become the best.

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2. Stay focused 

2. Stay focused 
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As the quoted piece in lesson one states, Manny Pacquiao managed to beat Edmund Ignacio when he (Manny) was only 16-year-old! An extraordinary feat like this not only takes belief in yourself, but also extreme amounts of focus!

3. Never, ever back down or give up

3. Never, ever back down or give up
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As an article that used to appear on espn.com (but has since been removed) once stated, Manny Pacquiao grew up in extreme poverty; even having to go to bed hungry most nights. Manny's extraordinary climb out of hardship and a penury existence, is truly a testament to the value of 'never backing down or giving up'.

4. In life and in the ring, size does not matter

4. In life and in the ring, size does not matter
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Although Manny is only 1.66 m in length, he has proven that size is not what puts one at an advantage in the ring. In his case, it is his speed and the passion that fills his heart that makes him one of the best. In a press release shortly after his fight against Miguel Cotto, Manny's exact words were: "My speed is my advantage. He's a little bigger than me but what's in the heart is what makes the difference". This goes to show us all that it does not matter how big, rich or powerful we are in life, anyone can be a winner. Just think of David and Goliath!

5. You can rise up and become a success no matter who you are, or where you come from

5.	You can rise up and become a success no matter who you are, or where you come from
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As we all know from reading lesson three, Manny came from very humble beginnings. However he did not let this stand in his way and he rose to the great, world renowned success he is today!

6. Stay humble even once you are famous and/or successful 

6. Stay humble even once you are famous and/or successful 
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Often with great success and fame comes extreme arrogance and a high opinion of oneself. Manny Pacquiao however, has never developed such an opinion and has remained as grounded and truly humble as what he has always been. After his legendary fight against Oscar De La Hoya, laweekly.com had this to say about Manny Pacquiao: "After each fight, as each competitor lies gasping on the mat, the first words out of Pacquiao's mouth are, "Thank you, God." He beats them hard, but his opponents feel honored. "You are still my idol," Pacquiao says, minutes after he destroys De La Hoya. "No," says De La Hoya. "You are mine." The words uttered by both these heroes (Pacquiao and De La Hoya respectively) after their epic challenge in the ring, are true examples of humbleness.

7. Always help those less fortunate than yourself

7. Always help those less fortunate than yourself
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An article by Michael Howard on fatherly.com states that, "[w]e can't take any of these things to heaven," is a mantra Pacquiao repeats whenever he's donating or working in a charitable capacity - which is a lot. That Manila gym he used to sleep in? He bought it and built dorms for poor fighters. After a typhoon devastated the region of Mindanao, he pledged 10 percent of his wealth to aid the recovery. He's contributions to Habitat For Humanity are responsible for 195 homes in the region of Sarangani, and his personal foundation provides health and education support to countries all over the world." Wow, what an inspiration Manny Pacquiao is indeed!

8. Believe in God and live a righteous life in Jesus' name.

8. Believe in God and live a righteous life in Jesus’ name.
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Manny Pacquiao admittedly strayed away from God and his religion during the start of his boxing career. During an interview with Matthew Crouch for TBN, Pacquiao made the following confession: "I went to church on Sunday, but from Monday through Saturday, I was in the bar drinking; I didn't care." The article goes on to add that through the power of reading his Bible, Manny realized the dire need for change in his life. This need (for a change) is what ultimately led to Manny becoming a born-again Christian.

9. It is never too late to change yourself for the better

9.	It is never too late to change yourself for the better
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In the same interview with TBN mentioned above, Manny also admitted to committing adultery, which just goes to show how anyone can change their ways if they really want to, because looking at Manny's life today, you would never say that he was once a man full of sin. 

10. Our only limitations in life are ones we create for ourselves

10.	Our only limitations in life are ones we create for ourselves
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As stated in the opening, Manny Pacquiao is not only a professional boxer but a politician and senator as well! This serves to prove that the only limitations we face in life are the ones we create for ourselves. The sky is the limit, so grab every opportunity you can!

11. Always put your family and those you love first in your life

11. Always put your family and those you love first in your life
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When he is not working, Manny Pacquiao spends ample amounts of quality family time with his wife Jinkee Pacquiao and their five children.  According to Manny Pacquiao's own words on Facebook, "[t]he most important time is family time".

12. Always be a team player and acknowledge the role of the whole team

12.	Always be a team player and acknowledge the role of the whole team
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One of the most famous Manny Pacquiao quotes you will find online is, "[a]ll those who are around me are the bridge to my success, so they are all important ". Manny has always believed that everyone in his 'Team Pacquiao' is to thank for his success in life (whether it be in the ring, or out). We could all learn from this that many of us never acknowledge everyone we need to thank for your successes in life, except ourselves.

13. Always be a gentleman

13.	Always be a gentleman
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Manny is known as being 'The Gentleman of Boxing', because of his impeccable manners, grace and charm. Nowhere have I read anything negative about the man, which just goes to show that being a gentleman who displays all the qualities that Pacquiao does, is a truly revered and rewarding state of being indeed.

14. Always remain calm and relaxed in life

14.	Always remain calm and relaxed in life
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In most of the articles you read about Manny Pacquiao, there is normally mention of his calm, relaxed and friendly nature, because people who come in contact with him are so inspired by it, they cannot help but mention it! We could all benefit from adopting a positive character and stance like Manny's.

15. Learn from your defeats

15. Learn from your defeats
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Michael Howard's article on Fatherly.com has the following to say which again puts the point across brilliantly: "At 16, Pacquiao turned pro, knocked out his first opponent, and steamrolled through his first 11 fights with a sloppy style that he compensated for with fearlessness, explosiveness and crowd-pleasing intensity. Then he got cocky, failed to make weight and was penalized by having to wear heavier gloves against his twelfth opponent. That guy knocked him out in the third round. Pacquiao reportedly told his mother "It can't be about winning all the time; we must learn to accept both victory and defeat." Then he requested the toughest fighter in his division for his next fight and knocked him out. Since then, Pacquiao has been as well known for his humility as Mayweather is for being a self-aggrandizing loudmouth." In life, we cannot always win at everything, but as Manny Pacquiao has shown us, we can always learn something from our defeats.


Debbie Nel 

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